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Tuesday, August 21,  2012

Joint Statement of the Bishop and Standing Committee
"The Bishop met today with the Standing Committee, which unanimously approved the course of action he outlined for the Diocese of South Carolina."

The Well By the Sea's newly purchased church building.The Well By the Sea Purchases Church Building
The Well By the Sea, in Myrtle Beach, the Diocese’s newest congregation, has just purchased the Christian Missionary Alliance Church building, which was around the corner from the space they were leasing. The CMA church had their last service July 15 and the lease for the space The Well rented in the strip mall was up for renewal August 1. The Well will now have a Nave/Sanctuary, two offices, a fellowship hall, youth room, full nursery, double kitchen, four classrooms, a full outdoor basketball court and a fenced-in children’s playground. They plan on having their first service in their new building on September 30. Jubilant Priest-in-Charge, Tom Woodle, said, in sharing the news, “Can’t you see God’s hand all over this?” Congratulations to The Well!  Read more. View the map

Diocesan Medical Mission examination of patient
Diocesan Medical Mission to the DR Seeking Team Members

The Diocesan medical mission to Angelina and Santa Fe, on the outskirts of San Pedro de Macoris, will be from November 1 through November 10. The group is still in need of another primary health care provider (Physician or Nurse Practitioner), Pharmacist, and Dentist. They also need interpreters. Contact Joy Holl at (843) 729-4674 or if you’re interested.

Have a Heart for Cadets?
Be the Church Link to the Ministry at the Citadel

Citadel Cadets worship in FCA meetingThe Rev. Greg Smith and his staff at St. Albans, the Episcopal Chapel at the Citadel, are gearing up for another school year, and need your help! They want to create a list of contacts at each parish in the Diocese to send occasional e-mails highlighting ongoing activities and upcoming events.  This will not be a time-intensive process and one does not have to be a Citadel graduate.  If you’re interested contact, John Horlbeck at or (843) 737-0835 (home), or call Fr. Greg Smith, St. Alban’s, at (843) 953-6840.

Football season is close at hand, and St. Alban’s plans to offer their St. Alban’s Tailgate in the parking lot across from Johnson Hagood Stadium during home games.  Stop by, say hello, and grab a complimentary snack or cool drink!  The first home game is Saturday, September 2 at 6 p.m., and the Tailgate opens at 4:00.

CHAPPS Ministers to Heart Attack Victim
The following is a journal entry by the Rev. Bob Higgins, a Chaplain with the Charleston Port and Seafarers Ministry: “Wednesday night, while I was out for my evening walk, I noticed an ambulance off the Port Pilot House. I went to see what was happening, since it was on the water. It turned out that a sailboat had come in with a woman who had had a heart attack. I introduced myself as a port chaplain with the CHAPPS, and went in the ambulance with her. The ambulance went to the hospital. I returned to the rectory, showered, changed, and proceeded to the hospital. She was in having a heart cath. The next day, Thursday, yesterday, I returned to the hospital to visit her. I believe that since we are port chaplains, we should attend to everyone and anyone who has anything to do with the water: seafarers, long shore men, private boaters, etc."

SafeGuarding God’s Children, August 26
As we move into the Fall season, faith formation and Sunday School  programs are ramping up. If you have not already done so , it’s also a good time to make plans for Safeguarding training for anyone who works with children and youth on a regular basis. The next scheduled workshop will be hosted by St. Philip’s, Charleston, on August 26 from 1-4:00 p.m. to RSVP, please contact Angela Clark at
If you need to discuss your parish needs for Safeguarding training, please contact Canon Lewis at (843) 722-4075. 

The Annual Clergy Spouse Retreat, September 21-23
All those married to clergy in the Diocese are invited to St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center for the 2012 Clergy Spouse Retreat, September 21-23. The cost, per person, for the weekend is: Cabin $135, Double $165, Single $215, Commuter $65. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. For more information contact the Diocesan Office, 843-722-4075. Register now.

Senior History Week
Senior History Week, September 23-28
A Five-day, All- inclusive, Historic Charleston Tour for the “Young at Heart!

If the anticipation of cooler September breezes and brilliant color changes are luring you to explore new horizons this fall, the Senior History Week Retreat at 
St. Christopher Conference Center and Drayton Hall may be just what you are looking for. Loaded with nature walks, guided tours through historic areas like old Charleston,Drayton Hall and Middleton Place, and even an archeological dig on a Revolutionary War and Civil War earthwork, this retreat will fill your days with wonder. Click here for more information!   Book now and receive a complimentary 1 year membership to "Friends of Drayton Hall!"

