Wednesday, February 12, 2020
For I was hungry and you gave me food. Mt. 25:35a
Feeding Asylum Seekers at the Southern Border
Alice Edgell of St. Nicholas', Newark, asks, "What can you buy these days for $1,100? A refrigerator? How about supper for 700 asylum seekers at the border of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico?

That was the cost of a recent one-dish, hot, rice-based meal with lemonade and dessert for the children. I know because I served that meal." Read full article here
Cooking a meal for 700 asylum seekers
L to R: Nina Leech, Alice Edgell, and Mark Burchess
Southern Border Humanitarian Mission Trip Planned!
Following in the footsteps of Edgell, Leech, and Burchess, Maria Perez and Carter Bowersox of St. Barnabas are planning a mission trip to help feed the refugees at the southern border, at the end of March / beginning of April, working with Interfaith Team Brownsville. Money will be raised to cover costs. If you are interested in accompanying them, please contact them via email by clicking on their names above, no later than February 14, so they can purchase plane tickets and arrange lodging.
In case you missed it ...
The January issue of Delaware Communion has articles you won't want to miss.
  • Living Symbols of Servant Ministry: Celebrating Ten Years of Deacons in Delaware
  • The Barnabas Fund: A Diocesan Resource for Non-Profits with Specific Needs
  • Featured Churches at the 235th Annual Convention
Did you know?
St. Paul's, Georgetown has welcomed 16 new members through IWC

  • Created new, inviting website
  • New welcome bags and pew cards,
  • Outside doors repainted. 
  • Began English as a Second Language class with Sussex Tech. 
  • Started a "Little Red Cupboard" for the benefit of the local community. 
News from the Episcopal Church
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), 2020 Lenten Resources
To help your congregation prepare for the Lenten journey, ERD encourages you to order 2020 Lenten Meditations books in English or Spanish . Additionally, ERD invites you to commemorate Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2020, or another convenient date during the year. The devotionals are available from Forward Movement for free, or call Forward Movement at 1.800.543.1813. We recommend that materials be ordered by as soon as possible to ensure they will arrive in time for Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Learn more about how to hold an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday and find additional ideas and resources for planning your event.
United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants, Application deadline March 6, 2020
Applications for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants is March 6. The focus of these annual grants is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility. Grants are awarded to Episcopal churches and organizations as well as to churches and programs throughout the Anglican Communion. More information
The Episcopal Women's History Project and the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists Joint Conference, July 13-16, 2020, Maritime Institute, Baltimore, Maryland. The theme is "Women Transforming the Church: Past, Present, Future" For further information contact Jeannie Terepka , NEHA vice president, or the Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker , EWHP president.
The Episcopal Church  Joint Standing Committee for Nominations for General Convention has issued a call for nominations for Episcopal Church positions, committees, and boards. Elections will take place at the 80th General Convention, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, June 30 – July 9, 2021. More information
ERD is providing emergency assistance through the relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, to communities impacted by a succession of recent natural disasters. Since October 2019, the Philippines has been struck by multiple magnitude 6 and higher earthquakes affecting more than 300,000 people, followed by Typhoon Phanfone on Christmas Day, and the eruption of the Taal volcano causing the evacuation of more than 53,000 people . Please pray for all affected by these crises. Donations may be made to the Disaster Response Fund 
General Convention Office Launches Online Tool: Mapping Demographics and Parochial Report Data  
Beginning in January 2020, congregational and diocesan leaders in The Episcopal Church will have access to a new online resource for understanding history and visioning the future with the data collected through the Parochial Report. The General Convention Office has contracted with Datastory Consulting to create a web-based, interactive tool to map data. "This tool provides a robust platform for communities to understand and use their data in new and exciting ways,” says deputy executive officer, the Rev. Molly James. More information
EYE20 Registration now open for diocesan delegations. The theme for EYE20 is “unite! ¡unámonos!”
Registration is now open for diocesan delegations for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20), which will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), Diocese of Washington, July 7-11, 2020.
Registration for EYE20 is being offered to provincial, diocesan, congregational, and other Episcopal organizational delegations as long as all EYE20 participation and chaperone criteria are met. 
Registration for Open Delegations, bishops, staff, and guests opened on January 27, 2020.
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
T his week (week of February 9) we hold up in prayer St. Anne's School, Middletown, Mr. Barry L. Davis, Head of School, and Ms. Kathy Hanna, Chaplain. For Cycle of Prayer Calendar for 2019-2020 click here.
Announcements in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
Join Bishop Brown for a Lenten Book Study, Thursdays, March 5, through April 2, 6:30- 7:30pm.
Enrich your Lenten season with the bishop and other Episcopalians from across the diocese via Zoom. The book for study is Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N. T. Wright, published by Harper San Francisco, 2006, available for $13.50 from . Please register at . You will then be sent a Zoom link that will enable you to join the study. If you have any questions please contact Pam Smith at the Mission Support Office , 302.256.0374. Join us!
