Mountains, AdventWord November 30 Humans have always been drawn to mountaintop experiences and for good reason—it often takes an effort to get there but the reward more than justifies it. From Abraham and Moses to the Transfiguration and Crucifixion, major events in the Bible are often centered atop mountains. And yet, a mountaintop experience is not how God chose to reveal the Messiah to the world. Instead, Jesus was born in a cave surrounded by domesticated animals, the miracle of our Savior’s birth revealed first to lowly shepherds so that all, especially the lost and the least, might be drawn to the light of Christ. Victoria Logue has been professed in the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis for 15 years, and is a published author and photographer.
Teach, November 29 Advent Word When I think about the ministry of Jesus, often the first thing that comes to mind is that he was a preacher and teacher. When I was an elementary school teacher, I always looked forward to my students having a “lightbulb moment”—the moment when a concept they had struggled with suddenly became clear. Jesus was an extremely patient teacher. I imagine he would delight in the “lightbulb moments” he helped facilitate through his teaching. When have you experienced a “lightbulb moment?” Kathryn Nishibayashi lives and works in the Diocese of Los Angeles and is a seminarian at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific..
The rectory garage wall at Christ Church in Lead, SD has been graced with a beautiful new mural which was completed this summer. The artists, Cary Thrall, a lifetime member of Christ Church, and Eric Jones received a grant to complete the work. We are very fortunate to have such creative minds in our community.
Advent Word of the Day, November 28, 2022 In pandemic times, one of the best ways to stay healthy is in isolation. But in every other circumstance, separating ourselves is a path toward unhealth—physically, mentally, and certainly spiritually. We need to be together. Binding ourselves to each other pushes away fear and despair, and together we discover more courage and hopefulness. In coming together, we unlock creativity and joy. In this season of preparation, we remember that God desires to be together with us, so much so that Christ came to walk alongside us and to live among us. The Rev. Katherine Bush is a poetry-evangelist and enjoys walking through the Old Forest in Overton Park in Memphis, Tennessee.
Advent Word of the Day November 27, 2022: The very first journey to the manger begins, not with passive waiting, but with a walk. Imagine the pure physicality of that walk: a heavily pregnant Mary and a weary Joseph place one sore, dusty foot in front of the other, mile after mile. Mary plants each foot carefully, lest she slip and harm her child. Like Mary and Joseph, we embark upon a journey today. Let us walk with God through Advent, mindfully and intentionally, with our hearts and minds open to all the possibilities this expectant season brings. Dr. Anita Philbrick attends St. Thomas á Becket Episcopal Church in Cassville, Missouri, where she serves as a lay preacher and catechist.
The Rev. Dr. Brad Hauff, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries, mother, Margaret Hauff, a long-time member of Emmanuel, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Margaret's husband, Sylvan, passed away on June 29, 2020. To celebrate the lives of Margaret & Sylvan, a funeral will be held at Emmanuel in the new year. Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
Join Election Day Prayers online Nov. 8, 8 p.m. to midnight ET Tune in via The Episcopal Public Policy Network Facebook page or The Episcopal Church Facebook page for a U.S. Election Day gathering hosted by the Office of Government Relations. Special guests from around the church will offer 10-15 minutes of reflection and prayer at the top of each hour.
A Prayer for Responsible Citizenship Before Election Day From our South Dakota Synod, ELCA Tomorrow is Election Day. Whether you have voted already or have a plan to vote early today or on Election Day tomorrow, we invite you to take a few moments to join us in praying the "Prayer for Responsible Citizenship:" Lord God, you call your people to honor those in authority. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, participate in wise decisions for our common life, and serve our neighbors in local communities. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (ELW, p. 77) May you have a blessed Election Day!
We have a couple "webinar stars" among us; the Rev. Kurt and Ellen Huber from our very own, Cheyenne River Mission are part of this webinar. Please join this webinar on November 2 at 1p Eastern time – that is Noon fast time and 11 am slow time. The Webinar is titled "Becoming Beloved Community from an Indigenous Perspective". And will feature three grant recipients: the Rev. Bude VanDyke from Alabama, Robert Fox from North Dakota and the Rev Kurt Huber and the Rev. Ellen Huber from South Dakota. You can learn more about the webinar and register for it by going to your browser and adding: www.unitedthankoffering.org/webinar.
CANCELLED due to a death in the family. Dakota Experience East November 4-5, 2022 Starting 5:30, Friday evening with Supper Ending Saturday afternoon close to 3pm, lunch provided at Calvary Cathedral 500 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls
It’s that time of year again! Make your decisions about your health insurance plan by Nov. 2! For more information, visit the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota and look at the News article.
October Evangelism Newsletter This month we continue exploring our Episcopal Evangelism challenge for 2022: Creating authentic communities of friends within our churches to live out our baptismal promises and the church's mission—to restore and be restored in unity with God and each other, in Christ.
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Abbot Warren Shoberg Celebrates 40 Years of Ordained Ministry! On September 29, at 5:30 PM, Abbot Warren Shoberg, at the altar of Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls, will give thanks to Almighty God for 40 years as a priest. The Benedictine Community asks for your presence and prayers. Dinner will follow the service in the Cathedral Commons. If you are able to attend, it would assist us in our planning by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 605.310.0665. Clergy are invited to vest in white stoles.
Thunderhead Episcopal Center Needs New Mattresses! The Board of Thunderhead Episcopal Center is launching a fundraiser from now through Diocesan Convention to help provide seventy new mattresses to replace the old ones. (The cost of each mattress is approximately $120.00.) So to raise those funds…. We’ve had to make a quick change of plans! Due to the massive number of gallons of water required by a dunk tank, and due to our needing to be good stewards of natural resources, especially during a drought... We’re going to use three Gatorade coolers, all dumped at the same time! They are still Dunk Candidates, though! And they are: The Rev Cody Maynus, Canon for Formation Mitch Honan, Canon for Finance and Property The Rev. Lydia Simmons, Missioner for Camp and Young Adult Ministries The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Folts, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley, Canon to the Ordinary Simply donate and vote for your favorite dunk candidate (noted above)! One Dollar = One Vote. You can vote in person at Diocesan Convention at the Thunderhead Booth, AND you can vote online using this link — https://gofund.me/3227e7a4. The “winner” will be dunked on September 24th at Diocesan Convention by the runner-up. Again, all funds raised will be used to support TEC in the purchase of new mattresses! Thank you in advance for your support! If you cannot attend the Diocesan Convention, this event will be live-streamed on the Diocesan’s Facebook page and/or the Diocese’s YouTube Channel.
138TH DIOCESAN CONVENTION SEPTEMBER 23-24 "I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY"