Friday, July 12th, 2019
My dear brothers and sisters,
The theme of this year's Diocesan Convention is what I am calling the mustard seed revolution: "For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20
In my last three years, I have seen that truly nothing is impossible. There is so much creativity, innovation, and faith among us. Together, we are stronger. Together, we are growing.
The 236th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania will begin on Friday, November 1, with Eucharist followed by dinner and continue on Saturday, November 2. (Specific times will be sent out next month.) Both dates will be held at The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.
We will also hold a special program on Thursday, October 31, for the diocese and community at the new Diocesan House located at 23 E. Airy St. in Norristown.
Specific times for the all the programming and how to register will be shared via email and on social media next month.
I also write to remind you that according to our canons, the following items are due from each parish vestry no later than the opening of Convention if they have not already been submitted:
* The Annual Parochial Report for the Calendar year 2018
* An audit of parish finances for the Calendar year 2018
* Your commitment of Sacred Gifts (formerly "canonical" assessment and a voluntary pledge)
If your vestry is unable to submit these items prior to Convention, a written explanation is requested so that the Convention may have a greater understanding for its consideration regarding seat, voice and vote for the parish delegation to Convention.
As I begin my fourth year of ministry with you, I am constantly amazed at the level of service and devotion in this community.
Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.
Your brother in Christ,
The Rt. Rev'd Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania