Thursday, February 7, 2013
222nd Annual Convention, March 8-9
Convention to be Held in Florence, SC
Over 300 people are expected to attend the upcoming 222nd annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, March 8-9. There will be pre-convention workshops on the Sozo Prayer Ministry, Grandparenting, and C.S. Lewis on Friday, March 8. These are open to the public. Our free registration link will be available soon. The Convention will officially start the evening of March 8 with a Holy Eucharist service at the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center, Florence. It will re-convene Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. at the same location. More details will be available in convention packets which will be mailed to delegates next week.
It's not too late to sign up for the Christian Men’s Conference
Don't miss the February 22-24 Christian Men’s Conference at St. Christopher. Our conference speakers, Phil and Paul Downer, of DNA Ministries, will present the “Eternal Impact” weekend. This weekend is known to be a life-changing experience for men, married or single, with or without children. Learn more.
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Trinity School for Ministry Offers Degree Program Online
Trinity School for Ministry recently announced it will offer its Master of Arts (Religion) degree (MAR) in an entirely online format. In the past, Trinity has offered all but four of its MAR classes online, though students were expected to come to the Ambridge campus for a portion of their credits. Learn more.
Embraced by a Whisper, Women's Retreat, March 1-3
Women: Mark your calendars for March 1-3. We will spend the weekend at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Our theme for this retreat is “Empowered by a Whisper” and our keynote speaker is author and blogger, Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Tracie understands the difficulty we often have in hearing God’s small voice in the chaos of our lives. In three different sessions, she will reintroduce us to our friend Jesus, guide us to hear His voice and His call in our lives, and show us how to embrace the call. Learn more.
Clergy Renewal of Vows, March 19
All clergy of the Diocese are invited to attend the annual Renewal of Vows Service, Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. Contact Beth Snyder to let her know you will be coming so you can snag a box lunch.
Spend An Evening with Bishops from East Africa, April 9
Come to the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. to hear first hand accounts of the vital work God is doing in South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya (possibly Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia). We will have visiting Bishops serving in these countries give personal witness and testimony. Hear, too, about how you can pray for their ministry and explore opportunities for further partnerships in "Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age." Following the presentation there will be a reception in the parish hall. Details will be announced soon.
Youth: Don’t miss Epic, March 22-24
This weekend, held at St. Christopher, is an interactive journey for High School students centered on Bible teaching, creative worship, contemplation and celebration to stir the soul and renew the mind. This weekend has been a powerful source of spiritual growth for students during the past eight years.
Praying with St. Paul Retreat, May 15-17
The newly established Prayer Center at St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center announces it’s inaugural retreat entitled “Praying with St. Paul” to be led by the Rev. Dr. Russ Parker. Many in our diocese know Russ Parker through his healing prayer ministry. He is an incredibly anointed teacher with a fantastic sense of humor! Russ was ordained in the Church of England in 1981. He has a post graduate degree in Phenomenology and Theology from Nottingham University and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the United States in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Christian ministry and for his many writings and his teaching abilities. Learn more.
Grandparenting Skype Luncheons, February 12, 26
Ready to be a Courageous Grandparent? Participate in one of the simultaneous Skype conversations with Cavin Harper February 12 and 26. These will be held at Holy Trinity, Charleston; St Paul’s, Summerville and Christ Church, Mt Pleasant. Reservations are helpful but not required. Call Catherine at (843) 437-0442.
Jesus Weekend, February 15-17
It's too late to register, but keep the 8th and 9th grade students and their leaders participating in this rite of passage weekend in your prayers.
New: Lay Employee and Clergy Retirement Planning Meetings, February 25, 26, 27, 28
The Benefits Committee of the Diocese is giving a presentation in several locations to sign clergy and lay participants up for the Diocese's new retirement plan. Learn more.
Daughters of the King, Spring Retreat, March 15-17, 2013
The Daughters of the King of the Diocese of South Carolina will hold their Spring Retreat March 15-17 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to be with other Daughters and the National DOK President, Pam Runyon, who will also be with us. The speaker will be Roger Grenier, a talented musician, singer, and teacher from Ocala, Florida. Learn more and register.
Courageous Grandparenting Conference, March 16, 2013
The Department of Christian Faith Formation is joining forces with Pass the Legacy Consulting Ministry to have a one-day conference at Saint James, James Island, March 16, on COURAGEOUS GRANDPARENTING! This conference will be led by Cavin Harper, the founder and director of Christian Grandparenting Network. For more information go to passthelegacy.com.
New: Be Still and Know God, March 22-24
The Prayer Center at St. Christopher offers weekend retreats called “Be Still and Know God.” It’s a time to slow down and be with the Lord simply because of who He is – to enjoy Him and listen for His voice. Whether you are in full-time ministry and needing to reconnect or just recognize your need to encounter the Presence, these retreats are designed to help you keep your first love…your first love. The retreat runs Friday - Sunday and is designed to create an environment that enables silence, solitude and prayer in order to connect more deeply with the presence of God. Learn more.
Trinity Episcopal, Pinopolis Oyster Roast, February 9
Trinity will hold an Oyster Roast on February 9 from 4-7 p.m. One price at the door, $20, includes oysters, hot dogs, soups, stew, s'mores and inflatables for the kids. Entertainment will be provided by The Sweaty Pets band. BYOB (beer and wine only) Call (843) 761-8570 or visit www.trinitypinopolis.com for directions and more information.
The Rev. Martha Horn Leading Church of the Cross Women’s Retreat, February 22-24
Martha Horn will be speaking on "Knowing God's Will is Surer Than Winning the Lottery!" The retreat will be held at Epworth by the Sea on Sea Island, GA. Come and explore the Word of God and let us together discover God's will in the hustle and bustle of every day life. RSVP by February 6. Learn more.
New: Quiet Day at St. George’s, Summerville, March 2
St. George’s, Summerville, is inviting everyone to join them for a Quiet Day, March 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sister Donna from the Sisters of Charity Convent will be leading the day using a series of her own meditations. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. All are welcome - men, women and youth (nursery will be available). Register by calling (843) 873-0772, by February 20.
Old St. Andrew’s Tea Room and Gift Shop, March 11-23
Please join the Episcopal Church Women of Old St. Andrew’s for their 60th Annual Tea Room and Gift Shop, March 11-23. Lunch will be served each day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A traditional menu of chicken salad sandwiches, shrimp paste sandwiches, okra soup, she crab soup and many delicious desserts will be served. View the full menus and Learn more.
The Rev. Eddie Driggers, who was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese on December 1, 2012 was sworn in as the Police Chief of North Charleston on January 28, 2013. "I thank God for the opportunity to serve," said Chief Driggers. "What I believe is that this job doesn't belong to me it belongs to the people I serve and those who work daily to safeguard our lives on the street. I'm very blessed to play a part in that."
The Rev. Jack Owens has recently accepted God’s call to become the associate rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston. “It has been a true joy being at St. Philip’s, and I will deeply miss the friendships that have grown from this ministry. On the other hand, I can’t express the anticipation that my family and I have as we begin this new chapter of our lives.”
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Joy Hunter, Editor