A Communique from the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America
Leaders of the Anglican Church in North America gathered at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah , Wisconsin , as the Provincial Council met on June 18-19, 2013 and the College of Bishops on June 20-21. Our time together included worship, prayer, Bible study, fellowship and deliberations about our life and mission to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
The historic conflicts out of which we began produced in us a commitment to pursue a change in heart and a change in how we go about applying Biblical standards in our common life. We are committed to a change in behavior from our previous experience, embracing transparency and charity as we practice Biblical fidelity. Happily, we are progressing in our pursuit of a Biblical, missionary, and united Anglicanism in North America , even as we face great challenges.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ redeems, transforms and offers the only real hope to the world. We have experienced the change and power it brings and are passionately committed to furthering that grace in North America and the world beyond.
Archbishop Duncan, in his opening address to the Provincial Council, described “the immense favor God has granted us” in the Church's first four years, reflected in unity despite significant differences. He said that his prayer for the Church is that “its founding vision – ‘a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America '– will always remain its vision and its commitment.”
Quoting Yogi Berra, Archbishop Duncan said, “The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” The challenge facing the Church is to “put away lesser differences and band together to imagine and structure a future for a renewed and re-invigorated Anglicanism.”
He noted that the formation of the Province in 2009 marked a reversal of the historic pattern of disintegration of Anglicanism in North America . He quoted English church historian Colin Podmore, who said of our founding: “This coming together was unusual in all of Church history.”
Archbishop Duncan said that an organization's first stage is typically characterized by agreement, but “then come the growing pains: the normal conflicts and legitimate disagreements over how to resolve important questions of organizational life.” He identified issues to be addressed by the council and the College of Bishops, including: the progress of Anglican1000; “overlapping” dioceses; the minimum size of a diocese; how we relate to our global partners; financial support of the Province; and approving liturgies “with a right and generous spirit.”
He also cited reasons to celebrate, such as the new churches planted and the new converts who have come to faith in Jesus Christ; the progress on an Anglican Catechism and on classical Anglican liturgies; the Church's public witness on the sanctity of life and religious freedom; growth of our military and institutional chaplains; partnerships in the Global South and Global Fellowship of confessing Anglicans (GAFCON/GFCA) and ecumenical relationships; and the work of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.
The Vicar of Anglican1000, the Rev. Alan Hawkins brought an informative and encouraging report to the Provincial Council concerning the work God is doing through Anglican1000. Since Archbishop Duncan's inspiring call at his investiture to plant 1000 churches in five years, God has done great things: the subject of the conversation has been changed to “church planting;” resources have been mobilized and deployed to train and support churches and planters; and over 300 new churches have been planted through the ministry of the Anglican Church in North America and its constituent dioceses and sub-jurisdictions. Praise God!
In his sermon at his investiture in 2009, Archbishop Duncan said, “We've got to be about the business of engaging Islam…because there is only one way to the Father, it's the only way. It's a matter of life and death.” Accordingly, the Anglican Church in North America is a leading voice in matters of religious freedom and understanding the challenges of a resurgent Islam.
Recognizing that the suffering and persecution of Christians by other faith groups (especially Islam) is an increasing trend, the Anglican Church in North America stands alongside Christians everywhere, especially those in the Global South, whose lives and livelihoods are being devastated through the suffering and persecution. We call upon the faithful across North America to pray fervently for an end to religious violence.
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is the official relief and development agency of our Province. Since its founding in 2005, members of the Anglican Church in North America have provided over $5.5 million in funding for 124 development projects in 34 countries. In so doing, we have dramatically strengthened our partnerships in the Global South, in addition to development work, we are engaged in relief efforts around the world and in North America . To best respond to those in need, the College of Bishops recently adopted a new emergency response protocol.
We remember in prayer our brothers and sisters who live under circumstances of persecution or as victims of natural disasters, especially tornado victims in Oklahoma and wildfire victims in Colorado . We have been greatly blessed by the good news of the Gospel and we seek to share that hope in word and deed with all who suffer. Knowing the great love which God has lavished upon us, we are eager to continue reaching out to others in mission.
St. Andrew's Youth held a Rock-a-Thon July 19, 20 to raise money for the group. They thank those who sponsored them in this fund-raiser. There's a total of $644.00 received in pledges thus far. Thank you to all who contributed so generously!
A Work Day was held on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Thank you to all who came out and helped.
Youth Meeting: Sunday, July 28, was bring a dessert night! Be in prayer for the youth sponsors, Beth and Will Garrison and this new group of teens!
THANK YOU, WEBMASTER! We thank our Webmaster, Mark Levi, for helping us in VBS this summer. Mark was a Scout with his daughter, Maddie, for the Kindergarden and 1 st Grade Green Explorers. We also appreciate his fine design, work and updating of coming events at our St. Andrew's Anglican Church website. Mark also posts the Parish Register online each month. He has placed some of Rev. Levi's sermons on U-Tube. Check it out! Thank you, Mark! May God continue to bless you and our church through this ministry.
Preschool Open House
Sunday, August 18, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Youth Pool Party
Sunday August 25 at Garrison's house: 3406 Norwood Circle in New Lenox starting at 2 p.m. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs will be served for dinner.
RALLY DAY SUNDAY
Sunday School starts back up for all ages at 9:30 a.m.on Rally Day Sunday, September 8, 2013. There will be a church picnic following the Holy Communion Service. There will be a balloon launch this year and organized games are being planned.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
COMMUNITY MISSION OUTREACH OF THE MONTH
Please be in much prayer for Love INC of Tinley Park . Love I n the N ame of C hrist is an outreach ministry to help those who need assistance in our community. It goes beyond the giving of a few dollars for gas, food or lodging. Love INC helps those who need a job, a place to live, household items and supplies, spiritual help and financial training, etc. There are now nine Tinely Park churches who have joined together in this important outreach. Also, be in prayer for the Executive Director of Love INC, Kim Sullivan.
LOVE INC ANNOUNCEMENTS: $5,400.00 was made at the “Taste of Tinley” churches. Praise the Lord!
It's that time again! August 24 th Love INC will be collecting coats for the Adult Coat Closet.
At the Love INC offices on Oak Park Avenue on August 20 th at 1:00 p.m., on August 21 st at 10:00 a.m., and on August 22 nd at 7:00 p.m.
LOVE INC PERSONAL CARE PANTRY
We are especially in need of laundry detergent and toilet paper.
Rev. Frank Levi
Rev. Phil Tjoelker