Daily Archives: May 7, 2011

Our Oldest Daughter Abigail Harmon Graduates From the College of Charleston Today

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Posted in * By Kendall, * Culture-Watch, Children, Education, Harmon Family, Young Adults

Laura Rust on the Death of her Husband William Mark Rust

William Mark Rust (January 18, 1960 – May 4, 2011)

He lived a selfless life of love, service and kindness to everyone he met.
I will miss my best friend until we see each other again in Glory.
He is with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for that I cannot grieve.
We will celebrate his life and legacy at his Memorial Service.

May 30 would have been our 24 year Wedding Anniversary.

He lived his life to the fullest in selfless dedication to others. I am so very proud to have been his wife and the mother of our wonderful children.

Thanks to all our friends for all of your love and support!
God Bless all of you!

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Death / Burial / Funerals, Parish Ministry

William Mark Rust (1960-2011)

From here:

William Mark Rust SUMMERVILLE – Entered into eternal rest on the evening of May 4, 2011, William Mark Rust (Bill), husband of Laura Heiss Rust. Residence, Summerville, South Carolina. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Rust are invited to attend his memorial service Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Cathedral of Praise at 2:30 p.m. Bill was born in Freeport, New York on January 18, 1960, to Dr. Wilbur C. Rust and Marian Jeppson Charm. He was an Information Systems Manager with the Medical University of South Carolina, a member of Project Management Team, Project Manager Development Institute, and an Honorary Tar Heel. He was also a member of Cathedral of Praise. Surviving are his wife, Laura Rust of Summerville; his parents, Dr. Wilbur Rust of Jacksonville, FL and Marian Charm of Mandarin, FL; three sons, William Conner Rust, David Mark Rust, John Branton Rust all of Summerville; a daughter, Kathryn Laura Rust of Summerville; two sisters, Janet Margerison of Myakka City, FL and Kathryn Biggs of Mandarin, FL. Memorials may be made in memory of William Rust to Cathedral Academy, P.O. Box 41129, Charleston, SC 29423.

Posted in * By Kendall, * Christian Life / Church Life, Death / Burial / Funerals, Parish Ministry

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in his resurrection, that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Easter, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

Then Nebuchadnez’zar was full of fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed’nego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he ordered certain mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed’nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their mantles, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were cast into the burning fiery furnace. Because the king’s order was strict and the furnace very hot, the flame of the fire slew those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed’nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed’nego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnez’zar was astonished and rose up in haste. He said to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered the king, “True, O king.” He answered, “But I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

–Daniel 3:19-25

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

April Job Data Is Strong, but Some Doubt Trend Can Last

While better than expected, Friday’s employment numbers showed that the national economy still had a long way to go to fully recover. Though down from its peak of 10.1 percent in late 2009, April’s unemployment rate reflects only those Americans who are still actively looking for work.

As such, economists said the April jobs report was part of a larger picture of the economy that remained mixed. The rise in the unemployment rate reflects the survey of households, which indicated a 190,000 decline in employment in April. And recent data on initial jobless claims and other employment indicators have been weak.

“Millions of people are unemployed and many have left the labor market and given up,” Mr. Shapiro said. “Against that we are maybe creating 244,000 jobs. That is all well and good but it just shows you how much further we have to go to make a dent into what has happened in the labor market.”

“It gets the basic debate out there about the economy,” he added. “Is all we have seen the product of government stimulus, and are all the problems coming back or not?”

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Federal Reserve, House of Representatives, Housing/Real Estate Market, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Office of the President, Personal Finance, Politics in General, President Barack Obama, Senate, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--, The U.S. Government

Episcopal House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson Kellogg Lecture 2011(II): Power and Leadership

Is the Episcopal Church any longer capable of significant change for the sake of reclaiming an authentic life as a church of Jesus Christ, as a church having “a name of being alive? To be a church alive, not an institution or organization primarily concerned about preserving itself, the notion of an empowered laity…..

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), House of Deputies President

Episcopal House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson Kellogg Lecture 2011 (I): Courageous Change

The Episcopal Church is changing.

”¢ 87% of TEC is “non-hispanic white”
Ӣ 61% of those who attend church are women
Ӣ 33% of Episcopalians have college degrees,
32% have graduate degrees
Ӣ 30% earn $100,000 per year or more

Contrary to what many people believe, everyone in our church is not old. The fact is:

Ӣ 60% of Episcopalians are 49 or younger. Only 13% are 65+.
Kirk Hadaway, research specialist for the Episcopal Church tells
me that just 10 years ago the Episcopal Church had 2.3 million
members. In 2009 it was 2.0 million.
Ӣ Since 1999 our membership has declined by 300,000.

Although the number of ordained Episcopal clergy has increased during the past decade, the number serving congregations dropped by 800, from 6,062 to 5,262.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), House of Deputies President, Seminary / Theological Education, Theology

(RNS) After Court Gives OK, Christians Mark National Day of Prayer

Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 5), just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law creating the day as unconstitutional.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Spirituality/Prayer