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The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan Our Mission
Our mission, rooted in the Episcopal tradition, is to worship God, to follow Jesus Christ, to grow together in the Holy Spirit, and to serve the world.
Our Vision Our vision is to live our values and be healthy, mission-focused, diverse parishes with innovative, collaborative engagement at all levels.
The Transformation of Lives We value V Living our baptismal promises, inspired by the Holy Spirit. V Empowering each other on our spiritual journey with Jesus Christ. V Bringing God into our lives through prayer, holy communion, meditation, and action. V Faith formation programs for youth and adults. V Building healthy congregations. Service to Others We value V A life of service with those in need, as modeled by Jesus Christ. V Participation in local, national, and international ministries. V Promoting justice for all, especially the voiceless and unheard. Active Participation We value V Participation of youth and adults together in the life of the church. V The active involvement of all congregations in the ministries of The Episcopal Church and our diocese, with the Bishop as our chief pastor. V Coming together regularly for worship, learning, fellowship, and service.
Acceptance & Respect We value V Jesus’ commandment that we love one another. V The dignity of every human being. V Celebrating, affirming, and including all persons. V A safe, nurturing environment. Sharing We value V God’s gifts, grace, and love by being faithful stewards. V Jesus’ example to share abilities, time, and money beyond ourselves. V Reaching out and accepting all people of faith. V Looking within and beyond our borders to promote reconciliation, acceptance, and respect. Engaging Worship We value V Inspirational, scripture-based, Christ-centered worship that draws us closer to God. V Sacred traditions and beauty of our historic worship. V Worship as the expression of our spiritual involvement and growth.
Table of Contents Whoâ€™s Who.....................................................................................................................................................5 Friday Agenda................................................................................................................................................6 Morning Prayer (Friday).........................................................................................................................7-12 Noontime Prayer Friday & Saturday...................................................................................................13-15 Saturday Agenda..........................................................................................................................................16 Morning Prayer Saturday......................................................................................................................17-21 Reports....................................................................................................................................................22-31 In Memoriam (Necrology).........................................................................................................................33
Join us! Welcome to the 140th Convention of the Diocese of Western Michigan, and thank you for making the journey to Traverse City. Our time together here is sacred and holy. We are here to bond as a diocese and make decisions about the future. For that reason, I encourage you to have fun! It’s really important to me that we strive to enjoy one another’s company. Take as many opportunities as you are able to join in fellowship opportunities while you are here. There will be a barbecue after the Eucharist on Friday thanks to the wonderful folks at Grace Church, Traverse City. Following that, please join us for a party with dancing and socializing at the Park Place Hotel. The more fun we can have together, the easier it will be for us to work together in the future. Let’s bond as a diocese so we can learn to work together; it’s a dance we’re doing anyway. +Whayne
The bishop invites and encourages you to employ social media to bring news of the 140th EDWM Convention to your congregations at home. The official Twitter hashtag of the Diocese of Western Michigan is #edwm. Please visit the Social Media Help Desk in the vendors’ area if you are in need of assistance on a range of social media topics. Volunteers are also among you in the dome wearing stickers indicating they can help.
Who’s Who 140th Convention of the Diocese of Western Michigan Chancellor & Credentials Chairperson
Bill Fleener, Jr., St. David’s, Lansing
Bill Fleener, Jr., St. David’s, Lansing
Dispatch of Business
Convention Committee Chairperson
Joanie Smith, St. John’s, Grand Haven
Anne Davidson, St. Mark’s, Coldwater
Registration Chairperson Assistant to Registration Chair
Ivan Egnatuck, Trinity, Marshall Bill Fleener, Jr., St. David’s, Lansing Musette El Mohammed, St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo Mike Paulin, St. Mary’s, Cadillac Wayne Nicholson, St. John’s, Mt. Pleasant
Jane Puvogel, St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo Bill Hanson, St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo
Staff The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., Bishop The Rev. Canon William Spaid, Canon to the Ordinary Molly Ettwein, Bishop’s Executive Assistant Genevieve Callard , Assistant to the Bishop for Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries Tammy Mazure, CPA, Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Benefit Administration Catherine Rhodes, Finance Assistant Kay Hanson, Volunteer Extraordinaire Karmel Puzzuoli, Communications Assistant The Rev. Karen McDonald, Deacon for Health Ministry 5
Agenda Friday, May 2, 2014 Please note: times are estimates only and subject to change.
8:00-10:00 a.m. Registration 9:15 a.m. New Delegate Orientation
10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10:15 a.m. Opening and Introductions
11:00 Business Session
11:30 Bishopâ€™s Address
12 Noon Noontime Prayer
1:30 Business Session, Continued
2:15 Presentations on Diocesan and Episcopal Ministries
4:30 Eucharist Grace Church, Traverse City There are separate service booklets for the Eucharist at Grace Church; there is no need to bring this booklet there; however, you may want to keep it for tomorrowâ€™s convention session.
After Eucharist Barbecue and Fellowship, Grace Church
After Barbecue Party, Park Place Hotel
Daily Morning Prayer Rite II
All stand as they are able at the officiant’s invitation Officiant The assembly
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 The Invitatory and Psalter Officiant Assembly
Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant and People Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Then follows The Psalm 16 Conserva me, Domine 1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; * I have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.” 2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, * upon those who are noble among the people. 3 But those who run after other gods * shall have their troubles multiplied. 4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, * nor take the names of their gods upon my lips. 5 O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; * it is you who uphold my lot. 6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; * indeed, I have a goodly heritage. 7 I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; * my heart teaches me, night after night. 7
8 I have set the LORD always before me; * because he is at my right hand I shall not fall. 9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; * my body also shall rest in hope. 10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, * nor let your holy one see the Pit. 11 You will show me the path of life; * in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore. At the end of the Psalms is sung or said Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. The Lesson The reader introduces the lesson saying A Reading from John 16:1-15 I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. ‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. After the Lesson the Reader may say Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Answer Thanks be to God.
