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A Word from our Diocesan Bishop Steve Wood

One of the most amazing attributes Jesus demonstrated was his ability to engage people from every strata of society.  Matthew the tax man who became a disciple; Peter the fisherman who became a fisher of men; Nicodemus the scholar and teacher of the law; the prostitute who washed His feet with her tears; the untouchable lepers who found a healing touch; the little children who climbed on His lap; Jairus whose daughter died.

His open-hearted accessibility and love of others, even for His enemies, would become the ethic by which the early church thrived.  So much so that the non-Christian world commenting on the life of the church said of them, “See how they love each other” (Justin).  Throughout church history, Christians have, with varying degrees of success, taken seriously the truth expressed by Paul in 2 Corinthians: “that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (5.19). The consequence?  No other religion has crossed as many sociological and religious barriers as Christianity. 

It is this attitude of gracious engagement that springs from our recognition that we are all equally in need of salvation and share a common bond as the objects of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross that is the distinguishing characteristic of every effective disciple-making congregation.

As you consider the manner of your life, the people and the places that you devote your time, and energy (check your daily planner), and your money (check your bank statement and budget), is it clear that your life - your church - demonstrates that same love for others?  Are you creating an atmosphere in your life, your home, your church, that reflects the love of God for all people - from every nation, tribe, language and people? (Revelation 7.9)

Do you remember the first time you went to church?  Can you remember the anxiety of “standing out?”  Remember the uncertainty of not knowing what to do, where to go or where to sit?  I certainly do.  Over the years I regularly meet folks desperately searching for meaning, truly searching after God, feeling these things upon entering the doors of a church. We have the privilege of joining Christ in our community – building bridges between God and His people.  Engaging and serving them as Christ would – and did.

For His Kingdom,


Into the Darkness
by Dr. Sharon Pullen

A woman was seen late one night searching the sidewalk underneath a streetlamp. “Did you lose something here?” someone asked. “No,” answered the woman, pointing across the street to a dark alley. “I lost it over there, but the light is better here.”
Until recently I was like that woman, searching under the bright lights to find what I seemed to be missing. The Lord had worked a radical transformation in me after I surrendered my life to Him over 30 years ago, and I have always felt a deep desire to see Him perform this same miracle in the lives of other people who are far away from Him.
I had become immersed in Christian life and community where I certainly could see God at work among my fellow believers. But the world from where I had come still seemed very dark. Standing under the bright light of God’s presence in the body of believers surrounding me, I could not perceive the power of the Holy Spirit at work outside the church.
Then I went to prison.
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Sowing and Growing a Heart for the Home Team
by Teresa Glenn

“Why do I have to go?”
“I won’t have anything to do…None of my friends will be there.”
“It’s so boring. Why are you making me go…I’m not gonna watch.”
“He doesn’t care if I’m there or not… He won’t even notice if I’m not there.”

These were our young children’s responses almost every time we communicated that we (all) were going to a sibling’s athletic, academic, or arts-related event. Their tone was generally some combination of whining, frustration, grumpiness, and resentment—and typically in the presence of the child who had the event. 

I understood. The program or game didn’t interest them, and it was their sister or brother they’d be watching…why would they want to do that?! Sometimes they acted like I was torturing them with this requirement.  Funny, I felt tortured when I couldn’t enjoy watching one child perform, since I spent half the time responding to the other two—“It will be over soon . . . not much longer . . . stop that . . . comeback over here…”
Some outings were fine. They’d make a friend or see one there and occasionally watch some of the event. My strategy was much prayer for the children and for me, positive strokes, and pointing out any other family doing the same thing to disprove, “No one else makes their kids do this, Momma.”

My answer to the innumerable times they asked, “Whyyyy??” was consistent.

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All Saints Charlotte Dedicates New Building

by Nancy Bryan

GOD IS FAITHFUL, ALL THE TIME.  ALL THE TIME, GOD IS FAITHFUL. All Saints Church, Charlotte, NC opened its doors to over 400, including many distinguished visitors in attendance. Archbishop Foley Beach, Archbishop Daniel Sarfo (Primate of West Africa), Archbishop Justice Akrofi, (retired Primate of West Africa), Bishop Daniel (Ghana), Bishop David Bryan (ADOC), many clergy from representative churches and faithful parishioners were present to consecrate the new sanctuary.  The international representation was typical because on any given Sunday All Saints has people from five continents worshipping in their new sanctuary.
All Saints Rector, The Rev. Canon Filmore Strunk said "I had times in the recent past where I didn’t think this day was going to come and I’m so delighted to be here." 

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Church Spotlight: Holy Trinity
North Augusta, SC

by Paula Wahl

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity in North Augusta, SC held a Prayer and Praise Rally this past June. This is the second year Holy Trinity church has held this rally before the 4th of July holiday. 

Songs of praise and God Bless America were sung by all who attended.  Speakers from the city, and county governments spoke as well as State Senator Shane Massey.  Local church leaders discussed the need for God's presence and leadership in government and the need for Christian volunteers to lead our community, state, and nation.  Fr. Rob Hartley led everyone in prayer for our country and government leaders. A prayer station for those walking by or participating in the rally was set up to pray for the peoples needs. 

This rally is an important way for our community churches to unite behind our local, county, state and national governments. It is a wonderful way for the community to kick off the Independence Day Holiday and to remind everyone why we celebrate such an important day.

For more information contact Paula Wahl at Holy Trinity.
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Mission on Our Doorstep Assembly 2017...Everywhere Forward: The Anglican Church in North America engages mission on our doorstep as thousands gathered in Wheaton, Il.

Did you Know?
The Ordination Process

by Bishop David Bryan
The Diocese of the Carolinas is committed to do its part in raising up clergy in the diocese who have heard the call to ordained ministry. Currently, the diocese has twenty seven men and women in the process of ordination.

The process is extensive, beginning with a comprehensive application and continuing with discernment committees, rector's recommendation, psychological & marital evaluations, background checks, exams and more. Most importantly we are looking for those who are sound in their faith and fruitful in ministry.  They should have an ability to communicate the Gospel, teach and disciple others in the faith. Their lives should reflect holiness and discipline which brings honor to Christ and which causes them to be well thought of by those inside and outside the Church.  

For more information for those seeking ordination go here or contact your rector or Bishop David Bryan.

The photo above is of the newest class of ADOC ordinands. 

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Hurricane Help

Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please pray for the people of south Texas and Louisiana. Please pray for those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Second, please consider giving so that Christians in the area will have the resources they need to show their communities the love of Christ in tangible ways. 

Third, whether you are in Texas, Louisiana, or in the states surrounding the region, please be preparing to serve. As the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast prioritizes the needs, you will be hearing more about how you and your congregation can serve through volunteer work teams.

Learn more and give at Anglican Relief and Development Fund.

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.

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