Report on the 97th Synod
The 97th Synod of the Diocese of Mid-America was held at Church of the
Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas, where the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton is the
Rector. St. Andrew's was represented at the Synod by Mr. & Mrs. Grant
Chessman and Rev. & Mrs. Frank Levi.
The first day of the Synod, Thursday, February 20, 2003, began with Morning
Prayer in the chapel. We then went to the parish hall where a series of
seminars were conducted. The first was a presentation by Dr. Beverly a
psychologist with the Minerith Clinic who spoke on aspects of pastoral
counseling. Bishop George Fincke followed with a seminar on ministering
to those with disorders such as strokes. Bishop Fincke provided a wealth
of information for both clergy and laity from his own personal experience
having had a major stroke a few years ago. Bishop Ray Sutton delivered
a study on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Bishop Daniel Morse
gave a seminar to the ladies regarding husband/wife relations. That first
day concluded with a lovely banquet at the Pappedeaux Restaurant.
Friday, February 21, 2003, began with Holy Communion. The Most Rev. Leonard
W. Riches, Presiding Bishop, preached an outstanding sermon based on St.
Luke 8:4-15. It was beautiful to see people from across the diocese sharing
the Lord's Supper together.
The first business session began in the parish hall following the worship
service. The Rev. Canon James Payne was reelected Secretary of the diocese
and The Rev. Jason Grote was reelected Treasurer. Elections to fill the
various committees then followed. Bishop Ordinary, The Rt. Rev. Royal
U. Grote, gave an excellent report regarding his activities and the state
of the Diocese. He informed us that we now have 39 parishes in the Diocese
of Mid-America. We are thankful for the continued growth we are seeing.
We need to faithfully support our bishops and diocese through prayer and
consistent financial giving. We also heard reports from the other bishops,
the dean of Cranmer Theological House, the Committee on Constitution and
Canons, Women of the Church and others.
The Synod concluded with Evensong, which was very meaningful. The ministry
of the Diocese of Mid-America is moving ahead for which we thank the Lord
and pray for His continued leadership.
Missionary of The Month
Rev. & Mrs. William Jerdan (Diane), Stephanie, Daniel, Benjamin, Jonathan.
Keep in your prayers the work of the Board of National Church Extension
(B.N.C.E.), the Rt. Rev. Royal Grote, President; Mrs. Joan Workowski,
April 5 - Beth Garrison
April 10 - Danny Rago
April 21 - Mark Levi
April 2 & 9
Pot-Luck Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Service 7:30 p.m.
Easter Breakfast - 9:00 a.m.. in the Parish Hall.
Easter Worship - The Service of Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. We
hope everyone can be with us for worship on Easter as we celebrate our
May 3, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
May 4, 2002 following Morning Prayer. The meeting will be preceded by
a catered luncheon in the Parish Hall. All members should plan to attend.
All treasurers and committee chairmen should be prepared to deliver reports.
Saturday, May 31, 2003, between 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Gather your items to donate for the rummage sale and start bringing those
items on May 1, 2003 to the church between the hours of 9:00 a.m. &
by Helen Kitchell Evans
Snow has vanished from the hill tops.
Daffodils from down below
Look up from the valley;
Like drops of gold they glow.
Soft clouds drift and float aloft.
Buds, each branch now, tightly fill.
There is a freshness in the air and
Birds call out with voices shrill.
Lovely are the April days,
Sunshine bright and then, a shower;
All reminding us that God
Daily shows to us His power.
Each Morning Sun
by Helen Kitchell Evans
Sometimes when doubt wins over faith
Just think what Easter has to say;
Recall the empty tomb and see
Christ who has walked away.
Dawn crept over the eastern sky,
The darkness turned to light.
Jesus was alive again;
Oh! what a glorious sight!
What a beautiful fulfillment of
His promises to each one.
Our doubts and fears are over now
As we face each morning sun.