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August 28, 2015

In the News
Church of the Cross: River Baptisms Engage Bluffton Community

Church of the Cross river baptisms"They were clothed in white cottas, the 23 who were being baptized; among them were infants, young folks and adults - some were in family units, most were not," writes the Very Rev. Chuck Owens . . . "Why conduct such an unusual service?  Why not inside the church on a Sunday morning like we do every month?  My friends, we must reach beyond the safety of our walls and risk being criticized for using non-traditional approaches if we are to be obedient to our baptismal covenants in the 21st century...The Island Packet carried a front page picture and article the next day and Bluffton Packet followed a few days later with another article and more pictures." Read the Very Rev. Chuck Owens’ account and see a photo album from the baptisms. Read The (Hilton Head) Island Packet story.

Riverdogs fans from the DioceseDiocese's 2nd Annual Gathering at "The Joe" Draws Crowd

Despite the hour-long rain delay we had a good turnout for the Diocesan Night at the Riverdogs. Two from our group even participated in one of the Riverdogs between-inning contests. View the photo album


Church SecretaryVestry Members and Parish Administrators, you may not realize...
Churches are Required to Pay Overtime for Non-exempt Employees

On June 30, 2015 the US Department of Labor updated their rules on who qualifies for overtime pay, receiving time and a half for all hours worked over 40 per week. Churches are subject to overtime rules and must follow them as any other organization.  However, many in the church are not sure to whom the rules apply and who is exempt. Read the latest issue of Treasurers' Tips. Sign up to subscribe to Treasurers' Tips.

Healing Prayer Training Offered at The Church of the Cross

Healing prayer trainingBeginning September 13, 2015, the Healing Prayer Team at the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, will offer two classes on healing prayer.  Jesus gave the gift of healing and the authority to heal to His followers so that God is glorified and His people are restored and healed.  To teach the healing arts, they will offer Level 1 & 2 training from the School of Healing Prayer® curriculum prepared by Christian Healing Ministries.  Learn more.  

Stolen TrailerUPDATE: Bridge Church Trailer and Equipment Funds Coming In

Several individuals and churches responded with pledges of large and small gifts which once received will enable the Bridge Church to replace everything that was stolen. “Our ministry team, congregation and volunteers want to thank every donor who contributed,” says Tom Hample. “We even had one gift from someone who attends Church of Our Saviour part of the year.  From his home on the other side of the globe he read about the theft and said, "the Holy Spirit has been at work in my heart about this," and he was moved to contribute. Contribute to the fund.



Holy Apostles, Barnwell, Begins Offering Taize’ Services
Vigil for the Rev. Robert Horn, September 14

Holy Apostles, Barnwell, will hold Taize' Services at 6 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, beginning on September 14. The Taize' Service on September 14 will be a prayer vigil for the Rev. Robert Horn as he begins the stem cell transplant process. Holy Apostles' congregation is praying everyday at noon where ever they are for Robert and the Rev. Martha Horn, both of whom are battling cancer. They invite everyone to join them in prayer.

inflatablesSupplying Fun and Safe Event Entertainment: Inflatables

At this time of the year, it is common for organizations to host end-of-summer parties or back-to-school celebrations. They serve as a chance to reflect on the fun times of summer and look ahead to an exciting new school year. This same transition applies to churches, as well. Moving from Vacation Bible School to regularly hosted Sunday School, churches are ready to celebrate the fall. In planning these celebrations, many organizations may consider inflatable rides to serve as entertainment for children and families. However, while these items are popular and bring a lot of excitement to an event's atmosphere, there are dangers associated with their use. Read more.

Upcoming Golf Outing Planned for September 5
The first fall outing for the Christian Golfers Association is September 5 at Wescott Plantation.  Registration and range start at 8 am.  Tee times start at 9 am. Cost for everything is $47. If you would like to play, register online at

  • October 3 at 11:30 am (Tee Times)- Stono Ferry- $52.00 ( Mike Sutton- 763-1817)
  • November 7 at 10:00 am (Tee Times) - Seabrook Island -$52.00 (Brian Thelan - 768-7539)
  • December 5 at 11:00 am (Shotgun start) - Turtle Point - $52.00  Mark Schaffer- 266-4058)

Grace, NMB, hold first baptismFirst Baptism for Grace, North Myrtle Beach

On Sunday, August 9, 2015, Grace Parish in North Myrtle Beach, one of the Diocese's newest missions, held their first baptism. In the photo, the Rev Perry Malphrus holds Lillian Grace Finch as Grace's Vicar, the Rev. Linda Manual and Lilly's parents look on. 

