WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MARCH 29, 2017

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING
At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry. Please click these two sites to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping:  One and two.

LAST CALL…PAROCHIAL REPORTS
These churches still need to finalize (on line at  http://pr.dfms.org/Login.aspx ) the full report, the people section, the financial statistics, or, in some cases, just finalize the certification page with vestry approval date and mark “complete.”:

St. David’s, Bean Blossom Certification/Vestry “Complete”
St. Christopher’s, Carmel Vestry Approval “Complete”
St. Pauls, Columbus Certification/Vestry “Complete”
Christ Church Cathedral Full Report  
St. Philip’s Indianapolis Financial/Certification/Vestry Approval

 “Complete”

Trinity, Indianapolis Full Report  
St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville Financial “Complete”
Trinity, Lawrenceburg Certification/Vestry Approval “Complete”
Peace, Rockport Vestry Approval “Complete”
St. John’s, Speedway Certification/Vestry Approval “Complete”
St. James, Vincennes Vestry Approval “Complete”
St. Francis, Zionsville People/Certification/Vestry Approval “Complete”
   

Please complete your filings by this Friday. If you need assistance please contact the Canon for Administration at gebuhr@indydio.org.

ONE MORE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We need your help for The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows’ ordination as the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis on April 29. An event like this doesn’t happen without a lot of volunteers. Get personally involved in the big day–volunteer!
Willing and able to help out in any of the areas outlined below?  Contact Peggy Allen at pegall@iquest.net or 812-239-6826. Peggy is maintaining a master list of volunteers to make sure we have everything covered. All volunteers need to report to Clowes Hall by 8:30 a.m. on April 29.

BANNERS… We want to display your parish banner at this celebration!  Parish banners will be displayed in the main lobby of Clowes Hall. We want to have a banner from every parish in the diocese so get that banner cleaned and pressed and have someone bring it (and a stand) to the ordination!

PROCESSIONAL… There will be many different groups processing for this celebratory event.  We will need 11 vergers, four thurifers, 11 crucifers and 22 torch bearers. If you perform any of these tasks in your own parish, you are qualified! Each person will need to bring their “tools” for the task—a processional crucifix, torches, etc., and a stand for each item. After the processional, these items will be backstage.  We can’t have anything laying on the floor or leaning against a wall.  You will also need to bring your own vestments.

USHERS…We will need 36 ushers to make sure everyone gets seated in a timely manner. We will also need assistance from the ushers at Communion.

SACRISTANS…We will need six Sacristans on Friday (time is yet to be determined) to assist in getting the stage turned into a sacred space. Another six will be needed on Saturday to set up for the Eucharist and do the take down and clean up afterwards.

CLERGY & LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS…There will be 20 Communion stations at various locations throughout Clowes Hall. We will need assistance from all of you!

THE 11TH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS
The latest news regarding hotels, the ordination, consecration and seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis will be constantly updated here on our web site.

HAVE YOU TOLD US YOU WILL BE PRESENT?
The diocesan Transition Committee encourages you to keep sharing about both of our exciting events in April–the celebration for Bishop Waynick and the consecration of our Bishop Elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. If you haven’t yet taken a moment to go to our diocesan website at www.indydio.org  or to www.hoosierbishopXI.org and let us know you are coming, please do so as soon as possible. If you prefer to respond by phone, you can reply for Bishop Cate’s celebration at 317-640-5870 or for the consecration at 317-937-4286. Your early response helps our dedicated group of volunteers better plan for our crowds! To help promote these events in your parish, we are continuing to add downloadable bulletin inserts that you may use. Thank you for helping us share the word, responding promptly with your RSVP (even though you may be assuming we know you will be there!), and making plans to be there for these wonderful events in the life of our diocese.            

THE LATEST SCHEDULE FOR ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION WEEKEND (SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND APPROVAL BY THE PRESIDING BISHOP’S OFFICE)
Please watch this space, the www.indydio.org  website, the monthly e-news, social media, and more for the latest updates.

