December 4, 2019
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Bishops Blog:
Parousia: God’s Invitation to a Church in Resurrection Part II

Bishop San will be blogging about Parousia over the next several months leading up to the 2020 Convention.  Here is an excerpt from his second blog post...

The vital church is a God’s sacred enduring entity that should forever be observant and mindful of the changing landscape of culture, demographic, focus and missional reality emerging around it. As such, to be a responsive mission of God conversant with its mission field we shouldn’t overlook the challenge to be a redemptive church, that is, to take what is before us and not necessarily change it, rather to allow Christ to redeem it in the words of scripture, “see I am making all things new…” (Revelation 21:5; Isaiah 65:17). God as premier architect and designer of the new, and preserver of the old, continues to call us to look beyond the old to see a new vision built upon the revered historic foundation and legacy of the past to a more hopeful, sustainable, immensely energizing and abundantly overflowing future with transformative possibilities for God’s church. Jesus reminds us in the gospel of a seamless symmetry between the old and the new and points to the wisdom of their usefulness in kingdom building (Matthew 13: 51-53).  Read entire blog post here.

Bishop’s Institute Launch will be marked by a Eucharist and reception on January 4th at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Hebron. The Eucharist will include the installation of the Canon Theologian, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Dunlap (Rector of Old Trinity, Church Creek), the commissioning of the Advisory Board, and the commissioning of the Bishop’s Committee for the Institute.  All are welcome to attend this landmark event.

Bishop San will be leading a Luncheon Lenten Series on Archbishop’s Desmond Tutu’s “No Future Without Forgiveness: A Lost Discipline in the 21st Century Church”.  The series will be done at venues across our three convocations.  
Dates are: March 4th; March 18th; March 25th and April 1st at 11:00 am. Soup and salad to follow. Stay tuned for more information on venues in the convocations.

Children's Home Foundation Annual Appeal  The Children’s Home Foundation is a non-profit arm of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton that grants scholarships to high school graduates and adults in need of financial assistance to attend vocational and technical schools in pursuit of careers in the workforce. It also provides grants to allow children to experience the benefits of summer camp. Since its inception in 1959 the foundation has awarded scholarships in excess of
$5 million dollars. We hope you will consider donating to this worthy cause and also that you might help us become aware of potential recipients. To learn more we invite you to visit our website at:

Diocesan Fund for Church Initiatives Grant Program  Small Grants Available in 2020 for Parishes. Applications are now being accepted for the Diocese of Easton’s Church Initiatives Grant Program.  Money is available exclusively to parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Easton to undertake innovative programs and projects.  The Grant Program is funded by investment returns from the Diocese’s St. Stephens Endowment Fund, a fund created with proceeds from the sale of St. Stephen's Church, East New Market several years ago.  This is the eighth year of the program’s existence.  Last year one grant was awarded to Emanuel Episcopal Church, Chester parish to bring the “Undoing Racism” workshop to Kent County as part of an interfaith and diverse community effort.  In previous years grants were made to many other parishes within the Diocese.  Read more here.  Click here for the 2020 Diocesan Fund for Church Initiatives Grant Program Guidelines

United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants  Application deadline is March 6, 2020.  Potential applicants for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants are invited to participate in an informational webinar offered by the UTO board on January 14, 2020 at noon and 8:00 pm Eastern.  These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2020, the focus is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.  More info here.

Members of the Diocese can purchase Bishop San's new book, "The Spiritual Order of a Messy Church", at the Diocesan office for a donation of $20 per copy.  Retail price is $16.95, however we are charging $20 with the immediate proceeds from the book going toward Bahamas relief.  Please contact the Diocese office at 410-822-1919 to request your copy.              

Around the Diocese

Notable Dates

Northern Convocation Meeting
    December 9th at St. Paul's, Kent

Middle Convocation Meeting
    December 10th at All Faith Chapel, Tunis Mills

Southern Convocation Meeting
    December 12th at St. Andrew's, Princess Anne
All meetings are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

January 4th - Bishop's Institute Launch
January 10-12 - Ocean City Youth Rally


Let us know if your church or parish will be collecting items or holding activities to benefit our local communities during the holiday season!!  Our hope is for people to see what’s going on throughout our diocese and pitch in beyond their parish if they see a need they can fill.  Send an email with a short description plus links or attachments to Beth Devenny to be included in our upcoming  holiday season Enews.

