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Wednesday Mailbag for December 17, 2014

December 18, 2014

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NEW CONVENTION SCHEDULE
2015 will see a two-part diocesan convention. Part One will be on Saturday, April 25tat Trinity, Bloomington from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Part Two will be at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel starting Friday, October 23 at 1 p.m., concluding Saturday, October 24 at 3 p.m.  St. John's, Speedway will be our convention Part Two host. This change was made in part due to the resolution passed at our recent convention encouraging experimentation, as well as a widely-held desire to shift our convention schedule to provide easier participation by employed lay people. Contact Canon Bruce Gray if you have any questions or suggestions for our 2015 convention. 

A YEAR-END GIFT OF APPRECIATED STOCK
Make sure people in your congregation know whom to contact to make a gift of stock. Talk with your treasurer about accepting stock transfers in 2014 for 2015 pledges. Questions? John Oaks, oaks(at)indydio.org, 317-926-5454 ext. 309.

YEAR END REPORTING
Recently, e-mails were sent to treasurers with copies to clergy and/or administrators in regards to the imputed value of life insurance policies exceeding $50,000 and the reporting requirements.

Your imputed value of life insurance must be reported on your W-2 in box 12 with the code C and then added to the wage boxes for federal, state and county wages. The dollar amount to report has been sent to your parish.  

If your church's payroll is done by the diocesan office, then your church will not have received this notification.  

If your payroll is done by an outside processing group like "ADP" please notify the processor of the amount to report.  The calculation is based on age and is dependent on how much life insurance is carried above $50,000.  If your parish purchases any additional coverage on top of the Church Pension Fund Life Insurance you will have additional reporting to calculate.

If your priest had medical coverage with the Empire High Deductible Plan, the letter referenced above also included the employer contribution made by the diocese into their health savings account in 2014.  This also needs to be reported on the W-2 in box 12 with the code W but is not added to the wage box.  If your church makes an employer contribution to a lay employees health savings account, the same applies.

CHECK LIST OF FORMS TO FILE FOR 2015

1. The 2014 annual Parochial Report was mailed directly from the General Convention Office to each church.  The mailing includes a number assigned to your church to access the computer filing at this address: http://pr.dfms.org   We ask everyone to file online and send a copy of the signed page to the diocesan office. (Note our deadline is different than the one in your letter!  We ask this report be filed by February 15.)

  2. Certification of the Election of the Wardens, Vestry Members and/or Bishop's Committee, Delegates and Alternates to the 2015 Diocesan Convention. 

  3. Reporting Form on Marriages involving Divorced Persons

  4. Annual Congregational Study Form

  5. Narrative History for 2014Forms 3, 4 and 5 can be found at   http://indydio.org/diocese2012/find-resource/. 

SEEKING INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR FOR ST. THOMAS CLINIC
St. Thomas Clinic in Franklin/Whiteland provides free medical services to uninsured adult Johnson County residents.  The clinic is seeking an Interim Administrative Director for thirty hours per week.  Skills necessary include financial management, supervising volunteers, collaboration with other health care organizations, supervising day-to-day operations of the Clinic, and partnering with the clergy and people of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.  The Interim Director will have the opportunity to be considered for the permanent position. The compensation for this position is $19.23/hour.  To apply please send a resume and three references to stthomaspersonnel(at)gmail.com.

FROM ST. ALBAN'S, INDIANAPOLIS...
Seminarian Whitney Smith will be leading Compline at St. Alban's starting at 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 18. Compline is a short, intimate service found in The Book of Common Prayer. The service should last no more than 20 minutes. We will be meeting in the Chapel. Mr. Smith will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on January 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve, December 24, 5 p.m., St. Alban's will offer Festival Eucharist celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The service will be followed by light refreshments.  The special service time is being offered so that people and families with other evening commitments, and those who are not night drivers, can celebrate the eve of the birth of our Lord.  Though children certainly are welcome, the service is not specifically a  "Children's Service" and will be a full Festival Eucharist.  Please come join us!

Saturday, January 11, following the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service at St. Alban's, the Rev. Todd Kleffman will present  "America The Beautiful, Beautiful? The Dance Of Religion And Cultures In American History." Please join us for this fascinating discussion of evolution of theology and religious practices through the years.

