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    “Engaging in God's mission, not our own, binds us spiritually and emotionally as sisters and brothers in the faith."
    – The Rt. Rev. Robert R. Gepert, VIII Western Michigan

Many people believe the future of The Episcopal Church is in its mission work. Instead of maintaining buildings and institutions, our future lies in reaching out the poor, sick and marginalized people in our midst, which will in turn revitalize and restore us as disciples of Christ. For more information about mission trips in the Diocese of Western Michigan, read on!

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Katharine Jefferts Schori said, “Who are you? Why are you here? What are you doing about it? That's a shorthand way of thinking about our identity and vocation as Christians. It's also a way of leading us as individuals and Christian communities into thinking about our mission -- or better, our partnership in God's mission. Mission literally means "sending," and for us it means what we're here to do and be. In a large view, it's about partnering in building the Reign of God. In daily life, you and I get countless opportunities to engage in that mission.”

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan covers the cost of registration, gas directly to and from the mission via car pool, motels up to $80 per night directly to and from the mission, as well as housing and meals while on a mission trip.

Interested in volunteering in a local Reading Camp? Click here now.

Blue Arrow LeftTo email Cindy Nawrocki, Deacon for Domestic Missions, click here now.
Blue Arrow LeftTo email Tami Varricchio Drehle, Domestic Missions Coordinator, click here now.

Congregations of the diocese, clergy and parish leaders are asked to encourage their high school-aged youth to consider the EDWM High School Progressive Mission Trip June 20-24. This local mission trip is a journey of pilgrimage and discovery. The group will travel to various west Michigan communities in the diocese to serve the Episcopal churches of those communities in their ministries. Activities will change based on the needs of the ministry, but examples include painting, yard work and general maintenance. Our accommodations will be in four different churches. The end of the trip will feature a fun day at Michigan's Adventure amusement park in Muskegon. Each day we will have time for fun, for the study of scripture, for service and for group conversations.

Applicants may register here! Deadline for registration is May 15, 2016. To make this mission trip possible, we ask that all participants make a $75 deposit to support participation in the mission trip, but please don't let financial concerns prevent you from registering. Financial assistance is available. Questions? Contact the Rev. Joel Turmo of St. Timothy's Church, Richland by clicking here now or Director of Youth Ministries, St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Churches of Grand Rapids Jeff Brown by clicking here now.

Grand Rapids Churches Collaborate on Mission Project to combat homelessness

Grace, Holy Cross, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Churches in the Grand Rapids area are collaborating on a mission project with Family Promise Partners in Housing of Grand Rapids. Family Promise - Partners in Housing helps to purchase and restore manufactured homes so they become affordable places where families can be proud to live. The homes are rented to carefully-chosen families with a stable income who are currently homeless. After 12 months the family can buy the title to the home if they have paid their bills and kept up the home inside and out. Funds have been raised to rehab three mobile homes and will collaborate with the EDWM domestic missions team. Volunteers are needed for the various stages of refurbishment for three homes to be purchased. The refurbishment will start in May and continue over the summer. For more information, contact Kellan Day at Grace Church by clicking here now.

Pine Ridge, South Dakota
 September 16- 24, 2016 (the 16th and 24th are travel dates)
12 Volunteers

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in South Dakota. Originally included within the territory of the Great Sioux Reservation, Pine Ridge was established in 1889 in the southwest corner of South Dakota on the Nebraska border. The population of Pine Ridge suffers health conditions commonly found in Third World countries, including high mortality rates, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, malnutrition and diabetes, among others.

Reservation access to health care is limited compared to urban areas, and it is not sufficient. Unemployment on the reservation hovers between 80% and 85%, and 49% of the population live below the federal poverty level. Many of the families have no electricity, telephone, running water, or sewage systems; and many use wood stoves to heat their homes, depleting limited wood resources. This mission trip fills up quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Questions? E-mail the trip director Carol Abbott by clicking here now.

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  *A $200 non-refundable deposit is required  to be paid to reserve a spot on all out-of-state mission trips, per Bishop Hougland and the Board of Missions. If you need a scholarship to help with the cost of the deposit, please e-mail Cindy Nawrocki or Tami Varricchip-Drehle (e-mail addresses listed above).  Please make checks payable to EDWM and  mail to the diocesan office with deposit and the name of the mission trip on the memo line.

Reading Camp

  • Reading Camp is an intensive remedial literacy education program for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade children who are struggling with learning to read. It is free to all campers through full scholarship, and will be staffed entirely by volunteers. Hands-on learning opportunities will be abundant, with a very low adult-to-child ratio in a comfortable, stress-free, failure-free setting for learning. Illiteracy has been categorized by the National Center for Child Health and Development as a public health problem.

Click here to go to the Reading Camp page.