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

 

 

Northeast Anglican, December 2016, Advent and Christmas Issue


From the Bishop’s Chair


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you are no doubt aware, the past several months have been very busy. We have had several ordinations, traveled to England for a meeting of the College of Bishops, held our twenty-fifth diocesan synod and welcomed new missions into our diocese. It would appear that God is doing a good work here in the Diocese of the Northeast. And I certainly that Him for His grace and favor. And to all who faithfully serve His church, I offer my prayers and gratitude.

As I write this letter to you all, I cannot help but offer my gratitude to God – and to you all – for the wonderful, uplifting and ever joyful journey we share. Now, as we prepare for Christmastide, I would like to offer the following thoughts about what it means to be Anglican. This may be particularly appropriate during this season. Though Anglicans certainly have no monopoly on the season, we all know that nobody celebrates Christmas with quite the same measure of joy and wonder.

But what does it mean to be Anglican? This question has occurred to me many times during the past year, particularly as we have grown and drawn into our fold men and women from other jurisdictions and traditions. Over the past several years, for example, we have ordained men to the diaconate and the priesthood who have come to us from very diverse religious backgrounds. These include (among others): The Reformed Church, The Lutheran Church, various Baptist denominations, evangelicals, Roman Catholics and, yes, contemporary Episcopalians. All these worthy men have been called by God to serve His church and this diocese. Each one has brought many gifts to God's church. Each one serves with dedication and distinction.

So what does it mean to be Anglican? Two days ago, a priest in our diocese wondered aloud whether we were losing our sense of the “Anglican ethos.” He noted that we have lost, by death or retirement, several of the clergy who embodied (by their very being) the spirit of Anglicanism. These clergymen had trained in traditional seminaries, worked for years alongside other faithful Anglican men and women and were true orthodox teachers of the faith. They were men who taught and lived the Anglican ethos by example.

What, then, does it mean to live the Anglican ethos? First of all, it means to embrace the discipline. The Book of Common Prayer is our means of both corporate and private prayer. We need to embrace this book: learn from it; embrace its rhythms; seek to understand its ways; teach it to others; let this book teach you how to pray. Now and again, someone suggests that we “update” the book, modernize the language and make it more “accessible” to others. We need to remember that the Anglican Book of Common Prayer is so essential to the Anglican ethos that, without it, we will begin to lose what it is to be Anglican. Hard to understand? Try praying with it every day of your life. See what happens. See what God does.

The Anglican ethos has to do with how we pray. Is that all? No, but it is a start. What might be a good definition of Anglicanism? I often suggest that people study the four points of the Chicago Lambeth Quadrilateral. This document, written by an Anglican clergyman, was originally designed to serve as an ecumenical tool, a means to bring the Christian jurisdictions together. But it has come to represent a good definition of Anglicanism. The four points of the Quadrilateral are: 1. The Old and New Testaments contain all things necessary to salvation; 2. Two creeds, the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed; 3. Two sacraments, Baptism and Communion; 4. The historic episcopate. These four points may serve as a simple introduction to Anglicanism. It is certainly not a complete definition, but it may serve as a starting point for any newcomer to the Anglican world.

The Anglican ethos cannot be grasped or understood quickly or easily. It must be embraced; it must be lived. It is a journey to be undertaken with faith. It is a journey that must also be shared with others, with those who travel with us in our churches and dioceses. This journey is also shared with those faithful, orthodox Anglicans who have come before us.

The journey into the Anglican ethos must also be undertaken with humility. Wiser men and women have lived and died for the faith. Many words and phrases of The Book of Common Prayer are underlined by the blood of martyrs. Open your book this day and always; open it with a reverence to God, to Holy Scripture, to the Creeds, to the Sacraments and to the Apostolic order. Open The Book of Common Prayer to learn how to become Christian, how to become Anglican, Open it learn how to talk to God; open it to learn how to pray.

 

Your Brother in Christ,

+Brian

Notes from the Secretary

 

Greetings! The leaves have fallen off the trees but we’ve been blessed with some mild days. Winter will come along soon enough!

At the Standing Committee that preceded the synod we met with Jim Long, a missioner with the Reformed Church who has been working with Christians in Indonesia. He has now received Holy Orders in our jurisdiction and will continue to serve in Indonesia. We welcome Fr. Jim to the Diocese and the ACA and pray for his safety and well-being in his global ministry, spreading God’s word in a distant land.

As always, the Standing Committee discussed finances and the budget. This year I hope we can count on all of our parishes to send in their National Church support to enable the diocese to come in at or close to the projected 2016 budget by year’s end. Thanks to those parishes who are faithful stewards and who consistently meet their financial obligations year after year.

It was wonderful to see so many of you again at the Synod in Groton. I also had the pleasure of meeting several people I hadn’t met before. It’s always nice for me to be able to connect a name with a face, and to welcome all who are new members in the diocese, or attending synod for the first time. Thanks Fr. Perkins et al who helped make things run so smoothly. My synod report is included in this issue of the NEA (and taking up a lot of space!).

Thanks to Bp. Marsh and Kathy Lippman for the donation of items for the Silent Auction. And thanks to those of you who participated for your support and generosity. We raised over $250 for the Bishop’s discretionary fund.

Congratulations to our new Suffragan Bishop-elect Cn. Hendy Webb. We pray that God will work through him and with him in his new role in the Church.

Russ and I are heading south to visit our daughter and cruise in the Caribbean for three weeks in a few days. When we return we’ll be busy with St. Elizabeth’s poinsettia sale, our fire company Christmas parties, and a benefit concert for the local food pantry. Russ has several additional concerts (he’s a trombonist) coming up in December. As busy as we are, we must make time during Advent and through the holidays (and all year long, for that matter) to pray and meditate on the miracle of Christ’s birth and its significant impact on mankind from that day to eternity. Alleluia!

A very Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Christmas to you all – Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

-----Peace be with you, Linnea

 


 Synod Report

 

by Linnea Shaver, Secretary, DNE

Many thanks to Fr. Merrill Perkins and the parishioners of St. Matthias for their willingness to step in on short notice and serve as hosts for the 25th Annual Synod of the Diocese of the Northeast, Oct. 20-21.

Activities began on Thursday afternoon with a meeting of the Diocesan Standing Committee and early registration at the Groton Inn in Groton, CT.

A welcome reception and dinner Thursday evening was well attended and provided an opportunity for fellowship among long-time diocesan members and those who are new to the diocese. Bp. George Langberg provided after dinner entertainment both Thursday and Friday evening. Thanks, Bishop George!

Friday began with the Synod Mass in St. Matthias, Mystic, CT, with the Most Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese, as celebrant. Guest clergyman, Bp. Stephen Scarlett (St. Matthew’s Anglican Catholic Church, Newport Beach, CA) delivered the homily. Following mass, attendees traveled the short distance to the Groton Inn for the rest of the day’s events.

The Synod meeting convened with opening prayers, welcoming remarks and announcements. Bishop Marsh thanked Fr. Perkins and Linnea for pulling together the synod plans in a short time frame, Allan Wylie for assembling the synod report booklet, and NEA editor Ed Pacht. He welcomed guest pastors Jim Hogan (serving a Baptist congregation in Rutland, VT), Jim Long (Reformed Church, serving in Indonesia) and the Ven. Cn. Guy Hawtin (ACA, DEUS, St. Stephen’s Timonium, MD; synod banquet keynote speaker).

Other introductions and changes since last year’s synod included: Mr. Raul Castaneda (new postulant and lay pastor at St. Augustine, Elizabeth, NJ), Deacon Gary Drinkwater and the Mission Committee (from a newly formed mission in Mechanic Falls, Maine), the congregants from newly formed parish, St. Peter’s (Deep River, CT), Fr. Matthew Mirabile (new rector at Trinity Rochester NH) and Deacon Philip Cunningham (St. Nicholas, W. Seneca, NY).

The Bishop announced the holding of a silent auction to support the Bishop’s discretionary fund, with the winning bids to be announced at the banquet Friday evening.

The Bishop’s address to synod followed. In his address Bp. Marsh noted the growth in the diocese since the first meeting of the synod in 1991. He proceeded with a review of his activities within the diocese, the ACA and the TAC during the past year. Newly ordained and/or received clergy in the diocese were recognized. The Bishop attended meetings with the House of Bishops and Executive Council in the U.S. and traveled to England for a meeting of the TAC College of Bishops. He spoke of the ongoing effort to bring several Traditional Anglican jurisdictions into communion with each other. Concurrent synods of four traditional jurisdictions will be held separately next year in Atlanta and it is expected that an official agreement of intercommunion (communio in sacris) will be signed by those participants. Fellowship and worship will be celebrated together.

