Episcopal Church of the Cross

Episcopal Church of the Cross


I was going to wait and put this in the service leaflet but I can't wait. We had a great time with the Venture Crew at Jeffrey Archery last Friday evening. Yep...I wrote about it. Bullseye We need to grow our Crew So I thought that we could do Something that would be fun And of interest to everyone. So I coordinated an outing Appropriate for Scouting At our local archery store- It had a target range indoor. On Friday we assembled Once more at Church of the Cross Then boarded what resembled A caravan poor and posh Made up of vehicles three- My beat up old truck, Bill’s Lexus and Miss Genny’s SUV. Two more of ours met us there After just a little bit When they were held up on Assembly By a train that would not quit! Then there we all were Alert and intent to what he had to say- Mr. Jeffrey, the owner, With archery safety lessons to convey. And with two whistle blasts We grabbed our bows and stood Straddling the yellow line Waiting for him to say we could. And with another single blast We knocked our arrows and shot And all of us were amazed At all the fine shots we got! Perhaps Roshonna most of all Who’d begun with both eyes shut, But soon enough was confident With proof shown in her strut. But not just youth were having fun, Two Moms were there as well When both Miss Gen and Miss Stacy Shot arrows to excel. Though I did not shoot It was a night I’ll not soon forget As I beamed on them with pride And without regret For having thought of this, For all of us to do. Something that was fun And for all of us brand new! And it was truly amazing For Bill and I to see The remarkable changes At different ranges When 99.9% of arrows Found their mark Upon each target set That Mr. Jeffrey did remark, “This group of youngsters Is one of the finest I’ve seen yet!” And though we had eight youths, Only three were of Crew age. But if we can find just two more, We may continue to turn the page So that in another year or two Those five that are too young Will be able to join us fully. And all of Venture Crew 4… Will finally be all one.

Located in Columbia, SC, between Garners Ferry and Leesburg near I-77. Visitors welcome!

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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Waldo

An update from Bishop Waldo:

April 16, 2020
Brothers and Sisters,

Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus.

I am grateful today for the Zoom conversation yesterday. Some 40+ of you attended the conversation, which included a presentation on the emotional timeline of a disaster, by Tamara Plummer, a Program Officer in the US Disaster Program at Episcopal Relief & Development. I’ve placed a copy of the timeline at the end of this letter. During our call, I sensed our communal fatigue and stirrings of hopefulness, our patience, and our impatience.

Whatever your state of mind, you have all done remarkable, intensive work in these last weeks. Thank you.

The emotional timeline, with its understandably undefined time span, points toward the stresses ahead and calls us as leaders to reflect on who God is calling each us to be for our people as we make our way through this trackless land. Like Moses, feeling equipped for this call cannot be assumed. So God ordered the Israelites into thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens and chose leaders. Thanks be to God, we have been put into order by the Holy Spirit as one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church to follow Christ into and through any wilderness, chosen leaders—ready or not—for the Church to live into its call as the hands, feet, and heart of Christ in the world.

It’s hard. We will balk. And yet, even with no clearly defined or boundaried land toward which we head, we press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

While liturgical worship is central to our identity as Episcopalians, our baptismal promises call us to a broader, deeper vocation toward which our worship life sends us—sharing in the very renewal of God’s world. Teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and the prayers. Proclamation by word and example. Seeking and serving Christ, loving your neighbors. Striving for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being. All this utterly remains our work, much of which can be engaged even when only two or three gather in Christ’s name. Indeed, for now, the pandemic will continue to limit our gathering size.

The Passover was a hurried meal, hurried because the Israelites had to move, and move quickly. Our last full-participation Eucharist was, in every congregation, a kind of hurried meal. We felt the wilderness coming and had no idea what it would be like. Now we’re in it. That means for:

Deacons: To study the Holy Scriptures, seek nourishment from them, and model your life upon them; to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship; to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world; to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments; and at all times, to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.

Priests: To proclaim by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and fashion your life in accordance with its precepts; to love and serve the people among whom you work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor; to preach, to declare God’s forgiveness to penitent sinners, to pronounce God’s blessing, to share in the administration of Holy Baptism and in the celebration of the mysteries of Christ’s Body and Blood, and to perform the other ministrations entrusted to you; and in all that you do, to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.

Bishops: to obey Christ, and serve in his name; be faithful in prayer and study and have the mind of Christ; to boldly proclaim and interpret the Gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience of the people; encourage and support all baptized people, and nourish them from the riches of God’s grace; pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption; guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church; to share with fellow bishops in the government of the whole Church; sustain fellow presbyters and take counsel with them; guide and strengthen the deacons and all others who minister in the Church; be merciful to all, show compassion to the poor and strangers, and defend those who have no helper?

