July 29, 2020
 
 
Have You Heard "And Also w/Y'all"?

Host the Rev. James Franklin recording the debut episode at the 204th Annual Convention.


IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED IT OUT ALREADY, now is a great time to explore and become a fan of " And Also w/Y'all," the diocesan podcast created for young adults - and enjoyed by all ages - hosted by the Rev. James Franklin, the Rev. Caleb Tabor and Eliza Brinkley. Episodes feature  engaging conversations about faith, spirituality, discernment, doubt and everything in between. The hosts and their guests talk frankly about the serious and the ridiculous young adults encounter as they navigate their faith.

The latest episode is the final offering in the "Pandemic Diaries" series, a look at the many ways the pandemic has affected young adults, from college life to the juggling of at-home families and careers. Listen: And Also w/Y'all: Distancing Diaries - Episode 6.


WHERE TO FIND "AND ALSO W/Y'ALL"

 
Clergy Checkbox

CLERGY/LEADERSHIP SUPPORT CALLS:  Every Tuesday (the meetings were reduced to one day a week for the summer,) 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). 

INFORMATION ON ANNUAL PARISH MEETINGS can now be found on the diocesan website.

205TH ANNUAL CONVENTION: The deadline to report elected delegates to Convention is August 3. All available information on the upcoming 205th Annual Convention, including updates on Convention in the time of COVID-19 and the Notice of Convention, can be found on the diocesan website.

ANNUAL AUDITS are due September 1.

FOR CLERGY CALENDARS
  • Aug. 3 - Deadline to report elected delegates to Convention
  • Sept. 1 - Deadline for filing annual audits
  • Dec. 12 - Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests
 
Two Important Deadlines Approaching

AUGUST 3 (NEXT MONDAY)

 

SEPTEMBER 1
 
Upcoming Webinars

THREE NEW OFFERINGS IN DIOCESAN WEBINAR SERIES, an opportunity from The Episcopal Church and a special book release conversation are ready for you - please join us!

FROM THE DIOCESE:
AUGUST 13, 7p.m. - " End-of-Life Care: The family and navigating end-of-life challengesThe third in the end-of-life-webinar series, the topic of this session is navigating the challenge of serious illness and dying with self or a loved one. After the panel speaks, there will be time for Q&A from listeners. We are very pleased that Josephine Hicks will be leading our conversation, joined by the Sherry Storrs, hospital chaplain, and the Rev. Miriam Saxon, members of the series' task force.

We look forward to our conversation and your participation in this session of our series. This event will also be simulcast via Facebook Live on the diocesan Facebook page. Register.


AUGUST 18, 7p.m. - " For Parents: Dealing with Stress, Grief & Anxiety During the COVID-19 PandemicThe Children's and Youth Mental Health Committee of the Diocese of North Carolina recently offered webinars to assist parents in helping children deal with grief, stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it's time to help parents deal with their own stress, as managing adult stress while caring for children certainly as a special set of considerations.
This webinar will not be simulcast on Facebook Live, so if this is a topic of interest and you would like the chance to ask questions, please be sure to register. (Downloadable resources from the Children's and Youth Mental Health Committee are available on the diocesan website.)


AUGUST 20, 7p.m. - " For Adults: Dealing with Stress, Grief & Anxiety During the COVID-19 PandemicThe Children's and Youth Mental Health Committee of the Diocese of North Carolina recently offered a series of webinars to assist parents in helping children (and themselves) deal with grief, stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. But every adult, regardless of marital or parental status, is dealing with this stress, so this series has been expanded to include a presentation for every adult who could use some suggestions or guidance on managing the stress of living in a very stressful time. This webinar will not be simulcast on Facebook Live, so if this is a topic of interest and you would like the chance to ask questions, please be sure to register.


FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH:
JULY 28-30, 4-6p.m. - " Becoming Beloved Community NOWRacial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church will gather to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of "Becoming Beloved Community NOW" online gatherings at 4-6p.m. on July 28-30.
 
