Testimony by the Rev'd Rosemarie Adcock_ Founder and President

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					                      Convocation of Anglicans in North America

                                   CANA Council 2011




                       The symbolism associated with the iris is faith, wisdom,
                    cherished friendship, hope, valor, promise in love, and wisdom.




“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
        “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your
                 ways and My thoughts than your thoughts…” Isaiah 55:9

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4.     Anglican District of Virginia ~ Mary Ellen and Bishop Dave Bena, Retired
          Submitted by Mary Ellen Bena, wife of Rt. Rev’d David J. Bena, Suffragan Bishop of CANA
5.     Anglican Fellowship in Orange ~ Orange, Virginia
          Submitted by Vicky Jordan ~ CANA Executive Committee; Member, Anglican District of
          Virginia, Diocesan Task Force Committee and the Constitution & Canons Committee

6.     Atlanta Metropoitan Area ~ MaryAnn and Bishop David Anderson
           Submitted by David Anderson, Bishop Suffragan, CANA—Nigeria in behalf of he & MaryAnn
7.     Anglican Church of the Resurrection ~ Lilburn, Georgia
          Submitted by Obiageli E. Okoroafor, wife of the Ven. Dr. Ugochukwu Okoroafor, Rector
8.     Anglican Church of the Pentecost International ~ New York City, New York
          Submitted by Nkecki Nwigwe, wife of the Ven. Dr. Emeka Nwigwe, Rector
9.     Anglican Mission of the Good Shepherd ~ Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
          Submitted by Elaine Sasser, wife of the Ven. Howell Sasser, Priest-in-Charge
10.    Arts for Relief and Missions ~ Leesburg, Florida
           Testimony by the Rev’d Rosemarie Adcock, Founder and President
10.    Chapel of Reconciliation ~ Houston, Texas
          Submitted by Felicia Omeke, wife of the Rev’d Canon Simon Omeke, Rector
12.    Christ Anglican Church ~ Houston, Texas
          Submitted by Elizabeth Anyasor, wife of the Ven. Felix Anyasor, Rector
12.    Christ Church Anglican ~ East Haven, Connecticut
          Submitted by Pamela Wilkes, wife of the Rev’d Gil Wilkes III, Rector
13.    Christ the Redeemer ~ Garland, Texas
          Submitted by Candyce Milner, Women’s Ministry
14.    Christ the Saviour Anglican Church ~ Mount Vernon, Virginia
          Submitted by Anne Sandlund, Parishioner
16.    Church of St Peter, Apostle and Confessor ~ Cheyenne, Wyoming
          Submitted by Steive Glor, wife of Rev’d Michael Glor, Rector
17.    Church of the Apostles ~ Fairfax, Virginia
         Submitted by Kristin Colligan, Children’s Ministry Director
          Testimony by Martha Birdseye, Women’s Ministry Leader
20.    Church of the Epiphany ~ Herndon, Virginia
          Submitted by Penny Rauh, wife of the Rev’d Robin Rauh, Rector
          Testimony by Diana Pino, Christian Education Director
21.    Holy Trinity Anglican Church ~ Houston, Texas
          Submitted by Ijeoma Ubadinobi, Women’s Leader
22.    St Brendan’s in the City ~ Washington DC
           Submitted by Lisa Treacy wife of the Rev’d Richard Treacy, Rector
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22.   Saint George’s Anglican Church ~ Colorado Springs, Colorado
         Submitted by Karla Fanelli Probert, Women’s Ministry
         Submitted by Edwina Fangio, Director of Children’s Ministry
24.   Saint George’s – Helmetta, New Jersey
          Submitted by Jan Kwiatkowski, Women’s Ministry

26.   Saint Luke’s Anglican Church ~ Akron, Ohio
         Submitted by Gretsie Ames, wife of the Rt. Rev’d Bishop Roger Ames, Suffragan Bishop of the
         Great Lakes District—CANA; Bishop of the Great Lakes Diocese—ACNA
26.   Saint Paul’s Anglican Church ~ Haymarket, Virginia
         Submitted by Celeste Minns, wife of the Rev’d Jon Minns, Associate Rector
27.   Saint Paul’s Anglican Church ~ Houston, Texas
         Submitted by Abigal Uvuka wife of the Rev’d Canon Godwin Uvuka, Rector
27.   Saint Stephan's ~ Roswell, New Mexico
         Submitted by Rev’d Bob Tally, Rector in behalf of his wife Bess
28.   Saint Thomas Anglican Church ~ Springfield, Missouri
         Submitted by Janet Eyberg wife of the Rev’d Carl J. Eyberg, Rector
29.   Shepherd's Heart ~ Fairfax, Virginia
         Submitted by Kathie Brown wife of the Rev’d Jerry Brown
31.   The Anglican Fellowship of Washington ~ Washington DC
         Testimony by Janet Arpee, Wife of the Rev’d Stephen Arpee, Vicar
32.   The Falls Church ~ Falls Church, Virginia
         Submitted by Libby Cannizzaro, Women’s Ministry Coordinator
         Submitted by Jennifer Greenleaf, Director of Children’s Ministry
34.   The Lamb Center ~ Fairfax, Virginia
         Submitted by Dave Larrabee, The Lamb Center Director
35.   Truro Church ~ Fairfax, Virginia Withrow
         Testimony by Patti Dahnke, Wife of Roy Dahnke, Parishioners at Truro Church
         Testimony by Joan Meyer, Parishioner at Truro Church
36.   Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Montevallo, Alabama
         Submitted by Connie Jones, wife of Rt. Rev’d Derek Jones (US Air Force, Retired)
36.   Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Hill Air Force Base, Utah
        Submitted by Julia Waterman wife of Chaplain Daniel Waterman (MAJ, US Air Force)
38.   Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Fort Bragg, North Carolina
         Submitted by Lauri Trotter, wife of Chaplain Stanton Trotter (MAJ, US Army)
38.   Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Ft. Jackson, South Carolina
         Submitted by Becci Rindahl, wife of Chaplain Steve Rindahl (CAPT, US Army)
39.   Letter from Angela Minns (Mama CANA)




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                                CANA Council 2011
                                  Testimonies & Reports
                           Women’s, Youth and Children’s Ministries


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Anglican District of Virginia ~ Bishop Dave and Mary Ellen, Retired
Testimony Submitted by Mary Ellen Bena, wife of Rt. Rev’d David J. Bena, Suffragan Bishop of
CANA

                                  2011 FOCUSED ON HEALING MINISTRY
This past year, my husband and I have done many retreats together. They have all been focused on healing
ministry – in the parish, in relationships, and in our families.
Last summer, we helped with a workshop on healing at CANA Council. We talked about how the healing
ministry can help a parish grow, and we spoke about how to develop a healing ministry in a parish.
In October, we did a family retreat for one of our CANA parishes, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon,
Virginia. We helped the parishioners deal with some difficult situations regarding the staff, and, hopefully,
helped them on their way to healing. We focused mainly on the healing power of forgiveness and
reconciliation.
In March, we did a retreat with two other CANA Bishops, Rt. Rev’d Roger Ames, and his wife, Gretsie,
and Rt. Rev’d David Anderson, and his wife, Mary Ann. This retreat focused on “Rekindling the Fire –
Bringing the fire of the Holy Spirit back into the church”. The retreat was held at St. Luke’s Anglican
Church in Akron, OH. We taught about the four types of healing – physical, emotional, spiritual, and
deliverance from evil spirits. This retreat helped these parishes learn more about how the Holy Spirit can
make a church grow by leaps and bounds.
Also in March, we helped with the Welcome Home Initiative, a healing retreat for military veterans who
have been in combat. We have done several of these retreats. On these retreats, we allow the combat vets
to share their stories, which is the beginning of healing. Then we have a healing prayer service for them to
help them deal with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress in their lives.
In April, we spoke at a small church in Harrisburg, PA. Again, we stressed the importance of healing in the
life of a parish. In May, we did a joint sermon at our weekly healing service and spoke about bringing the
light of Christ into our lives as a way to start the healing process. And in June, we will speak to another
one of our CANA parishes, Shepherd’s Heart in Fairfax, VA about the healing ministry and what it can do
for a parish.
Bishop Dave and I enjoy ministering together. We believe that as a couple—we have some wonderful gifts
to share!
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Anglican Fellowship in Orange ~ Orange, Virginia
Testimony Submitted by Vicky Jordan ~ CANA Executive Committee; Member, Anglican District
of Virginia, Diocesan Task Force Committee and the Constitution & Canons Committee

      INSIGHTS ON THE WORKINGS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND CANONS COMMITTEE
                      FOR THE ANGLICAN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA

Since its formation in 2006 and under the anointed leadership of Bishops Martyn Minns, David Bena, and
John Guernsey, and Bishop-elect Julian Dobbs, the Rev’d John Yates, Tom Wilson, and Jim Oakes, the
Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) has stood resolute and boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for
“those who hold to the ‘faith once and for all delivered to the saints.” Thus, despite unrelenting spiritual,
legal, and financial attacks, a goal of the constituent members of ADV has been to join with like-minded
believers in the formation and fellowship of the Anglican Church of North America. By the grace of God,
that goal is near at hand.
A final, if somewhat cumbersome, step in that process was forming a diocese and adopting a constitution
and canons by which the diocese would be governed. Assigned to the Standing Committee on the
Constitution and Canons (C&C), our task was to draft documents that ascribe to Scripture and facilitate a
godly and flexible relationship in, between, and among the congregations, missions, diocese, and the
ACNA, laity and clergy alike.
Each member church of ADV was asked to send a representative to serve on the Committee. Over a span
of six months we grew from a committee of ten lay persons to representatives from eighteen churches,
including three clergy. I have the honor and privilege of representing the Anglican Fellowship in Orange
mission on the Committee. By way of background, I am the divorced mother of two grown daughters who
love the Lord, a UVA lawyer, and a cradle Episcopalian who worked at “815” in the early ‘70’s under
Presiding Bishop John Hines. I am currently on the Executive Committee of CANA and previously served
on the ADV Diocesan Task Force Committee.
To lay a foundation for the committee members, Scott Ward gave us an overview of the ACNA
Constitution and Canons with which we had to comply. Mary McReynolds walked us through the ACNA
Model Constitution and Canons. Chloellen Miller referenced the Diocesan Task Force Committee Report
and assigned us to small groups that covered the following topics: Constitution, Organization,
Ordination/Worship, and Discipline.
Presented with the time constraint of the ACNA College of Bishops’ meeting in June of 2011 and other
deadlines, we began with the Model Constitution and Canons. Given the drawn out and tortuous experience
with TEC, every word had to be scrutinized carefully. Some were accepted, some deleted; far more were
added or amended; and still others were revised five different times. For governing documents, the
language had to be bright-line precise, but at the same time fluid enough to accommodate growth and
evolving relationships within the smallest mission to the Anglican Communion itself.
And so we dug in. As to process, amongst ourselves we agreed to rules of the road with which we largely
complied. When we didn’t and tempers flared, the Holy Spirit provided a gentle nudge to delete emails we
would have regretted sending and a covering for those we sent anyway. We held over sixty hours of
meetings, including one marathon Saturday that lasted fourteen hours straight. There were untold hours of
subcommittee meetings and conference calls, in addition to hundreds of emails sent and replied to. The
Synod Council reviewed and commented upon two different drafts as did each of the congregations and
missions. Altogether we considered over three hundred requested revisions. These were incorporated into
the documents, withdrawn, or distilled down to nine amendments drawn by their presenters.
Every committee member has his or her collection of C&C stories, but my personal peaks and valleys
range from praying on I-66 prior to each meeting with a member driving from the other direction and
conferring with an AFIO member and our new vicar, Jim Beavers—who made significant contributions to
our final draft—Tand unexpectedly “communing” with Culpepper law enforcement Tuesday night before
Convention at eleven o’clock in the Culpeper library parking lot where the Wifi connection is par
excellence 24/7.
I was on the cellphone with concerns about the election process. These coalesced after two hours of
discussion while sitting in my car. I was unable to budge due to the ADV Constitution, the ACNA C&C’s,
our C&C’s, my laptop and Ipad, all sprawled across my lap, dashboard, and passenger seat, and access to


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which only I had, given the hour. We were walking through how to elect a bishop on Saturday, according
to procedures approved on Friday but effective on a date uncertain. This and another concern were not
contemplated by the proposed implementing resolution, which was wrapped around my steering wheel.
About this time a car pulled up smack dab behind me. A man jumped out, ran towards me with a flashlight,
and clearly disappointed said, “Oh, it’s just you.” Fortunately, from my perspective, the police officer
recognized me from court-appointed work I do in Culpeper.
The Culpeper experience aside, serving on the C&C Committee is not a bells and whistles kind of thing. In
fact, given the deep and heartfelt convictions of our committee members and the churches we represent, our
discussions sometimes approached the fervor of court hearing or political convention. This was unlike a
healing service or helping hurricane victims where the presence of the Holy Spirit is readily apparent. We
were continually pressed by deadlines.
To stave off the enemy, we began each meeting by reading together a beautiful prayer written by one of our
intercessors. And we were ever mindful of the prayers on our behalf by our ADV congregations and
missions and our brothers and sisters in GAFCON, ACNA, and CANA, who have been on the front lines in
battle before us. The presence at the Convention of the Most Rev’d Eliud Wabukala, the recently elected
Chairman of GAFCON, was particularly meaningful for this and other reasons.
In the future, I would recommend more hands on involvement of the clergy, with representatives from each
of the anglo-catholic, evangelical, and charismatic streams of Anglicanism, to educate lay members and to
keep us grounded in the spiritual realm—as opposed to the American political arenas to which we often
default. I suggest that for more effective communication we all become more technologically proficient,
that our processes allow for enough time to be totally inclusive and transparent, and that a special healing
service be offered to those involved with administration and “church politics.”
Sadly we lost one committee member to employment concerns and another due to terms of his church’s
settlement. While two members moved and another was green lighted by the Mayo Clinic; while
graduations, tsunamis, tornadoes, and litigation were ongoing; and while the threat from Osama bin Laden
ended, the Middle East exploded, the GAFCON Primates Council met, and we continued to work. In other
words, I thank the Lord that while life carried on … by comparison, the mundane but necessary and
difficult work of the Constitution and Canons Committee was completed, and on time. Thankfully, another
step was taken on behalf of those who hold to the “faith once and for all delivered to the saints.”
Last, I would like to recognize and thank all the members of the Standing Committee on the Constitution
and Canons who gave sacrificially of their time, talent, and treasure in the course of this work. We prayed
and we worked hard, and at times there were challenges that seemed insurmountable. But in the end, I am
relieved and pleased to say, the fingerprints of the Holy Spirit are all over these documents. Under the
leadership of Bishop John Guernsey and with regular oversight and occasional adjustments, the
Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic should make for a smooth launching
and safe journey, no matter how rough the waters. As always, by the grace of God.
               Nairobi Statement form GAFCON/FCA Primates Council of April 25-28, 2011

We continue to be troubled by the promotion of a shadow gospel that appears to replace a traditional
reading of Holy Scriptures and a robust theology of the church with an uncertain faith and a never ending
listening process. This faith masquerades as a religion of tolerance and generosity and yet it is decidedly
intolerant to those who hold to the “faith once and for all delivered to the saints.” We believe that the
theological principles outlined in the Jerusalem Declaration offer the only way forward that holds true to
our past and also gives a sure foundation for the future.
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Atlanta Metropoitan Area ~ MaryAnn and Bishop David Anderson
Submitted by David Anderson, Bishop Suffragan, CANA—Nigeria in behalf of his wife MaryAnn

                                   DEAR +MARTYN AND ANGELA
This comes to you as a combination Rogation Letter, and Update Report. I have been currently overseeing
three ethnic Nigerian congregations in the Atlanta metropolitan area, to wit: Christ Anglican Church in
Marietta, pastored by the Rev’d Canon Celestine Ironna, and St. Faith’s Anglican, Riverdale, pastored by


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the Rev’d Charles Tashie, and Church of the Resurrection, recently moved to Lilburn, pastored by the
Venerable Ugo Okoroafor.
I have been overseeing a predominantly Anglo-German congregation, St. Edmunds’s Anglican, in Elm
Grove Wisconsin, and the rector Fr. Sam Scheibler, and a predominantly Anglo congregation in Cheyenne,
Wyoming, St. Peter Apostle and Confessor, and their new rector, Rev’d Mike Glor. On the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I oversee the work of the Rev’d Charles Montileaux at St. Barnabus
Anglican Church, Kyle.
CANA has a Mission to Lakota speaking Niobrara people, belonging to the Sioux Tribe that is located in
South Western South Dakota. Although I oversee the work, it has been shared with the Archbishop and
Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, the Most Rev’d Robert Duncan, who has appointed the
Rev’d Charles Montileaux as ACNA Archdeacon for Niobrara Ministry, and me as chairman of a
committee of ACNA bishops supporting the Venerable Montileaux’s work. During the period of my
supervision to date, Archdeacon Montileaux has also served as an official Tribal Judge and Attorney in
private practice.
Other areas that I am involved in ministry and mission would include my principal employment as
President and CEO of the American Anglican Council (AAC). In this capacity, I also assist the GAFCON
Primates Council as Treasurer, and the AAC as banking agent in the United States. We also have provided
assistance to the recently formed Anglican Diocese of the South through its formation period, the Anglican
Diocese of the Mid Atlantic, and several ACNA dioceses still in formation. The AAC also provides
counsel and strategic planning assistance to congregations within the American Episcopal Church who are
seeking to defend themselves from hostile TEC takeover and confiscation of their property.
As the President of the AAC I have an appointed seat on the Archbishop’s (of ACNA) Cabinet, and in the
Provincial Council of the ACNA. As a Bishop Suffragan, I also participate weekly in the CANA Bishops’
and CANA Leaders’ Conference Calls, various called meetings, and the yearly CANA Council meeting.
In conclusion, I give thanks to Almighty God for his gracious care of me and my family, and as I approach
the 41st anniversary of my first taking Holy Orders, I can joyfully testify that if I were to live my life again,
I would happily take Holy Orders all over again. Faithfully in Christ Jesus.
                          +David C Anderson, Bishop Suffragan, CANA—Nigeria
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Anglican Church of the Resurrection ~ Lilburn, Georgia
Submitted by Mrs Obiageli E. Okoroafor, wife of the Ven. Dr. Ugochukwu Okoroafor, Rector

                                   ACCORDING TO THE PSALMIST…
One thing that I desire is to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. I write to testify the
manifestation of the Lord’s goodness, mercies, faithfulness, love, compassion and providence in the life of
my family and Church of the Resurrection in general. God made and continues to make a way(s) where
there seems to be none. This is simply because the word of the Lord says that “the kingdom of hades/hell
shall not prevail against His church.” The word of the Lord asks us as His followers to decree a thing and
He will establish it.
The Lord instructed us as a church to move from our former place of worship on the south side of Atlanta,
Georgia to the Eastern part of Atlanta where there was no Nigerian Anglican church.
We waited on the Lord as a couple and as a church and the Lord perfected his decree. We now rent the
Sanctuary, church hall, Sunday school rooms of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Lilburn, Georgia.
We started worshipping there in April and so far the Lord has added about three (3) Nigerian families and
one Kenyan family into our midst. We honored the Lord’s directives to move because church is not a
monument but a movement.
That is not our final settlement even though it is such a beautiful place. We thank God for the divine
provision and continue to believe He will take us to greater heights. We lost my mother in-law on March
28th,2011. She died of a heart attack and we know she is in a better place. It was a big blow to my family
but the Lord is healing us. I want to appreciate Mama CANA’ s text messages of comfort during our
hurting moments. May God continue to enlarge your coast in Jesus’ name. Amen.




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                              OUR WOMEN MINISTRY IS UNEQUALLED!
God sifted and raised women of faith who are ready to serve Him in spirit and in truth. We hold our
monthly prayer meetings and each time we do, our burdens are lifted and God has been our Jehovajireh and
Rafai. We hold each other up in prayers and He has been a God that answers by fire indeed. I can testify
on behalf of the sisters. We try to engage in outreach programs through distribution of church flyers and
our church websites to create awareness especially to Anglicans living around the Eastern part of Atlanta.

                                      THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
The children’s ministry holds Sunday school every Sunday. Biblical story materials are downloaded for
them to work with each time they meet. Our sisters Grace Mogbo, Uloaku Azubike and my humble self
help out with the kids. The children take materials home for further reading and practice and return them
on the following Sunday.
We appreciate the efforts of Brother Onyi and Fr. Allen Peyton who describe our church as a humble
congregation in running. They have been doing such a great job in running the affairs of the church in my
husband’s absence. Many were called but few were chosen. As we labor in His vineyard, we believe that
the Lord will mend every broken fence in our lives and as a church–in Jesus name. I also pray that we have
a glorious council meeting this year as always!

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Anglican Church of the Pentecost International ~ New York City, New York
Submitted by Nkecki Nwigwe, President ACPI Women’s Ministries and wife of the Ven. Dr.
Emeka Nwigwe, Rector
                                           CONGRATULATIONS
On behalf of the Anglican Church of the Pentecost International (ACPI) Women’s Ministry, I congratulate
the Most Rev’d Nicholas & Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh, Primate, Metropolitan and Archbishop, Church of
Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev’d Martyn & Mrs. Angela (Mama CANA) Minns, Missionary
Bishop of CANA, other Bishops and members of the Clergy for this year’s CANA Council, July 13-16 in
Herndon, Virginia. I also congratulate my husband, the Ven. Dr. Emeka Nwigwe, who has been in the
forefront of CANA from its inception. He has been the backbone of the ACPI Women International
Ministries.
The ACPI Women’s Ministry has been carefully crafted to live out what our Congregation stands for.
Besides being the backbone of the Church, it has been careful to act out the models of Bible Women
leaders like Deborah, Esther, Abigail, Mary Magdalene, and Dorcas, just to name a few. Time will fail me
to elaborate on our likeness to each of the Bible legendary women mentioned above. It is enough to say
that these Biblical women sacrificed a lot for others because of their love of God.
The ACPI Women have been there since 2004 quietly leading other women to Christ and, like their
counterpart in Nigeria, consider their mission goals to include:
     1. Educating wives to be lovers of their husbands, keepers at home by making themselves always
          attractive to their own husbands, living lives worthy of respect by engaging in all professions to
          support themselves, their husbands and children. The women at ACPI have dubbed themselves
          “Sarah’s Daughters”(1 Tim. 3:11;1 Pet. 3:6). In order to continue achieving this goal, the
          prestigious Mothers’ Union has been set up here in the USA since 1997 as a very strong and
          exclusive Women Organization geared to training only married women. We, at ACPI, have found
          out that the Mothers’ Union is the best foundation for a strong and stable family structure without
          which many women would rebel against their husbands, especially when they make more decent
          incomes than their husbands, thereby setting up their families for unnecessary competitions,
          separations, divorces and possible re-marriages. Born again Widows who have no intention to
          remarry are always members of the prestigious Mothers’ Union.
    2.    Educating young unmarried women to seek marriage or remain celibate. To this end, we have the
         Women’s Guild (WG) which is comparable to ECW in the Episcopal Church. The WG is a step
         down from Mothers’ Union. WG is intentionally made broader than the Mothers’ Union to
         accommodate women who have never been married, victims of polygamy and the divorced who
         would want to stay without remarriages.


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    3.   Following the strength and examples of biblical women who sacrificed a lot in setting worthy
         milestones for us, we do our best to reach out to the lonely, the hungry, the discouraged, the
         orphans and the homeless people wherever they are, and as much as we are able, with our limited
         resources. For instance, we are sponsoring an orphan in Nigeria through High School and hope to
         help him through College. We have been visiting Women Shelters in New York City to donate
         assorted clothing and toiletries as a labor of love and practical Evangelism. Denominations of our
         Beneficiaries are a non-issue for us.
    4.   Women International Prayer Network: This is a powerful ministry which provides two main
         services every Wednesday namely: Intercessory Prayer medium and an opportunity to train other
         women in Nigerian Anglican traditions like the Prestigious Mothers’ Union and the Women’s
         Guild following the footsteps of Mary Sumer (Dec. 1828 - Aug. 1920). We believe that every
         Anglican woman should know and memorize Mary Sumer’s Prayer.
    5.   Monthly Prayer Breakfast: This is held every first Saturday of the month from 8 -11:30am. It has
         helped us to stay together and listen to each other’s peculiar needs as well as share our successes.

Last year, we had our first of its kind outing “2010 Maiden International Conference” in New York City,
themed “A World Without Women” with the topic, “Gleaning for Global Harvest!” We tried to examine
what the world would be like without women’s high involvements in evangelism, caring for poor, the
marginalized and speaking for the voiceless. This conference was classy as it featured high profile women
like: Her Excellency, Professor (Mrs.) Joy Ogwu; the Nigerian Ambassador and Permanent Representative
to the United Nations, Mrs. Ona Erike; New York Administrative Law Judge, Professor (Mrs.) Linda
Ridley – Vice-Chairman & Director of International Business Development and Branding. At the end of
the Conference, Resolutions and recommendations on crucial matters engendering Women’s unity,
collaboration, family, business, spirituality, health and support were discussed and sent to the United
Nations through our Guest of Honor, Ambassador Prof (Mrs.) Ogwu to be used as a possible working
document for this year’s (2011) UN Global Conference on Women.

Here is clip of the Suffragan Bishop’s wife, Mrs. Abike Fagbamiye’s, opening remark: “In our world and
context, there is evidently signs and indications of progress, peace and development and evolution in any
nation or community or family that honors women but there is obviously reproach, under-development and
retrogression among people and nations that do away with women in the scheme of things….”
As a result of Women Ministry, our Congregation has had: 5 Infant & 1 Adult Baptisms; 3 Marriages and 5
University Graduations.

In closing, I would like to invite every woman to participate in our 2 nd International Women Conference
this year, 2011. The Theme is the same: “A World Without Women.” This year’s Topic is: “Embracing the
World through Women.” We have lined up Anointed Women of God, some of who are not Anglicans, as
Speakers. One of our main desires has been to reach women outside our Denomination with the intention to
bring back some who had left. For more information, please call me: (917) 783-1558
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Anglican Mission of the Good Shepherd ~ Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Submitted by Elaine Sasser, wife of The Ven. Canon Howell Sasser, Priest-in-Charge

This mission meets every Sunday for Holy Communion services, Sunday School and Bible Study. The
women of our group care for all the necessary Altar Guild duties, and provide all refreshments for the
Coffee Hour following the main service.
The Sunday School is led by several women who also care for the small children in the nursery, as well as
secretarial and financial duties. These women should receive great credit for their many contributions to
the life of this mission and ministry. Although we are small in numbers, we are strong in spirit.
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Arts for Relief and Missions ~ Leesburg, Florida
Testimony by the Rev’d Rosemarie Adcock, Founder and President
                                  AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS WILL
Central to our ministry is the practice of interceding for one another’s personal and ministry needs. I often
think deeply about the entire issue of praying to the Creator of the Universe about the small details of my
small life, all of which are never small to me of course, but in light of who He is, surely they must seem
small to Him. So why should He pay attention to me at all?
Over the last few years, my 73-year-old mother has become a very close friend to a man in her church that
has been widowed for over 10 years. My mother has been alone for 28 years, and her hope of sharing the
rest of her life with a companion seemed so remote as to be nearly impossible. Indeed, she gave up such
hope. Yet in spite of her age and the near impossibility, I found myself praying that she would have the
opportunity to experience the love, joy and companionship of a godly husband. I was filled with gratitude
to God when she called to say that she was going to be married to her long-time friend. It was announced
with great joy to their church the following Sunday.
But four days later she called again in tears to tell me that the wedding was called off because it was just
discovered her soon-to-be-husband had cancer. Yes, it is appointed once for man to die, but now? After this
wonderful miracle and an entire church celebrating at the news? I launched into a very long prayer asking
God to tear down every scheme of the enemy who comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Though I felt
the power of God in that prayer, still I was stunned with surprise to learn that by the next morning, the Lord
communicated with my mother’s friend that He Himself had provided this marriage, with or without
cancer. This was His plan. My mother received her second marriage proposal the same morning, and the
renewed wedding plans are marked by God’s perfect peace and the restoration of joy and hope in a future
together.
This story is such an illustration of Ephesians 1:11: “We have obtained an inheritance, having been
predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.” The counsel of
His will? Who is being counseled? God? Does God counsel Himself? The particular Greek word boulé,
which is translated here as “counsel”, means an intention as the result of deliberation or reflection, a divine
decree, the counsel preceding the resolve or decision to act. A predetermined plan.
What glorious rest we find in that verse! He purposes all things after what He already determined with His
perfect foreknowledge before the beginning of time because He exists outside of time. Our lives are
purposed by Him before we were born. When we pray and battle the schemes of our enemy in prayer, we
come to the very throne of heaven and ask God to make his own determined decrees come to fulfillment.
We pray according to His will. We ask Him to give life to His promises and to fulfill His word. Perhaps it
is the wedding of an elderly lady to an elderly man. Perhaps it is the revival of an entire nation. But nothing
in heaven or on earth can thwart the decrees of the Most High God. He asks only that we pray.
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Chapel of Reconciliation ~ Houston, Texas
Submitted by Felicia Omeke wife of the Rev’d Simon Omeke, Rector

                                 GOD HAS PERFORMED MIRACLES
God has performed many miracles in our Church this year. In one of these miracles, the scripture which
states, "…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him…" (Rom, 8. 28) came clearly to
light. After our morning devotion one Tuesday morning at the end of January this year, I felt like lying
down again for a while. I had a dream though I was not in deep sleep. In the dream, I saw our Church
empty (without a single table or chair). On seeing that sight, I thought that our neighbors had borrowed the
furniture and failed to return them before it was time for our Sunday Worship.
As I went on to ask why it was so, I got up from the sleep and quickly narrated my experience to my
husband. We prayed and cancelled the idea of our church being laid bare. Two days later, being Thursday,
in the evening the dream picture manifested into reality. The former occupants of our Church space, who
had donated the furniture to us when the we signed the lease for over one year sent a messenger to collect


