ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
Diocese of the Northeast

 

Bishop's Monthly Newsletter

February, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

This newsletter comes with every good wish for you all. It has been a challenging Winter for us all. Even for those of us who traveled recently to Atlanta! I am comforted by the fact that we now have as much sunlight as we have on October 24. And the calendar is moving in a warmer direction,

 

Here is some of the news from our very active diocese and national church:

 

St. Luke's Camp

 

The dates for St. Luke's Camp this year are August 10-16. We will again use the facilities of Camp Ashmere in Hinsdale, Massachusetts. We ask that you mark your calendars and pre-register campers with Bishop Williams (tac@metrocast.net) or Allan Wylie (allan.wylie@gmail.com) very soon so that we may begin our planning process.

 

St. Luke's Camp has had a long and successful history of providing a fun-filled week of Christian camping to our children. Prayer is an important part of our weekly activities. Daily chapel worship help our children learn the practice of prayer and its importance in their daily lives. A good prayer life helps a child grow spiritually, strengthening his or her life physically and morally.

 

Much of the day is occupied with fun activities like swimming, boating and a variety of crafts and games. Each year, the children perform an original play, learn about their faith and express their musical or acting ability in "talent night."

 

St. Luke's Camp is open to all young people from the ages of eight to sixteen. They need not be members of one of our parishes. It is our goal to bring children to the gospel of Jesus Christ in an atmosphere of mutual respect and Christian love.

 

The cost of this superb week of camping is very reasonable indeed. At $275.00 is is a real bargain. Scholarships are also available.

 

Clergy News

 

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, The Rev. Ian E. Dunn will be installed Rector of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Ellsworth, Maine. The service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. All are invited to attend. We pray for the life and ministry of Father Dunn.

 

Clericus

 

Our Spring clericus will once again be held at Graymoor in Garrison, New York. The dates are March 20-21, though additional dates are available to any who wish to make private retreats. More information will be forthcoming from our convenor, Father David Moody. As in the past, our Spring clericus is open to both clergy and lay members of our diocese, as well as guests. The Board of Examining Chaplains will meet on Friday afternoon, March 21. The Board invites any man who is considering a clerical vocation to discuss the nature of his call.

 

The monastery at Graymoor, which is the monastery of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, is a beautiful setting. We will conduct our worship in the lovely St. Francis chapel. Please mark your calendars and make arrangements to join us at this unique clericus.

 

Religious Education Sunday

 

We have several men who are planning to enter seminary on a full-time basis. Though we are very fortunate to have the Helliwell Fund, which was establish several years ago for the support of men studying for holy orders, its resources are limited. We have, therefore, designated March 9, 2014 as "Religious Education Sunday" and ask that individuals and parishes contribute an extra amount to the Sunday collection on that day. You may wish to make checks out to the "Diocese of the Northeast," noting in the memo line: "Religious Education." Separate contributions may also be sent directly to our diocesan treasurer, Kathy Lippman.

 

It is a great gift that we have men who are seeking a fulltime seminary education and we need to support them in their journey to holy orders. God's church will benefit from their work among us.

 

Reconciliation Committee

 

Many thanks to Bishop Langberg and the Reconciliation Committee. Several of us traveled to Atlanta (yes, THAT Atlanta) a couple of weeks ago to take part in the clericus meeting of our sister jurisdiction, the Anglican Province of America. During our time together, Bishops and clergy from both the ACA and the APA gathered for fellowship, worship and problem-solving. At our concurrent synods in October, it is expected that both the APA and the ACA will vote to approve identical new constitutions. This constitution has been developed by the Reconciliation Committee. It is not very different from our present constitution. It should be noted that approval of the constitution will require the affirmative vote of two synods. Accordingly, we are likely looking to 2017 for the full adoption of the constitution and, potentially, full reconciliation of our two jurisdictions. The Reconciliation Committee is also working on developing a common set of canons. The canons, it should be noted, require the vote of only one synod. It is hoped that these, too, may be adopted at the 2017 synod. In any case, Bishop Langberg and the Reconciliation Committee deserve much thanks and praise for the dedicated service they are providing to God's church.

 

Bishop's Schedule

 

February 18. ACA House of Bishops Teleconference.
February 19. TAC College of Bishops Teleconference
March 8. Father Dunn's installation. St. Thomas Church, Ellsworth, Maine.
March 9. Episcopal visit, Holy Trinity Church, Waterville, Maine.
March 9. Religious Education Sunday.
March 20-21. Clericus and Board of Examining Chaplains. Graymoor, Garrison, NY
March 30. Episcopal visit, St. Mary of the Angels, Hollywood, California.
April 8-10. House of Bishops and Executive Council, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
April 27. Episcopal visit, St. Luke's, Amherst, New Hampshire

 

Your Brother in Christ,

+Brian