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210 E. 9th St., Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

Our mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

April 17, 2015


In This Issue

Bishop's Calendar

April 24th - 25th 
ECW Annual Meeting & Bishop's Day
Grace, Ponca City

May 17th
Visitation at
St. Dunstan's, Tulsa
May 31st
Visitation at All Souls', Oklahoma City 
Other Events


May 15th - 16th 

Cultural Awareness Training

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


September 11th - 12th

Bishop's Lecture Series: Kirstin Lindeen, Speaker

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


Summer Camps:


May 29th - 30th

ABC Camp


May 31st - June 6th

Senior Camp


June 7th - 13th

9th - 10 grades


June 14th - 20th

4th - 6th grades


June 21st - 27th

7th - 8th grades


June 28th - July 4th

9th - 10th grades


July 5th - 11th

4th - 6th grades


July 12th - 19th

7th - 8th grades

August 5th - 8th
Network of Biblical Storytellers
Chevy Chase, MD

August 24th - 28th
Mediation Skills Training
Contact: Dianne Peters
United Methodist Church of the Servant, OKC
Companion Diocese Uruguay
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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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April Newsletter: 

Around Our Diocese

Congratulations to the Baer family! Parents, the Rev. Tim Baer and the Rev. Kirsten Herndon Baer, welcomed baby Andrew Christopher into the world on Sunday, April 12th. Andrew was 21 inches and a healthy 7 lbs. 12 oz. Tim and Kristen serve as Vicars atGrace Church, Yukon.
Soles to Souls

At 7:00 a.m. on Maundy Thursday morning, members of St. Augustine's of Canterbury, Oklahoma City, arrived at Jesus House with dozens of laundry baskets filled with men's and women's shoes, along with bags of socks. It was a part of their first Lenten Soles to Souls event. The Rev. Joseph Alsay offered a short homily about the purpose and meaning of the event, and then residents were invited to participate in the foot washing.
Spring Issue of The Episcopal Teacher Now Available

The Episcopal Teacher is a quarterly publication of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. It provides great articles on Vacation Bible Schools, trends, and opportunities for training. 

Click here to download the Spring Issue!
Oklahoma Episcopal Cursillo

Oklahoma Cursillo #128 is almost here! This year's event will take place April 24th - 26th at St. Crispinʼs Conference Center. 

Please keep this year's event, the candidates, the team and all those who surround this event in your prayers.
St. Augustine's Parish Status


On behalf of Bishop Ed, Canon José presented a Certificate of Parish Status to St. Augustine's, Oklahoma City.  


The Certificate was presented to Marion Moon (left), Senior Warden; and the Rev. Joseph Alsay (right), Vicar.


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Summer Camp News and Events

Summer Camp Registration Going Strong


Ready to plan your fantastic summer at St. Crispin's? 
We're ready! 



Please be sure to read the additional information on the homepage regarding your medical information. You should print this out and bring it with you to camp, along with a copy of your medical insurance card (front and back).  


Early Bird registrations get a $10.00 reduction! Early Bird terminates two weeks before the camp session starts. Register now and get the discount!

Click here to learn more! 

Summer Camp Medical and Volunteer Staff Positions Available


Medical Volunteer: One of the most important and needed volunteer roles is that of the medical volunteer. Specifically, we are looking for M.D.'s, P.A.'s, and N.P.'s. 

This is an amazing opportunity to connect with the youth in our 

Diocese and fill an essential need at Summer Camp! Click here to learn more!


Volunteer Staff: Most Volunteer Staff will live in an empty cabin or in the Lodge and will serve as support staff, doing different jobs necessary for the running of camp, or what we call the mechanism of camp--setting up and breaking down events. This allows Summer Staff to spend as much time as possible engaging with campers. When not occupied with these tasks, Volunteer Counselors will engage with the campers. Click here to learn more!

Upcoming Events
April Events 
"We Rise to Bless You Still"
Sunday, April 19th (this Sunday)

Doors open at 4:15 p.m.


You are invited to a special commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the OKC bombing, featuring music by a 168-person choir, readings, prayers and special guest speakers.


"We Rise to Bless You Still" will take place at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, April 19th, at First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City:


First Presbyterian Church
1001 NW 25th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Sunday, April 19th (this Sunday)

The purpose of Episcoposse is to bring together Tulsa area youth to form a community where they can learn, grow and live into their faith. By functioning in a collective environment, we seek to offer the vast strengths and talents of each parish so that the young people of the Episcopal Church have the best tools available to accompany them on their spiritual journeys.

Click here to learn more and to see upcoming events! 
Taize' Events in April

Three brothers have returned to the U.S. and are hosting numerous events all across the country throughout the month of April. These events are wonderful opportunities to experience Taize' in an unique way. 

Click here to see the schedule of upcoming events and locations! 
Annual ECW Conference and Bishop's Day
Friday, April 24th

"Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening"

Join women from around the state for the 2015 Annual Conference and Bishop's Day, April 24th and 25th at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City. The Rev. Lee Stephens will be the keynote speaker. 

