Eastern Shore Episcopalian - Fall 2019

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FALL EDITION 2019

Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World

a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton

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Contents:

A Note from the Bishop

Radical Love: The Jesus Way

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A Modern Model of

Monastic Life

“Our work remains sacred and central

to the life of the church in this Diocese.”

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND

Nine counties, 42 worshiping

communities, and more than

5,000 people engaged in living

out our call to welcome all, share

Jesus’ love, and serve the world.

BISHOP

The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray

Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World

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Unconditional Love

The Story of the Youth Mission Trip to

the Amazon region of Peru.

In This Issue:

01 A Note from the Bishop

02 Shining Christ’s Light: Camp Reflections

03 Snapshots of the Summer

04 Agape Ministry

06 A Modern Model of Monastic Life

08 Finding Jesus on the Amazon

09 Snapshots of the Mission Trip

10 Unconditional Love

12 Giving Sight, Receiving Hope

13 A Loaves and Fishes Story

14 Update on School for Diaconal Studies

15 Diocesan Events & Fall Preview

Cover Photo: Members of the Peru Mission Team play games and

enjoy time with children in the village of San Jose in the Amazon

region of Peru.

In the first installment of

this three-part series on our

Diocesan Vocation, discerned by

the diocesan family, we shared

what it means to be a welcoming

and radically hospitable church.

Our focus now turns to the

challenge of living out our call to

share as a people of faith, JESUS’

LOVE.

We are shaped and formed out

of God’s unconditional love for

the human family which in turn

calls us to go out into the world

and share this experience and

joy with the world in every way

possible. The early church father,

St. Augustine wrote, “You who

have been born again in Christ,

listen to God speaking through

me: “Sing to the Lord a new

song” (Psalm 149:1). You say,

“Well, I am singing!” Yes, you

are singing but don’t let your life

contradict your words. Sing with

your voices, sing also with your

hearts; sing with your mouths,

sing also with your behavior. Do

you want to sing God his praises?

Be yourselves what you sing.

You are his praise if you lead

good lives”.

The glorious illustration of love

is to embody Jesus’ love. He

shared his Father’s love, selflessly

and unconditionally, by allowing

himself to be sacrificed for the

good of others. This love begins

in and among our family but it

extends beyond our immediate

confines, beyond persons of

like-mindedness who think, act

and look like us. Jesus loves the

vulnerable, the homeless, addicts

and recovering addicts, the

needy, and all those individuals

to whom we are least likely to be

drawn toward at a first glance.

He loves refugees, immigrants,

and outcasts - he was himself

a refugee and immigrant in his

infancy. The list of those readily

despised by society goes on, yet

the gospel narrative shows us

over and over that Jesus was as

comfortable in their presence as

he was among the disciples.

Be mindful of the fact that in

living the love of Jesus there

are no winners or losers. In

love we must always seek to

share not only ourselves and

possessions unconditionally but

our knowledge, wisdom and

generosity of spirit. When this

life is over the world may say of

us that our lives weren’t in vain

and the world is a better place

because we passed this way.

Let us be true to ourselves

and live as faithful disciples,

ambassadors and friends of our

Lord. By this, we will give the

world an opportunity to see

Jesus’ love shine through our

lives lived out in radical love.

PUBLICATION INFORMATION

A publication of the Bishop and Diocese of Easton

Copyright 2019 The Bishop and Diocese of Easton

Published Quarterly

SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO:

Eastern Shore Episcoplian (ESE)

314 North St., Easton, MD 21601

OFFICE AND MAILING ADDRESS

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410-822-1919 dioceseofeaston.org

joanne@dioceseofeaston.org

The Right Reverend Santosh Marray

Bishop of Easton

Joanne Fisher

Director of Communications,

Senior Editor & Creative Designer

The Reverend Loretta Collins

Deacon, Editor

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Shining Christ’s Light

Camp Reflections

Camp Wright is so much fun! ALL the

counselors here are so nice. All of the food

tastes good. You will have so much fun! There

is archery, basketball, drama, newspaper,

arts & crafts, canoeing, hodge podge, pool

games, group games, and so much more! All

you have to do is have fun and drink lots and

lots of water. Some of your old friends will

probably be there, but I think that making

new friends is fun. If you have any troubles

or problems your new friends and counselor

will be there to make you feel better!

