We Are All One Charity Golf Scramble
St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo

Come join the good people of St. Martin of  Tours Church, Kalamazoo this year in their 3rd Annual "We Are All One" Golf Scramble on Saturday, August 26th at 
The Moors Golf Club  in Portage, MI (click here for map).

This year they are supporting local, national and international groups and ministries. Locally, Open Doors and Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes will be supported. Nationally, they will be raising money for  Re-Member, an organization that serves the Lakota Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and internationally, their St. Martin's India Ministry, the hostel and children in Purulia, West Bengal, India.

Any support you can share will go to these wonderful groups, whether it's playing, purchasing a raffle ticket, bidding in the silent auction, sponsoring a hole, or coming to dinner that evening and enjoying the music of Ken Morgan and his Jazz musicians.

They still have plenty of room.

  • Luncheon at 1 p.m.
  • Shotgun Start at 2 p.m.
  • Dinner with Entertainment at 7 p.m.
  • Team of 4: $600. Individual: $150.
  • Registration includes golf, cart, food, and special events
  • Dinner and Jazz by Ken Morgan and Bob Ricci.
  • (Dinner only: $40)

Complete registration and sponsorship forms  , and send form & payment (checks) to:

St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church 
2010 Nichols Road 
Kalamazoo, MI 49004

For more information and important contacts, click here.
Final Call Registrations for Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity

This is the last call for registrations to attend the "First Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity," to be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, MI (click here for map) on August 11-12. This conference is offered by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society of Catholic Priests in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada
 and is designed to offer to laity and clergy alike some of the riches of the catholic stream of Anglicanism. The keynote speaker will be Father Martin Smith, former Superior of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and a former speaker at our own Diocesan Convention. Fr. Smith's address will be "Baptism and the Mystical Core of the Gospel: A Catholic Perspective." In addition to the keynote address, there will be offerings of worship in the high tradition of the church and a variety of workshops on practical aspects of the worship, de votional, and historical life of catholic  Anglicanism . Find out more and register to attend online by clicking here .

EDWM Health Ministry Highlights Opioid Abuse in August

Opioids are narcotic drugs that reduce pain and include codeine, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, and heroin. Taking medicine in a different way than instructed, such as to get "high", or taking someone else's medicine is abuse.  Adolescent abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise. 

From 1999 to 2014, Michigan saw a four-fold increase in unintentional fatal drug poisonings, and the state was ranked 10th in the nation in per capita prescribing rates of opioid pain relievers in 2012.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,980 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2015. That was a 13 percent increase over drug overdose deaths in 2014.

Our Health Ministry page has a number of resources that inform about the problem of opioid abuse, as well as links to organizations that can shed more light on this important topic.

Formation Leaders Training and Retreat Coming in October

Save the date for a retreat this fall for formation leaders October 27-28, 2017 at Camp  Newaygo ( click here for map ). 

Formation leaders are Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, and adult education facilitators in their parishes or dioceses. M ature high school leaders are also invited to participate and attend with their adult mentor.

This is a hands-on retreat led by Jalisa Danhof, award-winning camp director at Camp Newaygo. Activities will include the following:
  • Group and  community building
  • Debriefing activities with a theological perspective
  • Leading discussion and keeping people on track
  • More topics to be announced!
Cost is $40, and includes meals, lodging and training.

Click here for more information on check-in, schedule, what-to-expect, and registration information.
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.
Healing Racism

The Anti-Racism Task force is in the process of discussing curriculum and presenters for the coming season.

They have established that the next Healing Racism training will take place Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids.
The Emotionally Intelligent Pastor:
An in-depth seminar with Roy Oswald

Walk with author, trainer, and EQ guru Roy Oswald on an exploration of the emotional intelligence of Jesus and how it can transform the work of faith leaders and churches September 28, 2017 at the St. Francis Retreat Center (click here for map) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Drawing on The Emotional Intelligence of Jesus-Relational Smarts for Religious Leaders and The Emotionally Intelligent Pastor (in process), Roy will guide participants to:

  • Notice what Jesus taught about EQ
  • Identify EQ skills faith leaders need to sustain excellence in ministry
  • Consider EQ skills clergy need to teach their people along with what Jesus advocated
  • Discuss the importance of EQ for church leaders-without it their ministry will rarely fly
  • Learn how to select people with high EQ skills for church and ministry leadership
  • Develop strategies to impart EQ skills to faith leaders and impact the system with EQ
  • Unpack Jesus' teaching of the Kingdom of Heaven and how we move in and out of Kingdom of Heaven space. To arrive in this space and be conscious of it requires EQ. This is central to our growth as Christians.
  • Explore the Johari window as a way to develop the capacity to broaden the open space between us, the space where Jesus meets us.