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August 7, 2017

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, having met together with our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, in Charleston this day, sends to all of our brothers and sisters of the diocese our love and our greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. We are so profoundly thankful for all who have fasted and prayed for our diocese and our Standing Committee during the past week from across South Carolina, throughout the Anglican Church in North America, and among all the faithful in global Anglicanism.

We have spent this time together in prayer and discussion regarding the decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court last Wednesday. In light of the conflicting opinions issued by the court, we met with the legal counsel for our diocese and have approved a strategy on how we go forward seeking clarity. We want you to know this: the legal process continues. We will be filing a motion for a rehearing from the Supreme Court, the deadline for which is September 1st. We are convinced there are compelling reasons to make this motion. There will be other avenues along with and following that action.

lawrence mark s cls 2August 5, 2017, Eve of the Transfiguration

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8

Thursday evening Allison and I returned to Charleston.  We were on vacation with family in California when the South Carolina Supreme Court issued the long awaited ruling.  Obviously, it was not the favorable ruling we were seeking.  Therefore, we returned home as soon as possible.  Frankly, it is a grievous decision for us on so many levels.  Perhaps you, as do I, have to fight despondency as I consider its many ramifications for us as a diocese, and especially for our congregations and clergy. For make no mistake—if this ruling stands how we carry out God’s mission and the ministries he has given us will dramatically change.  You may already have received from previous diocesan communications, the diocesan website or from local news, the gist of the court’s conflicted 77-page opinion.  Therefore, I will not rehearse it here.  My purpose is more personal.  

Today, thousands of Christians around the world are holding you, the congregations of the diocese, as well as our clergy and bishop in prayer.  Even more specifically, yesterday Anglicans on this continent were lifting us in constant prayer.  As you may know, we recently voted as a diocese to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America, and this summer their Provincial Assembly joyfully received us as full members therein.  What a comfort it is to know that our Archbishop, the Most Reverend Foley Beach, asked the bishops, clergy and laity of the ACNA to pray and fast yesterday on our behalf.  

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Watch the 2017 ACNA Provincial Conference Live
 June 27-30

Keep this week’s ACNA Provincial gathering, June 27-30, in Wheaton, IL, in your prayers. Over 1,400 Anglican leaders from North America are being joined by Primates, Archbishops, and bishops from around the Anglican Communion. The Assembly and the meeting of the Provincial Council will be livestreamed here so you can stay connected with what is happening.

This will be the first year the Diocese of South Carolina sends an official delegation.  During the Council meeting, on the morning of June 27, the Council will receive the Diocese of South Carolina into the ACNA. Our Diocese voted unanimously to join the ACNA during our 226th Annual Convention in March, 2017.

Signs that say "work" "retire"Spouses Welcome

We all want to be well-prepared financially for our season of retirement. But who among us doesn't have questions, like.... How much money will I need to retire? When should I claim social security? What do I do with my 403b when I retire?
These questions and more will be answered at the Pre-Retirement Seminars sponsored by the Diocese of South Carolina for its 403b participants.  There is no charge for this event, and everyone in the Diocese's 403b program approaching retirement is encouraged to attend. Spouses are encouraged to attend as well. There will be four identical sessions. Choose the one which works best for you:

Monday, July 24, 2017, The Church of the Cross Mission Mall
15 Centre Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910
2:00 PM until 3:30 PM OR 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Christ Church
2304 N Highway 17
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
2:00 PM until 3:30 PM OR 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Register online or call Saralyn Ortiz at 843-722-4075 to register.
If you have any questions contact me at one of the numbers below.

Yours in Christ,

Nancy Armstrong
Assistant Treasurer/Diocesan Administrator
P. O. Box 20127
Charleston, S. C. 29413
Phone: 843-722-4075 (Direct Line: 843-628-2356)
Cell: 843-729-9726
FAX: 843-723-7628

Clergy worship during renewal of vows service

Bishop Mark Lawrence cautioned the clergy about “doing more for God while spending precious little time with God” in his sermon at the Clergy Renewal of Vows service held April 6 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, in Charleston. “We are doing more and enjoying it less,” he said. “Rare is the priest who doesn’t take it as a compliment when someone says, ‘You are the busiest person I know.‘”

Preaching from John 15:1-11 he examined God’s role and ours as vine and branches. God’s work is to indwell, prune and bear fruit – especially love – in his followers. Ours is to believe, receive, hear and obey. He urged the clergy to spend time in the study of Scripture, not in preparation for the next sermon, but for their own growth in grace.

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