Anglican Church in America
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
Diocese of the Northeast

 

Northeast Anglican, September 2015, pre-synod issue


From the Bishop’s Chair


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Blessings to you all this Michaelmas season!

 

Many clergy are asked a variety of questions during their ministries. These can range from questions about the Bible or Book of Common Prayer, church customs or questions about the temporal operation of our churches and diocese. Commonly asked questions tend to go in cycles, much like the rhythm of prayer in our liturgical year. Other questions fall out of fashion. Several years ago, questions about the Ordinariate were very commonly heard. It has been some time since I have heard such questions. Occasionally, someone might ask: “whatever happened to the Ordinariates?” While they do exist, we have no contact with Ordinariate parishes and clergy. Recently, however, a former ACA clergyman who had pursued a position within the Ordinariates, petitioned to be reinstated. He has now returned to the ACA and is licensed to practice in another diocese.

But more common questions these days tend to focus around practical matters. Often, your bishop is asked about the possibility of merger with other orthodox Anglican jurisdictions. We currently hold friendly relations with several such jurisdictions and an inter-communion relationship with the Anglican Province of America. If merger appears elusive at this time, it is important to remind ourselves that such occurrences happen in God's good time. We cannot rush God. God expects us to wait patiently, discerning the appropriate moment for such important events.

Within our parishes, as well, we often believe that things should happen very quickly. Several of our parishes are in transition. While it is certainly natural for us to want a new clergyman this instant, we should be asking ourselves what God wants for His church. What is it that God wants for His people? Without God, we can do nothing.

Many of the question I receive are ones that have to do with the very practical aspects of church life. They are important questions, particularly when they come from the many people who know and love their churches. But I do confess that I have favorite questions. The questions I most like to hear are these: “How can I become a better Christian?” and “How can my church grow in the knowledge and love of God?” I would like to hear these questions asked more frequently. But whenever I do, I make the following observation: “you have made promises to God. Remember what they were?” If they are confused, I point them to the Book of Common Prayer. For all baptized and confirmed Christians, promises have been made. Indeed, for all men who have been ordained to serve God's One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, promises have been made. These promises include phrases like these: “...with God's help,” or, “...the Lord being my helper, or “...by God's grace.” We recognize that, when we make promises of great importance, we need God's help to keep them. We cannot accomplish much in this life without the help of God.

Our questions do have answers. They are the answers God wishes us to find. They are found in our Bibles and our prayer books. They are God's answers. They can be ours as well. God will rejoice when we answer well, when we keep our promises and when we learn to ask the best of all questions.

 Your Brother in Christ, +Brian


Notes from the Secretary

 

Greetings! Hope you’ve all had a chance to relax and enjoy the warm, summery weather before resuming your “normal” (whatever that may be) routines. Russ and I enjoyed a picnic celebration with our family on our 50th and we thank all of you for your cards and good wishes.

Our deacon, David Koller, returned from camp with an enthusiastic report. Thanks to David and all others who give of their time and talents to this wonderful, spiritually uplifting program for the youth in our diocese. I sometimes think the world would be a much nicer place if we adults behaved more like our young children and our dogs!

I once again remind you that your financial support is vitally important to the growth and financial health of both the Diocese and the National Church. Faithful stewardship should be a priority for individuals and parishes. As most of you know, 2015 National church support is based on the number of voting communicants reported on your 2014 parochial report (X $30). If you’re unsure of that number, email me or Kathy Lippman and we’ll let you know. Diocesan support is calculated based on the pledge and plate collection for the current year, i.e., 12.5% of the total 2015 collection. Payments may be made in installments. Both support funds should sent to Treasurer Kathy Lippman by year’s end or very shortly thereafter. This will allow the treasurer to close the books for the previous year in a timely fashion. To end on a positive note, the diocese has seen significant improvement in the past couple of years in regard to parishes meeting their commitments and the Standing Committee thanks you!

A good deal of time was spent at the last Standing Committee meeting in discussions on how the Church can best serve the needs of today’s society and bring new people to Christ while remaining faithful to Holy Scripture and Christ’s teachings. A complex question, indeed! Please give this some thought and discuss in your own parish settings and bring your comments and ideas to Synod to share with clergy and laity.

And speaking of Synod, I hope by the time you read this you will have made your hotel reservations and sent in your registration form and payment to St. Joseph’s, Brooklyn. Deacon Mark Black and the parishioners at St. Joseph’s are excited to host this year’s synod, Oct. 1-3, and are looking forward to extending a warm welcome to their historic parish. For those who might be attending the synod for the first time, in addition to tending to the business affairs of the diocese, the synod provides ample opportunities for worship, “meeting and greeting”, warm social fellowship, lively discussions and lots of good food. Some of you may also be planning to take advantage of the location and do some NYC sightseeing while you’re in town. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Brooklyn!

-----Peace to all of you, Linnea

 

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Around the Diocese

Poultney-Wells, Vt.

St. David's Church.

 

It has been quite some time since I reported anything from St. David's and some people might say that nothing ever happens here, or that we exist as a congregation no longer. None of that would be true for we are still here even if we are small in numbers. We meet regularly every month except for the worse part of the winter when snow and road conditions make travel rather risky, even for those of us who are used to winter driving. So, we meet for Mass on a regular basis, so far as possible, and we still continue to give financial assistance to the local charities we have supported for several years. All our Services are held in our home as that is the most convenient for me with having my wife in a wheelchair.

July this year was rather special for me. Briefly, in July 1965 my family and I came from Sept Iles (Seven Islands) in Quebec to Poultney where I was the newly appointed Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church and of St. Paul's Church in Wells. The past fifty years have been a wonderful time for me and, I hope, good for those in our present congregation who have known me for all that time. Also, this July I reached the venerable age of ninety but am still in reasonably good health and hope to continue here for a few more years, if God wills it.

-----Fr. Alexander Stringer







A blast from the past from L’Avenir and Sept-Iles Journal, Sept-Iles, Quebec, March 25, 1965


Rev. and Mrs. Stringer will leave Sept-Iles


News of the departure of Rev. and Mrs. Alexander Stringer will come as a surprise and shock to many residents of this North Shore iron centre.

Rev. Stringer, who has been priest-in-charge and rector of All-Saints Anglican Church will be leaving Sept-Iles in the latter part of June for the United States.

He will be moving to Poultney, Vermont, a small college town in the heart of New England. Mrs. Stri9nger described the town as “very green” … “a typical New England town.”

She said that her husband would be taking over Trinity Episcopalian Church in Poultney, explaining that “Anglican” in Canada is called “Episcopalian” in the United States.

Mrs. Stringer is well-known throughout Sept-Iles for her social work and has engaged in many community activities, notably the Toastmistress Club.

Rev.Stringer is also Rural Dean of the North Shore in the Diocese of Quebec of the Anglican Church of Canada.


Concord, N.H.

All Saints

 

The end of the Paschal Season was celebrated with Solemn Liturgies commemorating the coming of the Holy Ghost and the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, the final festive Holy Communion, though, for All Saints in Concord, New Hampshire is the Feast of the Most Holy Eucharist (Corpus Christi) which can be celebrated solemnly on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This Feast is to remind us of the great gift of Jesus giving Himself to us in the consecrated Elements at Holy Communion: The promise fulfilled that “I will be with you always.”

All Saints celebrated the Feast, as would the English medieval Church, with great solemnity and a procession. The Solemn High Mass was ennobled with beautiful music, and lavish vestments, as well as with a multitude of candles and incense. Our beautiful embroidered canopy sheltered the Mystical Presence of Christ, carried aloft, as did the children of Israel when wandering through the desert to show God’s dwelling on earth. The procession moved to the outdoors and around the multi purpose buildings, the sun blazed as the congregation sang ‘All Glory, Laud and Honor,’ and once more All Saints proclaimed that Jesus Christ is Lord!

