Out and About
October 16, 2016, Pastor Sheryl Kester-Beyer officiated 12-Step Recovery Eucharist at Holy Apostles in Mitchell. Rae N. was invited to give her testimony of her of her addiction, intervention and how God played a role in her life. She shared a prayer with the congregation that made an impact on her life and recovery:
A Beautiful Prayer
I asked God to take away my habit.
God said “no”.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said “no”.
His Spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said “no”.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn’t granted it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said “no”.
I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said “no”.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said “no”.
You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said “no”.
I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me love others, as much as he loves me.
God said “Ahhh”, finally you have the idea!
She shared she did not know the author. After she read her prayer and completed her testimony, Pastor Sheryl completed with her Homily. The parish was very warm and welcoming to Rae at coffee hour. Pastor Sheryl purchased and provided Biblical Helps for the Twelve Steps to the congregation.
For more information on the Episcopal Recovery Ministries go to the national website: http://www.episcopalrecovery.org/ or contact Nancy Brown or Sandra Raney with the Diocese Recovery Ministries. Please consider holding your own Recovery Eucharist within your own parish and invite a person within the recovery community to share their story.
Introducing Heather Bauer, St. Matthew’s Lincoln, our diocesan Altar Guild Coordinator.
Networking, relaying information, scheduling Altar Guild ‘Summits’ are among the tasks involved in this role. This is part of ECW and Women’s Ministries of the diocese. Please note: men can and do serve on Altar Guilds!
Heather recently attended the Province VI Women’s Retreat in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was elected Province Vice-President. Heather describes herself as a 14th generation “Cradle Episcopalian”. She grew up in Alliance, a member of St. Matthew’s Church. She graduated from Doane University, Crete. Heather is married to Rod Bauer; they’ve lived in Lincoln for 20 years. Daughter, Michaela, 22, is living in Alliance. Heather has served on the Altar Guild at St. Matthew’s Lincoln for 8 years. In addition, she helps in the church office, volunteers for Salvation Army and Lincoln Animal Ambassadors. She’s in the 4th year of Education for Ministry. Heather enjoys reading and spending time with family, which includes Freckles the cat.
On Friday evening, September 16, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will join with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Nebraska (LLS) for our Fourth Annual By Request Only concert fundraiser.
Billy McGuigan and Jimmy Weber, along with Tara Vaughan and the By Request Only Band, will entertain us once more at the lovely indoor venue at Lauritzen Gardens. The energy and chemistry of these musicians can’t be beat, and Billy and Jimmy are both invested in our fundraising effort. LLS holds special significance for Billy McGuigan, whose father battled leukemia. Our other headliner, Jimmy Weber, also has a heart for charity work and, as a former member of the band at our 9 AM service for many years, he has a special attachment to our church. This year, Billy and Jimmy have promised a night to remember!
The concert will begin at 7:30 PM in Lauritzen’s Great North Hall. General Admission tickets are $25 now, $35 at the door. You can order online from brownpapertickets.com or buy tickets on Sundays at St. Andrew’s from Susie Thorne, Ron Dunic or another member of the By Request Only committee. Tickets are also available in the office Monday through Friday – but we recommend calling first to make sure someone is available. 402-391-1950.
VIP tickets for a pre-concert meet-and-greet reception at 6:00 PM with the musicians and reserved concert seating are available for $100 and are available to both individuals and groups. These tickets can be purchased online (www.brownpapertickets.com) or at church from Susie or Ron Dunic. Tables for ten, at a cost of $1,000, are available for sponsoring organizations. Individual tickets to the $100/seat VIP event are also available. Folks can also join with friends and put together their own tables of ten as well!
For those who haven’t had an opportunity to attend this event, we highly encourage you to join in the fun and support these two great organizations. Talk to anyone who has enjoyed the concert in years past, and you are bound to hear rave reviews. So mark your calendars, buy your tickets, and look forward to a wonderful evening of music. And feel good knowing you are supporting both St. Andrew’s Outreach Ministry and the LLS efforts to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. See you on the 16th!
DioNEB is happy to welcome these fantastic new clergy to our diocese!
The Rev. Deacon Amy Duggins
Amy graduated in May with her M.Div. from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was ordained to the transitional diaconate this June in the Diocese of North Carolina, and is delighted to be joining the staff and people of All Saints as a Bishop’s Society Curate. Amy grew up in East Tennessee and completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado College, where she majored in music and promptly fell head over heels in love with the Western wilds. She joined the park service after graduation, and served as a park ranger and naturalist in Colorado and North Carolina prior to her call to ordained ministry. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, writing, pondering, long rambling walks, and the occasional adventure.