The Third Song of Isaiah Surge, illuminare Isaiah 60:1 3, 11a, 14c, 18 19 Arise, shine, for your light has come, * and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you. For behold, darkness covers the land; * deep gloom enshrouds the peoples. But over you the Lord will rise, * and his glory will appear upon you. Nations will stream to your light, * and kings to the brightness of your dawning. Your gates will always be open; * by day or night they will never be shut. They will call you, The City of the Lord, * The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Violence will no more be heard in your land, * ruin or destruction within your borders. You will call your walls, Salvation, * and all your portals, Praise. The sun will no more be your light by day; * by night you will not need the brightness of the moon. The Lord will be your everlasting light, * and your God will be your glory. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. The Apostlesâ€™ Creed Officiant and People together, all standing I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers The people stand as they are able Officiant People Officiant
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
Officiant and People Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen. Then follows the Suffrages V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R.
Show us your mercy, O Lord; And grant us your salvation. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; Let your people sing with joy. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; For only in you can we live in safety. Lord, keep this nation under your care; And guide us in the way of justice and truth. Let your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Collect of the Day Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christâ€™s body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
A Collect for Fridays Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen. A Collect for Guidance Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Then, the prayer for mission is added Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
The General Thanksgiving Officiant and People Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. Then may be said Officiant: People:
Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Officiant concludes with the grace Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21
Applicable to Friday & Saturday
O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Officiant and People Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia. Friday: Psalm 119 Lucerna pedibus meis 105
Your word is a lantern to my feet * and a light upon my path.
I have sworn and am determined * to keep your righteous judgments.
I am deeply troubled; * preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, * and teach me your judgments.
My life is always in my hand, * yet I do not forget your law.
The wicked have set a trap for me, * but I have not strayed from your commandments.
Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; * truly, they are the joy of my heart.
I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes * for ever and to the end.
Saturday Psalm 121 Levavi oculos 1
I lift up my eyes to the hills; * from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the LORD, * the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved * and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep;
The LORD himself watches over you; * the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, * nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; * it is he who shall keep you safe.
The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.
At the end of the Psalm, all say: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. One of the following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5 People Thanks be to God. or the following If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 18 People Thanks be to God. or this From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts. Malachi 1:11 People Thanks be to God. The Officiant then begins the Prayers Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 14
Officiant and People Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Officiant People Officiant
Lord, hear our prayer; And let our cry come to you. Let us pray.
The Officiant then says one of the following Collects. Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen. Almighty Savior, who at noonday called your servant Saint Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles: We pray you to illumine the world with the radiance of your glory, that all nations may come and worship you; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen. Free intercessions may be offered including thanks for the meal we are to receive. Grant, O Lord, that our fellowship may be the revelation of your presence, and turn our daily bread into bread of Life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The service concludes as follows Officiant People
Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia. 15
Agenda Saturday, May 3, 2014
Please note: times are estimates only and subject to change. 9:00
Keynote Speaker – Rev. Martin Smith
10:00 Business Session – Resolutions 10:30 Keynote Question & Answer 11:00 Break 11:15 Presentations Noon Noontime Prayer 12:15 Lunch 1:00
Business Session – Canon Changes
Courtesy Resolutions – Rev. Wayne Nicholson
Bishop’s Thank you/Closing Prayer
Next Year’s Convention
Daily Morning Prayer
All stand as they are able at the officiantâ€™s invitation Officiant The assembly
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 The Invitatory and Psalter Officiant People
Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant and People Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Then follows Psalm 20 Exaudiat te Dominus 1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, * the Name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2 Send you help from his holy place * and strengthen you out of Zion; 3 Remember all your offerings * and accept your burnt sacrifice; 4 Grant you your heartâ€™s desire * and prosper all your plans. 5 We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; * may the LORD grant all your requests. 6 Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; * he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand. 7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, * but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God. 8 They collapse and fall down, * but we will arise and stand upright.
9 O LORD, give victory to the king * and answer us when we call. At the end of the Psalm, all say: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. The Lesson The reader introduces the lesson saying A Reading from John 16:16-33 ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.’ Then some of his disciples said to one another, ‘What does he mean by saying to us, “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me”; and “Because I am going to the Father”?’ They said, ‘What does he mean by this “a little while”? We do not know what he is talking about.’ Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, ‘Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me”? Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. When a woman is in labour, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. ‘I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.’ His disciples said, ‘Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’ After the Lesson the Reader says Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. People Thanks be to God. 18 A Song to the Lamb Revelation 4:11; 5:9 10, 13
Splendor and honor and kingly power * are yours by right, O Lord our God, For you created everything that is, * and by your will they were created and have their being; And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, * for with your blood you have redeemed for God, From every family, language, people, and nation, * a kingdom of priests to serve our God. And so, to him who sits upon the throne, * and to Christ the Lamb, Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, * for ever and for evermore. 18
The Apostlesâ€™ Creed Officiant and People together, all standing I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Prayers Officiant People Officiant
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
Officiant and People Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen. Then follows the Suffrages V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance; Govern and uphold them, now and always. Day by day we bless you; We praise your Name for ever. Lord, keep us from all sin today; Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. Lord, show us your love and mercy; For we put our trust in you. In you, Lord, is our hope; And we shall never hope in vain. 19
The Collect of the Day Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christâ€™s body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen A Collect for Saturdays Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all you works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Collect for the Renewal of Life O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Collect for Mission O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The office hymn will be sung three times.
The General Thanksgiving Officiant and People Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. Then may be said Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia The Officiant concludes with the grace The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
to the 140th Convention The Commission on Ministry The Very Rev. Jared C. Cramer, SCP Chair The Commission on Ministry (COM) is established by Title III, Canon 2, of the canons of the Episcopal Church. According to that canon, every diocese must have one consisting of priests, deacons, and lay persons. Our primary function is to assist the Bishop in (1) the implementation of Title III canons related to ministry, (2) the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons, and (3) the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment for readiness thereof.