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the furniture without giving us any notice. We had no choice other than to allow them to pick up the
furniture because of their change of mind.
After the operation, the Church was actually stripped bare just as was shown in the dream. In that situation,
we just went on dancing and glorifying God. We prayed for God to refurbish His Church. The Spirit of
God directed that we call one lady who had supported the Church. As soon as we told her what happened,
she donated 20 chairs and two tables. She asked us to come immediately and pick them up from her
storage. The second lady we told asked us to come and pick up 20 chairs and two tables from her garage
the next day. She ended up giving us 23 chairs and three tables. The quality of the chairs and tables
donated is superior to what the Church had before. As if to say that was not enough, God opened up
avenues for obtaining furniture and other equipment weekly.
Today this Church gives out tables, chairs, file-cabinets, etc. to people who need them. We have never
asked the couple why they collected the furniture they had donated to the Church. We had never been mad
at them knowing fully well God used their action to bless the Church (Rom. 8. 28). Also it is evident that
"We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, ...." (Ephesians 6. 12). After all, how
can people who had helped the Church of God turn around to pull it down. We now have high quality
furniture and equipment in the Church. The podium we now use is the electrical type used in big
University Auditoriums.
Program: The scope of our program that touches individuals, families and communities keeps increasing.
i) Confectionaries: As some establishments have increased the quota of their supply this year, distribution
days of Confectionaries have now increased from two days a week to daily. Individuals and groups come
daily for free rations.
ii) Clothes: Clothes are also distributed periodically as they become available.
iii) Piano Lessons: Not much has been done in this area this year because the instructor now attends a
University outside Houston. We are praying for someone else to take his place.
iv) Easter Program: The women's Choir performed on Good Friday in what was termed Easter Cantata.
Their songs were interspersed with the Seven Words on the Cross. People were blessed with their
melodious songs and exhortations from the Seven Words on the Cross.
v) Evangelism: Women go out periodically to talk to people, especially girls and women on the streets.
vi) Shelter: A homeless man, Mr. George Dougers, was taken to a shelter at Downtown Houston. He is
still learning a trade at the Center. Also a girl who used to live on the streets, Ms. Luteneia Lewis, recently
moved into an apartment. On May 28,2011 the Church gave her some tables, chairs, couch, steel-cabinet,
glasses and cups. She came to Church the next day being Sunday and surrendered her life to the Lord. Our
prayer is that all who come to the Church for one need or another will also receive Christ as their Lord and
Savior. Mr. Sunday Ugwuozor who was sponsored by the Church to a shelter last year has now gotten two
jobs, at Walmart and at Coca Cola. He is now settled and operating from his own apartment.
vii) Mothers' Union & Women's Guild: Members meet to pray and study the Bible. Family issues are
discussed.
viii) Youth Program: We are still praying for a Youth Leader.
ix) Need: With this increase in supply of confectionaries and other gifts the Church now has need for a
van to collect the items and also pick up those who have no means of coming to the Church.
x) Rachel Project: Sometime in October 2010, Mama CANA and Ms Rachel Minns donated money to our
Church for a sewing machine. The donation was aimed at helping grandmothers keep busy. This way they
do not stay home and experience boredom and loneliness. They can come out and interact with others.
Mama CANA believes this can provide good therapy. She also bought some cloth for the women to make
skirts for Rachel. Rachel's clothes were the first items made with the machine.
On considering a name for the ministry, the women decided to call it Rachel’s Project. Mrs. Clara Mbaka
is the current Manager and is assisted by Mrs. Elizabeth Ezeocha and Mrs. Jane Agomo. Some months
ago, Mrs. Clara Mbaka, traveled to Nigeria and is not back yet. We are praying for God to give us capable
hands to take the project to another level. Mrs. Fran Roseberry, wife of the Rector at Christ Church in
Plano, Texas, donated another sewing machine to the project. We are grateful to Mrs. Fran Roseberry and


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we want to thank Mama CANA and Rachel for their thoughtful initiative. The women are very happy as
this gives them the opportunity to help the Church, help others and also to help themselves. Glory be to
God!
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Christ Anglican Church ~ Houston, Texas
Submitted by Elizabeth Anyasor, wife of the Ven. Felix Anyasor, Rector

What shall I render to the Lord for his goodness toward us? This is our song this year to our good Lord.
The steadfast love of the Lord has remained new every morning! Halelujah to His name.
Amongst all that the Lord has done for us, the Lord’s plan is to slow me down from working too many
hours to preserve my health for my family’s sake. There have been no recurrent hospital stays for me and
my blood pressure has remained stable. Our first son Chibuliem Felix is graduated from high school this
year and we give thanks to God for seeing him through.
My husband also received his third master's degree, this time in Divinity from Houston Graduate School of
Theology on May 14, 2011. The Lord is using his knowledge and training to prosper our ministry. I don't
know how he managed working so many hours and running a church all at the same time. It is indeed the
Lords' doing and marvelous it is in our eyes. He is enrolled in the Divinity Min. program.
The church has continued to march on in growth. One of the ways we are growing in number is by the
addition of children to families. We were blessed last year august with 3 babies born to two families (a
single birth and twins). In October this year, we are expecting 4 babies to be born to 3 families. One
family is expecting twins, and to God's glory the twins are miracle babies. The parents have been patiently
praying for a baby for about 4 years.
The Lord is good to us and we praise him in all circumstances, for even in the grave Jesus is Lord. We lost
two of our sisters in the church to death in November and December. They battled with breast cancer and
leukemia.
The women at Christ Anglican are strong and we continue our Wednesday prayer meetings. This is when
we pray for our families, husbands, children, and the church. Our Feed the Hungry ministry has actually
been slow because of the resources needed to feed the homeless. However a member of the church donated
a custom van for evangelism and the ministry. The church refurbished it and has a CANA emblem and the
name of the church on it. The youths have embarked on evangelism with the van. Once a month, they take
the van to places where they pass out cards and speak to people about Christ.
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Christ Church Anglican ~ East Haven, Connecticut
Submitted by Pamela Wilkes, wife of the Rev’d Gil Wilkes III, Rector

                                            DEAR ANGELA…
I am writing this as we wait for the building inspection, which will take place today at 2:00 pm. If we pass
we will be given the occupancy permit and can move in on June 1st. Thank you, Jesus!
Christ Church Anglican held its first service on Oct. 14, 2007 in the gym of a local elementary school in
East Haven, Connecticut. Since that time, we have we have learned how to praise God seated in our fold-
up chairs set up between the basket ball hoops. We learned how to live out the truth of God's word that HE
is with us wherever we go! Every Sunday the gym becomes a sacred space where we honor and worship
our Lord.
We have been rewarded with many mountain top highs and have grown closer as a church family as we
faced hardships along the way. At one point my husband said to me "At least I can write a guide book on
how NOT to do this!" The quest to find a church home of our own has been a difficult journey with many
starts and stops.
Just about a year ago we got a miracle when the owner of a near by industrial park offered to configure a
space for us to rent. He would pay for the construction of the space to pass inspection with the town that
would allow us meet there as a Church. In the year that followed, we have had many set backs. We began


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thinking we would be in for Christmas, then Lent, then Easter to today—May 31st—as we wait for the
inspection that will let us move in.
Our music director told me something her son said that for me describes the real miracle of the last 3 +
years. This family does not live in East Haven but has been with us since the 1st Sunday. One day she was
going to pick up her older son from basketball camp at their school. She had her younger son with her who
looked in the open door of the gym and said, "Mommy, can we go in the Church". To him this basketball
court looked just like the only Church he had ever known. We have been so blessed to learn the real
meaning of being a Church no matter where we are. To God be the Glory!

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Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church ~ Garland, Texas
Submitted by Candyce Milner: Women’s Ministry
Submitted by Mary Esther Albaugh, Children’s Ministry
Submitted by Claire Harrison, Mom Heart Group

                                            WOMEN’S MINISTRY
                               Submitted by Cadyce Milner, Women’s Ministry
Last September, after the Rally Day Celebration marking the beginning of Children's Sunday School and
Adult Education, Christ the Redeemer (CTR) Women's Ministry kicked off with Beth Moore's challenging
Revelation Bible Study. Meeting every Saturday through November 20, the CTR women came out of the
study with a greater understanding of the Book of Revelation!
During the winter season, CTR women began working an outreach to assist young girls who had become
pregnant out of wedlock. The girls, who attended a small school where one of our parishioners taught,
were given numerous basic items, including diapers, baby wipes, Desitin ointment, baby lotion, baby
clothes, bottles, baby monitors, rattles, pacifiers, and umbrella strollers.
The day these items were presented, we received a surprised visit from the Superintendent of Schools. He
talked about a boy whose mother had gotten pregnant out of wedlock and had received no help from her
family. She worked two jobs and made sure her son was in school and worked hard all his life. In the end,
the Superintendent told us that he was that boy, and that if his mother had not made him work hard in
school, he would never have become Superintendent of Schools. He told the girls that they had not
destroyed their futures no matter what other people had told them because God had a plan for their lives.
He told them it was up to them to stay in school, get their education, and find their callings. He ended his
presentation by giving each girl who promised to stay in school a certificate that they both signed.
Other women's activities include the Women's Christmas Party with singing, fellowship, delicious food, a
game, and donations for the Battered Women's Shelter. We also hold monthly Women's Meetings with
speakers, including Fr. Lawrence Harrison, who spoke about "The Rewards of Heaven," and Donna Skell,
Executive Director of Roaring Lambs Dallas, who gave her testimony of becoming a completed Jew as she
learned that Jesus was truly the Messiah. Quarterly we have a Ladies Night Out gatherings on Friday night
and watch DVD movies or Christian comediennes like Anita Renfro. The "Mission Motherhood" class
taught by Claire Harrison includes teachings and discussions on how best to disciple their children. Our
senior women, known as the Memory Makers, engage in a number of activities that include making prayer
cloths for those who are hospitalized, decorative crosses and angel ornaments for nursing home residents.
Our annual Palm Sunday Bake Sale raised money for our upcoming Women's Retreat in Waxahachie,
Texas! The Women's Prayer Shield prays for every activity that we do and for each written prayer request
that is turned in. Claire Harrison, Deacon Sheri Graham, and I are copied so we can pray. It is a joy to
organize activities for the growth and edification of the wonderful, spiritual, prayerful, loving women of
Christ the Redeemer!
                                           CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
                                      Submitted by Mary Esther Albaugh
Christ the Redeemer actively seeks to engage children in the study and learning of God’s Word and what
He wants for their lives. Several opportunities are in place for children to learn about God’s love for them
and to grow to be strong followers of Jesus. It is a very real blessing to be able to work with the children,
be a part of their lives, and watch them grow and mature in Him.


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Children’s Christian Education: Our Sunday School year began in September with Rally Day Weekend.
This is always a busy weekend for our church. On Saturday, Sept. 11th, the congregation gathered for a
parish picnic to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with one another. Activities included games, tractor rides
and using the swimming pool. Rally Day Sunday began with families coming together to enjoy breakfast
before the children, preschool through 5th grade, went to their Sunday School classes to meet their teachers
for the upcoming Sunday School year.
Children’s Church: During the summer months when so many people are traveling, we combine our
children into one class and hold Children’s Church where they enjoy activities and receive educational
Christian instruction.
Kids’ Club: On Wednesday evenings our children gather together for Kids’ Club, which is our mid-week
program for them that includes games, crafts, and songs. During this time the children practice songs
which they sing, leading our congregation, during the offertory on the months which have a 5 th Sunday.
Advent Saturdays: During December children came together on the three Advent Saturday mornings
prior to Christmas. They were engaged in crafts, computer activities, Christmas-related stories, art
activities, and a music practice in preparation for presentation on Christmas Eve.
Easter Egg Hunt: The annual Easter egg hunt is open to the community as well as to our church family.
Flyers were distributed throughout the surrounding neighborhood resulting in visitors who joined us in this
event. Easter Saturday found us enjoying a very full afternoon of crafts, games, races, and activities
including egg decorating, face painting, and tractor rides to mention only a few. The true meaning of
Easter was shared through an engaging puppet presentation.
Summer Lunch Program: For 5 weeks this summer, Christ the Redeemer will be a host site for the city
of Garland for feeding children in need within the surrounding community. Along with nutritious meals,
activities will also be provided for the children after lunch. During the 1st 4 weeks of this program lunch
will be provided and during the last week of the program, both breakfast and lunch will be served with
Vacation Bible School in between the meals.
Vacation Bible School: VBS is another program, which serves as an outreach to the community to spread
the Gospel of Christ to children in the surrounding area. This program is advertised to the outside
community through the distribution of flyers. This year’s theme verse is “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way
and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Apartment Ministry: In order to further spread the Gospel to the children in our community we have a
ministry that extends to the apartments in our area. On Tuesday afternoons children who live in these
apartments can gather together on the apartment grounds to learn about God and His love for all of us.
Instruction in what the Bible teaches about God is given and Bible verse memorization is a part of the
teaching that is given to the children. During this time a snack is also provided.
                                         MOM HEART GROUP
                                       Submitted by Claire Harrison
Our congregation has a "Mom Heart Group", which is an out reach to mothers. Claire Harrison is the
leader of this group and has attended many conferences on "Mom Heart groups". This ministry is
sponsored by Whole Hearted Ministries and is called The Mission of Motherhood. We are discussing the
book The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. We meet once a month to study and talk about how
we are called to be Godly wives and mothers. We challenge one another in areas that we need to grow. We
have breakfast together and we pray for each other at the end of the session. We have had as many as 10
women some from outside congregations.
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Christ the Saviour Anglican Church ~ Mount Vernon, Virginia
Submitted by Anne Sandlund, Parishioner

       TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE ANGLICAN PROVINCE OF NIGERIA…
First of all, we owe our present existence to your prayers and provision. Had you not taken our fellowship
under your wing through the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), had you not presented
us with a shepherd through the election and consecration of Bishop Martyn Minns, and had you not
sustained us through the generosity of your CANA churches, our fellowship might have withered and died.


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Without your care and support, we would not have a story to place in this book recording the lives of your
CANA churches. Our gratitude and thanksgiving is everlasting!

Christ the Saviour Anglican Church, Mount Vernon, began without a building or a priest, but with a group
of faithful Christians, members of an Episcopal Church in eastern Fairfax County, Virginia, who met for a
weekly Bible Study in the home of one of their members. When the divergent actions of The Episcopal
Church (TEC) at its 2003 General Convention exposed the apathetic attitude of their parish, they
encouraged the rector of their church, the Rev. Huey Sevier, and his wife, Vicki, to join their home Bible
study for true Christian fellowship.

At first this home group tried to persuade their parish church of the folly of its delusion, but by 2006 they
accepted the futility of their effort. In September of 2006, heeding God’s call to uphold orthodox Anglican
Christian faith in eastern Fairfax County, the group began to map strategy for planting an orthodox
Anglican church in the Mount Vernon area. The following months were devoted to the work of
organization that included handling legal matters, establishing a budget, choosing a name, securing
episcopal oversight by CANA, securing a supply priest, finding a location, obtaining worship materials,
and setting a date for the first public service.

The leadership team expanded beyond its original Bible Study group, with all committed to finding a place
for orthodox Christian believers—Episcopalians and non-affiliated—to meet and worship the Lord on His
day. The team’s work was rewarded when Christ The Saviour Anglican Church (XTS) celebrated its first
worship service on Sunday, January 7, 2007, in a meeting room at the Mount Vernon Community
Recreation Center. Fr. Huey, who had retired from ministry in TEC at the end of December 2006, was
asked to serve as supply priest through the early months of 2007. On reception as a CANA priest, he
became XTS’s first vicar in May 2007. In June of that year, XTS elected its first vestry.

With the onset of summer, Christ the Saviour moved Sunday services to a pavilion at a local park, where
CANA Bishop Martyn Minns officiated at a Sunday service, calling XTS a “church without walls.” XTS
embraced this accolade, believing it aptly described the spiritual thrust of its mission. By late August 2007,
XTS leased rental space from the Fairfax County Public School system and moved its worship services to
the cafeteria of the Washington Mill Elementary School (WMES), situated due south of the home of our
nation’s first president, Mount Vernon, and due north of one of our nation’s largest military installations,
Fort Belvoir.

As with the recreation center and the park pavilion, everything that Christ the Saviour owned was moved
into the school for Sunday services, and out again afterwards. From 2007 to 2010, this ministry was
sustained by the spontaneous volunteerism of church members, committed for different aspects of the
church “furniture,” (musical instruments, hymnbooks, coffee supplies, altar equipment, flowers, etc.),
bringing the equipment to church, setting it up, taking it down, and taking it home again for storage during
the week. In 2010, a parish family donated a van to the church. A permanent, weekday-parking location
for the van was offered by another parishioner who lives near the school, and a van driver schedule was set
up. All church furniture, except musical equipment and individual vestments, are now housed in the van.

Our fellowship is made up of life long Anglicans and newcomers to the faith; stay-at-home moms and
working moms; employed and unemployed; military and civilian; working and retired—all men and
women who love the Lord. What binds us together is a commitment to the faith once entrusted to the saints
(Jude 1:3), a commitment to Anglican tenets and a love of its worship traditions. Above all, is a sense of
the abiding presence and call of Jesus Christ to install an orthodox Anglican congregation in eastern Fairfax
County, Virginia, proclaiming his gospel in the Mount Vernon / Fort Belvoir community.

From the beginning, the women of XTS have provided Altar Guild services, obtaining linens and altar
cloths, a silver Eucharist service, candleholders, candles, and flowers. Other members of the congregation
provided the silver alms basin, wooden altar cross, processional cross, lectern, and an American flag with
stand. Bishop Martyn Minns presented a CANA banner to us.



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Worship at Christ the Saviour is in accordance with the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. Sunday
services are Holy Eucharist Rite 1 during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. During the balance of
the church year, Holy Eucharist Rite 2 is generally the service. One 10 am service is offered on Sunday
with special evening services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve. A
team of lectors and chalicists assist with the liturgy, while a total of six children under age eighteen are
scheduled on a monthly basis to serve as acolytes at the altar. Volunteers provide food and refreshments
for our coffee hour following Sunday service.

The Holy Spirit organized our music ministry. When efforts to procure assistance from outside sources
failed, an all-volunteer music team of parishioners came together to provide a quality of music that none of
us could have intentionally designed. One family provides the leadership; seven or eight families,
including children, are currently involved in providing instrumental and vocal ministry on Sundays. The
team includes keyboard, fiddle, Celtic harp, cellos, trumpet, flute, guitar and even bassoon on occasion.
The harp accompanies the reading of the psalm and plays during offertory. Our hymnody is a blend of
mostly traditional and some contemporary music.

Although Christian Education for XTS’s adults has been working well, a viable children’s ministry remains
our greatest need. Several of our families with very young children are reluctant to bring them because we
lack a space specifically dedicated to working with them, and because of the commotion they fear their
children will cause in the service. Fortunately, our teenagers have an opportunity to meet monthly for
fellowship in members’ homes.

Outreach has been a vital part of XTS ministry from the start. We have maintained a consistent partnership
with a local community action group since our first services in 2007, providing weekly offerings year round
of food, personal hygiene and clothing for distribution to the homeless and needy. In addition, XTS
collects special holiday in-gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas for this group. At Christmas we also
provide gifts and food for families in need whose children attend the Washington Mill Elementary School.

Beyond the borders of the Mount Vernon/Fort Belvoir community, XTS pledges annually to the Titus
Institute For Church Planting in its work to encourage and foster CANA’s goals for church planting in
North America. Further, XTS supports Global Mobilization Ministries, the evangelistic work of the Rev’d
Canon Dr. Alison Barfoot in Uganda and Kenya, with its focus on saturation evangelism and church
planting.

While Washington Mill Elementary School remains our current location, our founding vicar, Fr. Huey
Sevier, retired in March 2011. A dedicated search committee is now seeking his replacement with the
Venerable Julian Dobbs providing oversight and supply priests during the interim. Christ the Saviour’s
vestry currently consists of six members serving three-year terms on a rotating schedule, and a non-voting
registrar. Although there is no paid staff beyond the vicar, we have a pool of dedicated volunteers from
which to draw assistance. Beyond the dedicated volunteers, a dedicated congregation gathers each Sunday
to hear the word of God, lifting high the cross of Christ in praise and worship, inspired by God’s Holy
Spirit to witness to our Lord’s truth beyond the walls of a sanctified school cafeteria.
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Church of St Peter, Apostle and Confessor ~ Cheyenne, Wyoming
Submitted by Steive Glor, wife of Rev’d Michael Glor, Rector

                                 GOD’S STILL WORKING WITH YOU!
I’ve heard it said that so long as you’re on this side of the grass–God’s still working with you. It must be
true, because about the time you think you have “the big points” down God reveals that MAYBE you
don’t! The truth is that during the last few months Michael and I have come to realize that while we trust
God for a lot of things, we have not trusted Him with our finances. For so long as we’ve been married, if
what we needed that month exceeded our income, we took on odd jobs. If it exceeded what we needed on a
regular basis, we took a second job. While Michael attended seminary at Trinity School for Ministry in
Ambridge, PA, I worked full time at Trinity and part-time as a youth pastor. Michael was a full time

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student, worked part-time at a parish and took odd jobs on the side.

On the surface—it sounds like good old fashioned work ethics. That’s how we were raised. All that falls
in line with why Michael is in Cheyenne and I am here in Ambridge.

But below the surface—its roots were in one fact: WE were the source of our provision. WE provided
for our needs. And if WE, then not God! Surely, He worked through our work, but we are asking the
question of late, “What blessing or direction did we miss because we didn’t open our hands and let go and
see how His provision might work?” The possibilities are endless. So here we are. Or better yet – there he
is and here I am. Because we have a home in Ambridge, PA and one in Cheyenne, WY and because
Mike’s work at St. Peter’s is part-time, additional income is needed just to meet our monthly bills.
Insurance is a must.

Clear enough—the decision, once he was called to St. Peter's, was that I would stay here with my work
and benefits at Trinity while Michael began our ministry in Cheyenne. Instead of being a
“homemaker/housewife/writer/ministry leader” as we'd planned, I would get the full time job necessary to
bring in the income and insurance so that Michael was free to begin his ministry. I applied for jobs,
interviewed and the plan was I would move to Cheyenne only when I had employment locked and loaded.

Clear as mud! In the last few weeks God has been working in both of us this understanding of what it is to
trust Him, to trust Him with everything, including providing for our needs. Perhaps that is through opening
a job or ministry ... who knows? But it should be His plan, not ours. Additionally, though I know so many
military couples that experience much longer periods of separation (and neither of us is being shot at!),
God’s word that “it is not good for man to be alone” resonates with us. Michael and I are not two – but are
one.

What we have heard Him say is there will be no job until I – we – step out in faith, with no glimpse of how
this might be resolved. No plan A, B or C. Just pack up – and go. And then, well, who knows? When we
let go of our plan and agenda we allow God to work His plan into our lives. The biggest evidence for me is
in the Little Women Ministry I started while attending Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, VA. In the
beginning, I had this idea of starting a little program for girls. We had 18 little women that first year. I
could not have imagined what God planned to do with it, how many lives would be changed. Linda
Hughlett and I just stepped out in faith and “did it” ... and our “it” was so small compared to God's “IT”!
The program has since served hundreds of girls and blessed their families.

And that’s what Mike and I want more than anything - God’s plan for our coming to Cheyenne. We know
that we were intended to be available together. So, I have given my notice at Trinity. I will work through
graduation, meet Michael in Alabama for a few days to meet up with our family one more time before we
cross the Mississippi for awhile – and also with my son Nathan before he deploys soon thereafter. I’ll stay
for the Trinity homecoming on June 14th & 15th. In the third week of June, Michael will come, we will
pack up our things and he will bring me home – to Cheyenne.

We’re still on this green side of the grass, and clearly God is still working with us! God is good. All the
time. God is good.
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Church of the Apostles ~ Fairfax, Virginia
Submitted by Kristin Colligan, Children’s Ministry Director
Submitted by Martha Birdseye ~ Women’s Ministry Leader

                                    PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
                        Submitted by Kristin Colligan, Children’s Ministry Director




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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These
commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk
about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get
up. (Deut. 6:5-9)

Partnering With Parents to Raise Their Kids to Love, to Know, to Serve, and to Share Jesus: Based
upon the foundational principles of Deuteronomy 6:5-9, the mission of the Children’s Ministry at Church
of the Apostles is to walk with parents in the journey of raising their children to the likeness of Christ. This
partnership is one that shares God’s love by providing children a chance to know and serve Jesus and to
participate in the whole life of the church.
Growing in the Knowledge and Love of God: In order to help our children grow in the knowledge and
love of God, they attend a portion of every worship service and have a message given by the Pastor. The
participation in the service has expanded. A little over a year ago we began a multi-generational service in
which our children and youth remain in the service on the fourth Sunday of each month. The young people
participate in praise band, flags and banners, dance, and serve as lectors and ushers. The children also
receive activity packs with a “quiz” with questions from the sermon and a section for prayer requests. The
“quiz” engages the children with the Sunday message and provides feedback to the individual who is
giving the message.

The children give quite poignant responses to the questions that are posed. Their prayer requests range
from anything from a new school gym, healing of a “boo-boo”, more courage to the request for healing of
their parents’ marriage. Children also take an active role in the presentation and fulfillment of the seasonal
services of the liturgical year, including Advent, Christmas, and Holy Week.

Becoming Like Jesus: Discipleship of children is one of the primary functions of the Children’s Ministry.
We have Sunday School, Nursery Program, and Children’s Church. During the summer months we have
Vacation Bible School, Toddler Time for 2’s and 3’s and a week-long Summer Camp for kids in 4th—9th
grade. The newest initiative this year was having a Vacation Bible School like camp during Holy Week to
prepare children for receiving Communion. We had 20 kids attend and I had teen volunteers act as camp
counselors. In addition to children receiving instruction in communion, we had 3 children receive the
sacrament of Baptism.

We partner with parents by providing seasonal devotionals, family devotionals and support the Home
Group ministry by providing resources to those groups with children. We also have a bi-annual Parents
Day of Prayer, September and January. The parents’ day of prayer uses Stormie O’Martian’s book "The
Power of a Praying Parent" as a guideline. It is eight hours of intentional prayer for our children. Parents
and grandparents participate. We have seen great peace and provision result from the day long prayers.

Bearing the Fruit for the Kingdom: Not only do we want our children to be conformed into the likeness
of Christ but we also want them to be able to share and serve. We sponsor a number of service projects
throughout the year as well as a week during the summer dedicated to service in and around the
community. Children’s Ministry is also dedicated to mentoring “tweens”, teens and young college age
students in leadership roles with the children. This instills a life-long connection to service and to the
church community.

                                           DEAR ANGELA…
                         Submitted by Martha Birdseye ~ Women’s Ministry Leader
First, thank you for your loving faithful service, dear heart. May our Lord bless you abundantly, may His
angels surround you every step of your travels, and may His blessings cover you in your official duties as
the Missionary Bishop’s Wife.
I want to share with you our spirit filled Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 29, 2011. The Church of
Apostles met at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax City, Virginia, for our Parish Picnic and Praise in the Park.
Deaconate Gray Stephenson provided a golf cart to assist people down a short but somewhat steep path,
which was a blessing to several people who safely joined us at the Lower Pavilion. It was a stunning


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morning, partly sunny, with sporadic breezes, and most all in the gathering brought lawn chairs or blankets
to sit on the newly mowed grass in a glorious summertime setting surrounded by trees. The service
included praise and worship, preaching from our Rev. David Harper assisted by Deaconate Gray
Stephenson, and celebration of Holy Communion.
Rev. Harper said that this Memorial Day weekend was a time for remembering the men and women who
were willing to lay down their lives to secure freedom. However, he added that there is a freedom we all
need that cannot be won on the battlefield (John 8:31), that it is not easy to admit that you are not free, and
that you need a liberator (John 8:33). In John 8:34b, 36, Jesus said: “Everyone who sins is a slave of
sin…So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” In Galatians 5: “Let Him have everything that
enslaves you so He can emancipate you” and in John 11:43-4:“Let Him use you to set others free.” Father
David reminded us that the principal way that happens is by ministering to each other in small groups and
not be isolated. He said that whenever we break bread we celebrate Memorial Day where One died (1 Cor.
11:23) and he asked us to bring with us to the table humility (we admit and own that we have areas where
we’re enslaved), sight (we recognize the One whose truth sets us free), and love (to minister to each other
so that they too can walk in freedom). After communion, Father David suggested we follow the tradition in
the Church of Nigeria and dance with our tithes in hand toward the offering baskets! A congregation who
was moved by the Holy Spirit to love and serve our Lord surrounded any visitors from the park who just
couldn’t help but join us. Alleluia! We continued with a fun picnic, loving fellowship and later in the
afternoon Archbishop Wabukala joined us!
Our Lord is ever faithful to us in the Women’s Ministry. We sponsored spiritual and inspirational
programs for the women of the church. This past year, the women at our church shared wonderful
experiences of spending time listening and ministering with two pastors at day conferences held in June
and July, 2010. On June 12th Pastor Dotty Schmitt of Immanuel’s Church in Silver Spring, Maryland,
presented an in depth teaching for us. She, along with husband, Charles, is on the pastoral staff at
Immanuel’s since 1983. We were delighted and enthusiastic as Pastor Dotty, a teacher of scriptures for
over 40 years, spoke about the distinctions, priorities, and dilemmas that women face as disciples of Jesus,
what that meant during the time of Jesus, and what it means today. She explored the differences and
similarities that women and men experience as disciples. We were blessed as Pastor Dotty ministered to us
as a group and one-on-one at the end of her program.
On July 24th, Rev. Shirley Morris, a priest at St. John’s Church, a large Anglican Church in Hartley-
Wintney, Hampshire, England, presented an inspirational program for us. She told us that the Spirit of the
Lord is moving in amazing ways at St. John’s. As a young American widow in 2002, Shirley courageously
followed God's call to ministry in Uganda where she had served on mission teams with her husband for a
number of years prior to his untimely death. In the years since, her ministry focused on the women of
Uganda, ultimately becoming the assistant rector at a local church and the chaplain at a girl's high school.
In 2008, she again followed God's call to serve him as an American missionary sent out from Uganda to
England! At St. John’s Church she focuses on pastoral care, the needs of women, and reintroducing
women to scripture. It has been a journey across three continents that began 20 years ago when she first
took a theology class, just for interest. Rev. Shirley Morris shared a special message with the women of
Church of the Apostles about hearing God's call to ministry and mission.
Further, the Women’s Ministry offered summertime book discussions for the women in June, July, and
August. These were meetings held at hostess homes with group leaders to discuss several books, which
were good opportunities to minister to each other. (We will continue this summertime tradition again this
year with a movie (for those who do not have time to read) in June, and two books scheduled for discussion
in July and August.)
At Advent, a time for much loved traditions as we prepared for the coming of our King, we held the annual
Women’s Christmas Brunch on December 4th. The theme was “Unto Us a Child is Born” Isaiah 9:6. The
women gathered to share with our guest speaker, Jennifer Champion, a third year student intern of Global
School of Supernatural Ministry at Randy Clark's Global Awakening School of Healing and Impartation in
Mechanicsburg, PA. We welcomed Jennifer back! She had recently participated at the Randy Clark
Conference held in November. Jennifer’s calling is to minister to women who are seeking after God's own
heart and she desires to see all women walking in their God-given destiny! Jennifer worked part time as an
on-call home care nurse and was in full time volunteer ministry with the Global Awakening School.


