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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR OCTOBER 18, 2017

SEARCHING FOR PEOPLE TO JOIN BISHOP’S STAFF
We are searching for two important people to join the Bishop’s staff: Resource Development Officer and Executive Assistant. For application information click here for Resource Development Officer and here for Executive Assistant.

YOUR CONVENTION DELEGATE & ALTERNATE NAME TAG
Here is the link to the list that will be used to make name tags for delegates and alternate delegates for your congregation. Please check it!  Name tags will be made tomorrow, October 19. Corrections please to John Oaks.

NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR AT CONVENTION
Nominations have now closed. If you plan to be nominated from the floor of convention, please bring your bio and photo to convention to be eligible for election.  

CONVENTION SCHEDULE
Here is the link to the schedule. When you arrive on Thursday, October 26, please join host members of your diocesan Executive Council and others anytime after 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., just before worship at St. Paul’s New Albany, for Fall Convention Warm Up—a free camp-style supper (hot dogs, veggie dogs, s’mores, etc.) at a woodsy lodge with time for getting acquainted and having fun (get ready for a great scavenger hunt involving church trivia, secular history, nature, technology for laughs, and more!). 
If you can bring potluck to share, terrific! It helps us plan if you’ll let us know you plan to join us.  Details .                   

ANOTHER WAY TO RESPOND TO RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS
On Saturday, November 4, Bishop Jennifer will participate in the 10th annual running of the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon to raise money on behalf of Episcopal Relief and Development. Everyone is invited to participate! 

  • You may join in by running/walking in the race (the course is especially good for walkers — no running required — there are also options for a 5k and full marathon).
  • You may also sponsor the team by going to the fundraising page and making a financial donation.
  • You may pray–pray for the welfare of the world, for the people who will receive assistance through ERD, and for the runners and organizers.

   Questions?  Contact the Rev. Hilary Cooke at hilary@stjohns-laf.org 

PLANNING A GRACEFUL EXIT, PART 1
St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, and The Daughters of the King are sponsoring  “Planning a Graceful Exit, Part 1” on Tuesday, November 7 at 7p.m. in the Great Hall of St. Stephen’s. The presenters will be Craig McKee, a local attorney, and Christina Flack, Community Education Representative for Heart to Heart Hospice.
Craig will present information about advanced directives (living wills, appointment of health-care representatives, powers of attorney) that can be critical for personal planning.  Christina will present “Hospice 101” and information about a new Indiana voluntary form for physicians who deal with patient’s end of life preferences. 
Each presentation will be approximately 30-45 minutes with a brief intermission between them. Refreshments will be served.

NEXT EUCHARISTIC VISITORS TRAINING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Everyone attending must have (and read!) “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!  Please contact The Reverend Fatima Madus if you have questions. 
The session will be Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral. Click here to register. (This is upstairs in the Lilly Room. Enter through the St. Francis door next to the Columbia Club). Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. The cathedral will validate parking only if you park at Express Park on Pennsylvania Street just south of Market.
The Veterans Day parade is slated for that day… downtown traffic and parking will require much praying.

USE YOUR IRA ASSETS FOR CHARITABLE GIFTS BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS
The IRA charitable rollover law was made permanent in 2015. Under this legislation, if you are 70 ½ or older, you are allowed to make certain charitable contributions directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to an eligible charity, and the transferred assets will not be recognized as income for tax purposes. Talk with your tax adviser!
The charitable IRA rollover, or qualified charitable distribution, makes it easier for you to use your IRA assets to make charitable gifts. It is a special provision that allows individuals age 70 1/2 or older to exclude from taxable income—and count toward their required minimum distribution—transfers of IRA assets, up to a total of $100,000, that are made directly to public charities, such as your parish or favorite Episcopal charity.
To take advantage for 2017, donors need to arrange for a direct transfer from their IRA to an eligible charity to take place by December 31, 2017.    

THE 180TH DIOCESAN CONVENTION:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The 180th Diocesan Convention is rapidly approaching—October 26-28 in Jeffersonville and New Albany. What do you need to know to get ready? Go here and check out our diocesan monthly e-news to discover lots more.   

YOUTH PRESENCE AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION
Youth in grades 6-12 are especially invited to join us for a Diocesan Convention lock-in on Friday, October 27. Come meet other diocesan youth as you enjoy dinner, play games, and learn more about the diocese and the Episcopal Church. More information is available here.  Contact Victoria Hoppes with any questions: 812-597-4241 or victoria@waycrosscenter.org. We hope to see you there!

DIOCESAN SPECIAL FUNDS…WHAT ARE THEY?
Here is the explanation by our treasurer, Mr. Tom Wood.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
St. Mark’s, Plainfield, will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park

  • October 20: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 21: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 22: 2 p.m. performance

St. Mark’s is at 710 Buchanan St., Plainfield, Indiana 46168
For more info, call 317-839-6730.

GENERAL CONVENTION OFFICIAL YOUTH PRESENCE
Applications are now being accepted for high school youth to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Up to two youth from each Province will be selected to join the delegation. Delegates will have seat and voice in the House of Deputies during General Convention next summer. Applicants must be a current high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 during General Convention, be an active member of an Episcopal congregation and be able to travel to Austin for both a pre-Convention orientation and for the entire duration of General Convention. The Episcopal Church will cover travel, lodging, and meals for GCOYP members for both the orientation and for General Convention. Applications are available online here. The application deadline is November 1.

YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The 2017 Youth Fall Conference for those in grades 6-12 will take place at Waycross, November 17-19. This year’s theme is “Faith in a Global Family.” Participants will explore themes of interfaith communication and dialogue by hearing from leaders in interfaith movements. We will put various theologies and practices in dialogue with our Episcopal faith. The weekend will also include large and small group gatherings, workshops, recreational activities, access to camp activities, worship, and much more! Details and a link to registration is available here. Questions can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

October 22, Proper 24

The Bishop and staff of the Diocese of Indianapolis

  • The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
  • The Rev. Canon Bruce Gray, The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger
  • Canon Marsha Gebuhr
  • Canon Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale
  • Ms. Sally Cassidy
  • Ms. Kim Christopher
  • Ms. Kathy Copas
  • Ms. Victoria HoppesMr. John Oaks

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS  (New information in red.)

October 26–28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 2
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy. Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.

November 11
Lay Eucharistic Visitor training at CCC, 1-4 p.m.

November 17–19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

February 2
Love for Waycross Dinner and Silent Auction at St. Paul’s, Indy, 6-9:30 p.m.

March 2–4
Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross

April 23–25
Clergy Conference at Waycross

July 5–13
General Convention at Austin, TX

September 28–30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

November 16–17
Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR OCTOBER 11, 2017

WELCOME, CANON BRENDAN O’SULLIVAN-HALE!
We are pleased to welcome Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism, to our diocese. You’re invited to read his introductory letter and a description of his ministry and prayerfully consider how his gifts and skills may enhance the ministry of your congregation.      
 
Dear friends,
More than three months after Bishop Jennifer made the announcement I was coming on board, I am very excited to finally join diocesan staff as Canon to the Ordinary for Administration & Evangelism. However, I am a bit uncertain how best to introduce myself to you, since a great many of you know me already. In my life as a Christian, I am in almost every way a product of this diocese. I came to the Episcopal Church as a junior at IU, following a profound experience of God’s love, and I was baptized at Trinity, Bloomington during my senior year. For most of the time since my graduation, I have made my church home at All Saints in Indianapolis. Read More

  

ANOTHER WAY TO RESPOND TO RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS
On Saturday, November 4, Bishop Jennifer will participate in the 10th annual running of the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon to raise money on behalf of Episcopal Relief and Development. Everyone is invited to participate! 
  • You may join in by running/walking in the race (the course is especially good for walkers–no running required–here are also options for a 5k and full marathon).
  • You may also sponsor the team by going to the fundraising page and making a financial donation.
  • You may pray-pray for the welfare of the world, for the people who will receive assistance through ERD, and for the runners and organizers.
   Questions?  Contact the Rev. Hilary Cooke at hilary@stjohns-laf.org
 
REST IN PEACE: THE REVEREND DON OVERTON
The Right Reverend Terry A. White, Bishop of Kentucky, shared the news of last Saturday’s death of the Reverend Don Overton. 
A requiem mass was held this morning at St. Andrew’s, Louisville. 
Please remember Don’s wife, Idona, and their family in your prayers. Cards can be sent to the family via the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, 425 S. 2nd Street, Louisville KY 40202.  Please address cards to Family of the Reverend Don Overton in care of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. May light perpetual shine upon him, and may God’s care and comfort surround his family.
 
NEXT EUCHARISTIC VISITORS TRAINING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Everyone attending must have (and read!) “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!  Please contact The Reverend Fatima Madus if you have questions.
The session will be Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. (This is upstairs in the Lilly Room. Enter through the St. Francis door (next to the Columbia Club). Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. The cathedral will validate parking only if you park at Express Park on Pennsylvania Street just south of Market.
The Veterans Day parade is slated for that day… downtown traffic and parking will require much praying.


THE 180TH DIOCESAN CONVENTION:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW 

The 180th Diocesan Convention is rapidly approaching–October 26-28 in Jeffersonville and New Albany. What do you need to know to get ready? Go here and check out our diocesan monthly e-news to discover lots more.   

 
YOUTH PRESENCE AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION
Youth in grades 6-12 are especially invited to join us for a Diocesan Convention lock-in on Friday, October 27, at the St. Mary’s Center in New Albany. Come meet other diocesan youth as you enjoy dinner, play games, and learn more about the diocese and the Episcopal Church. More information is available here. Contact Victoria Hoppes with any questions: 812-597-4241 or victoria@waycrosscenter.org. We hope to see you there!
 
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: CONVENTION BOX LUNCH & DINNER RESERVATIONS
Make your reservation now by e-mailing or calling Kim Christopher, 317-926-5454. The cut off date is THIS FRIDAY, October 13.    

PATHWAYS TO VITALITY
The new Pathways to Vitality blog post alerts us to common mistakes and, therefore, opportunities for fundraising in your congregation. Check it out.
 
YOUNG ADULT AND SEMINARIAN GRANTS… APPLY NOW!

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board has released the “Grant Focus and Criteria” for the 2018 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants.

The UTO Board will award up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to young adults and up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to seminarians regardless of age. The purpose of these grants is to provide start-up money for new projects.
Final applications from bishops and deans must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017, at 5 p.m., EDST.  
The Board pays careful attention to each grant application’s fit with the focus and criteria, regardless of who wrote it. Applications from seminarians must be reviewed and submitted by their seminary deans. Applications from young adults must be reviewed and submitted by our bishop. Applications can be downloaded here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/uto-2018-young-adult-and-seminarian-grants.
For answers to your questions, please contact Lisa Matucheski, our diocesan UTO Coordinator, at jmatuche@sbcglobal.net.
 
NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING IS TONIGHT
The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be TONIGHT, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie.  There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The Reverend C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at Diocesan Convention.

Those planning to join the deanery for dinner should respond now at  SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com.
 
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
St. Mark’s, Plainfield, will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park
 
  • October 20
    (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 21
    (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 22
    2 p.m. performance

St. Mark’s is at 710 Buchanan St., Plainfield, Indiana 46168

For more info, call 317-839-6730

GENERAL CONVENTION OFFICIAL YOUTH PRESENCE
Applications are now being accepted for high school youth to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Up to two youth from each Province will be selected to join the delegation. Delegates will have seat and voice in the House of Deputies during General Convention next summer. Applicants must be a current high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 during General Convention, be an active member of an Episcopal congregation and be able to travel to Austin for both a pre-Convention orientation and for the entire duration of General Convention. The Episcopal Church will cover travel, lodging, and meals for GCOYP members for both the orientation and for General Convention. Applications are available online here. The application deadline is November 1.
 
YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The 2017 Youth Fall Conference for those in grades 6-12 will take place at Waycross, November 17–19. This year’s theme is “Faith in a Global Family.” Participants will explore themes of interfaith communication and dialogue by hearing from leaders in interfaith movements. We will put various theologies and practices in dialogue with our Episcopal faith. The weekend will also include large and small group gatherings, workshops, recreational activities, access to camp activities, worship, and much more! Details and a link to registration is available here. Questions can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS 
Only one session left and it is for laity at St. Paul’s, New Albany, October 15. Here is the link to more information.  
 
