Welcome our Supply Priests, Bishop Whittemore Sunday, Ascension Day Service and more in the E-Newsletter for May 6, 2018 https://mailchi.mp/519182ac28d2/ey7eu7o5mr-1360057
A Message from Randy Wegener and Sue Morriss
This Sunday, May 6th, has been designated Bishop Whittemore Foundation Day in the Diocese of Western Michigan.
The Right Reverend Lewis Whittemore was the Episcopal Bishop of Western Michigan from 1937 – 1953. Upon retirement he donated a significant amount of money to initiate the Whittemore Foundation. He felt the "great issues facing the world today are fundamentally spiritual issues which can only be solved when the heart is touched by the love of God."
I am one of twenty trustees on the Whittemore Foundation. Our mission statement is "To foster development or contribute to the support of the religious, educational, and charitable work of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan.
We meet quarterly to consider various grant requests which churches have submitted. Our corpus is over 2.3 million, and we grant up to 4% of it yearly. Last year we granted $85,400 to various churches including $6,750 to our own Uganda Project, the UNITY School. In the last ten years, St. John's has received over $16,000 in grants.
This Sunday, all of our loose change will go to the Foundation. Thank you all for your support!
St. John's Episcopal Church has been involved with the development of the UNITY School in Kaberamaido, Uganda as a global mission since 2013.
Last October I asked Randy Wegener, as a Trustee of the Bishop Whittemore Foundation, if he thought the UNITY School could qualify for a Whittemore grant. With his encouragement, I applied for a grant to cover the cost of a large van that would become the school's bus. Children attending the school are generally within a one to one-and-a half mile radius, but the distance can seem great to little children's feet when they often have no shoes, and must walk on mostly dirt roads. When it is raining hard, they simply can't go to school. The van would also serve as transportation for villagers needing medical attention to go the nearest clinic, a thirty minute drive.
The Foundation came back to me with an offer to match up to $8,000 for the purchase of a van. With the support from Call to Care Uganda and St. John's Church, through handcraft sales, private donations and Mission & Outreach support, a total of $6,750 was raised.
Therefore, I am so happy to announce that the Foundation has matched this amount creating a combined amount of $13,500 to be applied towards the cost of a UNITY School vehicle! Let us remember Bishop Whittemore this Sunday, with great thanksgiving!
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