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December 29, 2017

    Sunday, December 31, Christmas 1. The liturgical color is white.

The Episcopal Church in Utah Celebrates 150 Years

As the Diocese of Utah celebrates its first 150 years of ministry, we look forward to the second 150 years. To  recognize our heritage, we include at least one historical picture in each newsletter. 
St Francis Episcopal Church, Moab, Circa 1950.

In our 150th Year of ministry in Utah, we are looking back at our life as part of Utah and the West. In the 1950's the Episcopalians of Moab finally got their new building after meeting in homes throughout Grand County. St. Francis was built in the middle of a desert locale "way out of town" in the uranium boom town of Moab. The structure was considerably changed during the Jubilee Ministry project of the 1990's/2000's as seen in the insert picture.

Bishop's Christmas Message

Bishop Hayashi shares a message for the Christmas season that is upon us. He hopes and prays that we can respond to a world that needs our caring and sharing at this time. He asks that we answer the need to do God's will on earth, for whatever task we might do, with the same response Mary made when asked to carry the great responsibility of giving birth to the Lord "Here am I, the servant of the Lord."  Luke 1:38 NSRV.  
Cathedral Church of St. Mark Christmas Eve Service

The video above provides excerpts from the festive 2017 Christmas Eve Eucharist which was webcast live from the historic St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City. The sermon is delivered by The Rev. Tyler Doherty. The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler, Canon to the Ordinary, is celebrating. 


From: The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi

As you may know, I agreed to be one of five sponsors for the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in Utah. After five years of working on this, only to be met with rejection by the Utah Legislature, Utah Decides Healthcare determined that the only way this would happen in Utah is by bypassing the legislature and going directly to the people. 
Over the last five years Utah taxpayers have paid around $3.5 billion dollars in taxes for the expansion of Medicaid. Unfortunately, because our legislature rejected the expansion of Medicaid, all of the funds that you and I have paid have gone to benefit people in other states.
You might ask, does my action violate the separation of church and state? I checked with the Chancellor on this and he determined that working on this issue was not a violation.
Adding an initiative on the ballot is not easy. The Utah Constitution makes it very difficult. The first step is the gathering of 113,000 signatures from registered voters. 

I have sent packets to each congregation to help in this effort. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact your Clergy in Charge for more information.  You may also contact Monica Daly at with questions.

Ascension St Matthew's

Ascension St. Matthew's Hosts
2018 Diocesan Convention

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Diocesan Convention will be held at  A scension St. Matthew's (ASM), 522 N Homestead Blvd, Price, on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Diocesan staff will make a site visit to Price during the first week of January to start the planning process with Pastor Locke and ASM's planning committee.  Registration and housing information will be published soon.   
General Convention 2018 
Utah Deputies Begin to Prepare

Clergy and lay deputies to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (Austin, TX, July 5 July 13), met for a planning meeting at the Episcopal Diocese of Utah (EDU) on December 19. Clergy Deputies are The Rev. Trace Browning, The Rev. Mary Janda, The Rev. Canon Pablo Ramos, and The Rev. Isabel Gonzalez. Lay Deputies are Nancy Tanner, Steve Hutchinson, Rhonda Uber, and David Reed. In the event a deputy cannot attend the convention, the following alternates will serve:  The Rev. Vanessa Cato, he Rev. Kurt Wiesner, April Richey, Sandy Motes, and Kristin Madden.  We will continue to carry updates in this newsletter to keep you informed.  
Diocesan Council Passes 2018 Budget 

The Diocesan Council unanimously passed the 2018 Episcopal Diocese of Utah (EDU) budget.  In keeping with the Council's commitment to financial transparency, the budget is available here
It can also be found under the News and Events tab on the EDU website. Bishop Hayashi deeply appreciates the hard work of the Finance Committee, CFO The Rev. Canon Steve Andersen, the Council, and all who make our ministry financially possible.  


Six New Albs Available 

The Diocese has received a gift of six new albs from an exhibitor at our diocesan convention last March. All are made by the Gaspard Company and they appear to be for rather slim adults or taller slim youth.  Available are:

3 albs in size Extra Small, 1 white, 2 cream.  No hoods, with hook and loop closures.  
These would fit a slim person 5'3" to 5'6".

3 albs in size Small, 1 white, 2 cream.  No hoods, with hook and loop closures. 
These would fit a slim person 5'6" to 5'9".

If your congregation can give any of these a good home, kindly notify The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler by email:

Community of Hope Introductory Meeting 
Community of Hope, a diocesan-wide ministry, consists of lay people serving in all forms of pastoral care. They are present to others in a compassionate, listening, non-controlling manner to make a difference in the health and well-being of those in need.  Community of Hope's in-depth training and formation, based on Benedictine Spirituality, prepares individuals for a special ministry and contributes to their spiritual development.  
You are cordially invited to an introductory meeting to learn more about this important ministry. The introductory meeting is part of the application process and provides an opportunity for prospective members to learn more about the program and discern if they want to become part of the community.
DATE: Saturday, January 13, 2017
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Cathedral Church of St. Mark
                     231 East 100 South - SLC UT 84111

Chris LeCluyse: 801-660-9124
                                                 Carolyn Ershler: 801-201-0814,

Calendar Notes


Ending Child Homelessness
Offering prayers and collecting diapers for homeless children.  Join faith communities around the state to pray for Utah children who are homeless.  

DATE:  January 19-21, 2018 
TIME:    Call the phone # below for drop off times.  
CONTACT:   Bill Tibbitts at Crossroads Urban Center 
                     Phone:  801-364-7765 x 107

Multifaith & Poverty Day at the Utah Capitol
Come and be a part of a multi-faith effort to reduce child homelessness and address other poverty issues in Utah. Meet your own legislators and learn how to stay in touch with them.

DATE:  Thursday, January 25, 2018 
TIME: 10:00 a.m. -  Noon
PLACE:  Utah State Capitol
CONTACT:   Bill Tibbitts at Crossroads Urban Center 
                     Phone:  801-364-7765 x 107

Fall Retreat on the Shores of Lake Como, Italy 

The Rev. Roger Williams, an Anglican Priest at the English speaking  Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy, forwarded some information about a retreat  being held at his church in October, 2018.  The theme is "Peaks, shallows and deeps." Lakeside reflections on Christian Discipleship today."   Rev. Williams notes that many Americans visit the area and the Church of the Ascension.  He invites us to consider attending the Retreat.  Read more about the event by  clicking this link

Monica Daly
Episcopal Diocese of Utah

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