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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Diocesan Convention

Step Right Up! Youth Lock-In

Save the Date! Liturgy Festival Eucharist

Musical Event Offerings

Bishop Ed to Speak at All Souls'

Elder Law CLE 2014

Altered Coming in November

Casady School Open House

St. Mary's School - Open House

Academy of Classical Christian Studies

Amazing Faith Dinners

FORMA Conference to be Held in Houston, TX

The Children's Bulletin
Faith Formation Explained in 66 Words

100 Best Trasnformational Movies

Diocesan Events



October 25

Liturgy Worship Festival

St. Paul's Cathedral




March 20-22

Make My Mission St. Crispin's

Mission Camp 



Community Events


October 23
The Back Nine: Life Beyond Retirement - a program for clergy, clinical staff and caregivers
Integris Baptist Hospital Southwest Medical Center Auditorium
1:30 - 4:30

October 24
The Back Nine: Life Beyond Retirement - a program for clergy, clinical staff and caregivers
9 - noon
Integris Baptist Medical Center Auditorium
NW Expressway

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 19

St. John's, OKC


October 25

Liturgy Worship Festival

St. Paul's Cathedral, 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 24, 2014.

We Are

October 17, 2014

Issue 38

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 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.
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.
Congregational Events and News

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. 

Older Adults Events and News
Elder Law CLE 2014

December 4, 2014, 8:30 - 12 for Elder Law Basics held at Francis Tuttle, 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73142

8:30 - 9:20 Donna Jackson
Special Needs and Supplemental Needs Trusts
9:20 - 10:10 Sandy Ingraham
Second Time Parenting, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
10:10 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 11:10 Shirley Cox
Attorney Ethics and Client Capacity
11:10 - 12 Sara Murphy
You're Taking Me Where...Call my Lawyer! Adult Guardianship in Oklahoma

Click here to register.

If you want to register by phone or have questions, call Sarah Stewart 405 528 0858
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.
Youth Events and Information
How to Feed a Youth Group (when they are tired of pizza!)

Article from post on Building Faith

There are plenty reasons why pizza is an ideal food for youth groups. It arrives ready-to-eat; most people like it (vegetarians included); and it can be very cost effective, depending on the deal you have with your local pizza place.

But pizza can wear a little thin (get it?).

We asked Blake Woods* and Randall Curtis*, both experts with years of youth and young adult ministry experience: what are the other options for feeding a group?

Make your own tacos/taco salad
A little more time-consuming, but also a lot of fun. Make sure to offer both meat and beans, so that everyone can have sustenance. Ask your teens to bring a favorite fixing to share.

Chicken sandwiches
Buy big bags of frozen chicken cutlets or patties. Heat them in the oven, and then create an assembly line with buns, lettuce, and other fixings.
Blake says, "Food is important, but not when it results in missing time with each other.  This makes casseroles and soups perfect group food.  They are something that you prepare ahead and pop in the oven and then walk away, which allows you to do the important work of relationship.  I have a few go-to's, that are also vegetarian friendly:

· Baked Ziti: a combo of cooked ziti noodles, layered with sauce (with meat if you want), sour cream and Italian cheeses and baked till gooey and delicious
. Another favorite is this recipe for bean tortilla casserole
Soups and Chili

You can prepare these days in advance for convenience and better taste. To serve, use a slow cooker, set on warm.

Blake's favorite is this recipe for chicken-lime soup.  Or make the classic combo of Grilled Cheese &  Tomato Soup, but bake the grilled cheese sandwiches.  Prepare as usual, except put them on a cookie sheet in a 420 degree oven for 5-7 minutes, and then flip them and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Make your own pizza
Ok, so we know we said no pizza - but make your own is rather different. It is an activity, as well as a meal, and creative ingredients can add variety and fun. Make sure to have the oven pre-heated to at least 450!
Invite non-youth families and parishioners to bring a meal or to help prepare a meal

Randall tell us this is a great way for people to see what's going on and give back.
Appoint some youth chefs
Blake says, "My community eats a meal together every Sunday and the last thing I want is someone to be missing from service cooking, when there are plenty of good fix ahead things we can do.  On the flip side, however, is the very real feeling that cooking is an incredible way to show love, and so even if we do have someone sweating away in the kitchen, it is an explicit expression of love to a community that they value... so it is all good."
*Blake Woods is the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Oklahoma. He has worked in camp, parish, and college settings, and other places where people are hungry.

