Category Archives: Parish & Clergy Resources

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MARCH 15, 2017

PATHWAYS PILOT PARISHES ANNOUNCED
Bishop Waynick and Canon Bruce Gray recently announced the appointment of Good Samaritan, Brownsburg; St. Alban’s, Indianapolis; St. John’s, Speedway and Trinity, Lawrenceburg as the Pathways to Vitality pilot parishes. Here is the formal announcement.

THE 11TH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS
The latest news regarding hotels, the ordination, consecration and seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis will be constantly updated here on our web site.

THE LATEST SCHEDULE FOR ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION WEEKEND (SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND APPROVAL BY THE PRESIDING BISHOP’S OFFICE)
Please watch this space, the www.indydio.org  website, the monthly e-news, social media, and more for the latest updates.

Friday, April 28

  • Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  St. Richard’s Episcopal School
    Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Richard’s Episcopal School
    Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  St. Richard’s Episcopal School
    Rehearsal, Time TBD, Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Consecration Choir rehearsal at Clowes, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral 
  • Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral
    Bishop’s Dinner, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Columbia Club

Saturday, April 29

  • Bishop’s Breakfast, Time TBD, Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Consecration Choir rehearsal, at Clowes, 8:30 a.m.-10-15 a.m.
  • Ordination and Consecration. Prelude 10:30 a.m., Liturgy 11 a.m., Clowes Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 30

  • Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, (Note new service time!) 10:30 a.m., St. David’s, Bean Blossom 
  • Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow 

BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her visitation schedule is here on our diocesan website.

SANCTUARY, NOT DEPORTATION
A group of diocesan clergy and lay leaders attended the Sanctuary meeting hosted by ICAN and The Center for Interfaith Cooperation on February 27. We were in the company of Unitarians, Muslims, Jews, as well as folks from many other Christian denominations. The meeting provided us with the basics of what’s happening with undocumented immigrants, their challenges, and how we can respond.
We decided to meet again and invite all who are interested in this topic. We will disseminate information and discuss ways we can respond to the possibility of a roundup of undocumented members of our communities.
Please RSVP to Fatima Madus: 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com.
For answers to your questions: Cathy Scott 317-441-8493 or catascot@sbcglobal.net, Fatima 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com.
The next meeting will be tomorrow , March 16, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s, Speedway.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
How do you speak about the unspoken? Discover the subliminal and blatant messages in our culture around race, and explore ways to start courageous conversations about it.
During this event, hear the experiences of people of color and ask questions in a non-threatening, respectful environment. Come join us at St. Christopher’s at 1402 W. Main, Carmel, Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., and talk about what is still an enormous social issue.
Registration requested, but not required. You can register here.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR “HONORED WOMEN” APPLICATION
The Episcopal Women’s Ministries (EWM) has extended the deadline for submissions of the name of an Honored Woman from each parish to this Friday.
We are blessed to have received many Honored Women submissions from parishes. We have been asked by some parishes for an extension of the deadline to submit the documents. So we are offering the extension in hopes you will still have time to participate.
Your Diocesan EWM leaders are enjoying reading the biographies they have received with Honored Women applications. Your EWM council is asking each parish to submit one name of an Honored Woman. This is a new tradition of honoring our women, and we hope your parish will participate. The time and energy this takes is appreciated.
Three documents your parish should have received on February 1 can also be found here: 1. more information , 2. the guidelines and 3., the application form.
The deadline for submissions is this Friday, March 17.

CHOIRS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSECRATION OF OUR BISHOP-ELECT
An invitation from Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity, Indianapolis:
“I invite you and your choirs to participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, on Saturday 29 April, at 11 a.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.  Michael Boney, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral; Brad Hughley, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis; our Bishop-elect and I have chosen the music and we hope that singers and choirs from all corners of the diocese will participate as The Consecration Choir in this historic service.
The choir will rehearse Friday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m., in Clowes Hall. We will also warm up and rehearse the morning of the consecration, from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Singers must attend BOTH of these rehearsals in order to participate.

The repertoire is:

  • Vaughan Williams, O Clap Your Hands ($2.25/copy)
  • Richard Smallwood, arr. Doreen Rao, Total praise ($2.15/copy)
  • Wyton, This Joyful Eastertide (Out of print, I will send you a pdf copy)

and…a WIDE VARIETY of hymns and service music.

If you need to purchase any or all of these pieces, you may contact Cliff Hill of Cliff Hill Music, cliff@cliffhillmusic.com, or 800-819-8772, and he will send them to you.

Please let me know  (mmessina@trinitychurchindy.org) or 317-926-1346 by April 1 how many from your church will be singing, and what voice part they are, so that we might have a count and know how many are in each section.
We’re looking forward to a wonderful service, for a remarkable Bishop-elect, in an amazing diocese! Your presence will make it so!
Please let me know what questions you might have.
All the best.

Michael Messina, DMA
Director of Music
Trinity Episcopal Church

RECOGNIZING PRIVILEGE AND WHITENESS IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Trinity, Bloomington, will present  “Recognizing Privilege and Whiteness in The Episcopal Church” Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The program:
Bishop-elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will share her personal experiences as an African-American woman in the Episcopal Church and how she sees privilege and whiteness in our church.
Elizabeth Kaszynski, Ph.D. candidate, will tell us what current research reveals about whiteness.
Maresa Murray, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education Applied Health Science, will help us reconcile the lenses of our experience and how we see the world.
Professional childcare will be available (up to age 4) upon request. Please call 812-336-4466 with the names and ages of your children.
Lunch will be on your own at local restaurants.
More information? The Rev. Henrietta Grossoehme, 812-336-4466, Associate Rector, Trinity Church.

SMALL CONGREGATIONS: HAVING THE RIGHT MINDSET
There are differences between ministry in a small congregation and ministry in a larger setting. Register here and explore the unique nature of working with, and within, a small congregation in this workshop presented by the Center for Congregations at St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, Thursday, April 6, 9 a..m.-4 p.m.

BLESSING OF OILS AND REAFFIRMATION OF ORDINATION VOWS
Two services scheduled:  Wednesday, April 12, at noon, St. John’s, Bedford, and Maunday Thursday, April 13, at 12:05 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral. Complete information is here. Please! RSVP to Sally Cassidy by March 29.

STEWARDSHIP OF SPACE
Caring for our worship facilities is caring for something that God has entrusted to us.  Come to this Stewardship of Space workshop to be presented by the Center for Congregations and explore the four components of facility stewardship: dreaming, planning, building and sustaining.
The workshops will be April 26 in Greenwood and April 27 in Evansville.

