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
Diocesan Convention

Step Right Up! Youth Lock-In

Safeguarding God's Children

EfM Retreat Scheduled for October

Save the Date! Liturgy Festival Eucharist

Diocesan Disaster and Relief

Guest Lecture by Dr. Roger Scruton

Church of the Resurrection to Feature Dog Trainer

Blessing of the Animals - And Elephants

Blessing of the Animals, St. David's, OKC

Musical Event Offerings

Bishop Ed to Speak at All Souls'

Casady School Open House

St. Mary's Episcopal School Visitors Day

Altered Coming in November

The Back Nine: Life Beyond Retirement

FORMA Conference to be Held in Houston, TX

Celebrating in December

Diocesan Events



October 13 - 14

Retired Clergy, Spouse & Widow's Fall Gathering

St. Crispin's


October 18-19

Education for Ministry Retreat

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

St. Crispin's Conference Center


October 7 - 9

Clergy Conference

St. Crispin's



October 25

Liturgy Worship Festival

St. Paul's Cathedral




March 20-22

Make My Mission St. Crispin's

Mission Camp 



Diocesan Wide Events



October 18 - 19

Education for Ministry Retreat

(Open to all)

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

St. Crispin's Conference Center



Congregational Events


October 13

St. Mary's, Edmond

Spiritual Quilting Presentation with Diane Swartzendruber

6:30 p.m.



Community Events


October 15

Effective Communications for Churches and Non-Profits Seminar
Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond

November 14 - 16
6th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Embassy Suits, Norman

December 1
Together for Health
Francis Tuttle Career Tech-Reno Campus

December 4
Together for Health
O.U. Schusterman Center

December 4
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
University of Central Oklahoma
Constitution Hall
Focusing on special education law, rights and responsibilities, SMART IEP's


Bishop's Calendar

October 12

All Saints', Miami

October 19

St. John's, OKC


October 26

St. Peter's Tulsa






  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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Diocesan Newsletter

The next Diocesan Newsletter
 will be 
Friday, October 17, 2014.

We Are

October 10, 2014

Issue 37

Our Offices will be closed on Monday, October 13, om observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9 a.m.
From the Diocese
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. 

Pre-Convention Regional  Meetings

Date Region Time and Place
October 11
Southwest 10 a.m.
All Saints', Duncan
October 12
Northeast 2 p.m.
St. John's, Vinita
October 18
Northwest 10:30 a.m.
St. Matthew's, Enic
October 19
OKC 2 p.m.
St. Mary's, Edmond

Step Right Up!  

The Youth (6th - 12th grades) are invited to our annual lock-in. This year, it will be held at St. Augustine's of Canterbury, 14700 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City.
We will open the doors at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, with dinner to be offered at 6. With our carnival theme, there will be lots of games, giveaways, food, and fun. Cost is only $20 per person. 

Youth will be transported to the Reed Center in Midwest City, and they will lead opening worship for Diocesan Convention at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Parents should plan to pick up their youth there Upon completion of worship, youth will be released to parents. 

Click here for registration form.
Safeguarding God's ChildrenSafeguarding

Who needs Safeguarding God's Children? Here's who: All clergy whether stipendiary, non-stipendiary, or otherwise who are engaged in ministry or service to the church; all persons who teach, supervise or assist with supervising children or youth in ministries, programs or activities more often than occasionally. All paid or volunteer Church Personnel whose work regularly takes them throughout the facility or grounds; all persons who provide transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle more than occasionally; all vestry members or members of similar decision making groups who have the authority to approve the creation of ministries, programs or activities for children or youth.

October 21
Grace, Ponca City
6 - 9 p.m.
Please call the church to register - 580 767 7609
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.

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.
Diocesan Disaster and Relief 

Cruz Roja Americana And Santa Maria Virgen

Fr. Nati speaking to the group at Santa Maria

It really is a partnership that was meant to be. Many of us who are in the small group of organizers, Mario, Carla, Olivia, Father Nati and myself have said those very words...a partnership that was meant to be and way long overdue. I guess sometimes it takes going through a disaster to know what is sorely lacking with the needs of the people and where a pretty fast growing mission church on Oklahoma City's south side can be of most service to those same people.

One Sunday last summer, the congregation of Santa Maria Virgen was introduced to Mario Medrano and Olivia Dennard, two top notch +Cruz Roja (Red Cross) personnel, one a volunteer and one a staffer. They talked about the possibility of having Santa Maria become a partner shelter for the Red Cross after a disaster. There would be volunteers to obtain, responsibilities to assume, and commitments to make, but everyone could see that the need was there for the Hispanic community to have a safe, trusted sanctuary after a disaster.

Santa Marians stepped up and volunteered and committed and the first training exercises and walk- throughs have already been done. Mario and Father Nati felt that the next step would be to have the people of the surrounding Hispanic communities come forward and tell about their own experiences after the 2013 storms. But would they? Fliers were delivered door to door. Telemundo, Mundo Fox and El Nacional newspaper all ran the news story.