Convened by the Presiding Officers' Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation, the three gatherings will focus on three urgent themes:
  • Truth - Telling the truth about participation in white supremacy and racial oppression. (Tuesday, July 28)
  • Justice - Changing racist systems, especially "criminal" justice and public health/COVID response. (Wednesday, July 29)
  • Healing - Breaking free of white supremacy via training and formation (Thursday, July 30).
Open to the public, please note it is necessary to register for each individual session. Learn more.


BOOK RELEASE CONVERSATION:
JULY 30, 7p.m., " The Unexpected Gift: Profiles in Courage from Cancer Survivorship In 2019, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown (Novant Healthcare, Charlotte), organized a team of healthcare colleagues to embark upon an adventure interviewing more than 20 different individuals living with cancer. Each person was asked to write a chapter detailing their experiences of how this disease has been part of their lives, what they've learned, and how they've changed. On July 30, you're invited to attend this book release webinar and hear from panelists, such as Dr. Garmon-Brown and five of the chapter authors, including the Diocese's own the Rev. Brad Smith, as they share of our ongoing walk with cancer, reading excerpts from their chapters and engage in conversation. No registration is needed; simply follow the instructions included here



 
"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.

 
Bulletin Board 

CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY MINISTRY LEADERS are gathering for discussion and support via Zoom next week. There are two opportunities to come together:

INFORMATION ON ANNUAL PARISH MEETINGS can now be found on the diocesan website.


THE EPISCOPAL FARMWORKER MINISTRY  invites you to participate in Beloved Neighbors, an online training program about history, race,and immigration.  The training consists of six online sessions, via Zoom, at 10a.m. on Saturdays. The sessions begin August 22. Please register in advance, and a suggested $30 donation, if you are able, will be gratefully received. Learn more about these sessions sure to give you a new perspective about the issues faced by immigrants, and with new tools to enact positive social change.



UPCOMING AFFINITY GROUP MEETINGS: 
The Online Worship group  is meeting Monday, Aug. 3 at 3p.m. To join this meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

By phone:
+1-301-715-8592 (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 962 6153 5647

The All Things Music group is meeting Friday, Aug. 14 at 4p.m. To join this meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

By phone:
+1-301-715-8592 (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 949 9169 8089


THE MISSION ENDOWMENT BOARD is pleased to announce it has awarded two Mission Endowment grants for the spring 2020 cycle.
  • Johnson Service Corps: $21,000 in 2020: The grant provides funding for the Paul Murray fellowship, which focuses on spiritual formation and service.
  • Chapel of Christ the King, Charlotte: $10,882 in 2020: The Chapel will repair and improve a community garden and create an outdoor worship space. This project has many community supports and is a part of furthering the Beloved Community in Charlotte.
Applications for 2021 Mission Endowment grants are due by November 30, 2020.



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. All available information on the upcoming 205th Annual Conventionincluding updates on Convention in the time of COVID-19 and the Notice of Convention, can be found on the diocesan website.


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.


TWO NOTABLE ASSEMBLIES ANNOUNCED - SAVE THE DATES:
  • THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING Fall Assembly, September 26. The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple is the keynote speaker, preceded by a business meeting to vote on a proposed plan for financial stewardship. For more information, please contact the Diocesan President of The Order of the Daughters of the King, Brooke Johnson Suiter, via email or by phone at (858) 964-8039.
  • ECW ANNUAL MEETING is taking place online on November 6, 7-9p.m. The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens is the keynote speaker, and additional details on how to join the meeting will be available as the date draws closer.



DIOCESE 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.



PLEASE GIVE AS YOU CAN: Though the pandemic has changed many things,  obligations have 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 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.


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.    
 
Calendar
 

THE CALENDAR IS COMING BACK!

As pandemic life goes on, more and more events are moving and being created to take place online. So if you have an online event you'd like to share, please send us the details - we'll begin sharing them here in August.

Please do not send online worship; we offer a full online worship schedule on the diocesan website. To offer yours, visit here.


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.