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Diocese of South Carolina

Thursday, June 28,  2012

Pray for General Convention, July 5-12
Diocese Creates General Convention Facebook Page

General Convention Facebook PageKeep Bishop Lawrence and the South Carolina deputation in your prayers and follow their General Convention reports and updates by visiting the Diocesan General Convention Facebook page. This, the 72nd General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in Indianapolis July 5-12. South Carolina will be represented by Bishop Lawrence, Reid Boylston, Lydia Evans, Lonnie Hamilton, Elizabeth Pennewill, John Burwell, Jim Lewis, Haden McCormick and David Thurlow. Our lay alternates are Dorothy Gervais Carter, John Dugue, and David Wright. We also have a General Convention page on our website. Deputy blogs and other useful sites will be available there. 

17 Classrooms-Worth of Preschool Furniture: Free to Good Home

Preschool furniture

The preschool owned by Porter-Gaud has 17 classrooms-worth of used furniture for children ages two through six available. It's free to any Episcopal school or church that can come pick it up. It will be available mid-August.

Available are:
  • Children's rectangular tables (30" x 72") & (30" x 60") & (24" x 48")
  • Children's 12" chairs

  • Children's Cubbies

  • Bookshelves

  • Sand Tables

  • File Cabinets
  • Rugs
If your church or school can make use of any or all of these items, call Molly O'Toole at either (843) 881-8506 or (843) 795-6708. Note: You will have to pick items up. Delivery not available.

Rolling Book Cart Sought

St. John's Mission is looking for a rolling book cart to use with their ministry to little girls. If you know of one available, email the Rev. Dallas Wilson or call (843) 720-3603.

Snapshots of Summer
If you have wonderful photos of your parish's summer activities, email them to us so they can be shared. Today we have two videos and photo album to share:

Benjamin Mitchell sings a solo during the Songs of our Fathers ConcertSongs of our Fathers Concert: Watch the video from "Songs For Our Fathers," a concert held June 17 with the combined voices of the St. Mark's Choir, the choir of Mount Zion AME Church, and friends from Calvary Episcopal and Grace Episcopal Church.

Clergy children enjoy the beach at St. ChristopherClergy Family Picnic: On Memorial Day, May 28, clergy from throughout the diocese brought their families to St. Christopher for a beach picnic hosted by Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence.  View the photo album.

St. Thomas Bible Day CampFriends Forever: St. Thomas, North Charleston, held Bible Day Camp in June. View their video.

Hurricane Approaching – Stay or Go?
Evacuation SignA Message from Deacon Ed Rosenlieb, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator

Many of us have lived in South Carolina for quite some time and have experienced, what I call, the over-sensationalism of our Hurricane Season.

I recall hearing several older people say that when Hurricane Gracie came they weathered the storm within their own homes. But those same people, who experienced the devastation of Hurricane Hugo, now say they will never stay in their homes when a hurricane is imminent.  

If there is a mandatory evacuation, I highly recommend following the recommendations of the experts and leave. Planning is key. Determine your destination and make plans well before hand in the event an evacuation order is given. If you can leave early, do so. Outline the quickest route on a map and remember that bridges and low lying areas could be unsafe during the storm. Review your insurance policies and coverage. Take photographs and videos of your property and take copies with you. In addition, place your important papers where you can immediately access them and take them with you, as necessary. I place all of mine in three ring binders that can easily be thrown in my trunk when leaving. Visually inspect your home and ensure lawn furniture is removed, shingles replaced, if needed, and all loose debris removed from your yard. Consider plywood, rope, or hurricane shutters to protect your windows. Turn off utilities at the source, especially gas and electric (the two don’t mix). Next issue: Suggestions for an emergency evacuation kit.

To learn more about hurricane preparation contact Deacon Ed Rosenlieb, Diocese Disaster Coordinator
Diocesan Christian Marriage Conference Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to low registration, the Diocesan Christian Marriage Conference, which was scheduled for July, has been cancelled.

Iron Sharpens Iron Conference, August 4, 2012

Peter Rothermel, Diocesan Coordinator for Christian Faith Formation urges men throughout the Diocese to attend the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference which will be held at the Faith Assembly of God Church in Summerville. Lieut. Gen (Ret) Jerry Boykin and Patrick Morley are keynote speakers. Learn more.

Robin Mark Concert Rescheduled for August 24-26
Due to travel issues Robin Mark was not able to make it to the United States in time for the June concert. It has been rescheduled for August. Best known for his songs "Days of Elijah," "Revival," "All for Jesus," "The Wonder of The Cross," and "Not by Might," Robin is a Northern Irish Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has published 13 albums in total with sales of over 2 million world wide and has won the GMA's international award. Tickets are just $5 at the door. He will also be offering an event for worship leaders. To learn more contact David Childs.

Jubilate DeoJubilate Deo Deadline, July 6
Do you have a story to share in the upcoming Jubilate Deo? Have you seen God's transformative work in the lives of people in your parish? Has a parish ministry made an extraordinary impact on your community? We are always looking for stories which tell how God is at work in our Diocese today. View the submission guidelines.

Love Golf? Love St. Christopher?
2012 PGA Championship Drawing

For just $1,000 you can have a one in 250 opportunity or better to win four, week-long "Wannamaker Club" Passes to attend all of the 2012 PGA  Championship Golf Tournament at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course - including lodging at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. St. Christopher is looking for 250 contributions of $1,000 to raise $250,000 for the much-needed restoration to the historic Chapel of the Palms.  Learn more.

Upcoming Diocesan Events

For additional details view our full calendar.

Family Ministry Retreat, July 5-8
Each year for the last four years the annual Family Ministry Retreat has sought to teach and inspire parents to disciple their children at home. This continues to be the goal of the annual retreat and this year’s focus will be on helping families live their faith 24/7 and understanding the God-given influence they have in the world around them. The Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, and his family will be leading the retreat. Learn more.

New: Senior History Week, September 23-28
For history lovers and active seniors, St. Christopher's has designed a retreat that blends the natural beauty of our barrier island with exploring the Charleston area’s rich history. St. Christopher has partnered with Drayton Hall, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to provide professional guides and historians to share their expertise. Hosts for the week include Dr. George McDaniel, Director of Drayton Hall, Mr. Andrew Agha, Archeologist, and the Rev. Robert Lawrence, Executive Director of St. Christopher who will also serve as the Chaplain for the week. Learn more.

Upcoming Church and Community Offerings

For additional details view our full calendar.

The 62nd Sewanee Church Music Conference, July 9-15, Learn more.

Beth MooreBeth Moore Coming to Charleston, August 24-25
Beth Moore’s life-transforming Bible Study challenges and inspires women of every age, everywhere. Joining Beth at this weekend event is acclaimed worship leader Travis Cottrell and the Praise Team. Beth’s focus will be on the Scripture that God lays on her heart for each individual "Living Proof Live" event – no two messages are the same. As she explores the Bible and how it applies to real life, you’ll be amazed by her own experiences as a believer. You’ll also be inspired to magnify and strengthen your own relationship with God. Bring your friends and we’ll see you at "Living Proof Live" – a fun-filled Bible study, teaching, and worship experience to enrich your mind, soul, and spirit!  Learn more.

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