August 15, 2019
The Bishop’s Institute Proudly Pesents: 
February 2-10, 2020
Organized by Biblical Journeys and led by the Rev. Canon Aaron Smith,
assisted by the Rev. Canon Douglas Dupree
Duration: 9 days
Trip Cost: $3,800 (includes room, most meals and flights)
Single Supplement: Base Price + $552
Payment due date: November 2, 2019
Day 1: Departure from Jacksonville
Day 2: Arrival – Jaffa – Tel Aviv
Day 3: Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel (Eucharist) – Megiddo – Mt of Transfiguration — Nazareth, Tiberias
Day 4: Bethsaida – Mt. of Beatitudes – Peter’s Primacy – Capernaum – Jordan River – Boat Ride (Eucharist)
Day 5: Wadi Quelt – Jordan (Baptismal Renewal) – Jericho – Mt of Olives (no decent)
Day 6: Bethlehem – Jerusalem (pools of Bethesda, Western Wall, Lazarus’ Tomb) – Hezekiah’s Tunnel -- Free Time
Day 7: Roman Road – Ein Gedi – Dead Sea (Optional – stay in Jerusalem and Israel Museum)
Day 8: Gethsemane – Walk to Zion / Old City of David – Upper Room (Communion) –
Caiaphas House – Via Dolorosa – Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Day 9: Departure from Tel Aviv
Get the full itinerary, more tour information & register online:
Contact Aaron Smith: 904-318-1942, email:
or Douglas Dupree: 904-356-1328, ext. 13, email:
or Sue Engemann, 904-356-1328, email: 
Bishop's Men Work Project
August 22-26, 2019
Join together with your fellow Diocesan brothers as we work collectively to serve our Diocese, specifically Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center.

When: August 22-26, 2019
Project: Paint the Youth Pavilion

Cabin lodging and meals will be provided. Paint will be provided by the Camp, but you are encouraged to bring your own painting equipment. Call Gina at 386-364-5250 to reserve your spot. You are not required to attend all four days in order to participate.
New Regional Canon Appointed
The Diocese of Florida is pleased to announce the recent appointment of the Rev. Cn. Fletcher Montgomery as the regional canon of the Santa Fe Region. Montgomery has served as Rector at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Florida since 2017. He holds an Ed.S. in counseling and a M.Div. in theology, and has served in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and most recently in South Carolina.
The Santa Fe regional canon role was previously held by The Rev. Cn. Lance Horne, who has served in this capacity since July 2015. Fr. Horne came to the Diocese in 2004 currently serves as Vicar at St. Bartholomew's in High Springs, FL and as the Diocesan Secretary. Fr. Horne was bestowed the title of Honorary Canon, and we thank him for his faithful leadership and commitment to the Diocese.
The Rev. Cn. Bob Goolsby was also appointed as the sole regional canon in the River Region. He had been previously serving as co-regional canon with The Rev. Cn. John Wesley. Fr. Wesley serves as Priest in Charge at St. Paul's Federal Point in Palatka, FL and has previously served as Regional Canon in the Apalachee Region from 2016 – 2018. Fr. Wesley was also presented with the title of Honorary Canon, and we thank him for his continued service and leadership.
The Diocese of Florida has five regional canons, one for each region of our diocese. The purpose of the regions is to provide an effective flow of communication between the Bishop, Diocesan Council, committees and congregations and to assist member congregations in all possible ways. All Regional Canons are appointed positions by the Bishop and their term length is determined at his discretion. The current regional Canons are as follows:
Apalachee Region: The Rev. Canon Jerry Smith, Rector, Holy Comforter, Tallahassee
First Coast East Region: The Rev. Canon Wiley Ammons, Rector, Redeemer Episcopal Church, Jacksonville
First Coast West Region: The Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, Associate Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville
River Region: The Rev. Canon Bob Goolsby, Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Palm Coast
Santa Fe Region: The Rev. Canon Fletcher Montgomery, Rector, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Gainesville

Upcoming Community Events
Protecting Places of Worship Forum: Monday, August 19
The Us Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida will be hosting a free event on Monday, August 19 from 12:30pm - 4pm in Jacksonville, FL. The program engages faith-based organizations, law enforcement, government officials and community leaders in discussion involving strategies and methods for preventing and responding to violent incidents targeting places of worship.

Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop: Tuesday, August 27
The Church of the Redeemer and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are hosting a one-day workshop to enhance preparedness against active shooter incidents through:

  • Developing an Emergency Action Plan with guidance from expert instructors
  • Identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in physical security and planning considerations via break-out sessions
  • Learning how to prevent active shooter incidents by recognizing behavioral indicators on the pathway to violence
  • Understanding the history of significant active shooter incidents through survivor stories and expert perspectives

Save the Date! UF Alumni Tailgate: Nov. 9
Chapel of the Incarnation
UF Alumni Tailgate
Saturday, Nov. 9

Join us for EpiscoGator T-shirts, drinks, raffles and more !

Contact Rev. Adam Young

More info to come!
Upcoming Diocesan Happenings
Walking the Mourner’s Path -- A Grief Ministry

Walking the Mourner’s Path -- A Grief Ministry -- can help you find spiritual direction, honor your loved one and discover God’s promise of peace and comfort after the death of a loved one. The 8-week grief program, begins on Thursday, September 12 at 3:00 p.m. Each 90 minute session includes reflections and exercises to help you find God’s direction for your life. There is a $75 fee to cover program materials. Group size is limited. Register online at, deadline is September 5. For additional information, contact The Rev. Deacon Marsha Holmes at 904-285-6127, ext. 231 or .

Daughters of the King Fall Assembly
The Daughters of the King Florida Assembly will meet on Saturday, September 14 from 10:30-2:30 at St. Andrew's, Jacksonville for Fall Assembly. Our speaker will be DOK National Council President Krisita Jackson. We also welcome the women from "Rethreaded" who will have items for purchase. To register contact Katy Hall, (904) 461-0308 or . Cost $15 by September 6.
Upcoming Retreat Events
October 18-29
Older Adult Ministry Retreat: Redeeming Our Time: Spirituality and Retirement
Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center

This retreat is for persons who are retired and those anticipating retirement.  This retreat will be an opportunity to share our questions, resources, and hopes for the time we are living and to plan for our future. We will experience some time in plenary, small groups, and have opportunities to share informally throughout the two days. It should be informative and much fun.
Our retreat leader will be The Rev. Dr. Milford "Bud" Holland, Jr. 
Bud has served in a variety of capacities in the Church including rector, staff resource in two dioceses and on the Presiding Bishop's staff. He is an EFM mentor trainer and also is involved in offering CREDO for clergy.

A limited number of scholarships are available, please contact Ann Thompson at 386-208-2764 prior to registering for more information.

September 20-22  
A Weekend with Earl Palmer
"Ephesians: A First Century Book for Our 21st Century"
Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center

Ephesians has been rightly called 'The Queen of the Epistles'. This first century book is written from Rome (during imprisonment) to a group of people Paul knows well, having taught in Ephesus for at least three years. At its heart this letter is an affirmation of the transforming power of the love of God-its height, width, length and depth.

The Rev. Dr. Earl Palmer is a distinguished preacher, writer, C.S. Lewis scholar and author of a number of commentaries on various books of the New Testament. He is currently President of the Earl Palmer Ministries, Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate and trustee of Princeton Theological College. Summers he spends in England where he leads residential conferences at The Kilns, the Oxford home of C.S. Lewis.

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