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God's spirit is working among us every day in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, from the quiet orchards of Berrien County to the sandy shores of Petoskey and everywhere in between. Our members are eager to share the Light of Christ. Parishes and ministry groups in EDWM are welcome to submit items for this page. (Read news submission guidelines.) You may call us at (269) 381-2710 or click here to send us an e-mail. Important: To visit our online Calendar page, please click here now.


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Recent Diocesan eNews -
"The EDWM Communicator"


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Communicator – March 11
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How to Get On Our Calendar or Submit News to the EDWM Communicator:

Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to see featured on this web page? Is your local parish or organization planning something special in the coming weeks?

If so, please click here now to read our "Guidelines for Submissions to the EDWM Communicator" (PDF). Then e-mail your notice to the Diocesan Communications team at least two weeks in advance - click here now. Or call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

The Great Parish Swap
 

What is the Great Parish Swap?
Bishop Hougland has designated Sunday, September 18th as The Great Parish Swap - a day when members of our congregations will travel to another Episcopal Church in our diocese and explore ways in which our congregations might continue to foster and grow diocesan relationships.

Why is it important?
In 2014, the Diocese of Western Michigan began a visioning process in which we established and resolved to undertake a series of goals to help the church grow in Western Michigan. These include reaching younger generations, care for creation, discern and calling people to diaconal ministry, and engage in a process to identify our gifts and resources.

The Parish Swap is one way for the whole diocese to participate in an event that can help us learn about one another, discover what makes us unique, and what unites us in mission. It is designed to be a way of exploring who we are as the Episcopal Church in Western Michigan and to identify through observation those things that are helpful for our own parish's ability to welcome and attract newcomers.

Learn more:
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ECW Outreach Booklet Update
 

Episcopal Church Women is collecting entries for the updated ECW Outreach Booklet, which hasn't been updated since 2008.

New booklets will be printed this fall and distributed to the attendees and delegates of the 142nd EDWM Convention in Battle Creek, MI November 4-5, 2016. 

The reason the booklet is being updated is because it is important to acknowledge the contributions of parishes to their communities. New ideas can be shared among parishes. Crossing denominational boundaries develops other relationships in communities. No matter how small the effort, seeds can be planted that might grow into wonderful undertakings in communities. 

Does your congregation do any of the following:

  • Give to UTO?
  • Contribute to young members going to camp?
  • Arrange meals for the homebound?
  • Shop for someone who is unable to do so?
  • Participate in Crop Walk?
  • Provide transportation to medical appointments?
  • Participate in Christmas projects for the less fortunate?
  • Support a mission?


The list is endless and we are sure your parish, whether alone or with other churches in your area, offers outreach and much more. Small or large, we would like to hear from you.

Please submit narratives in a maximum of 500 words. The booklets will be available at our diocesan annual meeting in November.

Click here for a sample page from Church of the Good Shepherd, Allegan. This will give you an idea of what kind of information and photos we are seeking.

Click here for the submission form.

Questions? Contact Char Camfield by clicking here now, or Helen Little by clicking here now.


Summer Reading
 

This month, the EDWM Convention Secretary announced Eric Law, founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, is the keynote speaker at the 142nd EDWM Convention to be held November 4-5, 2016 in Battle Creek.  The mission of the Kaleidescope Institute is to provide resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. 

Since our keynote speaker, Eric Law, will have an interactive style that will span multiple time slots, we ask that you consider reading his book Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries. From Goodreads: "Called a 'must read for Christians paralyzed in survival mode,' Holy Currencies teaches you how your ministry can become sustainable, grow, and thrive."


Episcopal Youth Camp 2016
 

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan values the presence of young people in our midst, which is why we offer camp every beautiful western Michigan summer! We invite the youth of our diocese, their friends and family to join us as we enjoy the beauty of God's creation, the fellowship we share in worship and song, and the joy of recreation in games, art, and outdoor activities. There's something for everyone at Episcopal Youth Camp!

Camp Dates and Locations
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Blue Arrow LeftJunior Camp August 14-20 at Camp Newaygo for those entering 3rd-5th grades.
Blue Arrow Left Leadership Camp ages 13-18 Counselors in Training open to ages 16-18 (not out of high school) during Middle Camp Aug. 7-13 at Camp Newaygo.
Blue Arrow Left Leaders in Training ages 13-16 during Junior Camp Aug. 14-20 at Camp Newaygo

More information
Go to the camp website and learn more.
Click here to register, or to learn more about registration.
Click here to download the new staff application.
Click here to download the returning staff application.
Click here to download the camp brochure


