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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Asking the Right Question


Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
19 April 2018

“How do we grow the Church?” is the wrong question to ask.  It is, however, a very common question.  Most congregations worry about how to keep being the church they have been, and this entails practical worries about funding, programs, etc.  But the real question, the important question, the question that focuses on call rather than on proximate concerns, is “How do we live into the call to spread the kingdom?”
We are commissioned by Jesus to proclaim the kingdom, and to proclaim the King.  To do this we must focus less on who we are and on what the Church is or has been, but on:  (1) the kingdom! (and how it breaks into this world); and (2) those to whom we make proclamation (i.e., all who do not know Christ already).  To be clear, this side of the second coming of Our Lord the Church is fundamental to God’s plan of salvation.  I am not suggesting (as Newsweek did in a cover story some years back) that we “Follow Jesus; forget the church.”  The Church (capital “c” signifying a holy mystery far beyond any human institution) matters, but the Church matters in how she lives into the vocation of proclamation.  If we are not focused outwardly, we (any congregation) will over time die.
The sticky problem of proclamation is that we need to reach people who are not like us.  That’s hard to do in any circumstance, but particularly when the message we proclaim is one that calls those who hear or experience it to change, to be transformed.  Last week I wrote, for example, about conversion from being consumers to being servants.  That’s a challenging message, and that’s directed to us, so imaging the challenge when we go to others and call them to change.
In discerning how to live into our vocation as a parish we can begin (as in all things) in prayer, but to do this I want to invite each one of you to pray about how you can answer three questions to anyone you meet who does not know Jesus:
1.   Why Jesus?
2.   Why the Church?
3.   Why this church?
To answer these questions for yourself you can pray about how you have experienced forgiveness, love, new life in Christ.  You can pray about how you experience God’s presence in gathering in worship, and in how your fellow worshippers can lift you up when you are not experiencing a lively faith.  You can pray about what it is in this church that allows you to experience God in ways that you can share His mercy and delight.
Be intentional in prayer.  Once we ask the right questions, God will lead us to the rights answers.

Grace abounds:  Please thank: 
§  Wayne and Pat Sather, and Katy and Steve Larson 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.

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 of Easter                         Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey, Music Director
and Episcopal Visitation

Prelude                           Ch. Prel. on Lord, forever at thy side R. Vaughan Williams
Entrance Hymn 518         “Christ is made the sure foundation”   Westminster Abbey
Offertory Hymn 490        “I want to walk as a child of the light”                 Houston
Communion Motet           God be in my head                                        Philip Wilby
Communion Hymn 655    “O Jesus I have promised”                                     Nyland
Closing Hymn 473           “Lift high the Cross”                                            Crucifer
Postlude                          Trumpet Tune in G                       Georg Philipp Telemann

Parish Notices:
§  Bishop’s Visitation: On Sunday, we welcome Bishop Matthew Gunter for his annual visitation. The Bishop will preach and celebrate at both the 8:00 and 10:15 services. We celebrate the Receptions and First Communion at the 10:15 service. Please join us for a gala reception to welcome Bishop Gunter and honor Jerry Molitor, Linda Molitor and Don Beeck who will be Received into the Episcopal Church and Steven John Schmeiser who will receive his First Communion.
§  Adult Formation-Sacramental Life (Holy Eucharist) begins Sunday: Please join Leslie on Sunday as she guides 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. This is a 5-week course: 22, 29 April, AND 6, 13, 20 May “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.” -Leslie
§  Annual Bake/Plant/Rummage Sale: This annual event takes place, in conjunction with St. Luke United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, on Friday, 27 April (noon–3:00 p.m.) and Saturday, 28 April (9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)
We are in need volunteers to provide baked items (brownies already provided) and help monitor the tables, set-up and take down. A sign-up sheet is located on the Narthex table and online. *Do you have rummage items or plastic bags for packing to donate? Please price and bring to the lower level room marked “Rummage Sale items”.
§  Spring Conference 2018: Faithful Innovation in a Disruptive Age, Saturday,
28 April, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Liberty Hall in Kimberly.
https://www.diofdl.org/eventsblog/spring-conference-apr-28 Registration fee of $30 per person, includes breakfast, lunch speaker and supplies.  If you are interested in attending, but are challenged by the fee, contact the parish office. 
§  Monarch 74 Cursillo Weekend: Thursday, 3 May- Sunday, 6 May at Spencer Lake Christian Center in Waupaca. What is Cursillo? It is a movement of the church.  Its purpose is to help those in the church understands their individual callings to be Christian Leaders.  The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in family and social life, in leisure activities and within the church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us. Visit http://www.monarchcursillo.org/ for more information or to register.
§  Save the Date-Eucharistic Festival, Saturday 30 June: 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.
§  Summer Camp registration for camp sessions are now open: The 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! The registration process is now completely online and includes availability to make payments. www.diofdl.org/camp
Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12) June 10 at 3:00 p.m.–June 16, noon.
Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 17 at 3:00 p.m.–June 22, noon.
Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5) June 17 at 3:00 p.m.–June 22, noon.
KinderCamp (parent & kids ages 4-7) June 22 at 4:00 pm–June 24, noon.
*Scholarships are available; inquire at the parish office.
§  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 if you 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.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Servants and Not Consumers


Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
12 April 2018

It has certainly been a busy time of year.  Holy Week and Easter, with attendant extra services of worship, overlapped to a large extent with spring break for local schools, leading to many families traveling.  The weather has felt a little bit like “piling on”.  Between the Final Four and the Masters, distractions have abounded.  And yet it is nonetheless fair to ask at what point we might just stop trying to do more than the bare minimum.  Those who served at parish cleanup day this past Saturday worked very hard and got a lot done, despite small numbers.  The gaps in sign-up lists for things like coffee hour continue to get bigger.  The number who seek to serve in ministries like choir, altar guild, etc.  (really anything optional outside of Sunday worship) continues to diminish in a culture in which we have been conditioned to be consumers, and in which measures of mutual accountability are notable for how they challenge us.
It is time to re├źngage.  In this season in which we celebrate the triumph of life  over death, the triumph of good over evil, truth over falsehood, beauty over fallenness, it is time to say “My faith is about a lot more than what I get out of it.  It is about what I give, and how I build community.”  Because the alternative is slow atrophy attendant on burning out the few who continue to serve, to the point where we just stop doing some things that are both dear and godly.
In raising the Paschal shout of victory, “Alleluia!  The Lord is risen, indeed!” challenge yourself about how you participate in this resurrection by how you participate in the life of this Body, this community.  Serve.
To which you might say “Lighten up, Father!  We’re all busy, and we just need some down time.”  Point taken.  We are all busy.  We live in a world of 24/7 news and business cycles.  We live in a world in which our schedules may be dictated by school sports, or by other voluntary activities that morph into obligations.  (As an aside, there is a difference between be “obligated” to do something—like observe the Sabbath—and “obliged” to, like meet societal expectations.)  I understand the need for time off, but in deciding how to pursue down time let us not fall into the trap of treating worship and service as just one among competing priorities.  Let us, rather, keep worship and service as those things that continually strengthen our relationship with God, that by His grace we may face all of the challenges of life, and do so as the Body.

Grace abounds:  Please thank: 
§  Anne and Bob Hanlon, and Katy and Steve Larson for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Bobbie May for janitorial help.
§  Fr. John Ambelang for cooking for the youth group.
§  Bryan Stenz for organizing the parish indoor cleanup day, and the following who showed up to clean:  Nicci Beeck, Sutton Cecil, John David, Bill and Deb Gagin, Bob and Anne Hanlon, Karl Schaffenburg, Mary Snyder.

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 of Easter                           Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey, Music Director

Prelude                           Chorale on Haec Dies (This is the day the Lord has made)                                                                                             Charles-Marie Widor
Entrance Hymn 199         “Come ye faithful raise the strain”                     St. Kevin
Offertory Hymn 305        “Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest     Rosedale    
Communion Motet           Most Glorious Lord of Life                      William H. Harris
Communion Hymn 343    “Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless”             St. Agnes
Closing Hymn 194           “Jesus lives! Thy terrors now”                        St. Albinus
Postlude                         Prelude and Fugue in G Minor                          J.S. Bach

