From the Bishop’s Office Anglican Diocese in New England P. O. Box 440 Amesbury, MA 01913 978.388.


September 2011
“O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened” Daniel 10:19 This September, it doesn’t take much reflection to have cause for fear and anxiety. The tenth anniversary of the terror attacks of 9-11, Irene’s stop over New England, the yo-yo stock market and seeming financial instability can add up to a pulse racing fear. It isn’t a stretch to envision a face to face with a lion, such as Daniel experienced. Yet after visions and visitations, he clung to God’s love and presence in his life, and was reminded he was greatly loved, and to fear not. I want to remind you that you are greatly loved by an almighty God, who encourages you to be strong and of good courage. My prayer is that you will be strengthened in your faith just as Daniel was. It is this desire that all of New England know the transforming love of Jesus Christ that calms and brings peace that led to our series of seminars on small groups and church planting in New England. Just a reminder, if you haven’t signed up for our September 16-17th Conference, it is not too late. Just hop onto our website and go to events for registration and details. September is a month of travel for me. First up is the investiture of the Right Reverend John Guernsey as the first bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic in Fairfax, VA. Later this month I will attend the consecration service of the Rev. Dr. Eric Menees as Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, Fresno, CA. Then it is up to Bellingham, WA for the third consecration, as Bishopelect Kevin Bond Allen will serve the Diocese of Cascadia. I have the honor of preaching at his church the following Sunday. All is culminated in the first ever ACNA retreat for the College of Bishops, conveniently meeting in Washington state as well, right after the consecration. Pray for encouragement, wisdom, fellowship and unity as we meet on retreat with Archbishop Robert Duncan. For the millions of you who were asking about my vacation, yes we caught fish. Reminiscent of the full nets of the disciples, we caught and released tons and tons (fish tales aside) of salmon and trout plus had great conversation and fellowship. Fishing for me is extremely therapeutic and restful. I pray you had a therapeutic and restful summer as well and are ready for the “battle” ahead. Fear not, for you are greatly loved by an almighty God!

September 16-17: Place of Small Groups in Church Planting (see below) October 14-16: ADNE Intercessors Prayer Conference, Hampton, NH. For more information, see below or go to our website and Events. November 28 - December 10: Advent in the Holy Land, a Pilgrimage to Israel, led by The Rev. Jurgen, under Events


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Intercessors Prayer Conference

If you feel God nudging you toward a prayer ministry, or wonder if this is your call, make sure you sign up for ADNE’s Intercessors Prayer Conference, October 14-16th in Hampton, NH. A weekend providing you with direction and discernment along with fellowship with others who are on this journey is planned. For more information, registration, a schedule and poster, go to our website and click on Events.


The Brenemans on track for Costa Rica

Jim and Mimi will be serving in Costa Rica as Latin America Mission (LAM) missionaries working with ESEPA Seminary. There is a need to equip pastors and leaders to serve Christ’s kingdom in Costa Rica and ESEPA Seminary is one of the institutions responding to this challenge. Both Jim and Mimi have grown up in Central and South America. To learn more, go to our website under missions.

Joshua Burns and The Outreach

Josh Burns, Youth Missioner here at the Diocese, began his new ministry September 1st. His mission is to reach out in love to “at risk” teens and to develop a ministry paradigm for the diocese. This works itself out in intentional and meaningful relationships with young men and women through a variety of structured and leisurely events and activities. His new brochure is on our website, just click on ministries and The Outreach.


Bishop Bill

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