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St. Mark’s on the Campus Holds First Friday Art Exhibit

Art by Andrei Sorokin

Art by Andrei Sorokin

This Friday, May 6th, St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church and Student Center is holding a First Friday art exhibit featuring works by Andrei Sorokin. The exhibit is Friday, May 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, in the social hall of the church, located at 1309 R Street. Visitors are invited to view the paintings and enjoy light refreshments.

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

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Earth Day Celebrated at St. Andrews, Seward

Part of the presentations in the undercroft included information on natural cleaning supplies

Part of the presentations in the undercroft included information on natural cleaning supplies

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!



Locally grown plants for sale

Locally grown plants for sale

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Meet Deb Sneller – Church Periodical Club Coordinator

Deb Sneller

Deb Sneller

Introducing Deb Sneller, Church Periodical Club Coordinator for Women’s Ministries of our Diocese.

“My name is Deb Sneller. My journey in life as an Episcopalian is rather short, just a tad over six years; constituting only 10% of my life. The first 90% of my time was spent as a Methodist. My conversion to the Episcopal Church came with a marriage to my second husband (Jeff) who is a cradle Episcopalian and one of the most kind, loving, benevolent individuals I’ve had the pleasure to know. Exploring what it means to be an Episcopalian along side Jeff made leaving my Methodist roots easier than anticipated.


We have five children, three grandchildren (with more on the way), and a yellow lab who is every bit as spoiled as the grandchildren. When not working, I spend as much time with the grandkids, teaching and nurturing them, and giving their parents a little respite. Baking is my favorite hobby. One of my favorite things to make is a giant chocolate chip cookie (known as the Birthday Cookie at work – as each person in my department gets one annually on their birthday).
My professional time is spent as an accountant for a non-profit organization that serves the needs of youth in our area.”

CPC is a charitable outreach of Episcopal Church Women. The CPC Coordinator links local churches to the diocese, province and national office.

Many wonderful works are done via the Church Periodical Club — find out how you can help in its mission to change the world one book at a time.

Learn more about CPC online at  Please support CPC!



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Combined Choral Evensong Sunday February 21st




Join the combined choirs of All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral this Sunday for a traditional service of sung Evening Prayer.

The service is at 4:00 PM, Sunday, February 21st at

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
113 North 18th Street, Omaha

Music of Couperin, Fauré, Scheiblhofer, Stanford, and Vaughan Williams will be featured.

All are welcome – enter through the bell tower doors.

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Trinity Cathedral Celebrates Sewanee Connections with Visit from Organist Robert Delcamp

Dr. Robert Delcamp

Dr. Robert Delcamp


On Saturday morning, January 23, Trinity Cathedral’s curate, the Reverend Sarah Miller, will be ordained to the priesthood. At the console, Dr. Robert Delcamp, Professor of Music and University Organist and Choirmaster from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee will serve as a guest organist.


There is a unique connection between the ordinand and the esteemed professor. “Singing in the University Choir as a Sewanee undergraduate was one of the greatest joys of my time there,” shared Miller, “and I attribute much of that to Dr. Delcamp’s leadership. His commitment to bringing out the best in choir members, his choice of music that is both a challenge and delight to sing, and his dedication to producing excellent music in the Anglican tradition make being a part of his choir a uniquely formative and enriching experience.”


A common link between the two is the cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett. Prior to moving to Omaha, Burnett taught at Sewanee and returned to complete a Doctor of Ministry degree. During those years, she and Delcamp developed a close friendship and collaborated on several performances.


“We had been discussing dates for an organ recital at Trinity Cathedral, and Sarah’s ordination presented the perfect opportunity for a return visit to Omaha,” explained Burnett. Delcamp performed at the cathedral several years ago, prior to the restoration of the pipe organ in 2011. “I wanted to offer him the opportunity to play our beautifully restored instrument with its new console.”


As part of the celebratory week, Delcamp will present an organ recital on Thursday evening, January 21 at 7:30. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century organ repertoire, Delcamp will present works by Alexandre Guilmant, César Franck, and several modern composers. The program features a variety of pieces designed to showcase the cathedral’s historic pipe organ. The restored instrument contains pipes from the original 1890 and 1932 organs, as well as additions made in the 1960s, 1980s, and 2011.


As a concert artist, Delcamp has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing for numerous chapters of the American Guild of Organists and presenting workshops on organ technique, hymn playing, and organ repertoire, as well as concerts and workshops devoted to the organ music of Marcel Dupré. His highly regarded recordings for Naxos include three volumes in the Organ Encyclopedia series of the complete works of Dupré and CDs of organ music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Alexandre Guilmant, and Charles-Marie Widor.


This week, Delcamp’s considerable talents will grace Nebraska’s cathedral, celebrating friendships and ministries old and new, brought together through the gift of music.



Trinity Cathedral Concert Series
Organ Recital by Dr. Robert Delcamp
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission – Nursery available


Ordination of Sarah Leanne Miller to the Sacred Order of Priests
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10:30 a.m.


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
113 N 18th Street, Omaha, Nebraska



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40+ Years of the Church of the Holy Spirit Holly Fair

The Holly Fair at CHS's Undercroft

The Holly Fair at CHS’s Undercroft

It all started in the 1970’s when for many years the ladies at Church of the Holy Spirit, Bellevue gathered regularly to craft items for the Holly Fair.  Trips were made to the cemetery to gather pine cones for wreath making, needlepoint and other creative tree ornaments were made, papier-mâché vegetables and fruits formed on wood to hang in the kitchen, and many other wonderful items.  Also the Holly Fair served lunch and of course tables of cookies, cakes, pies, candy and other delicious items were for sale.


Flash forward to 2007 and fundraising for a new kitchen.  Time for a cookie bake sale!  The cookies were baked and a few tables were set up for any member who had something to sell.  The Holiday Craft and Bake Sale was formed.  The kitchen is completed, but new projects are identified and it continues to grow each year.  2015 found the ladies setting up the CHS Christmas Flea Market and Bake Sale tables and the Undercroft full of 15 to 20 vendors from Bellevue and the surrounding area offering a great variety of treasures.  The Christmas spirit was shared with new and old friends from the community as we wished them a Merry Christmas and invited them to join us for Lessons and Carols on December 18th.

Baked goods for every taste!

Baked goods for every taste!

The holiday craft and decoration items were overflowing

The holiday craft and decoration items were overflowing

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Meet the Kester-Beyers!

Rev. Sheryl and Rev. Chris Kester-Beyer

Rev. Sheryl and Rev. Chris Kester-Beyer

Greetings! Chris and I are excited to be a part of the Nebraska Diocese and serving Holy Apostles in Mitchell, Nebraska, even though we’re actually Lutheran. Chris grew up on a farm north of Aurora, Nebraska and I grew up in a variety of places (my dad was in the army), but I call Colorado home since that’s where my parents retired and I graduated from high school.

Chris and I were both ordained in 1987, but since we went to different seminaries we didn’t meet until after we were ordained. I began my pastoral ministry at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett, Nebraska while also serving two small United Methodist Churches at Newport and Rose, Nebraska as part of a co-operative ministry. In 1992, I was called to serve as pastor at First Lutheran Church of Avoca, Nebraska.


The Reverends Kester-Beyer and their bike!

Chris began his pastoral ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska. In 1990, he was called to serve Immanuel Lutheran Church at Orum, Nebraska and Emmaus Lutheran Church at Kennard, Nebraska.

It was after I moved to Avoca that Chris and I began dating and in 1995, we married. In 1997, Chris accepted a call to serve Grace Lutheran Church in Cook, Nebraska, so that we only had a 20 minute commute instead of an hour. Fun fact: during this time, we actually maintained two parsonages and alternated between the two every other week!

Seeking an opportunity to serve together (and live in one parsonage!) we then accepted a call to serve Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora, Nebraska in 2002. Where Pastor Chris also served half-time at United Lutheran Church in Hampton, Nebraska.

