Mediator's Response during COVID-19
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
Visit the Berrien County Health Department site to find information about local vaccination options.
Visit the State of Michigan COVID-19 site for statewide information.
For those living outside Berrien County or MI, please follow your local resources for Vaccine and COVID-19 information or click here to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
NEW DIOCESES of EASTERN & WESTERN MICHIGAN ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted May 20, 2021
The Dioceses of Eastern & Western Michigan make changes based on the recent CDC mask guidelines. To read more, click here.
Mediator is opening
Posted May 11, 2021
Wow, what a year! The pandemic kept us away from each other for so long, but I am happy to announce the Re-entry Team* worked diligently using the Diocese’s Re-entry document, CDC guidelines, State of Michigan COVID guidelines and other resources to prepare for this day, and the Vestry agreed we’re finally at a point where we are coming back together in-person.
On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, at 1030am (MI time), we will gather like we did last year … outdoors on the lawn, and we will continue to gather outdoors on May 30 and June 6.
To read the entire letter, click here.
The Episcopal Church Stand on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted Feb 23, 2021
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations has developed a toolkit for individuals, congregations, and ministries to facilitate and promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. This toolkit promotes the ongoing work that parishes and dioceses have already been doing, shares best practices, and offers ideas for ways that communities can help U.S.- based Episcopalians to facilitate vaccination, overcome vaccine hesitancy, and find information from state and local officials. Churches and church leaders (lay and ordained) can serve as an important trusted bridge between public health officials and communities.
In his public service announcement encouraging vaccination, Presiding Bishop Curry says, “This vaccine can prevent the COVID-19 virus. It can help you. It can help those who you love. It can help us all. The Bible says you should love your neighbor as yourself. And getting this vaccine, as well as wearing your face mask, and keeping social distanced, and out of crowds, these are some simple and real ways that we can love our neighbor as ourselves. To love our neighbor, and while you’re at it to love yourself.”
“As a part of our work beyond the church walls, Episcopalians around the U.S. partner with the government all the time to help address problems in our communities, and combatting COVID-19 is no exception,” said Canon C.K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. “We can not only encourage our fellow Episcopalians to get vaccinated to help us return to normal, but churches can ask their local health departments how they can best serve their community in vaccine distribution.”
The toolkit includes 10 actions churches can take to help get everyone vaccinated and resources from the U.S. government on vaccine rollout including links to every state and territory’s vaccine resources page, information on overcoming vaccine hesitancy, and even sample messaging.
Click here to watch the video by Bishop Curry and to read more, including a review of the Toolkit.
Re-entry Task Team Updates and Resources
Meetings and brief summary of discussion
Next Meeting – Apr. 26, 2021 outside at the church
2020 Meetings & Summary Info: click here
- The Re-entry Team recommended we reopen beginning with outdoor worship starting May 23 followed by indoor worship beginning June 13. The Vestry agreed with the recommendation on May 6, 2021.
- At the Feb 21, 2021 Vestry Meeting, all agreed it was time to bring the Re-entry Team back together
Click here to read the 2020 Next Steps archived info
Mediator Worship Circles (MWC)
2020 Sunday Evening Outdoor Worship Circles ended for the season
Click here to view the Apart, Yet Together photo album page
2020 Communication: click here
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We are part of a unique Lake Michigan community just a short drive from New Buffalo, MI on Red Arrow Highway. We are also conveniently close to another lakeshore community, Saint Joseph.