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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Lawrence Regarding Upcoming Trial PDF Print E-mail
The Rt. Rev. Mark. J. LawrenceBishop Lawrence requested that the following letter be read aloud in congregations across the Diocese of South Carolina in Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and Peace to you from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Corinthians 1:3

I write on the eve of the upcoming trial between the Diocese of South Carolina and The Episcopal Church scheduled, God-willing, to take place in St. George, SC from July 8—18, 2014 and under the jurisdiction of the Honorable Diane S. Goodstein.  Much work by our legal team under the leadership of Mr. Alan Runyan has already been done. The staff and members from many of our parishes, as well as the diocesan staff, have logged countless hours in the detail work of discovery. Much prayer has been invested by our clergy, vestries, intercessors, and the rank and file members of our congregations. For all of this I am profoundly grateful.
Trial to Protect Diocese of SC Assets Begins Tuesday, July 8 PDF Print E-mail

South Carolina Circuit judge orders TEC to complete 34 depositions it had cancelled – and cited as a reason to delay the trial – on Monday

ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 3, 2014 – After 18 months of delays, a South Carolina court will on Tuesday begin considering the lawsuit to protect Diocese of South Carolina assets from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC).

Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who will preside over the trial, said on Thursday that she will allow TEC to spend Monday taking 34 depositions it had previously cancelled. TEC and TECSC have cited the cancelled depositions in their efforts to delay the trial.  Arguments will commence on Tuesday.

Judge Goodstein’s decision ends the protracted effort by TEC and TECSC to delay trial.  Since May 21 alone, TEC has filed five motions for either continuance or to ask the courts to reconsider previous decisions. The three requests to delay the trial have all been rejected by the courts. 
Archbishops Jensen and Kwashi Visiting Diocese PDF Print E-mail
Archbishop Peter Jensesn, Bishop Mark Lawrence and Archbishop Benjamin KwashiArchbishop Peter Jensen and Archbishop Benjamin and Gloria Kwashi are visiting the Diocese. Both Archbishops preached in Diocesan churches on Sunday, June 29. Bishop Kwashi preached at Christ St. Paul's, Yonges Island. Listen to his sermon, "Jesus Calls us to Discipleship." Bishop Jensen preached at St. Philip's, Charleston.  Listen to his sermon, "The Final Authority."

On June 30 at 10 a.m.  Archbishop Peter Jensen will have a gathering with the clergy at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston and at 7 p.m. Archbishop Benjamin and Gloria Kwashi will give a presentation at Christ St. Paul's Yonges Island.

Pictured left (from left) are Archbishop Peter Jensen, Bishop Mark Lawrence and Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi.

Archbishop Peter Jensen, well known for his work in biblical preaching and teaching, apologetics and evangelism, is the General Secretary of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and the retired Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of the Province of New South Wales in the Anglican Church of Australia. He retired in 2013 upon turning 70.

Archbishop Ben and Gloria KwashiArchbishop Benjamin Kwashi is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos in the Church of Nigeria. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Jos, Plateau State, in Northern Nigeria. They have six grown children. They now also have over 30 orphans living with them at Bishopscourt.

Gloria Kwashi's new book, Gloria! The Archbishops Wife was recently published. The wife of an Anglican bishop could expect a life of peace and comfort. But Benjamin Kwashi is the bishop of Jos in Nigeria, a place that is torn by Muslim-Christian violence. Gloria Kwashi has had her home burnt down and has endured rape and beatings. One of the beatings left her blinded, until surgery was able to restore her sight. Despite this, she continues to reach out to widows and orphans and supports her husband in his remarkable ministry in Northern Nigeria. This book is a record of love and endurance that should stimulate us to examine our own lives and how we respond to adversity. It is available on Amazon.
Diocesan Youth Commission Accepting Applications! PDF Print E-mail
Youth Commission 2013The Department of Youth Ministries is seeking high school students interested in applying to serve for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Our Youth Commission is comprised of cheerful servants who demonstrate spiritual maturity and leadership gifts and desire to develop skills while serving our Lord. This leadership group serves on youth events as well as at Diocesan Convention each year. Their role in events includes leading small groups, sharing testimonies, leading activities, and providing behind the scenes support.  They are a vital part of our ministries! Serving on Youth Commission involves a commitment to several weekend events as well as two training days. Students are expected to serve in a leadership capacity in their church as well.
Mary Frances Ahl Installed as President of Diocesan Women's Ministries PDF Print E-mail
Outgoing President Ann Dennis and Incoming President Mary Frances AhlPictured left, Ann Dennis, outgoing President with incoming President Mary Frances Ahl. View event photo album.

Women from across the Diocese of South Carolina gathered at St. Matthew’s Church in Darlington, May 3, 2014 for their 130th annual meeting.  Hope was a repeated theme of the gathering, with Bishop Mark Lawrence focusing on hope in Christ in his sermon and Mary Frances Ahl, incoming President, and member of Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston, sharing her hope for the future of women’s ministries.

Ahl introduced the new name of the group, “Diocesan Women’s Ministries.” The Board selected the name, with the Bishop’s concurrence.

She also introduced the new vision statement, “To transform the hearts of women through the power of Jesus Christ,” and mission statement: “Equipping women to live out a Biblical model of womanhood from generation to generation by providing a network of resources, Biblical studies, prayer ministry, and mentoring through the transforming power of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
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