June 24, 2020

A Meditation on 
the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

AS WE REMEMBER TODAY THE FEAST of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman offers a meditation reflecting on St. John the Baptist as a prophet and protester in his own time, unafraid to speak out against injustice to bring about the promise of the Gospel.

If you haven't seen Bishop Rodman's meditations on the saints yet, catch up on the collection on the diocesan Vimeo channel!

Clergy Checkbox

CLERGY/LEADERSHIP SUPPORT CALLS:  Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30a.m. via Zoom. To join the call,  use this link  or call in by phone at 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 515 271 142)

DON'T FORGET: The deadline to report elected delegates to Convention is August 3.

  • August 3 - Deadline to report elected delegates to Convention
  • Dec. 12 - Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests

Diocese of NC Observing Summer Hours

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, the Diocese of North Carolina is observing summer hours and closing at noon on Fridays (reopening at 8:30a.m. on Mondays). [If you have an emergency, you will still be able to reach someone by contacting the staff member on duty at (919) 834-7474 x. 2009.

The Diocese is observing summer hours, in part, to remind and help its staff members to take care of themselves as they take care of others. We encourage you to do the same, and hope you will find time for yourself - even if only for a few hours each week - that brings you rest and restoration.

Webinar Tonight: "A Good and Holy End"

TONIGHT, JUNE 24, 7p.m.A GOOD AND HOLY END - CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE END OF LIFE: In this webinar, we will look at fundamental conversations around the end of life: What is the conversation I need to have with myself? What is the conversation I need to have with family and friends? What is the conversation if need to have with professional such as doctor, lawyer, or financial planner? What would I like for the final celebration of my life to be like (planning your funeral or memorial service)?

Led by the Rt. Rev. William Gregg, this time together will ease the fear of having these conversations and instead provide a guide for having them and providing peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. Register.

"Ask the Bishop"!

"ASK THE BISHOP," a new video series for children, is a hit! The questions submitted by children are wonderful, and we are greedy for more! Intended for audiences 12 and under (though enjoyed by folks of every age!),  "Ask the Bishop" is all about answering the questions on the minds of children, whether it's about God, the Bible, the wider world or anything else. Learn how to submit questions for future episodes - all are welcome!

Look for "Ask the Bishop" on Saturdays at 10a.m. on the diocesan Facebook page or the diocesan Vimeo channel.

Celebrate the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray July 1


IT HAS BECOME A TRADITION to celebrate the feast of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray on July 1. St. Titus', Durham, has hosted this gathering in recent years, and this year the tradition continues.

Though we cannot gather in person for the celebration, St.Titus' has gathered service participants and is offering an online celebration on Wednesday, July 1 at 7p.m. The service will include music, a sermon by the Rev. Hershey Mallette Stevens, the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of North Carolina, as celebrant and a special video presentation by the Pauli Murray Project of Durham.

We invite you to join us in celebration of this amazing North Carolina saint. The service will be shared on Facebook on July 1 at 7p.m.and can be viewed on the St.Titus', Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the Pauli Murray Project Facebook pages. If you are not available to join us as the event happens, you can still enjoy the service on the diocesan Vimeo channel

Diocesan Affinity Groups Set to Begin

THE AFFINITY GROUPS are about ready to get started. Based on interest requests, w e will start with the following groups:
1. Online Worship
2. All things Music (recording online, livestreaming, what it will be like back in the buildings)

The All Things Music group is meeting Friday, June 26 at 4p.m. To join this meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

By phone:
+16465588656, 99870506245# US (New York)
Meeting ID: 998 7050 6245

The Online Worship group is meeting Monday, June 29 at 3p.m. To join this meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

By phone:
+16465588656, 95792280710# US (New York)
Meeting ID: 957 9228 0710

The purpose of affinity groups includes offering mutual support for work we are doing, sharing ideas and creatively collaborating with each other where it is helpful. If the groups find resources, tools, ideas or concerns that would be helpful for the larger church, they can be shared with the Next Step Task force groups. The Diocese will provide people to help organize the affinity groups, but leadership for the groups will come from within.

We have some interest in a group on formation (what are people trying and learning in terms of formation alternatives while access to buildings is limited) as well as a few others. If you are interested in exploring affinity groups, please fill out this interest form. If you have additional questions, please contact the Rev. Canon Earnest Graham.

Do Just One Thing

FOR OUR GRADUATING SENIORS, there are still questions awaiting an answer. One answer that has been, is and will continue to be true is that our young adult missioners and campus ministers are ready to welcome these young adults to their new communities.

When you do  Just One Thing and refer the graduating seniors of your congregation to the chaplain or congregation at the universities, community colleges or military bases they will attend in the fall, you connect them with their campus ministry, taking the first step in helping them meet their young adult faith community.

The minute you take to do  Just One Thing can make an impact that lasts a lifetime.

Bulletin Board 

DEEPENING FAITH AT HOME: Our ongoing formation can - and hopefully is - happening no matter what is going on in the world. Even in this trying time, there are countless resources available to help you explore, discuss and deepen your faith.
The Diocese of North Carolina has developed an "  At-Home Worship and Formation" webpage to help wade through the myriad offerings. With options for adults, children and families, there are lots of way to build your spiritual practices into your daily life. 

DON'T FORGET: The deadline to report elected delegates to Convention is August 3.
THE MISSION ENDOWMENT GRANT spring deadline has been extended to June 30.

The bulletin board is a great way to share announcements, needs and offerings around the Diocese. To include an item on the bulletin board, email us with your notice. Please keep it short (100 words max.) and be sure to include contact information.    
Please Give as You Can 

THOUGH LIFE HAS SEEMINGLY come to a standstill, the obligations it contains has not. Churches still have expenses related to worship spaces and ministries, and they need your continued help to keep it all going.

As you are able, please continue to honor pledges or donate to your church. We say as you are able - this ongoing situation will have a financial impact on us all, and if you are not able to support your church financially, you can still do so through prayer and participation, knowing all the while you are loved. 

For those churches who do not have online options available, the Diocese has created a giving option to help gather donations.  By using the  diocesan link , donors may designate their giving for a specific church, or they may donate to a general fund to be used to relieve financial stress as the Diocese designates to do so.

Visit www.episdionc.org to see a full list of upcoming events.

Until we are able to gather again, Please Note has no in-person gatherings to share. So let's use this space to share online events in which we can all take part!

We are working to gather online worship offerings through other channels, but if you have other online events to which the public is invited, please email us the details (don't forget the link!), and we'll be happy to share. 

Do you have an event you'd like to share? Email us the event date and title, a brief description (100 words max.), a contact person and any promotional flyers or photos. Listings normally appear on the calendar four weeks prior to the event.