The stories, as if pulled from a catalog of lives gone amiss, are always distressing:
The veteran of a recent war whose legs were blown off and whose prosthetics were stolen. He needed housing, and so much more.
Vets with records bungled by a mishap; vets with addiction problems who want to get sober and work.
Elderly women whose homes are in disheartening disrepair but don’t have money to call anyone for help. People who need to work, and want to work, but have no transportation and have given up. People who don’t know how to qualify for food stamps. People who don’t speak English and don’t know how to get a picture ID or look for work. People with literacy problems that cut them off from the world. People who get evicted and don’t know where to go or how to sort through the fallout.
People with violent, abusive lives, and people filled with despair.
People whose lives, through a crunching domino effect, have plummeted so far from normalcy that they have stopped imagining a way back. People whose existence feels so isolated that they cannot envision there might be help for them.
Yet, often help is available — if only they know where to look or how to start.
A federal judge has blocked the DOL final rule that was set to increase the salary threshold for the "white collar overtime exemptions" to $47,476 per year. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the judge’s ruling and provides information on the future of the DOL’s overtime rule. If you have questions about how this applies to employees in your church contact me, Nancy Armstrong, at (843)-722-4075.
Each year at this time, the Clergy and other leaders of the Diocese are invited to provide suggestions to the Nominating Committee for those positions to be filled at the upcoming Diocesan Convention, which, this year, will be held March 11-12, 2016 in Bluffton, SC. We have again expanded the invitation to participate in the process this year to include a larger representation of diocesan leaders and hope you will give prayerful consideration to those God may be calling to serve the Diocese.
Flooding continues; Keep victims and relief workers in prayer
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
As the flooding progresses through our state we ask you to continue to keep those affected in your prayers. Two of our clergy are serving as chaplains on the front lines. The Rev. Donald Hayes, Vicar of Christ Church, Florence, is Chief Chaplain for the South Carolina Guard. He is overseeing 50 Chaplains deployed throughout our state. The Rev. Nathan Bistis, Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Hilton Head, is serving as a Chaplain with the National Guard. Both are ministering to flood victims as well as to those involved in search and rescue efforts. While reports are still coming in about churches and individual parish families, we do know that Holy Cross, Stateburg and Holy Comforter, Sumter and St. Paul's, Conway appear to be among the most significantly impacted so far.
We ask that you keep the families of those who have lost loved ones, those who have suffered loss of property and all those harmed or who are assisting in the rescue and relief efforts following this historic flood in your prayers.
While we are grateful to God that the majority of our Diocese has come through the recent catastrophic storm unscathed, a few of our parishes and people suffered significant damage that will not be adequately covered by insurance. It is also a reality that additional flooding is expected and the recovery process will continue for some time. That there will be unmet needs is certain.
For those reasons, the Diocesan office is recommending the following possible responses to this disaster: