New this week

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 September 28th

Bishop Marty’s October reflection – The Gospel Masked

Calendar/Upcoming  Diocesan Events:

School of Deacons – Bozeman or Zoom – October 2nd-3rd

2020 Diocesan Convention is October 9-11, 2020 and will be held virtually via zoon!  Click here for more information and to register.  

We need to elect the following positions. (You can nominate yourself)  2020 Nomination Form

Diocesan Council – 2 clergy & 2 Lay people
Foundation Board – 2 clergy
Standing Committee – 1 cleric & 1 layperson

The 2020 Diocesan Convention United Thank Offering Ingathering

This year, attendees at the Diocesan Convention are asked to prayerfully consider making a donation to United Thank Offering by gathering up the change that you find in your car and house and then making a donation for the amount of your change.  100% of what is collected this year will be given to Episcopal/Anglican ministries directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.
To make a donation online, please visit https://unitedthankoffering.com/give
To text a donation, text INGATHER to 41444
To mail a donation, checks should be made payable to United Thank Offering with the name of your parish and Diocese of Montana in the memo line.
Checks should be mailed to:
United Thank Offering
DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 958983
St. Louis, MO   63195-8983
Thank you so much for your support of United Thank Offering !
Vicki Van Rensselaer
United Thank Offering Coordinator for the Diocese of Montana

SAVE THE DATES:

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops via zoom, please send an email to [email protected] and we will send you the link!

Dates to Practice Zoom Voting & Navigating for Diocesan Convention:
Thursday, October 1 @ 6:30 PM

New Delegate Briefing
Tuesday, October 6 @ 6:30 PM

Monday after Convention, Diocesan Office closed – October 13th

Virtual Youth Weekend via Zoom – October 16th – 17th

Finance Committee via Zoom – October 22nd

Diocesan Council orientation for new members (all members welcome) via Zoom – October 24th

Diocesan Foundation Board – October 29th

Election Day – November 3rd

Finance Committee via Zoom – November 5th

School for Deacons – November 6th-7th, Helena or Zoom

Diocesan Council via Zoom to review Assessment Abatement Requests – November 7th

Potential diocesan council via Zoom – November 14th

Thanksgiving Day, Diocesan Office closed – November 26th

Diocesan Office Closed – November 27th

Advent begins – November 29th

COVID-19 Updates/Resources

Dr. Cathy Slemp with Episcopal Relief & Development discusses COVID-19 from a public health perspective.  Click here to watch more!

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here

Phase II COVID Recovery

Episcopal Relief & Development Response

CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentives

Page on Diocesan WebsiteCOVID ERA Financial Resources

During these moments of uncertainty and widespread fear, Episcopal Relief & Development is gathering friends from different areas of expertise to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on various communities and industries.  Click here for various webinars!

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:

Around Our Diocese:

Click here to read church newsletters from around our diocese.

Anti-Racism Resources

Recommendation from The Rev. Ray Brown – “White Too Long, The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” by Robert P. Jones.  It is a highly recommended and challenging book in what The Economist magazine called “The Mark of Cain”  It deals with the survival of Christianity.

Recommendation from The Rev. Marcia Lauzon – Born in Heresy:   The Roots of White Supremacist Christianity Began in the Empire-Building Nations of the Colonial Age, by David P. Gushee – https://sojo.net/magazine/septemberoctober-2020/white-american-christianity-rooted-colonial-empire-building

An Introduction to the Concepts of Institutional and Structural Racism:
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

Ways to be an Ally:
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/kivel3.pdf

From Sojourners: For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies

At Camp This Week:

Camp Marshall Update:

COVID has been a particularly challenging year for Camp Marshall.  In summary, with closure related losses camp is anticipating a shortage of roughly $130,000 for the fiscal year.  To offset that we have cut (successfully) $112,000.00 in expenses.  While we have done what we can to cut expenses we still have an anticipated shortfall of approximately 18,000.00 projected year end.
There are Three Amazing ways to help Camp Marshall – click here to read more!
Online Connections:
Camp Marshall continues working with “online connections”.  Small groups with a big impact!  Join us! There’s a group for everyone.
Purpose: To virtually meet, connect and pray with others across the Diocese in the hopes of meeting new people, finding support and building relationships in Christ.  Click here to learn more!

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

Deacon News:

 

Ecumenical:

The MT Association of Christians (MAC) cordially invites you to join MAC Connect 2020, a free Zoom Conference titled:
Speaking Up for All Montana’s Children: Ecumenical Prayer & Citizen Advocacy 101” Friday, November 13, 2020, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  To register for your Free Zoom link to MAC Connect 2020 email MAC at [email protected] and for more information about the conference go to www.macmt.org .

Committee issues communiqué regarding next steps toward full communion between Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church:  Click here to read more!

Montana Association of Christians News

ELCA E-Life Newsletter

The Episcopal Church

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

Episcopal Relief & Development Launches 1000 days of love!

Social Justice Advocacy:

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

God’s people around the world:

United Thank Offering: More than $1 million awarded in 2020 for Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion mission and ministry and young adult, seminarian grantsClick here to read more!

Color Our World, Ministry Partners!  Episcopal Relief & Development wants to see your completed coloring pages from our new coloring book, Color Our World. Share a photo of your artwork with the hashtag #1000DAYSOFLOVE on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and encourage your parish to participate as well. We will feature the best on our social media pages.  Click here to read more and download the coloring book!

Good Steward – August

Lamplight

Other news and upcoming Events:

 

United Thank Offering 2021 Annual Grants – Two grant cycles offered

National Episcopal Church Women – Week of September 26th – Click here for information and to sign up for their News Blast.

United Thank Offering – Click here to read August/September news

2021 UTO Grants Process Announced.  Click here for more information!

Educational Opportunities Tours

Seasonal & Other Resources:

The Cathedral Book Store in Atlanta is a ministry of The Cathedral of St. Philip which sell books, gifts, church supplies and religious items, shipping to all the states.  Click here to check it out!

Earth Care & Spirituality links:

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