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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Silence Redux


Grace Episcopal Church

Sheboygan, Wisconsin



Grace Notes

21 June 2018



This coming Sunday will be the eighth since we instituted a practice of observing two minutes of silence after listening to the scriptural lessons and the sermon.  Feedback has not been received from a large number of people within the parish, but those who have commented have uniformly expressed a positive reaction, with comments including those of appreciation for a time to think, to pray, and to just be present to what God is saying to us. 

We are going to continue this practice of intentional silence.  And I would like you to consider, as well, how the “bookends” of worship can be respected.  Those of us who are in the church daily are well aware of the many hours of practice put in by Ben Dobey on the organ, practice that allows the weekly offering of a musical prelude and postlude.  But how much of these musical offerings do you get to hear?  There is quite a lot of noise attendant to people visiting with each other before and after each service.  This means that those who want to participate in the music offering, and those who wish to pray in silence before worship or after, have to do so against quite a lot of background noise.

To be clear:  We do not want to in any way discourage visiting and sharing!  There are people in every parish who have challenges finding community outside of the times around worship, and community is vital.  But in sharing please consider how this may affect those around you:  visit in the fellowship hall, not in the church nave or in the narthex.

We will be actively encouraging quiet before and after worship, in the nave and in the narthex.  Be observant.  Watch to notice if others are seeking to linger and pray, or to listen to the musical offering.

The door from the narthex to the nave will be closed by the ushers, and the receiving line to visit clergy will be moved to the hall area in front of the fellowship hall.

Let’s cultivate the nave and sanctuary as places for our prayerful attention, and give thanks for the blessings of building community not in those places, but in the places set aside for community.  Let’s give thanks, as well, for the beauty of musical offering by offering our own silence, both before the music and before the Bless├Ęd Sacrament in the tabernacle.  Reserve the nave and sanctuary as holy places, not just as another part of the world outside.



Grace abounds:  Please thank: 

§  Ben Dobey and the Crouse family for the Sunday coffee hours.

§  Fr. John Ambelang for lawn care.

§  Mary Snyder, Leslie Kohler and Julie Davidson for organization and cleanup of the reception for Fr. Kamal’s presentation.



Special “Thank You’ s” :  A supply of Thank You note cards can be found on the table at the back of church nave.  When someone in the parish does something special, take the time to write them a personal note.  Also, from time to time, think about who you might want to thank for ongoing service, and let them know you have noticed!



Call for Contributions:  If you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshipers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.



Special call!  We have issued full and partial scholarships covering diocesan camp expenses for 5 children in the community and the parish.  Funds have been disbursed from clergy discretionary accounts, and we need help to replenish these accounts so that unplanned-for aid can continue.  Please give generously.  Mark on your check memo. line “Clergy Discretionary Accounts”.



Please contribute for photocopies:  The photocopier is being subjected to frequent use that relates to parishioner’s needs and not those of the whole parish.  If you need to make copies (and please keep this to a minimum), please inform a member of the parish staff and make a contribution toward the costs of the copies.  A suggested contribution is $0.6/page.  (We are trending above budget on copy costs!)



Don’t forget “Something Extra for Grace”:  Supplemental giving envelopes can be found in pews.  If you want to give something extra, please use an envelope to ensure that you are credited. 



Music this Week:          The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7B)

                                      R. Benjamin Dobey, Music Director



Prelude                           Monastic Peace                                             Flor Peters

Entrance Hymn 493          “Oh for a thousand tongues to sing”                   Hanover

Offertory Hymn 379        “God is love, let heaven adore him”             Abbot’s Leigh

Communion Hymn 482    “Lord of all hopefulness”                                         Slane   

Closing Hymn 563           “Go forward, Christian soldier”                         Lancashire

Postlude                         Festival Voluntary                                                 Peters



Parish Notices:

§  Inmate pen pal:  A local inmate (known to Fr. Karl) is looking for people to write letters to him.  If you wish to explore how you may be called to this ministry, contact Fr. Karl.

§  All Saint’s Chapel in Elkhart Lake: The Chapel offers services at 9:00 a.m., continuing through Labor Day weekend. We are blessed to have Fr. Patrick Twomey serving as Celebrant for the entire season. Services will continue to be a shared ministry, which means volunteers will be needed for Sunday Service ownership.

o   This includes:

o   Picking up the bulletins box at Grace Church in Sheboygan

o   Arriving early on Sunday to:

o   Open the buildings

o   Identify readers for the readings and the prayers of the people

o   Light candles

o   Greet Fr. Twomey

o   Locking up at the conclusion of Mass and

o   Returning the bulletins box and etc. to Grace Church.

o   A printed list of instructions is on site, in the event of questions, as well as a list members available by phone to offer direct support.

§  Diocesan Eucharistic Festival and Bishop’s Picnic, Saturday June 30: Established in 1960 by Bishop William Brady, the Eucharistic Festival gathers the diocesan family to be united in its faith in the Presence of our Blessed LORD in the Bread and Wine of the Altar. In being so devoted, we can be united in making known God's presence to all people. The Festival includes the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Bishop's Picnic, Evening Prayer and the Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Fond du Lac. If you are interested in carpooling, contact the parish office.

§  Diocesan Choir invites members to sing at the Eucharistic Festival: If you are willing to sing at the event, register at www.diofdl.org/ef or contact the Cathedral’s Interim Organist-Choirmaster, Joseph Lindsay at (920) 322-7360. The Diocesan Choir will meet at 9:00 a.m. on June 30 to rehearse for the 11:00 a.m. liturgy. Participants may borrow cassocks and surplices from the Cathedral’s inventory, per availability.

§  Brat Fry and Bake Sale at Miesfeld’s: Saturday, July 7, Brat Fry at Miesfeld’s Brat Haus! A sign-up table is located in the Narthex. We are looking for: Brat fryers, stand attendants, baked goods bakers, before the sale packagers and attendants while at the sale. Questions? Contact Barb or Bob MacEwen at (920) 912-4505.

§  Save the Date-Diocese of Fond du Lac Schedule for Ordination: The Ordination of the Reverend Roberta Ann Kraft to the Priesthood will take place on Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle in Fond du Lac at 11:00 a.m. More details will be shared in the upcoming weeks about this joyous event.

§  Diocesan polo shirts are back: Every few years a Diocesan Polo Shirt embroidered with the diocesan shield is available for order and purchase. 2018 is the year! These 65/35 cotton blend shirts come in both men's and women's sizes. They are red in color and without pockets. Shirts may be ordered and paid for online or by check. Pick up your shirt at the Diocesan Office, arrange to pick up at a diocesan event, or have it shipped by U.S. Mail. Prices start at $30. Order at diofdl.org/polo

§  Volunteer Opportunities-Transformational Ministry Program, Love INC: Help local lives transform by sharing your time and your God-given gifts to bless our Neighbors across Sheboygan County. Volunteers needed are: Mentors, Class Facilitators, Childcare, Meal Prep/Food Donor, Set up/Clean up, Greeters/Welcome Table, On-site Prayer Warriors and Financial Supporters. To learn how you can provide a hand-up call or email Jenna at (920) 783-6701 or jenna@loveincsheboygancounty.org

§  Kairos Outside Weekend Retreat, October 12-14: This is an ecumenical Cursillo-type event for women having been impacted by incarceration. Perhaps they’ve been prisoners, or had/have family members, friends in the Corrections System. The weekend is a time of support and encouragement in a Christian community of women. The cost of the weekend is covered.  If you have questions or would like more information, contact Fr. John Ambelang, (920)453-8983.

§  Something Extra for Grace: Envelopes are available in the pews if you are moved to give an extra gift, beyond your pledge or regular plate donation, toward the life of the church. Gifts are tax deductible; please write your name on the envelope.

