January 16, 2020
View this email in your browser
Bishop's Blog - Bishop's Institute Launching Sermon: To read the full sermon click here.
"...Personal development means each aspect of life expands to be itself, while alteration means that a thing is ‘changed’ from one thing into another. Paul was ‘changed’ (Greek word ‘metanoia’) from one way of life to a completely new spiritual awareness, physical, emotional, psychological and faith formation; a direction different from that to which he was previously defending – Judaism. As such, I would constantly use the theological term ‘redemption’ to describe what God is doing in our diocese.
"Beloved, we aren’t seeking to change diocesan ethos, polity, structure or direction but giving the Holy Spirit space and freedom to take what is already within us and transform it into something new and relevant for the time we are ministering..." Read more.

Bishop's Institute Launched: The Diocese of Easton launched the Bishop's Institute and Center for Creative Ministry at a Celebration Eucharist at St. Paul's Hebron on January 4th. The event included a commissioning of the Board & Officers.  For a list of those commissioned, including a photo gallery, click here.

Convention 2020 Registration is Now Open: Join us for the 152nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton "Becoming Better Disciples of Jesus" scheduled for March 7th at Christ Church Kent Island. Snow Date – Saturday, March 14, 2020. Registrations must be submitted online no later than February 13, 2020.  Read More & Register.

Youth Delegates Invited to Convention: High School students are invited to join us at Convention 2020 as delegates to Convention.  This year's class will have seat and voice and will craft a resolution for vote to be submitted for 2021.  Names and emails of interested students need to be submitted to Joanne Fisher via email no later than February 15th.  Youth delegates are sponsored by the Diocese.

Episcopal Youth Event 2020 (EYE2020):  The Episcopal Youth Event is a gathering of over 2.000 young Episcopalians that happens only once in a triennial! The event is open to all current high school students. Visit our website for more info and to register - early registration closes on February 15th.  Space is limited.

Invitation to submit pictures of the image of God The Diversity Awareness Commission invites everyone to pause, take in, and reflect on the image of God and to celebrate the diversity of creation. Please share your pictures of the image of God on our Facebook page or email them to and inspire the love of creation for all to see. 

Convocation Meetings: All meetings are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Northern Convocation Meeting - February 10th at Shrewsbury, Kennedyville
Middle Convocation Meeting - February 11th at Christ Church, Cambridge
Southern Convocation Meeting - February 13th at Holy Spirit, Ocean City
Bishop San's Luncheon Lenten Series:  Join Bishop San for lunch and presentation on Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “No Future Without Forgiveness: A Lost Discipline in the 21st Century Church” 
March 3rd - St. Mary Anne's, North East 11:00 am
March 17th -  St. Mary Anne's, North East 11:00 am
March 24th - St  Andrew"s, Princess Anne 11:00 am
March 31st - Holy Spirit, Ocean City 11:00 am

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 Emmanuel 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
THANK YOU and a GRATEFUL NEW YEAR from the United Thank Offering Board and Staff!

United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants  Application deadline is March 6, 2020.  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

St. Peter's, Salisbury - SPIRITUALITY OF ADDICTION AND RECOVERY St. Peter’s is sponsoring a three part series Tuesday evenings at 7:15 pm in January and February on the topic "Conversations on the Spirituality of Addiction and Recovery,” and parishioners are encouraged to attend.  Organized by S.P.A.C.E., St. Peter’s Adult Christian Education Committee, the series features three guest speakers:
January 21: Nancy Mitchell, winner of the national Pushcart Prize in poetry, author of three books, and the first Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury.  Nancy taught for many years at Salisbury University and has spoken and written about the impact of addiction.
February 4:  Dr. Jerry Miller, professor emeritus of philosophy from Salisbury University.  Nationally known for his studies in spirituality and religion, Miller, now retired, was a popular teacher, and is an award-winning author in his field who has edited and written essays about 12 Step programs.  The title of his presentation is  "From a Clenched Fist to an Open Heart."
February 18:  Bruce Stazza, an Episcopalian and Easton musician and the Alive @ 5 Worship Leader at Christ Episcopal Church in Easton  He has impacted the lives of many pursuing a life of recovery.
The "Conversations" will take place in the Parish Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited. 

