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Diocesan eNews                    October 24, 2012
Your pledge makes it possible: The Episcopal Church

The last in a series of articles on the mission and ministries of the Episcopal Church in Southern Virginia. 

Click here to find print versions of these articles you can distribute at your church. 

 

We are one of the 110 dioceses of The Episcopal Church, and cooperate with our brothers and sisters in the US and overseas (i.e. Haiti, Taiwan, Europe) as we minister in the name of Christ in terms of 'The Anglican Five Marks of Mission:

  •  To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  •  To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  •  To respond to human need by loving service
  •  To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  •  To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has asked each diocese to financially assist in living out this ministry by sharing 19% of our 2011 income over $120K. Additional funding for these ministry areas comes from a 5% draw on unrestricted investment assets of The Episcopal Church, along with the rental of space in the Church Center in NYC.

 

Specifically, our giving to The Episcopal Church supports these priorities:

  •  Block grants to dioceses and agencies throughout the church for new work in each of the Five Marks of Mission
  •  Funding for the ministry of Episcopal Relief and Development
  •  Grants for campus ministry and national youth gatherings
  •  Funding for a conversation on restructuring the church
  •  Funding for a Development Office to seek major financial gifts for The Episcopal Church

Another way of understanding the budget is in terms of three broad categories: Program, Corporate and Canonical. The Program category, essentially spending on "mission" comprises 48% of the expense budget. About half this amount is grants made to others (e.g., supporting off-shore and smaller domestic Dioceses, Episcopal Relief and Development, etc.) The remaining half pays salaries, benefits, travel and other costs of The Episcopal Church program staff (including domestic and international missionaries).

 

The Corporate category comprises 31% and includes costs like these:

  •  Support functions such as Finance, HR, IT, Chief Operating Officer, and building occupancy costs
  •  Debt service (interest and loan repayment) on the $37 million borrowed in 2004 to pay for improvements to the corporate headquarters building at 815 Second Avenue in New York City

The Canonical category represents 21%:

  •  Expenses related to governance, including for General Convention, Executive Council, House of Bishops and House of Deputies
  •  Other types of canonically mandated expenses such as for the Office of Pastoral Development, Title IV & litigation expense, and the TEC Archives
  •  Less than 8% of the budget is spent on General Convention, its committees, commissions, agencies and boards, the Executive Council, the House of Deputies, the House of Bishops, and the Office of General Convention together

So, given the budget of The Episcopal Church, how well does the Diocese of Southern Virginia in meeting the 19% asking? Not so well. Our diocese consistently gives significantly less than asked, and is one of the lowest givers in The Episcopal Church. In 2012, we are planning to give $132,200 - about 7%. In 2013, the draft budget anticipates giving $161,475 for the work of The Episcopal Church, 9%, as opposed to the asking of 19%; if we gave what was asked we would send $340,892.

 

The Program, Budget, and Review Committee recognizes there is a tension between what we are asked by General Convention to do to help the larger church, and what we want to do to fund critical ministries in our own Diocese. In 2010 Bishop Hollerith challenged the Diocese to increase our giving to The Episcopal Church to 10% of income in five years. We are coming close and once we do, will look forward to the next challenge of meeting the full asking.

Registration for "Gifts for Ministry in Daily Life" workshop ends on Oct. 27!  

You still have time to register for Exploring Gifts for Ministry in Daily Life: Being a Christian 24/7. The workshop will be held Saturday, November 10, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,  at Church of the Ascension, Norfolk. The Commission on Ministry for Ministry of the Baptized (COM-MB) is pleased to sponsor this workshop designed especially for laity to assist them in identifying their spiritual gifts and to begin discovering new ways to use these gifts to glorify God. Cost: $25, which includes materials and lunch. Registration will close on Friday, Oct. 27 to allow adequate time for ordering materials for all attendees. The registration fee is non-refundable, but transferable.  Click here for more information and registration.

Upcoming events for youth and young adults 

Happening Reunion - November 10-11, Chanco on the James   

Join Happening alumni from all over our diocese for a weekend of reconnection, relaxation and refreshment! Learn more about exciting developments in the Happening program, share memories and experience great worship and activities. Click here for information and registration.   

