October 16, 2015
Pray for Your Clergy:
Annual Clergy Conference Next Week, October 19-21
Keep our clergy in prayer as they gather for their annual clergy conference at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South will be the keynote speaker. One session in the conference is titled, “Conversations on Provincial Affiliation.” Pray for discernment, wisdom, humility and open, frank communication as we seek God’s direction for the future of our Diocese.
Also Pray for....
Two retreats being held at St. Christopher this weekend. Our Clergy Spouses are gathering as are our Middle School students at Mondo. View the Diocesan Calendar.
Flood Aftermath; Clean Up Continues
While we are grateful that the majority of the Diocese came through the recent catastrophic storm unscathed, a few of our parishes and people suffered significant damage that will not be adequately covered by insurance. Holy Cross, Stateburg; Holy Comforter, Sumter and St. Paul's, Conway, appear to be among the most significantly impacted so far.
1. For those wishing to support recovery in those diocesan congregations needing assistance, please make a designated gift on the Diocesan website for “disaster assistance.” Contribute as "guest."
2. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is the disaster relief organization for our part of the Anglican Communion. ARDF is now accepting donations specifically for use in relief efforts in South Carolina.
3. Among the many good options for relief work completely outside our church family, we would commend Water Missions International, who is providing several water treatment units for the hard hit Columbia area.
4. Finally, Mr. Chuck Wilson, who is the co-chair of the Diocese of South Carolina's Liturgy and Worship Commission, a member of Diocesan Council and the Music Director at Holy Comforter, Jr., has, in his capacity as the Chairman of The Social Justice Consortium (SJC) of the Upper Lowlands announced the creation of a "Dry Shoes for Kids" campaign for the relief of Sumter County flood victims.
Please continue to keep all those affected by this storm in your prayers. The recovery from a disaster of this scope will take time. As it happens, may we by God’s grace be a blessing to those more severely impacted than ourselves.
Two of our clergy served as chaplains during the flooding. The Rev. Donald Hayes, Vicar of Christ Church, Florence, is the Chief Chaplain for the South Carolina Guard and oversaw 50 Chaplains deployed throughout our state. The Rev. Nathan Bistis, Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Hilton Head, serves as a Chaplain with the National Guard. Both men were called to active duty to minister to flood victims as well as to those involved in search and rescue efforts. Read a report from the Rev. Donald Hayes.
Charleston Mayoral Candidates Meet and Greet, October 25
St. Andrew’s Mission Episcopal Church and Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church are co-sponsoring a Meet and Greet for all six candidates for Mayor of Charleston on Sunday, October 25 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Charleston. Learn more.
Resources to Prepare for/Respond to an Active Shooter
On Monday, October 12, the Cathedral hosted a special presentation by the FBI entitled, “Active Shooter Awareness and Preparation.” The presentation by Special Agent Robert Chadwick was created in response to the Emmanuel AME shooting and has been offered as a resource to churches around the state of South Carolina. The talk addressed three areas. Learn more.
Hear me, too; Tattoo Art Exhibit at St. Timothy’s, November 13
Photographs of one hundred tattoos and the stories behind them will be on display at an upcoming tattoo art exhibit on Friday, November 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Big Green Barn in the Carnes Crossing Subdivision, of Summerville off Hwy 17 A. “The stories behind the tattoos are incredible,” says the Rev. Gary Beson, Vicar of St. Timothy’s, the Diocese of South Carolina church hosting the event. “They’re all unique and intentional expressions of experiences, people and parts of life. People want to be heard.” Learn more.
St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte, Celebrates 250th Anniversary, November 1
Rescheduled due to flood; Bishop Allison Guest Speaker
The 250th Annoversary Celebration for St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte, had to be postponed due to the flooding. It will be held Sunday, November 1. Read more.
Reversing a Withered Life
Day of Healing Prayer with John Barr, November 14
St. Michael’s, Charleston, will hold their next Day of Healing Prayer on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. The Rev. Dr. John Barr will speak on Reversing a Withered Life. “There are so many ways we fall into that withered life,” says Barr. “There are the digital world’s distractions... disappointments that take up permanent residence... subtle poisons of long-term un-forgiveness and bitterness... addictions we hardly recognize... Jesus in his grace promises a reversal, a de-withering of our lives, a re-forged heart that is gathered to His own heart.” Learn more and register.
