A previous version of this newsletter listed the incorrect date for the going away party for Gennie Callard. The correct date is November 16. This information has been corrected below.
Sept. 26, 2019

One of the resources we have access to through the diocesan office is The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, or TENS.

TENS offers new resources every year for congregations around stewardship and annual giving campaigns. The materials are focused on leading congregations in building discipleship through the practice of intentional giving.

The resources for 2019-2020 are available in English and Spanish and include communications, prayer and worship materials, campaign pieces, and more.

To log in, please use username "Matthew" and password "five:16".

Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Tammy Mazure, CPA, CGMA
Finance and Benefits Administrator, 
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
Sept. 28
Wheat Planting and potluck at Plainsong Farm. RSVP .
October 3
Celebration of New Ministry with St. Mark's, Newaygo and the Rev. BJ Heyboer at 7pm.
October 8-10
AMEN Conference for all Episcopal clergy in Michigan. Email Ann Emenheiser with questions or download registration form .
October 12
Save the date: Daughters of the King Fall Assembly at Trinity, Three Rivers from 9:30-3:00pm.
October 19
Chorister Festival at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Detroit.
Oct. 22-24
LARC Retreat at the Augustine Center in Conway. Info & Registration.
October 24
Celebration of New Ministry with St. Andrew's, Grand Rapids and the Rev. Molly Bosscher at 7pm.
November 2
Confirmation at Diocesan Convention. Register Candidates.
November 14
Celebration of New Ministry with St. John's, Sturgis and the Rev. James Lively at 7pm.
May 8-20
Journeys of Paul - Pilgrimage through Greece. Info and Registration.
July 7-11
Save the Date:  Episcopal Youth Event at Howard University in Washington, DC for high school-aged youth and adult leaders.
EDWM in the NEWS
Grand Haven Tribune - Local church to host Climate Strike
" The Tri-Cities Climate Strike is scheduled to take place in Grand Haven’s Central Park..Sept. 20. Held as one of hundreds of demonstrations globally, the local event is being organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church of Grand Haven ..."
"... Diocese of Western Michigan Bishop Whayne Hougland told the group that he was interested in talking about how all bishops and spouses can support each other in their decisions... "
"... Some parishes, like St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven , Michigan, are organizing their own local strikes. ..."
St. Paul's, St. Joseph Gathers for Dinner Church
New iteration of DCDI begins on Saturday
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in St. Joseph is exploring gathering around a not-so-new model of worship - Dinner Church.

During a Dinner Church service, the Eucharist takes place around a table as part of a shared meal. This practice is based in ancient gatherings of church, inviting those gathered to explore the Eucharist in a rich and nuanced way. Dinner Church gatherings are sacramental, participatory, and blend the boundaries between the sacred and ordinary.

St. Paul's interest in the Dinner Church model began out of a workshop with Dinner Church facilitator and author Kendall VanderSlice at Plainsong Farm last June. Church leader Diane Davidson attended, gathered information, and brought it back to her priest, the Rev. Diane Pike who had experience with Dinner Church in Omaha.

Their first Dinner Church gathering took place on September 21st. The congregation plans to make it part of their regular life of worship, meeting for Dinner Church every third Saturday of the month, at 5pm.
You're Invited:
Send-Off for Gennie Callard
The Episcopal Youth Camp community invites all in the diocese to a gathering on Saturday, November 16th from 1-5pm at Camp Newaygo to celebrate the ministry of Gennie Callard, former Assistant to the Bishop for Youth and Children's Ministries for the Diocese of Western Michigan.

The event will include hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Please RSVP to eycwesternmichigan@gmail.com.
Donate to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts
An invitation from Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief and Development is a world-renowned organization for domestic and international disaster relief and economic development. Donate toward their Hurricane Relief Fund and help affected communities in the US and the Caribbean that have been devastated after recent hurricanes and tropical storms. Your donation will help meet urgent needs by providing critical supplies such as food, water, and other basics and offering long-term assistance as needed.

Click here to visit ERD's donation page and scroll to find "Hurricane Relief".
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Holmgren has announced plans to retire as Rector of Grace, East Grand Rapids.
Church of the Mediator, Harbert seeks a full-time Rector. View the listing.
St. Christopher's, Northport seeks a part-time Rector. View the listing .
(NEW!) Emmanuel, Petoskey seeks a full-time Rector. View the profile.
Rooted in Jesus
Mega-conference will take place January 21-24 in Atlanta
It’s time for the Episcopal Church to come together as disciples of Jesus and take a bold new step into the next decade. Let’s spend four days together, talking about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, and much more—so we can go out and be the Body of Christ.

Rooted in Jesus is a mega-conference, hosted in Atlanta, GA by the folks behind the Episcopal Church Foundation, Forma, Forward Movement, Missional Voices, Episcopal Evangelism Society, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, Evangelism Matters, and the Episcopal Church. The conference will feature dozens of speakers including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, the Rev. Dr. William Barber, the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, and Lisa Kimball, Ph.D.

Click here to learn more and to register. Early bird pricing is $315/person and does not include accommodations.
Journeys of Paul Pilgrimage in Greece
Join the pilgrimage May 8-20, 2020
Join Bishop Hougland and other pilgrims from around the Dioceses of Western and Eastern Michigan in Greece next Summer as they walk in the footsteps of Paul.

The deadline to register is November 8th. Click here to learn more, including pricing, airfare, itinerary, and more.
Gun Violence Prevention Toolkit
Resource for congregations from the National Cathedral
The National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church is offering a new resource for congregations to use around gun violence prevention and awareness, including scripture study, formation, worship materials, advocacy, preparedness, and more.

The Rev. Jodi Baron - Co-Rector of St. Philip's, Beulah and organizer with Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence - would welcome invitations from congregations or vestries to come speak about prevention and advocacy efforts around this issue. Email Jodi at rector@stphilipsbeulah.org.

Sept. 28
Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, organized by St. John's, Grand Haven , from 10am-10pm in central park. View the event website .

The Rev. David Brower will celebrate 40 years of ordained ministry. The celebration takes place at St. Luke's, Kalamazoo at 1pm.

POSTPONED - Food Summit at Emmanuel, Petoskey for organizations, congregations working on food insecurity ministries. Will be rescheduled.
Sept. 29
Nature Walk at St. Timothy's, Richland from 3-5pm.

Blessing of the Pets at St. Paul's, Muskegon at 3pm.
October 4
Blessing of the Animals at St. Philip's, Beulah at 6:00pm.
October 5
Steak and Salmon Dinner at St. Gregory's, Muskegon from 5-7pm. $15 or $20 for two entrees.

Blessing of the Animals at 4pm at Christ Church, Charlevoix .

Blessing of the Animals at 10am at Mediator, Harbert .
October 6
Choral Evensong at St. Thomas, Battle Creek featuring the St. Thomas Scholars at 4:30pm.

Blessing of the Animals at Two Churches, Kentwood from 2-3:30pm. Contributions of food and cat litter will benefit Kibble Konnection.

Blessing of the Animals at Holy Trinity, Wyoming at 10am as part of their Sunday service. Donations of dry dog and cat food to benefit Humane Society of Kent County.

Animal Fair at St. Luke's, Kalamazoo from 2-5pm with pet blessing, food truck, carnival rides, petting zoo, and more.
October 19
Ultreya at St. Timothy's, Richland from 11-3pm with potluck.
October 22
Feeding the Soul of the City concert hosted by St. Paul's, Muskegon featuring Matthew Ball (boogie-woogie/jazz piano) at 12:15pm.
October 23
Acts of Transformation: A Solar Celebration at Emmanuel, Hastings to unveil and bless their new solar energy at 3:30pm.
November 9
Holy Spirit, Belmont ECW's Christmas Delites (crafts, baked goods, silent auction).
November 26
Feeding the Soul of the City concert hosted by St. Paul's, Muskegon featuring Lee Murdock, "The Christmas Ship" (folk guitar) at 12:15pm.
December 7
Winter Songs & Carols at Grace, Traverse City featuring Manitou Winds at 7:30pm. Free will offering to benefit community lunch program.
December 31
Blood Drive with the Red Cross at St. Paul's Muskegon from 10-3pm.
Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2020
St. Paul's Muskegon is organizing a pilgrimage to Ireland and the Isle of Iona - "In the Footsteps fo St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columba". For information, contact the Rev. Mary Frens at 231-519-2792.
Featured Congregational Event:
Acts of Transformation: A Solar Celebration
With Bishop Hougland, Emmanuel, Hastings will unveil and bless their new solar energy installation on October 23rd at 3:30pm.

Their new 20-kW rooftop solar system is a commitment to the care of creation by decreasing the church's dependence on fossil fuel. This project is one step of a robust effort to decrease their impact on the Earth's resources.

All are invited to join the celebration and learn about the project.

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This newsletter is edited by Katie Forsyth, Canon for Evangelism & Networking. Email Katie.
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