§  Bulletin Prayer List and our Grace Church Prayer Team: The Episcopal Church believes in the power of prayer. Grace Church regularly prays for the needs of our own members, as well as the needs of the country, and our world.  We would be honored to pray for your needs, and the needs of your friends and relatives if they or you are in a state of trouble, sorrow, pain, or are experiencing any other adversity. Please call the Parish office at (920) 452-9659 or email a request to office@gracesheboygan.com to have a name(s) put in the bulletin, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and/or out to the email Prayer Team. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Prayer Team, contact the office.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

God Sightings, Again


Grace Episcopal Church

Sheboygan, Wisconsin



Grace Notes

14 June 2018



I have written in the past about “God sightings”—those experiences in life when we are aware that God is present, God is at work.  At a recent forum on adult formation a participant shared that her life had for one day been changed radically when she became intentional about looking for God.  She was able to experience beauty and blessing in things otherwise humdrum.  She was able to experience even annoying people as beloved children of the same Father.  It would seem, therefore, that a salutary element in our walk by faith is found in how we are intentional, how we pay attention.

Perhaps the simplest thing anyone of us can do is to think about God when we are faced with a decision.  I’m not talking just about big decisions (which may well require extended thinking about God).  I’m talking about those things in life that may not even seem like decisions at the time, like how to react when something unexpected or frustrating happens.  For example (and to use an example near and dear to my own personality flaws), suppose another driver cuts me off in traffic, or drives too slowly in the left lane on the highway?  My immediate reaction is one of anger, anger which can be expressed in thought and word against the supposed deficiencies in the other driver’s skill (and person!)  It’s easy to get mad, and it’s easy to just treat getting mad this way to be a reaction.  But the reality is that I have to decide to react in anger.  The fact that this might be my normal reaction, and that little thought is involved, just means that I have gotten used to not thinking about my reaction—and not thinking about something is itself a decision.

What if, when the other driver annoys me, I decide to look for God?  I know that the other driver is a creature of God, created in His image and likeness, and for whom Our Lord gave His life.  I know this in my faith, but if I just react in anger, I am treating the other driver as somehow less worthy of the love of neighbor as self that Jesus tells me is within the summary of the Law.  In other words, there’s a conflict between what I know in faith, and what I say or do, because I don’t take the time to decide that God is present, and to look for Him!  If instead of getting mad I pray for the other driver, I am recognizing that Jesus gave His life for that other driver, even if the other driver is a jerk!

The point in making decisions to look for God is that we have to practice this.  I’m not good at this.  But practice every day helps, and the simplest practice is to set aside time every day for God, time that looks like listening to God in the Bible, and speaking with God in prayer.  For example, if I read in Ps. 42 “As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God” (for example in Morning Prayer), then maybe I’ll be a little more conscious of longing for God throughout the day, and notice when He shows up.

Try this for a month:  Read a psalm every morning.  Let one phrase which speaks to you in the psalm stick with you all day, and become a lens through which to view the world.  You’ll be surprised at first how often God shows up.  But over time you’ll come to see Him always, everywhere.



Grace abounds:  Please thank: 

§  Elizabeth Schaffenburg and Jim Gardner, and Bob and Barb MacEwen for the Sunday coffee hours, with clean up help from Joann and Zack Sorensen.

§  Bryan Stenz for lawn care.

§  Bobbie May and Ben Dobey for gardening.

§  Scot Fabiano for fabricating a new crown for the Christus Rex statue for the front of the church.



Special “Thank You’ s” :  A supply of Thank You note cards can be found on the table at the back of church nave.  When someone in the parish does something special, take the time to write them a personal note.  Also, from time to time, think about who you might want to thank for ongoing service, and let them know you have noticed!



Call for Contributions:  If you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshipers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.



Special call!  We have issued full and partial scholarships covering diocesan camp expenses for 5 children in the community and the parish.  Funds have been disbursed from clergy discretionary accounts, and we need help to replenish these accounts so that unplanned-for aid can continue.  Please give generously.  Mark on your check memo. line “Clergy Discretionary Accounts”.



Please contribute for photocopies:  The photocopier is being subjected to frequent use that relates to parishioner’s needs and not those of the whole parish.  If you need to make copies (and please keep this to a minimum), please inform a member of the parish staff and make a contribution toward the costs of the copies.  A suggested contribution is $0.6/page.  (We are trending above budget on copy costs!)



Don’t forget “Something Extra for Grace”:  Supplemental giving envelopes can be found in pews.  If you want to give something extra, please use an envelope to ensure that you are credited. 



Music this Week:          The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6B)

                                      R. Benjamin Dobey, Music Director



Prelude                           Prelude on Rhoseymedre            Ralph Vaughan Williams

Entrance Hymn 388         “Oh worship the King, all glorious above ”           Hanover

Offertory Hymn 598        “Lord Christ, when thou cam’st to earth”  Mit Freuden zart

Communion Hymn 587    “Our Father, by whose Name”                          Call Street

Closing Hymn 411           “O bless the Lord, my soul”                            St. Thomas

Postlude                          Voluntary in D Minor                                 Samuel Wesley









Parish Notices:

§  Summer Camp has begun: Nothing is better for a camper away from home than receiving a letter. If you would like to send our Grace Church Campers mail, please inquire about their names by calling the Parish office.

Camp Address:

Camper’s Name
FDL Camp
Camp Lakotah
N1875 21st Ave
Wautoma, WI 54982

When should the mail be sent? 

Senior Camp, June 10– June 16 (completed at this time)

Middler Camp, June 17– June 22

Junior Camp, June 17– June 22

KinderCamp, June 22 – June 24

§  All Saint’s Chapel in Elkhart Lake: The Chapel offers services at 9:00 a.m., continuing through Labor Day weekend. We are blessed to have Fr. Patrick Twomey serving as Celebrant for the entire season. Services will continue to be a shared ministry, which means volunteers will be needed for Sunday Service ownership.

This includes:

Picking up the bulletins box at Grace Church in Sheboygan

Arriving early on Sunday to:

o   Open the buildings

o   Identify readers for the readings and the prayers of the people

o   Light candles

o   Greet Fr. Twomey

Locking up at the conclusion of Mass and Returning the bulletins box and etc. to Grace Church. A printed list of instructions is on site, in the event of questions, as well as a list members available by phone to offer direct support. Call the Grace Episcopal Church office at (920) 452-9659 to schedule ownership of a Sunday(s). Thank you for your support of such an important Ministry!

§  Diocesan Eucharistic Festival and Bishop’s Picnic, Saturday June 30: Established in 1960 by Bishop William Brady, the Eucharistic Festival gathers the diocesan family to be united in its faith in the Presence of our Blessed Lord in the Bread and Wine of the Altar. In being so devoted, we can be united in making known God's presence to all people. The Festival includes the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Bishop's Picnic, Evening Prayer and the Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Fond du Lac. If you are interested in carpooling, contact the parish office.

§  Diocesan Choir invites members to sing at the Eucharistic Festival: If you are willing to sing at the event, register at www.diofdl.org/ef or contact the Cathedral’s Interim Organist-Choirmaster, Joseph Lindsay at (920) 322-7360. The Diocesan Choir will meet at 9:00 am on the 30 to rehearse for the 11:00 a.m. liturgy. Those participating may borrow cassocks and surplices from the Cathedral’s inventory, per availability.

§  Brat Fry and Bake Sale at Miesfeld’s: Saturday, July 7, Brat Fry at Miesfeld’s Brat Haus! A sign-up table is located in the Narthex. We are looking for: Brat fryers, stand attendants, baked goods bakers, before the sale packagers and attendants while at the sale. Contact Barb or Bob MacEwen at (920) 912-4505 if you have any questions.

§  Save the Date-Diocese of Fond du Lac Schedule for Ordination: The Ordination of the Reverend Roberta Ann Kraft to the Priesthood will take place on Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle in Fond du Lac at 11:00 a.m. More details will be shared in the upcoming weeks about this joyous event.

§  Diocesan polo shirts are back: Every few years a Diocesan Polo Shirt embroidered with the diocesan shield is available for order and purchase. 2018 is the year! These 65/35 cotton blend shirts come in both men's and women's sizes. They are red in color and without pockets. Shirts may be ordered and paid for online or by check. Pick up your shirt at the Diocesan Office, arrange to pick up at a diocesan event, or have it shipped by U.S. Mail. Prices start at $30. Order at diofdl.org/polo

§  Volunteer Opportunities-Transformational Ministry Program, Love INC: Help local lives transform by sharing your time and your God-given gifts to bless our Neighbors across Sheboygan County.  Volunteers needed are: Mentors, Class Facilitators, Childcare, Meal Prep/Food Donor, Set up/Clean up, Greeters/Welcome Table, On-site Prayer Warriors and Financial Supporters.

To learn how you can provide a hand-up call or email Jenna at (920) 783-6701 or jenna@loveincsheboygancounty.org

§  Kairos Outside Weekend Retreat, October 12-14: This is an ecumenical Cursillo-type event for women having been impacted by incarceration. Perhaps they’ve been prisoners, or had/have family members, friends in the Corrections System. The weekend is a time of support and encouragement in a Christian community of women. The cost of the weekend is covered.  If you have questions or would like more information, contact Fr. John Ambelang, (920)453-8983.

§  Ushers Needed: Ushers are often the first people seen by newcomers, visitors, and even regular parishioners when coming to Grace Church. People enjoy being greeted by a smile; become a part of this ministry today!

§  Something Extra for Grace: Envelopes are available in the pews if you are moved to give an extra gift, beyond your pledge or regular plate donation, toward the life of the church. Gifts are tax deductible; please write your name on the envelope.

§  Lost and Found: If you have ever lost anything while at Grace Church, it may be in the office. Please email office@gracesheboygan.com to identify and claim.

§  Bulletin Prayer List and our Grace Church Prayer Team: The Episcopal Church believes in the power of prayer. Grace Church regularly prays for the needs of our own members, as well as the needs of the country, and our world.  We would be honored to pray for your needs, and the needs of your friends and relatives if they or you are in a state of trouble, sorrow, pain, or are experiencing any other adversity. Please call the Parish office at (920) 452-9659 or email a request to office@gracesheboygan.com to have a name(s) put in the bulletin, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and/or out to the email Prayer Team.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Prayer Team, contact the office.




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ordinary Time


Grace Episcopal Church

Sheboygan, Wisconsin



Grace Notes

7 June 2018



We have now entered the “Season after Pentecost,” often referred to as “Ordinary Time”.  What’s ordinary about the life of the Church in this season?  The time is considered “ordinary” because there are no special observances and disciplines.  No special rules apply to the liturgy (as in Advent and Lent), and no customary disciplines are dispensed with (as in Eastertide and Pentecost).  We just do what we normally do, and so we need to ask ourselves, in all seriousness, “What is ‘normal’?”

It’s tempting to kick back in the Summer, and most parishes play right into this expectation.  We don’t have Sunday School, for example.  In part, this relaxation of routine for the Summer reflects the reality that people are busy with activities for which they have planned.  Holiday travel interrupts the pattern of regular attendance on Sunday worship, and so planning what can be offered outside of worship on a Sunday is complicated by the less predictable nature of how many people will be present on a given Sunday.  But, if we’re honest, we’ll quickly note that attendance patterns for the rest of the year have their own vagaries attendant on factors such as athletics schedules, hunting seasons, etc.  The issue still obtains, “What is ‘normal’?”  The answer to this question will be decided by each one of us, and by all of us as a Church family.

If we seek to involve God in our lives only in time of trouble, then we have defined God to be unnecessary in “normal” circumstances.  If we involve God in our lives only when we have time which is not occupied by another priority,  then we have defined God as an accessory who can help us feel better about ourselves.  In each case we have ignored the fact that God commands worship and observance of the sabbath, and so we have defined our own will to be more important than God’s.