The Rev. Deacon Kyle Martindale
Kyle graduated this spring with an M.Div from The Virginia Theological Seminary after an earlier Spring ordination to the transitional diaconate. He is very excited to return home to Nebraska and serve and worship with the people of All Saints. Prior to leaving for seminary, Kyle worked as youth minister at Saint Mark’s in Hastings, and at the Crossroads Center Rescue Mission in Hastings and Kearney. Since then, he has focused much of his time on Christian Education and Practical Ministry courses. Kyle got married on May 24th to his wife, Trish, and both look forward to beginning this new chapter in their lives with the people of DioNeb.
The Rev. Diane Pike
Diane was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of West Missouri by Bishop Martin Field in July 2011, and to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Rhode Island (for West Missouri) by Bishop David Joslyn in January 2012. She earned her MDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, TX), her BA degree from Nazareth College (Kalamazoo, MI), a secondary teaching certificate from Madonna (College) University (Detroit, MI), and an MA degree from Oakland University (Rochester, MI). Diane will be serving as the Associate Priest at St. Andrew’s, in Omaha.
Prior to attending seminary Diane had a long career in not-for-profit management and fundraising, including serving as Director of Fund Development for the Girl Scouts of the USA (New York). She most recently served as Executive Director of the Episcopal Preach Foundation (New Jersey). Diane has experience as an annual and major gifts officer for several hospitals and institutions of higher education in Philadelphia and the Greater Detroit Metro area. She has had classroom experience teaching both adults and children, and has taught science and social sciences in grades 5-10. Diane is an avid Detroit sports fan, and she enjoys reading and quilting, working with hot glass, traveling and cooking and haning with her Chihuahua mix rescue dog, Lexi.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will present Summer Sings! on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to participate in an instant performance of Elijah, an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn. The evening will include an inspiring one-hour rehearsal followed by a one-hour performance of the choral masterwork. Scores will be available on loan for the evening, or participants may bring their own copies. Admission is free, and childcare is available in the cathedral nursery.
Tom Trenney, nationally acclaimed conductor and organist from First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, will lead the event. Soloists include Jeff Keele, baritone, Carrie Kouma, soprano, Rebecca Shane, alto, and Drew Duncan, tenor.
“Summer Sings! is a popular annual event in Lincoln, and we are pleased to share it with the Omaha community this year,” stated Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor at Trinity Cathedral. “Many church, school, and community choirs are on vacation during the summer months, and this event provides a welcome opportunity to join others in singing some of the world’s greatest music.”
The event is envisioned as a community sing where all are welcome. Unlike many choirs, no auditions, extra rehearsals, or long-term commitments are required. “Music, hospitality, air conditioning, refreshments, and fun combine for a perfect summer outing for the entire family,” shared Burnett.
Trinity Cathedral is located at 113 N 18th Street in downtown Omaha. Information is available at http://trinityepiscopal.org. The program is presented by Abendmusik in collaboration with Trinity Cathedral.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska has announced the opening of Cantate Choral Academy. This new program, based at the cathedral, offers opportunities for choral music education for children and youth using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.
“The mission of Cantate Choral Academy is formation for lifelong praise of God through sacred choral music in the Anglican tradition,” explained Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor and Director of the Academy. “We seek to equip singers for this mission through music education of the highest quality and engagement of mind, body, and spirit in sacred choral offerings.”
Starting this fall, Cantate Choral Academy will offer two ensembles for children and youth: Laudate Choir, a preparatory choir for grades 1-3, and Cantate Choir, an advanced choir for grades 4-8. The curriculum for both choirs includes choral singing, music theory, vocal technique, and spiritual formation.
The choirs are open to all children and youth in the Omaha area. Each singer and his or her parent or caregiver will meet with the director prior to admission to discuss expectations. “The choirs will sing at Trinity Cathedral two Sunday mornings each semester,” stated Burnett, “which allows young people from any church to participate in this outstanding educational program while remaining active members of their own congregations.” The choirs will also sing twice each semester at times other than Sunday morning at churches, health care facilities, and community events.
The goals of Cantate Choral Academy include encouraging high quality liturgical singing by children and youth in the Omaha area, supplementing musical education and experiences provided in local parishes and schools, and offering the unique RSCM curriculum which encourages and expects a high level of musical achievement from young people
The RSCM curriculum provides a standardized system of award ribbons signifying achievement of musical milestones through the years of participation. The opportunity to work toward these ribbons, which are worn with the choir vestment, provides motivation for students to achieve higher levels of musical achievement and literacy. RSCM also provides summer courses for older students which feature a week of intensive study and singing at one of several college campuses in the United States. Members of the Cantate Choir will be eligible to apply for summer courses starting in 2017.
The Director of Cantate Choral Academy, Marty Wheeler Burnett, holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University, a doctorate from The University of the South, and has over 30 years of choral conducting experience. She received the Nebraska Choral Directors Association’s “Outstanding Choral Director of the Year” award in 2011. Burnett will be joined by assisting faculty who will provide instruction and keyboard accompaniment. All faculty and volunteers have completed Safeguarding God’s Children training and are committed to providing a safe, structured, and nurturing educational environment.
