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February 24, 2016

Church of the Cross, BlufftonJoin us for the 225th Diocesan Convention, March 11-12; Worship Live-Streamed

Even if you're not a diocesan delegate you're welcome to join us for many of the Convention events at Church of the Cross in Bluffton. We will be live-streaming the worship service Friday evening. The preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Thad Barnum, Bishop in Residence at All Saints, Pawleys Island, SC, and Chaplain to Clergy with Call2disciple.  Learn more about the convention.

Sabbatical Sojourning and Soundings
Bishop Lawrence Launches New Sabbatical Blog Series
Eight-day solo backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas.... "The canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kings River in the Sierra Nevada is—to put it simply—magnificent. A world to itself in remoteness and grandeur; it has been described as a “primitive Yosemite.”  Read more and subscribe to the blog.

Inhibitors to Church GrowthConvention Workshops: Open to the Public; Filling Up Fast

On March 11, prior to our Diocesan Convention, in Bluffton,  we are offering a mini-conference on Grandparenting as well as a series of  workshops (each offered twice) at the Cross Schools Campus.  Seating is limited; so pre-register.  Read descriptions of the workshops. Learn more about the convention and register here. Questions? Call (843) 722-4075.
  • Inhibitors to Church Growth
  • Church Outside the Walls
  • Developing a Vibrant Men’s Ministry
  • Remissioning the Church
  • Reaching Emerging Cultures
  • Building a Healthy Marriage Ministry
  • Engaging Every Generation
  • Grandparenting: Overlooked and Misunderstood

Grandfather hugging childGrandparents: Don't miss the events with Cavin Harper, Founder and Director of the Christian Grandparenting Network

Mini-Conference, March 11
In this three-hour mini-conference on Biblical Grandparenting with Cavin Harper, founder and director of Christian Grandparenting Network, we will learn what the Bible says about Biblical Grandparenting and how we can leave a legacy that matters—so the next generation will know, love and serve Christ. Cross Schools Campus, Bluffton.  Learn more and register.

Grandparenting Conference, March 19

Cavin HarperSee detailed schedule for events near you:

  • March 11: Beaufort
  • March 13: Hilton Head
  • March 14: James Island
  • March 14: Summerville
  • March 15: Mt. Pleasant
  • March 18: Orangeburg
  • March 19: Orangeburg
Upcoming Ordination

Echols Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, March 16
Dr. Charles L. Echols III will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16,  at  St. Matthew's Parish Church, Fort Motte.  Learn more.


Saralyn Ortiz reading Jubilate DeoHave a Story to Tell?
Submit it for the Jubilate Deo, Deadline March 4

The deadline for submitting articles for the spring issue of the Jubilate Deo is Friday, March 4. We’re especially interested in hearing how churches engage the community and culture outside their building’s walls.  Does your church have a unique ministry? Tell us!  Read the submission guidelines or contact Joy Hunter, Editor, at (843) 696-1757.  

Like the photo of Saralyn Ortiz (above)? Send a photo of yourself reading the Jubilate Deo and we'll use it!

Tea CupSpring Tea Rooms

Spring Tea rooms, traditions in our Diocese, are opening soon.  Delicious food, beautiful surroundings, funds for good causes. Mark your calendar; visit them all.
  • St. Paul’s, Summerville,  February 29 - March 11, Learn more
  • Old St. Andrew's, Charleston, April 11-23, Learn more.
  • St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, April 18-22, Learn more.

Diocesan Events

2016 Men's Conference PosterKeep this weekend's Christian Men's Conference, in your prayers

Keep all of the men attending our upcoming Christian Men's Conference, February 26-28, in your prayers. This year's conference will include teachings by Shay Gaillard; teaching, a testimony and workshop on radical mentoring from Regi Campbell; worship and a workshop from Todd Fields.

Anna Smith praying during the clergy renewal of vows service.Clergy Renewal of Vows, March 15
The clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina will renew their ordination vows at this 11 a.m. service at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston. Clergy are to wear white stoles. The service is open to the public. 

Epic PosterYouth Event: Epic, March 18-20

Dave Little from St John’s, Vancouver, will be the guest speaker at the Epic weekend, March 18-20. The weekend features small group Bible studies led by youth commission and some contemplative reflection time for students.  Both of these have been highlights of the weekend in the past. Epic is the most intimate of our events, intentionally smaller for greater personal interaction and impact. Learn more.


Allison Lawrence and her daughter, Chelsea HamshawNEW: Going Deeper: Allison Lawrence and Her Daughter Chelsea Hamshaw Share Thoughts on Discipleship, April 30

On Saturday, April 30, the Diocesan Women's Ministries is hosting a one-day retreat with Allison Lawrence (wife of our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence) and her daughter Chelsea Hamshaw (wife of the Rev. Jason Hamshaw). The gathering will be held at Holy Trinity, Windermere on Folly Road in Charleston. Additional information will be available soon.

Church and Community Events

Pianist, Sandra ShenNew: Piano Concert with Sandra Wright Shen, February 28
On Sunday, February 28 at 4 p.m. the Cathedral will welcome internationally acclaimed concert pianist Sandra Wright Shen. In this concert, Sandra will share the life stories and the spiritual journeys of the great classical composers, while playing their compositions. Sandra has been touching audiences worldwide through her "Inspiration From Above" series of concerts, having performed over 150 concerts in seven countries to over 30,000 people, and broadcasted on TV in the US and internationally. Admission is free! Learn more.

Coffee Shop & Open MicNew: Coffee Shop and Open Mic, March 4
Holy Trinity, Windermere, is hosting a Coffee Shop/Open mic , Friday evening, March 4 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. with a game room for the kids!  Start your date night out right with some of the finest local musicians in Charleston!   Coffee, tea, soda and sweets all will be available and priced to sell!

Tree Church 5KChrist Church Tree Church 5k, March 5
Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, is holding its 3rd Annual Tree Church Project 5K Run / Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Charleston County’s new Laurel Hill Park in Mount Pleasant. Registration is $25 and $15 for accompanying children; sponsorship levels begin at $300.  All proceeds from the 5K are used to build church buildings in the Diocese of Marsabit in the Anglican Church of Kenya. Learn more and register.

God is real speakersNew: God is Real Women’s Conference, April 8-9

Women: You’re invited to the 2016 God is Real Women's Conference, April 8-9th at the Charleston Music Hall.  Join with 900+ women for inspiring worship, anointed teaching and empowering prayer ministry and mentoring. The conference is hosted and founded by speaker and author Joanne Ellison of St. Andrews, Mt. Pleasant.  This conference will unify women of all ages, stages, and denominations. Last year over 40 churches were represented. Many churches use this as their own "Church Women's Retreat."  Visit to learn more, register and ask about our group rates. Questions? email  Special hotel rates for $139 including breakfast.  Watch the promo video!  

Marriage retreatGrace for the Journey, Marriage Retreat, April 22-23
The Church of the Resurrection, Surfside Beach is offering a marriage retreat, “Grace for the Journey: How the Gospel Shapes Your Marriage.“ This is an opportunity for a husband and wife to invest and grow in their marriage. Early Bird Registration is $55 per couple (through February 14); $65 per couple February 15-April 8.  Learn more.


Additional Upcoming Diocesan Events
View the Calendar.

DOK Regional Meeting, February 27, Learn more.
Jubilate Deo Deadline, March 4, Learn more.

225th Diocesan Convention, March 11-12, Learn more.
Clergy Renewal of Vows, March 15, Learn more.
Man Up! Grandfather's Seminar. Learn more.
Cursillo, March 31, Learn more.
DOK Spring Retreat, May 6-8, Learn more.
GrandCamp, June 20-24, Learn more.


Additional Upcoming Church and Community Events

Lowcountry Pregnancy Center's Banquet, March 10, With Josh McDowell, Learn more.
New Wineskins Missions Conference, April 7-10, Learn more.
OSA Tea Room and Gift Shop, April 11-23, Learn more.
St. Alban's 75th Anniversary Celebration, April 15, Learn more.
COR Marriage Retreat, April 22-23,
Learn more.
Water Sunday, April 24, Learn more.

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Diocese of South Carolina
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