Shield Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
210 E. 9th St., Bartlesville, OK  74003
Phone:  (918) 336-1212     FAX (918-336-2557)
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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Diocesan Convention

Clergy Conference

Safeguarding God's Children

Newcomer Ministry Project Coming to Tulsa

Fall Retreat Scheduled for Women

Women in the NE Region Host Luncheon

EfM Retreat Scheduled for October

Save the Date! Liturgy Festival Eucharist

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Up-Date

Sewanee Offers Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership Workshop

Michaelmas Country Fair

Spiritual Quilting Presentation

On-Line Education for Those who Care for Older Adults

Altered Coming in November

Episcopeeps - OKC 

Episcopossee - Tulsa

Effective Communications for Churches and NonProfits Seminar

Together for Health Free Health Summits Offered

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

New Resource Book Available

Intergenerational Resources

ChurchNext New Offerings

Diocesan Events



September 12 - 13

Bishop's Lecture Series

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


October 13 - 14

Retired Clergy, Spouse & Widow's Fall Gathering

St. Crispin's


October 18-19

Education for Ministry Retreat

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

St. Crispin's Conference Center


October 25

Liturgy Worship Festival

St. Paul's Cathedral




March 20-22

Make My Mission St. Crispin's

Mission Camp



Diocesan Wide Events


September 27

Northeast Regional Meeting for Women

St. John's, Vinita

October 18 - 19

Education for Ministry Retreat

(Open to all)

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

St. Crispin's Conference Center



Congregational Events

September 17

Church of the Resurrection

Dinner Program on Addiction

6:30 p.m.

September 22

BrightMusic Chamber Concert

All Souls' Episcopal Church


7:30 p.m.


September 23

BrightMusic Chamber Concert

St. Paul's, Cathedral


7:30 p.m.



Community Events


September 23

African Americans and End-of-Life Care

Integris Baptist Medical Center

1 - 3 p.m.


September 24

Becoming a GRANDfamily

Crossings Community Center


8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Facilitating Family Legacy Discussions

Saint Simeon's Common Room 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Tulsa, OK


September 21

1 - 5 p.m.

Interfaith Youth Tour 

Details and registration, "Upcoming Events"

To register a group, please

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


Bishop's Calendar


September 12 - 13

Bishop's Lecture Series
St. Paul's Cathedral

September 14
St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC

September 15 - 26
House of Bishops

September 28
St. John'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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Diocese of Jerusalem

Click here to download August, 2014, newsletter.

Diocesan Newsletter

The next Diocesan Newsletter
 will be 
Friday, September 19, 2014.

We Are

September 12, 2014

Issue 33

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




Time & Place






Sunday Sept 21


3:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE  St. Patrick's, Broken Arrow







Sept 28


3:00 p.m., St. Luke's, Ada







Oct 11


10:00 a.m., All Saints', Duncan







Oct 12


2:00 p.m., St. John's, Vinita







Oct 18


10:30 a.m., St. Matthew's, Enid







Oct 19


2:00 p.m., St. Mary's, Edmond



Clergy Conference 

Registration Deadline, September 22, 2014


The deadline for the 2014 Clergy Conference is drawing near.  The conference will begin with lunch on Tuesday, October 7, and end with lunch on Thursday, October 9.


The theme for this year's clergy conference is "Listening for God."  Dr. Greg Garrett, author and co-author of twenty books, including the new novel, "The Prodigal" with Brennan Manning, will lead the sessions.


You can register online at by clicking on the "calendar/events" tab, scroll to "event registration, scroll down to Clergy Conference and register.  You can also call or email Diane Ellsworth at 405-232-4820 or to register or with any questions.

Safeguarding God's ChildrenSafeguarding

September 27   
St. Mary's
10 - 2
Please call the church to register - 405 341 3855

October 21
Grace, Ponca City
6 - 9 p.m.
Please call the church to register - 580 767 7609
Newcomer Ministry Project Coming to Tulsa

Please join Christ Church, Trinity, St. Dunstan's, St. John's, St. Patrick's and Emmanuel Shawnee for


The Newcomer Ministry Project

Saturday, October 4th


Trinity Episcopal Church

501 S. Cincinnati Ave.


Inviting, welcoming, and connecting persons in our congregations are vital steps for building healthy, vibrant and growing churches. Please join us Mary Parmer, developer  of the Invite, Welcome, Connect program for the Diocese of Texas, shares her assessment tools and creative, concrete resources to form a systematic and intentional newcomer ministry.


Please RSVP for this event to your Rector or Sr. Warden.  Please direct questions and make reservations with your clergy by Monday, September 29th.


