Catch up with the latest news from the Diocese of South Carolina. View it in your browser.

May 21, 2014

Grant & Wendy LeMarquand: Here from the Horn of Africa - May 27-June 4!

Bishop Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquandBishop Grant LeMarquand, Bishop of the Horn of Africa and his wife Wendy will be in the Diocese May 27 - June 4, meeting with those partnering in ministry or exploring such a relationship. They come equipped to discuss issues facing the Anglican Church in Ethiopia dealing with a rapidly growing church alongside a refugee crisis. The following engagements have been arranged.  If your church would like to sponsor an additional meeting, contact the Rev. Mike Clarkson at either (843) 768-2046 or

LeMarquand's Tentative Schedule
Will they be in your area?  Check for latest, detailed schedule.

  • May 28 or 29, Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island
  • May 29, Trinty, Edisto
  • June 1, Church of our Saviour, Johns Island
  • June 1, King Street Grille, Freshfields Village, Johns Island
  • June 2, St. Paul's, Summerville
  • June 3, Our Saviour, Johns Island
  • June 4, St. Matthias, Summerton
  • June 4, Parishioner's Home, Fort Motte
  • June 4, Holy Cross, Stateburg

Diocesan Office Closed for Memorial Day

The Diocesan Office will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Graduations, Awards, Ordinations

The Lawrence and Sosnowski families at the 2014 Trinity Seminary graduationLawrence and Sosnowski Ordination: May 29

Joe Lawrence, (left) son of Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence, Jamie Sosnowski (right) and his wife Gretchen Sosnowski (center) all received degrees from Trinity School for Ministry this past week.  Joe received his MDiv and the Theology Award; Jamie received his MDiv and the Leadership Award. Gretchen received her MAR in biblical studies. Congratulations all around! Jamie and Joe will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston. All are welcome! Clergy, wear white stoles.

Rags Coxe was ordained May 7

Rags Coxe was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence to the transitional diaconate at a service held on May 7 at St. Bartholomew's in Hartsville, SC View the photo album.

Matt Rusch Ordination, June 4

By the Grace of God The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina will ordain the Rev. Matt Rusch to the Sacred Order of Priests on Wednesday, June 4, 7:00 p.m., St Helena's, Beaufort. All are welcome. Clergy stoles: Red

Photo of nine childrenSafeguarding God’s Children, June 14
Polly Sosnowski is conducting a Safeguarding God’s Children workshop at Christ-St. Paul’s, Yongues Island  June 14 from 9 a.m. until noon.  Anyone in our Diocese who works with children or youth in a parish is required to have this training. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 am. Call church office at (843) 889-2820 to register. Note: Safeguarding God's Children may also be accessed online.

Communicator's Workshop, August 20
Building a Small Website Using WIX

Interested in learning how to build a small, five-page attractive website using WIX? Vicki Vasquez, Director of Communications at St. Michael's Church and David Childs, Director of Communications at Church of our Saviour, Johns Island, are both proficient at WIX and they'll show us how it's done.  We'll meet from 10 a.m. - 12:30 and close with lunch.  Cost: $10.  Contact Joy Hunter to sign up.

News from St. Christopher

Chapel of the Palms Restoration

Video of the Chapel of the Palms being lifted.The Chapel of the Palms has been “offline” since November 30, 2013.  While restoration work is well under way, it will not be completed by the end of May.  It will however be useable for Summer Camp with it fully refitted to a new solid foundation of cement and concrete piers.  The remaining structural work involves internal bracing with the equivalent of earthquake rods in addition to new siding, new windows and a new roof.  A new double door vestibule will also be retrofitted at the entrance.  This remaining work will be scheduled around the planned uses of the Chapel going forward.  The fundraising goal of $250,000 to complete the restoration of the Chapel of the Palms was fully achieved, due principally to the generous matching gift of $125,000 which has been fully paid.  Some pledges remain outstanding, but we are on track for having the necessary funds available to complete the work.   View the video of the Chapel being lifted onto piers.

Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp 2014 is about to begin.  The staff arrived this past Sunday and is well underway in training and preparation.  Almost all sessions are fully subscribed with waiting lists.  The summer theme for 2014 is “Giving Thanks” using 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as the supportive teaching and memory verse to support this theme.

Barrier Island 5K Poster2nd Annual Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike, June 21

St. Christopher is hosting the 2nd Annual Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike on Saturday, June 21. Last year’s inaugural event was part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration at St. Christopher. With the success and positive feedback from last year’s race, St. Christopher will be hosting the event once again as a fundraiser with this year’s recipient being the Barrier Island Outreach Program.  Learn more.

