February 15, 2023
In this edition: Discernment Day; St. David's; Delaware Episcopalians making a difference; Lenten offierings; Diocesan Disaster Preparedness program; Fun Fact; Did You Know?; Check it Out!; Upcoming events in our community: news from The Episcopal Church, and more
Saturday, February 12, 1:00 p.m.
Grace Church, Wilmington
The Commission on Ministry in the Episcopal Church in Delaware is providing a second opportunity to find out more about the process of training lay licensed worship leaders and lay preachers.

On Saturday, February 25, 1:00 p.m., Grace Church,Wilmington, Dr. Sarah Stonsifer Boylan from the Stevenson School will provide an overview of the training program.

For more information please contact the Rev. Jeffrey Ross, Chair of the Commission on ministry [email protected].
Check it out! Give it a go!
Local parish extends invitations during Sunday livestream
St. David's Church invites Sunday livestream worshipers
to upcoming parish events. Is this something you might do?
St. David's Episcopal Church in Wilmington creates an event slide show (see video below) and places it in their Sunday livestream worship feed at least ten minutes prior to the beginning of their Sunday worship service (sound off). Even if the the livestream program is not clicked/opened, viewers would see the 'invitation' graphics as they are scrolling through their Facebook feed. It is an invitation to all who are viewing or just simply 'scrolling' by.

The attractive event graphics (above) are created through an easy-to-use software called, Canva. This software is free, provides nice graphics, allows users without design experience to create amazing visual content, and sizes each piece to fit your needs, e.g., livestream, Facebook, Instagram, etc. If you do not currently use Canva, it is worth checking out at www.canva.com. If you need any guidance with Canva or other graphic design ideas, we can help. Contact [email protected].
In this video, view an excerpt from the livestream of St. David's Sunday worship service, showing the parish events that are displayed prior to the start of their service.
"It is an invitation to all who are viewing
or just simply 'scrolling' by."
Delaware Episcopalians
making a difference
Bishop Brown appoints Fran Taccone
as Global Mission Advocate
Fran Taccone has a lifetime career in nutrition services, community development, and higher education at home and abroad. She was born in Erie, PA and baptized at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in North East, PA. She was confirmed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Clearfield, PA where she first learned about the global mission of the Anglican Church. After studying human nutrition and food science at Penn State and the University of Delaware (UD) she developed a global passion for prevention and health. She believes that nutrition is the foundation of health, and everyone has a right to healthy food and healthcare. During her academic career at UD, she served as the special assistant to the Provost for International Programs responsible for expanding programs in Panama, Costa Rica, and Bulgaria. In 1991 she was selected by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation/Partners of the Americas to become a Fellow in International Development in the Americas. In 1998 she completed her PhD in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on family and public policy. She is currently a member of St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware where she serves as the evangelism commissioner and volunteer community garden coordinator. She has served as a development officer for the Produce for Better Health Foundation, Nemours Health and Prevention Services and the Food Bank of Delaware. She is a founding board member and chair emeritus of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids, Inc. the Delaware school garden experts. She currently practices integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy with United Medical, LLC, and the Christiana Institute for Advanced Surgery (CHRIAS).
The Rev. Deacon
Cecily Sawyer Harmon
Missioner for the Racial Justice & Reconciliation Commission
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer-Harmon was recently appointed as the missioner for the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Representing this diocese, Deacon Cecily will be speaking at Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road, Newark, on Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Deacon
Susan Phillips
Task Force on Ministry with
Individuals with Mental Illness
The Rev. Deacon Susan Phillips has been appointed for the second time to the Episcopal Church's Task Force on Ministry with Individuals with Mental Illness.
Together with the Episcopal Church in Delaware, her effort started in 2015. This led to resolutions being passed in 2015, 2018, and 2022 at General Convention.
The Task Force aims to make Mental Health First Aid mandatory for seminarians, clergy, and staff, just as Safe Church is now. We hope to make the Episcopal Church and the world a better place for people with mental illness and their families.
Lenten Offerings

Episcopal Relief & Development's
Lenten offerings on the theme:
"Who is my neighbor?"
According to The Book of Common Prayer, Lent provides us with the opportunity for self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting and self-denial; and to read and meditate on God’s holy word (BCP, p 265).
This Lenten Season, Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join us as we meditate on the commandment to love our neighbor and consider the meaning of this fundamental instruction in our daily lives.

