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December 13, 2019

How (to and) Not to "Advent."

St. Helena's Takes a Humorous Look at Family Advent Devotions.

St. Helena's, Beaufort, shares some pitfalls and gives tips for making devotions more meaningful for young family members.

Ordination This Sunday

Your prayers and presence are requested.

The Rev. Peter LevasseurOrdination to the Priesthood of
The Rev. Peter Levasseur

God willing, on December 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at The Historic Church of the Epiphany, Eutawville, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence will ordain the Rev. Peter Levasseur to the sacred order of priests. Clergy are to wear red stoles. There will be a reception following.


"Wow!... A Beautiful Thing"

Deman Ordination Called "Extraordinary" By First-Time Ordination Attender

“I did not know what to expect,” wrote a member of St. Timothy’s, Cane Bay, after attending the ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Luke Deman on December 5, “WOW!” The new-to-the-Anglican-church-parishioner went on to say, “The service was extraordinary to us. In our experience with the Anglican way we felt like it was a marriage. We are there to lift Luke and his family as much as he will be there for us.  A beautiful thing.”

Rector, the Rev. Gary Beson, who preached at the service wrote to Bishop Lawrence who ordained Deman, “Bishop, please be encouraged. The light is pushing back the darkness!” 

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Diocesan Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

The Diocesan Office will be closed December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020 to allow the staff to enjoy time off with their families and friends. We will reopen on January 2. 

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Loving Our Neighbors

Christmas Goody Bags for All Students!

Each year during the week before the holidays, the St. John’s, Johns Island, Parish Angel Ministry gives each of the 530 students at Haut Gap Middle School a Christmas goody bag of treats to remind them they are loved and appreciated.  To learn more about the program, contact the church. 

Advent and Christmas Events Around the Diocese

A 2nd Annual Christian’s Christmas

December 14, Redeemer Pineville
Redeemer, Pineville, will be holding a dinner and evening of Christian fellowship on Saturday, December 14 from 6 -  10 p.m. The evening will feature relaxing gospel music, a sermonette and a three-course dinner. Also there will be a “Parade of Hats.” Both men and women are invited to bring or wear their hats. The audience will judge their favorite hat.  They will have caroling and a candle lighting ceremony. This is an event for adults. Suggested donation: $25 per person or $40 for two. RSVP to Shirley Wiggins by emailing or texting her at (843) 209-5272. 

Community Carol Sing

St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, December 18, 12:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 12:30 p.m, come add your voice to the glorious sounds of the Advent and Christmas season. After singing, enjoy a boxed lunch and fellowship in the Parish Hall at St. Philip’s Church at 142 Church Street in Charleston. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

St. Paul's, Summerville, December 22, 3 p.m.
On Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 3:00 p.m, nationally acclaimed storyteller, Tim Lowry will perform a one-man show of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. The St. Paul’s Zoe chapter of Anglicans for Life is hosting this fundraising event to benefit the Abba Fund. The proceeds from this performance will help the Abba Fund support Christian couples seeking to adopt children. Learn more and purchase tickets.
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Book Cover, "Jesus:Promise Kept"

New Advent Devotional

St. Philippian Releases New Devotional

Elizabeth Scott, a member of St. Philip’s, Charleston, recently released Jesus: A Promise Kept, an Advent Devotional geared to families. The short, impactful, daily readings open hearts to receive the ultimate gift of Jesus. Order one today to use for the end of the Advent season and have for next year.  Learn more. 

Two Important Education Offerings

This January


 Understanding the Times

A Leadership Conference with Dr. Ken Boa

January 11, St. Michael's Church, Charleston
On January 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, will be offering a Leadership Conference with the Rev. Dr. Ken Boa, founder of Reflection Ministries on the topic “Understanding the Times.” The cost is $35 per person and includes lunch. To learn more click the link below.
Learn more & register

Being Human: Gender, Sexuality, Fulfillment

A Ridley Institute Offering

January 10-11
In order for a Christian to faithfully respond to the challenging topics of sexuality and gender, one must engage and understand Scripture’s teaching on these matters. This two-part course will help to increase the Church’s understanding and compassion towards those experiencing same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, so all may be cared for in love and truth. We will create space for Christians to learn and talk about these challenging topics together, so that voices may be heard, questions addressed, and the Church encouraged to live faithfully today.
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Events Around the Diocese

March for Life and Anglicans for Life Summit and YSummit (for Youth)  January 23-24

Will your church be sending a team to Summit 2020 at the Falls Church Anglican in Virginia? The Summit features speakers, workshops & networking opportunities intended to inspire and quip you to live out your calling to advocate for life in your churches and communities. The following day we will join with hundreds of people bearing witness to the sanctity of life at the 2020 March for Life in Washington DC.  Learn more and register

Diocesan Convention - March 13-14, 2020

Church of the Cross, Bluffton; All are welcome to this gathering. Mark your calendars. Information on workshops to come.
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Joy Hunter
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