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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Groundbreaking at St. Crispin's

Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Deacon's Retreat

Ordination Invitation of Carol Suzanne Mollison

Ordination of James MacGregro (Mac) Stewart

Newest Clergy in Diocese

Mission Camp to be at St. Crispin's

Mission Trips in Oklahoma

Cursillo Taking Applications

Safeguarding Train the Trainers

Safeguarding God's Children Set

From the Diocesan Disaster Recovery Desk

Save the Date - Vestry Academy

Women's Retreat Coming

JNCPB Report Includes UpDate

Mission Centered Episcopalians Networking for Ministry

Episcopal Church Foundation Offering Webinar

Medical Professionals Needed for Summer Camp

Summer Camp Staff Applications On-Line

Counselor in Training (CIT) Applications Available

Invitation to Celebration of Priesthood at Santa Maria

All Souls' ECW Noon Luncheon

Down Syndrome Association of Central OK Offers Workshop on Inclusive Education

Abundant Living Workshop

Episcoposse, Tulsa, Schedule

Episcopal Service Corp

Holland Hall, Tulsa, Book Fair

2015 North American Godly Play Conference Registration Open

Cokesbury VBS Kits

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





Community Events

January 22 - 24
Trinity Institute Live Web Broadcast
Creating Common Good

January 25
OK Prayer Service for the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, OKC

March 7
Winter JAM 2015
Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC
Doors open at 5 p.m. 

August 24 - 28
Mediation Skills Training
United Methodist Church of the Servant, OKC
Contact Dianne Peters


Bishop's Calendar



February 1

Trinity, Eufaula


February 7

St. Paul's, Altus

Ordination of Suzanne Mollison


February 8

St. David's







  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, January 23, 2015.

We Are

January 23, 2015

Issue 4

Groundbreaking at St. Crispin's

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma has the pleasure to invite you to the groundbreaking ceremonies for the long-awaited expansion to St. Crispin's Conference Center and Camp. W.L.McNatt & Company of Oklahoma City has been chosen as the general contractor for the project, which will increase camping capacity at St. Crispin's by 44.6% and anticipated conference center revenue by 32.8%. Through your generosity, generations of young people and adults will benefit from the transformational experiences that distinguish St. Crispin's. 

The groundbreaking is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2015, at St. Crispin's. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. A lunch featuring tradition camp food (hamburgers, etc.) will be served at noon. Weather permitting, hiking, trails, climbing wall, archery, and other nature activities will be available until 2:00 p.m.

There is no cost to come and be a part of this incredible event! Hope to see you there.  
Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Ready to plan your fantastic summer at St. Crispin's? We're ready. You can go to:

and CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Please be sure to read the additional information on the home page with regards to your medical information. You should print this out and bring with you to camp, along with a copy of your medical insurance card (front and back). Camp sessions are also listed on the camp page. Cost is the same as the last two years $315 (but if your register early, you get a $10 discount!), which includes all meals, activities, and a special camp tee-shirt. 

Deacons' Retreat - Deadline to Register is February 6


The 2015 Deacon's Retreat with the Bishop will held at St. Crispin's Conference Center on February 13th and 14th. The retreat will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and end with lunch on Saturday. The agenda planned will allow ample time for questions and discussion.


Unless prevented by illness or pastoral emergency, all active deacons are expected to attend the entire retreat. Due to the limited rooms, all lodging will be double occupancy. Please feel free to self-select roommates.


You can register online at at the News & Events tab, and click on Events & Registration. If you registered online for previous events, you will use the same user name and password you set up at that time. You can also call or email Diane Ellsworth at 405-232-4820 or to register or if you have any questions concerning the online registration process.

Ordination Invitation


diocesan seal  


By the Grace of God


The Right Reverend Dr. Edward J. Konieczny

Bishop of Oklahoma

will ordain


Carol Suzanne Mollison


to the Sacred Order of Priests

in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church


Saturday, the seventh of February, 2015

at eleven o'clock in the morning


St. Paul's Episcopal Church

721 North Thomas

Altus, OK 73521


Your Prayers and Presence are Requested


Clergy: Red Stoles

Ordination of James MacGregor (Mac) Stewart

On January 16, 2015, at All Souls' Episcopal Church, Mac Stewart was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests.




