Week of February 26th, 2024

Give 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)

Introduction:

Below, please find this week’s communications and reminders from The Episcopal Diocese of Montana.  We hope you will find the weekly update useful.

 

Week of February 26th, 2024

 

Please welcome our new Camp Director for Camp Marshall, James Gartner! He is in the process of relocating to Camp Marshall. We will get to learn more about his hopes and dreams for the Camp when he settles in.

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“Calling all Middle/High School Students!

We want to see YOU at the Spring Youth Event being held in Butte this April 12-14th!  Please click the link for more info, to register and to pay.  We would love to have you!  If you are an adult who is willing to drive, cook or chaperone, please contact Janelle Willett (info in link.)
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Calendar at a Glance:

 

Save The Dates:

    • February 28- March 4 – House of Bishops, Camp Allen TX
    • March 1 – Parochial Reports Due
    • March 6 – Clergy Zoom
    • March 6 – Senior Wardens without Clergy Zoom
    • March 9 – Ordination to Vocational Diaconate for Paul Nelson & Alana Cruse
    • March 12 – SWAT (Senior Wardens and Treasurers ) Zoom
    • March 13 – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Birthday
    • March 14 – Diocesan Dept of Finance Zoom
    • March 23 – Diocesan Council zoom
    • March 24 – Palm Sunday
    • March 28 – Maundy Thursday
    • March 29 – Good Friday (Diocesan Office Closed)
    • March 30 – Bishop @ Incarnation, Great Falls for Vigil and Easter
    • March 31 – EASTER! He is Risen!!
    • April 1 – Easter Monday (Diocesan Office Closed)
    • April 3 – Clergy Zoom
    • April 3 – Senior Wardens without Clergy Zoom
    • April 7 – Bishop Visitation to St. Michaels & All Angels, Eureka
    • April 8-12 – Bishop in Navaholand
    • April 9 – SWAT Zoom
    • April 12-14 – Spring Youth Event (diocesan-wide) at St. John’s, Butte
    • April 16-18 – Clergy Conference @ Camp Marshall

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Between 1988 and 2018, The General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed 17 resolutions calling its members to learn more about:

  •   The faithful witness of Christians in the Holy Land
  •   The Palestine/Israel Conflict
  •   Ways to support the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Bearing Witness is a video-based small group education program, created to provide Christian communities with the biblical basis, the inspiration, and the tools to walk together with Christians in the Holy Land.

With the blessing of Bishop Marty Stebbins, this coming Lent of 2024, the Bearing Witness journey will be presented by three Episcopalians from Montana. It is open to any who wish to participate from the Episcopal Diocese of Montana.

To register for this free event, please click here:

https://diomontana.com/bearing-witness-holy-land-christians/

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Urge Congress to end slavery without exception

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” -The 13th Amendment, Section 1

The 13th Amendment of the Constitution is understood to have ended the institution of slavery in 1865, yet the language of the amendment itself does not categorically abolish slavery but contains an exception.

Urge your members of Congress to support legislation that would abolish slavery, with no exceptions.

Take Action!

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Lay Leadership
and the future of the Church

Inspiring LEADERS
2024 Annual Conference – Houston
March 6-9, 2024

Strong and vital local ministry depends upon dedicated and inspiring lay leaders committing their time, expertise, and talents. Leaders will discuss the criticality of the laity’s leadership for the future of our beloved Episcopal Church and strong local ministries.

Conference Registration opens October 16, 2023. More information coming soon!

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At Camp Marshall:
Click here to donate Thrivent Choice funds to camp.

State of Montana Charitable Giving Campaign – SECGC # for Episcopal Diocese/Camp Marshall is 5614

 

General News Around Our Diocese:

Congregational Newsletters
Click here to read church newsletters from around our diocese.

 

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United Thank Offering:

Important Changes That The United Thank Offering Will Be Implementing In 2024.

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Ministry will be implementing some important changes in 2024 and here is the link for a description of the changes that will be coming into play:

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/uto/changes-coming-to-how-uto-distributes-printed-materials/?mc_cid=17353f8e6c&mc_eid=23aee4b14d

Since our Diocese was fortunate enough to have received a UTO grant in 2022 and an extension for that grant this year, I would like to request that all parishes in our Diocese plan to hold a UTO Ingathering in 2024 at a time when it would be convenient for the parish to hold the Ingathering.

If your parish currently does not have a UTO Coordinator, please appoint someone to serve in that capacity and please have that person register your parish at:

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/uto/register-your-parish/

Parish UTO Coordinators will be responsbile for receiving communication from UTO, for working with your Rector and/or Vestry to set a date for your parish’s UTO Ingathering and for ordering UTO ministry materials for your parish’s UTO Ingathering.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

FYI, UTO will be distributing some updated ministry materials in 2024 after the General Convention has taken place.

Vicki Van Rensselaer
UTO Coordinator for the Diocese of Montana

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Office of Government Relations

Urge Congress to Protect Children’s Safety Online The bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act would promote transparency, provide safeguards to protect children, and require social media companies to provide a safe environment for children.

Updated: Summary of General Convention Resolutions on Abortion and Women’s Reproductive Health Note: this resource has been updated to add a simple paragraph emphasizing the church’s support for IVF since 1982.

Episcopal Church Statement on Immigration Reform

Join Ecumenical Advocacy Days for the spring summit May 17-19 “Faith in Action: Advancing Human Rights and Peace for All” is back in-person this year in D.C.!

Vote Faithfully 2024 Election Engagement Toolkit! It’s finally here! Help your congregation help your community engage in the 2024 U.S. election.

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God’s people around the world:

Ministry Partner Matters-February

Episcopal Relief & Development Lent Resources

Explore Gifts for Life | Episcopal Relief & Development

 

Other news and upcoming Events:

Press Release Digest from The Episcopal Church – Welcome to “The Episcopal Church Press Release Digest,” a roundup of press releases, announcements, and other updates from the Office of Public Affairs.  Click here to read

Monthly Flyer from EPPN – October

Montana Interfaith Power & Light- January

UTO E-News – February

UTO Coordinator’s E-News – January

Lamplight- September 2023

CPG (Church Pension Group) Connect

Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations newsletter of the Episcopal Church – Fall 2023

 

Resources:

Episcopal Church Lent Resources

Are You Interested In Reading The Bible From Beginning To End ?
Since April 2014, the website putnamafield.org has encouraged people to read the Bible from beginning to end, reading at the very reasonable rate of 3 to 7 pages per day (depending upon the size of the print of the Bible that you choose to use for the reading).  Starting on Monday, April 10, 2023 (the day after Easter), the tenth complete reading of the Bible will be offered on that website.