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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 23, 2017

HELP FOR YOUR PARISH’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
There is a wealth of help and information available for the asking.  Two places to start: 1. On our web page and, 2. Here.

DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST… RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please c

MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION
St. Michael’s is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
Here is the job description and contact information.

SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.

MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m., at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.)

SOUTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Southcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at Christ Church Cathedral. Dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown and The Rev’d Kirsteen Wilkinson . Let them know how many will be coming for both dinner and the meeting and how many will attend only the meeting.

SOUTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING CHANGE
The Southeast Deanery meeting has moved to Christ Church Madison on Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. (This date and time remain the same as previously announced.)

ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST).  Service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19,  let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was scheduled for August 27 has been rescheduled to October 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The location will still be St. Paul’s, Columbus. Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

August  27, Proper 16

St. Christopher’s, Carmel

Ms. Anne Long, Senior Warden, the Rev. Jennifer Hulen

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

September 12
Southcentral pre-convention deanery mtg@Christ Church Cathedral.      6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. mtg

September 13
Priests listening session @ Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST

September 9
Youth listening session @ Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST

September 9
Lay leadership listening session @ Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST

September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session @ Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST

September 19
Midcentral pre-convention deanery mtg @ Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.

September 20
Southwest pre-convention deanery mtg @St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST

September 24
Southeast pre-convention deanery mtg has been changed from St. Paul’s, Columbus, to Christ Church, Madison @ 3 p.m. (Date & time remain the same as previously announced.)

September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations

October 5
Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses@ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 6-9 p.m.

October 7
Deacons listening session @ Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST

October 15
SE region listening session @ St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST

October 26-28:
Diocesan Convention @Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 2
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service @ St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet w/ bishop @ 6 p.m. EDST, service @ 7 p.m.

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross

2018

March 2-4
Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross

April 23-25
Clergy Conference @ Waycross

July 5-13
General Convention @ Austin, TX

September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

 

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 16, 2017

HELP FOR YOUR PARISH’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
There is a wealth of help and information available for the asking. Two places to start: 1. On our web page and 2. Here.

SOMETHING YOU NEED TO HAVE IN THE MAILBAG?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST… RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact Jim Huber, Sr. Warden, at St. David’s.

St. MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION
St. Michaels is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Here is the job description and contact information.

SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.

MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.).

SOUTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Southcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at Christ Church Cathedral. Dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown and The Rev’d Kirsteen Wilkinson . Let them know how many will be coming for both dinner and the meeting and how many will attend only the meeting.

ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST). Service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19, let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was scheduled for August 27 has been rescheduled to October 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The location will still be St. Paul’s, Columbus. Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

August 20 -Proper 15

St. David’s, Bean Blossom

Mr. Jim Huber, Senior Warden

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • August 27
    Rescheduled 
    Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus
  • September 7
    North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 12
    Southcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Christ Church Cathedral. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. mtg
  • September 9
    Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 13
    Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 19: Midcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
  • September 20
    Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST
  • September 24
    Southeast pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 35 p.m.
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 5
    Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 69 p.m.
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 15
    SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
  • October 26–28
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
  • 2018
  • March 2–4
    S
    outh Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23–25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 9, 2017

FREE (To You!) ACS AND REALM TRAINING
The diocesan subscription for the terrific ACS webinar training series  (includes all ACS products such as ACS on Demand and Realm) is up for renewal. Please let Kim Christopher know if you wish to take advantage of these webinars. Each one is about 15 minutes in length and may offer ideas new to you or a “Wow, I’d forgotten that!” reminder. If the series is not being used there is no reason for us to pay for it. Please let Kim know your thoughts!
VISITED THE PATHWAYS TO VITALITY WEBSITE RECENTLY?
There is a wealth of good information at the website including a new resource by the Rev. Allen Rutherford called, “The Birds and Bees of Clergy Compensation.” If you have any other information you would like to see on the site, please contact Melissa Hickman, Program Director for the Pathways to Vitality Initiative, at melissa.e.hickman@gmail.com.
Financial assistance is available to stipendiary clergy and their families through the Ministerial Excellence Fund. Needs can range from emergency relief to seminary debt repayment assistance. For more information, visit http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/mef-grants.html.
DEAR WAYCROSS COMMUNITY
With a heavy heart, Van E. Beers has tendered his resignation with an effective date of December 31, 2017. This letter goes into more detail about the next steps for Waycross as well as an email address for questions or concerns. The Waycross Board thanks everyone in advance for you love and support.
Many Thanks,
Waycross Board President
ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST…RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact Jim Huber, Sr. Warden, at St. David’s.
SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.
ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year. The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST). The service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19th,  let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).
GOOD SAMARITAN, BROWNSBURG, HIRING A DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Here we grow again! As our new church plant continues to bloom, Good Samaritan is ready to hire a quarter-time director of youth ministry. The position is focused on deepening and expanding our already strong presence with youth in external community organizations rather than an simply an “in-house” youth ministry. Want to know more? Click the job description here.
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was scheduled for August 27th has been rescheduled to October 5th from 6 until 9 p.m. The location will still be St. Paul’s, Columbus. Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)  
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

