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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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

Our mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

May 1, 2015
In This Issue

Bishop's Calendar 

April 30th - May 2nd 
Province VII Synod
Kansas City, KS

May 12th 
Seminary of the Southwest

May 17th
Visitation at
St. Dunstan's, Tulsa
May 31st
Visitation at 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.


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Around Our Diocese
Episcopal Relief & Development Training Held at St. Crispin's


St. Crispin's hosted some very special guests this past week. Episcopal Relief & Development held a Level II Training session for diocesan disaster preparedness and recovery coordinators from across the country, including our own Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Anne Kueteman. This training, held April 27th - 30th, provided an opportunity for education, resource sharing and networking for coordinators from numerous dioceses. These trainings help support coordinators in their ministry of providing effective and sustainable preparedness, recovery and support in their respective dioceses.


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How Do You Offer Christian Formation?


Maybe you are a small congregation and don't have a class. But maybe your priest slips it in the sermon?  

Maybe you offer special block programs in Lent and Advent?

Maybe you offer instructional classes for Confirmation or Baptism.


These are all ways to offer formation!


Recently, I ran across an idea in a parish newsletter and thought it was great! The newsletter included a New Testament Trivia Quiz! 


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Center for Liturgy and Music 


Virginia Theological Seminary has recently launched a new Center for Liturgy and Music. The mission is to help leaders in congregations to renew and clarify their focus for ministry in their parishes by offering resources in music, liturgy, and preaching. The premise is that vibrant and engaging liturgical practices, including an energetic music ministry and effective preaching, are the driving force of a vital parish no matter what the style, and that imaginative worship transforms and leads to discipleship.


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More News from Around Our Diocese
Upcoming Events
April Events 
Men's Retreat

April 30th - May 2nd (ends Saturday)   

St. Crispin's Conference Center

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma's Men's Retreat is currently being held. Special guests include: Roy Benavides, Province VII President, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew; the Rev. John Henry Rule and the Rev. Kenneth Ray Orsburn. Please keep this retreat and all those participating in your prayers!
May Events 

Embedded Energy: Recycling Household Textiles and Clothing

Friday, May 1st (today)


Members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church have joined to form a Science Committee for the purpose of having "conversations" regarding energy, energy management, recycling and reusing, hydraulic fracturing and more. We are pleased to announce our next gathering,Embedded Energy: Recycling Household Textiles and Clothing held at 7:00 p.m. tonight at St. Andrew's, Stillwater. 


Maximizing Your Stewardship Ministry  

May 2nd at the Diocesan Center, OKC (this Saturday)
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

We hope you will join Mike Stephenson, Canon Missioner, for an informative workshop on stewardship designed for both lay and ordained leaders. The second edition of this workshop will take place this Saturday!

Evensong with Dr. David Anderson

May 3rd at 4:30 p.m. (this Sunday)

Please join us for Evensong on Sunday, May 3rd at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Mary. This lovely and quintessentially Anglican service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall and a talk by Prof. David Anderson on "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" published in 1563 to tell the story of Protestant Martyrs in England and Scotland.

Style Show & Luncheon to Benefit ECW Activities

May 5th at 11:30 a.m. (this Tuesday)

Please join us for a Style Show & Luncheon on Tuesday, May 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. held in the Parish Hall of All Souls' Church, Oklahoma City. This event will benefit ECW activities at All Souls' Church, including Bible Study, Camp Shiloh, Hearts & Hands, Quiet Day, Speaker Luncheon series and more!
Episcoposse Mission Trip Fundraiser
Paper shredding with Green Country Shredding &Recycling
Saturday, May 16th; 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Episcoposse youth with be available to help unload materials and collect donations. This is a service sponsored by Episcoposse and Green Country Shredding so there is no charge, but we are taking donations for our mission trip to Chicago. If you would like to have your paper picked up, please make arrangements with Ashley Haggard at

Green Country Shredding
5666 S 122nd E. Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74146
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Blessing of the Bicycles 

Sunday, May 17th 


Join us as we celebrate National Bike Month! All ages of riders and sizes of bikes are welcome. We will begin at 11:15 a.m. by hosting an outdoor service with a light lunch to accompany the Blessing of the Bicycles. We hope you will join us!

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
N. Highland St.
Seminole, OK 74868

For more information, please call (405) 382-2192 or (405) 323-0111.
July Events

New Beginnings

July 19th - 20th

(Register by July 2nd to avoid a late fee)


NB bannerThe staff for the next New Beginnings recently met and started making plans for the July 19th - 20th New Beginnings, to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City. New Beginnings is a program for Junior High Youth (grades 6th - 9th) and its purpose is to help young people grow in the love of themselves, others, and Jesus Christ.


The theme for this year's event is "Superheroes" and participants are encouraged to bring a superhero t-shirt with them. How will the superhero's theme play out over the weekend! Well, you'll need to register and come to find out!


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More Events
Click on the name of each event below to learn more!

May 15th - 16th
Cultural Awareness Training
May 15th - 16th
24-Hour Justice Experience
May 17th
Older Adult Ministry Sunday
May 18th 
Free Conference for Seniors and Caregivers
May 22nd - May 27th
Young Adult Urban Pilgrimage
May 28th -  30th
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) 2015 Conference
June 1 - 26th
St. Mary's School Summer Camp
June 24th - July 3rd
(Register by May 20th)
Young Adult Festival at General Convention 2015
July 10th - 11th 
Youth Leader's Gathering and Training
August 5th - 8th
The Network of Biblical Storytellers' Festival Gathering
August 24th - 28th
Mediation Skills Training at United Methodist Church of the Servant, Oklahoma City
August 22nd
(Order by July 17th)
Episcopal Night at the OKC Dodgers 
September 11th - 12th Bishop's Lecture Series: Kirstin Lindeen, Speaker (at St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City) 
July 31 - August 8, 2016
2016 Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
National & International News

Click below to read more from:   

- Episcopal News Service (ENS) 

- Episcopal Relief & Development

- Anglican News Service (ANS    

Contact Information
Nicole Baxley
Communications Director 
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
(405) 232-4820