Parish Notices:
§  Adult Formation-Rector’s Forum: On Sunday the adult formation hour will include a Rector’s Forum (questions about the Church and our ministries) and “stupid church questions”. Come and share a coffee and questions!
§  First Communion Instruction: Pat Ford Smith is providing Communion Lessons in preparation for the Bishop's visit on Sunday, 22 April.  The final class meets Sunday from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
§  Bishop’s Visitation: Next Sunday, 22 April we welcome Bishop Matthew Gunter for his annual visitation. The Bishop will preach and celebrate at both 8 and 10:15 services. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Communion at the 10:15 am service. Please join us for a gala reception to welcome Bishop Gunter and honor those Received and Confirmed. A sign-up sheet is located on the Narthex table for savories, sweets and clean-up.
§  Adult Formation-Sacramental Life (Holy Eucharist): Please join Leslie Kohler next Sunday 22 April, 29 April, AND 6, 13, 20 May 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.” -Leslie
§  Annual Bake/Plant/Rummage Sale: This annual event takes place, in conjunction with St. Luke United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, on Friday, 27 April(noon–3:00 p.m.) and Saturday, 28 April (9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)
We are in need volunteers to provide baked items (brownies already provided) and help monitor the tables, set-up and take down. A sign-up sheet is located on the Narthex table.*Do you have rummage items to donate? Please price and bring to the lower level room marked “Rummage Sale items”.
§  Spring Conference 2018: Faithful Innovation in a Disruptive Age, Saturday,
28 April, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Liberty Hall in Kimberly. https://www.diofdl.org/eventsblog/spring-conference-apr-28 Registration fee of $30 per person, includes breakfast, lunch speaker and supplies.  If you are interested in attending, but are challenged by the fee, contact the parish office. 
§  Monarch 74 Cursillo Weekend: Thursday, 3 May- Sunday, 6 May at Spencer Lake Christian Center in Waupaca.
What is Cursillo? It is a movement of the church.  Its purpose is to help those in the church understands their individual callings to be Christian Leaders.  The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in family and social life, in leisure activities and within the church environment. 
Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us. Visit http://www.monarchcursillo.org/ for more information or to register.
§  Summer Camp registration for camp sessions are now open: The 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! The registration process is now completely online and includes availability to make payments. www.diofdl.org/camp
Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12) June 10 at 3:00 p.m.–June 16, noon.
Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 17 at 3:00 p.m.–June 22, noon.
Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5) June 17 at 3:00 p.m.–June 22, noon.
KinderCamp (parent & kids ages 4-7) June 22 at 4:00 pm–June 24, noon.
*Scholarships are available; inquire at the parish office.
  • Camp Staff Volunteers Needed: The Diocese of Fond du Lac is looking for volunteers to serve as staff for its camp sessions. Since 1926, our campers have been served by volunteers who exhibit a commitment to the Christian faith and encourage others to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Interested in serving? Learn more and apply at www.diofdl.org/campstaff.
  • Save the Date-Eucharistic Festival, Saturday 30 June: 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.
§  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 bible for the challenge, contact the parish office.
§  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 if you 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 lost and found box. Please email the office office@gracesheboygan.com to identify and claim.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Words of Power


Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
5 April 2018

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  In saying (let us hope shouting) these words, how many of us experience this new life?  This becomes a little bit of a “chicken and egg” problem.  Do we proclaim the Lord’s resurrection because of our personal experience of new life, or do we begin to experience new life because of our proclamation?  Just like the classic “chicken and egg” conundrum, the answer doesn’t matter.  What matters is new life, but to the extent that Easter joy remains for you a concept rather than an experience, consider the reality that words have power, and that in proclaiming Our Lord’s victory you can begin to participate in this victory.
“Numinous” (derived from the Latin numen) is an adjective describing how spiritual or religious feeling is aroused, how something becomes awe-inspiring, as an encounter with mystery.  We have all had some encounter with something outside of ourselves that points us to something (Someone) greater.  This encounter with the greater can be joyful or can fill us with dread.  Regardless, such an encounter gets our attention and can be, in fact, life-changing.  When we say that words have power, what we are referring to is when words themselves can be numinous, can lead us into an encounter.  Throughout the Bible, the naming of a thing or person is an act of power, of sovereignty. 
The numinous character of names is a constant in the biblical worldview.  It is also pretty common in our own day-to-day world.  What we call someone is never accidental, and very much shapes how we understand and describe our relationship with that person—how he or she affect our own lives.  Addressing an intimate partner as “Darling” signals something very different from when we might call him or her just by given name.  And when two of us speak about a third person, if we refer to this person just by description (e.g., “my brother”) rather than by name (e.g., Mark) says something about how the two of us relate to each other and to the third person.  Which is why it is important to proclaim that Christ is risen; that Jesus is Lord.  In such proclamation we speak truth, and this truth affects or participation in this reality.  When we speak of Jesus as Lord, we understand, ourselves, how we relate to Jesus.  When we call God “Father” we say something very important about who God is, but also about who we are:  sons and daughters.
So, say it again:  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  Name your Lord often, both when you speak to Him and when you speak about your own faith.  Such naming is powerful, and you’ll be the first one to notice this power.