- Ava, Resident Camper, Age 9

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Agape Ministry

by Carrie Connelly

This summer 37 excited children arrived at Camp Wright

for the Agape session for children whose lives have been

affected by incarceration. The session began as campers

arrived on a bus from all over the Diocese and were met by

the enthusiastic Camp Wright staff and Agape volunteers.

We were happy to welcome twenty campers new to our

program.

The staff was wonderful in their welcome, engaging

everyone in games, and introducing them to new activities.

As the week progressed everyone tried new experiences,

and enjoyed different activities each evening. From sailing

and swimming to arts and crafts and Serendipity, the

children were encouraged to bond together forming new

friendships and reconnecting with old friends.

The bus and van bringing kids to and from camp is provided

by Agape Ministries, along with all the necessary supplies

a camper will need, such as bedding, towels, toiletries,

drawstring bags, and Agape t-shirts. Agape staff plans the

menu and prepares the meals and snacks during camp.

Volunteers collect stuffed animals for bedtime comfort.

This year handmade pillowcases and toiletry bags in fun

prints were donated for each camper.

Many parishes in the diocese collected for the Book Nook,

a favorite retreat for selecting something to read, having a

chat, playing a game or working a puzzle. This year many

of us watched a crowd gather round to watch one of our

campers defeat a counselor in an epic chess match!

There were some tears along with lots of hugs and smiles

as the week came to a close and new friends promised to

stay in touch and everyone looked forward to next year at

Camp Wright.

We thank you again for all that you do keep Agape

Ministry alive. We ask that you continue to support us

and that you give prayerful consideration to becoming

an active part of our program. We welcome new board

members, volunteers at our various events, new ideas and

new children to enroll!

For more information contact agapeministrymd@gmail.

com.

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Camp Wright: A Modern Model of Monastic Life

by Julia Connelly Zahn, Camp Wright Director

Camp Wright’s summer 2019 season

was formative and transformative.

We laughed, cried, played, worked,

prayed, and wondered with over

1700 campers this summer. Life

at camp is a wonder of rest and

busyness, quiet times and wild joy.

Life at camp is a wonder

of rest and busyness, quiet

times and wild joy.

Camp Wright is proud to carry on

the traditions of those who have

gathered close with Christ over the

years, sharing meals, space and time

together. Presiding Bishop Michael

Curry recognizes camps and

conference centers in the Episcopal

Church as the modern model of

monastic life. Camp certainly looks

different than most monasteries and

our children and staff members are

certainly not monks (come visit us

for Power Bun Friday,) but our work

remains sacred and central to the

life of the church in this Diocese.

Our faith formation curriculum

has grown significantly in the

past several years to provide time

for all campers to meet in small

groups daily. All campers, from

our Kindergarteners in Day Camp

to our Senior High campers, were

able to have meaningful discussions

with each other about faith using

scripture and real-world examples.

Coming away from this experience,

one camper reflected, “I didn’t like

Jesus before this week. I didn’t know

him.”

Thank you to everyone who made

Summer 2019 truly fantastic! Our

campers, camp families, staff,

prayerful supporters, alumni, and

friends continue to make

Camp Wright a vibrant

and fun place for all.

I’d like to offer a special

thank you to the clergy of

the diocese who partnered

with us this summer to

celebrate Eucharist, answer tough

questions, connect with our campers

and staff: Pat Drost, Patrick

Collins, Frieda Malcolm,

Mark Delcuze, Chuck

Hatfield, Al Spicer, Mary

Garner and Michael Moyer.

Fall brings a particular

bittersweet feeling to Camp.

We are sad that our season is

over, but we enjoy greeting

new friends in our rental groups

and the possibilities are endless

and exciting as we look forward

to summer 2020 and beyond. Stay

involved with us this school year, we

have several exciting events planned

that we hope you’ll be a part of.

Harvest Festival, October 26, 2019:

Live music, food, drinks, games, and

a variety of Fall themed activities!

Circle of Friendsgiving, November

23, 2019: Our alumni group, the

Circle of Friends, is hosting this

Thanksgiving themed dinner, giving

thanks for Camp Wright and our

amazing community. Campers,

counselors, family, friends, and

alumni are all invited!

