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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Additional Thanks from Diocesan Lock In

National Happening Board Meets

Save the Date - Vestry Academy

Spanish Safeguarding God's Children Set

Safeguarding Train the Trainers

Applications Now Accepted for Official Youth Presence at General Convention

Day of Prayer for Liberia

St. John's, OKC, Participates in the Mayfair Community Thanksgiving Service

Noonday Prayer at OU Healthsciences Center

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC, Bookstore to Re-Open

7 Alternatives to Sunday Morning Announcements

Governor's Healthy Aging Summit

OKC Prayer Service for Week of Prayer

Singers Needed for Choral Festival in Rememberance Murrah Bombing

Mediation Skills Training

Advent Ideas

Advent, Themes, and Colors

Diocesan Events




March 20-22

Make My Mission St. Crispin's

Mission Camp 


Summer Camp Dates


May 29 - 30

ABC Camp


May 31 - June 6

Senior Camp


June 7 - 13

9th - 10 grades


June 14 - 20

4th - 6th grades


June 21 - 27

7th - 8th grades


June 28 - July 4

9th - 10th grades


July 5 - 11

4th - 6th grades


July 12 - 19

7th - 8th grades





Congregational  Events


November 21

Organist David Enlow

7:30 p.m.

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


December 12

Handbell Ensemble

7:00 p.m.

Church of the Resurrection, OKC


Community Events

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


November 20 - 26

Synod - Diocese of Uruguay


December 7

St. Luke's, Bartlesville


December 14

St. Luke's, Tulsa


December 24

Christmas Eve

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC






  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, November 28, 2014.

We Are

November 21, 2014

Issue 43

Additional Thanks from Diocesan Lock In

Apologies for omitting Katie Gallion from our thank you list!  As you can see, she played a big part in making our event special!

National Happening Board Meets

Caitlin Kenney, from OKC, and a representative to the Happening National Convention board, went to Camp Weed in Live Oak, FL, last week for the first HNC meeting. This group is responsible for scheduling, setting up, and leading the next National Happening Leadership Conference. 

National Happening Leadership Conference 2016!
Cerveny Conference Center, Live Oak, FL
July 7-10, 2016

Caitlin is 3rd from right.

Save the Date


Vestry Academy

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

St. Crispin's Conference Center

More information coming soon.

Safeguarding God's Children

December 14 
2:30 - 5 
Santa Maria Virgen

This training will use the Spanish version of Safeguarding and a translator. If you are a member of Santa Maria, please let Fr. Naty know you are interested in attending. If you are from another congregation, please call Sabrina Evans at the Diocesan Offices 405 232 4820 and register. 
Train the Trainers

Are you a trainer for Safeguarding God's Children? Would you like to be a trainer for Safeguarding God's Children? Here's your chance to recertify or certify!

January 17, Saturday
Diocesan Offices 
10 - 1:30 - Bring a Sack Lunch

Would you like to be trained in Safeguarding God's People? Where your chance!

January 24, Saturday
Diocesan Offices
10 - 1:30 - Bring a Sack Lunch

To register for either of these training, email

The Episcopal Church Events and News
Applications now accepted for Official Youth Presence at Episcopal Church General Convention 2015


Applications and nominations are now accepted for high school teens to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) at the Episcopal Church 78th General Convention to be held June 25 - July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.


In collaboration with the General Convention Office and the President of the House of Deputies, the Office for Youth Ministries is coordinating the application and discernment process for high-school teens to become a part of the GCOYP. Applications and nominations are available here.


Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Officer for Youth Ministries, explained that several General Convention resolutions dating from 1982 to 2000 provide for an Official Youth Presence.  Those selected are limited to no more than two high school youth from each of the Episcopal Church's nine provinces, and are granted seat and voice on the floor of the House of Deputies under the current Rules of Order of the House of Deputies.


To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:

* Be an active member and communicant in good standing of an Episcopal Church congregation
* Be at least 16 years old and no older than 19 during General Convention
* Be a current high school student enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2014/15 school year
* Be capable of traveling alone by plane or train to and from the meetings in the United States with no escort
* Be available to travel to the mandatory orientation and training from Thursday April 9 - Sunday April 12, 2015 - location to be determined
* Be available to be present at General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Wednesday, June 24 - Friday, July 3, 2015

Skov explained that youth who serve as members of the Official Youth Presence will participate in a training/orientation weekend of community building, worship, and legislative process prior to General Convention.