*Randall Curtis is Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth at the Diocese of Arkansas, and is President of the Forma. He blogs about the Church, ministry, and all things tech at
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 School - Open House

Community Events and News
Academy of Classical Christian Studies

Friday, November 14 (7-9 p.m.), Free
Dante & The Imagination - Dr. Anthony Esolen, Lecturer
St. Paul's Cathedral (127 NW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73102)

Dr. Anthony Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College. He is a senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and a regular contributor to Crisis Magazine. His most recent books are The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008); Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Press, 2010) and, most recently, Reflections on the Christian Life (Sophia Institute Press, 2013). Professor Esolen has also translated Dante.

Featuring the Green Scholar's Initiative 1885 first edition of William Cary's English translation of The Vision of Purgatory and Paradise with Gustavo Dore engravings.
Amazing Faith Dinners

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!

We only have 1 more spot available to offer at this reduced rate. Come join Nancy Scott, Grace, Muskogee, and The Rev. Laura Beck, St. Patrick's, Broken Arrow, and attend. Workshops so far are:

If you are interested in attending, contact Sabrina Evans at It is a first come, first serve basis
The Children's Bulletin

This article was originally published on Building Faith by Sharon Ely Pearson in July 2011.  We are pleased to re-post it, with a few updates.  We hope you find it useful!

Most churches distribute some type of bulletin on Sunday mornings as worshippers enter their sanctuary for services. For some, it is the entire service printed out - prayers, readings, and hymns. For others it is simply the Order for Worship. Newcomers and visitors find bulletins to be helpful aids in following what might be an unfamiliar form of worship.

But what about the children? Sunday bulletins are not just for adults. Children who are readers are often eager to follow along the worship service with a bulletin. After all, if they can read, why shouldn't they receive one also? Whether it be the same bulletin as their parents receive or one especially designed for them, don't forget that children should be welcomed and greeted as they enter worship just like the grown-ups. And that might mean giving them a bulletin too.

Zip-lock bags (or other packets) with some crayons and a bulletin are a sign that children are welcome to worship at your church.There are a number of bulletins specifically designed for the use of children, to help them either follow along the service or to learn more about one or more of the Sunday readings. These materials also come in handy during the summer when you may not have scheduled programs or activities for children.

Kidsword Children's Bulletins 
Children's Bulletins (for grades 4-6) and Little Kidsword (for grades K-3). They offers series based on the Revised Common Lectionary, or the Roman Catholic lectionary.

Spark Worship Bulletins 
These are sold by lectionary year and season.  You purchase a digital download which then lets you print as many as you like. Included in the download is two sets of bulletins: pre-readers, and readers.  Samples are available here: sample spark bulletins. 
Gospel Grams by Sermon Suite 
Focused on the Gospel of the day, the young edition is for ages 5-7.The link for Gospel Grams 2 (for children 8-10) is a bit hard to find, so here it is: Gospel Grams 2 

The Sunday Paper  
Also offered in two versions, The Sunday Paper (for ages Grade 4 and up ) and the Sunday Paper Junior (for ages PreK-Grade 3) by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard are biblically based, with whimsical illustrations of the Sunday readings

Children's Worship Bulletins 
These bulletins are in two sets: ages 3-6, and ages 7-12. They focus on the Old Testament, Epistle (New Testament) readings, or special days.

Peace Papers  
Children's bulletins from the Institute for Peace and Justice.  Each "paper" also offers background on the Sunday theme, some suggestions for ways families could follow up in their home, and additional resources for both children and adults. (Ages 6-10)
Here is the link to the order form: Order Form.