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
October 15, Proper 23
The Reverend Andrew Downs, The Reverend Deby Veach, Deacon
 
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS  (New information in red.)
  • October 11
    TONIGHT
    Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie.  Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service @ St. Paul’s, Indy.
    Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 11
    Lay Eucharistic Visitor training at CCC, 1-4 p.m.
  • November 17-19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
2018
 
  • February 2
    Love for Waycross Dinner & Silent Auction at St. Paul’s, Indy, 6-9:30 p.m.
  • March 2-4
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23-25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5-13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28-30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • November 16-17
    Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington
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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR OCTOBER 4, 2017

STATEMENT FROM BISHOPS UNITED AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE FOLLOWING THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING
Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 70 Episcopal Church bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, released this statement October 2nd.
 
A WORD TO THE CHURCH FROM THE EPISCOPAL HOUSE OF BISHOPS
The bishops came to Alaska to listen to the earth and its peoples as an act of prayer, solidarity and witness. Click here for what they heard.
 
PLANNING A RECTOR’S RETIREMENT: A FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW

This is a notice from Samuel Ogles, the project leader for one of the Lilly resource grant providers: Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax. As a resource provider, they are tasked with providing you and your respective churches and pastors with valuable tools for economic challenges. They are working hard to complete Church Salary, an online compensation tool that will be available to both church administrators and church employees (pastors) to help them set fair compensation. They are excited to launch this tool in 2018.

In the meantime, expert attorney and CPA Richard R. Hammar will be presenting a free webinar on Thursday, October 5, at 11 a.m. CDST on the topic of “Planning a Pastor’s Retirement.” This webinar will give valuable information for both church administrators and pastors to help them maximize the pastor’s retirement planning. The goal is to provide information to help ensure that the planning by the church and the pastor allow the pastor to retire with dignity after years of effective and faithful ministry.

You  can register here for the webinar. (A recording will also be available to registrants afterward.) And bookmark the new Church Law & Tax events page for future webinars, including one in November on the topic of end-of-year financial and tax tips.

A WAY TO RESPOND TO RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS
On Saturday, November 4, Bishop Jennifer will participate in the 10th annual running of the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon to raise money on behalf of Episcopal Relief and Development. Everyone is invited to participate! 

  • You may join in by running/walking in the race (the course is especially good for walkers – no running required – there are also options for a 5k and full marathon).
  • You may also sponsor the team by going to the fundraising page and making a financial donation.
  • You may pray-pray for the welfare of the world, for the people who will receive assistance through ERD, and for the runners and organizers.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Hilary Cooke at hilary@stjohns-laf.org
 

THE 180TH DIOCESAN CONVENTION:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW 
The 180th Diocesan Convention is rapidly approaching–October 26–28 in Jeffersonville and New Albany. What do you need to know to get ready? Go here and check out our diocesan monthly e-news this week to discover lots more.   

YOUTH PRESENCE AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION
Youth in grades 6-12 are especially invited to join us for a Diocesan Convention lock-in on Friday, October 27th at the St. Mary’s Center in New Albany. Come meet other diocesan youth as you enjoy dinner, play games, and learn more about the Diocese and the Episcopal Church. More information is available here. Contact Victoria Hoppes with any questions: 812-597-4241 or victoria@waycrosscenter.org. We hope to see you there!
 
ASAP! CONVENTION BOX LUNCH & DINNER RESERVATIONS
To make your reservation e-mail or call Kim Christopher, 317-926-5454. The cut off date is Friday, October 13.    
 
OPPORTUNITY: INDY AREA PARISHES
Are you interested in sharing your parish with others at the Indy Festival of Faiths on Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza? Contact Kathy Copas.
  
YOUNG ADULT AND SEMINARIAN GRANTS… APPLY NOW!

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board has released the “Grant Focus and Criteria” for the 2018 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants.
The UTO Board will award up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to young adults and up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to seminarians regardless of age. The purpose of these grants is to provide start-up money for new projects.
Final applications from bishops and deans must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017, at 5 p.m., EDST. 
The Board pays careful attention to each grant application’s fit with the focus and criteria, regardless of who wrote it. Applications from seminarians must be reviewed and submitted by their seminary deans. Applications from young adults must be reviewed and submitted by our bishop. Applications can be downloaded here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/uto-2018-young-adult-and-seminarian-grants.
Yes! Time is short! For youth, you have about one week to have your application submitted to Bishop Jennifer and for seminarians, the same short time to submit it to your seminary dean.
For answers to your questions, please contact Lisa Matucheski, our diocesan UTO Coordinator, at jmatuche@sbcglobal.net.

CONSTABLE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS IS OPEN NOW
The Executive Board of Province V is now receiving applications to be considered for submission to the Constable Grant Award Committee of the Episcopal Church.
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2015. Recent Constable Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $200,000.  Preference for this grant opportunity is given for the work in religious education
If you would like your application to be considered for presentation by the Province, please submit your completed application by October 18.
Submit your completed grant request to the Rev. Heather Barta at provinceVcoordinator@gmail.com by October 18, 2017.
The November 1 deadline in the application is the deadline for the Province to submit to the Episcopal Church. We need your application by October 18 in order for it to be considered.
 
NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING

The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie.  There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The Rev. C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at the Diocesan Convention.
We request that those joining us for dinner let us know ahead of time at SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
St. Mark’s, Plainfield, will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park
 
  • October 20: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 21: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 22: 2 p.m. performance 

St. Mark’s is at 710 Buchanan St., Plainfield, Indiana 46168

For more info, 317-839-6730

GENERAL CONVENTION OFFICIAL YOUTH PRESENCE
Applications are now being accepted for high school youth to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Up to two youth from each Province will be selected to join the delegation. Delegates will have seat and voice in the House of Deputies during General Convention next summer. Applicants must be a current high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 during General Convention, be an active member of an Episcopal congregation and is capable of traveling to Austin for both a pre-Convention orientation and for the entire duration of General Convention. The Episcopal Church will cover travel, lodging, and meals for GCOYP members for both the orientation and for General Convention. Applications are available online here. The application deadline is November 1.
 
YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The 2017 Youth Fall Conference for those in grades 6-12 will take place at Waycross, November 17-19. This year’s theme is “Faith in a Global Family.” Participants will explore themes of interfaith communication and dialogue by hearing from leaders in interfaith movements. We will put various theologies and practices in dialogue with our Episcopal faith. The weekend will also include large and small group gatherings, workshops, recreational activities, access to camp activities, worship, and much more! Details and a link to registration is available here. Questions can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
Here is the link to more information. (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons and youth have specific dates just for their group.)  
            