Bp. Marsh reported on the meeting of the College of Bishops in England earlier this month and announced the election of Archbishop Shane Janzen, Metropolitan of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, as Primate of the world-wide Traditional Anglican Communion.

He concluded his address with a call for all to bring others to Christ and thanked those who have served over the past 25 years and those who continue to serve the church and the diocese.

Following the announcements, Secretary Linnea Shaver confirmed that a quorum was present in both houses.

Bp. Marsh presented an application for admission into the Diocese of the Northeast from St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Deep River, CT, Fr. Merrill Perkins, Rector. The synod voted unanimously to grant the admission.

Bp. Marsh addressed the synod requesting the assistance of a Bishop Suffragan and presented Cn. Alexander Henderson Webb as a nominee. He proceeded to explain the need for an assistant bishop, the election process, the duties of a Suffragan, and briefed the synod on Cn. Webb’s background and qualifications, the vetting process, and his prayerful selection of Cn. Webb for the office. Discussion and questions were addressed by Bp. Marsh.

The election was held and Cn. Webb was elected by an overwhelming majority. The process of affirmation and consent to consecration will now move forward as canonically required.

The Bishop-Elect addressed the synod, accepting the office, thanking the synod and asking for their prayers and support as he answers the call from God and the Church.

Bp. Langberg spoke briefly to the synod about his activities and pursuits since his retirement last year.

Business proceeded with acceptance of the 2015 Synod minutes, review and acceptance of the 2015 parochial and treasurer’s reports, and the treasurer’s 2016 balance report. The proposed 2017 budget was unanimously adopted. Both the Secretary and the Treasurer stressed that financial stewardship by all parishes is canonically required and emphasized the importance of meeting support obligations in order for the diocese to remain financially sound.

Guest speaker Pastor James Hogan, a Baptist minister, presented an interesting perspective on how the Reformation affected Anglicanism and the Anabaptist movement, and offered an interesting talk on the similarities and differences of our separate jurisdictions. Pastor Jim serves a congregation in Rutland, Vermont,

Following the lunch recess, Linnea Shaver reported that a total of $2,035 was collected from the Deo Gratias offering. The Deo Gratias Committee allocated funds to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows (Fr. LaMarre) Animal Rescue Center ($350), St. Joseph’s restoration fund ($500), Yorkies Closet ($300), Logos House Library ($350), and the IAF ($535). The IAF donation will be designated to help with the purchase of a vehicle for Bp. Andrew Mukuyamba, Zambia.

Bp. Marsh referred delegates to the Synod Report Booklet.

Highlights of several reports included in the Synod Report Booklet follow:

Chancellor (Walter Jones): Chancellor Jones reported that he submitted his recommendations to the Diocese of the West for changes in their diocesan canons. Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions regarding same-sex marriage, he noted the issue of protecting clergy who decline to perform same-sex marriages has been under discussion in the House of Bishops and the Executive Council meetings. He ended his report with praise and thanks for St. Luke’s camp and strongly urged support and more participation.

Canon to the Ordinary (Cn. Webb): Cn. Webb has worked with several churches during the past year that were or currently are in the rector search process. He continues to counsel and advise parishes as needed.

Board of Examining Chaplains (Fr. Logan): The Board continues to rigorously examine all postulants and candidates to ascertain their calling to serve Christ’s Church. Two deacons were recommended to the order of priesthood during the past year.

Logos House: Fr. Ed Kalish presented an overview of Logos House and noted that information and course catalog booklets were available at the synod. Since 1998, 170 students have enrolled in Logos House programs. Logos House has an extensive library in Ellsworth, Maine and now offers an online catalog. For a small membership fee, distant students may borrow (shipped) books. Academic Dean Rev. William Martin (APA) is conducting distance learning electronically, working with Haitian students, translating materials in French. For more information visit Logos House online at

www.logoshousetheological.org

or connect with the link on the DNE website at www.acanedio.org. For the Logos House Library: http://lht.ind.opalsinfo.net/bin/home

Fr. Kalish announced he would take orders for 2017 Anglican Church calendars.

St. Luke’s Youth Camp (Fr. Matthew Mirabile): Many thanks to Fr. Mirabile and all of the “behind the scenes” helpers and the staff who volunteered their time and talents to St. Luke’s Camp in August. Reports from Fr. Mirabile, Diane Jones (counselor) and Cameron Jones (camper) were indicative of a wonderful week for all, with ample time for spiritual growth, bolstering self-awareness and confidence, and lots of fun. Those involved urged members of the diocese and their parish communities to take advantage of this well organized, uplifting program by sending children to the camp next summer.

International Anglican Fellowship (Erwin Lischke): Fr. Merrill Perkins, IAF Steward, reported that the IAF continues to support clergy and projects in the U.S., India, Africa, Latin and Central America. Over $29,000 has been disbursed during the first nine months of this year. The list of sustaining members continues to increase. Parishes and individuals from the DNE comprise the largest support group of sustaining members.

Northeast Anglican (Ed Pacht): Editor Ed Pacht requested that clergymen update him with dates for birthday, wedding anniversaries, vows for religious orders, and ordinations. Ed has been Editor for 8 years (23 issues!) and his dedication is truly appreciated by all. He would like to find a volunteer who would be willing to take over in the future should he decide to pass on the reins. Thanks, Ed – keep up the good work!

House of Bishops (ACA)/College of Bishops (Traditional Anglican Communion): The ACA House of Bishops meets twice a year. The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is under discussion and the issue is being addressed at both the National (ACA) and International (TAC) levels. The next meeting of the House of Bishops will be in Hamilton, MT in April.

The Most Rev. Shane Janzen, ACC, Canada, was elected primate this month at the meeting of the TAC College of Bishops in Lincoln, England. The meeting included a discussion on National Churches and their relationships with other orthodox Churches, and opened the door for promoting greater ecumenical unity among traditional jurisdictions. The next meeting of the College of Bishops is scheduled for 2021.

Safe Environment Coordinator (Fr. Tutor): Pledge to Protect and The Code of Ministerial Conduct are available online at www.allsaintsnh.com or from Fr. Tutor. All clergy and parishes must comply with conditions set forth in these documents. Contact Fr. Tutor with any questions.

Yorkie’s Closet (Fr. Monroe): The storage location for items has been moved to St. Paul’s, Portland, ME. This ministry continues to offer supplies to continuum churches with limited means and relies on financial support and material donations from individuals and parishes. Shipping and restorative activities are funded by donations. Please send financial donations to York Memorial Fund, c/o St. Margaret’s Church, P.O. Box 1555, Conway, NH, 03818; Attn: Loretta Steward Whitehead.

 

The meeting proceeded with the following elections and appointments:

Standing Committee: Fr. Matthew Mirabile and Colyer (Chip) Garre were elected to three-year terms.

2017 ACA Synod - Election of Delegates: Clergy and Lay delegates were elected to represent the diocese at the National Synod to be held in Atlanta, Oct. 2-6, 2017. The following delegates and alternates were elected:

Clergy: Fr. Ed Kalish, Dcn. Mark Black, Fr. Jeffrey Monroe, Bp. George Langberg, Fr. Ed Ihde, Fr. Merrill Perkins, Cn. Neville Brathwaite and Fr. Matt Mirabile (No alternates to date)

  Laity: Ljuba Marsh, Linda Kalish, Betty Langberg, Jim Siebold, LaVerne Swift, Linnea Shaver, Inger Mirabile, Rebecca Harrington; Alternates: Jan Millard, Joyce Penill-Jones, Mike McKinnon and Dorothy Schmidt

DNE Officers: Diocesan officers were reappointed by the Bishop: Chancellor, Walter Jones; Secretary, Linnea Shaver; Treasurer, Kathy Lippman; Safe Environment Coordinator, Fr. Tutor; Special Assistant to the Bishop, Rebecca Harrington

Board of Examining Chaplains: The Bishop reappointed Fr. Logan as Chairman and appointed Fr. Rugg to serve on the Board. The other Board members are Bp. Marsh (ex-officio) and Cn. Webb.

Diocesan Court of the Ordinary: Deacon Czarr Freeman was appointed by the Bishop to serve on the Diocesan Court of the Ordinary.