Born and raised in the deep South, Mary Parmera congregational development consultant/coach, speaker, and retreat leader now living in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as project consultant for theDiocese of Texas Newcomer Ministry Projectas Director of the Gathering of Leaders, a national leadership gathering of young Episcopal clergy. Mary holds a degree in Religious Studies from St. Edwards University in Austin and formerly served as Director of Adult Ministries & Evangelism, St. Stephen's, Beaumont. She has two grown children and five grandchildren, builds stone labyrinths, and spends her time away from the office hiking in the mountains and reading memoirs.

*Coffee and light snacks will be available from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. A boxed lunch will be served at noon. Please note: no diabetic, gluten-free and/or vegetarian options will be provided. Please plan ahead should no require a special diet.

Fall Retreat Scheduled for Women at St. Crispin's
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Oklahoma invite all women to our Fall Retreat. Once again we will experience renewal and fellowship with a wonderful program presented by our Spiritual Life Chairman The Rev.Debora Jennings. 

The two-part program will run October 3, 4, & 5. Note in the program brochure and registration form that attendance is open for either or both programs. The Rev. Jennings will start our retreat with a program exploring the pets in our life and how they are God's Gift to us. In Part II of this retreat, Franciscan Spirituality & Contemplative Prayer will take center stage. 

Deadline for Registration is Sept. 20. Fee schedule is noted in registration form. Join us for all or part of this program. Bebe at 405-760-4304. Don't miss out on the fun.

Women in the NE Region Host Luncheon with Bishop Charleston 

Saturday, September 27 at 10 am -- St. John's Episcopal Church, Vinita, OK - There's still time to get in on a luncheon meeting with Bishop Stephen Charleston as the ladies in the Northeast Region of the Diocese present their regional ECW meeting. For details, contact Cissy Mahoney by phone at 918-698-0649 or Liz Welch by email 

EfM Retreat Scheduled for October

Here's an opportunity to gather with others in EFM and The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan, the C.K. Benedict Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology at the University of the South, and the editor of the Sewanee Theological Review. He is the author of two biblical commentaries, on the gospel of Mark and the letter to the Romans.


The theme will be around the authority of the Bible, and there will be a fairly heavy emphasis on the new curriculum and on theological reflection.


The event will be held October 18-19 at St. Crispin's. 

Current or graduate EfM participants, mentors (active and retired) and anyone interested in the program or hearing Dr. Bryan are invited. 


Six break-out sessions will be offered, along with opportunities for small group discussions during lunch and free time.


Click here for brochure and registration information.

Save the Date! 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.
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Up-Date


Episcopal Church shows care for community
STAFF WRITER  Lawton Constitution
Article reprinted with permission of Lawton Constitution

Representatives from both Altus and Duncan's Emergency Manager's Offices and members of the Congregations of St. Paul's and All Saints in Altus and Duncan.

The Episcopal Church is preparing to take a more active role in helping local communities deal with disasters.

Representatives from Episcopal churches across Southwest Oklahoma took part in a disasterpreparedness symposium offered by Comanche County Emergency Management office Wednesday at the city-county emergency operations center.

The symposium - conducted during Disaster Preparedness Month - was the first of its kind in the state, according to Chloe Lewis, emergency management director for Comanche County.

She said the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma contacted the county recently to ask for help in learning how its churches can do more to help communities prepare for, and recover from, disasters like severe storms.

Lewis said churches have always helped out during disasters, but this is an opportunity for them to organize and prepare to coordinate their efforts with emergency workers and other volunteers. In the wake of a disaster, churches can allow people to charge their phones with their electrical outlets, provide meals to affected people and workers, serve as sites for medical triage if needed, and help in limited ways with search and rescue efforts, among other ways of helping their communities.

The county's office of emergency management has worked with churches in the past, but Lewis said she hopes the Episcopal Church's idea of organizing and training to help in emergencies catches on with other denominations.

She was pleased when Anne Kueteman, disaster recovery coordinator for the diocese, approached her about working with the office of emergency management.

"I think it's been very beneficial," said Lewis.

Kueteman said the diocese, which covers the 72 Episcopal churches in the entire state, became interested in doing more to help with disasters in the wake of the horrific tornadoes that struck Moore in 2013. Episcopal churches have been heavily involved in recovery efforts in the Moore area, but wanted to learn how to be even more helpful in the future, as well as doing more to prepare for disasters.

Eventually, Kueteman said the church wants to hold similar symposiums all over the state, so church leaders can connect with local emergency managers at the county and city level. A meeting will be held Oct. 10 for Episcopal churches in Northwest Oklahoma.

The churches represented at Wednesday's symposium were All Saints Episcopal church, Duncan; Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Altus; Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Chickasha; and Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lawton.

