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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Salvation Trajectory

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
13 April 2017

Go to http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/formatted_1979.htm .  Scroll down in the Table of Contents, and click on “Collects”.  Read through the collect prayers used throughout Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday.  Take your time.  Read each prayer and consider what it is that we are acknowledging to God; what it is that we are recognizing as God’s saving work.  You can map out the trajectory of salvation by following along in these prayers.  In addressing God we acknowledge the following realities:
1.   That God has a tender love for the human race, and sent His Son to take upon Himself our human nature (Palm Sunday).
2.   That Jesus went not up to joy but first suffered pain, and entered not into glory before being crucified (Monday).
3.   That God made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life (Tuesday).
4.   That Jesus gave His body to be whipped and His face to be spat upon (Wednesday).
5.   That before He suffered, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of His Body and Blood (Maundy Thursday).
6.   That we are members of God’s family, for whom Jesus was willing to be betrayed and to suffer death on the cross (Good Friday).
7.   That as He lay in the tomb, Jesus rested in expectation of newness of life, that we may rise with Him to this new life (Holy Saturday).
And then we get to Easter!, to the triumph over death.  Keep going through the collects for Easter Week.  Keep going in faith, that in newness of life we may abide with Christ as He abides with us.

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  John and Jennifer Keller for the Friday supper following Stations of the Cross.
§  Bob and Anne Hanlon, and Mary Kohler for the Sunday coffee hours Including hot cross buns!)
§  Dale Massey for help in the office.
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 ContributionsIf 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.

Taking God’s Mercy and Delight into the Neighborhood:  The Diocese has a new website (www.diofdl.org).  One link you can find is for the 13 May conference which will take place in Waupaca, at http://www.diofdl.org/sc.html .  Please check out the details and register.  We will plan to carpool.  With enough people we’ll take a van.  Limited scholarship funds are available for registration.
This is a conference focused on equipping you to reach out.  For details, please ask Fr. Karl.

Music this WeekMusic for Holy Week, 2017

Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m.

Prelude                 Meditation on ‘Ubi caritas’                                       Larry Visser
                             Prelude on Adoro te devote                                  Healey Willan
Entrance Hymn      “Zion, praise thy Savior singing” (Lauda Sion)
Gloria                    New English Folk Mass                                     Timms & Warrell
At the Maundy       Ubi caritas                                                                M. DuruflĂ©
                             God is love, and where love is                                    R. Proulx
Offertory Hymn      “Thou, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray” (315)          Song 1
Comm. Anthem     Ave verum Corpus                                                      Plainsong
Communion Hymn “Humbly I adore thee” (314)                                Adoro devote
At the Procession to the Altar of Repose:
Hymn                    “Now, my tongue the mystery telling” (329)           Pange lingua

Good Friday at 1 p.m.

Sung Passion Gospel                                                        Plainsong, ed. M. Martens
At the Veneration of the Cross:
                             Adoramus te Christe                                              W. A. Mozart
                             God so loved the world                                          John Stainer
                             Behold the Lamb of God                                         Healy Willan
Procession from the Altar of Repose:
                             “Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle” (166)           Pange lingua

Easter Vigil at 7:00 p.m.  David Bahrke, guest organist

Gloria in excelsis                                                                                 D.  Mathias
Offertory Anthem   Christus Vincit                                                               Noyon
Communion Motet Most glorious Lord of life                                                  Harris
Communion Hymn “Come, risen Lord” (305)                                            Rosedale
Closing Hymn        “The strife is o’er” (208)                                                Victory
Postlude                Springtanz from Terpsichore                                  M. Praetorius

