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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
OKC Thunder Tickets

Diocesan Convention

Youth Lock-In at Convention

Save the Date - Vestry Academy

Safeguarding Train the Trainers

Interim Rector, St. Michael's, Norman, Named

St. Patrick's, Broken Arrow, Outreach

Governor's Healthy Aging Summit

Provincial, Episcopal Church Delegates Named for 2015 UN Meeting

Celebrate Advent Through Prayer and Instagram

New Research Document Available - Congregations Overview

OKC Prayer Service for Week of Prayer

Singers Needed for Choral Festival in Rememberance Murrah Bombing

Mediation Skills Training

Advent Information from Convention Workshop

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 17 

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble

7:30 p.m.

All Souls' Episcopal Church, OKC


November 18

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble

7:30 p.m.

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


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


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

November 15
Challenge of Islamophobia in Oklahoma
4630 S. Irvington Avenue
Tulsa, OK
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 16

St. Andrew's, Lawton


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 21, 2014.

We Are

November 14, 2014

Issue 42

OKC Thunder Tickets

OKC Thunder

We have a few tickets left for the Sunday, November 23, game. These tickets are $12 each and are in Loud City. Please contact Sabrina Evans at or call 405 232 4820 to get yours!
Diocesan Convention

The 77th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Oklahoma is now in the books. Held at the Reed Center, Midwest City, St. Augustine's of Canterbury, Oklahoma City, served as the host parish. 

In attendance for the business portion were 180 delegates, of which 5 were clergy spouses, 98 clergy, and 59 guests, of which 20 were clergy spouses.

Exhibitors' tables covered the area outside the meeting area where you could find pottery, items from Jerusalem, recycled artwork, to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and Cursillo. This year, the Finance Department from the Diocese had a table where they handed out flash drives with forms needed for parishes. (If you did not get yours, please contact Erin Morgan ( and request it.)
Thursday night, the Convention was invited 
to St. Augustine's, for a Service of Evening Prayer. After worship, the gathering area and parish hall was open for a baked potato bar, prepared by the Brotherhood of St. Lawrence. Waitstaff included members of the Renisiance Group who use St. Augustine's for their practice stage.

The Rev. Linda Paul provided harp music during the meal.

Friday morning began with Morning Prayer and Bishop Ed's first of three reflections. Then the official business portion of the convention began. The 2015 budget was presented; mutual ministry support, report on nominations and voting took place.

There were four break-out workshops offered this year - An Introduction to the General Convention, led by the Diocesan General Convention Deputation; Treating Newcomers as Guests: An Alternative View of Hospitality, by The Rev. Canon Mike Stephenson; Healthy, Vibrant, and Growing Churches - The Rev. Everett Lees & The Rev. Dr. Ton
y Moon; and It's Almost Advent - Sabrina Evans.

Holy Eucharist was at 4:30, and the social hour/dinner followed and the convention theme was carried over into the dinner's decorations.


Saturday morning's Worship was led by the youth of the diocese. Over 45 people energized (and woke up) the delegates and clergy with song and incredible worship.

The Bishop's third reflection included information gathered from the youth at the lock-in with regards to the convention theme 



As a community of faith that is drawn into the loving embrace of a gracious God we commit ourselves to prayer and worship both individually and corporately.

To realize that we are all dependent upon the grace God that is given to all without respect of person. Because of that indescribable love, we will be socially active in our communities; strive for the day when true justice will prevail; and dedicate ourselves to acts of random kindness.


As we seek to love others we will build faith communities that fostering the differences of others while celebrating a healthy love and respect of our own God given gifts and abilities.

The love of others will be manifest in our dedication to the giving and sharing of our resources.


Empowered by the Spirit to serve the world that God has made and die for, we dare to step out of our comfort zones trusting the path that God has set before us.

As we see the loving face of Christ in others we promise to find creative ways to be his hands and feet in the world.       

Then the business meeting was reconvened. 

Sabrina Evans presented the members of the 2014-15 Class of the Episcopal Youth Leadership Academy and the adults working with them.

The members of St. Augustine's of Canterbury quietly processed (NOT!) into the meeting space, offered a fun video, and asked to be made a parish in the Diocese. After a rousing vote, they celebrated with music and dance!

The Budget was approved.