The revelation of the selling of body parts of aborted babies by Planned Parenthood hit the news around the nation and sparked the ground roots initiative to de-finance the mega dealers of death. In Concord, N. H. as around the nation, rallies were quickly formed to inform the public of the horror that happens behind closed doors with taxpayer monies. Father Christian was called upon to speak at the rally in Concord. As the only clergyman speaking, he compared the vile practice at Planned Parenthood with the Holocaust experimentations during World War II. Calling on all people to decry the practice and stand for the voice-less, the crowd responded with enthusiasm. Other speakers informed on ‘how’ to contact legislators and notify them of the disgust felt for the barbaric events caught on video. Shortly after the rally, New Hampshire has led the nation in voting to de-fund, as of August 4, Planned Parenthood.

On September 7, (Labor Day) the St. Charles Children Home, Run by the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love, in Rochester, NH, will hold their 19th Annual Nun Run, to raise funds for their ministry to heal the heart of the family. Fr. Christian, who has been a volunteer at the Home for 7 years, will be doing his part in checking the 30+ Port-a-potties (ministry takes many different forms!), and helping with the feeding of the thousands that come yearly to support the ministry. A highlight of the day is the reunion of all past residents of St. Charles Home who return for a private BBQ with Nuns and staff. It is a beautiful event in which one sees the fruit of the Sisters ministry shining through the faces of the little ones who are flourishing in loving families! If you ever want to join in the run (Fr. Christian does!) or support this excellent ministry go to their website and see the pictures and donate www.runningnuns.com

 

West Seneca NY

Saint Nicholas Anglican Church

Summer greetings to you from Saint Nicholas’ Anglican Church in West Seneca, NY. Our Summer began in mid June as we celebrated Fathers’ Day and then said farewell to one of our most talented choir members as she heads off for college this fall. Grace Aroune contributed her vocal talent to our choir this year and we wish her well in her studies in New York City next year.

Also in June, Saint Nicholas sponsored a car wash for Saint Paul’s Cathedral Choir in order to raise funds for their trip to England this summer. It continues to be both our pleasure and our mission to help young people discover the value of liturgical expression in music in a Christian setting. Saint Paul’s returns the favor this fall when they join us for Evensong on October 18th.

In July nearly a hundred people returned to Saint Nicholas Church to hear the Buffalo Silver Band play a wonderful rendition of music including the Theme from the movie ‘The Magnificent 7’ and John Philip Susa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.

In August, we celebrated a wedding at Saint Nicholas. James Wise and Tina Smith were joined in Holy Matrimony on August 8th in front of a ‘crowd’ of eighty-two friends and relatives. Jim is a member of the Buffalo Silver Band (Tuba) and had five of his buddies play brass for this wonderful event.

Finally, in August we received word that the church building complex where we gather as Saint Nicholas Church was finally sold to another religious organization. The new owner/landlord is theWELLbuffalo whose main location is in Getzville, NY. It is our hope and desire to work with the new owner in order for us to be able to stay at this location. However, there may be some scheduling changes coming in February. Stay tuned . . . -----Fr. Ed Ihde


 


 Brooklyn, New York

St. Joseph

 

Greetings in the name of the Lord from St. Joseph’s Anglican Church in Brooklyn, NY.

I am writing to you on behalf of the congregation of St Joseph’s Anglican Church. The following is a quick listing of some of the events that have transpired during the last few months.

We had our Pre-Father’s Day Brunch fundraiser on Saturday, June 20th and it was a success. Special thanks go out to all those who made it a success. Unfortunately so much was going on that I neglected to take a picture. I won’t forget next time though. The money that was collected went to the much needed repair of the parish floor.

On Saturday, July 18th we had Mid-Summer Bar-B-Que hosted by the Women’s Auxiliary. It was quite a success. Again, no pictures, but the looks of accomplishment on Sunday, along with the full bellies, show that it was a job well done. Many thanks to all those who made that a success also.

On the Saturday, August 15, the day that this submission is due, we are having an Atlantic City trip. It’s also hosted by the ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary, and judging by their track record, I’m quite sure that it will also be a success.

God has been gracious in His blessings to us by guarding, guiding and keeping us safe on the path of love. This has been shown by the many trials and tribulations that St. Joseph has been going through these past 7 years after the purchase of our parish. Our faith has never waivered because we knew that God knew what needed to be done and has always been there with us. Times have been lean but we have stood together in the face of adversity and pressed on to further our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s teachings. The thing that we must always remember is to give God praise and laudation because He, above all, is worthy to be praised.

The most recent blessing that God has given us is by allowing us to obtain an outreach program called Heritage Human Services. They will assist us with our mortgage along with providing a valuable service to the community by offering a day program to the mentally disabled. We are still working on 2015 Synod preparations and making it a worthwhile gathering for all of our New England brothers and sisters.

On a somber note, Mrs. Loura Brebnor, a long time member of our parish, has passed on to a better place. A place of rest and relief. She will be missed. Also on our sick and shut-in list are: Mrs. Edith Morgan, Mrs. Alice Trapp and Mrs. Grace Picart. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

With that being said, the Vestry and Congregation of St. Josephs wish all a happy and healthy Trinity Season.

-------------------Sincerely submitted,

Mark Black, Deacon & Webmaster.

 

Portland, Maine

Olde St. Paul’s

 

     We at St. Paul’s, like everyone else, are recovering from last winter.  Nobody dares to complain about the heat.  We are still haunted by our oil bill.  We are about to start the restoration of the slate roof on the church, made possible by a generous donation.

     The Vestry voted to rehire Father Logan as our rector.  At 72 he is still quite spry and his sermons are still intelligible. He has a great singing voice and on pitch most of the time. Our organist (me) is also aging and looking to retire. So if there is any organist out there who has always had the desire to play the sung high Mass here is your chance. We don’t pay well, but here is your opportunity to make some beautiful sounds and play for a marvelous singing congregation, all of which we offer to God every Sunday.  We are looking for the occasional substitute and also applications for the entire job.

        The week of August 10 became one of the most exciting in our recent history.  We learned that on Wednesday Father Amos’ six children were arriving at Logan from their old home in Africa. On Sunday they all sat in the front row for high Mass, and sang an African Hymn for us during the Offertory.  A reception followed after the mass in the parish hall. 

     The cruise ship season is starting in September. It is always exciting for us to welcome lots of British and continental visitors, as well as Americans from the Atlantic Coast.

 

-----John Serrage

 

Here At Last

 

Troubles,

dangers,

blood is flowing,

threats are sounding,

people fleeing,

families broken,

but the Lord is watching,

guiding,

leading,

hearing prayers,

and always working,

always loving,

showing mercies in His grace.

He is near,

the day is here,

and on this bench at Olde St. Paul,

now behold them, one and all,

singing, praising, standing tall,

a family in the House of God.

 

----------ed pacht



Amherst. N.H.

St. Luke

 

It has been a busy spring and into early summer for the parishioners of St. Luke's.

On June 28 after our 10:00 am service we joined Jane Cormier, President of CHAMPS (Changing Hearts and Minds Project) for a presentation on right to life issues.

On July 4 we participated in Amherst's town celebration.  Annually we man a booth on the green and distribute water and literature about St. Luke's. 

Many of our members joined and the weather cooperated by being slightly overcast and very low humidity (what a difference that makes).  It turned out to be one of the largest turnouts in many years.  As New Hampshire is the first in the nation primary we were overwhelmed by politicians out to meet voters.

