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The 142nd EDWM Convention is this weekend!
November 4-5, 2016
McCamly Plaza, Battle Creek, MI

The 142nd convention of the Diocese of Western Michigan will open this Friday, November 4th at 10:00 a.m. (registration and check in begins at 8:00 a.m.) and will close Saturday afternoon.

Whether you're a delegate, alternate, clergy or simply interested in the way our churches work together as a diocesan community, there will be a lot of opportunities to learn and participate, real or virtual.

The official hashtag of diocesan events is #EDWM. The Facebook page of the diocese is found here and our Twitter handle is  @WMichEpiscopal. The Bishop's Twitter is @edwm9.

Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation will take place during the Convention Eucharist on Saturday, November 5th at St. Thomas, Battle Creek at 10:00 a.m.

Delegates and alternates will receive hard copies of all important convention information, but digital copies may be previewed in advance.
The diocesan office in Kalamazoo will be closed Friday, November 4th.
Helping those in Baton Rouge

Over Thanksgiving this year, Ted Gerrard, a member of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Belmont, will be travelling to the Baton Rouge, LA area on a construction project with Rockford, MI based Mustard Seed Ministries to help people affected by August's heavy rains and disastrous flooding.  As Episcopal News Service reported in September, more than 140,000 homes were left uninhabitable, and total damages in that area are estimated at more than $8.7 billion.  Skilled construction volunteers and monetary donations are wanted and needed.  To help with this trip, please contact   Ted Gerrard at wildernessted@aim.com, or send checks to Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont, MI 49306 with Mustard Seed on the memo line.

Project C.U.R.E. receives donated medical equipment from St. Mary's, Cadillac

St. Mary's Durable Medical Equipment Pantry is an outreach program collecting medical equipment such as walkers, wheel chairs, commodes, crutches, etc. from the community and then loaning the items at no cost to anyone who has a need.  St. Mary's recently opened pantry building was made possible by a 2015 United Thank Offering grant.    

Ross and Libby Maxwell, St. Mary's volunteers, (right) are shown with Emil Hannesson (left) Project C.U.R.E. Coordinator at Metro Health Hospital, Grand Rapids, with a donation of surplus items from the pantry which will help individuals in other parts of the world.  Project C.U.R.E. is the world's largest distributor of donated medical equipment and supplies to more than 130 countries.

American Diabetes Month is November's National Health Observance

To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, the Health Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is proudly participating in American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable.

If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Making these healthy changes can greatly lower your risk:
  • Watch your weight.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Get more active.
  • Report signs or symptoms of diabetes to your doctor or health care provider (urinating often, feeling very thirsty, unexplained weight loss).

EDWM Fall Youth Retreat
at Camp Tall Turf (click here for map), Walkerville, MI
November 12-13, 2016
Click here to register

How do we go about creating a "beloved community"? Where do we start?  How do we explore God's call for reconciliation? What does that even mean?!?  Join fellow youth from throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan for the weekend to explore the following:
  • Examine race and racism, and how our history and current race relations are connected.
  • Learn what God has to say about reconciliation and how we can be part of His work
  • Be reminded that we are all made in the image of God and he wants us to be in loving relationships with each other
  • Realize we are stronger when we are working together in community, despite our differences
We also have fun outdoor activities planned...like campfires and canoeing (weather permitting, of course)!

Dr. King said this:
"But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of people."

These words were uttered more than 50 years ago, but sadly the same thing could be said today. Looking at recent events in America, it seems like we need understanding and reconciliation now more than ever.

Registration deadline: November 1st. The cost to register is $10, but financial assistance is available.  Questions? You can contact the following people:
24-Hour Prayer Vigil/Service
on Interfaith Diversity and Global Reconciliation

Emmanuel Episcopal Church announces its 2nd Annual "24 Hour Prayer Vigil & Service on Interfaith Diversity & Global Reconciliation" on November 14-15, 2016 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey, Michigan. The 24-hour Prayer Vigil begins on November 14 at 7 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. on November 15. The Service on Interfaith Diversity & Global Reconciliation is on November 15, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with music and prayers for humanity presented in an informal non-denominational atmosphere. 

At the end of the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil, there will be a Service on Interfaith Diversity & Global Reconciliation on November 15 at 7 p.m. for the Petoskey and neighboring communities. Rt. Rev. Bishop Whayne Hougland, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan will speak on "Interfaith Diversity and Global Reconciliation" at the Interfaith Service.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Bishop Hougland or Father Brown, contact Dottie Hawthorne at 507-990-0271(cell). Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 1020 East Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770.  


Saint Nicholas Day Celebration

at Grace Episcopal Church, Holland
555 Michigan Ave
Holland, MI 49423
December 10th
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Click here to register

This is a gathering with the Bishop for children of all ages celebrating St. Nicholas, one of our favorite saints. There will be activities and games, along with worship and an outreach project.
Did you know that St. Nicholas gave gifts to the poor? Please bring a gift of books that we can hand out to early readers.
Snacks & lunch will be provided.
It will be a great time to gather as our diocesan family to ring in the holiday season, and celebrate the season of Advent by remembering our Christian roots of charity and fellowship.

Please remember to register so we'll have enough food.

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