Changes In Worldwide Anglicanism
Covenant Between The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province America. (Posted on the REC Website, www.rechurch.org )
In an historic moment, as part of the realignment of global Anglicanism, on November 12, 2005 in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania, the Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Leonard W. Riches, Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, and the Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America, entered on behalf of their three Churches a Covenant Union of Anglican Churches in Concordat.
The purpose of the covenant of concord is to work together in the common cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pledging to each other their mutual cooperation, support, discipline and accountability. Recognizing that all three Churches share a common heritage of faith and order within the Anglican tradition, they are united by saving belief in Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, and by their commitment to the Faith once delivered, based on the irrevocable Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the final authority for faith and life.
It was agreed that ministers of these Churches, subject to the respective regulations within the jurisdictions may be eligible to exercise pastoral ministry in each Church. Archbishops and bishops of the Churches in concordat may also be invited to conduct episcopal duties within the other jurisdictions with the blessing of the appropriate provincial authorities. The three Churches have united specifically for joint mission in North America. Archbishops Riches and Grundorf welcomed the Church of Nigeria's CANA initiative. They assured Archbishop Akinola that, wherever possible, individual congregations of all three jurisdictions, within proximate geographic locations, would work closely and cooperatively together to demonstrate their commitment to one another and their desire to witness to a consistent Biblical, Evangelical and Catholic expression of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Covenant Union of Anglican Churches In Concordat Among The Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) The Reformed Episcopal Church, And the Anglican Province of America
(Posted on the Church of Nigerian Website, www.anglican-nig.org )
Whereas the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province of America share a common heritage of faith and order within the Anglican tradition; be it understood that:
Article 1: The Churches, recognizing the fact that they are working together in the common cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pledge to each other, their mutual cooperation, support, discipline and accountability.
Article 2: Wherever possible, individual congregations within proximate geographic locations will work closely and cooperatively to demonstrate their commitment to one another and their desire to witness to a consistent Biblical, Evangelical and Catholic expression of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Article 3: As evidence of our union in Christ and the Communion Standards of the faith existing among the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province of America, a delegation of ministers and laity may be sent to attend each other's Provincial and General Synods or Councils. As a further demonstration of our union, bishops of the Churches may attend each other's Episcopal meetings with the expectation that they will be invited to speak but not cast votes.
Article 4: The Ministers of the Churches may, subject to the respective regulations of the Churches, be eligible to exercise pastoral ministry in each Church. Archbishops and Bishops of the Churches in the concordat may also be invited to conduct Episcopal duties with accountability, discipline and the Episcopal blessing of the local appropriate provincial authorities.
Article 5: Communicants of the Churches may be received into the other Churches on presentation of letters of transfer, or their equivalent.
Article 6: It is also our declared intention to initiate a process that will permit us, in due course to enter into an agreement of full communion with a clear and common understanding of all of its implications.
Missionary of the Month
Sue Brodish, Christian Kindergarten. Siebenburgener Weg 16, 34613 Schwalmstadt-1, Germany
Valentine Dinner Party
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006
TIME: 5-7 p.m.
PLACE: Parish Hall
COST: $20.00 per couple
Come for an evening out of dining and musical entertainment. Let us serve you. Inviting Preschool & Staff couples, church couples, and singles are encouraged to bring a guest and come too.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2006 . We will gather in the Parish Hall for a Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m. The supper will be followed by a worship service in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, March 5, 2006.
Following morning worship.
Lunch will be provided.
Plan now to attend.
Feb. 3 – Adele O'Brien
Feb. 7 – Michaela Smith
Feb. 9 – Mike Acke, Sr.
Feb. 14 – Edwina Greco
Feb. 18 – Lawrence Klingen
Feb. 23 – Lorie Conn Stultz
Feb. 28 – Larry Woodard
Feb. 28 – Dorothy Novak
by Kay Hight
If I have made one person smile that
would have been solemn
If I have helped one person walk that
would have sat alone
If I have been a friend to one person
that would have had no one
Then I have given the greatest gift there
is to give, the gift of time and love.