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Husband and wife Anglican priests battle cancer together
Martha McGougan was a preppy 20-year-old student on a visit back home from Winthrop University when she first saw Robert Horn walk into St. James Episcopal Church on James Island.
“He was wearing hog washers and had a ponytail to his waist and he had something in his back pocket, which I found out later was a half-pint of Jack Daniels,” recalls Martha. “I said to my mother, can you believe they let trash like that into church?”
“I was a churchgoer then, but I was not a Christian. I wouldn't have known Jesus Christ if he had walked up to me on the street,” she says.
Robert had equal disdain for her, he says, though he was slightly further ahead in his knowledge of Jesus; so much so that when some strangers from a Christian community in Moncks Corner approached him the following year on a street corner near the college and demanded a personal profession of faith in Jesus, it was almost as if Jesus himself had asked.
Nominations Sought for Diocesan Elections
The attached letter from the Committee Chairman, the Rev. Karl Burns, contains both a nomination form (one that may be completed online and one that may be printed and mailed) with a list of those positions to be filled at Convention. We're also including a list of who is currently and has recently served to help you in your discernment process.
Archbishop Beach Speaks at Diocese of South Carolina Clergy Conference
With an invitation from Bishop Mark Lawrence and an endorsement and welcome from the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, the Most Rev. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America served as the keynote speaker at the annual clergy conference for the Diocese of South Carolina, October 19-21 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center.
Active Shooter Awareness and Preparation for Houses of Worship
One was a summary of what has been learned from the study of 160 such incidents around the country https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/fbi-releases-study-on-active-shooter-incidents.
One of the key observations was that such shooters typically seek to isolate their victims inside a building while keeping the police out. That means escape is the first priority. How to respond to an incident highlighted the importance of having a plan so one can be mentally prepared to respond quickly. The three primary strategies are to either RUN, HIDE or FIGHT, in that order. The FBI video of the same title may be found here: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-incidents/run-hide-fight-video . (This video is also available here.) A key element of this part of the presentation was the explanation that law enforcement officers in such a situation have one objective: stop the shooter. That means two things. First, that they will not be pausing to render medical assistance or to escort people to safety. Secondly, everyone is seen as a possible threat. Expect to be asked to keep your hands up and in plain sight. Full cooperation is essential.
Flooding continues; Keep victims and relief workers in prayer
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’ll get through this,” The Rev. Dr. Donnie Haye...
As Chief of Chaplains (LTC) for the South Carolina State Guard, the Rev. Dr. Donnie Hayes, Vicar of Christ Church, Florence, is on the front lines min [ ... ]latest news+ Full Story