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Putting Faith Into Action: High School Progressive Mission Trip 2016

The EDWM High School Progressive Mission Trip June 20-24 is a journey of pilgrimage and discovery. Our group will travel to various west Michigan communities in the diocese to serve the Episcopal churches of those communities in their ministries. Activities will change based on the needs of the ministry, but examples include painting, yard work and general maintenance. Our accommodations will be in four different churches. The end of the trip will feature a fun day at Michigan's Adventure amusement park in Muskegon. Each day we will have time for fun, for the study of scripture, for service and for group conversations.

Join us on this journey! Register here! Deadline for registration is May 15, 2016.
To make this mission trip possible, we ask that all participants make a $75 deposit to support participation in the mission trip, but please don't let financial concerns prevent you from registering. Financial assistance is available. Questions? Contact the Rev. Joel Turmo of St. Timothy's Church, Richland at rector@sttimsrichland.org or (269) 203-5290 or Director of Youth Ministries, St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Churches of Grand Rapids Jeff Brown at (616)304-7604 or jeffatgrey@gmail.com.
 
Each year, the finance and benefits department of the diocese sends the Budget Request Form to committee and commission chairs so they may indicate their needs for the coming year. Since our conventions are in the fall, and we wish to allow time for Diocesan Council and deanery convocations to discuss the budget, 2017 requests are due May 16, 2016. For 2016, budget requests are expected to be in keeping with the primary goals for the diocese that came out of the visioning process in 2015.  Questions about a budget request? Contact Tammy Mazure, Bishop's Assistant for Finance and Benefit Administration, at (269) 381-2710 ext. 12 or e-mail at tmazure@edwm.org.


EDWM Reading Camps

Part of our mission and ministry to children who are struggling readers is Reading Camp. The camps are an inviting and comforting setting in which children are assisted in moving from non-readers to readers who enjoy books! 

The camps this summer are at St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo, St. James, Albion, and Benzie County, Traverse Deanery. If other parishes in the diocese would like to learn more about hosting a reading camp and joining in this ministry, they are welcome to send a representative to a training session for all teachers of this summer's camps, to be held at St. Mark's, Grand Rapids, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on May 14th. Please join us to find out what this week-long camp entails.

We also would invite donations of a specific book for this summer's camps. Our theme is legends of Michigan, and we'd so appreciate 40 copies of the book The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin (available on Amazon and in bookstores). If many people would just buy one book and send it to me by May 1st, we could include this in our camp's reading activities this summer! Send to: Joanie Smith, Coordinator Reading Camps, 553 Gidley Dr., Unit E, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

Thank you! God bless our diocese and God bless our children!
2016 Big Lake Charity Fishing Tournament

The Revs. Christian and Jodi Baron of  Grace Church, Holland wish to invite you to the 2nd annual charity fishing tournament on June 18, 2016 at 5 a.m. beginning at the Holland State Park Fish Cleaning Station ( click here for map). There will be a cash prize for biggest fish as well as raffle/door prizes and more.  Last year  The Order of Naucratius - West Michigan  donated hundreds of pounds of locally harvested fish from God's Creation which  Community Action House Community Kitchen  was able to turn into meals for hundreds of hungry Hollanders. The Order of Naucratius is an organization of hunters and fishers who share their harvests with those who are hungry.

Get involved by
Signing up to participate in the tournament,
* Consider sponsoring the event to maximize our matching gift donation
* Show up at the after-party for the raffle-drawing and Biggest Fish Award
* Help spread the word to all your Big Lake Fishermen/Women 

Contact Austin Baron at baron.austin@gmail.com for more information. The Order of Naucratius- West Michigan, is a network of individuals (religious and otherwise) of The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, operating under the 501(c)3 of Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, MI. The tournament is sponsored by  Big Lake BrewingHerman Miller
 and Grace Episcopal Church
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The children of your community will benefit from CAMP!

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.

Senior Camp: June 26-July 2  at Cran-Hill Ranch (near Big Rapids) for those entering high school - grades 9-12.
 
Middle Camp:  August 7-13 at Camp Newaygo for those entering 6th-8th grades in middle school.
Junior Camp  August 14-20 at Camp Newaygo for those entering 3rd-5th grades.

Weekend Camp  July 22-24 at Cran-Hill Ranch (near Big Rapids). For all ages. Also known as "Family Camp." Minors must be accompanied by an adult family member. Click here to see the weekend camp flyer.

Click here for information on Leadership Camps.

Go to the  camp website and learn more.  Click here to register , or to learn more about registration.  Click here  to download the youth camp brochure. 

Questions? Contact Gennie Callard, the Bishop's Assistant for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries at gcallard@edwm.org or (269) 

 
St. Andrew's, Grand Rapids hosting a concert to help fight homelessness and provide clean water.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids (click here for map), is  hosting a concert on Sunday, April 24 at the church to support their Thirsting to Serve Mission (international water relief), Family Promise of Grand Rapids, and the water relief efforts through St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Flint.

The musical acts will feature Carpenter's Cross, Scooter McGee, The Burning Sensations, The Gentlemen of Ragtime and Comstock Park's Vocal Impact.

The event will start with a barbecue meal made by Chef Chris at 11:30. The cost is $5.00. Music will begin at 12 noon.

Hope is a free, family-friendly concert featuring local talent.

For more information, contact the Rev. Mike Fedewa at mfedewa@sbcglobal.net.
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