A MESSAGE AND AN OPPORTUNITY FROM THE BISHOP
Many of you will have heard that Exodus, our local Episcopal Migration Ministry partner, has stated they intend to move ahead with the resettlement of refugees from Syria, even in the face of Governor Pence’s refusal to have that happen.
I want to remind you that we have three anonymous gifts (made known to me well before this controversy arose) of $500 each for parishes deciding to help with this resettlement effort. The forwarded message provides information about contacts for information and other support. Please contact me if you decide to become involved, and I will see that you have the offered funds.
Thank you in advance for being willing to “strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being.”
Have a safe, wonderful Thanksgiving, a blessed Advent and the holiest of Christmas seasons,
The Rt. Reverned Catherine Waynick
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
1100 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:46 PM
To: Catherine Waynick
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Critical assistance needed for Exodus in Indianapolis
Dear Bishop Catherine,
I don’t know that we have yet had the pleasure to meet, though I know of your strong support for the Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society’s refugee resettlement service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, and our local partners in Indianapolis – Exodus. On behalf of all my colleagues at Episcopal Migration Ministries and Exodus, we thank you.
It is because of your past strong support that we are reaching out to you in a time of critical need. As you are likely aware, refugee resettlement has come under increasing scrutiny in the last week following the terrorist attacks in Paris. The ripple effects of that horrific and tragic event are being felt the world over, and are being felt acutely by Exodus in Indianapolis. At this time, we are working hard with our Exodus partners to support them during this storm. They are in danger of having funding cut at the state level, which would impact services to newly arriving refugees, leaving many without the assistance they need after arrival. Combined with other events in the past few days, this is truly a dire situation.
Across the country, we are working with various dioceses to provide resources to bishops, clergy and lay leaders, and to rally support around refugees and our local resettlement partners.
How can we be most helpful to you and the diocese as friends, supporters, and congregations stand in solidarity with their refugee brothers and sisters? We have prepared a toolkit for bishops to assist them in crafting pastoral letters and public statements; we are able to assist in producing bulletin inserts and email blasts to get the word out to the diocese. We are also able to support a public event to rally ecumenical and interfaith partners.
We want to let you know that we are also sharing this information with The Very Rev. Steven Carlsen, who has been a strong supporter of Episcopal Migration Ministries and Exodus in the past.
We know Thanksgiving is upon us, but wanted to ask if we may be able to schedule a phone call with you to share more information about the current status. Please let me know what would be most convenient for you, and we will make ourselves available.
Thank you, Bishop Catherine, for your prayers and your support during this very challenging and difficult time.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Episcopal Migration Ministries | The Episcopal Church | 212-716-6027
A TOOT OF THE RAM’S HORN FOR ST. JOHN’S, BEDFORD
Look what they are doing for a Christmas card! Each person in the congregation was given five cards and they are mailing them (with an insert) to friends and neighbors inviting them to St. John’s services leading up to Christmas. Here is the inside of the card and here is the back.
ALL SAINT’S ARTISTS AND ARTISANS
The All Saint’s, Indianapolis, Holiday Show will be Friday, December 4, 6-9 p.m.
“MOMS DEMAND ACTION” WILL MARK THIRD NEWTOWN ANNIVERSARY
Moms Demand Action is planning an interfaith service and vigil at Christ Church Cathedral on December 12 at 3 p.m. to mark the 3rd anniversary of Newtown and honor all victims of gun violence.
The Rev. Mark Rutenbar is helping with the planning. Mark is not from Indy and has limited knowledge of local clergy and has few clergy connections outside of our denomination in Indiana. Will you help us with connections?
Contact Melanie Sokhey, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
JESSIE GUTGSELL TO BE ORDAINED
Jessie will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons, Saturday, December 19, at 2p.m., Trinity, Bloomington. Here is your invitation!
MARK’S PRESENTS “THE HOMECOMING”
- St. Mark’s, Plainfield presents an original play by Earl Hamner, Jr. the evening of December 19 and afternoon of December 20. Here is a beautiful poster with details.
MINIMUM REQUIRED DISTRIBUTION: DIRECTLY FROM IRA TO A CHURCH
In recent years, retirees who have “more than they need” in their IRA have been able to utilize the “Qualified Charitable Distribution” (QCD) rules to donate directly from an IRA to a charity, achieving a “perfect” pre-tax contribution and avoiding any tax slippage. Unfortunately, though, the QCD rules have come and gone several times since they were created in 2006, and after being briefly reinstated at the end of last 2014, the rules for QCDs have lapsed once again for 2015, raising doubt for those who want to do QCDs this year about how to proceed.
However, as it turns out, the best strategy to handle the uncertainty of whether QCDs will be extended or not is just to do them anyway! At worst, if the rules are not reinstated, the outcome will be no worse than just being forced to take an RMD and making a charitable contribution anyway.
This is for your information and consideration. It is not tax advice! Read the complete article here.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
Please note: The cycle of prayer for the entire year (beginning this Sunday, November 29) can be found on the diocesan web page at http://indydio.org/diocesan-cycle-of-prayer/. You are urged to check the “Mailbag” each week for changes/updates that might not yet be posted on the web page.
Prayers for November 29 – Advent 1
Clergy and students of diocesan campus ministries: Mr. Robert Abner, Episcopal & Lutheran Campus Ministries at Ball State University; The Rev. Dr. Charles Allen, Grace Unlimited at Butler and IUPUI; The Rev. Peter Bunder, Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Purdue University; The Rev. Dr. Linda Johnson, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Indiana University; The Rev. Sharon Smith, United Campus Ministries, Terre Haute (serving Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College); the Rev. Catherine Knott, Hanover College; and the campus ministries of DePauw University; Wabash College, and the University of Southern Indiana.
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS
- LEV Training, December 5, St. Paul’s, Evansville, 10–12 noon
- Advent Ember Day, December 10, Interchurch Center
- LEV Training, Nativity, Indianapolis, December 12, 2–4 p.m.
- Gutgsell Ordination, Trinity, Bloomington, December 19, 2 p.m.
- Lenten Ember Day, February 18, Crispus Attucks Museum
- Vestry College, February 19–20, Waycross
- DiocesanYouth Spring Retreat at Waycross, March 4–6
- Spring Clergy Conference, April 4–6, Waycross
- Consecration and Seating of 11th Bishop, April 29, 2017
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