VOLUNTEER DISASTER CHAPLAINCY TRAINING
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network invites clergy, laypersons, professionals, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this three-day disaster chaplaincy training.  It will be held at the Sewanee Inn, Sewanee, Tennessee, June 6-8. Here are the details and registration information.

CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL, SEEKING PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
St. Christopher’s is seeking a highly reliable, high integrity, skilled parish administrator to replace our recently retired office manager. The Parish Administrator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church office and facilities. This important position reports to the rector of the parish, provides support to staff and parish lay leadership, and coordinates the services of numerous volunteer groups to meet the needs of a very active parish. Here is the job description.

WAYCROSS CAMP WISH LIST
Summer is quickly approaching, and we are busy planning for summer camp at Waycross!  We have created a wish list of items we hope to have on hand during summer camp. This wish list is available at this link: http://a.co/ej1DHqs. You can purchase items through Amazon (even using Amazon Prime!) and they will be shipped directly to Waycross. Remember to shop using Amazon Smile and designate Waycross to receive a donation for each qualifying purchase!

MISSING CERTIFICATION OF VESTRY AND OTHER POSITIONS

  •    All Saints, Indianapolis
  •    Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  •    Episcopal Campus Ministry IU, Bloomington
  •    Good Samaritan, Brownsburg
  •    Grace Church, Muncie
  •    Nativity, Indianapolis
  •    St. Christopher’s, Carmel
  •    St. George’s, West Terre Haute
  •    St. James, New Castle
  •    St. James, Vincennes
  •    St. John’s, Crawfordsville
  •    St. John’s, Speedway
  •    St. John’s, Washington
  •    St. Luke’s, Shelbyville
  •    St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
  •    St. Michael’s, Noblesville
  •    St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville
  •    St. Peter’s, Lebanon
  •    St. Philip’s, Indianapolis
  •    St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute
  •    Trinity, Lawrenceburg

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

March 19, 3 Lent

Christ Church Cathedral

The Very Rev. Stephen Carlsen, Dean; The Rev. Canon Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis, The Rev. Rosa Brown

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • March 27–28
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight at To Be Determined
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.
  • April 12
    Blessing of Oils & Reaffirmation of Vows at St. John’s, Bedford, noon.
  • April 13
    Blessing of Oils & Reaffirmation of Vows at CCC, Indianapolis, 12:05 p.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at Indiana State Museum, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. with substantial appetizers and sweet treats for all ages.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • April 30
    Seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis and Block Party, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council at St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at To Be Determined
  • July 10–14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 26–28
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 1–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

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

Something you wish to have published in the Wednesday Mailbag?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

 

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MARCH 8, 2017

THE 11TH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS
The latest news regarding hotels, the ordination, consecration and seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis will be constantly updated here on our web site.

THE LATEST SCHEDULE FOR ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION WEEKEND (SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND APPROVAL BY THE PRESIDING BISHOP’S OFFICE)
Please watch this space, the www.indydio.org  website, the monthly e-news, social media, and more for the latest updates.

Friday, April 28

Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Rehearsal, (Time To Be Determined), Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir rehearsal at Clowes, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5 p.m.–7 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral 

Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral

Bishop’s Dinner, 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Columbia Club

Saturday, April 29

Bishop’s Breakfast, (Time To Be Determined), Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir rehearsal, at Clowes, 8:30 a.m.–10-15 a.m.

Ordination and Consecration. Prelude 10:30 a.m., Liturgy 11 a.m., Clowes Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 30

Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, 9:30 a.m., St. David’s, Bean Blossom 

Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow

BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her visitation schedule is here on our diocesan website.

SANCTUARY, NOT DEPORTATION
A group of diocesan clergy and lay leaders attended the Sanctuary meeting hosted by ICAN and The Center for Interfaith Cooperation on February 27. We were in the company of Unitarians, Muslims, Jews, as well as folks from many other Christian denominations. The meeting provided us with the basics of what’s happening with undocumented immigrants, their challenges, and how we can respond.
We decided to meet again and invite all who are interested in this topic. We will disseminate information and discuss ways we can respond to the possibility of a roundup of undocumented members of our communities.
Please RSVP to Fatima Madus: 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com .
For answers to your questions: Cathy Scott 317-441-8493 or catascot@sbcglobal.net , Fatima 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com.
The next meeting will be Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s, Speedway.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
How do you speak about the unspoken? Discover the subliminal and blatant messages in our culture around race, and explore ways to start courageous conversations about it. During this event, hear the experiences of people of color and ask questions in a non-threatening, respectful environment. Come join us at St. Christopher’s at 1402 W. Main, Carmel, Saturday, March 18, 1-3:30 p.m., and talk about what is still an enormous social issue.
Registration requested, but not required. You can register here.

HELP THE EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY HONOR DIOCESAN WOMEN
Your diocesan Episcopal Women’s Ministry Council (EWM) is busy planning ways to honor our women.  This year, we are adding a new tradition for honoring our women, and we hope your parish will participate. Your EWM Council is asking each parish to consider submitting one name of an Honored Woman from its parish. Here is more information , the guidelines and the application form. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

CHOIRS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSECRATION OF OUR BISHOP-ELECT
An invitation from Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity, Indianapolis:
“I invite you and your choirs to participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, on Saturday 29 April, at 11 a.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Michael Boney, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral; Brad Hughley, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis; our Bishop-elect and I have chosen the music and we hope that singers and choirs from all corners of the diocese will participate as The Consecration Choir in this historic service.
The choir will rehearse Friday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m., in Clowes Hall. We will also warm up and rehearse the morning of the consecration, from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Singers must attend BOTH of these rehearsals in order to participate.

The repertoire is:

  • Vaughan Williams, O Clap Your Hands ($2.25/copy)
  • Richard Smallwood, arr. Doreen Rao, Total praise ($2.15/copy)
  • Wyton, This Joyful Eastertide (Out of print, I will send you a pdf copy)
  • ..a WIDE VARIETY of hymns and service music

   If you need to purchase any or all of these pieces, you may contact Cliff Hill of Cliff Hill Music, cliff@cliffhillmusic.com, or 800-819-8772, and he will send them to you.
Please let me know  (mmessina@trinitychurchindy.org) or 317-926-1346 by April 1 how many from your church will be singing, and what voice part they are, so that we might have a count and know how many are in each section.
We’re looking forward to a wonderful service, for a remarkable Bishop-elect, in an amazing diocese! Your presence will make it so!
Please let me know what questions you might have.

