What's Happening at Calvary

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READINGS AND GOSPELS: The First Sunday in Lent - Sunday, March 10, 2019

posted Dec 10, 2016, 12:55 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 10:46 AM ]







First Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Year (cycle):  C

The Collect: 

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Deuteronomy 26:1-11

1 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.’ 4When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, 5you shall make this response before the Lord your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, 7we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. 11Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

Psalm: 
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
       abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 He shall say to the Lord,
  “You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
       my God in whom I put my trust.”
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
       and the Most High your habitation,
10 There shall no evil happen to you, *
       neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
       to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, *
       lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
       you shall trample the young lion and the serpent
                              under your feet.
14 Because he is bound to me in love,
     therefore will I deliver him; *
       I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
       I am with him in trouble;
       I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, *
       and show him my salvation.

Epistle: 
Romans 10:8b-13

8 ‘The word is near you,
   on your lips and in your heart’
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Gospel: 
Luke 4:1-13

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ 4Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.” ’

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And the devil* said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ 8Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
   and serve only him.” ’

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you,
   to protect you”,
11and
“On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’
12Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’ 13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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Daily Readings ...

posted Jul 4, 2016, 6:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 10:54 AM ]



The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion.  These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship on Sunday; Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead.

Source:  http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=C#id264


Note: For the readings after Pentecost: the first reading pairs with the semi-continuous strand of texts; the second, with the complementary.






Sunday, March 3, 2019: Transfiguration Sunday

Reflection:




Sunday, March 10, 2019: First Sunday in Lent

Reflection:
Preparation:





Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the Daily Readings is available though Augsburg Fortress.



Calvary News and Announcements ...

posted Jun 15, 2016, 4:07 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 1:42 PM by joan bonaparte ]







AN EVENING OF CONVERSATION AND HORS D'OEUVRES


The Gatherers at the Table will sponsor "An Evening of Conversation and Hors D'oeuvres"
from 4:30 - 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.  The event will be held in the Calvary Church Parish Hall .
Guest speaker will be Ms. Millicent C. Brown, an independent consultant with Lightbright, LLC.
Ms. Brown is currently very interested in the planning of the International African American Museum in Charleston.
All are invited and encouraged to attend.



MLK, Jr. PARADE 

Calvary Church & The Episcopal Church in SC
participated in the MLK, Jr., parade in downtown Charleston
Monday, January 21, 2019
as part of the 47th annual MLK celebration sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Charleston.
We had a BIG TURNOUT for Calvary as we joined St. Stephen's, St. Mark's, Good Shepherd and Grace Cathedral.
Father Matt, Mrs. McCormick and Colson were front and center!
Thanks to Mr. Marvin Gallant & William Bluford for driving in the parade to allow our non-walkers to participate.
ECW, Men of Calvary, JOY Group, Gatherers - Thanks for showing up for Calvary!!!





2019 COFFEE HOUR / FELLOWSHIP - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

Beginning on Sunday, January 6, 2019
and the 1st Sunday of each month
Volunteers are needed to sponsor and present the Repast after service
Please see Robin Blunt or contact her at (843) 813-3754



MEN OF CALVARY SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER / RAFFLE / AUCTION

The Men of Calvary will sponsor their annual
PANCAKE SUPPER with RAFFLE & AUCTION
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Donation:  $4.00
Tickets will be available on January 14 from
Men of Calvary Members


   WINTER HOURS FOR THE JOY / CRAFTS GROUP

The JOY/Crafts group will meet from
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Tuesdays
during the shortened daylight period.


WINTER HOURS FOR THE GATHERERS

The Gatherers Around The Table will meet from
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm on Tuesdays
during the shortened daylight period


                                 
                  

Coastal Carolina Fair Ribbons for crafts group at Calvary



A crafts and knitting group (formerly known as the JOY Group) that meets at historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston is celebrating the achievements of its members and the fellowship that their weekly meetings have fostered. The group gathered in December for an informal Christmas party and to view an array of handcrafts that their members entered for judging at the recent Coastal Carolina Fair.

Led by Veronica Sheppard and Pat Williams, who offer instruction to the group, Calvary members earned 22 ribbons at the annual fair.

The members also are taking on new projects to benefit others. Calvary's Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Matt McCormick, has connected the group with the Medical University of South Carolina to create special blankets to be used for the burial of infants.

​The group meets every Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm at Calvary, and is always looking for new students and members. They recently welcomed a new member from nearby St. Mark's Episcopal. For information contact group member Andrea Lawrence at redhatladyandrea@icloud.com.

                   

CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH WELCOMES REVEREND MATTHEW W. MCCORMICK AS THEIR NEW PRIEST-IN-CHARGE

Reverend McCormick grew up a cradle Episcopalian in the sunny coastal city of Jacksonville, Florida.  He graduated in 2001 from the College of Charleston and met his lovely wife, Lisa, during his early years working in the marketing and hospitality industry in our great city.

Matt was ordained to the priesthood in 2008.  He is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania; he holds a Masters of Theology degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is currently working on doctoral studies.  He has returned to Charleston with his family after serving as rector of Messiah Episcopal Church in St. Paul.  Prior to that, he served as an associate rector at St. Phillip's Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.

He enjoys southern cooking, Charleston arts and music, great stories, and spending time with Lisa and their precious son, Colson.









Renewal of Ordination Vows held at Calvary Church on February 20, 2018: 
The Bishop's Sermon

What role does memory play in the life of faith? Preaching at the annual renewal of ordination vows for clergy of our diocese, Bishop Skip Adams said that one of the central responsibilities of being a deacon, priest, or bishop "is to help the people of God to remember." 
Watch the video of the sermon and find the text of his sermon here.
Priests and deacons of our diocese gathered with Bishop Skip Adams at Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston today to celebrate Holy Eucharist,
renew their ordination vows, and bless the oils used for baptism and healing.
This annual service is held during Lent, and we ask your prayers for all our clergy: Find a list at our website:



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House of Deputies Medal Awarded to Lonnie Hamilton




Lonnie Hamilton with the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings,
onstage with the rest of the South Carolina deputation and Bishop Skip Adams.

On July 10, 2018,  the House of Deputies Medal was awarded to Lonnie Hamilton III, a lay deputy for South Carolina. House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings presented the award, honoring Lonnie's leadership and witness in serving the Church through a time of division and the ongoing reorganization in our diocese. Our deputation and Bishop Adams accompanied him to the stage as he received a standing ovation from more than 800 people present in the House of Deputies.



Watch the video here - the presentation begins at about 17:00 minutes.

Here is the text of President Jennings' presentation:

Now, back in 2012, we had a little excitement at General Convention. ... At that convention, held in the great diocese of Indianapolis, some of those gathered among us decided to leave the convention and, ultimately, to leave the Episcopal Church. Just one loyal Episcopalian from the former Diocese of South Carolina remained, and he is a gifted educator, a civil rights advocate, and an astonishing jazz saxophonist and clarinetist who has also been a faithful member of our church for more than 60 years. And through it all, he has never stopped working and praying and hoping that the people of his former diocese will find a way to come back together so that we all may be one."

Deputy Lonnie Hamilton of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina has been a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston for 57 years and served on the vestry, as choirmaster, and in many other leadership roles. He has served on the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council in South Carolina, and this is his sixth General Convention as a deputy or alternate. He is a retired administrator with the Charleston County School District and served his community as a member of Charleston County Council for more than 20 years. He was the first African American to serve on that body and was twice elected as its chairman.

