Feb 14 18

Observing Lent 2018

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A list of services, suppers, and studies in parishes of the Diocese will be updated regularly on THIS PAGE.   (see also the tab above)

Feb 2 18

Annual Congregational Reporting 2018

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Two surveys are conducted each calendar year in order to obtain important data from each NEMA parish – the ACNA’s Congregational Reporting and NEMA’s State of the Diocese. Beginning in 2016, the schedule for the latter was made coincident with the former, which currently is in effect through March 1, 2018.  The objective of this schedule change is to minimize duplication of effort required at parishes for gathering and reporting statistical data. This new schedule also provides time for more effective analysis and meaningful reporting of the data you submit for NEMA’s State of the Diocese.

Several (but not all) data requested through each of these surveys is identical.  Information generated using data supplied through these surveys is important because:

† It is used to ensure the proportional representation of your parish and our diocese in the councils of the Church;

† It helps our diocese move beyond anecdotal information in order to evaluate larger trends within our Church;

† It is an opportunity to update vital contact information for you and your congregation.

The information provided not only serves these purposes, but also substantiates your local parish as a member of the REC for the pupose of maintaining your local 501(c)3 status. This status allows parishioners to deduct contributions to your parish from their income taxes and may be critical in obtaining relief from your state’s sales taxes.

For ACNA reporting, use the report website here:  www.acna.org   Due Date March 1st!

For REC-NEMA reporting, use one of the two downloadable files below:     Due March 16th!

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (download, fill in data, email back to Treasurer Ron Riches)

Printable PDF Document (print, fill out form, scan and email or fold and snail-mail)

 

 

Feb 2 18

Clergy Tax Prep Guide for 2018

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Complimentary U.S. clergy & church tax preparation guide for 2017 returns
(This concerns clergy and congregations in the U.S. only.  For our beloved Canadians, please disregard!)
In partnership with our friends at Christianity Today, the Anglican Church in North America is pleased to offer these excellent resources to assist with clergy tax preparation and federal reporting requirements for our congregations.
These resources have been prepared by Richard Hammar, the Senior Editor of Church Law and Tax Report.  This includes the latest updates to note for 2018 including the Affordable Care Act, 21st Century Cures Act and other tax changes of interest to our congregations and church staff.
The Province has purchased the rights to distribute these resources to our U.S.-based clergy and congregations which means that further distribution of this resource is strictly prohibited.  We are able to offer these resources to you at no cost thanks to the Lord’s provision through the faithful financial support that comes from our Dioceses, congregations and individual donors to the Province.
Both are password protected.  (please contact the Diocesan Office to request the password!)
I pray that this is a great help in filing clergy tax returns and to assist with federal reporting requirements for our congregations.  Thank you for your faithful service unto the Lord within the Anglican Church in North America.
Feb 2 18

ACNA World Missions Sunday February 4 2018

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Happy New Year 2018! As we turn our calendars over to a new year, all sorts of opportunities, challenges and activities spread themselves out before us like the abundance of Christmas cookies most of us enjoyed recently (maybe a little too much)! We all have our seasonal holiday favorites, and we each pick and choose which ones are worth the calories. As Christians, however, our decisions about how to spend the 365 days of 2018 are not just driven by our personal preferences; they are driven by our Lord’s Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations!” (Matt. 28:19).
As a province, we have set aside a day early in our calendar year to highlight this great co-mission to reach our neighbors, both locally and globally, with the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This year World Mission Sunday is February 4th, the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Once again, the Anglican Church in North America and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to educate, empower, and equip your parishioners to engage in mission.
Visit the New Wineskins Missionary Network site at newwineskins.org/worldmissionsunday for a plethora of resources, from videos to show and discuss, to litanies to use for prayer, to mission courses to offer in your parish. As always, we encourage you to highlight mission projects and partners that your own congregation supports, and take up a special offering on their behalf.
Our theme “Mission On Our Doorstep” at last year’s Provincial Assembly inspired a renewed emphasis on reaching international students in the U.S. Over one million international students are studying on our college campuses. In Leviticus 19:34, we read:
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”
Every year we add a special video to our World Mission Sunday resources. This year Lisa Espineli Chinn challenges us to reach out to students: “The world is here, my friends. Is your door open?” Other inspiring videos to use are Gary Haugen’s “God’s Passion for the World” and “The State of the World: The Task Remaining” – all of which you can now find in one place for your convenience at: newwineskins.org/worldmissionsunday.
A listing of AGMP partners, who are available to speak, train, or preach, can also be found at newwineskins.org/partnerships or contact info@newwineskins.org if you need assistance. Thank you for your partnership in proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed, both locally and globally, and not just on February 4th, but everyday!
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of North America
Feb 2 18

ACNA College of Bishops Communique January 2018

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Communiqué from the College of Bishops
Melbourne, Florida ~ January 8-12, 2018
As Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, we met as a College in Melbourne, Florida from January 8th to 12th to pray together, learn, and take counsel with one another under the direction of the Holy Spirit. In the context of challenges and disasters in the world, we have taken heart from God’s promise of steadfast love. Once again, we have experienced the bonds of peace, seeking God’s solutions for the Church and for the world around us.

read more…

Feb 2 18

Anglican Prayerbook and President Washington

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St. Mark’s R.E. Church is hosting a presentation by Dr. Peter Lillback, President of Westminster Theological Seminary, titled “The Anglican Prayerbook and America’s First President:  How the Book of Common Prayer Shaped the Life of George Washington”.

This talk will highlight the many insights we gain into the life and faith of George Washington through his use of the Book of Common Prayer. From childhood to church leadership to military service, regular worship, and funerals, the prayer book was an integral feature of his personal piety and faithful leadership.

The evening will begin at 5pm on Sunday, February 4th with Evensong worship, followed by the address.  A reception will follow.

A downloadable flyer is available HERE.

Free Registration website is HERE.

Feb 2 18

RE Seminary FoRES Newsletter Epiphany 2018

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The Friends of R.E. Seminary (FoRES) has released their newsletter for Epiphany 2018.  The high-quality PDF can be printed in color or black-and-white on two double-sided pages.  The PDF is available for download HERE.

Feb 2 18

March For Life – January 19, 2018

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The annual March for Life will be held, rain/snow/or shine, on Friday, January 19th, 2018.  Bishop Hicks and several members of our Diocese will be attending along with Anglicans from across the country.

The March for Life website:  MarchForLife.org

 

And Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is Sunday, January 21st…

Feb 2 18

Archbishop Beach Christmas 2017 Message

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Merry Christmas from the Anglican Church in North America!  Listen to Archbishop Beach share about Jesus’ birth and the two words that have defined 2017.

 

Feb 2 18

Clergy and Wives Retreat February 1-3, 2018

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EdenResortLancaster

A special retreat for clergy couples is being planned at Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA, for Thursday evening through Saturday noon, February 1 to 3.  The theme is “The Lord’s Prayer and Us” and is $375 for two persons or $225 for single (shared room).  The retreat brochure is HERE.