All the best.
Michael Messina, DMA
Director of Music
Trinity Episcopal Church”

RECOGNIZING PRIVILEGE AND WHITENESS IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Trinity, Bloomington, will present  “Recognizing Privilege and Whiteness in The Episcopal Church” Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The program:
Bishop-elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will share her personal experiences as an African-American woman in the Episcopal Church and how she sees privilege and whiteness in our church.
Elizabeth Kaszynski, Ph.D. candidate, will tell us what current research reveals about whiteness.
Maresa Murray, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education Applied Health Science, will help us reconcile the lenses of our experience and how we see the world.
Professional childcare will be available (up to age 4) upon request. Please call 812-336-4466 with the names and ages of your children.
Lunch will be on your own at local restaurants.
More information? The Rev. Henrietta Grossoehme, 812-336-4466, Associate Rector, Trinity Church.

BLESSING OF OILS AND REAFFIRMATION OF ORDINATION VOWS
Two services scheduled:  Wednesday, April 12, at noon, St. John’s, Bedford and Maunday Thursday, April 13, at 12:05 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral. Complete information is here.
Please! RSVP to Sally Cassidy by March 29.

STEWARDSHIP OF SPACE
Caring for our worship facilities is caring for something that God has entrusted to us. Come to this Stewardship of Space workshop to be presented by the Center for Congregations and explore the four components of facility stewardship: dreaming, planning, building and sustaining.
The workshops will be April 26 in Greenwood and April 27 in Evansville.

VOLUNTEER DISASTER CHAPLAINCY TRAINING
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network invites clergy, laypersons, professionals, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this three-day disaster chaplaincy training. It will be held at the Sewanee Inn, Sewanee, Tennessee, June 6–8. Here are the details and registration information.

CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL, SEEKING PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
St. Christopher’s is seeking a highly reliable, high integrity, skilled parish administrator to replace our recently retired office manager.
The Parish Administrator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church office and facilities.  This important position reports to the rector of the parish, provides support to staff and parish lay leadership, and coordinates the services of numerous volunteer groups to meet the needs of a very active parish. Here is the job description.

MISSING PAROCHIAL REPORTS

  •    Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  •    Nativity, Indianapolis
  •    Trinity, Indianapolis
  •    St. Peter’s, Lebanon
  •    St. Paul’s, Richmond

MISSING CERTIFICATION OF VESTRY AND OTHER POSITIONS

  •    All Saints, Indianapolis
  •    Episcopal Campus Ministry IU, Bloomington
  •    Good Samaritan, Brownsburg
  •    Nativity, Indianapolis
  •    St. Alban’s, Indianapolis
  •    St. Christopher’s, Carmel
  •    St. Francis, Zionsville
  •    St. George’s, West Terre Haute
  •    St. James’, New Castle
  •    St. James’, Vincennes
  •    St. John’s, Crawfordsville
  •    St. John’s, Speedway
  •    St. John’s, Washington
  •    St. Luke’s, Shelbyville
  •    St. Mark’s, Plainfield
  •    St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
  •    St. Michael’s, Noblesville
  •    St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville
  •    St. Peter’s, Lebanon
  •    St. Philip’s, Indianapolis
  •    St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute
  •    Trinity, Bloomington
  •    Trinity, Indianapolis
  •    Trinity, Lawrenceburg

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

March 12, 2 Lent

St. Paul’s Jeffersonville

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill, the Rev. Don Hill, the Rev. Jim Stanton, Deacon

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” at St. Paul’s, Indy, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
  • March 27–28
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight at (To Be Determined)
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.
  • April 12
    Blessing of Oils & Reaffirmation of Vows at St. John’s, Bedford, noon.
  • April 13
    Blessing of Oils & Reaffirmation of Vows at CCC, Indianapolis, 12:05 p.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at Indiana State Museum, 1:304:30 p.m. with substantial appetizers and sweet treats for all ages.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • April 30
    Seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis & Block Party, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council at St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at (To Be Determined)
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 29–Oct 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 26–28
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

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

Something you wish to have published in the Wednesday Mailbag?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG MARCH 1, 2017

THE 11TH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS
The latest news regarding hotels, the ordination, consecration and seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis will be constantly updated here on our web site.

THE LATEST SCHEDULE FOR ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION WEEKEND (SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND APPROVAL BY THE PRESIDING BISHOP’S OFFICE)
Please watch this space, the www.indydio.org  website, the monthly e-news, social media, and more for the latest updates.

  • Friday, April 28
    Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  St. Richard’s Episcopal School
    Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Richard’s Episcopal School
    Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  St. Richard’s Episcopal School
    Rehearsal, Time To Be Determined, Clowes Memorial Hall
    Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5 p.m.–7 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral 
    Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral
    Bishop’s Dinner, 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Columbia Club
  • Saturday, April 29
    Bishop’s Breakfast, Time To Be Determined, Clowes Memorial Hall
    Ordination and Consecration. Prelude 10:30 a.m., Liturgy 11 a.m., Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Sunday, April 30
    Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, 9:30 a.m., St. David’s, Bean Blossom 
    Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow 

BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her visitation schedule is here on our diocesan website

EFHN & DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGE… SUNDAY, MARCH 11
Way back in 2015, during diocesan convention, each parish was asked to pick up a metal bucket at the Episcopal Fund for Human Need exhibit. Then they were asked that, when clocks changed for daylight savings time (A Day of Change), to encourage children and adults to toss all loose change into the bucket and give the collection to the Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN). Since that fall we’ve been doing the “bucket brigade” for each daylight savings time change. These donations have helped change the lives of people who depend on the outreach programs of the 34 outreach agencies in our diocese that are supported by your Episcopal Fund for Human Need
The change to daylight savings time this spring is Sunday, March 11. Please get out your bucket and use the “bucket brigade”again to convert your small change to make a big change in the lives of others through EFHN.

SANCTUARY, NOT DEPORTATION
A group of diocesan clergy and lay leaders attended the Sanctuary meeting hosted by ICAN and The Center for Interfaith Cooperation on February 27. We were in the company of Unitarians, Muslims, Jews, as well as folks from many other Christian denominations. The meeting provided us with the basics of what’s happening with undocumented immigrants, their challenges, and how we can respond.
We decided to meet again and invite all who are interested in this topic. We will disseminate information and discuss ways we can respond to the possibility of a roundup of undocumented members of our communities.
For answers to your questions: Cathy Scott 317-441-8493 or catascot@sbcglobal.net, Fatima 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com
The next meeting will be Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s, Speedway.

UPDATE: PATHWAYS TO VITALITY PILOT PARISHES’ INITIATIVE
The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will provide consulting services to develop the curricula for the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes’ Initiative. More information: http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/news.

“REAL TALK,” TRINITY, INDY’S LENTEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE
The series begins, March 9.  View the flyer here.

