Bishop Hunn talks with Registrar Mary Jewell at Saturday gathering.
Special "In-person" gathering approves Virtual Convention
Laity and Clergy gathered in the parking lot of Sagebrush Church adjacent to the Bosque Center Saturday and voted 97-1 to approve a resolution authorizing a "Virtual Convention." The quorum count was 34 Clergy and 52 Laity from 30 churches, as well as diocesan officers. Details of the Virtual 2020 Convention will be coming soon.
Paul Klitzke Shares a Vlog of Five Resources from Vital Practices
Every month ECFVP offers five resources on a theme. This month we've asked Paul Klitzke, Rector at Church of the Ascension in Dallas, TX, to offer a vlog sharing how he uses the different resource types on Vital Practices. Please find his choices below.
The articles present on the Vestry Papers page are a treasure trove for anyone hoping to find resources and equip their Vestry. Even after participating in 15 years of monthly Vestry meetings, there is always more to learn and new techniques to use. Recently, I've found “Five Ways to Become a Transformational Vestry” helpful in thinking about new leaders to recruit onto Vestry.
The Vital Practices blog is a great place to find more topic-centric posts that can easily be shared with your congregation or leadership. These make great extra resources to share in church publications or to highlight a current issue. I recently shared “A Holy Quarantine” with my congregation as they continue to grow spiritually during the pandemic.
When looking for idea generation and techniques on a specific topic, the Topics page is a vital tool. Last year when discerning an approach to stewardship, I found the “All Saints’ Mad-Lib Pledge Card” which I and my leadership then adapted for our fall pledge campaign with great success.
Similarly to many worshipping communities, the church buildings at Ascension are used by many different organizations and entities during the week. On the Tools page of Vital Practices, I've found the "Calculating Cost of Space Usage at Your Church" tool helpful in figuring out the actual costs associated with each space on campus, and they even adapted it to help with splitting costs between the church and school.
Using the Webinars page, you have the ability to see upcoming webinars and to attend them 'live', but I prefer to go back and watch the recorded webinars when I'm researching a particular topic. I like to watch, pause, rewind, and take notes. I often share past webinars with my church leadership, such as “The Quiet Center: Cultivating Inner Peace in Unsettling Times.”
The Rev. Dr. Randall Balmer
Speaking on
Religion and the Presidency
since John F. Kennedy 
The Church of the Holy Faith Annual Scheffler Lecture
Virtually presented via ZOOM
October 20, 2020 3:00 p.m. 
This lecture on the presidency examines the various ways that presidents have used faith in their quest for office, whether or not religion actually guided their policies once elected, and what changed with Watergate.

This free presentation is sponsored by the Holy Faith library Committee. 
The Rev. Dr. Randall Balmer John Phillips Professor in Religion Dartmouth College 
To register and receive a Zoom link, send an email to the parish office at
no later than Friday, October 16. 
St. James, Taos, seeks Food Pantry Ministry Director

The Saint James Food Pantry has been in existence for close to 50 years. It is the largest Outreach mission of St James Episcopal Church.

This role is a full-time employee of St James and a salaried position with full benefits. It will report directly to the Rector and the Food Pantry Liaison who is a member of the Vestry of St James Episcopal Church. There is also a Food Pantry Advisory Board, to whom the Manager will report.

Application Deadline: 10/10/2020

Please send Resume, Cover Letter, and References emailed to
Applications will be reviewed by the Food Pantry Advisory Committee and a list of finalist will be given to the Rector and Vestry of St. James for final interviews.

News from
The Episcopal Church
& the Anglican Communion 
(click on the headline to read the story) 