The House of Deputies is not, as you can imagine, the first organization to honor Lonnie’s faithful ministry. When he received the Dean’s Cross Award from Virginia Theological Seminary last year, the citation noted that Lonnie has “a reputation not only as a gifted educator but also as a charismatic figure who was popular with students and who could help ease tensions at Bonds-Wilson and other North Charleston area schools resulting from the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. In the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, he led the diocesan Community Housing Development Organization, which has converted dozens of properties into affordable housing units.”

As if all this weren’t enough, Lonnie toured with the Jenkins Orphanage Bands in the mid-1940s and played with his own band, Lonnie Hamilton and the Diplomats, which was the signature jazz band in Charleston for decades.

For his distinguished service to the Episcopal Church and to the community we serve in Charleston, South Carolina, I am honored to award the House of Deputies medal to Deputy Lonnie Hamilton.


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Our own Mr. Lonnie Hamilton III has been awarded the prestigious DEAN'S CROSS award by the Virginia Theological Seminary.

Established in November 2008, the Dean’s Cross award recognizes outstanding leaders who embody their baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”  Selected annually by the Seminary Dean in consultation with the Chair of the Board, the Honorees receive a handmade silver cross, modeled after the Seminary Chapel cross, and a certificate.  

“Our work here at Virginia Seminary is formation,” said the Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary, “and this award celebrates the well-formed life, which involves living out the values of the baptismal covenant and making a difference in society.”



                       
   Past Recipients of the award include:

   December 7, 2014
  • Ms. Madeleine Albright from Washington, D.C.
    Former (and the first female) Secretary of State of the United States of America

   December 6, 2015
  • Mrs. Barbara Bush from Houston, TX.
    Former First Lady of the United States of America




  • ON JULY 23, 2017, CALVARY CHURCH  WELCOMED MEMBERS OF ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FROM WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA
Fr. Joseph Smith, Rector, and Members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA  were in the Charleston area on July 23 for a mission trip with a group called Home Works. They worked primarily on John's Island, bringing around 22 youth and adults. Calvary extended our warmest welcome to these travelers to worship with us that Sunday. 

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This was a return visit for the Youth Group and group leaders of St. Mary's to do their mission work on John's Island. 
Follow the link below to see pictures from last  year's visit.









ECW  FISH FRY on February 23    
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will host a  FISH FRY on Friday, February 23 from 4 - 6 pm.
Tickets are $10

Location: Calvary Church Parish Hall, 104 Line Street, Charleston SC 29403



ECW  OYSTER ROAST on April 7
The Episcopal Church Women will host their annual Oyster Roast on April 7, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. 
Tickets are $20 adults and $10 children ages 6-12 years.
Location: Calvary Church Parish Hall, 104 Line Street, Charleston SC 29403



EpisComm18 is coming to Kanuga April 17-20

The national Episcopal Communicators Conference will be April 17-20, 2018 at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center near Hendersonville NC. Registration is now open, and I am planning to attend this as well.  

Please consider attending (or sending someone to) this important national conference - both for the excellent workshops and speakers, and for the opportunity to meet people from all over The Episcopal Church who are doing this kind of work, too. You will come home with fresh inspiration, exciting ideas, and new friendships. 



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Our own Mr. Lonnie Hamilton III has been awarded the prestigious DEAN'S CROSS award by the Virginia Theological Seminary.

Established in November 2008, the Dean’s Cross award recognizes outstanding leaders who embody their baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”  Selected annually by the Seminary Dean in consultation with the Chair of the Board, the Honorees receive a handmade silver cross, modeled after the Seminary Chapel cross, and a certificate.  

“Our work here at Virginia Seminary is formation,” said the Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary, “and this award celebrates the well-formed life, which involves living out the values of the baptismal covenant and making a difference in society.”



                       
   Past Recipients of the award include:

   December 7, 2014
  • Ms. Madeleine Albright from Washington, D.C.
    Former (and the first female) Secretary of State of the United States of America

   December 6, 2015
  • Mrs. Barbara Bush from Houston, TX.
    Former First Lady of the United States of America




  • ON JULY 23, 2017, CALVARY CHURCH  WELCOMED MEMBERS OF ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FROM WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA
Fr. Joseph Smith, Rector, and Members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA  were in the Charleston area on July 23 for a mission trip with a group called Home Works. They worked primarily on John's Island, bringing around 22 youth and adults. Calvary extended our warmest welcome to these travelers to worship with us that Sunday. 

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This was a return visit for the Youth Group and group leaders of St. Mary's to do their mission work on John's Island. 
Follow the link below to see pictures from last  year's visit.


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NEWS BLOG - AROUND THE DIOCESE - Events, Resources, Services

posted Jun 15, 2016, 2:30 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 1:49 PM ]

Clergy Transitions

2/19/2019

 
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Voorhees College and the Rev. Dr. James Yarsiah have announced that he will conclude his service as Voorhees Chaplain and Vicar of St. Philip’s Chapel at the end of this semester. Fr. Yarsiah was called to Voorhees in 2011 and was instrumental in restarting the Canterbury Club, bringing the Voorhees Choir to General Convention in 2015 and reaching out to the Denmark community through annual Thanksgiving baskets. The college is beginning its search for the next chaplain of the college.

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The Rev. Jon Coffey has announced that his last Sunday at The Episcopal Church in Okatie will be March 3. He has served as priest-in-charge of the congregation for the last two years through a time of growth and discernment.


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The Rev. Mike Jones will be serving as interim at The Episcopal Church in Okatie while the congregation searches for its next priest-in-charge. Mike has previously served at Okatie during short periods since the congregation organized in 2013.
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This article was graciously shared with members of the Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops, written by Dan O'Mara, Communications Coordinator of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Nearly 100 people gathered in Allendale to share their hopes and concerns about the future of Allendale County schools – and what that means for the future of their children, grandchildren and the community as a whole.

At the “Listening Post” event – hosted February 11 by the Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ Public Education Initiative – parents, educators and local residents told bishops and other church leaders about their frustration, anger and disappointment at the state of their school system, which the state Department of Education took control of in June 2018.

Almost person-for-person, however, they also delivered a message of hope, confidence in the future and support for local schools, teachers, administrators and – most of all – for the children themselves.

“No matter where I go, I defend Allendale,” said Valaree Smith, who represents Allendale and four other counties on the State Board of Education. “We’ve got to love where we live, and don’t let anybody talk about our house.

“When you have that passion for your community, and start valuing education again, and start teaching your children to value education – that’s when change takes place.”

The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops is a special ecumenical relationship among churches led by bishops of the African Methodist EpiscopalAfrican Methodist Episcopal-ZionChristian Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal (The Diocese of Upper South Carolina and TECSC), LutheranRoman Catholic and United Methodist churches.

The bishops collectively have been advocating for public education since April 2014, when they issued a joint pastoral letter pledging “our commitment to support the full flourishing of public education in South Carolina.” They expressed concern after the state Supreme Court in November 2017 dismissed a landmark school equity lawsuit, filed in 1993 to force the General Assembly to improve educational opportunities in the state’s poorest public schools.