Easter Day at 10:15 a.m.  with String Quartet

Prelude                 Largo (String Quartet in D)                                      F. J. Haydn
Opening Hymn       “Jesus Christ is risen today” (207)                          Easter Hymn
Mass setting          Missa in C (‘Organ-solo’ Mass)                                W. A. Mozart
Offertory Anthem   Regina Coeli                                                           W. A. Mozart
Communion Motet Jesus, Sun of Life                                                   G. F. Handel
Communion Hymn “At the Lamb’s high feast we sing” (174)                      Salzburg
Closing Hymn        “The day of resurrection” (210)                                  Ellacombe
Postlude                Toccata from Symphonie V                                       C-M. Widor
                   
Parish Notices    

§  First Communion Instruction: Pat Ford Smith will be providing Communion Lessons during the month of April in preparation for the Bishop's visit on Sunday May 7th, 2017.  Classes will be held 2-3:30 pm on the following Sundays: April 23rd and April 30th. If you or your child are interested, please contact the office to sign up.  
§  Maundy Thursday Foot Washing: Everyone will have the opportunity to have their feet washed and to wash someone else’s feet following the example of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet. Please wear socks and shoes that are easily removed.
§  Vigil before the Altar of Repose: Please sign up to watch and pray for an hour at the Altar of Repose beginning immediately following the Maundy Thursday Mass April 13th and concluding Friday, April 14th as the Good Friday Liturgy begins. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex, more than one person can sign up for any given hour.
§  Sacrament of Reconciliation: Lent is a time of self-examination preparing for the death and resurrection of our Lord. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Maundy Thursday April 13th from 7:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. in the Crying Room/ Confessional at the back of the nave of the church.
§  SPRING CHEER is just around the corner!  We will gather at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 27 to arrange daffodils and package cookies for our shut ins and elderly.  Signup sheet is on narthex table for deliveries and cooks baking.  Won't you please help?  Our parishioners will appreciate it. Thank you.
§  Easter Gala Reception: We will continue our Easter celebration with a Gala Reception after the 10:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 16th. Please sign up to bring sweets or savories and to help clean up afterwards. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§  Spring Cleanup: We will gather on Saturday, 22 April. Start time is 8:30 a.m., and we expect to finish at noon. Breakfast snacks, coffee, etc. will be provided. Cleanup will happen inside and outside the church. If you plan to work on the indoor crew, please bring cleaning materials. If you plan to work outdoors, please bring extra tools (rake, pruner, etc.) Let’s have fun together as we spruce up our beautiful physical plant and build community together!
§  Volunteers needed to help with Annual Bake/Plant/ Rummage Sale: This annual event takes place, in conjunction with St. Luke United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, on Friday, April 28th (noon–3:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 29th (9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) – the second weekend after Easter. We need volunteers to provide baked items (brownies already provided) and help man the tables, set-up and take down. Anyone interested in organizing/helping in this event, please call the office at 920-452-9659 or call/text Jessica Ambelang on 920-918-5667.
§  Grace Church Photo Directory: Life Touch will be scheduling photographic sessions from May 10, 2017 through May 13, 2017. These photographs will be used in a new Grace Church photo directory. Volunteers will be needed on the following photo days to assist with smooth appointment flow: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10th, Thursday, May 11th, and Friday May 12th, and 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th. Please call the office if you are available to volunteer at any time on these days.
§  Summer Camp: Diocese of Fond du Lac Summer Camp is for kids age 4 through graduating 12th graders. Camp is an opportunity for campers and staff to learn more about God, about community, about themselves and have fun! There are application forms on the Narthex table.  Deadline for registration is May 22, 2017. If you have questions about what camp is like please speak with Nick Whitford at the coffee hour following this mass. Scholarships are available.
o   Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12) June 11 (Sun 3pm) – June 17 (Sat 12noon)
o   Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 18 (Sun 3pm) – June 22 (Thu 12noon)
o   Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5) June 18 (Sun 3pm) – June 22 (Thu 12noon)
o   KinderCamp (parent & kids ages 4-7) June 22 (Thu 4pm) – June 24 (Sat 12noon)
o   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 if you write your name on the envelope.
§  Like Grace Episcopal Church on Facebook
§  Follow Grace Church on Twitter: @gracesheboygan
§  Follow Grace Church on Instagram: @gracesheboygan
§  We Are on ITunes! Check out the new podcast!!!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time for a Call