Kueteman said Wednesday's meeting will serve as a model for future disaster preparedness meetings.

The attendees participated in presentations about working with local government agencies, assisting in the community recovery process, the proper use of weather radios, and more.

Kueteman said churches can help in many ways, from providing food and water for workers and affected people and serving as a shelter in various degrees, to providing spiritual comfort and offering unskilled labor to authorities, such as stocking supplies, so trained responders can be utilized elsewhere.

"Churches are hungry to learn, participate and be educated," Kueteman said.
Other Events and Information
Sewanee Offers Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership Workshop

The Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, in partnership with The Beecken Center, will lead a three-day workshop exploring models of contemplative leadership for ministry leaders, both lay and ordained. Participants will work to create a space in which to reflect on the risks, joys, pressures, insights, and resonances of an intentional leadership practice that nurtures a God-rooted, Christ-oriented, Spirit-nurtured engagement of God's presence and call. For more information and to register, visit the website

Congregational Events and News
St. Michael's, Norman, Schedules Michaelmas Country Fair

St. Michael's Episcopal Church will celebrate its fourth annual Michaelmas Country Fair Saturday, October 4. Parishioners and the community are invited the public to join them at the free event between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The annual event is a day for the entire family with children's games, crafts, horseback riding, a jail, music, a pansy sale, pet adoptions, live music, and vendors. St. Mike's bakers are gearing up for the bake sale featuring the best homemade goods sale this side of the Arbuckles and the ECW will be out in full force with wonderful foods, and goods for the entire family. Also to note is a unique Flea Market and a special one of a kind "Bizarre Bazaar" that can be found nowhere else. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the parish maintenance fund as well as outreach ministries which include the Moore/Norman area Tornado victims. For more information, call the St. Michael's office at 321-8951 or visit the church website at
Spiritual Quilting Presentation with Diane Swartzendruber

On October 13th, Monday evening at 6:30 pm, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Edmond, and the Order of the Daughters of the King will be hosting a reception in the parish hall, and program with Edmond's noted Christian Quilter, Diane Swartzendruber. The public is invited to attend this inspiring presentation, as Diane shares her lovely quilts and witnesses how God has used her gift and talent for quilting to reveal various life lessons. 

Throughout Diane's childhood and early adulthood in Southwest Kansas, she worked on a cattle ranch, as well as participated on a track team, traveling extensively throughout the US competing in the 100 and 200 meter hurdles. During her college years at Fort Hays University, Diane majored in physical education and coached the men and women's track team.

Inasmuch as Diane's grandmother and mother were wonderful seamstresses, the love of fabric and handwork seemed to come naturally to her. Diane's first hand-appliqued quilt was created more than 30 years ago; and she has continued creating quilts of all kinds to this day. Diane states, "God has always been faithful to teach me a 'life lesson' with each and every quilt that I create. In the quiet solitude of my studio I reflect on His Word and how I might apply it to my life. I give God the glory for the talent He has bestowed upon me, and love to share with others what He has revealed during those quiet moments."

1 Corinthians 12; 6 states "God works through different people in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves His purpose through them all." Diane's quilt ministry affords her the opportunity to "share His light" with many individuals and encourage them to look for "God's Life Lessons" in their lives. Come join us at St. Mary's Episcopal Church (325 East 1st St., Edmond, OK); enjoy fellowship previous to Diane's presentation; and reflect in God's light, as you witness various quilts that Diane has been inspired to create. Contact: Carol Smith (405-359-4102) with any questions.
Senior Events and Information
On-Line Education for Those who Care for Older Adults, is a website program from Morningside Ministries. (Morningside Ministries is a mission-driven, faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides superior quality of retirement living options and care to seniors in San Antonio area. We welcome and value residents of all faiths. Since 1961, our dedicated staff has lived our mission: Caring for those who cared for us.

They have quite a few on-line videos dealing with things from caregiver help, fall prevention, hospice, and spirituality for older adults. 

You can go on line and sign up to receive their newsletter or access their videos.
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.

Youth Events and News

Episcopeeps- OKC


Let's visit a Hindu Temple, Muslim Mosque, and Congregational Christian Church. Seriously, let's go. They've invited us.


EpiscoPeeps. An occasional OKC & surrounding metro gathering of Episcopal teens.


The Interfaith Youth Tour 2014 
September 21, 2014 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Beginning and ending at theHindu Temple of OKC


Teens and leaders visit three area houses of worship for an experience of different faiths. Tour hosts for this year are the Hindu Temple of OKC, Mayflower Congregational Church-UCC, and the AMA Grand Mosque.