Tent Charleston logoTent Charleston

Evangelistic Campaign, September 12-27

Tent Charleston is a two week evangelistic campaign to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in the open air to the city of Charleston. It will be held at the corner of Meeting St. and Lee St. in downtown Charleston nightly at 7pm from Sept 12 – Sept 27, 2015.  Sept 12 is the opening night of prayer for the city. Learn more.

Youth Events

Mondo - for Middle Schools Students, October 16-18, 2015

Charlotte Smith & Rob Schluter will be the speakers at Mondo.  Charlotte is the Minister of Youth and Families at St. John’s Church in Florence.  Rob is the Family Pastor at St. John’s Parish on John’s Island. Both are high-energy speakers with a great passion for teaching the Bible and have been well received as speakers in our past events.

re:generate - for High School Students, November 13-15, 2015

The Rev. Rob Sturdy will be the speaker at re:generate.  Rob is an Associate Pastor at St. Andrew’s Mount Pleasant, the director of The Ridley Institute, and previously served as Rector of Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach. Rob is a powerful communicator who brings theological depth and biblical insight with great passion and clarity. We are thrilled to have him back as a speaker at this event!

The Birdsongs will return this year to lead worship at both events.  This Christian Alternative Rock/Power Pop band is composed of four brothers, their sister, and their father. As a band, they have maintained a constant touring presence and have become increasingly popular at festivals, youth events, and churches all over the country. Their heart for ministry and passion for the gospel are a great inspiration.

More information will be available soon at

A Message From the Rev. Bob Lawrence, Executive Director of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Support Kanuga in its Battle Against High-voltage Transmission Lines

Kanuga LogoDuke Power Co. recently filed a plan for a new high voltage power transmission line that includes one route that cuts directly across the campus of Kanuga Conferences Inc.  Should this route be selected, it would cut a 150-foot wide swath for high elevation transmission towers directly through what serves as the primary campus for the Camp Bob ministry and Mountain Trail Outdoor School. Please join with me and many others in making an appeal to Duke Power to choose an alternate route for this power transmission line.  I make this appeal as a current Trustee of Kanuga Conferences, Inc, a long time member of the Kanuga Board of Visitors, an even longer time visitor and supporter of Kanuga, and as a fellow Executive Director of a camp and conference center. Learn more.

A Message from Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF)
Emergency Appeal: Flooding in Myanmar Affects Over 200,000

ARDF has received an appeal for emergency funding from The Church of the Province of Myanmar (CPM) to help victims of severe flooding caused by an unusually violent monsoon season. Many have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been affected by devastating floods and landslides that have engulfed homes and cut off vast parts of the country. There is an immediate need for clean water, food, housing, medical care, and counseling to avoid further death and suffering. Many residents have lost all their possessions and been forced into camps as their homes remain underwater. Others must travel down city streets in canoes or other boats due to the unprecedented flooding. Read more.


Video of Martha HornWomen: There's still time to sign up for the fall DWM Retreats

“Shifting Landscapes; From Mine to His”

September 11-13 at St Christopher Camp and Conference Center
November 13-15 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront, Myrtle Beach

Note: the Lodge is full for the September retreat, but there is still space for cabin-dwellers and commuters.

The Rev. Martha Horn will be the speaker at two Diocesan Women’s Ministries-sponsored beach retreats this fall. The first will be held September 11-13 at St Christopher Camp and Conference Center and the second will be held November 13-15 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Myrtle Beach Ocean front. They're beginning to fill up!   Learn more and sign up. Watch an invitation video from the Rev. Martha Horn.


Upcoming Grandparent Events

Grandparents at prayerSept 11  Grandparent's Day of Prayer at Church of Our Saviour, The Ladies Ministry of Our Saviour is hosting a Grandparents Day of Prayer. Cathy Jacobs, founder of Pass the Legacy Ministry, from St.Paul's, Summerville, will be the special speaker. This is a free event. Light lunch will be provided. Reservations by Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 Call Anne Hart 843-708-2747 or contact the church office 843-768-2046 or

Sept 13  G@P Meeting at Holy Comforter, Sumter.  For one hour, the community of grandparents will gather at 4:00 for a time of personal and corporate prayers for grandchildren and loved ones.  Cathy Jacobs will share a some practical tools on how to pray for your family.  The meeting will be followed with light refreshments.  Contact:  Betsy Acken

Sept 20  Activation Sunday for small groups at St James, James Island.  Pass the Legacy Ministry will facilitate one six week small group offering for grandparents.  Topic will be to encourage and equip Godly grandparenting in the 21st Century.  Contact:  Joyce Wichmann.

Additional Upcoming Events

These items have been announced in earlier editions of the e-newsletter. View the Calendar.

Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike, Saturday, September 19
St. Christopher is hosting the 3rd Annual Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike on September 19. This fun, family-friendly event will showcase the beautiful facilities and environment that St. Christopher operates on! Register here,  A $5 discount will be deducted from your 5K fee with the promo code "charlesrun." 

The Rev. Tripp Jeffords Institution as Rector of St. Paul's, Summerville, September 24
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., St. Paul's, Summerville, will hold a Celebration of New Ministry, at which the Rev. Tripp Jeffords will be installed as their new Rector. Bishop Mark Lawrence will celebrate. All are invited to join in this special celebration and reception, which will fall. Clergy are invited to process. 

All Saints’ Hosts Quiet Day, September 26
The Daughters of the King at All Saints Church, Florence, is hosting a Quiet Day on Saturday, September 26. The Rev. Karl Burns, Rector, will offer meditations on the Lord's Prayer.  Registration begins as 9 a.m. A light lunch will be provided for $8 paid at the door. Pre-register by Friday, September 18 by contacting Ethel Eckenstein.

Diocesan Periodical Club Sunday – September 27
The DPC’s purpose is to spread the printed word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To learn more and order bookmarks to promote the work of the DPC in your parish, contact DPC Coordinator Vicki Sheedy.

Watercolor Prayer Journaling, October 2-4
Please join artist Mimi Whaley at St. Christopher in October for the Watercolor Prayer Journaling Retreat. This recurring event will consist of basic watercolor instruction, tools, tips, methods and actual "watercolor journaling". Since the retreat is limited to 12 participants, individual help by the instructor is available for each participant as they develop their journal. Call Rhonda Myers at (843) 768-0429 to register.

Clergy Spouse Retreat, October 16-18
Meredith Kronz and Bethany Hamil will be the guest speakers for this great time to get away for fun, fellowship and encouragement. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Life in a Fish Bowl.”  Learn more and register.

Clergy Conference, October 19-21
Archbishop Foley Beach will serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Clergy Conference. Learn more.

St. James Bazaar, October 24
St. James Church, James Island, will host its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, October 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A huge variety of inexpensive items will be available, and lunch can be purchased as well.  Those who need additional information or wish to donate items may call the church at (843) 795-1623.

Thanksgiving Retreat at St. Christopher, November 25-28
Thanksgiving is three months away and registration and retreat information is still open for this year's event! If you have any questions, please email Rhonda Myers at

People News

The Rev. Elizabeth BumpasElizabeth Bumpas, missionary to the Diocese of Northern Uganda from Saint James, James Island, was ordained as a transitional deacon on August 11, 2015 by Bishop Johnson Gakumba with the support of Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina. God willing, she will be ordained to the priesthood in 2016. She has been placed at Christ Church, Gulu as Curate in charge of the English service.  Read Elizabeth's moving account of the ordination.

The Rev. Hunter JordanThe Rev. Hunter Jordan celebrated his first service as Deacon-in Charge of St. Matthew’s, Darlington on Aug. 16, 2015. Hunter and his family are excited about their move to Darlington and are looking forward to many years of serving alongside the people of St. Matthew’s as, together, they share the Gospel with the city of Darlington. Please pray for the beginning of Hunter’s ministry and celebrate alongside the member’s of St. Matthew’s as they welcome their new rector.


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