Friday, April 28

Consecration Choir rehearsal at Clowes, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5 p.m.–7 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral 

Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral
Bishop’s Dinner, 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Columbia Club

Saturday, April 29

Bishop’s Breakfast, Time To Be Determined, Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir rehearsal, at Clowes, 8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Ordination and Consecration. Prelude 10:30 a.m., Liturgy 11 a.m., Clowes Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 30

Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, 10:30 a.m., St. David’s, Bean Blossom (Please carpool to St. David’s…parking is very limited!)

Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow 


BISHOP ELECT’S VISITATION SCHEDULE
Her visitation schedule is here on our diocesan website.

FOR CHOIRS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONSECRATION OF OUR BISHOP-ELECT
The choir will rehearse Friday, April 28, from 7–9 p.m., in Clowes Hall. We will also warm up and rehearse the morning of the consecration, from 8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Singers must attend BOTH of these rehearsals in order to participate.
If you have not yet done so, please let Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity, Indianapolis, know at mmessina@trinitychurchindy.org or 317-926-1346 by April 1, how many from your church will be singing, and what voice part they are, so that we might have a count and know how many are in each section.

DAYSPRING… AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THE HOMELESS ESCAPE
The Escape Room Indianapolis has allocated 500 tickets to support Dayspring Center. Go here for the details.

RECOGNIZING PRIVILEGE AND WHITENESS IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Trinity, Bloomington, will present “Recognizing Privilege and Whiteness in The Episcopal Church” this Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The program:
Bishop-elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will share her personal experiences as an African-American woman in the Episcopal Church and how she sees privilege and whiteness in our church.
Elizabeth Kaszynski, Ph.D. candidate, will tell us what current research reveals about whiteness.
Maresa Murray, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education Applied Health Science, will help us reconcile the lenses of our experience and how we see the world.
Professional childcare will be available (up to age 4) upon request. Please call 812-336-4466 with the names and ages of your children.
Lunch will be on your own at local restaurants.
More information? The Rev. Henrietta Grossoehme, 812-336-4466, Associate Rector, Trinity Church

JOINING THE SANCTUARY AND SOLIDARITY NETWORK
Interested in joining an interfaith Sanctuary and Solidarity Network?  One of the key ways to be involved is by being trained as a Rapid Responder. Rapid Responders are peaceful witnesses at critical events, such as a raid by ICE agents, a hate crime, or an illegal “stop and frisk” by the police. If you are interested in learning more about joining a Rapid Response Team, come to one of these Tuesday trainings:

  • April 4: All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E. 56th St., Indianapolis
  • April 11: St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 6131 N. Michigan Rd. Indianapolis
  • April 18: The Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
  • April 25: The Episcopal Church of All Saints, 1559 Central Ave., Indianapolis

All training begins at 7 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Contact The Rev. Suzanne Wille for more information.

SMALL CONGREGATIONS: HAVING THE RIGHT MINDSET
There are differences between ministry in a small congregation and ministry in a larger setting. Register here and explore the unique nature of working with, and within, a small congregation in this workshop presented by the Center for Congregations at St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m..

BLESSING OF OILS AND REAFFIRMATION OF ORDINATION VOWS
Two services scheduled:  Wednesday, April 12, at noon, St. John’s, Bedford, and Maunday Thursday, April 13, at 12:05 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral. Complete information is here. Please, if you have not yet done so, RSVP to Sally Cassidy today.

YOUR CHURCH’S REQUIRED TAX FILINGS
Annually, every church must file forms 103 and 104 (Business Tangible Personal Property Return).  The forms may be obtained from your Township Assessor. The forms must be filed no later than May 15, 2017.  We ask that all congregations obtain a receipted copy at the Assessor’s office upon filing and send a copy to the diocesan office to the attention of Kim Christopher.  If you have made additions to your building or purchased property in the past year you also need to file form 136. You may download the forms from the state web site .