"They will be encouraged to attend local synod gatherings prior to General Convention 2015 and would benefit from meeting with the adult deputies of their own dioceses to learn more about the process of resolutions," she said.  "At General Convention 2015 they will attend legislative committee hearings, will be encouraged to speak to issues in hearings, and may participate in debate on the floor in the House of Deputies. These individuals must be self-confident, articulate, and energetic."


The General Convention Office provides the funding for each of the participants to cover travel, lodging and meals for the orientation weekend and General Convention.


Deadline is December 23. All applicants must also identify a non-family member nominator who can complete an on-line essay nomination form by December 23.


Nominators will be contacted in early January and applicants will be notified of their status in February. The Official Youth Presence will be announced in March.


Questions should be directed to Skov at or 646-242-1421.

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Liberia, West Africa Sunday, Dec. 7

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe the Second Sunday in Advent, December 7, as a day of prayer for those in the Diocese of Liberia and the entire Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa, areas heavily affected by the current Ebola pandemic.

"The Diocese of Liberia was founded by Episcopalians in 1836, and was a diocese of The Episcopal Church until the early 1980s, when it joined the Province of West Africa," noted Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. "Today we continue in a covenant relationship of mutual support and fellowship."


She continued, "Liberia is at the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak, and Episcopalians have turned Cuttington University (Suakoku) into a center for response in rural northern Liberia.  The Anglican Province of West Africa includes all three nations (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone) where the pandemic continues to develop.  The suffering and death is enormous, the economy is devastated, schools are closed, yet the caring and compassionate response continues."


The Presiding Bishop concluded, "I ask your prayers for the people of West Africa in the midst of this plague.  Please include this in your intentions on the Second Sundayof Advent.  With Isaiah, pray for comfort and strength for all God's children; seek out the builder of straight roads and giver of healing balm for all on this difficult journey.  Learn about this crisis, and instead of fear, let your hearts be moved to respond in generosity of spirit and of purse."


Led by the Most Rev. Dr Daniel Sarfo, Archbishop and Primate, and the Most Rev. Jonathan Hart, Internal Archbishop, the Anglican Church in the Province of West Africa includes the dioceses of Accra (Ghana); Bo (Sierra Leone); Cameroon (Region Missionaire); Cape Coast (Ghana); Dunkwa-on-Offin (Ghana); Freetown (Sierra Leone); Gambia; Guinea; Ho (Ghana); Koforidua (Ghana); Kumasi (Ghana); Liberia; Sekondi (Ghana); Sunyani (Ghana); Tamale (Ghana); and Wiawso (Ghana). More info here. 


To read rest of article, click here. 

Congregational Events and News

St. John's Church, OKC, Participates in the Mayfair Community Thanksgiving Service


On Tuesday, November 18, clergy and congregations in and near the Mayfair area (50th St. NW between Penn and Independence, roughly) gathered for their annual ecumenical Mayfair Community Thanksgiving Service at Central Presbyterian Church, 5101 N. May Ave.  Cash and food donations this year went to support the Urban Mission, a local food pantry.  




Pictured standing around the altar, left to right are: (The Revs.) Randy McGuire, Lakeside United Methodist Church; David Stock, St. John's Episcopal Church, OKC; Jeff Mildren, Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church; Meredith Kamp-Pappan, Central Presbyterian Church, Mark Bradford (our preacher), St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, and Matt Perkins, Cathedral of Hope (UCC).  Choir members from all congregations filled the chancel, directed by Jan McDaniel of CPC, center facing the organ.  Two of the three choir members still present at the time of this photo, Larry Cassil and Scott Love (upper right closest to center) offer their talents both at St. John's and Cathedral of Hope on Sundays. The evening would not have been complete without the pie fest that members of Central Presbyterian provided for us after the service. 

Noonday Prayer at OU Healthsciences Center


Noonday Prayer is being offered every Wednesday at noon at the Chapel in the Children's Hospital Atrium on the OU Medical Center campus. The service is from the Common Book of Prayer; all people of faith are invited. The Children's Atrium is on 1200 N Phillips Ave; the Chapel is room 2210, which is on the ground level behind the waterfall.