Marriage Tribunal: Bp. Marsh reappointed Fr. Tutor and Chancellor Jones.

The synod concluded with comments and resolutions from those in attendance.

JoAnn Samson, All Saints, NH, asked parishes and individuals to participate in the International Day of Prayer for persecuted Christians on Sunday, Nov. 6th. She also asked for prayers and support for unborn children and the pro-life movement.

Bp. Langberg spoke about a resource for non-profits that collects usable recent technology related items and makes them available to non-profits for free (a small administrative fee is charged). Visit online at www.techsoup.org for information.

As discussed last year, the topic of holding the Synod in the same (ideally central) location each year was brought up. The Standing Committee has been considering this and discussing potential sites for some time. Bp. Marsh is awaiting feedback from Jeanne Moody and from the Standing Committee. Based upon information regarding facility location, costs, amenities, accommodations, etc., a decision will be made by early 2017.

Fr. Jim Gordon suggested that Logos House revisit the week-long residential program plan and discuss it at Clericus. Fr. Monroe replied it is under consideration.

Several comments were aired regarding community outreach and the added benefit it provides for church recognition and potential growth. Fr. Mirabile spoke about Trinity’s veteran recovery program. St. Margaret also reaches out to veterans. Joann Samson spoke of Fr. Tutor’s outreach to police and firemen, handing out cookies and cards with St. Michael the Archangel on them, and inviting them to have their badges blessed.

Fr. Dibble suggested offering marriage blessings and enrichment programs

Fr. Perkins encouraged all to review Emily Dibble’s letter in the NEA (December 2014) regarding youth in the church.

Dcn. Drinkwater thanked St. Matthias and the synod for making his group feel welcome.

Jan Mahood announced she would take orders for new copies of the Book of Common Prayer.

David Bullard announced the installation of Fr. John Bassett as priest-in-charge at St. Thomas of Canterbury. He invited synod attendees to an upcoming program presented by Robert Stackpole, a Christian scholar and humorist, entitled “Saints and Songs: a Celebration of the Anglican Heritage of Christianity”, on November 6th.

The synod concluded with resolutions of thanks to St. Matthias/St. Peter’s by Dcn. Mark Black and to the management and staff of the Groton Inn by Fr. Perkins.

On Friday evening we attended a festive banquet featuring a keynote address by the Ven. Cn. Guy Hawtin (ACA, DEUS, St. Stephen’s Timonium, MD.

Special thanks to Fr. Perkins, members of St. Matthias and St. Peter’s and to all who helped to make this an enjoyable and productive synod!

 

 

Ellsworth, Maine

St. Thomas

 

Let’s get this article written and out of the way. After all, I’m a busy (and important) person with work to do. I’ll just write it. Here I go…I’m writing it…

 

September 11th the quilt raffle was drawn and we were happy to award the beautiful quilt that Val had made, to her cousin who is suffering through cancer treatments. Somehow it seemed so right. The proceeds went to the International Anglican Fellowship as usual.

In October our vestry voted to do something we’ve never done before: an internal audit. There’s no specific concern, it just seems like the right time to check our procedures and lend some support to our hardworking treasurers.

 

As I write this the kitchen faucet is dripping and I can hear it all the way upstairs here in my office. It’s so annoying.

 

Thanks to Father Ed, on November 2nd we started Evening Prayer and a time of Bible study on Wed-nesdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. We had a small group of five of us at the first gathering, but what a wonderful time! After Evening Prayer we had our bag suppers and started a topical study about heaven and earth using the Join the Bible Project videos. These are free short videos covering the books of the Bible and several topics accompanied by study sheets.

That well-kept secretThe Logos House Libraryis available to not only Logos House students, but anyone with a desire to skim, read, or devour books primarily of a theological nature. There is something for everyone and very easy to access at http://lht.ind.opalsinfo.net/bin/home with volunteers ready to send your requested book.

 

Phew! I’m almost done! There are only a couple more topics to cover. Pretty soon the writing of this article will be in the past.

 

Synod happened, I’ve been told. St. Thomas sent a vanload of clergy and lay people, six hours away to Groton, Connecticut.

We heard reports about a Baptist pastor speaking words of encouragement to our Anglican priests. Aside from a successful and important time of gathering for the clergy in the northeast, Anne Geary was delighted to be able to represent us after having missed it last year and Deacon Kevin was happy to return to the city of his childhood after decades away.

We had our first real frost last night and we woke up to an icy film on the cars and ground. That means it’s time to plant the bulbs in the church garden so that many can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in the future. Everything has its timing. If you plant a bulb before a good hard frost then it may start to grow and bloom, then suddenly be cut off by the cold of winter, therefore, ruining or stunting the bulb’s growth in the spring. Correspondingly, if you try to rush things in life, like the writing of a newsletter, or the work of growth in a parish, you just might be working against God’s plan.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

-----Shirley Landmesser

 


Webster, NY

Holy Cross ACA

 

Welcome Back”

During the summer months, our church families take advantage of the public school vacation to travel and do other things their busy schedules don’t allow time for. Our annual “Welcome Back to Holy Cross” luncheon gives us an opportunity to catch-up with each other. This year, on Sunday, October 2, we had the added pleasure and honor of feting Fr. Ed Ihde from St. Nicholas ACA in W. Seneca, who celebrated our Communion Mass.

Fr. Ed’s sermon served us much needed soul food, which we were able to take home with us to sustain our Spirits during the week.

Jeanne Hoose spearheaded the ever-giving ladies of St. Martha’s Guild in serving the sustenance needed to feed our bodies, which was so plentiful, it, too, might last us all week! Thank you to everyone who brought a dish or finger food to share; from three flavors of small, deli sandwiches, chips, fresh tossed salad, tomato salad, tuna macaroni salad, noodle tomato salad, and an apple spice cake.

Many of the almost 30 people who attended were able to take home a care package to eat later.

 Youth Group

By Alison Stone, Youth Group Coordinator

Our youth group consists of several teens, who meet every week for 6 to 8 weeks for a period of fellowship, learning, and work. After the eight weeks we take a break for a while to pursue other activities and work.

After taking summer off, we started meeting again on September 11. As we previously discussed, they knew the focus would be on local children of the Rochester area. I guide the teens, but for the most part I let them make the decisions. Marguerite Bowen very enthusiastically suggested we do a fall festival to raise money for the Webster chapter of “Autism Up”. After some discussion the group agreed to support this. The next six weeks were spent planning the festival as well as discussing the spiritual gifts that are talked about in 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:7-12, and 1 Peter 4:10-11. (We also took a break one Sunday afternoon to watch the movie October Baby, while eating pizza and ice cream sandwiches).

We concluded, on our seventh week, with the festival Sat. Oct. 22: a rainy, windy, and cold day! Despite the weather, it was successful. The Holy Cross family came together. Parishioners prayed for the teens, collected over $50 in bottle deposits, baked treats for a bake table, and several volunteered at the event. Marguerite got several friends to help out too! We talked with each other and to others visiting our church. The teens did great with the Autistic children visiting to play games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In conclusion, I have to add that the fall festival became the proverbial runaway train. I am lucky I have a great co-leader who really took over the reins of the festival. Linda Bowen and her husband Chris really are the adults that should get credit for the fall festival happening. I helped the teens start up the organization of the festival, but Chris and Linda put in the extra time and money that was needed for it to succeed. I am proud of the entire team. I would like to think that if I, who am flawed, am proud then God must be pleased indeed.

After an afternoon of playing candy Monopoly we shall take a break until early spring. Then, there will be more instruction and fun!

Fall Festival

Proceeds from the many activities on our campus during this event on Saturday, October 22, 11:00AM-2:00PM, benefited the Webster Chapter of “Autism Up”. Kudos to Marguerite Bowen for spearheading this teen venture and to Mrs. Alison Stone and Mrs. Linda Bowen for facilitating the Youth Group.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is a spectrum disorder and is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) varies widely in severity and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in mildly affected children or when it is masked by other more prominent disabilities.

 From A Teen’s Perspective

By Marguerite Bowen

The day went well. Our group learned a lot and perhaps even more than expected. It takes a whole group to make the day happen. Thank you to all the people in the youth group, my mom, Mrs. Stone, Autism-up, and those from the church and community "Never Say Never Stables" and Miracle Field. There were even more contributions from local businesses Hegedorns and Herman's Farm Market. Without all this support we could not have given the boys and girls such a good time and raised $125 for Autism-up and about $200 for Holy Cross Anglican Church. I hope to do it again with all that has been learned but not sure when.

