The 2023 Annual Gathering of the Anglican Women of the Diocese was held Saturday, April 22, at the Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston. Our speaker, Van Weston, of All Saint’s Church, Pawley’s Island, and the sister of Rich Giersch, delivered a riveting–and heartening—presentation, “Can You Hear Me Now?” Weston’s message emphasized the Lord’s desire to be an integral part in the lives of His people, His outpouring of love in sending Jesus as a living sacrifice for all, and His loving forgiveness for anyone who has fallen away but repents and opens his or her heart and life to Him. Van also assured the women that God cares about the particular personal concerns and needs of every one of His children. Weston reminded her audience of the realities of God as a Creator who brought men and women into being out of love, and as a Father who listens compassionately to the desires of our hearts and wishes to intervene directly in our lives.
A Message About our Spring Gathering from the President of Anglican Women of the ADOSC
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!
As we celebrate the Lenten season, I always look forward to preparing for Easter. I love everything about this season – the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, the evidence of new life around us, the colors in the world, saying/ singing Alleluia, the Hosannas, all the Easter hymns …. everything! Psalm 23 has a hint of the Easter and spring seasons in it and has a special place in my heart because it continuously reminds me that the Lord is my shepherd. There have been many times that I have needed Him to shepherd me. As my shepherd, God shepherds me every day, all day, throughout the year. It is obvious that I am one of his sheep. My god parents lamb every spring resulting in at least 60 lambs. Multiply the number 60 many times and add in the number of mother sheep. God definitely has way more than 60 lambs and sheep. What this says to me is as our shepherd, God has a name for each of us and that He knows us and calls us by our given name. As our shepherd, He provides for us, protects us, and leads us beside those quiet waters. He is also our comfort, our guide and loves us unconditionally. When we stray away, He gently guides us back to Him. How wonderful is that! Even better, he gives us that “banquet” of love in the midst of difficult times. Because He is our shepherd, I trust Him and want to be with him always.
When you have time, I encourage you to listen to the tune ‘Shepherd Me O God’ by Marty Haugen which inspired me to have this theme for our gathering. Please enjoy this tune, but pay attention to the words. I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Gathering. Much peace and many blessings to you.
Your Sister in Christ,
Sunny Walker, President
The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina
View photos from our 2021 Gathering at the bottom of this page.