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.


At Camp Marshall:

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.

Click here to register for camp.

Grace Camp

Camp Marshall

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:

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


United Thank Offering:

UTO Announces The 2024 UTO Grant Focus
UTO personnel have announced that the 2024 UTO grant focus will be on “the stranger” Jesus mentions, offering welcome and inclusivity:
Projects that welcome people with differences that cause isloation (culture, life experience, disability, mental health, etc.) in new ways that are meaningful and deemed necessary by that community.
Projects that encourage truth-telling, acknowledging historic trauma, and establishing a pathway toward healing.
The 2024 UTO grant application materials will be available during the summer of 2023.
For those interested in applying for a 2024 UTO grant, please contact Bishop Marty at [email protected] to let her know about your interest and then please contact our Diocesan UTO Coordinator, Vicki Van Rensselaer, at [email protected] so that she can fill you in on the helpful resources that are available for 2024 grant applicants.  The process for applying for a 2024 grant will be different than was the case for those applying for a 2023 UTO grant as UTO is migrating to a new online platform.
Scheduling Your Parish’s United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering
All parishes in the Diocese of Montana are requested to hold a UTO Ingathering in 2023.
UTO Staff Officer The Reverend Canon Heather Melton advises parish personnel that “the best Ingathering date is the one that makes the most sense for your congregation.  The life of every congregation, while the same across the church due to the liturgical calendar, is very different in terms of how busy things are or special events unique to your community.  The best date is also one that you can plan for and let people know is coming.  When choosing a date, remember that the Ingathering is a celebration of gratitude and should be placed on the church calendar at a time when you really can give thanks for your congregation, your community and for all the Blessings experienced by your congregation in the past year.  Dates that have been chosen by parishes for the UTO Ingathering include Mother’s Day, Ascension Day, a Sunday close to when the Diocesan Convention is scheduled to be held, All Saints’ Day and Christ the King Sunday.”

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:

Seek & Serve – Spring 2023 E-Newsletter 

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

Ministry Partner Matters-May

Lenten Meditations

United Thank Offering – May

UTO E-News – May 

Lamplight- April 2023

CPG (Church Pension Group) Connect

Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations newsletter of the Episcopal Church – Winter/Spring 2023



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.