March 26, 2020
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
Online worship & prayers

Several 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 staff

All the diocesan staff are now working remotely. You can still contact us via email and phone: Contact Details
Weekly Reflection – Fourth Sunday in Lent
15-minute Video.
Welcome to the first in a series of weekly videos in which Bishop Marty reflects on the week’s events and the week to come. In this first video he discusses the unusual situation in which we find ourselves and reflects on the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

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.

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.

One-minute read.
Faith @ Home sends a year-round weekly email that includes four separate lectionary-based reflections and prompts for families (however that is defined) and friend groups. Each section is written by one of our diverse contributors with a specific family pairing in mind.

Warm and Form
One-minute read.
With springtime upon us in the midst of COVID-19, it may be even more important to stick our noses out the door to warm and form!

Tied up in knots?
Two-minute video.
Take the things in your life that make you worry, tie them in knots and give them to God.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

Besides the resources given above, we have created a COVID-19 webpage to provide links to all the key resources you need. We provide links to enable you to learn what is going on, and to help you worship and pray in your home.

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What's Happening
Diocesan & Church-wide
March 31
Clericus. Online sessions led by the Rev. Jay Sidebotham are currently being organized.
March 28
Canceled. Northwest Metro Deanery meeting. To be confirmed. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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.
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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The next News Update will be published on Thursday April 2, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
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.

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.

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.

Coffee hour 11:00 a.m. – Noon. Monday – Friday

Church staff, clergy, communicators, and leaders. Got a question, need a break from your exile? Pop in and join me for a few minutes or as long as you like any time between 11:00 a.m. and Noon, Monday – Friday.

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.

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
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.

One License offers free music license through April 15, 2020.
Two-minute read.
Please note that you cannot share live church music online without a license. One License are offering free licenses through to April 15.

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