Archive for January, 2016

004 Sunday After Epiphany -01-31-2016  Attached is the bulletin for this coming Sunday, the 4th Sunday after Epiphany.


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Confirmation Gratitude

Dear Parish,

What a wonderful celebration we had yesterday, as Bishop Peter Manto confirmed 10 and received 2, all publicly proclaiming that they have chosen to follow our Lord Jesus as Anglican Christians!

I want to thank you all for the many and varied ways that this came about! I also wish to thank the following people for their significant contributions:

– Bishop Peter & Janice Manto for traveling up from Mason to care for us in this way

– Our Deaconess Candy Jacques for designing the curriculum and scheduling and facilitating the preparing of our confirmands and organizing and publicizing the confirmation service.

– Jeff & Rosanne Brown, for the wonderful worship music

– Karen Burns, for always laboring in love to prepare our complicated bulletin

– Greg and Joe Herman for preparing the projected parts of the service and running the sound

– Our Altar Guild (Karen, Martha & Brenna) for always making our altar so beautiful and worshipful

– Our Acolytes, (this time Michael & Maria) led by Michael Evanhoe, who assist me (and this time Bp Manto, too) in numerous ways

– Our Chalice Bearers, for quietly serving in such a beautiful and crucial way

– Barb Zepernick and Leslie Moore, along with the Thursday Morning Ladies group for setting up the lovely luncheon after

– Tom & Martha Berger, Stanley Rodriques, Terri Sebree, Theresa Whorton and numerous others who constantly work behind the scenes to make coffee, set up refreshments, keep the kitchen running and clean up after!

– And last, but certainly not least, for all of our Prayer Team, and all who prayed for us, whose crucial role only our Lord fully grasps!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being the Body of Christ! It is such a blessing to be on this journey with you!


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Attached is the bulletin for this coming Sunday, the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.  As a reminder, we are welcoming our Suffragan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Peter Manto, for confirmation and reception of 12 of our parishioners — a wonderful event!  There will be a carry-in lunch following the service.  Please bring a main dish and a side or salad to share.  Cake will be provided.  Let’s all be there to support our new confirmands!   003 Sunday After Epiphany -01-24-2016

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Just a reminder that we will welcome Bp. Peter Manto and his wife Janice on Sunday, January 24.  Bp. Manto will confirm 12 members of our parish and we will celebrate with them afterwards with a carry-in lunch (and cake!) Please bring a main dish and a salad or a side dish for our communal lunch table.  If you have any questions, please call Sherry Mathis  (937-999-8363)

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Dear Members of the College of Bishops –

Greetings from Canterbury!  Again, thank you for your prayers for our Archbishop as he leads the team here.  We can all truly sense the Lord’s presence among us in our work here.

A brief update:

– Archbishop Foley left the Primates Meeting on Thursday afternoon before the meeting fully concluded on Friday.

– Friday was spent at St. Mary’s C of E where Archbishop Foley and Bishop Charlie spent the day fielding television, radio and print interviews.  Canon Andrew has been doing an amazing job sorting media requests with GAFCON and he and I have been providing background and source material for reporters with the help of the AAC.

– The final communique from the Primates Meeting (ACO) is here: http://www.primates2016.org/articles/2016/01/15/communique-primates/

– The Archbishop preaches on Sunday morning at River Parish (C of E) in Dover, Kent. (The New York Times indicated they would send a reporter there to cover the Archbishop’s visit along with some other local papers.)

– Our team returns home for North America on Monday.

Here is a roundup of just some of the news reports making the rounds in the last 2 days:

Church Times


Anglican Journal (Canada) –


This admission from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada was stunning:

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, acknowledged tonight that the decision by the majority of primates to temporarily restrict the Episcopal Church’s participation in the Anglican Communion’s decision-making related to doctrine and polity “will weigh into” the Anglican Church of Canada’s own deliberations about same-sex marriage this July.  He said that primates had “struggled with the fragility of our relations” in response to The Episcopal Church’s decision. “We talked, prayed and wrestled with the consequences considered by the meeting. Some of us wept,” said Hiltz. 





The New York Times – #1


The New York Times – #2


Christianity Today


Washington Post




Bishop Charlie Masters is quoted here:

According to Charlie Masters, a conservative bishop from Canada, there was still a real possibility that the Anglican communion could permanently split over the issue of homosexuality. “The message which comes from these sanctions is that the biblical standard must be held by all,” he said. “Unless the church comes to a common mind about whether the Bible is the basis on which we understand everything, we won’t be able to come together. 

“This is serious for sure. No one can sweep it under the carpet. The possibility of a split is very real. Unity at all costs that doesn’t deal with the core issues is no unity at all.”

Finally, here is a roundup of the statements:

Here is the GAFCON statement:


Update from Archbishop Beach:


Update from Bishop Charlie Masters:



The official statement from the Primates Meeting:


Thank you for your prayer support and encouragement!

For the Archbishop,


The Venerable Canon Dr. Jon I. Lumanog

Canon to the Archbishop & Chief Operations Officer


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Dear Members of the College of Bishops –

Archbishop Foley and I are at Heathrow en route back home to Atlanta.  We cannot thank you enough for your prayers which have sustained us and our entire team (ACNA, GAFCON and AAC) this past week in Canterbury for the Primates Meeting.

The Archbishop recommends that our Bishops take a moment to communicate about the Primates Meeting to their respective Dioceses.

Here are a few examples that the Archbishop commends to you for reference in writing to your Diocese:

From Bishop Jack Iker:


From Bishop Todd Hunter:


From Bishop Charlie Masters: http://anglicannetwork.ca/bm_011416.htm

Finally, you may also want to direct your people to the official statements following the Primates Meeting:

Archbishop Foley’s interview with AnglicanTV (NEW – posted 17 Jan 2016):


Here is the GAFCON statement: https://americananglican.org/current-news/gafcon-media-statement/ Update from Archbishop Beach: http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/1164 The official statement from the Primates Meeting:


For the Archbishop,


The Venerable Canon Dr. Jon I. Lumanog

Canon to the Archbishop & Chief Operations Officer

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Colvin Family Newsletter

Attached is the January newsletter from Fr. Matt and Sora Colvin.  The Colvins will be visiting our church on Sunday, March 13.  January 2016

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