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June 26, 201

Emanuel AMEEmanuel AME Funerals and Financial Support

Many people have expressed an interest in showing continued support for Emanuel AME Church by attending the funerals of their nine slain members.  For those who wish to do so, here is the information on the funeral arrangements. Information on where to send a financial gift may be found here.
Whether in attendance at these services or not, do  continue to keep the city of Charleston and its people in your prayers. While the Body of Christ has given an exemplary witness throughout the past week, other voices are trying to undermine that good work and foment conflict.  Pray that the Gospel will continue to overcome such voices with a witness to reconciling love.

Diocesan Churches and Parishioners Respond

Women with "#Pray for Charleston" shirtsChurches and individuals from across the Diocese are participating in and leading prayer vigils and services in response to the Emanuel AME tragedy. 

The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Gallant, Vicar of St. Andrew's Church, Charleston, hosted a prayer vigil for the organization which gathers historically African American fraternities and sororities on Saturday, June 20. View a video from that event.

On Sunday, June 21, in both the morning and  evening the Rev. Al Zadig, Rector of St. Michael's, joined with parishioners from St. Michael's, as well as St. Philip's, Charleston, and joined the throngs gathered at Emanuel AME to pray. "Help us to reach out in tangible, loving ways of service. Give us boldness to live out our faith. Transform us, come bring revival, a mighty miracle to this city." View a video from that event. View photos.

If you have a story to share about how God is using the Emanuel AME Church tragedy to bring positive transformation in your own life, parish or community, share that story with us.

Bishop Lawrence on Sabbatical July - September

Keep calm and sabbatical t-shirtAs the Bishop told Diocesan Convention in March and was affirmed by Diocesan Council at its Dec. 9, 2014 meeting, Bishop Lawrence will be taking a much needed and long overdue sabbatical for rest and refreshment.  It will begin this coming July and conclude with his return just prior to our scheduled State Supreme Court hearing, September 23. In order for the Diocesan office to serve you well, and for the Bishop to receive the rest and refreshment that he desires, we ask you to refrain from calling or emailing the Bishop during this time. If you have an urgent matter that needs his attention contact the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.  A great gift we can give to our Bishop this summer is the freedom to indeed have a sabbatical from his duties.  As much as it lies within our power to do so, please help us make that happen.

The Diocesan staff presented the Bishop with the t-shirt above as a sabbatical going-away present.

Diocesan Office Closing for Fourth of July Holiday

The Diocesan office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

St. Christopher's Chapel

St. Christopher Sunday, This Sunday, June 28

Celebrating God's Grand Provision as a Diocese
This Sunday, June 28,  we celebrate St. Christopher Sunday. St. Christopher Sunday marks the Sunday closest to the anniversary date of June 24. We encourage you to pray with your local parish for the ministry and fruit of St. Christopher. Be bold in your prayer for this Holy place and the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Diocesan NigRiverdogs logoht at the Riverdogs Moved to August 21

Our annual Diocesan Night at the Riverdogs event was cancelled last week out of respect for those grieving following the Emanuel AME Church massacre.  The Riverdogs event has been rescheduled for Friday, August 21. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Communicators' LogoZero Budget/Zero Time Church Communications Workshop August 18

How to establish and maintain a web presence when resources are low

Involved in Church Communications? Join with communicactors from across the Diocese Tuesday, August 18 for a day-long workshop. During the morning session Greg Shore, Communications Director for ACNA parish St. Andrew’s, Mt. Pleasant, will be our guest trainer as we look at social media - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - and hear not only why we should be using it, but when and how. After a delicious catered lunch with time for conversation and networking we’ll reconvene to have David Childs, Director of Communications for Church of our Saviour, John Island, show us how to create a low-cost website using Wix as well as a brief foray into other current programming options. Learn more and register.

Computer keyboardJob Opening

The Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island, is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant. The hours and salary will vary based on experience. Job entails most church administrative duties including answering phone and greeting guests, preparing Sunday material, database management, supporting ministries and more. A detailed description will be provided upon request.  Flexibility and beautiful surroundings a plus! If interested, forward your resume to with salary requirements, also note times available to meet.

Read about other positions in the Diocese here.

water shooting out of wallFlood at Holy Cross, Daniel Island

On Saturday, June 6, there was a flood at Holy Cross’ Daniel Island. It wasn’t one of biblical proportions, but certainly significant! And while it certainly caused some challenges, there were good outcomes in the end. It all began when a rubber gasket in their sprinkler system dry rotted and failed. This caused a highly pressurized stream of water to puncture through a closet wall and quickly begin to flood the Parish Hall building. See the water shoot through the wall here.

