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General Convention

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The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with more than 800 clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church.

At General Convention this year, the church will elect the 27th Presiding Bishop. The candidates are:

• The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, 64, Diocese of Southern Ohio • The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, 62, Diocese of North Carolina
• The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, 56, Diocese of Connecticut
• The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, 61, Diocese of Southwest Florida

The election will take place on Saturday, June 27 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. All bishops with seat, voice, and vote will vote in the election. Once the election has taken place, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will refer the name to the House of Deputies for confirmation.

You can learn more about the nominees from the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop booklet here: http://www.generalconvention.org/pbelect

Other major items of consideration at General Convention are:
• Discussing and discerning the understanding of marriage
• The future structure of The Episcopal Church
• Discussing and approving the budget for the next three years for The Episcopal Church will be discussed and approved

Follow along with the election and other happenings at General Convention through The Missionary Society’s Media Hub! You can also follow along on social media using the hashtag #GC78.
Find the Media Hub at episcopalchurch.org (on The 78th General Convention tab).

Prayer For a Church Convention:

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the General Convention for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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A Message From Bishop vonRosenberg

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Bishop Charles vonRosenberg’s Message regarding the June 10th tragedy at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina follows:

 

The unimaginable tragedy at Emanuel AME Church calls for prayer, response, and self examination.

In our prayers, may we remember the victims, their families, the community of faith that is Emanuel, the wider communities of faith in the AME Church, and our society so prone to violence.

As paths of response, may we seek and develop avenues of racial conversation and reconciliation; may we refuse to accept things as they are in our world; and may we strive for the vision of peace offered by Jesus himself.

In terms of self examination, may we not neglect our own complicity in an environment of polarization and suspicion, and may we respond with sincere and profound confession to God, who loves us all.

I commend these possibilities for prayer, response, and self examination.  An excellent guide on this way is St. Francis, who wrote these words in his familiar prayer (Book of Common Prayer, page 833):

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.

- The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg

 

 

Summer Yoga Series

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This summer’s Yoga series at HCFM is about introducing people to yoga who think they are not flexible enough to practice it. Yoga can be for everyone, all ages. Yoga can increase strength, stamina, and flexibility in body and mind. It offers rich tools to develop concentration, awareness, compassion and an ability to sit with ourselves—our thoughts and emotions, without judgment. Basic gentle postures and breathing postures will be taught to help increase mental and physical wellbeing. Three classes will be taught on Saturdays, in the chapel, from 9:30-10:30:  June 27, July 18, August 22.  Free of charge.  Please bring a mat if you have one.  If you have questions, please contact parishioner and instructor, Angela Jones, moc.r1436048762r.cs@1436048762013se1436048762noja1436048762.

Summer Choir

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Summer Choir Begins on Sunday May 31, 2015

Ever think about singing with our Parish choir, but concerned about the commitment?  Here is the perfect opportunity to learn if you may be called to this ministry.  Sunday mornings through August 16, the choir will rehearse on Sunday mornings at 9:15am and prepare for that morning’s Eucharist.  Easy to read anthems will be featured and there is no Thursday evening rehearsal.  All singers are welcome, contact Brian Monroe at 843-385-6523 with questions.

June 27 – Social Night Out

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The June Social Night Out will be on June 27th and hosted by Lily Grace and Tom Hudson.  Sign up in the narthex the two Sundays before the events.

Women’s Bible Study Breaking for Summer

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The Women’s Bible Study will be taking a break for the summer. The last meeting will be on Monday, May 18th. We will meet at Elsie Pollock’s home, 47 Japonica Place. Everyone is asked to bring a salad to share. We will have our study and then break bread together! Please let Kay Pulliam know if you plan on coming – moc.l1436048762iamg@143604876244mai1436048762llupy1436048762ak1436048762  or  843-979-1285.
We will resume on Monday, September 14th – the first Monday after Labor Day.

Walking in Wonder

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Walking in Wonder Summer Schedule:  For summer we are moving our walks to 7:30 am (except for sunrise and night walks) to beat the heat a bit. We meet at HCFM and carpool to our walking locations. Upcoming Walks: Fri. June 26 – Night beach walk— 9 pm meet-up (tentative time); Sat. July 11 – 7:30 am; Fri. July 24 – Sunrise beach walk — 5:45 meet-up; Sat. Aug 8 – 7:30 am; and Fri. Aug 21- 7:30 am. For questions or to be added to the Walking in Wonder email distribution list contact Nancy Laprade at moc.l1436048762iamg@14360487621edar1436048762paln1436048762  or 843.685.1837.

Enthusiastically Episcopalian Conference

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Our beautiful oak shaded, lowcountry campus was the perfect setting for Enthusiastically Episcopalian, a day-long educational conference sponsored by The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina took place at Holy Cross Faith Memorial on Saturday May 3rd, 2014.  The keynote speakers for the day were The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church; The Reverend Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, The Right Reverend Kenneth L. Price, Jr., former Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, and The Right Reverend Charles vonRosenberg, Provisional Bishop of The Episcopal Church in SC.  The high energy day began with Holy Eucharist with the Presiding Bishop celebrating and our very own Rev. Wil Keith delivering a thought provoking sermon.  A “legion” of volunteers (in Father Wil’s words) worked together to  deliver the “radical hospitality” that HCFM is well known for, making our campus a welcoming and enjoyable setting for over 300 conference attendees.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE KICK OFF RECEPTION

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE CONFERENCE

 

What other people are saying about the Enthusiastically Episcopalian:

From South Carolina Episcopalians Website:              

Holy Cross Faith Memorial and its Rector were standouts

“With prefect weather, it was heard to imagine a better day or better organization than that provided by the host parish on its beautiful Lowcountry campus.  A small children’s choir opened the Eucharist with a lengthy anthem without missing a word, while an enthusiastic adult choir boosted the already boisterous mood as the Presiding Bishop celebrated.

In spite of many recognized names in the congregation, the preacher at the opening Eucharist was the Rev. William J. Keith, the youthful rector of the host parish.  With an easy manner and well-timed sense of humor, Keith provided a thoughtful and provocative sermon, reminding the congregation that as Christians they were called by their founder to work that often required them to move beyond safe and comfortable boundaries.”

READ MORE AT:  http://www.scepiscopalians.com/

 

By John Brasier – For The Sun NewsMay 3, 2014

Episcopal leader stressing unity at SC church gathering

“The mood at Saturday’s conference was distinctly upbeat in the morning’s general sessions and the afternoon’s workshops.  In between sessions, guests mingled under shady oaks throughout the campus.”

READ MORE AT: http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/03/3425814/episcopal-leader-stressing-unity.html?sp=/99/132/#storylink=cpy

 

 From The Episcopal Church in South Carolina website

In his sermon, the Reverend Wil Keith, Rector of Holy Cross Faith Memorial, spoke of the many volunteers who came together to organize the day. “You are legion – the good kind of legion!” he said. He spoke of the difference between volunteer recruiting today, where potential helpers are told “everything will be set up for you, all you have to do is show up,” and how Jesus appointed the seventy in Luke 10 to be sent like lambs in the midst of wolves with no purse, bag or sandals. 

READ MORE AT: http://www.episcopalchurchinsc.org/enthusiastically-episcopalian.html