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We invited guests from Bethany House of Northern Virginia, an organization formed to shelter and
rehabilitate women and children of domestic abuse. The women of our church contribute to the charity and
experience God’s love in all we can do for this blessed organization. The Women’s Ministry Mission
Statement is: As disciples of Jesus, we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do…. (Ephesians 2:6-10 NIV). We seek our Lord’s guidance and
wisdom and dedicate our ministry to Him. Thanks be to God for His blessings and we give Him praise,
honor and glory.
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The Church of the Epiphany ~ Herndon, Virginia Withrow
Submitted by Penny Rauh, wife of the Rev’d Robin Rauh, Rector
Testimony by Diana Pino, Christian Education Director

                         A VIBRANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Sunday Morning – Children’s Ministry: Children start out sitting in the Sanctuary with their family.
Once the service starts, they follow the cross out to the Great Hall for Chapel. They return to the Sanctuary
at the beginning of Communion.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, for ages 3 to 1st Grade: A religious formation experience for
children based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. The aim of the program is to
create an environment, which supports children’s spiritual development. The Gospel is proclaimed through
age-appropriate parable lessons, stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, prayers, music, sacred art and
liturgical events. Hands-on materials are used to help children and adults reflect on the great mysteries of
our faith.
Children's Chapel for Children in Grades 2nd to 4th: A worship service for children in grades 2-4. It
includes music, readings which follow the same liturgy as the main service, prayers, a special offering and
a short activity to reinforce the readings. The children actively participate in the entire service and are
encouraged to volunteer as readers and prayer leaders.
Walk Through the Bible for Children in 5th and 6th Grades: Our Christian Education class for fifth
and sixth graders. They explore the Old Testament one year and the New Testament the next year.
Nursery Ministry: A dedicated team of volunteers provides care to small children during our 9 AM
Christian Education Hour and our 10 AM Worship services most Sundays! We have 2 nursery rooms
(Infants/Toddlers: Birth to 2yrs. & Preschool/Kindergarten) staffed by caring adults and teenagers.
Junior Choir: The Junior Choir is an opportunity for the children of Church of the Epiphany to be a part
of the liturgy. We meet in the Choir Room from 9:00 to 9:45am every week.
Youth Education: Christian Education Hour for grades 7 through 12 from 9:00-9:45am.
Yearly We Have: Special camps that reinforce values taught throughout the year at Church: Vacation
Bible School and Camp Kids Serve.
                                           THE YOUTH GROUP
Our youth participate in Leadership Camping Trips, Fasting for the Poor, and Helping with Hypothermia
Week…along with many more opportunities:
    • Wednesday Afternoon - Hang Time: Wednesdays, after school program to do homework, play
        games, talk, drink coffee, listen to music, watch a movie, or just chill.
    • Bible Studies: Tuesday 9th Period: Bible study meets at Starbucks; 4-5:30pm.
    • Guys and Girls Small Groups

                                         FOR YOUNGER KIDS…
Kids Serve—Setting the stage for service to others: An after school, mission-based program open to all
children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Our purpose is to involve young children in hands-on local
outreach through monthly service projects. Our Bible verse theme is "serve one another in love" (Galatians
5:13). Goals include:

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    •    Gain awareness of the needs of others and our ability to meet those needs
    •    Learn how God can use each of us to make a difference in the lives of others
    •    Encourage children to give of their time and talent in service to others
    •    Involve others by creating awareness of our supply drives as well as volunteer needs

                                                PRE-SCHOOL
The aim of the program is to create an environment that supports children’s spiritual development. The
Gospel is proclaimed through age-appropriate parable lessons, stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection,
prayers, music, sacred art and liturgical events. Hands-on materials help children and adults reflect on the
mysteries of our faith.

                                          WOMEN’S MINISTRY
One of our goals is to provide opportunities for Christian Growth, Fellowship, and Ministry to all Women
at Epiphany. Another of our goals at Church of the Epiphany is to reach out to others.
Yearly Women’s Retreat: Once a year there is a special weekend
Seasons: Quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) get-together for women of all ages
Small Groups such as: Bible Studies, Praying Mothers of Adult Children, Spiritual Journaling & more

                                             TESTIMONY
                          Submitted by Diana Pino, Director Christian Education
I grew up in a family that did not go to church, and though from childhood friends I knew the story of
Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, I had never seen myself as someone in need of a savior. Nonetheless,
when I was in my 30’s and happily settled with my family in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Lord
began to draw me to Himself.
Late one Saturday night, He spoke to me through Billy Graham. The next morning I got up and announced
to my husband that I needed to find out the truth about Christianity and off I went to church. Within a year
my husband and I were attending the Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, Virginia.
 At this time, my desire was to have an hour in church once a week where I would be free from the
demands of young children and where all my questions would be answered, but God had a better plan for
me. My son, who was just over a year old, was having trouble adjusting to the Nursery, and week after
week I found myself in the Nursery instead of church. As it turned out, that was exactly where I needed to
be. Through the friendship and witness of the other parents and in the very act of serving alongside them, I
was being discipled in the Christian faith.
When my son turned two, the Christian Education Director asked me to teach a Sunday school class for
him and the other two-year-olds. Every week I poured over a passage of Scripture, trying to understand it
well enough to convey it to a little child. Again, it was exactly what I needed. Soon I was getting to know
other young mothers and attending a Bible study. At one Bible study I was assigned a prayer partner, and
so I began pray.
When my third child came along, I assumed I would be back in the Nursery with him, but he loved the
Nursery, so I kept teaching Sunday school, moving up a grade each year. At the age of 40, I was baptized,
along with my three children.
I continued to teach Sunday school and several years later became the Christian Education Director at the
Church of the Epiphany. I have been involved in Christian education in a variety of roles since then, and
always the Lord has used my work to bless me with His grace, love and mercy.
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Holy Trinity Anglican Church ~ Houston, Texas
Submitted by Ijeoma Ubadinobi, Women’s Leader
                                             PRAISE REPORT!
God has been faithful to His word unto us in 2010/2011. Most important is the spiritual revival that is
taking place in the life of the members here—it is wonderful! He has helped us regroup and reorganize our
Welfare Committee to be more effective in reaching out to those in need. In this area we have seen God
work miracles. Members have volunteered to pay the bills of other members facing financial difficulties as


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they are led by the Holy Spirit to do so. Members are encouraged to evangelize in their own “little corner”,
and it is amazing what God is doing.
The Women’s prayer meeting was revived two years ago and today we are waxing strong in faith as we
stand in the gap to intercede. This meeting is held on the first Saturday of each month. It features words of
exultation from the word by various members as well as a prayer session. Many testimonies have been told
of answered prayers from this meeting.
The Children’s and Youth Ministries have also grown tremendously. We thank God for what He is doing
in the lives of our Youth. The second annual Youth Week was held last year and we were simply amazed
at what God used our children to do. The program was organized by the youth without any help from the
adults. They invited Youth guest speakers and various Youth artists who performed during the program.
Everyone in attendance was richly blessed and we are looking forward to what they have in store this year.
The number of children in the church has almost doubled within the past two years. The challenge here is
having enough teachers to cover the classes. We believe God will send us laborers for the Children’s
Ministry.
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St Brendan’s in the City ~ Washington DC
Submitted by Lisa Treacy wife of the Rev’d Richard Treacy, Rector

                                 WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Relationship is the key to the Women’s Ministry at St Brendan’s in the City. In fact we don’t even call it a
‘Ministry’! Rather, in keeping with the rhythm of our congregation—most of whom are in their 20s and
30s—we meet together for tea-parties, breakfasts and pottery painting. It is in these simple times of
fellowship that we hear each others’ hearts, where we comfort and encourage each other and share what the
Lord has taught us.

A recent fruit of these growing relationships occurred in April when a group from the church attended a
conference together in Pennsylvania. There three women from St Brendan’s received dramatic physical
healings. They are now full of faith that God will do it again for others. Praise the Lord!

Our children’s ministry used the materials and structure of Godly Play. Wendy Wright heads a
dedicated team of storytellers and doorkeepers who minister to our children during service each
Sunday. Although we have a small number of children, this is a vital dimension of ministry at St
Brendan’s as we believe that it is a privilege for our congregation to be entrusted with little ones.
Please pray for increased depth of relationships between women in our congregation, for fruitful
times where we hear from and are transformed by the Lord; and pray that our children will
continue to grow in faith and their love for Jesus.
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Saint George’s Anglican Church ~ Colorado Springs, Colorado
Submitted by Karla Fanelli Probert, Women’s Ministries
Submitted by Edwina Fangio, Director of Children’s Ministry

                              ST. GEORGE’S WOMEN’S MININTRIES
                         Submitted by Karla Fanelli Probert, Women’s Ministries

The seminal women’s group at St. George’s is WoW! – Women of the Word: We meet each Tuesday
mornings year round. We currently offer two women’s Bible study sessions one held in the mornings and
one in the evenings. This year we have studied a number of books: The Message of the Sermon on the
Mount by John R. W. Stott; Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Alsup; and we are currently working
through The Portable Seminary edited by David Horton. In addition to the standard Bible study sessions,



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we also invite guest speakers such as Dr. David Parris, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Fuller
Theological Seminary and Rabbi Mel Glazer of Temple Shalom.
Out of this study several other ministries and activities have sprung, including: Women of Faith in Culture
Conference. As a kick-off to Lent, WoW! hosted a mini-conference featuring Sarah Flashing, Director of
Women of Faith in Culture. Sarah Flashing defines a Christian worldview as having, “our lives … be a
testimony to God’s sovereignty, giving glory to him in all areas of our lives, grounding our beliefs and
actions in scripture.” The 2-day conference addressed topics such as “Christianity as Truth,” “Worldview
at War,” “Walking Worthy” and “The Titus 2 Mandate.”
Wednesday Morning Walks: An informal gathering of the women of St. George to walk together each
Wednesday morning through the summer – a chance for fellowship and fitness.
Inklings Book Club: A monthly book club alternating each month between fiction and nonfiction.
Quarterly Outings: Some include or will include the Scripture Gardens and tour of the Denver Botanic
Gardens, “How To Read a Church” walking tour of Colorado Springs churches, THE PASSION | LIGHT
ETERNAL Good Friday performance featuring Lauridsen’s Lux Æterna, Haydn’s The Passion, and
excerpts from Brahms’ A German Requiem as well as a performance of Itzhak Perlman with the Colorado
Springs Symphony.
Common Grounds: A monthly opportunity for women to gather over coffee and muffins, encouraging a
closer walk with God by supporting and sharing with one another, guided by the biblical story of Mary and
Martha. Jesus chided Martha for her excessive worry and busyness.
St. Theresa’s Guild: A women’s ministry of compassion preparing and delivering meals to parish
families in need due to a new baby, family death, or other major disruption in their lives. This year, we will
again be reviving the tradition of a Christmas Bazaar to raise money for programs for youth ministries, a
building fund, women’s groups and mission work. Talented women will be sharing their skills with others
through craft making classes during the summer and fall. One of the most important purposes is providing
opportunities for parish wide fellowship. In addition, Bon Marche: a French Flea Market will be held to
help fund these ministries.
The St. George’s Saint Chrysostom’s Guild: A women’s educational group, established a library in
memory of their president of many years, Gloria Barnsbee. They asked parishioners to donate new or like
new religious books or significant classical literature to this library.
                           ST. GEORGE’S CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
                    Submitted by Edwina Fangio, Director of Children’s Ministry
Children’s Chapel: Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the Children's Chapel of St. George's
welcomes children age 2 through the 5th grade. Children's Chapel time is a wonderful program
to help children connect each week with the meaning of the liturgy and tradition of the Anglican
Church. As children become familiar with the liturgical language of the church, the Book of
Common Prayer and the Hymnal, they will be prepared to make the transition to join the adults in
worship when their families feel they are ready. Fr. Sutter utilizes a child friendly format for his
sermon to help the children grow into faithful Christians. It is a chance for children to come to
Christ, worshiping in a space that has been set apart for them and with a priest who understands
that spiritual formation is of the utmost calling.
The structure of the service parallels what happens in the big church. Two children are chosen
each week to serve as acolytes for the procession and one child acts as an usher at offering time.
The children who serve in these roles wear blue robes and a cross of St. George medal. A hymn
is sung for the procession and the children bow as the cross goes by. The children are learning to
cross themselves, say The Apostle’s Creed and Lord’s Prayer, and listen to prayers of petition
and thanksgiving that are offered. The children also are learning the Prayer of Confession. The
children’s offering is given to help support the Manyoni orphan, Constalus Andrea, whom we
sponsor. A second hymn is sung for the recessional and the children then have time to build
relationships with each other, call each other by name and engage in activities that reinforce
learning and using the gifts of the spirit.
Children’s Choirs: St. Gabriel’s Choir: all children grades K-5 meet with the choir master from
10:05 – 10:20am to sing. The children process and sing at both the 9Am and 11 Am services on


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Pentecost and prepare to sing once a month throughout the year. The Angel Choir for pre-
schoolers will begin singing with the choir master in the summer to prepare for performance
during the year.
Sunday School: At 10:20 am children are dismissed to go to Sunday School classes.
Preschoolers, K-1, and 2-5 grade classes meet in separate locations. Each class is lead by two
adults using the Bible-In-Life Dave C. Cook curriculum, which has a different Bible story each
week, memory verse, and hands on activities to reinforce the message. Students are served a
snack and also have time for fellowship.
Nursery: A fully staffed nursery is provided for all children birth to age five. Children learn to
relate to others and begin the process of dealing with separation from their parents. Bible stories
are read and snacks are offered in the welcoming community of the nursery.
Vacation Bible School: The theme for this year’s VBS program is Bible Champions - Olympic
Style. Sport activities will be tied to the lessons of great Bible heroes: Jesus, David, Samson,
Esther, and Joseph. Children will be taught scripture by singing and reciting memory verses
combined with teaching and activities to make a lasting impression of God’s champions. Story
time, music, crafts, snacks and recreation give the children a full curriculum as they rotate from
station to station.
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Saint George’s – Helmetta, New Jersey
Submitted by Jan Kwiatkowski, Women’s Ministry
Sunday School – by Cindy Weiler, Youth – by David Altamura, Testimony – by Barbara
Raczynski

                              ST. GEORGE’S WOMEN’S MINISTRY
                                   Submitted by Jan Kwiatkowski
The women’s ministry at St. George’s in Helmetta, NJ, continues to thrive. Throughout the year, we have a
mixture of Bible study and fellowship events. There are 3 all-women Bible studies that have been in place
for a number of years. Two of them are during the day, and one is in the evening. All of the studies are
independently run, with each study focusing on a different book of the Bible. The studies are always open
to new members.
One of our fellowship events is the early Spring Ladies Tea. Most years we have the tea in the Parish Hall
but this year we opted for something different. One of our parish families owns a local ceramic shop and
that was the site of this year’s tea. We had a lovely time combining the feasting (which we always do quite
well!) and fellowship with the painting of our selected pieces.
The annual Women’s Retreat was held in April in the NJ seaside town of Ocean Grove. This town is
known for its Methodist Camp Meeting roots and annual events of guest preachers and Christian bands.
Since our retreat occurred during Lent, the theme of our retreat was The Way of the Cross. We had
teachings on two of the women at the cross, Mary, the mother of God, and Mary Magdalene. Small group
time followed each of the teachings. We had an interesting session on “what would you do with 4 hours?”
From that discussion, I envision groups of women coming together for the stroll on the beach, walk in the
park, or discussing a good book.
Throughout the retreat, we had sessions covering the Stations of the Cross. Using those Stations that are
scripturally based, we listened to the readings while focusing on related images. Mediation and song
followed each Station. On Saturday evening, we watched the film The Passion of the Christ. Our retreat
took place one week prior to Holy Week. Every woman I’ve spoken to has said how rich and meaningful
Holy Week was for them this year because of the retreat. As we listened to the readings from Palm
Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter, we could see the images in our mind’s eye.
Thank you, Lord, for bringing the Scriptures alive to us.
In June we will be hosting Jennifer Sands, Christian Author and Speaker as she shares her powerful
testimony of faith in God’s plan. Jennifer’s husband Jim was killed in the terrorist attack on September 11
and her life was forever changed. In her testimony, Jennifer shares how God used this horrific tragedy to


