November 16, 2022
In this edition: Live stream convention; Native American Heritage Month; Youth article by Jessica Potter; Message from IWC; Fun Fact; Did You Know?; Check it Out!; Upcoming events in our community, diocese, and news from The Episcopal Church, and more
Livestream Convention!
Worship, Bishop's Address,
and Business Sessions

Friday and Saturday, November 18 – 19

The annual convention is being livestreamed from the diocesan website and anyone can view. All certified and registered voting delegates to convention will be required to attend in person to participate. Convention will be held at the University of Delaware, Clayton Hall.
The annual convention can be viewed
from the diocesan website, here.
A Prayer for Convention
Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and the other clergy and the laity soon to be assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

All convention information can be found here.
November is Native American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. More information
Virtual program to celebrate
Native American heritage in Delaware
Saturday, November 18, 4pm

Delaware’s First Communities virtual program will be held in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Nena Todd, site supervisor of The Old State House, and Theo Braunskill of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, will explore the rich history of groups that have resided in Delaware for thousands of years and remain today, despite centuries of trauma and erasure. The event will be streamed free via Zoom, but registration is required. For information, call 302-645-1148 or email [email protected].
Working Together: Volunteer in Youth Ministry
by Jessica Potter, a member of the Delaware Youth Advisors team
. . .With this in mind, I joined the Delaware Youth Advisors. This group’s mission is to support, promote, and encourage youth ministry in the Episcopal Church in Delaware through communication and collaboration and to nurture youth and their leaders. This group of amazing leaders has given me a sounding board for sharing ideas and examining program success...

...We are building a community for all ages, a community where toddlers, youth, and adults participate as integral parts of our service. Our goal is to knit together our congregation and community to create a truly crowded table. We strive for a sense of community... READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
4th Annual Diocesan
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord
Mark your calendars!
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • St. Peter's Church, Lewes
  • More information will follow
Featuring the Choir School of Delaware
A message from the Invite Welcome Connect team
Have you considered hosting a “Sharing Faith Dinner?”  
“Invite people to gather around a meal and participate in life together. At each dinner, a moderator will prompt participants to share stories of their faith journey with printed questions. Sharing Faith provides a welcoming and safe way to engage one another, articulate our faith and build relationships.”
Click on the link below for more Connect ideas from the Padlet created at an Invite Welcome Connect Digital Gathering earlier this year. There is also a link on the Padlet for faith cards, which offer questions for discussion.
Fun Fact

Question: In which year was the diocesan convention interrupted by a massive explosion?

Clue: The bishop was attending service at Trinity Church at the time.
Answer: Here
Image: Image: "Explosion" by Freidwall is marked with CC BY 2.0.
Today in Christian History
Did You Know?
Calendar as we know it was not adopted uniformly until well into 18th century
On this date in 1621, the Papal Chancery finally adopted January as the beginning of the calendar year instead of March. It had used the Julian calendar until the Gregorian calendar was adopted. Different countries used different calendars and the calendar as we know it today was not adopted uniformly across Europe until well into the 18th century. As a result of Julian to Gregorian calendar reorganizing, some of the months’ names no longer agreed with their position in the calendar, for example: September, from the word septem/seven, October from the word octo/eight, November, from the word novem/nine, and December, from the word decem/ten. More information

Image: A beautiful calendar below the astronomical clock in Prague, in the Old Town Square. Filip Maljković from Pancevo, Serbia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0
Check it Out!
David Livingston was a missionary as well as an explorer
On this date in 1855, Scottish missionary-explorer David Livingstone first saw and named Victoria Falls (in modern Zimbabwe) during his first missionary journey through Africa. As a missionary, he had problems with the sponsoring London Missionary Society, who felt that his explorations were distracting him from his missionary work. Throughout his life, however, Livingstone always thought of himself as primarily a missionary, "not a dumpy sort of person with a Bible under his arms, [but someone] serving Christ when shooting a buffalo for my men or taking an observation, [even if some] will consider it not sufficiently or even at all missionary." More information

Image: David Livingstone. Photograph. Iconographic Collections Keywords: David Livingstone; portrait photographs Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of November 6), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission. For the diocesan Cycle of Prayer, click here.
Open Positions in our Community

St. Andrew's School Middletown
is seeking to fill two positions:

Director of the Saints Fund. Reporting to the chief advancement officer, the director of the Saints Fund facilitates the day-to-day planning, coordination, and management of all aspects of donor and volunteer relations for the Saints Fund working to annually increase both the amount raised and the number of donors participating. For full job description click here.

Director of Capital and Planned Giving
The director of capital and planned giving will serve as a lead fundraiser reporting to the chief advancement officer and will work collaboratively with the director of advancement, the director of the saints’ fund, the board of trustees, and the advancement committee. The director of capital and planned giving oversees all aspects of both programs to ensure the pipeline of major gifts and planned giving prospects remains active and aligns donor interests with school priorities. For full job description click here.
St. David's Episcopal Day School is seeking Assistant Teachers to work with a class of two year-olds, Monday-Friday.
Hours can be part-time or full-time or somewhere in between!
Located in St. David's Church, 2320 Grubb Road, Wilmington 19810.
             - Small Class Size
             - Team teaching
             - Paid time off, paid professional development
             - Calendar complements public school schedule
Interested persons should contact Janet Leishman, Director, 302-475-3747 x 202 or via email at [email protected]
Upcoming Events in Our Diocese and Community
Steven Patchel will present an organ concert "Sun, Moon, and Stars: Music inspired by celestial spheres"
Immanuel Church, Highlands, Friday, November 18, 7pm 
Music of Louis Vierne, David Bednall, Bob Chilcott, Denis Bedard, Claude Debussy, Gustav Holst. 
Hymns sung by the audience.
Freewill offering. 
First of New Concert Series, Immanuel, New Castle, Saturday, November 19, 7pm
We are pleased to announce a three-concert series this season, sponsored by the Bob and Mary Davis Music Trust. All three events are on Saturday evenings at 7pm, and as befits the historic nature of the church, all three focus on early music, either from just before the parish was founded, or in the early days of the parish. This first concert is an organ recital by Gary Harney. Music for this program will be by Buxtehude, Bach, Guilain, Walton, Archer, and Willan. Future concerts will take place on February 25 and April 15, 2023. All programs are free and open to the public. We hope you will come and hear some historic music in an historic sacred space. More information
Choral Evensong & Rededication of the Chapel of the Christ Child, Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington,
Sunday, November 20, 4pm
All are invited to attend Evensong and the Rededication of the Chapel at Christ Church Christiana Hundred as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Chapel of the Christ Child. Following renovations to the chancel area, creation of a new altar table, and the installation of a newly crafted organ, the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown will bless the new altar and organ as the Christ Church choir and clergy lead our worship. Come give thanks to God at this ancient service of scripture, prayer, and music and celebrate the Feast of Christ the King in the beauty of holiness. More information
Historic Old Christ Church in Laurel, Delaware will be having a Thanksgiving service on Thursday, November 24 at 10 am. The officiant is Rev. Ted Olson, and the 1789 prayer book will be used for the service.  Occasional services are held in this historic church, built in 1771. The church is in the National Register of Historic Places and has been preserved in it’s original state as much as possible. For further information call 302-536-1384.   
Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Thursday, November 24, 12-3pm, St. Anne's, Middletown Everyone is welcome to share in this delicious feast! The meal is a traditional home-cooked Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, ham and all of the sides and plenty of desserts. We will prepare the dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday November 22 and 23, meeting in the kitchen from 9am-4pm. We need plenty of help to make this event a success so please volunteer to help cook, set-up, and clean-up! Students who help can complete community service hours. This dinner is made possible through the generosity of our church and greater community. Donations of turkeys or hams are always appreciated. In addition, we need canned goods and fresh produce. If you would like to donate items or volunteering, please call the Church Office: 302-378-2401. More information
Camp Arrowhead Breakfast with Santa
Jane Clifton Ashford Dining Hall, Camp Arrowhead, Lewes
Saturday, December 3, 9 - 11 am

All proceeds go directly to camp, supporting its unique, decentralized program serving children from all walks of life. Besides a wonderful breakfast, enjoy a mug of hot cocoa around our fire pit, write a letter to Santa, make an ornament, and enjoy other fun activities. Each family or table will be called for a special time with the big guy. All adults receive a special "refreshment" ticket. Photos will be taken by the staff and made available at no cost, but feel free to take your own as well. Get tickets and more information here.
Christmas Bazaar, St. Barnabas, Wilmington
Saturday, December 3, 9am - 2pm
All are welcome to join us for Christmas festivities! White Elephants, jewelry, Christmas cookies, baked goods, books, crafts, soup and chili, and organ demonstrations.
The Green Show at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington
Saturday, December 3, 10am - 3pm
This free family fun event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and includes the sale of beautiful wreaths, greens, Christmas trees, handmade crafts, baked goods, frozen foods, and many other gifts, plus a visit from Santa, sleigh rides on the Candy Cane Express, children's activities, and a delicious homemade lunch. Come find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift and a large dose of holiday spirit, along with fun activities for the whole family! More information
News from The Episcopal Church
The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will convene an online special meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET Nov. 30 to discuss a proposed bylaw amendment related to the creation of The Episcopal Church budget, per a resolution it passed last month. Those wishing to watch via livestream may do so on the General Convention Office’s YouTube channel. (In English and Spanish) More information
Eco-ministries in the Episcopal dioceses of Cuba and Ecuador Litoral are among the nine recipients of this year’s Episcopal Church Creation Care grants — totaling $115,000 — given to projects ranging from tree equity initiatives to renewable energy efforts. (In English and Spanish) More information
The Episcopal Church Office of Asiamerica Ministries seeks volunteers for a search committee to help define the position of and interview candidates for the next Asiamerica missioner, as well as cast a vision for the office. The new missioner will replace the Rev. Winfred Vergara, who will retire December 31 after serving 18 years in that role. More information
November 16, 6-8:30pm
In advance of January’s opening of the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will join the museum and the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina for special events that include a livestreamed worship service available to all. Learn more and register.
November 30, 12 noon
After the close of the 27th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, gather with Episcopal advocates and ecumenical partners for this online closing event, which will include reports from the presiding bishop’s delegation, as well as discussion of the future of Episcopal climate change advocacy. More information. Register online here.
In this third episode of season 5 of “Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community,” we speak with Episcopalians committed to the Beloved Community about the texts for Advent 3. The texts covered in this episode are Isaiah 35:1-10, Canticle 15, and Matthew 11:2-11. Our guests this week are:
  • The Ven. Paul Sneve, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, and the vicar of Tiospaye Wakan Indigenous congregation at Calvary Cathedral in Sioux Falls. 
  • The Rev. Christopher McNabb, program officer for recruitment and engagement for the Neighbor to Neighbor program of Episcopal Migration Ministries. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his rescue pup, Lucky. 
  • The Rev. Lauren Stanley, canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota. She has been ordained for 25 years and has served in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Sudan, Haiti, and on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 
“Prophetic Voices” is hosted by the Rev. Isaiah “Shaneequa” Brokenleg, The Episcopal Church’s staff officer for racial reconciliation. More information about this episode. For more information on Becoming Beloved Community, visit
November Evangelism Newsletter
This month we continue exploring our Episcopal Evangelism challenge for 2022: Creating authentic communities of friends within our churches to live out our baptismal promises and the church's mission—to restore and be restored in unity with God and each other, in Christ. Our guest Evangelism Catalyst this month is our beloved sister Jerusalem Greer, who writes about the extravagance of simple hospitality and undiminished joy. As you read along, we hope you’ll keep the following verse and quote in your heart and mind:
“For these reasons, my brothers and sisters, when you get together to eat, wait for each other.” (1 Corinthians 11:33)
“Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)
“Jesus comes to us in the brokenness of our health, in the shipwreck of our family lives, in the loss of all possible peace of mind, even in the very thick of our sins. He saves us in our disasters, not from them.” – Robert Farrar Capon
Read full newsletter here
Gearing up for the 40th anniversary of The Episcopal Church’s largest international youth gathering, the youth ministries office announced planning team members for the 2023 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). The team — which includes youth representatives from every province — held its first meeting October 27.
Drawing hundreds of young people, EYE23 will be held July 4-8 at the University of Maryland in College Park, in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. More information
My Way of Love for Small Groups (available en español)
Who: Focusing on practices to help grow a Jesus-centered life, My Way of Love for Small Groups is ideal for vestries, youth groups, confirmation classes, Bible studies, prayer groups, committees, ministry teams, and more.
