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October 26, 2017

Chapel of the PalmsRededication of The Chapel of the Palms

St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, November 4

Come and join in praying for the ministry of St. Christopher and the entire Diocese

Join in celebration at a special service at 11 a.m. commemorating the Chapel of the Palms. On the evening before, Friday, November 3, at 8:00 p.m. we will begin a 15 hour Prayer/Worship Vigil in advance of the Rededication Service which will be led by Bishop Mark Lawrence at 11 a.m. on November 4. Cabins shall be provided for rest and sleeping for Vigil participants. Learn more.

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In case you need a refresher, this year's Listen & Speak Conference will discuss the place of technology in faith, family and culture. Right now, we're offering all four sessions with Andy Crouch and Liz Vice for $40. (Use code "technology" at check out to get your discount.) We will see you November 2-3 in Charleston, SC for this year's Listen & Speak Conference. Map to the conference.

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Andy Crouch: Managing Technology
Andy Crouch
18 minute video
on Technology
LIZ VICE - "There's A Light" (Portland Soundcheck)
Liz Vice
3 Minute Song
"There's a Light"
One Song: Liz Vice - "Empty Me Out"
Liz Vice
4 Minute Song
"Empty Me Out"

Who is the conference for?


Christian Leaders in Every Sector of Culture

The Listen & Speak Conference exists for any Christian interested in the intersection of faith and culture. Through lectures, art, dialogue, food, and drink we hope to create conversations that lead to the flourishing of our churches, neighbors, and cities. 


What is Listen & Speak Again?

We seek to create conversations around Christian faithfulness in a shifting culture. Our two-day conference in Charleston, South Carolina will feature author Andy Crouch and artist Liz Vice. Through lectures, art, dialogue, food, and drink we create conversations that lead to the flourishing of our churches, neighbors, and cities. Read More.

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St. Paul’s, Conway, offering “Come, Lord Jesus”

St. Paul's, Conway, is producing a Daily Advent Devotional called Come, Lord Jesus to share with the public.  The devotions were written by church members of all ages and the artwork was produced by children ages 5-10.  Devotional topics and Scripture texts are from the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary for the season of Advent.  Devotions for each day in Advent will be emailed to those who wish to receive them.  Subscribe now.

Craige Borrett holding sign parish made for him. October is Clergy Appreciation Month

Have you thanked your clergy lately?  

The Rev. Craige Borrett, Rector of Christ-St. Paul’s, Hollywood, thanked his congregation for their “sweet” recognition (shown left).  “It’s an honor to serve such a loving congregation,” he said.  Senior Warden, Terry Jenkins, noted, “Christ-St. Paul's is so blessed to have two priests called by God to minister, teach, love, and share their lives with us. We are truly grateful for their service and dedication to each member of the congregation. Let us continue to pray for Fr. Craige, Fr. Kendall, their wives, and family daily as they devote themselves to following Christ until his return.  Please let each of them know of your gratitude and thankfulness for their presence in our lives daily.”

Want to thank your clergy? Send a note of encouragement.

Police take around crime area

Tips for Making Your Church Less Vulnerable to Violence

A church is often viewed as a safe haven. Not only by the congregation members, staff and volunteers, but by the community it's a part of. However, today's reality proves that shootings and violent outbreaks are more commonplace and churches aren't excluded from them.  Here are some suggestions on how to make your church and its members less vulnerable.

Christmas at Sea – Adopt a Ship

2017 Christmas At Sea boxes are available for pick up by anyone wishing to participate this year. Email with your phone number and how many boxes you think you can fill and they will call you to arrange a mutually convenient meeting place for you to get the empty boxes. The boxes are 9 x 9 x 4 each, and come with a flier advising the items to put in the boxes.  To adopt a ship fill 25 boxes with each of the items in the list, wrap them and return them to ChaPSS. Last year they put 2,300 boxes on ships during December.  Let's beat that this year.

