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Wednesday Mailbag for April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

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REGISTRATION TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Register now for Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Missional and Sustainable Ministries Diocesan Leadership Day to be held April 26, at St. Paul's, Indianapolis.

Register at: https://2014episcopal.theregistrationsystem.com/en/1975. This gathering is for all people who care about their parishes and our diocese including: Executive Council, Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry, Deacons, Priests, Women's Groups, Re-Imagining Task Force, Diocesan Staff, Wardens and Vestry members. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. To learn more about these events go to: www.indydio.org–events!  Clergy, please click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/laghl30he2vaq0/Holy%20Currencies%20Clergy%20Conference%20Promo%20Flyer.pdf.

WHY ME?
You may ask: "Why am I getting the Wednesday Mailbag?"
The answer is: Because you are a leader in the diocese.  Please share information you find here with those you think appropriate!

SECOND REMINDER 103-104 TAX FILINGS
Each church must file annually Forms 103 and 104 (Business Tangible Personal Property Return), which may be obtained from your Township Assessor.  These forms must be filed no later than May 15, 2013.  We ask that all congregations obtain a receipted copy at the Assessor's office upon filing and return this copy to the diocesan office to the attention of Kim Smith.  If you have added on to your building or purchased property in the past year you would also need to file a form 136.  You may pull the forms from the state web site at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4971.htm.

We have not received hard copies in the past few years but a post card reminder arrived this week.

NEW LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING SESSIONS 

May 24, 1–4 p.m. at St. Timothy's, Indianapolis

August 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at St. Paul's, Indianapolis

Attendees from your parish should purchase and read "Manual for Eucharistic Visitors" by Beth Wickenberg Ely. It is available online from Church Publishing.

The diocese is trying to conduct training about six times a year in various locations. It will be helpful if you can identify those who will need to renew licenses or get licensed for the first time. Please note the bishop only issues licenses during Advent. Participants need to bring their application form (signed by their rector/priest-in-charge and senior warden) to the training and they should, of course, be a communicant in good standing. Here is the application form Questions? Please call (317) 459-0105 or contact Fatima Yakubu-Madus.   

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE CHANGE–PLEASE NOTE
(Bishop Mauricio is no longer the Primate of Brazil)

Diocese of Brasilia and Mauricio, their bishop

Diocese of Bor and Ruben, their bishop 

PATHWAYS WRAP UP DAY MAY 10  
On Saturday, May 10, we will celebrate our nine months of our diocesan Pathways to Vitality program at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 8320 East 10th St. on the east side of Indianapolis, a little west of Post Road. The day starts at 9 a.m. with a hot breakfast, followed by sessions in which each church will be asked to describe what they learned from their Pathways experiences. We will be video recording these sessions in order to share and preserve the Pathways wisdom gained (remembering that we can learn at least as much from failures as successes). Around noon we will have a festive catered lunch followed by wrap up sessions, concluding the day by 4 p.m. Each parish that participated in the Pathways to Vitality program will receive a framed certificate. Once again, the Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren from Oregon will be working with Canon Bruce Gray through the day.

All meals will be provided free of cost, but reservations would be helpful. The diocesan registration page is ready to receive reservations now. People requiring motel rooms due to the early start can contact Kim Smith in the diocesan office (smith(at)indydio.org) since she has arranged for discounted rooms near St. Matthew's. If no one from your Pathways team can attend, please send a written summary to Bruce at gray(at)indydio.org so that he can share it with the rest of the group on May 10.

Pathways to Vitality is a program written by Bruce for our diocese and funded by a grant from the Episcopal Church. The guiding theory is that congregations that learn about the dynamics of change are better equipped to faithfully and skillfully deal with the changing world, and the best way to deeply learn is through experience. So each congregation was asked to attempt one small change, with ongoing reflection and evaluation of how that change took place in their particular congregation, so that those congregations will have the ability to make larger changes successfully. If you would like more information about Pathways to Vitality, please contact Bruce (gray(at)indydio.org) or go to the Pathways website www.pathwaystovitality.org.

ENERGY WORKSHOP OFFERED---YOU'RE INVITED!
The Creation Care Committee at Trinity, Bloomington, invites you to join them for a free "nuts-and-bolts" workshop on how to heat, cool, and light church facilities and homes more efficiently and save on energy costs:

EPISCOPAL ENERGY---Caring for Creation while cutting church utility bills

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis (free parking)

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Karen Smith at tvagerbiler(at)yahoo.com.   

MONDAY, MAY 5, 7 p.m.–8 p.m. MEDIA MONDAY VIA WEBEX WEBCONFERENCE ON PROMOTING YOUR PARISH EVENTS
Congratulations! You've got a great parish event scheduled this spring or summer–now bring on the people! How do you get more people to attend your event? How do you manage to get media attention?  How do you share something about your church while people are there having fun who aren't already a part of your parish family? What about enlisting community or business sponsors or donors? We'll explore all of this and more and share all of our best ideas for making parish special events really special! Message KathyCopas(at)aol.com for an invitation.         