Christ Church, Cambridge AGAPE NEEDS YOU! Christmas party, Saturday, Dec. 7 12-3 p.m.  CAN YOUR PARISH: Donate 10 new toys/gifts?  Volunteer help with gift wrapping, crafts, food? 
Email Pat Layton:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Centreville  Camp Agape, a ministry of the diocese that serves children of incarcerated parents, is collecting Christmas presents for their party on Dec 10th. Please bring an unwrapped toy or game and place in the box in the coffee hour area.

Orders now being taken for Equal Exchange olive oil and chocolate bars. Just in time for the Holidays! The olive oil is organic and cold pressed from Nabali olives in Palestine and is priced at $12.00 for a 500ml bottle.
Organic chocolate bars are $3.00. Choices include dark chocolate almond and sea salt, dark chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt, very dark chocolate, milk chocolate and milk chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt.  All orders must be placed by Dec 10th. There is an order form in the church coffee hour area, or you can call the parish office @ 410-758-1553. All items are fair trade and proceeds benefit small farmers. 

St. Peters, Salisbury  Agape Ministry Christmas Service Project - This December, Saint Peter’s Children and Youth Ministry is supporting the diocese’s AGAPE Ministry. AGAPE serves 30 (ages 5 to 12) children of incarcerated parents. The ministry is in need of new toys or gifts and volunteers for their annual Christmas Party. AGAPE is looking to collect at least 10 new toys or gifts per parish. They will be collecting donations between now and Friday, December 6th. There will be a collection box inside of the church parlor for you to place your donations. 
Stocking Stuffing  In addition, they will be stuffing the stockings that the kids receive. There are 30 that need to be stuffed. If any families are available, they are looking to stuff these on Thursday, December 5th or Friday, December 6th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  Volunteers can help children “shop” for gifts for their family members, wrap the gifts, sing songs, do crafts, and serve the meal.  Service hours are available for the party along with the stocking stuffing.  Please let Atif Gaddis know by this Tuesday if you are interested in volunteering.  For those who would like to help, but may not want to work directly with kids, the organizers will also need help with setting up for the party, moving and packing items, and cleaning up afterwards. For those considering making donations, look to spend around $10 at the most for a toy or gift. A little more would be okay but $10 or less is fine. Gifts are typically for adults or older siblings.
Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery  Once again Parsons Cemetery is hosting Wreaths Across America, this year on Saturday, December 14th at 10:00am.  Plan to be present to help lay wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans. 
You can also purchase a wreath.  Go to the website: and click on “specific cemetery” which is just below the red “Sponsor Wreaths” box.  Type “Parsons Cemetery, Salisbury, MD” on the line where it says “select location to support.”  Wreath ordering deadline is December 2nd.  For more information go to:  
Christmas Outreach to Wi-Middle School  Each year St. Peter's helps the teachers of Wi-Middle School help those students and families in need with their Christmas Giving project by providing gift cards so the teachers can shop for items and provide to needy families a food basket for the Christmas holiday.  A poster board will be set up in the parlor for parishioners and friends to place gift cards from Walmart, Kohl’s, Old Navy and Target.  Please click here for more information on this outreach ministry from Judy Wyatt, St. Peter’s Outreach Committee Chair:

St. Mary Anne's, North East  4th Annual Wreaths Across America event will be on Saturday, December 14th at Noon in the church and churchyard. Event begins with a short meaningful service in the church, with guest speakers, an honor guard, and representatives from all branches of the United States military. At the conclusion, they will advance to the churchyard and lay wreaths on approximately 80 veteran's grave, including soldiers from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. 

Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish  Advent Meditation Series, Dec 1st- 25th  Debra Donnelly-Barton is offering an Advent Meditation series beginning December 1st. She writes, "Each Advent we are invited to welcome Hope again even though many things may seem hopeless.  We are invited to welcome Peace again in the midst of chaos.  We are invited to welcome Love again when much appears unlovable.  This Advent our meditations will focus on Hope, Peace and Love.  Our guides will be the characters of Advent; Elizabeth and Mary, John and Jesus, Hosts of Angels and surprised shepherds.  We begin December 1st and end December 25th.  I hope you will join me." To register, go to The fee is $30 for the 25 days of meditations.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford
Come one, come all to the 2019 Christmas Bazaar  Saturday, December 7th – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The Christmas Café will welcome visitors with coffee, tea, cider and sweets. The Parish Hall will be filled with homemade treats, crafts and wreaths. The food tables will be replete with jams, fudge, cookies and other delectable delicacies, along with frozen soups and appetizers.
Holiday Jazz Concert  "A Redd Christmas" with Chuck & Robert Redd performing with vibes & piano, on Sunday, December 22nd at 3:00 pm. For more info call 410-226-5134.
Allegro Academy, Easton invites you to join them for the following events:   
December 7 - Student Showcase at Dixon House, Bayleigh Chase, and Londonderry in Easton
December 31 - Allegra! at First Night Talbot, Avalon Theatre  Click here for more info.