Grace abounds:  Please thank: 
§  Polly Schmeiser and Mary Beth Snyder for organizing the Easter reception, with goodies provided by many.
§  Julie Davidson and Bobbie May 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. 

Music this Week:         

The Second Sunday of Easter                       Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey, Music Director

Prelude                          Fantasy in G major                                            J.S. Bach
Entrance Hymn 193         “That Easter Day with Joy was bright”              Puer nobis
Offertory Hymn 206        “O sons and daughters let us sing”               O filii et filiae
Communion Motet          This joyful Eastertide              George Ratcliffe Woodward
Communion Hymn 209    “We walk by faith and not by sight”                St. Botolph
Closing Hymn 180           “He is risen, he is risen”                          Unser Herrscher
Postlude                         Offertoire sue le chant O filii et filiae           J.-F. Dandrieu

Parish Notices:

§  Adult Formation-Rector’s Forum: On Sunday and 15 April the adult formation hour will include Rector’s Forum (questions about the Church and our ministries) and “stupid church questions”. Come and share a coffee and questions!
§  First Communion Instruction: Pat Ford Smith is providing Communion Lessons in preparation for the Bishop's visit on Sunday, 22 April.  The class meets  on 8 and 15 April from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Children will meet Mrs. Pat at the Ontario Street entrance.
§  Bishop’s Visitation: On Sunday, 22 April we welcome Bishop Matthew Gunter for his annual visitation. The Bishop will preach and celebrate at both 8 and 10:15 services. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Communions at the 10:15 am service. Please join us for a gala reception to welcome Bishop Gunter and honor those Received and Confirmed. A sign-up sheet is located on the Narthex table for savories, sweets and clean-up.
§  The Feast of the Annunciation: We celebrate on Monday, 9 April at 12:10 p.m. the Feast of the Annunciation, which commemorates the annunciation by the archangel Gabriel to Mary that she will bear the Messiah (Luke 1.26-38).
§  Adult Formation-Sacramental Life (Holy Eucharist): Please join Leslie Kohler on 22, 29 April, AND 6, 13, 20 May 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.” -Leslie
§  Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Banquet: The annual banquet in support of ministry in the local jail is scheduled for Tuesday, 24 April (Blue Harbor, 6 p.m.)  Fr. Karl; has 8 tickets available. There is no cost, but the cost of the meal to the ministry is $28.00, and you are encouraged to donate in support. There will also be a silent auction. Come and learn about how lives can be changed through the Gospel, behind bars as well as on the outside. For details contact Fr. Karl.
§  Annual Bake/Plant/Rummage Sale: This annual event takes place, in conjunction with St. Luke United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, on Friday, 27 April(noon–3:00 p.m.) and Saturday, 28 April (9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)
We are in need volunteers to provide baked items (brownies already provided) and help monitor the tables, set-up and take down. Sign-up sheets will be on the Narthex table after Easter Sunday. *Do you have rummage items to donate? Please price and bring to the lower level room marked “Rummage Sale items”.
§  Spring Conference 2018: Faithful Innovation in a Disruptive Age, Saturday,
28 April, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Liberty Hall in Kimberly. https://www.diofdl.org/eventsblog/spring-conference-apr-28 Registration fee of $30 per person, includes breakfast, lunch speaker and supplies.  If you are interested in attending, but are challenged by the fee, contact the parish office. 
§  Monarch 74 Cursillo Weekend: Thursday, 3 May- Sunday, 6 May at Spencer Lake Christian Center in Waupaca.
What is Cursillo? It is a movement of the church.  Its purpose is to help those in the church understands their individual callings to be Christian Leaders.  The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in family and social life, in leisure activities and within the church environment. 
Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us. Visit http://www.monarchcursillo.org/ for more information or to register.
§  Save the Date-Eucharistic Festival, Saturday 30 June: 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.
§  Summer Camp registration for camp sessions are now open: The 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!
The registration process is now completely online and includes availability to make online payments. Visit www.diofdl.org/camp for more information.
Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12) June 10 at 3:00 p.m.–June 16, noon.
Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 17 at 3:00 p.m.–June 22, noon.
Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5) June 17 at 3:00 p.m.–June 22, noon.
KinderCamp (parent & kids ages 4-7) June 22 at 4:00 pm–June 24, noon.
*Scholarships are available; inquire at the parish office.
§  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 bible for the challenge, contact the parish office.
§  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 if you 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 lost and found box. Please email the office office@gracesheboygan.com to identify and claim.
§  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!!!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/grace-church-sheboygan/id982836791