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
6 April 2017

Last week we experienced the witness of a parishioner calling us to recognize that we are receiving direction about what ministries we are called to in the community.  I want to echo this sentiment.  I did not wake up one day, for example, and just decide “I think we’ll work with victims of trafficking and prostitution.  I think we’ll work with people in jail.”  The fact that people and problems kept landing on our door step became a pattern in which the response to particular problems was identified to fit into a broader pattern in ministry, to reach people in dark places.
If you are skeptical, why not experience the testimonies attendant on these ministries?  Quite apart from the forum we will hold on 30 April (9 a.m.) about the trafficking problem in Sheboygan, you can learn more about jail ministry by attending the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry banquet on Tuesday, 25 April.  Four tickets remain.  The meal is free (but donations are welcome).  You won’t have to just talk to me about what ministry needs exist in our jail.  You can hear about this from jail chaplains, from former prisoners.  You can hear about how lives can be reached and transformed, and how you can participate in this work of God.
If you are skeptical, why not talk to Paul or Ellen about The Guild of Martha and Mary?  Visit over a coffee and learn about what this cooking in community ministry involves.  What are the needs?  Who is being reached?  Or talk to Pat S. about her work at LoveINC.  What is she encountering in needs?  Who is she encountering, and how can they be brought to better experience God’s love through the ministries that LoveINC and this church can engage in?
A constant theme in the Bible is that we can’t just sit on the sidelines.  A constant theme in our society is that we’re too busy, too preoccupied with the many calls on our attention.  Both themes are true!  But the business of life can be changed through how we get off of the sidelines, because when we do we start paying attention to what God reveals to be priorities.  When we “make time” for God’s work, the rest of the stuff that has been distracting us comes into focus as distraction.
God is revealing His will in this parish.  Share with others how this will is being experienced.

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Kevan and Traci Revis, and Mary Snyder for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Dale Massey for help in the office.
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 ContributionsIf 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.

Taking God’s Mercy and Delight into the Neighborhood:  The Diocese has a new website (www.diofdl.org).  One link you can find is for the 13 May conference which will take place in Waupaca, at http://www.diofdl.org/sc.html .  Please check out the details and register.  We will plan to carpool.  With enough people we’ll take a van.  Limited scholarship funds are available for registration.
This is a conference focused on equipping you to reach out.  For details, please ask Fr. Karl.

Music this Week:          Palm Sunday
                                      Organist:  Ben Dobey

Processional Hymns:        154  “All glory, Laud and honor”     Valet will ich dir geben
                                      156  “Ride on, ride on in majesty”                    
                                                                             alternate tune: Winchester New
Sequence Hymn 474       “When I survey the wondrous Cross”             Rockingham
Offertory Hymn: 162       “The royal banners forward go”                   Vexilla Regis
Sanctus S-114                                                                                         H. Willan
Agnus Dei S-158                                                                                      H. Willan
Communion Motet           Daughters of Zion                               F. B. Mendelssohn
Communion Hymn 168    “O sacred head, sore wounded”
                                                                                    Herzlich tut mich verlangen
Closing Hymn 441           “In the Cross of Christ I glory”                            Rathbun
Postlude                          Chorale Prelude on O sacred head, sore wounded                                                                                                               Johannes Brahms
                            
Parish Notices     [Looks like we’re busy!]

§  Adult Education: On Sunday, April 2nd, at 9:00 a.m. we continue the course on Sacramental Identity – Holy Eucharist.  This course follows the scheme set forth in the 2008 book of David A. deSilva, Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through The Book of Common Prayer, exploring how liturgies of The Book of Common Prayer give us a language and a context for encountering God. 
§  Starting Sunday April 2nd at 2:00 p.m. - First Communion Instruction: Pat Ford Smith will be providing Communion Lessons during the month of April in preparation for the Bishop's visit on Sunday May 7th, 2017.  Classes will be held 2-3:30 pm on the following Sundays: Today April 2, 2017, Sunday, April 23rd and Sunday April 30th. If you or your child are interested, please contact the office to sign up.  
§  Stations of the Cross, Simple Suppers and Teaching:  Next Friday, April 7th, is the last of this Lenten Series. We meet at 5:15 pm for a Prelude of Lenten Organ Music and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m., followed by a simple supper and Christian formation. Our formation program this year has been Bishop Matt’s Lenten series for parishes focusing on the Diocesan Vision for us to be communities of God’s mercy and light. This is not a study but rather a time of listening to God and one another; a time for storytelling and reflecting on our stories; a time of beginning or continuing discernment, both for ourselves and for our community of faith. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we will know how much food needs to be prepared.
§  Easter Flowers and Music: Please donate for Easter Flowers & Music. We enjoy the Beauty of Holiness in both the flowers that adorn the church and the special music which includes strings at the Solemn Mass on Easter morning. Please be as generous as you are able and call the office or fill out the slip found in this mass booklet to indicate your wish for memorials and/or thanksgivings. Deadline is April 10th at noon.
§  Maundy Thursday Foot Washing: Everyone will have the opportunity to have their feet washed and to wash someone else’s feet following the example of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet. Please wear socks and shoes that are easily removed.
§  Vigil before the Altar of Repose: Please sign up to watch and pray for an hour at the Altar of Repose beginning immediately following the Maundy Thursday Mass April 13th and concluding Friday, April 14th as the Good Friday Liturgy begins. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex, more than one person can sign up for any given hour.
§  Sacrament of Reconciliation: Lent is a time of self-examination preparing for the death and resurrection of our Lord. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Maundy Thursday April 13th from 7:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. in the Crying Room/ Confessional at the back of the nave of the church.
§  Easter Vigil Dinner: The first Mass of the Resurrection is on Saturday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. The Easter celebration then continues at Trattoria Stefano, 522 South 8th Street, at 9:30 p.m. The actual cost of the meal is a gift to the parish, so you not only get a delicious meal but you help the church by purchasing a ticket for the dinner. Tickets can be purchased in the parish office or in the narthex after mass for $50 a person. Everyone is invited, but seats are limited. There are scholarships for anyone wishing to attend but are unable to donate.
§  Easter Gala Reception: We will continue our Easter celebration with a Gala Reception after the 10:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 16th. Please sign up to bring sweets or savories and to help clean up afterwards. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§  Sew Caring: A new product drive from Love INC.  Gibbsville Reformed Church is collecting new bath towels to be cut and sewn as full length bibs for local nursing homes and care agencies. Standard sized bibs do not keep residents’ clothes clean as food will often fall into their laps. For more info. please see the notice board and large grey collection bin in the Narthex. This drive runs March 14 – April 14, 2017.
§  Spring Cleanup: We will gather on Saturday, 22 April. Start time is 8:30 a.m., and we expect to finish at noon. Breakfast snacks, coffee, etc. will be provided. Cleanup will happen inside and outside the church. If you plan to work on the indoor crew, please bring cleaning materials. If you plan to work outdoors, please bring extra tools (rake, pruner, etc.) Let’s have fun together as we spruce up our beautiful physical plant and build community together!
§  Jail Chaplaincy: Join us on April 25, 2017 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. for a banquet for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. The dinner will be at Blue Harbor, and your participation will help raise funds for a chaplain to female prisoners in Sheboygan County. Fr. Karl has tickets for eight. The meal is free, but donations will be solicited. Full details are available by contacting Fr. Karl.
§  Volunteer needed to organize Annual Bake/Plant/ Rummage Sale: This annual event takes place, in conjunction with St. Luke United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, on Friday, April 28th (noon–3:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 29th (9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) – the second weekend after Easter. As well as an organizer we need volunteers to provide baked items (brownies already provided) and help man the tables, set-up and take down. Anyone interested in organizing/helping in this event, please call the office at 920-452-9659 or call/text Jessica Ambelang on 920-918-5667.
§  Grace Church Photo Directory: Life Touch will be scheduling photographic sessions from May 10, 2017 through May 13, 2017. These photographs will be used in a new Grace Church photo directory. Volunteers will be needed on the following photo days to assist with smooth appointment flow: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10th, Thursday, May 11th, and Friday May 12th, and 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th. Please call the office if you are available to volunteer at any time on these days.
§  Summer Camp: Diocese of Fond du Lac Summer Camp is for kids age 4 through graduating 12th graders. Camp is an opportunity for campers and staff to learn more about God, about community, about themselves and have fun! There are application forms on the Narthex table.  Deadline for registration is May 22, 2017. If you have questions about what camp is like please speak with Nick Whitford at the coffee hour following this mass. Scholarships are available.
§  Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12) June 11 (Sun 3pm) – June 17 (Sat 12noon)
§  Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 18 (Sun 3pm) – June 22 (Thu 12noon)
§  Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5) June 18 (Sun 3pm) – June 22 (Thu 12noon)
§  KinderCamp (parent & kids ages 4-7) June 22 (Thu 4pm) – June 24 (Sat 12noon)
§  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 if you write your name on the envelope.
§  Like Grace Episcopal Church on Facebook
§  Follow Grace Church on Twitter: @gracesheboygan
§  Follow Grace Church on Instagram: @gracesheboygan
§  We Are on Itunes! Check out the new podcast!!!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Discerning Direction