St. Paul’s, Conway, Packs a Pew for Puerto Rico

Pews filled with hurricane relief supplies

On Sunday, October 22, St. Paul's, Conway, held a "Pack-A-Pew for Puerto Rico" event to collect canned goods, bottled water, and cleaning supplies for those recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The congregation partnered with the Horry County Police Department and the Conway Church of God who flew the supplies to Puerto Rico. ”Our congregation responded with generosity,"  said the Rev. Jason Collins, Rector. "Instead of packing one pew, we packed three pews which totaled 1.5 truck-loads of relief.
Contribute to hurricane relief efforts through ARDF

Pray for our Youth: Regenerate: November 10-12

At Regenerate (Nov 10-12), a weekend for high school students, we will have Stephen Altrogge. Stephen is the author of numerous books, including Untamable God, creator of the blog The Blazing Center, and author of a number of worship songs.  You can read some of his thoughts at
Upcoming Ordinations
Denman Isgett
November 1

Ordination and Institution

By the Grace of God the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, will ordain Thomas Denman Isgett to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and also institute him as the Rector of St. Matthias Sumerton on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  A reception will follow. Clergy: White Stoles
Denman, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has been serving as Priest-in-Charge of St. Matthias. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters. 
Mary Ellen Doran
November 30


By the Grace of God the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, will ordain Mary Ellen Doran to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island.  A reception will follow. Clergy: Red Stoles
Mary Ellen, a 2017 graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA, serves as an Assistant at Church of Our Saviour. She and her husband, Keith, have two daughters, and two granddaughters.
Randy Shirley
December 10


By the Grace of God the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, will ordain Randy Shirley to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, Sunday, December 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, Charleston.  A reception will follow. Clergy: Red Stoles
Randy, a 2017 graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA serves as an Assistant to the Rector at St. Michael's. He and his wife Elizabeth (Liz)  have two children, Robert (18), and Anna (16). 

Extreme Makeover Insurance Edition

Extreme Makeover - Insurance Edition – November 28

On October 1 the Diocese joined the ACNA health insurance plan.  To help with the transition we will hold a insurance information day on Tuesday, November 28 for parish administrators, insurance participants and their spouses on the new plan.  The gathering will be held from 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s, Summerville and lunch will be provided.  Learn more.
Register for Insurance Information Day

Liturgical Calendar endorsed by the ACNA.

Modern Liturgic produced a 2018 liturgical year collection aligned with the ACNA Texts for Common Prayer and endorsed by the ACNA! This collection is intended to highlight this re-ordering of time around the story of God’s mission to the world in Jesus Christ. It highlights various aspects of the Christian liturgical tradition – seasons, colors, feast days, and more. It runs from Advent to Trinitytide, December 2017 through November 2018. Learn more.
Job Opening

Parish Administrator, Prince George Church, Georgetown
Prince George Church, Georgetown is looking to hire a full time parish administrator to perform secretarial duties as well as manage the Church office and finances using ACS software program. For more information or to submit a Resume please contact Rev. David Thurlow at


Feeding the Multitude November 18

People Gathered for the feeding of the multitude

Downtown Charleston, noon – 3 p.m.

Phillip Simmons Park , 68 Columbus Street, Charleston
Contact: Jacinta Bryant, (843) 696-6290,

St. John's Chapel along with other faith-based community partners invites you to volunteer for their 26th annual Feeding of the Multitude (FOM) event Saturday, November 18, from 12 Noon to 3 PM. On this day, we expand our love for the community even farther by providing spiritual and physical nourishment within the heart of the Eastside at Phillip Simmons Park. Our community members are gracefully served a meal, message, and music while prayer partners deliver meals to our homebound and elderly residents.  Volunteers and Sponsors are needed.

Johns Island, noon – 3 p.m.

St. John’s Church, 3673 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island
Contact: Claudia Boyce, (843) 860-8811,

St. John’s Parish Church will be hosting their 10th Annual Feeding of the Multitude on Saturday, November 18, from 12 Noon to 3 PM. More than 25 Christian churches from Johns and Wadmalaw Islands are working together to make this the best one ever!  We invite all people to this joyous event, in which we’ll provide a delicious Thanksgiving meal, entertainment, prayer and fellowship. An important component of the Feeding of the Multitude is our outreach program in which prayer teams take dinners and prayer to homebound families on our islands.


Clergy Conference November 13-15

Clergy Conference Montage

Our Annual Clergy Conference will be held November 13 -15, at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Keep the clergy in prayer as they gather for teaching and fellowship.

Church and Community Events 

Homecoming Service for St. Jude’s, Walterboro, October 29
St. Jude’s, Walterboro is inviting all past and present members, friends – old and new to join them for a special homecoming service and covered dish supper.  The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and they will gather for lunch immediately afterward.  This will be a special time to reflect on the past and celebrate the present and look to the future. RSVP to either  (843) 549-1050 or Bring a covered dish to share. St. Jude’s is at 907 Wichman Street in Walterboro.

