The Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017    *    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For the first time in 99 years, a solar eclipse will cross the entire continental United States. Its path of totality, from Oregon to South Carolina, will be approximately 70 miles wide. 

The eclipse path passes through the mid-section of the country, and will be best-seen in places like Nebraska, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina. Episcopal Churches in those areas are planning special events, such as turning their churchyards into campgrounds, hosting viewing parties and inviting people to contemplate the mysteries of God through eclipse prayer services and hymn sings.  Click here to read about what Episcopal Churches are doing in the eclipse path.

See expectations on what the eclipse will look like in western Michigan by clicking here
The Star Trek Eucharist at Two Churches, Kentwood.

To celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 (visible along a 70 mile-wide path from Oregon to S. Carolina), Two Churches in Kentwood will use Eucharistic Prayer C (affectionately known as the Star Trek Eucharist) at its August 20 services. 

Part of the Prayer:

"At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home." 

The Rev. Mike Wernick will offer homage  to our inner Episcopal journey "where others have gone before" by affixing this Star Trek Chaplain's insignia on his stole for the day, that "You may live and prosper, and prolong your days." - Deuteronomy 5:33
Plainsong Farm
Heirloom Wheat Planting Weekend

Plainsong Farm is honored to host the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff, a priest from California and the founder of HonorĂ© Farm and Mill, September 23-24. She will be with us to lead our first-ever Community Planting Day of heirloom wheat on Saturday, September 23rd.  This wheat will be available next summer for congregations to use for their communion bread. Click here to register.

Rev. DeRuff will preach at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Belmont (click here for map) on Sunday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m.

She will also lead a Farm to Altar Table  workshop at the Dominican Center of Grand Rapids on the afternoon of Sunday, September 24th. The Rev. DeRuff's ministry supplied communion bread for the Episcopal Church's 2015 General Convention. 

We invite the entire diocese to learn more about her ministry as well as ours.   More information and registration is here. 
Annual Second Best Sale in Belmont

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Belmont, invites you to our Annual  Second   Best  Sale is Friday, August 25 from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There is a $5 "Early Bird Admission" charge on Friday only from 8-9 am; after 9 am admission is free!  The sale is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in support of parish activities.  We have something for everyone, and everything is priced to move!  Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131).

Beholding the Image Iconography Workshop

"Icons are in colors what the Scriptures are in words: witnesses to the Incarnation, the fact that God has come among us as a person whom we can see, touch and hear, to offer us the new life and begin the new creation." -Seventh Ecumenical Council, 787 CE

You are invited to come explore the history and spirituality of Christian iconography with Fr. Brian Coleman, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

Participants will get to experience the process firsthand by "writing" their own icon over the course of this five-week workshop. No previous artistic experience is necessary.

The Course Times

You may choose whether to come to a Friday or Saturday class time; both classes are the same.

Friday, 9/22 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/23 9:00 a.m.
Friday, 9/29 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/30 9:00 a.m.
Friday, 10/6 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/7 9:00 a.m.
Friday, 10/20 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/21 9:00 a.m.
Friday, 10/27 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/28 9:00 a.m.

Cost is $120 for materials. 
Space is limited. Scholarships are available.

Healing Racism

The Anti-Racism Task Force  has 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.

This fulfills Episcopal healing racism training requirement required for parish leaders. Cost is $20. Click here to register.
Riding the Dragon: Strengthening the Inner Life of Healing & Helping Professionals

16th Annual Community of Caregivers Conference with Robert J. Wicks
at  Transformations Spirituality Center, Kalamazoo

Every year, Transformations Spirituality Center hosts a conference to support people in the helping and healing professions, including clergy, medical and mental health professionals.

The conference will be hosted by Dr. Robert J. Wicks Monday, September 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fountains at Bronson Place (click here for map). Registration is $50 when received by August 28; $65 thereafter, and includes program, and materials. 

One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace.  However, we can't share what we don't have.  By discussing psychological approaches to maintaining perspective and inner strength in challenging times, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress offers insights into how we can extend our warmth to others without losing our own inner fire in the process.

T opics will include:
  • maintaining a healthy sense of perspective
  • avoiding dangers that lead to unnecessary stress
  • knowing the 4 "voices" we need in our circle of friends to have balance and courage in life
  • improving self-awareness and developing your own self-care program
  • facing inner darkness
  • developing a mindfulness practice 
Click here to register.

Please register by September 4.