– Diocesan Council 2014

NE&MA Diocesan Council 2014

TurfValley3was held Thursday and Friday, November 6&7, 2014, at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City, MD, as it was in 2011.  St. Stephen’s RE Church was again the host church and the site of the opening service.

Jump to 2014 Council Schedule and Reports – CLICK HERE…  

FORMS for 2014-15:

– The Committee on Credentials approved form for submitting Delegate Credentials in 2014 (deadline Friday, October 17th): NEMACREDENTIALS14 (PDF format) 

SPECIAL NOTE: At the last Council, only 12 parishes (two in Missions status) submitted their Credentials forms on time – less than half.  PLEASE HELP US AVOID THIS EMBARRASSMENT AGAIN BY GETTING YOUR CERTIFICATION FORMS IN ON TIME.

– The Treasurer’s approved forms for submitting Diocesan Tithe payments for November 2014 through October 2015: PARISHTITHEFORMS14-15 (scanned to PDF format) 

– The Instructions for 2014 State of the Diocese Surveys (deadline Friday, October 24th!) are HERE, and the forms are HERE IN XLS FORMAT and HERE IN PDF FORMAT (see instructions; PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT ONLINE!)



ALL-REPORTS.PDF   (V1-10/30)  see below for individual reports…

Minutes of 133rd NEMA Diocesan Council 2013



Directions to Turf Valley and St. Stephen’s 

Diocesan Council Schedule for 2014 (updated 9/30)

Diocesan Council Order of Business

REC Rules of Order

Credentials Committee Report   (updated 10/23)

Program Committee Report   (10/29)

MP3:  Greetings from Bishop Hicks and Rev. Mclynn  (11/12)

MP3:  Opening Service Sermon – Rev. Eric Jorgensen  (11/12)


Reports from Officers and Elective Boards and Committees:

MP3:  Presiding Bishop Grote’s Greetings  (11/12)

MP3:  Retired Bishop Riches’ Greetings  (11/12)

MP3:  Retired Bishop Cox’es Greetings  (11/12)

Bishop Hicks Report  (10/24)

MP3:  Bishop Hicks’ Remarks on Report and Youth – Rev. Jonathan Kell  (11/12)

MP3:  Bishop Hicks’ Exhortation: “Reach Out and Mind Our Business”  (11/12)

Bishop Gillins Report  (updated 10/30)

MP3:  Bishop Gillin’s Remarks  (11/12)

Bishop Riches Report  (10/20)

Standing Committee Report  (10/22)

Board of Trustees Secretary’s Report   (10/16)

MP3:  Secretary Greg Miller on Christian Army  (11/12)

Board of Trustees Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2014-15  (10/27)

…..Treasurer’s Powerpoint  (11/6)

MP3:  Treasurer Gordon Tiner’s Remarks and Questions  (11/12)

R.E. Seminary Dean’s Report  (10/27)

R.E. Seminary Financials – P&L Statement Jan-Oct 2014  (10/24)

…..R.E. Seminary 2015 Budget (distributed on blue paper at Council)

MP3:  Dean Riches and Billie Jenkins on RES  (11/12)

MP3:  Shawn Riley and William Jenkins Sr on RES  (11/12)

Election of Officers and Standing Committees:

Nominations Committee Report   (10/29)


Reports of Non-Elective Boards and Committees:

Committee on Constitution & Canons Report   (10/22)

Board of Examining Chaplains Report  (10/24)

Committee on Memorials Report  (11/12)

Committee on Christian Education Report  (10/27)

Committee on Young People’s Work Report  (10/20)

…..COYPW Census Request  (10/20)

Committee on Evangelism, Church Growth and Development Report  (10/14)

MP3:  Cedric Benner, Greg Miller, Herb Bailey and Christian Army  (11/12)

Committee on the State of the Diocese Report  (10/29)

…..State of the Diocese Statistics  (10/29)

Secretary & Treasurer of the Looney-Hoffman Fund Report  (10/22)

Committee on Bassinger Home Fund Report  (10/29)

Committee on Public Relations Report   (10/30)

Official Auditor Report (will be posted when completed)

Special Committees Appointed by the President:

Committee on Spiritual Growth and Nurture Report  (10/24)

Committee on History of the Diocese Report  (10/24)

Committee on Ministry to Men Report  (10/20)

Committee on Foreign Missions Report  (10/27)

MP3:  Canon Jerdan’s Remarks on R.E./ACNA Missions  (11/12)

MP3:  Diana Lopez on ARDF  (11/12)

Committee on Short-Term Missions Report  (10/27)

MP3:  Shawn Riley on Summer Urban Outreach in Philly  (11/12)

Committee on Women’s Ministries Report

Committee on Ministry Wives Report   (10/29)

Bishop’s Youth Advisory Group Report (mentioned in Bishop Hicks’ report)

MP3:  Ending Remarks, Doxology, Bishop Riches’ Benediction  (11/12)

Bishop’s Appointments to Committees for 2014-2015 (Non-Elective):

Bishops Non-Elective Committees Appointments List 2014-2015  (11/10)


Rev. Dr. Rod Whitacre’s Friday Workshop Presentation:

“Here Before Thy Divine Majesty: Liturgy as Formation and Encounter”

Text formatted with Footnotes (PDF) 

Audio format editted with Q&A (MP3)


And finally:

A four-year-old’s version of the Lord’s Prayer:

“…and forgive us our trashbaskets,

as we forgive those who put trash in baskets against us…”