Welcome to the official Charismatic Episcopal Church website for the Diocese of the West. Visit often for the latest news from our diocesan churches and messages from Saint Michael’s Cathedral Church in San Clemente, California, as Bishop Kessler and his pulpit guests bring you life changing messages from God’s Word.
Typhoon Haiyan Update, $29,108 raised to date
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The Cathedral of the King in Manila has sent a Team, to Ormoc to rebuild houses for relatives there. This is a long-term project, and I will be channeling 100,000 Php to them.
We are waiting for more complete reports from Antique, Iloilo, and certain parts of Aklan.
Indeed, it's a very significant thanksgiving for all of us!
Maraming, maraming salamat! (Many, many thanks)
To All Bishops, Rectors, Vicars of the CEC North America
The response has been overwhelming. Together we have raised $20,408 as of 26 Nov. We will continue to update you with pictures and accounts of how the funds are utizlies.
Bishop Alcaraz wrote " To say that I'm overwhelmed by the utter generosity of our church community there is an understatement."
Thank you to every who has given.
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
I know you all have seen the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan did in the Philippines.
The Patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates who is currently in the Philippines wrote:
"Our Bishops, Priests, and Deacons have all become part of the rescue and restoration process. The Church community, even those who have lost everything are reaching out to their neighbors and helping.
The people continue to have faith, hope, and love. With everything gone their faith has not diminished. Rather they seek God who alone is their refuge.
I pray for my brothers and sisters. Tonight I travel to San Paulo and we will cry out to God who will comfort His people. We will gather around the table where the God of compassion who suffers with us will be really present to remind us of His love that endures forever. We will see His love in bread and wine but especially in each other."
If you or your parishioners would like to donate funds to help the people of the Philippines, please send your check to:
Malverne, NY 11565
Make Check payable to ICCEC or Click Here to Donation Online
TO ALL CEC-USA BISHOPS AND CLERGY
SAVE THE DATES!!
July 16-18, 2014-National Convocation: Olathe, KS
RENEWING OUR VISON FOR THE
LIFE OF THE WORLD
Site: Ball Conference Center, Olathe, KS.
Cost: $35 per person. Children birth to 17 FREE
Please inform your people of this major event ASAP. Plan now and expect God to Act (Isa. 64:4)
SPECIFIC DETAILS ON HOTELS AND OTHER INFORMATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING
GOD BLESS AND SEE YOU THERE!
Craig Bates, Patriarch
Michael Davidson, Bishop, Central Diocese
Patriarch's 2013 Foundation Day Message
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,
Foundation Day Web Site
We are raising money for the poorest of people in one of the poorest nations in the Americas, Nicaragua. We are trying to build the simplest of homes, wells and provide other basic needs for these people. Jesus said, "that which you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.
~ Bp. Doug Kessler