Bishop Ed recognized Chancellor Bill Cathcart with the Bishop's Cross for his work in the diocese and beyond. 

The Rev. Tim Baer, Grace, Yukon,  was elected to the Standing Committee, along with Mary Susan Whaley, All Saints', Miami.

It was announced that $6 M has been raised for the building of the new summer camp at St. Crispin's, and it is anticipated that ground will be broken within the next few weeks, and the project ready for the 2016 camp session.

One Resolution was submitted Commending the Work of the Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church and it was passed. 

Next year's convention will be held at Trinity, Tulsa. 
Diocesan Youth Lock In at Convention

So, what do you do with 45 youth from across the Diocese on Friday night of Convention? You hold a lock in! Special thanks to St. Augustine's for allowing us to use their facility for the event.

We opened the doors at 5 p.m. There were ice breakers led by the incredible young adult volunteers: Ashley Haggard, Matt Burkholder, Chelsea Ann Morgan, Savannah Lyne, Holly Rose, Sara Brewer, and Sammantha Birchall.This group planned out all the events of the lock in and were incredible leader
s in making the lock in so much fun!

Special thanks to Pattie Morgan, who was behind the scenes helping to prepare dinner!

Another thank you goes to the "mystery man" who helped us light the pilot for the gas stove. Without him figuring it out for us, we would not have had a hot dinner!

A carnival theme made the event special as several games of skill were set up in the parish hall, along with a photo booth, (go to and see the fun photos - they will be up for 90 days - look carefully and you can find Bishop Ed in the group), Mr. Ed making incredible balloon objects and Sabrina Evans did face painting.  

Kelsey Brass, Ben Whaley, Beth Canaday brought out their guitars and helped the group get ready to lead worship on Saturday morning. 


A special treat was to hear Saturday morning worship in foreign languages. Languages included French, Russian, Pottowatomie, German, Spanish, and English.


One more thanks to Matt Jewett Williams for participating in the worship with his guitar.

Diocesan Youth find the St. Crispin's booth for free popsicle porch band tee shirts!

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.

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

Congregational Events and News

Interim Rector, St. Michael's, Norman Announced


The Reverend Tom E. King is the new interim rector of St. Michael's in Norman.  He and his wife, Judy, recently moved from Lexington, North Carolina, where he retired as rector of Grace Church after 11 years.  Tom is a graduate of Baylor University,  the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville (MDIv, ThM, PhD) and the Anglican Studies program at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and has taught at both the Episcopal and Presbyterian seminaries in Austin.  He and Judy, an artist and former Registrar at the Seminary of the Southwest, have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. 

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Broken Arrow, Outreach


Paula Alvarez,  Kenyon Gerbrandt, and Ivan Alvarez

In conjunction withHosanna Institute of the Sahel, Inc. (a mission of Niger, West Africa), St. Patrick's Episcopal Church's Outreach Committee collected donations from the parish to build a water well in small rural communities of Niger, West Africa.  The Outreach Committee agreed to match all donations up to $3500, which is the cost to build one water well.  On Sunday, November 9, the Outreach Committee was blessed to present a check in the amount of $8,545 to Kenyon Gerbrandt, a representative of Hosanna Institute of the Sahel, Inc. for the water well project.  Not only did Saint Patrick's accomplish their goal of one water well...they were able to cover two water wells and contribute to a third.  Thanks be to God!

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.
The Episcopal Church Events and Information

Provincial, Episcopal Church Delegates Named for 2015 United Nations Meeting

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has named the Rev. Joan Grimm Fraser of the Diocese of Long Island to serve as the provincial delegate to represent The Episcopal Church at the 59th Session of the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting, March 9-20, 2015.


The Presiding Bishop has also named the churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the event.  The UNCSW delegation is: Helen Achol Abyei, Diocese of Colorado; Nellie Adkins, Diocese of Virginia; (Lesley) Grace Aheron, Diocese of Virginia; Delores Alleyne, Diocese of Connecticut; Digna de la Cruz, Diocese of Dominican Republic; Jayce Hafner, Episcopal Church Domestic Policy Analyst; Julia Ayala Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma; Pragedes Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diocese of Venezuela; Heidi Kim, Episcopal Church Missioner for Racial Reconciliation; Lelanda Lee, Diocese of Colorado; the Rev. Gawain de Leeuw, Diocese of New York; the Rev. Vaike Marika Madisson Lopez de Molina, Diocese of Honduras; Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Global Relations Officer; Hollee Martinez, Diocese of Texas; the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Episcopal Church Partnership Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean; Erin Morey-Busch, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Consuelo Sanchez Navarro, Diocese of Honduras; Barbara Schafer of Nevada; the Rev. Stacy Walker-Frontjes, Diocese of Chicago.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the UN and will represent The Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the coalition Ecumenical Women.


