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Dr. Ken Boa speaks on "rewriting your broken story." Prolific author and teacher Dr. Ken Boa spoke to a crowd at St. John’s, Johns Island, September 7, 2016 on “Rewriting Your Broken Story: Gaining an Eternal Perspective on your Christian Walk,” which is also the title of his most recent book.

  “All of us have broken stories,” said Boa.  “How is yours broken?”

 He began retelling a story of Martin Laird’s which tells of a dog who when set free simply ran in circles, because it had lived most of its life in a cage. “We buy into a false narrative,” said Boa.

 Boa urged us to see our stories embedded into God’s story of redemption and new creation. “Christ took our sins and gave us his righteousness. It’s the best deal ever!”

 “We put our trust in Jesus for our eternal salvation, but then put our trust in the world for everything else. That’s nuts!” he said. “It’s all upside down.”

 Boa said that beauty, intimacy and adventure are hints of home – of what we were created for and that this current life is a prelude of a greater life to come.

Jim Lewis speaks to clergy at clergy day“Where can we by the power of God make a difference for emerging Anglicanism?” asked Bishop Mark Lawrence, in a day-long gathering of clergy from the Diocese of South Carolina at Saint James, James Island, September 14. “There’s some gravity to our decision. We need to think forward, evangelically, missionally in a way that will make a difference if someone looks back 50 years from now.”

Over 100 clergy were present for the meeting, which focused primarily on discernment issues surrounding the Diocese’s process towards affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

At the most recent Diocesan Convention this past March, the Affiliation Task Force recommended the Diocese affiliate with ACNA. The day-long clergy gathering was spent outlining the ACNA structure, the process of affiliation and the steps that need to be taken to move forward.  The clergy were urged to share the information with their parishes. The Diocese will put the affiliation question to a vote at the upcoming Diocesan Convention in March of 2017.

The Rev. Jeff MillerCHARLESTON, SC September 15, 2016 – St. Philip’s Church, established in 1680, the earliest congregation in South Carolina, known as “the mother church of the Diocese,” will welcome the Reverend Jeffrey S. Miller as their 26th Rector Wednesday, September 21 during a Celebration of a New Ministry.  The service of Institution will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, which includes 53 churches in the eastern part of SC, will officiate and preach at the service.   

Miller comes to St. Philip’s from the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort where he served as a senior associate from 1999 to 2005; from 2005 to present, he served as their rector.  He is currently a candidate for a doctor of ministry degree at Trinity School for Ministry and received his masters in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to the former Kristin Lynne Frazier of Greensboro, N.C. and they have four children.

Almighty God and Father who wills that people may flourish and have abundance of life, be with us especially on this day when we remember such destruction, darkness, devastation, death and terror; help us to honor the memory of those whose lives were utterly cut short, and to believe that you can make all things new, even the most horrible things. Redeem and heal, O Holy Spirit, grant us perspective, humility, light, trust and grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Submitted by the Rev. Dr. Kendall S. Harmon, Diocesan Canon Theologian

Operation Christmas Child boxWant to reach kids all over the world for Christ?  Then, consider Operation Christmas Child!  Reach impoverished kids who may never have received any gift ever before.  This ministry of Samaritan’s Purse seeks to put a shoebox packed with useful things, fun toys and supplies into the hands of underprivileged children throughout the world.  Some Churches including (St. Michael’s, The Parish Church of St. Helena and others) participate every year & reap bountiful benefits.  Givers sometimes even receive letters from children who received a shoebox!

NOW is the perfect time to launch OCC!  Boxes are collected the week of November 14-21st in 2016.  Any group can build boxes: families, classes, Bible Studies, couples, groups of friends, youth groups, supper clubs and of course, Churches.  Prayed over by the senders, The Holy Spirit inhabits each box and is directed to a particular child whom He chooses.

Duval Acker, a member of St. Michael’s, Charleston, is a year-round volunteer for OCC who’s available to answer questions, give assistance and speak in your church about the loving children through gift shoeboxes.  

OCC Shoeboxes are distributed only through local churches, and each child who gets one is invited to a 12-week discipleship study on Jesus in his/her own language.  At the conclusion of “The Greatest Journey”, the child receives a diploma and a New Testament in his/her own language in a "graduation" ceremony.  It's a powerful outreach to children first, but then siblings join in and parents often become believers, all because a child received a box. Learn more!  Contact Duval Acker (843) 693-0690 or duval.acker@carolinaone.com.  Visit OCC online, read the stories and be inspired at www.operationchristmaschild.org.

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