St. Peter's, Salisbury , See The Lettermen and help St. Peter's   The Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council (SWAC), is holding a Holiday Show featuring legendary 60’s group “the Lettermen,” on Friday, December 6th at 7:30 pm at the St. Francis Parish Center on Riverside Drive in Salisbury.  Those who buy tickets can designate St. Peter’s as a recipient of a donation from this event.  For every $30/$40 ticket sold, $5 is donated to St. Peter’s.  If you are interested in attending, go to and click “St. Peter’s Church” on the How did you hear of the show? Survey. Or call 410-543-2787 to purchase tickets and mention St. Peter’s. 
Savor the meaning of Advent with three relaxing organ concerts  The first is Saturday, December 7th, at 4 p.m.  Musical Director Daniel Cherrix performs a 45-minute program of Advent favorites including "Lo, A Rose Ere Blooming."  Other recitals are Dr. Michael Stefanek on Saturday, December 14th; and  Taylor Harvey on Saturday, December 21st, both at 4 p.m.  Admission is free.  Their appearances are sponsored by the St. Cecilia's Guild. Call 410-742-5118  or visit
Advent lessons and carols December 8th Welcome the holiday season with its Advent Lessons and Carols service Sunday, December 8th, at 7 p.m.  St. Peter's choir with Salisbury University's choral scholars perform a one-hour program of sacred readings and music based on the nine lessons and carols service at King's College, Cambridge, UK.  All are welcomed and admission is free.  Call 410-742-5118 or visit The program is sponsored by the St. Cecilia's Guild.  

Christ Church Parish, Kent Island  Presents a Christmas concert featuring The Westminster Ringers.  Back by popular demand!  Come hear this auditioned handbell ensemble play over 200 instruments to perform your favorite sacred and secular Christmas Music.  Saturday, December 7th at 7:00pm.  Open to the public.  No tickets required.  A free-will offering will be collected.

St. Mary Anne's, North East Fourth Annual Christmas Cookie Walk will be on Saturday, December 14th from 10 am -1 pm in St. Mary Anne's Parish Center. Once again, they will have a huge and delicious assortment of homemade Christmas cookies to purchase by the pound. Christmas vendors are also part of  this festive event!  What exactly is a Cookie Walk? They bake dozens of beautiful and assorted homemade Christmas cookies and sell them for $8.50 a pound. When customers arrive, they receive their own cookie box and a pair of gloves–and then they proceed to choose their own cookie selection.
Customers also have the opportunity to visit area vendor tables to do a little Christmas shopping!

Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge  Tidewater Singers Christmas Concert.  December 15th at 4:00pm.  Admission $10  Students Free Reception after the concert.  Call 410-228-3161 for more info.

Christ Church, Easton  The Boychoir of the Chesapeake, aka Christ Church Boychoir, begins January 14th and is open to boys in grades 2 through 8 who live in the Mid-Shore area. Applications for the semester beginning in January are now being taken. Boys who are enrolled in the choir have the opportunity to sing in a variety of spaces including public as well as liturgical venues. In addition to learning a varied musical repertoire, students receive vocal instruction as well as music theory while earning special medals for their achievements. For a full schedule of events, please contact or call 410-822-2677. Rehearsals are held each Monday from 5 pm to 6:15 pm in the choir room.

Ocean City Youth Rally: Young people in grades 6-12 and adult leaders are invited to join us at the Ocean City Youth Rally, January 10th - 12th, 2020. The cost for this event is $150/person and includes all meals, transportation to and from events, lodging, t-shirts, all activities & events.  Each church is asked to identify an adult volunteer to complete the form on behalf of their attending students. Deadline for registration is December 1st. For more information contact Joanne Fisher.