August 13 – Proper 14
St. Timothy’s, Indianapolis
The Reverend Rebecca Nickel, The Reverend Donna Olsen, Deacon

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
August 27: Rescheduled Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus
September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
September 20
Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST 
September 24
Southeast pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 3-5 p.m.
September 29-Ocobert 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations
October 5
Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 6-9 p.m.
October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
November
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy. Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
2018
July 5-13
General Convention at Austin, TX
September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 2, 2017

EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN YARD SALE
St. Philip’s, Indianapolis, is having an “Everything Under the Sun Yard Sale” this Saturday, August 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Come and shop… and buy!
Want to rent a space and table to sell your own items? You may do so for only $20 per parking space and $15 for a table.
Contact Careth Flash, 317-523-3428.

FREE (To You!) ACS AND REALM TRAINING
The diocesan subscription for the terrific ACS webinar training series  (includes all ACS products such as ACS on Demand and Realm) is up for renewal. Please let Kim Christopher know if you wish to take advantage of these webinars. Each one is about 15 minutes in length and may offer ideas new to you or a “Wow, I’d forgotten that!” reminder. If the series is not being used there is no reason for us to pay for it. Please let Kim know your thoughts!

VISITED THE PATHWAYS TO VITALITY WEBSITE RECENTLY?
There is a wealth of good information at the website including a new resource by the Rev. Allen Rutherford called, “The Birds and Bees of Clergy Compensation.” If you have any other information you would like to see on the site, please contact Melissa Hickman, Program Director for the Pathways to Vitality Initiative, at melissa.e.hickman@gmail.com
Financial assistance is available to stipendiary clergy and their families through the Ministerial Excellence Fund. Needs can range from emergency relief to seminary debt repayment assistance. For more information, visit http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/mef-grants.html

DIOCESAN GODLY PLAY TRAINING (BILINGUAL)
Godly Play Foundation instructors Cheryl Minor and Liz Muñoz will be in Indianapolis to lead this workshop, offered in both English & Spanish (total immersion) from Friday-Sunday, August 25–August 27.
The goal of this training is to deepen your understanding of children’s spirituality while guiding you on a personal journey of wonder. Godly Play is best learned from the inside out. Within a circle facilitated by a Godly Play Trainer, you will experience and learn Godly Play stories, practices, and theology in a collegial, prayerful setting. By exploring the fundamentals of a Godly Play room at an accredited training event, you will improve your teaching skills, learn to build/enhance rooms of your own, and leave spiritually refreshed.
Program administrators, clergy, seminarians, teachers, and parents can all benefit from attending Godly Play training. This is a method for nurturing a child’s relationship with God, not simply “Sunday School” in the way most of us remember. All the people connected to children in your community will benefit from learning the underlying principles.
For general questions about the training please contact Debby Thomas, dthomas@stpaulsindy.org.
Dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, are included in your registration. Cost for the 3-day training is $355. Continuing education scholarships for 1/3 the cost ($118) are available through the diocese; please contact the Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger, kissinger@indydio.org or download the Lay Leadership Grant Application online. Register here for the training.

DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?

ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis. Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST). The service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19th, let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).

SAVORING THE SACRED PAUSES
The Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat with Bishop Jennifer will be a retreat of practices for the rhythm of our days and a rule for our lives. It will happen the weekend of September 29 at Waycross… the deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshiping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and, because many women in our parishes (perhaps your friends) are not in the EWM database, ask your friends to come to Waycross with you.
Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.

GOOD SAMARITAN, BROWNSBURG, HIRING A DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Here we grow again! As our new church plant continues to bloom, Good Samaritan is ready to hire a quarter-time director of youth ministry. The position is focused on deepening and expanding our already strong presence with youth in external community organizations rather than an simply an “in-house” youth ministry. Want to know more? Click the job description here.

