Episcopal Diocese of Utah
September Newsletter: First Edition
September 3, 2020
14th Sunday after Pentecost (September 6)
Liturgical color is Green
People of the Diocese,

We hope you are staying safe and healthy amid these unconventional times. Gratefully, congregations continue to find new and meaningful ways to worship together until we have the privilege of being back in our churches.

We hope these newsletters help you stay up-to-date with the happenings in our Diocese. Please continue sending any relevant resources or stories to Nick Cockrell at ncockrell@episcopal-ut.org
Virtual Diocesan Convention
Delegates MUST register
The Convention for the Diocese of Utah to take place electronically via Zoom September 19 and 20, 2020.

The Diocesan Convention is now just two weeks away. While this convention is a bit unconventional due to the ongoing pandemic, we still look forward to coming together virtually to discuss the happenings in our diocese.

  • The Convention will start 9:00 AM September 19th. Delegates will participate and vote via Zoom. All others can watch a livestream of the proceedings on the diocesan YouTube and Facebook Pages.

  • Registration - Delegates must to register as soon as possible to receive information and voting credentials.

  • Nominations for diocesan office are open again and will remain open until September 12th. Elections will be done electronically.

This convention will include vital discussions about moving forward in our diocese. As such, it is a priority to involve as many people as we can.
For more information, including registration and nomination forms, visit https://www.diocesanconvention2020.org/

Still Time to Join the Virtual Choir!
There is still time to contribute to our very special rendition of Amazing Grace.

Thank you to all who participated in our inaugural choir earlier this summer. Check out the final product here.

All voices and instruments welcome! No experience necessary!
We have created comprehensive instructions that we will send out if you're interested. Click HERE to sign-up for more info. Submit no later than September 14.

If you have any question, email ncockrell@episcopal-ut.org

Online Worship Continues
St. Mark's Cathedral Music Director, Christopher Wootton, plays the processional over a piece about our church's history in the Wild West of Ogden
We know so many of us miss music as we worship online. The Diocese is continuing to partner with the Cathedral to produce weekly services full of hymns, preludes, processionals and other music we know in our Eucharist worship.

Additionally, the Diocese has isolated prelude music from those weekly services that is appropriate for Ordinary Time. Your Diocesan Communications Office has also prepared vignettes of historic pictures and captions that are themed to our rich heritage and placed in these offerings. They are for either online worship or for anyone just wishing to hear beautiful played music from the Cathedral organ. Organists include Cathedral Music Director Christopher Wootton, Canon for Music Organist Emeritus George Henry, and Organist Adam Hansen. Vignette subjects include photos of all our churches, excerpts from Bishop Tuttle’s journal (as we celebrate our 153rd year this week,) little known glimpses of historic photos, our first and longtime organist Fildelia Hamilton, 1860’s missionary Emily Pearsall, and Warren Hussey a colorful Episcopal pioneer. You can download any of these from our Diocesan website at this link.

To view this weekend's worship services from the Diocese and the historic Cathedral Church of St. Mark, visit Episcopal-ut.org
Youth Programming Updates

Go Virtual!
Starting in September for youth in grades 6-12 

Our first gathering will be a Meet and Greet Zoom on Sunday, September 13th at 7pm
We incorporated our Go Monday youth events into Go Virtual, which will be offered monthly and not always on Mondays. We will also offer some outdoor gathering options for youth to get together in social distance settings with activities. This will be a great opportunity for the youth to stay connected and get to know more friends as we explore different ideas of how they can continue to grow in their faith. Please contact Karen Gleeson, Youth Ministry Coordinator for your zoom invite at kgleeson@episcopal-ut.org

Mark your calendars for our Fall Youth Day Retreats!  

Saturday, September 26th for youth in grades 6-8
Sunday, September 27th for youth in grades 9-12
From 10 am - 8 pm
Come and enjoy the changing fall colors in the mountains. We will be social distancing with maks and enjoying a wonderful day in the mountains! We will have more details to come and registrations will open soon! 

Stay informed on youth events by checking our Camp Tuttle Facebook page, webpage and instagram!    
Calling All Mountain People | Camp Tuttle 2020

The song One Tin Soldier tells the story of a conflict between the Valley People and the Mountain People. The Mountain People, willing and ready to share the riches buried on their mountain. The Valley People, willing and ready to claim the gold...

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Paul Jones Feast Day
September 4th, 2020
Friday, September 4th is Paul Jones Feast Day in the Episcopal Church Calendar He is our only Utahn so honored and recognized. He served as the Fourth Bishop of Utah after being the Vicar of St. John’s in Logan. His feast day is in recognition of his activities as a pacifist and efforts to not equate patriotism with the desire to have military might.
He resigned as Bishop of Utah under considerable pressure from those who disagreed with his pacifism and was removed from the House of Bishops. Twenty years later, the HOB reinstated him and 54 years after his 1941 death, his memory was honored by the wider church with a feast day. The diocese has created a video about Paul Jones and his ministry.
St. Luke's Holding Outdoor Services
Park City
Thirty members of St. Luke's, Park City gathered in the church parking lot as The. Rev. Charles Robinson marked a month of in-person outside services in a masked social distance environment for church goers.
St. Luke's is one of a many of diocesan churches that are conducting outside services under the guidelines of the Bishop. The Cathedral Church of St. Mark, St. Davids, Page, and others have added such services to on-line offerings.
Please let us know how services are going and send pictures to NCockrell@Episcopal-ut.org. No pubic services are being held inside buildings yet. Also, the diocese continues to offer a full on-line Eucharist with music, readers, cantors, and special video each Sunday, as well as a the Saturday service from the Cathedral.
The Rev. Deacon Sandra Jones Deployed with the Red Cross
Please keep The Rev. Deacon Sandra Jones in your prayers. She was deployed by the Red Cross as a Disaster Spiritual Care Responder for Hurricane Laura. She will be serving in Texas until September 10th.

Excerpt from the Red Cross on the Spiritual Care Responder Program:

“Most disaster victims need more than just a meal and a safe place to sleep. They also need emotional and spiritual support to help them get through an ordeal that threatens to tear their lives apart. They already know what happened. Now they want to know why it happened and why such a terrible thing happened to them.”