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make her into a new creation. The women from area churches are also invited to attend. Two fellowship
dinners are planned for the remainder of 2011. The Christmas Dinner event is always special because we
“dress” for dinner and bring our “company best” dishes to share. All leftovers are packaged and placed in
our Pastoral Care freezer for use by parishioners or patrons of our food pantry.
                     ST. GEORGE’S CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES: SUNDAY SCHOOL
                                         Submitted by Cindy Weiler
There are currently 10 students in Sunday School. We started the school year with three classes but have
consolidated into two classes. We have a Kindergarten/Grade 1 class with four students and a Grade 2-5
class with six students. There are five teachers who rotate teaching responsibilities on a weekly basis. If
there is a need because of crafts or projects two teachers are available for the class. We use the David C.
Cook Bible in Life Curriculum. There is a new Bible story each week with a Bible Memory Verse. The
children bring their envelopes to Sunday school. We sing a song while we pass the collection plate and the
students put their envelopes in. Each week a student is selected to accompany the ushers and carry the
Sunday School collection plate. The students eagerly volunteer to do this.
This school year the children made Christmas crosses and baked cookies that were distributed to the
homebound during Christmas caroling on the fourth Sunday of Advent. The children made Easter cards
that were sent to the homebound for Easter. Students colored Mother’s Day cards for their mothers that
were donated by a local business. Each card contained a little coupon that Mom could use for a free week
of services at the local business.
                                   ST. GEORGE’S YOUTH MINISTRY
                                       Submitted by David Altamura
In the spring of 2011, the St George’s youth program underwent a major change when the original
leadership team left their role and moved on to other ministries. The Youth leadership ministry was
transitioned over to a new team with the hope of expanding and growing youth engagement in the parish.
Currently the youth group has about seven members, most of whom are starting their senior year of high
school in September. After the leadership transition we have had several meetings and a few activities with
minimal support from the existing seven members. Our most successful event was a fish fry during Lent
that the youth team supported in a variety of ways.
Our goal now is to focus attention on recruitment and growth of new members. Activities geared toward
attracting young teens are being planned for the fall. We pray that by the fall, our new Rector (currently in
the search process) will be in place. We look forward to working with the new Rector on establishing a
revitalized and vibrant youth group and supporting the mission of St. George’s.
                                  Testimony: ST. GEORGE’S MIRACLE
                                     Submitted by Barbara Raczynski
God has been very busy in the life of St. George’s Church. On October 21, 2007 our parish voted to leave
our affiliation with The Episcopal Church and align ourselves with CANA as our oversight. This was a
huge step in the spiritual life and history of St. George’s. Our Rector closed the meeting with prayer and
challenged us to pray and think about “What did Jesus command us to do?”
In thinking about that question, it seemed to me that something Jesus said to us was more pertinent; “I will
never leave you nor forsake you.” Those words spoke to my heart and personally carried me through the
long and difficult journey that followed. The main hurdle we faced was coming to an agreement with the
Diocese of NJ on a property settlement. Everyone who spoke to us and advised us kept saying that we
would not prevail in a positive outcome of retaining our property. We forged ahead, against all odds, in our
pursuit of showing the world how Christians handle issues like this. The Vestry agreed that St. George’s
would not go to court over our property; and this was made very clear to the Diocese. Fortunately, the
Bishop agreed with our stance on the matter.
In my heart, I continually felt that God had blessed our holy ground and that He would not leave us nor
forsake us. God had a plan for this place; a plan to glorify Him in all that we do. Now, I must admit, there
were times when I questioned myself and wondered if I was just in denial. Times when I refused to look at
the reality of it all, and put on my blinders, only seeing it as “we will win.” Whenever doubt and fear, yes,
there was a lot of fear that came creeping into my head and heart, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”
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There were numerous meetings with Bishop George Councell or his representatives. In January 2009, a
proposal from St. George’s for the purchase of our property was submitted to the Standing Committee.
That started an almost two year back-and-forth of “we offered, they said”. Several times during the
process, the Standing Committee would demand certain things before they would continue negotiating with
us. Each time, we followed our path, refusing to ever take this to court; and each time the Standing
Committee continued to negotiate.
Finally, on November 23, 2010 it was over! Christ had won and we kept our property! And miracles do
happen; especially in this day and age. Here is a list of recent miracles:
     Miracle #1: Our agreement with the Diocese was 30% less than the original asking price.
     Miracle #2: In the agreement, the Diocese would hold our mortgage.
     Miracle #3: And lastly, the mortgage was interest free for 30 years, with a 15 year buyout.
On that day, November 23, 2010, in the small office of our attorney, I placed my signature, as Senior Warden of
St. George’s Anglican Church, on the document that signed and sealed the property as ours. It was a moment in
history and a moment where “I will never leave you nor forsake you” rang truer than ever before. It was a
humbling experience, where all the glory was given to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and I was honored to
be a part of that historic moment.
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Saint Luke’s Anglican Church ~ Akron, Ohio
Submitted by Gretsie Ames, wife of the Rt. Rev’d Bishop Roger Ames, Suffragan Bishop of the
Great Lakes District—CANA; Bishop of the Great Lakes Diocese—ACNA
                                             DEAR FRIENDS…
I write this as an addendum to last year’s report. Everything has continued, and everything has GROWN,
both in numbers and in depth! We are now reaching un-churched and un-saved women in the Young
Women’s Fellowship. Some of our new women are unmarried and with children.
We have seen many lives changed, and transformations taking place. It is heartwarming to see the effect of
the Children’s program on these little ones who come each week into the nurturing Presence of our Lord
Jesus. New women from the area have been joining the Women’s House Church and the Women’s Bible
Study as well as the Worship and Warfare Intercession group that meets weekly to pray for the church
worldwide.
On the Justice front, plans to expand the ‘JUST LOVE CAFÉ’ have been spearheaded by our Christy Lile,
wife of Priest Jeremy Lile and heads of Youth and Young Marrieds. This awaits our new place as St.
Luke’s will be moving- literally- over the summer. We know that His Presence goes with us and we are
excited to see how He will expand the Kingdom in our new place.
We are now the Pro-Cathedral of the new ACNA Diocese of the Great Lakes with arms of love reaching
into several states and regions surrounding this area. Praise to the Lord for all things. And thank you for
giving us CANA!
With love, Gretsie
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Saint Paul’s Anglican Church ~ Haymarket, Virginia
Submitted by Celeste Minns, wife of the Rev’d Jon Minns, Associate Rector

                                            MAMMA CANA
Jon and I have been at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Haymarket, VA for 10 months now. Since arriving
just a few months ago, so much has happened at St. Paul’s!
After getting four kids settled in 4 schools, we hit the ground running to begin our ministry here in
Northern VA. Jon was hired by the church to help bring youth and young families to St. Paul’s. Having
our two oldest children at the local middle and high schools was a blessing. They are our biggest
supporters and cheerleaders for our youth group ministry. We now have had up to 15 new kids coming to
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We are also fortunate to have a pre-school/school affiliated with the church. Every other week Jon meets
with 120 kids from the pre-school for a chapel service. He really enjoys this time with the kids. They sing
great songs together and Jon shares a wonderful bible truth, which usually involves a special story from his
own childhood. Jon is loved by many of the little ones, and I suspect the teachers enjoy his great sense of
humor as well.
Our Sunday service is also doing very well! Jon has been given many chances to preach and share the
good news of Jesus. He is also counseling some young married couples as well as meeting with new
couples and will do his first baptism this weekend. We have also started a coffee hour after church, which
has become a huge success. Not only are we getting to know our congregation but they are also getting to
know each other better as well. We are looking forward to adding a summer snow cone hour. Please pray
for the funds to buy a great snow-cone machine.
To help supplement our income I am working part-time at a local winery here in the Virginia countryside.
Jon and I have a vision of sharing God’s plan for marriage by offering the Alpha marriage course at the
vineyard.
The Lord continues to show his mercy and love to our family and our ministry.
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St. Paul’s Anglican Church ~ Houston, Texas
Submitted by Abigal Uvuka wife of the Rev’d Canon Godwin Uvuka, Rector
                                     I CONTINUED TO BELIEVE…
I believed … and I continue to believe that the church, the Body of Christ, belongs to God! And I pray that
He continues using our women’s and children’s ministries in His Church. I'm confident of this—that the
one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.        Phil
1.1:6.
                              WOMEN’ AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
The women’ and children’s ministries are the center of St Paul's Anglican Church’s programs! Our women
at St. Paul’s help in the church Bible studies on Sundays at 10:00 am and with all the children’s ministry.
Women help to organize free lunches on every first Sunday of the month. They help on general fasting
days, with Holy Communion and prayers. We invite families, friends and relations to join in the Worship.
Two infants were baptized early in the year while three will be baptized in June and July 2011. The parents
are receiving instructions and counseling. The children have their own apartment where they stay for
instructions, teachings and worship in their own standard.

The Mothering Sunday was well attended and more than twenty woman received gifts from the men's
group. One of the women was spiritually led to give good words of advice and instructions to the whole
church on the Mothering Sunday.
God answers the prayers of our woman ministry prayer teams and others to meet our needs at St. Paul’s
Anglican church. Early in the year one of our woman delivered a baby boy around May 2011. We are
really grateful to God for the blessing of this new little life.
We continue to pray for answers to prayer and for the Lord’s improvements—God being our helper!
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Saint Stephan's ~ Roswell, New Mexico
Submitted by Rev’d Bob Tally, Rector in behalf of his wife Bess

                                     DEAR BISHOP AND ANGELA
St. Stephens is doing well. We are building slowly but solidly. We added another couple recently so that
when everyone comes we are up to 35 people. St. Stephens continues to bank money for a future church.
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Also had a baptism week before last.—an adult who celebrated his 86th birthday on the date of the baptism.
We celebrated our 2nd birthday on Palm Sunday and continue to worship at First Christian Church Chapel.
We are very welcomed there.

About a month ago, First Christian asked their pastor to resign. They asked if I would fill in for them in the
interim. I was happy to say yes. Perhaps in time, I will invite them to join the Anglican Church. Right now
they are a non-denominational church. About all they can say is "We believe in the Bible." They have not
used any creed in the past. They were a part of the Disciples of Christ. About eight years ago they split
from this group due to liberalism. The disciples were going down the same road as the Episcopalians.
Anyway, we shall see how this plays out.

Bess continues to deteriorate with her Alzheimer's. She cannot remember anyone now except for me and I
have to care for as though she were a baby. When I go out I have volunteers or home healthcare workers to
stay with her. She is very clingy and always wants to have me in her sight.

God is good. He has carried me through the same phases chronicled in "On Death and Dying." I am now
in the acceptance phase. So..............dear Bishop and Angela, please continue to pray for us.

God bless you both and hope to see you one day.

Love in Christ, Bob+

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Saint Thomas Anglican Church ~ Springfield, Missouri
Submitted by Janet Eyberg wife of the Rev’d Carl J. Eyberg, Rector
                                       A SMALL HOUSE CHURCH
St. Thomas Anglican Church is a small house church with Godly, faithful members with a strong desire to
serve the Lord and advance His Kingdom. Under Fr. Carl’s direction and guidance, we are building the
foundation for St. Thomas to grow even though many local people hear our name and say, “angel-ican?”.
We have a heart for the Lord, a desire to serve, a love of feasting, and a wonderful God-given sense of
humor! We are about to begin a new effort of prayer and fasting in order to discern the best path for St.
Thomas to grow in our predominantly Baptist/Church of Christ community. With that in mind, we always
keep the people and churches of CANA in our prayers.

                              CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
Providing a Christian education program for the children of St. Thomas Anglican Church was a given from
the beginning (2008), but discovering the best routine and methods for our particular population/situation
has been a challenge. Like many new church plants, finances, space, and the age range of the children are
major issues. I believe we found a good program during the past year.

The children of St. Thomas Anglican currently range in age from one year to ten years. Depending on the
parents’ wishes, those children under the age of three are in ‘nursery care’ with Emily Eyberg, an
elementary education major at Missouri State University. The older children have Sunday school class
time from 10:30, when the worship service begins, until sometime after the Peace and the beginning of the
Eucharist. Prior to Sunday school class, the children of parents who attend the Adult Sunday Study are
able to view Christian videos or have free play in the downstairs area.

We found the greatest need for the children was to learn the important stories of the Bible. For our lessons
we use two children’s Bibles, various children’s books and coloring or activity sheets that can be copied for
classroom. The year began with lessons on people from the Old Testament then went on to the New
Testament and stories more specifically related to Jesus’ life. During Advent, the lessons focused on Jesus’


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Nativity and why we observe Advent. Since Epiphany, the lessons have concerned stories of Jesus’
ministry. During Lent and including Easter, the children will learn about the stories associated with
Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. After Easter Sunday, the lessons will continue with stories
of Jesus’ ministry and parables then on to the Acts of the Apostles and the life of Paul.

At this time, the mothers of the children take turns teaching the lessons. Some have provided their own
craft to go along with the lesson they are teaching. Anyone from the congregation may sign-up to teach
and be on the rotation. Because we are working with young children of various ages and young families,
we have to be flexible and patient at all times in order to help them learn the stories of our Faith.

                                          WOMEN’S MINISTRY
The women of St. Thomas Anglican make an effort to meet monthly for fellowship and prayers. We call
this time LOL (Ladies Only Lunch/Laugh Out Loud). Some months lunches are not possible due to
scheduling conflicts, but other months we may have two lunches. The lunches are used to bond as sisters in
Christ through food, prayer, and humor for whoever is able to attend. A Bible study was held during the
summer. The women of St. Thomas are the main contributors to our monthly potluck meals, other feasts,
‘Take Them a Meal’ program, and major participants in the Walk for Life and children’s Sunday school.

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Shepherd's Heart ~ Fairfax, Virginia
Submitted by Kathie Brown wife of the Rev’d Jerry Brown

               OUR WOMEN'S MINISTRY CONSISTS OF VARIED OPPORTUNITIES!
                                       PRAYER TEAM MINISTRY
                                           By Kay McCallum
Our Shepherd, Fr. Harold Hammond, on any given day, will find his “sheep” seated at his feet. He listens
with his heart, looks beyond our circumstances and searches the heart of God to help us find our purpose. It
was April 2005 when Fr. Harold gave a book to me, “Revelations of Divine Mercy,” a daily devotional
taken from the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska. The reading of her book and subsequently learning to pray
the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, was the “Seed” planted that would become our prayer team.
Every Tuesday for three years there was one who prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Jesus Prayer,
which Fr. Harold had taught all of us. Sometimes others would come by to visit and learn the prayer. Over
time God began to add others one by one until there are now five members completing the Prayer Team.
The Team is now seasoned. Many battles have been fought, many lessons learned and our hearts carry the
scars and the triumphs. We are in unity and have found our home. Two years ago God gave us a verse of
scripture that has become our theme. Psalms 84:3, “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a
nest for herself, where she may have her young-a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my
God.”
Our Shepherd has continued to ground us in the Word of God, the Early Church, its’ Fathers and the Saints.
Our roots are growing down deep and our circle of five has begun to “form a circle around others who are
wounded and in pain.” God has sent His anointing, and our ministry is bearing fruit. All praise and glory
be unto God. Non Nobis Domini.
                      RESTON’S MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY OUTREACH
                                     By Sheryl Wilson
The women’s ministry of Shepherd’s Heart extends weekly to Reston where a small flock of ladies gather
in each others’ homes to study, pray and care for one another. Led by one of our members, this small
group consists of women from evangelical to Catholic whose common desire is to grow in faith and share
the trials and triumphs of life together. Recently completing their 10th year, different ones have come and
gone yet a central core of 3-4 has remained. A book or book of the Bible is studied each year. In the last
three years, the group has been led to go deeper and study the writings and prayers of the early church,
which have been taught through Father Hammond's ministry at Shepherd’s Heart. There is a sweet
intimacy within this group of women that have laughed, cried and prayed through births, deaths, weddings,

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divorce, prodigal children, unemployment, to name a few, while seeing the faithfulness of our Shepherd
carry each one through. There are occasional outings and dinners together for fun and fellowship. The
year is culminated in a weekend retreat, which is always a fruitful and joyful time. Spiritual fruit has come
forth over time in the form of salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, transformed hearts, and a new
appreciation for our rich spiritual heritage back to the early Church.
                                       AFTER MASS FELLOWSHIP
                                            By Sister Clare
We at Shepherd’s Heart have a wonderful tradition every Sunday after our celebration of the Great
Thanksgiving (The Eucharist). It all began when we moved into our new space, sharing with Fairfax
Christian Church on Main Street. We are the first to have services in the shared sanctuary Sunday morning
and must be finished and out of the sanctuary by 10:30 am. Having our own chapel just down the hall, we
were excited to have a coffee hour - and informal time to visit with each other and greet visitors who have
come to the service. Well our coffee hour has gone from coffee and bagels to a meal! We have a rotating
schedule of women who like to cook, as well as a clean-up team. And our dear Momma Ann makes a
spectacular cake and/or confection every week. She's our baker extrordinare. We use this time to have
special celebrations like birthdays and feast days.
Every year we’ll honor 4 saints. The service will be set up with the saint in mind, and we’ll usually have
that person (visit) us during the service. (St. Nicholas comes by on Dec.10 of every year) Then there will
be a celebration at the meal time. Our feast day celebrations are always a big hit and many are exposed to
the lives of beloved saints for the first time, seeing how their lives pointed to Christ. St. Patrick came in
March. St. Francis of Assisi has also come. This is a special time for all of us.
                                      PHONE IN PRAYER CHAINS
                                           By Sister Mary
We started a 911 prayer line at Shepherd’s Heart with several phone lines and about 2 to 3 women on each
line. The prayers come in daily and range from simple to emergency prayers. The prayers have been
answered one way or another. Those with breast issues, God has healed and only one has had to go back
for chemo or radiation. We had a brain tumor decrease in size and disappear. We have had jobs found in
just about every case. Family situations have been a real problem. Many of these turned around within a
day or two. This line is a comfort to many people and God has honored the prayers.
                              FRANCISCAN SIDE WALK PRAYER TEAM
                                        By Kathie Brown
I should let Marge Witkop write up this one, but at this time Marge is recovering from knee surgery. She
told me yesterday that she never had to take the strong pain meds and did not use the crutches. She is a
remarkable lady. Our Franciscan Order has been praying at the Greenspring Shopping Center in front of a
dry cleaners. We set up shop with a folding table and cloth letting people know we are a prayer station. We
give out the Gospels of John. The teams consist of Deacon Francis and Marge and maybe their grandkids.
Yep the kids pray too. They have even given out some prophetic words to other kids. They draw lots of
people. People are asked if they would like a blessing or specific prayers. We also have other members on
this team: Pat, Leslie, Barbara, F. Anthony, Sister Clare, Sister Mary, Kathie, and I'm sure I've forgotten -
oh yes- Miss Ann. We normally have 2 - 3 people praying. We are warmly welcomed by the drycleaners.
Franciscans go out into the world.
                             DOWNTOWN MINISTRY WITH F. ANTHONY
                                      By Kathie Brown
F. Anthony has been taking a team downtown for several years to minister to the homeless. Many women
donate sandwiches, chips, cookies, soup, cake, hotdogs, drinks or water. F. Anthony takes a couple of
carloads of women and sometimes another guy or two. We go down every 3rd Saturday of the month. The
homeless are lined up and waiting because by now they know we are coming. Clothing, coats, sweaters,
hats, socks, scarves and other items of clothing are donated and shared. We found that the best way to
serve was to give out numbers to our “guests” and when their number came up, they could select an item.
We had to be careful because some will take what we give and sell it to make money. After handing out
the food (the last count was anywhere from 100 to 130 people) the team walks around to talk to, pray with,
encourage, listen to, and share the Gospel with our downtown friends. We have made some good friends

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and have learned many interesting things about being homeless. When new people show up on the street,
especially women, they are watched over by those who have had the most experience. They are shown the
ropes and how to survive. It can be dangerous on the streets.
Well, these are some of the things we women in Shepherd’s Heart do besides taking care of each other. We
are a busy group! God bless. Kathie Brown
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The Anglican Fellowship of Washington ~ Washington DC
Testimony by Janet Arpee, Wife of the Rev’d Stephen Arpee, Vicar


                        JOHN'S BIRTHDAY ~ MAY 25, 1962, TEHRAN, IRAN
I could not believe it! What was happening? It must be a nightmare! The nurse had just left my beautiful
newborn baby on my lap for the very first time, and he had turned 'black' and had stopped breathing – I
must have imagined it! - and I think I stopped breathing too. The nurse came back, turned him upside
down by the heels, spanked his bottom, and he started to breath again. This happened every ten minutes for
the next three days, and that first day, the nurse -supervisor (a Roman Catholic) told us that we should
baptise him because he couldn't possibly live, and if he did, he would be a 'vegetable'.
 Oh! dear! We both spoke at once. I said “Yes” and Steve said “No” - equally emphatically. What a time
to find ourselves in disagreement, just eleven months after our marriage, and our precious baby hanging
between life and death. Stephen didn't want to act out of 'superstition', and I felt this was the only way of
saying “Lord, this baby is Yours, so Your will – not mine”. I also believed that there was healing power in
the sacrament of baptism, and felt nonplussed by what seemed to me to be Stephen's misplaced
Presbyterian understanding.
Thank God for wonderful, sympathetic clergy at such times – David Guerney – our Australian priest was
able to interpret us to each other, and he baptised John the next day. Thank God also for the Persian
Church, along with the Anglican and Presbyterian missionaries who kept round the clock prayer vigil for
us. We could barely think straight, and we didn't know how to pray, but Romans chapter 8, verses 26 & 27,
kept coming to mind -- In the same way the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness. We do not even know
how we ought to pray, but through our inarticulate groans the Spirit himself is pleading for us, and God
who searches our inmost being knows what the Spirit means, because he pleads for God's people as God
himself wills.
All I could pray was 'Your will not mine', and I could do that because I knew that all those wonderful
friends were able to pray for John's healing in a way that I could not. At the same time all this prayer was
being offered up, the medical folk were trying to make me take pills to dry up my milk- and I was
stubbornly throwing them into the trash and expressing my milk, saying that “when he's dead then I'll take
them”. They truly believed that he had brain damage, but later it was shown that he had had septicaemia
from staphlococcus aureus which had contaminated the scissors used to cut the umbilical cord.
John was born on 25th. May; he was baptised 'in extremis' on the 26th and we took him home on June 11th
the eve of our first wedding anniversary. The medical staff was amazed and the nursing director told us
that they could claim no credit for the healing, that it truly was in response to prayer – God's work! But I
know that it was also the faithfulness of the Body of Christ, doing what they were told to do. What would
we have done without them? Our family in Christ who helped us to stand when we were weak, and
allowed us to see that 'Light which shines in the darkness' when we were too distracted to see. It still
makes me want to cry in joy and thanksgiving.
Whenever things go wrong, I've always prayed that God won't waste it, however big or small. This has
been the worst year of John's life; the year in which his wife was found to have ovarian cancer from which
she died three months ago. This 'vegetable' son of ours is now a gifted electrical engineer. Today is John's
49th birthday. I am sure this year just passed will not have been wasted. Both John and Joanna wanted
most of all to glorify God, and to see Paul, Samuel and James blessed in the knowledge of God's love and
faithfulness towards them through all the ups and downs of life. I'm so very proud of them all!
For a copy of John Arpee’s reflections on this last year's ordeal for him and his family contact the CANA
office.
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The Falls Church ~ Falls Church, Virginia
Submitted by Libby Cannizzaro, Women’s Ministry Coordinator
Submitted by Jennifer Greenleaf, Director of Children’s Ministry
                         TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH COMMUNITY
                      Submitted by Libby Cannizzaro, Women’s Ministry Coordinator
It truly has been an incredible year where the Spirit was at work in women’s lives. To Him be the glory!
The Women’s Ministry at The Falls Church seeks to provide an atmosphere where women can study God’s
Word in authentic community – a place where women will feel cared for and encouraged as they move
deeper into a relationship with God and with each other. Our desire is to equip women not only to be
strong disciples but to move out into their worlds – whether it be family, neighborhood, workplace, or
community – with the love and good news of Jesus Christ.
Bible Study: This year the Women’s Ministry offered a variety of studies. The largest attended was a Beth
Moore study of the tabernacle – “A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place.” Our women were
encouraged by the study of the construction of the tabernacle of the Old Testament and its implications for
the new covenant believer. Other Bible Studies offered and well attended were on the following topics:
The Book of Romans (Precepts Study), Inductive Study of the Gospel of Luke, Inductive Study of the book
of Acts, and the Lenten Study – The book of Ruth.
One new exciting development this year in Women’s Ministry was the inauguration of a large-scale
evening Bible Study for women who work. Over 85 women of all ages registered for this study, and the
format was patterned after the morning study, with a large group gathering and teaching followed by small
group Bible study and discussion.
This is one testimony from Amy Gray, an elementary school teacher, who attended this Bible Study: “I
have enjoyed the experience of being in a large group and connected to a broader range of women in the
church but also being in a small group where I’ve gotten to know some great new friends on a more
intimate level. We can dig into the Scriptures together, share our struggles, encourage each other, and pray
for one another. So often throughout the study, I have felt as though Beth Moore is speaking directly to me
and where I am in my journey. This sentiment is often expressed by many women in the study and is a
wonderful testimony to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
Spring Retreat: Once a year our community leaves town for a weekend to pull away from our routines and
responsibilities and be renewed and refreshed as we worship, learn, play together, meet new friends, and
enjoy being with old ones. The Retreat in 2011 was held March 11-13 at The Westin Hotel in Annapolis,
MD. Speaker Holly Leachman spoke to us about Becoming A Woman of Courage. Over 240 attended, and
the Spirit was powerfully at work in Holly’s teaching, in our healing ministry, in the seminars, and in small
groups. We rested, relaxed, laughed, and enjoyed the fellowship of being away together.
Child Care Bible Curriculum: This past year the TFC women’s community continued its largely
volunteer-led childcare program during our Thursday morning Bible Study, staffed in part by Bible Study
participants so that more mothers could attend. This included providing a Bible-based curriculum for their
children attending and meant that over 30 mothers could attend Bible Study. This is in addition to the
children in our “Babes with Babes” class – the study offered on Thursday mornings for women who wish
to bring their babies to class with them.
        CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: TRANSFORMING THE WORLD ONE CHILD AT A TIME
                     By Jennifer Greenleaf, Director of Children’s Ministry
Each week brings new examples of how God is moving in TFC’s Children’s Ministry and we remain
grateful for the privilege of coming alongside parents, helping them connect their kids to Jesus. The third
time this particular family had ever been to TFC, the mom made a point of telling me how excited her 7
year-old son was to be here. Her child thinks the adult leaders and other children in his Kid Connection
Sunday morning small group are really nice. He also likes the projects they work on and he enjoys hearing
about all the cool things this man named Jesus did. He thinks Sunday school is FUN and he can’t wait to
come back each week! She said his enthusiasm for church was significant because her boy struggles with
Autism and has suffered rejection from his peers for most of his school-going years.
Sunday Morning Kid Connection remains strong. F-U-N in Jesus is the dominant characteristic of our
children’s small groups on Sunday mornings with solid Bible teaching, prayer, creative worship and sweet


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times of fellowship between the children all a regular part of the experience. Approximately 100 adults and
teens led children’s small groups with a total average attendance of 250 kids each Sunday during 2010.
Children’s Ministry offered 3 FANTATIC summer camps in 2010: Kicks for Christ Soccer Camp,
Rainforest Vacation Bible School and Journeys with Jesus Travel Camp. About 200 children and scores of
adults and teens learned what it means to live for Christ while running around a soccer field, playing games
on the side yard of the Historic Church, frolicking in a water park, or during a daily field trip. It was
exciting to see so many children come alive to the Lord during the daily Bible studies around which each
camp centers.
One of the highlights of the year in Children’s Ministry was our BIG new adventure offering a worship
service just for families each Sunday during the summer months. It was really special for moms and dads
to worship and learn about Jesus with their children. TFC provided a copy of Parenting in the Pew by
Robbie Castleman to every family who attended the family service.
One family said, “The easy, insightful service helps remind us of the blessings of God and gave a chance to
be joyous and casual.” Another parent commented, “The family service gave us opportunities to model
worship to [our daughter]…” And still another parent shared, “The relaxed atmosphere…helps [children]
see God as someone they can just talk to about their joys and concerns.”
               SUMMARY OF MINISTRIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT TFC
Guild of the Christ Child
     Sunday Morning Nursery
     Prayer Chain
     Meals for New Parents, Flowers for New Parents Staff & Visitation to New Parents
     Mommy & Me (M&M) Club
Sunday Morning Kid Connection
     Small Groups for children preschool – 5th grade
     Children’s Church for K-2nd Grades
     Children Church for 3rd-5th Grades
     Communion Preparation Classes for 4-6th Graders
     Summer Camps for Children
     Kicks 4 Christ Soccer Camp
     Son Rock Camp Vacation Bible School
     Journey’s with Jesus Travel Camp
Special Events and Worship Services for Families
     Harvest Carnival
     Family Christmas Eve Service
     Family Good Friday Service
     Family Morning Prayer Services on Easter
     Quarterly Family Nights: Movie Night; Game Night; Family Missions Night
Curricula Used by TFC’s Ministry to Children and Families
Sunday Morning Nursery: Gospel Light’s Little Blessings Curriculum
Sunday Morning Small Groups for Preschool-Aged Children:
     Group’s Hands-On Bible Curriculum & Gospel Light’s Movers and Shakers Curriculum
Sunday Morning Small Groups for Elementary-Aged Children
     DiscipleLand Curriculum, Gospel Light’s Kids Time God’s People Grow Curriculum, Gospel
        Light’s iExplore Curriculum, Gospel Light’s The Edge Curriculum
Summer Camp for Elementary-Aged Children
     Mega Sports Camp Curriculum, Undefeated, Gospel Light’s Rainforest VBS Curriculum, Gospel
        Light’s Journey’s with Jesus Curriculum
Devotions for Home and Family
     TFC’s Anglican Relief and Development Fund Lenten prayer and giving calendar, Creative
        Communications for the Parish Lenten Devotions, Advent Wreath Devotions, Creative
        Communications for the Parish Advent Devotions

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The Lamb Center ~ Fairfax, Virginia
Submitted by Dave Larrabee, The Lamb Center Director

                        PATTI & SAMUEL, A MINISTRY OF INTERRUPTIONS
Throughout His ministry, Jesus seemed to encounter constant interruptions while “on the way.” While on
the way to any given location, He was called out, sought after, begged to, woken up or had his clothing
touched. Even when he tried to be alone with His Father, his disciples or the crowds would come looking
for Him. We can relate to this experience at the Lamb Center because we often experience “interruptions.”
Last Monday, our front desk volunteer was busy doing her job, when Samuel interrupted her to say that he
was having eye surgery the following day. From there, Samuel was off to the kitchen to interrupt our
kitchen volunteers who were busy making salads for lunch to share the same news with them. Naturally,
our volunteers interrupted Patti Brown, Assistant Director, as she was working with another guest to let her
know about Samuel’s news. As our afternoon Bible Study was ending, our leader Lucy had to rush off for
an appointment. Patti asked Lucy if she could wait one minute to pray over Samuel upcoming surgery.
Naturally, Lucy’s appointment suddenly lost all importance as she stopped and slowly laid her hands over
Samuel’s head to pray for him and the doctor’s and nurses who would be operating on him.
The following day during our afternoon Bible Study, a man came into the Lamb Center wearing big
sunglasses. He walked over to the office window to peer inside. Not seeing the person he was looking for,
he interrupted our Bible Study as he called out over the table for Patti. It was then we realized the man
behind the sunglasses was our friend Samuel. Because of his surgery, Samuel could not see well enough to
identify Patti. Like the tenth leaper, however, Samuel had returned to give praise to God for his successful
surgery. Jesus always welcomed interruptions while He was on His way and we welcome them at the
Lamb Center as well.
                              TESTIMONY: FROM TRAGEDY TO A PICNIC
Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it
produces many seeds. John 12: 24. Everyone loves a spring picnic: The food, the fun, the friends and
family, and of course, the sun.
The cold of winter is behind you and the heat of summer has not yet arrived. It is seldom that those who
are homeless have the luxury of such pleasure, but our guests at the Lamb Center will be blessed with the
third picnic of the spring on Sunday as the result of a tragedy that occurred in the dead of winter about six
years ago. Living without a home results in many difficulties and one of the biggest winter-time challenges
is staying warm. This proved to be more than just a “challenge” in 2005, when three homeless men, alone
and forgotten, froze to death on the streets of Fairfax County. Their passing might have been in vain, but
the hearts of some Fairfax County employees were pierced. Fairfax County reached out to the Salvation
Army, Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services (FACETS,) and the Lamb Center; and
the hypothermia prevention program was born.
Originally, the Salvation Army opened its doors on the coldest nights that led to a number of churches
opening their doors as well. The following winter, this program ran from December through March. Even
more churches opened their doors and nobody died of hypothermia. With each passing season, more
churches became involved and relationships were formed not only with our guests, but with volunteers
from other churches as well.
At the end of this hypothermia prevention season, a number of these volunteers desired to maintain and
build on the relationships already established with our guests throughout the year. Their focus was to find
things to do “with” our guests and not “for” them. A meeting of the volunteers and interested guests was
held at the Lamb Center last month and one of the ideas was to have picnics together.
Following the two successful picnics at Van Dyck Park, a third is planned for this Sunday afternoon at
Kutner Park also in Fairfax City. With summer-like weather forecasted, it is doubtful that anyone will be
thinking about winters past. This picnic, however, demonstrates how God, working through His “hands
and feet,” can take the tragedy of these three men and create something wonderful. Our guests are blessed,
not only with a warm place to lay their heads during the cold of winter, but also with parishioners of
various churches and denominations who have come together to enjoy the relationships with our guests in
the form of a picnic.
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Truro Church ~ Fairfax, Virginia Withrow
Testimony by Patti Dahnke, Wife of Roy Dahnke, Parishioners at Truro Church
Testimony by Joan Meyer, Parishioner at Truro Church

                         DAUGHTERS OF THE KING ~ A PROJECT & PRAYER
                                        Testimony by Patti Dahnke
About one year ago, I was privileged to present my Daughters of the King project to a larger group of
Anglican ladies in Virginia. Toward the end of my training and study to become a daughter, our president
suggested we candidates submit a project that would help DOK and our own Parish. After prayer about
that (as I did not have a clue what to do at first), I came upon the idea to take a very large, colored map of
the United States and use it to locate and identify every CANA Church. I also made for myself a colored
map of the state of Virginia and located the CANA Churches on it. The local bookstore had nice official,
color, maps which I bought and glued to poster board. Locating 100 churches took about a week. I also
made a key list so anyone could look and find individual churches.
After organizing the churches alphabetically by state, my husband Roy made a helpful chart so I could get
the Daughters of the King ladies group, into which I had just been admitted, to sign up for churches until all
were claimed. Why? To Pray! Yes, some faithful ladies have been praying for you as CANA Churches.
Once we visited Virginia Beach on a rest weekend, and attended a small, but dedicated CANA group on a
Sunday morning in a local hospital. They were older like us, yet very dedicated and determined. They met
there for worship and a Lay Reader brought and served communion. The reason was that one couple had
been badly injured in a car accident. He was in bed and she sat in a chair in a neck brace as she had barely
escaped having a broken neck! They all (? 5+) had strong spirits (reminded us of our godly parents and
grandparents) and were fervently praying for a pastor. The lady in the neck brace is a pianist - organist.
Before their hospitalizations the group had been meeting in a home.
Boy could they sing! Their faith was strong. They had vision: that a truly Bible believing, Holy Spirit
filled Anglican Church would be formed in Williamsburg. This thrilled us because in visiting that
marvelous town before for rest and recreation, we had discovered the Episcopal churches there (many
historical from Revolutionary days) were very liberal. These folks’ hearts are like we find in abundance in
our own Truro Parish – not to be squelched or turned aside from the Lord’s calling to us. They were
blessed with joy and hope that is obviously the Lord’s doing.
                                      TRURO’S PRAYER HISTORY
                                         Testimony by Joan Meyer
Truro has a wonderful history of intercessory prayer. When I arrived in Fairfax in the early 1970’s, under
Dr. Davis and then Stephen Noll, intercessory prayer became a relay of phoned requests: one person at a
time praying aloud with the next person on her list until a “chain” formed for each day in the week. Mimi
Plumley was called to be John Howe’s Prayer Chain leader when he came to Truro. He was instrumental
in bringing conferences on prayer and on the Holy Spirit to Truro and encouraged us to pray aloud at once
with folks who asked for prayer. During his time at Truro he had us appointed Diocesan Prayer
Representatives to the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer and its encouraging annual conferences.

When Martyn Minns came to Truro, Angela’s transforming vision for the Prayer Chain began to
materialize. She set her sites on a 24-hour, 7- days- a- week presence of prayer on the Truro campus,
creating a prayer room among the church offices with its own phone lines that took both day and night
messages. Installing prayer room persons to pray with visitors and to check for follow-ups, were all part of
this vision. An important highlight of Truro’s Prayer Chain per Angela Minns has been that Truro’s prayer
warriors hold requests in strictest confidentiality.
Lynda Barnes had been heading the expanding chain when Joan Meyer received the baton, encouraging
men as well as women to commit to pray, bringing the total number of prayer chain intercessors to over
100 praying for requests at least once every day. Instead of passing along phone requests, computer
requests started to go out to many persons at once. Only under the current leadership of Chris Oster has the
Prayer Chain gone totally electronic: Saturday’s sole remaining “phoned” chain switched to the computer
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The intercessions have evolved in many directions, i.e., the important hands-on healing prayer warriors
(currently Jane Wharton and Joyce Hile and their teams) available all week long by appointment, during
Sunday services and healing services every other month.
Ruth Ann Burns head smaller individualized groups like the armed forces chain on Tuesdays and the
weekly right-to-life prayer meetings headed by Kirsten Ball. Furthering the vision for expanding on-
campus prayer ministry has been Maria Sachlis with the prayer teams for Alpha and Brandon Showalter
tackling an hour of pre-dawn prayer with hardy volunteers at church every Thursday. A great buoy to our
joy as intercessors comes from beholding the many answers to our prayers.
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                         THE DEANERY FOR THE CHAPLAINCY

Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Montevallo, Alabama
Submitted by Connie Jones, wife of Rt. Rev’d Derek Jones (US Air Force, Retired); Bishop Jones
leads “CANA’s Deanery for the Chaplaincy” and serves as “Bishop Suffragan for Chaplaincies"
in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Since our last convocation in 2010, much has happened within my family. Of course, the news just before
the close of the year that Derek was named a Suffragan for CANA was very welcome and unexpected.
There has also been significant movement and growth within our ministries over the last year, and to see
God work and grow such ministries is very humbling indeed!
It was a joy to be able to start our Anglican Congregational Health and Parish Nurse ministry in 2009, and
the response to this ministry was very, very favorable in 2010. Then, Fr. Jeff May, whom I met several
years ago, joined us in 2010. Jeff introduced and discussed with us his thoughts and the vision that the
Lord had given him. He brought energy, more ideas and greater vision to this ministry. After much prayer
and in consideration of time as well as in recognition of his vision and call, Fr. Jeff took over the ministry
effort this past fall. Now, it is spreading ACNA wide!
The same thing goes with Sav-a-Life, where I have been the Associate Executive Director and Nurse
Manager for 3 years now. We have moved this past year from having 1 – 2 clinics per month, to having 2 –
3 clinics per week! The “Fatherhood Initiative” that was introduced last year at convocation (just a few
months after its start) has grown incredibly. In 2006 to 2009, only 30 or so fathers involved in crisis
pregnancies were ministered to. In 2010 alone, nearly 150 fathers were ministered to and trained.
Like Derek says, it’s always best to ask God first what kind of ministry He wants you to do and ask for
Him to bless it – rather than just start something and then – hope He blesses it.
Please continue to pray for the Chaplains, our Congregational Health Ministers and Parish Nurses, and for
protection of the human life in the womb. And may God continue to give us His direction and blessings on
these vital ministries!
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Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Submitted by Julia Waterman wife of Chaplain Daniel Waterman (MAJ, US Air Force)

Ministry in an Air Force chapel is not all of that different than ministry in any traditional parish church.
My husband preaches, administers the sacraments, counsels, deals with the budget, goes to meetings, does
hospital visitation, and teaches. He also has this annoying habit of disappearing for long periods of time!
My role as a chaplain’s wife is whatever I make it. There are typically few expectations as to what a
chaplain’s wife will do. Some chaplains’ families do not attend the chapel at all. Some wives are
completely immersed in the ministry of the chapel. Some spouses attend chapel but do not choose to
participate other than Sunday mornings. I have found it impossible to worship apart from my husband even
though that would have been easier at times. (You will see why shortly!) Every time we move, I ask the
Lord what good works He has prepared in advance for me to do. Where would He have me to serve in
each new location? The answer, so far, has always been within the chapel. My calling, specifically, has
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Some background information on military chapels might be helpful. Military chaplains must be endorsed
by an endorsing agency or denomination. We, joyfully, are endorsed by CANA. At a typical Air Force
base there are 5-8 chaplains, each endorsed by their own denomination. ,Large Army posts could have 80.
We have served with chaplains from backgrounds ranging from Southern Baptist to Disciples of Christ to
Catholic to other Anglicans. (Our Chaplain Assistants currently are LDS, Wicca, Jewish, and Southern
Baptist!)
All of that is to say, you never know who you are going to serve with or what you are going to get when
you enter a military chapel. Sometimes the chaplains are evangelical, the preaching is Biblical, and the
atmosphere is worshipful. Other times, you have to decide if you are going to let your children sit under
heresy or walk out. Sometimes there is a nursery and Children’s Church and Sunday school. Often there is
nothing. Sometimes there is a worship band or a choir. Sometimes there is only a very tone-deaf piano
player.
The challenge in coming into these situations is to allow God to use you to make positive changes without
rocking the boat too much. Sound familiar? I told you that there were a lot of similarities in parish
ministry and chapel ministry! We just do it over and over again…every 2-4 years. It is like serial church
planting! Daniel and I have started and run Children’s church, childcare (which is technically against the
bylaws of the Air Force), and 3 different women’s ministries.
This brings me back to my passion. The name of the women’s ministry in the chapel is called Protestant
Women of the Chapel (PWOC). I was first exposed to PWOC when we entered the Army at Ft. Campbell,
KY serving as everything from the historian to the treasurer and eventually the president. Since we “went
blue” in 2002, we have not encountered a PWOC at any of the Air Force bases we have been assigned to. I
am currently on my third PWOC-plant. PWOC is a multi-denominational ministry just like the chapel is
multi-denominational. We can’t really call it non-denominational because everyone brings some
denominational “baggage” with her. I have had seekers, Wiccans, Catholics, Mormons, and every
traditional denomination you can imagine in PWOC. I’m not sure what draws them all to a Protestant
study as we don’t water anything down or change the Gospel. The Truth, presented in love, seems to be
powerful enough. Our fairly small group here at Hill AFB is comprised of women from 19 years of age to
77. We have married women and single women. We have women who have walked with the Lord for 60+
years and one who walked the aisle last November. It is truly a beautiful family portrait of all of the King’s
Daughters!
We just wrapped up our inaugural year last week, and I imagine it looked a lot like the women’s ministries
in the parish (having never been involved in one, I don’t really know!). We met weekly for Bible study.
As we had been getting off the ground this year, I taught all three morning Bible studies (that will hopefully
change next year.) I have a small board of women who helped me out with various other jobs. We did a
service project in March for a local organization called Hope Kids that provides services for critically ill
children. We met monthly for fellowship in the evening. We provided meals for families in the chapel that
had needs (lots of deployed spouse issues). Last fall we went to the national PWOC conference in Dallas
to worship and fellowship with 1500 other military spouses from bases and posts all over the world. We
supported ladies that walked difficult paths: a critically ill child, a divorce, multiple deployments, family
deaths, and infertility.
Air Force life can be lonely and isolating. I see our primary goal as getting women into the Word but,
secondarily, to provide Godly encouragement to each other in this unique calling. I, too, have a budget and
go to meetings and train my board and teach and do counseling and … Wait a minute! That sounds an
awful lot like parts of Daniel’s job, but I’m a volunteer just like all of the other ministry spouses in CANA.
Now at Hill AFB Chapel we have a PWOC (multi-denominational) that meets in the morning. We offered
an evening study this spring, too, for the moms who dropped their kids off at AWANA (Baptist). Sunday
morning Harold will lead the choir (Gospel) while Daniel and Lucas (both Anglican) will bring Word and
Sacrament. “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or
free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” (Col. 3:11) I’d say that might be a little foretaste of heaven.
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Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Fayetteville, North Carolina
Submitted by Lauri Trotter, wife of Chaplain Stanton Trotter (MAJ, US Army)

I am Lauri Trotter, the wife of Chaplain Stanton Trotter (US Army). My husband has been part of CANA
for a few years. As a wife of a military chaplain, I do not have a traditional church existance to report on.
We have moved frequently over the past few years and currently reside in Fayetteville, NC. My husband
serves at an Anglican military chapel service each Sunday; however, myself and our children attend a local
non-Anglican community church where there is a strong children's ministry.
I do not have any information that would fit into any type of report at this time. Please understand that
there are many military wives whose husbands do serve as Anglican chaplains but the family does not
always have opportunity to even attend an Anglican church depending on the duty station. Maybe one day
our circumstances will be better suited to a complete family worship experience within CANA. For now
our ministry is with the military.
As a matter of prayer.....all wives of chaplains could use prayer as our husbands are called upon to be away
from home often and for extended periods of time. My husband will depart in September for one year to
Afghanistan. Others are currently deployed or preparing to deploy in the near future. Thank you for
continuing to email me information and keep me informed about the women's ministry of CANA. I am
praying for God's blessings upon you.
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Deanery for the Chaplaincy ~ Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Submitted by Becci Rindahl, wife of Chaplain Steve Rindahl (CAPT, US Army)

Our family continues to be stationed at Ft. Jackson, SC, which is located in Columbia. Steve is serving his
utilization tour as a hospital Chaplain. Ft. Jackson is a unique post as it is a training facility. It houses the
majority of the Army’s Basic Combat Training as well as advanced training for Adjutant General,
Recruiters, Chaplains, and Chaplain Assistants.
This provides a great opportunity for providing hospitality to a variety of people. God provided us with a
home perfect for entertaining with both a great layout and location. In the two years that we’ve been here,
we have entertained families on both ends of PCS moves, family attending graduation ceremonies, and
students who are away from family for training. We have also been able to help friends (and friends of
friends) locate temporary housing and scouted their more permanent locations. We host the youth for
regular Wednesday night meetings and other special events.
The Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) group here meets women in this transitional stage and
provides support whether their husband is entering the Army for the first time or nearing his retirement. We
host a weekly Bible Study as well as reaching out to the Army community in a variety of ways. We
introduce PWOC to every graduating class of Chaplains and their wives in all three branches of service
stationed here. I am also currently serving as the nursery coordinator for our local off-post congregation.
My mission there is to oversee quality childcare for the children, which allows parents to worship freely. It
also allows me to mentor the young parents within the congregation both formally and informally.

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Dear Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your abundant response to my request to send us your reports and testimonies for
the CANA Women's Ministries, Council 2011 booklet. We in CANA were blessed this past year
and this booklet witnesses to this fact. It also serves as a way for individuals and churches to
share their faith, gifts and lives with others.

Our Council theme this year is "Great Expectation" from 1 Peter 1:3, “All praise to God, the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because
God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation…”

For those of you who know me well—you know that—I love scripture; so, I want to share
another version of this passage with you as a way to enrich your understanding of our Council’s
theme: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has
given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and
into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.”

As you read the reports and testimonies in this booklet, you will see that God has been faithful to
CANA and to us as women within His church. We are living right now with hope and “great
expectation”! So, with this in mind, please keep the churches and individuals that you read about
in your prayers. Ask the Lord if you can take any of the ideas shared here and use them in your
own ministry.

Finally, all of you, “…live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers/sisters,
be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing,
because of this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9.

May our Lord bless and keep you in the center of His will. Here are some of the writings that we
have received this year from our CANA family. Please read, enjoy and give thanks.




Mrs. Angela Minns
(Mama CANA)




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