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
30 March 2017

I have been attending the Friday evening ‘stations, supper and study’.    We are using Bible Study questions from Bishop Gunter, centering on spreading mercy and grace.  One question was about how the church (parish) has been Christ like—when do we ‘get it right’?  Several things were mentioned, but the main answer seemed to center around when we welcomed  Hmong immigrants when they were coming out of the camps in Thailand.  I agree; that was a good answer, but I thought to myself “that was 35+ years ago….. we must have done something else right since then.”   The discussion moved on, but this stayed with me.  
 I thought back on those times.  For those who were not around then,  Grace’s  involvement with the Hmong people started when a parishioner  learned that there were new immigrants living in apartments just over on 8th street who had pretty much NOTHING.  She took Fr. Mills along to visit and see what could be done.  (Fr Mills later said that he had always hoped to go somewhere to do mission work, but instead the mission field came to him.)  He shared their needs with the parish,  and many people eventually were involved in one way or another.  Besides helping the families that were already here, Fr. Mills and then Mike Burg got involved with the Episcopal Migration Ministry and more families were sponsored and cared for.  Hundreds were introduced to Jesus and were baptized.   Many very good things came of that small beginning, but that is not what I want to write about here.  
 Yes, we can look back with pride on what was accomplished then, but it was not without some  consternation.  I don’t think we  ever formally decided to get involved with  the resettlement  effort; it just happened.    Fr. Mills was criticized by some, and we  lost some members over our involvement.   As I thought about those early times, I began to see the similarities with where we are now. Recently, Fr. Karl has been telling us about the problem of human trafficking in Sheboygan.  He did not research the problem and  decide to do something.  He told me he became involved when a parishioner told him about a victim, and further involved when a pattern of victimhood could be seen in some of the LoveINC neighbors.  This led to two further contacts:  Freedom Cry, a community group working both to raise awareness and to provide escape options; and Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, which provides chaplaincy ministry at the county jail.  Fr. Karl has now worked with both trafficking victims and prisoners, and has been able to identify needs that we, as Christians, can respond to.  Our LoveINC connection has also resulted in a ministry headed by Paul Aparicio, The Guild of Martha and Mary, in which neighbors-in-need are taught to cook while experiencing the building of community in common meals.   
 It is easy to make connections with scripture in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25)  , and Mt 25:31:  the Parable of Judgement  (‘When was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or sick or in prison and did not take care of you?  Then he will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me”).  If that is not enough, we can also consider  Mk 4: 35.  Jesus is in a boat and a storm comes up.  The disciples wake him  and He stills the storm.  Many years ago it was pointed out to me that they were not waking him to ask him to save them, they were waking him because they needed everyone to bail.  They had no idea of God’s larger plan.  
 I am wondering how much discussion we need about figuring out who we should ‘target’.   How hard do we have to work at trying to think up where we can share God’s mercy?   It seems to me several needs have presented themselves to us.    Maybe we just need to get to work, and follow what seems to be God’s plan and not struggle with trying to make our own.  (M.C.) 

