Thursday, January 5, 2012
A Message from David Soutter, Chair of the Diocesan Finance Department
I write to you about tithing, as chairman of the Diocesan Finance Department, as a lifelong Episcopalian, and as a Christian head of my household. Some years ago, Bishop Salmon changed the approach to giving in the Diocese, teaching and emphasizing the Biblical tithe. We preach the tithe for the spiritual health of all Christians, and we agreed to a ten-ten-ten approach. Tithe by parishioners of 10% of their income to their own parish, a tithe of 10% of parish income to the diocese, and a tithe of 10% of diocesan income to outreach, whether to the national church, or to missions outside our own. Read more.
Parochial Report Forms Now Online
Must Be Completed by March 1
The parochial reports for the calendar year ending December 31, 2011 are due Thursday March 1, 2012. This is a mandatory, canonical date. The forms are available here
Women in Ministry: Debra's of the 21st Century, January 12-15
St. John's Chapel in Charleston will offer an exciting “Women in Ministry” Conference January 12-15. Don't miss this opportunity to be blessed by seven inspiring women. On January 12, 2012, the conference will begin with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer and Healing Service with Gospel Music offered by Minister Christal Brown Gibson. The Rev. Dr. Laverne A. Wilson, national conference speaker and Senior Pastor of Charis Ministries in Laurel, Maryland will be our featured presenter. Additional speakers include: the Rev. Lynette Greene, Executive Pastor of Life Center Cathedral Ministries; the Rev. Martha Horn, a Deacon with the Diocese of South Carolina; Mrs. Janie Dingle Wilson, President/COO of Biblical Family Center and Mrs. Joanne Ellison, President/COO of Drawing Near to God. The conference opening (Prayer and Healing Service) and closing plenary sessions will be convened by the “first” lady of our Diocese, Mrs. Allison Lawrence. Lunch and dinner are included in the $50.00 cost for the conference. Learn more.
Have You Registered for Mere Anglicanism?
Don't miss it - January 19-21
Plan to attend this year’s Mere Anglicanism Conference, January 19-21 at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston. The theme, “The Once and Future Church” will bring together some of the brightest minds in Anglicanism to reflect on who we, as a church, have been and who we can become. Registration is $100 per person, which includes all sessions and two box lunches for Friday and Saturday. That fee does not cover all of Mere Anglicanism’s costs, but conference organizers wanted to keep the registration fee low so that more laypeople and clergy would be able to attend. Individual presentations are available at $25 per session. Learn more at www.mereanglicanism.com.
The presenters and their lecture titles:
The Rev. Dr. Richard Turnbull, Principal, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Anglicanism In Full Flower: The Eighteen and Nineteenth Centuries
The Rt. Rev. Richard Chartes, Bishop of London
Missionary Visionary: Bishop Henry Compton
Dr. John McCardell, Vice Chancellor, the University of the South
Anglicanism on Fire in South Carolina: The Great Beaufort Revival of 1831
The Rt. Rev. Michal Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, (Retired),
Visiting Bishop for Anglican Communion Relationships, Diocese of South Carolina
Amnesia and Anamnesis: How We Lost Our Way
The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina
A More Excellent Way: Shaping the Future of Anglicanism
The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Dean, Trinity School for Ministry
Recovering the Christian Mind: Educating the Anglican Ministry Today
The Most Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Diocese of Jos
Recovering a Dynamic Anglican Missiology
Pastoral Crisis Intervention Course, February 1-2
The Pastoral Crisis Intervention Courses I and II are being sponsored by the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and the City of North Charleston. The courses were co-authored by the Rev. Rob Dewey shortly before the September 11 terrorist attacks. The courses address how to assist individuals or communities during a time of crisis, and examine the impact that crisis situations have upon people, whether it is a psychological and/or spiritual impact. Participants will receive continuing education credit from the University of Maryland. Learn more.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
For additional details view our full calendar.
Diocesan Clergy Life Planning Conference, January 14
On Saturday, January 14, the Church Pension Fund will hold a free Life Planning Conference in Charleston for clergy of the Diocese and their spouses. The Conference will address the Clergy Pension Plan, eligibility for benefits, and allow for time to answer questions regarding personal situations. Registration forms were mailed to clergy on December 2. If you have not received yours, contact Sean Scheller at (800) 223-6602 x8357.
Mere Anglicanism, January 19-21
Be Still and Know God, February 3-5
St. Christopher is offering their quarterly "Be Still and Know God," retreat February 3-5. This is time where participants are led to intentionally slow down and focus on their relationship with God. Space is limited to 12 participants, so register soon. Go to www.stchristopher.org for rate information and to download a registration form. For further information, contact Elizabeth Bumpas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 768-0429 ext. 3005.
The Men’s Conference, February 24-26
The Men's Conference will be held at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Robert Noland, author of The Knight's Code will be the guest speaker. A postcard and bulletin insert are available for download. Begin following Noland's blog for a taste of what's to come. Learn more.
