News Update 04-23-2020

News Update April 23, 2020

In this issue: Episcopal Relief & Development responds to COVID-19, prayers on smart speakers and phones. Bonus – two weekly reflections from Bishop Marty, and much more!

Smart speakers now offering Episcopal Prayers

Two-minute read. Both Alexa and Google Assistant have learned some Episcopal prayers. You can now say, “Alexa, open Episcopal Prayer” or “Google, talk to Episcopal Prayer” and your device will begin playing the morning or evening prayer podcasts.

Weekly Reflection – Third Sunday of Easter

19-minute video. We’ve changed our recording schedule so that you can view the weekly reflections in a more timely manner. This week, Bishop Marty talks about the planning behind returning to worshiping in our churches and Spiritual Communion.

EfM Virtual Open House

Curious about EfM? Now might be the right time find answers. Attend a Virtual Open House. May 6, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Covid-19 emergency grant program for deacons

One-minute read. The Fund for the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church has created a special Emergency Grant Program, to aid deacons affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated, are eligible to apply.

The Cross – April 2020 Issue

One-minute read. In this issue: Spiritual growth in a time of pandemic; Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast holds 39th annual men’s conference; Shared history, shared future, the order of the Daughters of the King and Brotherhood of St. Andrew renew 100-year-old partnership; Serving our veterans and celebrating heroes in Virginia; Engaging men and youth in Illinois while fighting global hunger, and more!

Godly Play at home

One-Minute read. Godly Play tells our collective stories in a simple, creative and natural way. It’s about wondering, not analyzing; bringing a new dimension to scripture for the story teller as well as the listener. The best thing is that everyone can learn to do this at home!

Episcopal Relief & Development and program partners respond to COVID-19

Three-minute read. Episcopal Relief & Development is providing financial and technical support to partner organizations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The organization continues to be in close contact with partners in 44 countries, including the United States, to provide assistance for communities affected by the novel coronavirus.

New Dates for Camp WEMO

One-minute read. Camp WEMO has been rescheduled for August 14 -18. Camp fee will be a donation based pay structure.

Weekly Reflection – Second Sunday of Easter

19-minute video. This Sunday’s Gospel, John 20:19-31, allows us to compare and contrast the disciples’ self-isolation behind a locked door in Jerusalem, and our self-isolation from COVID-19. What came next for them was remarkable. What happens next for us might also be remarkable if we can ensure that what we do; comes from God, is for God, and is done with God.

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