ORDINATION TO THE SACRED ORDER OF DEACONS
Steven Balke, Jr., Mary Bargiel, Whitney Smith and Nancy Woodworth-Hill will be ordained January 24 at Christ Church Cathedral. Click for the invitation.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR YOUR DIOCESAN OFFICE
The office will close December 23 at the end of the day and reopen at 8:30 a.m. January 5. Some staff members will pick up their voice mail messages during the time we are closed while others will be out of town. Please note these phone numbers of staff in case of emergencies:

  • Cate Waynick, (317) 347-9071
  • Bruce Gray, (317) 291-2238
  • Marsha Gebuhr, (317) 251-3249
  • Sally Cassidy, (317) 616-8685
  • John Vernon Oaks, (317) 580-0056
  • Dontie Fuller, (317) 331-1470
  • Kathy Copas, (502) 345-6406
  • Kim Smith, (317) 509-6189
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER  

December 14- Advent 3
St. John's, Bedford, Mike Short, Sr. Warden 

December 21 - Advent 4 
Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis, The Rev. Mary Slenski

December 28 - Christmas 1
Holy Family, Fishers, The Rev. Mike Galvin, The Rev. Cathy Scott, Deacon

January 4 - Christmas 2
Trinity, Bloomington, The Rev. Charles Dupree, The Rev. Henrietta Grossoehme, The Rev. Connie Peppler, Deacon

FUTURE EVENTS

  • Trinity Institute, January 22-24, St. Paul's, Indy & Trinity, Bloomington
  • Ordinations to the Sacred Order of Deacons, Jananuary 24, Christ Church Cathedral
  • 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 meet 1-3 p.m.,last day)
  • Diocesan Convention Part 1, April 25, Trinity, Bloomington
  • Fall Ember Day Gathering, September 17, Interchurch Center, (Dean's mtg following)
  • Diocesan Convention, Part 2, October 23-24, Wyndham Indianapolis West
  • Advent Ember Day, December 10, Interchurch Center

Past Issues

Wednesday Mailbag for December 17, 2014

NEW CONVENTION SCHEDULE, A YEAR-END GIFT OF APPRECIATED STOCK, YEAR END REPORTING, CHECK LIST OF FORMS TO FILE FOR 2015, SEEPING INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR FOR ST THOMAS CLINIC, FROM ST ALBAN'S INDIANAPOLIS..., ORDINATION TO THE SACRED ORDER OF EAACONS, HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR YOUR DIOCESAN OFFICE, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday Mailbag for December 10, 2014

CHRISTMASTIDE AND YOUR POTENTIAL CHURCH GUESTS, "SHARING OUR CURRENCIES" CATALOG OF WORKSHOPS, CORRECTED LINK!, STILL OPEN: ORGANIST/DIRECTOR OF MUSIC POSITION, STILL OPEN: ORGANIST/DIRECTOR OF MUSIC POSITION, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, VERY NEAR FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014, 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for December 3, 2014

A SPECIAL YOUNG ADULT GRANT OPPORTUNITY, SPREAD THE WORD–DAILYOFFICE.ORG NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT, THE DAYSPRING CHOIRS PROJECT: DOWNLOAD GREAT MUSIC OR GIVE THE GIFT OF A CD, WALKING THE WAY, CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, ORGANIST/DIRECTOR OF MUSIC POSITION, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014 AND 2015

Wednesday Mailbag November 26, 2014

DIOCESAN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY, DEC 1, CELEBRATION OF A NEW MINISTRY, HOUSING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015, YESTERDAY FROM BISHOP CATE TO DIOCESAN CLERGY, CLERGY EMBER DAY DECEMBER 11, HELP DAYSPRING CENTER VIA THE EPISCOPAL CHOIRS PROJECT, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, CYCLE OF PRAYERS FOR THE COMING LITURGICAL YEAR, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014 & 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for November 19, 2014

LEM AND LEV LICENSES, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, CYCPE OF PRAYERS FOR THE COMING LITURGICAL YEAR, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014

Wednesday Mailbag for November 12, 2014

REMINDER! LEV TRAINING AT ST. MARK'S THIS SATURDAY, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC NEEDED, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY STILL NEEDED, CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYERCYCLE OF PRAYERS FOR THE COMING LITURGICAL YEAR, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014 AND 2015

Wednesday Mailbag for November 5, 2014

BRIDGE BUILDING: IMPD AND THE INDY COMMUNITY, 2015 UTO GRANT APPLICATION INFO, MEDICAL & DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER, SHARING OUR CURRENCIES CATALOG, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEEDED, THE "WEDNESDAY MAILBAG" NEEDS YOU, DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER, FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2014–2015

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

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