Our Bible Studies continue - Tuesday's class is studying the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, and Saturday morning is studying the Gospel of Luke.

Thanks to funds received in memory of Mel Power we have been able to install an audio-visual system for the parish hall which allows us to broadcast services from the church in cases of overflow.  Some of those funds as well will be used to purchase a new flagpole for the garden from which we can fly the Anglican flag.

In October we will celebrate our 25th year of St. Luke's Church.  A committee has been formed to work on the celebration.

There will be a vestry retreat on Saturday, 19 September and it is hoped that the Bishop will attend.

 -----Submitted by Lee Garre 

 


Tuxedo, New York

Saint Elizabeth’s

 

We hope your summer weather has been as nice overall as ours here in Tuxedo. We need to savor every beautiful day, as it seems the summer months are flying by all too quickly!

We’ve been busy with two summer events here since the last newsletter. In June, we had our lawn sale on the beautiful grounds at St. Elizabeth’s. We are so thankful for the dedicated parishioners who volunteer their time on this project and for the faithful support of our friends and neighbors who attend, making this event a very successful fund-raiser.

This year’s summer parish picnic a few weeks later was also held on the church grounds. It was a whimsical flower sprinkler for the little folks in attendance were a mighty big hit, indeed! Cold drinks, shady trees, and an occasional brief stroll into the air-conditioned parish house kept the adults happy as well. The wonderful fellowship, grilled hot dogs & burgers, and many shared, delicious summer salads donated by parishioners made this a delightful day for all.

Another happy event this summer was the July 26th baptism of Siena Lynn Clemenza, daughter of Amanda and Justin Clemenza, with Bishop Langberg presiding at the christening. Siena is the grand-daughter of Skip and Doreen Briggs and great-granddaughter of Greta Briggs, who are all active parishioners at St. Elizabeth’s. Congratulations to all and may God keep Siena and your entire family in His loving care in the years ahead.

Summertime finds many of us busy with vacation travel, picnics, family events, attendance at local festivals, fairs, outdoor concerts, etc. We are so grateful to our St. Elizabeth’s volunteers who faithfully set aside time to ensure that the local food pantry has adequate help throughout the summer months. May God bless them for their year-round service in support in this much-needed outreach program. Since so many folks are away during the summer, we typically don’t hold services at St. Elizabeth’s during August, and our parishioners attend worship services at neighboring community churches or elsewhere if/when traveling. This year, however, Deacon David Koller has volunteered to conduct Sunday Morning Prayer throughout August. We are blessed to have Dcn. David in our St. Elizabeth’s family, and we keep him in our prayers as he continues his journey in the ministry.

On a vacation note, we pray that Fr. Bob Ley and wife, Pat, are enjoying a wonderful time during their summer trip to Alaska – a “bucket-list” wish now fulfilled! We’re looking forward to hearing all about their trip in the fall.

As I write this article, St. Luke’s summer camp is taking place. Our Deacon David is once again assisting at camp this year and he was eagerly anticipating this opportunity to spend another God-filled week with the children. We pray that he returns with great memories of a spirit-filled and joyous week shared with this year’s staff and campers. May God shower His many blessings on everyone at camp this week.

In closing, we pray that all of you are enjoying a happy, healthy summer with friends and family. We’re look forward to seeing many of you at Synod this October. Safe vacation travels and God bless till then…….

-----Ingrid Magar

 

Charlestown, NH

Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

It has been a busy summer for the Good Shepherd Church. Our Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No. 4 have been well attended with 5 to 10 participants on Sunday mornings.

Our weekly Bible study program now has 14 faithful members as we explore the book of Genesis.

Our Vacation Bible School was a grand success. We opened each day with the lighting of the altar candles by the children, reading the short form of Family Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, and a brief description of the symbolism of various pieces of church furniture by Fr. David. Phil Turner and Fr. David worked on crafts with the children [note: it is very desirable to complete a prototype of a crafts project before it is done by the kids.] Dee Blanchard, Jeanne Moody, and Bonnie Turner contributed snacks for our hungry youngsters. Aare Ilves made sure that the children did not stray into Summer Street during games in the churchyard. During the week, 7 to 14 children (ages 5-12) attended the sessions, conducted by youth missionaries from the Child Evangelism Fellowship. This is double the number we had last year. The Holy Spirit answered our prayers to send us children.

The following week we participated in the Charlestown-wide yard sale selling soft drinks, lemonade, and baked goods. Unfortunately, the day was overcast and cool so we did not sell much lemonade. However, the books and household goods did reasonably well. As always, it was not so much the fund raising aspects as the fellowship shared by members of our church community.

Our ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in June. We have had a number of favorable comments about it from the community. Between the church building and the fence there is a 19th century, granite hitching post that is nicely carved lying on the ground. It was broken off its base many years ago by a snowplow. We left some space for its eventual restoration. Thus, we were enormously gratified to learn that the board of the Charlestown Historical Society had voted funds to repair the hitching post as a gift to the church. The post is part of the history of the old bank building and few such posts now remain.

We look forward to our October retreat at Weston Priory in Vermont, the annual Harvest Walk to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf, and the ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in November.

We hope to see many of our friends at the Synod in October.

-----Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody


Mystic, Connecticut

St. Matthias

 

Summer certainly has gone very quickly here in southeastern Connecticut! It's hard to believe that, by the time this issue of NEA goes to the publisher, schools will be back in session here!

We have been blessed with several visitors to our Sunday services this summer, most notably His Grace, Presiding Bishop Marsh, who made his episcopal visitation to St. Matthias on July 19. As some folks may remember, he was ordained a Priest at the Olde Mistick Village Chapel on July 18, 1998, so he endeavors to make his visitations to us near to the anniversary of that ordination. After the service, we had a time of fellowship, with a simple lunch of Sloppy Joes provided by Chuck and Cathy Wonneberger, sides from Mary Diffendall, and a delicious peach-filling by Becky Kennedy. No one went away hungry that day!

This year we sent four young people to St. Luke's Camp - Lylian and Danny Cheeks, and Sean and Bridget Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was Bridie's first year going to St. Luke's Camp, and Lylian's last as a camper - she hopes to be able to return in future years as a staffer! All of them reported having a wonderful time, as they always seem to. It seems that just about everyone managed to "Stump the Bishop"; Bridie won in the Talent Show with her step-dance routine. A high point of the week for everyone was a boat ride across the lake, followed by a beautiful Communion service in an open meadow there.

On September 1, 2, and 3, the ACA House of Bishops and Executive Council will be having their fall meeting in Mystic, with meetings at the Comfort Inn and worship services each day at the Chapel.

We at St. Matthias are honored that this illustrious group has chosen to meet in Mystic; "May thy will, O God, be done on earth as it is in heaven."

-----Yours in the faith, Rev. Merrill Perkins

 


Raymond, Maine

Our Benedictines

  

The priory has been hopping this summer with vegetables growing, especially pumpkins! Hummingbirds love the Jewel weed, and a wonderful new stray cat has worked magic keeping the rodents at bay thus saving our tomatoes. We have also had the arrival of a new puppy with a heart murmur who also appears to be deaf.

Sr. Mary Francis works every day all summer running the town park so we can afford heat in the winter as well as food for all etc. She does the farm work before and after her job. Fr. Kevin keeps an eye on the animals while she is away. He also continues to put out his internet meditation which has a huge following and is shared by those people as well. He also says a mass in the Chapel each Sunday at 9am. Fr. Kevin continues to be available for spiritual direction and to hear confessions by appointment and upon request. These things are a labor of love and a gift to the people of this diocese and others as well.