There are currently twelve persons on our roster in some stage of discernment—three • aspirants to the priesthood, one aspirant to the diaconate, one nominee to the priesthood, one nominee to the diaconate, four postulants to the priesthood, and two candidates for the priesthood. We went through all of our folders on open candidates and officially removed several who had begun the process but never, for whatever reason, went forward. In addition to our regular work assisting the bishop in oversight of the process for ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood, this year the COM underwent several other projects. To assist in our work, we created a COM Covenant to guide our ministry together. Additionally, • We did an overhaul of the process for discerning a call to the priesthood, not changing much of the actual steps but instead putting them in • an easy to follow process including a checklist of steps. This was posted to the new page on the diocesan website, along with resources for all areas of lay and ordained ministry that fall under our purview. • With Bishop Hougland’s permission, we re22
opened conversations with Western Theological Seminary with the hope of creating a local option for formation to the priesthood which would involve a M.Div. and also, hopefully, an Anglican House at the seminary. We opened a conversation regarding the reimbursement of mileage for lay volunteers who serve on diocesan committees. This conversation resulted in the submission of a budget request for the 2014 budget for this line item to be created in the hope that participation on diocesan committees would not be hampered by personal financial resources. We sought to expand our work to reflect more accurately our canonical charge with oversight of ministry for all the baptized—not just those ordained. For that reason, we requested from the bishop permission to take over the oversight of the process for confirmation preparation as well as licensed lay ministries. We are at work creating a new model for confirmation preparation for the diocese, based upon the bishop’s ideal of a four-cycle system wherein confirmations happen on the four baptismal days with local preparation preceding each day, as determined by parish. We hope to have a final version of this approved and publicized for use in the next couple of months. We also hope to re-invigorate Education for Ministry (EfM) in the diocese. Following the meeting of the bishop with the deacons of the diocese, we have begun considering how we might further encourage the vocations of those called to this ministry. Once the bishop determines a model for the ministry of deacons, we look forward to working with him to come up with a recommended pro-
gram of preparation and formation for that ministry. Finally, we approved a resolution that will be considered at annual convention, calling for a task force to study our current models for compensation for those who serve staff positions in our congregations and diocese. As a statement of justice, we are hopeful this task force can come up with models and basic standards for compensation for the most common lay positions in the church—instead of only having requirements for priests. Furthermore, the resolution asks this
Task Force to study whether or not the ministry of deacons is one that should receive at least a small stipend from the diocese. Each member of the Commission is, I know, grateful for the opportunity to serve the Diocese and assist the Bishop in seeking to support the ministry of all the baptized in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. We look forward to seeing the results of the discernment of this year’s Convention so that you might guide our further work on your behalf in the upcoming year.
Congregational Development Commission The Rev. Nurya Love Parish and The Very Rev. Rebecca Crise Revitalization The Rev. Nurya Love Parish and the Very Rev. Rebecca Crise realized during the course of work on another committee, that they both had an interest in, and a passion for congregational development. The former congregational development committee seemed to have ceased to function. After some informal conversation with Bishop Hougland, a few more formal organizational meetings took place this past fall and winter with the Rev. Canon Bill Spaid and Bishop Hougland attending. Consensus was reached on a general focus on smaller parishes, new ways of doing ministry and maintaining sacramental community. Activity Canon Spaid has been attending Diocesan Church Development Institute in the Diocese of Northern Indiana for the past year. Diocesan Church Development Institute (CDI) is an intensive leadership training program for clergy and lay leaders of the Episcopal Church focused on the ministry of developing the spiritual, community and organizational life of a congregation through a hands on approach to learning. (www.churchdevelopmentinstitute.org) This spring the Very Rev. Rebecca Crise, the Rev. Pam Sten and Mike Wood joined him. While Bill is completing the course and interning as an instructor, Rebecca, Pam and Mike are beginning their first year of the two year course. The goal is that next year, 2015,
we will initiate our own CDI here in Western Michigan with the help of instructors from Northern Indiana. Rebecca, Pam and Mike will intern as instructors while finishing the course. The Rev. Nurya Love Parish and Kyle Bos attended the Province V New Ministries Gathering. This meeting provided training in Art of Hosting facilitation and provided information about beginning new ministries through the churchwide “Mission Enterprise Zone” process funded by General Convention 2012. In addition, the Congregational Development Commission finalized the process for Congregational Development grants. Parishes may apply for funds for help in developing their own projects. Funds are limited and will be awarded dependent on availability. A presentation on these grants will be provided at diocesan convention. Future The Commission will make plans for the future depending on the decisions of Diocesan Convention 2014 especially regarding the resolution proposing a Small Church Task Force. The possibility of designating a “Mission Enterprise Zone” will be taken up by Diocesan Council. The Commission will continue its work to bring the Church Development Institute to western Michigan and continue to train our own instructors. 23
Diaconal Ministries From the Ven. Marilou Schlotterbeck, Archdeacon: I was appointed Interim Archdeacon (in charge of deacons) in May of 2013. Because of the Bishop’s absence and his retirement, very few things were accomplished. Bishop Whayne Hougland then gave me the title of Archdeacon in October 2013. I have requested all active deacons submit a short paragraph about their ministries. This will give the bishop an idea of what we are doing individually. Ministry of the Ven Marilou Schlotterbeck Deacon, St. Philip’s Beulah: My ministry: Director of the Benzie County Baby Pantry. I established this ministry in 2003. This past June 1st, we opened a “new” building. This building is 4 times the size of the old pantry. We serve all families with children ages 0-5. I also work with the Department of Human Services on a volunteer basis and run the Benzie County Christmas Program which serves over 700 children in Benzie County. I am the Toys for Tots Representative in Benzie County. I attended the NAAD Deacons Conference in June of 2013. The theme was “Weaving a New World”. This conference was held in West Virginia. A very interesting and worthwhile conference.
