Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida

We are a community united in a love of Christ, with a commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The Episcopal Church in Central Florida is part of the U.S.

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Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Gregory

Operating as usual

07/11/2021

Welcome back!

Officially (re) opened!!!! #godisgreat #backtonormal #stmatthews #blessedandthankful

07/08/2021

My brothers and sisters, I greet you in the ancient apostolic words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” As followers of Jesus, we stand fast and believe firmly in the power of prayer to help and to heal—to console and to strengthen—in this time of uncertainty.

As it says in the Epistle of James, “The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.” My brothers and sisters, we are praying for you. We are mindful of those simply trying to live their lives in peace and wholeness and to raise their children in safety. We are mindful of the needs of all the people in Haiti. My brothers and sisters, we are praying for you.

To all the people of The Episcopal Church, I beseech you, by the mercies of God, to continue to lift up the Haitian people in your prayers, both now and in the days to come.

I leave you with the words of the Psalmist:

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;

Though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.”

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Keep the faith,

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

@pb_curry

My brothers and sisters, I greet you in the ancient apostolic words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” As followers of Jesus, we stand fast and believe firmly in the power of prayer to help and to heal—to console and to strengthen—in this time of uncertainty.

As it says in the Epistle of James, “The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.” My brothers and sisters, we are praying for you. We are mindful of those simply trying to live their lives in peace and wholeness and to raise their children in safety. We are mindful of the needs of all the people in Haiti. My brothers and sisters, we are praying for you.

To all the people of The Episcopal Church, I beseech you, by the mercies of God, to continue to lift up the Haitian people in your prayers, both now and in the days to come.

I leave you with the words of the Psalmist:

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;

Though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.”

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Keep the faith,

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

@pb_curry

Timeline Photos 07/06/2021

Happy, happy birthday, Bishop Brewer! 🎉 We are so grateful to God for the blessing of YOU! @revgregbrewer

Happy, happy birthday, Bishop Brewer! 🎉 We are so grateful to God for the blessing of YOU! @revgregbrewer

07/06/2021

Hooray for summer camp and learning about Jesus!

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
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Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

📷 credit: @emmanuelepiscopalorlando

Hooray for summer camp and learning about Jesus!

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
‭‭
Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

📷 credit: @emmanuelepiscopalorlando

07/04/2021

Let freedom ring! Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

Let freedom ring! Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

Reflections on Pulse: 3 Characteristics of True Ministry – The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida 06/30/2021

Reflections on Pulse: 3 Characteristics of True Ministry – The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida

In a day of great division and separation, Susan Shannon’s welcoming calm brought the kingdom near, just as Michael Matheny’s extended care brought the kingdom near, just as Nancy Oliver’s selfless outreach brought the kingdom near.

https://cfdiocese.org/bishopsblog/reflections-on-pulse-3-characteristics-of-true-ministry/

Reflections on Pulse: 3 Characteristics of True Ministry – The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida Reflections on Pulse: 3 Characteristics of True Ministry Posted on June 14, 2021 by Bishop Gregory O. Brewer • Bishop's Blog The day of the Pulse shooting five years ago, I was traveling home to Orlando from Louisville. As I waited in the airport, CNN and all the other news services were blowing u...

PHOTOS: Church of the Messiah’s 2021 Vacation Bible School | West Orange Times & Observer | West Orange Times & Windermere Observer 06/29/2021

PHOTOS: Church of the Messiah’s 2021 Vacation Bible School | West Orange Times & Observer | West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Last week, children attending Church of the Messiah VBS learned all about the epic battles of the Bible! Do you see anyone you know? via Southwest Orange Observer

PHOTOS: Church of the Messiah’s 2021 Vacation Bible School | West Orange Times & Observer | West Orange Times & Windermere Observer Throughout the week, children attending VBS learned about some epic battles of the Bible while having fun with friends.

06/28/2021

“As your Son came not to be
served but to serve, may these deacons share in Christ's service,
and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and
the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.” 🙏

📷 (left to right): Deacon Eric Shoemaker, Jeff Jennings, Fr. Richard Gonzalez and Deacon Dorothy Hunter-Spencer. Church of St. Luke & St. Peter

“As your Son came not to be
served but to serve, may these deacons share in Christ's service,
and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and
the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.” 🙏

📷 (left to right): Deacon Eric Shoemaker, Jeff Jennings, Fr. Richard Gonzalez and Deacon Dorothy Hunter-Spencer. Church of St. Luke & St. Peter

Timeline Photos 06/28/2021

Great #jobopportunity with Orange County Public Schools! This Wednesday, June 30 from 11:00-3:00, head over to Church of the Ascension for a job fair.

Know someone looking for work? Please share! This is a great way to serve kids in Orange county. 🍎 🍌 🥦🥕

**Note that you must register before attending.

Great #jobopportunity with Orange County Public Schools! This Wednesday, June 30 from 11:00-3:00, head over to Church of the Ascension for a job fair.