    We are so grateful for the animal lovers of this diocese and other places who help us financially with our animal mission as well. We are always looking for regular benefactors for these special creatures as they are expensive to keep but still deserve a life of love and respect. We make that happen each day in a small way with your kind generosity. We appreciate your thoughtful support and the animals are grateful for what we, as a team, do for them. Winter is coming and hay and grain have gone up in price this summer. God bless you all for your consideration, prayers and support.

-----In Christ, Sr. Mary Francis , OSB


Conway, N.H.

St. Margaret of Scotland

www.stmargaretconway.org

 

Greetings from St. Margaret‘s. By the time this is received we will be into September and the leaves may have started turning up north, but right now it is hotter than--well, you know! Whoever invented air conditioning certainly has a place in Heaven, as far as I am concerned.

In June, we were treated to a beautiful musical presentation by Brianna Desharnais on the flute and Nat MacDonald on percussion. They accompanied the choir for the lovely hymn, “God Is”. It is always a treat to have trained musicians share their talents for the glory of the Lord. Also in June, our own Corinne Page, lead soprano in the choir did a beautiful rendition of “His Eye is On the Sparrow. “Listening to Corinne sing, one would never guess she turned 90 years old on the 15th of June. She was treated to a cake, and a hearty round of ’Happy Birthday”. Her children, Dickey and Cheryl were also in attendance. Corinne also brings a lively perspective to the weekly bible study as well.

Several other parishioners were acknowledged in June by Fr. Monroe. They were Connie Smith, Bob Whitehead, and Evelyn Simonds. Connie was the head of the altar Guild for many years, only recently retiring the job to Rosemary Grigorovich- Barsky. Bob Whitehead, despite his 80+ years, continues to provide regular acolyte services, and Evelyn Simonds was a longtime Vestrywoman and Treasurer, and Altar Guild member as well.

The big parish news in July was the long awaited birth of Father and Linda’s first grandchild, Penelope Kate Monroe, born July 13, weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds 3 oz. Father and Linda will be traveling to the west coast for a visit in late August with their son and daughter in law and the new arrival. This was such a blessing since the family recently suffered the loss of Linda Monroe’s mother, Estelle Maddison in early August. Mrs. Maddison was in her late 90’s, but continued to be a devout Christian and servant of the Lord.

On August 15 the parish held their annual yard sale. As usual, buyers were at the ready well before the doors were opened and the larger items were displayed outside. A varied assortment of goods, including bagpipes, a high chair, kitchen set, and crib, along with the usual assortment of bric- a- brac, frames, Christmas and other decorations, books, and kitchen appliances were offered. There was also a baked goods table, which was manned by Ann Wilcox.

John Wilcox, John Kropac and Al Frizzell monitored the outside activity and kept track of the money. Inside, the money table was supervised by Linda Monroe. A goodly sum was realized for the Parish and the Ladies Guild.

Later in the day, Fr. Monroe interred the remains of former Vestrywoman Maureen Ferguson’s brother, Robert McMurray in the Memorial Garden with a beautiful committal service. Her grandson, Jacob Warren, served as Acolyte.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Peter Thomas, Senior Warden, who continues to recover in the hospital in Maine from back surgery. We expect and pray he will be home by the time this newsletter reaches everyone. We were also happy to see our Deacon, Rev. Mr. Harry Wellsman back serving the Lord a week after an unexpected fall at home which left him badly bruised. Deacon Wellsman took some good natured ribbing as to how he managed to fall, with references to mountain climbing and skateboarding, etc. Nonetheless, we all were relieved that there was apparently no more damage done than cosmetic.

On Sunday the 16th, our annual Meadow Mass was again held at the home of James and Rebecca Harrington, who graciously open their lovely Effingham home and grounds for a parish and neighbor gathering. Fr. Monroe, accompanied by Deacon Wellsman and organist Tracy Gardner, says an outdoor Mass facing the congregation and then a barbecue and pot luck ensues. This is an event which is always enjoyed by those in attendance. There were close to 30 folks this year.

We now look forward to the wonderful, colorful days of autumn, so renowned that folks travel to New England just for the view. We are so blest to live here. Apple picking, pumpkin picking and carving, as well as foliage viewing are all waiting around the corner free or almost free for the taking. So enjoy yourselves and give thanks to the Lord for His bounty!

-----Maureen Ferguson


As the world marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this month, St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Conway seeks to honor all those who answered the call to serve in the nation's military. The latest of the several service memorials at St. Margaret's is to the Merchant Marines, particularly those from World War II, who suffered incredible losses while trying to transport supplies and men to those fighting in Europe. It was erected Aug. 8 with plans to formally dedicate it Nov. 8, the Sunday just before Veterans Day.

"The number of merchant mariners lost at sea and killed in battle has often been overlooked, since the maritime service was made up of civilian mariners," said Father Jeffrey, who is himself a retired captain, "President (Franklin Delano) Roosevelt called the Merchant Marine America’s fourth arm of defense and credited their efforts with supplying the war effort with nearly every supply needed for battle."   Congress eventually declared the mariners to be veterans, giving them the same benefits as other service members, but it took a number of years for that formal recognition to be granted. The Merchant Marine provided the greatest sea lift in history between the production army at home and the fighting forces scattered around the globe

The meeting that took place on the 8th at the church was attended by representatives of American Legion Post 46 in Conway, as well as a few other veterans. He said the Merchant Marine Association of Northern New England is planning to dedicate St. Margaret's memorial, with representatives of the state's congressional delegation, the governor's office and local officials invited to participate.

"It's great to have the input of the American Legion and other veterans. We are also hoping that once the word gets out, people who are World War II Merchant Marine veterans living in the area may contact us so they can be part of the dedication ceremonies Nov. 8," -----edited from a news article by Tom Eastman,


Ellsworth, Maine

St. Thomas

 Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

 

One of the best things that occurred since the last newsletter was the ordination of Deacon Kevin Kelly. The church was full of friends and family on Saturday, May 30th for a service of ordination. This was presided over by Bishop Hiles. Father Logan preached on the duties of a deacon, saying that it is a calling of its own, not necessarily leading to the priesthood. It is one of service to those on the edge who suffer, such as the elderly.

Fr. Kalish, Fr. Gray, Fr. Merrill Perkins and subdeacon Leroy Weed also participated in this wonderful but infrequently performed service which included the laying on of hands. We give thanks to those who took care of the behind the scenes preparations. The fantastic shots here were taken by Dave Simmons.

After the service we enjoyed the food and fellowship at Jordan’s Restaurant in Ellsworth. Congratulations Deacon Kelly! We appreciate your ministry among us.

On May 31st we were happy to have Bishop Hiles with us again. His presence was significant as he not only administered the Eucharist, and delivered a thought-provoking sermon, but he also sat down with us after the worship service to answer some questions we have about where we are going as a parish. Being one year into the process of discernment about a permanent priest and how we might minister to people in this area, his comments were helpful. We do desire to “proclaim the Good News of God in Jesus Christ and to preach repentance and reconciliation to all through Him,” as our newly updated by-laws state.

During this transitionary time we are very grateful to have Father Ed Kalish and his wife, Linda, amongst us, serving us. Fr. Kalish brings us wonderfully rich sermons (which are available at our website, http://stthomasellsworth.org/) and consistently worshipful Eucharistic services. We rejoiced to hear that he was recently accepted into a program of chaplaincy training, which, when completed, will certify him to be a hospital chaplain in several area hospitals. Linda helps and supports the work of the church in many concrete ways. They are both a great blessing to us.