The theme is Weaving Our Diversity and Forming Life-Giving Relationships for the New Reality. This gathering of Asian, Black, Latino/Hispanic and Indigenous clergy and lay leaders provides a safe place to explore mission in ethnic ministries, share resources and best practices, hopes and dreams, needs and concerns, gifts and ministries, suffering and joy.
Tents to Rents success stories are numerous, and we are so happy to share them with you! Last week we relived Heather’s joy as she moved into her new apartment, and this week I want to share an image of the success and smile of Greg, who suffered from homelessness after his divorce. Greg lived at Camp Hope for seven months before finding his own apartment through Mesilla Valley Community of Hope’s housing programs.
For many, homelessness is only one lost job or ended relationship away from their current reality. Imagine suffering the emotional turmoil of these life changes on top of the physical and emotional toll of having no home. No place to rest or plan or grieve.  
At Mesilla Valley Community of Hope we offer not just hope, but tangible resources to help individuals get their life on a new track.  
Thank you for helping us spread the word during this year’s Tents to Rents. We have raised almost $40,000 so far, and every penny counts! It takes approximately $6,000 a year to move a person from a tent to their own permanent living space. (Camp Hope also assists in providing tents, cots, and misters.) Please do what you can to help us help our community! 

St. Andrew’s really appreciate your support for Camp Hope! Please keep on distributing these messages and encouraging people to go to Tents to Rents to click on St. Andrew’s and donate! Donating on the Tents to Rents site is entirely secure. When you click on a group or individual to donate to Tents to Rents, you will be taken to the secure PayPal page to donate. 
If you have a PayPal account, you can donate from that but also use a credit card. Your donation is entirely secure through PayPal. 

Nancy McMillan, Parishioner,
St. Andrew’s Las Cruces
Spiritual Support for UNM/CNM Students
St. Thomas of Canterbury Young Adults & Campus Ministry are offering spiritual support for Albuquerque and Rio Rancho we would like to place a notice for young adults and/or college age students affiliated with UNM or CNM and are looking for a place of spiritual support. We will be having 5 PM Sunday services starting in September. The meetings will temporarily be hybrid with a limited in person attendance, but with virtual Zoom/FB accessibility.
For more information, call +505 639-0653 or email
St. Thomas is located at 425 University Blvd. NE.
Education for Ministry (EfM) Opportunities
EfM Logo
Education for Ministry is a four-year program of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee), although participants make commitment annually. The first year uses the Old Testament to learn about the history and context. The second year explores the New Testament. The third year looks at the history of Christianity, and the fourth year examines one’s own faith development.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Silver City, Online Education for Ministry (EfM) group will meet weekly from September through May on Zoom. If you have considered EfM but have not been able to join a group due to location or time, I would invite you to consider this online option. The group will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The class is scheduled to start on September 10 but registration may be extended through September 18. For more information or to enroll contact online EfM mentor Jeanie Locicero at (575)313-7190 or

The Cathedral of St. John in downtown Albuquerque will be starting an Education for Ministry (EfM) group that will meet weekly from September through May at Of course, we will be starting out meeting through Zoom this September but are looking forward to being together in person again some time during the year.
Any interested person is welcome to enroll as long as they can meet together with us when we return to our in person group. We currently have a participant who will join us each week from near Belen. For more questions including tuition and enrollment for the 2020-2021 program year, contact EfM mentor Joanne Gray at 505-450-9934 or Class is scheduled to start in September 2020.

The Church of the Holy Faith, Santa Fe, is organizing its first EfM group this fall 2020. The group will likely start online in the fall and switch to face-to-face when it is safe to do so. The group meets weekly for about 2 ½ hours. The actual day and time is dependent on the group wishes. The mentor at Holy Faith is Steven Berkshire, who has been involved in the program for 20 years.
Interested individuals can contact Steve directly at 505.557.6576 or via email
Further information is also available at
Our Lady in the Valley launched an evening Zoom discussion group called the “Weekly Word” on August 25. The Rev'd Chloe Chavez and Deborah Tischler---a national Bible Study podcaster, retreat facilitator, member of Hope in the Desert and Daughters of the King, co-host the discussion. Anyone is welcome to join us. For more information, please contact Rev'd Chavez directly at
Spiritual Wellness
The Rev. Dr. Jeanine Driscoll of St. Thomas of Canterbury provides guidance on:
+ Managing Anxiety
+ Managing Depression
and much more....

Attention: Brotherhood
Are your Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapters or men's groups meeting with zoom? If so and if invited, Roy Benavides,, and Tom Bates, would like to join you. Roy is the BStA Province 7 President and Tom is the DRG BStA Coordinator. Thank you for your support.

Updated Cycles of Prayer
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