This is just a month away, see if you can get a group from your Episcopal Church to go. But you gotta register. If you don't have a group, you can go with St. Paul's Cathedral. Just message me or give me or Dion Crider a call.


Fr. TimSean 405-788-9565
Dion 405-8163219

Episcoposse - Tulsa

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. 

9/13 - (Sat) - Ropes course @ St. Crispins
9/17 (Wed) High School night @ Christ Church
9/21 - Community Night - "Episco-what? @ Christ Church
9/28 - Service Night - leaf raking?
(Episcoposse usually meets on Sundays from 4-6 pm unless otherwise noted.) 
Community Events and Information
Effective Communications for Churches and NonProfits Seminar

October 16: Effective Communications for Churches and Non-Profits Seminar,  9 a.m. to noon at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, 1200 E. I-35 Frontage Road, Edmond. Cost is $25 per person. For more information, contact Terrell Sanders at 405-330-0800, ext. 101, or go to 
 "Together for Health" Free Health Summits Offered

 Two faith and community-based health summits are being offered on December 1, 2014 in Oklahoma City (at Francis Tuttle Career Tech-Reno Campus), and on December 4 in Tulsa (at the O.U. Schusterman Center).  
The purpose of these Summits is to educate, em-power, and engage faith- and community-based organizations in Oklahoma.  TOGETHER, we wish to work to improve the health and wellness of faith-based congregations and communities. 
You may register for these events at the OCC website:  A limited number of seats are available, so please register as soon as possible. 
These Summits are funded by the American Public Health Association, 
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 

Edmond (Oklahoma City Area), Oklahoma

Thursday, December 4, 2014 

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program, is sponsored by The Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. and Partners in Education Advocacy and it's FREE* for parents, family members, and individuals who work with children with disabilities and are residents of Oklahoma. Speaker: Pete Wright. 

Out of state registrants are welcome, but will be charged for the cost of the books ($78).

The program will be held at:

University of Central Oklahoma
Constitution Hall
100 N University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034

Program Description
One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:
  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

- See more at:
Christian Formation News 
New Resource Book Available

Bible Women - All their words and why they matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. This book can be used for individual or group use or used thematically. It is very user friendly, offering the name, if known, of the woman, their profile in history, the moment for which the woman is known, data about her words, who she was, what she said, likely characteristics, her story, consider this, and what we might learn from her. 

To check out, contact Sabrina Evans - or call 405 232 4820.
Intergenerational Resources

John Roberto's group, Lifelong Faith, has an Intergenerational Faith Website, . Here you will find 

Check out the articles, case studies, planning tools, and books on our website:
  • We've got RESEARCH on intergenerational religious transmission and faith formation. 
  • We've got articles on the PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES of intergenerational faith formation and ministry.
  • We've got CASE STUDIES on intergenerational ministry and faith formation in practice. 
  • We've BOOK RESOURCES to deepen you understanding and practice of intergenerational faith formation and ministry.
ChurchNext New Offerings

New Courses on Baptism

Holy Baptism is the most important event in the Christian life - and preparing people for this sacrament is one of the Church's most sacred duties. The Rev. Anne Kitch has prepared 3 courses which will launch in September - the first is now available it's called 'Introducing Christian Baptism.'  Click here to learn more about and to take this course.

Here's how the course is laid out:

  • What Is Baptism?
  • Why Be Baptized?
  • What Is the History of Baptism?
  • What Is the Baptismal Covenant?
Two more courses are slated to launch by the end of the month and are specifically geared to baptismal preparation in the Episcopal Church; 'Adult Baptism in the Episcopal Church' and 'Preparing for Infant and Children's Baptism in the Episcopal Church.'

The Rev. Canon Anne E. Kitch is a mother and an Episcopal priest serving in the Diocese of Bethlehem, PA. She is the author of several books including 
The Anglican Family Prayer Book.

This course will take an average student around 45 minutes to complete. It comes with two downloads, The Takeaway and Discussion Questions.

New Course on The Altar Guild

They're the unseen, but irreplaceable ministers of beauty and decorum: the altar guild. Few ministries have such a deep and lasting impact on our spirituality as the members of this group who tend to the aesthetics of our common life. In this course, Hobey Hinchman, past president of the National Altar Guild Association, teaches us the basics of this time-honored ministry. Click here to learn more about and to take this course.

Here are the titles of Hobey's lectures:

  • The Origins of the Altar Guild
  • The Expectations and Ministry of the Altar Guild
  • The Duties of the Altar Guild
  • Teambuilding on the Altar Guild

This course will take an average learner about 45 minutes to complete and is ideal as a refresher for current altar guild members, as well as an introduction to new members. It can also be used to help raise the interest level of candidates who may be discerning a call to this ministry.

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Contact Information
Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820