For younger children, the Academy offers Kindermusik classes in partnership with the Jennifer Tritz Voice Studio. Kindermusik is recognized as one of the premier programs of music and movement for infants through kindergarten students. These classes, offered at Trinity Cathedral, provide a strong foundation for future music study and choir participation. “As a result of our partnership, we are able to offer this outstanding early childhood music program with very affordable tuition, making it accessible to more children in our community,” stated Burnett.
Noted Benedictine scholar and author Esther de Waal, will be lecturing on Benedictine Spirituality at Nashotah House on Monday, June 13, 2016.
de Waal’s books and lectures offer wisdom and insight into the Rule of St. Benedict’s direction on stability, fidelity, and obedience. For over fifteen hundred years St. Benedict’s Rule continues as a source of guidance, support, inspiration, challenge, and comfort.
de Waal is the author of several books on this topic: Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict; Seeking Life: The Baptismal Invitation of the Rule of St. Benedict; and Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness.
de Waal holds a PhD from Cambridge and received an honorary doctorate from St. John’s University for her contributions to Benedictine studies and for her ecumenical work and was awarded the Templeton Prize for having started the “Benedictine Experience Weeks” which are now held throughout the United States and England. de Waal is a senior fellow of the Cathedral College in Washington, D.C., a sought-after retreat leader and speaker on Benedictine spirituality.
The event price is $125 per person. For a full schedule and to register go to www.nashotah.edu
Cathedra, a professional vocal ensemble in residence at Washington National Cathedral, will perform a concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 113 N 18th Street, Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Established in 2010, Cathedra has already achieved high acclaim for its “beautiful, blended sound” (The Washington Post). Specializing in music of both the Renaissance and Baroque and a champion of the modern-day composer, Cathedra is a highly skilled ensemble dedicated to bringing the highest form of musical expression to music from across the ages.
Artistic Director Michael McCarthy is regarded as one the leading choral conductors of today. A native of the UK, McCarthy moved to the United States in 2003 when he became Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. In addition to his accomplishments as a conductor and composer of sacred choral works, he is widely recognized for his musical work in the Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter films. His series of recent recordings with Cathedra in the New American Choral Series on the Gothic label have received excellent reviews.
The ensemble is visiting the Midwest for the first time this spring at the invitation of Trinity Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Marty Wheeler Burnett. “I heard Cathedra perform in Washington, D.C. at the Association of Anglican Musicians national conference two years ago,” stated Burnett, “and I invited them to Omaha immediately following the concert. Cathedra is one of the top choral ensembles in the country today, and we are honored to host them in our diocese.”
The concert, entitled “Expanse of Eternity,” focuses on themes of remembrance and resurrection. The program includes sacred choral music by Lotti, Victoria, Tavener, Howells, and several contemporary composers. Childcare is available in the nursery during the performance. A reception will follow the concert with the opportunity to meet McCarthy and the singers.
Through support from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Endowment for the Arts, the Bishop Clarkson Foundation, and individual donors, the concert is offered with free admission for all. “We view the Trinity Cathedral Concert Series as outreach to the community through music and the arts, an offering of beauty that is accessible to all,” stated Burnett. For more information on the series, visit http://trinityepiscopal.org or email email@example.com.
Andrei Sorokin graduated from the Art Institute in Russia. Initially, he worked as a portraitist and icon painter. Since leaving Russia in 1993, Sorokin has lived and worked in the United States, primarily in the Midwest. Over 300 of his oil paintings have been sold to collections all over the USA and internationally – specifically Russia, Italy and Germany.
Through his work as an artist for a memorial company, Sorokin added stone etching as another artistic skill. He has worked in three dimensions as well – both restoring and creating sculptures. Sorokin continues to enjoy learning and experiencing a variety of fine arts techniques as he develops his own style of expression.
Sorokin’s works can also be seen at Metro Gallery in downtown Lincoln.
First Friday Artwalks are held on the first Friday of every month at galleries and business (and now, with St. Mark’s, Churches!) in downtown Lincoln. To keep up to date on future Art Walk exhibits and other happenings at St. Marks, like their Facebook page found here.
For more information, contact St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church and Student Center, 402-474-1979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Andrew’s in Seward celebrated God’s creation with an April 24 worship service that recalled the traditional Rogation Days in England, when the fields were blessed at planting time. Mother Verneda Kelly blessed a vessel of soil, and parishioners were encouraged to take a scoopful home to their own gardens. And yes, the congregation sang, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”
About 40 people — from the church and the community — attended the Earth Day celebration that afternoon in and around the parish hall. There were locally grown plants for sale, along with “green” products such as homemade laundry soap, and tote bags and hats made of “plarn” (recycled plastic bags). Some of the most eye-catching of the recycled products were beautifully hand-braided “rag rugs” made by a 96-year-old friend of St. A. Just think, she has been recycling for nearly 80 years!