|Date Posted||September 17, 2019|
Eastern Michigan (Mike Spencer)
|Health Benefits||Clergy + 1|
|Average Sunday Attendance||55|
|Child Population in Church School||5|
|Teacher Population in Church School||1|
We welcome all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity, orientation, race or ethnicity. We believe that God loves everyone. Because of our location in a popular tourist destination, we usually have quite a few visitors in the pews, particularly in the summer and on holidays. This demographic diversity is at the heart of our parish.
Southwest Michigan supports two four year colleges and two community colleges. Southwest Michigan is also a prime agricultural region with numerous large grain and vegetable farms, orchards, and vineyards. There are many U-Pick Farms of all kinds to purchase fresh produce. During the fall harvest months, many farms have special events like corn mazes, games and other family activities. The hardwood trees provide an extraordinary display of color during the fall season. The many vineyards and hops farms in the area support a great number of wineries and craft breweries, many of which hold festivals and tasting events during the year. We are an environmentally friendly community with a strong recycling program. We work hard to protect the waterways, farmlands and forests by working closely with the State of Michigan and by participating in environmental programs.
We hope for a deeper sense of purpose to care, through service and ministry, for those in our church and community who are in need. We hope to grow and develop Christian education for children with a particular hope to establish a children’s chapel on a regular basis. We want to develop and increase our programs like the Art Camp and Book Share so we will be re-energized to continue to work in the community to spread the Good News and to serve others. We are growing our understanding of social, racial and religious differences, to be better witnesses against racism, hate and violence, and to strengthen our participation in social service agencies like the Salvation Army, Feeding America Food Bank and The Southwest Michigan Interfaith Action Coalition. We are increasing our use of new technology to help us keep all our members, yearround and summer, up to date, and to share our worship and evangelism with the greater community. We hope to improve our internal church organization to become more efficient and productive.
This parish is in the Diocese of Western Michigan, which is exploring deeper relationship with the Diocese of Eastern Michigan over the next three to five years.
Inquiries to the Rev. Canon William Spaid; firstname.lastname@example.org