221st Diocesan Convention, March 9-10
The 221st Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina will begin at 5 p.m. at St. Philip's Church, Charleston, on March 9 with Holy Eucharist and a Reception. The Call to Convention will be issued on March 10 at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul.
The Women’s Retreat, March 2-4
The Women's Retreat, sponsored by the ECW Diocesan Board will be held March 2-4 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Joanne Ellison of Drawing Near to God will be the speaker at the ECW Women's Retreat March 2-4, 2012. Through DNG, Ellison has helped thousands of women navigate their way around the distractions of life, into the presence of God. Bulletin inserts and a poster are now available for download. Learn more.
Upcoming Church and Community Offerings
For additional details view our full calendar.
Women in Ministry... the Debra's of the 21st Century, January 12-15
New: Tellaround: Biblical Storytelling, January 15
Saint James, James Island, will host to Host Tellaround an Afternoon of Biblical Storytelling on Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m.
Come enjoy an afternoon of music and quality biblical storytelling from some of Charleston’s favorite storytellers. For more information call St. James at 795-1623 or Mike Miller at 762-1585.
Pastoral Crisis Intervention Course, February 1-2
A Week of Vespers Honoring Absalom Jones, February 12-18
St. John's Chapel is hosting a week of Vespers February 12-18 to celebrate the life and ministry of Absalom Jones. This will take place during Black History Month. They will offer a series of "reconciliation" services, featuring speakers from the Episcopal Church, the Reformed Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the United Methodist Church and Christian United Methodist Episcopal Church (CUME) to commemorate the friendship of Absalom Jones (Episcopal Priest) and Richard Allen (Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church [AME]. Learn more.
Absalom Jones Feast Day at Voorhees, February 14
The family at St. Philip's Chapel, Voorhees College, will honor the life and ministry of Absalom Jones at a 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist service on February 14. The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, Bishop of the Upper Diocese of South Carolina will be the Celebrant and the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina will be preaching. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the African American Identity in the Episcopal Church.
The Master's Leadership Symposium, February 22-25
St. John’s Chapel, Charleston will host a men’s event, “The Master’s Leadership Symposium” featuring professors and graduates of the Master’s Seminary, February 22-25. This grows out of the February 2011 event in which St. John’s hosted Dr. John MacArthur, Senior Pastor, of Grace Community Church and teacher for the radio and television ministry, Grace to You. Learn more.
New: 65th Annual Plantation Tours, March 23-24
The ECW of Prince George, Winyah, will host their 65 Annual Plantation Tours March 23 and 24, 2012. Dozens of elegant plantation homes and gardens in what was once the wealthiest county in the United States will be included in the tour. Tickets will go on sale January 30. Tickets are available by mail, in advance. Single-day tickets are $40 each and two-day tickets are $70. Advance ticket sales are underway from January 30. The complete list of plantations and homes sites that are featured on tour, and advance ticket and lunch requests, may be found on Prince George Winyah, Parish’s website at www.pgwinyah.org. For more information please call Mrs. Lisa Collins at (843) 545-8291. Forms and requests for tickets may be mailed to Mrs. Ashley Moody, P.O. Box 1307, Georgetown, South Carolina, 29442. Learn more.
The Rev. Dr. John Barr, III, Rector of Holy Comforter, Sumter, authored a two-week study of II Timothy in the October 2011 issue of Encounter with God put out by Scripture Union. There are currently 3,500,000 people who use Scripture Union Bible reading guides worldwide. View the meditations here.
The Rev. Ian Boyd, Associate Rector at Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach, has been called to serve as the Rector of Trinity. In speaking of his upcoming term as rector, Iain says, "If I would have one hallmark of my term here as Rector, it would be that the word of God is not bound... It is not bound by either the desire to be accepted nor by the ridicule of others. It is not bound by social niceties which keep us from insisting that the Gospel is not only true for us, but for all. And it is not bound by a professionalization of the ministry that has delegated the proclamation of the Gospel to a few paid professionals. I have one desire for Trinity in the coming years, and that is to see as reality that the word of God is not bound. I invite you to join your voice with me in prayer that we might see God’s Kingdom come in this way." Read Ian's message to the parish.
Joy Hunter, Director of Communications for the Diocese of South Carolina, had a story, "The Promise of Silence," included in the recently released book Wisdom Found: Stories of Women Transfigured by Faith by Forward Day By Day. The book is a collection of stories, meditations, poems and prayers. Learn more.
The Rev. Christopher Royer, Assistant to the Rector at Church of the Cross, Bluffton, has accepted a call to serve as the Rector of Christ the King, Waccamaw. His last Sunday at the Church of the Cross is January 15. In speaking of his time at Church of the Cross, Royer said, in part, “I'm deeply honored and humbled to have served you as a priest at The Church of the Cross these last three years…My time with you has shaped me, deepened me, grown me, and blessed me… I can honestly say that over the last three years there hasn't been one single Sunday that I haven't looked forward to seeing you.” Read Christopher' letter to Church of the Cross. Read Christ the King's announcement.
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