Know someone looking for work? Please share! This is a great way to serve kids in Orange county. 🍎 🍌 🥦🥕

**Note that you must register before attending.

Photos from Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida's post 06/28/2021

Delighted to celebrate 17 confirmations and 2 receptions 🙏 today at @st.peters_lakemary!

📷 credit: @st.peters_lakemary

Photos from Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida's post 06/25/2021

Such tragic news coming out of Miami today. Praying for the families, first responders, and all who are helping in the search and recovery efforts. May God grant mercy, protection, and comfort. 🙏

photo credit: Amy Beth Bennett / Mike Stocker, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Photos from Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida's post 06/24/2021

Special day! Celebration of a husband and wife deacon team at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Inverness.

We are delighted to announce Deacons Linda Liebert-Hall and Mike Hall. 🙏

📷1: (left to right) Dcn. Linda Liebert-Hall, Bishop Greg Brewer and Dcn Mike Hall

📷 2: (left to right) Dcn. Linda Liebert-Hall, Fr. Gene Reuman, Bishop Brewer, and Dcn. Mike Hall

Timeline Photos 06/20/2021

Thank you to fathers, grandfathers, uncles and all those who protect, guide, and love unconditionally. We honor you.

Thank you to fathers, grandfathers, uncles and all those who protect, guide, and love unconditionally. We honor you.

06/20/2021

ST. MARGARET'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH -LIVE-

Happy Father's Day! Bishop Brewer is celebrating at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Inverness with confirmations, baptisms, receptions, and a BBQ!

https://fb.watch/6f1aWIjZmU/

Timeline Photos 06/19/2021

"Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of freedom was received across our country. Since then, Juneteenth has come to mark not only the effective end of chattel slavery, but the reality that freedom and justice have been delayed for far too many.

Juneteenth reminds us of our responsibility to grapple with the enduring legacy of slavery and to tackle the barriers to full equity and justice for African Americans. It is also a day to honor the extraordinary contributions of the African American community to our nation throughout our history in the face of ongoing adversity and systemic racism.

Juneteenth is not a celebration of victory; it is an affirmation of strength and resilience, and a reminder that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice." — excerpt from a message from Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State on 6/18/2021

📷 credit: Larry Don Miller, Jr.

#juneteenth #Opallee #blacklivesmatter #justice #racialreconciliation #endracism #juneteenth2021

"Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of freedom was received across our country. Since then, Juneteenth has come to mark not only the effective end of chattel slavery, but the reality that freedom and justice have been delayed for far too many.

Juneteenth reminds us of our responsibility to grapple with the enduring legacy of slavery and to tackle the barriers to full equity and justice for African Americans. It is also a day to honor the extraordinary contributions of the African American community to our nation throughout our history in the face of ongoing adversity and systemic racism.

Juneteenth is not a celebration of victory; it is an affirmation of strength and resilience, and a reminder that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice." — excerpt from a message from Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State on 6/18/2021

📷 credit: Larry Don Miller, Jr.

#juneteenth #Opallee #blacklivesmatter #justice #racialreconciliation #endracism #juneteenth2021

Father Richard Greatwood 06/18/2021

Father Richard Greatwood

Congratulations on your 50 year anniversary of ordained ministry Fr. Richard Greatwood!

Father Richard Greatwood We are thrilled to join with Father Richard (Dick) Greatwood in celebrating his 50 years of ordination as a Priest in the Episcopal Church. Dean Kidd sat dow...

Photos from Church of Our Saviour Okeechobee's post 06/16/2021

100 never looked better! Happy birthday, Ms. Betty! 🎂

[06/13/21]   Who loves summer Sunday storms? ⛈ 📚😴

Photos from Cathedral Church of St Luke - Orlando, FL's post 06/12/2021

#PulseRemembranceDay

Memorial Eucharist for Susan Shannon 06/09/2021

Memorial Eucharist for Susan Shannon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mqXlr4NcCg

Memorial Eucharist for Susan Shannon Celebrant: The Right Rev Gregory BrewerPreacher: The Rev Tim NunezDeacon: The Very Rev Dr. Reggie KiddYou will find the service bulletin here: https://www.cc...

06/09/2021

We join the family and friends of Mrs. Susan Hill Shannon in mourning her death on Sunday, June 6, 2021, and celebrating her life and dedicated service in the Diocese of Central Florida. A faithful member of the Cathedral Church of St Luke - Orlando, FL since 1992, she was also active in ministry on the diocesan level. She truly had a servant’s heart.

A memorial Eucharist is being held today, June 9 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. The service will be streamed online at https://youtu.be/4mqXlr4NcCg.

“Grant Susan, O Lord, eternal rest, and may light perpetual shine upon her.” Susan Hill Shannon

We join the family and friends of Mrs. Susan Hill Shannon in mourning her death on Sunday, June 6, 2021, and celebrating her life and dedicated service in the Diocese of Central Florida. A faithful member of the Cathedral Church of St Luke - Orlando, FL since 1992, she was also active in ministry on the diocesan level. She truly had a servant’s heart.

