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Trustees, Diocesan Council members and Standing Committee members talk at a future planning meeting in Charleston earlier this month.

Diocesan leaders taking initial steps
in long-range planning process

 
A blue-ribbon, ad hoc committee is being formed to study the possibilities ahead for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and make a recommendation in 2016 about what administrative model will best serve the diocese and its growing congregations in the years ahead.
 
The committee will be tasked with identifying and investigating options for the future. A major part of its responsibility will be to share information about the options with parishioners across the diocese and seek their opinions and responses. Finally, the panel will make a recommendation directly to Diocesan Convention.
 
The decision to form the committee came at a special joint meeting of the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, and the Trustees of the diocese on September 10, called at the invitation of the Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, the provisional bishop of the diocese. 

Read more about the meeting and future planning for the diocese here.
 



"Traces of the Trade" program concludes
More than 60 people attended Saturday's "Traces of the Trade" film and discussion program at St. Thomas, North Charleston, the final of four such events in the diocese. See more photos here.

 


Pre-Convention Meetings begin Sunday

Everyone is invited to attend the four pre-convention deanery meetings being held in preparation for our 225th Diocesan Convention November 13-14. These events will include:

  • Discussion of the 2016 program and budget
  • Information on nominees for diocesan offices
  • Proposed resolutions and changes to the canons

People are welcome to attend of these meetings on the schedule that best suits them:
Sunday, September 27, 3:00 pm at the Episcopal Church in Okatie
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 pm at St. Thomas, North Charleston
Sunday, October 11, 3:00 pm at Grace Church, Charleston
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm at Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawley's Island

Convention registration

Parishes and missions, don't forget the deadline to register your delegations for Diocesan Convention is Monday, October 5. 
Registration materials are available on our website here.

Convention workshop registration is also open. These engaging workshops are for all lay people and clergy of the diocese, not just convention delegates! Details are in the full workshop brochure here.

Remembering at Convention
Each year at Diocesan Convention, the Necrology Committee offers prayers for those who have died, remembering by name members of the clergy, clergy spouses, and persons who have held positions of leadership in the diocese. If you would like to suggest someone to be remembered this November, please email the person's name, and the diocesan position held, to convention@episcopalchurchsc.org.
 
 

Voorhees plans HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

Voorhees College will offer its annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on the campus in Denmark on Tuesday, October 20 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Educational information, games, free HIV testing and counseling will be provided for students.

Congregations in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina can support this effort by sending cupcakes to be served during the event. Please contact the Reverend James Yarsiah, Chaplain at Voorhees,  jyarsiah@voorhees.edu or 803-780-1264, if you are able to contribute.
    
Voorhees offers the annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in conjunction with Hope Health and the HIV/AIDS Ministries of both the Diocese of Upper South Carolina and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. The Reverend Dianna Deaderick, Deacon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, will be the speaker at chapel service at 11:00 a.m. Testing and information begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health Center.
 



Carolina Grace project to collect stories

Carolina Grace, a journal of writings by Episcopalians in South Carolina, is announcing a new project that seeks to record stories of people affected by the division of the Diocese of South Carolina in the year 2012. The working title is "A Diocese Divides – While I Breathe, I Hope: A Journey toward Healing." Your participation is invited: Find more details about the project here.

 


Upcoming events around the diocese

Fall series reflects on Emanuel tragedy
Starting September 23, Grace Church, Charleston will offer a series of Wednesday night programs titled "Emanuel: God With Us – Reflections in the Wake of the Charleston Massacre." Each Wednesday through November 18, the programs will be led by Grace’s clergy and guests including Pastor John Paul Brown of Mount Zion AME Church and journalist Adam Parker of the Post and Courier. The programs are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and follow Holy Eucharist at 5:30 and supper at 6:00. All are welcome.
 
St. Stephen's NMB Rummage Sale 
The Fall 2015 Rummage Sale is scheduled for October 1-3 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 801 11th Ave. in North Myrtle Beach. On Thursday, October 1, all items will be at the marked price. Friday, October 2, all items will be half price. Hours on Thursday and Friday are 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 3 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. it will be the $1.00 bag sale. More details are online here.

Celebrating a new ministry at St. Mark's, Charleston
St. Mark's, Charleston invites everyone to the celebration of a new ministry and the institution of the Reverend Dr. David McSwain as its 23rd Rector on Saturday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. Special music and a reception are planned. The church is located at 18 Thomas St. in downtown Charleston.

Family Fun Day for Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
A Family Fun Day benefitting the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy will be held Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the North Charleston Fire Museum, 4975 Centre Pointe Drive near Tanger Outlet Mall. The event will include games, food trucks, fire engines and displays from Lowcountry public safety agencies, and will be an opportunity for interacting with and appreciating local First Responders, Admission is free. For more information contact Bianca S. Bourbeau at 843-740-2647 or bbourbeau@northcharleston.org.

