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MESSAGE FROM BISHOP HOWARD Dear Brothers and Sisters, C.S. Lewis once said, “Christianity You will learn all about this and is a religion which, if false, is of no more. In this issue, you will meet many importance and, if true, is of infnite of our wonderful clergy and laity who “I am about to importance. The only thing that it are making all of this happen. do a new thing; cannot be is moderately important.” Please mark your calendar! Our In this issue of the Diocesan 174th Convention of the Episcopal now it springs Magazine, you will read about a variety Diocese of Florida will be held March forth, do you not of exciting ways in which our Diocese 23 - 25, 2017. During the Convention, perceive it? I will and its congregations are reaching out Dr. Richard Chartres, Bishop of make a way to our communities and world with the London, will be our keynote speaker in the wilderness infnitely important message of Jesus and preacher for our opening Eucharist. and rivers in Christ. Bishop Chartres has led a successful the desert.” Among other things, you will learn church growth movement in London about: and will share with us the milestones (Isaiah 43:19) • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Live of this movement. He will also engage Oak, with the leadership of The us in our conversation about “A New Rev. George Hinchliffe, is providing Day!” of evangelism and growth for our a growing mobile health clinic for Diocese. Whether you are a Convention its rural community and fve delegate or not, make plans to be with surrounding counties. us on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the • St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Episcopal School in Jacksonville to Newberry, which is in the process hear Bishop Chartres and to participate of adopting the former St. Michael’s in a day of conversation about church preschool. Along with their rector, evangelism and growth. The Rev. Richard Pelkey, they All of the good news you will read are beginning to dream of a larger in this issue of Diocesan Magazine is school and have begun to form a evidence of our commitment to the vision of adding more grades to their Great Commission. We have the student body. opportunity to share that faith with • How parishes, including Christ others. Church in Ponte Vedra Beach and With warmest blessings, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea in Jacksonville Beach, are reaching out to seekers and the “un-churched” through new and exciting music, arts and >Samuel Johnson Howard performing arts programs. Bishop of Florida
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