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WEDNESDAY MAILBOX FOR JUNE 2017

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.

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!

REMINDER:  NEXT UP IS SOUTHWEST REGION LAITY—THIS SUNDAY, 1 P.M. CDST AT ST. PAUL’S EVANSVILLE.  REGISTER NOW, USING THE LINK BELOW!
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.

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only—Sunday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life.  All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

June 25 – Proper 7

St. George’s, West Terre Haute

Mr. Chuck Stafford, Senior Warden

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • June 24
    LEV training@Trinity, Bloomington, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session @ St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10-14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • July 15
    LEV training @ Nativity, Indianapolis, 12-3 p.m.
  • August 27
    Spouses of clergy listening session @ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
  • September 1
    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
    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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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JUNE 14, 2017

CALL TO CONVENTION, JUNE 2017
Pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, notice is hereby given that the 180th annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held at Kye’s Event Center, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, on October 26 – 28, 2017.  St. Paul’s, New Albany and St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville will co-host this convention.
All of the convention materials (proposed budget, proposed resolutions and constitution & canon changes, etc.) will be sent by email, posted on the website and sent in the Wednesday Mailbag and monthly e news.   It is your responsibility to print the materials, or load them on to your personal device, and bring them with you to convention.  Wifi access will be very limited, so please do not rely on the internet to access these materials.
If you are a delegate and unable to attend convention, it is your responsibility to notify Kim Christopher at the diocesan office of the change.
As specified in Canon 9, Section 3 and 4, each Deanery Council will meet prior to Convention. This meeting is to include all clergy, wardens, delegates and alternates.  General Convention Deputies will be available at these meetings to discuss Convention protocol.  Please underscore the importance of the Deanery meetings.They are the venue for:

  • Discussion of the 2018 program and budget, as presented by the Executive Council
  • Introduction of nominees for diocesan elections
  • Proposed Resolutions and changes to the Constitution and Canons

Other business that the Dean may include for discussion or action.

Convention dinner is scheduled for Friday evening, October 27th, at 7:30 p.m. at Kye’s. Reservations are required and must be received no later than September 30th. Details and payment information will be posted on the diocesan website at a later date.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Riverside Hotel in Jeffersonville.  Room reservations must be made with the hotel directly: 812-284-6711 or 800-397-3342.  Please tell the hotel you are making reservations in the room block for the Episcopal Diocese Convention.  The last day to make hotel reservations is Oct 5, 2017. The negotiated cost per night is $135 plus applicable taxes. (The negotiated rate is not guaranteed after the cutoff date) You may also click on this link to make your reservations online.

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
Listening sessions across the diocese will be held over the next four months 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 and other groupings for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for each group.  Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with the following 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 will include 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 web site 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.

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 June 24th training.  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 visitor training sessions:

  •   Saturday, June 24, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Trinity, Bloomington.
  •   Saturday, July 15, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Nativity, Indianapolis

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only–Sunday, June 25, 5–7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life. All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

June 18 – Proper 6

St. Alban’s Indianapolis

The Rev. Debbie Dehler

The Rev. Mike Scime, Deacon

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • June 18
    NW region lay listening session at St. John’s, Lafayette, 2 p.m., EDST
  • June 24
    CANCELLED SW region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville
  • June 24
    LEV training at Trinity, Bloomington, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session at St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • July 15
    LEV training at Nativity, Indianapolis, 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–Oct 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

  • July5-13
    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 WEDNESDAY JUNE 7

IMPORTANT!  THE FIRST OF BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS IS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1 p.m. (EDST) AT Trinity, Anderson.  WHILE IT IS ESPECIALLY OFFERED FOR LAITY IN THE NORTHEAST REGION, ALL LAITY ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!  SO THAT WE CAN WELCOME YOU WITH LUNCH AND MATERIALS, PLEASE REGISTER HERE.  SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE LISTENING SESSIONS.

