Annual Clergy Retreat

2014 May 6
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Every year the CEC Clergy gather for a Lenten Retreat and to renew their ordination vows.  This year we also included seminarians and applicants for ordination. The past few years we have been priviledged to be able to meet at the Chapel of Divine Mercy in Deland. Divine Mercy has become a mini-retreat center for the Diocese of Florida, hosting clergy retreat, Tres Arroyos weekends, Ultreas, and many other spiritually ‘deepening’ events.

    Our theme was, “Close Encounters of the Divine Kind”. Six of our brothers shared short meditations/ testimonies about special encounters with God/ Jesus/ the Holy Spirit.  Each meditation was followed by a quiet time with the Lord.  Each presenter shared a little of themselves and we got to know each other on a deeper level.
    The retreat also had many times of deep and joyful worship, time for fellowship and (at Divine Mercy, what else) we were fed most graciously.  All in all it was a good time with each other and special time with our Lord.

Bishop John Holloway, Bishop Emeritus of The Diocese of The Mid-South, Died Feb 22, 2014

2014 February 23
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The Most Rev’d John William Holloway, B. A., M.Div., D. D., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of the Mid-South, passed away early in the morning on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Griffin, Georgia. He was 59 years old.
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Bishop Holloway, a graduate of Valdosta State University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, served as a United Methodist minister and, later, as an independent charismatic minister prior to entering the priesthood in the ICCEC. He was the founding pastor of St. Michael and All Angels Charismatic Episcopal Church which eventually acquired the former Methodist Church building in downtown Thomaston, GA.

He served as a number of years as the Canon Missioner for Georgia and, in 1997, was consecrated as a bishop. He first served the Missionary District of Georgia which, under his leadership, became the Diocese of Georgia. Later, Tennessee was added to form the Diocese of the Mid-South. Holloway traveled to several countries in Africa where he was beloved by the church there. His ministry journeys also took him to the Caribbean, Mexico, the Philippines, and to other locations.

In 2007, at the age of 53, Bishop Holloway suffered a debilitating stroke which ended his public ministry but not his ministry of intercession, although, for the most part, he was confined to his bedroom since his illness. During his tenure, over a dozen churches were founded and over three dozen men ordained to the ministry in Georgia and Tennessee. Many times that number were confirmed and ordained during ministry overseas.

Bishop Holloway was known for his biblical and energetic preaching and for his faith. He was an extrovert who loved being with people and was nearly always in the middle of whatever was going on. He remained an avid Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves fan.

The Holloways have three sons, Jared, Jacob, and Josiah, a daughter, Hannah Grace, and several grandchildren. Elaine Holloway, a Commissioned Minister of Music and Worship, continues to serve in ministry, speaking and ministering, and is a worship leader at Fayetteville’s Church of the Holy Cross.

Cards may be sent to: 107 McEthel Drive, Griffin, GA 30224

Tentative arrangements are as follows: Memorial Service Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 4881 Highway 34 East, Sharpsburg, Georgia 30277. Church Office: 770-252-2428. Clergy wear white vestments. Celebrant: The Most Reverend Craig Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal. Memorial Speaker: The Most Reverend Charles Jones, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Southeast.

2014 North American Convocation: July 16th – 18th, 2014

2013 December 9

North American Convocation 2014: For the Life of the World! is less than eight months away. Our planning committee has been working very hard to get registration open and continue organizing the final details. We have a compelling line-up of speakers, a great meeting space, and a simple registration process with a low cost — what we don’t have is someone to head up childcare.


The Conference Center we have chosen has space enough for children’s ministry with three different age groups. We have worked with the staff there to ensure we have a space for nursery (infants & toddlers), 4-6 yr olds, and 7-10 yr olds. We feel that providing a space and ministry for the children is a necessity, especially for those of our congregants who have larger families. What we are looking for now is a team of people who love kids and are willing to spend their time at Convocation teaching and ministering specifically to the children.

To give you an idea of the schedule: childcare will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night from 6 PM – 8:30 PM, and on Thursday and Friday morning and afternoon, from 9:30 AM – 1:30 AM. (We will break for lunch each day from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.)

We are currently praying for one person or couple to head up the children’s ministry, with four or five other people helping. We sincerely believe that God has a team of people He can bring together for this task. We ask that you please make this need known to each of your congregations immediately. And, if someone has already come to mind with a gift for ministering to children, please ask them specifically to pray about getting involved.

Those interested can contact Sarah Howell at 910.303.2601.

 

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Thank you,

North American Convocation
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ICCEC 2014 Calendars Are Ready

2013 November 19
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Calendar is not only the marking of time but also a way of remembering the life of Jesus Christ and His followers throughout the ages. It is meant to enrich our liturgical life and our spiritual life.

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The liturgical calendar also allows us to look at the totality of Scripture. It means that we don’t focus on one aspect but rather we look at the full counsel of God. This too enriches our life.

The liturgical calendar connects us. I reflect every day as I say the Daily Office or attend a Eucharist that I join with Christians around the world, not only from our own communion but with all Christians. Though my individual prayer life is important it is also important for me to constantly be reminded that I am a part of the prayer life of the whole Church.

My prayer is that this calendar be of assistance to you. I pray that this new year brings you closer to Jesus.

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Under His Mercy
Craig W. Bates, Patriarch

Kenyan House of Bishop Cattle Project Expands

2013 June 25
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Kenyan CattleLast year the Kenya House of Bishops purchased 36 emaciated/culled cattle from local markets during off-peak seasons. They were then raised for fattening for pasture in the Masai range-land which is plentiful during that time of the year.  The animals matured since the purchase last year.  The now mature and fattened cattle will be sold directly to Kenya Meat Commission. The initial capital will purchase another lot of animals and the cycle will continue.

Last Month, the Kenya House of Bishops meeting it was agreed to sell the cows purchased last year, in the month of July 2013, when the prices will be favorable.  The House of Bishop believed they can sell each at between ksh. 35,000  to 40,000 ($420 to $480 USD).

The House of Bishops further agreed that the money for investment provided by the All Saint Mission and Development offering this year also go to increasing the number of cows this year to 56. We are hoping that in July 2014 we will sell the 56 and we will be able to earn Ksh. 1,960,000.($23,000 USD)  In 2014 dioceses in Kenya will be able to start small projects borrowing from part of the profits made from the sells which is estimated to be about ksh. 840,000.($10,000 USD).

It is expected that by the end of the 3rd year, there will be 72 animals. 36 animals for the central office and 36 for the dioceses -with each diocese receiving 3-4 animals for fattening/maturing.

The Kenya House of Bishop wishing to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the All Saints Missions and Development Offering, who enabled us to raise funds for ourselves and build our church with our own hands.  Thank you.

Foundation Day Sunday, 23 June

2013 June 18
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June 18, 2013 – 1:00 am

My dear brothers in the Lord,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   St. John the Beloved Be assured that my prayers are with you.  I am reminded every day as I do the Daily Office or Preside at a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist that not only do we pray individually but our prayers are intimately connected.

On the Sunday closest to June 26th we are required by Canon Law to take up an offering. Which has come to be known as “The Foundation Day Offering.”  It should be noted that this is not an “option” or a “suggestion” but is part of vows to obey the Canons of the Church.  That aside this is a Thank-offering for the birth of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.

Church of the Risen LordGod called our Communion into existence.  It is now 21 years since the consecration of Austin Randolph Adler as the first Bishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.  Since then thousands of Churches have join us and we have Churches all around the world.  Daily we get inquiries about joining us.  We have so much to be thankful for in our Church.

The Foundation Day Offering is given to the Patriarch to be used for the purchase of buildings or property.  The small amount that has been collected has been dispersed in grants and loans to many churches.  This past year we were able to help three churches secure buildings.

We also invest money for the future.  Right now we have 100,000 USD in the bank.  It is collecting interest and we expect the amount to grow so that in the years to come we can have a much larger pool of monies to help.Holy Apostles Church

Growth is happening around the world.  I just heard from Abp. Paulo about the growth in Brazil.  He suggests that we could see more Dioceses in the near future.  There are also so many new churches in Africa, Asia, and the United States.  We are building together.

Please take up the Foundation Day Offering.  Then send the monies to the Patriarch’s Office.

Again be assured of my prayers,

Under His mercy,

The Most Rev. Craig W. Bates,

Patriarch, ICCEC.

Photos for the ICCEC 2014 Calendar Requested

2013 June 16
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MALVERNE, NY:

2014 Worship Calendar

The Patriarch’s Office has announced that now is a great time to send it 2014 ICCEC calendar photos!

We gather photos from all over the ICCEC to show just a few of the amazing things that are happening.

Submit your photos of what your church and ministries are doing for the Kingdom of God.

Submit as high quality photo as is practicable, and include any information such as who is in the photo and the subject as you feel is best.