Sean Armington Ekberg's middle name was incorrectly listed in last week's newsletter. We apologize for the error. 

Thomas Andrew Dahlman (l) and Sean Armington Ekberg (r) were ordained as Deacons.
Mission Camp to be at St. Crispin's

This year's Mission Camp will be held at your favorite spot - St. Crispin's!

Beginning on Friday, March 20 (check in at 3 p.m.) - Sunday March 22 (check out at 1:30 p.m.) you will have the opportunity to make a difference to the grounds and facilities, while enjoying the opportunity to be with your friends. Mission Camp is open to 6th - 12th graders. 

Cost is $80. Click here for application. You will receive all other forms when the application is received in our offices.

YOUNG ADULTS - want to spend the weekend at Camp? We are looking for volunteers to come and  be a part of this weekend's activities. No cost to you! Contact Sabrina Evans at 405 232 4820 or email with any questions or to volunteer. 
Mission Trips in Oklahoma

In the past few years, we have had people call asking what they can do or how can they come to Oklahoma and do mission work. While we are able to refer them to do things that help with the relief work still going on from last year's tornado damage, they are sometimes looking to come and do work in congregations. 

We are hoping to get a list of congregations that would be interested in having this type volunteer service and meaningful jobs that the groups could do when they arrive.

If you congregation has specific needs, please contact Sabrina Evans and let her know. 
Cursillo Taking Applications for Weekend

Dear Cursillista friends,
As you know, Cursillo intends to empower Christians to live what is fundamental to their faith. As a leader in your church and a Cursillista, I believe that sharing the experience of a weekend and the subsequent fourth day effect "with a friend" would be a powerful tool for your ministry.  This year's weekend is at St. Crispin's beginning around 5 PM on Thursday evening, April 23rd and concludes around 3 PM on Sunday, April 26th. I prayerfully hope that you will positively consider identifying a candidate. To reduce the weekend's cost, it is likely that a $100 scholarship per person will be available. However, no person will be turned away for financial need. My wife, Jeannie, is the weekend's Lay Rector and Dean Justin from the Cathedral is the Spiritual Adviser. I have attached an application for your candidate(s). [Click here for application] The completed application should be forwarded with the deposit to Kristin Lees, whose contact numbers are listed on the application. We have a wonderful team identified, and, as of 11 AM today, we have a completed and bound song book for the Oklahoma Cursillo Ministry.

In Christ's love,
Gil Haas
President, Secretariat
Train the Trainers

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
Safeguarding God's Children

January 27
St. Paul's, Altus
To register, contact John Womack

February 6
10 a.m.
Diocesan Offices
Please call Sabrina Evans at the Diocesan Offices 405 232 4820 and register,

February 7
10 a.m.
Diocesan Offices
Please call Sabrina Evans at the Diocesan Offices 405 232 4820 and register.

From the Diocesan Disaster Recovery Desk


"To God Be The Glory"


Nestled among the oak trees on the east side of the 80 acre RRR Ranch, home to Pott County's Joshua Foundation, is, what looks like an RV park, way out here in the middle of nowhere. But on closer view, all the RV's have the same logo:


The Christian Aid Ministries : An Amish/Mennonite Witness for Christ Disaster Response Services


They are clean, quiet and efficient..... oh so efficient...similar to the  people themselves, efficient and self-sufficient and immaculate.


You remember the Amish, or at least I do, from trips through Ohio and Pennsylvania, when you would whiz by a horse and carriage driven by a bearded man with black clothes, and I thought I was back in olden times; no I was just in Amish country.


The Mennonite's are a conservative group who believe in the power of the individual spirit and energy to accomplish all tasks and their outreach group, Christian Aid ministries is a pipeline between supporters and the lost and needy world. 


