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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Episcopal Youth Leadership Academy Announces 2014-15 Participants

Diocesan Convention

1st Bishop's Lecture Series Coming in September

EfM Retreat Scheduled for October

Save the Date! Liturgy Festival Eucharist

Bishop's Annual Appeal

Invite, Welcome, Connect - Essentials of Newcomer Ministry

Safeguarding God's Children

Safeguarding God's People

Elder Spirituality Project

All Souls', OKC, Offers the Virginia Campbell Concert Series

Azuma, Guymon, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

St. Michael's, Norman, Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social and Up-Coming Book Sale

St. Nicholas Guild Sponsors The Assemblies

Building Faith Blog - Handy List of Christian Feast Days

New EfM Mentors in the Diocese

Diocesan Events



September 12 - 13

Bishop's Lecture Series

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


October 18-19

Education for Ministry Retreat

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

St. Crispin's Conference Center


October 25

Liturgy Worship Festival

St. Paul's Cathedral



Diocesan Wide Events


September 9

Western Days, Saint Simeon's

Our Home is Grand!


October 18 - 19

Education for Ministry Retreat

(Open to all)

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

St. Crispin's Conference Center



Congregational Events


August 23

Santa Maria Carnival

Oklahoma City, OK

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

September 9

OCC Art Auction

St. Paul's Cathedral


5:30 - 7:30

September 22

BrightMusic Chamber Concert

All Souls' Episcopal Church


7:30 p.m.


September 23

BrightMusic Chamber Concert

St. Paul's, Cathedral


7:30 p.m.



Community Events



August 20

Grief in Youth Suicide Webinar

Integris Baptist Medical Center

Conference Rooms F and G


1 - 2:30 p.m. 


September 5 - 6

Enneagram Workshop Offered

St. Monica Catholic Church

Dallas, TX


September 11

Becoming a GRANDfamily

Crossings Community Center


8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


September 21

1 - 5 p.m.

Interfaith Youth Tour 

Details and registration, "Upcoming Events"

To register a group, please







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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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Diocesan Newsletter

The next Diocesan Newsletter
 will be 
Friday, August 29, 2014.

We Are

August 22, 2014

Issue 30

From the Diocese
Episcopal Youth Leadership Academy 2014-15

We are pleased to announce that the following Youth will be attending our next session of EYLA!

Ezekiel Brown St. John's, Norman
Porter Jones St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC
Kiri Holder Grace, Muskogee
Emma Kane St. John's, Tulsa
Lauren Kane St. John's, Tulsa
Susanna LeMasters St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC
Covell Lindstrom St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC
Brenna Madden St. Christopher's, MWC
Rachel Webb St. Mary's, Edmond

The first gathering will be September 27-29, 2014, at St. Crispin's Camp and Conference Center.

If you are interested in serving as an adult leader for this incredible group, please contact Sabrina Evans, or 405 232 4820.
Diocesan Convention - November 7 - 8, 2014

Information is now available on line with regards to our up-coming Diocesan Convention. Click here for the forms. 

The convention will be held at The Reed Center, Midwest City. St. Augustine's of Canterbury, OKC is our host congregation. 
1st Bishop's Lecture Series - The Once and Future Church: Passing on Faith from Tradition to Hashtags

Why a Lecture Series? It is important that:

all of the diocese have an opportunity to continue in their formation and not leave the state to receive it.

that the price be kept reasonable; 

that it is held at a central location;
that you can register and pay on-line;

that the event be designed so that people can be introduced to or keep up with the latest information and thought processes for personal and congregational growth;

that it be worth your time in attending.

We are already working with individuals for our 2015 and 2016 event and invite you to be a part of this new formation opportunity. 
Dr. Lisa Kimball
Dr. Patricia Lyons


Drs. Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons believe healthy congregations know how to invite people of all ages into the ultimate epic adventure: the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sadly, the wonder and mystery of Christian discipleship too often loses out to competing 21st century narratives.

The Bishop's September Lecture Series  is designed to help you recognize the importance of lifelong AND life-wide Christian formation at the heart of the church's mission. Using a unique blend of humor, systematic theology, game theory, popular culture, scripture, current research on congregational vitality, and their deep experience in Christian formation with all ages, Tricia and Lisa will present hopeful, practical approaches to ministry in our hyper-connected, digital age. A seminary professor with over twenty years full-time experience in parish, diocesan and national church ministry, and a religion and ethics teacher for over 15 years in an Episcopal high school have a lot to share about the once and future Church they love.


Tricia and Lisa have been presenters at the E-formation conference at VTS, Christian Formation Conference, Kanuga Conference Center, and at the House of Bishops.


Schedule of Events - September 12 - 13, 2014

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


Friday Night - A Taste of What is to Come!

Wine and Cheese Event $20



Doors Open at 9:30 a.m.

Program at 10 - 12


Program ends at 2 - $40


Register for both events at a discounted cost of $50.


This event is open to anyone. Click here for more information and registration form. OR you can register on line by clicking on our diocesan homepage and following the link there. 

EfM Retreat Scheduled for October

Here's an opportunity to gather with others in EFM and The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan, the C.K. Benedict Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology at the University of the South, and the editor of the Sewanee Theological Review. He is the author of two biblical commentaries, on the gospel of Mark and the letter to the Romans.


The theme will be around the authority of the Bible, and there will be a fairly heavy emphasis on the new curriculum and on theological reflection.


The event will be held October 18-19 at St. Crispin's. 

Current or graduate EfM participants, mentors (active and retired) and anyone interested in the program or hearing Dr. Bryan are invited. 


Six break-out sessions will be offered, along with opportunities for small group discussions during lunch and free time.


Click here for brochure and registration information.

Save the Date! Liturgy Leadership Festival Scheduled for October 25, 2014

What is a Liturgy Leadership Festival? It is our first Diocesan Wide event for those who are acolytes, Acolyte Masters, Vergers, Members of the Altar Guild, Eucharistic Bread Bakers, Flower Arrangers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers or Lectors, do needlework or sewing, Usher, Greet or Thurifer OR WANT TO LEARN ANY OF THESE SKILLS. 

The event will be held at St. Paul's Cathedral and will run workshops on all of the above. Katrian D. Packard, President of the National Altar Guild, will be here to work with those on the Altar Guild.

We will open registration at 8:45 and our 1st set of workshops will begin at 9:15. There will be two opportunities to attend workshops that day and then lunch, followed by a Festival Eucharist and Group Commissioning.

The cost is $20 per person and lunch is included. ADDED BONUS: if 5 members of your congregation attend, a 6th person can attend for free!

Acolyte Masters - bring your banners, streamers and stands, along with your acolyte robes. We will also award the Bishop's Bowl to one Acolyte Team!

Click here for brochure and registration information.

Bishop's Appeal



Thanks to the generosity of many congregations and individuals, this year's Bishop's Appeal has been a tremendous success. We now have just over $39,000 to send to our companion diocese for San Agustin Preschool in Montevideo, Uruguay. This substantially exceeds the original goal of $27,500, or 10% of the start-up costs.


Bishop Ed sends his thanks to everyone for their thoughtful and generous support, which will help provide essential early education and daycare to many young, underprivileged children. Our gift to the Diocese of Uruguay is a wonderful testament to the caring and compassionate spirit of Oklahoma Episcopalians.


If you or your congregation has not yet made a contribution and would like to do so, please send your check to the Diocese of Oklahoma, 924 N. Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Indicate "Bishop's Appeal" in the memo line.

Diocesan Events and Information
Invite, Welcome, Connect  - Essentials of Newcomer Ministry

Mary Parmer, a congregational development consultant/coach, speaker, and retreat leader, delivers keynote address at the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama's 2013 Parish Leadership Training Event. Click here: 
Safeguarding God's Children


September 7

10:45 - 1

St. James' Episcopal Church

8400 S.Pennsylvania Avenue


Contact the church at 682 3405 to register

Safeguarding God's People

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Safeguarding People1
There are four videos in these series - 2 on Safeguarding God's People - Sexual Harassment and 2 on Exploitation.

Those required to take Harassment include:

Finance Committee
Supervisors of employees of volunteers
Standing Committee members
Diocesan Council members

Those who are required to take Exploitation include:

Youth Ministers
Members of Vestries and Bishop Committees
Stephens Ministers
Community of Hope
Spiritual Directors (those trained by FIND or any other licensing group
Ministers of any sacraments outside of public worship
Life leadership/peer coaches
Leaders/facilitators of: Bible studies, Cursillo (serving on teams) Christian Formation (EfM mentors, Catechumenate sponsors)
Small group/ministries (New Member ministries, prayer ministry)
Licensed Worship leaders
Licensed preachers
Licensed catechists
Lay Congregational Leaders
Lay Chaplains
Persons who do field work

September 6

9 - noon

Church of the Resurrection


Contact the church at  721 2929 to register

Senior Living Events and News
Elder Spirituality Project 

Spirituality and Practice have set up the Elder Spirituality Project, which can be found here:

spirituality and practiceElder Spirituality is a focus whose time has come. Traditionally in the world's religions, the last stage of life is seen as a time for intensified spiritual work as well as for passing on wisdom to other generations. In the United States, a Baby Boomer turns 65 every 7 seconds, and people are living longer in other parts of the world as well. Here at Spirituality & Practice, elders are a growing and important group using our resources for spiritual journeys.

In 2013, Spirituality & Practice launched this Elder Spirituality Project with a series of interactive e-courses. In 
our announcementwe quoted elders who had found wisdom and spiritual community through these affordable and accessible programs. During the first year, S&P offered e-courses led by Angeles Arrien, John Chittister, Christina Baldwin, and William Martin (these courses are still available through S&P's on-demand system). We are now developing the next series of e-courses. The first one, offered in September 2014, Living Your Legacy: Seeds, Blossoms, Fruits is being created and led by facilitators from Sage-ing International, our partners in the Conscious Aging Alliance.

E-Course: September 8 - October 3  Living your Legacy: Seeds, Blossoms, Fruits, with Sage-ing International. Click here for link and information on this course. 
Congregational Events and News

All Souls', OKC, Offers the Virginia Campbell Concert Series


Kyle Dillingham, violin

Virginia Campbell, piano

Sunday, August 24th

2:30 p.m.

For ticket prices and further information, please call Virginia at (405) 843-5895.

Azuma, Guymon, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Parishioners Paul and Eleanore Faris

Julia Gonzales, husband Clarence; son and grandchildren

Background, standing, L to R - D.H. for the event; Parishioner Michael Garang Machar; Chamber of Commerce "Ambassador" Keith Logan
Foreground, sitting, L to R - Catholic Charities Director, Julia Gonzales; Loaves and Fishes Food Pamtry Director, Gail Parsley

On Sunday, August 10, St. Stephen's participated in the second Annual Azuma Festival, Guymon's celebration of African culture featuring free music, dance and food. The celebration was a great success with about 400 guests attending. Our volunteers purchased and transported bottles of water for guests, helped set up tables and chairs, handed out water bottles during the Festival and helped with clean-up following the event. Thank you to church member Michael Stone, John Awuol, Mike Machar, Eleanore and Paul Faris, as well as Gail Parsley (Director of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry), Julia Gonzales (Director of Guymon's Catholic Charities office) and family, and Ken Burton (Guymon Lions Club) for all their help to make Azuma and St. Stephen's booth a success. We joined several churches along with Seaboard Foods and other businesses as Azuma sponsors. Our African brothers and sisters cooked and served the delicious food, provided the music, dancing, talked about their lives and why they were forced to immigrate to the US. Join us next year for the Third Annual Azuma on the 2d Sunday of August!"

Article courtesy of The Rev. Sandra Castillo.
St. Michael's, Norman, Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social AND Up-Coming Book Sale

St. Michael's, Norman, will be hosting a Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 17th at 5 pm.  Our organist will take requests the evening of the event.  This event is sponsored by St. Cecilia's Guild.  

St. Michael's is located at 1601 Imhoff Road, Norman.

St. Michael's, Norman, will be having their semi-annual book sale on Saturday, August 23 from 8 am until 2 pm.  We have paper backs for 50¢, hard backs for $1, and some specially priced books for sale.   Also, we have DVDs, CD, tapes, LPs, etc.  Donations are currently being accepted at the church.  This book sale is organized by several librarians and it is easy to find what you need or want.  Proceeds will benefit our church library, choir, and capital campaign.

St. Nicholas Guild, St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC, Sponsors The Assemblies


The St. Nicholas Guild of St. Paul's Cathedral in OKC is celebrating our 66th year of The Assemblies by adding a new 3rd and 4th grade class in addition to 5th and 6th graders. The Assemblies brings together school-aged kids to fellowship in a positive, safe and fun atmosphere. The purpose of The Assemblies is to teach young people an appreciation of dancing, the social graces and consideration for others. Proceeds from The Assemblies are used to support a variety of children's projects. The Assemblies is a fun, less formal way for students from surrounding schools to come together, develop social and conversation skills, and learn basic dance techniques from a variety of genres.


We are seeking the names and addresses of any 3rd - 6th graders who might like to receive an invitation to The Assemblies. Additionally, if you would like to be a representative for your child's school, team or other organization please let us know. Please call or text Buffy Heater at (405)308-8356 or Thank you!

Christian Formation News 
Building Faith Blog - A Handy List of Christian Feast Days and Observances

Well I did it again. I passed right over the Feast of Saint Mary, the Mother of our Lord.  This past Friday, August 15th, is the feast day of Saint Mary.  Also known as the Feast of the Assumption, it is celebrated by Christians around the world.  For Roman Catholics especially, this feast is a high point of the year.  And I missed it.
Though I am not Roman Catholic, we mark August 15th on our calendar because our daughter is named Maria, and it is thus her saint day.

Now, August is a month in which one can easily miss things, so I will give myself some grace.  But I am also doing something proactive.

Here is a list of major Christian feasts and observances: A Guide to Feast Days

It is ready reference, all on one page, nicely formatted.  Print it out, stick it on your bulletin board, put the dates in your computer or paper calendar, and rejoice!

Even if you are part of a Christian denomination which does not observe some of these dates, you may find it interesting to know when and what they are.

And of course, if you send your friend Michael a card on September 29th, you both look VERY good.


The Rev. Matthew Kozlowski manages, edits, and writes for Building Faith. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Danielle and two young daughters. Throughout his career he has been a teacher, camp counselor, school chaplain, camp chaplain, Sunday school teacher, parish priest, and Alpha coordinator.

New EfM Mentors in the Diocese

Congratulations to: EFM

Rev. Stephanie Swinnea - All Saints, McAlester
Kevin Kalies - Emmanuel, Shawnee
Ellen Ross - St. Andrew's, Stillwater

as new EfM Mentors!

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(405) 232-4820