May 29, 2013
Lace Up Your Running Shoes for St. Christopher's 5K
Don't Miss St. Christopher's 75th Anniversary Celebration, June 22-24
Get Your Gala Tickets Today!
One of the biggest celebrations to be held in the Diocese this year will be the three-day celebration planned at St. Christopher for Saturday, June 22, through Monday, June 24. St. Christopher will offer a 5K Run and Hike through the grounds, an Open House to explore the campus, waterfront activities, a history exhibit, a Summer Staff Reunion Sailing Regatta, and a Gala Dinner with both silent and live auctions. A time capsule buried at the 50th Anniversary will also be recovered which is known to include many artifacts and a video record of that era. God willing, the video will be shown at the Gala Dinner along with other special presentations. In addition to joining in, parishioners are invited to serve and help make the celebration a success. Learn more.
St. Christopher Sunday, June 23
No matter where you find yourself in the Diocese, you can join in the celebration of St. Christopher’s 75 Anniversary on St. Christopher Sunday, June 23. Here are suggestions for your church:
• Take up a noisy collection using beach pails and have camper alumni wearing their favorite camp t-shirt.
• 75 coffee mugs Sunday! - Collect coffee mugs to donate to the St. Christopher Dining Hall.
• Invite a member of the St. Christopher Staff or Board to be a distinguished guest.
• Sponsor the Pelican Gala as a parish or as a small group.
• Put together a 5K Team (adults and runners under 18 are welcome to register)
• Write an old fashioned Thank You note to a member of the St.Christopher Staff (past or present) that most blessed you during a visit to St. Christopher.
• Write anonymous messages of encouragement or prayers for the 2013 Summer Camp Staff.
Teams in each parish are asked to coordinate these local events. A St. Christopher Sunday Eucharist will also be held in the Kimbel Chapel for those staying the weekend and anyone who would like to attend. This is a special day to show your support for the ministry of St. Christopher. Download the Sunday Team Guide.
Women's Ministry News from Ann Dennis
"The Diocesan Church Women may have changed its name, but our ministries of service, worship, prayer, missions, Spiritual Life, and Christian Education have not changed..."
Ann Dennis, President, Diocesan Church Women
If you didn't attend the 129th Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Church Women, on April 13, find out what you missed. Here's an excerpt from Ann Dennis' address:
"Today, we voted to affirm the Board’s decision to remain affiliated with and supportive of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina and our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence. We also disassociated ourselves from the National Episcopal Church Women. We have voted to change our Constitution and By-Laws; among the changes is the name of our organization. We will be called the Diocesan Church Women for this transitional year. Everything is being evaluated. We are looking for ways to be better, stronger, and more representative of women’s ministries in our Diocese. In the coming year, we need you to support the ministry of your Diocesan Church Women Board. We want to hear all of your ideas and input as to how we can become better and more effective ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to His people. Everything is open to being changed or improved. We welcome all women in our Diocese and all women’s ministries as members. We welcome the strength that comes with numbers, and the unity of the Holy Spirit. Don’t forget to include your clergy in your plans! The Diocesan Church Women Board works under the authority of the Bishop, and the Parish Church Women work under the authority of the priest in their parish. You know, they do have some great ideas that could use our support and participation, and also there are ministries that we will want to be part of. We need the clergy, too. We need their blessing and their prayers, their guidance and their wisdom. We are the Body of Christ..."
Read the rest of Ann's address, read the meeting minutes and learn about the Diocesan project and prayer partners here.
Support the Oklahoma Tornadoes Relief Effort
The Diocese of South Carolina invites you to join in assisting those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma by making a donation to Anglican Relief and Development's tornado relief fund. You can give either immediately online or by mailing a check. Learn more.
Nursery Safety. What are You Forgetting?
Having a staffed nursery available during your worship times is a great benefit for anyone who attends your church, as it allows parents and other congregation members to have a focused worship and study time. However, it does open up some areas of liability for the church, in terms of worker and volunteer safety, as well as equipment and toy requirements. Read the following to find out if you're taking necessary precautions in your nursery. Learn more.
Safeguarding God's Children, June 1, June 11
St. John’s Chapel, Charleston, will be hosting training for the SafeGuarding God’s Children Program on two upcoming dates and invites other parishes who need staff or volunteers trained to join them. The workshops will be led by Mrs. Polly Sosnowski. Two full, separate training sessions will be offered on: June 1 (Sat.) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with Lunch provided for a $5.00 contribution and June 11 (Tues.) 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Those wishing to participate are asked to contact Shantell Scott to reserve a place.
Holy Comforter’s Baby Bottle Boomerang for Pregnancy Center
The Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, has a creative way of collecting funds for the Sumter Pregnancy Center (which actually rents space in their building). On Mother’s Day they invite parishioners to take home baby bottles. Parishioners then fill these with dollars and change and bring them back to the church on Father’s Day. They call it the Baby Bottle Boomerang and have been doing it for five years. Last year the church filled 50 baby bottles.
Family Camp at St. Christopher, June 30 - July 6
This summer, share in a week of summer camp as a family. Bishop Mark Lawrence will serve as the Chaplain throughout this week, offering daily Bible Study and worship opportunities. Guests can come for one day or all six days, Sunday, June 30 through Saturday, July 6. Waterfront activities, hikes, kayak trips, the climbing wall, Rec Hall games, the mud pit and mud pie await all comers for this wonderful week of generational faithfulness and family fun. Learn more.
