November 6, 2019
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Parousia - God’s Invitation to a Church in Resurrection - Part I
Bishop San will be blogging about Parousia over the next several months leading up to the 2020 Convention.  Here is an excerpt from his first blog post...

"Parousia is God’s gift to the Diocese of Easton, a viable opportunity to be the church on the eastern shore that dedicates its focus, energy and purpose toward proclaiming the vision of the living Christ. We are doing so by committing to be a vibrant and visible witness of a community of faith that isn’t comfortable in living into a dying status quo rather, through the redemptive process, to take what is already here and working it through different missional lenses, whereby, they begin to speak and minister to the 21st century church on the eastern shore."  Read entire blog post here.
UNITED THANK OFFERING 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 Fall is upon us and that means it is time to start thinking about your fall In-Gatherings.  Anytime between now and the first week of December is great for an In-Gathering at your parish. For more information and to order UTO Boxes and Offering Envelopes click here.

Members of the Diocese can purchase Bishop San's new book, "The Spiritual Order of a Messy Church", at the Diocese 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


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 Easton 2019 Waterfowl Festival DUCK INN AND DUCK OUT Booths!!! November 8, 9, 10, 2019  They will be cooking and selling their famous crabcakes, oyster fritters and cream of crab soup!  The youth group will also be selling deep fried Snickers, desserts, popcorn & more!!  Funds raised will benefit Outreach & Justice Ministries.

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:

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown will host an annual Christmas Bazaar on November 23rd, 8:30am - 1:30 pm.  Free Admission.  Preview Party November 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30 pm $20 per person includes delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  All proceeds will benefit Bridges at Worthmore (a Kent County therapeutic horseback riding program), Camp Wright, and Kent Family Center (a local program that provides free programs supporting expectant parents and families of children from birth to age 3).  Find out how you can help here.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Centreville We are now taking orders 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. 

Allegro Academy, Easton invites you to join them for the following events:   
November 9 - Allegra! at the Waterfowl Festival, Academy Art Museum, 10am 
November 15 - Allegra! at Trinity Cathedral, Easton, 7pm
November 17 - Allegra! at St. Paul's,Oxford, 4pm
November 30 - Carols by Candlelight, Downtown Easton on Harrison Street, 5pm
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 Get a head start on the holidays and have fun at the same time! St. Peter’s Episcopal Church's annual Fall Bazaar Marketplace has treats for friends and family at prices all will love. The silent auction of amazing gift certificates, gift baskets and artwork by regional favorites will make someone’s holiday special. Plus there are great one-of-a-kind crafts, quality yard sale items, home décor for Fall and Thanksgiving, holiday decorations  including wreaths, plants and pots--and more!  Home made pies, baked goods and a mouth-watering carryout menu will appeal to taste buds. The bazaar is open during Third Friday Downtown, November 15, from 5-8 p.m.  (serving oyster sandwiches while they last!) and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  (scrapple and sausage sandwiches).  St. Peter's Episcopal Church is at 115 St. Peter’s St. off the plaza. For more information visit or call 410-742-5118

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. 

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, lodging, t-shirts & 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.

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.

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

Beyond the Diocese

Churches in the Bahamas are helping feed hundreds of people left with nothing after their homes were swept away last month in Hurricane Dorian.  A report from the bishop of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Laish Boyd, has cataloged the damage to churches, church properties and their members and also reveals how many churches are continuing to provide a lifeline to communities.  Shortly after the hurricane struck, the bishop encouraged his clergy and congregations to reach out to those in need around them.  Read the full article here.

Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant applications now available to those with dreams of launching a ministry or program for young adults. Episcopal ministries or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence are invited to apply. Eligible applicants include dioceses, congregations, or college/university ministries that are currently engaging in or seeking new relationships with young adults on and off college campuses. Grant information and applications are available in English here and in Spanish hereDeadline for submitting grants is November 11, 2019  More info 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.

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.

Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 6: Go, the latest 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.

Episcopal Church responds to opioid epidemic; members are invited to participate in a survey.  The Task Force to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic, created by legislation at the 79th General Convention, is seeking input from lay and ordained leaders throughout the church about the local response to the opioid epidemic through the short survey linked in English here, in Spanish here, and in French hereRead 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. Read more.

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:

Bishop San made his annual visit to Christ Church, Denton, on Sunday, October 10, 19th Sunday of Pentecost. Christ Church continues to be our little ‘gem’ in Caroline County engaging in numerous life-giving ministries in the area. Despite their many challenges, including engagement in a search process for a new priest-in-charge, the lay leadership is an inspiration. We give God thanks for the ministry promoted and proclaimed by the parish.
San visited St. Mary Parish, Pocomoke City on Sunday, October 27, 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Two adults were baptized, one adult received into the Episcopal Family and one reaffirmed. Bishop San was impressed to witness the energy, enthusiasm and confidence exhibited by parishioners in our southern most parish. It is a small church that is witnessing revival and revitalization under Reverend Christine Mottl pastoral leadership, a vibrant vestry and lay leadership.
The Jewish Synagogue which was donated by the Jewish community and blessed last year by the bishop is transformed into a vibrant Thrift Shop. The Attic is served by donations from members and other generous supporters of the ministry. Volunteers offer their time every Saturday from 10am to the ministry. It is gradually becoming a major outreach center in the community. 
San’s visit to St. Andrew Parish, Princess Anne, on Sunday, November 3, Feast of All Saints’ Sunday, was equally inspiring with three adult confirmations, one reception and one reaffirmation. The Reverend Rob Laws, vestry and lay leaders are working diligently to ensure the witness of the church takes on an ecumenical flavor. A Christian ecumenical partner, an African American congregation, worships every Sunday in their Parish House.
Let’s keep our three sister parishes in our prayers as well as all our congregations doing God’s work in their respective mission fields.
Special Prayers for The Right Reverend Dr. Paul Colton, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Anglican Church of Ireland, and a friend of Bishop San who was hospitalized for two weeks for dehydration which caused him to collapse at one of his Bishop’s Visitation. We pray God’s healing on our brother +Paul.

Camp Wright Corner:

Calendar of Events

November 11th - School's Out Camp's In 9 am - 4 pm. Register here

November 23rd - Circle of Friendsgiving

December 7th & 14th - Christmas Nights at Camp Wright

For information visit the camp website
Retreat House Happenings:

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 the following people and their families:

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

We pray for the repose of the soul of the following people and for comfort for their families: 

For Ramona Eller

For Pat Loiacono

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:

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (November 10th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Paul’s, Centreville, and their Rector, the Rev. Mary Garner.

23rd Sunday after Pentecost (November 17th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at Trinity Cathedral, Easton, and their Dean, the Very Rev. Gregory Powell, and his wife, Noelle.

For additional weeks, please visit our website.
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