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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 June 29th

The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations has extended its call for nomination for Episcopal Church positions, committees, and boards. A full list of the open positions and their applications is available here. The deadline to submit an application is July 15, 2020. Applications may be submitted electronically, and nominees are able to apply for multiple positions on the same application. Elections will take place at the 80th General Convention, in Baltimore, Maryland from June 30th to July 9th, 2021. Nomination materials are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Bishop Marty’s July reflection – Got the Summertime Pandemic Blues

Resources:
Bishop Curry’s Pentecost 2020 sermon at National Cathedral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DySvJfTmysM

The Rev. Otis Moss’ prophetic sermon on racism:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6985UG0Z3k

The Rev. Jim Bear Jacob’s blog on current events:
https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/an-open-letter-to-white-clergy-on-george-floyds-murder-and-the-current-unrest/

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

COVID-19 Updates/Resources

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

New Page on Diocesan WebsiteCOVID ERA Financial Resources

In the midst of this pandemic, there are people who are attempting to prey on churches. They do this by researching individual churches and then send out texts and/or e-mails that appear to come from Bishop Marty or from your clergy or lay leaders. If you receive a text or e-mail asking for funds or gift cards, do not reply back. Contact the person who supposedly sent the request by calling them on the phone number you have to verify. Bishop Marty will not ask for funds via text or e-mail, so anything you receive from her, please call the diocesan office to let us know.

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:

 

Calendar/Upcoming  Diocesan Events:

The Clergy Conference has been rescheduled for September 1st-3rd at Camp Marshall!  If you registered for the Clergy Conference for the April dates, you do not need to re-register.  If you have not yet registered, please click here to register and for more information.

Episcopal Service Corps continues recruitment for the 2020-2021 service year.  Click here for more information and to apply!

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.  This year’s meeting will be virtual with all Deacon’s being able to attend!  More information coming in the near future!

Around Our Diocese:

To see All Saint’s, Columbia Falls building project, please click here!

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!

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.

 

At Camp This Week:

We need Volunteers for Virtual Camp 2020.  Please click here for more information and to register!

Click on the links below to see videos made by Camp Marshall campers!

Sadie and Stuffed Animals tell David & Goliath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkhPq1PDOuA&fbclid=IwAR01rEUad78RtmmSDW2ML1i0nXJi4-0NdenrqNI6Rst_eZZok1Eb84F6V00

Isaac uses legos to talk about the empty tomb.   https://youtu.be/KU49xhVVDd8

And Thomas uses a white board to tell a parable.. https://youtu.be/fL5DDzBhQkM

To all of our parents and camper families:

Update from Camp Marshall’s Online Summer:

To access all parts of the program is very easy.  We have built our program to run primarily from the home page of the camps web page.  When you log into campmarshallmontana.org you will see navigation buttons that will keep you up to date with all we are doing.

Registration is quick and easy.  You can help us right now by registering for camp.  We welcome any size donation to help us offset some of our costs and hope to increase enrollments as our summer rolls along.

Navigation of Daily Program

The two tabs that are especially important are “Camper Calendars” and “Blog Space”.  These two tabs will keep you up to date with all of our day to day activities that are run from the camp.

*Camper Calendars shows events that are “community” based or open to all ages with three additional calendars – that show when we have online youth groups and the times they are meeting.  Then first time you use that link you will be asked to log in (you can use your personal login for Facebook and or google or make your own username and password).   This “extra” step is intended to create a little more security around this part of the web site since it contains live links to all of our zoom meetings. While you can access this area prior to registering it is our hope that you register first.  That will make it easier for us to help you if there are any questions.

*Blog Space, has a list of what is most current with the program. (An example is our recent conversation with our Presiding Bishop).   Sometimes you will see live events, camper challenges, group meeting announcements etc. Our staff uses this part of the web site to share links to our YouTube Premier events that we can only share the day it is happening.

Camper Challenges:  Explore this area to look for something you would like to do from home.  We need “fun” and “serious” submissions.  Some of what we are asking for includes scripture readings while other on the lighter side.  This can be a lot of fun and we encourage families / students to submit their work to the camp where we can put it online in our Media tab.

The Media Tab:  Here you can find playlists of camper videos and projects we have developed over the years right along with camper submissions made to us this year.  This is all part of the fun so be sure to spend some time exploring this part of the web page.

If you have not already we hope to have you register soon.  We have something for everyone. If for any reason you have any questions or would like to connect with the camp please call (903) 271-7069 to reach Executive Director David Campbell.

Hope to see you soon in one of our program areas.

Yours in Christ,

David Campbell
Executive Director
Camp Marshall

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:

Montana Association of Christians News

ELCA E-Life Newsletter

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:

July 22 – July 31  The United Thank Offering (UTO) invites all to support the 2020 Ingathering by joining them in gratitude, grabbing a pair of sneakers, and racing YOUR way in the Great EpisGOpal Virtual Race. Click here for more information!

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!

Episcopal Relief & Development launches One Thousand Days of Love!

Good Steward June 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:

United Thank Offering 2021 Annual Grants – Two grant cycles offered

National Episcopal Church Women – Click here for information and to sign up for their News Blast.

United Thank Offering’s Camino Challenge Grant

United Thank Offering – Click here to read June/July news

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

Educational Opportunities Tours

 

Seasonal Resources:

Earth Care & Spirituality links:

Senior Care Resources:

Assisted Living Options for Low-Income Elders – Click here for more information
https://www.seniorhomes.com/senior-housing-for-low-income-residents/

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