EXERPTS FROM THE REPORT
OF THE RT. REV. ROYAL U. GROTE, JR.
To the One Hundred Fourth Synod of The Diocese of Mid-America
RECEPTION OF PARISHES AND/OR MISSIONS
A new mission Parish in O’Fallon, IL under the leadership of the Rt. Rev. Wesley Nolden, Christ Church Anglican Mission meets in the O’Fallon Grange Hall each Sunday at 10:30 AM for Worship.
In September we received the first Nigerian parish into our Diocese. All Saints’ Anglican Church located in Chicago Heights is under the pastoral oversight of the Rev. Canon Olubenga Olajide. This was an especially significant event for it marked the creation of a second parish in the Chicago area.
We welcome them into our fellowship and pray that this new relationship will be one of blessing and encouragement for us all.
There are currently a total of 38 Parishes, Missions and Mission Works which are overseen by Bishop Sutton and myself in the Diocese of Mid-America. The statistics are as follows: 24 Parishes, 10 Missions, and 4 Mission Works.
CRANMER THEOLOGICAL HOUSE
Important to the ongoing development of any Diocese is the Theological Institution. You will note from the financial report of the Seminary that we have a year-to-date shortfall of approximately $13,000.00. Part of this shortfall is reflective of the timing of tuitions and expenses. We do not receive tuition in the summer months, yet we still have the expenses. That shortfall will decrease during the fall and winter months. I thank each of our parishes and the individuals who supported the Seminary this past year. Your support has made it possible for us to continue this important aspect of ministry. I also call for the ongoing support of our parishes for this ministry.
ALL THINGS ECONOMIC
In addition, we have all seen the effects of the current economic conditions lived out in our parishes with job losses, reduced income, and budget shortfalls. This has produced some challenges for us in our parishes and the Diocese. When you get your Diocesan Trustees report, you will note that there has been a shortfall in parish giving to the Diocese this past year. When the Financial Report is presented, you will see that the 2011 Budget approved by the Trustees will reflect an estimated shortfall of some $2,237.00 for the year.
1. That until the heinous practice of Abortion on demand is abolished in this Country that the 3rd Sunday in January, or the Sunday closest to Holy Innocents, be designated Sanctity of Life Sunday and observed in all our Parishes. Furthermore, that our Clergy be instructed to prepare and deliver a sermon on that theme at the Worship services on that day.
2. That this Council commends the financial support of Cranmer Theological House to the parishes of our Diocese and that every effort be made to support this essential ministry both in terms of finances and personnel.
3. In order to save travel costs for our parishes next year, the 105th Synod of this Diocese will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, on June 7th, 2011. Note: This is the Tueday before the General Council, which will be held June 8, 9, 10, 2011.
A Fall Work Day took place at the church on Saturday, October 2, 2010. We wish to thank all who came out to clean up the church grounds before winter.
The 104th Synod of the Diocese of Mid-America was held at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas, October 14-15, 2010. Rev. Frank and Patty Levi along with Mrs. Cheryl Yapp, the parish delegate, attended the Synod.
Annual Homecoming took place on Sunday, October, 31, 2010. The services were followed by a pot-luck luncheon in the Parish Hall.
Fern C. Hartley (86) passed away September 26, 2010. She is survived by her son David, daughter Cheryl, and five grandchildren. Our sympathies are extended to the Hartley family.
Our sympathies are extended to Robyn Poole and the Poole family at the death of Robyn’s father, Gene Wise. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our condolences are also with Steve Horosinski at the death of his sister-in-law. You are in our prayers.
November 6, 2010
Tickets $6 adults, $3 children, 12 and under, $15 for a family
Proceeds go to missions
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at 6 p.m.
1st Baptist Church, 7025 W. 179th St., Tinley Park, IL
Sponsored by the Tinley Park Ministerial Association
The concert in November is postponed until fall, 2011. Please donate to the Woman’s Guild for PASS, as we still need to give something to them by the end of November. Thank you very much!
FEAST OF ST. ANDREW
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
6:30 Pot-Luck Dinner
NO WOMAN’S GUILD MEETINGS
in NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER, 2010
Meetings resume on January 23, 2011.
DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 4th, 2011, 9 a.m.
BAKE SALE & MINI CHRISTMAS BAZARR
2nd Sunday, December 12th during Coffee Hour
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Friday, December 24, 2010
Service of Holy Communion 10:00 p.m.
Reception in the Parish Hall at 11:00 p.m.
NOTE: The times have changed this year
MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
Rev. Olu Olajide, mission pastor at the All Saints’ Anglican Church in Chicago Heights. Please continue to pray for Rev. Olu and his wife, Oye, and family and the mission. Welcome to the REC!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Ends Sunday, November 7, 2010. Set your clocks back an hour on Saturday, November 5th.
3 - Bishop Franklin Sellers
17 - Boyce Ashmore
19 - Doris Sellers
19 - Caleb Arrigoni
21, - Bryan Reagan
25 - Leah Poole
26 - Ife Olajide
28 - Stella Levi
The Preacher In His Study
By Louis Paul Lehman
Some people think that sermons
Are propounded on the spot,
The preacher looks about
And finds a target for his shot;
Getting sighted on some soul
In midst of congregation
He opens up both barrels
Upon his prey’s location.
Some people think such sermons
Make themselves out of thin air,
You find a text, get started,
And the sermon is right there,
Just popping up within you
Without thought or decent rhyme,
But you can manage to make sense
About ‘most any time.
But the time has come to tell it
For the good of all concerned
That a preacher builds a sermon,
Though oft it’s not discerned
There are hours in the study
Where the real work is done;
When the sermon’s finished
It’s like a victory won.
The preacher in his study
Is a man at noble task,
He seeks to find the answers
For the questions people ask:
Here he must find the will of God,
Here comes the inspiration
That will enable him to preach
Before his congregation.
The preacher in his study
Drinks of those hidden springs,
He learns the blessed secrets
Until his being rings
With the Light and Love and Hopefulness
To guide the stumbling feet:
For that study is the holy place
God and His servant meet.