Week of November 27th, 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)

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 November 27th, 2023

 

Calendar at a Glance:

Save The Dates:

  • December 3 – Bishop Visitation to Holy Spirit, Missoula
  • December 6 – Senior Warden without Clergy Zoom
  • December 12 – SWAT (Senior Warden and Treasurer) Zoom
  • December 14 – Clergy Zoom
  • December 17 – Bishop Visitation to Ascension, Forsyth and Birney
  • December 24 – Bishop @ St. John’s, Butte
  • December 25-January 1 – Bishop and Canon for Administration on Vacation
  • January 1 – Diocesan Office Closed
  • January 3 – Senior Wardens without Clergy Zoom
  • January 6 – Epiphany!
  • January 9 – SWAT (Senior Warden and Treasurer) Zoom
  • January 15 – Diocesan Office Closed ((MLK, Jr, Day)
  • January 18 – Department of Finance Zoom (Finance Committee)
  • January 25 – Diocesan Foundation Board Zoom
  • January 27 – Commission on Ministry meeting with ordination track people
  • January 27 – Standing Committee meeting with ordination track people
  • January 27 – Diocesan Council Zoom
  • January 28 – Bishop Visitation to Gethsemane, Manhattan

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Please share the class offering below!

Open to all congregation members.

NRIT Facilitated Video and Group Discussion

Presiding Bishops Eaton and Curry Respond to Christian Nationalism

Zoom: Thursday, Jan 24th and Thursday, Feb 1st – 1pm to 2:30pm both days

Using materials from “Christians Against Christian Nationalism,” an organization endorsed by both ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, participants will discuss our Protestant theologies and how our beliefs contrast with Christian Nationalist views.

The class will include various materials that can be used to begin conversations in congregations.

This class is offered with the knowledge that we have politically diverse congregations and that there is a need for informed and respectful conversation – a middle way. The teaching will occur through videos and other materials. Group discussion will be facilitated by:

The Rev. Valerie Webster. Associate Priest, All Saints in Big Sky (retired)

Ecumenical & Interreligious Officer, Episcopal Diocese of MT

Moderator, Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association

The format of pre-work and watching and discussing videos will allow the opportunity to get concrete information about BOTH our Christian faith understandings AND about Christian Nationalism through the lens of the faith understandings of the Lutheran and Episcopalian traditions. Additionally, we’ll include the perspectives of journalists/academics to look at a larger context. By breaking into small groups, participants will have a chance to synthesize and reflect upon what they are learning in “small, specific bites.” Then, by returning to the larger group and sharing insights and inquiries, the class has the opportunity to build a shared vocabulary, sense of purpose, and shared community of MT ELCA and TEC clergy/lay leaders, and others.

$20 for both classses (3 hours continuing ed for clergy)

Click Here to Register or go to https://www.montanasynod.org/nrit.html

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NRIT Retreat on Flathead Lake, 3pm January 29th – 9am January 31st

Words of Wonder:

Using Writing to Nurture our Relationships with the Bible, our Congregations, and God.

This retreat offers a combination of presentation, small group activity, quiet time for writing and contemplation.

Led by Dr. Kaethe Schwehn, author and professor

Cost: $265 includes class, food and lodging

Registration Deadline: January 15

To Learn More Go To:

https://www.montanasynod.org/nrit.html

Questions? Email NRIT Director, Jenny Kunka at j.kunka@nrit.org

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Episcopal Resources for the conflict in the Holy Land

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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:

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 montanabishop@diomontana.com to let her know about your interest and then please contact our Diocesan UTO Coordinator, Vicki Van Rensselaer, at terracecoast@aol.com 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.
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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

Interested in helping increase voter turnout for 2024 elections? Apply for our Election Activators Program!

The Episcopal Church calls for prayers for peace in the Holy Land

Episco-Pols Podcast Season 2 We continue releasing episodes this season every other week focusing in part on existing resolutions of the church to help guide Episcopalians ahead of 2024 General Convention in Louisville.

Network at Night – On the first Thursday of every month, we will be hold a call at 7:00-7-:30 pm EDT where the Office of Government Relations (OGR) will update you about the policies and legislation we are advocating for with Congress and the Administration. OGR staff will provide an overview of the political environment and legislative outlook, tips for advocacy, and time for questions from you.

Register here!

We are still accepting applications for our internship program both for the fall and the Spring. See here for more information!

 

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

Monthly Flyer from EPPN – October

Montana Interfaith Power & Light– October

Ministry Partner Matters-October

UTO E-News – November

UTO Coordinator’s E-News – November

Lamplight- September 2023

CPG (Church Pension Group) Connect

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

 

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.