CONTINUING ED OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN’S & YOUTH MINISTRY
The Faith Forward Conference will be May 22–24, at St. James Cathedral, Chicago. This innovative gathering is designed for leaders who work in children’s and youth formation. Come hear from modern formation experts and theologians about new, innovative ways to engage children, youth, and their families in the life of your congregation. The Province V Youth Ministry Network has some scholarship funds available to help us send participants from the Diocese of Indianapolis. Interested? Learn more at https://www.faith-forward.net/ and contact Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth.

WEB-BASED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONGREGATIONS
The Pathways to Vitality Initiative is collaborating with the Episcopal Church Foundation to provide some free, web-based training opportunities for congregations. For more information, please visit http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/events/register-for-ecfs-upcoming-free-webinars.

WAYCROSS CAMP WISH LIST
Summer is quickly approaching, and we are busy planning for summer camp at Waycross! We have created a wish list of items we hope to have on hand during summer camp. This wish list is available at this link: http://a.co/ej1DHqs. You can purchase items through Amazon (even using Amazon Prime!) and they will be shipped directly to Waycross. Remember to shop using Amazon Smile and designate Waycross to receive a donation for each qualifying purchase!

HELP WANTED: SUMMER CREATIVE ARTS DIRECTOR AT WAYCROSS
Waycross is seeking a Creative Arts Director to serve on its summer staff. The Creative Arts Director furthers the mission and ministry of Waycross Camp by providing oversight to all creative arts programs. This includes planning activities and supervising the arts and crafts shop, as well as planning and supervising creative arts activities in other program areas. The Creative Arts Director is also responsible for monitoring maintenance and upkeep of equipment in the arts and crafts shop and training Counselors and support staff in creative arts activities as appropriate.
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and hold (or be willing to obtain) First Aid and CPR certification. Previous camp experience or art education experience preferred. Apply here today! Questions? Contact Victoria Hoppes, Camp Director, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.

INDY PRIDE: JUNE 10…SAVE THE DATE!
Episcopalians-–in churches and ministries or as individuals–are again invited to join a walking group for the Indianapolis Pride Parade on June 10. Please start advertising the date and gathering interested people in your church or ministry. Again this year, we will have a booth during the festival. There’s more information to come so watch this space, the Facebook page of the Diocese, and the Facebook page for Diocese of Indianapolis at Circle City Pride Festival and Parade (you can request to join if you’re not already a member).

RISK MANAGER…OUR THANKS
Just a reminder, Tom Miltner, a structural engineer and member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, is our risk manager for Church Insurance. This risk manager service has been provided by Church Insurance to help all churches avoid loss. Tom will complete 6 on-site visits by the end of June. At that time, Church Insurance will be discontinuing this program and begin providing new programs. More about the new programs later this year but for now, we offer our thanks to Tom for the risk assessments he has provided to our churches for several years.

MISSING CERTIFICATION OF VESTRY AND OTHER POSITIONS
The list has not changed from last week!

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

April 2, 5 Lent 

St. John’s Lafayette

The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, The Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke

5 LENT IS PRISON MINISTRY SUNDAY
Lord Christ, you said “I was in prison and you visited me…truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Help us to minister to God’s children behind bars, those returning to the community, and their families and victims knowing that you alone can change hearts and transform lives, and that together we might impact the world for good, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.) 

  • April 6–8
    COM Spring overnight at Waycross
  • April 8
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.
  • April 12
    Blessing of Oils and Reaffirmation of Vows at St. John’s, Bedford, noon.
  • April 13
    Blessing of Oils ane Reaffirmation of Vows at CCC, Indy, 12:05 p.m.
  • April 22
    A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, 11 a.m.
  • April 22
    Farewell party for Bishop Cate at Indiana State Museum, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. with substantial appetizers and sweet treats for all ages.
  • April 29
    Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.
  • April 30
    Seating of the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis and Block Party, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral
  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council at St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at To Be Determined
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 26–28
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at  Waycross

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