St. Christopher Sunday, June 22

Mark your calendars for St. Christopher Sunday, June 22. We encourage you to pray with your local parish for the ministry and fruit of St. Christopher. Be bold in your prayer for this Holy place and the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

St. Christopher Summer Staff Reunion Regatta, June 22

The Summer Staff Reunion Regatta will be held on June 22, the same weekend as Saturday's Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike. It will be an incredible weekend for staff alumni and current staff to fellowship together on the beach.

In the News
St. Helena’s Annual Service at Old Sheldon
Featured in Island Packet; View the Video

Video of St. Helena's service at Old SheldonThe Island Packet recently ran a story on the annual service St. Helena’s, Beaufort, held at the Old Sheldon Church. A few of our churches hold annual services at churches which have been long deserted. “What we call the Old Sheldon Church stands near Gardens Corner in northern Beaufort County. Its ruins on a tree-shrouded byway near U.S. 21 quietly stand witness to tales of war and peace, feast and famine, of biblical proportions….”  Read more.

Noteworthy Diocesan Holy Week and Easter Offerings

Chuck Owens cooks Easter cookies with a messageVideo:  Recipes with the Reverend: Chuck Owens Bakes Easter Cookies with a Lesson

The Very Rev. Chuck Owens, Rector of Church of the Cross, Bluffton, starred in a Easter-cookie baking video that was shown before Easter to the children who attend the Cross School.  The humorous video weaves spiritual insights into the cooking lesson.  Watch the video.

Young adults at Cathedral Good Friday serviceThe Cathedral Hosted a Six-Church Community Good Friday Service

On Good Friday, The Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul hosted a gathering of six different churches, and over 500 people, from all over the Charleston area. Blending worship music of various styles, classical, choral, alt-country and contemporary, visual arts, dramatized meditations, scripture readings and prayers, this was a truly unique service of worship. Photographers of Richard Bell Photography, donated their time to document this occasion. View the photo album.

Matt McCormick with volunteers from Church of the ResurrectionOne of our newest congregations, Church of the Resurrection, Fed the Homeless During Holy Week

Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston, fed over 350 homeless people and shared the Gospel with each guest during Holy Week.  The Rev. Matt McCormick, Vicar, wants to express, "Deep thanks to our Diocese for their prayers. The church has grown to over 45 committed members in just one year.  God is doing amazing work!"

Church of Our Savior Gathers for Sunrise Service on BeachOur Saviour Held Easter Sunrise Services on the Beach

The Church of our Saviour, Johns Island, held Easter sunrise services at Kiawah and Seabrook this year as well as both traditional and contemporary services in their church building. More than 1,000 people attended one or more of the events. The cold, gray morning didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of several hundred worshippers who attended the sunrise service on Kiawah’s beach (shown left).


Jubilate DeoHave a Story to Tell the Diocese?
Submit it:  Jubilate Deo Deadline, June 27

The Jubilate Deo, the Diocesan newspaper, is only as good as the stories we tell.  We are currently gathering stories for the next issue. If you have a story that would be of interest to others in the Diocese – one of an extraordinary ministry, of lives changed by Christ, a unique outreach, send it on.  Read the submission guidelines.


Diocesan Youth Commission Accepting Applications
Juniors and Seniors Preferred (correction from the last enewsletter)

The Department of Youth Ministries is seeking high school students interested in applying to serve for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Our Youth Commission is comprised of cheerful servants who demonstrate spiritual maturity and leadership gifts and desire to develop skills while serving our Lord. This leadership group serves on youth events as well as at Diocesan Convention each year. Their role in events includes leading small groups, sharing testimonies, leading activities, and providing behind the scenes support.  They are a vital part of our ministries! Serving on Youth Commission involves a commitment to several weekend events as well as two training days. Students are expected to serve in a leadership capacity in their church as well. Read more.


Grand Camp June 16-20
A Grand Time Between, Grandparents and Grandchildren

This camp is for grand parents to bring their grand children (ages 6 – 12) to beautiful St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center for five days of great summer fun. This summer the Department of Christian Faith Formation and Pass the Legacy Ministry are partnering to bring to South Carolina the first annual GRAND CAMP. The key note speaker is Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grand Parenting Network.GrandCamp® is a unique faith adventure for grandparents and their grandchildren focused on transferring a faith-legacy from one generation to another, growing in that faith, and building a treasure chest of life-changing memories—and having a pile of fun while you’re doing it! Learn more.  Register  here.