And for several months in the winter and fall, western Pott county, becomes Amish country. They travel all the way from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and further, to join the caravan of hope.

They come here as the guest of Skip Cannon, the Director of the Joshua Foundation but they are required to provide their own tools, fuel, labor, utilities and food. But why do they come here?


Phil Schrock, is a Project Coordinator for the Disaster Response Services, an arm of Christian Aid Ministries. Phil explains it in a self-deprecating way:

(L-R) Pat Schrock, Secretary Cheryl Troyer, and Joshua Foundation Director Skip Cannon on the steps of the project office

" We come here to build houses. That is what we do after disasters such as the storms that hit here in 2013... we come here to help people. They don't have to be in case management but they do have to have damage and they do have to have the materials at the ready for our crews to come in and build the house. We build it from the ground up. And it isn't going anywhere once it is built. But it is all for the Glory of God" 


Their expertise and craftsmanship are second to none and the men are all volunteers from their Amish communities, who donate their time and travel all this way to help others for an extended period of time. Their families come along. The children play and the women cook for the 25-30 people in their enclave, three meals per day for several months.


And they take no credit for their efforts. Christian Aid Ministries' ultimate purpose is to glorify God and help enlarge His kingdom.

Christian Aid Ministries and the Joshua Foundation are friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma and are partners in several rebuilding projects in the eastern Cleveland and western Pott county area.  An update on these projects as they get underway will be ongoing.

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.

Popcorn Theology - A Women's Retreat Sponsored by The Episcopal Church Women of The Diocese of Oklahoma


February 20-21, 2015
St. Crispin's Camp and Conference Center
Facilitator: The Rev. Debora L. Jennings
Come and join women from around the diocese as we explore how God speaks to us through movies!

As is our custom at our February retreats, we will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of fun, worship, laughter, learning,
and of course-----a few really delicious munchies!!

All women in our diocese are welcome. You do not have to be a member of ECW to come!!!

This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to experience the Episcopal Church 
in a beautiful and relaxed setting!!!
Retreat Begins with 
Dinner Friday Evening - 6:00 pm
and concludes
on Saturday following lunch.

Cost: Single Occupancy $95.00
Double Occupancy $75.00

Come early on Friday, February 20, to help with the production of the colorful pillowcases the Women of The Church create for the Camp New Hope participants. This year we will once again be providing these to the campers to use at their camp stay and take home as a remembrance of their camp experience. We begin the pillow case project at 10 am at St. Crispin's. 

The Episcopal Church Events and News
JNCPB Report Includes Update

The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement with an update of progress following its recent meeting:

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) met January 12 - 14. After nearly two years of conducting its work electronically, the committee gathered for the purpose of discerning the list of candidates to continue in the process. Committee co-chair, Bishop Edward Konieczny, said that during the time together the committee's "passionate, emotional, and difficult work laid an incredible foundation that we will aim to continue with grace."

More than 165 people representing over 60 dioceses submitted names during the nomination period last fall. Bishops whose names were submitted were invited to continue in the discernment process as established by the JNCPB by submitting information and materials for consideration. Video conferencing afforded the opportunity for committee members to talk with the candidates.
The Canons charge the Committee to present a slate of no fewer than three nominees. The JNCPB will announce the names of its nominees in early May. During the 10 days following release of the slate, deputies and bishops may indicate their intent to nominate any other bishop from the floor. The JNCPB will release names of any additional nominees in early June.

The JNCPB will present all the nominees to both Houses of General Convention on Wednesday, June 24. A formal nomination of candidates will follow on Friday, June 26. Bishops will elect the next Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church during a sequestered session on Saturday, June 27. The House of Deputies will then vote to confirm or not confirm the election by the House of Bishops.

Please keep all those who entered the discernment process, the candidates, their families and dioceses, and the members of the JNCPB in your prayers.