Ministry of the Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton Deacon, St. John’s, Mt. Pleasant A major portion of my diaconal work was my employment as Spiritual Care Coordinator at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant. I retired last July after 15 years. I continue to lead weekly worship for a group home of five adults who are both medically and mentally fragile. Over the years, this work has entailed visits to the hospital, officiating of funerals, and pastoral care for the staff. I visit weekly a long-time friend who has Alzheimer’s. She was a “soul friend” for many years; my pastoral ministry to her (communion, prayer, song, laughter and tears) seems to be healing for her, and I know it helps my grief. I coordinate ministry to the homebound at St. John’s in Mt. Pleasant, particularly the training and assigning of Lay Eucharistic Visitors. I write our Prayers of the People for each Sunday and holy day, drawing the language and themes from the readings for the day. I write liturgies, as well as texts for hymns and anthems (a retired professor of music, one our two organists, writes the music). I also write a monthly column for the newsletter. I assist at the altar, proclaim the Gospel, and I preach every 4-6 weeks. I serve as the chaplain to the parish’s chapter of Daughters of the King. This May, along with Sister Diane and a member of the congregation, I will be coordinating a women’s retreat at Emmaus Monastery. I have volunteered this winter at the sign-in for the rotating homeless shelter. I also visit every 1-2 weeks a woman in the community, referred to me by Community Mental Health. I act as a spiritual companion, trying to give her support in her struggles with mental illness.
Dominican Republic Missions The Rev. Beth Drew, Deacon for the Millennium Development Goals and the Dominican Republic Companion Diocese Program Last year (2013) was a very busy year for our mission in San Marcos, Puerta Plata. In July, EDWM sent a total of 18 missioners from 8 different parishes to work on the church construction site of San Simon. EDWM also supported the Baron’s excursion up to Puerta Plata while they were in the Dominican Republic last summer. It was good for our seminarians to spend time with our missioners there. Construction on the church building itself is moving along as funding is available. The second floor block walls and concrete roof were completed with the July mission teams and finish will begin in February of this year as funding permits. We continue to team with the Diocese of Michigan and the Diocese of Eastern Michigan to complete the construction of San Simon.
In April the Diocese of the Dominican Republic along with the Dominican Development Group hosted an “Encuentro” weekend to learn about mission needs in the Dominican Republic and how to go about doing those missions. EDWM sent 4 to learn about Vacation Bible School, medical and construction missions. We hope to start VBS and Medical mission as soon as the church building is usable for those purposes. Deacon Beth Drew attended the two Dominican Republic Board meetings, representing the Bishop in his inability to attend. Bishop Whayne hopes to attend the midyear meeting in 2014, but his first priority is to visit all of our parishes here! We hope to see more of you on mission trips this summer!
Episcopal Church Women Char Camfield, President Stir Up The Spirit was the theme of our 2013 Annual Meeting held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, MI on June 1, 2013, utilizing speakers from our Diocesan Leadership Board to stir up the spirit to use resources and programs already available to us throughout the diocese. Here are more of our year’s accomplishments: • Provided assistance at the ordination of our new bishop by collecting and presenting the offering; also provided financial assistance for vestments given to him. • Provided financial assistance to a pilot diocesewide reading camp. • Provided financial assistance to a diocese wide Health Ministries Day. • Provided small stipends to our three seminarians at Christmas. • Revised our by-laws.
• Reported to the Diocesan Council after every Diocesan ECW Board. • Submitted a Grant Request to UTO for funds to assist in integrating a parish with the Hispanic population in its demographic area. In continuation of the triennium theme, we will be “Stirring Up the Spirit” at our May 31, 2014 Annual Meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Muskegon, MI. We will be electing new officers, revising our bylaws, learning about our mission trips to the Dominican Republic, enjoying Native American presentations (including drums and pipes), just to mention a few things and are pleased that our bishop will be with us for the day. We have been blessed with an extremely focused, hardworking, and faithful board; they are a wonderful group of women and I am proud to be their president.
EfM – Education for Ministry Mary Novello, Diocesan Coordinator and co-mentor of a Grand Rapids EfM seminar. About the Program: The Education for Ministry (EfM) program is a four-year study and group reflection process, from the University of the South School of Theology, for the formation of Christian ministry for lay people through the development of knowledge, attitude, skill and identity as Christians. Published texts and essays provide the primary knowledge content. In the fall of 2013, the program was redesigned. A weekly reading and reflection guide provides assignments in the texts below: Year One: A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins. The Holy Bible, and other essays. Year Two: Introducing the New Testament by Mark Allan Powell. The Holy Bible, and other essays. Year Three: Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch, and other essays. Year Four: Theology for a Troubled Believer by Diogenes Allen, The Christian Moral Life: Practices of Piety by Timothy F. Sedgwick, and My Neighbor’s Faith, Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose and Gregory Mobley, editors. During a fall and spring interlude, the entire group reads the same short books. This year they are: And God Spoke: The Authority of the Bible for the Church Today by Christopher Bryan; and Living on the Border of the Holy: Renewing the Priesthood of All by L. William Countryman. These will change each year. It is a “small group experience” led by trained mentors. The diocesan coordinator is selected to serve by both the bishop and EfM, Sewanee. There is no diocesan committee as such, but I consult with active mentors at each training about how to strengthen the program. Current EDWM Budget Line: $1500 plus $350 EDWM dollars at work: EDWM pays $1500 per year to Sewanee to be a sponsoring diocese under a Basic Contract. That entitles every group member in EDWM to a $110 discount off the regular fee of $460 per person per year. This fall, the diocese had 53 active participants, resulting in a total savings for diocesan participants of $5,720. 26
Mentor Training Expenses: To qualify to mentor a group a person must be accredited by Sewanee each year. The Basic Contract entitles EDWM to hold 2 trainings a year, for which Sewanee will pick up the trainer’s travel expenses. We (EDWM) are responsible for paying the trainer’s food and lodging, and for paying a $350 fee per trainer to Sewanee. The $350 in our diocesan budget covers this item. A portion of the trainer’s food and lodging are figured into each trainee’s registration fee. Sewanee pays the coordinator $100 per training, which I include as income in the training budget. In calendar 2013 we did not hold a 3-day mentor training, but did hold two half-day training sessions to introduce the new texts. In 2014, we hope to hold 2 3-day trainings this year. EfM Participation Levels: Beginning in the fall of 2013, there were active groups in Petoskey, Traverse City, Mount Pleasant, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo and Portage. All time grads: 131 (this does not include EfM graduates who later moved to EDWM) Active as of this fall: 53 Inactive: 274 (some contact with EfM, but have not graduated) Opportunities: Letter of welcome from the Bishop to each participant is being planned for next fall. Letter of congratulations from the Bishop is being planned for this spring. A Diocesan EfM worship service is being planned for next spring. EfM at Diocesan Convention - I hope to have a table or part of a table with the new materials. Collaboration with other MI dioceses – I am trying to set up a training with EDM at the St. Francis Center in DeWitt, near Lansing for next spring. I’ve invited the 2 other dioceses, but they are not active in EfM at this time.
