Episcopal Diocese of Utah
September Newsletter: Second Edition
September 25, 2020
17th Sunday after Pentecost (September 27)
Liturgical color is Green
People of the Diocese,

It was a blessing to see so many of you during our virtual diocesan convention this last weekend. While we wish we could have gathered in person, this format gave us an opportunity to have meaningful discussions about happenings in our diocese. See below for more updates!

With it now being fall, we encourage each of you to check your local church's website and/or newsletter for information on outdoor service offerings. We hope our churches can take advantage of their outdoor spaces before it gets too cold!

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
Convention was this weekend, let's recap everything that happened!
The Convention for the Diocese of Utah took place September 19 and 20.

It was amazing to have hundreds of Episcopalians across the state together on Zoom for our convention. With nearly 150 delegates, clerics, and presenters, accompanied by hundreds more viewers, we are proud call this convention a success!

Election Results:

  • Diocesan Council, Eastern Region
  • Connie Witt, St Francis (Moab)

  • Diocesan Council, Salt Lake Region
  • Don Wood, St. Luke's (Park City)

  • Diocesan Council, Southern Region
  • Chuck Goode, Grace (St. George)

  • Standing Committee, Clergy
  • The Rev. Isabel Gonzalez, San Esteban (West Valley City)

  • Disciplinary Board
  • The Rev. Robert Shoop, St James (Midvale)

  • Treasurer
  • David Lingo, St. James (Midvale)


If you are interested in watching the reports, presentations, or even the convention in its entirety, visit the Diocesan Youtube Page HERE.

Sacred Ground
The Rev. Terri Heyduk's presentation on Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground, focuses on the Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.

Watch the video to learn more!
If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Cn. Terri Hayduk or the Rev. Dcn. Alison Desiderio Peterson at sacredground@episcopal-ut.org

Online Worship Continues
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry's sermon delivered to House of Bishops on September 16, 2020. This sermon was also broadcast as part of the Diocese of Utah's Convention.
This week, we will resume normal weekend presentations of the services at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. On Saturday, a Light in the Darkness contemplative Eucharist will be available for viewing all day. Tune-in again on Sunday Morning for weekly worship.

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

Systemic Racism
The Rev. Lee Montgomery created this video for the Diocesan Convention to spark thought and conversation about this deeply rooted issue.
St. Mary's Welcomes New Confirmands
The parishioners at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Provo have been excited to welcome our new confirmands! These wonderful people have been meeting with the Rev. Susan Toone weekly (on Zoom) to study and discuss "Walk in Love".

We were thrilled to watch and participate as history was made with a new way to "lay on hands." Bishop Hayashi used his crosier to confirm each person. We only allowed immediate family to join in this service, hence the small attendance. But, make no mistake - St. Mary's is a warm and welcoming place and these new confirmands are loved and fully embraced (by at least a six-foot distance) into our community. Congratulations Confirmands! Welcome to St. Mary's Church!
St. James Hosting Car Show Fundraiser
On Saturday, September 26th (tomorrow), St. James is hosting its Second Annual Car Show fundraiser from 10:00-3:00. 
There will be a couple of food trucks, but unlike last year, there will not be a pancake breakfast or silent auction due to COVID-19 health protocols.
We’re asking all participants to wear masks and social distance. This show is open to all vehicle classes. This event is free for spectators, although we will have a jar for contributions. The entry fee for vehicle owners is simply their generous donation. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Micklos at (801) 232-8433.
View more info HERE
St. James Food Bank Continues to Serve Clients amid COVID-19
Despite the significant challenges that COVID-19 presented in creating and operating
a food distribution system that maintains safety for all involved, St. James has continued to
serve its greater community without missing a beat.

Our “normal” distribution model allows clients to shop for themselves. Given the small footprint of the food bank, continuing this method of distribution while complying with health protocols was not feasible. Even in pre-COVID-19 days, St. James Food Bank volunteers would spend many hours restocking the food bank two Saturdays a month (when the Utah Food Bank delivers to us). Our new model requires volunteers, in addition to restocking shelves, to spend countless hours creating pre-packaged dry goods boxes that are currently being stored in our dining hall and narthex - - - spaces typically used for coffee hour and 12-step and other recovery groups. On distribution day, volunteers arrive hours in advance of distribution time (1:00 p.m.) to prepackage frozen and refrigerated items into boxes, and haul tables, canopies, and food boxes outside so that clients need only drive up and retrieve items off of distribution tables.

While we are most grateful that we are able to continue to serve those who are food insecure, this new distribution model is incredibly labor intensive. A good portion of our food bank volunteers (in non-COVID times) are over age 65, and based on COVID health guidelines, we have chosen to keep them safe and have not allowed their participation. We have been blessed that Wendy Ormsby (our Parish Administrator) and her husband, Alan, have a large network of family, friends, and LDS parishioners who have bailed us out many times.

St. James distributes food on the second Sunday of each month from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We are always in need of additional volunteers, so if you can spare an hour or two, please contact St. James Sr. Warden Angela Micklos (angelamicklos@gmail.com or 801-232-8433) and she will connect you with volunteer coordinator Alec Parent.

Peace and blessings,

Angela Micklos, Sr. Warden