  Blast

from The Past

In days of yore, Bob Holtz attended the Webster Bay Road Elementary School, well before it became our church. He recently shared stories, postcards, and photos with us. Would you believe it only had nine desks and one teacher! He even remembered the name of his First grade teacher (1942-1943) was Doris Enderlin.

Thank you, Bob, for keeping us in touch with our roots.

 Rector Search

We are grateful for and indebted to Fr. Ed Ihde and Deacon Phillip Cunningham, both of St. Nicholas ACA in W. Seneca (NY) for coming to Holy Cross for Holy Communion, Spiritual guidance, and fellowship twice a month.

Our congregation is working together and it is wonderful to witness God’s latent talents come to the surface. Tom Stone and Jerry Quenell have been ably leading Morning Prayer and, one Sunday when our organist was absent, you should have heard the joyful acapella we all made unto the Lord!

Our Vestry is organizing an official search committee and compiling our Parish Profile, as our congregation is pulling together to tend to Our Father’s business.

--Kate Chamberlin, NEAnglican Correspondent

 

Scarborough, Maine

St. Augustine of Canterbury

 

[ed note: Here’s a small and struggling mission that has had to move location several times and has had several changes of pastoral care, and yet continues to pour its efforts into outreach works of mercy. This is the Gospel with legs.]

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

 

It’s been just a short while since our last letter to each other and we at St. Augustine continue our work to help the Lord build our church. In our case the building is both in the figurative sense and the literal sense. Some day we will have our own physical church facility but until then our mission is “Building the Church.”

We finished our Parish Profile and delivered it to the Bishop at the October Synod. After his positive review, we are now able to search for our own permanent clergy. We have the profile posted on our web page (http://staugustine-aca.org/) and hope we will find a bi-vocational clergyman who will enjoy growing with us.

In the meantime, we have moved forward to strengthen the service offerings at the church. The Bishop recently appointed Roy Haugen to be our first Lay Reader. We are now able to offer Morning Prayer services for the first time in quite a while. This will help us to offer a stable schedule of services and hopefully will be attractive to a broad church base. Thank you, Bishop Marsh!

We are also moving forward to strengthen the functioning of the church. As part of our Parish Profile process we asked our parishioners about what they think the church’s goals and objectives should be. We were able to define several priorities that we all agree on and we will now begin to build these priorities into our budget. For example, one of the priorities is to reach out to children so we will be budgeting several programs and projects throughout the next year to attract more children.

And our work in the com-munity continues. Just today we were able to provide a Thanks-giving Dinner for area homeless veterans.

James Audiffred, our Senior Warden, coordinated the kitchen work and his catering skills were on full display. Three turkeys, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broccoli, stuffing, bread and desserts all served to each resident of the homeless shelter for veterans in Saco and Biddeford. I can honestly say no one left hungry!

Father Jeff Monroe, our Vicar, was on hand to offer his blessing and grace and we all joined in on the community meal.

Our friends from the Methodist Church pitched in and volunteered to help set up and clean up. What a group! Hope you enjoy the pictures.

So we move forward. Wouldn’t it be nice if the next time we write to you we are able to tell you that we have found a priest. All we can do is pray and discern and continue to build the church.

 

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.” (Psalm 43:3)

-----Valerie Kazarian

 


Raymond, Maine

Our Benedictines

 

     Fr. Kevin has been saying daily mass for the All Souls Novena as November is the month of Holy Souls. Our list gets longer each year as we age and those that we have known/ loved pass on. Death is always the shadow that follows us as we live our daily lives and it is good to take this time to think about our lives, death and those who are, hopefully, now with God. It is the privilege and obligation of every Christian to pray for the dead as well as for the living. Death will one day visit each of us and we will be rejoined with those who have gone before us and prayer is the most useful and beautiful act that we can perform to bridge the divide.

     The list of subscribers to the Meditation that is put out weekly from the Priory, continues to grow and be shared within our Diocese and across the country.  We did run into a glitch a week or so ago when our power went out and so did our old, tired, computer. It has been to the doctor and is up and running again, however, our e mail address book was lost. We have been able to retrieve some of them but we are asking that you please resend your current e mail address to klamarre@maine.rr.com so you can continue to receive the Meditation.

     Fr. Kevin is available by appointment to hear confessions and for spiritual guidance here at the Priory.

     Fall is a very busy time here at the Priory as we get in our heat sources, get the snow blower ready for action and make the house, yard, barn and animal pens ready for winter and the cold weather that we all know is on the way. We are expecting a new lamb with issues to be arriving shortly and there are other animals that will be needing our help as winter progresses. We have sent pledge cards out on the Meditation as we need animal angels to help us financially so we can continue to help these creatures who, through no fault of their own have been deemed useless, deficient, not perfect and worthy only to be slaughtered. We, generally, only take in handicapped or seriously abused/neglected animals that will need a permanent home and care, and with our care, these animals almost always outlive their expected life spans, often by many years. We are honored to do all the hard work for these creatures but we need your help.....every little bit helps. We are so grateful for those of you who have blessed these animals with your kindness. All donations are tax deductible and acknowledged with a receipt and very much appreciated. You will receive a thank you from us with a picture of one of the animals and a little bit about them.

     May God continue to bless us all and may we share those blessings with those around us as we enter into Advent and Christmas remembering the most precious gift of the Christ child and the animals that greeted him first.

 


White River Junction, Vermont

Trinity Anglican Church

 

As we have recently had a most successful diocesan synod, I’d like to comment on something which has impressed me since my first synod ten years ago—something about our synods quite different from any other denominational business convocations I have had inflicted upon me! Our synods are actually something to look forward to! They are fun! They are uplifting! They include God. The company is happy. The work gets done with respect and good nature, and, most striking……while there may be disagreement, there is very little, if any, bickering or discord and disagreements seem to be resolved in the spirit of doing God’s work!

We had the good fortune to sit with Baptist Pastor Jim Hogan, the keynote speaker for the synod. As well, we sat with first timers Tom and Nancy Reardon from our own parish. I also had the opportunity to discuss the synod with Deacon (perhaps now Reverend) Gary Drinkwater about his reaction to the synod. For each of these, this was his first synod and they were all greatly impressed with the tone and general friendliness of what really has the potential to be dry and contentious.

My wife and I had the same reaction at our first synod and at every synod since. When I tell people they should really go, it’ll be fun and uplifting, they have a hard time believing me! And why wouldn’t they? We’ve all been to other denominational meetings which were tedious, contentious, and generally ill humored.

Bishop Marsh has reported that the DNE was described at the College of Bishops as one of the three most vibrant and growing dioceses in the Traditional Anglican Communion. I suspect these experiences at our synod contribute to our vibrancy and growth and reflect the true nature of our diocese which I observe to be happy, convivial and forward looking in the service of our God.

It can be easy to ascribe this phenomenon to the TAC’s relative youth among denominations, but it is more likely to stem from our mutual experience of having come out of a spiritual setting we did not find uplifting. We have something very special in the DNE and I hope we will consciously work to preserve it. Perhaps another example of the importance of remembering whence we have come.

-----Allan Wylie

 

Amherst, N.H.

St. Luke

 

We were delighted at Synod in Groton, CT recently to have Fr. Webb nominated and confirmed by vote to the position of Bishop Suffragan.  Thankfully he will remain as rector of St. Luke's in addition to his new duties to the diocese in the future.

On Tuesday, 1 November St. Luke's hosted the ordination of the Rev. James A Long to the Priesthood.  Fr. Jim will be a missionary from

the Anglican Church in America and St. Luke's to Jakarta, Indonesia.  We were honored that Fr. Jim's parents and two of his close friends were able to be present for the service and we wish him godspeed as he returns to his family in Indonesia.

Tuesday Bible study has finished up the Nicene Creed and on 8 November will begin II Corinthians.  Saturday study continues with the Revelation to John.

On Election Day the church opened for prayer starting at 10:00 a.m.  Regular light supper will be followed by formal Evening Prayer in St. Andrew's Chapel.

On Saturday, 12 November Bishop Marsh and Fr. Monroe joined Fr. Webb here at St. Luke's for the ordination of Gary Drinkwater as

deacon.  The Rev. Mr. Drinkwater is heading up the Transfiguration Mission in Mechanic Falls, ME.  We were pleased to have Mrs. Diane Drinkwater with us as well and wish them both good luck as they have their first service (in a church building given to the mission by the city) on the first Sunday in Advent.