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Kevan and Traci Revis, and Mary Snyder for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Dale Massey for help in the office.
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 ContributionsIf 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.

Taking God’s Mercy and Delight into the Neighborhood:  The Diocese has a new website (www.diofdl.org).  One link you can find is for the 13 May conference which will take place in Waupaca, at http://www.diofdl.org/sc.html .  Please check out the details and register.  We will plan to carpool.  With enough people we’ll take a van.  Limited scholarship funds are available for registration.
This is a conference focused on equipping you to reach out.  For details, please ask Fr. Karl.

Music this Week:          The Fifth Sunday in Lent
                                      Organist:  Ben Dobey

Prelude                         Chorale Prelude on By the waters of Babylon     J. S. Bach
Entrance Hymn  388     “O worship the King”                                          Hanover
Sequence Hymn  512    “ Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove”              Mendon             
Offertory Hymn   598   Lord Christ, when first thou cam’st to earth”  Mit Freuden
                                                                                                                      zart
Communion Motet 508  I have longed for thy saving health”            William Byrd
Communion Hymn 508  Breathe on me, breath of God”                      Nova Vita
Closing Hymn 637         “How firm a foundation”                                        Lyons
Postlude                       Chorale Prelude on Out of the depths I cry to thee    Bach


                            
Parish Notices     [Looks like we’re busy!]

