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Nominations & Resolutions Due August 19

This year’s Diocesan Convention takes place on Saturday, October 19, at Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Nominations & Resolutions — due August 19

Nominees are needed for these positions to be elected at the 2019 Diocesan Convention:

ONE person (lay or clergy) to be elected to a one-year term

TWO clergy persons to be elected to three-year terms
ONE clergy person to be elected to a two-year term
TWO lay persons to be elected to three-year terms
ONE lay person to be elected to a one-year term

FOUR clergy persons (deacon or priests) to be elected to serve at the 2021 General Convention
FOUR lay persons to be elected to serve at the 2021 General Convention

ONE lay person to be elected to a four-year term
ONE priest to be elected to a four-year term

ONE clergy person to be elected to a three-year term
TWO lay persons to be elected to three-year terms

TWO persons (lay or clergy) to be elected to three-year terms

Please give serious thought to offering your gifts to serving the diocese in one of these positions! Descriptions of the positions and Nominations forms are available on our website:

Resolutions are also due by August 19, 2019.

Blessing of the Gardens at Good Shepherd, Sun Prairie

On (Rogation) Sunday, May 26, after the 9 am service, the Rev. Dr. Helen Tester led the congregation of Good Shepherd, Sun Prairie out to the Community Garden Beds for a Blessing of the Gardens. Thanks to the continued support of the diocese, they now have 16 raised beds. Renters include people from the community and members from the Good Shepherd Anglo, Hispanic, and Hmong congregations as well as folks from St Luke’s Episcopal in Monona. Small rogation crosses were also available for placement in the beds and for congregants to take home to their own gardens.

Share the Way of Love at Easter

Share the Way of Love at Easter

Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life more deeply to the Liturgical Year, The Episcopal Church offers free, downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith this Easter.

Resources include: A poster with space on the bottom portion for congregations to add their own logo, service information, and web address; a postcard to send to recent visitors or local neighbors; a social media ready graphic; a Facebook Cover image; and the Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message video (available April 15). All evangelism resources are available here.

“We hope that these digital resources will help congregations easily share information about their Easter services,” said Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism for The Episcopal Church, “Services that celebrate the greatest love of all – the love of Jesus. A love we are called to share and celebrate that love with friends and neighbors.”

More than a program or curriculum, The Way of Love is an intentional commitment to a set of practices –Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – that form us into the likeness of Jesus. Congregations have engaged with Way of Love practices by organizing ministry fairs around the seven practices, setting up semi-public prayer stations with one station per practice, and organizing inquirer’s classes around each topic.

“As Episcopalians we value life-long learning – something that the Liturgical Calendar helps us to do – guiding us through lessons of our faith, connecting our story to God’s story, year after year. The Way of Love is made up of practices that help us move through those lessons with greater intention and understanding, which in turn helps us grow in love and service.”  says Greer. “As an example, during the season of Easter, people are invited to dig deeper into the practice of Go through the Life Transformed: 50-day Eastertide Test Kitchen group on Facebook .”

Digital Invitation Kits similar to the Easter resources are planned for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Back-to-School.  They will be offered Spanish, French, and English. 

If your ministry has developed a seasonal Way of Love offering, please share at  . We’d love to feature it on the website and pray for our shared journey into new life. 

Lisa Webb  ASSOCIATE OFFICER, PUBLIC AFFAIRS  Office of Communication | The Episcopal Church | 212-716-6138