REGISTER NOW!–THE FIRST OF BISHOP JENNIFER’S TEN LISTENING SESSIONS IS THIS SATURDAY
Ten listening sessions across the diocese will be held over the next four months 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 and other groupings for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for each group.  Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with the following 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 will include 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.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival by hosting a booth and marching in the parade.
Walking in the parade? Meet after 8 a.m. on North Ave., between Delaware and Alabama (between Riley Towers). We are in group B. Look for the Episcopal flags! See the line-up map here.
Going to the festival? Come visit our booth, especially at 2 p.m. when we’ll celebrate Mass!
You can see the parade route here and the shuttle route to the festival here.
Contact Suzanne Wille or Troy Long about the parade or Sarah Ginolfi or Sally Hardgrove about the booth and festival.

NEWS AND UPDATE ON BISHOP’S STAFF
The link to the latest news: http://indydio.org/#messagefromjbishopjennifer

ANNUAL CHURCH AUDIT REPORTS
It is time to update our audit files in accordance with Canon 13, Section 1, (e).  All reports of such audits, including any memorandum issued by such auditors or audit committee together with all proposals made by them, shall be filed with the Bishop or Ecclesiastical Authority no later than 30 days following the date of such report.  If completed, please submit your 2016 audit. If you have operating income greater than $120,000 but less than $240,000 and are interested in having a member of the diocesan audit committee review your 2016 books the fee schedule is currently 1% of Net Operating Income.  Reviews by the diocesan committee have just been assigned so if you wish to be considered for a 2016 review by a member of this committee please contact Canon Marsha Gebuhr at gebuhr@indydio.org.  In rotation, several churches with NOI under $120,000 have just been contacted for a diocesan-paid review.

ST. CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL, IS SEEKING A FULL-TIME YOUTH LEADER
St. Christopher’s is seeking a highly-reliable, energetic, and experienced youth leader with excellent communications skills. This person must have a dynamic faith life of their own, and create and maintain a youth ministry that is fun, facilitates spiritual depth, and invites youth into community.  Here is the link to the full job description.  Send a resume to Katherine Bender.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP!
Summer is quickly approaching and the staff at Waycross Camp are excited to welcome you to camp!  We still have spots open in select sessions during the 2017 season. Check out our program offerings for 2017 and register here. We have spots available for both boys and girls in our Session 3A- Adventure Camp (July 9-16) and Session 4A- Adventure Camp (July 16-22).

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING
If you are planning on (or have anyone interested in) attending one of the next Lay Eucharistic Visitor training sessions online registration is open now. 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 visitor training sessions:

  • Saturday, June 24, 9:30 a.m.2 p.m., at Trinity, Bloomington.
  • Saturday, July 15, 12 p.m.3 p.m. at Nativity, Indianapolis

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only–Sunday, June 25, 5–7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life. All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA–YOUR IDEAS NEEDED
What is your parish doing to help address the opioid crisis in your community? What are some ways you believe your parish and other Indiana churches could best help in mitigating the crisis? What ideas do you have as Indiana wrestles with this ever-growing issue? Hoosier legislators want to know! Send your ideas to Kathy Copas and we’ll collect and pass them along. For all you do, thank you!

WE NEED VOLUNTEER DIOCESAN COORDINATORS (YES, MORE THAN ONE!) FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally?  Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through their prayers, gifts, and other types of assistance? Are you interested in monitoring needs in our own diocese and serving with ERD in education and response efforts? Want to know more? Check out www.episcopalrelief.org and get in touch with Kathy Copas to learn more.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

June 11, Trinity Sunday

Trinity, Lawrenceburg

The Rev. Mary Taflinger

The Rev. Dave Guilfoyle, Deacon

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS  (New information in red.) 

