WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 3, 2017

NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES

   Be sure to check that your “auto complete” is not completing to the wrong person!

REMEMBERING AND REFLECTING UPON CONSECRATION WEEK
www.indydio.org is continuing to post up resources related to the historic Consecration and Ordination of the The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and all of the related activities of that incredible week.  Video resources now posted include the complete Consecration and Ordination service and the hi-definition version of the celebration at St. Christopher’s, Carmel for Bishop Waynick’s retirement. Currently, albums with close to 1,000 photographs from our diocesan photo team are linked to the site and most can be made available in high res format upon request.  We continue the massive task of sorting through video, photos, and other resources and will be adding to the collection frequently.  Thanks for your patience as we continue to archive and document this amazing time in our history!  If you have questions or offerings to add, please contact Kathy Copas or communication@indydio.org.

FLOODING CONCERNS THIS WEEK IN INDYDIO—STAY ALERT!
Earlier this week we were contacted by Episcopal Relief and Development to explore flood concerns in the Midwest, including Indiana, based upon rainfall and flood projections by FEMA.  Some areas of the diocese experienced flash flooding last week and more rain is beginning today as many streams and rivers are already exceeding their banks. Projections are for the potential for “moderate” to “major” flooding in parts of our diocese, especially the southwest.  ERD is continuing to meet with us and provide FEMA reports. As you experience any flood issues in your church or community, please keep the diocesan household posted.  An excellent, fast way to get the word out about your needs or offers of help is by posting up on our diocesan Facebook community group. We are blessed to be a part of the caring community of Episcopal Relief and Development, an organization that cares for persons in need, locally and globally, 24-7-365. Please consider supporting them with your prayers and gifts.  For more information on ERD go to www.episcopalrelief.org                                       

COME TO “I SING A SONG OF THE SAINTS OF GOD”- THIS SUNDAY
This will be a Choral Concert by the Choir of All Saints and Organist/ Choirmaster Janette Fishell, D.Mus.
The concert will be a cappella and accompanied sacred choral works from the Anglican, European, and American traditions, punctuated with organ voluntaries, sung from multiple vantage points in the reverberant acoustic of the All Saints nave and side chapels. Please look at this poster!
Sunday, May 7, 4 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of All Saints, 1559 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202.  Easy street parking. The concert will last about an hour.

YOUR CHURCH TAX FILINGS DUE MAY 15
Annually, every church must file forms 103 and 104 (Business Tangible Personal Property Return), which may be obtained from your Township Assessor. These 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 a form 136.  You may download the forms from the state website at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4971.htm .

2018 FIRST BUDGET DRAFT
The Budget Formation Group has met and begun work on the 2018 budget.  At this point, the process invites suggestions and conversation. In early summer, Bishop Jennifer will be hosting listening sessions that may impact the budget formation before going to our convention.  At this link,  http://indydio.org/2018-budget-resources/ , you will find the draft of the 2018 budget with all requests that have been made and an accompanying letter from the The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and the Chair of the Budget Committee, The Rev. C. Davies Reed.  Also included on the website, are the calculations for the 2018 apportionments based on the current recommended budget… which is still not a balanced budget.

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, but here are the highlights

  • Let us know how many folks from your church will march and are planning to bring a banner.
  • If your church isn’t walking, but you want to join us, let us know that, too!
  • We need five teams of two people each to staff the booth for two-hour slots on Saturday as well as people to set up and tear down the booth.
  • We will provide training for those staffing the booth, which will will be on May 20 at 3 p.m. at Fountain Square.
  • We will again provide water and snacks at the booths; churches, we need donations!
  • We will provide a link to order t-shirts if you would like; otherwise, wear one from former Indy Prides or wear a white, red, or blue shirt. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Wille at rector@allsaintsindy.org or Troy Long at tmlong0824@yahoo.com about the parade or Sarah Ginolfi at sginolfi@stpaulsindy.org and Sally Hardgrove at hardgsa@sbcglobal.net about the booth and festival.

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.

THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW IS SEEKING AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The details and job description can be found at this link.

WAYCROSS NEWS AND YOUTH EVENTS
Join us at Waycross this spring & summer for one (or more!) of these upcoming events:

  • Mother’s Day Lunch- May 14: Bring your mom to this long-standing Waycross Mother’s Day tradition. Join us for lunch and time in the peaceful outdoors. Travel back home with memories and a full stomach. See the menu for the event and register here. To reserve your spot, please register by May 6th.
  • Women’s Week 2- July 9-13: This year, we are offering a second session of Women’s Week! We still have spots open for this session. Please note that childcare and day camp is not available for this second session. Learn more and register here .
  • Summer Camp: We still have spots available in several of our summer camp sessions! We offer a variety of programs for youth in grades 1-12. Read a full description of all of our programs and register your camper here .

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 Road, 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 viewing this flyer and contact April Culbertson to sign up!

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

April 30 – 3 Easter – United Thank Offering Sunday

St. Philips, Indianapolis

The Rev. Michelle Roos, The Rev. Karen Sullivan, Deacon

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • 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

Something you wish to have published in the Wednesday Mailbag?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.