None of this has been denied us by pandemic. And we will all carry out other duties from time to time. We still have a mission. The inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and persevere, the spirit to know and love Christ, the gift of joy and wonder in all God’s works given us at baptism are sufficient grace to create and endure in that mission.
Soon, the Task Force on Liturgy* formed for consultation on our common worship life during COVID-19 will meet and map out strategies for restoring that aspect of our work. For now, current restrictions on public worship, including a three-person limit in worship spaces, remain in place, with an extension to 15 May, subject to the work of the Task Force. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) published six conditions for governments to lift COVID-19 restrictions. They represent a starting place for our discussion. Those conditions are:
Disease transmission is under control
Health systems are able to "detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact"
Hot spot risks are minimized in vulnerable places, such as nursing homes
Schools, workplaces and other essential places have established preventive measures
The risk of importing new cases "can be managed"
Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to live under a new normal
(see Bill Chappell, National Public Radio, 15 April 2020)

Our mission will need to be shaped by this progression that we and those whom we serve will be kept safe. In the meantime, “let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

In all this, I remain faithfully yours in Christ our Savior,




Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews - 10 Reasons Why I Love the Episcopal Church

Here is the link from this morning's sermon.


The Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews taught the Rector's Forum Sunday Class on September 15, 2013 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

A new message series from our Bishop called Signs of Our New Life.


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

New Life has risen up from the grave!

Watch below as Bishop Waldo launches our new video series where we ask people from around the diocese where they are seeing signs of new life in your families, communities, and congregations.


A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Waldo (The Fifth Thursday of Lent, 2020) - Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Here's the lastest letter from Bishop Waldo.

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Waldo (The Fifth Thursday of Lent, 2020)

The Fifth Thursday of Lent, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we continue to navigate these uncertain waters of distance and anxiety, I am heartened by stories of creativity, connection, improvisation and compassion across the Diocese and into our wider communities. These many acts of care for one another and for those who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic are deeply inspiring, for COVID-19 has not passed us by. We’ve received growing reports of parishioners infected by the virus and have lost one beloved soul to the disease, Karen Pearson of St. Michael & All Angels, Columbia. I pray daily for each of you who’ve been directly affected by the disease, for clergy and lay leaders who are working so hard to keep members in contact with each other and to make worship possible, for all parishioners in every congregation and your extended families and friends, as we all strive to run with perseverance this new race—in faith, hope and love.

I’ve been especially grateful for the technological advances that have given us so many new ways to stay in touch. Families, church members, business connections, colleagues, and whoever we need to reach seem closer than we’d have expected, thanks to technology. The blessings in our newly found and practiced skills will undoubtedly extend far beyond this time of pandemic.

The pandemic has also inspired countless reflections on who we are in Christ and how we live faithfully in, through and with such a time. I have been moved and challenged by a reflection published in Time Magazine this past Sunday by the renowned Anglican New Testament scholar, theologian and Bishop in the Church of England, N.T. Wright, Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It’s Not Supposed To. Pointing us to the Psalms as the Bible’s own response to travail, he reminds us that when answers are hidden and times are desperate, lament brings us more closely into God’s presence. Even when, in our psalmic lament, we see no way out of our plight and find ourselves shaking our fists at God, we can still give thanks. All but one Psalm of lament (88) names a blessing in the midst of pain—a cry of gratitude to God—for God’s love and mercy.

As we approach what will be, for most of us, the first Holy Week and Easter season in memory to be followed by an extended, global fast filled with uncertainty, we continually ask, “How can I ground and center my soul for life in the middle of it all?” In our sadness at continuing apart-ness and losses, lament seems meet and right, and psalmic gratitude may or may not come quickly. We are a community of many people, some with many resources, some with very few, and those with the least may, paradoxically find themselves with the most to lament, the most lost.

Yet, we are one in Christ. In lament, we may well discover renewed compassion for all God’s people, turning in new ways to each other and especially to the “least of these who are members of my family.”

Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning. (Ps 30:6)

We know not how long the night before us will be, and yet I am strengthened by God, who is my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, my crag and my stronghold, (Ps 31:3,5) into whose hands I commended my spirit long ago when I was sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and marked as Christ’s own forever.

May God’s peace be with each and every one of you in the days and weeks ahead.

Blessings in the name of Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo


edusc.org The Fifth Thursday of Lent, 2020 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we continue to navigate these uncertain waters of distance and anxiety, I am heartened...


Technology Resources - Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Here in another letter from Bishop Waldo. All services across the Diocese of Upper South Carolina are to remain suspended through April 30, 2020.

EDUSC Extends Suspension of In-Person Worship

March 19, 2020
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15-16

In this extraordinary time, I find myself filled with gratitude and love for our common life in Christ. I’ve begun making calls to each of our congregations—to rectors, vicars or priests-in-charge where one is in place, and to senior wardens where there is no long-term priest serving. It is important that we stay in touch and aware of one another’s needs in what increasingly appears to be an extended time of trial. So I pray for each congregation and each clergyperson daily.

The challenge of social distancing for safety stands in stark contrast to our most primal Christian intentions: to be in close relationship with God and each other. Reports on this past Sunday’s technologically engineered worship services across the Diocese were heartening. This was true both for the numbers of people participating and for our communal relief in feeling connected with each other—even if remotely. Perhaps this will be the time during which the Episcopal Church truly and widely embraces and develops its technology skills and uses! (If you need help, see Canon Alan Bentrup’s technological primer on setting up remote meetings at www.edusc.org/technology.)