  • June 10
    NE region confirmation at Trinity, Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 10
    NE region lay listening session at Trinity, Anderson, 1 p.m., EDST
  • June 18
    NW region lay listening session at St. John’s, Lafayette, 2 p.m., EDST
  • June 24
    CANCELLED SW region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville
  • June 24
    LEV training at Trinity, Bloomington, 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m.
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session at St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • July 15
    LEV training at Nativity, Indianapolis, 123 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 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 @ Waycross

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MAILBAG UPDATE TUESDAY JUNE 6

6 June 2017

Dear Ones,
I have found our first month together as diocese and bishop to be an exhilarating ride. My excitement for what God is doing in our midst continues to grow.  As we begin the season of Pentecost, I’m aware that this time in our church calendar that is also known as “ordinary time” feels anything but.
When I arrived as bishop-elect in February, two long-serving members of the bishop’s staff announced their desire to retire at the end of the calendar year-Marsha Gebuhr, the Canon for Administration, and Sally Cassidy, Executive Assistant to the Bishop. While I began listening and learning the needs of our diocese, it seemed important to move forward with discerning these positions right away. It gives me great joy to announce that I’ve called Mr. Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale to the position of Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism.  The title of this position makes explicit that all canons are “canons to the ordinary” with a particular ministry focus. The “ordinary” being the diocesan bishop.
Many of you will know Brendan as an active lay leader at his parish, the Episcopal Church of All Saints in Indianapolis, and by his roles on the bishop’s search committee, the Diocesan Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church, deputy to General Convention, and a member of the Acts 8 Movement.  Brendan brings 16 years of experience with the Oxford Financial Group where he has had research and advisory responsibility for over $3 billion in assets.  He has experience with endowments and pension plans as well as providing strategic counsel for organizational health. Brendan has a combination of financial acumen, experience in missional evangelism and a love for the Diocese of Indianapolis that makes him right for this role in this time.
As Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism Brendan will provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that the Diocese has the proper operational controls and administrative reporting procedures in place to ensure organizational strength and operating efficiency. The Canon will also support clergy and lay leaders in congregations in developing the evangelistic and missional strategy for reaching out beyond our parochial campuses.
The expansion of this position to include evangelism reflects the desire I’ve already heard from so many of you for resources and support to tend to the deep work of sharing the good news of the Gospel.  It is my hope that all members of the bishop’s staff will have some aspect of this work in their portfolio.  As the listening sessions begin later this week and through the fall, I hope to hear even more from you that will assist me in shaping a bishop’s staff that can support you in your ministries. This includes the position of executive assistant to the bishop-of which the ministry description is currently under review.
Anticipated beginning, pending clear background checks or other requirements, is October 1 giving Brendan and Marsha overlap until her retirement at the end of the calendar year. Details about our celebrations of retiring staff members will be forthcoming later this summer.
In this time of ongoing transition, I bid your prayers for your bishop’s staff and for Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale as he prepares to join us later this fall. May God continue to bless and keep you.
In peace,
Jennifer

 

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 31, 2017

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR DIOCESAN-WIDE LISTENING SESSIONS WITH BISHOP JENNIFER
Ten listening sessions across the diocese will be held over the next four months as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes and dreams and challenges we see for our diocese. Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them and other groupings for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for each group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with the following 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 will include 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 NOW here.

REMEMBER–THIS SUNDAY IS EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED SUNDAY!
Pentecost Sunday, June 4, is our designated day… but you can do projects year–round, including passing the bucket for change “to make a change” twice a year when our clocks get reset, volunteer at some of the agencies in your deanery or even a neighboring deanery. If you want ideas or speakers be sure to contact any of the EFHN Board members or agency directors.
Some information was shared at the clergy conference. For all parishes, you may go to
here and receive more information. This link provides EFHN materials on our website and you may remind members there is a PayPal option to make a donation (note:  there are no more offering envelopes this year). Please participate fully in this only diocesan-wide, Indiana outreach ingathering, which addresses a myriad of problems through wonderful agencies in each of our deaneries!