Logos Children's Worship Bulletins 
Logos Productions offers bulletins (ages 7-12) and Bible beginners bulletins (ages 4-6).
(After searching the site, we are a bit unsure exactly how to order these. If you like the sample, we suggest you call their toll-free number in order to subscribe.)
Sharon Ely Pearson is an editor and the Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI). She is the author/editor of several books, most recently The Episcopal Christian Educator's Handbook and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century. When not traveling for work or pleasure, she enjoys tossing tennis balls to her year old black lab, Chobe.

Faith Formation Explained in 66 Words


From post on
Building Faith by Matthew Kozlowski


This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure and honor of attending the Intergenerational Faith Formation Symposium. This conference, organized by Lifelong Faith Associates, brought 100 experts (and eager amateurs like myself) together for an exchange of ideas and a chance to chart the future of intergenerational ministry. Throughout the sessions, something kept popping into my mind...


This Sunday, I was asked to give a forum presentation at St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown. The topic was "Raising the Next Generation in Faith."  As I prepared my outline, again, something kept popping into my mind...


Well, what was it? It was the Five Principles of Passing on Faith from Vibrant Faith Ministries.


Many readers of Building Faith will be familiar with Vibrant Faith. It was more than a decade ago that Dr. David Anderson proposed the key principles, based on research and experience across Christian denominations. They have stoop up, and they are still standing up (and popping into minds wherever faith formation is discussed).


So here they are. Print them, memorize them, tape them to your desk, send them to your congregation's staff and volunteers... you get the idea. This is faith formation in 66 words:

Five Principles For Living And Passing On Faith (from Vibrant Faith Ministries)

1. Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships - often in our own homes.

2. The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home.

3. Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church too.

4. Faith is caught more than it is taught.

5. If we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.

As you read (or re-read these), notice the focus on community, and importance of the home. As Christian educators committed to raising up disciples of Jesus Christ, our programs, curricula, and methods will differ; but these principles can be held in common. Call it a common "creed" - in 66 words.

100 Best Transformational Movies 

Article published by Spirituality & Practice - Article written by Frederic and 
Mary Ann Brussat

Transformational movies reveal the astonishing ways in which human beings can be changed and set on a new path. Spiritual writers Jeff Zaleski and Tracy Cochran have described this kind of renewal as "something like a seed that cracks open and blooms just when the rightpressure is applied." 

Our lives, values, habits, and personalities can be transformed by ten thousand different events or circumstances: a brush with death, a divine epiphany, a moment of awe, an encounter with the oneness of all things, pain, hitting bottom, a creative high, the surge of love in an intimate relationship, a magical moment in solidarity with others at a demonstration, sexual ecstasy, the encouragement of someone who believes in you, the miraculous turn of an enemy into a friend, a change of heart, an unexpected gift of meaning that arrives unannounced, liberation from the prison of the past, or the adventure of hitching a ride on our imagination into a bright new future.

As the wise theological seer Sam Keen put it: "The great metaphors from all spiritual traditions - grace, liberation, being born again, awakening from illusion - testify that it is possible to transcend the conditioning of my past and do a new thing."

Transformational movies train us in the art of dealing with both small and systemic changes. Many of these films depict the everyday challenges people face as they struggle to move beyond bad habits, addictions, and worn-out beliefs. Others begin with the personal and then turn political, depicting the struggle to bring about real and lasting changes in the world of 
business, politics, government, and institutional power. 

We salute these 100 Best Transformational Movies for introducing us to many inspiring and soulful agents of change and artists of life; we are drawn into their stories as they muster the 
creativity and the courage to transform their own lives and the lives of those around them.

We bow to the directors from around the world who are determined to make us connoisseurs of change in times when we need more deepening and more empathy. And we hope that you will make the most of our list by sharing this resource with others and setting up groups to discuss them as part of your informal spirituality study at home.

Click the film titles to go to our full reviews

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Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820