A memorial Eucharist is being held today, June 9 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. The service will be streamed online at https://youtu.be/4mqXlr4NcCg.

“Grant Susan, O Lord, eternal rest, and may light perpetual shine upon her.” Susan Hill Shannon

06/09/2021

Oh boy! Caption this please! 🤣 @goodshepherdlakewales

Oh boy! Caption this please! 🤣 @goodshepherdlakewales

Photos from Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida's post 06/08/2021

ICYMI, Summer camp is in full swing!!! ☀️ Camp Wingmann

Photos from St. George Episcopal Church The Villages's post 06/06/2021

Congratulations to this lovely group! 💜 The Order of the Daughters of the King, Inc. St. George Episcopal Church The Villages

Bishop’s Sermon| Commemoration of The Martyrs of Uganda |Bishop's Oratory, Orlando FL, June 3, 2021 06/04/2021

Bishop’s Sermon| Commemoration of The Martyrs of Uganda |Bishop's Oratory, Orlando FL, June 3, 2021

Will you step back in fear, or step forward in faith?

https://youtu.be/lENEyGhidvQ

Bishop’s Sermon| Commemoration of The Martyrs of Uganda |Bishop's Oratory, Orlando FL, June 3, 2021 The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer deliver's his sermon from the Bishop's Oratory. Commemorating The Martyrs of Uganda. Orlando, FL. June 3, 2021.Collect of the ...

Timeline Photos 06/04/2021

Congratulations 👏 to Linda Gilden, second-place winner in the Selah Awards at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference on June 2, 2021. The article "Generation to Generation" originally printed in the September/October 2020 Central Florida Episcopalian. facebook.com/linda.gilden

READ THE AWARD-WINNING ARTICLE: https://cfdiocese.org/cfe/generation-to-generation/

Congratulations 👏 to Linda Gilden, second-place winner in the Selah Awards at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference on June 2, 2021. The article "Generation to Generation" originally printed in the September/October 2020 Central Florida Episcopalian. facebook.com/linda.gilden

READ THE AWARD-WINNING ARTICLE: https://cfdiocese.org/cfe/generation-to-generation/

06/02/2021

Sanford Holy Cross Episcopal Church was the first Episcopal mission in Central Florida. So grateful for all the ways God has used this church for well over a century! 🙏 Thanks be to God!

Thank you Sanford Museum for sharing the story.

We would like to thank our friends Sanford Holy Cross Episcopal Church for submitting this for #SanfordSavesPlaces!

Established in 1873 at the direction of Henry Shelton Sanford, Holy Cross was the first Episcopal mission in Central Florida. General Sanford's wife, Gertrude, wrote letters to her friends in the North to solicit donations to build a church. That original church building, designed by Richard Upjohn who designed Trinity Church in New York City, stood until the summer of 1880 when it was destroyed by a hurricane.

Mrs. Sanford again sought contributions from her friends to rebuild the church. The second church (inset picture) was built using materials where possible from the ruins of the of the first church. It was completed in 1882, and stood until catastrophe struck again in November of 1923, when a fire destroyed the entire complex of buildings, and all the records and furnishings, along with it. Once again, the congregation made plans to rebuild and called on local architect Elton Moughton to design the current church and parish hall. Construction was completed in 1925. The bell tower was not at its present height until 1957 when its addition was built and a bell was installed. That bell, named "Raphael", is the bell that rings out for church services.

Holy Cross has the distinction of being referred to as the "Mother Church of the Central Florida Diocese" to all of the many missions and church that were established during those early years. She will be celebrating her 150th anniversary in April of 2023.

#sanfordfl #floridahistory #sanfording

05/31/2021

In the day of decision, they ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. 🇺🇸

#memorialday #rememberandhonor

In the day of decision, they ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. 🇺🇸

#memorialday #rememberandhonor

Glennon House Reopening Set to Continue Its Healing Tradition – The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida 05/28/2021

Glennon House Reopening Set to Continue Its Healing Tradition – The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida

We are seeing that gentle, deep, profound healing happen whenever we gather on a Tuesday night, and because of that experience, a lot of people want to follow up. ‘What was that about?’ ‘What just happened to me?’ And that leads them to more conversations, more prayer, and then the word gets out. People say, ‘You know, I can’t do that on a Tuesday night, but I can come to the Glennon House during my lunch hour.’” https://cfdiocese.org/cfe/glennon-house-reopening-set-to-continue-its-healing-tradition/

Glennon House Reopening Set to Continue Its Healing Tradition – The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida The Very Rev. Stuart Shelby, rector; additional clergy; staff and prayer ministers of All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park joyfully announce the reopening of the Glennon House as a vital part of the church’s ongoing healing ministry.

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1017 E Robinson St
Orlando, FL
32801
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