The Fellowship has scheduled two “Public Education Advocacy Days” for Feb. 19 and March 21, during which training will be offered for those who want to advocate on behalf of children and their education, and attendees – including bishops, other church leaders and volunteers – will go to the State House and lobby their own elected representatives on the issues.
 
The Rev. Jason Roberson recently returned from attending the annual meeting of the board of directors of the Dominican Development Group (DDG) in Santo Domingo. The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is a companion diocese of the Dominican Episcopal Church, and Fr. Roberson, who is Assistant Rector at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, has been appointed by Bishop Adams to serve as our diocesan representative on the DDG board.  

Over the past 20 years, our diocese has had a consistent presence on the DDG board as well as with mission work in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit the DDG website, www.dominicandevelopmentgroup.org or the Dominican Episcopal Church website, www.iglepidom.org. For information about diocesan mission opportunities in the Domincan Republic, please email Fr. Roberson at jroberson@holycrossfm.org.


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The Rev. Jason Roberson (back row, third from left) with members of the DDG Board, including the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic (center in Bishop's collar).
 
U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel has set May 1 as the earliest date when a trial could begin in the federal false-advertising and trademark infringement lawsuit against a breakaway group that left The Episcopal Church.

The order, issued Wednesday, represents a two-month extension from the previous schedule the judge set in August, which had called for a trial "on or after" March 1.

Currently, Judge Gergel is considering several complex motions seeking summary judgment in the case. A motion for summary judgment is a request for the court to rule that the other party has no case, as a matter of law, because there are no facts at issue. If summary judgment is granted, a trial would not need to take place.  

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and The Episcopal Church have asked the court to issue a ruling and call a halt to the “pervasive” public confusion caused by a group that broke away from the church, yet continues to use Episcopal names and marks.

The lawsuit, known as vonRosenberg v. Lawrence, was filed in March 2013 by Bishop Charles vonRosenberg, who was the only bishop recognized by The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina at that time. Bishop vonRosenberg retired in 2016, and his successor, Bishop Gladstone B. Adams III, was added as a plaintiff in the case. The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, TECSC, also joined the case as plaintiffs.

In April 2018, Judge Gergel ordered the expansion of the lawsuit, adding as defendants to the case the diocesan organization and trustees who are operating under Bishop Mark Lawrence, and the 54 parishes that followed him after the 2012 split. Those groups have been operating under the names “The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina” and "Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina," and the confusion created by that is part of the trademark infringement and false-advertising claims.  

In a separate case in state court, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in August 2017 that property of the diocese and 29 parishes must be returned to The Episcopal Church and TECSC. That decision resulted from a state lawsuit filed by the breakaway group in 2013 against The Episcopal Church and TECSC.

Dr. Myers named to work with Commission on Ministry

2/12/2019

 

Bishop Adams has named clinical psychologist Dr. deRosset Myers, Jr. to work with the Diocesan Commission on Ministry, performing evaluations required during the discernment process for people who are seeking to enter or return to the ordained ministry of The Episcopal Church.


In making the announcement, Bishop Adams expressed gratitude on behalf of the diocese for the work of Dr. Amy Webb of Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island, who recently retired from the post, having served the diocese and the Commission on Ministry since 2013.


Dr. Myers earned his AB in Sociology from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He completed his internship at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and a post-doctoral residency in pediatric oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Myers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He worked with hospitalized children and adolescents at the W.S. Hall Psychiatric Institute and with adults, children, and adolescents as outpatients at the University Specialty Clinics for the 25 years. He has been active in the W.S. Hall Psychiatric Institute pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program where he served as Director of Training from 2005 until 2010 when he joined Lake Psychological Services, a small private practice in Columbia. He also sees patients at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in Charleston and has conducted evaluations of candidates for holy orders for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston for the past 20 years. 


Dr. Myers is married to Felicity Myers, who is also a clinical psychologist; they live on Wadmalaw Island. Dr. Myers is a lifelong Episcopalian whose brother and father-in-law are priests. The Myers are members of Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston.

 
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Andrea McKellar, center, with Bill Campbell, Executive Director of Forma, and Director for Formation, Youth and Young Adult Ministries for The Episcopal Church.
Diocesan Ministry Developer Andrea McKellar recently returned from the 2019 Forma Conference and has written this report.

I had the pleasure of spending a week in Indianapolis in January at the Annual Forma Conference. Forma is the Network for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church and beyond. This year’s conference theme was “Formed to Proclaim: Conversations on Liturgy and Evangelism.” This was my sixth year attending the conference and I love the diverse group of voices from across the Episcopal Church it brings together. (Many people in our diocese attended the 2018 Forma Conference that our diocese hosted in Charleston.)

Some of the highlights that I want to share from the 2019 Forma Conference:
  • My main take-away was when the Rev. Paul Fromberg, one of the speakers who is the Rector of St. Gregory’s of Nyssa in San Francisco, said that church should not be comfortable. That isn’t to say that church isn’t and shouldn’t be comforting, but to live our lives like Jesus we have to be always working to change the world. Sitting comfortably in our pews and not engaging the outside world is not the work of the Jesus Movement. That resonated with me and I see that good work happening in our diocese and hope to encourage even more of it.
  • Dr. Catherine Meeks of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta was part of a Q&A one of the evenings about her life and work. I highly recommend it, especially to those who will be attending the Racial Awareness Event later this month. You can watch it online here.
  • Lauren Kay, seminarian from our diocese at Seminary of the Southwest, was one of the 15-minute speakers. Their talk can be seen starting at the 6:30 minute mark on the video here.
  • - So many people want to hear about what is going on in our diocese. The prayers, love, and support that we receive from the wider Episcopal Church is ongoing.

​Next year’s Forma conference will be in Atlanta on January 20-24, 2020. I hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join me for another inspiring event.
 
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Clergy renew their ordination vows with Bishop Adams at the 2018 liturgy at Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston.
​Each year in Lent, the clergy of the Diocese gather with the Bishop to renew their ordination vows and bless the oils used for baptism and healing. Everyone is invited to attend this special service of Holy Eucharist and join in praying for our bishop, priests and deacons.

Please save the date for Tuesday, April 2 at 11 am at St. George's, Summerville. Clergy are invited to vest in choir dress (cassock, surplice and tippet).

Clergy Transitions

1/29/2019

 
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The Rev. Paul Gilbert has announced he will retire from active ministry and conclude his service as priest-in-charge of The Episcopal Church on Edisto effective June 2. Fr. Gilbert has served at Edisto since August 2015 and has been active in ordained ministry for more than 40 years. Previously he served in our diocese as director of the Little School at Grace Church Cathedral and as a priest associate at Grace.

 
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is inviting church leaders from several communities in our diocese to attend a gathering in Summerville on Saturday, March 2 as part of the planning for the return of 29 area churches to The Episcopal Church.

The meeting is designed specifically for "parallel leaders" those who serve congregations in areas where there are churches affected by an August 2017 state Supreme Court decision. The Episcopal congregations being invited to send parallel leaders to the meeting include Good Shepherd, Summerville; Messiah, Myrtle Beach; St. Francis, Charlestton; St. Catherine's, Florence; The Episcopal Church on Edisto; The East Cooper Episcopal Church in Mount Pleasant; and the Cheraw Episcopal Worship Group.

"These congregations are presently actively engaged in God's mission in communities where a congregation – people, property, and purpose – will be returning to TECSC," says the Rev. Bill Coyne, Missioner for Returning Congregations for the Diocese.

"This is an opportunity to share best practices, concerns, hopes and dreams, and next steps," Fr. Coyne says.

The goal of the diocese is for there to be no interruption in worship when the returning churches come back, Fr. Coyne says. Beginning on the very first Sunday, the doors will be open with an Episcopal priest leading worship.


At the Parallel Leaders' Meeting, each congregation will be asked to tell its story and share its journey of faithfulness since the split in the diocese occurred in 2012-13. Leaders also will talk about their plans for engaging with returning Episcopalians.

The meeting will take place at Church of the Good Shepherd, 119-B West Luke Ave., Summerville from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. To learn more about the meeting and register to participate, please contact Fr. Coyne at wcoyne@episcopalchurchsc.org or 843-614-0679.
 
Join with other diocesan leaders on Thursday February 28, 2019 at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston. Registration and coffee will begin at 9:30 am. The program will begin with the showing of the film at 10:00 am followed by discussion with a panel including various persons featured in the film Beyond the Fields, a powerful one-hour documentary produced in late 2017, which debuted on PBS, depicting the story of slavery and the story of America and its 21st century impact.  The film raises important questions for our own day as well as our future.

Tracey Todd, CEO of Middleton Place, and executive producer of the 60-minute documentary that debuted in late 2017, notes, "It was time to take the interpretation of the slave experience and bring it to a new medium, with new insights from present-day historians, researchers, preservationists and historic site interpreters, along with descendants of the Middleton family and of African Americans with roots at Middleton Place. They provide a much needed and fresh perspective on what life was like here when slaves built and sustained Middleton Place, Charleston, and, for that matter, the economy of the entire region.” 

Speakers and facilitators include, among others, The Reverend Dr Kylon Middleton, Pastor of Mt Zion AME Church in Charleston and Project Leader of the Charleston Illumination Project and Co-Founder of the Clementa Pinckney Foundation, as well as a number of persons featured in the film.
 
The day will include time for personal retreat and reflection and the opportunity to walk the grounds at Middleton Place, concluding at 4:00 pm. Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch.

Registration is now open here.

Download a flyer to share with your congregation.



 
The Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) on Friday, January 11 filed briefs with United States District Judge Richard Gergel, responding to the motions filed by the Lawrence Diocese and its Parishes.
 
Each brief, or “Memorandum of Law,” supports a different aspect of the matters before the court: Joint Opposition to Parish Motions, Joint Opposition to Expert Exclusion Motions, Joint Opposition to Genericness Motion, TEC Opposition to Lawrence Diocese Motion, and TECSC Opposition to Lawrence Diocese Motion.
 
The state Supreme Court decided in August 2017 to return diocesan and parish property to The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
 
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​The Rev. Dr. John DeWitt Stonesifer has been called as the Interim Rector at All Saints, Hilton Head Island. He will begin his work with All Saints in February.
 
While a priest for over three decades, John has focused on serving as a professional interim priest for the last 18 years, working with over 20 parishes in Maryland, Kentucky, Delaware, New York, West Virginia, Illinois and New Jersey.
 
John graduated from Clemson University, and from there went on to study at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1984.  Upon graduation he served in parish ministry for six years; and then for nine years for two Episcopal Schools as chaplain, assistant to the head of schools, and leader of religious curriculum – earning his M.B.A. during that time.  Now his emphasis is on interim ministry and clergy coaching.
 
John and his wife of 34 years, Susan, recently took up residence in New Castle, Delaware. They have two grown children. In his free time, John enjoys playing music in a band (he’s a drummer) and taking part in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). We look forward to welcoming him to The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

Ribbons for knitting group at Calvary

1/2/2019

 
 
 
​A knitting group that meets at historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston is celebrating the achievements of its members and the fellowship that their weekly meetings have fostered. The group gathered in December for an informal Christmas party and to view an array of handcrafts that their members entered for judging at the recent Coastal Carolina Fair.

Led by Pat Williams, a knitting expert who offers instruction to the group, Calvary members earned 22 ribbons at the annual fair.

The knitters also are taking on new projects to benefit others. Calvary's Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Matt McCormick, has connected the knitters with the Medical University of South Carolina to create special blankets used for the burial of infants.

​The group meets every Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm at Calvary, and is always looking for new students and members. They recently welcomed a new member from nearby St. Mark's Episcopal. For information contact group member Andrea Lawrence at redhatladyandrea@icloud.com. 
 
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New adult education opportunities are beginning in January in churches around the diocese. Here are some of the offerings. (If your church would like to add to this list, please email info@episcopalchurchsc.org)

All Saints, Hilton Head Island
A Thursday book study will begin January 10 and run through April 18 at 11 am, based on the book Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words by Brian McLaren. The group will discuss a different word each week. Details and a schedule are available here.


Grace Church Cathedral
"History of the Christian Church" – On Wednesdays from January 23-February 27, from 12:00-1:30 pm, the Very Rev. Michael Wright and Steve Rhodes will lead six classes at Grace  focusing on the history of the Christian Church during the medieval era, based on Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. Lunch is provided.​
 


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Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island
A Community Book Study organized by the Health & Well Being ministry, led by Rev. Jason Roberson and Rev. Johnny Ford, will meet Thursdays at 5 pm at Holy Cross Faith Memorial beginning January 3 and continuing through February 7. The group will discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  Joining the community onversation are House of God Church and St. Peter's Lutheran Church. 

St. Stephen's, Charleston
"Global Mission in The Episcopal Church" is the title of a January series on Sundays at 10 am starting January 6 at St. Stephen's, Charleston. Session 1 will be an overview of global mission in the Church. On January 13, parishioner Magi Griffin will share her experience as a long-term Episcopal missionary to Tanzania. January 20: The Rev. Adam Shoemaker shares his experience as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary to Brazil. January 27: The Rev. Jason Roberson of Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island will talk about our diocese's companion relationship with the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic. Child care is provided.

 
The new year brings a new calendar of musical events to churches around our diocese. Here's a listing of events planned in early 2019. Save this link and check back as we add new events to the calendar through the spring.

January 18: Classical Guitar Concert
 All Saint's, Hilton Head Island, 12 pm. 
Acclaimed guitarist Dr. Brian Luckett of Jacksonville, Florida performs a varied program of classical guitar. A $20 donation is suggested.


January 20:
Organ Dedication Concert
​with 'Deux Voix' 

St. Mark's, Charleston, 4 pm.
The concert will feature the trumpet-organ duo Deux Voix.

January 20: 'Music for the Seasons' Winter Concert 
St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach, 4 pm. 
The program features Kim Carey (flute) and Roberta Rowland-Raybold (piano, harpsicord and organ). A reception will follow. Details here.


February 3: Choral Evensong 
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, 4 pm.
Grace's St. Gregory Choir sings this service of Evening Prayer set to music for the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple (Candlemas).

February 8: Handel & Bach Concert 
All Saints, Hilton Head Island, 7 pm.
Featuring Handel’s Organ Concerto in G minor, Op 4. No. 3 & Bach’s Solo Cantata for Soprano Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen sung by Rebecca Flaherty; both with chamber orchestra. A $20 donation is suggested.

