ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
December 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This brief newsletter comes to you as we prepare for Christmas. It is a very busy time of the year and I pray that you will all take time to reflect upon the true message of the Christmas season. That time to be with each other, with family and friends. Above all, communicate the message of the season; the world needs to hear it.

NEWS OF THE DIOCESE

CLERICUS.

Several of you have given glowing reviews to our last clericus. Father Jim Hiles of St. Paul's in Brockton, Massachusetts gave an outstanding presentation on mission and evangelism. Father Hiles drew from his own experience to illuminate the message of bringing the gospel present in the place where we are called to serve. Father Hiles described how he assisted in building up parishes through a variety of means: outreach, the creation of a touring choir and assisting in the peace process in Northern Ireland. His words were inspiring and thought-provoking.

Perhaps it would be useful for each of our parishes and missions to consider what unique mission outreach they might provide to the communities in which they serve.

On Friday, Fathers Williams and Tutor presented a workshop for deacons. During the past year, six deacons have been ordained in the diocese and it was felt that there was a need for further diaconal training. Though the workshop was appropriately focused on the work of the deacon, it was useful to us all. The presentation generated a good deal of discussion and prompted several to ask for more such presentations.

SERVICE BOOKLETS FOR DEACONS


We are planning to produce service booklets that may be used by deacons in the administration of the reserved sacrament. Deacon Bennett has used such booklets to good advantage at Christ Church, St. Johnsbury. Although the approved order of service has been available for some time, its one-page format can seem limited. We do expect to have a draft booklet available after the first of the year. This should be helpful for both deacons and visitors.

CLERGY NEWS
The Rev. Mr. Frank Bartlett has passed his canonical examinations. He will, by the grace of God, be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at Trinity Pro-cathedral on February 12, 2011.

The Rev. Derek Park has requested a leave of absence from his clerical responsibilities. He has been granted a leave of absence for one year.

The Rev. Mr. Richard Dibble has completed his canonical examinations. We look forward to his ordination to the priesthood.

NATIONAL CHURCH NEWS

Archbishop Falk has announced his desire to relinquish his role as President of the House of Bishops. The election for a new president will be held at the next meeting of the House of Bishops. That will take place in Tucson Arizona in April, 2011.

EPISCOPAL VISITS

The bishop's visitation schedule will be published within the next two weeks. I typically visit parishes on the second and (when they exist) fifth Sundays each month. Should you wish to request a particular date, let me know. I will accommodate your requests when possible.

CYCLE OF PRAYER

The 2011 Cycle of Prayer has been completed and will be available for distribution within the week.

ANNUAL GIVING

Our diocese has several worthy causes. A copy of our giving fund list is attached for your consideration. Please be as generous as possible.

Know of my prayers for all of you.

Your Brother in Christ,

+Brian