Christmas Nights at Camp Wright,

December 7 & 14: Our favorite way

to celebrate the Joy and Wonder

of the holiday season. Thousands

of twinkling lights, holiday spirit

galore, Santa, a nativity scene,

hayrides, a bonfire, and cookies and

cocoa to keep you warm.

As we move ahead, we are excited

about a variety of projects,

development and opportunities for

We’re excited to see you this

fall, and even more excited to

see you for our 90th summer

in 2020!

Camp Wright. Your support is what

makes this possible.

We are grateful for every camper,

every counselor, and every person

who has lifted us up in prayer and

Camp Spirit. We’re excited to see

you this fall, and even more excited

to see you for our 90th summer in

2020!

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Finding Jesus on the Amazon

Peru Mission Reflections


Unconditional Love

by Cristina Machin

The one word that comes to mind

when I think of the mission trip to

Peru is LOVE. Missioners are full of

love to give and serve, but I did not

expect the Unconditional Love that

we received back on this trip.

Love from our home parishes, who

supported us financially and with

prayers. I personally felt the mantle

of love from my church when I took

a hard fall on the last day and did not

break any bones.

Love from my team members, most

of whom I barely knew but we all

connected in amazing ways even

before we got to Peru (24 hours of

traveling can do that). Our team

members supported one another

while in the village, whether it was

help in speaking another language,

taking care of the sick, taking walks,

or talking and providing support

when we did not have faith that we

were prepared for the task.

Love from the local YWAM base in

Iquitos who took care of us while we

were with them, trying to meet our

needs – from finding a jar of peanut

butter to supporting the team with

their advice and care.

Love from our River Ministries

members. Yola, our Peruvian “mom”,

who prepared amazing meals and

her husband Julio, Deacon for the

River Ministries, who gave advice

on how to be with the locals, shared

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stories and cracked jokes. Darrly

and Jamie, two Canadians who were

completing their DTS (Discipleship

Training School) and Vladimir, an

interpreter from Iquitos, whose

linguistic support, sense of humor

and dedication to the job added to

our experience.

And UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

from the local deacon, Pastor Lans

and his wife Carmen and the whole

community of San Jose – the river

village in which we lived and served

for the week. As soon as we arrived,

Pastor Lans received us with the

biggest smile and open arms. He

opened his own home to us, 12

strangers, to set up camp. He literally

took a saw, hammer and nails, and

with the help of friends transformed

what would have been his living room

into a place where 12 hammocks

could be hang.

Pastor Lans set up the meeting with

the Mayor to advertise our eye glass

clinic and coordinated the clean-up

and set-up of the building that we

would be using. He accompanied

us to meet with the school director

who, to our amazement, opened all

the grades to VBS (150+ kids!). In

addition, we were asked to “teach

English” to the middle and high

schoolers. In past trips, we had little

opportunity to reach out to this age

group. To learn about them from

them, and to realize that 14-17

year olds are the same everywhere

(facebook, talking boys or soccer,

‘posing for pictures’), was a lot of fun!

During the eye glass clinic, I don’t

know who was more blessed: the

people who received glasses or our

team members. Most of the people

who participated would return to

each one of us after the process

was done, regardless of what they

received, and would hug and bless us.

Even when we could not help because

it was beyond our expertise, being

able to participate in the individual

prayer for health by the ordained

minister was powerful.

There are many anecdotes and

adventures from this trip: helping

decorate the church for a wedding,

witnessing that wedding, a baptism

in the river (two of our members

reconfirmed their faith), the chicken

that kept company to one of our sick

members, the incredibly annoying

roosters that would crow at 2 am, 4

am, 5 am and so on. But for me, the

last experience of unconditional love

came in the last 10 minutes in the

village before we left…

On my way towards the boat, I fell.

Carmen, the wife of Pastor Lans,

walked with me the rest of the way,

worried about injuries although I

kept saying that I was ok. Her last

act of love towards me was to take

me in the back of her store, where

the kitchen was and, getting a bucket

of water, she knelt and humbly and

silently brushed the mud off my pants

and my boots. This was my “Maundy

Thursday moment” of the washing

of the feet. We were silent and I felt

her love for me and for our group

through her act. There was nothing

I could say or give her- this was my

moment to just accept the love. I still

puzzle over this very special moment.