-----Submitted by Lee Garre

 

Conway, N.H.

St. Margaret

 

Well, it is finally over. The great and all consuming election of 2016 is now a thing of the past, but will probably be debated for months to come. No more annoying political ads on T.V, no more tiresome editorials in the local newspaper, and no more road signs. No matter on which side you came down, Mr. Donald J. Trump has been elected, the people have spoken, and because we are Americans, we wish him Godspeed and a safe presidency.

Despite the hoopla, life did go on at St. Margaret’s, as it always does. As the weather cooled, some of our “snowbirds” left for warmer climes. the Dilleys, the Frizells, and Phil Fauntleroy had either flown, or were packing to fly, forthwith. Only Phil has decided to make Florida his permanent home, and so we may not see Phil, except for the occasional visit. He was presented at Fellowship with a lovely framed picture of St. Margaret’s so that he does not forget his old parish family. Enjoy the sunshine, Phil.

Another notable event was the remarkably quick thinking and athletic ability of our acolyte, Bob Whitehead. Bob had the misfortune to have his car go off the road and into a local pond. Despite his 80+ years, Bob was able to get the door open, and swim to shore. Hallelujah! There must have been an angel on the dashboard that day, for sure. But what a guy!

In October, a beautiful new stained glass window was dedicated by the Santy family in loving memory of their daughter Meaghan Louise Santy. Several church members have had these beautiful stained glass windows commissioned, replacing the clear bottom parts of the church’s windows. They are all different and carry a visual message of that which was important, either to the family, or the person being honored.

Several folks headed off to Synod in October as well. Bob and Loretta Steward Whitehead, and Rebecca and Jim Harrington ably represented St. Margaret's in Groton, Connecticut.

We were again treated to a visit by Father Amos Mihanda from St. Paul’s, who was generous in coming over to fill in for Father Jeff while he was visiting family down south. Father Amos even sang one of our hymns for us in his native African language. What a treat!

On October 30, in remembrance of the faithful departed, over 130 names were read from the altar, representing deceased family and friends of the parish faithful.

On November 6, St. Margaret’s honored our local veterans with a special Mass. Several patriotic songs were sung during and after the service, and church member, veteran and American Legion Post 46 member Jack Poirier read prayers for each member of the armed forces, as well as the Merchant Marine and Coast Guard. We remembered that our freedom to worship has been defended by those men and women who gave unselfishly to serve their country.

We are now headed into the Advent season and the Parish is looking forward to its annual Christmas Fair. The ladies of the church are locally famous for their delightful homemade gift baskets, which are always a sellout. Folks are lined up at the door before we open, so we know the are appreciated. Here are just two baskets, ready for wrapping and topping with a bow. One is “ Taste of Thai” and the other is “ Taste of New England ”.They look so yummy, maybe we’ll keep them for ourselves! This event is always well attended and a nice source of outreach and revenue for the Parish.

Finally, we thank Mr. Ri-chard Collupy for generously volunteering his time and talents to be our new Jr. Warden. Dick has a background in construction and contracting, so we are very fortunate to have one of our newer church member step up.

We now look forward to our “ Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan celebration on November 20th as we head into the Advent season and the wonderful Christmas holiday We wish all our Christian friends a blessed and very merry Christmas.

-----Maureen Ferguson

 

Concord, N.H.

All Saints

 

As Fall brings the change of Seasons—leaves become vibrant and then fade and die—so it is the time to remember that we are not the only members of the Church of Christ. All Saints Day on November 1, reminds us that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,” and it is to this number of known and unknown, we honor in festival. In Concord, NH, All Saints Parish takes its Patronal Feast seriously. On whatever day the solemnity falls, there is always a Solemn Mass and reception.

This year it was a joyous celebration, and a time for leave-taking. Our good friend and supporter, Fr. Robert Smolley, formerly of the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of St. Mary, has retired to Florida. He was a familiar ornament at All Saints, and always granted us gracious hospitality at his church in Manchester, NH. His was no passive participation in the life of our parish, but always a presence at every event, fundraiser, and major feast and festival. During Lent our two parishes would worship together, and he would insure a sumptuous dinner following. The last year and a half, saw him in many medical setbacks that precluded him having to give up full time ministry. His time of recovery ended he moved to Florida to be with his family, but before leaving he spent All Saints Day with our parish. He gave the sermon for the Solemn Mass, and a great banquet followed with the requisite cake, saying in colored icing, what is only a pale sentiment to the gratitude we owe to his friendship and years of support: “We love you and will miss you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many dear friends come yearly to celebrate with All Saints and Fr. David Moody of Good Shepherd, Charlestown, NH graced our altar, as well as many who came from far and wide, to show what it means to be numbered among “all saints.”

On the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels on September 29, the people of the parish decided to honor those who serve selflessly our daily needs in protection and safety. Great baskets and trays were filled with baked goods made by parishioners and delivered by Fr. Christian to all fire stations and police units in the city of Concord, along with holy cards bearing the image of St. Michael, and a special composed prayer for the recipient, with a message that “we support you, we pray for you, we thank you” for their personal sacrifice.

Bishop Marsh made his pastoral visitation on Sunday, November 13. As is custom, he is warmly greeted and welcomed by the parish on this yearly visit. It is comfortable for the Bishop as he visits, in his parlance, “the” high church parish of the diocese! Now such a designation is always an honorific, and having him root through the capacious sacristy before Mass, he noticed that maybe other parishes could use, at times, the extra, para, and outré liturgical help of All Saints. So with his parish of Trinity in White River Junction, VT, as the first coming recipient, we have tentatively opened—an exclusive boutique—called Mary Tudor’s Cupboard. The Cupboard will try and accommodate requests as volume and donations arrive, of the more ‘colorful’ items that a parish in the Laudian-Oxford-Margaret Street vein might require. It must be noted that we are not to be confused with any other ministry, cupboard, or closet, who provide similar service in the diocese. If you have a need drop a line via www.allsaintsnh.com and we will see about honoring your request.

The Annual March for Life is scheduled for January 14, 2017 in Concord, NH. It is a state-wide gathering that is now run by Fr. Christian who is the Educational Trust Chairman for New Hampshire Right to Life. The public witness given for the voiceless person in the womb, is important in our day. We are peaceful in our prayerful March, and proclaim that there is always a way to preserve and protect the Gift of Life, that comes from God Himself. It is hoped that the parishes of the Diocese of the Northeast in New Hampshire would send delegations and their clergy would be present. For the pertinent information see www.nhrtl.org for the times and schedule of events.

As always, it is a privilege to invite members of the Diocese of the Northeast to visit All Saints and join in the feasts and festivals of the Church year. See our schedule at www.allsaintsnh.com

 

Charlestown, NH

Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

 

As winter approaches, the vestry voted to install a ramp with handrail at the entrance to our parish hall. This will make the entire building handicap accessible and improve safety during the winter months as ice was forming in front of the door.

In early October, we held a requiem mass for Mr. Ed Boadway, a long-time friend and parishioner and occasional organist at Trinity Cornish (now White River Junction) and Good Shepherd. Ed was an expert organ builder and assisted us in obtaining the donation of a pump organ and restored it for us. On the following Sunday, Bishop Marsh blessed and dedicated the organ to Ed’s memory. A plaque on the organ reads “Dedicated to the memory of / Ed Boadway 1936-2016/ Friend, Parishioner, and Organist.” We will miss him. The “Blessing of the Badges” led by Fr. Art Bennett at the Charlestown Public Safety Center was a great success. Over 40 people from the community attended to honor our police, fire fighters, and EMT personnel. A photograph capturing the event appeared on the front page of the Eagle Times, the local regional newspaper.

At the end of October, Good Shepherd organized and sponsored a musical event at the Old Town Hall, entitled Soli Deo Gloria. The program, organized by our Junior Warden Phil Turner, brought together musicians and singers from our local churches to raise our voices as a thank offering to the Lord for the blessings of the past year. Phil acted as master of ceremonies and sang several solos, as did Bishop Marsh. Some 60 people attended and the reaction was very positive. Nearly all the churches in Charlestown were represented.