Public education dialogue October 12 in Columbia
South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman will be the featured speaker at the 2015 LARCUM Bishops’ Dialogue on public education, an all-day conference on Monday, October 12 in Columbia. It's sponsored by LARCUM, an ecumenical group composed of bishops in South Carolina from the bishops of the Lutheran, Anglican (Episcopal), Roman Catholic and United Methodist churches in South Carolina. Download the registration form for the conference here. Registration deadline is October 5. 

Harvest Festival flower seminars & displays
The Flower Guild of Grace Church, Charleston offers its Harvest Festival starting October 28, with three seminars led by award-winning floral designer Elizabeth Graham of Wales on October 28, 29 and 30. The church will be open to the public to view floral displays October 30-November 1 (All Saints' Day). The registration packet and other details can be found here.
 


Confirmations and reaffirmations took place at St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach on Sunday during the Bishop's visit.

A visit from the Bishop


Bishop vonRosenberg's 2015-2016 calendar of episcopal visits is under way. On Sunday, he was at St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach. Thanks to the people there for sharing their photos; see more in this online album.

As we move into the 2015-2016 diocesan prayer calendar, all churches in the diocese are encouraged to send pictures from their episcopal visits. Please share on Facebook and/or email Holly at hbehre@episcopalchurchsc.org.

Consecrating a new church
The Bishop also visited Summerville on Sunday afternoon for the consecration of the new worship space for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Here he makes the sign of the cross with his staff on the threshhold of the entrance to the church. See a photo album of the service here.








 


Got news to share? 

Please send your photos and upcoming events to Holly at hbehre@episcopalchurchsc.org.

Supreme Court hearing Wednesday

The appeal filed by our diocese and The Episcopal Church will be heard at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday, September 23 by the five justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court: Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, Justice Costa M. Pleicones, Justice Donald W. Beatty, Justice John W. Kittredge, and Justice Kaye G. Hearn.

Live video available: Seating in the courtroom is extremely limited. However, live-streaming video of the hearing will be available. Go to this link:
http://www.sccourts.org/scvideo/

There, follow the Supreme Court SCETV Live Stream link. The video also will be archived and available to view at a later date, from that same web page.

In June, the Episcopal Church and TECSC made an offer to settle the case, seeking reconciliation by offering to relinquish any claim on the parish properties involved in the case, in return for the diocesan identity and property. The offer has remained on the table since that time; however, the breakaway group issued public statements indicating their leadership had rejected it.

TECSC will post an update on the hearing Wednesday on the website and via the email newsletter. To see the relevant documents and news articles on the case, visit our legal news page.
 

A Prayer for Reconciliation

Gracious and loving God of justice and compassion: We pray for your church caught in a crushing schism in South Carolina. We believe that you favor reconciliation in all situations; and we ask you to be with all parties involved in the case. We pray especially for the Justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court and the attorneys arguing the case: surround them all with your love and your truth; and bring this process to a just conclusion. Give all of us strength and courage to act and pray in ways that can lead toward reconciliation. Help us be agents of your reconciliation with our friends on both sides of this dispute. We ask all this in the Name of the Holy Reconciler, Jesus your Son. Amen.
 


Help for refugees
Episcopal Relief
& Development responding
to Syrian crisis

Episcopal Relief & Development is engaging the Syrian crisis both in Syria and the Middle East and in Europe.

“Our relationships with Anglican Communion and ecumenical organizations enable us to contribute efficiently and effectively to the relief of those fleeing the Syrian conflict,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President for Programs.  “These agencies are leveraging our support to meet critical needs for basic supplies, as well as language and cultural mediation to lower the anxiety of displacement and help people access available services.”

Donations to ERD's Syria Response Fund are being directed to places such as Greece, Italy, France and Hungary to help people fleeing violence as Syria's civil war enters its fifth year, providing food, clothing, shelter materials and medical supplies.

Read a news release from ERD on the response.

 


 


Animal blessings

In the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, many of our congregations will have special blessings of animals in October. Here is a listing of those announced so far: They're also listed on our website on the Blessings of the Animals page. If your church has an event to share, please email Holly at hbehre@gracesc.org.

Saturday, October 3
Good Shepherd, Summerville: 10:00 a.m. 
Holy Communion, Charleston: 10:00 a.m. 
St. Francis, Charleston: 4:00 p.m. at West Ashley Park. 

Sunday, October 4
St. Mark's, Port Royal: 4:00 p.m. 
St. Stephen's, Charleston: 2:00 p.m. 
St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach: 4:00 p.m.
Grace Church, Charleston: 5:00 p.m. 
Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island: 5:00 p.m. 

Saturday, October 10
St. George's, Summerville: 11:00 a.m.
 
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