Maximizing Your Stewardship Ministry  

April 25th at Trinity Church, Tulsa (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 

May 2nd at the Diocesan Center, OKC (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 

With some planning and a little effort, your congregation can have a successful stewardship appeal. Please join Mike Stephenson, Canon Missioner, for an informative workshop designed for both lay and ordained leaders.
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma Men's Retreat

April 30th - May 2nd (Thursday Supper - Saturday Lunch)   

St. Crispin's Conference Center

the Rev. John Henry Rule
Priest Associate
the Rev. Kenneth Ray Orsburn
Curate, St. John's, Tulsa
Special Guest: Roy Benavides
Province VII President
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Click here to learn more and to register!
May Events 

All Souls' Church Hosting Style Show & Luncheon to Benefit ECW Activities!

Tuesday, May 5th 


Please join us for a Style Show & Luncheon on Tuesday, May 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. held in the Parish Hall of All Souls' Church, Oklahoma City. This event will benefit ECW activities at All Souls' Church, including Bible Study, Camp Shiloh, Hearts & Hands, Quiet Day, Speaker Luncheon series and more!


24-Hour Justice Experience
May 15th - 16th

We live in an unjust world - we hear about it on the news, in our classrooms and from our friends. But did you know that God cares about injustice, and that He has an important role for each of us to play?  


We invite you to be a part of the 24-Hour Justice Experience held from 5:00 p.m. on May 15th through 5:00 p.m. on May 16th at Grace Episcopal Church, Muskogee.

Older Adult Ministry Sunday
Sunday, May 17th

May 17th has been designated as Older Adult Ministry Sunday. This day is to celebrate and recognize our older adults, and the ministries of which they are a part. Older adults are considered over 65 years of age.  


It is also hoped that each parish will initiate a new program or project to be led for and by this group.   

Free Conference for Seniors and Caregivers
Monday, May 18th 

Senior Law Resource Center, SLRC, in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma, is hosting a FREE conference for seniors and caregivers on May 18th at the Francis Tuttle N. Reno campus.


Topics will include: caregiver respite, a holistic approach to aging, and information on home healthcare and legal issues facing the aging population.


Young Adult Urban Pilgrimage  

 May 22nd - May 27th

This May, join EPF Young Adult leader Maryann Philbrook as pilgrims explore social justice issues in Austin, Texas. While in Austin, pilgrims will examine patterns of poverty and homelessness, as well as the theological ideas that accompany these issues. Along with deep discussions and community building, we're sure there'll also be some time for Torchy's breakfast tacos and Texas BBQ, too. 


The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) 2015 Conference: Creating a Culture of Generosity 

May 28th -  30th

The 2015 Conference at the beautiful Camp Allen in Texas promises to help clergy and laity move their congregations into living lives of gratitude and generosity. Our Keynote Speaker, the Very Reverend Gary Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral is a thoughtful and gifted speaker.  He has lead congregations from the West to the East.  He also served as President and Dean of Seabury Theological Seminary. Gary will deliver two keynote addresses that will inspire and challenge us.


June Events 
St. Mary's School Summer Camp 


Science, arts and crafts, drama, P.E. and more!


Four Sessions Offered in June:

Session #1: June 1st - 5th
Session #2: June 8th - 12th
Session #3: June 15th - 19th
Session #4: June 22nd - 26th

Click here to learn more! 
July Events 
Youth Leader's Gathering and Training 
 July 10th - 11th 

The Diocese is offering its first Youth Leader's Gathering and Training event in five years! We will gather July 10th (with check-in beginning at 5:00 p.m.) through July 11th (with check-out at 3:00 p.m.) at St. Crispin's.     


Sara Bailey of Ministry Architects will lead the event. Sara is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a part of Ministry Architects since 2006.

New Beginnings Event
July 19th - 20th

Registrations after July 2nd will incur a $20.00 late fee
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Are you in the 6th - 9th grade? Would you like to grow in love of yourself, others, and Jesus Christ? This weekend is for you!


During this event, you will be surrounded by friends and other youth as you hear talks, see films, and have small group discussions and activities. Participants not only learn and grow, but also have a wonderful time together!


Events Beyond July
Episcopal Night at the OKC Dodgers  
Saturday, August 22nd 
Order by: Friday, July 17th

We are excited to make this opportunity available to anyone in the Diocese. You can order your tickets ($10.00 each) and pick them up at Will Call on the night of the game.

Your ticket will include a Braum's Combo Meal Voucher, Limited Edition Dodgers hat, PlayBall! Game program, and more! We hope you will join us!

Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
 July 31 - August 8, 2016


We are thrilled to announce that Bishop Ed will be offering a Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from July 31 through August 8, 2016. This is an incredible opportunity to walk where Jesus walked. The trip is limited to 20 youth and 5 adult chaperones. The approximate cost (door to door) is $2,795, not including souvenirs or soft drinks.


To assist in proper planning, we will need to have some indication that we will be able to fill this trip as soon as possible. This does not commit you but lets us know that it would be possible to make the trip. 

National & International News

Click below to read more from:   

- Episcopal News Service (ENS) 

- Episcopal Relief & Development

- Anglican News Service (ANS    

Contact Information
Nicole Baxley
Communications Director 
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
(405) 232-4820