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July 11, 2017

Diocese of South Carolina Received by the Anglican Church in North America

ACNA welcoming the Diocese of South Carolina

When Archbishop Beach acknowledged Bishop Mark Lawrence and the South Carolina delegation during a worship service during the Assembly of the ACNA at Wheaton College in Wheaton IL, June 28, the Diocese received a welcoming standing ovation from the 1400 participants gathered. The clergy and lay leaders of the Provincial Council unanimously approved the reception of the Diocese of South Carolina into the larger body.   Read more.

Diocesan delegation at ACNA Assembly

Mission-Minded, Joyful Assembly Inspires South Carolina Delegation

“It was not what I thought it was going to be – a legislative business meeting,” said John Benson, a delegate from Prince George Winyah in Georgetown, and one of 40 participants from the Diocese of South Carolina. “It was a spirit-filled, powerful experience. I was hoping for it to be that, but it went beyond my expectations.”

The assembly, whose theme was "mission on our doorstep," offered plenary talks and workshops/seminars on church planting, reaching international students, creating multi-ethnic partnerships and more. The plenary talks are available to watch online.

View photos from the assembly

NEW ARDF Video on the Role of the North American Church

ARDF Video

It's well-worth a watch. Share it with your church.

Role of the North American Church - with Archbishops' commentary from ARDF on Vimeo.


Keep Cursillo Weekend #182 Participants and Team Members in your prayers

July 20-23

Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. Please be in prayer for all participating in the Cursillo weekend. Learn more.


Where in the world are our children and youth this summer?

St. Helena's Youth ChoristersShare the stories of your youth mission trips and unusual VBS activites with the Diocese. Email them.

St. Helena's Youth Choristers Perform

Youth choristers from the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, have been busy singing out this summer. Along with several other Royal School of Church Music affiliate choirs from the Carolinas, they formed the Carolina Treble Festival Chorus. The chorus offered evensong services at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Immanuel Chapel on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

work/retire signPre-Retirement Seminars for Participants in the Diocesan 403b Program

How much money will I need to retire? When should I claim social security? What do I do with my 403b when I retire? These questions and more will be answered at the Pre-Retirement Seminars sponsored by the Diocese of South Carolina for its 403b participants.  There is no charge for this event, and everyone in the Diocese's 403b program approaching retirement is encouraged to attend. Spouses are encouraged to attend, as well. There will be four identical sessions. Choose the one which works best for you:

Monday, July 24, The Church of the Cross, Bluffton
2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25,  Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant
2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Register online or contact Saralyn Ortiz at (843) 722-4075 to register.


The Rev. Dr. Dallas WilsonRetirement Celebration and Sabbatical Fund for the Rev. Dr. Dallas Wilson

The Rev. Dr. (Brother) Dallas Wilson, Vicar of St. John’s Chapel on the eastside of Charleston, is retiring after 45 years of ministry. On Saturday, September 16, St. John’s will be hosting a special celebration honoring Brother Dallas and his wife, Sister Janie, during the Holy Saturday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Join them for a message, meal and music all dedicated to the community. In addition, St. John’s vestry and congregation is inviting members of the Diocese to contribute to Brother Dallas’ sabbatical fund so he may retrace the footsteps of the apostle Paul on his 2nd and 3rd missionary journey.  Donations may be made here.

Get a new job this summer

TWO new jobs added to our list:

Youth Minister, Prince George Winyah, Georgetown
Prince George Winyah is seeking a full-time youth minister who has a heart for Christ and a desire to make Him known to high school and middle school students. They are looking for an individual with a desire and ability to disciple students; to teach God’s Word and lead Bible Studies; to organize and plan mission trips and events; to co-ordinate and be involved with diocesan youth retreats; and to organize and co-ordinate schedules and volunteers. To learn more and receive a complete job description contact The Rev. David Thurlow.

Facilities Manager, St. Luke's Church, Hilton Head
St. Luke's, Hilton Head, is seeking a full-time facilities manager who is responsible for maintaining the campus building and grounds The Facilities Manager performs and supervises tasks related to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, security, environmental, safety, custodial and event coordination. Learn more. To apply, send résumé to

Plus 19 Additional Openings around the Diocese:
Learn more about these listings.  Have a listing to add or take off this list? 

The Rev. Franklin  Wiggins ordination

Franklin Wiggins Ordained to the Priesthood

Congratulations to the Rev. Franklin Wiggins who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Mark Lawrence on Sunday July 9 at Church of the Redeemer, Pineville.


Upcoming Fall Events

Women's Retreat with Karen Mulder
September 22-24, 201

Registration is now open.

Download the poster and postcard to share at church.