ANNUAL CHURCH AUDIT REPORTS
It is time to update our audit files in accordance with Canon 13, Section 1, (e).  All reports of such audits, including any memorandum issued by such auditors or audit committee together with all proposals made by them, shall be filed with the Bishop or Ecclesiastical Authority no later than 30 days following the date of such report. If completed, please submit your 2016 audit. If you have operating income greater than $120,000 but less than $240,000 and are interested in having a member of the diocesan audit committee review your 2016 books the fee schedule is currently 1% of Net Operating Income. Reviews by the diocesan committee have just been assigned so if you wish to be considered for a 2016 review by a member of this committee please contact Canon Marsha Gebuhr at gebuhr@indydio.org. In rotation, several churches with NOI under $120,000 have just been contacted for a diocesan-paid review.

BEWARE MAIL SCAM MENTIONING THE BISHOP
Emails have been sent to at least two people in the diocese that supposedly are from the bishop and ask for immediate help in obtaining money, signed “Bishop” and with a direction to not phone or text for confirmation. The email address that originates these emails has the bishop’s name on it but it is not one she has ever owned or controlled. If you receive such an email, delete it. This type of email is known as a “phishing attempt” to get quick money from unwitting victims, and is common in the Episcopal Church (and the wider world), especially when a bishop transition has taken place. If more information about such scams is desired, or if you have replied to such an email and now need assistance dealing with the aftermath, please contact Canon Bruce Gray at gray@indydio.org.

ST. CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL, IS SEEKING A FULL-TIME YOUTH LEADER
St. Christopher’s is seeking a highly-reliable, energetic, and experienced youth leader with excellent communications skills. This person must have a dynamic faith life of their own, and create and maintain a youth ministry that is fun, facilitates spiritual depth, and invites youth into community.  Here is the link to the full job description. Send a resume to Katherine Bender.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL, SATURDAY, JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival by hosting a booth and marching in the parade.
We need to know who’s in! Contact Suzanne Wille or Troy Long about the parade or Sarah Ginolfi or Sally Hardgrove about the booth and festival.
Please read this info sheet for more information.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP!

Summer is quickly approaching and the staff at Waycross Camp are excited to welcome you to camp!  We still have spots open in select sessions during the 2017 season. Check out our program offerings for 2017 and register here. We have spots available for both boys and girls in our Session 3A–Adventure Camp (July 9–16) and Session 4A–Adventure Camp (July 16–22).

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING
If you are planning on (or have anyone interested) in attending one of the next Lay Eucharistic Visitor training sessions online registration will be open next week.  Questions?  Ask The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madu 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 are 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!
The next sessions:

  • Saturday, June 24th, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m., at Trinity, Bloomington.
  • Saturday, July 15th, 12 p.m.–3 p.m. at Nativity, Indianapolis
NOMADS ARE COMING

St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only––Sunday, June 25, 5–7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life.  All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA—YOUR IDEAS NEEDED
What is your parish doing to help address the opioid crisis in your community? What are some ways you believe your parish and other Indiana churches could best help in mitigating the crisis? What ideas do you have as Indiana wrestles with this ever-growing issue? Hoosier legislators want to know! Send your ideas to Kathy Copas and we’ll collect and pass them along. For all you do, thank you!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: WE NEED DIOCESAN COORDINATORS FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally? Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through their prayers, gifts, and other types of assistance? Are you interested in monitoring needs in our own diocese and serving with ERD in education and response efforts?  Want to know more? Check out www.episcopalrelief.org and get in touch with Kathy Copas to learn more.

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING
At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry. Please click these two sites to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

June 4, Day of Pentecost  – EFHN
All EFHN Outreach Agencies. We invite you to pray for those in your deanery.

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS  (New information in red.)
  • June 1
    Erin Hoagland ordination at All Saints, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation at Trinity, Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 10
    NW region lay listening session at Trinity, Anderson, 1 p.m., EDST
  • June 18
    NE region lay listening session at St. John’s, Lafayette, 2 p.m., EDST
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST)
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session at St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • 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–Oct 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • 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 5–13General 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 MAY 24, 2017

DIOCESAN-WIDE LISTENING SESSIONS WITH BISHOP JENNIFER–PLEASE SAVE THE DATES!
Ten listening sessions across the diocese will be held over the next four months as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes and dreams and challenges we see for our diocese. Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them and other groupings for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for each group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with the following 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 will include 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.
Information to RSVP will be made available in the coming days.
Here is the link to the dates, times, participants, and locations of Bishop Jennifer’s listening sessions.