 

November Weekend - November 16-18, VUMAC in Blackstone
Open to all youth in grades 6-9 and their adult advisors. Make new friends at this fall retreat at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone, VA!  November Weekend includes music, games, activities, socials, small group discussions and amazing worship! Click here for more information and registration. 

 

Young Adults Conference - December 1, 12 to 5 p.m.,St. John's, Hampton

All young adults (20s and 30s) are invited to attend. Conference features a special Advent Eucharist and programs by: Bishop Hollerith; Jason Sierra, Young Adult Ministries Officer of the Episcopal Church; and the Young Adults Commission of Southern Virginia. This event will offer opportunities to network with other young adults around the diocese, dialogue with dynamic leaders, serve the Hampton homeless community, and engage in compelling worship. Lunch provided with coffee and refreshments served all day. Stick around afterward for an optional happy hour and dinner in historic downtown Hampton. Click here for more information and online registration. 

Trinity Institute 42nd Theological Conference downlink site in Gloucester
This year's conference features Richard Rohr and Joan Chittister.

Abingdon Episcopal Church, Gloucester, and Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown will partner to present The Trinity Institute 42nd Theological Conference via a downlink from New York City. The conference begins on Friday, November 9 and continues through November 10. Registration will begin at 5:00 pm on November 9 at the Abingdon Parish Hall (4645 George Washington Memorial Hwy), and the conference will begin at 6:00 pm. Saturday's session will consist of speakers and small group discussion groups. The theme for this year's conference is Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change. Speakers include Richard Rohr and Joan Chittister. 

 

Sister Joan Chittister will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. In the 21st century, people seek to cope and to create in a world that is shifting on its very foundations. Economic inequity threatens to tear us apart at the seams. The forces of globalization demand that we rethink what it means to be a community and where our mutual responsibilities lie. It is a time of classic crisis, forged of equal parts threat and opportunity. "Our task is now to be radical Christian communities in the here and now, not fossils of a bygone reality, not leftovers from an earlier golden age. Now we need new wisdom and a new kind of struggle to determine what we must be and do in the midst of changing time. The question is then: What does it mean to be a radical Christian community in times such as these?" Joan Chittister, The Radical Christain Life.

 

Join us for what will be an interesting and thoughtful workshop. Call 757-898-3261, Grace Episcopal Church, to register early for this event or visit Abingdon Church's website abingdonchurch.org.

22nd Annual LARCUM Conference in Richmond  

LARCUM (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and United Methodists in Covenant) will hold its twenty-second annual conference in churches in the Lakeside area of Richmond November 30 and December 1. John Borelli, Special Assistant for Interreligious Activities at Georgetown University will speak about the significance and continual ecumenical influence of the Second Vatican Council. Also present will be our bishops who will lead us forward in living out the LARCUM Covenant. Further information, schedules and registration forms may be found on the diocesan website or by contacting the Rev. Paul Phillips at phpccity@verizon.net. 

Boys' Home grad awarded Eagle Badge  

By Jerome Johnson, Development & Communications, Boys' Home   

Devin VanGundy, a student from Boys' Home Covington, was awarded the highest rank in scouting, the Eagle Badge on October 13, 2012. His Eagle Court of Honor was held in the All Saints' Chapel on the Boys' Home campus.

 

The Boy Scout motto of Be Prepared has special meaning to Devin. It doesn't mean just being prepared to help others in emergencies or disasters. Be Prepared also applies to being prepared for life, through the challenges that situations sometimes bring. For Devin, one of the challenges involved coming to Boys' Home in the summer of 2011. By persevering, sometimes on his own and sometimes through the persistence of the Boys' Home staff, Devin settled into the structure at Boys' Home and attained two of his primary goals: to complete his Eagle project and to graduate from high school.

 

The Boy Scout motto and the mission of Boys' Home complement each other. At Boys' Home, preparing also means learning to become a productive citizen by developing your mental, physical, social and spiritual potentials. For Devin, it meant developing a strong heart, mind, spirit and body.

 

Devin began scouting on May 28, 2006 when he joined Troop 2826 in Chester, Virginia. After attaining his Life Scout Rank in May 2010, VanGundy joined Troop 66 in the summer of 2011 after first arriving at Boys' Home. He has earned a total of 21 merit badges. These include Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World as well as badges in Camping, Communications, Fingerprinting, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, First Aid, Swimming, Leatherwork, Nature, Personal Fitness, Mammal Study, Fishing, Indian Lore, Family Life, Archery, Personal Management and Automotive Maintenance. While in the Boys' Home Troop 66, VanGundy has held the leadership positions of Quartermaster and Senior Patrol Leader.

 

Devin's Eagle project was constructing feral cat shelters, which took a total of 100 man-hours to complete. Assisting Devin were Chad Whitmer, Scoutmaster, Amy Hubbard, Assistant Scoutmaster, Danny Cale, maintenance chief at Boys' Home and Don Minniear, maintenance staff. Also helping were members of Troop 66.  

 

Invited to share in Devin's special day were his family and friends, former teachers, scout representatives, Boys' Home staff and residents. Donnie Wheatley, current Executive Director and former Scoutmaster of Troop 66, was the Master of Ceremonies. Other participants were Greg Lemmer, Bonnie Wheatley, Sandra Scruggs, Reggie Gibbs and members of Troop 66.

 

Devin plans to return to Chester and, in the next few weeks, join Job Corps.

News from Chanco
Chanco seeking applicants for Board of Directors

Calling all lovers of Chanco on the James! Whether you went as a camper, a counselor, a Happener, a Cursillista or simply someone who cares about the future of Chanco's ministry....The Board of Directors of Chanco on the James needs you! The Chanco Board is especially interested in those with a background in finance or development. There will be seats coming open on the board for 2013 and we would love to have some new faces! All board members must be members in good standing of an Episcopal church in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Applications are vetted through the board and then sent to the Bishop for approval. Board terms are three years in length. Meetings are every other month (the third Tuesday of the month) from 4-6 pm at Chanco. There are carpools from the Southside and potential carpools from the west. This is one simple way you can give back to Chanco! Click here for a nomination form. Questions? Contact New Board Member Coordinator Marguerite Alley at  ccf@emmanuelvb.org. Applications may be emailed to Marguerite at this address. Thank you for your consideration of this important ministry of our diocese!  

Bishop Hollerith's Schedule

October 22-25 - Chaplain for Tri-Diocesan Fall Camp at Shrine Mont

October 27 - Bishop's Days for Parish Leaders, Emmanuel, Virginia Beach  

October 28 - St. Paul's, Petersburg

November 1 - Holy Apostles', Virginia Beach, 35th Anniversary Service 

November 4 - St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach

November 11 - Calvary, Dinwiddie

November 18 - Good Shepherd, McKenney 

Events Around Our Diocese
 

For more diocesan events, go to the calendar on our website

  

Fall Game & Wine Dinner Benefit for Happening - October 27, 7 p.m., St. Christopher's, Portsmouth. All proceeds benefit Happening, a Christian renewal program designed for youth in grades 10-12. A magnificent menu has been planned. Be prepared to have a fine dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu will consist of several courses prepared with duck, venison and rock fish. Cost is $65 per person. We will be pairing each course with a wine selection. You will not be disappointed! We are selling a limited number of tickets so get them now. You can purchase tickets online here. You can also purchase tickets via cash or check (made out to St. Christopher's). If you have questions please contact Kim Centers 757-447-8801,  kimmyt74@yahoo.com or the Rev. Eileen Walsh at 757-484-5155,  ewalsh143@aol.com.   

 

Fourth Day Cursillo Gathering - November 3 at 12 noon at Chanco. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. Bring a covered dish to share. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to gather together to renew old friendships, praise the Lord and welcome our new Cursillistas. For more information contact Cursillo Lay Director Bee Betts, laydirector@cursillodsv.org. Go to www.cursillodsv.org for more information.   

 

Trinity Institute 42nd Theological Conference - Nov. 9 & 10, Abingdon Episcopal Church, Gloucester. Abingdon Episcopal Church, Gloucester, and Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown will partner to present The Trinity Institute 42nd Theological Conference via a downlink from New York City. The conference begins on Friday, November 9 and continues through November 10. Registration will begin at 5:00 pm on November 9 at the Abingdon Parish Hall (4645 George Washington Memorial Hwy), and the conference will begin at 6:00 pm. Saturday's session will consist of speakers and small group discussion groups. The theme for this year's conference is Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change. Sister Joan Chittister will be the keynote speaker. Go to diosova.org for more information and registration. 

