Week of June 10, 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 June 10th, 2024

 

Calendar at a Glance:

Save The Dates:

      • June 11 – Deacons’ Community Zoom (possible date)
      • June 11 – SWAT Zoom
      • June 16 – Bishop Visitation to Emmanuel, Miles City & Ascension, Forsyth
      • June 18 – Province VI Zoom
      • June 19 – Juneteenth (Diocesan Offices Closed)
      • June 20 – Standing Committee Meeting Zoom
      • June 22-28 – General Convention, Louisville, KY
      • June 30 – Diocesan Budget request Forms for 2025 Due
      • July 1-5 – Bishop on Vacation
      • July 4 – Ninety Day Notice of Diocesan Convention
      • July 5 – Diocesan Office closed (staff vacation day)
      • July 7 – Bishop Visitation to All Saints’ Columbia Falls/Whitefish
      • July 14 – Bishop Visitation to St. John’s, Butte
      • July 16 – Province VI Zoom
      • July 18 – Standing Committee Meeting @ Diocesan House
      • July 18-22 – Canon for Administration on vacation
      • July 20 – Celebrate Montana Episcopal Church with Diocesan Council Zoom
      • July 21 – Bishop Visitation to St. Luke’s, Billings
      • July 25 – Foundation Board Zoom
      • July 28 – Bishop Visitation to Holy Trinity, Troy
      • August 3 – Department of Finance meets in person – budget draft
      • August 4 – All Proposed Resolutions and Legislation due to Diocesan Office for Committee Work
      • August 7 – Clergy Zoom
      • August 7 – Senior Wardens w/out Clergy zoom
      • August 10 – Diocesan Council meets in person – final 2025 budget
      • August 11-13 – Deacon’s Retreat
      • August 13 – SWAT Zoom (Senior Wardens and Treasurers)
      • August 15 – Standing Committee Meeting Zoom
      • August 18 – Bishop Visitation to St. John’s, Emigrant & St. Andrew’s, Livingston
      • August 20 – Province VI Zoom
      • August 25 – Bishop Visitation to St. Paul’s. Virginia City and Trinity, Ennis
      • September 2 – Labor Day, (Diocesan Offices Closed)

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At Camp Marshall:

Camp Marshall is now hiring summer counselors!

The brochure that has more information can be located here.

Summer Camper Registration is open.

Please contact James Gartner, Camp Director at camp@diomontana.com if you have need/questions for camper scholarships. Please share the brochure found here.

Grace Camp

Camp Marshall’s major outreach program to the broader community is Grace Camp. This camp is for children who have one or more incarcerated parent. The children may be with extended family or in foster care. There is no cost to attend. Parishioners around the diocese have created quilts for the children to take home. If you would like to donate funds to this program please contact James Gartner at camp@diomontana.com. Please share Grace Camps brochure with any individuals or agencies that might have a child that fits this program. The brochure is here.

 

       

To register click here!

For more information click here!

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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.

 

United Thank Offering:

The United Thank Offering’s Vice President for Grants

The Rev. Rowan Larson, Rector of St. James’, Bozeman, is UTO’s Vice President for Grants.  Questions relating to UTO grants can be sent to Rev. Rowan at rlarson@episcopalnetworks.org or to Vicki Van Rensselaer, our Diocesan UTO Coordinator, at terracecoast@aol.com

The Focus For 2025 UTO Grants

In 2025, UTO will fund projects focused on water, including but not limited to projects that:

*Address water issues such as desalinization, access, care of water sources, water rights and education about water resources.
*Increase water awareness (drought tolerance, flood prevention).
*Address health issues directly related to water quality (formula access for babies, aftermath of contaminated water, etc.).
*Address water needs of unhoused people (laundry, showers, bathrooms, drinking water).
*UTO recognizes that many water access issues today stem directly from historic trauma and harm done to marginalized people.  Projects that encourage truth telling, acknowledge that historic trauma around water, and establish pathways towards healing also fit this focus.

Funding Range For 2025 UTO Grants

The UTO Board will accept applications from $1,000.00 to $55,000.00. Please note: UTO will ask you to request only what you need for your project so that UTO can fund as many grants as possible.  In circumstances of extreme need, applicants may request up to $100,000.00; however, you must clearly justify why the project requires that level of support from UTO and show an adequate level of in-kind support.

Deadlines for Applying For a 2025 UTO Grant

Individuals and parishes that are interested in applying for a 2025 UTO grant should notify Bishop Marty of their interest by 5p.m. MST on Tuesday, October 15, 2024.  Bishop Marty can be contacted at montanabishop@diomontana.com

The deadline for submitting grant application material to UTO personnel for a “completeness review” is 3 p.m. MST on Friday, January 10, 2025.

The final deadline for the submission of 2025 grant applications is 3 p.m. MST on Friday, February 7, 2025.

Since our Diocese was fortunate enough to have received a UTO grant in 2022 and an extension for that grant in 2023, all parishes in our Diocese are encouraged 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 would like some assistance in order to hold a UTO Ingathering in 2024, please contact Vicki Van Rensselaer, at terracecoast@aol.com

Vicki Van Rensselaer
terracecoast@aol.com
UTO Coordinator for the Diocese of Montana

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Office of Government Relations

This is the beginning of a series of social media posts on work on GC 80 resolutions.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEPPN/posts/pfbid0q1XgdZHdXwNzKR7UfA8fj1ZHyNz2mFnNgwVQKjHT5in2fcaQJSV6XkdPjvkAUgwbl

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/C40ndZ-Mimk/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

X (when are we going to stop saying formerly known as Twitter): https://x.com/TheEPPN/status/1771203133240234124?s=20

Changing Immigration Conversations The U.S. immigration system is in desperate need of reform, and the politics of immigration in the United States are troubling. As Episcopalians, we ask that you also be involved in this moment—use this link to learn how you can engage more on immigration work.

Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order to Restrict Asylum

End the Use of Private Prisons The Episcopal Church advocates ending the use of private prisons. Please join us in this advocacy today!

Episco-Pols Season 3! – The 2024 U.S. election season is well underway, as is our Episcopal election engagement. This season of our podcast focuses on how Episcopalians can embody healthy, faith-informed civic engagement this election season.

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God’s people around the world:

Seek and Serve – Spring 2024

Ministry Partner Matters-April

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

Montana Interfaith Power & Light- April

UTO E-News – June

UTO Coordinator’s E-News – May

CPG (Church Pension Group) Connect

 

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.