WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 31, 2017

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR DIOCESAN-WIDE LISTENING SESSIONS WITH BISHOP JENNIFER
Ten listening sessions across the diocese will be held over the next four months as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes and dreams and challenges we see for our diocese. Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them and other groupings for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for each group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with the following purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff

Each session will include prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October. Review a selection of dates and locations and REGISTER NOW here.

REMEMBER–THIS SUNDAY IS EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED SUNDAY!
Pentecost Sunday, June 4, is our designated day… but you can do projects year–round, including passing the bucket for change “to make a change” twice a year when our clocks get reset, volunteer at some of the agencies in your deanery or even a neighboring deanery. If you want ideas or speakers be sure to contact any of the EFHN Board members or agency directors.
Some information was shared at the clergy conference. For all parishes, you may go to
here and receive more information. This link provides EFHN materials on our website and you may remind members there is a PayPal option to make a donation (note:  there are no more offering envelopes this year). Please participate fully in this only diocesan-wide, Indiana outreach ingathering, which addresses a myriad of problems through wonderful agencies in each of our deaneries!

ANNUAL CHURCH AUDIT REPORTS
It is time to update our audit files in accordance with Canon 13, Section 1, (e).  All reports of such audits, including any memorandum issued by such auditors or audit committee together with all proposals made by them, shall be filed with the Bishop or Ecclesiastical Authority no later than 30 days following the date of such report. If completed, please submit your 2016 audit. If you have operating income greater than $120,000 but less than $240,000 and are interested in having a member of the diocesan audit committee review your 2016 books the fee schedule is currently 1% of Net Operating Income. Reviews by the diocesan committee have just been assigned so if you wish to be considered for a 2016 review by a member of this committee please contact Canon Marsha Gebuhr at gebuhr@indydio.org. In rotation, several churches with NOI under $120,000 have just been contacted for a diocesan-paid review.

BEWARE MAIL SCAM MENTIONING THE BISHOP
Emails have been sent to at least two people in the diocese that supposedly are from the bishop and ask for immediate help in obtaining money, signed “Bishop” and with a direction to not phone or text for confirmation. The email address that originates these emails has the bishop’s name on it but it is not one she has ever owned or controlled. If you receive such an email, delete it. This type of email is known as a “phishing attempt” to get quick money from unwitting victims, and is common in the Episcopal Church (and the wider world), especially when a bishop transition has taken place. If more information about such scams is desired, or if you have replied to such an email and now need assistance dealing with the aftermath, please contact Canon Bruce Gray at gray@indydio.org.

ST. CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL, IS SEEKING A FULL-TIME YOUTH LEADER
St. Christopher’s is seeking a highly-reliable, energetic, and experienced youth leader with excellent communications skills. This person must have a dynamic faith life of their own, and create and maintain a youth ministry that is fun, facilitates spiritual depth, and invites youth into community.  Here is the link to the full job description. Send a resume to Katherine Bender.

CIRCLE CITY PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL, SATURDAY, JUNE 10
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will again be represented at the annual Indy Pride Parade and Festival by hosting a booth and marching in the parade.
We need to know who’s in! Contact Suzanne Wille or Troy Long about the parade or Sarah Ginolfi or Sally Hardgrove about the booth and festival.
Please read this info sheet for more information.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP!

Summer is quickly approaching and the staff at Waycross Camp are excited to welcome you to camp!  We still have spots open in select sessions during the 2017 season. Check out our program offerings for 2017 and register here. We have spots available for both boys and girls in our Session 3A–Adventure Camp (July 9–16) and Session 4A–Adventure Camp (July 16–22).

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING
If you are planning on (or have anyone interested) in attending one of the next Lay Eucharistic Visitor training sessions online registration will be open next week.  Questions?  Ask The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madu at 317-459-0105 or fmadus@gmail.com. Everyone attending must have (and read!) “Manual for Eucharistic Visitors” by Beth Wickenberg Ely. It is available online from Church Publishing.
Participants are to bring their completed application form (signed by their rector/priest-in-charge and senior warden) to the training and they should be a communicant in good standing.
Reminder: Complete Safeguarding training prior to visits!
The next sessions:

  • Saturday, June 24th, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m., at Trinity, Bloomington.
  • Saturday, July 15th, 12 p.m.–3 p.m. at Nativity, Indianapolis
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!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: WE NEED DIOCESAN COORDINATORS FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
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.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

June 4, Day of Pentecost  – EFHN
All EFHN Outreach Agencies. We invite you to pray for those in your deanery.

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS  (New information in red.)
  • June 1
    Erin Hoagland ordination at All Saints, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
  • 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 10
    NW region lay listening session at Trinity, Anderson, 1 p.m., EDST
  • June 18
    NE region lay listening session at St. John’s, Lafayette, 2 p.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)
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session at St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10–14
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • August 27
    Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
  • September 13
    Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 7
    North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
  • September 29–Oct 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 15
    SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
  • October 26–28
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

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

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