October 22, 2019
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Bishop Marray presented a check for $20,000 to Bishop Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Bahamas.  This check is a Diocese of Easton initial donation towards hurricane relief efforts.  More funds will be remitted to the Diocese of the Bahamas as they are received from parishes and members.  Bishop Boyd sends his immense gratitude.  Bishop Marray wishes to thank the Diocesan family for responding so generously to the Bishop’s Hurricane Relief Appeal.

New Dean for the Southern Convocation:  On Sunday, October 20th at 4:00 pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, the bishop installed the new Dean for the Southern Convocation, the Very Reverend Michael Moyer, at a service of installation of the new dean and recognition of the ministry of the former dean, The Very Reverend Dr. Frieda Malcolm.  The Bishop presented Frieda with an autographed copy of his new book as a gift from the diocese.  Bishop San wishes to extend cordial thanks and sincere gratitude to the Rev. David Michaud and members of St. Peter’s for coordinating and hosting the service, and their generous hospitality extended to all who attended the service.

Bishop's Book Release:  Bishop San has authored a new book that was released this month!  "The Spiritual Order of a Messy Church"  Spirituality, discipleship, and evangelism are three critical, timeless disciplines used by the church to transform faith communities from followers to disciples and then to effective faith practitioners.  It is not always easy to cultivate these disciplines, but as an empowered faith practitioner and doer of the Word, each of us can learn how to be revitalized and transformed.

The Spiritual Order of a Messy Church is written for both laypeople and clergy who are intentionally pursuing personal and spiritual growth by using historic, grounded themes practiced by the early church - spirituality, discipleship, and evangelism.  Author Santosh K. Marray describes the correlation between Acts 2:42-47 (the classical model of the early church for spirituality, discipleship, and evangelism) and the affirmations embodied in the baptismal covenant.  He describes how both laypersons and clergy can develop a personal spiritual order to govern their lives and translate that spiritual structure to the congregations they may be leading and with whom they worship.

In this challenging period where church growth is in decline, especially in mainline churches, The Spiritual Order of a Messy Church advocates a more robust spiritual engagement undergirded by a rule of order.  Spirituality appropriately defined as "formed for Christ," could be achieved through the user-friendly approach advocated here.  The message of Jesus is that the authentic Christian is one who practices what she or he believes.

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.
Our Fall Edition of the Eastern Shore Episcopalian is here  Hard copies have been sent out.  If you need a few more, please let us know!  Our next issue will be in December (Christmas).

Submission Guidelines  We are asking each church to sign up for a feature article in an upcoming issue of the Eastern Shore Episcopalian. Clergy or the appointed representatives are asked to use this link to view available options. Click here for deadlines and submission guidelines for the ESE. 
We are Requesting Churches to Let Us Know How Many Hard Copies Are Needed.  In July we sent an email asking how many hard copies of the ESE each church would like mailed to the church office. We will send future issues according to the chart generated by those responses. Clergy or the appointed representatives may change the chart at any time by editing directly or by emailing Joanne Fisher

Bishops Past & Present  Some of you may have a gallery of photos of our Bishops throughout the years.  If not, and you would like to start one, all of their photos are available here.

October is Diocesan Heritage Month:  Don't forget that this month is designated as Diocesan Heritage month.  Parishes are encouraged to celebrate in whatever way seems appropriate for their ministry context.


Around the Diocese

CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY  FORE! Hurricane Dorian Relief HOLY TRINITY MULLIGANS FOR MISSION Saturday, October 26th.  Golfers and sponsors are invited to the Mulligans for Mission Golf Tournament and Reception.  All entry fees and sponsorships in excess of expenses will be donated to the Bishop’s Bahamas Appeal which has been set up to support Bishop Laish Boyd’s appeal for his Bahamas Relief fund.  All supporters are welcome, even if neither a golfer nor sponsor, and you don’t have to be a Holy Trinity parishioner to join in the fun!  More info here.

TRINITY CATHEDRAL and the DIOCESE OF EASTON Stepping Into The Parables - A Reflective Look at the Stories Told by Jesus.  An intergeneration bible study.  Three sessions will be offered at different times.  All are welcome!  Sign up for one that fits your schedule. More info here. 

Make A Difference Day is an unofficial holiday or observance that emphasizes community service and volunteerism.  Click here for a list of Make a Difference Day activities around the Diocese.  If your parish intends to participate and would like to get the word out and be added to the list, please contact Beth Devenny.  

St. Peter’s, Salisbury is commemorating the Feast of All Saints on Friday, November 1 at 7pm in the church with a candlelight service of Evensong, featuring St. Peter’s Choir and guest musicians. Please save the date and spread the word. 

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.

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 Rector's Secretary and 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

The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry Podcast Season 2 continues.  Season 1 podcasts and resources available here.  Season 2 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, continues with new episodes every Tuesday through November 5th. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love. More info here.

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, premieres October 29, 3:00pm EDT 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 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.

2021 Assembly of the World Council of Churches  Nominations sought for delegates from The Episcopal Church.  Deadline for submission: Oct. 31, 2019  The Episcopal Church has been invited to send delegates to the 2021 Assembly of the World Council of Churches, scheduled for September 8 – 16, 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany.  The theme for the 2021 Assembly is: “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”  More info 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:

On Sunday, October 13th, Bishop San and Lynn were in the Bahamas to baptize their grandson, Jace. 

Photo above is with Bishop San's wife Lynn, his daughter Amanda, her husband Jaime Lewis and Jaime's parents.

Camp Wright Corner:

Calendar of Events

October 26th - Harvest Festival - 12 - 5 pm  Food, Kid's Games, Live Music, Hay Rides and More!
$5 per person or $20 per car load.

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

Retreat House Happenings:

Autumn Retreat Days

Day of Retreat for People  in  their 20's and 30's October 26th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  We welcome all to this second retreat day that is designed for those in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking for a restorative day of prayer with others that includes silence and time in nature and who want to learn more about contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and explore different contemplative practices.  More info 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 the following people and their families:

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

For Ray Zeigler (Former Organist/Choir Director at St. Alban's Parish).

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

For Georgann L. Mastin

For A. Lee Thompson

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:

20th Sunday after Pentecost (October 27th): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people St. Mary the Virgin, Pocomoke, and their Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Christine Mottl, and her husband, Paul.

21st Sunday after Pentecost (November 3rd): We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Andrew’s, Princess Anne, and their Rector, the Rev. Rob Laws, and his husband, Fastau.

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

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