September 2021
Remembering 9/11:
20th Anniversary Services
Over the weekend of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, churches across the Diocese held memorial services to commemorate the victims and survivors of the 9/11 tragedy. See below for a few of the services that took place.
St. Paul's by-the-Sea Prayer Service
St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church hosted a community-wide prayer service at the church at 465 11th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach, commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony was led by the Rev. Louanne Loch and included leaders of local religious communities and the mayors of Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach. Music was provided from musicians of the nonprofit, Streams of Sound.
St. John’s Cathedral 20th Annual Peace Concert
St. John’s Cathedral hosted its 20th annual peace concert to commemorate the survivors, victims and families of the 9/11 tragedy. The Jacksonville Sister Cities Association partnered with the St. John’s Cathedral, Jacksonville Area Schools and Saltmarsh Dance for this event.
St. John's Cathedral welcomed more than 400 guests for this powerful concert. Singers from the Ritz Voices Chorus, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Legacy Choir and Concert Chorale and Hickory Creek Elementary School Chorus performed, as well as dancers from the Saltmarsh Dance Theater of Jacksonville. Jim Steele of the American Legion Post 137 played taps on the bugle.
Bishop Howard Visitation at Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose
In keeping with other observances of the events of 9/11, Bishop Howard visited and preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose Sunday, Sept. 12.

During the service, he reflected on the experiences he and his wife, Marie, lived through in lower Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks. Bishop Howard remained in Manhattan after the attacks as vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel, which turned into a mission for first responders and volunteers in the weeks and months following 9/11.
Call for Transition Committee Applications
All members of the Diocese in good standing are invited to apply to serve on the Transition Committee. The Transition Committee is tasked with moving the slate of qualified nominees through the election process and to assist the elected candidate through to consecration. 

Before applying, please read carefully and prayerfully through the description of the Transition Committee’s tasks and desired skill sets, found on the application itself below. 

If you feel the Lord may be leading you to pursue this opportunity, please fill out the application and return it to no later than midnight, Oct. 10, 2021.
Faithful Fridays from Bishop Howard
In case you missed it, there is a new, easy-to-use, one-click method to listening to the Diocese's weekly Faithful Friday messages, where Bishop Howard reflects on the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. You may listen to them here.

To subscribe and receive an email every Friday afternoon with Bishop Howard's message, click on the button below and select "Faithful Friday."
Vestry Announces a New Mission for Good Shepherd
The Vote:
The Vestry of Good Shepherd has voted to affirm the Biblical standard of the tithe by donating 10% of Good Shepherd’s income for Sept. through Dec. 2021 to mission outside the Church. The Vestry has decided to partner with the non-profit RIP Medical Debt to help eliminate the injustice of medical debt in Florida. As Paul tells us in Colossians 2:6-7, followers of Christ are to be rooted in faith and growing in gratitude. We believe this is way one way to demonstrate both our faith and gratitude for God’s blessings!

How It Works:
RIP Medical Debt acts as a broker to purchase bad medical debt so that it can be forgiven.

How Much Medical Debt Can We Forgive?
The Vestry anticipates that 10% of our income for the next four months will be around $10,000. Also, the Schultz Foundation has partnered with us by giving Good Shepherd $5,000 toward this ministry. Also a gift of $100 has been made, which must be matched by another $400.

So we anticipate that we will extinguish around $1.5 million of medical debt for Floridians!
Happy Birthday, Bishop Howard!
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Bishop Howard celebrated his 70th birthday with close friends, family and colleagues at the Diocesan office in Jacksonville.

Along with great fun and fellowship, the team gifted the Bishop a star named after Najmah, his German Shepherd who died this summer. The star was registered by the Star-Name-Registry.

Happy birthday to Bishop Howard! Here's to many more!
Episcopal Church Women's Annual Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 9
at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom

Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard

Click here to register.

Registration is open until Oct. 6.
Call for Nominations: The Bishop’s Cross Award
The Bishop's Cross Award Committee is now accepting nominations for 2022 recipients. The awards will be presented at the 2022 Diocesan Convention, both to lay and to clergy honorees.
The award program, which was created in 2008 by Bishop Howard, recognizes those who have given most generously of their God-given time, talent or treasure toward the support, upbuilding and strengthening of the life of the Diocese. The Bishop's Cross Award is modeled on the pectoral cross worn by Bishop Howard.

To learn more or nominate an individual click here.

All written, typed, or email nominations must be received by Dec. 1, 2021.
Cedar Key Dinner Church Encounter
Wednesday, Sept. 29
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Verlon Fosner launched and began a Dinner Church mission that has now become a movement and a new way of being and doing church. Cedar Key Dinner Church Encounter is a one-day training event beginning with the theological history of the dinner church vision, then progressing into practical insights and inspiring visions of any leader or group to be able to host a Dinner Church in their own community. 
Fr. James Martin
Episcopal Booksellers Event Recap
The Episcopal Booksellers Association hosted a Zoom conversation with author Fr. James Martin, SJ, on Sept. 9, to discuss his book, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone.

Martin is a Jesuit priest, Editor at Large of America magazine, Consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications, and author of numerous books including two New York Times bestsellers.

To listen to the recording of this conversation click here.

The Episcopal Booksellers host monthly conversations with authors on the second Thursday every month at 7 p.m. Visit their website to see what’s coming up this fall:
Diocesan Happenings
Coming Up:

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 - Confirmations & Bishop Howard to Visit St. Catherine’s, Jacksonville

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021- ECW Annual Zoom Meeting

Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021- Bishop Howard to Visit St. Elizabeth's, Jacksonville

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 - Trinity Parish, St. Augustine 200th Anniversary; Bishop Howard visitation

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021- Sarah Minton's Ordination to the Priesthood at All Saints, Jacksonville

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021- Bishop Howard to visit Advent, Tallahassee

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021- Laura Magevney's Ordination to the Priesthood at St. Mary's, Jacksonville

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021- Bishop Howard will visit All Saints, Jacksonville for Confirmations

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 - River Region Combined Baptism & Confirmation
Celebrating confirmation with the Bishop at St. Paul’s Federal Point
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