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: WORKSHOP OFFERS TEACHING HELP ON BASICS CLASSES FOR ADULT FORMATION
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis, and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.During our time together, we’ll share:

  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration Project

Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The next listening session is August 27th. Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

August 6 – Transfiguration of our Lord

St. Mary’s Martinsville

The Rev. Mark VanWassenhove

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • August 27
    Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
  • September 13
    Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 9:
    Y
    outh listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September7
    North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
  • September 20
    Southwest pre-convention deanery mtg at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST 
  • September 24
    Southeast pre-convention deanery mtg at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 3–5 p.m.
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 15
    SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
  • October 26–28:
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet w/ bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

 

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JULY 27, 2017

A JULY VIDEO UPDATE FROM BISHOP JENNIFER


https://youtu.be/mEf6JNN4LAE

“WAYCROSS INDY” EUCHARIST & COOKOUT THIS SUNDAY, JULY 30
Worship, food & fellowship summer camp style! Come in your favorite tie-dye for a special Eucharis–summer camp style-with Waycross guitarists and favorite camp worship songs. Afterward, enjoy a cookout, campfire, s’mores and more with Waycross alumni from Indianapolis and beyond. This annual event is great fun for “campers” of all ages. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able. This Sunday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at St. Paul’s, 6050 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.

ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST).  The service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19th,  let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).

SAVORING THE SACRED PAUSES
The Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat with Bishop Jennifer will be a retreat of practices for the rhythm of our days and a rule for our lives. It will happen the weekend of September 29 at Waycross… the deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshiping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and, because many women in our parishes (perhaps your friends) are not in the EWM database, ask your friends to come to Waycross with you. Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.

GOOD SAMARITAN, BROWNSBURG, HIRING A DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Here we grow again! As our new church plant continues to bloom, Good Samaritan is ready to hire a quarter-time director of youth ministry. The position is focused on deepening and expanding our already strong presence with youth in external community organizations rather than an simply an “in-house” youth ministry. Want to know more? Click the job description here.
THE RESTORATION PROJECT: WORKSHOP OFFERS TEACHING HELP ON BASICS CLASSES FOR ADULT FORMATION
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis, and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship.  The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.
During our time together, we’ll share:
  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration ProjectInterested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The next listening session is August 27th.  Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)
CREATION AND CLIMATE:  JUST LIVING OR LIVING JUSTLY?
Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati is hosting former Presiding Bishop the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori for a September 29-October 1 weekend of reflection and meditations around the topic “Creation and Climate: Just Living or Living Justly?” The cost for retreat center lodging is $210 for those registered before August 1 and $250 for those who register after that.  For more information, call the center at 513-771-2717 or email Transfiguration Spirituality Center.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
July 30- Proper 12
Ms. Gloria Mays, Senior Warden
         and
Mr. Frank Maffia, Senior Warden
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS
(New information in red.)
August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
September 1
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
September 29-October
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations
October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
November 2
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet w/ bishop at 6 p.m. (EDST), service @ 7 p.m.
November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
2018
July 5-13
General Convention at Austin, TX
September 28-3
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JULY 19, 2017

SAVORING THE SACRED PAUSES

The Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat with Bishop Jennifer will be a retreat of practices for the rhythm of our days and a rule for our lives. It will happen the weekend of September 29 at Waycross… the deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshiping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and, because many women in our parishes (perhaps your friends) are not in the EWM database, ask your friends to come to Waycross with you.
Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.
FROM THE CONSTITUTION & CANONS COMMITTEE, JULY 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Our diocesan canons (Canon 2.f) require any proposed changes to the Constitution or Canons to be submitted to the Committee on Constitution and Canons sixty days before the meeting of Diocesan Convention.  The same canon requires the Committee to notify clergy and clerks of Vestries and Bishop’s Committees of the Committee’s recommendations no later than ten days prior to the pre-convention Deanery Meetings.
So that the Committee on Constitution and Canons may consider any proposed changes and make recommendations before Deanery councils meet in September and October, I invite submission of any proposed changes to the current Constitution and Canons by August 26th.
Please send any such proposals to:
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
Attn: Constitution & Canon Committee
1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 235
Indianapolis, IN  46208
With your cooperation the Committee will have its recommendations in the hands of clergy and delegates in time for discussion at the September Deanery Council meetings.

