Message from our President, Pat Batten:
Dear Sisters in Christ -
Welcome to February 2021 and be thankful that it's the shortest month of the year! Looking forward in this year, please mark your calendars for the Daughters' events in our diocese that have been scheduled through September.
Dates for your calendar - DOK Events in 2021
March 6 - Winter Board Meeting via Zoom
April 24 - Spring Retreat via Zoom
August 21 - Summer Board Meeting via Zoom
September 18 - Fall Assembly - via Zoom at this time
A new Zoom account for the DOK in Upper South Carolina has been created and it is linked to a personal email address and password. Contact Pat Batten if you need to schedule a Zoom call that involves your chapter or the Daughters in our diocese; usage fees to be paid by the diocesan treasurer. An invitation will be sent to chapter presidents shortly before the meeting dates.
At the Province IV Winter Board meeting of diocesan presidents held in January, we were reminded to emphasize outstanding unpaid dues. Our membership is declining but we continue to have the most members of the 8 provinces in the United States. The Winter Board meeting was recorded and will be available on the Province IV DOK website when posted: www.provinceiv-dok.org. Speaking of websites, you can access the EDUSC.org website for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina and review information there about happenings and the search for the new bishop. Locate the "Subscribe to Our Newsletter" option and sign yourself up to stay abreast of the larger church.
The Daughters' chapter at Good Shepherd in Greer participated in Kairos/Prison Ministry at a women's facility near them. They received a very appreciative letter from the warden who welcomed them and their ministry. There are so many opportunities for our chapters to do good works and spread the word of the Lord - just look around and be sure to share with your sister Daughters!
Two new Daughters were admitted and welcomed to our Order on January 10th at St. David's in Columbia. The Dove chapter there has now grown to 16 members and is going strong!
A Lenten Quiet Day will be held by the St. Helena chapter at Trinity Cathedral so please keep them in your prayers and there will be a very limited attendance by some Midlands Daughters..
The book discussion questions for Love is the Way can be found at the links below. We hope you are enjoying the reading and positive words of our dear Bishop Curry. This will be discussed at our Spring Retreat on April 24 in our Zoom call.
The EDUSC DOK Prayer Cycle will be sent to chapter presidents this week. The DOK Prayer Cycle requires each chapter to pray for all Daughters in the diocese during their assigned week.
In 2020, we successfully met for all of our scheduled events and plan to do the same in this new year. A number of our sister chapters in Province IV had to cancel meetings and events. Many thanks to all of you for your patience and endurance through these difficult times.
Blessings and peace, all FHS,
The Order of the Daughters of the King in
The Assembly of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina