SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 from 9 am - 12 noon
Join friends from around our region for a day of fun, relationship-building, and some funny glimpses into everything Episcopal (Mission Council, General Convention, Annual Convention, oh my!!!). Sure, we’ll have some business to do; but, it will be a holy and joyous time with you there. 

Child Care and Spanish Translation will be available.

Photos from our last convocation courtesy of Judy Moeckel.
Notes from the Region Leadership Team
Greetings from your Region Missionary
It has been an abundant summer. June 6th officially marked my one year anniversary as Region Missionary and I remain incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve God and ECCT in the North Central Region of Connecticut. Thank you for opening your doors, meeting me at neighborhood coffee shops and libraries, and for sharing your stories with me. I can't wait to see what this next program year has in store. I am currently putting together a preaching rota for the fall and spring. If I have not yet preached at you parish or hosted a forum about the region in your community and you would like me to, please send me an email: . I am also happy to return to communities for another visit any day of the week. On Sundays priority will be given to those communities that I have not yet visited or haven't preached at before.

Below you will see that this edition of the Quarterly is very full! Over the past few months new moments of collaboration have popped up, for which I give thanks and I commend their stories to you. The Region Leadership Team has also be leaning into God's Mission, pausing for reflection and moving forward with plans for next year. And, last but far from least, General Convention took place in Austin, Texas from July 2 - July 13.
Erin Flinn
NC Region Missionary
Mobile: 860-966-3742

Region Office Location
The North Central Region of ECCT was well represented at General Convention with over 10 people from our region present, two of which have offered reflections below. At our September 15 Convocation we will have an opportunity to hear more reflections from General Convention and imagine ways that our region might breathe life into the many resolutions . In the meantime, you can watch videos from General Convention: Sermons and TEConversations (TED-style talks) here . May the Holy Spirit and the stories you hear inspire you!
RLT Takes Time to Pray, Reflect & Look Ahead
On the 30th of June members of the North Central Region Leadership Team (RLT) gathered at Ender’s island in Mystic, Connecticut and were led on a “Three Question Retreat” by consultant Gail Lebert. We asked: “What are our gifts?”, “What has been our success?” and “What’s next?” We began our day dwelling in the word and in prayer. Then we reflected on the times that the North Central Region seemed most in alignment with God’s Mission over the past year, and the following came to mind:

• The recent Pentecost celebration in Portland - a collaboration of several churches • The meetings of region parish delegates during the past annual Conventions where participants learned about ministry networks throughout the region • The Boot Party that was held in Hartford last winter, in which many of our parishes eagerly participated by sending supplies for care packages or by volunteering at the event • The growing interest in Community Gardens and the mentoring and collaboration that leadership has fostered.

After reflecting on these moments we discerned that listening, convening, connecting and empowering people in the region who have a passion for ministry were key leadership contributions to success. At the conclusion of the retreat we picked September 15, 2018 at St. Alban's in Simsbury, from 9 am to noon as the time and place for our pre-convention convocation for the North Central Region. Two planning meeting were also scheduled for August. 

- Karanne Farling, Member of the RLT
Triinity, Collinsville

For more information about the Region Leadership Team and how you might participate in the Region, please contact our Convener, The Rev. Linda Spiers at or the Region Missionary at .

God's Mission in North Central Connecticut
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine:
Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church,
and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20,21
Pentecost: A Birthday Party!
Pentecost is often described as the birthday of the Church. How do we celebrate birthdays? By coming together and throwing a party, of course! That is just what a number of churches in the region chose to do this year. Our Pentecost celebration, known as A Celebration of the Holy Spirit through Fire, was celebrated on May 19th at Holy Trinity, Portland.  

Members of Holy Trinity, Portland were inspired (and remember the word ‘inspired’ comes from the Latin word spiritus- breath) to invite other parishes in the region to begin a discussion of how we can come together- to strengthen each other and be strengthened. From this discussion, our celebration was born.

Our party was just that- with food, music, activities, and s’mores! Our potluck supper, which was envisioned as an outdoor picnic, was moved into the parish hall because of weather. The Praise Band from Holy Trinity, Middletown rocked the acoustics while children listening could appreciate the Holy Spirit’s gift of wind by blowing bubbles and creating ribbon wands.

The highlight of the evening for many of us was the bonfire. Members from churches throughout the region, as well as all those present, brought forth prayers that had been written down. We were then able to commit the prayers to the flames as a way of committing those prayers to God. It was a wonderful reminder of the power of fire and why it symbolizes the Holy Spirit.

