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Wednesday Mailbag for October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014

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GROWING OUR EPISCOPAL CHURCHES
Canon Bruce Gray will present a repeat of his "Growing Episcopal Churches" training day that was held at St. Thomas in September. The repeat program will be hosted by St. Christopher's, Carmel on November 4, 6:30 p.m., and is open to everyone.    

Bruce will be talking about the particular ways in which Episcopal Churches grow in membership and how to apply those techniques to congregations, both large and small, within our diocese. Topics he will cover include: who is typically drawn to Episcopal Churches, how should we welcome first timers, and how do we let go of old ways as part of inviting and welcoming new people.    

Dinner will cost $5 (pay for it at St. Christopher's). Reservations are requested and can be made through the diocesan website. Contact Bruce at gray(at)indydio.org.   

ANTI-RACISM TRAINING LOCATION & DATE REMINDER 
Anti-Racism Training, this Saturday November 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wyndham Indianapolis-West (old Adams Mark) 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis. If you cannot attend this session, please check the www.indydio.org homepage for information and a link to a session being offered by the Diocese of Southern Ohio on December 13. Talk about it on social media via #INanti-racism or #episcopalIN.  

MEDICAL & DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER
Retiree open enrollment will be mailed on November 4 from the Medical Trust. The open enrollment period for retirrees will be from November 11 through December 5. 

Active clergy & lay employees: Please make sure you have completed your open enrollment by this Friday, October 31.

THE REV. CANON DEBRA J. KISSINGER 
Canon Kissinger will be on Sabbatical from November 1, 2014 to February 16, 2015. Questions and emails regarding: Transition and Leadership Development may directed to Canon to the Ordinary, Bruce Gray at gray(at)indydio.org; Grants may be directed to Canon of Administration, Marsha Gebuhr at gebuhr(at)indydio.org; Sharing our Currencies catalog submissions may be directed to John Vernon Oaks, oaks(at)indydio.org. For other areas, please check with Sally Cassidy and she will direct you to the correct person.   

SHARING OUR CURRENCIES CATALOG
Our diocese is rich with many currencies of Gracious Leadership that can be shared...if others only knew they were available!

We are putting together a Sharing our Currencies Catalog of workshops and courses available by people like you and we would like your participation. Use the form at the top of the catalog to share your currency of Gracious Leadership!

The Sharing our Currencies catalog is available to all. Sharing your currency of Gracious Leadership is just one way of sharing in networked creative leadership in the Diocese of Indianapolis.  

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEEDED
This is a half-time position at Trinity, Indianapolis. Applicants must have knowledge and experience with Godly Play curriculum.   For more info contact The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar, lrutenbar(at)trinitychurchindy.org.

OUT OF SILENCE–A VOICE
Church of the Nativity invites you to an Advent Quiet Day, "Out of Silence–A Voice" on Thursday, December 4, from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Nativity's rambling building on several acres of wooded land is the perfect place to spend a few hours or the whole day in quiet reflection on the mystery about to unfold. There are places indoors to pray, to sit, to write or to read. The indoor labyrinth will be available.  Weather permitting, the grounds will be available and include a prayer path through the woods and an outdoor labyrinth. A soup and bread lunch will be offered. Then, as we finish lunch, we will read the Gospel of Mark aloud, in community. Nativity is located at 7300 Lantern Rd, Indianapolis. An RSVP is appreciated at 317-849-3656 or nativity(at)nativity-indy.org.  Graceconomics will be practiced.  For more information: The Rev. Mary Slenski, trrector(at)nativity-indy.org. Nativity is handicapped accessible and there is lots of parking. 

FROM ST. PHILLIP'S---BRIDGE BUILDING: IMPD AND THE INDY COMMUNITY 
We at St. Philip's, Indianapolis, will open wide our doors on November 7, at 7 p.m. for a community-wide conversation with IMPD Chief, Rick Hite. The theme of this discussion is Bridge Building: IMPD and the Indy Community. This conversation is part of a series which, we hope, will lead to action! Come! Bring a friend or family member with you. A reception will follow. 

Help us spread the word.  Send this link (https://www.dropbox.com/s/45ci40bbycaryvq/Hite%20Flyer.pdf?dl=0) to those you know for a flyer for the event!

