|Date Posted||July 1, 2021|
Michigan (Ellen Ekevag)
The opening of Forster Woods Adult Day Center on our property in July 2012 and our growing service to the greater community through the Center. The Center was inspired by Fr. Byrd’s passionate commitment to elder care and St. Katherine’s responded to the call. It was an intensive effort to design the program, renovate the existing structure, and learn about all the government requirements that regulate operations and reimbursements for the Center. St. Katherine’s members took lead roles in getting Forster Woods off the ground and continue to this day serving on the Board of Directors and as key volunteers. Our church administrator is also the administrator for the Center. The Center has seen exceptional growth serving 22 clients in 2015 with that number rising to 102 in 2019 before the ministry was interrupted by the pandemic. The Center serves the elderly and adults with physical or mental impairment who would benefit from the supervised, social, and engaging environment offered by Forster Woods. St. Katherine’s volunteers regularly comment on the great spiritual gifts they receive through their ministry at Forster Woods.
In response to many events nationally and globally that have caused great pain and suffering, the Vestry approved the work of a group of members to build a Peace Service that we could offer quickly when the need arises. The vision was to build an ecumenical multi-media presentation with photos and music that would display prayers of peace offered by the world’s religions representing the global community. The Peace Service would be presented in our Sanctuary with the building open for all in the greater community to come for as long as they needed to find solace and comfort during times of great crisis. The project was just completed before the pandemic shut down worship, so we have yet to fully offer the service. We believe that St. Katherine’s is welcoming, open to all, and offers a sanctuary filled with peace and calm. Our vision is to grow our peace service into one that incorporates all faiths and races in our greater community through the faces and voices of local faith leaders. The pandemic has also challenged us to present more of our day-to-day activity online. We offered services online, have been working on updating our website, and can learn from the work Forster Woods has done to stay connected to clients through the pandemic.
Guided by our newly elected bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, we are a diocese that values collegiality, creativity, and openness. We offer community organizing training, the College of Congregational Development, and ongoing collegiality and support. We invite you to come and join us as we embody the Gospel both inside and outside our church doors.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, OTM Portfolio, and two sample sermons (in any format) to:
The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag
Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan