Oct 27 17

REC-BFM Advent 2017 Mission Offering

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Dear Friend of REC Missions,

As we look to the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses next Tuesday, we can support those working for the re-evangelisation of Germany in the coming Advent period. Presiding Bishop Ray Sutton’s letter below presents opportunities we have right now to help the ministry in Germany, and to contribute both hurricane relief and tools to build the Reformed Episcopal Church in Cuba. Please share the attached brochure and letter with your congregation, and help us equip the Church for growth. Please pray for the special Reformation service this Sunday at Christ Church, Berlin, the church plant highlighted in the brochure, and for all special services held this week as part of the historical commemoration.

At the same time, I want to thank the parishes and individuals who contributed over $21,000 to the 2017 Lenten Mission Offering. These gifts enabled renovation of the Good Shepherd parish, Mihael Starin Seminary campus, and the completion of a Reformation Heritage Museum. The dedication service will be tomorrow, Saturday, October 28. I am in Croatia to attend, with the Rev John Boonzaaijer (Chapel of the Cross) and his son Nathaniel (who with others from St Timothy’s Academy joined a short term mission to help with the project). Please pray that many visiting this museum will discover the Bible and our Creator God. Over 120 parishes were opened in the area of Croatia at the beginning of the Reformation, and we pray that the Lord will again multiply congregations here. See photos Bishop Milić has posted HERE.

Please follow news of REC mission partners on Twitter, Facebook and our website. You can link them to your parish website and newsletter.

Thank you,
Canon Bill Jerdan
Website: www.recbfm.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/recbfm
Twitter: @RECBFM

Presiding Bishop Ray Sutton’s letter is HERE.

Brochure for Advent 2017 Mission Offering is HERE.

Oct 21 17

St. Alban’s Choir Celebrates Reformation 500

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On Friday, October 27th, the Beekman Hill Chamber Choir, directed by Bernadette Hoke, the music director of St. Alban’s R.E. Church, New York, will present a concert of “five centuries of sacred choral music” to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther’s nailing of 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Church.  All are invited to the concert at the church starting at 7:30pm.

 

Oct 21 17

Bishop Cummins Harp and Piano Concert Oct. 22

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Bishop Cummins R.E. Church in Catonsville, MD, invites all to a Harp and Piano concert on Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.  Featured performers are Dr. Ildar Khannanov, Pianist and Music Director Dr. Iraida Poberezhnaya, Harpist.  Selections from J.S. Bach, R. Schumann, F. Chopin, and M. Ravel will be performed, along with some medleys from Jazz standards and Gospel Music.

Bishop Cummins is celebrating it’s 140th year.

 

Oct 17 17

R. E. Seminary Events in October

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The R.E. Seminary in Blue Bell, PA is having an Open House on Thursday, October 19th.  Please call the Seminary if you are coming at 610-292-9852.  From 10AM to 11:30 guests will tour the seminary and meet students and professors.  From 11:30 to 12:30 there will be a service of Holy Communion in the Chapel, followed by lunch and a presentation.  From 2PM to 5PM visitors can audit a seminary class or visit the on-campus bookstore.

Seminary Sunday for fall of 2017 is scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd.  A two-sided bulletin insert (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) of information and prayer requests is available for download in PDF format HERE.

On Thursday, October 26th, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ronald Jackson, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes will be visiting RESeminary.  Please join us for chapel at 11:30 – Bishop Jackson will be preaching.  Afterwards, there will be a luncheon and Bishop’s Hour from 1:00-2:00 when our guest will address the Seminary community and take questions.

Octoberfest for Youth will be held at the Seminary from Friday, October 27th to Saturday, October 28th.  Seventh to twelfth graders are invited to “Reuniting with Camp Friends for Games, Pre-Halloween Costume Party, Good Food, Pumpkin Carving, Worship and Teaching on the Authority of the Bible.”  A PDF flyer is HERE.

A new Friends of R.E. Seminary Newsletter is available to download in PDF format HERE.

Oct 16 17

REC Bishops Letter on ACNA Holy Orders Statement

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In light of the release of the ACNA College of Bishops Statement on Holy Orders and the ordination of women, the REC Bishops met in teleconference last week and agreed to release a letter to the Reformed Episcopal Church at large on the issues, positions, and intentions of the REC and the ACNA.  This letter was agreed on unanimously by all REC Bishops internationally, in the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Cuba.  The letter is available from the REC-US website HERE, or can be downloaded in PDF format HERE.

 

Sep 19 17

Diocesan Council 2017

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Diocesan Council 2017 is this week!

Parishes and clergy should have received an email with all the available reports in PDF format (contact the Diocesan Office if you have not received this!).  Delegates are reminded that Council has dispensed with a reading period before business sessions, since reports are posted online here and emailed to parishes one week before Council.

Diocesan Council schedule, directions and reports ARE HERE.

Please pray for the deliberations of Diocesan Council!

Diocesan Council opens with Holy Communion at 10AM at Covenant Chapel RE Church in Basking Ridge NJ on Thursday, November 2nd.  The rest of the meetings will be held at Fellowship Deaconry, a retreat center 9 miles south in Bernards NJ.

Diocesan Council webpage (including links to online reports) IS HERE.

Sep 15 17

Bishop Hicks Discusses Holy Orders at RES September 18

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Bishop Hicks will present a Community Convocation on the Holy Orders Task Force and the ACNA College of Bishops’ Statement.  A Q&A session will follow.

The Convocation, which is open to congregants and friends of the RE Diocese of Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, will take place at R.E. Seminary on Monday, September 18th beginning at 12:45 pm.  Or bring your lunch and join the students at Noon.

For Mapquest directions CLICK HERE.

 

An audio recording of the session is available online HERE.

Sep 15 17

ACNA College of Bishops Statement on Holy Orders

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The College of Bishops of the ACNA, of which the REC is a Founding Member, met last week to consider the Report on Holy Orders that was presented this spring by the committee chaired by our own Bishop Hicks.  After a week-long deliberations, a unanimous statement was prepared to communicate the sense of their agreement.

To read Archbishop Beach’s introduction and the Bishop’s Statement, CLICK HERE.

 

Sep 15 17

ACNA Relief Effort for Hurricane Irma

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Not again

Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooded southern Texas, Irma is hammering Florida. Southern Floridians are no strangers to storms. However, according to experts at the National Hurricane (as quoted in the Washington Post), Irma could very well be a “once in a generation storm.” Churches cancelled Sunday worship services and the estimates are that five million people are without power.

Preparations underway

Anglican Relief and Development Fund is partnering with several Anglican Dioceses to help get relief to people affected by Hurricane Irma: the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic, based in Jacksonville, FL, The Anglican Diocese of the South, based in Atlanta, GA, and the Diocese of the Carolinas, based in Pleasant, SC. States of emergency have already been declared in Florida and Georgia.

How to help

You can donate funds even now to support Irma relief.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE (via ARDF)

 

Sep 15 17

Saint Mark’s 75th Anniversary October 1st

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Saint Mark’s R.E. Church in Rydal, PA invites friends, family, and past parishioners to a 75th Anniversary Service and Banquet on Sunday, October 1st.  Please sign up on the church website HERE.