Sunday • March 10th
1st Sunday in Lent
The Call of Lent: A Retreat for Singles and Couples

This March, take a few days for a relaxed, informal time of reflection, refreshment, and retreat to consider how God is manifest in our lives and callings each Spring. This event is open to anyone, and is at a discounted rate to encourage participation. Click here to view the retreat schedule and get registered.
Around the Diocese
Upcoming Racial Reconciliation Dialogue

The Diocese of East Carolina's Racial Reconciliation Commission hosts gatherings of people to foster dialogue about race. These events create a space to have candid discussions about race and racism. They provide participants with ways to continue the dialogue in their parishes and communities. The next dialogue will take place on Saturday, March 23rd at St. Paul's, Clinton from 9am to 4pm . Check in begins at 8:30am. All are welcome. If you'd like to register for the dialogue, you can do so here .
New Beginnings 54

New Beginnings is a weekend event designed especially to respond to the unique challenges and concerns of young people in grades 6-8. It was created by adults and young people to help participants grow in their love of themselves, others and for Jesus Christ. New Beginnings 54 will take place at Trinity Center from April 5th through 7th . Registration is now open here .

Though the team deadline for New Beginnings has passed, the parish registration deadline isn't until March 18th , so individuals who would like to attend alongside others from their parishes may still register here.
Upcoming Cursillo Weekend

The next Cursillo Weekend will take place at Trinity Center from April 25-28, 2019. Margaret Suggs, of St. Timothy’s Greenville will be the weekend rector at EC 98. Please note that the Clausura (closing ceremony) will be Sunday, April 28 at a new time of 3:00pm. To learn more about the Cursillo Ministry in East Carolina and get registered for the April gathering, click here .
This year's Trinity Center Open House takes place on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2-4pm. All are invited to come learn what Trinity Center has to offer! They will provide tours, information, games, concessions, raffle, kids scavenger hunt, and more. This is a family friendly event that is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Diocesan Life Roadshow

Saturday, June 8th from 10 AM until 2 PM the first Diocesan Life Road Show will be hosted at St. Paul's, Edenton . We hope teams of parish leaders will come away with resources they can utilize to better "Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord!" Resources and tools will be shared on curating records, digital communications, programmatic and calendar planning, as well as formation resource sharing. Workshops offered in these areas as well as learning over lunch. We encourage you to bring a team of 2-4 people from your parish. Registration is can be found here and the cost is $20 per person.
Camp Trinity Spaces Available for Summer 2019

Summer will be here before we know it, so if there are any young people in your parish or community who would be interested in attending Camp Trinity, now is the time to see what spaces are still available and get registered. To learn more, click here.
31st Annual Conference on Church Music in the Anglican Communion

This year's Conference on Church Music will take place at Trinity Center f rom August 15th through 18th . Out clinician will be  Dan Bara , Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. To learn more about the conference and get registered, click here .
Resources & Events for
 Ministry & Faith Formation
East Carolina Youth Council Applications Now Available

We are looking for rising 9th - 12th graders for the 2019-2020 term. Young people who have participated in at least one Diocesan Youth Event and sho an active interest in serving in a leadership capacity are invited to apply. Please follow the link for more information and an application!
ECF First Step Assessment Tool

This free tool from Episcopal Church Foundation is designed to help parishes articulate challenges and/or needs as a first step towards prioritizing and addressing parish needs. Click here to learn more.
Vestry Resource Guide

Whether you're a new vestry member or a seasoned veteran, the Episcopal Church Foundation 's Vestry Resource Guide  is essential reading. With a deliberate focus on the importance of lay and clergy leadership teams, you'll find comprehensive information and advice about the ministry of the vestry, leading faith communities, stewardship, and navigating clergy transitions. If you think this resource guide may he helpful for you or your parish, you can check it out here .
Upcoming ECF Webinars
Click here to learn more about the upcoming ECF webinars and view the archive of past webinars.
TENS Conference

If you are a clergy person, vestry member, or anyone who is interested in making stewardship practical in the Church context, this conference may be up your alley. Click here to learn more about the 2019 TENS Conference.
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Camp

Camp is the cornerstone of SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society, which provides a way for high school students to build their faith through intellectual channels. Founded in the confidence that knowledge and reason are foundational to faith, SUMMA offers fun, friendship, and the opportunity for a deepened and more thoughtful faith. This year's camp will take place from July 16th through 24th at Sewanne's School of Theology. Click here to learn more.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
Open Communications Coordinator Position at Christ Church, New Bern

Christ Church, New Bern is looking to hire a Communication Coordinator who would take on the role of creating and distributing print and digital media for the benefit of those in the parish and the wider community. This position will be part-time and salaried. Click here to learn more.
Reminders
2019 Federal Reporting Requirements

Please note that the 2019 Federal Reporting Requirements for Episcopal Churches, Schools, and Institutions has been published. If this is information is relevant to your work, you can find it here .
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.
News to Share?
Contact Lindsey Harts if you have news, notes, or stories you would like to share with the people of the diocese.
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