St. Thomas Episcopal Choir plans pilgrimage
 

The St. Thomas Church, Battle Creek Choir has been invited to sing choral residencies at Canterbury and Lincoln Cathedrals during August 2016. The 36 pilgrims includes 11 treble choristers/teens, 21 adult choristers and four chaperones. They will depart from Detroit on August 5th and return to Battle Creek on August 22nd. The St. Thomas Schola has also been invited to sing Choral Evensong at theChurch of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square at the start of this pilgrimage. During the residencies in Canterbury and Lincoln they will be responsible for the daily services of Choral Evensong, as well as Choral Eucharist and Choral Mattins on Sundays. In addition to the musical component of the pilgrimage, they will spend time touring the music areas and attending Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral, London, visiting important historical and religious sites  like York Minster, Southwell Minster, Dover Castle, the Napoleonic tunnels, Lincoln Castle - where they will view the Magna Carta,etc., and living in community as a part of their spiritual formation. 

The choir includes adults and children from the St. Thomas choir, and also singers from Trinity Episcopal Church, Marshall, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo and All Saints Episcopal Church, East Lansing.

In preparation for this pilgrimage, Choral Evensong will be sung two remaining times prior to their departure:  Sunday, July 10 (the men of the choir) and the Pilgrimage Concert by the full choir on Sunday, July 24th.  Both begin at 5 p.m.

Please visit the St. Thomas website for more information and know that you are always welcome to join us. Additionally, the St. Thomas Choir released its first compact disc recording this past November 2015 and those are also available for purchase on the church website.


Golf Scramble - St. Martin of Tours India Ministry - August 27, 2016
 

St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church is sponsoring its second annual India Outreach Golf Scramble, held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at The Moors Golf Club (click here for map), located in Portage, Michigan.

The Shotgun Start begins at 12:30 p.m.; lunch is provided at 11:30 a.m.; buffet dinner served at 6:30 p.m., along with live music, raffle prizes and more! All proceeds from this golf scramble will help fund St. Martin’s collaborative outreach projects with the Diocese of Durgapur in West Bengal, India, which serve those in extreme poverty. Since 2010, St. Martin’s has raised funds to build a youth hostel in the leper colony of Purulia, India, an addition on the hostel and a security wall. Currently, they are funding the construction of a second floor. St. Martin’s financed the building renovation of the Purulia Sewing Center, which provides training for young women to become licensed tailors. Additionally, they financially support an Anti-Human Trafficking program in N. India.

They hope you will join them in supporting the remarkable, life-changing work being done with the poor in a poverty laden area of India. Click here for Event & Registration Information or to become a Sponsor.


Election Engagement


“If we who are Christians participate in the political process and in the public discourse as we are called to do — the New Testament tells us that we are to participate in the life of the polis, in the life of our society — the principle on which Christians must vote is the principle, Does this look like love of neighbor?"

– Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, March 2016

The 2016 election in the United States remains the top of the news in media outlets, and it is inevitably a topic in personal conversations. To provide education about the election as well as assisting in being prepared, The Episcopal Church has developed an online toolkit with a webpage that outlines how individual Episcopalians and congregations can participate in the electoral process through a number of nonpartisan activities.

A faithful commitment to political participation aligns with our Baptismal Covenant’s promise to “strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.” There are several ways you and your congregation can answer the call to faithfully engage in the electoral process. This page is dedicated to assisting you in navigating some of the important issues in this election season such as addressing poverty, protecting voting rights, and engaging in civil discourse. 

The Episcopal Church policy recognizes voting and political participation as an act of Christian stewardship, calling upon congregations to engage in conversation on public policy issues, to develop voter registration and issue education campaigns, and to advocate to counteract threats to voting rights. Possible non-partisan activities are: engaging young adults who are eligible to vote for the first time; hosting a candidate forum; advocating for voting rights legislation; and hosting Get Out The Vote campaigns. Learn more.


    From our Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer: The Rev. Mike Wernick
     

The Freedom of Exodus

Whew! Holy Week is behind us. And winter is behind us too. And as the weather warms, we become freed from the tyranny of Michigan winters. Freed from the boundaries of
our heated homes. Green stalks reaching upwards are freed from the confines of the dark, cold earth. And animals are freed from their dens and burrows, and perhaps their hibernation. Springtime is a kind of freedom from the death of winter.

And I refer to the Freedom of Exodus because it was one of our Easter Vigil readings. In the Book of Common Prayer, it’s one of the required readings when there are only two readings; and in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (which we also use here at Two Churches) it’s one of the four readings which are not omitted when one chooses from among the twelve options.

I refer to it because the Freedom to which the Exodus describes is crucial. It is critical. But it’s not just something that happened to "them" way back "then." It’s something
that’s been happening since then, to their descendants (in fact, to all people).

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