Over the past several years, we have become close to Life Fellowship Foursquare Church in North Charlestown. After the Soli Deo Gloria Pastor David Grasso asked Phil if he would sing at the opening service of a mission they have established in an episcopal church across the street from Good Shepherd. In mid-November, virtually the entire congregation of Good Shepherd went across the street after Holy Eucharist to attend the Life Fellowship service. Phil did a wonderful job and will represent Good Shepherd again at the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on the evening of Sunday on November 22.

At the beginning of November, Good Shepherd started a second weekly Bible Study session in the early evening. A number of people had to drop out of our morning session because of work obligations but could attend in the evenings. We are grateful to John Ilves and Fr. Art taking the lead on the study of the shorter epistles in the New Testament at these evening sessions.

One the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Fr. Art and Fr. David will bless the food in the Great Hall and in Dr. Hastings house at the annual Harvest dinner at the Fort at No. 4. This is the major funding raising event for the Fort and benefits their educational programs.

Finally, Good Shepherd will welcome Fr. Stephen Rugg as celebrant and preacher on the Sunday before Advent. Bishop Marsh has appointed Fr. Steve as curate at Good Shepherd for two Sundays a month during 2017.

A blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year to all our friends in the Diocese of the Northeast.

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

 


Brockton, Mass.

St. Paul’s Parish

 

St. Paul’s, Brockton has moved into the new church! The first service was held there on Pentecost Sunday this year and the dedication has been scheduled for next Pentecost, June 4, 2017. Most liturgical items have been moved from Parish Hall into the new Church, but there are still a lot of needs to be met to complete its furnishings. Memorials are being sought for everything from candlesticks to chairs to be as complete as possible for the Dedication. Moreover, consultation is ongoing with a stained glass artist about the crafting of medallion-like depictions of key biblical figures and truths for the eight windows of the nave.

 

has been an amazing, wonderful and busy time here at Trinity over the last several months. While the summer was a relatively quiet time for the parish, with people enjoying time at local lakes or in other activities here in the seacoast region, it was a busy time for our new rector, who completed his move from Connecticut in early July, directed St. Luke’s camp, and then officiated at the wedding of their daughter at the end of August.

September began with a bang with special meetings to reorganize our Altar Guild, Greeters and Ushers ministries as well as preparing for “Home Group” bible Studies at the rectory, new members’ classes and confirmation classes.

As we begin the Fall season the Trinity Thrift Shop switched out its clothing and quickly filled its shelves with items for the Fall. The Shop is very well run and the quality of the items and the pricing is unmatchable. Not only do we sell a lot of items but we give away clothing to Riverside Nursing Home, Colonial Hill Nursing Home, Avis Goodwin Clinic, Hope on Haven Hill, The Berwick Methodist Church, The Liberty House (for homeless veterans ) and Victims, Inc. It is truly a gem in the region and a source of great pride for our church.

In October, we began new members’ classes with 10 people attending. It was originally planned as a four-week course, but as we got into the material we all agreed that we needed a little more time. Everyone appreciated learning more about the historic church, Anglicanism, a history of the Prayer book and instruction on how to use it. We will complete the course with a formal reception and “commis-sioning for ministry” before the congregation.

The confirmation classes, led by Mike McKinnon have had 5 attending, two adults and three children. This class will go on for a several more weeks and will culminate in a much-anticipated visit from Bp. Marsh.

Fr. Mirabile is big on “Small Groups”. The first “Small Group” is a home Bible Study that is held at the Rectory each week. We gather together and spend the first half hour just getting to know each other over a cup of tea, some treats and conversation. We are currently studying the letter to the Colossians. We are using an inductive method that invites open discussion on the texts with some guidance by Fr. Mirabile. One of the things that is most exciting about this method is that we can interact with the passages on a level that is personally meaningful, rather than it merely being an academic exercise. The group is enjoying building new friendships with each other.

Our Christmas fair, running from November 17th-20th , is just about to begin and it looks like it will be a great success. We’ve used facebook to advertise it, boosting online exposure of the event to over 2000 people in the area. As of this writing we have women baking cakes and pies downstairs, the tables are set with lots of crafts and trinkets, and we are making final preparations for our guests. Our goal is not only to sell some great items and raise funds, but to use the event as an outreach opportunity for people to come and get to learn more about us and our wonderful church.

We are also preparing for 2017. In a few days we will plan our 2017 schedule and discuss upcoming plans. We are very excited to be offering Reboot Combat Recovery to the region. REBOOT offers “accessible, no-cost programs to help combat veterans and their families heal from the moral or spiritual wounds of war. Specifically, our 12-week combat trauma healing course provides a unique blend of clinical insight with faith-based support for combat veterans and their loved ones seeking answers to defining questions about life, death, meaning, and purpose. Additionally, REBOOT offers peer-to-peer mentoring and leadership training to equip caring citizens as well as program graduates to lead REBOOT communities around the nation.”. We are very excited to be offering this program and it is part of our strategy to become the church of choice for our first responders and veterans in the area.

There is a sense of anticipation and positive energy in the church and we are looking forward to what the next year will bring. It has been great to see new faces in church and some that have been away for a while that have returned. We now turn our attention to Christmas with plans to invite new people and lead them into membership and outreach. May God help us in our endeavors.

-----Fr. Matt Mirabile


The third of the new memorial windows in the nave has been installed, this one of St. Mark, given for love of God, family & country, by Lewis E. & Gloria O. Buttrick,

 

Mechanic Falls, Maine

Church of the Transfiguration

 

This new congregation is off to a great start. Thirty-seven people attended the organizational meeting. The first service will be held on the First Sunday in Advent.

We offer our prayers for the new congregation and its deacon, The Rev. Mr. Gary Drinkwater.

They will be meeting in the former Congregational church, which has been most recently used by the local Historical Society.

 


Holy Redeemer

 

 

Due to the tightness of the deadline this issue I did not receive a report, but I do have a picture I inadvertently did not run in the last issue, of Lee Rice, in her DAR uniform, carrying the flag on the 4th of July.)

-----ed

 

NEWS NOTES

 

Clergy News

 

The Reverend James Long was ordained to the priesthood at St. Luke's Pro-Cathedral. He will maintain membership in St. Luke's parish and will serve as a missionary in Indonesia. Father Jim has been well known to us over the past several years and is a welcome addition to our diocesan family. He was recommended for holy orders by unanimous vote of the Standing Committee and the Board of Examining Chaplains. Father Jim will need our prayers as he plants Anglican churches in one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

The Reverend Mr. Gary Drinkwater was ordered deacon at St. Luke's Pro-Cathedral on Saturday, December 12. Deacon Drinkwater will serve The Church of the Transfiguration in Mechanic Falls, Maine.

The Reverend Stephen Rugg has been appointed to the Board of Examining Chaplains. Father Rugg certainly meets the requirement that members of the board be “learned presbyters.” Having just received his M. Div., he is currently studying Biblical languages at Boston College. He plans to pursue a Th.D degree in the future.

Canon Alexander Henderson “Hendy” Webb was elected bishop suffragan of the Diocese of the Northeast at our recent synod. Bishop-elect Hendy received affirmative ballots from 96% of the delegates present and voting. The House of Bishops is in the process of confirming this vote, as are the standing committees of each diocese in the ACA. Following the expected confirmations, the vote must be affirmed by the College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Once that final task is completed, we will plan for the consecration of the newest bishop in our church. We offer our prayers for the episcopal ministry of Canon Webb.

 NEW Prayer Books

 

A new edition of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer has been published and has been sent out those who have ordered them. You will be pleased to know that not one word has been changed in this classic Anglican book. There is, however, a new foreword. The publisher requested that your bishop offer a short introduction to the Anglican Church in America edition. Accordingly, your bishop did his best to write a literate introduction to this undoubted masterpiece. At least one member of our church (though not from our diocese) pronounced his effort: “pretty dad gum good.” I think that is a compliment. Orders are still being taken and will be shipped to you in time for Christmas. Orer information appears below.

Parish News

 

St. Peter's Anglican Mission, Deep River, Connecticut was admitted officially as a mission of the diocese at our recent synod. We pray for the success of this new mission, which meets in a beautiful stone chapel. Father Merrill Perkins and his congregation have done a wonderful job preparing this chapel for worship. We pray for the continued success of this vital new mission.

St. Thomas of Canterbury. Father John Bassett was installed Priest-in-Charge of the parish on October 30. We pray for the continued growth of this parish, which joined the diocese just a year ago. Father Bassett and his wife, Terry, have made a very positive start to their work at St. Thomas of Canterbury.