February 22: All Saints on Broadway
All Saints, Hilton Head Island, 6:30 pm. Members of the parish choir will perform an
array of music from Broadway. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served during the performance. Tickets are $25.

March 3: Mardi Gras Blues Choral Evensong
St. Stephen's, Charleston will offer a Mardi Gras Blues Choral Evensong on the last Sunday of Epiphany, with a New Orleans-style band and choral works by William Dawson and Jester Hairston. A festive Mardi Gras reception will follow. 

March 24: Lenten Recital & Evensong
All Saints, Hilton Head Island, 4 pm.
A contemplative service based on Plainsong chant, sung by the Chamber Choir. Evensong
begins with a 30-minute organ recital.

April 7: Lenten Choral Evensong
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, 4 pm.
Grace's St. Gregory Choir and St. Nicholas Choristers will sing this service of Evening Prayer set to music for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

April 14: Chilcott Requiem
All Saints, Hilton Head Island, 4 pm
A concert of music for Holy Week, sung by the Parish Choir, featuring the Chilcott Requiem with a woodwind chamber orchestra and organ. A $20 donation is suggested.
 
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The Reverend Bob Diehl, a retired priest who served as supply clergy for several congregations in our diocese, died this morning after a prolonged illness following heart surgery in October.

The combined congregations of Good Shepherd and St. George’s in Summerville will celebrate his life with a requiem Eucharist at St. George’s, 9110 Dorchester Rd., on Friday, December 21 at 11:00 am. (Please note the time of the service, which has been updated from the initial announcement.)

Fr. Diehl and his wife the Rev. Jane Diehl, a deacon, have been attending Church of the Good Shepherd. Born in Detroit on December 29, 1941, he was ordained in 2008 and was canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan.
 
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon him.

Episcopal Church parties seek summary judgment in federal lawsuit

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) and The Episcopal Church have asked the U.S. District Court to grant motions for summary judgment and call a halt to the “pervasive” public confusion caused by a group that broke away from the church, yet continues to use Episcopal names and marks.

The motion asks U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel to prohibit false advertising and the use of confusing names and marks by the breakaway group and its affiliated churches. A motion for summary judgment is a request for the court to rule that the other party has no case, because there are no facts at issue.

“The public confusion resulting from Defendants’ conduct is pervasive,” according to a memo filed by TECSC on December 7 in support of the motion. “It is undeniably causing irreparable harm to The Episcopal Church, and more locally, to TECSC and its Bishops. All that the Plaintiffs seek in this action is declaratory and injunctive relief, not damages (for which they could easily make a case).”

The lawsuit, known as vonRosenberg v. Lawrence, was filed in March 2013 by Bishop Charles vonRosenberg, who was the only bishop recognized by The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina at that time. Bishop vonRosenberg retired in 2016, and his successor, Bishop Gladstone B. Adams III, was added as a plaintiff in the case. The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, TECSC, also joined the case as plaintiffs.

In April, Judge Gergel ordered the expansion of the lawsuit, adding as defendants to the case the diocesan organization and trustees who are operating under Bishop Mark Lawrence, and the 54 parishes that followed him after the 2012 split. Those groups have been operating under the names “The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina” and "Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina," and the confusion created by that is one facet of the trademark infringement and false-advertising claims. The court has set a target date of March 1, 2019 for a trial to begin.

The federal case is aimed primarily at resolving federal trademark infringement and false-advertising issues raised by the split. In a separate case, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in August 2017 that property of the diocese and 29 parishes must be returned to The Episcopal Church and TECSC. That decision resulted from a state lawsuit filed by the breakaway group in 2013 against The Episcopal Church and TECSC.

The memo filed December 7 by TECSC cites the state Supreme Court's 3-2 ruling that TECSC, not the group led by Mark Lawrence, is the true Episcopal diocese in the eastern half of South Carolina.  According to the memo, TECSC has the right to all the diocesan names and marks, including the historic seal of the Diocese of South Carolina.

"The use of all of the diocesan names and marks, and the goodwill that arose from such use over many years, inured to the one and only historic diocese at issue. That goodwill in the diocesan names and marks cannot be divvied up, pursuant to the following well-established principles of trademark law," the memo says.

The Episcopal Church filed a separate Motion for Summary Judgment and a supporting memo on December 7. “Defendants have purported to disaffiliate from the Church, but continue to use the names they used when they were part of the Church and/or continue to hold themselves out as belonging to the ‘Episcopal’ diocese led by the ‘Episcopal’ bishop. These actions are not only likely to cause confusion, but, as we detail below, have caused confusion over and over again,” the memo says.

Defendants in the breakaway group also have filed counterclaims and motions with the federal court in connection with the case.

PREPARING FOR LENT: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019

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Ash Wednesday Services

March 6, 2018
Unless otherwise noted these services include the Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist.


Good Shepherd, Summerville: 6 pm Ash Wednesday service.

Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island: 7 am Imposition of Ashes and Communion; 12 pm Imposition of Ashes (no Communion); 7 pm Imposition of Ashes with Communion and Choir


Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach12:15 pm and 7:00 pm

St. Catherine's, Florence12 pm Episcopal Service; 7 pm Lutheran Service. The Rev.  Phil Emanuel, priest in-charge  for St. Catherine's, will be the officiant for both services.

St. George's, Summerville: 
12 pm and 6:30 pm (Nursery is available at 6:30 p.m.)

St. Mark's, Charleston: 12 pm and 5:30 pm

St. Stephen's, Charleston: 12 pm and 5:30 pm


St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach:  7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

St. Thomas, North Charleston: 12 noon and 7 pm.  The Rev. Dr. Jim Taylor will celebrate and The Rev. Rick Lindsey will preach at the 12:00 noon service.  Fr. Lindsey will celebrate and Fr. Taylor will preach at 7 pm. All are welcome.


Lenten Studies, services and worship
round the Diocese

WEDNESDAYS

"The Five Seasons of Prayer" 

Wednesdays at 12 noon beginning March 13

The Episcopal Church on Edisto – How do we make sense of prayer? Are some prayers more effective, and by the way, when we say prayers out loud where do they go anyway? For such a well-known part of our church life, praying is a mystery. In five sessions participants will study written, sung, silent and corporate prayer, and even write their own. Each 40-minute session will be followed by lunch.

Lenten Suppers and Worship in Florence
Wednesdays at 6 pm beginning March 13
St. Catherine's, Florence will join with Cross and Crown Lutheran Church to offer a light supper with international themes at 6 pm followed by an evening service at 7 pm during Lent.

“How to be a Christian in 2019”
Wednesdays at 6 pm March 13-April 10
St. George's, Summerville: Based on the Third Chapter of St. Peter’s First Epistle, this teaching series will be taught by the Rector, the Very Rev. Chris Huff. Each evening will begin with a soup supper and fellowship. A nursery is available. The word on the street is that our nation is more divided economically, socio-politically and culturally than ever before. You can feel the stress and strain at almost every seam of our national fabric. While the Church used to be a unifying factor in our society, her voice has been sidelined from the Public Square. Who, then, informs how we should live? The First Epistle of Peter declares that our job as followers of Jesus is to be a blessing in every context of life. Fr. Chris will draw from examples of life, music, cinema and song, showing what “being a blessing” should look like in every age… especially in 2019.



