Registration for Diocesan Council 2016 is now open. All available information and instructions can be found on the Council webpage HERE.
Opening Communion will take place at St. Stephen’s RE Church in Eldersburg, MD. Thursday lunch and dinner, all business meetings and Friday morning workshop will take place at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. Directions are on the Council webpage HERE.
Registration is a two-step process. From the Diocesan Council webpage, use the CLICK HERE link to proceed to our private RegOnline site to enter registration information. The standard cost of Council this year is $135. Registrations received before Monday, October 3rd will receive a $10 discount off the total. Registration cost includes Thursday lunch and dinner as well as Council overhead costs.
The second step is to arrange accommodations for those traveling from outside the Baltimore area. A room block has been arranged at Turf Valley, the site of our business and workshop meetings. A discounted room rate of $125 is being offered until Monday, October 3rd (one month before Council). Reservations by phone or online need to use our Group Code for identification, which is on the Council webpage HERE.
Delegates are reminded that our workshop on Friday morning will feature an address by Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans For Life. More details about that workshop can be found HERE.
Delegates are also reminded that their parish needs to send in the Certification of Lay Delegates, found on the Diocesan Council webpage HERE.
Deadline for Council registration is Sunday, October 23rd – one and a half weeks before Council.
Diocesan Council is an opportunity for representatives of all our parishes to be challenged by speakers on topics of importance to the greater Church. Delegates bring back the information and networked contacts to help our parishes work together to advance the Kingdom. The following workshop will be presented at Diocesan Council 2016, on Friday morning, November 4th. The schedule and directions are HERE.
Creating A Culture Of Life: Starting With Your Church
While abortion and euthanasia are often seen as political issues to be avoided in the church, Anglicans For LifeDirector Georgette Forney will share how these issues as well as miscarriage, adoption, and bioethical topics have become life experiences happening to real people in the pews. This presentation will provide pastoral insights and resources to equip lay and ordained leaders to reach out to the hurting with the love of Jesus and practical help. The brokenhearted need the church to address these topics from the Shepherd’s perspective.
Georgette Forney is in her 19th year leading Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to helping the Church address abortion, abstinence, adoption, euthanasia and bioethical topics like stem cell research. She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual, and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Mrs. Forney has also authored Embrace the Journey, a 8-week DVD program that addresses aging and dying and how best to prepare ourselves and loved ones for that season of life. She is also a Permanent Vocational Deacon of the ACNA.
The Clergy Convocation will be held at Reformed Episcopal Seminary, this Saturday, September 24th. The Convocation begins with Eucharist at 9:00 AM followed by guided discussion and prayer. Please join your fellow clergy and postulants this weekend.
Bishop Cummins Memorial R.E. Church in Catonsville, MD, is bringing back Movie Night with a free showing of Miracles from Heaven on Friday, September 16th at 7pm. All are invited, and refreshments will be served. Invite a friend!
On Sunday, September 25th, at 3pm a free Organ and Harp Concert will feature Dr. Ildar Khannanov and Dr. Iraida Poberezhnaya, both of the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, performing music by Chopin, Posse, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and Reikhin. All are again invited.
To the Faithful of the GAFCON movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council
My dear people of God,
I have just returned from a very encouraging visit to the United States where I met with my brother Archbishop Foley Beach and I rejoice to see how the Anglican Church in North America is growing strong and standing firm.
As the steep decline of The Episcopal Church (TEC) of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada continues, despite the hope of its leaders that reshaping it in the image of secular culture would attract, we give thanks for the Anglican Church of North America and remember the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew16:18).
Reformed Episcopal Seminary, in Blue Bell, PA, begins Trinity semester on Monday, August 29th with a full day of Monday classes. Opening Convocation is at 10am on Tuesday, August 30th in the Seminary Chapel, followed by new student orientation. No regular classes will meet on Tuesday.
A Seminary Picnic is being held on Saturday, August 27th, from 11am to 3pm. Weather permitting, the picnic will be held on the back lawn behind the main building. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled; guests are asked to contact the Seminary Office about bringing a side dish or dessert. All Seminary friends and family are invited. For directions visit the Seminary website HERE.
Here is a video of the Opening Convocation Sermon:
As we approach the date of our Diamond Anniversary Spiritual Enrichment Conference we are excited and thankful for the many years God has granted in the life of this conference. We encourage you to come and bring a friend for a weekend of celebration and “spiritual enrichment.”
This year’s conference will be held Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Sign-in registration begins in the lobby of the hotel at 3:00 P.M. on Friday. The conference banquet, a “Black Tie Affair,” will be held on Saturday evening. Men are invited to join us for the weekend and witness firsthand the blessings God has bestowed upon us over the past 60 years of Spiritual Enrichment Conferences.
Deaconess Teresa R. Johnson of Saint James Anglican Church, Memphis, TN will be our keynote speaker. Teresa will address this year’s conference theme: “Consolation and Good Hope Through Grace,” which is based on our 2016-2017 Women’s Devotional Book, which she authored. Also, we are delighted that the Most Reverend Royal U. Grote, Jr., Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church will join us for this very special occasion. Bishop Grote will deliver our 60th Anniversary Celebratory Message during Sunday’s closing Morning Prayer Service.
Conference Registration Cost:
$35.00 per person by 09/01/16; $60.00 per person after 09/01/16
Hotel and Meal Cost:
$378.18, single; $242.09, Double; $196.73, Triple; $174.05 -Quadruple. A prepayment of $25.00 per room for estimated incidentals will be charged at check-in. If no incidental charges are incurred, the fee will be refunded at check-out. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when making your reservation.
Registration information is available in the document linked below:
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