The Spiritual Order of a Messy Church: An Anglican Perspective on Spirituality and Ministry Formation, by the Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, Bishop of Easton. Spirituality, discipleship, and evangelism are three critical, timeless disciplines used by the church to transform faith communities from followers to disciples and then to effective faith practitioners. Bishop Marray's book has been published recently and is available from , or , or
MLK Voice for Youth Winners, First Prize $2,000 - Nyani Scott, Dover High School (Grade 11);Second Prize $1,000 - Rishima Mall, Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 10); Third Prize $500 - Emily Chmiel & Lucia Gotera, Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 11). Congratulations Nyani! More information
The Rev. Mary Allen, Rector, St. Martha’s Church, Bethany Beach will be retiring on March 15, 2020
Province III of the Episcopal Church, 1st Quarter Newsletter 2020, including Title IV Colleague-to-Colleague Chats, Pre-(Provincial) EYE, Constable Grant Application, 2020 Synod Meeting, Camp Spirit Song, and News from around the Province. Read Newsletter here
Job Opportunities
The Cathedral Choir School of Delaware is seeking a part-time van driver for its after-school program. More information
St. James' Mill Creek, Wilmington, is seeking a part-time Parish Administrator . More information
Services and Events
The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, Seven Week Lenten Course, 6:30pm soup and bread, course work 7pm, Wednesdays, February 12 through April 1, pm, St. Barnabas Wilmington. The sessions follow The Way of Love Practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Go. For further information please email or call 302.994.6607.
Poets’ Corner Reading Series for Spring 2020, Saturday, February 15, 4-5:15pm, St. Thomas's, Newark, as co-sponsor with the University of Delaware Department of English, presents Devon Miller-Duggan. Series continues March 21, Crucial; April 18, Andres Cerpa, May 16, Anne Colwell. A free will offering is appreciated. All are welcome. For questions, please call the parish Office at 302.368.4644 or email More information
The Arts at St. Barnabas, The Grycky/Taggart Duo, Sunday, February 16, 4pm, St. Barnabas, Wilmington. A delightful concert of chamber music by this renowned flute and guitar duo. No admission charge, free-will donations gratefully accepted.
Let's Dance!!! Motown Revue, DJ, and Dancing, Friday, February 21, 7-10pm, Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington. Including musical performance by the Rev. Aaron Moore. More information
Piffaro Band Concert: First Lady of the Renaissance, Saturday, February 23, 3pm, Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Greenville. Join Piffaro to pay homage to the First Lady of the Renaissance, Isabella d’Este. Politician, mother, taste-maker, musician, writer, and art collector, Isabella was one of the foremost influencers of the Italian Renaissance. The renowned Newberry Consort adds its renaissance violins and voices to Piffaro’s winds in this performance. More information
Family Worship, Calvary Church, Wilmington, Sunday, March 1, 4-5:30pm. A short worship service with Communion, activities for all, followed by dinner and conversation. Call 302.798.6683 for information.
Choral Evensong, Sylvan Consort & Bruce Barber, Organ, Sunday, March 1, 5pm, Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Greenville. This service of Choral Evensong and the organ/gamba prelude which precedes it, will help to set the tone for the season of Lent at Christ Church. Deeply introspective, understated, and refined, the music and texts of Lent are among the most thoughtful and evocative of all texts in the liturgical year. In fact, for many, such musical and textual profundity cause Lent to be a "favorite" liturgical season. Join us on this Lenten journey. Music will include: Phos hilaron, Schramm; Responses, Ebdon; 6th Evening Service, Weelkes; The Secret Sins, Gibbons
His Song Is With Me, A half-day silent retreat for Lent, led by Fr. David Beresford, Saturday, March 7, 9am-12:30pm, St. Barnabas, Wilmington. This morning retreat will explore the practice of praying the psalms, with particular focus on Psalms 23, 42, and 137. Retreat concludes with Holy Eucharist at 12noon. Amid the tumult of life, the psalms are a ready resource which bring us back to a loving God. Meet in the chapel for the first address at 9am. For further information please telephone (302) 994 6607 or email .
A Celebration of Women's Month Presents a Women's Forum:,The Influence of Women in the Church: Past, Present, and Future, by Judith Lane Gregory, Saturday, March 7, 10am-12noon, Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington. All are welcome. Please RSVP by February 28 to Peggy Shane or call/text 302.463.6774.
Planned Giving/Endowments Workshop, Sunday, March 21, 9am-3pm, St. Peter's, Salisbury. Parish leaders are invited to register for workshop presented by Jim Murphy, Managing Program Director for Financial Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation. Workshop reviews best practices and empowers leadership to be able to take the best, next steps for their congregation. Advanced registration required. More information
Paradigm Lost: A Conversation and Book Signing with Ian S. Lustick, Presented by Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights, Thursday, April 2, 7pm, St. Joseph on the Brandywine, Wilmington. Ian S. Lustick, a professor of political science at University of Pennsylvania and member of Council on Foreign Relations will discuss his new book on why Israelis and Palestinians have failed to achieve a two-state solution to the conflict that has cost so much and lasted so long. More information
Quiet Day for Women in Preparation for a Blessed Easter, Saturday, April 11, 9am-12noon, St. James, Newport. Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world that it was crooked.
Please join us on Holy Saturday to explore ways that our faith might enhance not only our own lives, but also build up the community of God’s people. We will be using scripture, the Holy Saturday Liturgy, poetry, journaling, and art for this journey. Suggested free will offering $5 for food and supplies. We hope you will be able to join us. RSVP to 302-994-2029 or
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