God intends that our normal, ordinary lives involve Him at all times.  God sends His Spirit to us to equip us to live in the knowledge, love and service of Him, and in the Baptismal Covenant we have each promised to do some very specific things in living in this knowledge and love, and in living by service.  “Ordinary time” is ordinary insofar as it does not involve a special discipline (a reminder of who we are in relation to God and His will for us) or a special celebration.  Each and every day of our lives we are empowered and called to know God as Father (as God-beyond-us), God as Son (God-beside-us), and God as Holy Spirit (God-within-us).  When we recognize this abiding presence and call of God, then we recognize that our own lives are far from ordinary at any time of the year, because they are lives consecrated to God.  Lives lived in this way are the most complete form of testimony that we can offer to others of the love of God, of salvation by and through Jesus Christ, and of new life in the Spirit.  Lives lived in this way are lives lived “after Pentecost,” as Spirit-filled lives which call all others to the knowledge and love and service of the Lord.



Grace abounds:  Please thank: 

§  Leslie Kohler for the Sunday coffee hour.

§  Bryan Stenz for lawn care.

§  Bobbie May and Ben Dobey for gardening.



Special “Thank You’ s” :  A supply of Thank You note cards can be found on the table at the back of church nave.  When someone in the parish does something special, take the time to write them a personal note.  Also, from time to time, think about who you might want to thank for ongoing service, and let them know you have noticed!



Call for Contributions:  If you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshipers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.



Please contribute for photocopies:  The photocopier is being subjected to frequent use that relates to parishioner’s needs and not those of the whole parish.  If you need to make copies (and please keep this to a minimum), please inform a member of the parish staff and make a contribution toward the costs of the copies.  A suggested contribution is $0.6/page.  (We are trending above budget on copy costs!)



Don’t forget “Something Extra for Grace”:  Supplemental giving envelopes can be found in pews.  If you want to give something extra, please use an envelope to ensure that you are credited. 



Music this Week:          The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5B)

                                      R. Benjamin Dobey, Music Director



Prelude                 Tranquillo                                                    C. Hubert. H. Parry

                             Chorale Prelude on ‘Melcombe’

Entrance Hymn      444    “Blessed be the God of Israel”                          Thornbury

Mass setting          New English Folk Mass                                     Timms & Warrell

Psalm Refrain –      “With the Lord there is mercy”

Offertory H. 525    “The Church’s one foundation”                                       Aurelia

Comm. H. 314       “Humbly I adore thee”                                          Adoro devote

Closing Hymn 533 “How wondrous and great”                                               Lyons

Postlude                Prelude in G                                                              J. S. Bach









Parish Notices:

·         The Rev. Dr. Kamal Farah will be teaching The Gospel in Context: Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Grace Church. Fr. Kamal was our instructor for our pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and taught The Palestine of Jesus. He was also our instructor for the pilgrimage to Greece where he taught In the Footsteps of St. Paul. Fr Kamal was born in the village of Kefar Bar'am in upper Galilee. He has earned PhD’s in Advanced Linguistics and State Church Laws from Catholic University in Sorbonne-Paris. He was ordained in 1967 and has served as rector of churches in North Galilee and Nazareth. He has also served the Diocese of Jerusalem in several capacities. Kamal was the course director at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. He is fluent in Aramaic, Syrian, Arabic, Hebrew and English. He is a master at teaching the Bible and its connection to the Holy Land. Plan on hearing about the Bible and the life of Christians in the Holy Land. His topic of speaking/teaching will be "The Gospel in Context" and will include a time of Q&A. Refreshments will be served. Please plan to join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from this esteemed teacher. Really, you will not want to miss it! Mother Michele.

·         Summer Camp will soon begin: Nothing is better for a camper away from home than receiving a letter! If you would like to send our Grace Church Campers mail, please inquire about their names by calling the Parish office.



Camp Address:

Camper’s Name
FDL Camp
Camp Lakotah
N1875 21st Ave
Wautoma, WI 54982

When should the mail be sent? 

Senior Camp, June 10– June 16

Middler Camp, June 17– June 22

Junior Camp, June 17– June 22

KinderCamp, June 22 – June 24



·         All Saint’s Chapel in Elkhart Lake: The Chapel offers services at 9:00 a.m., continuing through Labor Day weekend. We are blessed to have Fr. Patrick Twomey serving as Celebrant for the entire season. Services will continue to be a shared ministry, which means volunteers will be needed for Sunday Service ownership.