 

Exploring Gifts for Ministry in Daily Life: Being a Christian 24/7 - November 10, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Church of the Ascension, Norfolk. The Commission on Ministry for Ministry of the Baptized (COM-MB) is pleased to sponsor a second workshop designed especially for laity to assist them in identifying their spiritual gifts and to begin discovering new ways to use these gifts to glorify God. Cost: $25, which includes materials and lunch. As space is limited, we ask that all participants pre-pay either by PayPal or by mailing a check to the diocesan office. Registration will close on Friday, Oct. 27 to allow adequate time for ordering materials for all attendees. The registration fee is non-refundable, but transferable. Click here for more information and registration.


Happening Reunion - November 10-11, Chanco on the James. Click here for more information and online registration.

Fall Clergy Conference - November 13-14 at Chanco on the James. An optional Quiet Day will precede the conference on Monday, November 12. Click here for more information and registration.

ECW Day of Reflection - November 15, 9:45 a.m., St. Mark's, Suffolk. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Click here for a registration form. 

November Weekend - November 16-18 at VUMAC in Blackstone. For grades 6-9. Click here for more information and online registration.

22nd Annual LARCUM Conference - November 30-December 1, Richmond. LARCUM (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and United Methodists in Covenant) will hold its twenty-second annual conference in churches in the Lakeside area of Richmond November 30 and December 1. John Borelli, Special Assistant for Interreligious Activities at Georgetown University will speak about the significance and continual ecumenical influence of the Second Vatican Council. Also present will be our bishops who will lead us forward in living out the LARCUM Covenant. Further information, schedules and registration forms may be found on the diocesan website or by contacting the Rev. Paul Phillips at phpccity@verizon.net.

Young Adults Conference - December 1, 12 to 5 p.m.,St. John's, Hampton . All young adults (20s and 30s) are invited to attend. Conference features a special Advent Eucharist and programs by: Bishop Hollerith; Jason Sierra, Young Adult Ministries Officer of the Episcopal Church; and the Young Adults Commission of Southern Virginia. This event will offer opportunities to network with other young adults around the diocese, dialogue with dynamic leaders, serve the Hampton homeless community, and engage in compelling worship. Lunch provided with coffee and refreshments served all day. Stick around afterward for an optional happy hour and dinner in historic downtown Hampton. Click here for more information and online registration.

Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests - December 15, 11 a.m., Christ & St. Luke's, Norfolk

EfM (Education for Ministry) Mentor Training - January 17-19, Chanco on the James. At present, both Basic In-Service and Formation training (Transition in the midst of a Changing World) are planned. If you are interested in attending this training, please contact Ann Meyer, Diocesan EfM Coordinator, 757-229-1111 or ann@stmartinswmbg.org. Click here for more information and a registration form. 

 

Vocations Exploration Retreat - January 18-20. Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs for more information, ascruggs@diosova.org or 757-213-3393.

  

Youth Leader Gathering - January 25-26. More information coming soon. 

  

121st Annual Council - February 14-16, Williamsburg Lodge. Check our website for the latest information.  

 

Men's Cursillo Weekend - Feb. 28-Mar. 3, Chanco on the James. Go to www.cursillodsv.org for more information and to apply. 

  

Happening #59 - March 8-10, Chanco on the James. Click here for more information and online registration.  

  

Blackstone Weekend - March 22-24, VUMAC, Blackstone. Click here for more information and online registration.

 

Women's Cursillo Weekend - April 11-14, Chanco on the James. Go to www.cursillodsv.org for more information and to apply. 


Parish Book Store

Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in May 2012, declared the "first Protestant" by a follower of Martin Luther, and ignored for centuries after her death in 1178. Who is this woman? Hildegard of Bingen, a herald of the divine feminine, church reformer, green prophet, and critic of patriarchy everywhere. The book for Wednesday Noon Book Group in November is Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century by Matthew Fox. Pick up your copy in the Parish Book Store and learn what this remarkable woman has to say to us today.

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