The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware held its 232nd Annual Convention on January 27 and 28, 2017 at the Hyatt Place, Dewey Beach. The Bay Center and the Cove were also utilized. It was hosted by St. Martha's Episcopal Church, Bethany. St. Martha's is geographically close enough to Dewey they also hosted a light luncheon prior to the convention. The food was delicious of course. And, tours of St. Martha's facilities were included.
The annual convention reviews and submits rules of order, the annual budget, as well as other necessary items for the Diocese. This year, The Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright is retiring and a search is underway for his replacement.
The Convention was officiated by Bishop Wright and his team, headed by Cynde Bimbi, Secretary of Convention. Herb Quick was the Parliamentarian. St. Martha's group wore customized blue t-shirts so they were easily identifiable. They answered questions, counted the voting ballots, and presented themselves as a relaxed, efficient group. (They probably weren't.)
St. Luke's delegates were Jan and Gene Grantz. Alternate delegates were Linda Robinson and Edris Irwin-Jasper who substituted for Dick Mickles. Other members of St Luke's also attended: The Rev'd Marianne Ell, Rich and Peggy Boyd, Joe Jasper, Herb and Jocelyn Quick. A reminder, all delegates need to pass a background check several months prior to the convention. There is a deadline which needs to be honored.
The registration room was set up in The Cove which has a beautiful view of the Bay. The Convention Book was included with the registration and is a soft cover bound booklet which includes the schedules, exhibits and resolutions, for example, as well as the worship bulletins.
The Friday evening dinner banquet was held on the second floor of The Bay Center. The food was very good. Bishop Wright made introductions and gave us a touching farewell. The Cathedral Choir School was our entertainment.
Saturday, we heard the results of the elections and ballots, followed by the Holy Eucharist. Lunch boxes were provided.
I am very pleased to report that Camp Arrowhead is naming a new pavilion in Bishop Wayne Wright's honor.
In 2018, St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Seaford will be the hosts for the 233rd Annual Convention on January 26 and 27. It will also be held at the Hyatt, Bay Center and Cove in Dewey Beach, DE. We do need all the volunteers we can muster, but we can accomplish this.
The dates and place are already scheduled. Mark your calendar, January 26-27, 2018. A master plan just needs to be followed at proper intervals.
Oh how easy it is to get lost! With our cell phones and iPads, our 24-hour news cycles, there’s virtually nowhere to go for a moment of peace and quiet.
That’s where St. Luke's Church comes in. We provide a holy place of respite in the tumult of life. So come, put aside the cares of the week and find yourself in the presence of God.
St. Luke's is a lay-led ministry. Our pastor provides the spiritual leadership, but it's the parishioners who provide the facilities for worship and lead our ministries that witness to Christ's love in the world.
Many faces, one faith.
We are a diverse group of believers – engineers, musicians, social workers, teachers, public servants, business owners, parents – united by our shared faith in a loving God.
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.
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Prior to coming to Seaford, The Reverend Marianne S. Ell served two churches in North Dakota from 1995 to 2013 - St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Williston, ND and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Cartwright, ND.
Pastor Ell is also the chaplain at Bayleigh Chase, a continuing care retirement community in Easton, MD. She also is a leader in the Episcopal Church nationally, serving in CREDO, a health and wellness program for active and retired clergy.
She was born in North Dakota, but grew up in Brazil and Maryland's Eastern Shore. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She enjoys coaching volleyball, basketball and soccer, as well as walking, traveling, reading, photography and scrap booking.