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SOS from the Dominican Development Group PDF Print E-mail
Flood in the Dominican RepublicThe following message was sent to us from The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguin, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

Many persons have been affected by hurricane Isaac.  We need you to send an SOS to the friends of the Dominican Episcopal Church, asking them, within their possibilities, to send donations for the purchase of food, beds and other utensils, as well as for the repair of some of the houses that were damages by the winds and rains.  Whatever help, regardless of size, will be welcomed.

For example, in La Barquita, Santo Domingo where the Tampa Deanery has worked for four years, 13 members of San Pedro y San Pablo have taken up temporary shelter in the church itself.  Several other poor, vulnerable communities where we have churches have also been affected by flooding from Isaac.
Members of our congregations and students at our schools are collecting food and clothing to donate to those most affected by Isaac.
We are praying for the inhabitants of Louisiana and other places in the United States who will also be affected by Isaac.

May God bless all those who in one way or another are demonstrating their generosity towards these victims.

Contributions made out to the Dominican Development Group may be sent c/o DaySpring, P.O. Box 661, Ellenton, FL 34222.  Mark the memo “Flood Victims.”
+Julio C. Holguin
Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic
The Well By the Sea Purchases Property PDF Print E-mail
The Well by the Sea's New BuildingThe Well By the Sea in Myrtle Beach, the Diocese’s newest congregation, signed a contract and purchased the former Genesis Christian Missionary Alliance Church located at 211 Forestbrook Road in Myrtle Beach on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

The Well, which began holding services in 2009 and was recognized by Bishop Lawrence as a mission church during the 2012 Diocesan Convention, had previously met in two storefronts in the Market Common section of Myrtle Beach and an elementary school.  Currently, The Well meets in a strip-mall in Myrtle Beach.  

The Christian Missionary Alliance Church leadership contacted the Well in July of this year to see if they were interested in purchasing the property. The CMA congregation held their last service on July 15, 2012 and the lease for the property the Well rented was coming up for renewal August 1.

Jubilant Priest-in-Charge, Tom Woodle said, in sharing the news, “The CMA folks have basically bent over backwards to accommodate us. With all of this falling into place, can’t you see God’s hand all over this? However, we have come to expect God to move in miraculous ways when we are able to stay out of His way.  This will take us from ‘off the beaten path’ to a major intersection between the Forestbrook community and Carolina Forest, in a great facility that will allow further outreach and growth.  Just three years ago we were meeting in a donated space where people had to bring their own bag chairs and all we owned was a green trash-can.  To now be purchasing a church can only be attributed to the grace and love of God!”

Woodle continued, “We are still working to obtain property in the Market Common area where God originally sent us.  We still feel called to that area and are hoping that our first new congregation will be there.”

The building inspector reported that the building is in “Better than Average” shape, with the exception of the five air conditioning systems, which will soon need to be replaced.

The Well will now have a Nave/Sanctuary, two offices, a fellowship hall, youth room, full nursery, double kitchen, four classrooms, a full outdoor basketball court and a fenced-in children’s playground.

They have begun renovations to improve the curb-appeal and transform the building into more of an Anglican church.  They plan on having their first service in their new building on September 30.

The property is located on the corner of two main roads in a growing community.
Bishop Lawrence Meets with Clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina Following General Convention PDF Print E-mail
The following letter from the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, Canon to the Ordinary, summarizing the July 25 meeting Bishop Lawrence held with the clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina was sent to the active clergy July 30, 2012.

Dear Brother and Sister Clergy,

On Wednesday, July 25th, the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence met with the clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina at St. Paul’s Church, in Summerville, to discuss decisions made at General Convention 2012 and their significance for us as a diocese. In particular, he shared the address he made to the House of Bishops, while in executive session, announcing his decision to depart from Convention with five members of our deputation.

The central purpose of his presentation to the Bishops was to convey his understanding that with the passage of Resolutions D002 and D019 (making all possible variations of “gender identity and gender expression” protected categories in the canons of the church), and the adoption of authorized provisional rites to bless same gender relationships, the doctrine, discipline and worship of this church have been profoundly changed.
Bishop Lawrence Addresses Diocese Following 77th General Convention PDF Print E-mail
The following letter written by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, was provided to clergy throughout the Diocese to be read aloud in parishes on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Clergy were asked to provide printed copies of it as well. An abbreviated version was also made available. 

                                                                                                                     July 15, 2012,7th Sunday After Pentecost

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Some of you have actively followed the decisions of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Others have been blissfully unaware that our denomination even had a General Convention. We have. And the actions taken mark a significant and distressing departure from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.

In conversations with clergy, and from the emails I have received, I know there is much uneasiness about the future. Some of us are experiencing the well-known stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. And, of course, I must acknowledge there are those for whom the recent decisions are a cause for celebration. For me there are certainly things about which I was thankful at the convention in Indianapolis. I might even have taken encouragement from the resolutions that were passed regarding needed structural reform, and for the intentional work in the House of Bishops on matters of collegiality and honesty. Unfortunately, these strike me now as akin to a long overdue rearranging of the furniture when the house is on fire. Why do I say this?
Bucking National Trend, Diocese of South Carolina Experiences Growth in 2011 PDF Print E-mail
At a time when the Episcopal Church is experiencing serious decline, (with a projected loss of an estimated 27,000 members in 2011*) the Diocese of South Carolina experienced growth. Average Sunday attendance as well as membership, communicants, and parish giving all reflect an increase over 2010, according to the parochial reports received from its parishes.

“This growth brings glory to our Lord and witnesses to the faithful ministry of the priests, deacons and laity within this diocese as they share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, when presented with the figures. 

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