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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
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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.)
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
Additional Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Indy. Candidates meet with bishop at 6 p.m. EDST, service at 7 p.m.
Lay Eucharistic Visitor training at CCC, 1-4 p.m.
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross
Love for Waycross Dinner and Silent Auction at St. Paul’s, Indy, 6-9:30 p.m.
Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross
Clergy Conference at Waycross
General Convention at Austin, TX
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
Diocesan Convention at Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington
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