A DIOCESE OF THOSE WHO “HAVE” & THOSE WHO “HAVE NOT”
Twenty congregations have filed their annual Certification of Wardens-Vestry and Other Positions form. Which means… 28 have not!

CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONS PRESENTS “SOCIAL MEDIA & MINISTRY”
Ministry has always been about meeting people where they are. Social media and other forms of digital interaction have added another dimension to that world and work. Why not learn about it? Staffers from the New Media Project at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), through the Center for Congregations, has a presentation at CTS, Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here is where you’ll find more info and how to register!

WOMEN’S SPRING LUNCHEON RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN
The registration form for the Episcopal Women’s April 8 spring luncheon at St. Paul’s, Columbus can be downloaded right here.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

March 5 – First Sunday in Lent 

St. Paul’s, Evansville

The Rev. Larry Minter

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.

  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG @ St. Matthew’s, Indy, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3–5
    Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” at St. Paul’s, Indy, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
  • March 27–28
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • April 6-8
    COM Spring overnight at To Be Determined
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at  St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at Indiana State Museum, 1:30–4:30 p.m. with substantial appetizers and sweet treats for all ages.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • April 30
    Seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis & Block Party, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at To Be Determined
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 26–28  
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17–19: Youth Fall Conference @ 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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Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

 

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR FEBRUARY 22, 2017

BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her visitation schedule is here on our diocesan website.

ASH WEDNESDAY INFO NEEDED
Ash Wednesday is almost upon us. Is your parish offering an “Ashes to Go” opportunity or any special program for Ash Wednesday or the Lenten season? This information is needed for media purposes. Thanks for your quick reply to KathyCopas@aol.com.  

CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONS PRESENTS “SOCIAL MEDIA & MINISTRY”
Ministry has always been about meeting people where they are. Social media and other forms of digital interaction have added another dimension to that world and work. Why not learn about it?  Staffers from the New Media Project at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), through the Center for Congregations, has a presentation at CTS, Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here is where you’ll find more info and how to register!

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT REGISTRATION DEADLINE, FEBRUARY 24
The Jesus Movement: Stomping as Episcopalians
The Youth Steering Committee invites all 6th-12th grade youth and their adult leaders to join us at the March 3-5 Spring Retreat at Waycross! The weekend will include plenaries led by both youth and adults, plus workshops, choice time activities, worship, fellowship, community building, and more.    
Join us to learn about the Jesus Movement and our role in this movement as Episcopalians. Friends are welcome to join us, too!
Registration is online at  https://waycrosscenter.campbrainregistration.com/
The deadline for registration is February 24.
Questions? Contact Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at 812-597-4241 or victoria@waycrosscenter.org.

FREE LEADER RESOURCES: YOUTH MINISTRY CURRICULUM FOR PARISHES
Your diocese has made available to all parishes access to the Center for Youth Ministry through Leader Resources. This membership allows each parish to download all of the youth ministry curriculum that is available through Leader Resources for free. It includes the complete Journey to Adulthood program, Confirmation curriculum, God Talks, retreat resources, and more!  Each parish can receive one free download of the entire library, which can be shared with youth leaders and others within your congregation. Information on how to download these resources is available here.  Questions? Ask Victoria Hoppes!

 HELP THE EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY HONOR DIOCESAN WOMEN
Y
our diocesan Episcopal Women’s Ministry Council (EWM) is busy planning ways to honor our women.  This year, we are adding a new tradition for honoring our women, and we hope your parish will participate. Your EWM Council is asking each parish to consider submitting one name of an Honored Woman from its parish. Here is more information, the guidelines and the application form. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

GODLY PLAY TRAINING
St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, will host training for teachers of Godly Play. A few seats are still available for members of other parishes who wish to join us in training by a certified Godly Play instructor.Three modules will be offered on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. each day: March 11 (Sacred Stories), April 8 (Parables) and May 20 (Liturgical Action). Each module costs $155.00 and includes all materials, access to online help, and lunch that day. Registration is now open (ending March 5), and can be accessed at these sites: 

If you have any questions, please contact the St. Andrew’s office administrator, Renee Hood, at standrewsgreencastle@gmail.com.  

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2017: WATER JUSTICE (2 CEU CREDITS)
Thursday–Friday, March 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the area partner site, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.
Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to—the marginalized and the vulnerable. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. Conference cost is $30 for an individual participant or $25 for each participant in a group of 3 or more. Materials, meals and refreshments are included. Two Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for attending this conference. Visit stpaulsindy.org/waterjustice to register online now.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

February 26, Last Sunday after Epiphany

St. James, New Castle

The Reverend Whitney Smith, The Reverend Barry Cramer, Deacon 

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG at St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3-5
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • March 27–28
    Bishop with Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship at Waycross
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight at To Be Determined
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s Columbus 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at Indiana State Museum, 1:30–4:30 p.m. with substantial appetizers and sweet treats for all ages.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • April 30
    Seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis & Block Party, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council at St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at To Be Determined
  • July 10-14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 14
    Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
  • September 29–Oct 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • 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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Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

 

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2017

BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her visitation schedule is now on our diocesan website at http://indydio.org/#news.

A PERSONAL STORY: ESCAPE FROM ISIL
Safwan Aziz will tell a personal story of escape from ISIL at Grace Church, Muncie this Sunday, February 19, at 9 a.m. Here is the flyer.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL RATIFIES ALCOHOL POLICY
The diocesan Executive Council met via conference call on Saturday, January 14, and ratified a policy on alcohol use related to diocesan and parish events. Download the policy here.

CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONS PRESENTS: GROWING YOUNG
In an intensive workshop, Fuller Youth Institute Director, Kara Powell, will share findings and stories of congregations with thriving young adult ministries.
Two opportunities: Ft. Wayne February 23 and Seymour, February 24

TRINITY, ANDERSON’S FEBRUARY 26 TAIZÉ SERVICE
Trinity will incorporate Taizé music, prayer and reflection into the Sunday February 26, 10 a.m. service.
Taizé is an ecumenical Christian community in France. Taizé style worship incorporates silence, prayer, and simple chant-like songs, often in several languages, which are repeated many times. Taizé style worship is simple, beautiful and the songs are easy to learn and sing. The service will end with communion… all are invited.
“It is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being,” explained a monk from the Taizé monastic community.
Trinity is at 1030 Brown-Delaware St. For more about Trinity, call 644-2566 or visit our website: TrinityEpiscopalAnderson.com

YOUR INVITATION TO A PRAYER WORKSHOP: DESIGNED TO PRAY
St. John’s, Lafayette, invites you to this prayer workshop on February 25. Join Kelly O’Dell Stanley in Designed to Pray, an innovative way to start viewing God, the world around you, and your faith with a new perspective.
Here is the flyer.

