Church of Our Saviour, Mission Farm, Killington:
Church of Our Saviour offered Ashes to Go at Killington Ski Resort. "I distributed ashes up top (a real mountain top experience!) for an hour in glorious sunshine and not quite-so frigid temperatures as Monday." The Rev. Canon Lee Crawford
Lenten Retreat Offered by the Meditation Center at Cathedral Church of St. Paul: Taking place February 27 - 28, 2015. All are invited to share in the gift of an affordable Lenten retreat. Our theme: In my deepest wound I see Your glory, and it dazzles me. Beginning in silence, with readings, meditation and liturgy, extend your silence at home overnight, and return on Saturday morning to enjoy the continued silence in community as together we meditate, hear short readings and teachings, have time for private reflection, and share a provided light breakfast and lunch.
Sharon Ely Pearson - My 2015 Lenten Practice: 2015 Episcopal Church in Vermont Diocesan Convention speaker Sharon Ely Pearson reflects on her 2015 Lenten practice
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE): "Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love." So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. In a series of short, daily videos over five weeks, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift. Join the Brothers as they wrestle with questions of time and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.
Lent Madness 2015: Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born on his blog “Clergy Family Confidential” which has subsequently moved locations and become the more stream-lined “Clergy Confidential.”
Tearing the Veil: The Spiritual Revolution of the Gospel of Mark: This 5-part course offers an in-depth exploration of the call to spiritual transformation present in the Gospel according to Mark. Course leader Mark Kutolowski, OblSB, has recently completed a new translation of Mark, with an emphasis on the contemplative heart of the Gospel present in the original Greek text. This course will include in-depth exegesis of selected passages from Mark’s Gospel, and prayer and meditation practices to support the transformation of heart that are at the center of this Gospel narrative. Intended for both new seekers and lifelong church-goers, this course opens the door to a radical new understanding of the original teachings of Jesus and early Christianity.
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER, 2015 IS NOW OPEN!
Rock Point Summer Camp, a ministry of the Diocese of Vermont, is held annually at the Bishop Booth Conference Center, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, Rock Point, Burlington. A typical camp day at Rock Point Summer Camp includes a holy rhythm of worship, community meal time, morning program, interest groups, and evening program. In addition, campers will participate in all the fun, traditional camp activities such as games, swimming, sports, singing, arts & crafts, s’mores by the fire, and much, much more... Each week new campers are greeted by enthusiastic, well trained camp counselors and volunteer leaders who help to plan programs geared especially to each camper age group. Campers stay in cabins with up to 10 campers and 2 counselors.
2015 Camp Dates
Grade ranges denote grades completed
Work Week (age 16 and older): June 21-26*
Senior High Camp (9-12): June 28-July 3, $410 per camper
Elementary Camp (1-4) July 5-10, $410 per camper
Intermediate Camp (5-7) July 12-17, $410 per camper
Junior High Camp (6-8) July 19-24, $410 per camper
Day Camp I (K-5) July 27-31, 9am-5pm, $150 per camper
Day Camp II (K-5) August 3-7, 9am-5pm, $150 per camper
*Work Week: lodging and meals will be provided if desired. More information will be sent upon receiving your registration.
On Sunday, February 15th, Bishop Ely blessed the renewed buildings of St. James' Church. This marked the culmination of a project the parish has been calling "Building on Faith." The project led to a capital fund drive in 2013, and demolition and building activity through much of 2014. In addition to the rededication, Dwight Camp and Laurence Roberts, Jr. were presented with the St. George's Episcopal Medal and Scott Kline was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service as Junior Warden. Congratulations to the entire St. James' community!
On Tuesday, February 10, The Senate Committees on Health & Welfare and Judiciary held a public hearing in the House Chamber at the Vermont State House. Members of the public interested in testifying regarding S.31, "An act relating to possession and transfer of firearms," were invited to speak for two minutes. Those testifying included several members of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. They are (in the order they appeared): the Rev. David Hamilton, Margy Zabriskie, the Rev. Beth Ann Maier (who also read part of a statement from Bishop Ely), and the Rev. David Veale. This kind of public witness and open dialogue is of utmost importance for The Episcopal Church in Vermont and for our democracy. The entire hearing can be viewed on video, and individual testimony is transcribed below. A full statement on this subject from Bishop Ely has been featured in the Burlington Free Press. That statement with footnotes and a correction can be found here.
The Rev. David Hamilton
Bishop Ely and Canon for Ministry Development Susan Ohlidal traveled to San Antonio, Texas earlier this month to attend two-back-to-back events.
The International Symposium on Ministry Developmen focused on critical reflections about shared ministry. Shared ministry (sometimes referred to as total ministry) is a way of "being church" that enables the ministry of all baptized people - a partnership between laity and clergy. Shared ministry for mission calls all baptized Christians to be ministers of God's reconciling love in the world. Co-sponsored by Living Stones Partnership and the Ministry Developers Collaborative, the 5-day event served to re-establish a network of communication and support for those engaged in the work of teaching and nurturing the baptized, and equipping them for ministry in their local settings. Participants worked together through discussions, workshops, and acitivites as small groups and as one gathered group. Videos and reflections from the symposium can be viewed on the web page - more of these reflections will continue to be posted in the coming weeks.
The Annual Meeting of Living Stones, a partnership of Anglican and Episcopal communities of faith engaged in mission and committed to the ministry of the baptized. In addition to taking part in discussion, reflection worship, Susan and Bishop Ely delivered a presentation about our ministry here in the Episcopal Church in Vermont.
And YOU are Invited!
As part of our year-long discovery and discernment process focused on the theme of Becoming More Missional (and in the spirit of the New England “Town Hall” meeting), Bishop Ely will host a series of 10 “Church Hall” meetings throughout Vermont to present and consider discoveries and ideas emerging from the various consultations and conversations underway throughout the Episcopal Church in Vermont since June, 2014.
EVERYONE is invited to gather at one (or more) of these regional “Church Hall” meetings to hear a presentation and engage in conversation focused on the question:
What is necessary in order to support and sustain a more missional Episcopal Church in Vermont over the course of the next 5-10 years?
Here is the schedule for the 10 “Church Hall” meetings. Mark your calendar NOW and plan to attend!
Date Time Location
Tuesday, March 3 6:00 PM Holy Trinity, Swanton
Wednesday, March 4 6:00 PM St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington
Thursday, March 5 6:00 PM St. Michael’s, Brattleboro
Friday, March 6 6:00 PM Zion Church, Manchester
Saturday, March 7 10:00 AM St. Paul’s, White River Junction
Saturday, March 7 2:00 PM St. Mark’s, Newport
Sunday, March 8 3:00 PM St. Paul’s, Vergennes
Saturday, March 21 3:00 PM Trinity Church, Rutland
Sunday, March 22 2:00 PM St. John’s in the Mountains, Stowe
Tuesday, March 24 6:00 PM St. John’s, Randolph
“Church Hall” meetings will last for 2 hours.
Please make plans to arrive early and stay for the full meeting.
Please check the Diocesan Web page www.diovermont.org in case of inclement weather on any of the scheduled dates.
Snow dates will be announced, as necessary.
The Stirrings of the Spirit leadership team invites your 2015 applications for two grant opportunities, Micro-grants or Mission Initiative Grants, available to congregations and groups within the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Funding is available for innovative start-up projects or for existing projects that demonstrate innovative new components that address the following:
Grants up to $10,000. will be awarded with a total of $50,000. available in 2015. Funding is made possible through the Alleluia Fund and other funds overseen by Diocesan Council.
2015 Application deadline is March 15, 2015. Download a PDF of the 2015 Grant Application
March 14, 2015 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT
Cost (including breakfast & lunch): $20
The Episcopal Church in Vermont and The Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ invite you to Recalculating the Way II: Recalculating Worship. Featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Michael Piazza, director for Congregational Vitality for the Center for Progressive Renewal. The day will include presentations, TED talks, and small group experimentation and experiences.
Bring your creativity with you to a day geared toward experiencing, recalculating, and hearing about evolving ways to worship and expand participation. Teams of 4 - 6 people from each church are encouraged to attend. Individuals are also welcome!
RPIC, as we call ourselves, is an ecumenical, dispersed community in partnership with the Rock Point board to carry out its mission and vision.
We will be conducting our second retreat at Rock Point, Burlington, Vermont on Friday and Saturday, June 5th and 6th, 2015. This retreat is called “A New Heaven and a New Earth: Jumpstarting Enduring Connections to Rock Point.” It is open to anyone who might be interested in exploring RPIC or thinking of becoming part of it, as a Member, Associate, or Friend. More information about the retreat will be available later on, but anyone who might want to come needs this advance notice that we are basing the retreat on the book “The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings” by John Philip Newell, and retreat attendees will be expected to have read the book!
I was going to offer "Warm Epiphany Greetings", but as I'm in southern California, I thought that might be somewhat unfair to those of you in other parts of the United States and Canada.
My rector, Ed Bacon, has turned the word, "Epiphany" into a verb. "To Epiph", is to see things anew, to discover new life or a new way to live. Given Epiphany honors the arrival of the three wise ones who bring wonderful gifts, perhaps, to epiph also means living a life of renewed generosity.
However we see the season of Epiphany, I'm epiphing with my new work as the Executive Director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). It is an honor to be the third Executive Director in the life of TENS. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of my friend Laurel Johnston and TENS inspired founder, Tom Gossen.
My hope is that TENS will help the church in the United States and Canada (and beyond, someday) see the work of stewardship in new and life transforming ways. For stewardship is not about an annual campaign, it is about how we live and share in the abundance of God's generosity to each of us.
To that end, I also want to make sure you've put the dates of our next TENS Annual Conference on your calendar. The dates are May 28-30, 2015. And what better place to experience the abundance of creation than Camp Allen, outside of Houston, Texas!
Please know that I'm here to serve you as you and your congregation work to discover, anew, a life of abundance, generosity and the stewardship of God's creation.
Richard W. Felton
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