Mission District Meeting
April 2, 2005
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
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.
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.)
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
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
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
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
conference April 14-16 at Galilee was noted.
United Thank Offering
(UTO) ingathering is May 1
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:
St. Peters, Carson City
Coventry Cross, Minden
Carol MayrCarol Mayr
(775) 828-7632 (h)
St. Pauls's, Sparks*
(775) 334-4149 (w)
(775) 746-5076 (h)
St. Johns in the Wilderness, Glenbrook
(530) 541-2191 (h)
St. Patrick's, Incline Village
(954) 462-8546 (Fla)
ELM Community Church, Lemmon Valley
* Not confirmed yet