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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.

Listen to the sermon. View the photo album.

SUMMERVILLE, SC (March 11, 2017) – Today at its 226th Annual Convention, the Diocese of South Carolina voted unanimously to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

“I cast my vote to affiliate with the ACNA with eager and expectant faith,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of South Carolina in his address to the convention. “I believe God has called us to this and I believe we will find a deeper richness in our vocation; fuller fellowship in the Spirit; a more zealous thrust in mission.  But most of all, I believe a door will be opened, the fresh winds of the Spirit will blow, and a caged eagle will soar.”

Affiliation with the ACNA brings the Diocese into full communion with an organization of 111,853 members in 966 churches and 32 dioceses spread across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. 

Bishop Lawrences address the 226th Diocesan ConventionThe following address was delivered by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence XIV Bishop of South Carolina, at the 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina held at St. Paul’s Church, Summerville on March 11, 2017.  Note: this printed version varies from the audio version. Listen to the sermon.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  Exodus 3:14

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send Me.” Isaiah 6:8

Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, … I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,”    Romans 1:1

In each of these passages, the emphasis is upon the will of God—the call of God.  From Moses through Paul the call was not something the sojourner sought for himself.  He was pressed into the service of God by the will of God.  It was not his choice.  Moses, Jeremiah, Paul all insist that theirs was not self-chosen task.  They were cornered; and caught; and then they were called.   Whatever owning there was of the call, and of course a call must eventually be owned—as we can hear in the responses of Isaiah and Mary—the owning is always secondary to God’s beckoning.  Jesus said as much to his disciples “You did not chose me but I chose you.”  But to say it again—however reluctantly in Jeremiah’s case—each of these saints owned the call; made decisions regarding the call; and took up the responsibilities that came with the call.  There would be no excuses; No blaming of others; No taking refuge in hard circumstances.  Some of you here have walked a similar path.

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