Thursday, November 12, 2009
Seven Dioceses Meet to Begin Missional Relationships
Clergy and lay representatives from seven dioceses in The Episcopal Church, as well as six bishops with Episcopal jurisdiction, met in Charleston on November 3-4 to consider ways they might assist each other in more effectively reaching their communities and the world for Christ. Learn more
. View the photo album
Faith at Home
Don't Miss Out - Reserve your space by November 16
All clergy and parish leaders are invited to lunch with guest speaker Jeff Hoyle from Focus on the Family, November 19. Hoyle is the author of Your Family Journey: A Guide to Building Faith at Home
. The luncheon will be held at the Cathedral
on Thursday, November 19 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Register by Tuesday, November 16
. Catch the vision of “faith at home” for your congregation and for the January Focus on the Family event. to register call (800) 531-1626, reference code WM09KSCFAA. (If you get a message machine, leave your name, email and the event name.)
Clergy at Rest - Together
The Clergy of the Diocese gathered with Bishop Lawrence at the White Oak Conference Center for a three-day retreat, November 9-11. The Bishop's addresses focused on the characteristics of new testament churches and what we can learn from them about parish ministry today. Essential to the time together was the small group interaction and fellowship. As the 50+ clergy reflected on each of the Bishop's addresses, it afforded a much welcomed opportunity to not only unpack together what we were learning, but to also work on our relationships with one another. At the conclusion, the consensus was that this needs to be an annual event.
I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
New Home for the Seafarers Ministry
Each year more than 65,000 seafarers from over 50 countries visit the Charleston Port. When asked about the greatest hardship for a seafarer the response is consistent across all nationalities: loniliness. A smiling face and a helping hand make all the difference. That's just what the Charleston Port & Seafareres Society offers. Their new home was dedicated today at noon by Bishop Lawrence. Learn more. View their Youtube video.
Primate of the Orthodox Church in America to speak, November 23
On Monday, November 23, at 11:20 a.m., Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will offer a meditation on "The Cross of Christ - An Orthodox Perspective" at the Church of the Holy Communion
in Charleston. Noonday Office will be sung at 12:15 and at 12:30 a soup and sandwich luncheon will be offered with the opportunity to continue conversation with the Metropolitan. Please call (843) 722-2024 if interested in lunch. Learn more
Rick Brewer, CSU, to Speak at “First Wednesday,” a New Men’s Initiative, December 2
Working jointly with lay leaders from St. Michael's and the Cathedral, the Men's Ministry of St. Philip’s, Charleston, is hosting a monthly men's lunch on the first Wednesday of each month. Come enjoy delicious food, good fellowship and a short inspirational message given by a special guest lay speaker. The next lunch will be on Wednesday, December 2 with Dr. Rick Brewer, VP for Student Affairs and Athletics at Charleston Southern University. Lunch begins at noon and concludes at 1 p.m. sharp. Cost is $8.00. Learn more.
Jubilate Deo Deadline
In anticipation of the busy holiday printing and mailing season we've moved the deadline for the January/February issue of the Diocesan newspaper up a few days - November 30. Read submission guidelines.
Hoping to Cartwheel at St. Christopher in 2011?
The 2011 reservation calendar for St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
is now open to Diocesan groups and churches only. This is to give our Diocesan family the first opportunity at booking dates. However, on January 1 the 2011 calendar will open to all other organizations, non-diocesan churches and youth groups. So if you are planning on retreating at St. Christopher in 2011, call soon. Weekends fill up very fast. To Contact Elizabeth Bumpas
Declaration of Intent Forms
The Declaration of Intent Forms for pledges to the mission and ministry of the Diocese have been sent to all Senior Wardens. Our Diocesan canon requires that they be returned by December 15. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Armstrong
, Diocesan Administrator at (843) 722-4075.
Clergy: Save the Date! December 11, Christmas Gathering at the Bishop's Residence.