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January 10, 2024

1st week of The Epiphany

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Donations and Bequests Board Meeting

January 16, 2024

3PM–3:45PM

  • Donations and Bequests for Church Purposes, Inc. Board of Trustees invites parishes to attend the investment portfolio review prepared by Bank of America online via Zoom
  • If you are interested in attending, contact Theresa Dupont at tdupont@episcopalct.org for the Zoom link and meeting material.
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Catch up on the first Wednesday Bishops Call of 2024!

Wednesday Bishops Call

In the Morning Wednesday, January 3, 2024 


First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord 


 

Opening Prayer: The Epiphany 

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Amen. 

-Bishop Laura

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Ordinations to the Priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford


"Church, greet your new priests! Congratulations to the Reverends Cecil Tengatenga, Christopher Gregorio, Dylan Mello, Michael Southwick, Timothy Hamlin and Roxana Videla!


My Companions in Christ, the Church is the family of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. All baptized people are called to make Christ known as Savior and Lord, and to share in the renewing of his world. Now you are called to work as pastor, priest, and teacher, together with your bishop and fellow presbyters, and to take your share in the councils of the Church. 

 

As a priest, it will be your task to proclaim by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to fashion your life in accordance with its precepts. You are to love and serve the people among whom you work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor. You are to preach, to declare God's forgiveness to penitent sinners, to pronounce God's blessing, to share in the administration of Holy Baptism and in the celebration of the mysteries of Christ's Body and Blood, and to perform the other ministrations entrusted to you. 

 

In all that you do, you are to nourish Christ's people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come."

-Bishop Jeff 

ECCT Job Opening


We are actively recruiting for an Administrator to the Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. This position provides high-level administrative support for the Canon to the Ordinary (a senior manager who is the principal advisor to the Bishop Diocesan and also serves as Chief of Staff).


Specific job duties include setting regular supervision meetings, working with the Administrator for the Episcopate on setting agenda items for meetings of the Bishops and Canons, and also adding quarterly goals meetings for the Canon with the Bishop Diocesan.

Apply Here

Jack Spaeth Creation Care Grant


The mission of the Jack Spaeth Care for Creation Environmental Grant is to encourage innovation and to empower members of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to educate, witness, and invite change in our congregations and communities with the goal of embracing a global vision of climate justice and preserving and celebrating God’s creation.


Funds available for the 2024 Cycle: $3,200. Applications are due by February 23, 2024.

More Info + Apply Here
  • Parochial Report Filing for 2023: The Commons received an email from the General Convention Office about parochial reports. Below are some links and observations that we hope you’ll find helpful:


  • Online filing began on January 4, 2024. Please be sure to notify your congregations that reports must be filed online on the filing website.
  • Line-by-line instructions are available Here.
  • If you’re a new diocesan staff person or need a reminder on how to navigate the DFMS filing website as a diocesan user, please review the video walkthrough that is available Here.
  • The General Convention Office sent out filing information to individual congregations on Thursday, December 21, 2024.
  • We encourage you to also send out your communications in order to allow for better reach. 
  • This information will also be included in our next issue of Mission Matter$.
  • If you have any questions, please email the GC Office: reports@episcopalchurch.org. If you’d like help from ECCT, Canon Rosanna will be doing a series of Q & A’s about parochial reports in February.


  • Contact Information: Church Pension Group (CPG) - Church Insurance Company (CIC) For Property & Casualty, inquiries, guidance, and information:

 

Client Service Representatives:

Carol Webster  

Sr Client Representative

cwebster@cpg.org

 

Lianne Limoli

Vice President – Client Services

lilimoli@cpg.org

 

For Service call: 800.293.3525

For Claims call: 800.223.5705 (24hrs) or email: cpgclaims@cpg.org

Direct: 603.935.9265 

www.cpg.org

 

For Pensions, Life Insurance, Retirement Savings, Disability 

New York Office at 866.802.6333

 

For Medical, Dental, Vision

800.480.9967

Lay Preaching Group every Tuesday at 9-10AM. Join Bishop Laura online for a time of reflection and conversation as you prepare to preach on Sunday. 


Zoom information: 

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Warden’s Call begins January 2024: Join Bishop Jeff and Bishop Laura for a time of community and conversation with a recurring call on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 8:30AM - 9:30AM.


Important Dates:

  • January 10: (2nd Wednesday) All Wardens
  • January 24: (4th Wednesday) Wardens Without Clergy


Zoom information: Same as the current Wednesday Bishops Call Meetings

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Safe Church Training Registration is now open! Please register early, as spots fill up quickly. Spanish language and in-person training dates and locations TBD. Please reach out to Bernice Jackson, Administrator for Licensing and Training, for additional questions or difficulties with registration.


Register Here

Observance of the 175th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in Connecticut, January 14


On Sunday, January 14 from 3PM - 5PM A liturgical observation at Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford will take place, creating a sacred space that will allow us to reflect on the sins of our past and the ways in which our faith calls us to seek justice, reconciliation, and repair.


As we commemorate the abolition of slavery in our state, we cannot ignore the fact that our forebears were complicit in a system that perpetuated grave injustice and suffering. It is a moment for us to repent and to recommit ourselves to the Gospel call of love, justice, and equality.

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