DWM Poster for 2017 Retreat

Men and the Church logo

Men's Summit II with
Bishop Mark Lawrence
September 30, 2017

St. Paul's, Summerville
Details coming soon.


Listen & Speak

Listen & Speak Conference, November 2-3, 2017

Listen & Speak seeks to create conversations around Christian faithfulness in a shifting culture. Join us for a two-day conference in Charleston, featuring author Andy Crouch and artist Liz Vice. Through lectures, art, dialogue, food, and drink we hope to create conversations that lead to the flourishing of our churches, neighbors, and cities. Learn more.

Upcoming Youth Events:

At Mondo (Oct 20-22), an exciting weekend for middle school students,  we will have Jaquelle Crowe, a 19-year-old writer and speaker from eastern Canada.

At Regenerate (Nov 10-12), a weekend for high school students, we will have Stephen Altrogge.

General info on our events and dates for other events can be found at

Church and Community Events 

Run for One 5K for the (Un)adopted – August 19

Laurel Hill County Park, Mt. Pleasant

The Run for One 5k run/walk will raise awareness and money for Lifeline Children's Services' ministry to the (un)adopted worldwide. Learn more. 

Grandparents Day of Prayer - September 10

The possibilities for GDOP are endless. Some churches host a prayer breakfast or a luncheon following their morning worship. Others offer an afternoon tea or evening dessert in an individual’s home. Some ministers are willing to address the importance of praying grandparents and set aside a special prayer time during the worship service. Will you consider hosting a Grandparents Day of Prayer event? Read more.

People News

Susan BurnsSusan Burns, the Diocesan Human Resource Manager and Finance Assistant, celebrated her 10th anniversary as a member of the Diocesan staff on July 9.  Susan handles all personnel, payroll, insurance, and 403b retirement issues and processes payroll for 41 churches.  She also handles the insurance billing, laity background checks, posts deposits for the camp and all events, and reconciles all Diocesan bank cards. She serves on two committees, the Benefits Committee and the Finance Committee as both a staff member and secretary. Susan is an active member of Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island, where her husband, the Rev. Karl Burns, is the Rector. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. “Susan has been an important part of our administrative staff,” said Diocesan Administrator Nancy Armstrong. “It has been a blessing to work with her these past 10 years.”

The Rev. Jason HamshawThe Rev. Jason Hamshaw, who had been serving as the Curate at Old St. Andrew’s, Charleston, has accepted a call to be the Rector of All Saints, Florence. Hamshaw received his M. Div in 2007 from Oak Hill Theological College in London, England. He and his wife Chelsea have three boys, Ben (6), Mark Peter (5) and Simon (2) and are expecting their fourth boy this September. His last Sunday at Old St. Andrew’s is August 6. “We look forward with great anticipation to joining All Saints, Florence, in both life and ministry. We are excited to see the work that God will do in and among us, for ‘unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.‘ (Psalm 127:1)”

The Rev. Denman IsgettThe Rev. Denman Isgett, who had been serving as Deacon at St. John’s, Florence, since his ordination, has accepted a call to be the Rector of St. Matthias, Summerton.  Denman received his Masters of Christian Thought from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina this past spring.  He and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Hailey (15) and Emily (12).  His first Sunday at St. Matthias is July 23.   “I’m looking forward to getting to know the faithful community of St. Matthias, and I am very excited to be a part of God’s plan in Summerton and the surrounding communities.”

The Rev. Phil OsborneThe Rev. Phil Osborne, our Deacon for diocesan military outreach, has been deployed to the Middle East.  While fulfilling his regular duty, he will also be working with military chaplains to bring Christ's peace into a stressful environment.  Please remember him, his family, and all our military members -- especially all our deployed members and their families -- in your daily prayers for safety and for guidance.

The Rev. Doug PetersonPlease keep the Rev Canon Doug Peterson, his wife, Joanne, and their family in your prayers. The Peterson's son Timothy Adam Douglas (Tad) Peterson died on June 24, 2017. Tad was born September 27, 1970 in Methuen, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and was a sales manager at a health club in Knoxville, TN before moving to Charleston, where he served as a sous chef at Robert's Restaurant. His funeral service was held July 1 at St. Michael's Church, Charleston. Read the obituary.

Alan RunyanAlan Runyan, who serves as the Chancellor for the Diocese of South Carolina, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) during the June 27 meeting of the Council in Wheaton, IL. The Executive Committee, which serves as the ACNA’s Board of Directors, is made up of the Archbishop, who serves as chairman, and 12 other members, six ordained and six lay, elected by the Council from among its members. Members serve three year staggered terms.

Notable Wedding Anniversaries

The Rev. Ron and Jane Hiester celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 29th
The Rev. Canon Doug and Joanne Peterson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17
The Very Rev. Charlie and Anne Walton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1.
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