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September 25, 2015
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In This Issue

Bishop's Calendar

October 4th
Bishop Visitation 
Christ Church, Tulsa

October 6th - 8th
2015 Clergy Conference
St. Crispin's Conference Center
Companion Diocese Uruguay

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.


September Newsletter: 
In English
In Spanish

We love sharing your news stories and event announcements!
Please email your news to Communications Director, 
Nicole Baxley directly at
From the Diocesan Office 
2015 Diocesan Convention
October 30th - 31st at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa
Diocesan Convention is coming soon, and we can't wait to see you! Below are a few helpful reminders of upcoming deadlines:

September 30th:
October 20th:

Around Our Diocese 
It Wasn't Raining When Noah Built the Ark

Each week this month, our Diocesan Disaster Recovery Office has shared important information to help your community become as prepared as possible!
Have you ever heard the saying: 
"It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark"?
Nope, it was dry as a bone when Noah started building that tremendous ark. What people must've thought when witnessing this spectacle! And what they must've thought when the rains came!

All month long, we have focused on preparing ourselves, our homes, our families, and our congregations and institutions for an emergency or weather-related disaster. It takes time to make a disaster preparedness kit, or change smoke detector batteries, or make an evacuation plan, or compile items for a tornado safe room or shelter.

Click here to learn more!
Saint Simeon's Announces Successful Western Days Event
by St. Simeon's

Saint Simeon's Foundation is thrilled to announce thatWestern Days 2015: Celebrating Saint Simeon's, Where Caring Really Matters, was a huge success with over $500,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, September 15th at Central Park Hall at Expo Square, marked the 19th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefitting the privately managed, nonprofit, senior living community that is home to men and women of all faiths.

More News
Visit the News section of our diocesan website to see more news! 
Upcoming Events 
September Events 
Friday Prayer Service
Offered Every Friday; 12:00 p.m. (today)

Take a peaceful break from work with a moment of prayer. A brief prayer service is offered every Friday at noon in the Children's Chapel at OU Health Sciences Center.

The order of service comes from the Book of Common Prayer, and is open to all people of faith. The service typically lasts no more than 10 minutes. The Children's Chapel is on the west side of the first level, behind the waterfall. This is an outreach ministry of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Special Guest Lecture at All Souls', OKC
September 27th - 29th; 6:00 p.m.

Dr. David Bentley Hart, a noted theologian in the Orthodox Church, philosopher and author, will give a lecture based on the chapter called 'The Face of the Faceless" from his book Atheist Delusions. The doctrine of the Incarnation teaches that, in Christ, and only in Christ, God became fully human while remaining fully God. But it is equally the case that it is in Christ, and only in Christ, that God made a way for us to become fully human. David Hart's lecture will explore this astonishing truth. Please plan to attend and invite others to attend with you.

Islam, Christianity, Oklahoma...
...from Violence and Rhetoric to Healing and Hope
September 27th; 6:30 p.m.

A Panel Discussion Featuring: 

Imam Dr. Imad Enchassi
Senior Imam and President
Islamic Society of Oklahoma City;
Chair of Islamic Studies, Oklahoma City University

Rev. Dr. Charles Kimball
Presidential Professor and Director
Religious Studies Program - University of Oklahoma

Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee
Executive Director, Oklahoma Conference of Churches

More September Events
Beginning Late September: The Retreat In Daily Life (RIDL)
October Events 
Canterbury Arts and Crafts Faire
October 3rd; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shopping, Entertainment and Delicious Food!

Canterbury Faire 2013The Episcopal Church Women and Brotherhood of St. Lawrence from St. Augustine's, Oklahoma City are hosting the 5th Annual Canterbury Faire. This year's event will feature 30+ vendors offering handcrafted items (quilts, blankets, baskets, etc.), original art and jewelry, children's clothing, candles, kitchen items and much more!

Click here to learn more!
Northeast Regional ECW to Gather
October 17th; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reservation Deadline: October 9th

The church women in the northeast region of the state have planned their regional meeting.
 The Rev. Debora Jennings will present "I Lift My Eyes to the Hills", on Saturday, October 17th, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Claremore. The Rev. Jennings is an avid photographer and mountain climber. This event will run from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with registration opening at 9:30 a.m.

What if Nearly Everything We Think We Know About Aging is Wrong?
October 19th


Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. What if we decided to approach "life's most dangerous game" with the skill and enthusiasm it requires?

Join Dr. Bill Thomas for the Age of Disruption Tour for a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. 

More October Events

October 6th- 8th: 2015 Clergy Conference

October 10thNational Acolyte Festival

Events Beyond October 
2016 Holy Land Pilgrimage Trips
In 2016, we are pleased to be able to offer two pilgrimages to the Holy Land! These are incredible opportunities to walk where Jesus walked and experience the Holy Land together with members of our diocesan community. 

Youth Pilgrimage: The first, held July 31 - August 8, 2016, is for youth (under 18 years old) and adult supervisors. The estimated cost (door to door) is $2,795, not including souvenirs or soft drinks. Click here to learn more!

Adult Pilgrimage: The second, held August 8 - 19, 2016, is for adults (18 years or older). The estimated cost (door to door) is $3,500, not including souvenirs. Click here to learn more!
More Events Beyond October
November 14th:  Liturgy Leadership Festival

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