Christ the King: Courageous Men
Breakfast and Movie, June 1
On Saturday, June 1, the Men of Christ the King Waccamaw
, are hosting an outreach event using the Courageous movie. The event is open to all men (ages 13 and up) and will be held at the Live Oaks Center, 9630 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island.
Saint Paul’s, Conway, Golf Tournament, June 15
Saint Paul’s, Conway, is hosting the Don Boutcher Memorial Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 15 at the Burning Ridge Golf Course
on Hwy 501 in Conway. The Shot gun start is at 8:30 a.m. It costs $65 per golfer, $260 for a team of four and includes cash prizes, greens fees, cart, lunch and door prizes. The proceeds will go to local charities including Churches Assisting People (CAP), Fostering Hope and Shepherd’s Table. For info and to register contact Willard Wadman at firstname.lastname@example.org
, (843) 234-9958 or St Paul’s Church, Conway, at (843) 248-4706.
"Youth Commission has been a blessing for our daughter."
Application Deadline is June 1
"The Diocesan Youth Commission Application deadline is quickly approaching and as a parent whose daughter has been involved for the last two years I urge parents, youth ministers, and clergy to consider supporting their youth in this calling. Serving on the Youth Commission has been a blessing to our daughter, our home, and our church. She has grown in her faith, developed friendships with like-minded believers, and developed skills that enable her to share her love of Christ with others. Dave Wright and the other adult leaders on his team have poured truth into these future leaders' lives. Through Youth Commission, Janey Capers has become more confident in sharing the Gospel, teaching in large and small settings, and leading small groups. Youth Commission takes our young people and prepares them to return to our churches to serve in a leadership capacity and more importantly, it strengthens their faith and understanding of the Gospel so they can stand firm as they enter a world which is in such desperate need of a Savior." Lisa Newland, Christ St Paul's Church, Yonges Island
Discounted Summer Package Rates
, June 1 - August 12, 2013**
Back by popular demand…St. Christopher is offering special discounted rates for Personal Retreats for June, July and August. Learn more.
Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of Trevor Spencer, June 27
Trevor Spencer, who recently graduated from Trinity School for Ministry, will, God willing, be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at 6:30 p.m. on June 27 at the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island. All are invited. Read an update from Trevor.
Jubilate Deo Deadline
Have a story you want to share with the Diocese? Our next deadline is Friday, July 5. View submission guidelines.
Ordination to the Priesthood of The Rev. Jonathan Bennett, July 13
The Rev. Jonathan Bennett, a recent graduate of Trinity School for Ministry who is serving as an Assistant at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, will, God willing, be ordained to the Priesthood at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Cathedral. All are invited.
Upcoming Events at St. Christopher's Prayer Center
Put these events on your calendar:
September 6-7, Christian Listening Workshop Level 1 & 2 with Joanna Zeiner
September 27-29, Be Still and Know God Retreat
October 4-6, Water color Journaling Weekend with Amelia Whaley
January 13-15, Journey to Healing Retreat with Judith McNutt of Christian Healing Ministries
Church and Community Events
Epiphany Charity Golf Tournament, June 1
The Church of the Epiphany, Eutawville, will hold their Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 1 at the Santee-Cooper Country Club Golf Course. The Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Luncheon will follow in the Country Club. To learn more call (803) 492-7644.
Christian Golfers Association Golf Tournament, June 1
The Christian Golfers' Association will hold their next outing at Cougar's Point on Kiawah. Registration is at 9 a.m. The devotional will be at 9:30 and tee times begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $50. Learn more and register here.
Christian Golfers Association Retreat, June 13-15
The CGA will hold their National Golf Retreat & Tournament June 13-15, in Myrtle Beach. Learn more.
The Rev. Dr. Reggie Corfield was ordained to the priesthood May 8, 2013 at St. Paul's, Conway, where he is currently assisting. Reggie comes to the Diocese having served churches in South India and New Jersey. In addition to serving as a pastor, he has experience in working with the homeless, working with troubled youth and serving as a hospice chaplain. He and his wife, Lydia, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Daniel Kalshoven has been hired as the new Director of Communications for St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Daniel is a 2012 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Graphic Communications. He is a longtime resident of Fort Mill, South Carolina and he is presently completing a year-long internship working with Young Life Ministries at their Windy Gap campus in North Carolina. He will officially begin at St. Christopher on August 19, 2013.
The Rev. Andrew Williams will join the staff of Saint James on James Island on June 9. He comes from Ware, Massachusetts, where he has served as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church for the past 6 years. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and of Virginia Theological Seminary. Andrew’s wife, Jill, is also ordained (they met and fell in love in seminary) and is gifted in faith formation. Jill will begin her life and ministry among us tending to their two young sons, Jude and Joshua, as their family settles in South Carolina. Andrew’s passion is outreach and mission, especially to young people and families with young children, and he is very eager to take his ministry outside the church to games, events, wherever people spend their time. Andrew writes about coming to Saint James: “I have always heard it said that the best way to find success is to find what the Spirit is doing and join in. It is clear to anyone that has eyes to see that the God has big plans for St. James and it is my sincere hope that I might contribute to his plan in some small way as we join you on mission.” Please keep the Williams family in your prayers as they join our diocese. The people of Saint James are very excited about their coming!
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