Churches: Noticing a Summertime Stewardship Slump?

Collection PlateA Message from the Rev. Jim Taylor, Diocesan Stewardship Committee Chair:

It doesn’t take a church consultant to tell you that most churches experience a decrease in regular giving during the summer months. It is not that people do not care about their church; people simply choose not to attend church as often for various reasons.  I am going to give you three ideas that either clergy or lay people can implement immediately. Learn more.

Outdoor Encounter   Sunset Kayak Tours ... still being offered!
If you are interested in kayaking or an overnight outdoor camping experience at St. Christopher book a reservation now with Outdoor Encounters. If you would like to receive more information on pricing and what St. Christopher and Outdoor Encounters has to offer,  visit or contact Justin Johnson at or by phone at (843) 768-1337.

Upcoming Diocesan Events

For additional details view our full calendar.

Daughters of the King - Fall Assembly, September 8
The Daughters of the King of the Diocese of South Carolina will hold their Fall Assembly Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston. The theme is "Looking to Jesus, Spreading His Love." The Speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina. The meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m., will also include installation of officers for the 2012-2015 period and a vote on the revision of Bylaws. Learn more.

New: Be Still & Know God, September 14-16
This retreat at St. Christopher offers a time to slow down and be with the Lord simply because of who He is; to enjoy Him and listen for His voice. Space is limited so register soon.  Go to for rate information and to download a registration form or contact Elizabeth Bumpas at or call (843) 768-0429 ext. 3005.

New: ECW Charleston/West Charleston Deanery Meeting, September 15
On Saturday, September 15, all women in the Charleston, West Charleston Deaneries are invited to gather for a meeting at St. John’s, Johns Island. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. You are asked to register by September 6. For additional information call either Nancy Scales (843) 224-1177 or Sara Forbes (843) 478-3777.

Encounter youth Events: September 28-30, October 12-14, November 2-4
Calling ALL youth (and leaders)! Our goal this fall is to gather all the youth of our diocese to share in a powerful experience of spiritual growth together. We will do this through an event called Encounter which will take place three times this fall at St. Christopher and will be for all middle and high school students and their leaders. Leaders are urged to let us know which weekend you intend to bring a group to and how many you think you will bring. This is vital for our planning so that we get all our groups into one of these weekends. The dates are: September 28-30, October 12-14,  November 2-4. Email Dave Wright to let him know your preference of dates and expected numbers.

New: Beginning Experience, St. Christopher, October 12-14
The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It can result in nearly unbearable feelings of loneliness and grief. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves and uncertain about their futures. The upcoming Beginning Experience weekend will be held October 12-14 at St. Christopher. An international program, and ministry to the single-again the Beginning Experience is designed and developed by respected Christian professionals in the fields of ministry, grief psychology, education and organizational process. Learn more

New: Brotherhood of St. Andrew – Diocesan Meeting, October 27
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be having their Diocesan Meeting at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence, SC. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a three-year plan for the Brotherhood in the Diocese of South Carolina and discuss what happened at triennial convention. Learn more

Thanksgiving at St. Christopher, November 21-24
Make this a Thanksgiving to remember as you kayak among dolphins, play in our annual touch football game, walk through the infamous “Mud Pit”, or enjoy hay rides and s’mores on the beach. Come be overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation and allow gratitude to well up within.  There’s no better place to re-connect with God and family than at St. Christopher’s Thanksgiving Retreat. Isn’t it time you slowed down and actually enjoyed Thanksgiving again? Make your plans now and reserve your space!  Visit and download your form there.

Upcoming Church and Community Offerings

For additional details view our full calendar.

New: Bluegrass ‘n Burgers at the Cathedral, August 24
The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, is hosting their fourth annual Bluegrass 'n' Burgers event live in “The Fitz” Allison Courtyard this coming Friday. Designed to welcome students back to the neighborhood, it coincides with the College of Charleston's "welcome week," it’s also a way to welcome the unchurched community onto the grounds and reach out to them. The fun begins Friday, August 24, 5:30 p.m. They’ll offer free burgers and hotdogs. Kettle-Corn will be available from T&T’s Original Kettle Corn (a farmers market fav.) and they’ll have toe-tapping live music performed by Goodnews with special guests, barbershop singers, Intelligent Design. AND As always - special surprises for kids! If you want to- bring a cooler & bring your dog.

Beth Moore Coming to Charleston, August 24-25
Beth Moore’s life-transforming Bible Study challenges and inspires women of every age, everywhere. Joining Beth at this weekend event is acclaimed worship leader Travis Cottrell and the Praise Team. Beth’s focus will be on the Scripture that God lays on her heart for each individual "Living Proof Live" event – no two messages are the same. As she explores the Bible and how it applies to real life, you’ll be amazed by her own experiences as a believer. You’ll also be inspired to magnify and strengthen your own relationship with God. Bring your friends and we’ll see you at "Living Proof Live" – a fun-filled Bible study, teaching, and worship experience to enrich your mind, soul, and spirit!  Learn more.

Robin Mark: Concert & Workshop, August 24-25
Robin Mark, best known for his songs, "Days of Elijah,” "Revival” and “The Wonder of the Cross” will be in concert at Church of Our Savior, Johns Island,  August 24. Robin is a Northern Irish Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has published 13 albums, with sales of over 2 million worldwide and has won the GMA's international award. He will be in concert Friday, August 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. On Saturday, August 25, he will offer two special workshops, from 9-10 a.m. Worship in the Bible, and from 10:30- noon Worship in Life. For more information, contact David Childs at (843) 735-8152.

Tony Campolo is Coming to Church of the Cross, September 8
Tony Campolo, a dynamic, world-renowned speaker on Christian living in today's world is coming to the Buckwalter Campus of the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Book signing will be offered following the event. He’ll be speaking on “A Jesus State of Mind.” To learn more and to purchase tickets Click Here. Child care will be available for children up to 10 years of age if registered in advance. Car pooling is encouraged. For questions please call the Church office, (843) 757-2661.

September 11 Interviews with Eyewitness Responders, September 24
The Rev. Rob Dewey, Senior Chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, was deployed with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team following the tragic events which occured at the Twin Towers 11 years ago. Rob and NCFD Capt. Lori Rose, a first responder at the Pentagon will share their first-hand experiences on 9/11 in an illustrated talk that tells the story what happened on that day, their role, grief and hope. The public is invited to this lively and memorable talk about a day in our history that will live forever and to honor those who gave their lives, the victims as well as the fire and policemen who died on that day for our freedom. This wll be held at the Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston on Monday, Setpember 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Order of St. Luke Healing Prayer Course Begins September 12
The Order of St. Luke Healing Prayer Course will be offered for eight weeks at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, on Wednesday nights beginning September 12. The evening begins with supper at 5:30 p.m. ($6) and the class runs from 6:15-7:30. Jean and Johnnie Corbett will lead the class. The Order of Saint Luke is a healing prayer ministry which seeks to restore the healing ministry to its proper place in the Church. Learn more.

St. John’s Florence Hosting Regional Choir Workshop, September 22
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence is hosting a regional choir workshop on Saturday, September 22. It will be led by Dr. Jared Johnson, Canon Organist/Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Columbia). The workshop, which is open to all choir members, directors, and organists regardless of denomination, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. Lunch will be catered at the church. The registration fee is $25. Details and the registration form are available at  The registration deadline is September 7.  For questions, please contact Tammy Williams at or (843) 662-5585, ext. 23.

Grace Church's Flower Arranging Workshop, September 28
Gay Estes, from Houston, a highly recommended and well-known speaker in the flower arranging world, will be presenting this program at Grace Church, Charleston. She has written a very informative book, The Church Ladies' Guide to Divine Flower Arranging, that will be made available in Grace's Gift Shop, Gifts of Grace. Two seminars will be  offered on September 28: one at 9:30 a.m. and another starting at 2:00 p.m. Learn more.

New: Bazaar at St. James, October 27
St. James Episcopal Church, James Island, is hosting a bazaar Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will serve soups, shrimp and grits, and homemade desserts for lunch.  Silent auction items include themed baskets, business certificates and gift cards, framed paintings, and more.  They will have a very large selection of children's clothes.  There will be jewelry, antiques, plants, books, linens, crafts, home furnishings, baked and canned foods, and seasonal decorations.  Funds earned will go primarily to outreach endeavors, missions, children's scholarships to Camp St. Christopher, St. James' projects, and other charitable causes--all for the glory of God.  Please join with St. James and bring family and friends with you.

People News

Andrew Abel Lawrence

Bishop Lawrence and his wife, Allison, recently welcomed their twelfth grandchild. Andrew Abel Lawrence, son of Joe and Joette Lawrence, was born on August 9. He weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz. and was 20” long.

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