Sunday • August 18th & Sunday August 25th
Save the Date & Budget Information for the
137th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina

The 137th Annual Convention will be held at the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington NC on February 6-8, 2020 . For budgeting purposes, please note the following:

  • Registration has increased to $190 per attendee.
  • Hotel Ballast Accommodations: $141 per night (includes parking)
  • Note: If you are not an overnight guest of the Hotel Ballast there is a daily parking fee $12.00 (self parking) and $15.00 (valet parking).

The Convention Committee makes every effort to keep costs low for convention, however, with the increased cost of venues and catering it was necessary to increase fees for 2020. Please note that our last fee increase was in 2014.
Around the Diocese
Episcopal Cursillo Leaders Workshop

Please join us for an Episcopal Cursillo Leaders Workshop on September 14, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Greenville. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee (National) and the Secretariat for Cursillo in the Diocese of East Carolina (Diocesan). The workshop will be facilitated by Nina Jo Moore, National ECLW Coordinator and Rob Richardson, Southeast District Representative to ECMC. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss Cursillo present and future, affirm our ministry as a developer of Christ-centered leaders and consider innovative means of expanding Cursillo's fourth day activities. Lunch will be provided. Participants will be asked to contribute $10.00. All proceeds will go the our diocese's Secretariat to support future Cursillo weekends.
Campus Ministry Volunteer Opportunities in Wilmington

In recent months, Wilmington's Episcopal Campus Christian Outreach (ECCO) has experienced quite a bit of growth. While Church of the Servant provides a meeting space for ECCO and many individuals from parishes in the Wilmington area have provided meals for ECCO's weekly gatherings, additional support and involvement is needed.

  • The first volunteer opportunity is for cooks. With the increased number of students and appetites, ECCO is currently asking for two cooks each Tuesday night (while UNCW is in session). Currently, the cooks prepare food at home and bring the dish to the church, mostly ready to serve. By sharing this meal preparation between 2 cooks, it will decrease the cost and labor for each, while increasing the number of folks who can participate.
  • The second volunteer opportunity is for dinner hosts. Host duties will involve arriving at Church of the Servant at about 5:30PM on designated Tuesdays, receiving the prepared meals from the cooks, getting things set up to serve the meal and cleaning up after it. It should take no more than 90 minutes. Detailed information and instructions will be available to those who sign up.

Students come to ECCO for the food and stay for the friendships. Meals foster community, and this is a vital part of the ministry. All who are interested in serving ECCO in either of these volunteer roles should reach out to Campus Minister, Alfreda Gee , via email.
Annual Farmworker Festival

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry’s Annual Farmworker Festival takes place each fall to celebrate farmworkers and their labor. Thousands of people attend this free and family-oriented festival every year.

This special event provides farmworkers with a space where they can celebrate their culture with music, traditional cuisine, and sports. They also have access to information about the services and resources available to them. This year's Farmworker Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6th from 12-4pm. Click here to learn more.
Iconography Retreat

The Upper Cape Fear Deanery is hosting an upcoming iconography retreat at Holy Trinity, Fayetteville from September 5-8 . All are invited to attend and learn the ancient art of "writing" an icon. No former art experience necessary. The renowned Iconographer, Brenda Fox, will guide participants through a step by step process of learning to create an icon from start to finish. This will be a time of contemplation in prayer and painting. Click here to view the retreat schedule and registration information.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
1601 Raeford Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28305
Kinston Wood Ducks Tickets Available

The Wood Ducks are now about halfway through the baseball season and free tickets are available. If you or someone you know would be interested in obtaining tickets for an upcoming game, contact Beth Nagy via email.

Resources & Events for
 Ministry & Faith Formation
Foundation Grant Application Now Live

The Grant Committee of the Foundation of the Diocese of East Carolina urges anyone with program or project needs to apply for grants that will be awarded for 2019 through the Endowment's Undesignated Funds. These funds will be available to the applicant no later than January 31, 2020.

The grant application must be completed and in Diocesan House by September 1st. The foundation page on the website can be found here , along with this year's grant application.

For questions or assistance, please contact  Terry Everett  via email or phone (252) 796-7044.
Clergy Continuing Education

Diocesan funds are available to assist clergy with the expense of continuing education. Grant requests for funding for education programs, domestic or foreign may be submitted on the same form found here .

Grant requests for 2019 are to be submitted by:
  • April 26, 2019, with notification of grant awards for CE to recipients by May 3, 2019.
  • August 30, 2019 with notification of grant awards for CE by September 4, 2019 (for events September 2019 through February 5, 2020)

Applications are to be submitted to the Rev. Deacon Andy Atkinson via email .
Summer Youth & Formation Update

Click here to read the July edition of the Diocesan Youth and Formation update.

Reminder: registration is open for yOUThREACH, Happening, Senior High Fall Break, & Fall Conference for Middle Schoolers. All registration info can be found in the update linked above.
International Women of Color and Wellness Conference Sponsored by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
This conference is designed to speak to the issues that confront women of color around the world and to offer insights into some remedies that can be engaged on a day to day basis, even in the midst of the most undesirable circumstances. It will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA from October 24th through 26th . It will offer strategies for developing daily practices to support the inner capacity that each person has to engage their life in ways to release the energy of resilience and re-invention.

The conference is open to any woman who wishes to attend, but the focus will be upon women of color only. The conference fee is $100 per person and scholarships are available. Click here to learn more and register to attend.
Leading for Discipleship Conference
“Leading for Discipleship”, a conference for clergy and lay leaders who wish to explore what it means to lead congregations into deeper discipleship. It will be held at St. James, Wilmington from Monday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, October 2. Led by the Rev. Canon Dr. Rob Droste and Dr. Robert E Logan, we will discuss innovative ways to engage Episcopalians in discipleship. Click here  to learn more and to register. Cost: $150. Space is limited. Hosted by St. James’ Parish and by the Diocese of East Carolina.

Contact the Rev'd Jay Sidebotham via email for more information.
Transition Ministry Conference

Fr. Michael Singer will be attending the Transition Ministry Conference in September along with approximately 40 other Transition Officers from around the Episcopal Church. Clergy who are considering transitioning out of their current ministry and are hoping to get their names shared throughout the wider church are invited to fill out this clergy information form.

If you have questions or desire to have your name presented at the conference, please contact The Rev'd Michael Singer , Interim Transition Ministry Officer.
2019 Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Conference

This year's Cursillo Ministry Conference will take place in Kansas City, MO from October 3-5. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with Cursillo leaders from all over the country. Worship together and grow in your abilities to bring Christ into our environments. Workshops and speakers will build on the conference theme: "LOVE from the Heartland - Evangelism and Action." Click here to learn more and register.
Clergy Transitions
The Rev'd Matt Babcock

Matt was ordained in June, is canonically resident in East Carolina, and recently began serving as curate at Trinity Church in Newtown, CT. Click here to read more.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
Reminders
Parish Audits

Reminder: Parish Audits are due back to Beth Nagy by September 1st. They may be submitted digitally via email or physically.
Interactive Deanery Map

As a reference, we have created a map on Google Maps listing all worshiping communities in our diocese. They are also color coded according to deanery. If you download the Google Maps app on your phone, you can open the map there in addition to opening it in your browser.

Not only is this a quick way to see which parishes are a part of what deanery, but it also allows you to get directions to each parish, should you need them. Click here to access the interactive deanery map.
Click here to learn about events going on in parishes and in communities around the diocese.
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