WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR MAY 24, 2017

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

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

Each session will include prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
Information to RSVP will be made available in the coming days.
Here is the link to the dates, times, participants, and locations of Bishop Jennifer’s listening sessions.

PATHWAYS TO VITALITY BLOG UPDATE
http://www.pathwaystovitality.org/pathways-blog

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

DEADLINE IS TODAY TO REGISTER FOR COM INFORMATION DAY
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 today, Wednesday, May 24. He needs to know the names of those planning to attend.  Lunch will be served.

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 by hosting a booth and marching in the parade.
We need to know who’s in! Contact Suzanne Wille or Troy Long about the parade or Sarah Ginolfi or Sally Hardgrove about the booth and festival.
Please read this info sheet for more information.

WOW—REMEMBER ALL OF THIS?
The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn offers a whirlwind tour of Bishop Jennifer’s ordination and consecration here.

URGENT NEED:  CAMP HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Waycross Camp is still in need of a doctor or a nurse to serve in our Health Center during the 4th Session, July 16-22. This volunteer position provides support and care to our camp community by running our Health Center, dispensing medications, keeping updated logs, and providing first aid and healthcare as needed. Room and board is provided. Interested parties should contact Victoria Hoppes, victoria@waycrosscenter.org, for more information or to volunteer.

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only—Sunday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life.  All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

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

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

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

THERE IS STILL TIME TO 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.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

May 28, 7 Easter

St. John’s, Mt.Vernon

The Rev. Allen Rutherford

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • May 25
    Central region confirmation@ Christ Church Cathedral, candidates meet with bishop 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m. (EDST)
  • June 1
    Erin Hoagland ordination @ All Saints, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
  • June 3
    COM Information Day @ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • June 10
    Northeast region confirmation @ Trinity Anderson, candidates meet with bishop 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. (EDST)
  • June 10
    NE region lay listening session @ Trinity, Anderson, 1 p.m., EDST
  • June 18
    NW region lay listening session @ St. John’s, Lafayette, 2 p.m., EDST
  • June 24
    Southwest region confirmation @ St. Paul’s, Evansville, candidates meet with bishop 1 p.m., service at 2 p.m. (CDST)
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session @ St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10-14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • August 27
    Spouses of clergy listening session @ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
  • 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 29-October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross
  • 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 17-19
    Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross

2018

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

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