AH, THE LIST DIMINISHETH!
However; for these churches we still don't know the names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of the vestries, delegates, alternate delegates and other leaders:

 Christ Church Cathederal Church of the Nativity
 Episcopal Campus Ministry Indiana University Grace Church
 Peace St. James, New Castle
 St. Paul's, Richmond St. Luke's, Shelbyville
 St. Andrew's St. Francis-in-the-Fields 
 St. George's St. John's, Bedford
 St. Luke's, Cannelton St. Mary's 
 St. Paul's, Columbus 

St. Philip's

 St. Stephen's, Elwood St. Stephen's, New Harmony 
 Trinity, Indianapolis Trinity, Lawrenceburg 










Please send The Certification of Wardens and Leaders 2014 form that can be found at http://indydio.org/diocese2012/find-resource/forms/.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

April 27-2 Easter

Christ Church, Madison

The Rev. Evelyn Wheeler 

FUTURE EVENTS

  • Diocesan Leadership Day - Holy Currencies: April 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., St. Paul's, Indianapolis
  • Spring Clergy Conference, April 28–30, at Waycross (Deans meeting follows)    
  • Pathways Wrap Up Day, May 10, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., St. Matthew's, Indianapolis  
  • LEV Training, May 24, 1–4 p.m., St. Timothy's
  • TENS Conference, June 6–7, Atlanta, GA
  • 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)

  • Diocesan Convention, October 23–25, hosted by Grace Church, Muncie
  • Advent Ember Day, December 11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Interchurch Center

Past Issues

Wednesday Mailbag for April 23, 2014

REGISTRATION TIME IS RUNNING OUT!, WHY ME?, SECOND REMINDER 103-104 TAX FILINGS, NEW LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING SESSIONS, PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE CHANGE---PLEASE NOTE, PATHWAYS WRAP UP DAY MAY 10, ENERGY WORKSHOP OFFERED---YOU'RE INVITED!, MONDAY, MAY 5, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. MEDIA MONDAY VIA WEBEX WEBCONFERENCE ON PROMOTING YOUR PARISH EVENTS, AH, THE LIST DIMINISHETH!, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for April 16, 2014

REGISTRATION TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Register now for Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Missional and Sustainable Ministries Diocesan Leadership Day, WHY ME?, IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY, NEW LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING SESSIONS, IN NEED OF STRAPPING TAPE FOR BULK MAIL?, PAROCHIAL REPORT, THE LIST IS SHORTER!, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, EASTER SUNDAY, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for April 9, 2014

REMINDER 103-104 TAX FILINGS, HOLY CURRENCIES, 2014 CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE, PATHWAYS TO VITALITY WRAPUP, LET THE LIGHT SHINE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for April 2, 2014

HOLY CURRENCIES EVENTS (LAY AND ORDAINED) REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, SHARE THE LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE, NEEDED: PART-TIME YOUTH DIRECTOR TRINITY, BLOOMINGTON, INVITATION FROM EPISCOPAL WOMEN'S MINISTRIES, HOOSIER SENIOR WARDEN, INVITATION FROM ST. JOHN'S, LAFAYETTE---COMMUNITY PRAYER SERVICE, NEEDED: PART-TIME CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR, MEDIA LEARNING OPPORTUNITY COMING UP SOCIAL, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for March 26, 2014

HOLY CURRENCIES EVENTS (LAY AND ORDAINED) REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, SHARE THE LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE, INVITATION FROM EPISCOPAL WOMEN'S MINISTRIES, INVITATION FROM ST. JOHN'S, LAFAYETTE---COMMUNITY PRAYER SERVICE, PAROCHIAL REPORTS, WAYCROSS SUMMER PROGRAMS EARLY REGISTRATIONS, POOR LEAR (ADAPTATION OF SHAKESPEARE'S KING LEAR) AT ST.PAUL'S, NEW ALBANY BENEFITS EFHN, NEEDED: PART-TIME CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR, 'TIS NICE TO KNOW WHO DOES WHAT IN YOUR CONGREGATION!, TWO SOCIAL MEDIA LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for March 19, 2014

THE REV. DREW KLATTE CELEBRATION, SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE, HOLY CURRENCIES EVENTS (LAY AND ORDAINED) REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, INVITATION FROM EPISCOPAL WOMEN'S MINISTRIES, INFORMATION FROM WAYCROSS–EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR CAMP, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for March 12, 2014

Sharing Love With South Sudan Updage, St Pat's Pizza and Pin Stapling Party This Monday, March 17, Noon, in the Diocesan Office for the First 12 Who Reply!, We Will be Calling Parishes This Week To Check on Who Still Needs Pins or Who Needs More, Parochial Reports, Director of Communications Opening, Holy Currencies Events (Lay and Ordained) Registration Open, Invitation from Episcopal Women's Ministeries, Thanks To..., Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for March 5, 2014