Healing Racism Commission The Rev. Susan York, Chair The Healing Racism Commission is happy to announce that it has partnered with the Dioceses of Michigan and Eastern Michigan to provide diversity and healing racism training in the Lower Peninsula. We submitted a grant proposal to the Constable Grant Fund in the Fall of 2013, and were one of 5 grants awarded to Province V. We will be using the ERACE staff, based in Kalamazoo. Two trainings have been held thus far, one in DeWitt Michigan, one in the Detroit area. Another training will be held on May l7 at St. John’s in Alma, and on September l3, 2014 at St. Mark’s in Grand Rapids. These day long trainings are for all , but mandated by Diocesan and National Canon
for leadership in all parishes. The grant, in the amount of $26,450 will be used to support these trainings including child care , lunches and training costs. The $25 registration fee will be used to provide for future trainings and programs. A coordinating group from each diocese will meet in late summer and attend an extended training in the Fall of 2014. The Rev. Daniel Scheid and Ms. Joyce Henry have agreed to serve on this team with me. Others will join them as our programming evolves. We are very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our neighboring dioceses in this most important work.
LARC – Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic Dave Penniman, Representative to the LARC Planning Committee The annual autumn retreat of the LARC (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic) community is our regular and ongoing ecumenical dialogue. The dialogue is based on corporate prayer, study, and reflection, and the building of interpersonal relationships of mutual trust and care. It brings together clergy and laity from the three traditions, and affords the bishops an opportunity for informal but substantive communication. This fall of 2014 the Retreat will be held Tuesday October 7 (starting at 1:00pm) through Thursday October 9 (concluding about 1:00 p.m.), and the participating Episcopal Dioceses will bring the speaker. We have arranged for the Rev. Margaret Rose, Deputy to
the Presiding Bishop for Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns, to be with us. We usually have 30-35 participants. We share travel costs for the speaker with the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan; the honorarium is provided from the retreat registrations. The Retreat is held at the Augustine Center at the Sacramentine Monastery in Conway, Michigan (a few miles northeast of Petoskey). LARC has provided spiritual grounding for ecumenical relationships, and interpersonal relationships of mutual trust and care.
EDWM Health Ministry The Rev. Karen L. McDonald, Deacon for Health Ministry The mission of health ministry is to serve those in need, especially the least among us, in ways that promote ones health in body, mind and spirit – respecting the dignity of each person and bringing healing and wholeness. It is also to encourage health ministries within the diocese for healthy congregations and communities. The Health Ministry program provided services at a subsidized apartment complex for seniors and the disabled. They included regular foot spas and education programs, exercises with the residents, blood pressure screenings and a six-week PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) program to encourage healthy lifestyles for those with chronic conditions. Our deacon arranged for public safety officers to talk with residents about how to keep their building and themselves safe in that environment. We also did foot spas at a local day center for the homeless. A cadre of volunteers, including nurses from Kalamazoo-area Episcopal churches, as well as other denominations, provided these services. A Health Ministry Committee was formed and they assisted with developing a dementia conference for
the diocese which was held in October at St. Mark’s in Grand Rapids. The main speaker was a social worker from Texas who helped start Memory Cafes to welcome individuals and their caregivers an opportunity to socialize with others. Marsha Harrison, Parish Nurse with St. Andrews, brought back information from the National Episcopal Health Ministry Conference she attended as a representative from the diocese. She is a member of our committee. Rev Susan York, RN and Rev. Carlton Kelley, RN make up the rest of the committee. We plan to be an ongoing entity. Our deacon Karen McDonald continues to represent the diocese on the United Interfaith Free Health Clinic board and executive committee that is working towards getting a free health clinic open in Kalamazoo County. She has involved other area Episcopalians on the board. Karen had the opportunity to assist St. Thomas in Battle Creek in getting support through Community Connections, a free health clinic ,when they added weekly blood pressure screenings at their summer breakfast program.
The Traverse Deanery Susan Lund-Coyle, Chair The Traverse Deanery meets three times a year with a ministry focus to support member parish and congregational ministries; current convention delegates/ alternates and clergy are considered mem-bers, Susan Lund-Coyle, Chair, rotates off at conclusion of November 2015 EDWM Convention. The positions of recording secretary and treasurer, currently the Rev. Harold “Skip” Comer and Dawn Paulin, were elected at the first meeting following 2013 annual convention. This program year the Deanery collected unused
eyeglasses and aluminum can tabs for deanery donations to Lion’s Club and Dominican Republic San Simon School construction and delegated a portion of deanery dues to scholarship support for EDWM youth events. Goals for the next program year include a continuation of our collective collections to support ministries, to host a deanery Eucharist and social event, and better advertise and support parish events within the deanery.
The Standing Committee The Rev. Canon Robert Schiesler, President The Standing Committee is comprised of 8 elected clergy and lay persons who function as the council of advice to the bishop on matters of congregational issues and ministry concerns. This work includes property matters of both purchase and sale; canonical matters regarding congregations under stress; approval of bishops-elect in the wider Church; and the interview/approval of candidates for the ministry of deacon and presbyter. This work is done in communication and concurrence with the bishop and commission on Ministry. In addition, in the absence of the cishop, the Standing Committee also serves as the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese (which occurred in summer of 2013 with Bishop Gepertâ€™s retirement to his new home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania). In February of 2012, the Standing Committee received the resignation of the eighth bishop of our diocese, the Rt. Rev. Robert R. Gepert, and we began an additional piece of work that occurs only at such times in taking on the responsibility of the search-transition process. The committee sought and assembled the Search and Transition Teams for the election and ordination of our ninth bishop. This work commenced with retreat in May; the diocesan profile was approved and then distributed. Search Team interviews occurred in early winter and in early 2013, the Standing Committee received the full report of the Search Team and endorsed the proposed slate which was then publicly announced throughout the Church. The committee continued to oversee the work of these teams, monitoring the budget and logistics before us. On May 18th, the Eve of Pentecost, we gave thanks as a diocese for the ministry of Bishop Gepert and that
afternoon, the president of the Standing Committee declared an election on the eighth ballot and extended the call to new ministry to the Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., who enthusiastically accepted by phone before the Electing Convention. The committee then received majority consents from around the Church and we all gathered joyously at Calvin College for the Sept. 28th Ordination with the Presiding Bishop as Chief Consecrator. The Standing Committee is grateful to the faith-filled and dedicated work of the Search Team who included co-chairs Joyce Henry and Carol Rickey along with the Very Rev. Rebecca Crise, the Rev. Charles Homeyer, the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Mary Simpson, Stephen Leonard, the Very Rev. Daniel Richards, Nancy Foster, Clifford Barry, David Hawley-Lowry and Martha Bartlett. The Standing Committee also is grateful for the faith-filled and efficient work of the Transition Team which included co-chairs Lynn Perrin and Tom Perrin along with Margo Bultman, Gerry Stackhouse, Michael Wood, Anne Davidson, Philie Oâ€™Neil, Nancy Walling, the Rev. Michael Fedewa, Margaret Stretton, and Jennifer Julius. Both teams worked with the appointed chaplain, Esther Yii Prins, whose spiritual guidance set the tone for a wonderful, imaginative journey for the teams. Members of the Standing Committee are the Rev. Gregory Brown, Don Davies, the Rev. Paula Durren, Judy Fleener, Janet McKenzie, the Rev. Cindy Nawrocki and Brian Tillman. The president of the Standing Committee is the Rev. Canon Robert Schiesler.
Diocesan Council The Very Rev. Brian Coleman, Vice-President What is Diocesan Council? • The Council participated in an overnight retreat at Diocesan Council, formerly known as Executive Counthe Transitions Retreat Center in Kalamazoo from cil, is essentially the “Vestry” of the diocese and has June 7-8. Sharon Bursma served to facilitate the responsibility for carrying out the will of the Diocesan vision and planning sessions. Convention when it is not in session. This includes general oversight of all the commissions and commit• Work to revise and update a Diocesan Policy tees of the diocese; strategy; policy and development Manual was undertaken by the Council. work in conjunction with the bishop; and fiduciary responsibility over the General Fund as specified in the • The Council bid farewell to Bishop Gepert and annual budget of the diocese among other responsibiligave a gift to the bishop of a framed photograph of ties. an artistic scene of Lake Michigan. How does Diocesan Council operate? We meet several times throughout the year usually either in Grand Rapids or Big Rapids on Saturdays. Members of the council serve as liaisons to diocesan commissions and report to the council their activities. We have a yearly retreat where priorities and plans for the coming year are established. We work closely and cooperatively with the bishop and each other in carrying out the business of the diocese. We seek to do this prayerfully and conscientiously. Council meetings are open to the public.
• The Council approved the use of ER/RACE curriculum for Healing Racism training in the diocese and authorized the application for funding for this inter-diocesan training proposal. Funding was subsequently granted. • The Council approved family medical coverage for Bp. Hougland, in addition to $1,500 for furnishings for the bishop’s office. • The Council undertook to poll the diocese for feedback on the one-day convention in 2013 and began planning for 2014 convention. Feedback suggested reverting back to two-day convention.
Who serves on Diocesan Council? The bishop is the presiding officer. We elect a vicepresident (currently the Very Rev. Brian Coleman) and a secretary (currently Susan Lund-Coyle). Additionally • deanery chairpersons serve on the council along with two other deanery members nominated at their respective convocations and elected by Diocesan Convention. The chancellor and the treasurer of the diocese serve as ex-officio members. • Significant Actions taken in the past year: • A College Chaplaincy Board was commissioned to explore ministry in higher education in the diocese. This work was later taken on by Gen• nie Callard and the Rev. Nurya Love Parish. The Council authorized an application for funding to the Episcopal Church to further this ministry. • The Council authorized a $2000 grant to St. Francis Retreat Center for its education and ministry development programs. 30
In compliance with Canon 25 the Council formulated policies and procedures for application by parishes for funding from the diocese for Mission and Outreach and for Congregational Development. The Council adopted policies for Employee Computer Use, Employee Transfer Expenses, and Employee Telecommuting. The Council planned a one-day diocesan convention for November 1, 2014, to approve the 2015 budget. It also authorized moving diocesan convention to November in 2015 and subsequent years.
• The Council passed a continuing resolution to authorize spending in 2014 according to the 2013 approved budget and recommended for approval by diocesan convention the 2014 budget.
Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministries at Western Michigan University The Rev. Dr. David K. Louder, Campus Pastor Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministries at Western Michigan University witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in one of the most diverse, challenging and rewarding settings in today’s world. A generation ago, university campuses were representative of their surrounding communities. Today, universities look more like a global gathering place. A generation ago, about 85% would count themselves Christian. Today, only a little over half would identify themselves that way. Over a third identify themselves as unaffiliated with religion of any sort. That third is largely seekers. At WMU that means well over 5,000 students. To reach that community, LECM finds creative ways to demonstrate God’s love. True to Episcopalian and Lutheran understandings of Christ’s commission, we enter the public square to proclaim the Gospel. For instance, LECM brought together a partnership between campus ministries and the LGBT community on campus. Responding to a preacher who preaches hate literally in the public square on campus, the partners waged a Campaign for Love while the preacher preached. Passersby were invited to sign a pledge card affirming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In under two months, over 500 people responded. To live peaceably in a global society, it’s important to understand people of other beliefs. Living in God’s love, we are not threatened by other viewpoints. In fact, we embrace the opportunity to engage in deep listening and sharing with brothers and sisters of other faiths. This is our way of showing to the world that the love we live is a love of compassion and humility. As a result, LECM invited people of all faiths and beliefs to form a group that fosters the relationships of understanding necessary for peace. That group, now called Coexist, meets regularly for sharing and is seeking
ways to raise campus-wide awareness of the need for harmony among people of all faiths. To witness well it is crucial for people to understand the Scriptures. In contrast to the divisive Evangelical witness that dominates campus, we foster an understanding of the Word that calls forth love and acceptance. It’s easy to read the Scriptures literally. It’s harder to equip people to read the Scriptures in a way that reconciles people to one another. As a result, we don’t just teach our students “what the Bible says.” We engage them in a conversation about how and why we read the Scriptures the way we do. This gives them the tools to go and teach and understand why we witness the way we do. We do all of this because of our communion with Christ. Worship forms our identity and gives us the place from which we find our strength. On a very mobile campus, we are able to encourage students who are seeking a worshiping community to take advantage of the local congregations and all they have to offer. Still, worship is a priority for us, even though it is the place that is most challenging to invite this diverse community into. This is true mostly because many young people, even Episcopalians and Lutherans, don’t find worship meaningful. We offer opportunities for worship on campus. Our greatest challenge, however, is to provide worship that is meaningful for them. So, we persist in that effort. All of our work is finally to lead our young people, along with those 5000 seeking to be fed, into that deep participation in Christ’s presence that shapes our faith. EDWM staff had planned to bring you a video about the chaplaincy at WMU, and we apologize to the convention and to Rev. Louder that we were unable to produce it due to technical difficulties. Look for a video on this ministry from the WMU campus this summer.
Contact me with questions: The Rev. Cindy Nawrocki Deacon for Domestic Missions and Jubilee Ministries (616) 644-4688 email@example.com
Reading Camp is an intensive remedial literacy education program for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade children who are struggling with learning to read. It is free to all campers through full scholarship, and will be staffed entirely by volunteers. Hands-on learning opportunities will be abundant, with a very low adult-to-child ratio in a comfortable, stress-free, failure-free setting for learning. Illiteracy has been categorized by the National Center for Child Health and Development as a public health problem. Over 40% of the children in the United States are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade; the percentage is much higher for minority children. We believe that each child deserves an experience like Reading Camp. We believe that reading is a basic human need, and we are committed to helping children become confident readers and successful students.
This year, the Diocese of Western Michigan has expanded to two reading camps with the theme “Swiss Family Robinson Island Adventure,” which will teach reading but also some science.
• Teachers: (Elem. Ed. Experience preferred) Four teachers to lead the centers during the morning session. Centers are: pleasure reading, phonics, comprehension and writing. • Young adult counselors: (4 minimum) Counselors lead and supervise a group of campers during the morning center time and afternoon activities. Age 16+ • Assistant counselors: (4 minimum) to assist counselors with supervision of campers during morning centers and afternoon activities. Age 12+ • Non- teaching support staff: (3 minimum) These staff members greet the children, supervise meals and snacks and interact with the campers during these times. • Food helpers/Servers: Several people are needed to assist with preparing and serving breakfast, snacks (2) and lunch • Story Readers: Dynamic, engaging readers to read some of Swiss Family Robinson to the campers every day. • Afternoon staff: (2-3) In addition to counselors, staff are needed to help supervise campers during afternoon activities. • Nurse or doctor: At least one each camp session. • Photographer: One each day to take digital photos of campers and activities. These will be used to document the week’s activities and may be used in projects. • Crafters: To coordinate one craft project a day for the campers (afternoon) • Transportation coordinator – arrange for campers transportation to and from camp (as needed). Also create routes for the various drivers.
