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.
Printable flyer is HERE…
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.
From Bishop Ray Sutton, Presiding Bishop:
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 Anglican Church in North America and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to make World Missions Day spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging, and practically motivating. Please visit the New Wineskins Missionary Network site at newwineskins.org to see a special video “God’s Passion for the World” that we prepared just for this occasion, along with a promotional trailer that you can use. There are resources from Getty Music, and a study guide for download. You can highlight those mission projects and partners that your congregation supports, and take up a special offering on their behalf.
Other resources offered online include a Prayer Litany for Mission, special excerpts from the Kenyan Eucharistic Liturgy, and other links to videos that will help educate your parish on “the task remaining” to reach the ends of the earth with the gospel message! Contact email@example.com if you need further assistance.
The original invitation from Archbishop Beach can be read here.
Bishop Hicks and a large contingent from our Diocese joined the March For Life on Friday, January 27. Despite poor media attention, tens of thousands of Anglicans and other participants marched from the Washington Monument up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building. The rally was addressed by the Vice President, the Senior Counselor to the President, and a former Director of Planned Parenthood, among others.
A large group of faculty, staff and students from RE Seminary attended the Summit for Life on Thursday and marched with the Anglicans for Life on Friday. A copy of the Anglicans For Life brochure is HERE.
This is a time-lapse video of the march passing by.
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:
- 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.
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.