What: Recommended especially for small congregations, this helpful resource includes outlines for nine sessions, prayers, discussion questions, resource links, and promotional materials.
How: Participants begin by taking a confidential spiritual life inventory online to help assess where they are in their journey. Once they receive their findings, they have the opportunity to sign up for a series of eight emails that offer suggestions and coaching for going deeper in their walk with God and living intentionally each day. More information
Join Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries for a virtual Advent retreat exploring the second coming of Christ, November 21 and 22
Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus,” which means “coming.” For Christians, Advent is a time of waiting for the second coming of Christ. What does this look like for the church and the world? How do we interpret the signs of the times? 
  • What: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Advent retreat – “A Virtual Teaching and Sharing on the Second Coming of Christ” – retreat includes lecture, group discussion, and Scripture meditation
  • When: November 21-22, 8-10 pm each day 
  • Who: Open to all; free to the first 50 registrants
  • Workshop leader: The Rev. Canon Fred Vergara, missioner for Asiamerica Ministries of The Episcopal Church
  • Register here by November 30
United Thank Offering presents materials for individuals, families, Sunday School classes, and small groups to help focus on gratitude throughout November. Materials include liturgies, lesson plans and crafts, daily prompts, and Thanksgiving study guides from Native American sources. Find resources at
Advent & Christmas resources now available from The Episcopal Church
  • Click the link below for new and updated downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith, including the following: “Journeying the Way of Love” – Advent curriculum, calendar, bulletin inserts (also in Spanish and French)
  • “Sermons That Work” for Advent and Christmas (coming November 5; also in Spanish)
  • “Preparing to Become Beloved Community” – Advent curriculum (also in Spanish and French)
  • “Prophetic Voices” podcast
  • Resources from Episcopal Migration Ministries, Episcopal Relief & Development, AdventWord, and more
Opportunities from the Anglican Communion
Canterbury Cathedral, The Anglican Pilgrimage: a conference for seminarians and clergy in the early years of their ordained ministry, Monday, January 30 - Sunday, February 12, 2023
Study - Worship - Community. Application Deadline November 30, 2022
Every year - though since 2020 interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic - Canterbury Cathedral invites ordinands and newly ordained clergy from around the Anglican Communion to share their lives together, praying, studying and exchanging experiences and ideas. Students live in the International Study Centre at Canterbury. They join in the Cathedral community’s life, centered on daily worship. The program provides an opportunity to explore aspects of our journey with Christ together, particularly in the different cultural contexts in which we minister. Teachers and facilitators with a wide variety of experience of cultures will lead sessions, but the primary learning is through encountering one another.
Sponsored by Canterbury Cathedral, the conference has three pillars:
1. Living together in community learning from each other
2. Participation in the Cathedral’s life and worship
3. Theological exploration and exchange
Scholarship and fellowship opportunities from the St Augustine's Foundation
Application deadline December 1, 2022
The St. Augustine's Foundation is an Anglican Communion fund that has, at its heart, a desire to support the deepening and development of theological education across the Communion. It does so by offering financial assistance to both institutions and individuals. The Scholarship and Fellowship awards are for individuals. The Foundation offers a limited number of each of these annually: Scholarships to support applicants undertaking doctoral studies and can be up to a maximum of £50,000 over the three year study period; Fellowships to offer a one-off maximum of £2,500 towards projects such as funding of professional development for a church leader in the Majority World; funding of a theologian/theological educator from one Province to spend time teaching at a TEI in another Province; a contribution towards the funding for a licensed minister (lay or ordained) undertaking a specific course of study with a defined outcome or output; funding towards study leave with clearly defined outcomes; or a period of focused work consultancy, a mentoring project; or to aid writing a publication. The closing date for Scholarship or Fellowship applications is December 1st each year with the outcome known by the end of May the following year.
Fuller details of these awards and the work of the Foundation can be found on the website Click on Education tab at top right. Also on the website are details of the kind of initiatives previous grants have been awarded for and access to the relevant application forms. For further information or enquiries beyond the website: [email protected]
COP27: Archbishop of Canterbury says world ‘near point of no return’ and calls for climate justice
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: "As global leaders gather at COP27, the world holds its breath. A world which has this year suffered further catastrophic flooding, drought, heatwaves and storms. A world already in crisis. A world which knows that we are perilously near the point of no return. "I’ve seen this myself just recently in Australia, whose great wealth is no protection against the flooding in New South Wales. And if it can happen in one of the most prosperous parts of the world, how much more devasting in one of the poorest like South Sudan, where more flooding has led to food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition." Read full statement here
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