|Date Posted||October 28, 2021|
Michigan (Ellen Ekevag)
Our primary local outreach is through Samaritan House in Washington Township MI., which, through the support of St Paul’s and other local churches, operates a food pantry serving more than 2,700 local families, as well as providing eviction protection, holiday meals and gifts, school supplies, tax preparation, and other social assistance to our neighbors in need. St Paul’s parishioners have been active volunteers and board members of Samaritan House for more than two decades. For the past 10 years, up to a dozen St. Paul’s parishioners have participated in an annual mission trip to Grace House on the Mountain, a Episcopalian outreach program in the town of St Paul, in the coal mining region of Virginia. They spend a week in one of the most economically challenged areas of the country making structural and mechanical repairs on peoples’ homes to make them safe and habitable. Several times a year we supply food and help cook and serve meals through MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) when local churches open their facilities to the homeless. We also periodically provide and serve food at H.I.S. Table, a weekly free community meal, hosted by the Romeo Methodist Church.
Change, along with the uncertainty that goes along with it, is always difficult, especially for a tradition-bound organization like a small village church. But change is upon us in the form of aging congregations, changing demographics, social upheaval, and evolving attitudes toward organized religion, not to mention a global pandemic. At St. Paul’s it has been difficult to deal with the recent passing of several pillars of the church, but we are transitioning gracefully with new, younger people in leadership positions, and first-time vestry members. The long time lay leaders of the church are accepting their new mentoring and advisory roles, glad to have others sharing the work. During the pandemic lockdown, ZOOM church was adopted remarkably quickly and enthusiastically, actually making church more accessible for certain members. The addition of the Montessori preschool, nearly a decade ago, was initially met with uncertainty, but everyone quickly realized that it was a financial boon to the parish, and added vitality having the building in daily use, and the Montessori school is now viewed as a normal, important part of who we are.
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