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Northwest Mission District Meeting
April 2, 2005

Opening the meeting at Trinity Church in Reno, chair Dave Mussatti asked each of the 40 persons attending from 7 parishes to tell of his/her most meaningful Lenten activity or experience. He then discussed plans for future Mission District activities, asking each parish to designate a delegate who will represent that parish in the newly formed steering committee. to oversee 2005-06 district meetings. The group later gathered at the conclusion of the meeting to plan a tentative agenda for the next gathering of the District.

Dave expressed a desire to spread the meetings more widely around the District, to involve all churches. The next meeting will be hosted by Coventry Cross and St. Peters jointly.

The purpose of the Mission District is to join together, provide information and discuss issues, inform parishes of future events, to plan for sponsorship of collaborative District projects, and to discuss Diocesan Convention issues of importance to NW Mission District.

Karl Gustafson reviewed the PERCEPT web-based information resource, which includes a wealth of demographic and other information, which can be effectively utilized by parishes and the mission districts in planning for future stewardship, outreach, membership or youth programs. This can enable parishes to match community interests and needs to church goals and to make changes to meet newly assesed opportunities.

Some parishes are now using these data. Karl has offered to train parish members in use of the software. This information resource can have tremendous value in planning for change in the Diocese. Contact Karl Gustafson here.

Jon Davidson then presented a visual demonstration of the Diocesan Web site and some of the various parish web pages on the Diocesan site. He suggested how they can be used, the types of information now available , and the variety of content including the Desert Spirit, television events and future activities. There are many web-sites in the Episcopal church, and the key is how to tie them together and effectively target the right audience. Important is to keep the web-sites up to date. Jon asked attendees to complete a distributed survey on how they now are using the web, and to take that survey for use in their parishes if they wished. Results will be available to everyone later in the year. (Survey forms will be available in .pdf format for printing on this web site shortly.)

Luke Sorensen outlined plans and activities related to youth and college ministry within the Diocese, praising the work of Adam Dawkins, minister for youth. He outlined pending events—TEC days at St. Stephens, EYC at St. Paul’s Sparks 5:30-7:30 Sunday evenings, an upcoming pilgrimage to England and Rome to visit churches in 2006, a young adult ministry, a pilot program in Nevada as a part of the "Safe Church" movement for youth, the national Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) which is scheduled for July 26-31 in Kentucky, the national Young Adult ministries conference Sept 23-25 planning for the youth presence at the 2006 General Convention, A Dinner Theater: New York, New York scheduled for May 20 and Galilee’s summer camp.

Canterbury of Reno is a newly launched Episcopal student campus ministry at UNR for college students ages 18-21. A separate program for young adults (30 somethings) is being considered.

Today’s meeting was concluded with member announcements, including St. Paul’s, Sparks, hosting the Diocesan Convention Oct. 7-9 at the Nugget Convention Center and worship at St. Paul’s.

Area confirmations are scheduled for 5:30pm on Pentecost eve at St. Paul's Sparks. For this there will a combined choir from the participating co0ngregations and contact information is posted on the link above.

Parishes were encouraged to participate in the scheduled April 30-May 1 work session at Galilee. Arrangements can be made to stay overnight for those wishing to work both days.

Clergy conference April 14-16 at Galilee was noted.

United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering is May 1

The 2006 Contemporary Prayer Bead Workshop was announced by Elizabeth Tattersall.

More informaton on Galilee was presented by Dawn May.

Members of the Mission District are invited to Fr. Jim Jeffery’s final Sunday at Trinity on June 26, with a special luncheon in his honor at the Sienna Hotel following the commemoration.

Helen Wright hosted the meeting for Trinity Reno. Larry Kirk was thanked for the audio-visual support provided by Trinity.

The date of next meeting of the NW Mission District at either Coventry Cross or St. Peter's is yet to be announced

The current NW MISSION DISTRICT representatives are:

Trinity, Reno
Phil Gillette
(775) 825-6583

St. Peters, Carson City
Ruth Edsall
(775) 265-1671

Coventry Cross, Minden
Carol MayrCarol Mayr
(775) 782-9475

St. Stephens, Reno
Shelby Thistlewhite
775-327-1284 (w)
(775) 828-7632 (h)

St. Pauls's, Sparks*
Margaret Bouzek
(775) 334-4149 (w)
(775) 746-5076 (h)

St. Johns in the Wilderness, Glenbrook
Dennis Cocking
(530) 541-2191 (h)

St. Patrick's, Incline Village
Connie Skidmore
(954) 462-8546 (Fla)

ELM Community Church, Lemmon Valley
Karry Crites
(775) 764-8897

* Not confirmed yet