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St. Andrew’s Church Grand Rapids July 21-25, 2014
St. David’s Church Albion June 23-28, 2014
Island Adventure Reading Camps
Necrology reported April 2013 – April 2014
St. James, Albion: Norva Ditto, Armetta Pewsey, Jean Miller
Church of the Good Shepherd, Allegan: Albert John Granat St. Thomas, Battle Creek: Donald Dixon, Joanne Gatling, Patricia Rosemarie Miller, Lavinia Sue Webber, Malcolm C. Young, Phyllis Young St. Philip, Beulah: James Searls, Paul Lyon, Charles Ebel, Les Bair St. Andrew, Big Rapids: Bettelou Middlemas, Myrtle Zeller, Roger Bula St. John, Grand Haven: B. Hardy Bedford, Jr., Mary Eleanor Wood, Nadine Pitman Lillyblad, Julian B. Hatton, Jr., John Ames, Jr. Trinity, Grand Ledge: Richard G. Cypher St. Mark, Grand Rapids: Dr. Dot Merrill, Nieski Bowman, Steven Bernard, Martha Wert, Carla Black Emmanuel, Hastings: Rowena Miriam Hale Grace, Holland: Mary Rieckmann, Robert Hampson, Gisela Strand, Norm Walker, Howard Nyhof, Hilda Gamby, Robert Kobernik, David Raffenaud St. Luke, Kalamazoo: Robert Barr, Dr. Dorothy J. McGinnis, Jane Krause, Carol Rowland, John Van Epps, Harry Bradley, Christal Matthews, Beverly Jean Burnham, Duane F. Burnham St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo: Emil ‘Bud’ Julius Popke, Joe William Stout, Lois Mary Hill, Audrey Joyce Spry, Antonia Ann Brooks, Vera Dolores Mundy Holy Cross, Kentwood: Nancy Morrow Williams, Joan Elizabeth Keena, Eleanor Mae Stevens St. David, Lansing: Robert Solomon, Pauline Solomon, John Solomon, Nina Solomon, John H. Lorenz, Jamie Stiles, Edwin Fraas, Norma Hammond, Larry Mason, Jeanne Fraas, Theodore Cannell, Harold Payne, Susan Smith, Robert Muncie, Ben R. Stine St. John, Mt. Pleasant: Janice ‘Ziggy’ Zygmontowicz
St. Peter’s-by-the-Lake: Marilyn L. Tamberello St. Alban, Muskegon: Charles Fuller St. Gregory, Muskegon: Bernard ‘Bernie’ Craigie, Patricia Silvis, Fred Hunt, William Closz, Eleanor Hunt, Elizabeth Jane VanWyck, Kay Crandall, Edward Sechen St. Paul, Muskegon: Annabelle Stromoski, Charles ‘Chuck’ Stromoski, James Bradbury, Gordon Obenauf, Dr. John ‘Jack’ Farmer, LaGretta Mitchell, David Dobberstein, Douglas Leybourne St. Mark, Newaygo: Lloyd Van Raalte, Lewis Dingman, Sean Dingman St. James, Pentwater: Jean Louise Dille, Warren D. Jeffery, Jack Patterson, Robert Brockwell Emmanuel, Petoskey: Elizabeth Anne Blachy St. Timothy, Richland: Orval Hunt, Jr., Nancy Woodworth, Mabel Johnson, Lewis Charles Kiser All Saints, Saugatuck: Ronald Robbins, Robert Lavender, Robert Berghuis, Adrian Vincent, Carol Brown, Paul Demaagd, Thomas Tabor St. John, Sturgis: Norman Eugene Collins, Susan Wall Cook, Robert William Palmer, Jean Williams Ware, Brent A. Walters Grace Episcopal, Traverse City: William Watson, James Kavalar, Raymond Harris, Rick Penzien, William Miltz, Gladys Rivard, Bryan Price, William Kimerly, Howard Booker O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servants, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Stop by the Social Media Help Desk These and other volunteers are here to help you use social media to share with your congregations the happenings of Convention 140! They can also give you helpful information on using social media as a tool for evangelism, engaging more people with the Gospel and your church! Their booth is located in the vendor’s area.
in West Michigan!
Senior Camp (High School): June 15-21, 2014 Middle School (Grades 6th-8th): August 3-9, 2014 Junior Camp (Grades 3rd-5th): August 10-16, 2014 Counselors in Training (CIT), August 3-9, 2014 Leaders in Training (LIT), August 10-16, 2014 $385 – for a week of camp $300 – for CIT or LIT
Financial assistance is available. Parishes are encouraged to help their youth go to camp! *
Questions about camp? Call Genevieve Callard, Assistant to the Bishop for Children and Youth Ministries, at (269) 381-2710, ext. 13 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Episcopal Youth Camp in the Diocese of Western Michigan strives to be a pivotal part of the formation of young people in our diocese. We work together to form a Christian community as we play, pray, sing and share. We invite young people into a deeper relationship with each other and with God. While our life is centered on God and worship through the Episcopal traditions, please remember that you do not have to be Episcopalian to attend camp. Invite your friends! All are welcome. To learn more about Episcopal Youth Camp, visit our web page: episcopalyouthcamp.org
Domestic Mission Trips http://edwm.org/domestic_missions.html
Pine Ridge, an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation July 12-18, 2014 20 Volunteers Kentucky – St. Timothy’s Camp, Appalachia September 14-20, 2014 10 volunteers and 2 volunteer cooks New Orleans, Louisiana November 7-16, 2014 20 Volunteers The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan covers the cost of registration, gas directly to and from the mission via car pool, motels up to $80 per night directly to and from the mission, as well as housing and meals while on a mission trip. These expense-paid missions are possible now as some parishes have begun to pay their full diocesan apportionments. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to be paid to reserve a spot on all out of state mission trips. Please make checks payable to EDWM and mail to the diocesan office with deposit and the name of the mission trip on the memo line. The Coordinator for Domestic Missions is Tami VaricchioDrehle. You may reach her at (517) 388-2387 or email@example.com. You may also contact the Rev. Cindy Nawrocki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDWM Health Ministry The EDWM Health Ministry strives to bring a sense of hope to people who are at risk of becoming unwell in body, mind and spirit. With health ministry, your parish can •
Become healthier in body, mind and spirit through programs like The Living Compass.
Reach out to those in your local community who need help and healing.
Contact the Rev. Karen McDonald, Deacon for Health Ministries, at the EDWM office (269) 3812710, ext. 18 or by email email@example.com. http://edwm.org/health_ministry.html
Dominican Republic Mission Work EDWM participates in D.R.E.A.M. , a project of the three lower peninsula Episcopal dioceses in Michigan, in conjunction with our companion of the Dominican Republic. The project is focused on raising funds and sending missioners to the town of San Marcos in the Dominican Republic, so they can help build a church, school and rectory on two acres in the town for the Church of San Simón.
If you feel called to mission in the Dominican Republic, contact the Rev. Beth Drew, Deacon for the Millennium Development Goals and the Dominican Republic Companion Diocese Program, at (269) 244-0467 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover photos are from the iPhone of Bishop Hougland