PATHWAYS TO VITALITY BLOG UPDATE
http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/pathways-blog

  1. CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL, IS SEEKING A FULL-TIME YOUTH LEADER
    St. Christopher’s is seeking a highly reliable, energetic, and experienced youth leader with excellent communications skills. This person must have a dynamic faith life of their own, and create and maintain a youth ministry that is fun, facilitates spiritual depth, and invites youth into community.  Here is the link to the full job description.  Send resume to Katherine Bender.

DEADLINE IS TODAY TO REGISTER FOR COM INFORMATION DAY
Information Day will be offered Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. by our bishop and the Commission on Ministry at St. Paul’s, 2651 California St., Columbus, IN 47201.
Information Day is a time for those who are discerning a call to ordained ministry, along with their community of support, to meet the Commission on Ministry and hear about the process of discernment in the Diocese of Indianapolis and in the Episcopal Church.  Each inquirer should be accompanied by her/his spouse, rector (or clergy leadership), and a lay leader or member of the vestry.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Charlie Dupree by today, Wednesday, May 24. He needs to know the names of those planning to attend.  Lunch will be served.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival by hosting a booth and marching in the parade.
We need to know who’s in! Contact Suzanne Wille or Troy Long about the parade or Sarah Ginolfi or Sally Hardgrove about the booth and festival.
Please read this info sheet for more information.

WOW—REMEMBER ALL OF THIS?
The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn offers a whirlwind tour of Bishop Jennifer’s ordination and consecration here.

URGENT NEED:  CAMP HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Waycross Camp is still in need of a doctor or a nurse to serve in our Health Center during the 4th Session, July 16-22. This volunteer position provides support and care to our camp community by running our Health Center, dispensing medications, keeping updated logs, and providing first aid and healthcare as needed. Room and board is provided. Interested parties should contact Victoria Hoppes, victoria@waycrosscenter.org, for more information or to volunteer.

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only—Sunday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life.  All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA—YOUR IDEAS NEEDED
What is your parish doing to help address the opioid crisis in your community? What are some ways you believe your parish and other Indiana churches could best help in mitigating the crisis? What ideas do you have as Indiana wrestles with this ever-growing issue?  Hoosier legislators want to know!  Send your ideas to Kathy Copas and we’ll collect and pass them along.  For all you do, thank you!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: WE NEED DIOCESAN COORDINATORS FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally?  Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through their prayers, gifts, and other types of assistance?  Are you interested in monitoring needs in our own diocese and serving with ERD in education and response efforts?  Want to know more?  Check out www.episcopalrelief.org and get in touch with Kathy Copas to learn more.

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING
At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry.  Please click these two sites to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO JOIN THE YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE
Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) for the 2017-18 school year. We are seeking both youth and adult members to join the YSC. Youth applicants must be in the second semester of 8th grade or older. Adult applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have current Safeguarding God’s Children training.  Complete expectations, requirements, and an application are available here as a PDF.   Applications should be sent to Victoria Hoppes by May 31. Submit applications via email to victoria@waycrosscenter.org or snail mail to: Victoria Hoppes, 7363 Bear Creek Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

May 28, 7 Easter

St. John’s, Mt.Vernon

The Rev. Allen Rutherford

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • May 25
    Central region confirmation@ Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST)
  • June 1
    Erin Hoagland ordination @ All Saints, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day @ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation @ Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 10
    NE region lay listening session @ Trinity, Anderson, 1 p.m., EDST
  • June 18
    NW region lay listening session @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 2 p.m., EDST
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation @ St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST)
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session @ St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10-14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • 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 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

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

 

