Dear Brothers in Christ:
I am looking forward to the Second Synod of our Missionary Diocese of All Saints to be held once again in Ocean City, Maryland. The Synod will begin on Wednesday evening, May 9, 2012 with the Holy Eucharist at 6:30 PM and adjournment is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Noon. We may extend into the afternoon, if necessary. All clergy in good standing of the Diocese are entitled to seat, voice and vote. Each congregation of the Diocese is entitled to two lay delegates and two alternates, elected in accordance with the procedures in use in each congregation.
We will elect one lay member and one clergy member to our Bishop’s Council, receive an update on the status of newly formed congregations, learn about the status of our application for full diocesan status and report on the upcoming Provincial Council/Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America. scheduled for June. We will receive financial reports and consider a proposed budget. This year we will be open to receive resolutions in support of the mission and ministry we share. The deadline for resolutions to be submitted is April 1st.
Immediately following the Synod, the MDAS Clergy and Wives Retreat will take place, beginning on Thursday afternoon, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM and continuing through Noon on Saturday, May 12th. I am pleased to tell you that the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton of the Reformed Episcopal Church has accepted our invitation to serve as our teacher. The Synod and the Retreat will provide an excellent opportunity for all of us to unite in worship, teaching and fellowship.
Finally, please know that I fully understand the challenges we face as a non-geographic diocese. Nevertheless, I hope you will make every effort to be present unless for good cause prevented.