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January 26, 2018

    Sunday, January 28, Epiphany 4. The liturgical color is green.

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. 

The Church of the Holy Spirit, Randlett.

The detailed woodwork and hand painted stencils are treasures in one of our oldest churches and represent the architecture of over 120 years ago. The Church of the Holy Spirit has served our congregation in Randlett since 1896.

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi. 
Working With Other Religious Traditions

As the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah and personally, I have believed that establishing good relationships with the other religious traditions here in Utah is an important witness to make. This has been enjoyable work for me and I am gratified to have these relationships. I believe that is very important to demonstrate that people can work together, value each other, and have friendships with each other even though there are points of profound differences between us . I believe that the people of this nation are hungry to see people disagree and still be in positive relationship.
It is so easy to believe the worst about others even if it is not true. One of the things that I have heard many times is that Mormons only help other Mormons. This is far from the truth. In the Diocese of Utah the LDS Church has provided many tons of food to be distributed at Episcopal food banks. They have also provided volunteers to help in community feeding programs that take place at Episcopal congregations.
Recently, some people from Episcopal Migration Ministries visited Salt Lake City. I was out of country when this took place so I cannot report on all that was discussed or where they toured. What I can tell you is that the LDS Church determined that the work of the Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is very important. In demonstration of this, they made a donation of support to the EMM in the amount of $250,000. This is a huge donation and will go to help sustain the work of the EMM as they live the call of welcome by supporting refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them as they walk together in The Episcopal Church's movement to create loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships rooted in compassion. EMM's desire to honor the inherent value of human connection brings communities together to love their neighbors as themselves.
Click the link below for more information about Episcopal Migration Ministries:
I am thankful to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for this and am grateful for the way that we are working together to bring relief to many people who need help.
Multifaith & Poverty Day at the Legislature 

Bp. Hayashi & Rep. Poulson.

The Rev. Libby Hunter.

RyLee Curtis, Utah Decides 

On Thursday, January 28, people of various faiths gathered at the Utah State Legislature to advocate for  reducing child homelessness and poverty in Utah. In the above photos  Bishop Hayashi  speaks with Representative Marie Poulson (D, District 46) about Coalition of Religious Communities (CORC) issues facing legislators this session. Rep. Poulson is a member of the Health Reform Task Force.  Longtime CORC advocate, The Rev. Libby Hunter is  a familiar voice for impoverished people as she lobbies legislators.  RyLee Curtis of Utah Decides explains that 113,000 signatures are needed by April 16th to get Medicaid expansion on the  ballot in November 2018.  The Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU) is a packet signing location. Just visit the front desk. Bishop Scott B. Hayashi is a sponsor of the Medicaid expansion bill.

Diocesan Convention 2018 Website Now Live

The website for convention can be found at .  

All information and materials for convention can be found on the link above. Please note that there will not be a pre-convention meeting this year.  

Registra tion forms and a full convention schedule are still in the works. However, you can visit the site to find  location information  and  submit nominations  for diocesan committees and offices.  Please note that the following slots are open:

Diocesan Council 

1 Lay Regional Representative

1 Lay Regional Representatove  (SLC)  

1 Clergy

Standing Committee 

           1 Lay Representative

           1 Clergy
Disciplinary Board

              1 Lay Representative 

              2 Clergy

Budget Overview & Financial Forecast Meeting

ATTENTION: Clergy in Charge, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurers; Vestry/Bishop Committee,  Diocesan Council and Finance Committee members and diocesan convention delegates:  Mark Your Calendars  for  an important budget and financial forecast meeting:

DATE:    Saturday, February 24, 2018
TIME:     11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
PLACE:  Dean's Hall, The Cathedral Church of St. Mark
** Lunch will be served.**

The meeting is designed to provide full information about our diocesan finances now and into the future.    Bishop Hayashi and the leadership team are committed to transparency about all avenues under consideration, and are mindful that advanced information to congregations is critical as you formulate local budgets.  Please click here to access detailed information.  

Registration is now open.   To register and to indicate dietary requirements and the need for overnight housing, please click on the link below and fill out the form.  You will receive an immediate confirmation of your registration.  The deadline to register is January 23rd if you require overnight housing, and February 14th if you do not. 

Persons who need overnight housing and register after January 23rd should contact Rhonda Uber:  for alternate arrangements.
If you have questions about this conference, please do not hesitate to contact The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler:  

Soup, Serve & Sing at St. Mark's Tower

Residents join in singing.

Jayden, Natalie, Annabeth.

Enjoying the music.
On Tuesday evening, January 24, almost 50 people ages 5 to 85 enjoyed the annual Camp Tuttle youth Soup, Serve, and Sing at St. Mark's Tower, 650 South 300 East, Salt Lake City.  Good food, gathering in community, and joyful singing brought smiles, laughter, and wonderful memories to the residents. One guest, noticing how the group responded to the evening, asked "Are they always so loud and lively?" A special thank you to Camp Tuttle for lifting and enriching the spirits of those that attended. Tuttle counselor Jayden Martinez (pictured above center) went the extra mile and hand delivered meals to residents unable to make it to the dining room for the event.