In other news … Pat Taniashivili has once again created a beautiful quilt being raffled off. It has artfully ar-ranged stripes and stars in various shades of red, white, and blue. The title of this work is in Latin, “Non Sibi Sed Patriae” translated as, “Not for self, but for country.” The proceeds will benefit the International Anglican Fellowship.

Also…we were happy to be visited by our previous rector, Fr. Ian Dunn, who now lives in Sacramento…happy to have summer parishioners and visitors with us. By the time this is published we will have had our Annual Meeting and Church Picnic, both scheduled for August 30th.

-----Yours in Christ, Shirley Landmesser


White River Jct., Vt.

(formerly Lebanon, N.H.)

Trinity Anglican Church

  As we move on down through the Great Green Season, we at Trinity are very excited about the forthcoming ordination of Steve Rugg to the Diaconate. There is much activity in preparing bulletins, planning luncheons, polishing brass and all the activities that go into this important event in both Steve’s calling and parish life. Indeed, in our so small parish we will then have two deacons and a veritable plethora of preachers and preaching styles, each of which challenge and enrich the listener, albeit in strikingly different ways.

We have, of course, our rector and bishop who preaches from the richness of his experience both in business and as a teacher of young skulls. He challenges us constantly to observe God’s love and to live it and its consequences out in our own lives.

Dcn. Rob Philp, whom many heard preach at the Synod Mass at St. Matthias, with his background in philosophy, has an extraordinary gift of being able to tease out how the Gospel fits in to our lives in a very tangible way. His skill in showing that the Gospel is not just a story or history, but a life lesson, and not just a life lesson, but one woven inextricably into the Gospel message, brings the lesson directly into our lives in ways we cannot deny.

We have also had the good fortune to have Steve Rugg preach recently. Both he and Dcn. Rob are well versed in Biblical scholarship. As our rector often tells us, we all hear differently. It is hard to say what the difference is between Dcn. Rob and Steve. They both preach from a superb academic study of the text and they both end challenging the listener to go and do likewise, but the two are completely different and challenge us in different ways.

That should not be surprising in light of St. Paul’s dissertation on our different gifts, but, for me, it shows how different we are one from another and how rich the interaction between the Gospel and each of us is that the same text can be preached so well and yet so differently.

I'm sure everyone reading this thinks his own rector is a superb preacher and that is probably true! We are blessed in this diocese and jurisdiction to have such fine clergy.

-----Allan Wylie



FROM THE CHAPLAINS

 

Capt. San Juan “Sandy” Dunbar was remembered at a special memorial wreath laying off of Portland Head Light on May 30th.  Fr. Jeff Monroe, Port Chaplain, led the service.  Capt. Dunbar, 1937-2015, was a fixture in the Port of Portland.  A graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, he served for over 35 years as a ship’s pilot in Portland Harbor.  He was also the National President of the Propeller Club of the United States.  The memorial service, conducted on the M/V PLANTE was attended by the Members of the Board of Executives of the Propeller Club as well as local dignitaries. He participated in the opening of St. Augustine’s Mission in Old Orchard Beach and was involved in a number of maritime services and events at St. Paul’s Church in Portland when it had served as the Mariner’s Church.

Capt. Monroe also conducted a blessing of the S/V HARVEY GAMAGE.  The schooner, built in Maine at the well-known Gamage Shipyard and named for its owner, was recently rebuilt and will continue to be used as a sail training ship.  Owned by Portland Yacht Services, the 125 foot schooner has hosted scores of students interested in learning about how to handle sailing ships.  The ship was built along the design of a Grand Banks Fishing Schooner in 1979. 

 -----Linda Mallik

 


 Rochester, N.H.

Trinity Procathedral

 

Last time I wrote “one day it was wintery the next spring was in the air”. Now ,as I write this, summer is almost over. On one hand it went quickly but in another way it went slowly.

I think it went quickly because when we live in New England we really savor our summers. A lot of us at Trinity either have cabins, rent or know someone that has one. Others of us love camping and spend our summers with our families at the numerous camping places. At this time of year we tend to say ‘wow’ it went quick. But then the memories allow us to slow down and reflect how blessed we are to have families and places to go.

It’s amazing for me to see how the church in the “slow time of year” continues to churn along. Sunday attendance although lacking a bit still has the loyal member trudging out of the heat to worship God and that is good news!

Every time I look at our beautiful garden and grounds I see beauty. I wonder who does it all. No one seems to come forward to claim credit and that is good news!

We continue to have coffee hour during the summer. It is well attended and again someone, maybe two or three clean up. No one steps forward to claim credit, they just do it and that is good news!

Our thrift store continues during the summer 4 days a week. The loyal workers show up to contribute their time. Every time I visit the store I hear their gentle kidding of each other. Their humorous comments and the love they share in their work and of each other is obvious and that is good news.

  So we at Trinity look forward all the things that happen in the fall. The Blessing of Backpacks , the return of the vacationers, the Octoberfest and beyond. Yes we look forward to all that we do and that is good news!

But most of all we look forward to coming together as a church family to worship God and to proclaim HIM as our Lord and Savior. That what it’s all about and that is Good News!

We wish you a Spirit-filled autumn because the love of Jesus is what it’s all about and that is Good News for all of us!

-----Fr. Andrew S. Faust+

 

Confirmation at Trinity Anglican Church Aug 2 with Bishop Marsh. We had two boys, Zachary Day and James Wise. Great Service and great reception after --Marilyn Tucker


Saco, Maine

St. Augustine of Canterbury

 

St. Augustine's Parish has had a very active spring. Both planned and unexpected projects have served well to build faith and fellowship.

Thanks to the continued “shepherding” of Deacon Al and Sub-Deacon Pat, the parish has maintained continued support of local food pantries. Coordinating and facilitating bottle drives has provided an ongoing source of funds for our other outreach projects. We expect to soon undergo our first NoBake Bake Sale. Wish us luck!

As noted in previous newsletters, St. Augustine's has established and continues to grow its Vestry. Throughout the spring, and with many thinks to the efforts of Sr. Mary Raphael, OSB (Valerie Kazarian), the congregation was provided the opportunity to participate in a Reading Group. Helping to advance the Parish Profile, which has the stated goal, “to strive to be an open-door church, actively reaching out and welcoming all persons … youth, adults, and seniors.” The group undertook reading, discussing and reflecting upon a small book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. The suggestions for goals of parish growth including growth of the congregation and increasing recognition in the community and expanding church base will be shared with the Vestry in the very near future.

Suddenly, with short notice, the parish was notified that the building space that had just been developed as an office and a chapel and also provided storage for Yorkie's Closet and our yard sale inventory was sold and our space had to be vacated [see below]. Many thanks to parish members for their tireless service in packing and organizing for the move. Sincere appreciation to Vestry Treasurer James Auddifred for finding a suitable storage area for us to move to.

Most recently, on August 20, junior parish members joined together to stuff backpacks to help meet the back-to-school needs of 75 homeless students in the three school district area served by St. Augustine's.

Many thanks to JP and Antonie and to Danny Cheeks who participated and to those that volunteered to bring the packs to our local schools.

All of this hard work is to support 1 John 34 - “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.”

-----Respectfully Submitted, Elizabeth St. Cyr.

 

ed note: St. Augustines is a consistent example of how a very small parish can be tireless in putting the Gospel to work. May we all find inspiration in their imagination and labors.

 

ORDER OF ST. BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR

 

The Order of St. Brendan the Navigator completed a new altar and chapel area for St. Augustine’s Mission Chapel in Saco.  The altar was built with rounded base supports and equipped with a granite style top provided by a member of St. Margaret’s Parish in Conway.  The altar was installed in the mission’s office and chapel in Saco. In addition, the Order cleaned up and repaired the tabernacle and kneelers and served other items for the chapel.  The chapel eventually had to be disassembled when the mission was asked to move its chapel and office to a new location.  The appointments are now in storage and will be used when St. Augustine’s finds a regular permanent home in Southern Maine.  The mission continues to use the Saco Grange Hall for regular worship.  The office and chapel was located at a downtown Saco location, separate from the Grange Hall.