Despite all the hardships, if any of

us had a chance to return to Peru

tomorrow, we would all jump to it

without a doubt. That is power of the

love we felt.

Thank you for your support,

Cristina Machin

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Attending a wedding (we helped decorate!);

fitting people for readers and distance glasses

(gv2020.org); baptism in the river for villagers

and missioners; corralling over 100 kids for

Vacation Bible School; teaching about Moses

at VBS.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The mission team

(12 from here and 10 from YWAM Iquitos);

sleeping in hammocks; our boat (and dining

room); evening team time and worship.


Giving Sight, Receiving Hope

by Oliver White, age 15

A Loaves and Fishes Story

by Emma Chapple, age 18

I was one of the missioners who ran the vision clinic

in San Jose. I’m very grateful that we had the chance

to take vision to the villagers there. This is especially

meaningful to me because 10 years ago my Dad created

Global Vision 2020, the company that equipped us with

the materials for our vision clinics in Peru. While I have

helped my parents many times with this process, this

is the first time I did it on my own with the help of my

mission team.

We screened many villagers who had eye diseases

who we were not able to help, they would need to see

a specialist in Iquitos for things like cataracts & lazy

eye. The glasses that we give out would not have helped

them.

I remember one of the villagers who we screened who

had symptoms of glaucoma. I was disappointed that we

couldn’t help him and that we had nothing to give him.

Then we had the idea to pray over him. A village pastor,

a fellow missioner and I encircled him and prayed for

him. While he was being prayed for in Spanish, I prayed

to God that he would get the help he needed. Praying

for him gave us all hope.

I am so grateful that I had the chance to go on this

mission. Not only for the opportunity to run the glasses

clinic and see lives changed. But for the people I met

and how those people have changed my life. Thank you

to everyone here who supported us and gave me this

chance.

From the moment we stepped off the boat, the villagers

of San Jose saw us as their friends. I won’t ever forget

those first steps because right away I met a little girl

named Leslie. After learning her name she took my

hand and we were inseparable for the rest of the trip.

Leslie was just one of over 100 kids that would end up

joining us for Vacation Bible School that week. We had

prepared for approximately 30 children to show up, but

the school in San Jose insisted that they stop their regular

classes to allow us to run our VBS. Leading that many

kids was a scary thing for me and it was going to be a

brand new experience because I had never led a group

that large. But God is good, and I learned that trusting

Him was most important and that God wouldn’t put me

somewhere if He didn’t think that I could end up doing

good things. Each morning that we prepared for the

VBS activities, I was amazed as somehow some small

shift in our preparations or some extra materials that we

would come across would allow us to provide for each

and every child. It was like a real-life version of Jesus

multiplying the fish!

These experiences will live with me forever. As I leave

for my first semester of college, I’m excited and nervous

and scared and happy for this next adventure of life. But

God has shown me that He won’t ever take me anywhere

that He won’t be with me.

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Update on School for Diaconal Studies

by the Rev. Loretta L. Collins, Deacon, Registar for the School of Diaconal Studies

Bishop San Marray is pleased

and excited to provide this

update on the students who

are enrolled in the Deacon’s

School, An Educational

Ministry of the Diocese of

Easton. Under the leadership

of the Dean, The Rev.

Canon Dr. Daniel Dunlap

and the Registrar, The Rev. Loretta Collins, Deacon,

eight students have completed the six courses of the

2018-2019 Academic Term and are now beginning

internships in congregations around the diocese.

Using the talents and expertise of our local clergy, these

dedicated members of our diocese have completed the

following courses:

• -The Deacon’s Path – Taught by Bishop San Marray

and The Rev. Loretta Collins, Deacon

• -Theology for Mission – Taught by The Rev. Dr.

Barbara Anne Fisher

• -Spiritual Disciplines and Practices – Taught by

The Rev. Mark Delcuze

• -The Bible in Missional Perspective – Taught by

The Rev. Canon Dr. Dan Dunlap

• -Liturgy and the Book of Common Prayer –

Taught by The Rev. Cn. Patrick Collins

• -Performance Skills in Worship Workshop –

Taught by The Rev. Stephan Klingelhoffer

• -Stephanie Clayville (All Hallows, Snow Hill)

Assigned to St. Peter’s, Salisbury

• -Barbara Coleman (Christ Church, Easton)

Assigned to Christ Church, Cambridge

• -James Kamihachi (St. Mark’s, Perryville) Assigned

to St. Mark’s, Perryville

• -Alisha King (St. Alban’s, Salisbury) Assigned to

Holy Spirit, Ocean City

• -Laura McCarthy (St. Peter’s, Salisbury) Assigned

to St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea, Ocean City

• -Chris Sabas (St. Alban’s, Salisbury) Assigned to St.

