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

March 12, 2015

Keep the 224th Diocesan Convention in your Prayers

We meet this weekend: Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14 in Charleston

223rd Convention gathers“Almighty and ever living God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel this weekend in our Diocesan Convention, as we pursue together the mission and renewal of your church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read more about the convention.

It’s not too late to register for the Workshops!
If you register today - March 12

The workshops will be held from 1-4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and most are offered twice from 1 – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 – 4 p.m. Registration closes today, March 12.  View the workshops and register.

• Cultural Shifts in Marriage: What is Christian Marriage? 
• What is Anglicanism? Conversations on Affiliation
• Sharing the Gospel
• Hands-On Mission Locally and Globally 
• Confirmation, Catechism and the Formation Process
• Engaging Younger Generations in Smaller Congregations

Clergy kneel for convention worshipNot a Delegate?  Join us for the Convention's Opening Worship Service!

The opening service of worship will begin at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. The Rt. Rev. Rob Martin, Bishop of the Diocese of Marsabit is preaching.

Diocesan Office Closed Monday, March 16

In recognition of the hard work the Diocesan staff has done preparing for the upcoming Diocesan Convention and the work they’ll do during it, Bishop Lawrence is closing the Diocesan Office on Monday, March 16. The office will reopen Tuesday morning, March 17.
In the News

Holy Trinity: "We have not broken away"

Jasper Sun Times Newspaperhe Rev. Jai Gibson, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Ridgeland and the church's senior warden, John Horry, were interviewed for a story in the Jasper County Sun Times.

“Our contention is that we have kept the faith, we have stayed within the historic faith of the church and that our diocese, in the decision it has made to disaffiliate with the national church, is not ‘leaving’ the church,” Gibson said. “We have not broken away, we have branched out and sought a greater unity with the worldwide church.”

Read the story.

Kairos and Cursillo This Month

Women’s Kairos is this Weekend, March 11-15

Women’s Kairos #49 will take place at Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institute in Columbia on March 11-15. Kairos is a Cursillo-type weekend held in prisons to introduce women to faith and encourage them. Women from all denominations, all over South Carolina, serve on the team including  several churches in our Diocese. An inside team of residents who have been through Kairos will assist in putting on the weekend.  Contact Louise Weld (  for more information about how you can support this wonderful ministry.

175th Cursillo Weekend to be Held March 19-22

Cursillo logoThe Diocese will host its 175th Chursillo weekend March 19-22.  Over the last 37 years, through 174 Cursillo Weekends, God has powerfully blessed participants and their parishes.  This weekend will have nearly 30 participants and 26 team members at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center.  Please be in prayer for these as they take grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and in greater understanding of their own apostolic calling.  And, if you are interested in Cursillo, talk to your rector.  If you're a Cursillista, stay active so that God's love can be demonstrated through you to other new Cursillistas.  Ultreya!

St. John's, Johns IslandNext Steps Training – Helping Neighbors in Need – March 14
At St. John's, Johns Island

The Next Step Program is a self-help program that promotes change, dignity, and self-reliance in people who are in need. The Introductory Training Session I will be offered on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. John's on Johns Island. To register for Training I, call Mr. Stephen Haynsworth (843) 568-4498 or Deacon Ed (843) 367-5647.

The Next Steps of Johns Island (NSJI) Affiliate will open its Next Step Program at St. John's Parish Life Building from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, April 13. The Affiliate will help its neighbors, living in poverty on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands and the Red Top Area, make positive changes in their lives emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  To date, more than a dozen churches are involved.  To learn more, contact Deacon Ed Dyckman at (843) 367-5647.  Learn more about Next Steps