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 17, 2017

COMMISSION ON MINISTRY INFORMATION DAY AT ST. PAUL’S, COLUMBUS
Information Day will be offered Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. by our bishop and the Commission on Ministry at St. Paul’s, 2651 California St., Columbus, IN 47201.
Information Day is a time for those who are discerning a call to ordained ministry, along with their community of support, to meet the Commission on Ministry and hear about the process of discernment in the Diocese of Indianapolis and in the Episcopal Church. Each inquirer should be accompanied by her/his spouse, rector (or clergy leadership), and a lay leader or member of the vestry.
Please RSVP to The Reverend Charlie Dupree by Wednesday, May 24. He’ll need to know the names of those planning to attend. Lunch will be served.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival! We will host a booth and march in the parade. Now, we need to know who’s in! Please read this info sheet for more information.

WOW–REMEMBER ALL OF THIS?!
The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn offers this whirlwind tour of Bishop Jennifer’s ordination and consecration Here.

CAMP HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL NEEDED!
Waycross Camp is still in need of a doctor or a nurse to serve in our Health Center during the 4th Session, July 16–22. This volunteer position provides support and care to our camp community by running our Health Center, dispensing medications, keeping updated logs, and providing first aid and healthcare as needed. Room and board is provided. Interested parties should contact Victoria Hoppes, victoria@waycrosscenter.org, for more information or to volunteer.

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only – Sunday, June 25, 5–7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life. All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA–YOUR IDEAS NEEDED
What is your parish doing to help address the opioid crisis in your community? What are some ways you believe your parish and other Indiana churches could best help in mitigating the crisis? What ideas do you have as Indiana wrestles with this ever-growing issue?  Hoosier legislators want to know! Send your ideas to Kathy Copas and we’ll collect and pass them along. For all you do, thank you!

EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY–DIOCESAN COORDINATOR FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)
Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally? Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through their prayers, gifts, and other types of assistance? Are you interested in monitoring needs in our own diocese and serving with ERD in education and response efforts? Want to know more? Check out www.episcopalrelief.org and get in touch with Kathy Copas to learn more.                     

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING
At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry. Please click these two sites to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping.

JOIN THE YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE
Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) for the 2017–18 school year. We are seeking both youth and adult members to join the YSC. Youth applicants must be in the second semester of 8th grade or older. Adult applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have current Safeguarding God’s Children training.  Complete expectations, requirements, and an application are available here as a PDF.  Applications should be sent to Victoria Hoppes by May 31. Submit applications via email to victoria@waycrosscenter.org or snail mail to: Victoria Hoppes, 7363 Bear Creek Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160.

CALLING ALL DIOCESAN YOUTH
We are looking for youth from the diocese to serve as runners during this year’s Strawberry Festival at Christ Church Cathedral. Runners must be available to work in two–hour shifts on the day of the festival, Thursday, June 8. Youth Ministries will receive a donation for every shift we fill! Interested? Learn more by contacting April Culbertson to sign up!

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

May 21, 6 Easter, United Thank Offering Sunday

Trinity, Indianapolis

The Rev. Julia Whitworth, The Rev. Karen King

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • May 20
    Northwest region confirmation at St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)
  • May 25
    Central region confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST) 
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation at Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST) 
  • 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 at Waycross

2018

  • July 5-13
    General Convention at Austin, 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.

 

Webinar & Resources for ‘Becoming Beloved Community’

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Following a year of listening, consulting and reflection, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using “Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice.”

The full document is available here. 

“You’re not looking at a set of programs,” Presiding Bishop Curry explained. “You’re looking at a path for how we, as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, can more fully and prayerfully embody the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus in our relationships with each other. Look at the scriptures, at Christian history. There is no doubt that Beloved Community, healing, justice, and reconciliation are at the heart of Jesus’ movement in this world.”

 The “Becoming Beloved Community” vision emerges as a direct response to General Convention Resolution C019 (“Establish Response to Systemic Injustice”). The comprehensive commitment – which the Church’s top leaders crafted in partnership with the Presiding Bishop’s staff, key leaders, networks and organizations dedicated to racial reconciliation – links new initiatives with existing, ongoing work and seeks to support and amplify local, regional, provincial and churchwide network efforts. 

Leaders say “Becoming Beloved Community” is designed as a strategic path through distinct phases that lead to personal and structural transformation:

  1. Telling the Truth about the Church and Race, via a census to determine church demographics and a Racial Justice Audit to study the impact of racism on the Church’s leadership, organizations and bodies.
  2. Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community, via a series of regional public listening and learning engagements, starting with a partnership at Washington National Cathedral.
  3. Practicing the Way of Love, via a churchwide Beloved Community story-sharing campaign, multilingual and multigenerational formation and training, pilgrimages and liturgical resources.
  4. Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society, via advocacy for criminal justice reform, re-entry collaboratives shaped by people moving from prison back to community, and partnership with Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College (the historically black university and college associated with the Episcopal Church).

May 16 webinar to discuss Becoming Beloved Community

Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings will host a free webinar to discuss the Church’s long-term commitment on May 16 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. ET (or at 2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/noon PT/11 a.m. in Alaska/10 a.m. in Hawaii). 

Additional webinars and conversations with specific constituencies will be held in the coming months. Several working groups will be formed to identify and make use of gifts and expertise across the Church. 

No registration is necessary. Additional discussions with different constituencies, including Spanish-speakers, will be held on later dates.

To join the webinar

There is no registration required in order to attend and view the webinar.

Setup for Use of Zoom

Unless you have used Zoom before, it is suggested that you prepare for the webinar beforehand by executing a first-time setup of Zoom software on the device that you will be using, as explained below.

Zoom will require you to enter an email address and to have the Zoom browser plug-in (on a computer) or the Zoom application (on a mobile device) installed.   If you do not have the plug-in/application already installed, please do one of the following at any time before the webinar begins:

  • Click on the link above, and follow the sequence of prompts.
  • In your browser, access  https://zoom.us/, click on Join a Meeting, enter the Meeting ID 956 329 163, and follow the sequence of prompts.
  • When you click on the link above to join the webinar on Tuesday, you will be connected without any further preparation.

Submitting Questions

When the webinar is running, the panelists will endeavor to respond to questions.  In the Zoom view that you will have as an Attendee, please refrain from using the Chat and Raise Hand functions, as neither can be monitored effectively. Instead, use the Q&A window to submit your questions, or send them via Email to webinar@episcopalchurch.org.

The webinar will be available on-demand shortly after the webinar.

Resources

More Info

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 10, 2017

CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE
May 13

Southeast region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Columbus, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)

May 20
Northwest region confirmation at St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)

May 25
Central region confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST)

June 10
Northeast region confirmation at Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)

June 24
Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, NOTE THE TIME CHANGE: candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST)

COMMISSION ON MINISTRY INFORMATION DAY AT ST. PAUL’S, COLUMBUS
Information Day will be offered Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. by our bishop and the Commission on Ministry at St. Paul’s, 2651 California St., Columbus, IN 47201.
Information Day is a time for those who are discerning a call to ordained ministry, along with their community of support, to meet the Commission on Ministry and hear about the process of discernment in the Diocese of Indianapolis and in the Episcopal Church.  Each inquirer should be accompanied by her/his spouse, rector (or clergy leadership), and a lay leader or member of the vestry.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Charlie Dupree by Wednesday, May 24th. He’ll need to know the names of those planning to attend.  Lunch will be served.

LAST REMINDER: YOUR CHURCH TAX FILINGS ARE DUE MAY 15
Every church must file forms 103 and 104 (Business Tangible Personal Property Return) annually. The forms may be obtained from your Township Assessor and must be filed no later than May 15, 2017.  We ask that all congregations obtain a receipted copy at the Assessor’s office upon filing and send a copy to the diocesan office to the attention of Kim Christopher. If you have made additions to your building or purchased property in the past year you also need to file a form 136. You may download the forms from the state website at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4971.htm .