The JNCPB committee is composed of a lay member, a priest or deacon, and a bishop elected from each of the nine provinces of the Episcopal Church, plus two youth representatives who were appointed by the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. The General Convention Deputies and bishops serve a three-year term to conclude at the close of General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City.
Mission Centered Episcopalians Networking for Ministry: A Website for 
Sharing, Connecting, Discussion

The mission and ministry focus of Episcopalians throughout the church is varied, focused and Christ-like. Feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, making disciples, protecting the environment and advocating for those whose voice is often overlooked occurs in all corners of The Episcopal Church. A website created to enable networks across the Church engaged in mission has been launched: Mission Centered Episcopalians Networking for Ministry, here.

Developed through a collaborative effort among the Missionary Society, its networks and those doing mission at the local level of The Episcopal Church, the site brings those engaged in mission and those engaged in advocacy together to connect, chat and share resources and discuss ideas. 
Episcopal Church Foundation Offering Webinar - When Clergy Calls End Badly

Register for ECF Webinar Caring for Clergy and Congregations on Feb 12, 2015. 

The Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations (NECA) has partnered with ECF to offer a panel presentation on the difficult topic of clergy calls that end badly, not in celebration but in heartache. Panelists include: Bonnie Anderson, Dennis Fontinos, Scott Petersen, Donald Romanik, David Gortner.


Congregations will sometimes call a clergy person and realize, for a wide variety of reasons, that it is not a good fit. Oftentimes, such calls end in silence and shame for both the clergy person and congregation alike. In this webinar, we will explore the call for greater training around conflict for church leaders, ways to care for clergy and congregations who go through these experiences, and the opportunity for clergy and the congregations to give back to the wider Church through this experience. 


Please note this webinar begins at 7:00 PM Eastern time.


Follow link to register.
Summer Camp Events and News
Medical Professionals Needed for Summer Camp
One of the most important and needed volunteer roles is that of the medical volunteer. We are looking to increase our pool of potential medical professionals willing to serve for a camp session. Specifically we are looking for MDs, PAs, and NPs. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with the youth in our Diocese and fill an essential need at Summer Camp! Please contact Daniel Chapman, Summer Camp Director, if you are interested in learning more.
Summer Camp Staff Applications On-Line

St. Crispin's is a wonderful place to come to in the summer and is even more special if you are on staff! Applications for our 2015 Summer Camp Staff are now on-line at

Look over on the right side and see Staff Applications Here. 

You have until February 1 to apply. Interviews will take place the weekend of February 6 - 8 at St. Crispin's. Don't delay. Register now to be considered for summer staff.
Counselor in Training (CIT) Applications Available

Being on Summer Staff is a very demanding job. Done correctly it is also extremely rewarding. We have in place the Counselor In Training (CIT) program to expose participants to the demands of being a counselor and maximize their preparedness to one day be great counselors themselves. 

As a participant in the CIT program, you will begin to understand the hard work, dedication, and effort that go in to creating an amazing experience for our campers at St. Crispin's. It's also a ton of fun! Making the transition from 100% served to 100% serving comes with deep rewards from the special sense of paying it forward. You love Camp. Now you get to help others fall in love with it! 

The application to be a CIT is due BEFORE March 1, 2015. 
If chosen to be a CIT you will be required to attend CIT training on June 6-7, 2015 (the end of Senior High session).

Want more information or the application to apply? Go to:
Congregational Events and Information
Invitation to Celebration of Twenty-Third Anniversary of Priesthood - Fr. Natividad Menjivar at Santa Maria


The New Vestry of Santa Maria Virgen 
Together with the Congregation of Santa Maria Virgen
Cordially invite you to the share in a celebration of 
The Twenty- third Anniversary of priesthood of 
Father: Natividad Menjivar
With the celebration of the Holy Eucharist On Sunday January 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM
And will be followed a reception in the Parish Hall
The Church of Santa Maria Virgin
5500 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

204-4617 or
All Souls' ECW Noon Luncheon

Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society and History Museum, is the speaker for the February 10th ECW noon Luncheon at All Souls', 6400 N Pennsylvania, OKC. His topic is "A Sense of Place and Time: The Collections of the Oklahoma Historical Society." The speaker luncheon, held in the Parish Hall, is open to the public; men and women. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the church office at 842-1461, by Tuesday, February 9. Tickets are $10.00 payable at the door.
Community Events and Information
Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma Offers Workshop on Inclusive Education

DSACO is excited to host Dr. Lewis Jackson on February 7, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Integris Medical Center in Oklahoma City. 