THURSDAYS

Lenten Programs at St. Thomas, North Charleston
Thursday, March 21 and Thursday, April 4

St. Thomas, North Charleston: Each program will begin at 6:00pm with a potluck supper, followed by worship and program.  All are welcomed. 

Lenten Suppers, Worship and Discussion
Wednesdays at 6 pm, March 13 – April 10
Good Shepherd, Summerville: Light supper and fellowship followed by Eucharist and small group discussions.

SUNDAYS

'Death & Dying: A Class about Life & Living'
Sundays, March 10 through April 7 at 9 am
Good Shepherd, Summerville: Death is a part of life from which none of us can escape.  We deal with the death of friends and family members during our lifetimes; and each of us must eventually die.  Led by Michael Szymanowski, the goal of this class is that, in facing death as a fact, we may claim this gift of life more fully. Topics will include how to deal with grief, what Scripture says about life after death, how to celebrate a life even at the time of death, helping children with the topic of death, how to help others who are grieving, practical advice on funeral planning – and more. 


'The Way of Love'
Each Sunday in March at 10 am
St. Stephen's, Charleston: The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, P ray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. Meet each Sunday in St. Stephen's Hall. Child care is provided. Find a flyer here.


Quiet Days and Retreats

Silent Weekend Retreat with the Order of St. Helena
March 15-17 in North Augusta, SC

The Order of St. Helena, a women's monastic community in The Episcopal Church, offers Silent Weekend Retreats at the convent in North Augusta, SC, with the next retreat planned for March 15-17. Silence begins after Compline on Friday and continues through Eucharist on Sunday. A donation of $160 includes all meals and one optional spiritual direction session. Three more retreats are offered later in 2019. Find details and registration here.

"Lazarus, Come Out" 
Saturday, April 13 in Sewanee, TN
The Community of St. Mary in Sewanee, Tennessee, is offering a quiet day in preparation for Holy Week called “Lazarus, Come Out: Reflections on John 11,” led by New Testament scholar and poet Bonnie Thurston. Read more about the event here. Online registration is available here.


lentmadness.org
Each year at Lent, people worldwide participate in Lent Madness, the “saintly smackdown” in which 32 saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Calling itself the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion, Lent Madness brings together cut-throat competition, the lives of the saints, humor, and the chance to see how God works in the lives of women and men across all walks of life.
Resources from The Episcopal Church
https://www.episcopalchurch.org/lenten-resources-2019
Looking for a Lenten program of study, prayer or reflection for a group or for yourself? The Episcopal Church has posted a page filled with resources and curricula.

Included is "Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent," based on the Way of Love introduced by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the last General Convention.

Visit the page here.

Episcopal Relief & Development: Lent 2019

Episcopal Relief & Development offers daily meditations for the season of Lent, available in print, or as a daily email. Find out more and subscribe to the daily meditations at this link.


Shrove Tuesday
​& Mardi Gras Events

March 3, 2019
St. Stephen's, Charleston: Mardi Gras Blues Choral Evensong at 5 pm. The St. Stephen's Choir, a New Orleans-style band, choral works by William Dawson and Jester Hairston, and hymns and spirituals. A festive Mardi Gras reception will follow.

March 5, 2019


Good Shepherd, Summerville: Pancake Supper, 6-8 pm with pancakes and sausage, beads and masks, New Orleans jazz and fun surprises. 
 
Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island: Shrove Team Trivia, prizes, and pancakes at 5 pm.​

Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach: Pancake Supper at 6 pm

St. Catherine's, FlorenceShrove Tuesday meal with members of  Cross and Crown Lutheran Church at 6 pm.

St. George's, Summerville: Pancake Supper from 6-8 pm served by the St. George's Men's Ministry. Cost is $6 per person or $15 per family. Questions? Contact the church office at 843-873-0772.

St. Mark's, Charleston: Pancake Supper with sausage and bacon, served by the St. Mark's Men's Club, 6:00-7:30 pm. Served at no charge.

St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach: ECM Pancake Supper, 5-7 pm

St. Thomas, North Charleston: 
Pancake Supper from 5-7 pm in Good Shepherd Hall.

Good Friday Offering
​for the Holy Land

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called on Episcopal churches and dioceses to support the ministry of our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East with a special Good Friday offering. Visit this link to read a letter from the Presiding Bishop, and find bulletin inserts and other resources for the Good Friday offering.

Holy Week 2019

MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 18

 Good Shepherd, Summerville: Maundy Thursday service at 6 pm

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Good Shepherd, Summerville: Good Friday service at 12 noon

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Men of Calvary Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets $4

posted Feb 1, 2016, 4:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 2:52 PM ]


              
Tickets are $4.00 per Raffle Entry 
Raffle Prizes:  $50, $25 and $25 
Annual Auction after Supper 

    
Calvary Church Parish Hall
104-106 Line Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    
Tickets available from Men of Calvary members

Free parking is available behind the church






Mardi Gras or Carnival

Carnival, which comes from a Latin phrase meaning "removal of meat," is the three day period preceding the beginning of Lent, the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the Lenten Season (some traditions count Carnival as the entire period of time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday). The three days before Ash Wednesday are also known as Shrovetide ("shrove" is an Old English word meaning "to repent"). The Tuesday just before Ash Wednesday is called Shrove Tuesday, or is more popularly known by the French term Mardi Gras, meaning "Fat Tuesday," contrasting to the fasting during Lent. The entire three day period has now come to be known in many areas as Mardi Gras.

Carnival or Mardi Gras is usually a period of celebration, originally a festival before the fasting during the season of Lent. Now it is celebrated in many places with parades, costumes, dancing, and music. Many Christians’ discomfort with Lent originates with a distaste for Mardi Gras. In some cultures, especially the Portuguese culture of Brazil, the French culture of Louisiana, and some of the Caribbean cultures such as Trinidad, it has tended to take on the excesses of wild and drunken revelry. There has been some attempt in recent years to change this aspect of the season, such as using Brazilian Carnival parades to focus on national and cultural history. Many churches now observe Mardi Gras with a church pancake breakfast or other church meal, eating together as a community before the symbolic fasting of Lent begins.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter Sunday, is the first day of the Season of Lent. Its name comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on worshippers’ heads or foreheads as a sign of humility before God, a symbol of mourning and sorrow at the death that sin brings into the world. It not only prefigures the mourning at the death of Jesus, but also places the worshipper in a position to realize the consequences of sin.  (See Reflections on Ash Wednesday). Ash Wednesday is a somber day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives if we are to be fully Christian.

In the early church, ashes were not offered to everyone but were only used to mark the forehead of worshippers who had made public confession of sin and sought to be restored to the fellowship of the community at the Easter celebration. However, over the years others began to show their humility and identification with the penitents by asking that they, too, be marked as sinners. Finally, the imposition of ashes was extended to the whole congregation in services similar to those that are now observed in many Christian churches on Ash Wednesday. Ashes became symbolic of that attitude of penitence reflected in the Lord’s prayer:  “forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us”  (Luke 11:4, NRSV).



SHROVE TUESDAY

Shrove Tuesday is a day of indulging in the rich, fatty foods that were traditionally abstained from during Lent. Making pancakes was a way to use up butter, milk, sugar and eggs before the 40-day fast. Photo: Natalia Van Doninck/Shutterstock

[Anglican Journal] 

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday (also called “Pancake Tuesday” or “Pancake Day”) is the final day before the 40-day period of Lent begins. This year it falls on Feb. 13.

Its name comes from the Germanic-Old English word “shrive,” meaning absolve, and it is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide. Because it comes directly before Lent, a season of fasting and penitence, this was the day that Christians would go to be “shriven” by their confessor.

Shrove Tuesday also became a day for pre-fasting indulgence. In particular, the need to use up rich ingredients such as butter, milk, sugar and eggs before Lent gave rise to the tradition of eating pancakes on this day.

There are even historical references to a “pancake bell” in English towns being rung around 11 a.m. on this day to signal that it was time to get frying.

For Anglican churches across Canada, Shrove Tuesday means gathering for a pancake supper. Many churches host dinners or luncheons, serving pancakes usually with a range of toppings, fruit and sides like bacon or sausages. Visitors are usually asked to give a small contribution or freewill offering.


In Madeira, Portugal and Hawaii, malasadas
— doughnut-like, sugar-coated confections — are eaten the day before Ash Wednesday. Photo: Bonchan/Shutterstock

Feasts and fests around the world

While in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, pancakes are traditionally eaten, other countries across the globe celebrate with different dishes.

In Spain, the day is named día de la tortilla, or “omelette day,” and the traditional food is an omelette made with sausage or pork fat. In Madeira, Portugal and Hawaii, malasadas —doughnut-like, sugar-coated confections — are eaten.

In Iceland, people traditionally gorge on salted meat and peas on the day illustratively called Sprengidagur (“Bursting Day”). Green pea soup and a whipped-cream-filled pastry are the orders of the day in Finland and Estonia.

Louisiana famously celebrates Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”) on this day, a carnival that includes a giant parade through the city. Other countries, including Brazil, Belgium, the Cayman Islands, France, Russia and Ukraine, hold Mardi Gras celebrations with carnivals and festivals.

Pancake parties

In Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island, an added tradition sees small items baked into the pancakes that are served on Shrove Tuesday. These objects have symbolic value: “a coin means the person finding it will be rich; a pencil stub means he/she will be a teacher; a holy medal means they will join a religious order; a nail that they will be (or marry) a carpenter, and so on,” according to the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website.

Many towns and villages throughout the United Kingdom celebrate with pancake races, in which runners with frying pans — and often wearing aprons or chefs’ hats — race while tossing and catching a pancake. In London, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race takes place every year, with members of Parliament, Lords and members of the press picking up frying pans and competing to raise money for charity.

— Joelle Kidd joined the Anglican Journal in 2017 as staff writer. She has worked as an editor and writer for the Winnipeg-based Fanfare Magazine Group and as freelance copy editor for Naida Communications.

Pączki are deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough.[1] The common opinion is that the ideal pączek is fluffy and at the same time a bit collapsed, with a bright stripe around – it is supposed to guarantee that the dough was fried in fresh oil.[2][3]

Although they look like German berliners, North American bismarcks or jelly doughnuts, pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar, yeast and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar. Powidła (stewed plum jam) and wild rose hip jam[1][4] are traditional fillings, but many others are used as well, including strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry, and apple.[5]

Pączki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Jędrzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of August III, under the influence of French cooks who came to Poland, pączki dough was improved, so that pączki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient.

In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek), the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.[17] The traditional reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Christian fasting practices during the season of Lent.

In North America, particularly the large Polish communities of Chicago, Detroit, and other large cities across the Midwest and Northeast, Paczki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. The date of this observance merges with that of pre-Lenten traditions of other immigrants (e.g., Pancake Day, Mardi Gras) on Fat Tuesday. With its sizable Polish population, Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday;[18] pączki are also often eaten on Casimir Pulaski Day. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday.

The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick's Day. In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade,[5] which has gained a devoted following. Throughout the Metro Detroit area, it is so widespread that many bakeries attract lines of customers for pączki on Pączki Day.[19]

In some areas, Pączki Day is celebrated with pączki-eating contests. The contest in Evanston, Illinois, started in 2010, and is held on the weekend before Fat Tuesday, while Hamtramck's contest is held on the holiday.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%85czki

  • Pączki displayed for sale

  • Traditional pączki serowe or oponki

  • Home-made glazed pączki

  • Assorted pączki commercially produced near Detroit






Frequently Asked Questions is now available online.

posted Oct 26, 2015, 8:07 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 12:20 PM by joan bonaparte ]

(Updated January 9, 2019)
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UPDATED FAQ NOW AVAILABLE


We invite you to explore our new “Frequently Asked Questions” supplement. This is offered to provide information and share hope for a future that remains grounded in the love of God in the reconciliation in the diocese and the churches of eastern South Carolina.. ​
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The "Frequently Asked Questions" document published by our diocese in May has been updated, and is now available online. The new version includes important updates, such as the contact information for our Missioner for Returning Congregations, the Rev. William Coyne. Please read, download and share this supplement with anyone you know who has questions.



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Upcoming Events Around the Diocese: Events, resources & services

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Bishop's Lock-in new date:
​April 12-13, 2019

 The 4th Annual Bishop's Lock-in has been moved to April 12-13, 2019, to allow more of our youth to attend. Register here!

Theme: A Walk Through Holy Week


Middle and High School youth and church youth leaders are invited to Grace Church Cathedral in downtown Charleston for a fun night of games, fellowship, and worship with Bishop Adams! $30 includes dinner, breakfast, and a t-shirt. There must be a signed medical release and community covenant on file with the diocese before youth can be dropped off for the lock-in. Scholarships are available. Please contact your youth leader, priest, or warden for information. 



Absalom Jones Day at Voorhees College

February 12 at Voorhees College, Denmark, SC
Voorhees remembers Absalom Jones, the first African American priest ordained in The Episcopal Church, at an annual service in historic St. Philip's Chapel. 


Diocesan-wide Racial Reconciliation Training Day

February 28 at Middleton Plantation near Charleston 
This all-day event provides mandated training for all clergy, canonical and licensed, and for elected diocesan leadership, as mandated by Resolution B049 from General Convention 2000. Other lay leaders are also strongly encouraged and invited to attend. Please save the date; further details will be shared in early 2019.


Happening Weekend for Youth at Camp St. Christopher

March 1-2 at St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center, Seabrook Island 
High-schoolers (grades 9-12) are invited to this spiritual weekend for youth, led by youth. Find details here.
Registration is full for 2019!


Clergy Renewal of Vows

Tuesday, April 2
This annual service, held during Lent, is a time for clergy to renew their Ordination Vows and includes the blessing of oils used for baptism and healing. All are welcome to attend the liturgy at St. George's, Summerville, starting at 11 am. Clergy are invited to remain for lunch and time with the Bishop following the service.



Annual Diocesan Clergy Conference

May 5-8 at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center
Clergy of the diocese will gather with Bishop Adams for this annual conference, held again this year at Kanuga near Hendersonville, NC. Details and registration information will be shared in early 2019.



Fall Youth Retreat

October 4-6 at Camp St. Christopher
Save the date for a diocesan-wide youth event for middle school and high school students. Watch for details at our Youth Page.