Sharing Love with South Sudan Update, Clergy Ember Day Registration Now Open, Report from The Field: Tens Webcast 2013, Information from St. Thomas, Franklin, Holy Currencies Events (Lay and Ordained) Registration Now Open, Safeguarding Administrator, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for February 26, 2014

Sharing Love with South Sudan, Clergy Ember Day Registration Now Open, You're Invited–Ordination to the Diaconate, We Approve This Message, Information from St Thomas, Franklin, Media Monday Remember, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for February 19, 2014

FIFTH ANNUAL VESTRY COLLEGE AT WAYCORSS FEBRUARY 21 AND 22, PATHWAYS TO VITALITY MEETING FEBRUARY 22, SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN, CLERGY EMBER DAY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, YOU'RE INVITED---ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for February 12, 2014

PAROCHIAL REPORT 2013, FIFTH ANNUAL VESTRY COLLEGE AT WAYCROSS FEBRUARY 21 AND 22, PATHWAYS TO VITALITY MEETING FEBRUARY 22, STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE, ATLANTA, SHARING LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN KICKS OFF, YES, IT IS TIME TO REFRESH, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for February 5, 2014

DAY OF PRAYER FOR SOUTH SUDAN, VESTRY COLLEGE 2014 FEBRUARY 21–22, UNITED THANK OFFERING REMINDER, WHEN THERE'S WEATHER... THERE'S WEBEX, INFORMATION FROM INHEM, FORM FOR REPORTING WARDENS, VESTRY AND OTHER POSITIONS, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for January 29, 2014

VESTRY COLLEGE 2014 FEBRUARY 21-22, MEDIA MONDAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA FEBRUARY 3, WHEN THERE'S WEATHER... THERE'S WEBEX, INFORMATION FROM INHEM, FORM FOR REPORTING WARDENS, VESTRY & OTHER POSITIONS, PLANNED GIVING IN A BOX, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for January 22, 2014

YOU'RE INVITED: THE RENEWAL OF MINISTRY, MEDIA MONDAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA FEBRUARY 3, WHEN THERE'S WEATHER... THERE'S WEBEX, INVITATION FROM DAUGHTERS OF THE KING - EPIPHANY CHAPTER, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for January 15, 2014

LAST CALL: PLANNED GIVING IN A BOX, PATHWAYS MEETING THIS SATURDAY, INVITATION FROM ST. FRANCIS, ZIONSVILLE, YOU'RE INVITED: THE RENEWAL OF MINISTRY, CHECK LIST OF FORMS TO FILE FOR 2014, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for December 18, 2013

Empower Your Parish's Mission & Ministry, Check List of Forms to File for 2014, Holiday Schedule for Your Diocesan Office, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for December 11, 2013

Press Release from Craine House, Job Opening from Trinity, Indianapolis, Information from Exodus, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for December 4, 2013

Craine House Newsletter, End of Year Financial Opportunities, Invitation from Christ Church Cathedral, You're Invited: Ordination to Priesthood, 2014 United Thank Offering Grant Focus and Criteria, Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for November 27, 2013

2013 Parochial Reports, You're Invited, 2014 United Thank Offering Grant Focus and Criteria, Next Media Monday is this Monday, December 2, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., St John's Lafayette, Offers Advent Quiet Day, Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training, Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Future Events

Wednesday Mailbag for November 20, 2013

HOUSING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014, 2014 UNITED THANK OFFERING GRANT FOCUS AND CRITERIA, LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for November 13, 2013

EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT APPLICATIONS OPEN, HOUSING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014, 
2014 UNITED THANK OFFERING GRANT FOCUS AND CRITERIA, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for November 6, 2013

EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT APPLICATIONS OPEN, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for October 30, 2013

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING, OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER, POSITION OFFERED, INFORMATION FROM WAYCROSS, JOIN US FOR MEDIA MONDAY---THIS COMING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. INDY TIME, LIVE VIA WEBBEX, DEADLINE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, FOR NOVEMBER'S THE GATHERED COMMUNITY E-NEWS, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for October 23, 2013

OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER, INFORMATION FROM GLOBAL MISSION, POSITION OFFERED, INVITATION FROM ST. PAUL'S, JEFFERSONVILLE–150 ANNIVERSARY OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, INFORMATION FROM WAYCROSS, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for October 16, 2013

MODEL NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES (NEW WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT)
, YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, CONVENTION IS ALMOST HERE..., LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING, FLU VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION, CHURCHNEXT ONLINE LEARNING, LIVE WEB CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP IN THE DIOCESE How Your Parish Can Host a Community Information Session on the Affordable Care Act , November Media Monday Topics are Twitter and reaching youth through social media, DONATIONS TO GLOBAL MISSION PARTNERS, POSITION OFFERED, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

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