ST. CECILIA FESTIVAL AT CHRIST CHURCH, MADISON
Christ Church, Madison will host a festival worship service honoring St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, poets, and organ-builders, on Friday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. Yes! You are invited. A reception will follow. The festival will feature the world premier of a specially commissioned setting of Psalm 150 by Indiana composer James Stanley, sung by a choir and featuring soprano Allison Watson of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. We will also enjoy the brass quartet of Brook Reindollar, Dave Butler, J. Michael Raley, and Bill Kendell plus the works of Robert Haas and Herbert Howells. There will be hymns for all to sing. In addition, there will be dramatic readings of poetry by John Donne, Walt Whitman, and Yvon. For more information, go to www.cecmadison.org. 

THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" NEEDS YOU
It needs you to share it! If you know someone who should be getting this information each week ask them to request being added to the Mailbag newsletter. Got an item you wish to have published? Let us know at mailbag(at)indydio.org. (We do need your submission by Tuesday noon.)  Need to talk with a real live person about the Mailbag? John Oaks, diocesan office, extension 7.  

DIOCESAN COMMUNICATORS GROUP SELECTS BASIC WEBSITE DESIGN
The diocesan communicators Facebook group has now honed in on a new visual design for the diocesan website and is about to consider navigational issues to develop it. EACH PARISH is invited and encouraged to assign one representative to be a part of this discussion so the new website will truly address all ongoing concerns and end up satisfying as many needs as possible. Please help us get your parish in on this important discussion! Facebook message Kathy Copas for an invitation.             
 
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER  
Nov 2 - All Saints Sunday, All Saints, Indianapolis
The Rev. Suzanne Wille; The Rev. Brantley Alexander, Deacon

FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014
  • Anti-Racism Training, Nov 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wyndham Indianapolis-West (old Adams Mark) 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis
  • Growing Episcopal Churches training, St. Christopher's, Carmel, Nov 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • LEV training, Nov 15, 1-4 p.m. at St. Mark's, Plainfield
  • Diocesan Youth Fall Conference, Nov 21-23, Waycross
  • Advent Ember Day, Dec 11, 10 - 3 p.m., Interchurch Center
FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2015
    • Trinity Institute, Jan 22-24, St. Paul's, Indy & Trinity, Bloomington
    • Vestry College, Feb 20-21, Waycross
    • Lenten Ember Day Gathering, Feb 26, Interchurch Center
    • Diocesan Youth Spring Retreat, Mar 6-8, Waycross
    • Spring Clergy Conference, Apr 13-15, Waycross (Dean's meet 1-3 p.m.,last day)
    • Fall Ember Day Gathering, Sep 17, Interchurch Center, (Dean's mtg following)
    • Advent Ember Day, Dec 10, Interchurch Center

Past Issues

Wednesday Mailbag for October 29, 2014

GROWING OUR EPISCOPAL CHURCHES, ANTI-RACISM TRAINING LOCATION AND DATE REMINDER, MEDICAL & DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER, THE REV. CANON DEBRA J. KISSINGER, SHARING OUR CURRENCIES CATALOG, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEEDED, OUT OF SILENCE–A VOICE, FROM ST. PHILLIPS–BRIDGE BUILDING: IMPD AND THE INDY COMMUNITY, ST CECILIA FESTIVAL AT CHRIST CHURCH, MADISON, THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" NEEDS YOU, DIOCESAN COMMUNICATORS GROUP SELECTS BASIC WEBSITE DESIGN, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014 AND 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for October 22, 2014

FOLLOW THE NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT DIOCESAN CONVENTION, FREE CHILD CARE AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEEDED, EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SERVICES, OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH CARE THROUGH 30TH, DENTAL PLAN CHOICES AT-A-GLANCE FOR 2015, TRANSPORTATION AND LUNCH OPTIONS AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION, CLERGY INVITED TO VEST FOR CONVENTION EUCHARIST, THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" NEEDS YOU, DIOCESAN COMMUNICATORS GROUP SELECTS BASIC WEBSITE DESIGN, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014–2015