The Rev. Robin Denney, a parish priest and former missionary focused on agricultural development in Liberia and South Sudan, wrote this year’s meditations. Robin’s reflections are poignant and personal and challenge the reader to consider the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

Join us on your Lenten journey. You can sign up to receive a meditation in your inbox each day, read the meditations online by visiting the links below, or download all the meditations to read and share. May God richly bless you this Lenten season.
Lenten programs in the Episcopal Church in Delaware:
Finding Forgiveness,
presented by Christ Church Christiana Hundred and Trinity Parish
February 28 – March 29, 7 – 8 p.m.

This year, Christ Church and Trinity Parish/Old Swedes partners for a Lenten program. Lent: Finding Forgiveness will be duplicated each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, led by clergy from both parishes. At Christ Church, come Tuesday evenings, February 28 – March 28, for a simple supper at 6:30 PM followed by the program and Compline from 7 to 8 p.m. At Trinity, come Wednesdays, March 1-29, at 11 a.m. for the program followed by Holy Eucharist and a light lunch. Come one or all five weeks, and invite your friends and neighbors! The program is suitable for those 13 and older. RSVP for either location at www.christchurchde.org/lenten-program-post/.
Southern Delaware Collaborative Lenten Program via Zoom
Wednesdays in March, 7 – 8:15pm, via Zoom

We welcome anyone who wants to worship and study with us on Wednesday evenings, 7 – 8:15pm during the month of March, via Zoom. These types of experiences help us to be “one church” in Delaware, and it is a true offering of a variety of gifts! Several members from different churches help to teach the class. The members of All Saints, Delmar gather for a soup supper while viewing the programs on a big screen, studying together in the same space. Click here for Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 844 1512 7190, Passcode: 973253

About the collaborative: The churches in Southern Delaware Collaborative have been gathering via Zoom for seasonal studies for Lent and Advent, praying and studying scripture as communities of faith. This has been a very successful and rewarding experience as we have formed significant relationships and had great spiritual learning together. One of the gifts of COVID was learning how to gather in new ways, and this is a great solution to sharing resources. These churches include: St. Luke's, Seaford; St. Mary's, Bridgeville; St. Stephen's, Harrington; Christ Church, Milford; St. Paul's, Georgetown; St. Phillips, Laurel; and All Saints, Delmar.
Is your parish offering a Lenten Study that you would like to share with everyone? If so, please let us know and we will spread the word. [email protected]
Invitation to join
Disaster Preparedness Team

by the Rev. Deacon Larry Norfleet
Welcome to the almost post COVID world! Now is the time to re-energize our parish and community efforts as we move into post disaster relief stages of the COVID pandemic. One of these important parish and community efforts is disaster preparedness. Given the increasing frequency of natural disasters, it is extremely important that our parishes and communities are prepared to respond to save lives and protect property. In order to create a center of expertise for planning and leadership, the diocese is forming a Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Team. Team volunteers will be asked to attend regularly scheduled meetings. A primary mission of the team is to translate best practices developed by Episcopal Relief and Development and FEMA for use within our parishes and communities. This team of volunteers will play a critical role in ensuring the safety of our community and its citizens in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
If you have an interest in joining our disaster preparedness team, please contact us at [email protected] or 302.602.0969.

Your help would be greatly appreciated. Together, we can make a real difference in the safety and security of our parishes and community. For more detail on disaster preparedness check out the diocesan webpage Disaster Preparedness.
Watch for it ... New for Delaware Communion Magazine

Episcopalians telling their story — a four-part series:
My Journey in the Episcopal Church
A new four-part series titled, My Journey in the Episcopal Church, will debut in the Delaware Communion beginning with the March edition of the magazine. These personal reflections from Delaware Episcopalians will tell their story as they faced (and continue to experience) particular challenges of acceptance and inclusion.

