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Sunday, October 25th
Last week Bishop Skirving shared a pastoral letter for the people of East Carolina & revised guidelines for public worship in the time of COVID-19. If you'd like to read them, click here
Around the Diocese
News from Diocesan House

We are delighted to announce that Emily Gowdy Canady’s position is changing. Effective immediately she will now be the Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation.

Recognizing that Christian Formation is a lifelong journey, in this newly created position Emily will focus on supporting and facilitating individuals of all ages and congregations of all sizes across the diocese who seek to grow their faith in Jesus Christ through the lens of the Episcopal Church. 
The Trinity Center staff are actively planning for Camp Trinity Summer 2021. Be on the lookout for more details, dates, and registration info.

All of this will be shared at the beginning of next year.
United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Ingathering & Grant Application

It's that time again! If you'd like to learn about how to apply for a 2021 UTO grant and how you can support the work of UTO, click here.
Resources & Events for Ministry & Faith Formation
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor.

The event will be simulcast in English and Spanish. Click here to learn more.
On Thursday November 5th beginning at 7pm, Sacred Ground facilitators from around the diocese will gather together via ZOOM to discuss and share the joys and challenges of leading conversations around racial healing in their parishes.

This will be a time for folks to hear from others as we reflect together on the realities of engaging in difficult conversations in light of our baptismal call to strive for justice and peace among all people. 

If you are interested in learning more about Sacred Ground, click here. If you feel God is calling your congregation into intentional conversations and ministry around racial justice and healing you are welcome to attend this conversation. 

To register to attend and receive the Zoom information, contact Adam Pierce.
List of Spiritual Directors

If connecting with a spiritual director is something you or someone you know would be interested in, check out this list.
Space for Grace: Supporting Relationships in the Midst of an Ongoing Pandemic

Space for Grace seeks to be a place where adults can gather for support, resources, and prayer as we continue to navigate the effects of an ongoing pandemic.

There are four upcoming sessions, all of which will offer two different time slots.
Session 1: Support for Couples - Facilitated by Anne Erickson, MA, LCMHC

  • October 27, 7:30 - 8:45 PM
  • October 29, 12 - 1:15 PM

If you'd like to learn more & register to attend, click here.
Session 2: Support for the Parents of Young Adults/College Students - Facilitated by the Rev'd Kevin Matthews

  • November 9, 7:30 - 8:45 PM
  • November 12, 12 - 1:15 PM

If you'd like to learn more & register to attend, click here.
Session 3: Support for Those Who Care for Older Adults - Facilitated by Dorothy Linthicum

  • November 17, 12 - 1:15 PM
  • October 19, 7:30 - 8:45 PM

If you'd like to learn more & register to attend, click here.
Session 4: Support for Single Adults - Facilitated by Missy Morain

  • November 30, 7:30 - 8:45 PM
  • December 2, 12 - 1:15 PM

If you'd like to learn more & register to attend, click here.
If you have any additional questions, contact Emily Gowdy Canady.
The Early Fall 2020 Formation Update is now live and includes resources for young adults and formation leaders for the coming months. Click here to check it out.
Click here to register.
This 3-part series for young people in grades 6-12 is meant to provide an open, faith based, safe space for conversation about their concerns around mental health and wellness. We hope to help begin removing the stigma often associated with mental health and illness. We hope to provide a beginning tool kit so young people can advocate for their own mental well-being as well as ways to offer appropriate support for friends, and most importantly when to ask for help. Click here to register.

Though the first session has already taken place, all who would like to participate are encouraged to register for the latter sessions.
College students are invited to this discussion with the Campus Ministry Communities from The Well: ELCM in Greenville and E.C.C.O. in Wilmington. Please contact the Rev'd Donna Kraus for registration information.
Beloved Community Now Webinars

Thousands of racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church gathered to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings at the end of July 2020. These webinars are now available for viewing here.
Welcome Wednesdays

Amanda Norwood from Christ Church, New Bern is working with a non-profit to change the conversations about refugees and immigration from one of fear to one of welcome. This series is called Choose Welcome and is a campaign of We Welcome Refugees.

Every Wednesday night until the end of October, they're hosting webinars where speakers and pastors from all over the world will discuss a topic related to immigration/refugees. Here is a list of the upcoming webinar speakers and topics:

  • 10/21 - Vicki Courtney // Choosing to Use My Voice 
  • 10/28 - Ann Voskamp // Embracing God's Call to Welcome

For link to register, email Amanda Norwood.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
Annual Enrollment

Reminder: Annual Enrollment is in effect from Oct 12 to Oct 30. Please look to make sure that no changes need to be made. Should changes need to be made they must be done no later than Oct 30. Please contact Patricia Millhouse at Diocesan House at 252-522-0885 ext. 224 with Annual Enrollment questions.
137th Convention Journal Now Available

The Journal of the 137th Convention of Diocese of East Carolina, which took place in February 2020, is now available for viewing.

It can be found on our website here.
If you've viewed the home page on our diocesan website recently, you may have noticed this map beneath the "Find a Church" header. This is the Episcopal Asset Map.

The Asset Map is now used by The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development, and the Diocese of East Carolina. Each parish in our diocese has page of its own on the Asset Map. If you have not yet taken the time to check out the Asset Map or your parish's page, you can do so here.

If you notice that service times, contact information, photos, or any other content is out of date, there's an easy way to suggest changes. Click on the text that says, "update this place," make any recommended changes, and once you submit them, Lindsey Harts will review them and approve changes accordingly.
Contact Lindsey Harts if you have any additional questions.
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.
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