-----Chaplain Dave Brennan


Brockton, Mass.

St. Paul’s Parish

CONSTRUCTION/LIGHT AT END OF TUNNELAs Labor Day draws near so does the completion date of construction for our new church. At the end of September (Sunday the 27th) we will celebrate this milestone by offering prayers of thanksgiving at the new front door and will have tours both inside and out. Finishing touches and moving in will occur during October and November. Occupancy is dependent on the final inspection from the City of Brockton.

 

Also on September 27th, in conjunction with Bishop Marsh’s episcopal visit, confirmation and reception will occur. This will be followed by a World Anglican picnic. We look forward to the upcoming events and give thanks to God for His many blessings.

-----Patricia Ferrick

 

CHURCH SCHOOL — In anticipation of information with regard to the rather large number of young people amongst us in all, and the biblical imperative to "Train [them] up in the way they [they] should go, and when [they] are old [they] will not depart from it" Proverbs 22.6, Patricia Ferrick has been appointed Director of Christian Education, which includes the Church School She is well qualified for the task, holding a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell School Theological Seminary; indeed she is a God-send for the Parish in these days. When she asks for cooperation and concrete help, parents, grandparents, and parishioners at large are asked to respond favorably and energetically for the good of the youth, the Parish, and the whole of Christ's Church. Early on in September, for example, the occasional Adult Forum on Sundays at 10:00 will be devoted to a discussion of how together we might indeed "train up [our youth, and ourselves] in the way [we] should go" in this all-important endeavor.

-----from the parish newsletter

 


Halfmoon (Clifton Park), N.Y.

St. Thomas of Canterbury

 

The Third Option: St. Thomas is planning to sponsor a Christian program for marriage enrichment, called “The Third Option” and Fr. Dibble has sent out an invitation to area churches. His proposal can be read at http://www.stoc.us/recruitmentletter22215.pdf.

Youth Program: (a letter from Emily Dibble) Hey you! Are you a teen? At a crossroads? Having trouble with something? Looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? God loves you and STOC wants you! Bring your fabulous self along with all your talents to help us start a relevant youth group. If you don't think you have any talents, let us help you figure out what you have. We want your friendship and input on how to help you and your friends grow in Christ. Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help us come up with a name! If you're interested in the idea, contact me, Emily Dibble, at 315-765-1856 or try my dad, Father Rich Dibble at 315-725-3745 or at diakonio@windstream.net. Together we can!

  A social event this summer: Strawberry Shortcake Festival, Saturday, June 20

 -----from St. Thomas’ website




 Canandaigua, New York

Holy Redeemer Anglican Church

 

Summer has been flying, and is nearing an end.  Although we have had a good share of hot (high 80s) weather, and some humidity, we have had many more cool days (70s) and cooler evenings (50s, with a 48 thrown in for good measure!) so after two successive brutal winters, and who-knows-what’s-in-store-for-us-this-winter, certainly we are not complaining.  We are blessed with incredible beauty in these Finger Lakes, and with an absence of disasters experienced elsewhere, like wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, and with our parish family.

As I begin to write this on Sunday, 23 August 2015, I am especially grateful for our parish blessings.  We have just returned from the most glorious afternoon spent at the farm of Lee and Dick Rice for our parish picnic!  Had we arranged every detail, including the perfect setting and the perfect weather, we could not have exceeded this day.  The sun was shining on a clear, 80-degree day with blue skies dotted with a few fluffy clouds, and a breeze blowing just enough to keep the bugs at bay.  The setting was a hilltop in the Finger Lakes countryside, about 25 miles from Canandaigua, amid cornfields and vineyards and farmland, overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake.  We could see for miles from our picnic area under the shade of a massive maple tree, surrounded by two enormous red barns, a good sized pond, a flock of Canada Geese, an apple and pear orchard, more towering maple trees, a lovely garden, and a beautiful 1800s farmhouse.  Three dogs frolicked, including Lucky, Bo and Sophie, while Dave [pictured here] and Cameron caught a total of 20 fish in the pond, and the horses munched hay happily in the barn.

Lucky, [pictured here] is still on our prayer list, as he recovers from cancer.  He decided to help the fishing along by jumping in the pond to stir things up!]  We had 18 parishioners (a record!) today, and a fine time was had by all, with delicious fare:  perfectly grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and all the trimmings one could imagine, thanks to Lee; tortellini salad; egg salad; picnic bean salad; tomato casserole; potato salad; homemade limeade; salt potatoes (dug fresh from the Rices’ garden!) cheesecake and chocolate cake with cherries; watermelon; and homemade salted caramel ice cream!  YUM!  It was a relaxing and fun time in a beautiful place with so many friends, and it was good to see Cindy and David Ayers again [pictured here.] Everyone left reluctantly later that afternoon, as Dick began haying in one of the fields, in anticipation of predicted rain the next day.  We were the last to leave, and just before we pulled out of the driveway, we stopped to allow the passing of an Amish family returning from church services in their horse-drawn buggy.  The parents raised their hands in greeting, and four young faces peered at us out of the back of the buggy as they passed by.  We passed a few more Amish families on our way home, and I was reminded of both the differences in our physical lives, and the similarities in our spiritual lives, and of the blessings of the Almighty on this beautiful Sabbath day.

Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) ~ We remember in August the anniversaries of the passing of our beloved pastors, James Ayers, on August 20, 2014, and Herbert Tietjen, on August 15, 2006.

-----Diane S. Jones

West Winfield, N.Y.

St. Lucy

we ran a lovely photo of Fr. Dibble teaching Baby Uriah guitar.


Webster, N.Y.

Holy Cross

 

As the summer ends, Holy Cross Anglican Church welcomes back its new organist, Prince Nyatanga, who returns to us from his native Zimbabwe, where he was visiting his family this summer. Prince is in his last year as a candidate for a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently a student of Professor David Higgs, who is head of the Eastman's organ department, and a world famous organist. The accompanying picture shows Prince playing Holy Cross's tracker organ.

Holy Cross is also pleased to have sent at least one child to the diocesan's St. Luke's Camp at Ashmere this summer, and it is hoped that more will be sent next summer. Catherine Shutt and Linda Bowen, who are jointly in charge of religious education at Holy Cross, report that between 8 and 10 students are expected to be enrolled in classes this fall.

Holy Cross is also pleased to welcome back Christine McNamarra's Wonder Tree Pre-school., which is lodged on church property. Christine, who is also a member of Holy Cross, has been working to expand and improve the curriculum of Wonder Tree, and is excited to introduce students to famous artists this year. She states that there are sure to be great works of art by the Wonder Tree students as they gain inspiration from artists like Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Emily Carr, Brancusi, Monet, and others. Wonder Tree continues to reach out to the community through field trips and by inviting local professionals in for classroom visits. Several members of Holy Cross have provided scholarship financial assistance to some students this year.

-----Eugene Van Voorhis

 


**Breaking News**

 House of Bishops

and Executive Council

 

The House of Bishops and Executive Council met in Mystic Connecticut September 1-3. The host parish for this event was St. Matthias, which did a superb job. Delegates were well cared for during their time in the Diocese of the Northeast and many thanks are due to Father Merrill Perkins and his congregation for their excellent hospitality.