The Constitution & Canons Committee

FROM THE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE, JULY 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Members of the Diocesan household are invited to submit resolutions for consideration at the 180th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Proposed resolutions must be submitted to the committee on or before, August 26th. Please send resolutions to Kim Christopher at the Diocesan office, christopher@indydio.org.
Please begin preparing resolutions now, so that we all have the opportunity to fully participate in this process of discernment.  Submitting proposed resolutions to us early allows the diocese to engage in study and prayerful conversation about matters important to our common life.
The resolutions received will be reviewed by the committee in time to post them on the diocesan website and for them to be disseminated to all deaneries and congregations before the pre-convention Deanery Council meetings.
While a provision in our canons allows resolutions submitted later to be considered by convention (if the Bishop and convention agree to bring the resolution to the floor), this provision should be reserved for resolutions that respond to changes of circumstances unforeseen at the time of the deadline.
The proper format of a resolution should state the resolved clauses first, followed by an explanation. The name of the person or group submitting/sponsoring the resolution must be listed at the end.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
The Resolutions Committee
GOOD SAMARITAN, BROWNSBURG, HIRING A DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Here we grow again! As our new church plant continues to bloom, Good Samaritan is ready to hire a quarter-time director of youth ministry. The position is focused on deepening and expanding our already strong presence with youth in external community organizations rather than an simply an “in-house” youth ministry. Want to know more? Click the job description here.
ST. MARK’S, PLAINFIELD WILL PRESENT GODSPELL 
The St. Mark’s drama club will present the musical Godspell July 21, 22 and 23.  Here is the flyer with ticket information.
WAYCROSS INDY EUCHARIST & COOKOUT
Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, 6050 N. Meridian St.
Worship, food & fellowship summer camp style! Come in your favorite tie-dye for a special Eucharist—summer camp style—with Waycross guitarists and favorite camp worship songs. Afterward, enjoy a cookout, campfire, s’mores and more with Waycross alumni from Indianapolis and beyond. This annual event is great fun for “campers” of all ages. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able.
THE RESTORATION PROJECT: WORKSHOP OFFERS TEACHING HELP ON BASICS CLASSES FOR ADULT FORMATION
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.
During our time together, we’ll share:
* how and why to do this work
* why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
* the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
* time adapting the curricula to fit your church
* big picture information about The Restoration Project
Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!
The listening sessions all across the diocese are vitally important as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese. Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:
  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff
Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts. A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
CREATION AND CLIMATE:  JUST LIVING OR LIVING JUSTLY?
Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati is hosting former Presiding Bishop the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori for a September 29-October 1 weekend of reflection and meditations around the topic “Creation and Climate: Just Living or Living Justly?” The cost for retreat center lodging is $210 for those registered before August 1 and $250 for those who register after that.  For more information, call the center at 513-771-2717 or email Transfiguration Spirituality Center.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 16- Proper 11
St. Augustine’s Danville
The Rev. William Barfield

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
  • August 27
    Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
  • September 13
    Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 7
    North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 15
    SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
  • October 26–28
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
2018
  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JULY 12, 2017

EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT (EYE) UPDATE
This past Monday, July 10, seven youth and three adults from our diocese went to EYE at the University of Central Oklahoma. They are participating in plenary sessions, workshops, day trips, and other activities centered around the theme “Path to Peace.” Please keep these young people and their chaperones in your prayers.
Follow their adventures on the diocesan youth ministry blog and our diocesan youth ministry Facebook page. You can also watch the livestream of the Eucharists and plenary sessions.   Live streams are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. EST tomorrow, Thursday, July 13.

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING
If you are planning on (or have anyone interested in) attending one of the next Lay Eucharistic Visitor training sessions, please register online.  Here is the link for the July 15th training.  Questions? Ask The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus at 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com.  Everyone attending must have (and read!) “Manual for Eucharistic Visitors” by Beth Wickenberg Ely.  It is available online from Church Publishing.
Participants need to bring their completed application form (signed by their rector/priest-in-charge and senior warden) to the training and they should be a communicant in good standing.
Reminder: Complete Safeguarding training prior to visits! See your parish safeguarding liaison to get signed up and online for Safeguarding.
The next LEV training:
Saturday, July 15, 12 – 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5625 W. 30th St., Speedway, 46224

  1. MARK’S, PLAINFIELD WILL PRESENT GODSPELL
    The St. Mark’s drama club will present the musical Godspell July 21, 22 and 23.  Here is the flyer with ticket information.

