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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 March 30th

Calendar/Upcoming  Diocesan Events:

COVID-19 Update

Bishop Marty has ordered all Episcopal churches in Montana to cease regular worship in person until May 10th at this point.  This is to comply with both our various county public health authorities and the national call for no group gatherings of ten or greater in number.  If the pandemic abates beforehand, the restart date may be moved to sooner.  Many of our churches are either broadcasting, live streaming or otherwise recording services so that people can worship remotely.   The clergy had a Zoom meeting with Bishop Marty this last Friday, and several strategies are being developed to help congregations maintain their spiritual health.

Funerals will be family-only to keep the attendance below ten people at this point in time.  Clergy have already been advised of this.  It is hoped that larger memorial services will be offered after the pandemic is over.

Montana is beginning its epidemic curve, please help our medical profession out by assuming you could be infected and follow social distancing recommendations to reduce other people’s exposure.  To model this, all meetings with diocesan personnel will be done by phone, GoTo Meeting, Zoom or social media.  All clergy are also requested to follow this example, except for pastoral emergencies outside of hospital settings.  Most hospitals are ceasing in-person visitations, including clergy.  Please remember to notify your clergy if you go to the hospital: they may not be able to visit in person, but can keep in contact and pray for you.

Because of all the closures of businesses, there are many people who are in financial straits.  Clergy expenditures to help people in need is rising rapidly.  Please give generously to the clergy discretionary accounts and other non-profits so that people can continue to eat, have a roof over their heads, and have heat.  And please do not forget to continue your church pledges and contributions.

For those whose visitations have been cancelled, Bishop Marty will start looking at new dates, based on projections on when the pandemic will be behind us.  Lambeth has been postposed until 2021, so the later summer Sundays will be opening up.

 

Here is the current CDC information for the faith community:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/index.html

Below are some at-home and small gathering worship and study resources. Please share with the diocesan office other resources you have found helpful:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s – Fasting for Lent – Click here to listen!

April 28-30, 2020 – Clergy Conference –  Under discussion at this time.

May 2, 2020 10:00a.m.- 3:00p.m – St. Peter’s Cathedral, Helena will be hosting a live Safeguarding God’s People & Children class.  Click here to register.  Lunch will be provided.  Schedule for the day!

June 23-26, 2020 – Young Adult & Campus Minitries Leadership Conference in Tucson, AZ.  Click here for more information!

Presiding Bishop Curry’s invitation to 1000 days of love!

Episcopal Relief & Development Launches 1000 days of love!

 

Deacon News:

Deacons from Province VI are invited to join the Deacons from Province VIII  at a Provincial Conference in Phoenix August 20-23, 2020, sponsored by Deacons, for Deacons. Theme:  Our Fragile Island: Protecting God’s Creation.

Around Our Diocese:

Digital Offering available through the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology – “In Memory of Her:  Voices of Biblical Women with Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker.  Click here for more information and to register!

The Episcopal Church invites U.S. Episcopalians to help shape their future through civic engagement:  The 2020 Census and election.  Click here for more information by April 1, 2020.

St. James, Bozeman is hiring a Part-Time Youth Director.  The position will require 19 hours a week, working with Jr. & Sr. High School youth.  Salary begins at $15,000. Ministerial experience is necessary.  Contact Fr. Clark Sherman at [email protected]..

Click here to read church newsletters from around our diocese.

Montana Association of Christians News

At Camp This Week

Application process is now open for all summer positions at Camp Marshall!  Click here to apply!

2020 Camp Marshall’s GraceCamp

Click here to donate Thrivent Choice funds to camp.

Amazon smile for Camp Marshall

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

 

Ecumenical

Three Ecumenical Organizations Release Unprecedented Letter .  The National Council of Churches (NCC) joins with Christians Uniting in Christ (CUIC) and Christian Churches Together (CCT) in sending a letter to congregations across the United States. The letter issues “an invitation to join together in witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus for all in the United States to see.”  The letter states, “Holy Week is April 6-12 for Western Christians and April 13-19 for Orthodox Christians. If we are still being asked to remain physically separated from each other and our worship spaces, would you consider inviting your congregations to do one or more of the following as a witness to our jointly held faith in Christ?”  Christians are asked to join in specific acts of worship as they celebrate this unprecedented Holy Week and Easter. The letter, a poster, and a children’s coloring page can be downloaded at the links below. Please share these resources with your congregations and friends!
Read the letter and share
Poster for printing on color printers
Poster for printing on black-and-white printers
Children’s coloring page

Presbyterian-Episcopal Dialogue Looks at the Needs of a Changing Church – Click here to read!

Episcopal Youth Event is July 7-11, 2020 at University of Maryland, College Park!  EYE20 registration now open for diocesan delegations!  Click here for more information.  Click here to Register!

Montana Faith & Environment News – December 2019

The Episcopal Church and the United Nations from The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-way-of-love-with-bishop-michael-curry/id1463972318#episodeGuid=d47ce12e-0f26-11ea-8b43-a7f8b735eaba

ELCA E-Life Newsletter

The Episcopal Public Policy Network is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy.  Click the link below to sign up to receive updates. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/OGR/eppn-sign-up

Province:

 

God’s people around the world:

Episcopal Relief & Development launches One Thousand Days of Love!

Lamplight – March

Good Steward March 2020

To see your gifts in action – click here

Walk in Love – Click here to read

Sign up to Walk in Love

Other news and upcoming Events:

Communique‘ – Fall 2019

United Thank Offering’s Camino Challenge Grant

United Thank Offering – Click here to read March news

Educational Opportunities Tours

 

Seasonal Resources:

April 22nd, 2020 – Earth Day Sunday.  Click here to download the Earth Day Sunday Toolkit!

Senior Care Resources:

Assisted Living Options for Low-Income Elders – Click here for more information

Electronic Common Prayer for iPhone, Ipad, & Android Devices – Click here for more information