Provide a Bible to someone who's never had one before: Nuer Bibles being printed

Nuer WomenOur Diocese has the opportunity to participate in global missions by purchasing Nuer Language Bibles for Bishop Grant LeMarquand to distribute in Gambella, Ethiopia. The Nuer are one of the largest ethnic/tribal groups in Gambella and Southern Sudan. Bishop Grant, along with his wife Dr. Wendy LeMarquand and the clergy throughout the Gambella Region minister to thousands of Nuers, many of them living in refugee camps. What makes this opportunity so special is that the Nuer Bible is currently out of print and nearly impossible to find. We discovered a Lutheran group actively raising money to print Nuer Bibles.  For $7 you can provide a Bible to a Nuer family, a Bible that will in all likelihood be the first and only Bible in the family. One-hundred families at 10 churches can pay for 1,000 Bibles! Forward payment to: Diocese of South Carolina, PO Box 20127, Charleston, SC 29413, Attn: Gambella Bible Drive. If possible please send one check from your church to help share the administrative burden of processing payments. Learn more about Bishop Grand and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand’s ministry in Gambella.

LAMB Jam 2015, Sunday, March 22
A fundraiser called “Lamb Jam” will be held at the Sewee Outpost, 4879 N Hwy 17, Awendaw, (just north of Mt. Pleasant) on Sunday, March 22 from 1 – 6 pm. The live music/silent auction event will Mark Bryan, Phillip Lammonds, Hank Futch, Irene Rose, Poppa Futch, and Claire Conway.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online

Book of Common Prayer - LeatherLooking for a large print 1928 Book of Common Prayer?

The Rev. Russell Reed, Vicar of St. James, Anglican Church in Blackville tipped us off to a new resource. “I found a resource for large print 1928 BCP's for those of us who may be ‘visually challenged’.  It is  and the price is $21.95 and there is a discount for bulk orders. They also have nice personal sized black leather 1928 BCP's for $25.00.”

Diocesan SealJoin The 1785 Society
Helping Fund Legal Defense for the Diocese

The Legal Defense Fund Committee shares the joy and optimism associated with Judge Goodstein’s ruling. Despite a judgment that decisively supports our Diocese, TEC has announced it will continue to appeal. To underwrite the legal costs associated with the appeal, the Diocesan Council approved establishing The 1785 Society, reflective of the year our Diocese was founded.  Learn more.

Epic 2015 PosterEpic, March 20-21

Epic is our spring high school retreat that combines quality Bible teaching, small group study, and contemplative reflection. This intentionally intimate retreat has been raising Biblically faithful students for over 10 years! Kurt Brewer, the local head of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade) will be our Bible teacher. Small group Bible studies are led by members of our Youth Commission. Worship music will be led by Benjamin and Heidi Birdsong. Benjamin is the lead singer of the band “The Birdsongs” who have played at many of our events. To register a group, contact Dave Wright or Beth Snyder at the Diocesan House. Learn more.


Grandparents: Seize the Day
GrandCamp is Coming, June 15-19

Grandcamp Postcard kids running on beachGrandCamp is an amazing inter-generational adventure designed to transport grandparents and their grandkids away form the daily distractions of life to a place where God can do something extraordinary in building a legacy of faith from one generation to another. It will be held June 15–19, 2015 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center and is for grandparents and grandkids age: 6-12 years old. The cost is $349 per person and includes all meals, lodging, and events Register with Cheryl Cargill at (843) 276-1427.

Additional Upcoming Events

St. Paul’s, Tea Room and Gift Shop, March 9-20
St. Paul’s, Summerville, will have it’s spring Tea Room and Gift Shop from from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 9-14 and 16-20. The Tea Room will feature two popular Lowcountry dishes, the signature Tomato Pie and She Crab Soup, as well as delicious salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. Set in the beautiful Doar Hall, live music adds to the ambiance of a lovely seasonal tea room.

Old St. Andrew’s, Tea Room and Gift Shop, March 16 -28
Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Charleston, will have their Tea Room and Gift Shop open 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. every day March 16-20 (except Sundays). Cash or Check only. They’ll offer delicious authentic lowcountry menu, free tour of South Carolina’s oldest Episcopal church, hand crafted items, cook books, jams, jellies and  more. Take out available, visit www.oldstandrew’ or call (843) 766-1541 to learn more.

