Thursday, June 30, 2011
Mileage Reimbursement Increased
The IRS has increased the mileage reimbursement amount, effective July 1, 2011 to $.55 ½ ($.555). Download the updated reimbursement form.
A Reality Check for Churches
Over 100 clergy and lay leaders attended the second offering of “The Future and Your Church” workshop, June 2, at the Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg. They heard about the changing societal landscape churches face and what they can do to fulfill the gospel-mandate to make disciples while stemming the tide of declining church attendance and involvement.
“The world isn’t the way it used to be,” said the Very Rev. John Burwell, Rector of the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island. “What people want from their church is different. If we want our churches to thrive we can’t do things the way we used to do them.” Read more. View photo album.
Prescott Ordination July 7
By the Grace of God, the Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina will ordain the Rev. Benjamin Tyler Prescott to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville. Clergy are asked to wear red stoles. A reception will be held following the service.
Managing Church Archives?
Nancy Armstrong, Diocesan Administrator, discovered a free, useful resource that does an efficient job cataloging different forms of archival items in the latest issue of The Historiographer (from the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church). The program, called “Museum Archive Software” may be downloaded at www.musarch.com. “Both for insurance purposes and historical record keeping, this could be very helpful,” she said.
Jubilate Deo Deadline July 1
Do you have a story you’d like to share with others in the Diocese? The deadline for our upcoming issue is this Friday, July 1. Read the submission guidelines.
Do you have a way with a camera? We are always in need of high-quality photographs of events around the Diocese. If you would like to serve in this volunteer position, email Joy Hunter. Also, if you have good candid photographs of events of interest to the Diocese, let Joy know.
Grants for Innovative Leadership
Grant applications now accepted for innovative leadership development programs
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Roanridge Grants, awarded annually for new and creative models for leadership development in small communities across the Episcopal Church. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal related organizations and institutions are invited to apply for the grants which range from $5,000 to $20,000. www.episcopalchurch.org/roanridge
The Very Rev. Ed Kelaher, the rector of Christ the King, Waccamaw, and Dean of the Georgetown Deanery, has accepted a call to serve as the Rector of All Saints, Chevy Chase, MD. Kelaher was quite surprised that this move came about. “I was not looking for a change. (My wife) Patty and I love the people at Christ the King dearly and have a heart to stay with them forever, but God absolutely and powerfully redirected us.” The three former rectors of All Saints were the Rev. Al Zadig, Dean Paul Zahl and Bishop Salmon. The Kelaher’s last Sunday at Christ the King is July 31.
The Rev. Chad Lawrence, Curate at St. Helena's, Beaufort and son of Bishop and Allison Lawrence was robbed and held at gunpoint on Sunday, June 26. The gunman accosted him outside the church building, forced him into the church offices and tied him up. The gunman asked Lawrence to give him three reasons why he shouldn't kill him and Lawrence said, "I love my wife and three children very much. I'm here doing God's work and if you kill me you're going to have to answer to him." Lawrence later said, "God was with me in a terrible storm. I knew he was there and in control. It strengthened my faith." Lawrence went on to preach all three sermons that day. Watch the story.
The Rev. Dr. James Yarsiah has accepted a call to serve as the Chaplain/Vicar/Instructor of Philosophy and Religion at Voorhees College effective July 1, 2011. “I am very excited about this new position and look forward to working with the student body, faculty and staff,” said Yarsiah. “I’m excited about being a part of the Voorhees community and about having the opportunity to teach, making use of my newly-earned degree.” Yarsiah said he was grateful to Bishop Lawrence for all of his support in this transition.