“Filled with Joy," The Rev. Martha Horn Ordained to the Priesthood View the Photo Album; Hear the Sermon
“Filled with Joy,” was how the Rev. Martha Horn described her ordination to the Priesthood, which was held Saturday, October 10 at St. Luke’s Church in Hilton Head. “When Bishop Mark Lawrence and Bishop Alex Dixon put their hands on my head I was overwhelmed by the apostolic legacy that was played out in this act . I could feel the Holy Spirit touching me in a unique way through these Bishops.” Bishop Mark Lawrence officiated, celebrated and preached at the service. "I was so honored by all who came – our friends and family – and by all who participated in the service," said Horn. “I look forward to continuing to serve the Lord as Bishop Lawrence's charge to me through prayer, the love, study and proclamation of the word of God and in the community."
View photos. Hear the Sermon.
Pilot to co-pilot: This is the tower. Do you have a flight plan?
Parish Administration Day, November 10
Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Confused about who gets paid overtime and who does not? What do the new PPACA rules require our church to report? Can someone help me with the Clergy Salary Worksheet? How does the new marriage ruling by the Supreme Court affect our church policies? Where can I find something on our web site? Where can I go for some much-needed downtime? These and many other questions will be answered for you. Download the Agenda. Register Here.
Jubilate Deo Deadline November 6
Got a story to share with your brothers and sisters across the Diocese? Our Diocesan newspaper, The Jubilate Deo, is mailed to 13,000 households three times a year. Learn how to submit a story for it.
Diocesan Women's Retreat, November 13-15
“Shifting Landscapes; From Mine to His” with the Rev. Martha Horn
Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront, Myrtle Beach
Hear what St. Michael's member, Pam McKinney had to say about the September version of the retreat.
Raves have come in for the first of these identical retreats led by the Rev. Martha Horn. The second one will be held November 13-15 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Myrtle Beach Ocean front. Learn more and sign up. Watch an invitation video from the Rev. Martha Horn.
Additional Diocesan Events
These items have been announced in earlier editions of the e-newsletter. View the Calendar.
Watercolor Prayer Journaling, December 4-6, Learn more.
Mondo - for Middle Schools Students, October 16-18, Learn more.
Clergy Spouse Retreat, October 16-18, Learn more.
Clergy Conference, October 19-21, Learn more.
Cursillo Retreat, October 22-25, Learn more.
re:generate - for High School Students, November 13-15, Learn more.
Thanksgiving Retreat at St. Christopher, November 25-28, Learn more. i
Additional Church and Community Events
Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, October 18, Learn more.
St. James Bazaar, October 24, Learn more.
St. Paul's, Conway, Yard/Bake Sale, October 24, Learn more.
All Saint’s Evensong, at Trinity, Myrtle Beach, November 1, Learn more.
Evensong for the Persecuted Church, St. Michael's, November 4,
Lowcountry Walk for Life, November 7, Learn more.
Feeding of the Multitude, November 21, Learn more.
Mere Anglicanism 2016, January 28-30, 2016, Learn more.
Jeff Miller named an Inaugural Peter Moore DMin Scholar
The Rev. Jeffrey Miller, Rector of the Parish Church of St. Helena’s, Beaufort, was one of two scholars recently selected by Trinity School for Ministry for the new merit scholarship awarded to outstanding pastoral leaders who exemplify the values of Trinity School for Ministry in their contexts of ministry. This scholarship will allow Miller to pursue his professional doctorate.Named after the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore, one of Trinity’s founders and the fourth Dean/President, this new merit scholarship is awarded to outstanding pastoral leaders who exemplify the values of Trinity School for Ministry in their contexts of ministry: Read more.
Death of the Rev. J. Walter R. Thomas
Please keep the family and friends of the Rev. J. Walter R. Thomas, in your prayers. Thomas who served as the rector of St. Paul's, Bennettsville, from 1972 - 1984, died October 12 in Richmond, Va. Final arrangements are still pending.
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