Sunday • August 23 & Sunday • August 30
12th Sunday After Pentecost

Albemarle Deanery
13th Sunday After Pentecost
Ministries, Committees, & Commissions of the Diocese
Around the Diocese
2020 Clergy Conference

Now is the time to save the date for this year's Clergy Conference, which will take place on October 19 at 1:00 PM through October 21 at 12:00 PM. More detailed information is forthcoming.
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is hosting an upcoming training program called Beloved Neighbors. The focus of this training is on history, race, and immigration.

Trainings will take place on Sundays at 10 AM starting on August 22nd.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the training or registering to attend, click here.
The Blessing Box

In 2017, several parishioners at St. Luke's, Currituck wondered if there may be families in need of food and other necessities when it’s not practical or possible to go to the county’s more formal, staffed food pantries. When they decided to build a small, wooden mini pantry at the edge of the church parking lot, that sparked the beginning of the St. Luke's Blessing Box Ministry.

As you'll see in the adjacent photo, even those in the surrounding neighborhood have pitched in to supply the Blessing Box. This is a great example of how parishes can continue to engage with their neighbors, even during a season of physical distancing.

If you'd like to read the full story, click here.
Sharing the Love

The St. Paul's, Wilmington Parish Life Team decided to get creative and make the most of this time while we’re social distancing. As you’ll see in the accompanying photos, heart-shaped lawn stakes and signs reading “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church…Sharing the Love” were purchased. A few hearts and a “Sharing the Love” sign are being placed in parishioners’ yards every few days. Each recipient receives a note encouraging them to "choose where love will grow next."

This creative, but simple act has brought smiles to faces and encouragement during a time when both are much needed.
Do you have a story or creative ministry initiative that you'd like to share? If so, click here to learn more about submissions. If you have any additional questions, reach out to our Diocesan Communications Coordinator, Lindsey Harts.
All people of the diocese are invited to participate in an upcoming film-based discussion, which will take place on Sunday, August 23rd at 3pm. This discussion will be the second in a series and will focus on Netflix's documentary "13th."

Additional details and registration info can be found here.

If you'd like to promote these discussions in your parish, a flyer can be downloaded here.
All parish administrators and finance managers are invited to attend the 2020 Virtual Administrators Day. It will be held on September 18, 2020 via Zoom. Diocesan Treasurer, Tess Judge and Contract Auditor Mary Warmack will be our guest speakers.

Registration is now live and will be open through September 1. Please use this link to register. The Zoom link needed to attend the meeting will be emailed to you no later than September 16th.

If you have any questions about this upcoming event, please call Diocesan House at 252-522-0885 and ask for LaTonya Smith (ext. 229) or Patricia Millhouse (ext. 224).
Resources & Events for Ministry & Faith Formation
The Rev'd Donna Kraus can be reached via email here.
Likewise, Mrs. Alfreda Gee can be reached here.
The Late Summer 2020 Formation Update is now live and includes resources for young adults and formation leaders specifically pertaining to the start of the school year.

Click here to check it out.
This upcoming offering of Virgina Theological Seminary is a one-hour webinar exploring the policies and practicalities of ministering into the crisis of pandemic schooling. It will take place on September 1st from 4-5 PM.

If you'd like to learn more about the event, its facilitators, or register to attend, click here.
Episcopal Church Foundation Racial Justice Resources

The Episcopal Church Foundation has done an incredible job of curating racial justice resources in English & in Spanish. Check out their new page here.
Upcoming TENS Workshop

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is offering an upcoming online workshop:

  • How to Create Virtual Community for Stewardship - August 29 at 1PM EST
  • Click here to register

TENS also recently offered a workshop titled "Virtual Stewardship 101." If best practices around online fundraising, community building, and liturgical resources are of interest to you, the webinar can be viewed here.
Clergy Transitions
The Rev'd Stephen Batten
Trinity Church, Chocowinity

Stephen began work as Priest in Charge and has now been elected Rector.
The Rev'd Eric Grubb
St. Paul's, Clinton

Eric will begin serving as Rector on September 16th.

Click here to learn more.
The Rev'd Alan Neale
St. Stephen's, Goldsboro

Alan began serving as Interim Rector on August 1st.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
Reminders
Hurricane Hub

June 1 marked the beginning of this year's hurricane season. As we get further into the season, the Hurricane Hub on our website will continue to be available for viewing. Updated preparedness resources can be found here.
Click here to view & download the 2020 cycle of prayer.
Click here to learn about events going on in parishes and in communities around the diocese.
News to Share?
Contact Lindsey Harts if you have news, notes, or stories you would like to share with the people of the diocese.
For news regarding the wider Church, check out the Episcopal News Service and Anglican News Service websites by clicking the icons to the right: