Further Resources from the ECMN Weekly News

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Because there's so much happening week to week, this page is updated weekly with resources that you may have missed last week!


Church Camps are Surging, but Changing

In the early 2000s, the beloved tradition of attending an Episcopal summer camp in Minnesota appeared to be ending after three sun-soaked decades. Upkeep costs had climbed, the diocesan facility was sold, and for more than a decade the church camp experience was reduced to a memory. But Episcopal amps have roared back in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Read more here and make plans to attend camp here.


Hands-On Sunday

Words too much, do you must

Although the above sounds like Yoda-speak, it was the essence of a phrase that came to our rector, Rev. Lisa White-Smith, while driving on her long winter commute to Epiphany Episcopal Church in Plymouth. She couldn’t shake these thoughts, and shared them with us that day at our weekly staff meeting. I remember it well, because it was experienced by all of us around that table as a Holy moment, birthing a unified “yes!!” as the Spirit seemed to quicken our hearts individually and collectively. Read more about the formation of Hands-On Sundays at Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth. If you'd like to start a Hands-On Sunday of your own, please contact Mary Beth Farrell.

Episcopal Churches Join Together to Offer Lenten Series

This Lent, six East Metro faith communities—Holy Trinity, Holy Apostles, St. Christopher's, St. John in the Wilderness, St. Clement's, and St. Mary'swill be coming together to offer a joint Lenten series

Together, these congregations will explore what God might be calling us to do together to care for God’s creation more intentionally as we live into Jesus’ Way of Love. Lent begins on February 26 with Ash Wednesday services at St. Matthew’s at noon and 5:30 pm. Learn more and join in by clicking here.

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Grants and Resources

Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent & Easter

This Lent, faith communities will be invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Updated and expanded Way of Love resources for Lent and Easterare available hereand include: a series of Adult Forums, a Quiet Day curriculum, a customizable publicity poster, and a daily calendar. Additional resources can be found here.


United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants

The focus of the 2020 UTO grants will be Bless: share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility. Application information and forms are available here. The deadline for submitting a grant application is March 6, 2020. Please contact Kay Stickney, ECMN UTO Coordinator, with questions at kaystickney@comcast.net | 612-600-5167.

Missional Innovative Partnership Grants

These grants to ECMN faith communities support partnerships with local groups to engage in mission work. These one-time grants are for up to $5,000. The 2020 MIP Grant due dates are March 15 at 5pm and June 15 at 5pmLearn more about the process and download an application here. Please contact your Missioner for Community Engagement, Rachel Babbitt, with any questions: rachel.b@episcopalmn.org.


Events and Opportunities

Nuevo Amanecer 2020

Mayo 12-15, 2020, Centro de Conferencias Kanuga, Hendersonville, NC 

Nuevo Amanecer, a biennial event that unifies and celebrates the Latino ministries from across The Episcopal Church, will have the honor of hosting Presiding Bishop Michael Curry the gathering. Lay leaders, clergy, diocesan missioners, parish staff, church planters, and anyone else interested in expanding their knowledge by sharing best practices and exploring new methods of church growth, discipleship and evangelism, are invited to attend. Learn more here.

Going Underground with Women of the Bible

June 2 - 4, 2020
Lake Vermillion Cultural Center, Tower, MN

Take a deep dive into the remarkable stories of Bible women through discussion, story-telling and fun activities. Lindsay’s book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, earned top national awards. The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman welcomes your insights as she writes her next book profiling women who most influenced Jesus. Read more here.