St. James Church, Albion completes Reading Camp

St. James Episcopal Church, Albion, created a synergy with other community groups and churches, such as the Albion Recreation Department, Albion Public Library and Bread of Life Ministries to offer a new take on Reading Camp this year.

Two days per week, participating children have had access to story time, activities, free books and school supplies, breakfast and lunch, and lots of love and attention.

St. James reaches out to the local community often. The City of Albion is different than many West Michigan communities. Albion has no tourism, and most of the industry is gone. Many people have chosen to move out of the Albion community. St. James reaches out to local residents in a number of creative and innovative ways, including community suppers and community gardens.

Albion Reading Camp
Albion Reading Camp

Read about Grace Church, Traverse City

Grace Church, Traverse City  is observing the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1867. It launched six months of sesquicentennial events July 4 with an entry in the National Cherry Festival's Heritage Parade.

Read an article from the Detroit News by clicking here.
EDWM Missioners return from Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Pictured to the left our are volunteers for the mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South  Dakota from July 9-15.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in South Dakota. Originally included within the territory of the Great Sioux Reservation, Pine Ridge was established in 1889 in the southwest corner of South Dakota on the Nebraska border. This mission trip is coordinated by a local organization that serves the population there: Re-member, which seeks to improve the quality of reservation life through relationshipsshared resources and volunteer services.

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.

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 or Tammy Mazure at

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
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.

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.