This event, which over fifty people attended, was full of fellowship and the Holy Spirit. People from at least six different communities, not all Episcopalian and not all Christian. Thanks go out to Holy Trinity, Portland for planning and to all those on the planning committee from Church of the Epiphany, Durham; Holy Trinity, Middletown; Trinity, Portland; and St. James, Higganum. May we all continue to work together to do Christ’s work in the world with joy and celebration.

-Katy Reddick, Church of the Epiphany, Durham
Photos courtesy of Judy Moeckel. More photos available at:
Trinity, Hartford Partners with Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance & Team Rubicon
For a number of years, two run-down, vacant buildings have stood across the street from T rinity Episcopal Church at 115 and 117 Sigourney Street. In their original state, when Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood represented the outskirts of the city, the buildings represented some of the best examples of what Hartford offered in architectural design and luxury living. Having fallen into disuse, the buildings were recently acquired by Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance – a local organization of businesses and nonprofits the mission of which is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods through architectural preservation and rehabilitation.

After numerous delays caused in part by the fact that the buildings are on the National Historic Register, a team of approximately 25 volunteers (all of them retired first responders and military personnel) from Team Rubicon arrived on July 20 to begin the rehabilitation process. The team was housed in the 4th and 2nd grade classrooms of Trinity Academy, a mission of Trinity Church, and the library of the church. Healthy meals were prepared in Trinity’s kitchen and, in a true community effort, the YWCA two blocks away provided shower facilities for the workers.

For three full days the men and women of Team Rubicon cleaned out remaining property from former tenants, deconstructed parts of the buildings that were not original to the architecture, and prepared them for rehabilitation for use as a single family home and a three-unit dwelling.

This has been a great example of what community organizations can achieve when we think in terms of forming collaborative partnerships. We are looking forward to working with NINA as we bring this project to completion in the months to come.
- The Rev. Don Hamer
Rector at Trinity, Hartford
Photos courtesy of NINA
Pill Bottle Partnership
The Frances Willis Cornwall chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King® at St. Monica’s Church, Hartford, is collecting prescription pill bottles for distribution to medical clinics in rural villages in Africa.  Typically, patients receive their prescription pills wrapped in newspaper, tissue paper or even paper napkins because pill bottles are not available. 

The idea for this project was brought to us when a member of St. Monica’s Church visited an Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. where the DOK had been conducting a pill bottle drive. After verifying the need, our Chapter decided to launch a similar drive in our Church as a Service project of our DOK chapter. 

In December of 2017, one of our Church members delivered the first shipment of bottles to a clinic in Liberia where the donation was joyfully received. Since then Trinity Church, Tariffville hand Trinity, Wethersfield have joined us in collecting bottles. We are also partnering with Kateri Medical Services, operated by the Rev. Tom Furrer, to provide pill bottles for distribution to three medical clinics in Nigeria. At the 2018 DOK Triennial in Austin Texas, we made contact with a DOK from Uganda who is excited at the prospect of collaborating with us on the project.

The project requires only a small investment of time to clean the bottles (brown bottles only) and remove the labels. No financial outlay is required.

Please contact Jennie Dixon at if you would like more information.
Reflections from General Convention
GC79: An Up-close & Personal Experience of the National Church
It’s been a little over 2 weeks since my return from GC 79 in Austin, TX and to be completely honest, I am still processing my experience there. My first impression was, “this is our Diocesan Convention on steroids!” And my second, “I feel like a fish out of water!” Yet, I set about the task of the business at hand. The days started early and ended late and at the end of each day I was exhausted and excited for what the next day would bring.

My experiences at GC 79 were many and varied. I testified at a hearing for C028 (Use of Other Anglican Books of Worship with the permission of the Bishop Diocesan…) a Resolution which came out of our Convention; I enthusiastically welcomed (with the entire TEC) the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba home; I joined the Bishop’s Against Gun Violence in daily prayer before each Legislative Session, I stood in witness with the women of the Hutto Detention Center; I spoke in support of Resolution A045 Expanding and requiring Anti-Racism training throughout all levels of church leadership; I attended a worship service celebrating the end of the work of the Ministry of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus; I attended the EDS luncheon honoring Bishop Barbara C. Harris, the first African-American Woman Bishop Suffragan; I attended joint sessions covering Racial Reconciliation, Evangelism, and Care for Creation…I found myself being moved to tears during each session. And, finally, I attended a revival service that was amazing and wonderful…who’d of thought…Episcopalians holding a revival! 

In all, my experience at GC 79 was life-changing and ministry-enhancing. To have the distinct pleasure and opportunity to see the wider church at work and to see how the Episcopal Church in Connecticut is an integral part of the TEC was truly an honor. Thank you!

- The Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell, Clergy Deputy
Rector at St. Monica's, Hartford
CT Youth & Pez Jesus take on Austin
The youth team (Christine Babbit, Andrew Gausepohl, Neal Minto & Elizabeth Rousseau) came with adventurous spirits, unclear expectations, patience, shoes for walking, reusable ECCT mugs, Camp Washington polos, Pez Jesus! t-shirts, nearly 100 PEZ dispensers, a hashtag (#gencon18), and an infectious desire to steep ourselves in General Convention. 

We arrived in Austin not as members of the Official Youth Presence, but as observers. However, one of the many fantastic features of General Convention is, that while you can’t vote without being a part of an official deputation, you can do almost anything else. As “just” observers, we were able to visit both the House of Deputies and Bishops; attend legislative committee hearings; and take in the Exhibit Hall. We enjoyed lunch with other youth and young adults, and heard directly from The Rev. Gay Jennings (President, House of Deputies). The youth team counted the Revival as one of the highlights they experienced. They witnessed the larger Bishops United Against Gun Violence demonstration; as the daily gatherings, each receiving one of 96 crosses distributed each day by BUAGC. They hung in there as the heat of the sun beat down on us at the Hutton Residential Center; and they collectively shared great excitement around welcoming The Episcopal Church in Cuba back into TEC.

There was definitely some free time and fun (VooDoo donuts, LBJ Library, Texas State Capitol), but this group of youth was plugged in and connected to so much of what General Convention included; which is really an amazing display of what the Church is truly about – a combination of frustrating and life-changing moments. 

If your congregation is interested in hearing more from the Youth Team, reach out to me or Curtis and we’ll help you facilitate a meeting with these leaders in our church. Together, we witnessed a church that is more than waking up to where we are right this moment; with a group of youth that are already leading the way. Pez Jesus, indeed.

- The Rev. Rebekah Hatch, ECCT Youth Team Chaperone
Rector at St. Alban's, Simsbury
Opportunities to Engage
The Episcopal Church Women of CT
are Looking for 3-4 Women for Key Roles:
Program Chairperson for the United Thank Offering in Connecticut would devote time in promoting the UTO in parishes throughout ECCT, encouraging people to engage in the support of UTO. Duties would include: a Spring and Fall letter to all the parishes, tracking the funds received and doing the banking that goes along with it. It is possible this role could be filled by two people – one for communications and one for finances. 

Christian Education is a program that connects the women in the ECCT with a common concern. The last program that was on Human Trafficking, it was a three year program that educated the people in the parishes of the problem of Trafficking right here in CT. The person who fills this position would need to identify a program of local or national interest and work to bring it to the attention of the ECCT community.

The Social Concerns and Special Assistance are also programs supported by the ECW board through which we will give monies to Episcopal Programs that are in need of monetary assistance. This includes: Women in Mission monies granted to an individual or group of women (and men) doing work for the benefit of humanity in or out of the Episcopal church; Clergy Daughters, funds are available for even distribution to the daughters from ECCT who will enter their first year of college; as well as Other Concerns, monies are available to assist in-diocese and out of diocese institutions supported by or affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Special Assistance funds are available to individuals and families on an emergency basis.

If you feel that you are called to one of these role or would like more information please contact Elizabeth (Betty) Silva the President, Episcopal Church women in CT at or 860-623-3434.
What is EfM & Could it be Right for You?
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year curriculum for lay people sponsored by Sewanee School of Theology, University of the South. Each year is a nine-month cycle of study, for which students enroll one cycle at a time. During these four years of study, a close-knit community of seekers is formed. Together, they study the Bible, church history, theology and philosophy, asking myriad questions and sharing their wisdom, while becoming more deeply rooted in their own faith.

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The EfM program provides people with education to support their ministry—that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” EfM offers an opportunity to do just that. It is a wonderful, life-giving way to discover our unique gifts and how to use them to make this world a little bit better, as we become more the person God calls us to be. For more information on EfM in general visit:
The Epihany, Durham EfM group meets on Mondays from 6-9 pm beginning in mid-September, and have a Saturday 'retreat' early in the year to share their spiritual journeys and watch a film, lecture or TED talk that enhances our understanding of the world in which Jesus lived. People can contact Karen Otte at or 860-349-3631 for more information.
At St. John’s, West Hartford the EfM group meets on Thursday evenings from September through June. If you’d like to learn more about EfM and explore whether this opportunity is right for you, contact The Rev. Susan Pinkerton at or 860-523-5201. 
EfM is not just “Bible study” through the lens of an organized religion. We explore the readings to find embedded lessons for the context in which they were written, and then how the message might relate to current everyday life. The application of the EfM process week after week is like fog slowly dissipating. Or maybe like learning to make sense of the light and shadows on X rays. What might start out as an opaque blob becomes a tool to refine your personal view of God in relation to the world (that is, your personal theology), and insight to ground the big and small choices you make to use the gifts you have in your life while you’re on earth. And in addition to that, we laugh a lot. I look forward to it every week. EfM is one of the most personally rewarding things I’ve ever done. - Marki Ware, EfM member at St. John’s, West Hartford

EfM is definately NOT your grandmother's Bible study. It's a great program. Challenge and ground yourself in your faith, through EfM. - EfM member at Epiphany, Durham.
Happening is Happening in March 2019
Happening is a youth weekend retreat focused on supporting young persons in their particular journey of faith. Happening was begun forty years ago by lay people in the Diocese of Texas. The idea behind Happening was to provide relevant support to young people in the growth of their faith, expressing that faith in ways that had meaning for them, and channeling faith in ways that connected them to the Church, friendships, and other communities. Happening is staffed by young people, with adult support, so that the youth making their Happening are hearing the faith stories, struggles, and real experiences of their peers. Listening and responding to other young people talking about Jesus in positive ways relevant to the lives of Happeners makes, we think, a big difference in how the Happening message is heard. ECCT has decided to support Happening in CT because it truly can make a difference in the lives of young people who have so many challenges to face in the modern world.
Happening is a structured faith experience weekend for young people that involves “talks” given by youth staff who have been through the Happening program themselves. The talks are intended to ground different kinds of faith experiences (cultural, social, church, familial) in the adolescent context. There are activities that follow each talk, along with music, social time, and a lot of room for each young person making their Happening to experience their faith in whatever way they are able or are comfortable with during the weekend. Spiritual directors who are ordained clergy are present during the weekend to provide spiritual guidance for those who need or desire it. Happening takes place, in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, at idyllic Camp Washington, with good food and comfortable accommodations. Additional adult support is on hand for supervision and safety.

We hope that you will talk to your youth minister or the young people in your parish about attending Happening next year, March 8-10. Please do not hesitate to contact the Reverend George C. Roberts ( if you have questions. We also encourage you to visit The Happening, Inc. website at .
Upcoming Events
Parish & Ministry Network Events:
8/4 - Movie & BBQ on the Lawn at Trinity, Portland, 6 PM. Features Disney Pixar's Coco. FREE and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and a dish to share.

9/22 - Viewing of Paul, Apostle of Christ at St. James Parish, Farmington, 6:30 PM. The film will be followed by refreshments and a brief discussion.

9/30 - Parkville Coffeehouse with Grace, Hartford at Noon. A taste of Parkville with live music to welcome friends, old and new, and family to our new program year.

9/30 - New World Trio: Ensemble-in-Residence at The Red Door at St. John's, West Hartford from 2 PM - 3:30 PM.

I know we have much, much more going on in the North Central Region, please add your events to the ECCT calendar so that we all might see the abundant offerings of the region. Click to SUBMIT AN EVENT or send your event announcement to the North Central Region Missionary
Don't Forget to Register for Annual Convention...
Registration is open for the 2018 Annual Convention, on October 26 & 27 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT. More information in the Call to Convention available here or on our website . Hotel registration is separate.  
Annual Convention: Something New
Something new is coming to Annual Convention this year, and we want you to be a part of it! Learn about why we’re making these changes in this first video in a series, and check out our website for the latest information. Watch the video!

Trivia Night Banquet - Separate Registration
 It's a battle of wits and useless knowledge at Convention on Friday night! Over dinner, compete with your team for unique prizes by answering trivia questions. Get together your friends from around the church and register today.
Communications for the North Central Region
The question was raised at the North Central Region breakout session: How can we get more information about the Region and how can we become better connected? Below are a few ways to link into the Region.
* Join the North Central Region Facebook Group, a community bulletin board for the region. This is your place to share parish/community events, photos, videos and more.

* Like and follow the North Central Region Facebook Page. This is where the Leadership Team will post news of upcoming Region events, gatherings, conversations, resources, etc.

* If you want to know what your Region Missionary is up to, like and follow her Facebook Page.
* Subscribe to this Quarterly to have stories from the Region delivered straight to your inbox

* Reach out to your North Central Region Leadership Team members

* Check out the Region Calendar on the ECCT website. Submit your parish events to the Region Calendar here and they will be added to the ECCT Weekly eNews. Be sure to select 'North Central Region' under category.
Please note that all of these links can also be found on the ECCT North Central Region webpage.
Almighty God,
You have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

'79 Book of Common Prayer p. 100.
Would you like your community or event to be included in the next North Central Region Quarterly? Contact me , your North Central Region Missionary, and let's set up a time to chat so that I might hear your story and be a witness to God's work in your community. The next Quarterly will be sent out in October.