Christ Church Easton is seeking a Parish Manager to oversee and administer the day-to-day management and operations of the church in support of its missions and ministries. This is a full time management position.  Best candidates for the job will have education and/or experience in the areas of communication, business administration and technology. We are seeking someone who is detail oriented, well organized, a comprehensive thinker, personable, energetic and an effective communicator.   For additional information (a link to the document and the website as well). Resumes and letters of interest should be sent to Fr. Bill Ortt at

Christ Church Easton is seeking a Parish Secretary to work part-time, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Candidates must demonstrate current experience with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Publisher, offer strong interpersonal and organizational skills, be attentive to detail, and function well in a fast-paced environment. Positions are open now.  Email resume and cover letter to

Christ Church Easton is seeking an experienced part time bookkeeper  10-15 hours a week, on site. Pay bills, manage payroll, maintain records, assist with deposits, some fund accounting, account reconciliations and preparation of finance reports.  Email resume and cover letter to

Beyond the Diocese

An Invitation from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry  "I write to invite you to support our Episcopal Church’s Annual Appeal. This Church-wide Appeal is one tangible way to support our ministry of and witness to the Way of Love that Jesus taught in our time and in the wider world. Let me show you what I mean."  Read the annual appeal here.

A tribute gift to The Episcopal Church can be a thoughtful way to remember loved ones at the holidays. Gifts can be made in honor or in memory of family or friends, and can be directed to any one of our Church-wide initiatives including The Episcopal Church Fund, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Absalom Jones Fund, and more To make your tribute gift, visit  

Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 7: Learn, the final installment of the first season of the Way of Love video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication is available on The Episcopal Church website and on The Episcopal Church Facebook page.

‘Living the Way of Love in Community’ features small group facilitation guide and curriculum.  A year after the introduction by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, The Episcopal Church continues to offer new resources for congregations interested in following the Way of Love as a way of life. New this fall are the FAQ’s for Small Group Ministry video, a social media infographic, as well as a postcard-sized infographic. These resources are available here.  The nine-session Living the Way of Love in Community curriculum is designed for small groups organized for the purpose of exploring The Way of Love. Group members study and experience each of seven practices: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. Read more here.

Living Well Through Advent 2019 Practicing Peace With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind - A Living Compass Seasonal Resource - Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Advent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Christmas. Available in both print and electronic editions.

New Digital Invitation Kits for Advent available  New and updated Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are now available: Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit, updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum, AdventWord 2019, Sermons That Work compilation of Advent and Christmas selections, Advent reflections from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and bulletin inserts. All are available here.  Also offered again this year are digital Christmas Eve services.  Click here for more info.

EYE20 venue change, theme, registration details released The venue for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) has been changed to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). The location remains within the Diocese of Washington and the dates, July 7th-11th, 2020, are unchanged.  The theme for EYE20 is “Unite! ¡Unámonos!”  Read more here

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps  Applications are now available for 2020-2021 placements with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), the international missionary program of The Episcopal Church. YASC offers Episcopalians ages 21-30 the opportunity to follow the Way of Love into deeper relationship with God and the global Anglican Church while spending a year living and working with communities around the world. Read more here.

Rooted In Jesus: January 21-24, 2020 Atlanta, GA

It’s time for the Episcopal Church to come together as disciples of Jesus and take a bold new step into the next decade.  Spend four days together, talking about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, and much more—so we can go out and be the Body of Christ.  Registration is open for the Evangelism Matters pre-conference on January 21, 2020, part of the Rooted in Jesus Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, January 21-24, 2020. This pre-conference is an opportunity for those who identify as Evangelists to dive deeper into this apostolic ministry and connect with people who share a mutual deep commitment to Episcopal Evangelism.  Read more here.

Send an email with a short description plus links or attachments to Joanne.  Churches are also encouraged to add to their local enews as she will occasionally pull events from those sources.

Bishop's Spotlight:

Last weekend the Bishop made his annual visit to Wye Parish (Old Wye & St. Luke’s) and it was a wonderful experience. The Bishop is delighted to report that the parish is in healthy shape.  Despite the heavy rain on Sunday, the faithful came out to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with the Bishop. He shared Eucharist and fellowship with parishioners and took the opportunity to congratulate the Very Rev. Charles Osberger & the Very Rev. Dr. Frieda Malcolm on their recent marriage.  Congratulations Charlie & Frieda! 

The Bishop is looking forward to the official launch of the Bishop’s Institute marked by a Eucharist and reception on January 4th at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Hebron. The Eucharist will include the installation of the Canon Theologian, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Dunlap (Rector of Old Trinity, Church Creek), the commissioning of the Advisory Board, and the commissioning of the Bishop’s Committee for the Institute.  All are welcome to attend this landmark event.

Camp Wright Corner:

Support Camp Wright on #GivingTuesday


We appreciate any help you can give even though "Giving Tuesday" has passed.

