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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Lent?


Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
22 February 2018

“Happy Lent!”  sounds odd, at best.  “Joyous Lent” can sound equally odd unless we recognize that joy can be experienced even in trying, unhappy circumstances, for joy is not an emotion or a feeling, but the experience of fulfillment in real love.  Even a prisoner in a labor camp can (as attested to in the witnesses of numerous saints) recognize that God is present in all places, and when the self-focus of even so trying a circumstance as forced labor can be directed into an awareness of God’s presence, then joy arises in the oneness between Creator and creature in the unbounded, unqualified love of God and in the loving response of His disciple.
We have to seek joy, and this requires focus, for everything in our world works to redirect our focus upon ourselves.  It is not easy, when I am hurting, to recognize God’s love.  But when I can, I can lift up my hurt to God that Jesus may bear my hurt, my pain, and in my experience of Jesus shouldering my burden I can experience the joy of knowing love.
Because the world would redirect me, my focus requires constant reminders and little epiphanies of God’s presence.  One of the best ways I can experience God’s presence is to seek His will and way in His holy word, in scripture.  That’s why, for example, our Lenten devotional booklet is available, so that we can practice for forty days what it is like to set aside time each day to dwell in the Word and in prayer.  That's why The Bible Challenge is promoted in the parish. 
As a small reminder of the beauty and joy to be inhabited by dwelling in the Word, we are beginning one additional small practice.  We recently received the donation of The St. John’s Bible, a multi-volume print edition of the hand lettered and illuminated bible prepared by the Benedictine monks of The St. John Abbey, Collegeville, MN (http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/).  (Thank you, Scott Gedemer!)  In the narthex each Sunday you can find the gospels volume on display, opened to the pages for the gospel lesson for that day.  Go ahead and explore.  The entire bible will be in the parish library, and if you find the physical beauty of this edition beguiling, consider well how the beauty of the Word may beguile you into the love of God.

Grace abounds:  Please thank: 
§  Bob and Anne Hanlon, The Beeck Family, and Bob and Barb MacEwen for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Jennifer Pawlus and Elizabeth Schaffenburg for pastoral care.
§  Julie Davidson, Bobbie May and Karl Schaffenburg for janitorial help.

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.

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. 

Lenten Series:  In addition to the Lenten Meditations which will allow you to make your own pilgrimage through Lent with the insights of Scripture, prayer, and the devotional meditations offered by your fellow parishioners, please plan to gather on Friday evenings, 23 February—23 March.  We’ll begin with Stations of the Cross at 5:30, followed by a simple supper at 6 p.m.  (Please sign up if you can help with a supper.)  We’ll continue 6:30—7:30 with a program in which we’ll explore the ministries the parish shares in in the wider community, and how you can help.  Presentations will be made by:
§  LoveINC:  opportunities to serve; service which is ongoing; the vision for 2018—19; questions and answers.
§  Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization:  opportunities to serve; service which is ongoing; the vision for 2018—19; questions and answers.
§  Freedom Cry:  the sexual trafficking problem in Sheboygan; how to help.
§  Samaritan’s Hand:  the opioid abuse epidemic in Sheboygan; how to help.
§  Good News Jail and Prison Ministry:  opportunities to serve.
Come to pray!  Come enjoy fellowship!  Come to learn!

Music this Week:          The Second Sunday in Lent
                                      Music Director:  R. Benjamin Dobey

Prelude                           Chaconne in F Minor                            Johann Pachelbel
Entrance Hymn 401         “The God of Abraham praise”                                Leoni
Sequence Hymn 675       “Take up your cross”                                         Bourbon
Offertory Hymn 448        “O love, how deep, how broad, how high”                                                                                                                  Deus tuorum militum
Communion Motet           Dear Lord and Father of Mankind          C. Hubert H. Parry
Communion Hymn 707    “Take my life and let it be”                              Hollingside

Closing Hymn 142           “Lord who throughout these forty days”           St. Flavian
Postlude                          Fantasia in C Minor (a 5 voci)                            J.S. Bach
         
Parish Notices:
§  Book Study on Redemptive Compassion: The group study of the book Redemptive Compassion: The Defining Difference has begun. The eight-week class will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. consecutively, through 4 March.
§  Lenten Booklet: Copies are available on the table in the Narthex and on our parish website www.gracesheboygan.com.
For each of the forty days of the Lenten season, this booklet contains a Gospel lesson taken from the Eucharistic lectionary for the weekdays in Lent, plus the Sunday Eucharistic lectionary. Following each Gospel lesson is the Collect prayer for the celebration of Eucharist on each day and a meditation written by a parishioner. After each meditation, space is allowed for you to note your own reflections.
§  Stations of the Cross, Simple Suppers and Presentations: Beginning tomorrow, (23 February) we will meet each Friday at 5:30 p.m. for Stations of the Cross, followed by a simple supper and Christian formation. Our program this year will feature the following presenters from community organizations that Grace Church supports:
·         23 February, Good News Jail Ministry
·         2 March, Samaritan’s Hand
·         9 March, Freedom Cry
·         16 March, Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization (SCIO)
·         23 March, Love INC.
Please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex so we can share the number of attendees with the presenters and know much food needs to be prepared.
§  Cooking on Friday Evenings in lent: If you are interested in cooking and hosting a dinner on the Fridays during Lent, please sign-up on sheets in the Narthex. Thank you for your willingness to serve in this ministry!
§  Adult Formation-Parallel Passions: Have you ever wondered how Jesus must have felt as he stood in front of Pontius Pilate? What was it like for him as he carried his cross through the streets of Jerusalem to the place of execution? Did he know it was going to end like this?  How does this speak to us as we carry our crosses through the trials of life? We will walk with Jesus’ in his final days through his arrest and execution as seen through the eyes of the evangelists, Mark and John. Please join Facilitator Jerry Molitor on 11 and 18 March at 9:00 a.m. in St. Nicholas Hall to seek how Mark and John’s accounts of Jesus’ passion can inspire us to live in the hope of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. All are welcome! Bring a friend!
§  Adult Formation-Sacramental Life (Holy Eucharist): Please join Leslie Kohler on April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 as she finishes guiding us through the sacrament of Holy Eucharist using the book Sacramental Life by David DeSilva. This book explores spiritual formation through the Book of Common Prayer. “Those that have participated before know that this is a fairly freeform guided discussion. I am as interested in learning from you, as I am teaching you.”
§  Scout Appreciation "Pancake Breakfast": Sunday, 11 March. Please mark your calendars to stay a few minutes, after each service, to savor a down home Pancake Breakfast. Scouts will supply all the know-how for the event. As an added bonus, Maple Syrup will be supplied by the Drewry Farms of Plymouth.
This award-winning Maple Syrup is served at all the major restaurants in the area and beyond. The Scouts will also have available Maple Syrup gift assortments.
§  Bible Challenge: Videos for all 52 weeks of the year are now available on Grace Abounds. If you take this challenge, you will find that in one year you will read all of the Bible! This will require less than an hour of your time, six days a week. A schedule of readings is provided on the parish website, along with weekly study summaries and a weekly video summary of the readings.
If you need a good study bible for the challenge, contact the parish office. When we immerse ourselves in Scripture, the mantle of the Lord does fall upon us. We are equipped to discern God’s will and to lead others to know and love and serve the Lord.     
§  Deacon School:  The diocesan Deacon School courses in Old Testament (taught by Fr. Glen Kanestrom of St. Paul’s, Marinette) and Church History (taught by Fr. Karl Schaffenburg of Grace, Sheboygan) have begun. Classes meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, January – May, and September – December.
Auditors are welcome. If you wish to audit deacon school, contact Fr. Karl to receive details. 
Note:  Those in formation for the diaconate pay tuition.  Auditors are requested to contribute to the cost of the school, but if the offering of a donation would restrict your attendance be assured that a donation is voluntary.
§  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; Ushers welcome parishioners and visitors, distribute bulletins, and ensure that the worship service runs smoothly.  They provide directions and answer questions for newcomers as needed, collect the congregation’s offering, and bear the alms to the altar. They also maintain an attendance record for parochial reports. Did you realize that Ushers do so many wonderful things? Become a part of this ministry today! Interested Parishioners can contact Nicci in the office: nbeeck@gracesheboygan.com.
§  Save the Date-Chrism Mass: Saturday, 24 March, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Fond du Lac. In the early church bishops baptized catechumens at the Easter Vigil with blessed oils. Over time this blessing was made earlier so oils could be used at the local level. This tradition includes blessing the oil of catechumens (adults preparing for baptism), oil of the sick (for anointing) and chrism (for baptism, confirmation, ordination of clergy, and consecration of altars). 
Parishioners interested in carpooling can contact Nicci in the office: nbeeck@gracesheboygan.com.
§  Lost and Found: If you have ever lost anything while at Grace Church, it may be in the office lost and found box.  Please email the office nbeeck@gracesheboygan.com to identify and claim.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On the Side of Grace


Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
15 February 2018

How does a church “do ministry”?  The prayer book Catechism makes clear that the mission of the Church is accomplished through the ministry of all members, and that the ministers of the Church “… are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons” (BCP 855).  And notice that order, beginning with lay persons.  We need to remind ourselves of this truth from time to time, and the beginning of Lent is a good time to do so, because the culture around us wants us to believe that how things get done is on a “fee for service” basis, and that we need to pay somebody to “do ministry”.
Obviously, we have paid staff, lay and clergy, and the staff of the parish are charged with specific responsibilities, which include specific ministries.  But think, for a minute, about the number of ministries that require specific graces conferred in ordination, and the number of ministries that require specialized skills, gifts, and information that are part of the job of a staff member, and the number of ministries that any Christian person can do.  The numbers of ministries involved grow markedly as we move away from specific graces, specialized skills, gifts, and information, which is why the ministry of the Church as a whole is described as accomplished by the lay first.
Don’t wait to do ministry, and don’t ask permission.  If the ministry you are called to is godly it will prosper.  If what looks like ministry (or a call) isn’t that, then what you do will not bear fruit.  But err on the side of grace, for the Church is not a permission-granting organization but a living Body.  And err (and bend over backwards!) on the side of saying “Yes” to what might be a call to ministry.  You don’t need to ask to add someone to the prayer list; just do so.  You don’t need to ask to have a prayer card placed in the chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham; just do so.
Lent is a good time to focus in prayer on what God is calling you to do; who He is calling you to be.  Pray about all the things you would like to see in ministry in this church, and then you’ll start to hear answers about how you are called to serve.

Grace abounds:  Please thank: 
§  Bob and Anne Hanlon, Dcn. Paul and Andrea Aparicio, and Elizabeth Schaffenburg for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Wayne Sather for pastoral care.

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.

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. 

Lenten Series:  In addition to the Lenten Meditations which will allow you to make your own pilgrimage through Lent with the insights of Scripture, prayer, and the devotional meditations offered by your fellow parishioners, please plan to gather on Friday evenings, 23 February—23 March.  We’ll begin with Stations of the Cross at 5:30, followed by a simple supper at 6 p.m.  (Please sign up if you can help with a supper.)  We’ll continue 6:30—7:30 with a program in which we’ll explore the ministries the parish shares in in the wider community, and how you can help.  Presentations will be made by:
§  LoveINC:  opportunities to serve; service which is ongoing; the vision for 2018—19; questions and answers.
§  Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization:  opportunities to serve; service which is ongoing; the vision for 2018—19; questions and answers.
§  Freedom Cry:  the sexual trafficking problem in Sheboygan; how to help.
§  Samaritan’s Hand:  the opioid abuse epidemic in Sheboygan; how to help.
§  Good News Jail and Prison Ministry:  opportunities to serve.
Come to pray!  Come enjoy fellowship!  Come to learn!

Music this Week:          The First Sunday in Lent
                                      Music Director:  R. Benjamin Dobey

Prelude                            Two Chorale Preludes on Out of the depths I call to thee                                                                                                               Max Reger
Sequence Hymn              “Show me your ways, O Lord”                                                                                                                                                       Melcombe
Offertory Hymn 143        “The glory of these forty days”                        Erhalt uns
Communion Motet           Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake                   John Hilton
Communion Hymn 310    “O saving Victim Opening wide”               Herr Jesu Christ
Closing Hymn 150           “Forty days and forty nights thou wast fasting”                                                                                                             Aus der Tiefe rufe ich
Postlude                         Chorale Fantasia on Forty days and forty nights
                                                                                                   James E. Wallace
         
Parish Notices:
§  Lenten Booklet: Copies are available on the table in the Narthex and on our parish website www.gracesheboygan.com.
For each of the forty days of the Lenten season, this booklet contains a Gospel lesson taken from the Eucharistic lectionary for the weekdays in Lent, plus the Sunday Eucharistic lectionary. Following each Gospel lesson is the Collect prayer for the celebration of Eucharist on each day and a meditation written by a parishioner. After each meditation, space is allowed for you to note your own reflections.
§  Book Study on Redemptive Compassion: The group study of the book Redemptive Compassion: The Defining Difference has begun. The eight-week class will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. consecutively, through 4 March 4.
§  Stations of the Cross, Simple Suppers and Presentations: Beginning on the second Friday in Lent (23 February) we will meet each Friday at 5:30 p.m. for Stations of the Cross, followed by a simple supper and Christian formation. Our program this year will feature the following presenters from community organizations that Grace Church supports:
o   23 February, Good News Jail Ministry
o   2 March, Samaritan’s Hand
o   9 March, Freedom Cry
o   16 March, Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization (SCIO)
o   23 March, Love INC.
Please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex so we can share with the number of attendees with the presenters and know much food needs to be prepared.
§  Cooking on Friday Evenings in lent: If you are interested in cooking and hosting a dinner on the Fridays during Lent, please sign-up on sheets in the Narthex. Thank you for your willingness to serve in this ministry!
§  Scout Appreciation "Pancake Breakfast": Sunday March 11. Please mark your calendars to stay a few minutes, after each service, to savor a down home Pancake Breakfast. Scouts will supply all the know-how for the event. As an added bonus, Maple Syrup will be supplied by the Drewry Farms of Plymouth. This award-winning Maple Syrup is served at all the major restaurants in the area and beyond. The Scouts will also have available Maple Syrup gift assortments.
§  Bible Challenge: Videos for all 52 weeks of the year are now available on Grace Abounds. If you take this challenge, you will find that in one year you will read all of the Bible! This will require less than an hour of your time, six days a week. A schedule of readings is provided on the parish website, along with weekly study summaries and a weekly video summary of the readings. If you need a good study bible for the challenge, contact the parish office. When we immerse ourselves in Scripture, the mantle of the Lord does fall upon us. We are equipped to discern God’s will and to lead others to know and love and serve the Lord.
§  Deacon School:  The diocesan Deacon School courses in Old Testament (taught by Fr. Glen Kanestrom of St. Paul’s, Marinette) and Church History (taught by Fr. Karl Schaffenburg of Grace, Sheboygan) have begun. Classes meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, January – May, and September – December.
Auditors are welcome. If you wish to audit deacon school, contact Fr. Karl to receive details. 
Note:  Those in formation for the diaconate pay tuition.  Auditors are requested to contribute to the cost of the school, but if the offering of a donation would restrict your attendance be assured that a donation is voluntary.
§  Like Grace Church on Facebook
§  Follow Grace Church on Twitter: @GEC_Sheboygan
§  Follow Grace Church on Instagram: @GEC_Sheboygan
§  We Are on Itunes! Check out the new podcast!!!






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Offerings in the Wilderness


Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
8 February 2018

Ash Wednesday falls this year on 14 February.  At the clergy retreat we just completed, our speaker noted the happy correspondence between the date and the biblical verse discussed at one point, Hosea 2.14, in which the Lord speaks to His people by the prophet, saying, “Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.”  Let this soak into you as you prepare for Lent, for Lent is a time in which we go into the wilderness, and it is in the wilderness that God comes to His people.  Throughout scripture, whether to Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Elijah, etc., it is in the wilderness that God is made manifest. 
When we think of Lenten disciplines—whether these be disciplines involving renunciations or the doing of extra devotions—we tend to think of what we do or do not do.  But any discipline must be intended to allow us to focus better on God’s presence.  If I deny myself something this must be not just a work for which I can maybe congratulate myself, and “earn points”, but the denial must be one that allows me to better experience my hunger for God.  If I take on an extra work of service or devotion this must be to allow better focus on where Jesus leads.  Lenten disciplines can never be about me; they must be about God.
I want to suggest one possible discipline:  Pray about this model.  For every day in Lent think of one thing in your life (not a necessity) that you can give away.  It should be something that is not trivial; something that you actually will in some way miss.  For example, I could decide on a given day to give away a book, or I could give away a non-trivial amount of money.  To do this, I have to decide what to part with, and to whom, but not with reference to whether the recipient is in any way “worthy” of the gift, for the point of the gift is that it is not merited (just as are all of God’s gifts to all of us).  So, if I give away a book, it should be a book that I’ll miss, and I should not worry about whether the one receiving the book will appreciate it in the ways I have.  If I give away money—say a $20 bill (not a trivial amount to me!)—I can’t worry about whether or not the recipient will put the money to a “good use”.  I need to leave that up to God.  The gift is an offering.
If I do this, one additional effect in how I enter the wilderness (i.e., places outside of my comfort zone) to be allured by God will be in how God chooses to manifest Himself in the people I give things to.  Suppose I give a $20 bill to a stranger?  What glimpse of the Christ we pledge “to seek and serve … in all persons” will I see?  If I give a book, what question will the recipient raise that may be what God wants to ask me?
Whatever you do in Lent, be intentional.  Don’t approach Lenten devotions as a duty, but as an offering.

Grace abounds:  Please thank: 
§  Bob and Anne Hanlon, and Steve and Katy Larson, and Elizabeth Schaffenburg, for the Sunday coffee hours.

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.

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. 

Lenten Series:  In addition to the Lenten Meditations which will allow you to make your own pilgrimage through Lent with the insights of Scripture, prayer, and the devotional meditations offered by your fellow parishioners, please plan to gather on Friday evenings, 23 February—23 March.  We’ll begin with Stations of the Cross at 5:30, followed by a simple supper at 6 p.m.  (Please sign up if you can help with a supper.)  We’ll continue 6:30—7:30 with a program in which we’ll explore the ministries the parish shares in in the wider community, and how you can help.  Presentations will be made by:
§  LoveINC:  opportunities to serve; service which is ongoing; the vision for 2018—19; questions and answers.
§  Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization:  opportunities to serve; service which is ongoing; the vision for 2018—19; questions and answers.
§  Freedom Cry:  the sexual trafficking problem in Sheboygan; how to help.
§  Samaritan’s Hand:  the opioid abuse epidemic in Sheboygan; how to help.
§  Good News Jail and Prison Ministry:  opportunities to serve.
Come to pray!  Come enjoy fellowship!  Come to learn!

Music this Week:          The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
                                      Music Director:  R. Benjamin Dobey

Prelude                           Prelude on the plainsong Hymn Coelestis Gloriae                                                                                                                  Geoffery Vintner

Entrance Hymn 7             "Christ whose glory fills the skies"                       Ratisbon
Offertory Anthem             Christ whose glory fills the skies                                                                                                                                T. Frederick H. Candlyn
Communion Motet           O Everlasting Light                                       John E. West
Communion Hymn 137   "O wondrous type! O vision fair”                         Wareham
Closing Hymn                  "Alleluia, song of gladness"          alt. tune: Dulce Carmen
Postlude                          Paean on Divinum Mysterium                           John Cook
                  
Parish Notices:
§  Shrove Tuesday Feast before the Fast: February 13 is Shrove Tuesday. We will be having a Parish Potluck Supper following the 5:30pm Mass. The Potluck Sign-up is on the table in the Narthex.
§  Ash Wednesday: February 14, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and penitence. We will observe this day with Mass and Imposition of Ashes at 12:10 p.m., and Solemn Mass with Imposition of Ashes at 6:00 p.m. This is a holy day and a wonderful way to begin your Lenten observance.
§  Lenten Booklet: Copies are now available on the table in the Narthex and on our parish website www.gracesheboygan.com.
For each of the forty days of the Lenten season, this booklet contains a Gospel lesson taken from the Eucharistic lectionary for the weekdays in Lent, plus the Sunday Eucharistic lectionary. Following each Gospel lesson is the Collect prayer for the celebration of Eucharist on each day and a meditation written by a parishioner. After each meditation, space is allowed for you to note your own reflections.
§  Book Study on Redemptive Compassion: The group study of the book Redemptive Compassion: The Defining Difference has begun. The eight-week class will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. consecutively, through March 4; however, there will be no class today because of the Parish Annual Meeting.
§  Stations of the Cross, Simple Suppers and Presentations: Beginning on the second Friday in Lent (February 23) we will meet each Friday at 5:30 p.m. for Stations of the Cross, followed by a simple supper and Christian formation. Our program this year will feature the following presenters from community organizations that Grace Church supports:
·         February 23, Good News Jail Ministry
·         March 2, Samaritan’s Hand
·         March 9, Freedom Cry
·         March 16, Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization (SCIO)
·         March 23, Love INC.
Please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex so we can share with the presenters and know much food needs to be prepared.
§  Cooking on Friday Evenings in lent: If you are interested in cooking and hosting a dinner on the Fridays during Lent, please sign-up on sheets in the Narthex. Thank you for your willingness to serve in this ministry!
§  Bible Challenge: Videos for all 52 weeks of the year are now available on Grace Abounds. If you take this challenge, you will find that in one year you will read all of the Bible! This will require less than an hour of your time, six days a week. A schedule of readings is provided on the parish website, along with weekly study summaries and a weekly video summary of the readings. If you need a good study bible for the challenge, contact the parish office. When we immerse ourselves in Scripture, the mantle of the Lord does fall upon us. We are equipped to discern God’s will and to lead others to know and love and serve the Lord. 
§  Deacon School:  The diocesan Deacon School courses in Old Testament (taught by Fr. Glen Kanestrom of St. Paul’s, Marinette) and Church History (taught by Fr. Karl Schaffenburg of Grace, Sheboygan) have begun. Classes meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, January – May, and September – December.
Auditors are welcome. If you wish to audit deacon school, contact Fr. Karl to receive details. 
Note:  Those in formation for the diaconate pay tuition.  Auditors are requested to contribute to the cost of the school, but if the offering of a donation would restrict your attendance be assured that a donation is voluntary.
§  A Note from Meals On Wheels:
Thank you to everyone who donated their homemade baked goods for our annual Meals On Wheels cookie distribution to our clients.  Those who receive this special delivery are truly thrilled.  Many notes of gratitude have been received. 
Special thanks also to the youth groups who decorated the box tops, they were beautiful. 
A quote from one client note: “I want to thank you for all the Christmas treats.  The box was so pretty and what I found inside were delicious”.
We would not be able to do this without the help from all of you.   From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You from the Staff at Meals On Wheels.”
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