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Only Three Weeks Left for Camp Canterbury Registration!

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There are only about 3 weeks left to get your camper registered for Camp!

Camp Canterbury is open to all youth entering 4th-12thgrades

Visit our camp website to register your camper, and to get all the important camp info you need to know, like where our new camp is located and what to pack.

Congratulations to Kobe M from St. Francis, Scottsbluff! He was the winner of the up-cycled camp tee shirt blanket! Kobe, we can’t wait to give your new blanket at camp!

Haven’t registered yet? Get on it! We still have some prizes to give away!
All campers who complete registration by July 3rd will be entered in a drawing to win one of these two great prize packs!


Registration ends at midnight on July 3rd, 2015.
There will be a late registration period from July 4-July 10, but a $50 late registration fee will apply.


Fun in the Sun includes a beach towel, water bottle and 50 SPF sunscreen


Fun in the Sun









Cabin Time includes this body pillow and LED lantern that you can hang from your bunk


Cabin Time








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Celebrate Camp Sunday – May 3rd!



Our Diocese has a strong camp tradition.  

We think that’s worth celebrating!

We are asking all parishes across DioNeb to join us on 

Sunday, May 3rd 

as we celebrate & promote Camp Canterbury!

(Camp Registration is May 3rd – July 3rd)





Here are Some Ideas for Observing Camp Sunday at your Parish:

  • Promote camp in your church publications and social media pages using this camp blurb.
  • And watch the Diocesan Facebook page and the Nebraska Episcopalian posts for camp announcements and shareable information.
  • Turn Sunday, May 3rd into a “mini” camp. Wear camp tees, sing camp songs, invite campers from your parish to share their experience with the congregation, serve s’mores at coffee hour and then donate the coffee hour donations to your parish camp scholarship funds.
  • Hold an On-Site Registration. This is an ideal time to get your campers registered for camp. If you have the technical capabilities at your parish, have a laptop handy and get kids registered on Camp Sunday. Camp Registration is open May 3rd – July 3rd. Registrations received after the deadline will be charged a late fee of $50.
  • Designate an adult in your parish that will see to it that camp information is distributed and communicated to all youth entering 4th – 12th grades. Any camp questions can be directed to Noelle Ptomey at

  • Establish a Camp Scholarship fund at your parish or support fundraisers to help kids pay for camp. We are thrilled to announce that we were able to reduce the cost of camp this year. Camp costs $250. That can really add up if you have more than one kid going to camp. We encourage parishes to be the first line of scholarship. We NEVER want a child to miss camp for financial reasons. For further assistance contact Noelle Ptomey at


If Camp Sunday isn’t feasible at your parish, perhaps you could designate a Sunday school or Youth Group session to promote camp and use the provided resources.


More Camp Information can be found at the Diocesan website








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DR Missioners Seek Your Help

Rowan Ptomey

Rowan Ptomey

The NE Youth DR Mission Team Returns to El Pedregal in June 2015.

The Diocese of Nebraska will be well represented in the mountains of central Dominican Republic June 22-29, 2015. Eighteen youth and leaders from 5 Nebraska parishes will once again partner with Christ Church Valdosta Georgia to complete two very important construction projects. First, we will build another home for a church family. This determined group will also renovate an existing building to serve the local community as a Children’s Shelter and Pre-School.

But that isn’t all your Nebraska missioners have planned. Last year, the Disney movies Frozen and The Little Mermaid were projected in Spanish for the community. For many in attendance, it was the first movie they had ever seen. The time spent together in fellowship was beautiful, and has become known as the “Movie Ministry.” Since last June, a projector, spare bulb, and more than 50 family friendly movies have been delivered to Padre Alvaro Yepes, and the Movie Ministry continues.

A very special third project will be completed in June by our NE Youth Mission Team. A second projector, DVD player, speakers and other necessary equipment will be installed in a dedicated media room at the Diocesan Camp. This room will be the place where educational and entertainment programs may be enjoyed well into the future by the community and by those visiting the Diocesan Camp.

Summer Murray

Summer Murray

It is also the practice of the NE Youth DR Mission Team to bring much needed supplies to present to the local priest for distribution to the community. Last year our group took 14 suitcases full of sports equipment, medical supplies, kitchen items, bedding, vestments, school supplies and a guitar.

This year Padre Alvaro has indicated a great need for school supplies and books for their small library. Books for grade school students should be in Spanish, and books for the upper grade levels can be in English. At this time the school does not have a computer lab. Both of their computers are broken. Used, but operable, laptop computers are needed to develop a computer laboratory at the school.

How can you help? First, please keep our 2015 NE Youth DR Mission Team in your prayers. Second, school supplies, books and used laptops may be donated for delivery this June to the School of the Mount of the Transfiguration. All donated laptops will be returned to factory settings prior to delivery. Finally, you may financially support this mission to change lives by sending monetary gifts to Beth Byrne, Diocesan Director of Finance, at 109 North 18th Street, Omaha NE 68102. Please indicate your gift is to support the NE Youth DR Mission.

Please contact Don and Melissa Peeler at 402-572-7556, or at, with any questions you may have regarding this ministry or items you may wish to donate.

Summer Sanabria

Summer Sanabria

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Camp Canterbury: “Why Go To Church Camp?” and Call for Counselors





Remember how much you learned at church camp, the friends you made, and how much fun you had? You can help kids today have that same experience by being a counselor at Camp Canterbury this summer!

Camp Canterbury is July 20th-24th – come be with us as we begin a new chapter in our diocesan camp. Any one from recent high school graduates to grandparents qualifies – you just need to love God, love kids, and love having a great time.

Click on this link for the counselor application form. Contact Noelle Ptomey for more information.











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Changes and Extended Deadline for Young Adult UTO Grants




The United Thank Offering (UTO) is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its ministry as a part of The Episcopal Church.

This year, the UTO Board has created a special $1,250 grant for young adults as part of this celebration. UTO is asking each diocesan bishop to select one application for submission per diocese. Of those submitted, a total of nine (9) grants will be awarded. Each awardee will receive $1,250 to carry out the chosen ministry.

The purpose of this grant is to provide seed (start-up) money for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission: To tell the story of these grants, a video of highlights will be shown at the 2015 General Convention. The UTO Board will pay for travel and expenses for the top three ranked grants awardees to tell about their grants at the UTO Dinner.


Due to the special nature of this award, the board has created an application form and process for young adults (ages 21-30). Information on submitting a grant will be posted to the UTO website (see link below).

  • By March 17, 2015, submit your completed application to your diocesan bishop, carefully answering each
    question on the application form. NOTE: No video is required at this time.
  • The bishop will select one application per diocese. The diocesan office will submit its choice by March 27,
    2015, 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, to the UTO Office. The bishop’s office will be provided a link for
  • A bishop’s signature is required on the application. Applications without a bishop’s signature will not be
    accepted. UTO will notify the nine grant award winners in May 2015.
  • During the grant review process between submission and announcement, the grants will be ranked and the top
    three grant awardees will travel to Salt Lake City in late June to the UTO Dinner to present their projects at
    UTO Board’s expense.

Questions? Please contact the Rev. Heather Melton, UTO Coordinator, at


Here are links to the application documents

Young Adult Grant Application

Bishop’s Approval Form

This article in Spanish

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Introducing Camp Canterbury!

Join us JULY 20-24 2015 as we begin a new chapter in our diocesan camp
history! We are excited to announce Camp Comeca is now:


What is Camp Canterbury? Moving locations meant creating a new identity for our camp. Camp Canterbury is the new title of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska’s camp program. It is named after Canterbury Cathedral, Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. It is the home of a community of people who seek to make the Cathedral a place of welcome, beauty and holiness.

Camp Canterbury is open to all youth entering 4th -12th grades This summer Camp Canterbury will be held at Calvin Crest Camp & Retreat Center, which is located just a few miles southwest of Fremont, Nebraska, Calvin Crest is a Presbyterian camp nestled along the Platte River. The camp boasts some amazing scenic views and tree lined hiking trails. There will be a brand new outdoor pool in time for summer 2015. Additional activities include outdoor basketball courts, gaga ball pit, human foosball, challenge course, and (our personal favorite) a hammock village.  All Cabins have bunk style beds, air conditioning and bathroom facilities.

The price of camp has been reduced to $250/camperThat is a $25 savings per camper!

Moving will bring a new and different experiences, but our Diocesan camp program will continue to offer a terrific camp opportunity for your child to make friends, enjoy nature and grow in their relationship with Christ. From quality spiritual programming to annual favorites like the bonfires and the talent show, we strive to give kids a solid spiritual experience while also taking time to get out and play.

We are thrilled that Bishop J. Scott Barker (two time hide and seek champion) will be joining us for the week again along with some of our veteran volunteers and new faces.

Registration will run May 3rd – July 3rd 2015

Why the Move?
Put simply, transition provides opportunity. The Diocese of Nebraska has held their summer camp program at Camp Comeca since the late 1970s and generations of Episcopal youth have enjoyed the beautiful, sacred space. But as the Bible assures us, there is a time for everything and our diocesan camp leadership team saw an opportunity to make a change not just in our camp location, but also to examine our camp programming and purpose.

Moving to Calvin Crest gives us the chance to sharpen our focus and create a balance. This summer our aim will be to create an inclusive Christian community and enrich our individual spirituality. Less busy, more balance. Camp was becoming an exhausting event and instead of sending kids home recharged and refreshed, they were going home fatigued and spent. We want to adjust that trend by slowing the pace and tweaking our schedule of activities. Calvin Crest offers a variety of outdoor activities that are aimed at building relationships and enjoying the outdoors.

Moving allows us to reduce the price of our camp program. A significant number of our campers receive financial assistance in order to attend camp. In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, we knew we needed to do something about the rising cost of camp.

Stay tuned to the Ministry Memo and TNE for more details!

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2015 Youth Mission to the Dominican Republic

The 2015 Youth Mission to the Dominican Republic is June 22-29; the 2015 team is forming now!

The Nebraska Youth Mission Team will once again partner with Christ Church (Valdosta GA) to work on two construction projects in the rural, mountain community of El Pedregal. As in 2014, we will stay at the Diocesan Camp located there, and will work both on the grounds of the camp, and in the adjoining community.

A very special third project will be completed by the NE Youth Mission Team. This project will create a dedicated media projection room on the grounds of the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center. This room will provide valuable programs to the community and to its visitors, including the much appreciated Movie Ministry that was initiated by the NE Youth Mission Team in 2014.

The building at the Diocesan Camp which will house the media projection room

The media room will be located on the second floor of this building which serves as a large dormitory. This building also houses a conference facility at the Diocesan Camp in El Pedregal. During the past year, several Diocesan groups and mission teams have utilized this facility. A dedicated media room offering audio and visual services will enhance learning and fellowship opportunities to all visiting this very special place. A projector and ten family friendly movies have already been delivered to the camp so that the Movie Ministry, and other programs, might continue in the interim.Our first construction project will involve the renovation of an existing building to serve as a day care center that will be administered by the staff of the local Episcopal K-8 School, Monte de la Transfiguracion. This building is adjacent to the playground which the NE and GA teams built together on the school grounds in 2014. As this building has been flooded in the past, both landscaping and structural improvements will be made. The building to be renovated is pictured here:

The building to be renovated

The building to be renovated




Our second construction project will be to replace a wooden house in the community with a concrete-block house for Altagracia, her two children, and her husband who currently live in the home shown here.


Exterior of Altagracia’s home


The photo on the right shows the interior of Altagracia’s home. Altagracia is pregnant with her third child. She is employed as a cook and domestic at the camp. In June 2015, we will help Altagracia welcome her new child into a new cement block home. In 2014, we helped build a home for Jacqueline, who is caring for nine people in her home, including her deceased sister’s children and her aging mother. The home we build for Altagracia will be very similar to the one we build for Jacqueline, except it must be smaller because of the the size of their building lot. Like Jacqueline, Altagracia’s family is active in the local church community. She works very hard to provide the best she can for her family, but mosquito-safe housing has proven unattainable for them.


Interior of Altagracia’s home




Here is the home we helped build in 2014.