The Rev. Rob SturdyFamily Camp, June 29-July 6

This is a time for families to enjoy quality time at the beach while making memories you’ll talk about for years! And what better place to celebrate the 4th of July than St. Christopher!  Bring the whole family and let them do all the cooking and plan all the activities while you enjoy an affordable and fun beach vacation. The rates are all inclusive…lodging, meals and all the activities.  Stay one night or all six. Learn more.


Events Around the Diocese

OSA Choral Evensong PosterNew: Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Ascension, May 29; Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Charleston
Old St. Andrew’s is offering a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Ascension on May 29 featuring music by Finzi, Gibbons, Maher & Cowgill.  The evening will begin with a potluck meal at 6 p.m. followed by the service at 7 p.m. Download a poster.

Choral Evensong PosterNew: Two Choral Evening Services at Trinity Church, May 29 and June 8

The choir of Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach, presents two evening services including selections by 20th century Anglican composer Everett Titcomb. Thursday, May 29, at 7 p.m., the Trinity choir presents an Ascension Day Evensong, which will include Titcomb’s “Sing Ye to the Lord” along with both choral and congregational chanted psalms and canticles.  On Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m., the Trinity choir presents Compline for Pentecost Sunday which will include Titcomb’s “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless” and other chants and motets for compline, a meditative service sung at the close of the day. For more info contact Ashley Sosis, Director of Music  at (843) 448-8426.

Christian Listeners Conference, June 1-3
St. Christopher is excited to welcome back Joanna Zeiner and Christian Listeners USA. They will be at St. Christopher for a conference from June 1-3. Christian Listeners USA is used to develop skills for listening to others with the heart of God.  Learn more.

New: St. James’ Youth Mission Trip Fund Raiser
Wine and Cheese Art and Décor Reception, June 6
To help pay the expenses of their teens going on a summer mission trip to work at Save R Kids in Guyana, St. James Church on James Island is hosting a Wine and Cheese Art and Decor Reception Friday, June 6, from 7 – 9 p.m. in their Ministry Center. They will have framed art, antiques, Lenox dishes, unique decorators' pieces, and hundreds of gourmet cook books for sale.  Admission is $5 per person; anyone under the age of 21 is admitted free.  If someone buys something, the price of his admission fee is deducted from the cost of the purchased item.  To ask for more information or to make donations, contact Virginia Bartels at (843) 557-0202.

New: Christian Golfers’ Association Outing, June 7
The Christian Golfers’ Association’s next outing is Saturday, June 7 at Oak Point, Kiawah Island.  Cost is $45 to include golf, cart and range balls.  Registration is at 8 a.m., the devotional will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 9 a.m.  Register here.

New: Christian Heritage Pilgrimage to Dalmatian Coast and Northern Italy, October 21 - November 12
The Rev. Bob Lawrence, Executive Director of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, and  his wife Lynn, will lead a 13-day pilgrimage to the Dalmation Coast and northern Italy, October 31 to November 12, 2014.  On  this Christian Heritage Tour they will begin in Dubrovnik with visits to Split, Ljubljana, Venice, Verona, Genoa, the villages of “Cinque Terra” and conclude in Milan with a visit to Santa Maria dell Grazie which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.”  This 13-day pilgrimage is limited to 20 participants.  For more information or to receive a trip brochure, contact Fr. Bob at or (843) 276-1758.

Note: The Diocese had previously not promoted this kind of trip, but has changed its policy and will promote them with a one-time listing in the Diocesan enewsletter in the future.
People News

Please keep the family of Ellen Oldland, wife of the Rev. Bill Oldland, Rector of St. David's in Cheraw, in your prayers. Ellen’s mother, Susan Walker Williams died on May 19, 2014. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parks Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Church in Summerville on Friday, May 23 at 2 p.m. in the Church Building. Burial will follow in the church yard. A reception will be held in the Atrium.  Read the obituary.

Share Your ENEWS with a Friend 

Joy HunterIf you know someone who might enjoy receiving news from the Diocese of South Carolina every other week, please forward your copy and invite them to subscribe. Have a notice or bit of news you'd like to submit? Send an email to me, Joy Hunter at Thanks so much!
Joy Hunter, Editor

You are receiving this newsletter because you are affiliated with the Diocese of South Carolina or you signed up for it at
Learn more about the Diocese of South Carolina by visiting

Do you want to remove your name from our e-newsletter list?  Click here to unsubscribe.

Our mailing address is:
Diocese of South Carolina
126 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Add us to your address book

Copyright (C) 2008 Diocese of South Carolina All rights reserved.

Forward this email to a friend
Update your profile