WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 10, 2017

CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE
May 13

Southeast region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Columbus, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)

May 20
Northwest region confirmation at St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)

May 25
Central region confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST)

June 10
Northeast region confirmation at Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)

June 24
Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, NOTE THE TIME CHANGE: candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST)

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

LAST REMINDER: YOUR CHURCH TAX FILINGS ARE DUE MAY 15
Every church must file forms 103 and 104 (Business Tangible Personal Property Return) annually. The forms may be obtained from your Township Assessor and must be filed no later than May 15, 2017.  We ask that all congregations obtain a receipted copy at the Assessor’s office upon filing and send a copy to the diocesan office to the attention of Kim Christopher. If you have made additions to your building or purchased property in the past year you also need to file a form 136. You may download the forms from the state website at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4971.htm .

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

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

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

PEACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ROCKPORT, HAS MOVED
Peace Episcopal Church, Rockport, has moved this week. Their new address is 223 County Road 350W, Rockport IN 47635.  All other information remains the same. If you plan to visit, they advise you rely upon MapQuest for now.  Some GPS systems, including Garmin, seem to be leading visitors astray.  (We’re working on helping resolve that issue now!)

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

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

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING
At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry.  Please click these two sites to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping.

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

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

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

May 14, 5 Easter

The staff of the Waycross Camp and Conference Center

Van Beers, Executive Director.

Members of the Standing Committee, Executive Council and Commission on Ministry

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • May 13
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries Councilat St. John’s, Lafayette, 10 a.m. 
  • May 13
    Southeast region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Columbus, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)
  • May 20
    Northwest region confirmation at St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (EDST)
  • May 25
    Central region confirmation at Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST) 
  • June 3
    COM Information Day at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m.3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation at Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation at St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST) 
  • July 1014
    EYE at Edmond, OK
  • September 29October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
  • October 2628
    Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 1719
    Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

  • Jul y5-13
    General Convention @ Austin, TX
  • September 28-30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

 

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