Trinity Church presents Orchestra Chamber Players and Organ, March 22
Interested in Baroque Cuisine? March 22
The Choir and the Church's Ladies group at Holy Trinity, Myrtle Beach are preparing a free meal for all of the concert attendees from cookbooks printed in London between 1600 and 1750: "Baroque Cuisine".  Dishes will include "Hotch Potch" (Beef Stew), "Plague Water" (Muscadine-Sage Punch), Herb Salad, French Bread, and Frosted Plum Cake. On Sunday, March 22 at 4 pm, The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Chamber players will perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on their period instruments with Trinity’s Hood Memorial portative organ with soprano Leila Lazenby, alto Tamsin Simmill, and organist Daniel Pyle.  The program will also include works by Georg Muffat and Dieterich Buxtehude.  Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Students and Seniors. Children under 12 are free.  Childcare will be provided and a reception will follow in Gravely Hall. This event will be held at Trinity Church, 3000 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information contact Ashley Sosis, music director of Trinity Church, (843)-448-8426 or

St. Philip’s Tea Room, April 13-17
St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, will hold their Tea Room from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., April 13-17. Lowcountry luncheon favorites will return, such as Charleston Receipts okra soup, classic chicken salad, and shrimp salad. Desserts, made by parishioners, include hummingbird cake, grand marnier cheesecake, and Huguenot torte as well as a wide variety of other options. Meals will be served outside in their beautiful courtyard and on the Parish Hall’s veranda as well as indoors. For more information, visit

The Canterbury Cathedral Choir in Concert, April 15
The world-renowned Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys will present a concert at St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available online, or you may call the church office at (843) 722-7734 for more information. The Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral sing at Services six days a week, continuing a 1400 –year-old tradition and making it one of the longest-established musical foundations in the world.  The choir’s appearance in Charleston is part of their 2015 North American tour.  Low Country Anglicans are being given a rare opportunity to connect with their roots, and to be uplifted and blessed by the incomparable beauty of their Anglican musical heritage.

God is Real Women's Conference with Joanne Ellison, April 24-25
The Board of the Diocesan Women's Ministries invites women to attend the upcoming "God is Real" conference which will be held at St. Andrew's, Mt. Pleasant.  Want a weekend GETAWAY to get recharged and refreshed in your faith? Join in Joanne Ellison’s annual women’s conference! It’s a great opportunity to take in encouraging teaching from God’s Word, experience soul-stirring worship, and hang out with other wonderful women like you and have some fun. Come on and join in!  Learn more.

Water Sunday – April 26
The countdown is on for April 26th, the official date for Water Sunday 2015. The global water crisis is urgent and the Church can be the solution. Whether you can give a day, a month, or a Lenten sacrifice, join a movement of believers partnering with Water Missions International (WMI) to provide safe water and the Living Water Message of Jesus Christ to communities around the world. WMI has developed specialized Water Sunday resources that are totally done-for-you and completely free! Learn More.


People News

Andrew HeinAndy Hein has joined the staff of St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, as their Director of Missions and Ministry to Men. Andy was ordained to the ministry and served as a missions and mobilization pastor at Saddleback Church for eight years, working to ensure that each of the congregation’s small groups embraced and engaged in the effort to combat the “five global giants” of spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, poverty, disease and illiteracy. Prior to Saddleback, he served for 9 years as the Student Pastor at Seacoast Community Church. He joined International Justice Mission in 2010 to teach and equip churches to confront biblical injustice by caring for the vulnerable and restraining the hand of the oppressor. He is driven by the Gospel and believes every Christian is called by God to be his witness “as they go” into all the world. He is married to Kellie and has two children, Callen and Marin.

Susan WaringSusan Waring has joined the staff of St. Michael's, Charleston as their Receptionist/Information Specialist. Susan and her husband, Charles Waring are active members of St. Michael's, the church where Charles and his family grew up, and where his mother has been a member for over 50 years. "I cannot escape the wonderful blessings that overflow from being able to work at the place where I attend church with my family and to have the opportunity to build additional friendships with those at other faithful parishes in our diocese," said Susan.

Have news you want to share through the E-news?

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? Read the submission guidelines.Questions? Contact 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