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: WORKSHOP OFFERS TEACHING HELP ON BASICS CLASSES FOR ADULT FORMATION
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship.  The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.

During our time together, we’ll share:

  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration Project

Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!
The listening sessions all across the diocese are vitally important as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese.  Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.  Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff

Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
Review a selection of dates and locations and register for one here.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 16- Proper 10

St. Stephen’s New Harmony

The Rev. Dr. Beth Macke

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

July 10-14
EYE @ Edmond, OK

July 15
LEV training @ St. John’s, Speedway, 12-3 p.m. (Original location was Nativity, Indianapolis)

August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session @ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST

September 13
Priests listening session @ Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST

September 9
Youth listening session @ Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST

September 9
Lay leadership listening session @ Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST

September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session @ Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST

September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations

October 7
Deacons listening session @ Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST

October 15
SE region listening session @ St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST

October 26-28
Diocesan Convention @Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross

2018

July 5-13
General Convention @ Austin, TX

September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

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Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

 

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JULY 5, 2017

EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT (EYE) UPDATE
On Monday, July 10, seven youth and three adults from our diocese will be traveling to EYE at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. They will participate in plenary sessions, workshops, day trips, and other activities centered around the theme “Path to Peace.” Please keep these young people and their chaperones in your prayers during the event, July 10-14.
Follow their adventures on the diocesan youth ministry blog and our diocesan youth ministry Facebook page. You can also watch the livestream of the Eucharists and plenary sessions.   Live streams are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, July 11; 10:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, July 13th; and 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 13.

CONVENTION DRAWETH NIGH
Here is the link to the latest update for diocesan convention delegates and alternate delegates. Please check the list for your own church’s accuracy and send confirmation of the information and/or corrections to oaks@indydio.org with a cc to Kim Christopher.

MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE FUND
Stipendiary clergy may continue to apply for grants to reduce financial stress due to family emergencies or other extenuating financial circumstances. An important part of the grant-making process is working with a certified financial adviser to help develop a household budget. This is made possible through a generous gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information go to www.pathwaystovitality.org or contact Program Director Melissa Hickman or call her at 317-752-5259.

2018 UPDATED BUDGET DRAFT
At this link you will find the second draft of the 2018 budget with several changes. Now it is in balance!
We now enter the next phase when appeals may be sent to the Executive Council Commission Chairs for consideration during July and August.  The final budget formation meeting will be in early September.
Please send questions or comments to the chair, The Rev’d C. Davies Reed.
NATIVITY, INDIANAPOLIS, PRESENTS SOUL REPAIR: HEALING MORAL INJURY AFTER WAR
The Rev. Dr. Rita N. Brock has written a marvelous book entitled Soul Repair: Healing Moral Injury after War (Boson:  Beacon Press).
Dr. Brock will enlighten us on a major cause of returning veterans’ suicides on Sunday, July 9, 5 p.m.  A reception and book signing will follow.  The Christian Theological Seminary bookstore will have the book available at a discount.
Moral Injury is distinct from PTSD and the treatment is entirely different—a fact the military is just now beginning to realize.  The term “Moral Injury” arose from an insightful book by Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist whose career has been working with Vietnam vets. His book Achilles In Vietnam, compares fighters in The Iliad with our own wounded warriors.  Here is the flyer.
WAKING UP WHITE BOOK STUDY OFFERED

Trinity, Indianapolis and Tabernacle Presbyterian churches are hosting a six- week book study series on the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings starting July 26. Register here. Here is the study series flyer.

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: BASICS WORKSHOP ADULT EDUCATION TO FORM MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.
During our time together, we’ll share:
  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration Project
Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.
EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY FALL RETREAT
Our Fall Retreat with Bishop Jennifer is just around the corner!  This retreat takes place the weekend of September 29 at Waycross.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshiping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and ask your friends to join us.
Many women in your parish are not in the EWM database so we need your help in publicizing this opportunity.  Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.
EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED (EFHN) 2018 GRANT APPLICATIONS
Now available on our web site you will find an application for new outreach agencies in your deanery that may wish to apply for 2018 funding by the Episcopal Fund for Human Need.  This information was also sent to all outreach agencies currently receiving funding in 2017.