Rev. Sheryl Kester-Beyer

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Twentieth Annual Lessons and Carols at Trinity Memorial, Crete December 13 at 4 pm

trinity memorial crete

Trinity Memorial Church, Crete

Come to hear the Bible readings of Advent and Christmas, from Isaiah through St.Luke and St. Matthew, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the 20th annual Lessons and Carols Service at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Crete. Join in singing the beautiful Advent and Christmas hymns and carols. Trinity Memorial, on the National Historic Register, is one of the oldest Episcopal churches in Nebraska, having celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2012. Trinity Memorial is located at 14th and Juniper in Crete. The clergy person in charge is Deacon Christine Grosh.


Bible readers at Lessons and Carols in 2015 will be recently confirmed students Claire and Kathryn Holling, Emily and Zack Binder, Jack Blessen, and soon to be confirmed Gus Blessen; as well as Adrian Harris, Emily Binder, and Senior Warden Betty Talley. The Lessons and Carols Service includes a dessert reception following the Service.


“We welcome all in the community to join us for this traditional service,” said Senior Warden Betty Talley, “and for the reception and visiting afterwards.”

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“On the Road Again” with the Trinity Cathedral Choir


Trinity Cathedral Choir singing Lessons and Carols in Seward in 2010, with Rev. Helen Goltl

On Sunday, December 13, the Trinity Cathedral Choir and Handbell Ensemble will present an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 301 E. 5th Street, Fremont, Nebraska. The traditional Anglican service of readings and music is designed to prepare us for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Each December, cathedral musicians travel to a parish in the Diocese of Nebraska to share the gift of music. Those “road trips” have included visits to these parishes:

2007 – St. Martin’s, Omaha
2008 – St. Mary’s, Nebraska City
2009 – St. James, Fremont
2010 – St. Andrew’s, Seward
2011 – St. Martin’s, Omaha
2012 – St. Augustine’s, Elkhorn
2013 – St. Mary’s, Blair
2014 – Trinity, Norfolk

This year’s festival is one of a series of events celebrating the new Allen organ at St. James Church. An extended prelude will showcase the sounds of the instrument with music by composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary Nebraska composer and organist, Michael McCabe.

Twenty-four cathedral musicians, as well as several spouses, friends, and clergy, will travel to Fremont for lunch and a rehearsal, followed by the choral service. The annual trip provides an enjoyable opportunity for fellowship in the midst of the busy December choir schedule. We are blessed with magnificent musical resources at Trinity Cathedral, and we rejoice in opportunities to share those gifts with our friends and neighbors throughout the diocese.

Trinity Cathedral Choir, with Deacon Ellen Ross, Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, Dean Craig Loya

Trinity Cathedral Choir, with Deacon Ellen Ross, Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, Dean Craig Loya

All are welcome to attend. A reception will follow the liturgy. A freewill offering with be received benefitting Jefferson House, a local youth shelter, and Downtown Episcopal Outreach (DEO).

God willing, next year will mark our tenth annual Lessons and Carols on the Road. Where will we go? An epic Nebraska road trip may be in the works to celebrate!

Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min.
Canon Precentor, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

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Meet Rev. Marisa Thompson

Rev. Marisa Thompson

Rev. Marisa Thompson

Hello, Nebraska!
My family and I came to Omaha by way of central North Carolina this summer. My husband, Joe, is a native North Carolinian and we have enjoyed getting to know his home over the past three years. Prior to that, we were in my stomping grounds, the great Pacific Northwest! This means that our children love BBQ AND tofu, sweet tea AND sushi – and that we have been teaching them to yell “Go Heels” and “Go Ducks” since they were in the womb! We look forward to adding “Go Huskers” to their repertoire. I served in a traditional parish setting in NC and as a college chaplain (and university administrator) in Oregon. In addition to spending time with my family and enjoying my vocation, I like to coach soccer, read mysteries, and watch college football.


I am excited to be a part of the Diocese of Nebraska and to serve with the All Saints community. The future is bright at All Saints! I have already met a number of wonderful people, in the Omaha-area and hope to build some strong relationships. To those I have met, thank you for the great welcome. To those I do not yet know, please say hi!


In Peace,
Rev. Marisa


Joe, Zeo, Patrick and Marisa Thompson

Joe, Zoe, Patrick and Marisa Thompson

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