WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 17, 2017

COMMISSION ON MINISTRY INFORMATION DAY AT ST. PAUL’S, COLUMBUS
Information Day will be offered Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. by our bishop and the Commission on Ministry at St. Paul’s, 2651 California St., Columbus, IN 47201.
Information Day is a time for those who are discerning a call to ordained ministry, along with their community of support, to meet the Commission on Ministry and hear about the process of discernment in the Diocese of Indianapolis and in the Episcopal Church. Each inquirer should be accompanied by her/his spouse, rector (or clergy leadership), and a lay leader or member of the vestry.
Please RSVP to The Reverend Charlie Dupree by Wednesday, May 24. He’ll need to know the names of those planning to attend. Lunch will be served.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival! We will host a booth and march in the parade. Now, we need to know who’s in! Please read this info sheet for more information.

WOW–REMEMBER ALL OF THIS?!
The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn offers this whirlwind tour of Bishop Jennifer’s ordination and consecration Here.

CAMP HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL NEEDED!
Waycross Camp is still in need of a doctor or a nurse to serve in our Health Center during the 4th Session, July 16–22. This volunteer position provides support and care to our camp community by running our Health Center, dispensing medications, keeping updated logs, and providing first aid and healthcare as needed. Room and board is provided. Interested parties should contact Victoria Hoppes, victoria@waycrosscenter.org, for more information or to volunteer.

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only – Sunday, June 25, 5–7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life. All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA–YOUR IDEAS NEEDED
What is your parish doing to help address the opioid crisis in your community? What are some ways you believe your parish and other Indiana churches could best help in mitigating the crisis? What ideas do you have as Indiana wrestles with this ever-growing issue?  Hoosier legislators want to know! Send your ideas to Kathy Copas and we’ll collect and pass them along. For all you do, thank you!

EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY–DIOCESAN COORDINATOR FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)
Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally? Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through their prayers, gifts, and other types of assistance? Are you interested in monitoring needs in our own diocese and serving with ERD in education and response efforts? Want to know more? Check out www.episcopalrelief.org and get in touch with Kathy Copas to learn more.                     

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.

JOIN THE YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE
Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) for the 2017–18 school year. We are seeking both youth and adult members to join the YSC. Youth applicants must be in the second semester of 8th grade or older. Adult applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have current Safeguarding God’s Children training.  Complete expectations, requirements, and an application are available here as a PDF.  Applications should be sent to Victoria Hoppes by May 31. Submit applications via email to victoria@waycrosscenter.org or snail mail to: Victoria Hoppes, 7363 Bear Creek Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160.

CALLING ALL DIOCESAN YOUTH
We are looking for youth from the diocese to serve as runners during this year’s Strawberry Festival at Christ Church Cathedral. Runners must be available to work in two–hour shifts on the day of the festival, Thursday, June 8. Youth Ministries will receive a donation for every shift we fill! Interested? Learn more by contacting April Culbertson to sign up!

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

May 21, 6 Easter, United Thank Offering Sunday

Trinity, Indianapolis

The Rev. Julia Whitworth, The Rev. Karen King

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • May 20
    Northwest region confirmation at St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)
  • May 25
    Central region confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST) 
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation at Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST) 
  • 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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