Diocesan News

 

Our annual diocesan synod was held at the Groton Inn and Suites in Groton, Connecticut. The host parish for this, the twenty-fifth synod of the Diocese of the Northeast, was St. Matthias in Mystic, Connecticut. Many thanks to Father Merrill Perkins and Canon Linnea Shaver for their superb administrative skills in helping to make this an excellent synod. Nearly ninety delegates and guests attended.

Several speakers added flavor to the business meetings. Bishop Stephen Scarlett of the ACC preached at the synod Mass. He and Father Blake Schwendimen of St. Matthew's Church in Newport Beach, California joined us for Mass and the synod banquet. They both remarked about how friendly, welcoming and upbeat the people of the diocese were. Pastor Jim Hogan gave a wonderful and very well-received talk on how the Reformation shaped the Anglican and Baptist traditions. Though a Baptist himself, Pastor Jim confesses to Anglican “tendencies.” Finally, The Venerable Guy Hawtin, Vicar General of our Diocese of the Eastern United States, gave a lively and very humorous talk after the banquet. We thank them all for adding greatly to our diocesan synod.

Our own Bishop George Langberg entertained us once again with his music. It is such an important part of our synods and we thank him for his unique gifts. And as for that one special song...Well, you have to be there!

Though we have usually asked a parish church to host our diocesan synods, we are planning to hold our next synod at a conference center. As our diocese has grown, we have become increasingly aware of the challenges faced by parish churches to provide for the needs of the diocese. Accordingly, we will try something new. The Standing Committee will make its recommendation within the next two months. Stay tuned.

 

Anglican 2017

 

Mark your calendars! Our national synod will be held in the Atlanta area next October 2-6. This will be a historic event, as it will bring together four Continuing Anglican jurisdictions. We expect up to five hundred attendees. Much planning has gone into this event. A special shield has been designed that incorporates the insignia of the Anglican Church in America, The Anglican Province of America, The Anglican Catholic Church and the Diocese of the Holy Cross. We have booked the Crowne Plaza in the Dunwoody area of metropolitan Atlanta. We will have the entire facility to ourselves. All events will happen at that site. Synod Mass will be held in the ballroom, which can accommodate a thousand people. It is expected that we will sign a communio in sacris (sacred communion) agreement with the other three jurisdictions. The DNE will send sixteen delegates to the event, but all are welcomed and encouraged to attend this very historic gathering.

 

Bishops' Schedule

 

December 3. Webster, New York. Meeting with the vestry.

December 4. Canandaigua, New York. Episcopal visit to Holy Redeemer.

December 11. West Seneca, New York. Episcopal visit to St. Nicholas.

January 21, 2017. Belchertown, Massachusetts. Standing Committee meeting.

 

-----from Bishop Marsh’s Newsletter

 


Logos House

of Theological Studies

 

Website: http://logoshousetheological.org

Email: lhots@myfairpoint.net

Facebook: Logos House of Theological Studies

 

Greetings to Readers of theNortheast Anglican

For those in the Diocese of the Northeast who may be unfamiliar with Logos House of Theological Studies, we are an Independent Educational Institution, incorporated in the State of Maine, affiliated with the Traditional Anglican Communion, the National Church and Dioceses of the Anglican Church of America, and other Continuing Anglican Church jurisdictions including the Anglican Province of America (APA).

Our primary mission is the education of students from traditional Anglican, and other theologically conservative jurisdictions, for ministry as Deacon, Deaconesses, and Priests in Parish and other Pastoral settings, as well as education of those lay persons wishing to serve their parishes as lay readers or on their Vestry, or lay persons not interested in ordination, but in personal theological development. Most students enrolled in our programs feel called to ordination. Regardless of a potential clergy track, anyone may take the available courses for personal edification. Our course catalog can be found at http://logoshousetheological.org/Catalog2016.pdf .

Located and administered from Ellsworth, Maine, our program is geared to men and women who are in full-time secular employment, or retired from the same, and have experienced the call to part-time (or full-time) ministry.  Accordingly, our study program involves reading assignments, written work and conferences (now often using Skype) with the instructor, and the Academic Dean, mentoring through the parish clergy as assigned, and tutorials arranged from time-to-time. Since 1998, we have had approximately 170 students study with us, most completing our Deaconate and or Priest Track, and are now answering the call to Ministry. Presently, we have 35 students, four of whom are in Haiti, four of whom are in the Deaconess Track, and three who are in the Priest Track, a new DNE Deaconate candidate who just applied, one Anglican Studies student, and the rest in Deaconate Studies. The coursework for post-2015 Deaconate Track students now most resembles the pre-2015 Priest Track coursework. Coursework for post-2015 Priest Track students has been significantly upgraded to best meet the recommendations from Boards of Examining Chaplains.

Logos House was founded in 1998, by the late Rev. Canon Granville Henthorne, at the request of, and with the support of the late Bishop Bruce Chamberlain.  After Fr. Henthorne’s death in 2013, Rev. Jeffrey Monroe assumed the role of President and Academic Dean. Shortly after that, Rev. Hendy Webb took over as Dean, and as President when Fr. Monroe resigned in October 2014. In April 2015, Rev. William Martin (APA), living in North Carolina, was selected to become our Academic Dean. In late fall 2015, our present President, Rev. Dr. David McCready, who lives in Estes Park, CO., assumed the helm.

Under Fr. Monroe’s leadership, Logos House went from being a one-man operation in Fr. Henthorne’s basement to a multi-person operation spread beyond Maine into other states. After intense discussions with the appropriate people, he and Fr. Webb expanded and improved our course offerings, and developed an idea about taking Logos House “on the road.” Our students are now spread across the U.S., are in Haiti, and are planned in the Philippines. Using Frs. Monroe and Webb’s initial concept, the seminary is now preparing to expand its distance learning efforts for students to include seminar programs to be held at central locations in the U.S. (based on student distribution. Fr. Monroe brought Logos House into the 21st century by taking advantage of the technology of the day, which opened the door to where we are today, and where we want to be in the near future.

To accommodate language barriers with the Haitian students, Fr. Martin translates their learning material into French, and teaches them via Skype in French. They speak Creole and broken French, but driven by their eagerness to learn and then minister, they are working to meet the challenge of mastering French.

Logos House is very grateful for the support of the DNE and the APA, and for student enrollment from other orthodox Anglican jurisdictions. We welcome you to follow our efforts, and if you are aware of someone who has a calling to serve in the Anglican ministry, tell them about us, and recommend our website, shown above. We are here to serve them, so they can serve others.

 

Logos House Library

 

Logos House also has an extensive 5,000+-book library that shares space with our Administrative Office in Ellsworth, ME. At last month’s DNE Synod we unveiled the library, announcing it is now available for borrowing by candidates and other interested parties. We are now announcing to the entire Diocese of the Northeast that the cyber-door of the Logos House Library is open and ready for usage! Learn about our Library, how to access our online catalog, and become a borrowing member and or a contributor below.

Logos House of Theological Studies Library

Website: http://lht.ind.opalsinfo.net/bin/home

Email: logoshouselibrary@gmail.com

 

WELCOME to the newly accessible Logos House Library! We are at least twenty years old, but only a few people have known that. We do exist, but until now have been unavailable for general use, except for those who visited the late Fr. Granville Henthorne in his Brooksville, ME home, and were invited into his basement to see, and use, the book collection he donated to Logos House of Theological Studies a year prior to his death in October 2013.

Cataloging of his collection, and an additional fourteen collections donated over the years (5,000+ books), has been going on for at least twelve years, yet the library wasn’t accessible for use, until now. Just as technology has benefited Logos House of Theological Studies, it has also changed the Logos House Library. Simply put… we are now online. During the past three years, we have been entering this large body of books into a “virtual library catalog” on the Internet. It is now possible to go onto the website (provided above) to see the 3,000+ titles already entered. Cataloging is ongoing, but we believe the range of available cataloged titles is broad enough to be of use to members. In some cases, we have multiple copies of books, which may be useful for group studies within a parish.

Even before registering as a member you can browse by collection, browse different subjects, eras, authors, titles, etc. If you have read any of these books, we would appreciate your review of the book or books. Yes, there’s a tab for writing a book review! If you are involved in a course of study, need books for your research, are just curious, or have questions about your faith, or Anglicanism, etc., we might have something to help.