First, the Rev. Louise Howlett will talk about her experience as one of the first female priests ordained in Delaware. This article will be printed in the Spring edition and published on International Women's Day, March 8. March is also Women's History Month. In June, when Pride Month is celebrated, Joseph Davison will tell his story about being a gay man in the Episcopal Church. He and his husband, Phillip, were the first gay couple to have their union blessed in the Episcopal Church in Delaware. The Rev. Stacey Carpenter will share her story of recovery in the Fall edition, which is published in September when National Recovery Month is observed. The winter edition will feature a story from Cynthia Primo Martin who will pen her journey as a Black woman growing up in this diocese. This edition encompasses Martin Luther King, Jr. day on January 15 and Black History Month in February.
Fun Fact

Question: Under which diocesan bishop was a bishop coadjutor elected?

Clue: The bishop coadjutor became the next bishop.

Answer: Here

Image: "Bishops' Symbols, 2000" by nathanh100 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Today in Christian History
Did You Know?
John Donne's Last Sermon
On this date in 1631, John Donne, arguably one of the greatest love poets of the English language and dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, preached his last sermon entitled “Death’s Duel.” “We celebrate our own funeral with cries, even at our birth,” he preached. Seemingly obsessed with the subject, 32 of his surviving 54 songs and sonnets are about death. 

Image: "John Donne, poet" by lisby1 is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.
Check it Out!
Author of Ben Hur
On this date in 1905, Christian author, lawyer, Union general, and governor of the New Mexico territory, Lew Wallace, died at age 77. Wallace’s famous Ben Hur (1880) conceived on a train ride while arguing about Christ's divinity with famous agnostic Robert Ingersoll, sold more than 300,000 copies in a decade, making him one of the best-selling religious authors of the 1800s.

Image: "Lew Wallace" by Monocacynps is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.
Holy Week & Easter Services
Let us know...
Please let us know your church's schedule and offerings for Holy Week and Easter so we can place them on our website and share on Facebook and Instagram. [email protected]
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of February 12), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer St. Anne's School, Middletown, Barry L. Davis, Head of School, and the Rev. Kije Mugisha Rwamasirabo, Chaplain. For the diocesan Cycle of Prayer, click here.
Job openings in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
St. Peter’s, Smyrna is seeking a part-time Parish Administrator
Reporting to the rector, this position is responsible for the efficient functioning of the church office and provides administrative support to the staff and church leaders. This person must be able to work effectively with church leaders, members and visitors, treating all with respect and professionalism. Full position description and application information at https://bit.ly/spc-admin
Upcoming Events in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
Choral Evensong with Christ Church Choristers, Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Sunday, February 19, 4pm
The Christ Church Choristers will be joined by a small ensemble from the Christ Church Choir to sing Evensong for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany on February 19 at 4 PM in the Chapel. Music will include works by Tallis and Dyson. An organ prelude will begin at 3:50 PM. These services on third Sundays are part of our celebration of the Chapel’s 70th anniversary and the blessing of our new chapel organ, Fisk Opus 164. More information
Brandywine Hundred Ecumenical Prayers for the Ukraine
Sunday, February 26, 1pm
Brandywine Collaborative Ministries and St. David's, Wilmington, in support of
Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
1406 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington
Free will offering collected will be used to purchase generators
for citizens in the Ukraine. More information
News from The Episcopal Church
Registration open for 2023 Episcopal Youth Event “Regreso a Casa: A New Age of Faith.”
July 4 - 8, University of Maryland, registration deadline March 17
The Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Office announces open registration for delegations of young people and chaperones planning to attend the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) July 4-8 at the University of Maryland in College Park. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, EYE is the church’s second-largest event after General Convention, drawing nearly 1,500 young people ages 15-19 from every province every three years. Attendees participate as part of a delegation, which can be from a diocese or coordinated through a congregation, school, or other Episcopal organization. More information
Save the date!
'It’s All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement' with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
July 9-12, Baltimore, Maryland
Mark your calendar to join us for this churchwide festival of worship, learning, community, and action for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. Join in person or host a virtual satellite event in your community. Watch for more details coming soon.
News from the Anglican Communion
Church of England will bless same sex couples but will not marry them
Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech in Living in Love and Faith debate
Read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech in Living in Love and Faith debate in full here.
Archbishop delivers Loyal Address to The King
Read the text of the Archbishop’s Loyal Address to His Majesty The King, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, on the occasion of his Accession to the Throne here.  
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