EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN YARD SALE
St. Philip’s, Indianapolis, is having an “Everything Under the Sun Yard Sale” this Saturday, August 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and shop… and buy!
Want to rent a space and table to sell your own items? You may do so for only $20 per parking space and $15 for a table.
Contact Careth Flash, 317-523-3428.
FREE (To You!) ACS AND REALM TRAINING
The diocesan subscription for the terrific ACS webinar training series (includes all ACS products such as ACS on Demand and Realm) is up for renewal. Please let Kim Christopher know if you wish to take advantage of these webinars. Each one is about 15 minutes in length and may offer ideas new to you or a “Wow, I’d forgotten that!” reminder. If the series is not being used there is no reason for us to pay for it. Please let Kim know your thoughts!
VISITED THE PATHWAYS TO VITALITY WEBSITE RECENTLY?
There is a wealth of good information at the website including a new resource by the Rev. Allen Rutherford called, “The Birds and Bees of Clergy Compensation.” If you have any other information you would like to see on the site, please contact Melissa Hickman, Program Director for the Pathways to Vitality Initiative, at email@example.com
Financial assistance is available to stipendiary clergy and their families through the Ministerial Excellence Fund. Needs can range from emergency relief to seminary debt repayment assistance. For more information, visit http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/mef-grants.html
DIOCESAN GODLY PLAY TRAINING (BILINGUAL)
Godly Play Foundation instructors Cheryl Minor and Liz Muñoz will be in Indianapolis to lead this workshop, offered in both English & Spanish (total immersion) from Friday-Sunday, August 25–August 27.
The goal of this training is to deepen your understanding of children’s spirituality while guiding you on a personal journey of wonder. Godly Play is best learned from the inside out. Within a circle facilitated by a Godly Play Trainer, you will experience and learn Godly Play stories, practices, and theology in a collegial, prayerful setting. By exploring the fundamentals of a Godly Play room at an accredited training event, you will improve your teaching skills, learn to build/enhance rooms of your own, and leave spiritually refreshed.
Program administrators, clergy, seminarians, teachers, and parents can all benefit from attending Godly Play training. This is a method for nurturing a child’s relationship with God, not simply “Sunday School” in the way most of us remember. All the people connected to children in your community will benefit from learning the underlying principles.
For general questions about the training please contact Debby Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, are included in your registration. Cost for the 3-day training is $355. Continuing education scholarships for 1/3 the cost ($118) are available through the diocese; please contact the Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger, email@example.com or download the Lay Leadership Grant Application online. Register here for the training.
ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis. Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST). The service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15, at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19th, let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).
SAVORING THE SACRED PAUSES
The Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat with Bishop Jennifer will be a retreat of practices for the rhythm of our days and a rule for our lives. It will happen the weekend of September 29 at Waycross… the deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshiping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us. Put this retreat on your calendar and, because many women in our parishes (perhaps your friends) are not in the EWM database, ask your friends to come to Waycross with you.
Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.
GOOD SAMARITAN, BROWNSBURG, HIRING A DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Here we grow again! As our new church plant continues to bloom, Good Samaritan is ready to hire a quarter-time director of youth ministry. The position is focused on deepening and expanding our already strong presence with youth in external community organizations rather than an simply an “in-house” youth ministry. Want to know more? Click the job description here.
THE RESTORATION PROJECT: WORKSHOP OFFERS TEACHING HELP ON BASICS CLASSES FOR ADULT FORMATION
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis, and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.During our time together, we’ll share:
- how and why to do this work
- why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
- the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
- time adapting the curricula to fit your church
- big picture information about The Restoration Project
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The next listening session is August 27th. Here is the link to more information. (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
August 6 – Transfiguration of our Lord
The Rev. Mark VanWassenhove
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
- August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
- September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
- September 9:
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
- September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
- September 20
Southwest pre-convention deanery mtg at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST
- September 24
Southeast pre-convention deanery mtg at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 3–5 p.m.
- September 29–October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
- October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations
- October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
- October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
- October 26–28:
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
- November 2
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy. Candidates meet w/ bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
- November 17–19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
- July 5–13
General Convention at Austin, TX
- September 28–30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
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