MEMBERSHIP: At present, for $30 a user can become member for a three-year period. This $30 membership will include a one-time free shipment of up to 5 books to get a member started. Thereafter, shipping and handling of any borrowed books must be pre-paid. A library loan is for one month, with one renewal. At this time we can only schedule book shipments, via Media Mail, twice per month. We are looking into a more automated way of doing payments in the future, and for human volunteers from our sister parish, St. Thomas Anglican Church to assist with filling and shipping orders.

We are very excited to bring the entire DNE this opportunity to access our collections. We ask for your understanding and support, as this is a work-in-progress, and we are just now launching this new phase of our existence, anticipating a learning and experience curve. We hope to have many members of the Logos House Library, but want registered students of Logos House to know they have priority in borrowing of books so that we can be supportive of their studies.

Please go onto the website, and see what we have to offer.

 

We want to make what we hope becomes YOUR library a success. Our books are an incredible treasure we want to share with others! Many thanks to the following for their numerous volunteer hours and efforts over the years: Lynn Feldborg, Joyce Barr, Fr. Ian Dunn, Fr. Frank Gray, Valerie and Mike McCadden, Dave and Ellen Simmons, Linda Kalish, Jennifer Mitchell, and others.

A donation to help the library start-up phase and or operation would be greatly appreciated. In fact, donations of more than $30 will include a FREE MEMBERSHIP! A generous benefactor has donated funds to cover the cost of the first free shipment to new members during our start-up phase. Additional donations would help defray the annual cost of maintaining our catalogue online ($350/year), labels/printer cartridges/shelves (cost covered by a volunteer until now), and book repairs (again covered by a volunteer until now).

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Membership dues and/or donations (very much appreciated) may be mailed to:

Logos House of Theological Studies Library

c/o Valerie McCadden, Logos House Executive Administrator

15 Cleftstone Road

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

 

Remember it’s FREE to go online and LOOK!


Never expecting to receive part of Deo Gratias donations, we of the Logos House Library were very surprised and thankful for the generous, humbling, and affirming contribution we received after this year's Synod.  We feel truly blessed, and will put the contribution towards the annual cost of our online catalogue.  Thank you very much!

 


 

-------Valerie McCadden,

Executive Administrator,  

 



International Anglican

Fellowship

 

Www.iaftac.0rg

 

Contact

 

Erv Lischke

ervaandmo@wildblue.net


Please read the latest newsletter at the above website. A lot of interesting and exciting things have been happening in the TAC mission field - more than I have room for in this issue. ---ed

 

Director Erv Lischke wrote this following our Synod:

 

 

Ed….the members of the Deo Gratias have sent a generous donation to the IAF.  It has been earmarked for the fund I will be setting up to purchase a vehicle for Bp Andrew Mukuyamba in Zambia.  I’d like to thank the group on behalf of the IAF. 

 

A Gift of Joy

 

Surprise family and friends this Christmas with the new Anglican Church in America (ACA) edition of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. This beautiful and reverent book of worship, based entirely on Holy Scripture, has endured in our churches virtually unchanged since Archbishop Thomas Cranmer introduced it almost 500 years ago.

The 1928 Prayer Book Alliance is launching the special ACA edition, with Foreword by Presiding Bishop Brian R. Marsh, in time for Advent worship and Christmas giving. The hardcover edition, suitable for pew use and personal devotions, has a burgundy cover with a metallic gold cross and two place ribbons.

Prices through Epiphany (January 6) are $27 for 1-10 copies; $24.30 per copy for 10-300; and further discounts for bulk orders (call 207 475 7803 for details).

Order today for your church, family, and friends

by phone, 207 475 7803,

 

online at 1928prayerbookalliance.org/SHOP,

 

or order by mail from

1928 Prayer Book Alliance

P.O. Box 4358

Portsmouth, NH 03802

 

Shipping is free through January 6.

 

Prayerbooks are also still available from


 


+DEUS Publications+

 

The official publisher for our sister Jurisdiction

 

The Anglican Province of America

 

offering three editions of the Book of Common Prayer:

a personal edition, a pew edition,

and a large print edition.

Also presenting Ritual Notes

With proceeds going to IAF.

 

Order online at

 

http://www.deusbooks.org/

 

Or write

 

DEUS Publications

15 McDowell Rd., Mills River, NC 28759

 

tel: (828)891-7216

email service@deusbooks.org.

 

Traditional Anglican Communion

 

The College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion met in Lincoln, England last October. The meetings were held at St. Katherine's Church, which serves as the Cathedral of the Traditional Anglican Church/Britain. Archbishop Shane Janzen was elected Primate of the TAC. He will serve as chairman of College of Bishops meetings, which are held every five years.

While much business was transacted during our several days in England, it became very clear that the Anglican Church in America is the driving force behind the TAC, providing financial support to other national churches and leadership in key areas. One bishop noted that, within the communion, three dioceses show growth and vitality. He noted that the Diocese of the Northeast was one of those dioceses. God is certainly doing a good work here!

 

St. Luke’s Camp


Summer seems a long time away when winter has not yet begun. When you read this, Thanksgiving will be just behind us, Advent will have just begun, and preparations will be underway for all the activities of Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas: when we observe the wonderful solemnity of the coming of the Savior into this world as a little child, our hearts go also to our own children, and rightly so. The future of the Church, of the spreading of the Gospel of Christ, and, yes, of the earthly nations in which we live are in their hands (or soon will be) and their nurture and training is in ours.

St. Luke’s Camp is one of the most powerful ways we have for building our kids for the present and the future. It’s a week of fun, and of worship, and of real learning, and did I say fun? A time that kids remember with the potential to change young lives, and to bring light into a world that looks ever darker. Christian kids can grow up to change the world, and we can help them do it.

So … when the snow begins to fly and the wind howls, it’s not too early to be thinking about Camp, not too early to be recruiting kids to go, your own, grandkids, relatives, neighbors, you name it. It’s not too early to be planning for them to be able to go. It’s not too early to be volunteering to work at Camp. We want more kids and the more kids we have the more workers we need. There is scholarship help available if money is a problem.

I’m not a camp organizer or camp staff, and no one asked me (or, to tell the truth, gave me permission) to write like this, but it’s on my heart and, you know, I think it should be on yours. This is among the most important things we can do. Let’s do it!

 

-----ed pacht

 

 Christmas Road

 

A manger in a dirty room,

where ragged, weary travelers came

to lie down on that night,

that night,

when He came forth,

when it was there they laid Him,

when it was there He lay,

and cried,

for that’s what infants do,

that’s what proper infants do,

and ate and wet

as infants do,

and needed loving care

as infants do,

and angels came and shepherds,

wise men bearing gifts,

and soldiers with their swords

who sought His blood;

and in that manger in that dirty room,

where odors filled the air,

there he lay,

and in that crying infant there,

there lay the Promise,

the Hope, Redemption for the world,

the promise of a Cross,

of a rising,

or redemption,

salvation,

everlasting joy;

for in that manger lay the God made man,

the Light to lead upon the way,

the way that leads all those who follow

into pain,

into trouble,

to a cross that they must carry,

for on the way that He would walk,

so will we,

not with ease

but with hope

until it ends in everlasting joy.

 

-----ed pacht

 



Editorial Note

 

That wraps up another issue of NEA. The deadline was tight this time and there are several churches that didn’t make it. I jope we’ll hear from everyone next time. As it happens, there were some longer pieces and, if everyone had made it, I would have had to compress some of what came in. I’ve managed to avoid doing that so far, and was spared it this time, but, please, we do want to hear from everyone in the March Issue. Deadline February 15.

 

Clergy Anniversaries

 

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

 

Dec

01 – Fr. David Moody, P 2012

06 - Bp Brian Marsh, D 1997

06 –Fr. Frank Gray, D 1997

08 - Fr. Christian Tutor, vows 1987

14 - Bp George Langberg, D 1985

20 – Fr. Merrill Perkins, P

27 –Fr. D. & Jeanne Moody. mar 1963

Jan

10 – Fr. Ed Ihde, birthday 1950

Feb

02 - Fr. Christian Tutor OSA, D 2007

09 - Bp Robert Harvey birthday 1916

12 - Fr. Frank Bartlett, P 2011

13 – Fr. Ed Ihde, D 1988

22 - Bp. Owen Williams, D 1998

23 - Fr. Kevin LaMarre OSB, birthday

24 - Fr. Alexander Stringer, P 1953