This includes:

  • Picking up the bulletins box at Grace Church in Sheboygan
  • Arriving early on Sunday to:
    • Open the buildings
    • Identify readers for the readings and the prayers of the people
    • Light candles
    • Greet Fr. Twomey

  • Locking up at the conclusion of Mass and
  • Returning the bulletins box and etc. to Grace Church.



A printed list of instructions is on site, in the event of questions, as well as a list members available by phone to offer direct support.

Call the Grace Episcopal Church office at (920-452-9659 to schedule ownership of a Sunday(s). Thank you for your support of such an important Ministry!

Please note: The Bishop will make his Annual Visitation to the Chapel on June 17 (Father’s Day).



·         Kairos Outside: This is an ecumenical Cursillo-type event for women having been impacted by incarceration. Perhaps they’ve been prisoners, or had/have family members, friends in the Corrections System. The weekend is a time of support and encouragement in a Christian community of women.  It will be Oct 12-14 at a Conference Center near Wautoma. The cost of the weekend is covered. 

·         On Tuesday, June 12 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., there will be a meeting at Grace for those interested in learning more. The woman leading the weekend will be presenting. Questions contact: Fr. John Ambelang 920-453-8983.

·         Save the Date-Eucharistic Festival, Saturday June 30: Established in 1960 by Bishop William Brady, the Eucharistic Festival gathers the diocesan family to be united in its faith in the Presence of our Blessed Lord in the Bread and Wine of the Altar. In being so devoted, we can be united in making known God's presence to all people. The Festival includes the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Bishop's Picnic, Evening Prayer and the Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Fond du Lac. If you are interested in carpooling, contact the parish office.

·         Brat Fry and Bake Sale at Miesfeld’s: Saturday, July 7, Brat Fry at Miesfeld’s Brat Haus! A sign-up table is located in the Narthex. We are looking for: Brat fryers, stand attendants, baked goods bakers, before the sale packagers and attendants while at the sale. Contact Barb or Bob MacEwen at 912-4505 if you have any questions.

·         Save the Date-Diocese of Fond du Lac Schedule for Ordination: The Ordination of the Reverend Roberta Ann Kraft to the Priesthood will take place on Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle in Fond du Lac at 11:00 a.m. More details will be shared in the upcoming weeks about this joyous event.

·         Diocesan polo shirts are back: Every few years a Diocesan Polo Shirt embroidered with the diocesan shield is available for order and purchase. 2018 is the year! These 65/35 cotton blend shirts come in both men's and women's sizes. They are red in color and without pockets. Shirts may be ordered and paid for online or by check. Pick up your shirt at the Diocesan Office, arrange to pick up at a diocesan event, or have it shipped by U.S. Mail. Prices start at $30. Order at diofdl.org/polo

·         Ushers Needed: Ushers are often the first people seen by newcomers, visitors, and even regular parishioners when coming to Grace Church. People enjoy being greeted by a smile; become a part of this ministry today!



·         Something Extra for Grace: Envelopes are available in the pews if you are moved to give an extra gift, beyond your pledge or regular plate donation, toward the life of the church. Gifts are tax deductible; please write your name on the envelope.

·         Lost and Found: If you have ever lost anything while at Grace Church, it may be in the office. Please email office@gracesheboygan.com to identify and claim.

·         Bulletin Prayer List and our Grace Church Prayer Team: The Episcopal Church believes in the power of prayer. Grace Church regularly prays for the needs of our own members, as well as the needs of the country, and our world.  We would be honored to pray for your needs, and the needs of your friends and relatives if they or you are in a state of trouble, sorrow, pain, or are experiencing any other adversity. Please call the Parish office at 452-9659 or email a request to office@gracesheboygan.com to have a name(s) put in the bulletin, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and/or out to the email Prayer Team.

·         If you are interested in becoming a member of the Prayer Team, contact the office.

·         Please continue to pray for those listed in this Mass booklet.