 Utah Decides Healthcare Act of 2018

Utah Decides Healthcare is seeking 113,000 singatures to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot.  Accomplishing this ambitious undertaking will bring local control to the healthcare debate, allowing Utah voters to decide what is best for their families. It will ensure affordable access to doctors and hospitals for all individuals and families in Utah with monthly incomes less than $2,727 for a family of four, and less than $1,337 for an individual (below 138% of the federal poverty line). To cover the added costs, sales tax on non-food items will increase from 4.7% to 4.85% - about 3 cents for every $20 - to cover the cost of bringing medical care to tens of thousands of people. 

Initiative Highlights:
  •   Keeps eligibility requirements the same for Medicaid and CHIP  (Childrens' Health                Insurance Program), so they do not become more restrictive.
  •   Expands individuals' eligibility to use Medicaid.
  •   Eliminates putting caps on enrollments for both Medicaid & CHIP.
  •   Keeps premiums, fees, and out-of-pocket expenses capped.
Whether you are for or against the initiative, please help to get it on the docket for the legislature, 
so we all have a chance to vote. Adding your signature now ensures it will be voted on this year. 
You may contact Monica Daly at with questions. The Bishop will deliver the petitions to the legislature later this session.


Jr/Sr High Winter Retreat (Grades 6-12)

Join the outdoor winter fun at Camp Tuttle!  Activity choices include snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding or cross country skiing,  and of course sledding!  For those who would like to go skiing or snowboarding, the cost is an additional $40 for a pass at Solitude Ski Resort. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are included in the retreat cost.

DATE:    Saturday, February 24 - Sunday, February 25, 2018
TIME:     From 9:00 a.m. Saturday to 2:00 p.m. Sunday 
PLACE:  Camp Tuttle 
                650 South 300 East, S alt Lake City  
COST:     $65*

There will be a retreat shuttle available if you do not have a 4X4 vehicle or would prefer not to drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  The shuttle will be available upon request with limited space.  There will be plenty of hot cocoa  and  a warm fire at camp to keep campers toasty!   

*For questions, or scholarship inquiries, please contact Karen Gleeson, Youth Coordinator/Camp Liaison at  or 801-322-4131. 

Note:  The 2018 Camp Tuttle Summer Schedule is available online:

Souper Bowl of Caring 

The 150th Task Force has committed to repeat one of the most successful outreach events in recent diocesan history. It is the popular  Souper Bowl of Caring . Once again there will be matching funds made available to congregations to support this food and donation campaign that serves our local communities.  

The Rev. Terri Heyduk says this year's  Souper Bowl of Caring takes place January 21 through February 4 (the Sunday of the Super Bowl). The diocese will be registered as one group. Therefore, individual congregations do not have to register. Funds raised must be reported by February 7
so the Task Force can  advise about matching funds. More details will be shared in emails to clergy-in-charge and through your congregational liaisons. 

Love Heals Summit

Mark your calendars for a special event at the Episcopal Diocese of Utah (EDU), 75 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. P lease plan to attend the March 23, 2018, Love Heals Forum and participate in an important conversation on the issues surrounding human trafficking in Utah. Thistle Farms founder The Rev. Becca Stevens, trauma care specialist Dr. Kathy Franchek-Roa, trafficking survivors, and Utah experts will discuss solutions and best practices to lift women out of trafficking, violence, and exploitation. Learn what we can do to empower victims to heal, find work, and become self-sustaining members of the community. Click here:  for more information and watch this newsletter for updates.  

Five New Albs Available 

The Diocese has received a gift of 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:

2 albs in size Extra Small, both 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:

Salt Lake City, March 9-10, 2018

The Real Paul: 
Recovering his Radical Challenge

Location: Rowland Hall, 720 South Guardsman Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108.  Click here for more information.  
Calendar Notes


Ash Wednesday
Mark your c
sh Wednesday is February 14th this year. 

Mitford Afternoon Tea
This is a fundrasier for Feed My Sheep, a pastoral program of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark.  

DATE:     Saturday, March 10, 2018 
TIME:      2:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Cathedral Church of St. Mark
                231 East 100 South, SLC, UT  84111
COST:     $12/person (Admission by reservation only)
CALL:     Please call 801-656-9589 to make a reservation
is Saturday March 3, 2018

Fund Raiser Rummage/ Plant Sale at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark
The Cathedral is starting to collect items for its April 21, 2018,fund- raiser. Please mark your calendars and drop off any items you would like to contribute at the Cathedral. See the receptionist, who will direct you to the room where the items will be stored.  

Cathedral phone number:  801-322-3400


Monica Daly
Episcopal Diocese of Utah

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