The service is a ministry of St. Paul's Cathedral.  

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC, Bookstore to Re-Open November 23



Please join us at St. Paul's Cathedral this Sunday, November 23 at 10:10 for the grand  re-opening of Cathedral Books and Gifts, when it will be dedicated to the memory of Nira Smith, who managed the bookstore for many years.

The bookstore provides religious (especially Episcopal) literature, cards, and gifts for parishioners, other Episcopalians, and people throughout the diocese. All profits go to outreach projects.

Cathedral Books and Gifts will be open Mondays - Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and on Sundays after the 8, 9, and 11 o'clock services except in the case of inclement weather.

Congregational Thoughts and Ideas
7 Alternatives to Sunday Morning Announcements 

Ministry leaders think if they just get their event or program "promoted from the stage" people will flood into it. Church communications people are peppered with requests all the time for people wanting to get "their deal" in the announcements. The urgency from those leaders leans towards desperate. However, the more you talk about on a Sunday morning the less effective the messaging for everything is. You need some solid ways to say "no" to other ministry leaders by providing alternative communication channels.

  • Direct Emails // Each of your ministry areas needs to cultivate an email list of people who are interested in their area. This is a critical skill for communication today. We recently sent three emails (over three weeks) to a targeted list to promote an event before we "went public" through Sunday morning ... we have 200 people sign up through the pre-registration emails and only 50 through Sunday morning.
  • Cause Foyer Chaos // Church is fun ... right? How could you bring a little piece of the event you are promoting to the foyer on the weekend? Taking the students on a Camping Trip? What if you figured out how to serve smores to guests? (And then hand them an info sheet on the event.) Is your small group ministry launching off for the fall? What if you brought a living room into the middle of the foyer? 
  • Social Media // How can you engage your people to get "talking" about the ministry program through social media channels? The goal here isn't just to "call to action" but to create content that spreads dialogue about the ministry initiative. Ask some questions related to the topic on Facebook. Take some pictures of your team prepping and post them on Instagram. Think conversations not signups.
  • Information Cards // As people are leaving the service have your ushers hand out a small printed piece that has all the information you are attempting to communicate as well as a compelling ask to join. Make sure to train your ushers to be friendly and to ask your people if they would like the cards.
  • Call People // Have you seen this new technology called "the telephone"? It's amazing ... it's kinda like Twitter but with audio. You can speak into it and then people on the other end can respond right away. It's quick, basically free and ubiquitous. Why not order some pizza and pull together a group of volunteers to call people from the church to ask them about your upcoming event?
  • Snail Mail // People just get bills and junk mail in their mailbox at home. What if your ministry area came up with a clever piece to send to people? It will stand out in the desert of people's inbox.
  • Kill It // If the ministry specific area is unwilling to put in the work to promote the event ... then you should probably kill it. If the leadership is looking for someone else to "market" the event but they don't do some work to generate a crowd than that is an indicator of a program that needs to go away. Less is more.
Ideas from blogspot Unseminary

Senior Adults Events and Information
Governor's Healthy Aging Summit: Living Longer Better

Visit or call 405 271 2290 or 405 271 5288 for more information.
Community Events and Information
January 25, 2015: OKC prayer service for the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts (OALA) President, the Rev. Stephen Bird, has announced the service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, 7336 West Britton Road, OKC. Featured speakers will be the Rev. Joseph Alsay (St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church) and Dr. Randall Faulkner (Metropolitan Baptist Church).   
Singers Needed for Choral Festival in Remembrance of 20th Anniversary of Murrah Bombing

 A special event is being planned for the 20th anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing next April: the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts (OALA), in conjunction with the Kemp Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church, will present a Choral Festival to remember the 168 lives lost in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.  
The title of the event is "We Rise to Bless You Still: Oklahoma City Remembers April 19, 1995--a Musical Journey from Grief to Triumph." The choir will be directed by the inter-nationally renowned conductor Dr. Anton Armstrong, Director of Choral Studies at St. Olaf's University in Minnesota. The first 22 women and the first 20 men in each section (SSAATTBB) will be accepted until the chorus of 168 singers in eight sections has been filled out. It is recommended that only eight members from each church apply. 
For more information, contact Nancy Krause at 405-615-9103 or consult the OALA website at
Mediation Skills Training