Wednesday Mailbag for October 15, 2014

EPISCOPAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS LIST, LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING, TRANSPORTATION AND LUNCH OPTIONS AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION, CLERGY INVITED TO VEST FOR CONVENTION EUCHARIST, HEALTH CARE: OPEN ENROLLMENT, DIOCESAN COMMUNICATORS TEST OUT NEW WEB SITE DESIGM, THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" NEEDS YOU, LIKEWISE, THE GATHERED COMMUNITY MONTHLY E-NEWS..., NEW CROP OF MYSTERY GUESTS READY TO BE DEPLOYED, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014 AND 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for October 8, 2014

NO ONE LIGHTS A LAMP AND THEN PUTS IT UNDER A BASKET, HEALTH CARE: OPEN ENROLLMENT, 2015 UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) GRANT CYCLE (http://uto2014.wordpress.com/), DIOCESAN CONVENTION BRIEFS, WE'VE MOVED ANTI-RACISM TRAINING, SUPPLY CLERGY LIST, THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" NEEDS YOU, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014, FOR 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for October 1, 2014

Great News!, Free Holy Currencies Training, Churchwide Task Force on Reimaging Web Gathering Tomorrow, The "Wednesday Mailbag? Needs You, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events for 2014 and 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for September 24, 2014

Need Offering Envelopes?, Register Now: MentalHealth Basics for Life and Ministry: What Every Pastor Needs to Know, Spirit & Place Festival, First Fridays at St Philip's Indianapolis, Churchwide Task Force on Reimagining Tec Offers Web Gathering, Up Next... Access ACS: "Groups" which one to use?, Daughters of the King, The "Wednesday Mailbag" and You, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for September 17, 2014

TRAINING DAY: GROWING EPISCOPAL CHURCHES... (TIME CORRECTION!), MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DR. BOBBY FONG, PANELISTS NAMED FOR EPISCOPAL CHURCH FORUM, DIOCESAN YOUTH WILL PRACTICE "GRACECONOMICS" AT CONVENTION, ANTI-RACISM TRAINING, WANT TO HOST A DIOCESAN TRAINING?, 2015 RECOMMENDED CLERGY COMPENSATION GUIDELINES, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION EXPANDS---STAY INFORMED!, UP NEXT...ACCESS ACS: "GROUPS" WHICH ONE TO USE?, STILL SEEKING..., MORE MYSTERY GUESTS NEEDED, THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" AND YOU DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for September 10, 2014

DEANERY MEETINGS UPDATE, TRAINING DAY: GROWING EPISCOPAL CHURCHES, BENEFIT FOR ST. THOMAS CLINIC, MENTAL HEALTH BASICS FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: WHAT EVERY PASTOR NEEDS TO KNOW, HOLY CURRENCIES TRAINING FOR ALL AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION, STILL SEEKING... , MORE MYSTERY GUESTS NEEDED, THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014

Wednesday Mailbag for September 3, 2015

DEANERY MEETINGS UPDATE, CHRISTOPHER BEASLEY TO BE ORDAINED THIS SATURDAY, FESTIVAL OF FAITHS...THIS SUNDAY!, DEADLINE FOR EMBER DAY REGISTRATION, MEDIA MONDAY AND PARISH COMMUNICATORS GROUP FOCUSES ON DIOCESAN WEBSITE, THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG, YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, EFM AT ST. TIMOTHY'S, INDY , HELP WANTED: CUSTODIAN ASSISTANT AT ST. PAUL'S, INDY, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014:,

Wednesday Mailbag for August 27, 2014

FESTIVAL OF FAITHS, THE WEDNESDAY MAILBAG, THE ECF ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF THE BARNABAS PROJECT, HELP WANTED: CUSTODIAN ASSISTANT AT ST. PAUL'S, INDY, SPANISH VERSION, TENS ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN, ON LINE TODAY!, CONVENTION REPORTS, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS:

Wednesday Mailbag for August 20, 2014

NEXT WEEK'S MAILBAG, GROWING THE CHURCH...THIS SATURDAY, LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING REMINDER, CONVENTION REPORTS,

Wednesday Mailbag for August 13, 2014

POSITION OPEN FOR ORGANIST AT ST. THOMAS, FRANKLIN, A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY SEMINAR OPPORTUNITY, EXHIBIT SPACE AT CONVENTION, CONVENTION REPORTS, REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: TRAINING FOR CLERGY & LAY LEADERS, PLEASE CHECK YOUR LISTING, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014

Wednesday Mailbag for August 6, 2014

MANDATED TRAINING FOR CLERGY & ELECTED/APPOINTED LAY LEADERS, CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONS: TAPPING COMMUNITY FUNDING SOURCES, ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FAITHS, ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PANEL BUILD AT ST. PAUL'S, INDIANAPOLIS, UP NEXT...ACCESS ACS and PEOPLE, FIRES IN THE DIOCESE OF SPOKANE, THE WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP AT ST. JOHN'S, LAFAYETTE, SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN THIS SUMMER AND FALL, THOSE FABULOUS EPISCOPAL WELCOME T-SHIRTS..., STILL GATHERING NAMES..., REMINDER! GROWING THE CHURCH TRAINING WITH CANON GRAY AUGUST 23, AUGUST CIGNA EAP WEBCAST OPPORTUNITIES, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for July 30, 2014

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2015 AT TRINITY, BLOOMINGTON & ST. PAUL'S, INDY, SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN THIS SUMMER AND FALL, THOSE FABULOUS EPISCOPAL WELCOME T-SHIRTS..., STILL GATHERING NAMES..., REMINDER! GROWING THE CHURCH TRAINING WITH CANON GRAY AUGUST 23, AUGUST CIGNA EAP WEBCAST OPPORTUNITIES, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, INVITATION TO ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for July 23, 2014

EPISCOPAL WOMEN'S MINISTRIES FALL RETREAT, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, THIS SUNDAY: WAYCROSS INDY SUMMER CELEBRATION, LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING, INVITATION: CHRISTOPHER BEASLEY'S ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD, PARISH COMMUNICATORS GROUP FORMING, BASICS WORKSHOP: FORMING MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, SOCIETY OF THE MAGI, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for July 16, 2014

SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, WAYCROSS INDY SUMMER CELEBRATION, UP NEXT...ACCESS ACS and PEOPLE, BASICS WORKSHOP: FORMATION TO FORM MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, CIGNA EAP WELLNESS WEBCAST SEMINAR, SOCIETY OF THE MAGI, WANT TO INSTANTLY PROMOTE YOUR NEXT EVENT OR PROGRAM FAR AND WIDE IN THE DIOCESE AND CHURCHWIDE?, "THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WELCOMES ALL!" T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for July 9, 2014

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN MATERIAL, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT, UP NEXT...ACCESS ACS: ONLINE GIVING, CIGNA EAP WELLNESS WEBCAST SEMINAR, WANT TO INSTANTLY PROMOTE YOUR NEXT EVENT OR PROGRAM FAR AND WIDE IN THE DIOCESE AND CHURCHWIDE?, ST. GEORGE'S CELEBRATES 100 YEARS! EVERYONE IS INVITED, ARTWORK INVITED FOR EPISCOPAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS CARD, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for July 2, 2014

SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, CIGNA EAP JULY WELLNESS SEMINARS, HAVING TROUBLE FINDING SOMETHING ON THE DIOCESAN WEBSITE? HAVE IDEAS TO HELP MAKE THE WEBSITE BETTER?, WANT TO INSTANTLY PROMOTE YOUR NEXT EVENT OR PROGRAM FAR AND WIDE IN THE DIOCESE AND CHURCHWIDE?, ST. GEORGE'S CELEBRATES 100 YEARS! EVERYONE IS INVITED, ARTWORK INVITED FOR EPISCOPAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS CARD, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for June 25, 2014

SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY---COMING THIS SUNDAY!, ST. GEORGE'S CELEBRATES 100 YEARS! EVERYONE IS INVITED, TRINITY INSTITUTE 2015, TRANSITION NEWS, FREE MONEY: GRANTS FOR LAY, CLERGY & CONGREGATIONAL FORMATION & DEVELOPMENT, GROWING THE CHURCH TRAINING AUGUST 23, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, MISSED THE LIVE WEBCAST?, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for June 18, 2014

GREAT NEW RESOURCE, DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED INGATHERING CONTINUES, HAITI TRIP: YOU'RE INVITED!, YOUR SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN GIFTS AT WORK, PRIDE T-SHIRT INFO, HIRING: SEXTON ASSISTANT, PART-TIME, CHURCHWIDE SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY IS COMING JUNE 29, IN CASE YOU MISSED THE LIVE WEBCAST!, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for June 11, 2014

DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE, IF YOU FIND A MISSING "Certification of Wardens and Leaders 2014" FORM, EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED INGATHERING CONTINUES, YOUR SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN GIFTS AT WORK, INDY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL IS THIS SATURDAY, CHURCHWIDE SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY IS COMING JUNE 29, SUMMER JOBS FOR FINANCE COMMITTEES, IN CASE YOU MISSED THE LIVE WEBCAST!, CONGREGATION CHANGES/UPDATES, SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG?, THE DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AVAILABLE The Call to Convention and some associated materials are now live on the diocesan website at www.indydio.org We will be adding to this information often so please check back regularly. Now is a great time to prayerfully consider offering your gifts and skills for the convention election process. IF YOU FIND A MISSING "Certification of Wardens and Leaders 2014" FORM for one of these churches: Episcopal Campus Ministry, Indiana University Peace, Rockport St. Andrew's, Greencastle St. Luke's, Cannelton St. Philip's,Indianapolis St. Stephen's, Elwood St. Stephen's, New Harmony Please send it along to oaks(at)indydio.org . The "Certification of Wardens and Leaders 2014" form can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ezk7njhk5zij8fz/Certification-Wrdns-Ldrs%202014.doc EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED INGATHERING CONTINUES Many parishes chose Pentecost Sunday for an ingathering of gifts for the Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN). But, if you didn't have that opportunity, gifts are still encouraged. EFHN touches every corner of our diocese, supporting minisitries and agencies engaged in providing the most basic of human needs assistance, from food to medications. Need additional materials, advice, or help with your EFHN efforts? Contact the diocesan office. YOUR SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN GIFTS AT WORK In the midst of an ever-enlarging massive human needs crisis in South Sudan, the diocese is continuing to direct funds to provide the basics of water, food, medicines, and mosquito netting. The rainy season has now come to the Bor region. Yet, on Pentecost Sunday, St. Andrew's Cathedral hosted just over a thousand people in worship. Your prayers and help are still needed. Consider visiting our giving site at www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org, placing an additional order of heart-shaped pins to sell, or doing whatever you can to continue to offer support to the people of Bor and South Sudan. Your help is truly saving lives and bringing comfort but the task before us remains enormous. If you need more heart-shaped pins, pin display boards, information, or any other type of assistance or ideas with respect to your efforts for Bor, please contact KathyCopas(at)aol.com. For all you do for the people of Bor, thank you! INDY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL IS THIS SATURDAY A large contingent of Hoosier Episcopalians are marching and welcome you to join in! For more...and the latest... information, visit the Diocese of Indianapolis at Circle City Pride Festival and Parade site on Facebook. CHURCHWIDE SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY IS COMING JUNE 29 Plan now to help The Episcopal Church diocesan-wide and churchwide trend by posting from your parish worship and activities that day on all of your favorite social media---from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and Instagram---with #episcopal #episcopalIN and #indyepiscopal. Contact KathyCopas(at)aol.com for more information or help. SUMMER JOBS FOR FINANCE COMMITTEES Some congregations only have active Finance Committees at budget formation time, or perhaps when finances are getting tight. But summertime can be a great time for the Finance Committee to get some housekeeping tasks done that often get set aside for later during busier times of year. Below are just a handful of ideas for summer chores for your congregation's Finance Committee, or Vestry/Bishop's Committee if there is no Finance Committee... Review or create written Finance Committee responsibilities and make additions and revisions to be forwarded to the Vestry/Bishop's Committee for adoption. Review or create written descriptions of the objectives, responsibilities and accountabilities of the treasurer, Sunday offering counters, check signers, and other participants in the financial processes of the congregation. Have a discussion and review of the first half of the year church financials, looking for trends, budget performance on both income and expenses, and other relevant matters for the benefit of the committee as well as the Vestry/Bishop's Committee. Use this analysis to develop a cash flow and expenses plan for the rest of the year. For help with these or any other parish ministry tasks, please feel free to contact Canon Bruce Gray: gray(at)indydio.org IN CASE YOU MISSED THE LIVE WEBCAST! Last weekend's TENS "Walking the Way" stewardship conference is now available to view on an as needed basis through June 29. It even works on your mobile device. Here's the address: http://www.tens2014.org/ CONGREGATION CHANGES/UPDATES The Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis has called The Rev. Mary Slenski to serve as their Transition Priest (Interim) beginning August 25, 2014. Mary has served in several parishes of the diocese: St. Paul's, New Albany (Interim), Trinity, Lawrenceburg (Sabbatical Supply) and, St. Stephen's, Terre Haute (Interim). Mary is a transition ministry specialist and we give thanks for her continued service in the diocese. At St. Stephen's, Terre Haute, The Rev. Mary Slenski will complete her Interim ministry on July 20, 2014. The Rev. William Wieland will serve as an extended supply priest until St. Stephen's calls their rector. Our prayers continue for St. Stephen's as they move towards the conclusion of their search journey. We give thanks for Bill's service at St. Stephen's during this time. SOMETHING FOR THE MAILBAG? Send it to: mailbag(at)indydio.org THE DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER June 15 - Trinity Sunday, Trinity, Indianapolis The Rev. Thomas Kryder-Reid, The Rev. Karen King, The Rev. Robert P. Dekker FUTURE EVENTS Pride Parade & Festival, June 14 Social Media Sunday Churchwide and Diocesan-wide June 29 Episcopal Youth Event: July 9-16, Philadelphia, PA LEV Training, August 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Paul's, Indianapolis Fall Ember Day Gathering, September 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Interchurch Center (Deans meeting follows) Episcopal Women's Ministries Fall Retreat, September 26-28 at Waycross Webcast: Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for Greater Good, October 22 Diocesan Convention, October 23-25, hosted by Grace Church, Muncie Diocesan Youth Fall Conference, November 21-23, Waycross Advent Ember Day, December 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Interchurch Center For 2015: Vestry College, February 20-21 Waycross Lenten Ember Day Gathering, February 26, Interchurch Center Diocesan Youth Spring Retreat, March 6-8, Waycross Spring Clergy Conference, April 13-15, Waycross (Dean's meeting 1-3 p.m. on the last day) Fall Ember Day Gathering, September 17, Interchurch Center, (Dean's meeting following) Advent Ember Day, December 10, Interchurch Center

