Reading Camps 2017

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is again excited to announce Reading Camps 2017! We have two camps this summer and the children involved will have a chance to experience the joy of reading and improved reading skills as well as field trips and fun!

St. James Episcopal Church in Albion is collaborating with the Albion Recreation Department to provide a Summer Dreams Program for children 5-12 from June 19-August 11. The children will enjoy reading about Michigan legends, myths, and Native culture. They will also swim in the school pool, go to the Schuler Arts Center, and visit the Whitehouse Nature Center. The camp will serve 50-60 children, and the Rev. Darlene Kuhn will be assisted by Albion College students in working with the students.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Beulah is again having their reading camp at Benzie Valley Elementary School and they are expecting 20-30 children ages 7-11 from July 10-14. The children will be reading books about Michigan wild animals and going on field trips to see as many of the animals as possible. They'll read about bears and wolves and bats and other
 creatures great and small!

Once again we would like to request that churches in the diocese help us by purchasing a few of the books we need for the Benzie County Reading Camp. Send to St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Hwy, Beulah, Michigan 49617. The books can be purchased at any bookstore or online. The titles requested are by Sandra Markle: What If You Had Animal Feet? and What If You Had Animal Hair? and Wolverines. It would be such a gift to the children in our diocese if these books could be provided for them! Thank you in advance.

Submitted by Joanie Smith, Reading Camp Coordinator
ECW Annual Meeting
May 20, 2017

The Church of the Mediator in Harbert ( click here for map) will host the 136th Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Western Michigan which will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We look forward to spending the day looking at how we can be thankful in our lives every day.  The cost of $35 per person includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

The keynote speaker will be Susan O'Brien, National President of the Order of the Daughters of the King. 

There will be a breakout session about how the United Thank Offering can be a daily reminder of being thankful which will be led by Gail Donovan, Diocesan UTO Chair. Another breakout session will be about how prayer, service, and evangelism can deepen your spiritual lives and will be led by the Lambs of God Chapter of the Daughters of the King.

We will be taking up a collection at the Eucharist for the UTO.   Questions can be directed to Marilee Roth at 269-313-1025 or email at Click here to upload the registration form and flyer.

EfM Diocesan-Wide Eucharist and Luncheon

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan cordially invites  Education for Ministry  group members, graduates, mentors, and friends to  our second diocesan-wide Eucharist and Luncheon  to be held at 1:00 on Saturday, April 22, 2017  at St. Mark's Episcopal Church (click here for map) with  Bishop Whayne Hougland serving as chief celebrant and preacher. The c lergy attire will be albs and festive stoles.

Interested in Joining EfM?
Education for Ministry invites people into small, mentored communities that help us understand our lives and shape our actions as we deepen our Christian faith. We believe a gracious God calls us into relationship to serve the world. Through study, prayer and theological reflection, EfM enables us to discover and exercise our gifts for ministry where we live and work. Various churches in the EDWM will start new groups in the fall and will welcome any person interested in this form of study.

If you are interested in a group that would start later this fall please contact Marissa Lee at 303-520-2165 or
Memorial and Dedication Concert

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, St. Joseph, MI invites friends to a Memorial and Dedication Concert Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. highlighting their newly-restored and renovated  Wick's Pipe Organ and  Everett Grand Piano.

Featured musicians will be Mr. James Lauck on organ and Mr. Antoniel Roca on piano.

A reception for Ms. Marina Peter, Ms. Cheryl Miller, Mr. Lauck and Mr. Roca will follow the concert in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's (click here for map).
Reminder: Sudanese Grace Fundraiser this Sunday

The people of Sudanese Grace i nvite friends into fellowship as they celebrate the Eucharist in English and offer authentic   Sudanese   dishes for donations on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Mayflower Congregational Church ( click here for map ).

The fundraiser starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 3:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist begins at 1:00 p.m.  

All are welcome. Children are an integral part of the faith community at   Sudanese   Grace, so this is an event at which children are welcomed and embraced.  

Traditional South  Sudanese dishes like akop, atulmokic, anjera and more will be available. This fundraiser helps support the mission and ministry of the growing congregation. Suggested donation is $10 per plate. You may bring your own plate but it is not required.  

Contact the Rev. Zachariah Char at if you have questions about the food sale or   Sudanese  Grace. Additional donations may be sent to the  diocesan office with a note saying it is intended for   Sudanese   Grace.  

We hope you can participate!
Registration and Events 

The Domestic Missions Team is accepting registrations for the mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation July 7-15, 2017. Click here to register.

Bishop Whittemore Sunday will be an event happening across the diocese on Sunday, May 7th. A special collection will be taking place  to help the Whittemore Foundation continue to support the diocese in ways that traditional sources of funding are unable to. The Bishop Whittemore Foundation is a foundation independent of the diocese that has supported every parish of the diocese in funding new and creative ministries, building restoration and accessibility, youth camps and with the placement of newly-ordained clergy.
Register Now for Godly Play Training

Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City will be hosting Godly Play training June 9 - 11 at their church in Traverse City. The Godly Play method is based on Montessori principles and it helps children explore their faith through story, gain religious language, and enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. 

Training Schedule: 
  • Friday, June 9, 1:00p-9:00p
  • Saturday, June 10, 8:30a-6:30p
  • Sunday, June 11, Noon-4:30 p.m.

Dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, are included in your registration. 
Trainer: Kathleen Capcara

You can get details about times and locations for the training by clicking hereOr contact Grace Youth Director Donna Olendorf at (231-947-2330, ex. 309) 

Neighboring Bishop of Diocese of Eastern Michigan Todd Ousley named Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has named Bishop Todd Ousley of Eastern Michigan as Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development, a member of the Presiding Bishop's staff.

"Bishop Ousley is an experienced bishop with a depth of pastoral and leadership skills," Presiding Bishop Curry said. "I am very thankful to him for his willingness to assume this particular ministry which is vital to the spiritual life and vitality of our bishops and, through them, the Episcopal Church. I have known and worked with him for several years and, like my brothers and sisters in the community of bishops and spouses, Bishop Ousley has my deep respect, affection and trust."

Restructuring Plans to be Presented
at June Deanery Meetings

Official seal of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan

Three months ago Bishop Hougland appointed a Restructure Committee comprised of representatives from the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council and the original Restructuring Task Force. The committee has met several times to draft specific restructuring and diocesan staffing recommendations, determine budget and funding options, develop implementation steps and timelines, discuss necessary diocesan canon changes, and determine how to receive input from the entire diocese.

To provide updates and hear feedback from throughout our diocese, special deanery meetings will be held on the following dates:

Eastern Deanery
Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas, Battle Creek

Grand Valley & Lakeshore Deaneries
Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.  at St. Andrew's, Grand Rapids

St. Joseph Deanery
Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas, Portage

Traverse Deanery
Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Grace Church, Traverse City
At each of these meetings members of the restructuring team will present preliminary recommendations. They will also invite diocesan-wide input at the meetings and throughout the following month. Revisions will then be made with the final draft presented at pre-convention  deanery meetings in the fall.
The committee is eagerly seeking comments and suggestions about the proposed changes, so in addition to clergy and convention delegates, all members of the diocese are encouraged to attend the June deanery meetings and to offer your feedback.