The Gathering at the Table Group meets on Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

posted Sep 28, 2015, 2:19 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 11:12 AM ]







The Gathering at the Table group was formed in October, 2015, through the initiative of Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who served at East Cooper Episcopal Church at that time.  She sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering.  Members of Calvary Episcopal Church and members of East Cooper Episcopal Church meet in the Calvary Church Parish Hall each Tuesday evening to share their perspectives on matters of race - past and present. 

Originally scheduled to meet for four weeks in October, 2015, the group has bonded and grown in their commitment.  They continue to meet today, entertaining lively and healing discussions.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.





  • The Gatherers presented an evening of enlightening conversation and hors d'oeuvres on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. at Calvary's Parish Hall.

    Our guest speaker was Dr. Mellicent Brown, an independent consultant with Lightbright, LLC.  Dr. Brown spoke on  the planning of the International African American Museum in Charleston. The discussion was lively and informative. It left the group's members and their guests yearning to learn more.
  • The Gatherers visited the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC on August 28 - 30, 2017.
  • The East Cooper Episcopal Church has a new home. They now hold Sunday services at 10:00 A.M. at the J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel at 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • The Gatherers attended the dedication ceremony at the Penn Center in Beaufort, SC and were excited to speak with The Honorable James Clyburn after his presentation.
    Members pictured here left to right: Wallace and Joan Bonaparte, Congressman Clyburn, Hannah Heyward and Masha Britten.

  • The Gatherers viewed the movie 13th and are holding ongoing discussions.











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'Gather Around the Table'

Friday, June 17, 2015 was the night a gunman took the lives of nine people at Emanuel AME Church. As we remember this anniversary, may we pause in prayer for the people who died, for those who still mourn, and for every life that was irrevocably affected by the tragedy of that night in 2015.

The following article represents one way in which people in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina are responding after Emanuel to seek a path toward understanding and reconciliation. In the days ahead, we encourage others to share their stories, too.

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the pains of our woundedness, confusion and great sorrow, and continue to bring peace to our community, peace to your Church, peace among peoples, and peace in our homes. And may the balm of your reconciling love lived out among us continue to soothe our suffering hearts. All this we pray in name of our wounded and risen Savior, God with us, Jesus Christ. Amen.

​It’s a June evening in Charleston, and the back door of the church is unlocked. People come in at their own pace, embracing, smiling, setting down plates of cookies on the big table in the parish hall.

No one speaks of it yet, but on everyone’s mind is a June evening in Charleston almost one year earlier, when nine people were shot dead just a mile away at Emanuel AME Church, in an African American congregation that opened its doors and invited the killer into their weekly Bible study.

The horror of June 17, 2015 and the days that followed gave way to deep grief, and deep questions. How could this have happened? What could I be doing to change that? How can we find bridges across the barriers of race?

Every Tuesday night, a small group from two local Episcopal churches, East Cooper and Calvary, have been meeting to see if they can find some answers. The name they have given themselves reflects the simple agenda for the group: “Gatherers Around the Table.”

After the massacre at Mother Emanuel, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina accelerated its plan to offer anti-racism training for the diocese – training that is required by Episcopal Church canons, but was never offered until a rift in 2012 brought new leadership. Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who took office in January 2013, immediately put anti-racism training on his  short-list of needs for the reorganizing diocese, and the first one was on the calendar when the Emanuel tragedy struck.

In September 2015, Calvary hosted one of four “Traces of the Trade” conferences offered around the diocese. Each event encouraged people to open their minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.

Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who serves at East Cooper, was at the Calvary program. “I realized how ignorant I was,” she said. “I realized the importance of relationships, of just getting to know each other. I just knew we needed to gather at the table.”
 
She quickly sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering. The first one happened in October: Six people from each congregation, who committed to meeting every Tuesday for a trial run of six weeks.

Like Emanuel, Calvary has deep roots in Charleston’s history, founded in 1847 for “religious instruction” of enslaved African Americans. For years, it housed the only preschool and kindergarten for African American children on the Charleston peninsula, and many leaders passed through its doors. The first black jurist to serve on an appellate court in the United States, Jonathan Jasper Wright, was buried in its churchyard in 1885.

By comparison, the East Cooper Episcopal Church is in its infancy. Approved as a new mission congregation at Diocesan Convention in 2014, it serves the predominantly white suburbs across the Cooper River from Charleston. It was formed by Episcopalians who were left without a place to worship when churches in that area went with the breakaway group that left The Episcopal Church in 2012.
 
With widely different backgrounds, the two groups shared one common characteristic: Curiosity, and a desire to learn about each other.
 
Their first meeting was planned as a simple Bible study, “because that would be sweet and safe and nobody would say anything that will upset anybody,” Ewing said. “But I said, ‘Maybe we need to say things that upset people.’”
 
Artist and educator Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook was there, and had the same reaction. Ewing recalls her saying: “I’ve been to many Bible studies, and nobody ever mentions the elephant in the middle of the room. Why can’t we mention the elephant in the room?”
 
Eight months later, the elephant is still loose. Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. The challenges of growing up in a mixed-race family. Assumptions about intelligence. Co-workers who act friendly, but never get close. The Spoleto production of “Porgy and Bess.” Ethnic foods they like and dislike. It’s all on the table when they gather.
 
“We’ve never put aside anything, or say ‘We mustn’t talk about that.’ We talk about everything,” Deacon Ewing says.
 

Along the way, others have joined. One member recently moved from New York after years in churches that were active in social justice issues, looking for a community in Charleston where that could keep happening. Another regular Gatherer is a social worker from another church who came with an East Cooper friend.  “I thought I knew almost everything about black culture, especially in Charleston,” she says, laughing. “But I don’t.”

Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook, a Calvary member in her 80s, has become the group’s matriarch and historian. On the recent Tuesday night in June, she gave them all an assignment: Come up with a personal statement about why they came to be “Gatherers Around the Table,” and then create a small journal-quilt to illustrate it. A few skeptical looks were exchanged around the table, but the group quickly warmed up to the task of explaining why they come to the meetings week after week.
 
The Tuesday before the Emanuel anniversary, they were putting the final touches on their letter-sized pieces of fabric art filled with color, symbols, and words like Curious, Sharing, Understanding, Love, and Hope. Beside an image of Emanuel, one proclaims: “Hate Will Not Win!”
 
As a child growing up in Charleston, Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook says, “I could not go three blocks without passing a church. I remember asking my mother, ‘I would like to know what they’re praying for.’ With all the inequities and oppression, I wondered, were they praying for something that black churches were not praying for?”
 
Decades later, those questions persist. “I wanted to be a part of this group because for a long, long, long, long time, I wanted to be comfortable in a group of caucasians and blacks where we can actually, openly, honestly and safely discuss what happens, and why it happens,” she says.

As the members of the group went around the room, the words “safe place” came up again and again.
 
“When we started, we said we weren’t’ going to judge, or say “You shouldn’t be saying that,” Deacon Ewing says. “We were going to accept each one in our knowledge and our ignorance, and love each other anyway.”
 
As the gathering wraps up, the group continues to share their ideas as they pass the plates of cookies around the table. “When you eat with somebody, it changes the whole dynamic,” one woman says. “It gives me a lot of hope.”
 
In the words of Anne Nietert’s journal quilt: “Anger exploded into the Palmetto night, but, in the shadows, a new day is dawning as we Gather at the Table to learn, to listen, and to love.” 
 
Holly Behre, Director of Communications
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

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