We need your help!  In 1930, we made a promise... When Camp Wright opened in 1930, we made a commitment to young people to provide the best summer camp experience possible. Throughout the years, our program has developed and moved with the trends of what our campers love. Sports, archery, boating, and swimming are viewed as cornerstones of our program. Tennis is a timeless sport and activity that's beloved by many campers, staff, and visitors.  Our tennis courts need a complete overhaul in order to provide players with a safe, high quality program with maximum fun!  The total cost of our new tennis court is about $30,000, and we need your help. This #GivingTuesday, we want to raise $15,000 to help us fund this project.   Please donate & share the link, the more action the link gets online, the more people will see it and the more donations we can receive.  I appreciate your support in this.  Carley and I have put a lot of hours into this campaign, and it won't happen unless we get some guts behind it.  If you know who has the keys to your parish's facebook account, it would be an honor to see the link shared there! 

Thanks, Julia


Calendar of Events


Christmas Nights at Camp Wright December 7th & December 14th is truly the most wonderful time of the year.  Join us for two evenings of caroling, wonder, lights, cookies, cocoa, bonfires and more.  All funds generated support the mission and programs of Camp Wright.  Call 410-643-4171 for more info.  Merry Christmas!! 

Open  House - May 9th - 12th

Silver Camp - June 13th

Camp Wright's 90th Anniversary Celebration

July 25th, 10am

Summer 2020 Dates, rates & registration will be available soon! Check out the  camp website. 
Retreat House Happenings:

Advent Quiet Day on Wednesday December 11th, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advent is a time of holy waiting amid the busyness of life. This quiet day is an opportunity to slow down and listen for God's wake up call sounded in scripture and poetry, in silence and conversation. Use this day to prepare your soul for Christmas and to embrace the spiritual gifts that await you this season.  
Bring a journal and come dressed for time outside.
Go to for more information.

Holiday Candlelight Labyrinth, Saturday, December 14th, 4-6 p.m.  Labyrinths date back 4,000 years or more and are found worldwide.  Most labyrinths are circular and the center can symbolize many things, such as healing, truth, and divinity. The winding path can represent our journeys towards that center, allowing us to free our minds to receive insight and guidance.
Learn how to draw a labyrinth and find out more about its history and traditions. At dusk, we will walk the candlelit labyrinth and pray silently. Please wear warm clothing and shoes appropriate for walking on a grassy surface. Go to for more information.

Gathering Greens and Wreath making, Sunday, December 15th, 1:30-3:30 p.m  Come share in the fun and holiday spirit and gather greens to decorate your home. Choose from boxwood, magnolia, pine, holly and redwood.  Enjoy a cup of hot cider and cookies while you warm up around a crackling fire.  Ribbons, bows, wire, clippers and gloves provided.  A free will offering will be gratefully accepted to cover supplies.  Bundle up and join us!  Go to for more information

Prayer Services at Historic St. Paul's Church
Join us in St. Paul's Church, located next to The Retreat House, for a time of focused prayer. 
December 11th - 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Transformation
Pray for open hearts toward one another and the earth
December 18th
The Longest Night - 5:45-6:15 p.m.
This worship service, also known as "Blue Christmas" marks the season of the longest night of the year, creating a sacred place for people living through dark times.

Retreat House on the Road offers workshops and trainings that can be customized specifically for your community or parish.  More info here.

The Retreat House gates are always open --please come anytime for a peaceful walk. We would love to hear from you. Call us at (410) 364-7069 or visit our website or contact Francie Thayer.

Pastoral concerns:

We pray for continued healing and comfort for the following people and their families:

The Rev. Kevin Cross, Rector,  Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford.

Stephan Klingelhoffer, President, Standing Committee

Sandra Marray, Sister of Bishop Santosh Marray

The Rev. Pete Stanton

We pray for the repose of the souls of the following people and for comfort, courage and strength to their families:

Sydney Gadd Ashley
Letetia "Tish" Brown
Judy Geggis
Theodore A. "Ted" Lutkus
Davy McCall
Clarice Van Name Sawyer
John Schultz 

We continue to pray for all those affected by Hurricane Dorian and for first responders.

Submit prayer requests to Names are listed for four weeks unless otherwise specified. 

Diocesan Prayer Calendar:

Second Sunday of Advent (December 8th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people who serve as elected representatives to the Standing Committee and to Diocesan Council, and for the leadership they offer.

Third Sunday of Advent (December 15th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Andrew’s Mission, Hurlock, and for the Rev. Bryan Glancey and his wife, Babs.

For additional weeks, please visit our website.
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Easton, MD 21601

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