August 16, 1946 – November 24, 2016
Our most gracious Lord called our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Royal Grote, Jr., to his eternal home in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day. He peacefully departed this life in his sleep.
The memorial service for The Most Rev. Royal U. Grote, Jr. will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion, Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Mid-America, in Dallas, Texas, at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. More details and discounted hotel arrangements are HERE.
The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton, Vice-President of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Mid-America, will assume responsibilities as President of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America.
Please be in prayer for Bishop Grote’s wife, Ellen, and the Grote family.
Winter Camp 2017
Where: Rock Mountain Bible Camp, Susquehanna PA
When: Friday to Sunday, February 24-26 2017
Who: 7th to 12th Grades
Topic: Be Still And Know That I Am God: Communicating with God and Others
(with special attention to the challenges of social media)
Speaker: Nick Ziegenhagen
Cost: $140/pp (-$10 before Jan. 24th)
Signup Deadline: Feb. 9
Website for signup: COYPW.org
A special retreat for clergy couples is being planned at Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA, for Thursday evening through Saturday noon, February 9-11 in 2017. The theme is “Relations in the Rectory” and is $375 for two persons or $225 for single (shared room). The retreat brochure is HERE.
Anglicans For Life is sponsoring Summit 2017: Mobilizing the Church For Life on Thursday, January 26 – the day before the March For Life on Friday, January 27. The Summit will be held at Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church VA. Three nearby hotels are offering conference rates for the Summit and March – see the link from the website.
The Summit website is HERE, and there is a PDF flyer HERE and a schedule HERE.
The March website is HERE, with maps of DC parking areas and march routes HERE.
Bishop Hicks and several of our clergy and laypeople will be attending the Summit and the March.
HERE is the Anglicans For Life brochure (3-fold PDF), and HERE is their education curriculum list.
The end of this week, November 17 to 19, the Diocesan leadership, including Bishops Hicks and Gillin, Canon Bill Jenkins and Trustees Treasurer Ron Riches are taking a three-day retreat to begin work on a Strategic Plan framework for our Diocese. Be in prayer for wisdom for them as they struggle with issues of direction, cooperation, and finances as they attempt to chart a plan for the future of our ministry. The retreat will be held at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in New Jersey. If you need to contact one of them, try Susan France at the Diocesan Office first.
And now that the election is over, let’s recognize and apply what St. Paul says in Romans 13:1-7. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” etc.
Then, let’s pray continually to God for our Leaders and Country.
“Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer)
From Archbishop Foley Beach:
These have been historic days in the United States, and will have a ripple effect that cannot yet be predicted. Scholars will be dissecting these events for years to come, but I want to take a moment to speak to you about the next few days. Some of our members have been encouraged by this election, and some of been discouraged by its outcome.
Firstly, I want to thank the Canadian and Mexican members of our province for praying for your brothers and sisters in the United States this week. The diversity of the Anglican Church in North America is one of its strengths, and a reflection of the image of God. Being a province that spans not just political parties, but multiple nations is a unique gift, and provides helpful perspective in times such as these.
Secondly, to those in the United States, regardless of how you voted, this morning we are all even more aware of the fact that our country is in need of healing. read more…
Diocesan Council assembles Thursday, November 3rd at St. Stephen’s RE Church to hear reports, elect leadership, and consider the future of our Diocese for the next year.
Pray for Bishops Hicks and Gillin, the clergy and lay delegates, and all others attending for safe travel, wise and godly deliberations, and the Spirit of our Lord in meetings and fellowship.
Article IV, Section 1: “The legislation of the Diocese, and the direction of all matters which belong to and affect the Diocese, shall be vested in the Diocesan Council…”
As we seek to elect new leaders for our country, give some time in prayer as well for the leaders of our Diocese and their faithful discernment of the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. May He be glorified in the decisions and actions of our Council.
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.