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January 3, 2018
United Thank Offering

Epiphany with Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and Advent Challenge Update

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is offering an Epiphany Curriculum, which includes free resources to oversee a faithful and meaningful Epiphany 2018. “After the celebration and joy of Christmas, the Church turns its attention to the Epiphany of Christ, and a season when we remember time and again how God is made manifest in the world,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, director of EMM. “In these important days, Episcopal Migration Ministries invites congregations and faith communities to reflect on the rich history of The Episcopal Church’s work among refugees, as we have answered collectively the revealed Son of God’s call to be his ministers in a hurting world.”

Designed for adult Christian formation, the six-week Epiphany Curriculum is ideal for congregations, individuals, adult forums, discussion groups, and other church-based gatherings. “Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugee resettlement, the stories of our new American neighbors, and how God is calling each of us into this work,” Canon Stevenson said.

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“It was the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt as refugees that inspired Episcopalians in Southern Ohio in the 1930s to offer refuge to those fleeing Nazi Europe,” Canon Stevenson added. “So, too, do we hear that same story this Epiphany season and recommit ourselves to ministry among the 65 million children, women, and men who have fled their homes in our days because of violence or persecution. Each one of these children of God is a person with a name and a story, each with hopes and dreams, and all deserving of peace and opportunity. Through this educational resource, Episcopalians can come to know these stories, offer possibility to those hopes, and provide for the realization of such peace and opportunity.”

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. EMM currently has 22 affiliate offices in 17 states.

Advent Read-Along Challenge Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gratitude Works! Advent Read-Along Challenge. If you just couldn’t add one more thing to your schedule but want to do a 21-day journaling challenge, there’s still time. Just check out the book, Gratitude Works!, and follow the challenge in the back to start journaling! You also can still join our drawing for a prize package by signing up on Facebook (or emailing Heather) to register for our webinar when we talk about the book (or your experience of keeping a gratitude journal). The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 23, at 7 p.m. and can be joined via Zoom by visiting https://zoom.us/j/8140408194 or via telephone by dialing one of these numbers (choose based on your current location for higher quality): +1 408-638-0968, +1 646-876-9923, or +1 669-900-6833. The Meeting ID is 814 040 8194. Looking forward to hearing how keeping a gratitude journal affected you and your day!

The Rev. Cn.
Heather Melton

Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

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