Christ Church, Easton - You Are Invited to Join the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on January 27th at 7 pm, for its 5th Annual Banquet and Concert featuring Organist, Michael Britt.  The cost of the Banquet is $40 and will feature hors-d’oeuvres, main course and dessert.  A social time will begin at 6 pm in the Christ Church Parish Hall with dinner being served at 6:30 pm.  The concert will begin in the church at 7:30 pm, where Michael Britt will then entertain us with a program of music focusing on the organ in popular culture.  Britt, known for his silent film accompaniments as well as his work at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, is a widely received organist whose concert is not to be missed!   To make a reservation, please contact  by January 20th.  For those who are unable to join us for dinner but would like to attend the concert, doors open at 7 pm. 

Trinity Cathedral, Easton is looking to donate cream colored dishes with gold rims, all matching, to another Episcopal Church.  The dishes will be packed in sets of 12 place settings. They will be offered first to diocesan parishes, then to the public.  If interested, please contact Maggie Trice @ 410-822-1931.

 Episcopal Carmel of St. Teresa  On December 2, 2019, the Commission on Ministry & St. Paul's Berlin hosted Sister Teresa Irene and Sister Barbara from the Episcopal Carmel of St. Teresa for an interesting and delightful talk on their personal journeys to become Carmelite nuns, and the opportunities for prayer and retreat that they offer others at their monastery in Rising Sun, Maryland.  Read More.

Beyond the Diocese

The Way of Love - Bonus episodes, Bishop Curry is interviewed by The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. The two discuss the legacy of slavery in their childhood experiences, and how the history of racial discrimination in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion has shaped their ministry.  Click here.  
Bishop Curry interviews the Rev. Lydia Bucklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan. The two spoke about the story of UP Wild Church and some of its community practices. Don't miss this conversation if you're seeking another model of worship and community that speaks deeply to people who care about our environment and are seeking a slower pace of life. Click here.

EYE20 registration now open for diocesan delegations.  Registration is now open for diocesan delegations for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20), which will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), Diocese of Washington, July 7-11, 2020.  Read more here.

Registration for EYE20 is being offered to provincial, diocesan, congregational, and other Episcopal organizational delegations as long as all EYE20 participation and chaperone criteria are met. However, in keeping with the spirit of General Convention Resolution 1982-D079, which encourages dioceses to support and participate in EYE, registration preference is given to diocesan delegations with an early registration window.

Registration for Open Delegations, bishops, staff and guests will open on January 27, 2020 at 9 am Eastern.

Rooted In Jesus: January 21-24, 2020 Atlanta, GAIt’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.

Updated Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs now available  The Canons of The Episcopal Church set forth the general responsibility and accountability for the stewardship of the Church’s money and property. Title I, Canon 7 specifically addresses the business methods prescribed for every diocese, parish, mission, and institution subject to the authority of the Episcopal Church.  Read more here.

The Episcopal Church Seeks information on formation resources and practices  All practicing Episcopalians invited to participate in survey; responses requested by Jan. 31, 2020  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:

The Bishop has been busy in the new year!  In addition to launching the Bishop's Institute (see left) and preparing for Convention 2020 - he drove to Ocean City to visit with Diocesan youth at the Ocean City Youth Rally.

Camp Wright Corner:

Open  House - May 9th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Silver Camp - June 13th

Camp Wright's 90th Anniversary Celebration
July 25th, 10am

Summer 2020 Dates, rates & registration are now available!!

Check out the camp website
Retreat House Happenings:

The Sounds of Silence: An Exploration in Contemplative Prayer 6 Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. January 21 – February 25, 2020 Private home in Centreville. Please click the link before for details.  Click Here

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.

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:

William Kirby, father-in-law of The Rev. Mark Cyr

Cynthia Mosher, mother of the Rev. Steve Mosher

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

Diocesan Prayer Calendar:

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (January 19th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Clement’s, Massey, and for their Lay Pastor, Mark Hansen, and his spouse, Heather.

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (January 26th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Peter’s, Salisbury, and for their Rector, the Rev. David Michaud, and his spouse, Kelli, and for their Asst. Rector, The Rev. Adele Hatfield, and her husband, Chuck.

For additional weeks, please visit our website.
Our mailing address is:
314 North Street
Easton, MD 21601

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Episcopal Diocese of Easton · 314 North Street · Easton, MD 21601 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp