Meets at GALILEE AUGUST 14, 2004
August 14 was a seasonably beautiful Summer day when 30 members of the
Northwest Mission District gathered at Galilee Camp and Conference Center
to enjoy Lake Tahoe and share information about ministry, mental health
and upcoming events in the diocese and various parishes .
Dolly Coke, a member of Holy Trinity, Fallon and director of the Fallon
Community Mental Health Center spoke of efforts by the State of Nevada
to reach out to people young and old in all counties of the State, who
are having difficulties with depresssion and need professional support
to turn them from potential suicide. She strongly cautioned that advice
is not what was needed or desired in such situations, but rather sympathetic
listening and referral to professional help.
People who threaten suicide should be taken seriously. Listening sensitively
to those in despair (especially those who are young or elderly) and providing
appropriate referral is an important ministry many of us can exercise.
Often, as few as 6 sessions with a professional in community mental health
can have a lasting impact.
Services are provided through Nevada State Mental Health and Development
(www.mhds.state.nv), which operates the free 24 hour Suicide Prevention
Hotline (800) HOPE (800-885-4673). The Mental Health facility on Galetti
Way in Reno offers a walk-in mental health clinic, and some of the other
resources which were distributed are available on our web site. Specific
questions should be directed to Dolly Coke (775) 423-7141
Dick Stufflebeam, member of Diocesan Standing Committee, spoke on behalf
of the proposed Diocesan budget and changes to the Diocesan Canons which
will be considered at Convention in Henderson October 14-17.
One of the Canons will create a new ““DIOCESAN REVIEW COMMITTEE””
to assess and recommend a course of action on disciplinary issues, and
thus relieve the Standing Committee of dealing with sensitive issues in
its full sessions. If passed, this new Canon must be ratified at the following
Convention in 2005, at which time persons to serve on the Committee will
be elected. Both the Diocesan Council and Standing Committe recommend
passage of the new Canon.
One lay and one clergy seat on the Diocesan Council must be filled by
election at the Convention. Nomination forms can be found on the Diocesan
The Rev. Jeff Paul reported on the work of our COMMISSION ON MINISTRY—
a group of 12 people from throughout the diocese that is diligently applying
its considerable talent and skill to the enormous project of standardizing
the process of discernment and education for those working toward ordained
leadership positions. Presently there are 25 persons in the Preachers
in Training program, 18 preparing to become priests and 5 to become deacons.
The Commission is working to fulfill its primary mission to support
the ministries of all the baptized members of the Church. Larry Kirk
noted that many of the revisions in the (National) Canon 3 on Ministry
passed by last year’s General Convention had significant input
from Bishop Katharine. The hearings at Convention were packed with over
500 people wanting to speak on the issues. These revisions are now in
the process of being implemented here in Nevada and will require some
canonical changes to be made by Diocesan Convention.
Each member of the Commission on Ministry is assigned as a liaison to
a group of parishes and is responsible for answering questions and bringing
input back to the Commission meetings from those parishes. See the Commission’s
page on the Diocesan web site for details.
Jeff strongly urged attendance at the “DAY OF DISCERNMENT” workshop
at Convention this year (FRIDAY OCTOBER 15 at 8am). The workshop will
be led by an experienced team from the Diocese of Ft. Worth and provide
an introduction to their professionally designed 12 week discernment
course for use by individuals, small groups or entire parishes. The Diocese
of San Diego has been using the course successfully for 5 years, and
brings the design team from Fort Worth to their diocese every year. Our
new Youth Missioner, Adam Dwakins, is organizing the youth to participate
fully in it.
The Rev. Rick Sorensen reported on an anti racism training event that
he, Ellen and others attended this past year. ANTI-RACISM TRAINING is
now required by General convention of all persons in leadership positions
in the Episcopal church. The Commission on Ministry plans to prepare
and present this training early in 2005 along with a multicultural program
on INSTITUTIONAL RACISM being used by the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Saturday, AUGUST 21, St. Peter’s Carson City is sponsoring a Chautauqua.
The evening begins with a silent auction at 6pm followed by the highly
acclaimed play “ A Single Woman” which has captivated audiences
in more than 50 performances from Fallon to Colorado and Sacramento to
Los Angeles. Recently nominated by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre
Alliance (SARTA www.sarta.com) for 2004 Best Original Work, “A
Single Woman” continues to touch the hearts and minds of audiences
throughout the nation.. A Single Woman is a rousing 2 actor play based
on the life of pacifist and first US Congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin.
Tickets are $20. Those interested should call 882-1534.
The First Annual ALUMNI DAY for Galilee will begin with the dedication
of the new stairs to the beach at 1pm on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. Food
and fun are being planned. All are invited to come for a swim, use
the kayaks, and generally enjoy the beautiful beach. The Rev. Betty
Ihfe, who made the announcement said that a barbecue will be available
at a cost of $10 ($5 for children and youth). Otherwise the day is
Galilee will hold a NEARLY NEW YARD SALE August 29, Noon to 4pm, with
barbecue lunch available from 11 to 2. Items in good shape that are “nearly
new” can be donated (no heavy appliances, big furniture or clothes).
Call (775) 749-5546 to arrange dropoff at Galilee. All proceeds will
benefit Galilee Camp and Conference Center. Flyers were distributed
to those in attendance for posting at their parishes.
The Rev. Dave Mussatti urged members of all parishes to mark their calendars
for the SEXUAL HARRASSMENT workshop to be offered September 14 at St.
Patrick’s Incline Village. The workshop is required every 2 years
for everyone in the church who works with children and youth and runs
from 6 to 10pm. Dinner will be provided but it is important to call
St. Patrick’s 831-1418 with an RSVP so they will know how many
to prepare for.
Deb Stiver of St Paul’s offerred to provide Sunday workshops for
interested parishes about the INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MISSION’s
work in Africa. Contact Deb or Ron Peterson. More info can be found on
the IDM Web Site..
DIOCESAN CONVENTION IN HENDERSON OCTOBER 14-17 will replace the next
quarterly meeting of the Mission District, but the following meeting
is tentatively planned for Saturday, February 5 at Trinity, Reno.
-Photos & Story by Jon Davidson (Sparks)