Sunday • December 1st
Transition at Diocesan House

On October 7th, we shared with clergy and wardens in East Carolina that due to anticipated budget shortfalls, the diocese could no longer fund the position of Canon for Diocesan Life, which is currently held by the Rev'd Canon Sonny Browne. Effective December 31st, this position will end. This has been a difficult time for Canon Browne, Diocesan Staff, and those around the diocese, as we will greatly miss his ministry and his presence. Canon Browne recently accepted a call in the Diocese of North Carolina as Rector at All Saints, Roanoke Rapids and he will begin this new endeavor on January 1st. Please keep Sonny in your prayers during this transition.

Diocesan Staff have redistributed the work that Canon Browne managed and will continue to strive to support the ministries of the diocese.
Upcoming Ordinations
December 8th

The Right Rev'd Rob Skirving will ordain Edward Lowe to the Sacred Order of Priests on behalf of Bishop Chip Stokes and the people of the Diocese of New Jersey on Sunday, December 8th at 3pm at Holy Trinity, Fayetteville.  

All who would like to be a part of this occasion are welcome to attend.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
1601 Raeford Road
Fayetteville, NC 28305

Clergy: Cassock, surplice, and red stole
Reception following
December 14th

God Willing, the Right Rev'd Rob Skirving will ordain Matthew Babcock and Nanette Woodworth to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, December 14th at 3pm at St. Paul's, Greenville.  

All who would like to be a part of this occasion are welcome to attend.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
401 East 4th Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Clergy: Cassock, surplice, and white stole
Reception following
Around the Diocese
Remaining Fall Deanery Council Meetings

Deanery Council Meetings are set for this fall. Deanery Councils consist of vestry designated lay representatives of parishes and clergy.

  • Upper Cape Fear - Sunday, December 1 - 2:00 PM - St. John's Episcopal Church, 302 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC
  • Albemarle - Tuesday, December 3 - 10:30 AM - St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 109 Road Street, Columbia, NC
  • Trinity - Tuesday, December 3 - 6:00 PM - Christ Episcopal Church, 320 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC

Pre-convention Deanery Meetings will be set for January, which afford parish delegates to convention the opportunity to receive and to discuss information about the Diocesan Convention and any resolutions that have been submitted.

If you'd like to view our Interactive Deanery Map and parish listing by deanery, including contact info for Deans, click here .

5th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence

Wilmington Faiths Against Gun Violence, in conjunction with local faith communities and other organizations, will hold the fifth annual prayer vigil for an end to gun violence  on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 pm at Warner Temple AME Zion Church (620 Nixon Street) in downtown Wilmington. Click here to learn more.
The Path: Day of Discernment

When: Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Where: Trinity Center (618 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512)
Time: 9am - 3pm

Feeling Called? Sign up for Path! We invite you to join us for a day long vocational discernment retreat at Trinity Center. This event is not restricted to people contemplating ordained ministry, but instead designed for anyone who is trying to more fully discern where God is calling them in their vocation. There is no cost for this event and lunch will be included.

Click here to learn more. Registration info is coming soon.
Upcoming Schola Cantorum Evensongs

All are invited to attend these upcoming choral evensong gatherings:

  • Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at 5pm - St. Timothy's, Greenville
  • Sunday, Mar. 29, 2020 at 5pm - St. Mary's, Kinston
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 5pm - St. Mary's, Burgaw
Altar Hangings Free to a Good Church Home

The people at St. Paul's, Edenton were recently given new altar hangings, which now leaves them with an extra set. Any parishes interested in a set of red altar hangings, may inquire by calling the St. Paul's church office: 252-482-3522.
Resources & Events for
 Ministry & Faith Formation
  • Resources for All Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, & Christmas
  • Youth calendar of events
  • Upcoming conferences in the wider Church
Rising Strong: A Retreat for Clergy

This retreat for clergy is based upon the work of Brené Brown and will be facilitated Facilitated by the Rev. Karla Woggon and the Rev. Cynthia Banks, both Certified Daring Way™ Facilitators. It takes place at the Valle Crusis Conference Center from Monday, January 27th through Thursday, January 30th .

For pricing & more info, click here.
UTO Grants

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. If you'd like to learn more about how to apply for a UTO grant in East Carolina, click here.

In early November, The United Thank Offering also announced a call for papers on the theology of gratitude. If this is something you'd like to learn more about, click here.
137th Diocesan Convention
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: $146 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.
Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings

  • Lower Cape Fear: Thursday, January 16 - 6:00 PM - St. James Episcopal Church, 25 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC
  • Trinity: Tuesday, January 21 - 6:00 PM - Christ Episcopal Church, 320 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC
  • Albemarle: Sunday, January 26 - 3:00 PM - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 101 West Gale Street, Edenton, NC
Resolutions for Convention

We are now accepting resolutions for the  137th Annual Convention   .

We ask that you please submit your resolution via email to Hannah Jarman in Microsoft Word form.

Please note: the deadline for resolutions to be published in the Convention Reporter is  Monday, December 2nd, 2019.  After Monday, December 2, we will still accept resolutions but it will not be published in the Convention Reporter.

Furthermore, in order for resolutions to be received after   December 31, 2019 , you must have ten delegate signatures that are representing three parishes.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
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.
2020 Compensation & Benefits Handbook

Head's Up: The 2020 Compensation & Benefits Handbook can now be found here.
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.
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