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!
The listening sessions all across the diocese are vitally important as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese.  Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.   Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.  Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff
Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
Review a selection of dates and locations and register for one here.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 9 – Proper 9
St. Paul’s New Albany
The Rev. Richard Kautz

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
July 10-14
EYE at Edmond, OK
July 15
LEV training at St. John’s, Speedway, 12-3 p.m. (Original location was Nativity, Indianapolis)
August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations
October 7:
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

July 5-13
General Conventionat@ Austin, TX
September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross


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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JUNE 28, 2017

DIOCESAN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED JULY 3RD AND 4TH
The office will be closed Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th.
In case of emergency, contact Sally Cassidy at 317-616-8685.

MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE FUND
Stipendiary clergy may continue to apply for grants to reduce financial stress due to family emergencies or other extenuating financial circumstances. An important part of the grant-making process is working with a certified financial advisor to help develop a household budget. This is made possible through a generous gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information go to www.pathwaystovitality.org or contact Program Director Melissa Hickman or call her at 317-752-5259.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION GRANTS
The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.
This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030,   Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.
Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.
Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here. Click here for the complete announcement.
The deadline for applications is August 20.

NEW WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUTH MINISTRIES!
We are excited to launch several new ways to connect with diocesan youth ministry events and resources! The youth ministry section of the website has been re-configured to include pages of event information and youth ministry resources. We have added “Now We Gather,” a new youth ministry blog. We also have a new Facebook page  and an Instagram account. Please follow us!

PREPARING FOR THE EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held July 10-14 in Edmond, OK. The Diocese of Indianapolis will be sending a delegation to this triennial gathering of youth from across the Episcopal Church. We will spend the week in worship, learning, and service with approximately 1,300 other participants.
This year’s theme is “Path to Peace.” Over the next few weeks, we will post reflections and thoughts about our upcoming trip and the event theme. You can find all of these on “Now We Gather.”
We ask that you join us in praying for our delegation. Pray for the young people attending the event and their adult chaperones. Join us in praying the following Collect, written specifically for this year’s EYE:
Almighty Lord, peace maker of the world. We pray that you lead us down the path to peace as we yearn for peace in every form. We open our hearts to you as you reveal our calling through this mission. May there be love and acceptance in our hearts. May we also root ourselves in your vine and make our branches your path. As your roots strengthen all. In the name of the Holy Trinity. Amen.

2018 UPDATED BUDGET DRAFT
At this link you will find the second draft of the 2018 budget with several changes. Now it is in balance!
We now enter the next phase when appeals may be sent to the Executive Council Commission Chairs for consideration during July and August. The final budget formation meeting will be in early September.
Please send questions or comments to the chair, The Rev’d C. Davies Reed.

  1. RICHARD’S SCHOOL IS SEEKING A DIVINITY TEACHER
    They are seeking a part-time Divinity (Religion) teacher for the 2017-2018 academic school year.This part-time position could be clergy but that is not mandatory. It includes teaching Divinity to students in Grade 5, 6 and 7. Here is the job description.

NATIVITY, INDIANAPOLIS, PRESENTS SOUL REPAIR: HEALING MORAL INJURY AFTER WAR
The Rev. Dr. Rita N. Brock has written a marvelous book entitled Soul Repair: Healing Moral Injury after War (Boson:  Beacon Press).
Dr. Brock will enlighten us on a major cause of returning veterans’ suicides on Sunday, July 9, 5 p.m.  A reception and book signing will follow.  CTS seminary bookstore will have the book available at a discount.
Moral Injury is distinct from PTSD and the treatment is entirely different—a fact the military is just now beginning to realize.  The term “Moral Injury” arose from an insightful book by Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist whose career has been working with Vietnam vets. His book Achilles In Vietnam, compares fighters in The Iliad with our own wounded warriors. Here is the flyer.

WAKING UP WHITE BOOK STUDY OFFERED
Trinity, Indianapolis and Tabernacle Presbyterian churches are hosting a six- week book study series on the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings starting July 26. Register here. Here is the study series flyer.

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: BASICS WORKSHOP ADULT EDUCATION TO FORM MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples. During our time together, we’ll share:

  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration Project

Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.

EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY FALL RETREAT
Our Fall Retreat with Bishop Jennifer is just around the corner! This retreat takes place the weekend of 29 September at Waycross.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshipping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and ask your friends to join us.
Many women in your parish are not in the EWM database so we need your help in publicizing this opportunity. Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.

EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED (EFHN) 2018 GRANT APPLICATIONS
Now available on our web site  where you will find an application for new outreach agencies in your deanery that may wish to apply for 2018 funding by the Episcopal Fund for Human Need. This information was sent to all outreach agencies currently receiving funding in 2017.


DIOCESAN CONVENTION EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING!
Much more will be posted soon about “Come to the River!,” the 180th Diocesan Convention, but plan now to come for what promises to be an incredible time of talking together, visioning about our hopes and dreams, worshiping and praying together, and just having fun! Jeffersonville and New Albany are vital, interesting, and visionary river communities with great, active parishes in the southern part of our diocese.  St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville, is offering strong leadership in building community partnerships to address the opiate epidemic in their county’s midst.  St. Paul’s, New Albany, has an emerging new focus on immigration and innovative ministries such as “Holy Hikes,” combining hiking and worship experiences. Both parishes are leaders in their community arts scene, offering such community assets as concerts, theatrical presentations, readers theatre events, art exhibitions, and fine arts and crafts festivals.And, both are increasingly known as “foodie” towns! (Plan to come early or stay later and ask for recommendations!) Watch for more information as the excitement unfolds!

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!
The listening sessions all across the diocese are a hot item as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese.  Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff

Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
Review a selection of dates and locations and register for one here.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WANTED FOR AN EPISCOPAL-FOUNDED ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION
The Board of Directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) announces the search for our next Executive Director. We seek a director who will lead H-IPL as we continue to lead Indiana faith communities in responding to the global climate crisis and to expand our role in advocacy and as climate leaders in the state. The search committee is open to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including faith backgrounds and job experience. While H-IPL is a statewide organization, the Executive Director must be able to spend significant time in Indianapolis. This is a half-time, salaried position. If you are interested you may review a full ED job profile on our website at hoosieripl.org. To apply, please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references and send to hiplsearch@gmail.com. All applications due July 5.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 2 – Proper 8

St. Andrew’s, Greencastle

The Reverend Dr. John Rumple

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

July 10-14
EYE at Edmond, OK

July 15
LEV training at St. John’s, Speedway, 12-3 p.m.

August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST

September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST

September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST

September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST

September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST

September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

October 5
Last day to make erend

October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST

October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST

October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

July 5­-13
General Convention @ Austin, TX

September 28-30: Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

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DIOCESAN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED JULY 4TH AND 5TH
In case of emergency, contact Sally Cassidy at 317-616-8685.MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE FUND
Stipendiary clergy may continue to apply for grants to reduce financial stress due to family emergencies or other extenuating financial circumstances. An important part of the grant-making process is working with a certified financial advisor to help develop a household budget. This is made possible through a generous gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information go to www.pathwaystovitality.org or contact Program Director Melissa Hickman or call her at 317-752-5259.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION GRANTS
The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.
This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030,   Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.
Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.
Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.  Click here for the complete announcement.
The deadline for applications is August 20.

NEW WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUTH MINISTRIES!
We are excited to launch several new ways to connect with diocesan youth ministry events and resources! The youth ministry section of the website has been re-configured to include pages of event information and youth ministry resources. We have added “Now We Gather,” a new youth ministry blog.  We also have a new Facebook page  and an Instagram account.  Please follow us!

PREPARING FOR THE EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held July 10-14 in Edmond, OK. The Diocese of Indianapolis will be sending a delegation to this triennial gathering of youth from across the Episcopal Church. We will spend the week in worship, learning, and service with approximately 1,300 other participants.
This year’s theme is “Path to Peace.” Over the next few weeks, we will post reflections and thoughts about our upcoming trip and the event theme. You can find all of these on “Now We Gather.”
We ask that you join us in praying for our delegation. Pray for the young people attending the event and their adult chaperones. Join us in praying the following Collect, written specifically for this year’s EYE:
Almighty Lord, peace maker of the world. We pray that you lead us down the path to peace as we yearn for peace in every form. We open our hearts to you as you reveal our calling through this mission. May there be love and acceptance in our hearts. May we also root ourselves in your vine and make our branches your path. As your roots strengthen all. In the name of the Holy Trinity. Amen.

2018 UPDATED BUDGET DRAFT
At this link you will find the second draft of the 2018 budget with several changes. Now it is in balance!
We now enter the next phase when appeals may be sent to the Executive Council Commission Chairs for consideration during July and August.  The final budget formation meeting will be in early September.
Please send questions or comments to the chair, The Rev’d C. Davies Reed.

