October 7

Due to Diocesan Convention in Polson, there will be no service on October 7 in Miles City; however, there will be a service of Morning Prayer in Forsyth. Thank you for your understanding.

Yours in Christ,

Stephen

Diocesan Profile Released!

 

The Nominating Committee of the Diocese of Montana has released a video introduction to the Diocesan Profile, which is a key part of the search process for the tenth bishop of the diocese.  Check it out below.

You can also view the Profile in PDF form.

The nomination and application period is open from October 1 to November 15, 2018.

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 21

Proper 21 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Reading:  Mark 9:38-50
Shared on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Miles City and Forsyth

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20

Proper 20 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Proverbs 31:10-31, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37

Shared on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Miles City and Forsyth

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19

Proper 19 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Proverbs 1:20-33, Psalm 19, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38
Shared on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Miles City and Forsyth

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 18

Proper 18 - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23, James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17, Mark 7:24-37

Shared on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Miles City and Forsyth

Two Important Announcements

Two very important announcements have been made today by the Diocese of Montana. First, an announcement from Bishop Carol Gallagher, Assistant Bishop:

I am so grateful to have served with the people of the Diocese of Montana over the past four years. I have been truly blessed to work with Bishop Brookhart and his amazing staff which is small but mighty in this vast and beautiful state. I am so thankful for the Native Ministries that have blossomed across the Diocese and pray that these will continue to grow in the coming days. By the rules set forth in the Canons of the Episcopal Church, when the Diocesan Bishop retires or steps down, an Assistant Bishop must step down as well. So that means I bid you farewell with a full and truly grateful heart.

I have been called as Regional Canon in the Diocese of Massachusetts and begin there on November 1, 2018. I will be in Montana in September and October and hope to see many of you at convention. This leave taking at this time, informed by my challenged physical health and my family concerns, is done with a heart full of love for the many, many gifts you have shared. Thank you for making me at home here and blessing me with lifelong friendships and partners in Christ.

 

And now, a statement from the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Montana:

Members of the Standing Committee have been quite busy over the last several months:  supervising the work of the Nominating Committee, naming and supervising the work of the Transition Committee, meeting with staff about the coming transition, and planning for time following Bishop Brookhart’s retirement.

There have many rumors about what comes after November 1.  We have been somewhat silent as, quite honestly, things keep changing.  The Standing Committee is working with the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development (Bishop Todd Ousley) to understand our options.  We are hopeful that the Office of Pastoral Development will be able to help us bring in a Bishop Provisional (essentially an interim bishop) sometime after Bishop Brookhart’s retirement.  There are over twenty Dioceses involved in searches for new Diocesan Bishops at this time. The Standing Committee is prepared to assume Ecclesiastical Authority effective November 1, 2018.  We intend to maintain that authority for as long as necessary. That might be until such time as a Bishop Provisional might be made available to us, or, it may be through the duration of our Search Process for the Tenth Bishop of Montana.  

Should a Bishop Provisional not be available to our Diocese during the interim, we will be asking clergy and laity alike to “step up” to assist one another through this time of discernment and election.  We ask your prayers for the members of the Standing, Nominating, and Transition Committees as we work through all of these issues and concerns. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can do so via email at SCPresident@diomontana.com, or you may call the President of the Standing Committee, The Rev. Donna Gleaves, at 406-223-9588.  The membership of the Committee can be found on the Diocesan Website at https://diomontana.com/standing-committee/

Just wanted you all to know!

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 17

Proper 17 - Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: James 1:17-27 and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Shared on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Miles City and Forsyth

 

 

Bishop Search Update!!

The Nominating Committee continues to develop the diocesan profile and application materials. The committee submitted first drafts to the Standing Committee in August for review. Revisions will continue through September. Both the profile and application are scheduled for release on October 1 with the opening of the candidate application and nomination period. More information is available at https://diomontana.com/bishop-search/. Please email questions/comments (and photos from your parish!) to bishopsearch@diomontana.com.