Honoring Veterans at St. John's, Ionia

St. John the Apostle Church, Ionia is working hard to reach out to veterans. On Sunday, May 28th, they invited veterans  to a special service to be recognized. After church, they had hot dogs and side dishes for them.

They are also honoring veterans through a new veterans altar in the front of the church - a cork board where people can put pictures. A basket with cards is beside the altar in case someone would like the members of the church to pray for a service member (see left).

The congregation is also holding regular troop drives to collect items for service members. They are sending a box of donated items at least once a month. Items they collect include socks, snacks and non-perishable food items like tuna kits, beef jerky, white short-sleeve shirts, single-use disposable cameras, pre-sweetened flavored beverage mixes, letters of support and pre-paid military calling cards.

Read more about St. John's in their local newspaper.

The church is working to become a part of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship network, an organization that  equips Christians for missional ministry to veterans through prayer, hospitality, and reconciliation. 

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Book of Common Prayer
Meet Up and Eat Up Programs in Michigan

Many of our communities have Meet Up and Eat Up programs through the State of Michigan.
Meet Up and Eat Up is part of the Summer Food Service Program through the State of Michigan. It ensures that children in lower-income areas continue to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch during long school vacations.

There are often multiple sites in each community offering these meals Monday through Friday.

Check out their site locator map. Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program on the State of Michigan website. And make sure people in your congregation know about this resource!

For a list of all Kalamazoo County sites, call 211 or text FOODMI at 877-877 for locations, dates and times.
Eye Injury Prevention is July's Safety & Health Observance


July is Eye Injury Prevention Month. Most eye injuries that often happen at home or on the job can be prevented.

Click here to learn  few steps to prevent eye injury.

Learn More

Do you have a question about a health topic? Contact Health Ministry volunteer Eva Jerome at  evamjerome@gmail.com.

Jazz Mass and Annual Picnic
at St. Philip's, Grand Rapids

  St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids has a wonderful way to get you to visit.
On occasion, they have a jazz mass. Coming up on Saturday, July 29th is their next jazz mass and annual picnic, featuring Noel Webley and Jazzy Friends.

The jazz interlude starts at 3:00 p.m, with worship beginning at 3:20. The picnic will begin at 5:20.

All are welcome. A goodwill offering will be taken.

St. Philip's is located at 550 Henry Ave. SE at the corner of Henry & Sherman( click here for map) in Grand Rapids. Questions? Call (616) 451-9865.

Twelve Step AA Recovery
The Journey Continues 2017
A Woman's Retreat at Transformations Spirituality Center

Transformation Spirituality Center is holding a 12-step women's retreat Friday August 4th at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, August 6th. The retreat is led by  Karen Anne Jackson, CSC.

Karen is an experienced 12-Step AA retreat facilitator whose sincere caring creates an atmosphere of welcome, acceptance, and support.  There will be honest sharing, joy - and maybe a few healing tears - in the company of others who understand.

Registration is $235.   Payment in full is due at time of registration, $50 of which is non-refundable. There is a $20 per person discount for those who share a room with a friend. 
Please register by July 21. 

Click here for the flyer.
Click here to register, and for more information.

Want to offer more adult formation? Check out the Restoration Project!

The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis, and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship.  The workshop will be held at The Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis.  Cost: $130.

At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for "more." Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.   

During our time together, we'll share:
  • How and why to do this work
  • Why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • The core curriculum for the Basics classes
  • Time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • Big picture information about The Restoration Project

Interested? Read more information in the flier and/or contact the Rev. Suzanne Wille at (317) 635-2538 or rector@allsaintsindy.org
Staff Availability in Northern Michigan

The Rev. Canon William Spaid and Tammy Mazure, CPA, Bishop's Assistant for Finance and Benefit Administration, will make themselves available to meet with parish leaders in the northern portion of the diocese August 15-16, 2017 at Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City ( see map).

Canon Spaid can meet with leaders regarding parish transitions and congregational development. Tammy Mazure can address questions of financial concern, as well as insurance and benefit questions. Both are available to talk to vestry members about a variety of topics.

Meetings are available by appointment. Evening appointments on August 15th are also a possibility. To make an appointment, e-mail Canon Spaid at wspaid@edwm.org or Tammy Mazure at tmazure@edwm.org.

Bishop Hougland will spend most of the month of August working and staying in the Traverse Deanery. If you wish to direct any questions to the bishop, please do so through his executive assistant, Molly Ettwein, at mettwein@edwm.org.

With Love from EYE

A delegation of 17 youth and 4 adults from the Diocese of Western Michigan are attending the Episcopal Youth Event. EYE began in Edmond, Oklahoma on Monday and concludes Friday, July 14th. Ninety of 109 Episcopal dioceses are represented and more than 1,400 people - including chaperones, volunteers, chaplains, medical workers - are on the ground at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Pictured above: the members of Province V attending the event.

Read more on social media.
Province V Facebook page.

Events and Updates

The Rev. Deacon Lily Esther Marx will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church ( see map). A luncheon reception will follow at
Verdoni's Event Center.

Episcopal Youth Camp is seeking male cabin counselors for Middle and Junior Camps in August. The need is for one male cabin counselor for August 5-12 (Middle Camp) and four male cabin counselors August 12-19 (grades 3-5 - Junior Camp). Without these four counselors, the camp will be unable to run the Leaders in Training portion of the camp.  Learn more about serving on the staff. To volunteer for these positions, contact Gennie Callard, Bishop's Assistant for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries at (269) 381-2710, ext. 13 or gcallard@edwm.org.

News from the Finance DeskDiocesan Council has decided to suspend the grant process for the Congregational Development Fund and St. Michael's Mission and Outreach Fund for the 2018 budget year due to the restructuring process of the diocese. It is expected that in 2018, there will be a new approach to supporting mission and outreach through the role of regional Canon Missioners, upon approval of the 2018 budget at diocesan convention. Diocesan Council will revisit the grants in the future as needs arise and resources allow.