The Episcopal Church in Arkansas, Communiqué

The Episcopal Church in Arkansas, Communiqué

The Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, Weekly Communique

Communiqué #477 January 5, 2012

A Message from Bishop Benfield

Diocesan Convention:
Resolutions and Elections

Diocesan convention will take place on Feb. 17–18 in Little Rock, with the business session on Saturday, Feb. 18. Some work of the convention needs to start now.

First, if delegates to convention or members of the clergy wish to submit a resolution for consideration by the convention, it needs first to be sent to the Resolutions Committee. Please email the Rev. Danny Schieffler, rector of St. Mark’s in Little Rock and chair of the Resolutions Committee, any resolution that you want considered. He and his committee will prepare the resolution and then present it to convention with their recommendation.

Second, there will be a number of elections at convention. The following offices are to be filled; each carries a three-year term, unless otherwise noted:

  • One position each for a lay person and a member of the clergy for the Standing Committee.
  • One position each for a lay person and a member of the clergy for the Disciplinary Board.
  • Two positions for lay people and one position for a member of the clergy for the Camp Mitchell Board of Trustees.
  • One position for a lay person for the Board of Trustees of the University of the South (Sewanee).
  • One position for a member of the clergy for the Board of Trustees of the University of the South (Sewanee). This office carries a two-year term.
  • The Northeast and Northwest Convocations will each elect a clergy representative to the diocesan Executive Council.
  • The Central and Southwest Convocations will each elect a lay person as representative to the diocesan Executive Council.

(Learn more about what each of these committees does and the criteria for eligibility.)

Any communicant in the diocese may nominate a qualified person for these positions. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone, please complete and submit a nomination form online. It will automatically be sent to the Rev. Marti Dalby, vicar of St. Francis Church in Heber Springs and chair of the Nominations Committee.


Central Convocation Epiphany Service

Friday, Jan. 6, at St. Mark’s, Little Rock

The annual Central Convocation Epiphany service will be held at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock. The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield will preside, and the Rev. Mary Vano will preach. The service will feature choir members and lectors from churches of the Convocation. St. Mark’s is located at 1000 N. Mississippi St. (the corner of Mississippi St. and Evergreen Dr.) in Little Rock. For more information, call the church office at 501-225-4203.

A School of Prayer

Jan. 21, at St. Michael’s, Little Rock

“A School of Prayer,” sponsored by the Servant Leadership School of Little Rock and St. Michael’s, is a one-day event focusing on a number of prayer techniques and practices. Joseph McHugh, an instructor at the Perkins School of Theology’s Spiritual Direction Formation Program, will be the teacher. Tuition is $50 but scholarships will be available. The deadline for registering is Jan. 14. To register or if you have questions, please email Sam Loudenslager or call him at 501-607-2583.

Men of the House Event

Thursday, Feb. 16, at Trinity Cathedral

This is an opportunity for men from across the diocese to come together for fun and fellowship, and to support St. Francis House. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 (the evening before Convention begins) at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. The keynote speaker will be Bill Valentine, general manager of the Arkansas Travelers and a former major league umpire. For more information, visit the Men of the House 2012 website.

Winterstar Retreat for Youth

Feb. 24–26 for Senior High, March 2–4 for Junior High

Winterstar, the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas’ annual winter retreat for youth, will take place on two different weekends: Senior high Winterstar will be Feb. 24–26; junior high Winterstar, March 2–4. Both weekends will take place at Camp Mitchell and will begin on Friday evening, with registration at 8 p.m., and end Sunday morning, with a closing service at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit the Winterstar website.

Toward More Energy-Efficient Churches

Learn More About Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light

When churches spend less on energy bills, more funds are available for ministries, programs, and projects. In 2012, Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) will partner with the Arkansas Energy Office to speak to faith groups about energy efficiency. Arkansas IPL will take their energy-efficiency message to Sunday morning classes, Sunday night youth groups, Wednesday night women’s groups—whenever and wherever a group meets in central Arkansas. Any interested group can visit Arkansas IPL’s website or email them for more information.

Upcoming Events
Jan. 8 Bishop visits St. Paul’s, Newport
Jan. 8 Canon visits St. Nicholas’, Maumelle
Jan. 9–10 Commission on Ministry, Trinity Cathedral
Jan. 15 Bishop visits St. Alban’s Stuttgart, and St. Peter’s, Tollville
Jan. 16 Diocesan office closed
Jan. 22 Bishop visits All Saints’, Paragould
Jan. 29 Bishop visits Trinity, Pine Bluff
Jan. 31 Board of Trustees meeting
Jan. 31 Executive Council meeting
Feb. 17–18 Diocesan Convention
View the full Diocesan Calendar.

If you have questions, or would like to submit information about an event for publication in the Communiqué, contact Beth Matthews in the Bishop's Office.

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