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Lent 2 update

Wow….Sunday was the second week in Lent, 2010 already & today is the first day of March.  It is true, kids–time does  seem to accelerate when one is older. It seems as though Christmas was only literally yesterday & here we are in Lent already.

Friday’s CGC Convention was GREAT! It was nice to connect & reconnect with folks from around my Diocese. {And thanks be to God, the Bishop has a sense of humor!} My only complaint about this year’s Convention is that it was only one day. There was no gala in the evening, so I had no occasion to wear my purple  dress again.

Episcopal Relief & Development is getting more money from me due to my Lenten pledge to curb the cussing. My kitchen is a mess & although the sun  showed itself in Northwest Florida today  it is still unnaturally cold for this area. Normally I love ” sweater weather” but as this cold snap keeps on I dream of wearing short sleeves & sundresses.

Canada beat the USA in hockey & it was a member of MY CITY’s hockey team who scored the winning goal for Team Canada. Boo. :O( Thankfully , Sundays are free from the Lenten fast: much cussing from Sarah Beth occurred during said  hockey game. { I am really not that much of a hockey fan. However as a native of the Burgh area I do love my ‘Guins}

 The ONE must-see-TV show for me  is on this evening.  Whether or not they keep the character of Eric Delko, I am still a CSI: Miami junkie. But I admit that Delko  adds an extra dose of Miami cop hotness to my Monday evening routine. :O)  apparently tonight the team goes to Los Angeles. M’kay I thought the title of the show is CSI :MIAMI & not CSI Travels?

Shalom, all!

No Open Containers in the Nave

The sign said” No Open Containers in the Church”  in big black bold letters.

Honestly, there * was* a sign on the door of the nave at Christ Church Pensacola at today’s annual Convention of the Central Gulf Coast.  I have a photo of said sign on my Facebook.

Hahaha, only at an Episcopal convention is there concern about ” open containers”. :O)

My first  diocesan Convention was a one-day affair in P’cola. We arrived there in the morning & { since we skipped the closing Eucharist} arrived back home  at a decent hour in the afternoon.  

For an introvert with autism, I sure did enjoy myself today among all those people.  Is this more proof that I have  really ” come HOME” to The Episcopal Church? Methinks so. :O) I pent over 20 years as a Presbyterian & never enjoyed myself at Presbytery meetings the way I totally enjoyed myself today in spite of the back pain & some of the noise.I just stepped outside for a minute to calm down from  the overstimulation  by noise. This fesisty little  bottled-redhead is not going to let her autism nor back pain stop her!

The Bishop of North Carolina was the Guest Preacher & he presided at Morning Prayer & Noonday prayer.  I LOVE Morning Prayer & hardly ever get chances to worship in this  very Anglican way, so I welcomed this opportunity to do so.

he delivered an excellent homily during Noonday Prayer & the Construction Team to the Dominican Republic was commissioned.

We only had three pre-filed resolutions, so the ” business” part of the convention was pretty quick, all things considering. 

The food was excellent at lunch, but the seating arrangements for dining…not so much. We ate in the gymnasium of the Episcopal Day School in Pensacola , & there were not tables &  very few chairs. So, we ate on the school bleachers: which to me is a throwback to High School.But the food was good & frankly I’ll forgo  dining atmosphere in favor of  food.  

I am happy to report{ sorry, SP} that the Diocese  has taken one step closer towards dropping the ” Protestant” from the official name . It will apparently come before next year’s Convention & then , if it passes, we will officially be known as the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.  As a high-Church Anglo-Catholic Episcopalian, this makes me very happy. :O)

The business sessions ended with an unexpected  comedy routine from three of the Diocese’s priests. Bravo, men. Y’all were great & you make me proud.

Just remember, NO OPEN CONTAINERS IN THE NAVE!

Surrounded by great cloud of witnesses

I am surrounded by a great cloud of  witnesses in The Episcopal Church in general & in my parish & Diocese in particular.

Tonight I made an honest attempt to  sift through the Convention packet. I noticed that there are several names from my Cursillio{ 139, the Dream Team} who are either clergy{ of course}  delegates & alternates. Wow. I am * totally* stoked & impressed that  MY Cursillio has produced & apparently will produce more  fine baptized leaders in my Diocese & in my Church.

Facebook has allowed me to keep in touch with many of the folks from Cursillio 139 & a couple of them have remained in my life long after the three-day weekend. 

I am planning on lunching with two of my favorite people from  Baldwin County at Convention this year…after all, they came all the way to my parish for the Mass where I was confirmed, & that is a mark of dedicated friendship & siblinghood-in-Christ. The Lay Rector of Cursillio 139 is currently studying  for ordination to the priesthood  at General Seminary in NYC{ I love NYC!!!} & I am so proud of her.

As for my parish’s Cursillistas…of course I cannot say enough about how they have  inspired & continue to inspire this young Episcopalian{ young both in age & in  time in this Church}

The people  from The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast #139 are proof of the amazing  gift of the Cursillio movement.  It is not for everyone, but  I must say that the three-day weekend of #139 has blessed me in countless ways. God is so good!

