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January 30, 2020
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Bishop's Blog -  Parousia: God’s Invitation to a Church in Resurrection, Part III: Excerpt: Beloved, Parousia isn’t about changing the fundamental vision of God’s Church on the eastern shore, rather it’s about employing and engaging what the Church has been accustomed to and promoted over the centuries and giving them new life, renewed energy, specific focus, robust intentionality, redefined purpose and a redemptive quality that make them sing the same old song with a different melody and rhythm more conversant to the times we live in. Read the full blog post.

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.


Post-Convention Dinner at Camp Wright: Gather with other delegates and friends, learn more about Camp Wright and enjoy the sunset and a delicious meal. The event will begin immediately following the business meeting with dinner served at 5:30 pm.  Appetizers, dinner, beverages and CW made desserts will be served.  Register here. Contact Julia Connelly with questions, director@campwright.com

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 by February 10th on our Facebook page or email them to KimberlyDevenny@gmail.com 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: Bishop San will be leading a Lenten Luncheon Series 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

Click here for more info.

Wardens, Treasurers and New Vestry Members Conference, Miller Hall, Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, March 21st, beginning at 10am.  In addition to having dedicated time to talk with fellow parish officers from different congregations, some of the main topics that we will be discussing will include: responsibilities of being an employer, discussions of our 10-year diocesan plan, a calendar timeline of annual Vestry responsibilities and a presentation on Episcopal Church polity.  We are also inviting someone to make a presentation about a program to help our congregations with contractors in the event of an emergency.  Lunch will be provided.  We are inviting parish officers and Vestry members to this event.
 So that we can order enough food for everyone, please register for this event no later than 12 noon on March 12th, by contacting Patrick in the Bray House office – 410.822.1919 or patrick@dioceseofeaston.org
Click here for conference agenda.  Click here for conference flyer.
 
St. Peter's, Salisbury - Planned Giving/Endowments Workshop, March 21st  Parish leaders in the Diocese of Easton and Diocese of Delaware are invited to register for a workshop on Planned Giving/Endowments presented by Jim Murphy, Managing Program Director for Financial Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation.  The workshop will be held Saturday, March 21st from 9am to 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, 115 St. Peter’s Street, in Salisbury, MD.  Parishes with an existing Planned Giving ministry and/or an Endowment, as well as those without one, will benefit from this workshop.  This workshop reviews best practices and empowers leadership to be able to take the best, next steps for their congregation.  Topics to be covered:
  • Are you ready for the future of giving at your congregation?
  • Setting Up a Planned Giving Program for Your Parish.
  • Developing relationships and building trust with donors.
  • Importance of Endowment Structure.
  • Creating a Legacy Society and using Planned Giving on Demand for Your Parish.
Advanced registration required – Deadline to register – March 16th.  There is a $15 fee for lunch, payable on the day of the event.  Read More.
 
Update on Fr. Frank and Bunny Adams: The Reverend Fr. Frank Adams and Bunny Adams who have served the diocese faithfully for over two decades are transitioning out of the diocese. They are retiring to an Assisted Living Facility in Doylestown, PA., to be closer to their children. Bishop San and Lynn visited with them on Tuesday, January 28th, at their home in Chestertown to bid them farewell and to extend the sincere gratitude and appreciation of a grateful diocesan family for their faithful and caring ministry. Their daughter Priscilla was present, and they were expecting their other children and grandchildren to arrive in order to assist with the plans for their move to Pennsylvania. Fr. Frank demitted his position as Priest-in-Charge for Christ Church IU, Worton, in September 2019. Both Bunny and Frank are excited about their relocation which allows them to be closer to family members.

REMINDER - Diocesan Fund for Church Initiatives Grant Program for 2020 are due at the Diocese by February 1, 2020.  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 
 
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 7:00 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 - New Class  - Open to All


Decoding the Liturgy has two parts – Baptism, and Communion, which will be offered on different evenings.  Baptism is how we become Christians. It is the foundation of, and entryway to, a new life. Communion, or Eucharist, is our weekly way of moving deeper into that new life by doing, again, the actions Christ told us to do “in remembrance of Him.”  The words and actions we use whenever we have a baptism or celebrate Communion have a history. Every sight, sound, smell and taste, points to something larger than itself. Everything we touch in worship, or that touches us, carries meaning. Come learn the deeper story.  
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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.

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.  In this week's excerpt, Bishop Curry and Dean Douglas discuss what difference Jesus' life and teachings make for Christians' engagement with the current U.S. political moment.  Click here to listen to Part 2.

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.
  
The Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee for Nominations for General Convention has issued a call for nominations for Episcopal Church positions, committees, and boards. Elections will take place at the 80th General Convention, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, June 30 – July 9, 2021. 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.

Living Well Through Lent 2020: A Living Compass Seasonal Resource Practicing Courage With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind  Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this daily devotional provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter.  Read more here.

Embracing Evangelism video series and resources coming in Spring 2020 Last week, participants at the Rooted in Jesus conference in Atlanta, Georgia, were introduced to Embracing Evangelism, a new six-part evangelism video course provided by The Episcopal Church and Virginia Theological Seminary. Each episode features teachings on Episcopal evangelism, class discussions and prompts, and exercises to help Episcopalians understand the ministry and call to 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 enjoyed his visit to St. Peter’s on Sunday, January 19th where he attended all three services. He also visited the Sunday School class where they talked about being shepherds and the Bishop invited the children to join him as fellow shepherds in the procession.

The Bishop visited St. Clements Massey this past Sunday and was inspired by the growth in membership – particularly by our Latino sisters and brothers – five of whom were received as new members.

Camp Wright Corner:


Post-Convention Fellowship and Dinner  - March 7th
5:30pm. Register here.
 
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:
 
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 joanne@dioceseofeaston.org. Names are listed for four weeks unless otherwise specified. 

Diocesan Prayer Calendar:


Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (February 2nd): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at Church of the Holy Spirit, Ocean City, and for their Rector, the Rev. Joe Rushton, and his spouse, Francis.

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (February 9th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Philip’s, Quantico, and their Vicar, the Rev. Ken Thom and his spouse, Arlene.

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