The physical realities of social distancing are challenging but deeply necessary to protect ourselves and to protect others. As the pandemic and estimates of future infection and death levels begin to grow exponentially even with social distancing, we must again reassess our gathering practices. Effective immediately, I am extending the suspension of public, in-person worship throughout the Diocese of Upper South Carolina at least through April 30. I am acutely aware of the multitude of consequences that will occur as a result of this suspension—pastorally, liturgically, financially, and relationally.

To mitigate these consequences, conversations are already taking place among clergy and pastoral care committees of the Diocese about best practices for tending to pastoral needs. Canons Alan Bentrup, d’Rue Hazel, and Jimmy Hartley are scheduling regular Zoom conferencing opportunities to facilitate these conversations at Convocational levels. These sessions will allow us to address other areas of concern as well, such as, How do we ensure that congregations have access to Holy Week services regardless of their technological capabilities? Should we focus on Morning Prayer as our primary corporate technological worship? How do we tend to ongoing Christian formation.
This weekend, the Diocesan Executive Council (DEC) will meet—via Zoom—to consider, among other things, how we can corporately address and strengthen the most vulnerable congregations in our midst? It is clear that all congregations, and Diocesan House—and indeed virtually all places of employment—will be facing financial challenges. Thus, this is becoming a time during which we discover more deeply both our personal and corporate strengths and to use them to build up our communities and our abilities to respond to individuals.
The White House hopes to send support checks to many Americans, checks that will be greatly needed, and much-appreciated by many of our congregants. Should this happen, some among us will have the capacity to manage without that extra assistance. If you are in that circumstance and do receive a check, you might consider donating all or part of that assistance to bolster your congregation’s food, clothing, housing, or mental illness ministries, which serve some of the most vulnerable of all people. Or, you can offer extra support to your congregation, which is almost certain to experience new financial stresses.
Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds.” Remembering these words of comfort reminds us also of their challenge, especially in uncertain times, to trust God’s love and care for us, come what may.
The apostle Paul, who built the Christian movement, rooted in love, against enormous odds and continual threats of violence reminds us constantly of our transcendent unity in the One who loves us more than we can ask or imagine, Jesus Christ.
Be safe. Call the lonely. Extend the help you can. Receive the help you need. And rejoice in the love that surrounds you.
Your devoted brother,
+Andrew, child of God and servant of the Lord Jesus

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Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

At the time of this posting, the physical campus is closed and In-person worship at Church of the Cross in Columbia, South Carolina has been suspended as per Bishop Andrew Waldo for the rest of the month of March. The following is a cut and paste of the Bishop's Letter of March 16, 2020.

Suspension of Public Worship
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The guidance from public health officials is changing by the hour. Yet our call as Christians is clear: We are called to love our neighbor, and right now one of the best ways we can do that is to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Therefore I am suspending all public worship services within the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina through the end of March.

I invite clergy and lay leaders to think creatively about how we might offer opportunities for our congregations to gather in new ways for worship and formation. Many of you experimented with online worship this past Sunday. Please respond to this email and let us know what worked, what didn’t work, and what resources would be helpful. We are planning to host diocesan-wide roundtable discussion on online worship at 11am this Wednesday.

I hope to be able to lift this suspension on public worship by Palm Sunday, April 5. This, however, cannot be guaranteed at this point. I expect to notify clergy of the status of the suspension by Friday, March 27, (if not sooner) in order to begin preparing for worship as soon as possible.

We are still holding the ordination of Caitlyn Darnell to the transitional diaconate this Thursday at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Columbia. The ordination will be livestreamed and shared from the diocesan page, and I invite you to attend the service online rather than in person.

However, starting this weekend, all diocesan events will be postponed or moved online for at least the rest of March. Those impacted by these changes will be contacted as appropriate. Your Diocesan Executive Committee will be meeting via Zoom this Saturday. At this time we do not plan to close diocesan offices, so you may reach me and our staff through the usual contact information.

As I stated in my letter Friday, all congregational meetings and social events should be postponed, rescheduled or conducted by Zoom or other electronic means, unless an in-person meeting is absolutely necessary.

I am reaching out to our clergy today, and I have instructed my canon staff to be in touch in the coming weeks with those congregations for which they serve as liaison. We also will begin hosting conference calls with clergy and wardens, organized by convocation, later this week. Information on these calls will be sent to clergy and wardens with further instructions.

In the midst of the changes and chances of this life, our call as Christians remains. As Presiding Bishop Curry reminded us in his sermon yesterday, “love working through each one of us can help and heal in small ways, but add them up and they make a profound difference."

“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Faithfully yours,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo, Bishop
The Episcopal Church in Upper South Carolina

Here is the link:


All public worship services within the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina are suspended through the end of March.

Click below to read Bishop Waldo's latest pastoral letter.

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