Shield Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
210 E. 9th St., Bartlesville, OK  74003
Phone:  (918) 336-1212     FAX (918-336-2557)
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Our mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

December 18, 2015
In This Issue

Bishop's Calendar

December 24th
Bishop Visitation
St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City

January 2nd
All Souls', Oklahoma City
Companion Diocese Uruguay

Bishop uruguay 
Bishop Pollesel

Holy God, source of healing and of peace, bless with your grace the companion dioceses of Oklahoma and Uruguay. Through our partnership one with another may we grow in mutual affection and communion, seek a more profound experience of truth, build up the Church in unity and give glory to Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


December Newsletter: 
In English
In Spanish
We love sharing your news stories and event announcements!
Please email your news to Communications Director, 
Nicole Baxley directly at
Be sure to include your congregation's name and city in your email!
From the Diocesan Office 

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, was recently recognized by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance for his Outstanding Human Rights Achievement. The mission of the Oklahoma Universal Rights Alliance is to be, "...a guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the constitution and laws of the United States guarantees everyone in this country."

2016 Holy Land Pilgrimage Trips
Deposit Due: February 15th

In 2016, we are thrilled to offer two pilgrimages to the Holy Land! We would love for you to join us!

These are incredible opportunities to walk where Jesus walked and experience the Holy Land together with members of our diocesan community.

Youth Pilgrimage: July 31 - August 8, 2016
The door-to-door cost (not including souvenirs or soft drinks):
Double Room = $3,365 
Single Room = $3,765
Adult Pilgrimage: August 8 - 19, 2016
The door-to-door cost (not including any personal expenses such as: telephone calls, beverages, laundry and medical insurance):
Double Room = $4,165 
Single Room = $4,765
Diocesan Communication Survey
Deadline: February 15th

Looking for something fun to do during the holidays? Why not take a few minutes and complete the diocesan communication survey! Your voice will be heard, and your opinions will help us shape our new Diocesan Strategic Communication Plan!

We want to hear from you! Every member of our diocese serves in an important role and your voice and your opinions are invaluable to this process, and in shaping the future of all diocesan communications.

The Diocesan Office will be closed Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The office will reopen on Monday, January 4th.

Please note: There will be no Diocesan Newsletter delivered during this time. The next edition of the Diocesan Newsletter will be Friday, January 8th.

We wish you all a very joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Around Our Diocese 

Thank you all for submitting your wonderful photos! It seems that #BishopEdBobblehead has been very busy traveling all over the world! Take a look below and see our Facebook album to see the first batch of photos, and keep watching for new photos to come!

"#BishopEdBobblehead hanging out with Krystle Martin" 
by St. Christopher's, Midwest City
"#BishopEdBobblehead enjoys playing in the fallen leaves. Don't we all?"
by St. Crispin's Summer Camp
"#BishopEdBobblehead at our parish potluck hanging out with some important guests" 
by the Rev. Tracey F. Carroll

"Bishop Scott Hayashi of Utah, and #BishopEdBobblehead at St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City" 
by Toni Marie Sutliff

2016 Summer Camp 

The 2016 Summer Camp page has all the up-to-date information you need to help plan for this summer:

Summer Camp schedule
Camp pricing and scholarship information

By All Saints', McAlester

On November 24th, All Saints' Episcopal Church in McAlester hosted the Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the McAlester Ministerial Alliance. Participating in the service were the Reverend Bill Westmoreland, First Presbyterian Church; the Reverend Leonard Higgins, Saint John Catholic Church; the Reverend Anthony Washington, Mt. Triumph Baptist Church; and the Reverend Stephanie Swinnea, All Saints' Episcopal Church. Music for the service was provided by the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church choir directed by Lois Washington and the All Saints Chancel Choir directed by Sally Hanway.

By Anne Kueteman, Diocesan Disaster Recovery Coordinator

There are numerous wonderful disaster recovery ministries in our own diocese, each with their own story. Below is a description of the Disaster Response Team at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Midwest City written by Paul Snyder a deacon and member of the committee. This story is a shining example of how a group of people can mobilize themselves to make a difference in their community and around the diocese.

"Our first taste of disaster was near the end of 2006, when the ice storm particularly affected Midwest City. In addition to serving a hot meal and offering our services as a charging station for our members without power (and anyone they would invite), we formed some work crews to clear the fallen limbs at the church and then out at member's homes. In one case in particular, the owner of the home was in hospice care..."

More News
Visit the News section of our diocesan website to see more news! 
Upcoming Events 
December Events 
21st Sisters of Swing Christmas Concert
December 19th
To Benefit Guild of St. George Charity

The Sisters of Swing will present two benefit Christmas concerts at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City.

Admission is $10 per person and benefits the Guild of St. George, a benevolent ministry of the Episcopal Churches of Oklahoma. The Back Row, an a cappella jazz group, will also perform at the event.

Click here to learn more!
The Glory of Christmas Event
December 20th

All are invited to prepare for the upcoming birth of the Christ Child and experience the "Glory of Christmas" by attending a Festival of Organ & Vocal Music, Visual Art, Poetry and Scripture. This unique presentation on Sunday, December 20th at 5:00 p.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, will feature Elaine Chard, organist; and Anne Roberts, vocalist; as well as readers from St. Augustine. A reception will follow the service. We hope you will join us for this wonderful event! 

Click here to learn more!
When Christmas Hurts: A Service of Comfort
December 20th

Does loss, sorrow, pain, depression, addiction, or anything else make the holidays difficult?

Please join with members of Saint John's Episcopal Church and the community as we gather to sing, pray, and enjoy quiet together. At the conclusion of the service there will be time for further fellowship.

Everyone is welcome to attend this service: those in need and those willing to offer support and compassion. Please invite friends and neighbors who might appreciate this beautiful and peaceful service.

Click here to learn more!
Old Post Chapel 140th Anniversary
December 21st - 24th

All are invited to the Old Post Chapel's 140th Anniversary celebration at Ft. Sill! The events will be as follows:

December 21st - 24th; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Chapel open house with anniversary exhibit

December 24th; 7:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve candlelight service and anniversary reception

We hope you will join us for this wonderful celebration!

Click here to learn more!
Events Beyond December 
Ordination of David James Thompson
January 2nd; 5:30 p.m.
By the Grace of God

The Right Reverend Dr. Edward J. Konieczny
Bishop of Oklahoma
will ordain

David James Thompson

to the Sacred Order of Deacons
in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

All Souls' Episcopal Church 
6400 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Your Prayers and Presence are Requested

Clergy: Red Stoles

Click here to learn more!
Christian Spirituality and the Enneagram Retreat
February 12th - 13th

The Diocese is pleased to announce our first Spiritual workshop using the Enneagram on Friday, February 12th (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) and on Saturday, February 13th (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). The cost of this weekend event is $30.00, including lunch.

The Enneagram is a personality typing system that consists of nine different types. Everyone is considered to be one single type, although one can have traits belonging to other ones.

Click here to learn more!
More Events Beyond December

January 29th & 30th: Cultural Awareness Training

February 13th - 14th: New Beginnings
National & International News 
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Contact Information 
Nicole Baxley
Communications Director
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
(405) 232-4820