Father Perkins also served as interim secretary to the Executive Council during this meeting. He was asked to undertake this role due to the recent illness of our secretary, Judy Creel. Judy underwent surgery shortly before the meeting of the Executive Council and was unable to travel. She is doing well, however, and looks forward to attending the next meeting of the Executive Council, which is scheduled to meet in Timonium, Maryland on April 13 and 14, 2016.

During our time in Mystic, worship was held in the lovely Meetinghouse in Old Mystick Village. Morning Prayer was held at 7:30 every morning. Mass was celebrated every afternoon at 4:30. The three bishops ordinary, Bishops Marsh, Strawn and Garcia, celebrated Mass. Suffragan Bishops James Hiles and Owen Williams officiated at Morning Prayer.

Much routine business was conducted during the days we were together. But the most important and productive aspect of our work revolved around discussions of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same sex marriage. At the request of Bishop Marsh, Bishop Hiles developed a one page position paper regarding a possible response to the Supreme Court decision. This paper provided a framework for what many regard as the most interesting and important discussion of any recent Executive Council sessions.

In brief, the position paper posited a position that any solemnization of holy matrimony would require a civil ceremony prior to the solemnization of Christian marriage. This is the process followed by many countries throughout the world. The need for such a process was fully explored from legal, theological and sacramental perspectives. Questions were raised regarding the need for civil unions in light of the more valid and important sacramental aspects of Christian marriage. Questions were also raised about whether, by adopting a new procedure, the current canonical protections would be thereby weakened. It was also noted that individual clergymen have discretion in the marriage process. They have a pastoral as well as a sacramental responsibility. Clergy may, for example, require or request a civil ceremony prior to the solemnization of Christian marriage.

  The question of clergy acting as agents of the state. This has been an ongoing concern since the Supreme Court ruling. It was noted by the legal experts present that, in signing a marriage license, a clergyman is merely attesting to the fact that a marriage has taken place. Nevertheless, it was pointed out that, given the current law of the land, would not a clergyman be tacitly agreeing with the position of the state by signing such a legal document.

As you can see, this was a very rich and multi-faceted discussion. It is far from over. But I was deeply impressed by the intelligent, comprehensive and truly thoughtful manner in which it was conducted. The Executive Council of our church is a faithful body of dedicated Christians who are eager and willing to do the work of the church and discern the will of God. We should all be justifiably proud of those who serve on this important council of our church.

-----Bishop Marsh

 

NEWS NOTES

By the Grace of God, by the time you read this, Mr. Stephen Peter Rugg will have been ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, September 26 at Trinity Anglican Church in White River Junction, Vermont. Steve received his Master of Divinity degree from Boston College in May. He will be doing advanced graduate work in Biblical languages this coming year and expects to enter a doctoral program in 2016. Please pray for Steve and his family as he steps forward in his ministry

St. Joseph's Anglican Church in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn has graciously offered to host our upcoming synod on October 1, 2 and 3. St. Joseph's church meets in a very historic building, which was built as an Episcopal Church in the Nineteenth Century. We thank the congregation for its long service to the diocese. Synod is a wonderful time for members of the diocese to gather, share worship and fellowship and conduct the business of the church. Thanks are due to Deacon Mark Black for his administrative expertise in handling the many details of the synod preparation. Many thanks, as well, to the parish community. A large number of parishioners come from Caribbean and Central America. The food from that region is superb. Those who attend synod are indeed in for a treat.

[Thank you to St. Joseph’s -- ed]

 

Traditional Anglican Church, Latin American Province

Two new bishops will be consecrated in Central America this coming December. Both bishops will serve under Bishop Ruben Rodriguez, who has worked tirelessly to establish missions in remote areas of Central America. The two new suffragan bishops will assist Bishop Rodriguez in overseeing missionary work in Guatemala and El Salvador. On December 2, Bishop-elect Juan Sion Lobos will be consecrated in Guatemala. On December 3, Bishop-elect Santos Garcia Tista will be consecrated bishop in El Salvador. Bishops Marsh, Strawn and Garcia plan to assist in the consecrations.

 

A New Bishop for Africa

Father Mukuyamba has been elected to the episcopate and will be consecrated later this Fall in Zambia at a date to be determined. Bishop Michael Gill has alone served the TAC Africa since the death of Bishop Trevor Rhodes. We give thanks for the growth of the African ministry and pray for the Episcopal ministry of Bishop-elect Mukuyamba.

 

-----from Bishop Marsh’s newsletter

 

I received word from Fr. Bennett that Christ Church Mission in St. Johnsbury VT has, sadly, been closed. -----ed,

 



Clericus

 

Clericus at Alfred, Maine June 18-19, 2015. The Clericus included much discussion of great value, as well as a lecture on "The Trinity in the Gospel of Matthew" by Rev. Jim Long, a missionary to Indonesia from the Reformed Church. (posted by Fr. Ed Kalish)

 

 

Upcoming Clericus Schedule

 

ADVENT - Dec. 10-11, 2015, Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center, Westfield, MA.

 LENT - March 10-11, 2016, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison, NY.

 SUMMER - June 2-3, 2016, Notre Dame Spiritual Life Center, Alfred, ME.

 




St. Luke’s Camp 2015 –

My Personal Camp Experience,

by Diane S. Jones

 

Campers:  We had only 12 campers this year, 4 boys (Cameron, Danny, Sean, and Josiah; all veterans,) and 8 girls (Lily, Dorothy, Paige, Margie, Veronica, Ruthie, Katie, and Bridget: 5 veterans, and 3 new campers) ranging in age from 7 to 15, but it was a very manageable group, and the children got along with each other the best that I recall in the past 6 years that I have attended.

Counselors/Staff:  We welcomed back Fr. Rich Dibble as Camp Director, and all other counselors were veterans (Nurse Judy King, Diane Jones, Linda Kalish, Fr. Ed Kalish, Ed Pettit, Dcn. Dave Koller, and Tom Kane, who returned for the last 3 days, and blessed us with his hysterical game show, “Who Wants to be a Christiannaire?”  And, of course, Bishop Brian Marsh was there for several days, celebrating Holy Communion, helping to cast the parts for his play, and for the all-time favorite class of the campers:  ‘Stump the Bishop!’

Classes:  I’ll leave this part to Fr. Rich to summarize, but the classes were both instructive and fun for the children.

Activities/Schedule:  Our usual busy, activity-filled schedule prevailed, beginning with daily Morning Prayer, breakfast, then classes interspersed with play rehearsals and performance, Holy Eucharist, lunch, making costumes and props, archery, boating, swimming, dinner, making T-shirts and bookmarks, talent show, ga-ga, Manhunt, volleyball, ropes course, and climbing The Wall! We ended the day with closing circle and devotions. 

Special Celebration:  We travelled across Lake Ashmere to the dam, and pulled our canoes and kayaks and rowboats out of the water, then walked along the dam and then down an embankment to a secluded spot marked by a giant table-shaped rock. 

There we held our secret communion service.  We learned how many Christians have been forced to practice their religions in secret, in fear of persecution, and we were moved to hear Ed P. tell us that his daughter-in-law was baptized in secret.

Entertainment:  Music abounded, with a special skit by the Kalishes, and Fr. Ed’s musical accompaniment for the play, and there was much musical entertainment during the talent show, (emceed by Fr. Ed.) with Fr. Rich, Josiah, and Ruthie playing guitar; Dorothy singing; Paige playing piano; Katie reading a story; Lily singing a Japanese song; Bridget dancing an Irish step dance; Cameron reading a prayer he composed; and Sean, Josiah, Danny and Cameron performing a skit.