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT REGISTRATION DEADLINE, FEBRUARY 24
The Jesus Movement: Stomping as Episcopalians
The Youth Steering Committee invites all 6th-12th grade youth and their adult leaders to join us at the March 3–5 Spring Retreat at Waycross! The weekend will include plenaries led by both youth and adults, plus workshops, choice time activities, worship, fellowship, community building, and more.   
Join us to learn about the Jesus Movement and our role in this movement as Episcopalians. Friends are welcome to join us, too!
Registration is online at https://waycrosscenter.campbrainregistration.com/
The deadline for registration is February 24.
Questions? Contact Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at 812–597–4241 or victoria@waycrosscenter.org.

FREE LEADER RESOURCES: YOUTH MINISTRY CURRICULUM FOR PARISHES
Your diocese has made available to all parishes access to the Center for Youth Ministry through Leader Resources. This membership allows each parish to download all of the youth ministry curriculum that is available through Leader Resources for free. It includes the complete Journey to Adulthood program, Confirmation curriculum, God Talks, retreat resources, and more!  Each parish can receive one free download of the entire library, which can be shared with youth leaders and others within your congregation. Information on how to download these resources is available here. Questions? Ask Victoria Hoppes!

HELP THE EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY HONOR DIOCESAN WOMEN
Your diocesan Episcopal Women’s Ministry Council (EWM) is busy planning ways to honor our women. This year, we are adding a new tradition for honoring our women, and we hope your parish will participate. Your EWM Council is asking each parish to consider submitting one name of an Honored Woman from its parish. Here is more information, the guidelines and application form. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, MARCH 3
Church Women United (CWU) reminds us World Day of Prayer 2017 is coming up Friday, March 3. The host country for this year is the Philippines.     
Events will be held at various churches around Indianapolis. For more information, call Mary Boggs at 317-845-4238. 

GODLY PLAY TRAINING
St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, will host training for teachers of Godly Play and we have ten seats open for members of other parishes who wish to join us in training by a certified Godly Play instructor. Three modules will be offered on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. each day: March 11 (Sacred Stories), April 8 (Parables) and May 20 (Liturgical Action). Each module costs $155.00 and includes all materials, access to online help, and lunch that day. We expect seats to be taken quickly. Registration is now open (ending March 5), and can be accessed at these sites: 

If you have any questions, please contact the St. Andrew’s office administrator, Renee Hood, at standrewsgreencastle@gmail.com.  

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2017: WATER JUSTICE (2 CEU CREDITS)
Thursday-Friday, March 23–24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the area partner site, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  
Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to—the marginalized and the vulnerable. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. Conference cost is $30 for an individual participant or $25 for each participant in a group of three or more. Materials, meals and refreshments are included. Two Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for attending this conference. Visit stpaulsindy.org/waterjustice to register online now.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

February 19, 7 Epiphany

St. John’s, Crawfordsville

The Rev. Janet Oller

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG at  St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3–5
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
  • March 27–28
    Bishop with Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship at Waycross
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight at *To Be Determined*
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s Columbus 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at Indiana State Museum, 1:30-4:30 p.m. with “heavy” appetizers and sweet treats for all ages.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • April 30
    Seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis & Block Party, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council at St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
    June 3
    COM Information Day at *To Be Determined*
  • July 10-14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • September 14
    Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • 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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Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR FEBRUARY 8, 2017

BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her initial visitation schedule is now on our diocesan website at http://indydio.org/#news.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL RATIFIES ALCOHOL POLICY
The diocesan Executive Council met via conference call on Saturday, January 14, and ratified a policy on alcohol use related to diocesan and parish events. Download the policy here.

COMMUNICATION CORNER AT VESTRY COLLEGE SATURDAY
Just one more reason to join us for Vestry College–an opportunity to drop by our Communication Corner near the Waycross dining room on Saturday from the first morning workshop break through early afternoon! Some things you’ll be able to do: record a welcome and invitation video for your parish website on a well-lighted green screen (meaning, later, we can easily add photos of your choice behind you!); help us shoot invitational web videos for Lent and Easter (aspiring actors especially welcome!), get some help with any of our four diocesan-supported parish web builders (WordPress, MyChurchWebsite, Wix, and SquareSpace), take home lots of handouts on everything from church hospitality and welcome to church growth strategies, social media, and more. If you haven’t registered for Vestry College yet, there’s still time at www.waycrosscenter.org  (No cost for anything but lunch and lodging if you choose to stay over.) Questions about Communication Corner? KathyCopas@aol.com or 502-345-6406. See you there!                   

THE REV. POLK CULPEPPER’S BOOK NOMINATED FOR AWARD
Polk, a retired rector from our diocese, sent us this notice:  “I am delighted to notify you that my book “Decline and Dysfunction in the American Church” has been nominated by the Christian Small Publishers Association for its Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.
The winner will be determined by votes on the Association’s website. You can vote for “Decline” by visiting this web address: www.christianpublishers.net/17votes/
You can only enter one vote in each category, but you need not vote in every category. (Vote in Polk’s category only, if you wish.)”

EXODUS REFUGEE OPEN HOUSE…THEY HAVE MOVED!
We are pleased to announce that Exodus Refugee has moved to a new location on Indy’s near eastside, 2457 E. Washington Street, Suite A.  Come tour the space, enjoy light refreshments, and show your support for welcoming refugees in 2017!
The Open House will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9.  Feel free to stop by for a few minutes…or stay for a while! 
Kindly RSVP by Feb. 6 for yourself and any guests.  We look forward to seeing you!

YOUR INVITATION TO A PRAYER WORKSHOP: DESIGNED TO PRAY
St. John’s, Lafayette, invites you to this prayer workshop on February 25. Join Kelly O’Dell Stanley in Designed to Pray, an innovative way to start viewing God, the world around you, and your faith with a new perspective.
Here is the flyer.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, MARCH 3
Church Women United (CWU) reminds us World Day of Prayer 2017 is coming up Friday,
March 3. The host country for this year is the Philippines.     
Events will be held at various churches around Indianapolis. For more information, call Mary Boggs at 317-845-4238. 

GODLY PLAY TRAINING
St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, will host training for teachers of Godly Play and we have ten seats open for members of other parishes who wish to join us in training by a certified Godly Play instructor. Three modules will be offered on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. each day: March 11 (Sacred Stories), April 8 (Parables) and May 20 (Liturgical Action). Each module costs $155.00 and includes all materials, access to online help, and lunch that day. We expect seats to be taken quickly. Registration is now open (ending March 5), and can be accessed at these sites: 

If you have any questions, please contact the St. Andrew’s office administrator, Renee Hood, at standrewsgreencastle@gmail.com.  