Dr. Jackson's workshop will focus on inclusive education and how to modify curriculum to meet the goals of students with disabilities. Topics to be discussed include: 

· Inclusive Education: What is it? 
· Five trends that make inclusion possible, and make it imperative! 
· Dynamics and features of programs and interventions that support inclusion 
· The special education teacher and inclusive education 
· Lesson adaptations 
· Assessment and grading (What to ask for) 
· Restrictive versus inclusive IEPs 
· Collaboration strategies and techniques 
· What about transition? (Eyes wide-open versus adhering to myths) 
· Moving schools forward 
· Creating a vision for your child or school program 

Anyone can attend, here is the link for the registration.
Abundant Living - A Time for Transition 12th Annual Conference

Are you over 60? Feel like 60? Care for the over 60? This this conference is for you!
 Join fellow seniors, family members, and caregivers for three days at the 12th Annual Abundant Living Conference held in the piney woods of Camp Allen. Explore aging as a spiritual journey, learn from geriatricians, enjoy nature walks, cooking, canoeing, art, song fests, and more.

Speakers include:  Elizabeth (Bets) Anderson, DrPH, RN; The Rev. Helen Waller Appelberg, DMin; The Rev. Barbara Crafton; Carmel Dyer, MD; James S. Goodwin, MD; Jean M. Goodwin, MD; Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB & Fr. Peter Frunk, OSB; Jamie Martin-Currie, MEd; The Rev. Glenice Robinson-Como; and The Rev. Henry Strobel, PhD. 

March 16 - 19, 2015
Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center.

For more information, click here. 

To register, click here.
Youth Events and Information
Episcoposse, Tulsa, Schedule for January

January 25 - Episcoposse Annual Meeting @ St. Dunstans
(Episcoposse usually meets on Sundays from 4-6pm unless otherwise noted.) 
Young Adult Events and Information
Episcopal Service Corp
Episcopal Service Corp

While it is too late to apply for the fall deadline, you have until March 9 for the winter deadline!


Following Jesus as intentional communities of service, justice, and prayer


The mission of Episcopal Service Corps is to develop and support a national network of intentional communities in the Episcopal Church. Our communities are marked by young adults:

-Serving others in solidarity, promoting justice in community

-Deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment

-Living simply in intentional Christian community

For more information and deadlines, click here.
Episcopal School Events and Information
Holland Hall, Tulsa, Book Fair

The state's oldest and largest book sale, the 55th Annual Holland Hall Book Fair, is scheduled for February 28 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Holland Hall Middle School, 5666 E. 81st Street, Tulsa. Over the past year thousands of books have been donated by the schools faculty and families as well as by others throughout the Tulsa community. 

These donations have been carefully sorted into a variety of categories to make finding the right book for you an easy task. 

You'll find new, used, big, small, hard and paperback, and even rare books along with children's reads, games, toys, music and movies. Admission is free for children and $1 per person over the age of 18. So go along on Saturday, February 28 to see what bargains you can find at this year's Holland Hall Book Fair. For more information, call 918-481-1111 or visit
Christian Formation News 
2015 North American Godly Play Conference Registration is Open!

Godly Play logo

Godly Play Outside the Box  
July 29 - August 1, 2015
Sewanee, TN
Visit our Conference Webpage for complete information!
Cokesbury VBS Kits

If you use a VBS from Cokesbury, our Representative has copies of them you can look at! Contact Julie Wise at the number or email below. 

Julie D. Wise 
Community Resource Consultant
Oklahoma City Area


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Contact Information
Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820