August 24-28, 2015  

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders, led by Dr. Richard Blackburn, Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. It is an ecumenical training event for laity and clergy, hosted by the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. The event will be held at the United Methodist Church of the Servant and costs $695 per person. For more information, contact Dianne Peters at: 
Christian Formation News 
Advent Ideas

After the workshop at Convention, I am still finding great, fun ideas to share with you. This one is for January 4 - January 11; Epiphany. It is called Bring A King Sunday. You are asked to bring one of the kings from your Nativity Set to worship on the 4th and add it to the church's nativity set.

The Bible indicates what three gifts were but never mentions how many kings there were. The kings, or "wise men" came to worship the baby Jesus but we are "wise people" who worship him, too. The kings followed the star and arrived on the day we call Epiphany, January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas. 

After the service, families are invited to gather in the parish hall, learn about Epiphany and make crafts to take home. They will sing carols and eat any left-over fruitcakes or holiday cookies you might want to bring and share!

Be sure you put your name on the bottom of the wise man so you can so he can be returned to you. 

Idea came from post in FORMA.
Advent, Themes, and Colors

Advent means "coming" in Latin. In Greek, it is translated from parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of the Messiah. It is a season of preparation, to prepare the way of the Lord.

What is Advent?
Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30th, and ends on Christmas Eve (December 24th). The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.

Biblical Themes in Advent
Scripture readings during Advent reflect themes of hope of eternal life as well as accountability for our faithfulness. Looking back to the past and the birth of Christ as well as the future of Christ's coming again, Advent can be a season of spiritual journey for individuals as well as congregations as we wait in a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing. Each year we await the rebirth of Christ when the world will be reconciled with God. The Anointed One, a Messiah, will bring peace, justice, and righteousness to the world.

For the Eastern Orthodox Church, Advent has been a time of fasting and penitence, similar to Lent. So, while some church traditions focus on penitence during Advent, which is still appropriate, the spirit of that expectation from the Old Testament is better captured with a joyous sense of expectancy. Rather than a time of mourning and fasting, Advent is celebrated as a time of joy and happiness as we await the coming of the King.

Advent Colors
The traditions of Advent include the color of dark "royal" purple or Sarum blue (from the Medieval Sarum rite). Both symbolize preparation, penitence and royalty to welcome the new King. The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week. This points to an important connection between Jesus' birth and death.

The nativity, the Incarnation, cannot be separated from the crucifixion. The purpose of Jesus' coming into the world, of the "Word made flesh" and dwelling among us, is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesus' life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death, and resurrection. To reflect this emphasis, originally Advent was a time of penitence and fasting, much as the Season of Lent and so shared the color of Lent.

Gaudette Sunday
In the four weeks of Advent the third Sunday came to be a time of rejoicing that the fasting was almost over. Gaudette Sunday ("Rejoice," from an ancient antiphon based on Philippians 4:4) has an especially joyous emphasis, so often rose (pink) as a symbol of joy is seen to replace the purple. The shift for this Sunday reflects this lessening emphasis on penitence as attention turned more to celebration of the season.

Blue for Advent
In recent times, however, Advent has undergone a shift in emphasis, reflected in a change of colors used in many churches. Many Protestant churches now use blue to distinguish the Season of Advent from Lent. Royal Blue is sometimes used as a symbol of royalty.

Some churches use Bright Blue to symbolize the night sky, the anticipation of the impending announcement of the King's coming, or to symbolize the waters of Genesis 1, the beginning of a new creation. Some churches, including some Catholic churches, use blue violet (Sarum blue - see above) to preserve the traditional use of purple while providing a visual distinction between the purple or red violet of Lent.

What about red and green?
Red and Green are more secular colors of Christmas. They derive from older European practices of using evergreens and holly to symbolize ongoing life and hope that Christ's birth brings into a cold world. Although red and green are often used as part of the church decorations, they are never used as liturgical colors during Advent since those colors have other uses in other parts of the church year.

Learn more about the Season of Advent in the context of faithful living at the Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education's website.

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Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820