Email the photos or questions to calendar@iccec.org (calendar null@null iccec NULL.org)

Thank you

The Patriarch Office

2013 Foundation Day Message

2013 June 11

Foundation Day Offering

My dear brothers in the Lord,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be assured that my prayers are with you. I am reminded every day as I do the Daily Office or Preside at a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist that not only do we pray individually but our prayers are intimately connected.

On the Sunday closest to June 26th (23 June 2013) we are required by Canon Law to take up an offering. Which has come to be known as “The Foundation Day Offering.” It should be noted that this is not an “option” or a “suggestion” but is part of vows to obey the Canons of the Church. That aside this is a Thank-offering for the birth of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.

God called our Communion into existence. It is now 21 years since the consecration of Austin Randolph Adler as the first Bishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Since then thousands of Churches have join us and we have Churches all around the world. Daily we get inquiries about joining us. We have so much to be thankful for in our Church.

The Foundation Day Offering is given to the Patriarch to be used for the purchase of buildings or property. The small amount that has been collected has been dispersed in grants and loans to many churches. This past year we were able to help three churches secure buildings.

We also invest money for the future. Right now we have 100,000 USD in the bank. It is collecting interest and we expect the amount to grow so that in the years to come we can have a much larger pool of monies to help.

Growth is happening around the world. I just heard from Abp. Paulo about the growth in Brazil. He suggests that we could see more Dioceses in the near future. There are also so many new churches in Africa, Asia, and the United States. We are building together.

Please take up the Foundation Day Offering. Then send the monies to the Patriarch’s Office.

Again be assured of my prayers,

Under His mercy,

The Most Rev. Craig W. Bates,
Patriarch, ICCEC.
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Church Growth Continues in Nigiera

2013 June 4
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June 4, 2013 – 1:00 am

nigeriaThe newest Diocese in the ICCEC continues to grow at a remarkable rate.  Bishop Ibiso Igani ordained Rev. Fr. Cyprian Nyiyongu into the Priesthood.  Rev. David A was also ordained into the Diaconate.  This ordinations took place in Gboko town in Benue State in the middle belt region of Nigeria.  Fr Cyprian and Rev Dn. David were all Seminarians in the Roman Catholic Church.  Both chose to join the ICCEC and lead a Parish in their locality. The name of their Parish is Most Holy Trinity Parish.  Please keep these new parishes, clergy and people in your prayers as they work to grow the Kingdom of God in a difficult environment.

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Fr. Cyprian Nyiyongu is 37 years old,  he was admitted into the seminary in 1999 at the missionary seminary of st Paul, Gwagwalada-Abuja and obtained B.S in philosophy and B.S in Sacred Theology in 2008.   He was was ordained a ICCEC deacon on the 03 May,2013 and ordained a priest for the ICCEC on the 04th May, 2013 by Most Rev Ibiso Igani, the bishop of Nigerian ICCEC.

Be blessed

Most Rev Ibiso Igani

Rector Christ the King Cathedral

Catechism Meeting in Kansas City

2013 May 25

May 14, 2013 – 5:00 am

ICCEC Catechism DraftA special advisory committee to the Patriarch’s Council met in Olathe, Kansas, last week to review the ICCEC’s Draft Catechism.

The committee finished its fifth all-day session last Friday, working through an average of ten pages per day, question and answer by question and answer.

The draft document is the product of about five years of effort by many lay and ordained participants and had been previously reviewed (and commented on) by each international church and the American church’s Theology Committee.

“The process is a good one, but slow. We want to get this right for the sake of our children and to present a united witness for Jesus Christ,” said Patriarch Craig Bates.

Patriarch Bates, Bishop Michael Davidson, Father Terry Hedrick, Father Jeffrey Welsh, who serves as secretary, Father Kenneth Tanner, and Deacon Steve Phelps comprise the advisory committee. They met for two days last November and plan to reconvene in early October for four days in hopes of completing their review.

“Not since the first years of the CEC, have I participated in a meeting where I felt the Holy Spirit so clearly leading the emergence of a document to serve the entire communion. There’s a real synergy in the room with this group and the writing and editing process is a joy and wonder,” said Father Kenneth Tanner.

Some parts of the Catechism have been fine tuned by the advisory group while other parts have undergone major revision. Once their work is complete, the Catechism will be presented to the Patriarch’s Council for approval and will likely be circulated for trial use in parishes and dioceses around the globe before being permanently adopted by the communion.