ST. RICHARD’S SCHOOL IS SEEKING A DIVINITY TEACHER
They are seeking a part-time Divinity (Religion) teacher for the 2017-2018 academic school year.This part-time position could be clergy but that is not mandatory. It includes teaching Divinity to students in Grade 5, 6 and 7. Here is the job description.

 

NATIVITY, INDIANAPOLIS, PRESENTS SOUL REPAIR: HEALING MORAL INJURY AFTER WAR
The Rev. Dr. Rita N. Brock has written a marvelous book entitled Soul Repair: Healing Moral Injury after War (Boson:  Beacon Press).

Dr. Brock will enlighten us on a major cause of returning veterans’ suicides on Sunday, July 9, 5 p.m.  A reception and book signing will follow.  CTS seminary bookstore will have the book available at a discount.

Moral Injury is distinct from PTSD and the treatment is entirely different—a fact the military is just now beginning to realize.  The term “Moral Injury” arose from an insightful book by Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist whose career has been working with Vietnam vets. His book Achilles In Vietnam, compares fighters in The Iliad with our own wounded warriors.  Here is the flyer.

 

WAKING UP WHITE BOOK STUDY OFFERED

Trinity, Indianapolis and Tabernacle Presbyterian churches are hosting a six- week book study series on the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings starting July 26. Register here. Here is the study series flyer.

 

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: BASICS WORKSHOP ADULT EDUCATION TO FORM MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.

At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.

During our time together, we’ll share:

·        how and why to do this work

·        why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment

·        the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes

·        time adapting the curricula to fit your church

·        big picture information about The Restoration Project

Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.

 

EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY FALL RETREAT

Our Fall Retreat with Bishop Jennifer is just around the corner!  This retreat takes place the weekend of 29 September at Waycross.

The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshipping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and ask your friends to join us.

Many women in your parish are not in the EWM database so we need your help in publicizing this opportunity.  Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.

The deadline for Early Bird Registration is 26 August.

 

EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED (EFHN) 2018 GRANT APPLICATIONS

Now available on our web site  where you will find an application for new outreach agencies in your deanery that may wish to apply for 2018 funding by the Episcopal Fund for Human Need.  This information was sent to all outreach agencies currently receiving funding in 2017.


DIOCESAN CONVENTION EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING!

Much more will be posted soon about “Come to the River!,” the 180th Diocesan Convention, but plan now to come for what promises to be an incredible time of talking together, visioning about our hopes and dreams, worshiping and praying together, and just having fun!  Jeffersonville and New Albany are vital, interesting, and visionary river communities with great, active parishes in the southern part of our diocese.  St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville, is offering strong leadership in building community partnerships to address the opiate epidemic in their county’s midst.  St. Paul’s, New Albany, has an emerging new focus on immigration and innovative ministries such as “Holy Hikes,” combining hiking and worship experiences.  Both parishes are leaders in their community arts scene, offering such community assets as concerts, theatrical presentations, readers theatre events, art exhibitions, and fine arts and crafts festivals.And, both are increasingly known as “foodie” towns! (Plan to come early or stay later and ask for recommendations!) Watch for more information as the excitement unfolds!

 

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!

The listening sessions all across the diocese are a hot item as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese.  Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.   Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.  Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff

Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.

Review a selection of dates and locations and register for one here.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WANTED FOR AN EPISCOPAL-FOUNDED ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION
The Board of Directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) announces the search for our next Executive Director. We seek a director who will lead H-IPL as we continue to lead Indiana faith communities in responding to the global climate crisis and to expand our role in advocacy and as climate leaders in the state. The search committee is open to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including faith backgrounds and job experience. While H-IPL is a statewide organization, the Executive Director must be able to spend significant time in Indianapolis. This is a half-time, salaried position. If you are interested you may review a full ED job profile on our website at hoosieripl.org. To apply, please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references and send to hiplsearch@gmail.com. All applications due July 5.

 

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 2 – Proper 8

St. Andrew’s, Greencastle

The Rev’d Dr. John Rumple

 

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS

(New information in red.)

July 10-14
EYE at Edmond, OK

July 15
LEV training at St. John’s, Speedway, 12-3 p.m.

August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST

September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST

September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST

September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST

September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST

September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations

October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST

October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST

October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

 

2018

 

July 5­-13
General Convention @ Austin, TX

September 28-30: Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

 

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