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Weekend Camp: A Different Camp Experience

Last year, EDWM began offering a different camp experience with the goal of bringing more people around the campfire to worship, sing, make new friends and enjoy each other's company.

We invite you to our second year of Weekend Camp. It is an ideal setting for adults who miss the camp experience, for families who want to experience camp together, for anyone who wants to meet new friends and have fun.

Weekend Camp is held at Cran-Hill Ranch, near Big Rapids ( click here for map), which is a Christian-focused campground and retreat center. There are many sleeping options, including cabins, the air-conditioned retreat center or your own tent or RV. 

Activity choices abound as well. EDWM Weekend Camp includes a number of free activities, such as arts & crafts, games, prayer activities, athletic activities, swimming, boating and fishing. Other activities may be purchased through Cran-Hill, such as orienteering, archery, riflery and tomahawks, zip line, rock climbing, and high ropes, bike rental, pony rides, trail rides, hay rides, river tubing and canoeing.

Weekend Camp
( formerly called "Family Camp" )
July 22-24, 2016 - from Friday at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday noon
$50 per person (financial assistance available)
Open to all in our diocese (minors must be accompanied by an adult family member)
Click here for more information and to register.

Bishop Hougland will be in attendance this year!
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

A Safeguarding God's Children workshop will be held Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at  St. John's, Mt. Pleasant (click here for map).  Lunch will be served.  A $10 donation for lunch is appreciated but certainly not required. The training is a ppropriate for anyone who works with children and youth, and required for church leaders, Sunday School leaders, youth group leaders, choir directors (where there are children's choirs), clergy - and appropriate, too, for anyone who hopes to help prevent child sexual and physical abuse, and the sexual abuse of adults as well. To register, e-mail the Rev. Wayne Nicholson at

Online classes are available from the diocese as well. Click here for more information.

English-Language Worship Service &  Food Sale at Sudanese Grace

Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church invites friends into fellowship as they celebrate the Eucharist in English and offer authentic Sudanese dishes on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Mayflower Congregational Church (click here for map). Click here to print a flyer for this event.

The food sale starts at 11:45 a.m. and goes until 3:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist begins at 1:00 p.m. In addition, books about South Sudan and the Lost Boys will be available for purchase.

All are welcome. Children are an integral part of the faith community at Sudanese Grace, so this is an event at which children are welcomed and embraced.

Traditional South Sudanese dishes like akop, atulmokic, anjera and more will be available. This food sale is a fundraiser for Sudanese Grace, and helps to support the mission and ministry of the growing congregation. Each plate of food costs $10. You may bring your own plate but it is not required. You may purchase these foods to take home.

Contact the Rev. Zachariah Char at if you have questions about the food sale or Sudanese Grace. Additional donations may be sent to the diocesan office with a note saying it is intended for Sudanese Grace.

We hope you can participate!

The Freedom of Exodus

The Rev. Mike Wernick is the EDWM Ecumenical officer and the rector of Two Churches, a collaboration of Holy Cross and Ascension Lutheran in Kentwood which is quickly becoming a model two-church congregation.

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).

When Jewish people celebrate the Passover (which many just did), they don't talk about what happened "to them." They talk about what happened "to us." They include themselves in the slavery and in the deliverance. 

Racism and diversity-focused workshops at St. Mark's, Grand Rapids

St. Mark's will host a workshop Wednesday, June 1st from 6 p.m-8:30 p.m. called Unintentional Bias in Hiring Practices at the church. Numerous studies show that our unconscious is dictating our decisions. These unconscious decisions impact our decisions in the workplace.  In the workshop, participants will examine common language and tools for processing unintentional bias situations in the hiring process. $10/person Participants limited to 30. Contact St. Mark's Church for registration information.

Examining Our Own Racism June 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark's, lunch provided. This training  fulfills Episcopal healing racism training requirement required by parish leaders.

This workshop examines how and why racism persists in spite of the legal changes and integration that have happened in the last 50 years. Racism and other forms of discrimination have become less recognizable, embedded both in the structure of our society and in our unconscious biases. During the workshop we examine our own biases and role in the maintenance of a system of advantages and disadvantages based on racial and ethnic identities. Come prepared to engage in a dialogue with your fellow participants!

The workshop is led by Dr. Ulana Klymyshyn and Dr. Cedric Taylor. Dr. Klymyshyn teaches "Racism and discrimination in America through dialogue" at Central Michigan University. 

Dr. Cedric Taylor is an assistant professor at Central Michigan University, where he teaches "Racism and Inequality" in the Department of Sociology. Click here to register.

Syrian Refugees Helped by EDWM Congregation

A family that escaped from war-torn Syria were pictured with the rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church, South Haven, the Rev. Michael Ryan.  The church hosted an event at their church for people interested in determining how they can help support the resettlement of Syrian refugees. At this event, the parents of the family, Rami and Halla, prepared a Middle Eastern style meal and told the group how they escaped Civil War-torn Syria and the challenges they faced in the aftermath. The family now lives in Toledo, OH. 

Kai Koopman of Bethany Christian services (and husband of EDWM Young Adult Missioner Kellan Day) also attended the dinner and described the types of support that resettlement partners are required to provide refugees.

Communities across Michigan are reaching out to displaced Syrians. Epiphany plans to work with Bethany to host meetings that will help people in their community determine if they would be interested in helping Syrian refugees. Click here to learn more about Bethany Christian Services resettlement program or call Julie Ludwig at 269-637-1363.
ERD Responding to floods in Texas and earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting local church partners in Texas, Ecuador and Japan as they respond to recent disasters. 

In Texas, as much as 20 inches of rain fell overnight on April 17-18 in northern and northwestern parts of Harris County. Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in response to this event, which has killed eight people, flooded more than 1,100 homes and caused upwards of $5 billion in damage.

In Ecuador, at least 570 people have died and 155 are reported missing following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake centered off the coast on April 16. Episcopal Relief & Development has also conveyed prayers and offered support to the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK, the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan) following the earthquake in Kumamoto on April 16. The confirmed death toll stands at 45, with search and rescue operations still ongoing. Please pray for people impacted by these recent events, and for those who are providing urgently needed care and assistance. Worship bulletin inserts have been prepared by ERD in order to raise awareness and support for Episcopal Relief & Development's disaster response efforts in Ecuador and Texas.
Coppage-Gordon School for Ministry Epiphanies Speaker Series 2016-17

Enjoy an entire day exploring the Christian world through the eyes of three powerful speakers and theologians, exploring the vanguard of Christian thinking and practice.

Epiphanies speakers are chosen to broaden our minds and deepen our faith. In this inaugural year we are hosting three amazing conferences, each led by a proven leader in their field. Stephanie Spellers leads on September 28, 2016 in East Lansing, bringing expertise in evangelism, reconciliation, and emerging church contexts, with special emphasis on leadership and mission.  Cynthia Crysdale leads on February 15, 2017 in Brighton, bringing expertise in ethics, with special emphasis on emerging atonement theologies, Theology of Creation, and redemption.  Diana Butler Bass leads on May 24, 2017 in Royal Oak, bringing expertise in contemporary Ecclesiology, with special emphasis on assessing what's happening with (and what may be next for) Christianity in the United States.

Click here for more information on participation.


EDWM Reading Camps
Urgent Request! 

If any parish hasn't yet sent a book to Joanie Smith, the coordinator, please do so, as we don't have enough books for the children in our camps! The book can be purchased online at Amazon for $10 new......or at bookstores or from the publisher (Sleeping Bear Press in Chelsea, Michigan).
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. 

We would 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 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

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 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

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