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Ash Wednesday Guidelines:  A Letter to Clergy

Ash Wednesday Guidelines: A Letter to Clergy

January 25, 2021 Dear Colleagues, As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with regions around our state in various levels of mitigation, we are aware that many of you are wondering about Ash Wednesday, and in particular the distribution of ashes. For so many, the imposition and receiving of ashes is a tangible, visible marker of our…

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Special 2020 Parochial Report Seeks to Track Worship During the Pandemic

Special 2020 Parochial Report Seeks to Track Worship During the Pandemic

During the spring and summer of 2020, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person worship across the Episcopal Church, the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee raced to create a new parochial report form, designed just to track the “’opportunities, innovations and challenges’ that congregations experienced while dealing with the pandemic,” according…

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25

For more than 100 years, Christians around the world have observed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between January 18-25, between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has provided a free, downloadable resource booklet for the 2021 observance in…

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Upcoming Events

Feb
3
Wed
Making the Most of Social Media: Online Workshop
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Many church leaders and their congregations have long used social media to publicize events in their parishes, display photographs and pass on the occasional article of interest. In this time of social distancing and online worship, learn how Facebook, Twitter and Instagram also can be used to reach new audiences, rally support for a cause, listen deeply to what your community is saying and share the gospel with people who otherwise might not hear it. Kathleen Moore from Canticle Communications will discuss some creative approaches that will help you to use social media to better effect.
This interactive workshop will be held using the Zoom meeting format to allow for questions and interaction. The event is free but registration is required in advance. Register online.
Feb
10
Wed
Websites that Work: Online Workshop
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In a time when congregations are relying heavily on online tools for communications and worship, church websites are more important than ever. Kathleen Moore from Canticle Communications will lead a discussion of how to optimize the web resources you have and chose tools—content management systems, databases, calendars, typefaces and more—that can help you have the website you need with the budget you can afford.

This workshop will be held using the Zoom meeting format to allow for questions and interaction. The workshop is free but registration is required in advance. Register online.

Apr
24
Sat
Ordination and Consecration of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago
Apr 24 all-day
May
8
Sat
Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting (Online)
May 8 all-day

The Episcopal Church Women of Chicago Annual Meeting will be held online Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 am. The theme is “Women in Leadership.” Visit the ECW website for more information.

Sep
18
Sat
Episcopal Church Women Annual Altar Guild Conference
Sep 18 all-day

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Annual Altar Guild Conference will be held Saturday, September 18 beginning at 9 am. The theme is “Stitches for God: Needlepoint Art in Our Churches” and the location is to be determined. Visit the ECW website for more information.

Oct
15
Fri
Episcopal Church Women Annual Fall Retreat at DeKoven
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Annual Fall Retreat will be held October 15-17 at DeKoven Retreat Center in Racine, WI. More information to come. Visit the ECW website to learn more.

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