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
October 8, Proper 22
St. Luke’s, Shelbyville, Ms. Sherrie Wood, Senior Warden AND
St. Thomas, Franklin, Ms. Robin Kares, Senior Warden
 
 
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
  • October 5
    Tomorrow! Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 11
    Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie.  Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
 
2018
 
  • February 2
    Love for Waycross Dinner and Silent Auction at St. Paul’s, Indy, 6–9:30 p.m.
  • March 2–4
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23–25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • November 16–17
    Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

INSTALLATION OF A CATHEDRAL CANON, THE REVERED JEAN C. BENISTE
All are invited to come and participate in the installation of The Reverend Jean C. Beniste as a Canon of your Cathedral. 
Presiding: The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
Preaching: The Reverend Dr. James Hughes Reho, Rector, Lamb of God Lutheran-Episcopal Church, Fort Myers, Florida
Feast: Eve of St. Michael and All Angels White stoles
This Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow.

Free Parking at Express Park, 20 N. Pennsylvania; bring your ticket to the Cathedral for validation.

2018 RECOMMENDED CLERGY COMPENSATION GUIDELINES
The Personnel Policy and Compensation Committee issued the new 2018 Recommended Clergy Compensation Guidelines approved by the Executive Council on September 16. They may be found in on line documents at: https://indydio.org/benefits-information-clergy-compensation-guidelines/.
The changes have been left in red to bring these to your attention.  You will note that the minimum has been increased by 3% along with recommending a 3% COL. If you are currently paying the minimum you will need to adjust accordingly to bring that position up to the minimum and consider additional for COL. This diocese has fallen behind in compensation levels within our Province and nationally. This can greatly affect our ability to attract clergy especially at this time when there is a clergy shortage.  
We welcome comments or questions which may be sent to the Canon for Administration at gebuhr@indydio.org.
 
2018 SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS 
The Personnel Policy and Compensation Committee updated the basic benefits provided by the diocese for 2018 and the Executive Council approved the changes. All changes have been left in red to highlight and bring them quickly to your attention. The document is found at: https://indydio.org/benefits-information-clergy-compensation-guidelines/

OUR REPORT CARD
Data from the 2016 Parochial Reports is now available. Click here to see the media release from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs.
 

THE LATEST BLOG POSTING ON THE PATHWAYS SITE
Leadership Perspective: Collaborative, Transparent and Open – A message from The Reverend Erin Hougland, Pathways to Vitality Deacon: http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/pathways-blog.

THE 180TH DIOCESAN CONVENTION:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW 
The 180th Diocesan Convention is rapidly approaching–October 26–28 in Jeffersonville and New Albany.  What do you need to know to get ready? Go here and check out our diocesan monthly e-news this week to discover lots more.   

YOUTH PRESENCE AT DIOCESAN CONVENTION
Diocesan Convention is quickly approaching, and we are excited to invite all youth in grades 6-12 to join us in Jeffersonville and New Albany! Youth are especially invited to join us for a Diocesan Convention lock-in on Friday, October 27th at the St. Mary’s Center in New Albany. Come meet other diocesan youth as you enjoy dinner, play games, and learn more about the Diocese and the Episcopal Church. More information is available here.  Contact Victoria Hoppes with any questions: 812-597-4241 or victoria@waycrosscenter.org. We hope to see you there!
 
ASAP…IF NOT SOONER! CONVENTION BOX LUNCH & DINNER RESERVATIONS

Here is the easy link. The cut off date is Friday, October 13th.    

YOUNG ADULT AND SEMINARIAN GRANTS… APPLY NOW!

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board has released the “Grant Focus and Criteria” for the 2018 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants.
The UTO Board will award up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to young adults and up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to seminarians regardless of age. The purpose of these grants is to provide start-up money for new projects.
Final applications from bishops and deans must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017, at 5 p.m., EDST. 
The Board pays careful attention to each grant application’s fit with the focus and criteria, regardless of who wrote it. Applications from seminarians must be reviewed and submitted by their seminary deans. Applications from young adults must be reviewed and submitted by our bishop. Applications can be downloaded here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/uto-2018-young-adult-and-seminarian-grants.

Yes! Time is short! For youth, you have about one week to have your application submitted to Bishop Jennifer and for seminarians, the same short time to submit it to your seminary dean.
For answers to your questions, please contact Lisa Matucheski, our diocesan UTO Coordinator, at jmatuche@sbcglobal.net.
 
CONSTABLE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS IS OPEN NOW
The Executive Board of Province V is now receiving applications to be considered for submission to the Constable Grant Award Committee of the Episcopal Church.
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2015. Recent Constable Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $200,000.  Preference for this grant opportunity is given for the work in religious education
If you would like your application to be considered for presentation by the Province, please submit your completed application by October 18.
Submit your completed grant request to the Rev. Heather Barta at provinceVcoordinator@gmail.com by October 18, 2017.
The November 1 deadline in the application is the deadline for the Province to submit to the Episcopal Church. We need your application by October 18 in order for it to be considered.
 
ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, STILL SEEKING AN ORGANIST
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact St. David’s at: Job Posting
 
NORTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. at St. Francis, Zionsville, Tuesday, October 3.

NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING

The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie. There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The Rev. C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at the Diocesan Convention.
We request that those joining us for dinner let us know ahead of time at SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
St. Mark’s, Plainfield, will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park“.
  • October 20 (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 21
    (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
  • October 22
    2 p.m. performance
  • St. Mark’s is at 710 Buchanan Street, Plainfield, Indiana 46168
    For more info, 317-839-6730
GENERAL CONVENTION OFFICIAL YOUTH PRESENCE
Applications are now being accepted for high school youth to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Up to two youth from each Province will be selected to join the delegation. Delegates will have seat and voice in the House of Deputies during General Convention next summer. Applicants must be a current high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 during General Convention, be an active member of an Episcopal congregation and is capable of traveling to Austin for both a pre-Convention orientation and for the entire duration of General Convention. The Episcopal Church will cover travel, lodging, and meals for GCOYP members for both the orientation and for General Convention. Applications are available online here. The application deadline is November 1.
 
ALISSA ANDERSON TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Alissa Goudswaard Anderson will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in Larchmont, NY, November 16.  Here is your invitation.
 
YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The 2017 Youth Fall Conference for those in grades 6-12 will take place at Waycross, November 17-19. This year’s theme is “Faith in a Global Family.” Participants will explore themes of interfaith communication and dialogue by hearing from leaders in interfaith movements. We will put various theologies and practices in dialogue with our Episcopal faith. The weekend will also include large and small group gatherings, workshops, recreational activities, access to camp activities, worship, and much more! Details and a link to registration is available here. Questions can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
Here is the link to more information. (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons and youth have specific dates just for their group.)  
            
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
October 1, Proper 21
The Reverend C. Davies Reed
The Reverend Whitney Rice
 
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS  (New information in red.)
  • September 28
    Installation of The Reverend Jean C. Beniste as a Canon at Christ Church Cathedral, 7 p.m.
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 3
    Northcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Francis, Zionsville, 7:15 p.m.
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 11
    Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie.  Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Candidates meet with the bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
 2018
 
  • February 2
    Love for Waycross Dinner & Silent Auction at St. Paul’s, Indy, 6–9:30 p.m.
  • March 2–4
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23–25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • November 16–17
    Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington
     

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

A REMINDER… THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, IS CHURCH WIDE SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY!
#sms17 #episcopalIN #jesusmovement
Social Media Sunday is your annual opportunity to join with others church wide and commit to even more intentionally social media sharing your ministry with the wider world!  Document your Sunday experience with photos of what you’re doing (and who is with you). Show us some of your worship or outreach experiences via video or pics. Consider interviewing some of your parishioners about what is great about your parish and why. Think about sharing a 360 church view, or a virtual tour, and delight us with a glimpse into what makes your parish unique. Create a list of your outreach ministries and show a bit of what you are collecting or doing. Hashtag your posts with the hashtags above as you Facebook, Instagram, tweet, and Snapchat away. Consider trying something new for you, perhaps like doing a Facebook paid post push or creating a Pinterest board on life in your parish. The possibilities are endless.  And, how fun will it be to share in all of this with one another?! See you on social media!
 

THE 180TH DIOCESAN CONVENTION:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The 180th Diocesan Convention is rapidly approaching—October 26-28 in Jeffersonville and New Albany. What do you need to know to get ready?  Go here and check out our diocesan monthly e-news this week to discover lots more.   

NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION ASAP: CONVENTION BOX LUNCH & DINNER RESERVATIONS
Here is the easy link. Thank you for taking care of this as soon as possible.  
 
YOUNG ADULT AND SEMINARIAN GRANTS… APPLY NOW!
The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board has released the “Grant Focus and Criteria” for the 2018 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants.
The UTO Board will award up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to young adults and up to 10 grants of $2,500 each to seminarians regardless of age. The purpose of these grants is to provide start-up money for new projects.
Final applications from bishops and deans must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017, at 5 p.m., EDST. 
The Board pays careful attention to each grant application’s fit with the focus and criteria, regardless of who wrote it. Applications from seminarians must be reviewed and submitted by their seminary deans. Applications from young adults must be reviewed and submitted by our bishop. Applications can be downloaded here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/uto-2018-young-adult-and-seminarian-grants.

Yes! Time is short! For youth, you have about two weeks from now to have your application submitted to Bishop Jennifer and for seminarians, the same short time to submit it to your seminary dean.
For answers to your questions, please contact Lisa Matucheski, our diocesan UTO Coordinator, at jmatuche@sbcglobal.net.

 
CONSTABLE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS IS OPEN NOW
The Executive Board of Province V is now receiving applications to be considered for submission to the Constable Grant Award Committee of the Episcopal Church.
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2015. Recent Constable Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $200,000.  Preference for this grant opportunity is given for the work in religious education
If you would like your application to be considered for presentation by the Province, please submit your completed application by October 18. The application process is outlined here
Submit your completed grant request to the Rev. Heather Barta at provinceVcoordinator@gmail.com by October 18, 2017.
The November 1 deadline in the application is the deadline for the Province to submit to the Episcopal Church. We need your application by October 18 in order for it to be considered.
SOUTHWEST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
At St. James, Vincennes, TODAY at 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST 
ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, STILL SEEKING AN ORGANIST
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact St. David’s at: Job Posting.
NORTHWEST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northwest Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m., at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle. 

SOUTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING 
The meeting will be at Christ Church Madison on Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. 
 
NORTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
 The meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. at St. Francis, Zionsville, Tuesday, October 3.
NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie. There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m.
The Rev. C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at the Diocesan Convention.
We request that those joining us for dinner let us know ahead of time at SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com.
 
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
St. Mark’s, Plainfield, will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park

October 20: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance

October 21: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance

October 22: 2 p.m. performance

St. Mark’s is at 710 Buchanan St., Plainfield, Indiana 46168
For more info, 317-839-6730.

GENERAL CONVENTION OFFICIAL YOUTH PRESENCE
Applications are now being accepted for high school youth to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Up to two youth from each Province will be selected to join the delegation. Delegates will have seat and voice in the House of Deputies during General Convention next summer. Applicants must be a current high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 during General Convention, be an active member of an Episcopal congregation and is capable of traveling to Austin for both a pre-Convention orientation and for the entire duration of General Convention. The Episcopal Church will cover travel, lodging, and meals for GCOYP members for both the orientation and for General Convention. Applications are available online here. The application deadline is November 1.
 
YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The 2017 Youth Fall Conference for those in grades 6-12 will take place at Waycross, November 17-19. This year’s theme is “Faith in a Global Family.” Participants will explore themes of interfaith communication and dialogue by hearing from leaders in interfaith movements. We will put various theologies and practices in dialogue with our Episcopal faith. The weekend will also include large and small group gatherings, workshops, recreational activities, access to camp activities, worship, and much more! Details and a link to registration is available here.  Questions can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons and youth have specific dates just for their group.).
            