2018 FIRST BUDGET DRAFT
The Budget Formation Group has met and begun work on the 2018 budget.  At this point, the process invites suggestions and conversation. In early summer, Bishop Jennifer will be hosting listening sessions that may impact the budget formation before going to our convention.  At this link, http://indydio.org/2018-budget-resources/ , you will find the draft of the 2018 budget with all requests that have been made and an accompanying letter from the The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and the Chair of the Budget Committee, the Rev. C. Davies Reed.  Also included on the website are the calculations for the 2018 apportionment based on the current recommended budget… which is still not a balanced budget.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival!  We will host a booth and march in the parade. Now, we need to know who’s in!  Please read this info sheet for more information, but here are the highlights:

  • Let us know how many folks from your church will march and are planning to bring a banner.
  • If your church isn’t walking, but you want to join us, let us know that, too!
  • We need five teams of two people each to staff the booth for two-hour slots on Saturday as well as people to set up and tear down the booth.
  • We will provide training for those staffing the booth.  (Training will be May 20 at 3 p.m. at Fountain Square.)
  • We will again provide water and snacks at the booths. Churches…we need donations!
  • We will provide a link to order t-shirts if you would like; otherwise, wear one from former Indy Prides or wear a white, red, or blue shirt. 
  • If you have any questions about the parade, please contact The Rev’d Suzanne Wille or Troy Long.  Contact The Rev’d Sarah Ginolfi or Sally Hardgrove about the booth and festival.

PEACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ROCKPORT, HAS MOVED
Peace Episcopal Church, Rockport, has moved this week. Their new address is 223 County Road 350W, Rockport IN 47635.  All other information remains the same. If you plan to visit, they advise you rely upon MapQuest for now.  Some GPS systems, including Garmin, seem to be leading visitors astray.  (We’re working on helping resolve that issue now!)

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA—YOUR IDEAS NEEDED
What is your parish doing to help address the opioid crisis in your community? What are some ways you believe your parish and other Indiana churches could best help in mitigating the crisis? What ideas do you have as Indiana wrestles with this ever-growing issue? Hoosier legislators want to know!  Send your ideas to Kathy Copas and we’ll collect and pass them along.  For all you do, thank you!

EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY—DIOCESAN COORDINATOR FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)
Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally?  Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through their prayers, gifts, and other types of assistance?  Are you interested in monitoring needs in our own diocese and serving with ERD in education and response efforts?  Want to know more?  Check out www.episcopalrelief.org and get in touch with Kathy Copas to learn more.                           

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING
At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry.  Please click these two sites to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping.

JOIN THE YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE
Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) for the 2017-18 school year. We are seeking both youth and adult members to join the YSC. Youth applicants must be in the second semester of 8th grade or older. Adult applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have current Safeguarding God’s Children training.  Complete expectations, requirements, and an application are available here as a PDF.   Applications should be sent to Victoria Hoppes by May 31. Submit applications via email to victoria@waycrosscenter.org or snail mail to: Victoria Hoppes, 7363 Bear Creek Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160.

CALLING ALL DIOCESAN YOUTH
We are looking for youth from the diocese to serve as runners during this year’s Strawberry Festival at Christ Church Cathedral. Runners must be available to work in two-hour shifts on the day of the festival, Thursday, June 8.  Youth Ministries will receive a donation for every shift we fill! Interested? Learn more by contacting April Culbertson to sign up!

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

May 14, 5 Easter

The staff of the Waycross Camp and Conference Center

Van Beers, Executive Director.

Members of the Standing Committee, Executive Council and Commission on Ministry

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Councilat St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m. 
  • May 13
    Southeast region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Columbus, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)
  • May 20
    Northwest region confirmation at St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)
  • May 25
    Central region confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST) 
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation at Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST) 
  • July 1014
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 29October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 2628
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 1719
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

  • Jul y5-13
    General Convention @ Austin, TX
  • September 28-30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

 

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