Week of May 29th, 2023
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)
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 May 29th, 2023
Calendar at a Glance:
Save The Dates:
- June 4th – Bishop visitation at St. Luke’s, Billings
- June 8th – Clergy Zoom Call
- June 9th-11th Labor of Love volunteer work weekend Camp Marshall
- June 11th-Bishop visitation to St. Stephen’s, Billings
- June 18th -Bishop visitation to St. Paul’s, Virginia City/Trinity, Ennis
- June 19th – Juneteenth/Office Closed
- June 25th-30th – Grace Camp
- July 2-8 – Family Camp One
- July 9-15 – Junior Middler Camp
- July 2-10th – Bishop on Vacation
- July 13/14 – Jill Sallin out of office
- July 15 – Bishop visitation to Trinity, Troy
Meet Speakers for “It’s All About Love”, July churchwide festival
Join Episcopalians in Baltimore this summer to hear these featured speakers and preachers. Early bird registration is May 8th! Click here for more information.
Summer Program Availability
Camp Marshall is pleased to remind everyone that there is still a great deal of availability to register for all of the summer programs. Thanks to another donation, two resources are available to help make camps affordable. The Ministry Growth Fund, currently a balance of approximately $48,000, makes it possible for a youth or family to attend a week of camp for only $100. Also, scholarship support is available (approximately $30,000) to help anyone who needs financial assistance to pay for camp. The goal is to ensure that no one is turned away for financial reasons.
GRACE Camp, a week-long summer camp dedicated to providing a transformative experience for students entering the 3rd to 8th grade in the fall of 2023 who have an incarcerated parent.
GRACE Camp will take place from June 25th to 30th, 2023. During this week, participating children will engage in various activities, foster resilience, build friendships, and gain valuable life skills. It’s a unique opportunity for them to create lifelong memories and experience personal growth.
To ensure the health and safety of all participants, we require that all campers and staff have received their initial vaccination against COVID-19 as part of the registration process. We are dedicated to providing a secure environment for everyone involved in GRACE Camp.
Thanks to the generous donations we have received, the Episcopal Diocese of Montana is covering all the expenses associated with the camp. This means that participating children can attend GRACE Camp completely free of charge. We believe that financial barriers should never hinder children from accessing transformative experiences and building a brighter future.
If any of you know a school counselor, volunteer who works with young people, school superintendent who might be interested or know a student that would benefit from this program, please forward this information to them. Better yet – give them a call. This ministry is one that begins with an invitation.
To learn more about GRACE Camp and to sign up, interested families can visit our website: CLICK HERE
Camp Marshall’s St. Richard’s Cabin Renovation Update: Progress and opportunities for Volunteers
Greetings, Camp Marshall community! We are excited to share some wonderful news with you all. As summer approaches, the renovation of St. Richard’s cabin, also known as the old Arts and Crafts Building, is well underway. It has been a remarkable journey so far, and we couldn’t have come this far without the invaluable help of our volunteers. Today, we want to highlight the significant progress made this week and extend an invitation for more assistance. Click here to read more!
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:
Click here to read church newsletters from around our diocese.
United Thank Offering:
Office of Government Relations
Tell Congress to Support Environmental Justice As we celebrate God’s creation, we must continue our work to protect it while also keeping in mind those who do not have access to a healthy environment.
Join us at Ecumenical Advocacy Days! A wonderful virtual conference with Christian advocates around the country. We will also have a special side event for Episcopalians who join.
Tune in to our new podcast Episco-Pols! Go deeper into issues we cover like immigration, healthcare, foreign relations, the environment, and much, much more, all through the lens of The Episcopal Church.
Climate Change: A Conversation with Katharine Hayhoe, Nature Conservancy! Don’t miss this engaging program with our very own Susie Faria moderating.
Registration open for churchwide ‘It’s All About Love’ festival in July
Take Action on Sentencing Reform Tell Congress to pass the EQUAL Act to end the federal prison sentence disparity between crack and powdered cocaine offenses and apply this change retroactively.
God’s people around the world:
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- May
CPG (Church Pension Group) Connect
Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations newsletter of the Episcopal Church – Winter/Spring 2023