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A Word from our Diocesan Bishop Steve Wood

Have you ever needed to be rescued?  Ever need someone to come to your defense? Ever needed someone to be your advocate?

When I was growing up our neighborhood, like any other, had a bully – he was about four years older than me.  And for whatever reason the summer when I was nine he decided to make my life miserable.  It was really miserable.  Nothing worked.  My dad talked to his dad and it just got worse.  One day I was walking down to my friend Mike’s house – just three houses away – and the bully caught me.  By the time I made it to Mike’s I had a bloody nose and was pretty roughed up.  Mike’s older brother Louie came to the door.  Louie would become one of the best athletes our neighborhood had seen – a two sport star – football and wrestling – but this particular summer he was thirteen just like the bully.  “Stevie, what the heck happened to you?”  I told him the story – I told him about the whole summer of suffering.  Next thing I know Louie’s running out the door.

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Getting to Know Jacqui Wood...

In what ways do you support your husband in his MINISTRY, and in what ways, if any, are you involved in the life of the church?  Supporting Steve in ministry has many different dimensions for me. It begins with the fact that I believe God brought us together to minister to a specific community as a couple. Keeping our relationship strong is the foundation that enables each of us to do our part. Clearly we each have different roles, so my support of Steve in his role involves
•    Being present – attend Sunday service, participate in a small group together, visiting diocesan parishes together.
•    Being involved in areas where I feel called – I currently volunteer at the Christian medical clinic held within the church.
•    Praying and listening with him to discern direction for the church/Diocese – commitment to praying for the church and it’s ministries on a regular basis, being a safe place for him to talk through ideas or concerns.
•    Available to help – a willingness to step in when needed.
•    Encourage him in his work – giving him the time and space to accomplish tasks, while trusting him to respect family/’Us Time’ boundaries.
Click on the video above to see Highlights from the 2018 ADOC Clergy Conference and ADOC Diocesan Synod.

Our clergy and spouses began their gathering with a wonderful dinner at Cathedral Church of the Apostles in Columbia, SC. Bishop Todd Hunter led two sessions on "The Gospel and Culture."

The ADOC Synod opened with worship and a beautiful dinner on Friday night. Saturday morning we heard introductions of guests (including REC Bishops and their wives) and heard presentations from our bishops.  ADOC received 10 new clergy, 3 new church plants, a new parish (St. Thomas Mt. Pleasant) and 3 new college ministries (Clemson, USC, UNC).  We learned that there have been 19 ordinations in the past year, a flourishing Soul Care Office and we elected representatives to Diocesan Council, Provincial Council and more. God is leading and we give Him praise.

Church Spotlight: St. Thomas Anglican
embraces Arabic Online Ministry "The Way 

St. Thomas Church is a exciting mission minded growing church in the Charleston area. This congregation believes the Gospel changes everything and therefore St. Thomas Church exists to "raise up ambassadors of the Gospel where we live, work, play, and learn, and to extend Common Grace to our Community through authentic relationships, service, and beauty through the arts". Worship takes place in an elementary school cafeteria. With well over 100 worshipers on Sunday, you will possibly find an ambassador of the Gospel who also happens to be a 47 year old Medical Doctor sitting humbly in the back.  This kind Doctor, Sherif Yacoub, reaches over a half million men and women with the love of Jesus in the Middle-East through his Facebook online ministry called "Altareiq" (Arabic word which means "The way"). St. Thomas desires to partner and support this exciting ministry.

by Sharon Pullen

Looking back to where we have been often helps us see the way forward and stay on course. We are well into our journey through Lent, but for just a moment, let’s take a look back at the season that recently came to a close.
Epiphany. Did you miss it?
Christmas rushes by in a blur and leaves us exhausted. We are so thankful for the lull between the holidays and Lent when we can rest and hunker down for the remainder of winter. Many of us miss Epiphany completely.
But Epiphany is where we live.

Introducing Creative Worship,

Balanced with the Liturgy

Have you ever thought about incorporating a creative moment in worship to help tell the story of God?  The Church Calendar (Epiphany, Lent, Pentecost, etc.) is our circadian rhythm, played out week to week in the liturgy. The arts can provide windows into the Holy Mysteries during worship. Shannon Sigler, Director of Fuller Seminary Worship and Arts says,  "The beauty of incorporating the arts into worship that follows the Christian year is that the liturgy is always present to balance and bolster our emotive experiences, thus drawing our congregation into an holistic encounter with our God."  During Lent, Christ Church, Murrells Inlet is doing a creative series on Praying the Psalms.

The Lord is on the move in the Upstate...

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:26
We see exciting movement across the South Carolina upstate. This year we have seen the Lord making way for the expansion of God's Kingdom as five churches 'live out' their mission statements.

New Simeon Fellowship Anglican Missional Cohort Registration

The Anglican Mission Pastor is a two-year, formational cohort. The program serves as a heart and skills hands supplement to ministry. 
We are offering a cohort for up to 12 participants led by Dean Chip Edgar with once a month meetings starting in September 2018. Applications will be accepted from now through June 20, 2018. Learn more from the Brochure Download.
Do you have a story to tell?  We know wonderful stories of God working through his people are an inspiration to others.  You, your parish and its ministry partner are a vital part of the Diocese of the Carolinas and God's greater Kingdom. Is God calling you to share it with others.

Send us the storiy of what God is doing in and through your parish to
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