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July 17, 2013

The Rev. Trevor Spencer ordained to the transitional diaconate
Ordination Celebrations

We’ve had two ordinations in the Diocese in recent weeks. The Rev. Chris Warner, Pastoral Associate at Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island, was the preacher for both services.

The Rev. Trevor Spencer, a recent graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, was ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island on June 27, 2013.

The Rev. Jonathan Bennett is prayed for during his ordinationThe Rev. Jonathan Bennett, also a recent graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, who is serving as Associate Rector at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral on July 13, 2013. 

View the photo album for the Rev. Trevor Spencer. View the photo album for the Rev. Jonathan Bennett.  View all Diocesan photo albums.

Two Community Events for Men:

Iron Sharpens Iron, August 10
Faith Assembly of God, Summerville, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Peter Rothermel, Diocesan Director of Christian Faith Formation, has attended Iron Sharpens Iron events with his teenage son, Peter, for three years and strongly recommends them.  "I encourage fathers and mentors to take advantage of these conferences. It has made a huge difference in our life. It has been one of my greatest joys as a father. It is so good to know that it is not all up to me to raise my son in the faith. It is awesome to be in the company of men.  Learn more about Iron Sharpens Iron.

TC Stallings to Speak in Paweys Island, August 8
Coastal Christian Men Warriors

TC Stallings who plays TJ (the gang leader) in the movie Courageous will be speaking with men in the Pawleys Island area from noon until 1:30 p.m. on August 8 at the Live Oaks Center off Highway 17. Thanks to the leadership of the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference, TC will be able to visit the growing group of men who have been uniting in purpose from several churches and have recently been offering the Courageous movie to the community as an outreach event.

Historic Diocesan Parish Churchyard Awarded Preservation Grant

Parish Churchyard of St. Thomas and St. DenisThe National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is donating $8,950 to restore and preserve the historic Parish Churchyard of Saint Thomas and Saint Denis in Berkeley County. The Parish Church of Saint Thomas and Saint Denis, though no longer an active parish, falls under the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina led by Bishop Mark Lawrence, and is generally maintained by the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island and the Society of Saint Thomas and Saint Denis, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve the historic church and its outbuilding. The Very Rev. John Burwell of the Church of the Holy Cross has expressed his deep appreciation to the DAR and the Rebecca Motte Chapter for their initiative in salvaging the churchyard which was falling into irreparable ruin, and which contains the remains of some of South Carolina’s most influential and important founders and their families. Read more.

The Rev. Wey Camp administers Holy Eucharist on the beach.How Often Are You Getting to the Beach?
Trinity, Edisto, Offers Holy Eucharist on the Beach Every Sunday

Every summer for the past five years Trinity, Edisto, has offered a Eucharistic worship service at 8 a.m. on Edisto Beach. This is great evangelistic opportunity – a way to take church outside the church walls, off the church property and into the public square!  Normally about 100 people join in, approximately 50% of whom are visitors! Folks they don’t know, have never met, just saw the sign and wanted to check it out!  Read more about this in the upcoming Jubilate Deo.

Christian Listening Retreat, September 6-7
Offered at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Christian Listeners USA, a division of the Institute for Christian Healing, focuses on helping people develop skills for listening to others with the heart of Jesus Christ. Listening is perhaps the greatest gift you can give to another. It is life changing. Christian Listening provides a safe place for people to come as they are and tell their story.   This retreat will be offered at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center and start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6 and will end Saturday afternoon, September 7th at 5:00pm. It is two full days and one overnight. This retreat is limited to 30 people. Learn more.

Homeless manPoverty and Wealth: Thinking Biblically and Theologically
An Educational Opportunity

The South Carolina Christian Action Council (SCCAC) is sponsoring an educational opportunity for clergy and laity to study and dialogue on issues regarding poverty and wealth.  Classes meet monthly from September 2013 through June 2014.  Registration is $150 per participant for the nine sessions and includes textbooks.  There are four locations, including: Columbia, Greenville, Greewood, and Summerville.  For information, download the Poverty and wealth brochure and contact Ms. Marquerite Jones at (864) 414-2764 or email

Shutterbug?  Got Good Photos to Share?

PhotographerWe are always looking for good photos, which tell the stories of what God is doing in the Diocese of South Carolina. If you’ve got interesting photos, about mission trips, outreach events, special worship services, ministries, etc., please email them to Joy Hunter, or if you have a number of good photos, upload them to a web album like Picasa and send us the link!

Mission Nannys – A Christian Ministry

Mission Nannys is a Christian ministry, known to the Department of Social Ministries, that sends Christian women throughout the world to help young missionary families cope with life in a foreign country. Young missionary families face the usual needs of a growing family. These are compounded by the many challenges of their mission service. There are different customs and foods, often the need to learn the local language, and to grow their ministry efforts. The pressure and need to reach a good balance can be difficult, especially when very young children are involved. Mission Nannys has learned that having a Christian woman come along beside them with skills to help with the family needs can be a huge blessing. That person could be YOU!  For more information, download the Mission Nannys June 2013 newsletter, visit their website at, or call the Director, Ms. Betty Sullins at (805) 683-7476, and email her at   


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Diocesan Events

Personal Retreat 
Discounted Summer Package Rates
, June 1 - August 12, 2013**

Back by popular demand…St. Christopher is offering special discounted rates for Personal Retreats for June, July and August.  Learn more.

Diocesan Council, August 27
10:30 a.m. Diocesan Office

Christian Listening Workshop Level 1 & 2 with Joanna Zeiner, September 6-7
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Clergy Day, September 12
St. Paul's, Summerville 10:30 a.m.

Be Still and Know God Retreat, September 27-29
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Mondo Youth Event, October 18-20
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Water Color Journaling with Amelia Whaley, October, October 25-27
(Note corrected date)
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Clergy Conference 2013, November 14-15
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

Combined Clergy/Clergy Spouse Conference, November 15-15
New in 2013. Couple time/teaching/fellowship

Journey to Healing Retreat with Judith McNutt, January 13-15
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center


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