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2017: WATER JUSTICE (2 CEU CREDITS)
Thursday–Friday, March 23–24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the area partner site, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.
Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to-the marginalized and the vulnerable. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. Conference cost is $30 for an individual participant or $25 for each participant in a group of 3 or more. Materials, meals and refreshments are included. Two Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for attending this conference. Visit stpaulsindy.org/waterjustice to register online now.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

February 12, 6 Epiphany, Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday

Good Shepherd, West Lafayette

The Rev. Peter Bunder

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.

  • February 10–11
    Vestry College @ Waycross
  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG @ St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3–5
  • Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
  • March 27–28
    Bishop w/Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship at Waycross
  • April 6-8
    COM Spring overnight at To Be Determined
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s Columbus 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at IN State Museum, 2- 5 p.m.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop @ Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council at St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at To Be Determined
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 14
    Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • 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 FEBRUARY 1, 2017

NOW OFFICIAL!
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have just notified the Diocese of Indianapolis that Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.
 The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected Bishop on October 28. Her ordination and consecration service is slated for Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University in Indianapolis. Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate. For more information on the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and her ministry follow www.indydio.org.

OUR BISHOP ELECT HAS ARRIVED! The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is now in the diocesan office and can be reached either at 317-926-5454 ext. 305 or BishopElect@indydio.org
Over the next few months she hopes to meet as many of you as possible. Stay tuned for opportunities to connect as she visits congregations and lay and clergy leaders around our diocese.

GODLY PLAY TRAINING
St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, will host training for teachers of Godly Play and we have ten seats open for members of other parishes who wish to join us in training by a certified Godly Play instructor. Three modules will be offered on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. each day: March 11 (Sacred Stories), April 8 (Parables) and May 20 (Liturgical Action). Each module costs $155.00 and includes all materials, access to online help, and lunch that day. We expect seats to be taken quickly. Registration is now open (ending March 5), and can be accessed at these sites: 

If you have any questions, please contact the St. Andrew’s office administrator, Renee Hood, at standrewsgreencastle@gmail.com.  

NEW PATHWAYS BLOG POSTING
Here it is: http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/pathways-blog.

YOUR INVITATION TO A PRAYER WORKSHOP: DESIGNED TO PRAY
St. John’s, Lafayette, invites you to this prayer workshop on February 25. Join Kelly O’Dell Stanley in Designed to Pray, an innovative way to start viewing God, the world around you, and your faith with a new perspective. Here is the flyer.

LEADER RESOURCES YOUTH MINISTRY CURRICULUM SURVEY
The Diocese of Indianapolis has held a diocesan membership to Leader Resources youth ministry curriculum, allowing parishes to access, download, and use youth ministry curriculum (including Journey to Adulthood- J2A) for free. At the start of a new year, we would like to evaluate our use of the membership in order to better provide resources for congregations in the diocese. Please take a moment to complete this five question survey to help us gauge awareness of this resource and how it is used in parishes. The survey will be open until February 5.  Questions about the survey can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth.

CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONS OFFERINGS
The Center for Congregations has many upcoming events ranging from engaging young adults to church finances. Here is the link to their web page.

 VESTRY COLLEGE DRAWETH NIGH
A few rooms are left! Sign up on the Waycross website or 812-597-4241.
Vestry College begins with dinner at 6:30 P.M., Friday, February 10, at Waycross, followed by a presentation by Canon Bruce Gray entitled “Finding the Center in Uncertain Times.” Saturday workshops will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will include workshops on parish ministry, finances, community listening, churchwide trends, and more. The only cost will be your Waycross room and meals.  Questions? Contact Bruce or Kim Christopher.  
This year’s workshops

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT AT WAYCROSS, MARCH 3–5
The Youth Steering Committee invites all 6th-12th grade youth and their adult leaders to join us for “The Jesus Movement: Stomping as Episcopalians” at Spring Retreat!  The weekend will include plenaries led by both youth and adults, workshops, choice time activities, worship, fellowship, community building, and more.
New this spring!  Registration is open now and is right here online. Early Bird registration closes on February 3, with the regular registration deadline on February 24.  Questions? Contact Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at call her at 812-597-4241.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

February 5, 5 Epiphany, Theological Education Sunday

St. Paul’s, Columbus

The Rev. Marc Vance

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.

  • February 10–11
    Vestry College @ Waycross
  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG @ St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3–5
    Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” @ St. Paul’s, Indy, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
  • March 27–28
    Bishop w/Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship @ Waycros
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight @ To Be Determined
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate @ St. Paul’s Columbus 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick @ St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate @ Indiana State Museum, 2–5 p.m.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop @ Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m
  • July 10–14
  • EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • September 14
    Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross
  • 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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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JANUARY 25, 2017

REEL TALK: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE
Beginning tomorrow evening, January 26, 6 p.m. at Trinity, Indianapolis, a two-part viewing of–and conversation about–the documentary, “Attucks, The School That Opened a City.”
The second part will be screened Thursday, February 2, at 6 p.m. and will include conversation with the film’s director, Ted Green. Here is the flyer.
Tracy Lemon is your contact for more information.

BISHOP XI CONSECRATION UPDATE FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE
Bishop XI Consecration details will be coming soon. The Standing Committee expects to receive, this week, the last few consents of the Standing Committees of other dioceses needed for the Presiding Bishop to take order for the consecration.  Once we have confirmation that he has done that, and not until then, the Transition Committee will be free to publicize and invite and share all the details. Inquiring minds have asked! 

LEADER RESOURCES YOUTH MINISTRY CURRICULUM SURVEY
The Diocese of Indianapolis has held a diocesan membership to Leader Resources youth ministry curriculum, allowing parishes to access, download, and use youth ministry curriculum (including Journey to Adulthood- J2A) for free. At the start of a new year, we would like to evaluate our use of the membership in order to better provide resources for congregations in the diocese. Please take a moment to complete this five question survey to help us gauge awareness of this resource and how it is used in parishes. The survey will be open until February 5. Questions about the survey can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth.

CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONS OFFERINGS
The Center for Congregations has many upcoming events ranging from engaging young adults to church finances. Here is the link to their web page.

IRS MILEAGE RATE:
Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck is

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business rate decreased one-half cent from the 2016 rate. The charitable rate is based on statute. See https://www.irs.gov/Credits-&-Deductions/Individuals/Standard-Mileage-Rates-Glance.