Home we helped build in 2014




The 2015 Mission Team will leave early morning from Omaha NE on June 22, 2015. We will return to Omaha late evening on June 29, 2015. We will arrive in Santo Domingo shortly after noon on June 22nd, and will travel by private coach two hours north into the heart of the Dominican Republic. We will be warmly welcomed to camp by Padre Alvaro Yepes and his wife Angela. We will stay in dormitory-style housing, and our meals will be prepared by camp staff. We will work on our projects simultaneously, so work teams will be utilized with everyone having the opportunity to work with each other and the community.

Afternoon activities, such as trips to the river and waterfalls, are planned with the community. We will continue our Movie Ministry Nights with the children (ages 2 to 92) of the community. On Saturday night we will celebrate the success of our mission with a Community Fiesta like no other. Following worship on Sunday morning, we will return to Santo Domingo for an afternoon walking tour of the historic Colonial Zone. We will spend our last night in a hotel in the Colonial Zone. The following morning, we will travel to the Santo Domingo airport, and begin our journey home.

Eligible youth must be at least 16 years old by June 2015, or just graduated high school in May 2015. Preference will be given to youth attending an Episcopal parish in Nebraska. We have reserved 16 airline tickets, and we expect the group will fill fast.

The total cost, including air and ground transportation, housing, meals, insurance and project fees is estimated to be $1675. A non-refundable $100 deposit is necessary at this time to reserve your seat on the plane. The remaining costs will be determined 60 days before departure, and all fees must be paid 30 days prior to departure. Fundraising will be left to the youth, family and sponsoring parish.

Questions???   Please, call Don and Melissa Peeler at 402-572-7556, or email them at

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Discussing Tragic Events in a Youth Community



Danielle Dowd, Diocesan Youth Missioner for the Diocese of Missouri, has created a resource geared mostly towards junior high and senior high youth groups but which could be easily adapted for young ones.

The PDF document includes

  • A framework for discussion
  • Bible verses for comfort
  • Resources for further inspiration.


Click here for the full post from Danielle Dowd.




Click here to directly download her PDF resource for Discussing Tragic Events in a Youth Community.  Here is an excerpt from Danielle’s post:

This past week has been a difficult one for our communities. The shooting of Mike Brown brings forth all sorts of emotions and questions. Yet, despite the overwhelming tragedy in Ferguson and its troubling aftermath, we can be consoled with the knowledge that our God is no stranger to heartbreak.  Jesus enters into our messes. Jesus is present with us in our grief.  And in this way, Jesus models for us the ministry of presence.  Jesus shows us that to serve, the most important step is the first step: Show Up. 

We may feel intimidated by these discussions. We may feel inadequate to lead them. But our youth need a safe space to tell their stories and process their feelings.  They need us to come forth as servant leaders – leaders who are ready to cry with them, to struggle alongside them, to listen to them.  Many of the questions that come along with these discussions do not have easy answers.  Enter into them anyway….

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Thanks from the Youth Mission Team

Rosebud Mission Team

Rosebud Mission Team

The Nebraska Youth Mission Team would like to thank the following businesses for their support of the outreach on the Rosebud Indian Reservation: Bimbo Bakeries, HyVee at Shadow Lake in Papillion, Baker’s on Galvin Road in Bellevue, the No Frills/Bag ‘N Save grocery chain, Casey’s General Stores and the Sam’s Club in Omaha. These businesses donated products, such as the bread, buns and ice, or donated gift cards in order to buy items for the meals served at Rosebud or at St. John’s in Valentine. Through these donations, the cost for each participant remained the same amount again this year.


We also would like to thank the congregation at St. John’s in Valentine for allowing us to take over their entire building again this year.

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Abigail Kutlas Awarded Women’s Ministries Scholarship

Christine Grosh,  Abigail Kutlas, Ronna Kutlas

Christine Grosh, Abigail Kutlas, Ronna Kutlas



Women’s Ministries of the diocese has awarded a scholarship of $500 to Abigail Kutlas of St. Stephen’s Church, Grand Island. Abby attended the Episcopal Youth Event at Villanova in Philadelphia this summer. She graduated from Grand Island Senior High and will study journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. In addition to being baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen’s, she has participated in Novo and Happening events; she serves as acolyte and crucifer.

Photo taken by Sandra Squires

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