Last Saturday over 60 people from the Hispanic community showed up. And they showed up ready to talk. They made it clear that the Hispanic community was not united prior to the disaster. They were not educated as to what to do. And the Spanish media was no help, with Telemundo having lost power with no generator and two radio stations playing music merrily away before, during and after the storms. There was great emotion, even tears, as some relived those terrifying experiences even more than 16 months after the floods and winds. They described the fear of the unknown, the not knowing what was happening or where to go for safety.

Mario and Nati say that that will change and the people who attended the forum say that this was a wake up call, and they want to be included in the disaster preparation plans for that area and for that community of people, that they need and want to be involved in this preparation issue. 

A committee of those very people has been formed and will begin their healing and preparedness plan on November 1st, the date of their first meeting. Mario says," We will be training the families and the media on preparedness. Telemundo now has an emergency generator," he smiled.

The word will spread... it already has. The Holy Spirit is attached to that place and the partnership between Cruz Roja and Santa Maria is no accident. As Father Nati said," We are welcoming all these people, and we are fulfilling our responsibility to show Santa Maria as a trusted church. They are learning they can come here for shelter..." from anything.
Congregational Events and News

Guest Lecture by Dr. Roger Scruton


We are delighted to welcome Roger Scruton, one the most distinguished philosophers in the English-speaking world, to Oklahoma and to All Souls, for his lecture, "The Continuing Importance of Anglicanism."   This will take place in the church's Parish Hall on Sunday, October 12th at 4 p.m., and is being Sponsored by the All Souls' Anglican Foundation.


Roger Scruton is currently a senior research fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC.  He is author of over forty books, including works of criticism, political theory and aesthetics, as well as novels and short stories. His writings include The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (2003), Understanding Music (2009), The Face of God (2011), The Soul of the World (2014) and the novel Notes from Underground (2014). Roger Scruton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the British Academy.  He lives with his wife and two children in Malmesbury, England.  His website is


Dr. Scruton will also be lecturing at the University of Oklahoma on October 13th and 15th, on the topics of "The Soul of the World," and "How to Think About Saving the Planet," at 4:30 p.m., in, respectively, the Oklahoma Memorial Union's Meacham Auditorium, and at the Fred Jones Museum of Art.


We are honored that with such a busy schedule, on the day of his arrival, Dr. Scruton's first speaking engagement is at All Souls' Church.

Church of the Resurrection to Feature Dog Trainer at Community Dinner


Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 pm. 


Is Church of the Resurrection going to the dogs?  You might think so if you join us for dinner and a program presented by an instructor from Oklahoma City's Full Circle Obedience School.  You'll learn some tips for your poodle, pug, or puppy and become convinced that every dog needs an education.  Don't miss out on all the fun and great information.

Blessing of the Animals - And Elephants

Today, the first community Blessing of the Animals was held at St. Mark's Hugo. The Rev. Gloria Walters reported that she blessed 23 adult dogs and cats, 10 puppies, and 15 elephants. The blessing service began in the church courtyard and then moved the Endangered Ark Sanctuary. Five circuses call Hugo home during their off season. The sanctuary was established for retired circus elephants and provides a safe home for baby elephants as they grow.
Blessing of the Animals, St. David's, OKC

Pups of all shapes and sizes were a part of St. David's, OKC, Blessing of the Animals.

Musical Event Offerings


St. Paul's Cathedral is very pleased to offer these musical events to the Diocese:


Sunday, October 19, 5:00pm - Organist Wyatt Smith in Concert
Wyatt is a winner of the 2011 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition and is now a graduate student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Wyatt is an outstanding young artist and everyone is invited to hear his program.

Friday, November 21, 7:30pm - Organist David Enlow in Concert
Mr. Enlow is Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in New York City where he also teaches at the Juilliard School. David is  Dean the the NYC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

We hope you will join us for any/all of these fine events. Please invite a guest!

Bishop Ed to Speak at All Souls'


The Right Reverend Doctor Edward J. Konieczny (Bishop Ed) will open the 2014-2015 ECW Speaker Series at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N Pennsylvania, in Oklahoma City, on October 21.  He will speak on the Proclaiming the Gospel of Peace Conference held in our city in April.  The speaker-luncheons are open to the public (both men and women) and begin at 12 noon in the Parish Hall.  Reservations are required by noon on Monday, October 20 and can be made by calling the church office at 842-1461.  Tickets are $10.00 at the door. 

Episcopal School Events and Information
Casady School Open House

Primary and lower divisions (Pre-K through 4th grades)
Sunday, October 19
2 - 4 p.m.
Upper Division (9th - 12th grades)
Tuesday, October 14
6 - 7:30 p.m.

9500 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK


St. Mary's Episcopal School Visitors Day

Visitors Day: October 14, 2014, 8:30-10:30 AM @ St. Mary's Episcopal School in Edmond. The preschool - 5th gradeadmissions open house is your opportunity to experience us in action, interact with teachers and students, and tour our campus. For questions or to RSVP please contact Shauna LeGrande at (405) 341-9541 x103

Young Adults Events and Information
Altered Coming in October

Mark your calendar now for the next Altered event, October 31 - November 2, 2014, to be held at St. Crispin's. Altered is for young adults, ages 19 - 30 year olds. 

It is a weekend of exploring your faith, personal growth, meeting other young adults, worshiping God, singing, reconnecting with God, thinking about your life purpose, stepping back from your busy life, and especially relaxing! This retreat is run by and for young adults, led by Episcopal lay and clergy leaders from around the diocese. This event came from the Vocare model but has been up-dated to fit the current needs of young adults.

Click here for more information and registration form.
Community Events and News
The Back Nine: Life Beyond Retirement
A program for clergy, clinical staff and caregivers

Aging is inevitable; getting old is a choice. Everyone can make choices as to how to face living their final years. This conference provides practical and personal suggestions for taking charge and living with intention, no matter the age. Too many people become defeated and frustrated with an aging body and mind and are just waiting until the end without purpose or a plan. This conference is perfect for anyone who is facing these challenges, for families who are trying to be a support for an aging loved one, and for clergy who seek to support them.

Special Guest Speaker

Doug Manning is a well-known speaker and author. After 30 years in the ministry, Manning began a new career in writing, counseling and offering his insights on grief and elder care issues. 
A prolific writer, his best seller, Don't Take My Grief Away From Me, is a classic in the area of grief. His book, When Love Gets Tough: the Nursing Home Decision, has guided caregivers for years. Manning addresses elder care issues at his free blog, 

INTEGRIS Pastoral Care invites you to participate in one of two offerings:
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center Auditorium
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
9 a.m. to noon 
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Auditorium

Christian Formation News 
2015 FORMA Conference to be Held in Houston, TX

Here's a great opportunity for those in Christian Formation. The 2015 FORMA Conference will be held January 28 - 30, at  the Magnolia Hotel, Houston, TX.

Province VII has awarded $300 to each diocese to reduce the conference cost by $100 for 3 individuals. We will match the $300, which can be applied to your travel or hotel!

This would be a great time to attend, as these conferences are usually held somewhere in the east. 

If you are interested in attending, contact Sabrina Evans at It is a first come, first serve basis
Celebrating in December

December 6 - Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

Background: Very little is known of Nicolas, Bishop of Myra. He was very generous and kind, which led to the legends of the many miracles that he performed for the poor. He was known for 
giving marriage dowries to three girls, who, if not saved by Nicholas, would have been forced into prostitution. He is the patron saint of Russia and Greece, of charity guilds, of children, 
sailors, unmarried girls, and merchants. Nicholas is also known for his gift-giving. Legend says that he distributed small gifts into children's shoes on December 6, which is now known as St. 
Nick's Day in many countries. 
Opportunities: As we enter Advent and the Christmas season,consider offering gifts to those less fortunate. Start a program, such as a giving tree, through 
which people can provide essential items to members of the congregation or community in need. 

December 10 - Thomas Merton, Contemplative and Writer
Background: Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and influential author who cared about social justice, pacifism, and Christian responsibility. His extensive writings were credited with giving 
rise to spiritual explorations in the 1960s and 1970s, and his book The Seven Storey Mountain influenced many to consider their own spirituality. 
Opportunities: Invite others to explore their 
own faith within the setting of your church. Encourage conversations, through gatherings and Bible study, about their faith, what it means, and how it can be put into practice in everyday life. 

December 25 - Christmas Day
Background: Christmas is one of the most sacred holidays the church celebrates. It is the day when Jesus Christ was born into the world, and it is celebrated each year on December 25. 
Opportunities: Embrace this time of year, and expand on the spirit of giving during the season. Though there was no room in the inn, Mary and Joseph were offered a place in the barn. Even if 
something does not seem like a big sacrifice to you, it could mean the world to another person and save them from pain and suffering. Focus on this notion of giving and the importance to the
world to give to others in sermons, writings, and other methods of outreach. 

December 29 - Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
Background: Thomas Becket was the archbishop of Canterbury, known for his acceptance of many beliefs and faiths and his openness to the people around him. He is also remembered for 
being brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by knights of Henry II over the rights and privileges of the church. Opportunities: As Becket was being murdered, he cried out, "For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church, I am ready to embrace death." Becket was a shepherd of the people and defended the interests of the church against those who would seek its destruction. Remember his dedication with an article or sermon about seeking faithful leaders who keep an open mind even as they keep God and His will above all else

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Contact Information
Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820