My parish’s Senior Warden is my newest hero …she joins a very short list of women who have  & continue to be good role models for me. As a matter of fact, one of my plans this Lent is to try harder to BE the  dedicated  Christ-follower that my parish’s Senior Warden has shown herself to be…her ministry to my parish sort of reminds me of ++ Katharine’s  ministry as Presiding Bishop of my Church. Both are living proof that God equips BOTH genders for all sorts of  very important ministry.

Ok, back to work on that Convention packet!  It will be a LONG night.

Convention Packet arrived

Yesterday my packet of ” study materials ” for the 2010 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast arrived in the mail. Oy, vey…it is a THICK packet. I am glad that there is plenty of time in which to somewhat familiarize myself with the material.

I skimmed the first few pages before I went to church last evening.  Honestly, I shall return to the material  next week when I am in a better mindset  to decipher all that legalese. :O) Thankfully there is nothing too pressing  on the agenda for this year’s Convention.

I am pleased to see that there will be several of my friends from  CGC Cursillio #139 present at Convention { both lay & clergy}Cursillio was such a wonderful experience for me , as I met so many fine Episcopalians from all over this Diocese whom I now count as close friends.

Eek, speaking of Cursillio I am not going to the closing Eucharist this time, since I have Supper Club Sunday evening. Darn it! But I will be where I need to be: among my parishioners since we have much to celebrate together! :O)

 This year’s Convention will be packed into one very long  & busy day but I am * really* looking forward to it. Naturally I bought myself a new outfit for the occasion & I am still searching for the right accessories for the dress, cardigan & shoes. The dress is a simple black  shift, but what make the outfit interesting is the sweater I chose to wear over the dress. Right now I’m on the hunt for  some unique yet inexpensive costume jewelry to  accent the dress & sweater. {Ladies in the CGC, if you have any shopping tips let me know soon! } I do wish I could wear earrings, as I saw some cute ones  during my last foray to the local Wal-Mart.

The main Eucharist will be an evening one at the close of the day. Since I am such a high-Church Anglican , this will by far be the best part of the whole experience.

What is in a label?

One of my Low-Church Facebook buddies in my diocese blogged today about our Diocese’s resolution to  begin to remove the term ” Protestant” from our Diocese’s name. Right now we are known as the Protestant  Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, but if passes, this resolution will  be the first step in  removing the ” P word” from the name of the body of the Church in which I live.

It is true that we Anglican Christians are not Catholic. Thanks be to God, we  are NOT under the authority of the Vatican See. Heck, we don’t even  have any true central authority figure in Anglicanism. The head of the Church of England, Rowan Williams, is only the ” spiritual figurehead” of the Communion. { again, thanks be to God!!}

Ok , so we are not Catholic. But neither are we truly Protestant. I live in the ” Baptist Bible Belt” of the United States, so I know a Protestant church when I walk into one. We Anglicans are not truly Protestants.

Our Clergy, though we do ordain men & women, are called priests.

We celebrate the Mass, or Eucharist, every Sunday.

Our Prayer book is based on the Catholic monastic’s rhythm of daily prayer.

We observe seven{ yes seven} Sacrements & sacremental rites. Prootestants only observe two, Baptism & Holy Communion.

In truly Proestant theology, the Communion is merely a memorial to Christ’s last supper. They don’t believe that Christ  is present in the  form of the Bread & Wine.

There is no episcopal authority.{ governing of the church by apostolic sucession of bishops} I am told that Lutheran s & Methodists do still use the office of bishop, but he or she really has no true authority over congregations as do bishops in the Anglican, Roman & Orthodox  traditions.

We don’t practice ” open” Communion in the same way that our Protestant sisters & brothers do. For example, in the Presbyterian tradition, a Buddist is welcome to recieve Communion if she or he so desires.  But in the Anglican tradition, Communion is open to all baptized Christians. This varies from priest to priest & I know of no clergy in my Diocese who would ask a newcomer if she or he has been baptized if said visitor comes to the altar rail. But we do, at least in teaching & theory, make that distinction.

Protestants only recognize two sacrements & they are not requited to observe them with any regularity. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know of Baptists are even required to  celebrate Holy Communion at all.

But, the important thing is that we are all Christ-followers. I wish there was more understanding  among we Christians of different  traditions, but sadly there is not. Wihile I am a proud high-Church Anglican, I respect those whose theology is a bit different from mine. Life in the Church would be boring if we all agreed on one style of worship or school of thought.

pre-Convention 2010

 This morning I attended my first diocesan ” pre-Convention” meeting in Crestview. It was held at a lovely little church & { of course} coffee & snacks  offered to we delegates. 

Of course I was the * youngest* person present by a long shot but I did not let my lack of age deter  me from active listening & also speaking out  from the floor. My Church means the world to me & I am * so* honored & Blessed to  be an alternate  delegate to the 2010 Convention of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.   I know I am not the youngest delegate to Convention, but this morning I was the lone representative of all the under 40  generations.

 One of the resolutions that will be  set before the Convention floor  regards  officially changing the name of our Diocese. . This isn’t as radical as one might think:  it is proposed that we merely remove the term ” Protestant” from our  official name.  This means that  we’d be known as ” the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast rather than the  PROTESTANT Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.  As someone who totally embraces the ” catholic” aspect of our Anglican heritage, I am all on board with removing that ” P word” from the Diocese’s official  name.  Contrary to what a  Protestant pastor whom I  respect deeply told me, I am  I am Anglican & therefore have the best of both Catholic &  Protestant Christianity.

Most of the numbers-crunching at the meeting went totally over my head but I know enough to  make a Spirit-led & informed vote if I am called to vote on the budget. Frankly , I hope I am not called to the floor for that vote since my math skills are seriously lacking. 

It was a good experience.

patience trust & faihfulness

Usually one does not think of the church season of Epiphany as one  of waiting., but for me this Epiphany has been filled with  anxious waiting. Ask anyone who knows me at all: patience is NOT one of my virtues. But in these past few weeks I have learned a lot about  waiting & about relying on God’s Time.

I tend not to trust people, especially laypeople with authority. Suffice it to say I have been burned terribly in the past by so-called ” church-people who  had no idea what it meant to follow Christ’s model of servant-leadership.  However, these past few weeks has renewed my faith in the ability of  some laypeople  to lead.  Now I also have a model of servant-leadership whom to follow as I grow in  faith & discern what it is that God is asking of me.

This Saturday I’ll attend a pre-Convention business meeting with some other lay delegates from my parish.  I am not quite sure what to expect but I know that God will meet me there & in time God will  reveal God’s Plan for me. I also know that I am blessed with the company of many faithful Christ-followers on this leg on my journey. I just need to remember  PATIENCE, TRUST & FAITHFULNESS. I thank God for the opportunity to serve as a delegate to Convention this year & I also am thankful for  so many  excellent examples of   servant-leadership  by the Christians with whom I share my life.

Convention Countdown

 Where has all the time gone? Today is February 1.

Good grief, it seems as though only last week was Christmas & now we are looking at Lent approaching.  As usual, my plans for Lenten fasting are from my three vices: chocolate,  alcohol and cussing.  To curb the cussing I am adding money to my ER-D  collection box.  Fasting from chocolate is hard enough…there is no way that I’m also fasting from coffee.

 My Diocese’s annual Convention is at the end of the month & I am a first-time attendee. I am alternate this year but that is a-ok with me, as this way I get to see  everything &  have more freedom to attend sessions that interest me. Unless, one of the other delegates  cannot  be present for a vote, of course.

  I confess that I am not as globally minded as I should be now, but hopefully that might change in the near future. While I admire all the overseas mission work that we Christians do, I am a firm believer that  the real mission fields  are often within driving distance of where we live. This Lent, I plan to  ask God to show me where I am needed the most in my community, parish & diocese.

 On Saturday, February 6, I’ll attend a pre-Convention meeting  in Crestview with some of the other delegates from my parish. I am sure I will have much more to write  about this experience on Saturday evening, but suffice it for now to say that it is an honor & a privilege to be attending Convention this year.

2010 Convention Countdown

It is only the second day of  January & I am already * so* excited about being an alternate to the  2010 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.  As a matter of fact, I am so excited about this event that I’m already planning to get a new outfit for the occasion{ & believe you me…I am not a shopper!}

This is the first Convention  for which I am eligible{ confirmed communicant  in good standing}  Although I couldn’t go as a delegate last year, or even be considered, I am totally fine with waiting one year. Although I’ve felt like I’ve been a  member of the Episcopal Church since birth, I was only confirmed  on my birthday in May 2009.

This morning I placed my registration for the event , along with my payment{ heck, it is cheap this year…yayyyyy} in the mail.  I’m looking forward to getting my Convention packet  in the mail as the  days  go by.  Registration with the payment had to be in to the  Diocese’s office in Pensacola by no later than 15 January , so I know that I need to complete tasks when said tasks are on my mind or there is a chance it won’t get done.

The event will take place on 26 February at Christ Church  Parish, Pensacola & will be one VERY long but  worthwhile day. Unless someone from my parish  cannot attend a meeting{ or the whole event} I will sit in  & then have a vote.

Christ Church Parish is just * gorgeous* & of course I’ll have m camera with me.  CCP Pensacola will always have a special place in my heart, since that is where I got to attend a Mass with & met  Bishop Katharine { Jefferts-Schori} The nave of that church is truly awe-inspiring.

At first I felt bummed that  I was not a  voting delegate , but after conferring with folks who have been Episcopalian much longer than me, I have  decided that this is what God is asking of me & therefore I will gladly serve in this way. Plus, I still get to go to the Convention & can sit in on the meetings I chose. For instance, I would so rather not have to sit through the Budget meeting as that would just depress me & besides I hate math with a passion. :O)

I love my parish, my Diocese & my Church!