Wednesday Mailbag for June 4, 2014

DISCERNMENT FOR ORDAINED MINISTRY INFORMATION DAY THIS SATURDAY, SAFETY INSPECTIONS, FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP WEBCAST THIS WEEK, SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY JUNE 29---LET'S GET READY!, LEV TRAINING SESSION WITH ARCHDEACON RON GOLDFARB, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for May 28, 2014

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP WEBCAST NEXT WEEK, OOPS!, INFORMATION DAY: DISCERNMENT FOR ORDAINED MINISTRY, SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY JUNE 29---LET'S GET READY!, SO MANY "PIN STARS" THIS WEEK..., EPISCOPAL WOMEN'S MINISTRIES FALL RETREAT, LEV TRAINING SESSION WITH ARCHDEACON RON GOLDFARB, EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOSTS MAJOR TOPICAL FORUM, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for May 21, 2014

TODAY! NORTHEAST DEANERY COUNCIL MEETING, SHARED MINISTRY: ST. JAMES, VINCENNES & ST. JOHN'S, WASHINGTON, ST. STEPHEN'S, NEW HARMONY, ST. PETER'S, LEBANON, LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING, A PLEA TO THE DEANS OF THE DIOCESE..., PROGRESS REPORT: CERTIFICATION OF WARDENS AND LEADERS,2014, THE EPISCOPAL NETWORK FOR STEWARDSHIP (TENS) WEBCAST, INFORMATION DAY: DISCERNMENT FOR ORDAINED MINISTRY, HORIZONS STEWARDSHIP YEAR 'ROUND RESOURCES, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for May 14, 2014

BISHOP OFFERS A NEW VIDEO MESSAGE ON THE DIOCESE OF BOR AND SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS, NORTHEAST DEANERY COUNCIL MEETING, TEENY TINY CHANGE=PROGRESS...BUT NOT A HIGH GRADE, EMPOWER YOUR VOICE---WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE, THE EPISCOPAL NETWORK FOR STEWARDSHIP (TENS) WEBCAST, INFORMATION DAY, EDUCATION WEEKEND, MAY 16-18, WITH CENTRAL INDIANA EDUCATION ALLIANCE, IN A DITHER?, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

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