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November 21, 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 first 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 San will we 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: www.childrenshomefoundation.org

 
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 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.
 
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 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


NEW - HOLIDAY OUTREACH

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.

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. Andrew's Church, Somerset Parish, Princess Anne Camp Agape has asked for donations of NEW toys for their annual Christmas party.  Children's ages range from 5 - 15.  Please bring these items to the church by December 1st.  They are also looking for help with the party, which will be held in Cambridge on December 7th, for gift wrapping, crafts and food.  

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: rodlay@comcast.net

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 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: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org 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: http://stpeterschurch.net/wreaths-across-america/.  

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH TO WI-MIDDLE  Each year St. Peter's helps the teachers of Wi-Middle 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: http://stpeterschurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Supporting-Wi-Middle-at-Christmas.pdf.

 
HAPPENINGS & EVENTS

St. Andrew's Somerset Parish, Princess Anne  Annual Fall Bazaar on November 23, 2019 in the parish house, 30513 Washington Street, Princess Anne from 8:00 - 2:00.  Offering home-baked goods, basket raffles, Silent Auction.  They will also offer breakfast featuring scrapple sandwiches and lunch featuring oyster fritters and vegetable crab soup. 
Fiber Arts Fair on December 7, 2019, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Local crafts people display their creations in the church at 11710 Beckford Avenue, Princess Anne. Admission is free.  


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:   
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  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 www.getswac.org 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. 

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.

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 fatherbill@christchurcheaston.org

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 fatherbill@christchurcheaston.org

Beyond the Diocese

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.

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.

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.  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.


POST YOUR EVENT!
Send an email with a short description plus links or attachments to Joanne.  Churches are also encouraged to add joanne@dioceseofeaston.org to their local enews as she will occasionally pull events from those sources.

Bishop's Spotlight:




Bishop San and Lynn’s Annual Visitation to St. Paul’s Parish, Centreville, on Sunday, November 10, the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, was an immensely gratifying and fruitful experience. This visit typifies his many Parish Visitations across our beloved diocese. It offered a re-energizing and optimistic view of our future as God’s church on this peninsula. There was noticeably much vibrancy and enthusiasm for the Kingdom Agenda which ultimately is to proclaim Jesus as God’s eternal salvation to a broken and hurting world. The Reverend Mary Garner is a wonderfully inspiring, thoughtful, pastoral and caring spiritual leader of God’s people, and the parish responds generously to her pastoral leadership.
The parish is very involved in several ministry initiatives making a remarkable difference in the community and those differences are visibly expressed by parishioners. It is obvious lay leadership is very strong and vibrant, and ministry is exercised through a very deep sense Christian joy, fortitude and gratitude. It was very natural to observe that the Spirit is indeed moving in a powerful way in the parish.  Let us all give thanks to almighty God for the vibrancy of the gospel imperative manifested by this parish!
The Sacrament of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation was conducted through the laying  of hands and imposition of Holy Chrism as a sign of the invocation of the Holy Spirit on the lives of the candidates who went through the process.
Thank you, rector - Mary+, Vestry, lay leadership and all members for a reaffirming visit!  May God continue to bless our beloved St. Paul’s Parish, Centreville!

Annual Visitation to Trinity Cathedral
Bishop San and Lynn’s Annual Visitation to Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, November 17th, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, was an equally special occasion. The bishop’s visit to, by historic understanding and definition across centuries of Anglican understanding, “the Principal Church or Mother Church” in the diocese, was an occasion to confirm, received and reaffirm new members and reaffirm the Christian faith of others. He reminded the congregation of its historic notoriety and inestimable distinction drawing on the fact that Trinity Cathedral is the only Anglican/Episcopal Cathedral on the Delmarva Peninsula, and equally so its dean, Gregory Powell, has the distinction of being the only Cathedral Dean on the peninsula.
Trinity Cathedral (cathedral comes from the Latin word cathedra which means ‘chair of the bishop’) is distinguished by holding a special place of honor as cathedrals do in the global Anglican Communion. It isn’t size that defines a cathedral but influence, significance, purpose and intentionality.  Bishop Henry Lay understood this fundamental symbolism when he envisioned and worked so tirelessly to construct this edifice in the late 19th century. He wanted his new diocese to reflect Anglican ecclesial polity confirming to the expected standard of any new and emerging diocese in the Episcopal Church, and wider Anglican Communion. Bishop San assured the parish of his endorsement of their ministry as a community of faith and urged the faithful to pursue a definable identity which should distinguish the parish across the diocese. Thanks to the dean - Gregory+, Chapter, lay leadership and parishioners for the ministry you serve in Christ’s name and for a reassuring visit.
May God continue to bless our beloved cathedral family! We pray the wider diocese embraces it's functionality, place and significance in our diocesan internal structure, polity and identity.
 

Camp Wright Corner:


Calendar of Events
   

November 23rd - Circle of Friendsgiving

   

December 7th & December 14th

Christmas Nights at Camp Wright 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.  More info here.  Merry Christmas!! 

 
Summer 2020 Dates and Rates  are available now! Registration will open soon.  Click here for pictures and stories from our 2019 camping season. 

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 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:

Tish Brown

Ramona Eller

Judy Geggis

Pat Loiacono

Clarice Van Name Sawyer


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


Submit prayer requests to joanne@dioceseofeaston.org. Names are listed for four weeks unless otherwise specified. 

Diocesan Prayer Calendar:


Last Sunday after Pentecost (November 24th): We give thanks for the lives and ministries of the retired clergy persons and clergy widows of the Diocese of Easton, and we ask God’s continued blessing upon them.

First Sunday of Advent (December 1st): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people St. Luke’s Church, Queenstown, and Old Wye Church, Wye Mills, and for the Very Rev. Charlie Osberger.

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