The 2015 UNCSW theme is a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Program for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.  See more here. 


"The expertise, leadership qualities and diversity of the delegates chosen by our Presiding Bishop will insure that The Episcopal Church will be well-represented at the UNCSW meeting in March," commented Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Global Relations Officer. "We look forward to focusing as a team on the issues that will be presented to us as we review the progress made of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action."

Members of Anglican Communion Churches Worldwide are being Invited to Celebrate Advent through Prayer, Meditation and by Contributing to a Global Advent Calendar on Instagram

Advent - from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24 - is the season when Christians observe a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

The Anglican Communion Office and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) are teaming up to offer Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world a daily word, meditation and beautiful image sent to their e-mail inboxes.

Playing around with time
The brothers use technology that allows their daily Advent e-mail to arrive in people's inboxes at 5 a.m. wherever in the world the recipient is.

"5 a.m. is about the time we get up to pray," said SSJE's Brother Jim Woodrum. "Of course you can look at your e-mail after 5 a.m., but we want to make sure it's there when you wake up."
Though people are used to the idea of monks involved in prayer and meditation, they might be surprised to know that monks have camera phones too.

"We are hoping that people will join us in praying with their phone this Advent," said Woodrum. "After reading the meditation, we'd love for people to snap a picture that reflects the theme or their response to it and post it to Instagram."

Participants are invited to take a photo with their phone or tablet to share their interpretation of the word for that day - these include #Abide, #Thrive, #Become, #Imagine - and post the picture to Instagram adding the day's tag plus #Adventword.

"People need help with their daily spiritual practice," said Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE superior. "During Advent, we anticipate the coming of Christ, an event that awakens our deepest desires and longings. This Advent, we are inviting you to join us in looking clearly and honestly at our lives and taking action."

Jan Butter, director for communications at the Anglican Communion Office, said, "It's all too easy for Christians to be consumers in today's world - especially during the Advent season. Here we have a chance to not only receive during Advent, but also take part in a global action; to give back to other Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide by sharing our photos with each other.
"This is also a chance for people who might never have connected with an Anglican religious community before to benefit from the deep thought, meditation and prayer that emanates from such communities all around the world." (Visit for a list of other Anglican Communion religious communities.)

To be part of this global Advent initiative, sign up at The initiative starts on Nov. 30. To learn more about SSJE visit
New Research Document Available: Episcopal Congregations Overview

Based on data received from a comprehensive survey of churches, the Episcopal Congregations Overview featuring updated facts and figures about congregations, programs and practices in the Episcopal Church have been posted here.

This information, available for downloading at no fee, can provide important and needed data to congregational efforts for growth, stewardship, fundraising, recruitment etc. Copies are being sent to all participating congregations and dioceses.

The research was compiled by Dr Kirk Hadaway, Episcopal Church Congregational Research Officer,

Topics included in the Episcopal Congregations Overview include: Parishes and their Settings; Worship; Members; Recruitment and Evangelism; Programs Practices and ministries; Conflict; Leadership; and Congregational Identity.

Available documents
Along with Survey Reports: Episcopal Congregations Overview: 2014, other documents available include:
Domestic Fast Facts: 2013
Domestic Fast Facts Trends: 2009-2013
Statistical Totals for the Episcopal Church by Province: 2012-2013
Statistical Totals for the Episcopal Church by Province and Diocese: 2012-2013
Membership and Attendance Totals for the Episcopal Church: 2013
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 Information from Convention Workshop

There were several who asked about Christmas Pageants in this workshop. 

The Paper Bag Pageant requires to rehearsal and can be downloaded by clicking here. 

I have several other pageants to offer. If you are interested in seeing them, send me an email at 

The information on St. Nicholas can be found at

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