§  Adult Education: On Sunday, April 2nd, at 9:00 a.m. we continue the course on Sacramental Identity – Holy Eucharist.  This course follows the scheme set forth in the 2008 book of David A. deSilva, Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through The Book of Common Prayer, exploring how liturgies of The Book of Common Prayer give us a language and a context for encountering God. 
§  Starting Sunday April 2nd at 2:00 p.m. - First Communion Instruction: Pat Ford Smith will be providing Communion Lessons during the month of April in preparation for the Bishop's visit on Sunday May 7th, 2017.  Classes will be held 2-3:30 pm on the following Sundays: Today April 2, 2017, Sunday, April 23rd and Sunday April 30th. If you or your child are interested, please contact the office to sign up.  
§  Stations of the Cross, Simple Suppers and Teaching:  Next Friday, April 7th, is the last of this Lenten Series. We meet at 5:15 pm for a Prelude of Lenten Organ Music and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m., followed by a simple supper and Christian formation. Our formation program this year has been Bishop Matt’s Lenten series for parishes focusing on the Diocesan Vision for us to be communities of God’s mercy and light. This is not a study but rather a time of listening to God and one another; a time for storytelling and reflecting on our stories; a time of beginning or continuing discernment, both for ourselves and for our community of faith. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we will know how much food needs to be prepared.
§  Easter Flowers and Music: Please donate for Easter Flowers & Music. We enjoy the Beauty of Holiness in both the flowers that adorn the church and the special music which includes strings at the Solemn Mass on Easter morning. Please be as generous as you are able and call the office or fill out the slip found in this mass booklet to indicate your wish for memorials and/or thanksgivings. Deadline is April 10th at noon.
§  Maundy Thursday Foot Washing: Everyone will have the opportunity to have their feet washed and to wash someone else’s feet following the example of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet. Please wear socks and shoes that are easily removed.
§  Vigil before the Altar of Repose: Please sign up to watch and pray for an hour at the Altar of Repose beginning immediately following the Maundy Thursday Mass April 13th and concluding Friday, April 14th as the Good Friday Liturgy begins. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex, more than one person can sign up for any given hour.
§  Sacrament of Reconciliation: Lent is a time of self-examination preparing for the death and resurrection of our Lord. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Maundy Thursday April 13th from 7:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. in the Crying Room/ Confessional at the back of the nave of the church.
§  Easter Vigil Dinner: The first Mass of the Resurrection is on Saturday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. The Easter celebration then continues at Trattoria Stefano, 522 South 8th Street, at 9:30 p.m. The actual cost of the meal is a gift to the parish, so you not only get a delicious meal but you help the church by purchasing a ticket for the dinner. Tickets can be purchased in the parish office or in the narthex after mass for $50 a person. Everyone is invited, but seats are limited. There are scholarships for anyone wishing to attend but are unable to donate.
§  Easter Gala Reception: We will continue our Easter celebration with a Gala Reception after the 10:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 16th. Please sign up to bring sweets or savories and to help clean up afterwards. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§  Sew Caring: A new product drive from Love INC.  Gibbsville Reformed Church is collecting new bath towels to be cut and sewn as full length bibs for local nursing homes and care agencies. Standard sized bibs do not keep residents’ clothes clean as food will often fall into their laps. For more info. please see the notice board and large grey collection bin in the Narthex. This drive runs March 14 – April 14, 2017.
§  Spring Cleanup: We will gather on Saturday, 22 April. Start time is 8:30 a.m., and we expect to finish at noon. Breakfast snacks, coffee, etc. will be provided. Cleanup will happen inside and outside the church. If you plan to work on the indoor crew, please bring cleaning materials. If you plan to work outdoors, please bring extra tools (rake, pruner, etc.) Let’s have fun together as we spruce up our beautiful physical plant and build community together!
§  Jail Chaplaincy: Join us on April 25, 2017 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. for a banquet for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. The dinner will be at Blue Harbor, and your participation will help raise funds for a chaplain to female prisoners in Sheboygan County. Fr. Karl has tickets for eight. The meal is free, but donations will be solicited. Full details are available by contacting Fr. Karl.
§  Volunteer needed to organize Annual Bake/Plant/ Rummage Sale: This annual event takes place, in conjunction with St. Luke United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, on Friday, April 28th (noon–3:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 29th (9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) – the second weekend after Easter. As well as an organizer we need volunteers to provide baked items (brownies already provided) and help man the tables, set-up and take down. Anyone interested in organizing/helping in this event, please call the office at 920-452-9659 or call/text Jessica Ambelang on 920-918-5667.
§  Grace Church Photo Directory: Life Touch will be scheduling photographic sessions from May 10, 2017 through May 13, 2017. These photographs will be used in a new Grace Church photo directory. Volunteers will be needed on the following photo days to assist with smooth appointment flow: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10th, Thursday, May 11th, and Friday May 12th, and 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th. Please call the office if you are available to volunteer at any time on these days.
§  Summer Camp: Diocese of Fond du Lac Summer Camp is for kids age 4 through graduating 12th graders. Camp is an opportunity for campers and staff to learn more about God, about community, about themselves and have fun! There are application forms on the Narthex table.  Deadline for registration is May 22, 2017. If you have questions about what camp is like please speak with Nick Whitford at the coffee hour following this mass. Scholarships are available.
§  Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12) June 11 (Sun 3pm) – June 17 (Sat 12noon)
§  Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 18 (Sun 3pm) – June 22 (Thu 12noon)
§  Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5) June 18 (Sun 3pm) – June 22 (Thu 12noon)
§  KinderCamp (parent & kids ages 4-7) June 22 (Thu 4pm) – June 24 (Sat 12noon)
§  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 if you write your name on the envelope.
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