Weather:  Superb!  Our week was marred only by one full day of rain, on Tuesday, which started out slowly as a sprinkle, progressed to a very heavy downpour, broke briefly in the afternoon to allow the children to swim, and then resumed in the evening after dinner; and on Friday night a scary thunder and lightning storm immediately followed the talent show.   The remainder of the week was sunny, 80s, slightly humid, but comfortable.

The Play:  Bishop Marsh has written a play each of the past several years, which is rehearsed from Monday through Friday mornings, with the final performance on Friday afternoon.  The children love performing and participating with the adults in making costumes and props, and doing music and lights and sound effects.  I have directed the play for the past three years, and I am always amazed at how well it all comes together in such a short time, and how much creativity shines through in the crafting of costumes and props and music and special effects.  The Cat, the Dog, and the Alligator (and what they taught us about love) was no exception.  The children learned their parts well, and, for the first time, I found that my directing was aimed more at expression and technique (speaking loudly and clearly, with voices aimed toward the audience, becoming the person or animal of the part being played, using gestures and voices to emphasize particular phrases and actions, determining entrances and exits and placement on stage) rather than spending a significant amount of time admonishing the children to pay attention and to refrain from disruptions during the rehearsals. They enjoyed the play, and each other, and showed respect for the whole process.  And they really got into their parts.  On Thursday, I was still trying to coax Danny (playing Ace, the Alligator) to speak louder.  His next line was, “I beg your pardon.”  Suddenly I was listening to an Alligator from Louisiana, who said, loudly, “Ah BEG yaw PAH-don!”  It was a hilarious moment, by his own inspiration, and the transformation of Danny into Ace!  The costume he wore on Friday was, I think, the best costume we’ve ever produced, thanks to Dave and Ed P, (and Judy and I, who had so much fun at the Dollar Store buying every green thing we saw!) Hopefully, Ace or one of his family members will return for some future camp play!

Camp Ashmere:  Camp Ashmere celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, and I extend my personal congratulations to them, along with my sincere thanks to Justin, Kyle, Monica, Leah and Wayne for taking care of us so well, and for being good stewards of this place through their church. 

Personal Highlight:  Witnessing the miracle of the universe was my personal highlight of camp week, as Judy and I observed the Perseid Meteor Showers on Wednesday at midnight and again at 3a.m.!  I have never before had the experience of seeing these.  We saw dozens of shooting stars, and it was a special night that will remain with me always.  We were on our way across the lawn, returning from one last bathroom trip before bedtime, when we noticed the millions of stars twinkling overhead in the darkness.  We stopped a moment to stare in amazement.  When you’re not surrounded by artificial light which interferes with the brightness of the stars, or by clouds which hover, waiting to cover the view, your ability to see the night sky is enhanced considerably.  We were looking up, saying we didn’t understand how some people didn’t believe in God when there was this to see.  Suddenly, I saw a shooting star, and exclaimed that to Judy, then she exclaimed the same to me.  And then there were dozens more!  It was incredibly beautiful.  We watched for about 20 minutes, until our necks were in pain from looking up for so long; so we decided to set an alarm for 3am to see if they were still going.  And they were!  It was a special blessing.

Personal Lowlight:  This was Nurse Judy’s final service to St. Luke’s Camp, after many, many years.  I have enjoyed getting to know her, and sharing lots of laughs and fun times, and I wish her and Steve the very best as they begin to enjoy their retirement.  Thank you, Judy, for being my friend.  And thank you for so many years of service to St. Luke’s Camp, and for the many lives that you touched with your nurturing.

You missed it!  This is a wonderful experience.  You should experience it firsthand!  And, if you are not able to attend, please consider sponsoring a camper, or making a donation to the DNE for St. Luke’s Camp 2016.

In conclusion:  It is difficult to describe many things which occur at St. Luke’s Camp.  While I can tell you about our activities and the weather and the special events, I cannot convey the feelings or the spiritual growth or the camaraderie among the participants.  I have made many friends at camp, and learned a lot from everyone, and had fun in the process.   I have watched my son attend this camp for six years, and I was surprised and pleased to watch him in the talent show, reading a prayer that he wrote, based on what he had learned in his classes during this week (he actually took notes!)  And I watched him and other campers learn some difficult lessons about the fallibilities and imperfections of others. There is a lot of growth which takes place in the space of one week, but that growth continues well beyond the end of camp week.  Sometimes it begins with conquering a first night away from home and family, or with overcoming the fear of a loud thunderstorm, or the noise of a creature stirring in the night.  And it continues with the love and support of our camp family, and with prayer and our faith in God.  Hopefully, it will last a lifetime, and this generation of campers will carry their faith forward for the continuation and growth of our traditional Anglican Church in America in the years to come.

 

St. Luke’s Camp Fun at Camp Ashmere 2015,

by Cameron Jones

 

Well, July is gone now, and rolling in is August, which means Camp Ashmere!!! …

…… Man, that week really flew.  I learned so much, not only about being a Christian and how to love and listen, but about the Devil, too, and how to protect myself from him.  He allows in temptation and envy, and studies your every move, and what your weaknesses are.  But those were the classes.  Then there were the friends, old and new, Josiah and Danny and Sean, and Lily and Paige and Margie and Dorothy and Veronica and Katie and Bridget and Ruthie, and Nurse Judy and all the counselors, even my Mom. 

Then there was the play that Bishop Marsh wrote, “The Cat, the Dog, and the Alligator,” and my mom, Diane Jones, was the play director; and for my first year I was the APD, Assistant Play Director.  I controlled the lights and sound, and I also started the play rehearsals a couple of times, and Mom said I did a pretty good job. Lol. The play on Friday was fun, and the costumes were really cool, and everyone did a good job playing their parts.

  Well, then at night we all played Manhunt, Hide and Go Seek in the dark; it was fun.  Everyone paired up and had flashlights and had a great time.  Like every year, the food was great; I mean outstanding!  Really, Camp Ashmere staff, compliments to the chefs!  Then last of all there was the talent show, and it was great like always.  Well, that’s all the news from Lake Wobegon, I mean, Lake Ashmere, where the food is great, the campers are average, and the counselors are above average.  ‘Til next year, Camp Ashmere!


Fulfillment

 

A hungry, thirsty, empty soul,

waiting for a consolation,

waiting for someone to feed,

someone to slake a raging thirst,

to fill the yawning empty space

where sounds of nothing echo,

screaming silence bouncing wild

in that frightening inner cave.

A presence asking for admittance,

bearing meat to feed the needy soul,

pouring forth the living waters

that will satisfy and make it whole,

 a presence penetrating to that inner space,

if his knocking shall be heard.

If the invitation shall be given

he will come and fill the dread abyss,

and all the empty booming echo

soon must yield before his song.

A fed and watered fulfilled soul

that has now its consolation,

filled with peace and blessed strength,

now can carry on.

 

----------ed pacht








 Clergy Anniversaries

 

My list is woefully incomplete and probably inaccurate. Please help me get it right. ed


Sep

08 - Fr. Kevin LaMarre OSB, P 2001

10 - Fr Rich Dibble, D 2000

20 - Bp. Owen Williams, birthday

24 – Dcn, Mark Black, birthday 1969

Oct

05 - Bp George Langberg, birthday

12 - Fr. James Ayers, birthday

12 - Dcn Harry Wellman Birthday

16 – Fr. Frank Bartlett, birthday

17 - Fr. James Dumond, birthday

17 – Fr. Ed Ihde. P 2012

19 – Fr. Alexander Webb birthday

25 - Fr Rich Dibble, birthday

25 - Bro Dcn Ignatius OSB. D 2003

28 - Fr. Neville Braithwaite P 1979

Nov

05 – Fr. Frank Grey, birthday

07 - Bp Brian Marsh, birthday