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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Keep Our Brothers and Sisters
in Egypt in Your Prayers

An Update from the Belsers
Please keep our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Egypt in your prayers. Bishop Mouneer Anis and his wife, Nancy, who were with us for Mere Anglicanism, arrived safely back in Egypt.

The Rev. Rick and Anne BelserThe Rev. Rick and Anne Belser,  from our Diocese, are in Alexandria, Egypt, where he is planning to teach pastoral care at the Alexandria School of Theology.  Though internet and television service is down, they were able to communicate with family members this past Saturday. We learned that they were able to get food and supplies, but that most of the shops were closing. A note from son, Dawson, read, "they have a positive feel about things and are going to have a service tomorrow in a place nearby to where they are staying. They can't get into downtown right now, to the seminary. Spread the word that they are okay, and keep them in your prayers.”

We will provide updates as they become available.

MacArthur Talks:
Now Open to All… One Week to Register"Slave" by John MacArthur

There are 60 seats left and scholarships are available. First come, first served. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear John MacArthur, popular evangelical author, pastor and teacher speak on his latest book. Bishop Lawrence said, “MacArthur is one of the most influential and generative preachers and writers in American Christianity. This is a unique and rare opportunity for us to hear Dr. MacArthur as he explores this provocative subject from a scrupulously Biblical perspective.”    The sessions are February 8-9. The last day to purchase tickets online is February 6. Learn more.

Kyle Rote, Speaker for Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy BanquetKyle Rote, ESPN’s Athlete of the Year, to Speak at Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy Banquet February 10
Tickets Available
There is still time to reserve tickets to this annual event. Kyle Rote, ESPN’s Athlete of the Year in 2000 will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $50 per person or $600 per table. There are a small number of free tickets available for clergy at Bishop Lawrence's table. If you are interested in these, contact Beth Snyder.  For regular reservations, call (843) 724-1212. Learn more.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-AliA Convention Offering -
Triple Jeopardy: The Challenge of Islam, Secularism and Multiculturalism

The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali to Speak Prior to Convention

All are invited to a conversation with Bishop Nazir-Ali, Assisting Bishop for Anglican Communion Relationships, on Friday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m., prior to our convention. The gathering will be held in the Sanctuary of St. Helena's, Beaufort.

The Future of Your Church
A Workshop for Church Leaders, March 5
The Future of Your ChurchWhy are churches declining? What makes a church grow? What can be done to not only "stem the tide" but turn it around, making a declining parish a vibrant, alive and growing one? Bishop Lawrence invites all clergy, vestry members and parish leaders to join him in a day-long workshop sponsored by the Congregational Development Committee from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at St. David’s in Cheraw.

Beginning with “reality-therapy” and what’s happening in the church today, the workshop, led by clergy and diocesan staff, will also include time for examining vision, changing your church’s DNA, looking at stewardship and mobilization.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.  To register call St. David’s at (843) 537-3832.

Convention Vesting Announcement
Clergy: White Stoles 

Clergy in White StolesVesting is higly encouraged for the upcoming service of Holy Eucharist prior to the convention. Clergy are asked to arrive at 4 p.m. (on Friday, February 18) and be vested in white stoles, ready to process by 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The Service of will begin at 5 p.m. A reception will follow. On Saturday, registration will open at 7:30 a.m.  The call to Convention will be held at 9 a.m.  View Convention nominees brochure. Learn more

Men's Conference/Women's Conference
Diocesan Men's and Women's ConferencesIf you haven't registered yet for the Men's and Women's Conferences - both of which will be held in February, do so now! Learn more about the Men’s Conference, which will be held February 18-20. Learn more about the Women’s Conference which will be held February 11-13.

Diocesan Events - Upcoming

Be Still and Know God” Contemplative Retreat,  – March 4-6
Do you need some time away with the Lord? To slow your pace, be still and give Him your full attention?  Consider attending the next “Be Still” contemplative retreat.  It’s a time to come away for silence, stillness, guided contemplative scripture meditation and prayer, all in the beauty of St. Christopher. Space is limited to ten per session. Join us for two nights and three days.  Learn more.

Safeguarding God’s Children
Old St. Andrew’s will be hosting a Safeguarding God’s Children workshop on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.   Those interested in attending in order to fulfill the Diocesan requirement that those working with children and youth be trained, may contact Lisa Dubay at (843) 766-1541 or

People News

Cheryl Allen, a member of Holy Communion, Charleston,  has stepped down from her role as Coordinator of the South Carolina Episcopal Diocesan Medical Mission Team.  The Diocesan Medical Mission makes annual short-term medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic.  Cheryl has served in this capacity on behalf of our diocese during the past eleven years.  What a wonderful ministry she has provided for people in the DR and within the Diocese of South Carolina!  At Bishop Lawrence’s request, Dr. Howard and Mrs. Joy Holl, members of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, have answered the call to be the new Coordinator’s of this important ministry.  As soon as the date of this year’s medical mission is solidified the information will be publicized in the E-Newsletter or the Jubilate Deo. 

The Rev. Jeff WallacePlease keep the Rev. Jeff Wallace, an Associate Rector at Christ the King, Waccamaw, and his family in your prayers. Jeff’s father, Bill Wallace, died on Sunday, January 30. The funeral service will be held today, February 1 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection, Surfside, where Bill was a member.   View the obituary.

Diocesan Convention

February 18-19
St. Helena's Beaufort

Two Easy Steps to Register:

1. Certify your delegates using this form.

2. Register your delegation here.

The cost is $50 per delegate (clergy or laity); $25 per visitor. Note alternates attending in addition to the delegation must register as visitors.

Hotel accomodation information is available here.

Highlighted Events

View our Diocesan calendar. Have an event to share?  Submit it.

Evensong and Benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Cross
February 2

Diocesan Council
February 3

Evensong and Benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Communion
February 6

Dr. John MacArthur

St. John's Chapel
February 8-9

Coastal Crisis
Chaplaincy Banquet

North Charleston
Convention Center
February 10

Diocesan Women's Retreat
St. Christopher
February 11-13, 2011

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
to Speak

St. Helena's, Beaufort
February 18

220th Diocesan Convention
St. Helena's, Beaufort
February 18-19

Diocesan Men's Retreat
St. Christopher
February 18-20, 2011

February 24

Jesus Weekend
St. Christopher
February 25-27

Jubilate Deo Deadline
March 4

Be Still and Know God
Contemplative Retreat

St. Christopher
March 4-6

St. Paul's Tea Room
March 21-April 1

Old St. Andrew's
Tea Room

March 21-April 2

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