YOU CAN STILL JOIN US FOR EYE 2017!
We still have a few spots open to attend this summer’s Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), July 10–14 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Youth who have completed grades 9–12 during the 2016–2017 school year are eligible and invited to attend. Anyone interested in attending with the Diocese of Indianapolis should fill out an application and send it as soon as possible to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org. More information and an application can be found at http://www.waycrosscenter.org/eye-2017/.

2018-2019 DIOCESAN BUDGET PROCESS AND APPLICATION:
The 2018–2019 Budget Application has been sent electronically to all chairpersons that have current line items in our 2017 budget. If you wish to apply for a new line item, the application and the budget process are now available on our web site.

VESTRY COLLEGE FEBRUARY 10 and 11 WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED
This year’s Vestry College begins with dinner at 6:30, Friday, February 10, at Waycross, followed by a presentation by Canon Bruce Gray entitled “Finding the Center in Uncertain Times.” Saturday workshops will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will include workshops on parish ministry, finances, community listening, churchwide trends, and more. The only cost will be your Waycross room and meals.  Sign up on the Waycross website or call 812-597-4241. Questions? Contact Bruce or Kim Christopher.  This year’s workshops.

NOW THAT VESTRIES HAVE BEEN MENTIONED…
Thanks to Good Shepherd, W. Lafayette, Peace, Rockport and St. Paul’s, Evansville, for sending in their Certification of Wardens-Vestry-Bishop’s Committee & Other Positions 2017.  For those of us on your diocesan staff, if we can’t see who does what in your congregation, we can’t communicate.  Just like the sign on the back of an 18-wheeler: “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.”

TRACES OF THE TRADE
The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky has invited clergy and lay persons to their 2017 Brennan Lecture Series Friday evening, March 3, screening of  Katrina Browne’s “Traces of the Trade” and the Saturday, March 2,  film and discussion “Repairing the Breach.”
Browne explores her discovery that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in American history. Please go here for the invitation and details and here for the poster.

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT AT WAYCROSS, MARCH 3-5
The Youth Steering Committee invites all 6th–12th grade youth and their adult leaders to join us for “The Jesus Movement: Stomping as Episcopalians” at Spring Retreat!  The weekend will include plenaries led by both youth and adults, workshops, choice time activities, worship, fellowship, community building, and more.
New this spring!  Registration is open now and is right here online. Early Bird registration closes on February 3, with the regular registration deadline on February 24.  Questions? Contact Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at call her at 812-597-4241.

LOVE FOR WAYCROSS: DINNER + SILENT & LIVE AUCTION
Show your love for the Waycross Camp & Conference Center at the first annual dinner fundraiser on Friday, February 10, 6 p.m., at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis. Tickets are $50 and include a meal prepared on-site by Chef Kyle Dahncke with appetizers, entrée (vegetarian option available), dessert and drinks (alcoholic and non).  Auction packages feature Disney World, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Holiday World, BRAVO, Tom O’Brien Dealerships, Indianapolis Pacers, Monkey Joe’s, Starbucks, a Montana cabin weekend getaway and more.
There are a limited number of tickets due to space. Please don’t wait long to purchase yours!  Adults only, 21+, please. Tickets and info at love4waycross.org.
Auction items are still being accepted.  If you have a donation item (or an idea for one), please contact Erica Jeglum, ejeglum@stpaulsindy.org.
Flyers are being mailed to each parish in the diocese. Please post them for Waycross. It would be much appreciated!

WAYCROSS CAMP EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Complete your early bird registration and payment by March 31 for the discount.

HELP OUR BISHOP-ELECT KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Send us your photo for the diocesan database!  Send it to Oaks@indydio.org. Thanks to the many who sent photos last week!

CHORAL CONCERT: STILE ANTICO AT ST. PAUL’S, INDY
March 2nd will be your opportunity to experience Stile Antico. Stile Antico has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals and is coming to St. Paul’s!  Here is much more information including ticket details .

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2017: WATER JUSTICE
Thursday and Friday, March 23–24, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Indianapolis-area partner site, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to—the marginalized and the vulnerable. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues.
Cost is $30/participant or $25/participant for groups of three or more; materials, meals and refreshments are included. Two Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for attending this conference. Visit stpaulsindy.org/waterjustice to register online now.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

January 29, 4 Epiphany
Diocesan Cooperating Ministries and the people they serve:  Alternatives, Inc., Craine House, Damien Center, Dayspring Center, Exodus Refugee Center, Julian Center, and St. Richard’s School

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • January 28
    Ordination of Alissa Goudswaard Anderson @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 11 a.m. 
  • February 10–11
    Vestry College @ Waycross
  • February 23–25
    Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG @ St. Matthew’s, Indy, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3–5
    Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” @St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
    March 27–28
    Bishop w/Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship @ Waycross
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight @ To be determined
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate @ St. Paul’s Columbus 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick @ St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate @ IN State Museum, 2–5 p.m.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop @ Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • May 18–20
    Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
  • June 3
    COM Information Day @ To be determined
  • July 10–14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • September 14
    Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
  • September 29–Oct 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross
  • October 26–28  
    Diocesan Convention @ Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross
  • November 30
    Possible date for Ember Day
  • December 7
    Possible date for Ember Day

2018

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

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JANUARY 18, 2017

All of us BELONG in Indianapolis. This public event, Friday, January 20, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. on Monument Circle is intended to celebrate and affirm Indianapolis as a welcoming and supportive community. Recent political events have raised questions and concerns for individuals and organizations that may feel marginalized, left behind or even threatened. In response, many people are seeking opportunities to help or seeking resources for assistance and support. This event will provide a positive, nonpartisan message of support, reflecting the many organizations that make Indianapolis a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community.
Christ Church Cathedral on the Circle is serving as the host for this public event, but it is nonsectarian, nonpartisan, and not limited to faith-based organizations. It will be a gathering of friends, motivated by values of inclusion and respect, weaving together a net for engagement and support. 

YOU CAN STILL JOIN US FOR EYE 2017!
We still have a few spots open to attend this summer’s Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Youth who have completed grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible and invited to attend. Anyone interested in attending with the Diocese of Indianapolis should fill out an application and send it as soon as possible to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org. More information and an application can be found at http://www.waycrosscenter.org/eye-2017/ 

2018-2019 DIOCESAN BUDGET PROCESS AND APPLICATION:
The 2018-2019 Budget Application has been sent electronically to all chairpersons that have current line items in our 2017 budget. If you wish to apply for a new line item, the application and the budget process are now available on our web site.

