August 15, 2019
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LARC stands for Lutherans, Anglicans (in its broadest meaning), and Roman Catholics. The LARC Retreat is a time of ecumenical conversation grounded in prayer and knowing that when ecumenical conversation is difficult, it’s the time when it is most important to continue.

We welcome clergy and laity to join us Tuesday, October 22, (1:00pm) to Thursday, October 24 (1:00pm) at The Augustine Center, 2798 North US 31, Conway, Michigan 49722 (Petoskey area).

Our 2019 theme is "Going Out Yet Not Knowing: Ministry in the Paradox of a Connected/Disconnected Culture." Our speaker is The Rev. Brian Kirby Unti, who retired this July from services as Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

We live in the paradox of a culture that is more connected than ever before and yet more disconnected. The Spirit is disrupting our ways of working to challenge and invite us to claim new opportunities. We seek a better understanding of the "Nones", "Dones" and "Spiritual but not Religious," who are nonetheless hungry for authentic spirituality and social community grounded in shared values.


Peace,
The Rev. Mike Wernick
Ecumenical Officer
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
UPCOMING EVENTS
August 17
Confirmation at Holy Trinity, Wyoming at 11:00am followed by BBQ & Diocesan House open house ( RSVP ).
Sept. 28
Wheat Planting and potluck at Plainsong Farm. RSVP .
October 8-10
AMEN Conference for all Episcopal clergy in Michigan. Email Ann Emenheiser with questions or download registration form .
October 19
Save the date: Chorister Festival at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Detroit.
Oct. 22-24
LARC Retreat at the Augustine Center in Conway. Info & Registration.
November 2
Confirmation at Diocesan Convention. Register Candidates.
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.
WEEKLY
Plainsong Farm hosts "Sabbath at the Farm" each Sunday at 4:30 from June 16 through the end of August, which includes worship and potluck.
EDWM in the NEWS
" The workshop [including coordination and instruction from the Rev. Kellan Day and the Rev. Molly Bosscher ] Nov. 5-7 will provide “tools for leading change,” guiding Episcopal priests in discernment about the Confederate symbols in their parishes ..."
" St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Beulah hosted the vigil where they prayed for the 31 lives lost. Reverend Jodi Baron led the ceremony. She is both a clergy member and an activist with Mom’s Demand Action..."
"Members of St. John’s Episcopal Church are in shock after a large statue they had in their garden had been stolen..."
NEWS & UPDATES
145th Convention to take place in Grand Rapids
Call to Convention went out late last month
The 145th Diocesan Convention will take place November 1-2, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

To explore further the Presiding Bishop's call to the Way of Love, we will hear from keynoter Dr. Lisa Kimball, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary.

The official Call to Convention, the canonical announcement to delegates and clergy, hit inboxes late last month with details to prepare for the upcoming convention and pre-convention meetings, including accommodations, registration, nominations, resolutions, and more.

Heirloom Wheat Planting at Plainsong Farm
September 28th from 10-1pm
In September 2017, a multi-generational group gathered at Plainsong Farm to plant a field of heirloom Turkey Red wheat, making it possible for Michigan churches to bake their own communion bread from lovingly hand-sown and hand-harvested wheat. 

The Third Annual Plainsong Community Planting Event will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 10am to 1pm. We are excited to once again open this event to friends across Michigan (and beyond). The wheat planting is appropriate for all ages and will involve education, reflection, and celebration. We'll begin with a brief education session, have an hour in the field planting together, and then conclude with giving thanks and sharing a potluck lunch.

The wheat planted at this event will be available for churches and individuals as part of Plainsong Farm's 2020 flour blend and will be hand-harvested next August. Using heirloom wheat for communion bread demonstrates our commitment to Creation Care by helping preserve seed diversity.

Registration is requested , so we can plan for your table setting. There is no cost to attend. A potluck lunch is available to all. The farm will provide main dishes; please bring a side dish to pass.
CLERGY TRANSITIONS
OPEN SEARCHES
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 .
OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
Daring Discipleship: Finding Your Way & Following Your Dreams
Young Adult Retreat to be held October 18-20 in Indiana
Do you ever feel stuck, alone, or wonder how you can better live into the person God has created you to be? Come join this three-day interactive experience at Waycross Camp & Conference Center, outside of Indianapolis.

Led by the Rev. Callie Swanlund, Episcopal priest and Certified Daring Way Facilitator, this participatory weekend will help you explore your path and gifts using scripture and the work of Dr. Brené Brown. You'll connect with others; have ample time for reflection; learn about trust, empathy, and self-compassion; and practice living bravely and boldly into your dreams.

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.
CONGREGATIONAL CALENDAR
August 16-17
Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity at St. John's, Grand Haven . Info and registration.

Second Best Sale at Holy Spirit, Belmont . Friday, 9-4pm and Saturday, 9-2pm. Proceeds benefit the ECW.
August 17
Order of Naucratius Annual Big Lake Charity Fishing Tournament from 5am-4pm in Holland.

"Everything but a Camp Out" at St. Timothy's Richland at 5pm with campfire, sing-along, cook out, and games. RSVP to 269-629-9436.
August 18
Music at Emmanuel, Petoskey featuring oboist Jessica Tippett and soprano Amy Cross for
September 8
Joint worship and picnic with St. Gregory's and St. Paul's, Muskegon at Kruse Park at 11am.
Sept. 15
Mass in the Grass by the labyrinth at Holy Trinity, Wyoming with Grace Sudanese from 10-1pm. Worship is followed by Sudanese lunch for $10/plate or free will offering.

16th Annual Pig Roast at St. Mark's, Newaygo from 12-3pm with live music, auction, bake sale, and flea market. $10/adult or $5/child.
Sept. 19-21
Icon retreat with the Rev. Peter Pearson from 9-5pm daily at St. John's, Mt. Pleasant . $350/person. Call to reserve - 989-773-7448.
Sept. 24
Feeding the Soul of the City concert hosted by St. Paul's, Muskegon featuring AnDro (celtic/folk/world music) at 12:15pm.
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.
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.
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 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.
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