WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JULY 6, 2016

BISHOP SLATE ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED SOON
With eager anticipation, Episcopalians across central and southern Indiana and throughout the wider church await the publication of the Slate of Candidates for the Election of the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. Your Search Committee has concluded our work, and with the consent of the Standing Committee, we will announce our slate of candidates very soon. Want to know more? Here’s a link to a bulletin insert your congregation can use this Sunday, July 10. Questions? Email us at info@hoosierbishopxi.org.
CLERGY PLANNING FOR TOMORROW CONFERENCE
All active clergy and their spouses are highly encouraged to attend this wonderful conference which is funded in part by the Church Pension Fund. It will be held on August 26-27 at the Westin in downtown Indianapolis. Please register as soon as possible.
The cost ($40-$50) is being subsidized by the Lilly Grant for Economic Challenges. The $40 version is for your individual registration and hotel stay. The $50 version is if you choose to bring your spouse/partner.
There is a reduced fee should you choose to stay offsite.  You just pay the registration fee of $15 for yourself or $25 if you choose to bring your spouse/partner.
Parking at the hotel is 100% reimbursable. There will be forms available during the conference for you to complete in order to be reimbursed for the parking.
CPG hosts this event every five years. The conference offers individual consultations and information on financial planning, retirement and your pension fund as well as wellness. It is a great getaway with time for your spouse and you to tackle some of the issues that demand our time and that we tend to put off in the course of the everyday “busy-ness” of life. Young clergy need to plan now for their futures. Clergy that are close to retirement will have time with experts to help in reviewing their information.
In the past, many have complained that this conference is not held often enough… so don’t miss this opportunity!
LAY PLANNING FOR TOMORROW CONFERENCE
All lay employees participating in a Church Pension Fund pension plan are invited (and urged!), at no cost, to attend this one-day event, August 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. We ask each parish that has lay employees under a pension plan to provide a paid day away to attend this Planning for Tomorrow conference. It is a great time to gather with other church employees and to better understand what resources they currently have, what they need to do, and what is available to enhance their retirement. Consider this as a continuing education day and help your lay employees get registered. Lunch will be provided. We ask that employers reimburse their employees for travel.
CONVENTION 2016!
Here are positions that are open for election… Your opportunity!
And, here you will find the nomination form and procedure for nominations.
ANNUAL FINANCIAL CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
Again this year, the Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) has prepared material to aid our churches in preparing and executing a successful annual campaign.  To preview the offering, go here then click on “Member Resources.”
The diocese is a member so use “living” for the log in and “generously” for the password.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

For Sunday, July 10 – Proper 10
St. Paul’s, New Albany
The Rev. Richard Kautz

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
  • July 16: Ordination of David Guilfoyle @ Trinity, Lawrenceburg  11 a.m.
  • August 6: COM Information Day @ St. Paul’s, Indy 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • August 25: Planning for Tomorrow For lay staff plus spouse/partner @ St. Paul’s, Indy
  • August 26-27: Planning for Tomorrow  For clergy plus spouse/partner @ Westin downtown Indy
  • September 8: Fall Ember Day @ St. Timothy’s, time TBA
  • September 13-30: Window for pre-convention deanery meetings
  • September 15-17: Fresh Start Retreat @ Greencastle
  • September 17: Executive Council @ Waycross
  • September 30-Oct 2: Updated information: Episcopal Women’s Ministries Retreat: Festival of Prayer @ Waycross
  • October 13-15: Walk-Abouts for bishop candidates
  • October 20-22: COM Fall Retreat @ Waycross
  • October 27-29: Diocesan Convention (including election of the next bishop)
    @ Sheraton Downtown Indy, hosted by Christ Church Cathedral (Premlinary convention schedule is here.)
  • November 4-5: Executive Council Overnight Planning Meeting @ Waycross
  • November 12: COM @ TBA
  • November 15: Clergy Ember Day @ Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall. (Advent quiet day & resourcing)
  • November 18-20: Youth Fall Conference
  • December 8-10: Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
2017
  • February 10-11: Vestry College @ Waycross
  • February 18: COM @TBA
  • February 23-25: Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 3-5: Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross
  • March 27-28: Bishop w/Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship @ Waycross
  • April 29: Consecration and Seating of 11th Bishop
  • May 18-20: Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross
2018

July 5-13: General Convention @ Austin, TX

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