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Bishop Skilton Conference Center Consecrated in Dominican Republic PDF Print E-mail
The Rt. Rev. William Skilton and the Rev. Marshall Huey in front of Skilton Conference CenterBy the Rev. Marshall Huey, Rector, Old St. Andrew’s, Charleston

Episcopal bishops from across the Caribbean, Central and South America gathered in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, in early March for their annual Synod.  What made this Synod extra special was the closing Eucharist, at which the Obispo (Bishop) Skilton Conference Center was consecrated and named. 

Bishop Bill has served the Diocese of the Dominican Republic as Assistant Bishop under the direction and pastoral leadership of Obispo Holguin since 2007.  During these six years, Bishop Skilton has confirmed several hundred Dominicans into the Dominican Episcopal Church, has crisscrossed the beautiful island nation countless times, has welcomed (and entertained!) many mission groups who travel to the DR to serve there, and, most importantly, has shared his enthusiasm for the Gospel of Christ with all whom he has encountered.
The Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand to Serve as Suffragan Bishop for the Horn of Africa PDF Print E-mail

A Message from the Bishop of South Carolina

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the strong name of Jesus Christ who calls us each to mission for his Kingdom and his Church.

I trust that you know that one of dioceses we have entered into a mutually enriching missional relationship with is the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.  Therefore when I read recently that the Reverend Dr. Grant LeMarquand, a professor at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, was chosen as a Suffragan Bishop to the Most Reverend Mouneer Anis I was delighted.  Grant is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada who has been teaching New Testament here in the United States but he has also had extensive experience in mission as well.  Now his new duty will be the Suffragan Bishop of the Horn of Africa.  He will be doing a wide array of ministry in this position.  He needs to raise his own stipend and support.  I must say I was quite delighted when I read of the appointment--even though I had a hint of it sometime in advance.

To that end he will be visiting our diocese from March 8--19th and will be our preacher at the opening Eucharist on Friday evening.  Fr. Greg Snyder has booked his schedule and already it looks to be quite full. (View schedule.) Nevertheless, any time you can spend with him to hear more specifically about his new work (most likely it will need to be during our time at Diocesan Convention), as well as any funds you might be able to encourage the missions or outreach committees of your parish to pledge to this important calling he has accepted will be greatly appreciated.  I am also certain he would love to be assured of your prayers.   I believe this is one further way that we in the Diocese of South Carolina can continue to fulfill our vision of Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age.

How we can help:

The LeMarquands have set up a missions support fund with SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders).  You can visit their website,  for additional information on how to donate, whether it be a one-time gift, or a monthly gift. If you would prefer, you can send a check directly to:

PO Box 399
Ambridge, PA  15003
Memo line: Grant and Wendy LeMarquand

If your parish would like to explore partnering with the Diocese of Egypt, you can contact Grant directly, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Lawrence Signature
The Right Reverend Mark Lawrence
South Carolina

Lenten Offerings Announced PDF Print E-mail
CrossThe following special Lenten program/events  offered across the Diocese of South Carolina. All are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. To add your parish's events or programs contact the Communications Office, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Trinity, Pinopolis' "A Resting Place: A Time for Reflection and Healing Prayer for Women"

On Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, Pinopolis, will offer a Lenten event for women designed to promote reflection on the goodness and love of God.  After a time of fellowship, the service will include testimonies, music, and opportunities to pray and receive prayer.  Testimonies will be shared by Deacon Martha Horn and Tina Vinson.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30

Faith Under Fire

Lenten Suppers with Teaching from Real People, Wednesdays February 29 - March 28


Making your faith stronger this Lent

Everyone who lives in this world has a great variety of stressors to deal with every day. Some can really shake your life and your faith to their foundations. Holy Trinity is offering an exciting Lenten program—Faith Under Fire: Having Faith in a World of Stress—which will help each of us learn how to keep our faith strong in times of stress.
Join us every Wednesday at 6:00 pm for a delicious Soup & Sandwich Supper. Our guest speakers will share how they kept their faith strong during a variety of storms and stresses in their lives.
Topics for this 5-week program are:                                                        
•    2/29    Faith and the Pressures of the Business World                         
•    3/7    Faith and Personal Stresses
•    3/14    Faith and the Loss of a Child
•    3/21    Faith and the Storms that Stress a Marriage
•    3/28    Faith and Jesus’ Promises
Make your personal journey in Lent deeper and more 
meaningful through this interesting series. Supper, music, praise, 
speakers with a great message and in-depth discussion with good 
friends are all on tap.
What more can anyone ask of an evening? Hope to see you there

Holy Comforter’s Noonday Lenten Luncheons, February 29-March 28

2012 Lenten Theme and Speakers for Noonday Lenten Lunches

Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N Main, Sumter SC 29150, 803-773-3823

12-1pm Parish Hall. $5 donation suggested for soup and sandwich, beverages.

I believe; help my unbelief. A father asks Jesus to heal his son. Jesus tells him that with God all things are possible for those who believe. Then comes the father's stunningly truthful prayer: I believe; help my unbelief. Our own hearts have felt that anguish: stuck between where we want to be and the doubts, hurts, and fears which grip us. Amazingly, Jesus is not repulsed; he meets the father where he struggles. This Lent we want to look at how Jesus meets our unbelief and turns it to trust and transformation.

February 29.   Jesus and Suffering. Dallas Wilson, St. John's Mission, Charleston
March 7           Jesus and Unanswered Prayer. Andrew O'Dell, St. Matthew's, Darlington
March 14         Jesus and Doubt. John Scott, St. Paul's, Summerville
March 21         Jesus and Unbelief that God can change me. Dick Lincoln, Shandon Baptist, Columbia
March 28         Jesus and Doubts in the Face of Death. Michael Lumpkin, St. Paul's, Summerville

Five Senior Pastors Share on "When the Cross Became Personal"

St. Michael's Church, First (Scot's) Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, The Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. Johns Lutheran Church join together for the Community Lenten Services and Lunch Series.
The Topic: When the Cross Became Personal: 5 Senior Pastors Share How the Cross Became Personal To Them

WEDNESDAYS: 12:30 PM SERVICE & LUNCH $7 Suggested Donation

Feb. 29    St. Michael’s Church, The Rev. David Butler   
Mar. 7       Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, The Rev. Marshall Blalock
Mar. 14    St. John’s Lutheran, Monsignor Steven Brovey
Mar. 21    First Baptist Church, The Rev. Daniel Massie
Mar. 28    First (Scots) Presbyterian, The Rev. Al  Zadig, Jr.


Proposed 2012 Budget Approved by Diocesan Council PDF Print E-mail
The proposed 2012 Diocesan Budget, which was approved by the Diocesan Council on Thursday, February 2, 2012 is available for review. It will come before the upcoming Diocesan Convention for a vote on Saturday, March 10. 
"First Rate" Mere Anglicanism 2012 Comes to Close PDF Print E-mail

The Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres speaks at Mere Anglicanism
“First rate,” “challenging” and “refreshing” were words used to describe the most recent Mere Anglicanism conference, “The Once and Future Church,” which came to a close at St. Philip’s, Charleston, Saturday, January 21,

The roster of speakers included the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London; the Most Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos; Dr. John McCardell , Vice Chancellor, The University of the South, Sewanee; the Rev. Dr. Richard Turnbull,  Principal, Wycliffe Hall at Oxford; the Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Dean, Trinity School for Ministry; the Rt Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop 
of Rochester (retired), England and the Rt Rev. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina. 
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