Mary the Virgin, Pocomoke City

• -Peggy Samuels (Shrewsbury, Kennedyville)

Assigned to St. Paul’s, Kent

• -Lisa Webb (Emmanuel, Chestertown) Assigned to

Holy Trinity, Oxford

These 8 individuals will be continuing their academic

studies for the 2019-2020 Academic Term. Their

classes will include: The Jesus movement in History,

The Spirituality of Restorative Justice, Our Episcopal

Heritage, Ethics and Pastoral Ministry, Incarnation and

the Communication of the Gospel, and Performance

Skills in Worship Workshop.

We invite your continuing prayers for these individuals,

their sponsoring parishes and the congregations who

have graciously agreed to provide them with temporary

spiritual homes, as they all take these next steps in their

journeys.

About This Publication

The EASTERN SHORE EPISCOPALIAN (ESE) is the

quarterly news magazine of the Diocese of Easton. It

includes feature articles, columns from the bishop, stories

about ministries and parishes, and information about

upcoming diocesan events.

DEADLINES: The deadline for the ESE is the 20th of

the month preceding release. January *20th, May 20th,

August 20th, and November 20th. *Deadline may vary

for pre-convention issue.

DISTRIBUTION: We try to publish and distribute the

Eastern Shore Episcopalian on a quarterly basis. The

magazine is created in Adobe InDesign, saved as a PDF,

and published online via a service called Yumpu. Once

the issue is completed, a link is posted to our website and

the same link is emailed to our Enews distribution list.

We also mail hard copies to churches who requested them

according to a list linked here.

Based on the ebb and flow of the busy seasons we try to

adhere to the following schedule:

February: Pre-Convention Edition

June: Summer Edition

September: Fall Edition

December: Abbreviated Christmas Edition

GUEST ARTICLES may be submitted for consideration

but are included only if the following criteria are met:

1. The article is 300-600 words and includes 1-6 photos.

2. There is room for the article in an upcoming magazine.

3. The article is NOT an event synopsis or advertisement.

4. The Bishop approves the content and inclusion of the

article.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: We encourage the

submission of articles and pictures. We reserve the right to

edit material offered for publication. All submissions must

include name, phone and email address for verification.

• One full page article with pictures = approximately 300-

600 words

• Name of the author should be at the top of the article

• A short tagline should be at the end of the article,

including contact information for author Example: John

Doe serves as music director at St. Swithin’s. Contact him

at jdoe@stswithins.org.

• Include a headshot if possible

• Pictures should be high resolution .jpeg files (min. 300

dpi) to ensure print quality (send as separate attachment,

not in body of the article)

• Please select a significant point in your article (call out)

and highlight this text in the article

NEXT ISSUE

SERVE THE WORLD:

• Bishop’s Christmas Message

• Hear from some of our Churches

• Update on the Bahamas

• Convention Preview

• Submit for Consideration to:

joanne@dioceseofeaston.org

NOTABLE DATES

October 11-14

TRAIL TO TRUTH YOUTH PILGRIMAGE

Youth from around Province III will travel between

Washington DC and Philadelphia to continue the work of

racial reconciliation in our communities.

December 9th

NORTHERN CONVOCATION MEETS

First of two meetings for clergy and delegates preceding

convention.

December 10th

MIDDLE CONVOCATION MEETS

First of two meetings for clergy and delegates preceding

convention.

December 12th

SOUTHERN CONVOCATION MEETS

First of two meetings for clergy and delegates preceding

convention.

January 4

BISHOP’S INSTITUTE LAUNCH

Join us for a special Eucharist and celebration of the launch

of the Bishop’s Institute.

January 10-12

OCEAN CITY YOUTH RALLY

Join thousands of 6th-12th graders from around the region

at this year’s youth rally “Inseparable” (Romans 8:38-39).

Having successfully completed these courses,

these students are now beginning their internship

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