On Friday, July 14, 2017, the home next to the bishop’s residence sustained extensive fire damage. Thankfully there was no loss of life and those who suffered smoke inhalation were treated at the hospital and released. There was smoke damage to Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence’s home and the Bishop’s residence is now being treated by a fire restoration company. Please keep all those affected by the fire in your prayers throughout this recovery process.
Diocese of South Carolina Received by the Anglican Church in North America
Written by Joy Hunter
Wheaton, I.L. – June 27, 2017 – The clergy and lay leaders of the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) began singing the doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” once the council unanimously approved the reception of the Diocese of South Carolina into the larger body. The Council meeting, held June 27, preceded the larger Provincial Assembly, both of which are being held at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, of the ACNA, who introduced the vote, said the Diocese far exceeded canonical requirements for reception.
The Most Rev. Mouneer Anis, Presiding Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East and chairman of the Global South Primates Steering Committee which, provided the Diocese of South Carolina with provisional primatial oversight within the Anglican Communion after the Diocese of South Carolina voted to leave the Episcopal Church, said, “It was great news to hear that the Diocese of South Carolina decided to join the Anglican Church in North America. I’m sure this will bring joy to the heart of God and will be a blessing to the whole continent of North America.”
Bishop Mark Lawrence, the XIV Bishop of South Carolina, in his remarks, likened the diocese’s reception as a homecoming. “The soldiers in WWII fought for victory, sweated for victory, some bled for victory and some died for victory but they all dreamed of home – that moment when they would return to their home. “
Watch the 2017 ACNA Provincial Conference Live June 27-30
Keep this week’s ACNA Provincial gathering, June 27-30, in Wheaton, IL, in your prayers. Over 1,400 Anglican leaders from North America are being joined by Primates, Archbishops, and bishops from around the Anglican Communion. The Assembly and the meeting of the Provincial Council will be livestreamed here so you can stay connected with what is happening.
This will be the first year the Diocese of South Carolina sends an official delegation. During the Council meeting, on the morning of June 27, the Council will receive the Diocese of South Carolina into the ACNA. Our Diocese voted unanimously to join the ACNA during our 226th Annual Convention in March, 2017.
Rich Giersh Joins Staff at Resurrection, North Charleston
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
The Rev. Mark Avera, Vicar of Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston, recently announced that the Rev. Rich Giersch is joining their staff full-time. An anonymous benefactor has offered to underwrite the position for one year. Both Avera and Giersch come from St. Michael's, Charleston, where Avera continues to serve on a part-time basis, devoting the majority of his time to Church of the Resurrection. Quoting Avera’s note to the parish, “In addition to being a gifted musician and worship leader, Rich also has strong gifts in evangelism and discipleship, outreach and mission. In many ways, our gifts (his and mine) are complementary. The offer, which was discussed with the Vestry and enthusiastically accepted, will enable us – God helping – to multiply our outreach efforts in a way that I could not have envisioned just three months ago.”
Please keep the clergy, lay leaders and the entire church family in your prayers, that God would, as Mark said, “multiply their outreach efforts” in the North Charleston area and beyond.
The message sent to the congregation from Mark Avera is below: