Last week, our brilliant Communications Minister, Kathleen Moore, sent out a social media blitz announcing the 15th anniversary of my ordination and consecration as Bishop of Vermont. The response was amazing, overwhelming and humbling. I would need 15 more years just to express gratitude to each of you who sent greetings and to the many more who offered prayers on April 28th. My email inbox was flooded. The post on Facebook reached 3,000 people. And, my twitter feed was all abuzz. From the depths of my heart and soul, please accept this “social media” expression of my gratitude. These past fifteen years have been among the most challenging and rewarding of my ordained ministry. It has been, and continues to be my great joy and privilege to serve among such fabulous and faithful people. Thank you for you trust, confidence and partnership. Onward!
Vermont's eight facilitators for Honoring Our Relationships, Building a Safe Church Community, met at St. John's Church in Randolph last month. Members of this group facilitate trainings throughout the diocese and meet annually with Canon Lynn Bates to review their work and renew their ministries. Fellowship, education, and planning for the future are the basis of these gatherings. The day included reflection on personal ministries, Bible study, celebrations and discussion of how this work impacts our ministry as individuals and as the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Anti-Racism Training in Vermont and future plans for that ministry were presented by the Rev. Peggy Mathauer.
Safe Church Facilitators are: Stan Baker, Anne Brown, Janet Brown, Janet Cramer, Paul Gratz, Peggy Mathauer, Jean Townsend, and Kathryn Wright.
The following is a reflection from Jane Lee Wolfe, St. James, Woodstock parishioner and Director of Bog Chapel, Inc. an educational not-for-profit organization that focuses on the spiritual health and spiritual fitness of human beings, from youth through old age.
Forty-something years ago I ran children’s chapel at my parish. It was nothing I wanted to do, but the boss asked me. “It’s not in my job description,” I said like a fine bureaucrat. Whereupon I got that lecture we all get from parents and teachers about how there are some things we have to do that we don’t want to do, etc. etc. The most boring, predictable speech ever.
So Children’s Chapel it was, 3-5 year -olds. I decided I would do what I thought the children would respond to. We sang “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know” and “Thank you, Lord for this fine day” every Sunday. I had a piano player. One time it was the assistant organist at Riverside Church in New York, down home for a visit. I spotted him and grabbed him to play because my regular piano player was sick or something. Not there. I was frantic he wasn’t going to have time to practice. “What is the music?” he asked. “Jesus Loves me this I know.” and “Thank You, Lord, for this fine day.” “I think I can manage,” he said. And he did.
In addition to the hymns, we had one Bible lesson that was every Sunday. The same lesson. It was about Jesus healing 10 people with a skin disease and only one turning around to say thank you (Luke 17:11-19 in kid talk). How many said thank you? (Response) How many should have said thank you? (Response) Etc. Occasionally like at Christmas we’d switch stories, but mostly we stayed with the thank you story.
Thursday, May 5, 2016, Ascension Day | St. Martin's Episcopal Church | 5327 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045
Carolyn, Ann, and the leadership team
The "every congregation challenge" announced at last year's Diocesan Convention asked every parish to send a camper outside the congregation to Rock Point Summer Camp. The fulfillment of this challenge will mean that 48 new campers get to experience RPSC -- what a gift! St. Andrew's, Colchester and St. Luke's, Chester have already met the challenge by sponsoring two campers each. St. Luke's vestry member Kathryn Wright writes:
The vestry at St. Luke's, Chester was enthusiastic when they learned that Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, had challenged us to sponsor a child from outside our parish to a week at Rock Point Summer Camp this year. We announced the challenge to the Sunday congregations and told them to spread the word to family, friends and neighbors. We talked about it at work and the grocery store and the library and spread the word at the local school and the Family Center. Our publicity paid off. We were contacted by a young mom who said that two of her three girls were eager to attend Rock Point, and that she'd heard we had scholarship money available. So we're sponsoring two sisters at the full future-investment rate, and couldn't be happier. The mom said they were looking for a spiritual home.
Other good news:
- Rock Point won $500 campership from the Vermont Camp Association, of which we are members.
- Day Camp II is almost full - Register here (all sessions) to reserve a space for your child.
- Check us out in April edition of KidsVT.com
Caring for Creation, Neighbor, Self...
... belong to a caring, cooperative community
... be a friend and make new friends
... enjoy daily cabin time
... experience the sacredness of creation
... explore the wilds of 146 acres on the shores of Lake Champlain
... grow in confidence, independence and interdependence
... try new activities and learn new skills
...and Have Fun!
Each week, high quality, well trained staff plan programs especially geared to each camper age group. Campers can help plan and lead activities, too.
|SESSIONS||AGE||2016 DATES||PRICE TIERS|
|Volunteer Work Week||18+years||June 20-24||FREE|
|Day Camp I||5-10 years||June 27-July1||$170/200/250|
|Senior High Camp||15-18 years||July 3-8||$420/460/560|
|Junior High Camp||11-15 years||July 10-15||$420/460/560|
|Elementary Camp||7-10 years||July 17-22||$420/460/560|
|Intermediate Camp||10-12 years||July 24-29||$420/460/560|
|Day Camp II||5-10 years||August 1-5||$170/200/250|
|Adult Camp||21+ yeras||August 7-11||$420/460/560|
Adult Camp - NEW!
Let your inner kid come out and play! Sunset from the Point. Stories around the campfire. Fall asleep to the sounds of Nature. Choose to join our talented staff for workshops, activities, hikes, games and canoe outings or simply relax by the lake with a good book or take a solitary stroll in the woods. Want to explore Burlington? It's a short walk or bike ride on the bike path. Go further afield? Head north to explore the Champlain Islands. The entire schedule is optional for participants. Live in cabins for listed registration fee or reserve a room in Bishop Booth Conference Center for additional charge.
Rock Point Summer Camp is in its 85th year.
We are a mission of The Episcopal Church in Vermont. We share in the vision of our Rock Point neighbors: To be a welcoming sanctuary of spirituality, creativity, community, education, training and environmental stewardship.
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