VESTRY COLLEGE FEB 10 & 11 WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED
This year’s Vestry College begins with dinner at 6:30, Friday, February 10, at Waycross, followed by a presentation by Canon Bruce Gray entitled “Finding the Center in Uncertain Times.”  Saturday workshops will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will include workshops on parish ministry, finances, community listening, church-wide trends, and more. The only cost will be your Waycross room and meals.  Sign up on the Waycross website or call 812-597-4241. Questions? Contact Bruce or Kim Christopher.
This year’s Workshops include…

  • Help!  Our Priest is Leaving! The Rev. Debra Kissinger. Not sure what to do when your spiritual leader is moving on due to retirement or accepting a new call? This offering will provide an overview of the Transition Process in the Diocese of Indianapolis.  
  • Financial Literacy for Vestries  Canon  Marsha Gebuhr. Learn the essential approaches and practices of congregational finances. Clergy, Treasurers and Vestry members are encouraged to become more informed about this crucial part of parish leadership. Rookies and financial wizards are both encouraged to participate.
  • Spiritual Practices for Vestry Meetings The Rev. Cathy Gray. Go beyond simply an opening prayer or traditional Bible Study as you learn various spiritual practices that can enhance the common ministry of the Vestry as well as individual Vestry members’ lives.
  • St. Alban’s Peace Vegetable Garden The Rev. Mike Scime. Pairing congregational outreach ministries with community needs and member passions produced this project. Come hear about the Lessons learned from St. Alban’s first season in the Peace Garden that replaced their front lawn. 
  • Same Same, Snake in Grass: Renewing the Annual Pledge Campaign John Oaks. In many churches, last year’s annual financial campaign was the same as the one the year, or years, before.  Like before, again the campaign went into hibernation until about the time schools restarted in the fall. Then, we awakened it and hoped for better results than the disappointing ones of the last few years. Last year’s annual financial campaign is again in hibernation… so are snakes. Let’s awaken the old serpent, the old tired campaign.  Let’s shed old skin and come out as a different species.To do otherwise will be like standing barefoot in the grass next fall waiting for a snake to bite you. 
  • Assessing Your Surrounding Community The Rev. Whitney Rice. The Center for Congregations is providing training and materials for Community Listening strategies. Many churches struggle with how to begin outreach ministries when the foundational answer is that they should begin outreach by listening to their communities. This workshop will introduce the whys and hows of Community Listening to encourage congregations to learn more  in order to put into practice this approach.
  • Evangelism 2017 Style in the Episcopal Church Canon Bruce Gray. The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop is encouraging all individual Episcopalians, congregations, and the rest of the church to embrace the ministries of evangelism in fresh and energetic ways. This workshop will talk about some of the philosophies, strategies, and techniques  being encouraged and how they can be applied by persons and congregations.

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT AT WAYCROSS, MARCH 3-5
The Youth Steering Committee invites all 6th-12th grade youth and their adult leaders to join us for “The Jesus Movement: Stomping as Episcopalians” at Spring Retreat! The weekend will include plenaries led by both youth and adults, workshops, choice time activities, worship, fellowship, community building, and more.  
New this spring!  Registration is open now and is right here online. Early Bird registration closes on February 3, with the regular registration deadline on February 24. Questions? Contact Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at call her at 812-597-4241.

LOVE FOR WAYCROSS: DINNER + SILENT & LIVE AUCTION
Show your love for the Waycross Camp & Conference Center at the first annual dinner fundraiser on Friday, February 10, 6 p.m., at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis. Have someone on your Christmas list who also loves Waycross? Consider purchasing additional tickets for gifts! Tickets are $50 and include a meal prepared on-site by Chef Kyle Dahncke with appetizers, entrée (vegetarian option available), dessert and drinks (alcoholic and non). Auction packages feature Disney World, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Holiday World, BRAVO, Tom O’Brien Dealerships, Indianapolis Pacers, Monkey Joe’s, Starbucks, a Montana cabin weekend getaway & more.
There are a limited number of tickets due to space. Please don’t wait long to purchase yours!  Adults only, 21+, please. Tickets and info at love4waycross.org.
Auction items are still being accepted. If you have a donation item (or an idea for one), please contact Erica Jeglum, ejeglum@stpaulsindy.org.
Flyers are being mailed to each parish in the diocese.  Please post them for Waycross. It would be much appreciated!

WAYCROSS CAMP EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Complete your early bird registration and payment by March 31 for the discount.

APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PATHWAYS CONGREGATIONS
The Pathways to Vitality program is preparing for its next step: Selecting three congregations to participate in a focused two-year training program for congregational leadership development. Clergy and lay leaders from the selected congregations will be supported by the Pathways priest as they apply these new concepts. Each selected congregation will have the Pathways priest full time for an eight-month period.
In addition to the three congregations working with the Pathways priest, we are adding the opportunity for three additional congregations to join the program. They will share in the training, support, and guidance of the Pathways Congregations program, only without the assistance of the Pathways priest. This will allow congregations outside the commuting range of the first set of Pathways congregations to benefit from the pilot program.
For further information, please open the application to read the detailed benefits and expectations of participating.
Please direct any questions and email the completed application to Canon Bruce Gray by February 15, 2017. 

HELP OUR BISHOP-ELECT KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Send us your photo for the diocesan database!  Send it to Oaks@indydio.org 

CHORAL CONCERT: STILE ANTICO AT ST. PAUL’S, INDY
March 2nd will be your opportunity to experience Stile Antico.   Stile Antico has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals and is coming to St. Paul’s!  Here is much more information including ticket details .

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2017: WATER JUSTICE
Thursday and Friday, March 23-24, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Indianapolis-area partner site, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to- the marginalized and the vulnerable. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues.
Cost is $30/participant or $25/participant for groups of 3 or more; materials, meals and refreshments are included. Two Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for attending this conference. Visit stpaulsindy.org/waterjustice to register online now.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

January 22, 3 Epiphany 

Peace Church, Rockport

Mr. Dan Kincaid, Senior Warden

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • February 10–11
    Vestry College @ Waycross
  • February 18
    COM @TBA
  • February 23–25
    Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 2
    Ember Day “2018 Pension Fund Changes,” presented by CPG @ St. Matthew’s, Indy, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • March 3–5
    Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 23–24
    “Water Justice” @St. Paul’s, Indy, 9 a.m–5 p.m. both days
  • March 27–28
    Bishop w/Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship @ Waycross
  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight @ TBD
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate @ St. Paul’s Columbus 10:30 a.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick @ St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate @ IN State Museum, 2–5 p.m.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop @ Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • May 18–20
    Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
  • June 3
    COM Information Day @ TBD
  • July 10–14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • September 14
    Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross
  • November 30
    Possible date for Ember Day
  • December 7
    Possible date for Ember Day

2018

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

Something you wish to have published in the Wednesday Mailbag?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.