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Weeks of June 19 •  June 26

2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Collects & Readings

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
St. Andrews's, Morehead City
St. Cyprian's, New Bern
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Collects & Readings

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
St. Thomas, Windsor
St. Anne's, Jacksonville

 

139th Diocesan Convention

To catch up on what unfolded at the 139th Convention, click the image above to go to our Convention Recap page that offers recaps and materials from each day of our annual meeting. New this week, we have workshop synopses and resources and updates from Trinity Center, with more to come!

Later this month, we will be releasing a new e-publication called the Diocesan Digest, which will feature stories from Convention and, more importantly, stories from around our Diocese (more on this below).Thank you to everyone who helped make this event happen; we are grateful for you all and our wonderful Diocese!

Around the Diocese

Upcoming Events
  • 153rd Anniversary and Juneteenth Celebration Weekend at St. Mark's, Wilmington, June 18th at 6 p.m. and June 19th at 10 a.m. Learn more here.
  • Juneteenth Celebration at St. Joseph's, Fayetteville, June 19th at 4 p.m. Find the details here.
  • Night at the Ballpark, hosted by St. Mary's Kinston, July 14th at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
  • 32nd Annual Conference on Church Music at Trinity Center with Canon Michael McCarthy, Choirmaster of the National Cathedral, August 18-21. See here for the details and to register.
Welcome, Nancy!
 
We here at Diocesan House are beyond pleased to introduce you to Nancy Poole, our new, permanent receptionist! Nancy comes to us with a wealth of experience, and she is also a pure delight. We are so grateful and happy to have her join staff! Nancy is a retiree with 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. From Nancy: "I'm blessed to be here with people who I can talk about God and prayer."

We feel blessed, indeed, to have Nancy with us, and please help us welcome her. You can send Nancy a welcome email here, and you can always say a "Hi, and welcome!" if you call us at Diocesan House!
 
We are excited to announce a new publication: the Diocesan Digest, coming soon to your inbox! While News & Notes is like your weekly church service announcements, the Diocesan Digest will give us more space to tell the stories of the people and ministries of the Diocese. To start, we will publish two times a year, in Summer and Winter. Our first issue will come out this July 2022.

We want to share your stories! Do you have a story from your ministry or parish? If so, click here to submit your story; the form will walk you through everything we need to share your good news and important happenings!
 
Some ideas or themes for stories could be (but are not limited to):
  • Living into our Mission Priorities to Lead, Learn, Serve, & Heal
  • The Work of Being Church
  • Transformative Moments in Your Parish/Ministry
  • Major Events in Your Ministry/Parish Life (Anniversaries, Feast Days, Celebrations, Local Saints, etc.)
  • Outreach and Community Efforts
  • Facing Challenges and What Your Parish/Ministry Is Learning From Those Specific Challenges 
  • Good News
  • Living Out our Baptismal Covenant
  • Experiencing God's Call

Ministry & Faith Formation Events and Resources

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians everywhere to mark the season after Pentecost with 30 days of prayer leading up to and encompassing the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. “A Season of Prayer for Revival”—from June 12 through July 11—features daily prayers drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. Individuals can sign up online to receive the prayers and inspirational messages via email. The prayers will also be posted daily on social media accounts for The Episcopal Church and Forward Movement.

Downloadable bulletin inserts are available here for congregational use. All materials are in Spanish and English.

Bishop Curry states, “As we move toward and adapt to a shorter, smaller General Convention, I invite every Episcopalian—whether you’re in Baltimore or Alaska or Honduras, whether you’re a deputy, a bishop, or a new member sitting in the pews—I invite all of us to pause each day just for a moment to pray for the expansive, reviving power of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds. We are people of common prayer; may we embrace this season as an opportunity for us all to become a church that truly lives, looks, and loves like Jesus.”

Happy Pride Month, Diocese of East Carolina! In honor of Pride and our LGBTQIA+ siblings, here are some resources and events to celebrate and extend God's love for us all:
And stay tuned! Coming this fall from our diocese will be a Youth Leader training in support of LGTQUIA+ led by Susan Peek, LCSW!
 
A Collect for Pride Month/Una Colecta para el Mes del Orgullo
(Offered by Rev. Fred Clarkson)
Oh God of infinite Love, the only one in whom we may boast, remind us this Pride Month to take pride in your sovereignty by which you have also created LGBTQ+ persons, in your image, because you can. Help us celebrate your Love as victorious in overcoming: human constraints, fears, prejudices, marginalization, violence, and lovelessness so that all persons may truly live as you created them to be united under your reign of Love through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

Oh Dios de Amor infinito, el único en quien podemos gloriar, recuérdanos este Mes del Orgullo para enorgullecernos de tu soberanía por la cual también has creado a las personas LGBTI+, a tu imagen, porque tú puedes. Ayúdanos a celebrar tu Amor como victorioso en la superación de: las limitaciones humanas, los miedos, los prejuicios, la marginación, la violencia y el desamor para que todas las personas vivan verdaderamente como tú las creaste para estar unidas bajo tu reino de Amor por Jesucristo nuestro Señor, a quien , contigo y el Espíritu Santo, sea honor y gloria, ahora y siempre. Amén.
Interfaith Refugee Ministry: Celebrating 30 Years of Hope

In 1992, Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM) was formed and based in New Bern with the purpose of encouraging churches in eastern North Carolina to respond to the needs of refugees and to provide a supportive network of resources and information for these groups. 

Rosemary Stark was the force behind the establishment of IRM and was the first Board Chair and volunteer director.  She had moved to New Bern from Connecticut where she had been involved with refugees and approached Bishop Sanders about beginning a program in this area. The Board Chair and all other Board members were appointed by the Right Reverend Sidney Sanders, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.  The group then became an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), recruited churches and began its life saving mission of refugee resettlement.  New Bern in particular turned out to be a nearly ideal spot for refugees with its welcoming of residents and international companies willing to take a chance on strangers from far away.

In its earliest years, IRM resettled refugees throughout East Carolina including Morehead City, Kinston, Goldsboro, Greenville, Fayetteville, Mt. Olive, Edenton, Elizabeth City, and Wilmington.  Churches acted as “co-sponsors” which meant they performed many services (core services) required by Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the Bureau for Refugees and Migrants (PRM) under the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under the Department of Health and Human Services. For last 30 years, IRM has welcomed over 2800+ refugees and continues this mission today.  This summer, IRM will host the “30 Years of Hope” Online Auction from June 10-24 to raise awareness and funds for the refugees in our area. Click here to participate in the auction.

To learn more about our local chapter of Interfaith Refugee Ministry and how you can help, check out their page on our website here.

Open Positions Around the Diocese

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