Visit our Diocesan Lenten Events page HERE…
I write to call for a special 2017 Lenten Offering in all of our missions and parishes. With the approval of our Board of Foreign Missions and supported by our bishops, the offering is intended to meet a $10,000 matching donation given to complete the construction of an important Reformation Museum in Osijek, Croatia.
If each parish and mission will participate in this Lenten Offering—with mite boxes, parish offerings, committee mission projects, and far-sighted generous patrons—the REC can accomplish this vision quickly, and together, for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.
Read the rest of Bishop Sutton’s letter HERE.
The 2017 Croatia Project brochure is HERE.
The month for congregational reporting begins in February. The following is from the Treasurer of our Diocese:
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 Survey. Beginning in 2016, the schedule for the latter was made coincident with the former, which currently is in effect through March 1, 2017. 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:
These downloadable items are instructions and forms for REC-NEMA reporting:
– The Greetings and Instructions sheet is HERE (PDF format)
– The fill-able, self-calculating spreadsheet for data input is HERE (MS Excel)
(note- download this offline to fill out, do NOT fill it out online!)
– And the alternative printable form of the report for mailing in is HERE
Instructions for the gathering and input of data for ACNA reporting should be circulated by email early in February. The primary website for posting information is ACNA.org. Instructions from the Diocesan Treasurer are HERE.
Greetings to all in the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,
This year our short term mission project will be in Aliquippa Pennsylvania. The Rev. Greg Miller who is the National Director of Church Army USA has inspired us to partner with this organization. Please mark June 19 through 23 on your calendars for this event. Nick Smith, the Missions Assistant at Aliquippa, said we will be working with a local church there and wanted us to know that any size group we have will be welcome and able to be effective.
All are encouraged to come, youth and adult. There should be special arrangements made for those who desire to come that are under 16 years of age. Please contact Roger Converse or the Diocesan Office to discuss options for those who want to come that are under this age limit.
This is always a fun event and a valuable work for God’s Kingdom. It is an opportunity for fellowship, working shoulder to shoulder and coming together from different churches to worship the God whom we serve. Arrangements will be made for transportation meals and housing. Please expect a registration form to be attached to an upcoming email.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Deacon Roger W. Converse
Chair, Committee on Short-Term Missions
A report from Bishop Hicks on the Executive Committee of the Trustees meetings in February is available beneath the Leadership list on the Contacts webpage, HERE…
Bishop Hicks details progress on financial issues and appointment of several people to new leadership roles.
The upcoming Men’s Southern Retreat – Cast & Blast will be held on April 28-29 at Sinking Springs at Bristol Plantation, 843 Elk Forest Road Chesapeake City, Maryland (www.sinkingsprings.com). The purpose of the retreat is to create a spiritual and interactive environment where men can take a break from their busy lives for a time of spiritual encouragement, rest, re-evaluation, and support through building friendships.
Our speaker will be Jeremy Stoltzfus, who has been serving in wilderness ministry for the past 20 years at camps and through college ministry. Jeremy currently serves with the Coalition for Christian Outreach on the campus for Williamson College of the Trades. His role at WCT is Director of Experiential Leadership and Discipleship. Jeremy grew up hunting and fishing in Arizona, Kansas and Oregon. Jeremy loves fishing for salmon and continues to lead an annual wilderness trip in Alaska since 1997.
The focus of the Cast and Blast Retreat will be; What does it mean to practice our faith while pursuing Christ side by side with other believers? Bring fly fishing equipment, 5wt rod and reel is ideal if you have one and also a shotgun with shells for clay pigeons.
The Cast and Blast Retreat will begin at 4pm Friday and conclude Saturday by 3pm. Bring a sleeping bag with pad, lodging will be in the farm or a tent. The cost for food and materials will be $60 per person.
The annual Women’s Day Luncheon will be Friday, May 5 at St. Paul’s R.E. Church in Oreland, PA. The goal of the luncheon, put on by the Committee on Women’s Ministry, is “to raise $10,000 to be used to explore methods of enhancing our Women’s Day Project Luncheons to encourage greater program participation throughout the denomination and yield greater financial offerings to support our annual projects; and to develop cohesion of the work of the Committee on Women’s Ministry across the denomination.”
The featured speaker will be Judy King, retired missionary to Brazil via Wycliffe Bible Translators and the R.E. Board of Foreign Missions. Judy spent more than 25 years as a Bible translator and church planter among the Apurina Indians of the Amazon.
The Committee is planning to start regional Women’s Day meetings in 2018, making this the last centralized meeting in the Philadelphia area.
Reservations are $25 per person and are due by April 28th.
The letter, bulletin and reservation form are downloadable in PDF format HERE.
The Reverend Jack Clark, rector of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Elkton, MD, has been appointed by Bishop Hicks as Canon Missioner for the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic of the Reformed Episcopal Church. His role will be in overseeing church planting and encouraging mission parishes, of which the Diocese has several.
Before accepting the call in 2011 to St. Peter’s, Rev. Clark was a deacon at Holy Trinity REC in St. Louis MO. Rev. Clark joined the REC from an AMiA congregation, Church of the Resurrection in Chesterfield, MO. As deacon at Resurrection Rev. Clark was the Parish Missioner and received training at the Anglican School for Church Planters at Christ Church Plano, Plano TX in 2009.
Rev. Clark is a retired business executive whose career was centered on manufacturing plant start-up and reorganization projects. He retired as a manufacturing organizational development consultant, specializing in “Lean Manufacturing” strategies for organizational success, after 40 years in the recreational marine industry. He is also a US Army Special Forces veteran.
Rev. Clark completed his BS degree in Management and Organizational Development at Mt. Olive University. He did undergraduate studies in Business and Coaching at Taylor University, Law at Western States University of Law, and Religious Studies at San Diego State University. He also studied at Cummins Theological Seminary and has a Certificate in Anglican Theology from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary.
Rev. Clark is married to Esther Clark. They have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.
The Archbishop of the province of the Anglican Church in North America, the Most Rev. Foley Beach, will visit Reformed Episcopal Seminary on Thursday, March 23rd. Archbishop Beach will deliver the message at a Communion service beginning at 11:30AM, which will be followed by lunch and a Bishop’s forum of questions and answers. Friends and family of the Seminary, members of local R.E. parishes and guests are invited to meet the Archbishop and hear him address questions on how the REC and ACNA are working to build the greater Anglican Church.
St. Patrick’s Anglican Church of Norristown celebrated their second anniversary as a mission parish on Sunday, February 12th. The Rev. Jason Holloway of Atonement REC in Philadelphia brought the message.
Bishop Hicks, Rev. Russ Buchanan, the congregation of St. Patrick’s and guests from their host church, Deliverance Evangelistic Temple of Norristown, as well as neighboring parishes celebrated with a reception in the downstairs fellowship room.
St. Patrick’s worships at 5PM on Sundays at 1036 Green Street in Norristown.