CFEONLINE News from the Diocese of Central Florida

Tillamook, Oregon has many similarities to other small cities across the United States. There’s a strong sense of community. Neighbors come together to support each other and to volunteer in the community’s many social service programs. The community supports a…

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In our obsession for the so-called great things of life, we might overlook things that really matter. It had been awhile since we had seen Isabela. We met her in the streets about a year ago. For a homeless teen,…

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At a meeting I attended a few years ago, Kirk Hadaway, the congregational research officer for The Episcopal Church, noted, “Conflict over leadership and conflict over finances were the most strongly related areas to decline in average Sunday attendance.” In…

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In 1994, three explorers in southern France stumbled upon one of the greatest archeological discoveries of all time. It came to be called the Chauvet Cave (after one of the explorers), and what was found inside was by far the…

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The Anglican Consultative Council has called on “every province, diocese, and parish” in the Anglican Communion to “adopt a clear focus on intentional discipleship” as part of a “season of intentional discipleship” to run for approximately the next nine years….

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On behalf of Bishop Brewer, we report with great sadness the death of Mrs. Sherry Recla on Sunday, May 1. Sherry was the wife of the Rev. Larry Recla, priest-in-charge at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bushnell. Larry and…

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PREVIEW PHOTO: John Motis On April 16, Laura Lee and Bishop Brewer invited the deacons to their home for their annual deacon luncheon. As usual, the event was wonderful. Bishop Brewer wore his grilling apron, and he and Laura Lee put…

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On Monday, May 9, Evelyn and I (Daniel Smith) attended one of Bishop Brewer’s regular dinners for clergy and spouses. For us, the good food was a bonus. Of greater importance were the connections and reconnections that took place during…

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Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Dunnellon, Florida has a Sneaker Tree, which looks like a Christmas tree, erected in its narthex.  The tree is decorated with sneaker tags, each labeled with a boy or girl’s name as well as their…

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Community Volunteer Work The parish will host two luncheons for the Lake Wales Care Center Stay-at-Home work camps again this summer. Through these camps, high school and college students volunteer for projects such as roofing, building handicapped ramps, and house…

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