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
September 24, Proper 20
St. Michael’s, Noblesville 
The Rev. Lee Schaefer
 
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS 
(New information in red.)
  • September 20
    Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST 
  • September 24
    Southeast pre-convention deanery meeting has been changed from St. Paul’s, Columbus, to Christ Church, Madison at 3 p.m. (Date & time remain the same as previously announced.)
  • September 24
    Northwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle at 3 p.m.
  • September 29-October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 3
    Northcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Francis, Zionsville, 7:15 p.m.
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 5
    CANCELED
     Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses at Columbus
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 11
    Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie.  Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17-19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
2018
 
  • March 2-4
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23-25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5-13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28-30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • November 16-17
    Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington
Something you wish to have published in the Wednesday Mailbag?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

CATHEDRAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION PRESENTS MASS WITH SPECIAL MUSIC, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 4 P.M.
Christ Church Cathedral is proud to present Coro Latinoamericano singing Carlos Mejía Godoy’s Misa Campesina Nicaragüense, a Spanish language mass that incorporates Liberation Theology and Nicaraguan folk music. You’re invited for an evening of joyful music and A celebration of Latin American Culture in this Hispanic Heritage Month. Here is the poster!
La serie de Conciertos de Christ Church Cathedral se complace en presentar nuestro Coro Latinoamericano cantantdo LA MISA CAMPESINA NICARAGUENSE del compositor Carlos Mejía Godoy. Una misa en español que incorpora la teología de la liberación y los ritmos folklóricos Nicaragüenses. Los esperamos a escuchar este hermoso conicerto y celebrar con una fiesta el mes de la Hispanidad y nuestra cultura Latinoamericana.
LEV TRAINING SEPTEMBER 16 AT NATIVITY
Everyone attending Lay Eucharistic Visitors training must have (and read!) “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.  Safeguarding training must be completed prior to visits!
To register for the next training session click here. The session is Saturday, September 16, Noon – 3 p.m. at Church of the Nativity, 7300 N. Lantern Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46256.  
BECAUSE MANY ARE ASKING
Every year, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) produces a very good financial stewardship program designed for use in the fall.  The password to the program changes each year so that it is only available to TENS members.
As it happens, your church is a TENS member!  Click here for the password.
 

CONVENTION—BOX LUNCH & DINNER RESERVATIONS
Here is the link to make your reservations. Thank you for taking care of this as soon as possible.  

DIOCESAN CONVENTION UPDATES
Many new items have recently been posted to the Diocesan Convention section on the diocesan website.  Please check back frequently for news and additional opportunities. Remember—EVERYONE is welcome and joyfully encouraged to come to convention, not just delegates!
There are lots of wonderful things to experience and learn and the southcentral Indiana area (near Louisville) is an amazingly fun place for an extended getaway for your entire family. Please continue to prayerfully consider if you might offer your gifts and skills for an elected position at convention. And, watch for more many more updates to come!       
 
A LITTLE HELP HERE, PLEASE!
The Rev. Erin Hougland has been appointed by a member of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation to be our diocesan representative on the Province V Regional Consultative Group (RCG). The Rev. Erin and the other representatives are working to collect the sustainability and stewardship of creation efforts that are happening in Province V. 
Please email Erin: reverinhougland@gmail.com about the things your church and ministry have done, and are now doing, toward environmental sustainability. This can include everything from food justice ministries, to creation care liturgies, to VBS programs and Christian Formation on the topic of creation care, as well as active gardening and sustainable agricultural endeavors. She needs to hear about the various ways your congregation/church has addressed sustainability efforts, including sustainable building upgrades such as eco-lighting/HVAC, moving from paper cups to reusable mugs… anything where the intention has been for the sake of the 5th Mark of Mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
 
ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, STILL SEEKING AN ORGANIST
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact St. David’s at: Job Posting.
 

ST. MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION 
St. Michael’s is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
Here is the job description and contact information

LAST CALL: DO YOU NEED SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION?
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment.
Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.
 
MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING   
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m., at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.).
 
NORTHWEST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northwest Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m., at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle. 
 
SOUTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING CHANGE
The Southeast Deanery meeting has moved to Christ Church Madison on Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. (This date and time remain the same as previously announced.)
 
NORTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. at St. Francis, Zionsville, Tuesday, October 3.
 

NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie.  There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m.
The Rev. C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at the Diocesan Convention.
We request that those joining us for dinner let us know ahead of time at SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
St. Mark’s, Plainfield, will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park
October 20: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
October 21: (6 p.m. meal for $5) with 7 p.m. performance
October 22: 2 p.m. performance

St. Mark’s is at 710 Buchanan St., Plainfield, Indiana 46168
For more info, 317-839-6730.

GENERAL CONVENTION OFFICIAL YOUTH PRESENCE
Applications are now being accepted for high school youth to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Up to two youth from each Province will be selected to join the delegation. Delegates will have seat and voice in the House of Deputies during General Convention next summer. Applicants must be a current high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 during General Convention, be an active member of an Episcopal congregation and is capable of traveling to Austin for both a pre-Convention orientation and for the entire duration of General Convention. The Episcopal Church will cover travel, lodging, and meals for GCOYP members for both the orientation and for General Convention. Applications are available online here. The application deadline is November 1.
 
YOUTH FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The 2017 Youth Fall Conference for those in grades 6-12 will take place at Waycross, November 17-19. This year’s theme is “Faith in a Global Family.” Participants will explore themes of interfaith communication and dialogue by hearing from leaders in interfaith movements. We will put various theologies and practices in dialogue with our Episcopal faith. The weekend will also include large and small group gatherings, workshops, recreational activities, access to camp activities, worship, and much more! Details and a link to registration is available here. Questions can be directed to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at victoria@waycrosscenter.org.
 
ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2, for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST).  Service will be at 7 p.m. 
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19,  let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons and youth have specific dates just for their group.).
            
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
September 17, Proper 19
St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
The Reverend Frank Impicciche
 
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
  • September 16
    LEV training at Nativity, Indianapolis, noon-3 p.m.
  • September 19
    Midcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
  • September 20
    Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST
  • September24: Southeast pre-convention deanery mtg has been changed from St. Paul’s, Columbus, to Christ Church, Madison meeting 3 p.m. (Date & time remain the same as previously announced.)
  • September 24
    Northwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle at 3 p.m.
  • September 29-October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 3
    Northcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Francis, Zionsville, 7:15 p.m.
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 5
    CANCELED
     Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses at Columbus
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 11
    Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie. Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy. Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17-19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
 2018
 
  • March 2-4
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23-25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5-13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28-30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • November 16-17
    Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington
Something you wish to have published in the Wednesday Mailbag?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

CONVENTION – BOX LUNCH & DINNER RESERVATIONS
Here is the link to make your reservations. Please do it now!
 