All Saints PosterNew: Choral Evensong for All Saints, November 1 & 5
Saint James, James Island, and St. Michael's, Charleston, are jointly presenting two services of Choral Evensong for All Saints'. Nov. 1, at 6:30 pm at St. Michael's. The Rev. Canon Doug Peterson, homilist and Nov. 5, at 5:00 pm at Saint James. The Rev. Jeff Miller, homilist. Music includes Stainer's I Saw the Lord and Bainton's And I Saw a New Heaven. Join our collaborative spirit and celebrate All Saints' with us! Questions? OR

Parenting Workshop, Trinity, Myrtle Beach, November 3-4
Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach will be sponsoring a Parenting Workshop on November 3-4.  The speaker will be Christine Donovan, PCI Certified Parent Coach and developer of the “Let, Lift, and Listen” approach to parenting.  Christine will share simple and effective strategies parents can use to bring more joy and peace into the home while raising responsible, respectful, independent adults.  $50 per couple with childcare included.  Register at

Reformation PosterAlways Reforming: 500 Years On: Bishop Allison to Speak, St. John’s Johns Island, November 4
Bishop FitzSimons Allison will present "Always Reforming: 500 Years On" hosted by St. John's Parish Church, Johns Island on Saturday, November 4 in Walton Hall.  Please join with others in the Diocese for an evening reflecting upon the 500th anniversary the Protestant Reformation.  A coffee and dessert reception will begin at 6:00pm, with Bishop Allison speaking at 6:30 pm.  Call Lane McKelvey at St. John's Parish Church, (843) 559-9560, to let her know you will be attending.

10th Annual Lowcountry Walk for Life, November 4
The Lowcountry Walk for Life will be held Saturday, November 4 at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston! Learn more.

16th Annual Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast, November 9
On Thursday, November 9 from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. the Charleston Leadership Foundation will sponsor the 16h Annual Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast. It will be held at the North Charleston Convention Center. Jason Brown will be speaking. “From NFL to Farming… A Man of Faith.  Individual tickets are $40 and a table of 10 may be purchased for $350. Learn more.

Holiday Bazaar, Holy Trinity, Windermere, November 11
Holy Trinity Windermere, Charleston, is sponsoring a Holiday Bazaar November 11, from 9 am to 3 pm. Here’s a wonderful opportunity for holiday shopping in these areas: decor & ornaments, gifts for all occasions, hand-made crafts and baked goods. They will also have ready-made gift baskets, a gift wrapping station, a lunch cafe from 11 am to 1 pm and much more.

OysterOyster Roast, St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte, November 18
St Matthew's Parish Church expects over 700 people to join the 60 year tradition: The Fort Motte Oyster Roast Saturday, November 18 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the historic Hane Cannery, 1060 Colonel Thomson Highway, Fort Motte.  "This is one of the oldest South Carolina Oyster Roasts with the freshest oysters. " All you can eat shrimp and oysters for $35. Kids under 10 are free.  Call Rhett Tabor for tickets (803) 837-1456.

New: Ladies Night Out – Good Shepherd, Charleston, December 1
Good Shepherd Day School, a ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston will be hosting a Ladies Night Out fundraiser for the school Friday, December 1 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and offers ladies an opportunity to enjoy dinner, music, shopping and more.  Invite friends, moms, sisters, nieces, coworkers and come enjoy a night out.   Learn more and purchase a ticket.  

People News

DiRaddo Funeral Service, November 4

The Rev. Joe DiRaddoThe Rev. Joseph Andrew DiRaddo, who served in a number of churches in the Diocese of South Carolina and in Texas died on October 6 at Bishop Gadsden. Early in his ministry he served as an Assistant Rector at St. John's, Florence and he was the founding Rector of All Saints, Florence. He served the majority of his active ministry in churches in Texas and returned to the Diocese following his retirement to serve under Bishop Salmon and Bishop Lawrence. He served at St. John's, West Ashley as well as St. Peter's and St. John's during their merger and he continued to serve there when the church was renamed Church of the Good Shepherd. He retired (again) in 2008.  The funeral service will be Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden.  Read the obituary

The Rev. Jimmy GallantPlease keep the Rev. Jimmy Gallant, in your prayers. Gallant, Rector of St. Andrew’s Church, Charleston, is recovering from open heart surgery.  He had the surgery on Friday October 13.



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