April 21, 2014

Report from Province 7 Assembly in San Antonio, TX

As your Diocesan President, I attended the 2014 Province 7 Assembly in San Antonio. Over 100 ladies were present from across the Province. There were 3 of us present from the Rio Grande. Elaine Brink from the Santa Rosa Chapter at St. Andrew's, Las Cruces and Deborah Tischler from Light in the Desert Chapter at Hope in the Desert, ABQ are pictured with me.

You know that plans are moving forward for Triennial next year. Between now and then, you can follow the Virtual Torch and the Virtual Prayer Walk on the National website. Each Diocese is encouraged to have photos of ‘shining the light’ and ‘carrying the torch’ to submit to the National office for the week that the torch is in their Diocese. We will be featured in October. (Photos at the Aug. 1-2 Assembly in Santa Fe, perhaps?)

Denise Rox, Provincial Prayer Chair, shared the idea of ‘Save a Penny a Day’ to get to Triennial. This is to put aside 1 cent on day 1, 2 cents on day 2, 3 on day 3 and so forth until at the end of 365 days you put in $3.65. However, the cumulative total will be $667.95! And if you continue that to the time of Triennial, you should have a tidy sum to help toward expenses. Also, chapters are urged to ask their parish priests and vestries for assistance in attending this important event. EVERY chapter can send a voting delegate to Triennial and all Daughters can attend!
At the business meeting the Grace Camp at Stoney was awarded a $275 as our designated ministry for this year. (Each diocese can name a ministry to support each year.) The speakers were inspiring this year.

Samari Izadi, formerly a refugee from Iran, and now an Episcopal priest, spoke about her journey of faith from Muslim to Christian and from Baptist to Episcopal priest. She now has a ministry called Gateway of Grace, based in Dallas, that helps refugees in that area get housing and other assistance. It is supported by donations and several churches. They give $1800/month to a family for 6 months and also provide a furnished apartment. The Gospel is shared through the loving ministry and not by proselyting. People can adopt a family to help or even just one person.
Fr. Clayton Elder spoke on Evangelism. His talk was based on The Logic of Evangelism by Bill Abraham who says there are 4 agents involved in evangelism:

               The Triune God who created, liberated, empowered us
               The Church
               The Evangelist
               The Person being Evangelized
Fr. Elder stressed the importance of prayer all the time, before anything we do-even shopping or working at our job. He said, "Evangelism happens every day, all the time" and explained the 4 components:

·        Starts with God: who created, liberated, empowers, and is known
·        Evangelism must be within the church as we support one another in ministry, welcome, community-one way is surrounding one another, including your priest in prayer. Remember Evangelism is 'stirring people up for God)
·        You and me as Evangelist take God into the world WHERE WE ARE-in line at grocery, walking in neighborhood, etc. PRAY before you enter any activity-even driving or shopping and be open to opportunities to pray with/for people.
·        The final agent of Evangelism is the person being Evangelized-and our responsibility is to follow up, whenever possible, with whoever we have prayed for and esp. for our priest, parishioners, visitors, ministry leaders, friends. This helps those evangelized become stronger.
We, as Daughters of the King, whether we acknowledge it or not, are Evangelists-not just because it's in our vows of Prayer, Service (and Evangelism), but because we wear our cross daily as a silent witness of our commitment. Our prayer says we "bear the cross through the battles of our earthly life." Evangelism takes God into the world wherever you are and whatever you are doing with another person. All interaction is evangelism.

Fr. Elder closed by reminding us to start everything with God-before we get out of the car, before we go into a meeting, before we open our mouth. When we allow the Triune God to open and strengthen the opportunities, we will be agents of creation of new Christians.

The final speaker was Fr. Mike, the Prov. 7 Chaplain. His talk on evangelism can be found here.

Assembly opened with Eucharist and closed with a moving service of Taize. Next year's Provincial Assembly will be in conjunction with Triennial-in other words in Utah. Please do consider attending as a delegate from your chapter!

April 4, 2014

Welcome Redeeming Grace Chapter and Happy Birthday DOK

Welcome to the Redeeming Grace Chapter at Grace Episcopal Church in Carlsbad, NM!

The Holy Spirit has been actively working in the Daughters of the King of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. The Redeeming Grace Chapter at Grace Church, Carlsbad, NM was reinstituted on March 30. Five women of the church have been meeting in discernment since the first of the year. Welcome to Sara, Marta, Janet, Bernice, and Barbara! 

Front: L to right Marta Gallegos (President), Janet Bloom, Barbara Weaver (Treasurer), Bernice Fox, Sara Stephens (Secretary), and her daughter, Anna Stephens (maybe a future Jr!). Back: Cynthia Davis (Diocesan President) & Fr. Rod Hurst, Rector Grace Church.
A new chapter  (Santiago Chapter) is also in formation at St. James, Taos and will be installed in June. Three new Jr. Daughters will be installed at St. Chad’s, Albuquerque in May. Several chapters around the Diocese have new Daughters as well. There is lots happening with the Daughters in the Diocese!

And-did you know, April 4 is the birthday of the Daughters of the King! We are 129 years old today! We were founded on April 4, 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin. It was Easter Eve, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, NYC. (Now the Church of the Resurrection.) Birthday Blessings to all DOK wherever in the world they may be, esp. in the Diocese of the Rio Grande!