April 2, 2020
God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1.
Fear Not
30-minute radio program.
A lot of us are scared about what is going on in our world today. Bishop Martin Field, Fr. Steve Rottgers, Mrs. Elaine Atkinson, Dr. Kathleen Jackson, and Fr. Jos Tharakan speak their minds and invite the listeners to enter into meaningful living in the midst of anxieties and fears. (Broadcast on March 20.)

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Word to the Church: On Our Theology of Worship
7-minute read.
A word to the Church regarding the theology of worship during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

Weekly Reflection – Fifth Sunday in Lent
18-minute video.
In this week’s Reflection, Bishop Marty offer thanks for all the creative ways in which the leadership of our churches has responded to our need to change, plus news about the Easter Vigil.

Can you and your church help the American Red Cross?
1-minute read.
The Red Cross is doing everything they can to support an escalated need for blood, and blood drives are essential. There is an urgent need for healthy blood donors and an anticipated need for locations where blood drives can be held.

Episcopal Relief & Development Supports the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee in Response to Tornadoes
2-minute read.
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee to provide direct assistance in communities impacted by the devastating tornadoes that struck the Nashville area in early March.

Holy Week at Home
2-minute read.
Knowing how different Holy Week will be – unable to gather, pray, reflect and worship together in person – is unsettling, but there are so many ways we can be together from our homes and in Spirit.

Creating space for prayer at home
2-minute read.
Knowing how different Holy Week will be – unable to gather, pray, reflect and worship together in person – is unsettling, but there are so many ways we can be together from our homes and in Spirit.

Online worship & prayers

Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of those we've discovered or have been told about. If you know of others, please let us know.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

The COVID-19 webpage to provides links to all the key resources you need.

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What's Happening
Diocesan Easter Vigil 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11

A diocesan-wide Easter Vigil Service of Light will be broadcast online from Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Diocesan & Church-wide
April 7
Clericus. Online sessions continue from 10:00 a.m.
April 10
Good Friday, diocesan office closed.
April 11
Easter Vigil online, hosted by Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. 7:00 p.m.
Meetings
April 4
Diocesan Council. Online. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 7
Finance Committee. Online. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 17
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 21
Standing Committee. To be confirmed. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 25
Youth Ministry Commission. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deadlines
2020 Rosters are now overdue. Church leaders, Please check your email for details.
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

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Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday April 9, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Church leaders - chat with the diocesan staff. 11:00 a.m. - Noon. Monday - Thursday

Come visit with us online between 11:00 a.m. and Noon each week day online. Kim Snodgrass (Christian Formation) and Gary Allman (Communications) will be hosting the daily sessions, and they will bring other members of the diocesan staff, including Bishop Marty if he is available, online to answer specific queries as required.

Online donation collection help for churches

If you do not have a donate button, an option to collect donations, or a way to set up recurring payments, we can help you add a button to your church website, and provide a payment link you can send out via email.

Online meetings

Please remember that the diocese has online meeting resources available. These facilities can be booked by any of the churches, complete the form at the link below.

Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inserts

Several bulletin inserts and posters are available in the article linked to below.

Inserts from The Episcopal Church

These weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church, and may be of help to churches with limited time and resources to prepare weekly bulletins.

In Case You Missed It
Praying and learning at home on the diocesan website
One-minute read.
Find out about the home-based resources we've selected to help you worship and observe Lent at home.

Shared history, shared future
Three-minute read.
The Order of The Daughters of the King and Brotherhood of St. Andrew renew their one-hundred-year-old partnership. As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry encourages Episcopalians to follow the Way of Love, two of the oldest organizations in the Episcopal church are working together to renew the spirit in The Episcopal Church, Anglican Communion, and beyond.

CEEP Network Resources – Church Fundraising & Communications
2 x 60-minute recorded webinars.
The CEEP Network and partners are working to connect and equip their network members and the church. Of particular interest are the two webinars on Church Funding and Communications featured here.

How to Livestream – a recorded webinar
90-minute webinar.
Heidi Pitts of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon recently held a comprehensive webinar on live streaming. Read on for a link to a recording of the webinar, and links to the webinar notes.

For church administrators and communicators

We have a private Facebook Group dedicated to church communications where we share information, our experiences, answer questions, and help each other. If you are responsible for any level of communication in your church; from producing bulletins to posting on social media, please come and join us.

Episcopal Asset Map adds livestreaming worship option
2-minute read.
You can now add information about your church’s livestreamed services to your Episcopal Asset Map entry. The information will be used to build list of livestreamed services in the Episcopal Church.

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