DIOCESAN CONVENTION UPDATES
Many new items have recently been posted to the Diocesan Convention section on the diocesan website. Please check back frequently for news and additional opportunities. Remember—EVERYONE is welcome and joyfully encouraged to come to convention, not just delegates!
There are lots of wonderful things to experience and learn and the southcentral Indiana area (near Louisville) is an amazingly fun place for an extended getaway for your entire family. Please continue to prayerfully consider if you might offer your gifts and skills for an elected position at convention.  And, watch for more many more updates to come! (The 2018 convention will be at the Monroe Convention Center in Bloomington, November 15, 16 & 17) .          
 
A LITTLE HELP HERE, PLEASE!
The Reverend Erin Hougland has been appointed as a member of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation to be our diocesan representative on the Province V Regional Consultative Group (RCG). The Reverend Erin and the other representatives are working to collect the sustainability and stewardship of creation efforts that are happening in Province V. 
Please email Erin: reverinhougland@gmail.com about the things your church and ministry have done, and are now doing, toward environmental sustainability. This can include everything from food justice ministries, to creation care liturgies, to VBS programs and Christian Formation on the topic of creation care, as well as active gardening and sustainable agricultural endeavors. She needs to hear about the various ways your congregation/church has addressed sustainability efforts, including sustainable building upgrades such as eco-lighting/HVAC, moving from paper cups to reusable mugs… anything where the intention has been for the sake of the 5th Mark of Mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

LEV TRAINING SEPTEMBER 16 AT NATIVITY

Everyone attending Lay Eucharistic Visitors training must have (and read!) “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. Safeguarding training must be completed prior to visits!
To register for the next training session click here. The session is Saturday, September 16, Noon – 3 p.m. at Church of the Nativity, 7300 N. Lantern Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46256.  
 

ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, STILL SEEKING AN ORGANIST
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact St. David’s at: Job Posting

ST. MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION NOW OPEN
St. Michael’s is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Here is the job description and contact information

LAST CALL: DO YOU NEED SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION?
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.

SOUTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Southcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, at Christ Church Cathedral. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown and The Rev’d Kirsteen Wilkinson . Let them know how many will be coming for both dinner and the meeting and how many will attend only the meeting.
 
MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING   
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m., at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.)

NORTHWEST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northwest Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m., at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle. 
 
SOUTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING CHANGE
The Southeast Deanery meeting has moved to Christ Church Madison on Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. (This date and time remain the same as previously announced.)
 
NORTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. at St. Francis, Zionsville, Tuesday, October 3.


NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie.  There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m
The Rev. C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at the Diocesan Convention.

We request that those joining us for dinner let us know ahead of time at SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com.
 
ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE 
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2, for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST).  Service will be at 7 p.m. 
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15, at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19, let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was rescheduled to October 5 has been canceled. The session for September 7 at Trinity, Indianapolis, is now at capacity and is closed. Please select another one.  Here is the link to more information. (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons and youth have specific dates just for their group.)  

CATHEDRAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION PRESENTS MASS WITH SPECIAL MUSIC SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 4 P.M.
Christ Church Cathedral is proud to present Coro Latinoamericano singing Carlos Mejía Godoy’s Misa Campesina Nicaragüense,  a Spanish language mass that incorporates Liberation Theology and Nicaraguan folk music. You’re invited for an evening of joyful music and A celebration of Latin American Culture in this Hispanic Heritage month.
 
La serie de Conciertos de Christ Church Cathedral se complace en presentar nuestro Coro Latinoamericano cantantdo LA MISA CAMPESINA NICARAGUENSE del compositor Carlos Mejía Godoy. Una misa en español que incorpora la teología de la liberación y los ritmos folklóricos Nicaragüenses. Los esperamos a escuchar este hermoso conicerto y celebrar con una fiesta el mes de la Hispanidad y nuestra cultura Latinoamericana.

            

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, updated 9-5-17, for the remainder of this church year.
 
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
September 7
REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED
(North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.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 12
Southcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at CC Cathedral. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting

September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
September 16
LEV training at Nativity, Indianapolis, noon-3 p.m.
September 19
Midcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
September 20
Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST 
September 24
Southeast pre-convention deanery meeting has been changed from St. Paul’s, Columbus, to Christ Church, Madison at 3 p.m. (Date & time remain the same as previously announced.)
September 24
Northwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle at 3 p.m.
September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
October 3
Northcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Francis, Zionsville, 7:15 p.m.
October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations
October 5
CANCELED Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses@Columbus
October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
October 11
Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie. Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
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 2
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy. Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
 
2018
 
March 2-4
Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
April 23-25
Clergy Conference at Waycross
July 5-13
General Convention at Austin, TX
September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
November 15-17
Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington
 
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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 30, 2017

BISHOP CURRY’S MESSAGE REGARDING HURRICANE HARVEY
 
DIOCESAN CONVENTION UPDATES
Many new items have recently been posted to the Diocesan Convention section on the diocesan website. Please check back frequently for news and additional opportunities. Remember – EVERYONE is welcome and joyfully encouraged to come to convention, not just delegates! There are lots of wonderful things to experience and learn and the southcentral Indiana area (near Louisville) is an amazingly fun place for an extended getaway for your entire family. Please continue to prayerfully consider if you might offer your gifts and skills for an elected position at convention. And, watch for more many more updates to come!               
 
LEV TRAINING SEPTEMBER 16 AT NATIVITY
Everyone attending Lay Eucharistic Visitors training must have (and read!) “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. Safeguarding training must be completed prior to visits!
To register for the next training session click here. The session is Saturday, September 16, Noon – 3 p.m. at Church of the Nativity, 7300 N. Lantern Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46256.  
 
ST. DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, STILL SEEKING AN ORGANIST
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact Jim Huber, Sr. Warden, at St. David’s.
 

ST. MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION NOW OPEN
St. Michael’s is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Here is the job description and contact information

SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15th.

 

SOUTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Southcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at Christ Church Cathedral. Dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown and The Rev’d Kirsteen Wilkinson . Let them know how many will be coming for both dinner and the meeting and how many will attend only the meeting.
 
MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING   
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m., at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.)

NORTHWEST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Northwest Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m., at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle. 
 
SOUTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING CHANGE
The Southeast Deanery meeting has moved to Christ Church Madison on Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. (This date and time remain the same as previously announced.)
 
NORTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. at St. Francis, Zionsville, Tuesday, October 3.

NORTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING

The Northeast Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Wednesday, October 11, at Grace Church, Muncie. There will be a light dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The Reverend C. Davies Reed will be present to review the proposed budget to be acted upon at the Diocesan Convention.
We request that those joining us for dinner let us know ahead of time at SeniorWardenofGrace@gmail.com.

ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE 
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2, for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis. Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST).  Service will be at 7 p.m. 
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19,  let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).
 
BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was scheduled for August 27 has been rescheduled to October 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The location will still be St. Paul’s, Columbus.  And, the session for September 7 at Trinity, Indianapolis, is now at capacity and closed. Please select another one. Here is the link to more information. (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)  
            
FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
  • September 7
    REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED
    (North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.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 12
    Southcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at CC Cathedral. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting
  • September 13
    Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 16
    LEV training at Nativity, Indianapolis, noon-3 p.m.
  • September 19
    Midcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
  • September 20
    Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST
  • September 24
    Southeast pre-convention deanery meeting has been changed from St. Paul’s, Columbus, to Christ Church, Madison at 3 p.m. (Date & time remain the same as previously announced.)
  • September 24
    Northwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Andrew’s, Greencastle at 3 p.m.
  • September 29-October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 3
    Northcentral pre-convention deanery mtg at St. Francis, Zionsville, 7:15 p.m.
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 5
    Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 6-9 p.m.
  • October 7
    Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 11
    Northeast pre-convention deanery meeting at Grace, Muncie.  Dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service @ St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17-19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
2018
 
  • March 2-4
    Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23-25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
    July 5-13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28-30: Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 23, 2017

HELP FOR YOUR PARISH’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
There is a wealth of help and information available for the asking.  Two places to start: 1. On our web page and, 2. Here.

DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST… RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please c

MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION
St. Michael’s is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
Here is the job description and contact information.

SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.

MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m., at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.)

SOUTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Southcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at Christ Church Cathedral. Dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown and The Rev’d Kirsteen Wilkinson . Let them know how many will be coming for both dinner and the meeting and how many will attend only the meeting.

SOUTHEAST DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING CHANGE
The Southeast Deanery meeting has moved to Christ Church Madison on Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. (This date and time remain the same as previously announced.)

ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST).  Service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19,  let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was scheduled for August 27 has been rescheduled to October 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The location will still be St. Paul’s, Columbus. Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

August  27, Proper 16

St. Christopher’s, Carmel

Ms. Anne Long, Senior Warden, the Rev. Jennifer Hulen

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

September 12
Southcentral pre-convention deanery mtg@Christ Church Cathedral.      6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. mtg

September 13
Priests listening session @ Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST

September 9
Youth listening session @ Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST

September 9
Lay leadership listening session @ Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST

September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session @ Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST

September 19
Midcentral pre-convention deanery mtg @ Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.

September 20
Southwest pre-convention deanery mtg @St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST

September 24
Southeast pre-convention deanery mtg has been changed from St. Paul’s, Columbus, to Christ Church, Madison @ 3 p.m. (Date & time remain the same as previously announced.)

September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations

October 5
Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses@ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 6-9 p.m.

October 7
Deacons listening session @ Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST

October 15
SE region listening session @ St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST

October 26-28:
Diocesan Convention @Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 2
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service @ St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet w/ bishop @ 6 p.m. EDST, service @ 7 p.m.

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross

2018

March 2-4
Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross

April 23-25
Clergy Conference @ Waycross

July 5-13
General Convention @ Austin, TX

September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

 

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WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR AUGUST 16, 2017

HELP FOR YOUR PARISH’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
There is a wealth of help and information available for the asking. Two places to start: 1. On our web page and 2. Here.

SOMETHING YOU NEED TO HAVE IN THE MAILBAG?
Send it to oaks@indydio.org by Tuesday at noon.

DAVID’S, BEAN BLOSSOM, SEEKING AN ORGANIST… RIGHT NOW
Know someone who might fit this description for an organist for St.David’s?
If so, please contact Jim Huber, Sr. Warden, at St. David’s.

St. MICHAEL’S, NOBLESVILLE, CHRISTIAN ED POSITION
St. Michaels is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Here is the job description and contact information.

SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR CONVENTION
Plans at Diocesan Convention are to provide Spanish for delegates, alternates and special guests who are not fluent in English.  In order to ensure equipment needs are met, the diocesan office needs to know the names of those from your congregation who will need the equipment. Please send your response to Kim Christopher by September 15.

MIDCENTRAL PRE-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING
The Midcentral dean, the Rev. Karen L. King (317-926-1346 ext 403) announces that the Midcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, at Trinity, Indianapolis (3243 N. Meridian St.).

SOUTHCENTRAL DEANERY PRE-CONVENTION MEETING
The Southcentral Deanery pre-convention meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at Christ Church Cathedral. Dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.
Please RSVP to The Rev’d Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown and The Rev’d Kirsteen Wilkinson . Let them know how many will be coming for both dinner and the meeting and how many will attend only the meeting.

ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION SERVICE
Bishop Jennifer has added a service on Thursday, November 2 for those who want to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year.
The service will be at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.  Bishop Jennifer will meet with the candidates at St. Paul’s starting at 6 p.m. (EDST). Service will be at 7 p.m.
Please let The Rev’d Barb Kempf, 317-253-1277 ext 15,  at St. Paul’s know the number of folks you will be bringing to be confirmed/received or reaffirmed and please, by October 19, let Sally Cassidy know names as they should appear on certificates (and which certificate).

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS
The listening session for clergy spouses that was scheduled for August 27 has been rescheduled to October 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The location will still be St. Paul’s, Columbus. Here is the link to more information.  (Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.  Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.)

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

August 20 -Proper 15

St. David’s, Bean Blossom

Mr. Jim Huber, Senior Warden

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • August 27
    Rescheduled 
    Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus
  • September 7
    North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.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 12
    Southcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Christ Church Cathedral. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. mtg
  • 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 13
    Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 19: Midcentral pre-convention deanery meeting at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
  • September 20
    Southwest pre-convention deanery meeting at St. James, Vincennes, 6 p.m. CDST, 7 p.m. EDST
  • September 24
    Southeast pre-convention deanery meeting at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 35 p.m.
  • September 29–October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October 5
    Bishop’s listening session: clergy spouses at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 69 p.m.
  • 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 2
    Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy.  Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
  • November 17–19
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
  • 2018
  • March 2–4
    S
    outh Spring Retreat at Waycross
  • April 23–25
    Clergy Conference at Waycross
  • July 5–13
    General Convention at Austin, TX
  • September 28–30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

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