On Seminary Sunday we recognize the importance of our Seminary to the continued faithfulness of our Diocese to the Word, the Sacraments, and the Anglican traditions. Please download and distribute this Seminary Sunday newsletter HERE in your parishes during one of the next two Sundays. It is formatted to be printed on two sides, and when cut down the middle will produce two half sheets sized for a normal bulletin insert. Pray with us for the fidelity, growth, and financial support of our Seminary. And if you have the opportunity, drop in for a visit to our campus in Blue Bell, PA.
Hurricane Matthews tore it’s way through the Caribbean and the US Southeast last week, leaving many with wind and flooding damage. Two areas of concern to the REC are the Charleston area of South Carolina, where the Diocese of the Southeast has many older churches, and the budding RE Church of Cuba. Early reports are that no lives were lost, but power and phones are still out in eastern South Carolina and damage is still being assessed. No buildings were lost in Cuba either, but the farm crop on which several churches there depend seems to have been damaged. Direct assistance can be channeled through Bishop Dorrington of the RE Diocese of Western Canada and Cuba, HERE. Pray for recovery efforts and opportunities to witness to the saving love of Jesus. ARDF, the relief and development arm of the ACNA, has established an assistance fund that will be channeled through ACNA diocese as needed. Details are HERE.
The Seminary holds Community Convocations to share and expand scholarship and wisdom and to encourage dialogue with the Seminary and ecclesial community. Students and faculty as expected to attend community convocations. They are open to the public and are held in the RES main building at 12:45 PM. Local pastors and priests and alumni are encouraged to attend.
Our first two convocations for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:
October 17th: Dr. Charles Zeiders on Malignant Narcissism in Church Leadership
November 14th: Rev. Justin Forsberg on the Sermon on the Mount
RES Kuehner Seminar
The Kuehner Seminar will be held on Tuesday December 6th at St. Paul’s Church in Oreland, PA beginning at 10 AM.
Our speaker is Dr. Gary Cyril Jenkins, a professor from Eastern University. He is the relative of two people many of us know well. Dr. Jenkins is the uncle of Rev. Dcn. Billy Jenkins, lecturer at RES in liturgical music and church history, and brother to the Rev. Canon William Jenkins, the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
The topics for the Kuehner Seminar this year are the rise of secularism and the the use of icons.
A good video about being an Anglican…
When: 6pm Friday 11/11 to 3pm Saturday 11/12
Where: Reformed Episcopal Seminary
What: Learn about the Jewish Roots of Christianity
Speakers: Deacon Jenkins, Doctor Riches, Deacon Riley
RSVP: Dcn. Billy Jenkins at 410-652-2681
The Committee on Young People’s Work is sponsoring OctoberFest 2016 on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at Emmanuel Four Brooks RE Church in Pipersville, PA.
Theme: God and Possessions
Speaker: Rev. Dcn. David France
Time: 7pm Friday to 1pm Saturday
RSVP: Rev. Dcn. Billy Jenkins 410-652-2681
DEADline: Thursday, October 13
FOOD! FUN! FRIENDS! FIRE (Bonfire, that is)!
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.
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 Resort, 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 also reminded that their rector needs to sign and 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.
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).
Read the rest of Archbishop Okoh’s letter HERE…