Apr 5 17

R.E. Summer Camp July 23-29, 2017

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With the arrival of spring, it is time to begin thinking ahead to our diocesan summer camp.  We are very excited about what God will do in his children as we explore the life and work of Jesus Christ through the lens of the liturgical year.  Throughout the course of the week we will celebrate/commemorate each of those seasons of the year which, when viewed together, accomplished our salvation.

We are also pleased that our Dear Bishop Hicks will join us for the entire week as the speaker for our senior camp.

As usual, our camp will be hosted by Rock Mountain Bible Camp which is  off I-81, exit 211-a bit above Scranton, PA.

The dates for this camp are July 23-29, 2017.  Please put this in your parish bulletin and on your parish calendar.

Junior camp is open to 2nd-6th  grade and Senior camp is open to 7th-12th grade.

The cost for this year is 300 dollars per camper.  A discount of 15 dollars will be given to all registrations which are received by May 31st.

Speaking of registration, you may do so online at COYPW.ORG HERE

Registration forms will be available starting this Thursday, 4/7.

A Facebook summer camp video is posted HERE…

We truly have a wonderful time each year and I strongly encourage each of you to encourage the youth of your parish to attend.  As a reminder, we have daily Morning and Evening prayer with lessons.  Time for personal and group devotions.  The campground offers a pool, lake for canoeing and fishing, plenty of nature walk trails, a gym for basketball, volleyball, gaga ball, zipline, a game room with all sorts of fun things to do.  And our program adds to these our own games and activities-including exciting night games, skits, messy relays and so much more!

Apr 3 17

R.E. Seminary Spring Events

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Spring Events coming up at Reformed Episcopal Seminary:

SEMINARY SUNDAY – The Diocese has designated Sunday, April 30 as Seminary Sunday. Please celebrate this as close to that date as possible.  A bulletin insert is downloadable HERE.

OPEN HOUSE – The Reformed Episcopal Seminary is hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 4, 2017 for people interested in learning more about the Seminary and our programs. Whether you are considering a seminary degree, taking a class or two, or just want to know more about us, please join us at 10:00 am for an opportunity to meet current students, faculty, and Seminary alumni, take a tour of campus, visit our bookstore, sit in on a class, and learn about the Seminary’s history, mission, and plans for the future.

A flyer is attached to this email with more information about the Open House including directions to the Seminary. Please feel free to share this handout with friends and colleagues and post it on your church bulletin board.

If you are planning to attend, we ask that you register by Monday, April 24 so that we can plan appropriately. You may register by sending an email to dfrance@reseminary.edu, by calling the Admissions Office at 610-292-9852, or you can mail the attached registration form to 826 Second Avenue, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

Open House Flyer is HERE…

 

FoRES BANQUET – The Friends of the R.E. Seminary are planning a luncheon banquet at St. Mark’s R.E. Church in Rydal, PA for Saturday, May 6th at noon.  The speaker will be Fr. Eddie Rix.  The catering service will come from a local restaurant owned by the family of one of our current students.  Students, faculty, staff and alumni will be present to talk to.  Please contact the Seminary Office at 610-292-9852 to let us know you are coming.

 

COMMENCEMENT – The graduating class of 2017 will process on Saturday, June 3 at 10 AM at St. Paul’s R.E. Church in Oreland, PA.  The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Julius Barnes, Dean and President of Cummins Theological Seminary in Summerville, SC.  Recognition awards will be presented to current and graduating students.  A reception sponsored by Friends of R.E. Seminary (FoRES) will follow the ceremony.  All are invited.

 

SPECIAL INTENSE COURSE – The Rt. Rev. John Fenwick, Bishop Primus of the Free Church of England and well known scholar will be at the Seminary the week of June 19-June 23, offering a course on Anglican Ecclesiology.  Bishop Fenwick has published many books and articles including his most recent work Anglican Ecclesiology and the Gospel, which will serve as one of the texts for the course.  This is an excellent course for lay leaders, vestry members, and clergy who want to better under the Anglican Church and its tradition.  It is also excellent for students who want to earn some credits over the summer.  Limited housing is available on campus and there are reduced rates available at nearby hotels.  Please mark your calendars now and e-mail admissions@reseminary.edu to reserve your spot for this informative course.  (Tuition and fees for this three credit course are $675 for credit and $185 for audit.  Limited scholarships are available.)

 

Mar 28 17

Summer 2017 Short Term Missions

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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.

A list of potential work projects IS HERE…

The Registration Form IS HERE…

 

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Deacon Roger W. Converse
Chair, Committee on Short-Term Missions

Mar 13 17

Three Big RE & ACNA Gatherings in June

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Click on the graphic to the right to view a pictorial representation of how the ACNA is governed (PDF)…

 

Links for watching ACNA Provincial Council (Tuesday) & Assembly (Wed-Fri) live:

YouTube Channel HERE…

Facebook Channel HERE…

Reports and Documents from Provincial Council (our legislative body) ARE HERE…
(email us if you need the password)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please be in prayer for these three major events in the life of our diocese, denomination, and province…

First, our Diocese has R.E. Seminary graduation at St. Paul’s RE Church on Saturday, June 3:

Then, the R. E. Church has their 55th General Council in Dallas from Wednesday to Friday, June 14-16:

Then, the Anglican Church in North America has their Provincial Assembly in Wheaton, IL from Tuesday to Friday, June 27-30:

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Full-color poster for Assembly 2017 is HERE…

Color bulletin insert for Assembly 2017 is HERE…

 

 

 

Mar 10 17

Executive Committee Report for Feb 2017

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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.

Mar 9 17

NEMA Men’s Retreat April 28-29

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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…

Mar 1 17

Womens Day Luncheon May 5

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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.

 

Feb 27 17

Rev. Jack Clark appointed Canon Missioner

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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.

 

Feb 27 17

Archbishop Beach to visit RE Seminary March 23

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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.

Feb 27 17

St. Patrick’s Celebrates Second Anniversary

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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.