Read more. View photographs.


Provide a Bible to someone who's never had one: Nuer Bibles being printed

Our Diocese has the opportunity to participate in global missions by purchasing Nuer Language Bibles for Bishop Grant LeMarquand to distribute in Gambella, Ethiopia. The Nuer are one of the largest ethnic/tribal groups in Gambella and Southern Sudan. Bishop Grant, along with his wife Dr. Wendy LeMarquand and the clergy throughout the Gambella Region minister to thousands of Nuers, many of them living in refugee camps. What makes this opportunity so special is that the Nuer Bible is currently out of print and nearly impossible to find. We discovered a Lutheran group actively raising money to print Nuer Bibles.  For $7 you can provide a Bible to a Nuer family, a Bible that will in all likelihood be the first and only Bible in the family. One-hundred families at 10 churches can pay for 1,000 Bibles! Forward payment to: Diocese of South Carolina, PO Box 20127, Charleston, SC 29413, Attn: Gambella Bible Drive. If possible please send one check from your church to help share the administrative burden of processing payments. Learn more about Bishop Grand and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand’s ministry in Gambella.


Two Opportunities to Meet Missionaries: The Rev. Johann and Louise Vanderbijl

The VanderbijlsJuly 8: Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island

On Wednesday, July 8, the Church of Our Saviour will host  Johann and Louise Vanderbijls for an evening of fellowship and informal questions and answers.  Please bring Band-aids and neosporin to contribute. RSVP to (843) 768-2046. Refreshments and dessert to follow.

July 10: Church of the Good Shepherd, West Ashley

On Friday July 10, at 6 p.m. the Church of the Good Shepherd, West Ashley, will be hosting the Vanderbijls for an evening of fellowship and informal questions and answers. The number attending will determine where they meet, so call the Church Office if you'll be coming.  (843) 571-2993.

Johann and Louise serve in Gambela, Ethiopia within the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Because of Johann's theological training and Louise’s medical training, Bishop LeMarquand has called them to work with him and his wife, Wendy (who is a medical doctor), in Ethiopia.  Their unique opportunity touches and restores the lives of people who have lost their homeland, their livelihood, their dignity, and their hope. Come take advantage of one of these great opportunities to meet with and hear these wonderful missionaries to Ethiopia. Visit their blog.

Additional Upcoming Events

Read more about each of the following events on our Diocesan website calendar.

St. Christopher Sunday, June 28
Family Camp, June 28-July 5

Evening with Vanderbijls, July 8
Evening with Vanderbijls, July 10
OSL Conference, July 15-18
Cursillo 176, July 23-26
Communicators Workshop, August 18
Diocesan Night at Riverdogs, August 21
Women’s Retreat, Sept. 11-13
Barrier Island 5K, Sept. 19
Mondo, October 16-18
Cursillo 177, October 22-25
Clergy Conference, October 26-28
Women’s Retreat, Nov. 13-15
re:generate, Nov. 13-15


People News

The Rev. Martha HornPlease keep the Rev. Martha Horn, Deacon at St. Luke's, Hilton Head, and wife of the Rev. Robert Horn, Priest-in-Charge at Holy Apostles, Barnwell in your prayers. The breast cancer which she has battled for several years has produced multiple new lesions on her liver and lungs.  Martha's oncologist has begun very aggressive medical treatment to rid her body of the cancer.  The doctor says that she has a very good prognosis and he strongly believes that these malignant cells will be destroyed. Martha is very upbeat and declares: "Thanks be to God who will give me the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ...FOR I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  To God be the Glory."

Pauline James
Pauline James has joined the staff of St. Christopher as a ministry associate in the Food Service Department.  Pauline comes to St. Christopher as a full time employee following a period of working with us through a temporary staffing agency.  She is a long time resident of Johns Island and an experienced and welcomed addition to the morning kitchen crew.

The Rev. Trip Jeffords
The Rev. Julian “Tripp” Jeffords, Rector of St. Paul’s, Conway, has accepted a call to serve as the Rector of St. Paul’s, Summerville, beginning August 1. Tripp had served as Rector of St. Paul’s, Conway since 1998 where he was instrumental in growing that church by introducing ALPHA, active Bible studies, small groups, outreach ministries and mission work. During his last weeks at St. Paul’s, Conway, Tripp participated in their mission trip to Haiti. Read the notice.


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