Grace Episcopal Church
29 September 2016
If you’ll recall, it was only a couple of days ago that air conditioning was needed, and now the heat is running. The weather has changed in a hurry, helped along by a mighty wind, and this should, perhaps, cause us to pause and note about winds that sweep through us.
Regardless of how we would like to specify any overall “program” as a parish, we are in the midst of a lot of change. Our music ministry is in transition (a change softened by Ben very generously agreeing to serve on Sundays until the end of the year). Archdeacon Michele will likely be ordained a priest at the beginning of the new year. We are focusing on outreach, and in doing this we know that any and all growth involves change. We have been blessed for many years through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous, and now he has passed to his heavenly reward. Add all of these changes together, and we see that—just as a mighty wind has ushered in the autumn—a greater wind, the Holy Spirit, is abroad, pushing us.
I have actually been asked by a number of people if I am worried, worried about how the work load will get sorted out and how the budget will get sorted out. The truth is that I have not spent one moment in worry, because when we are open to where the Spirit pushes (and let’s be honest—we like to think that it is only that the Spirit leads us, but a lot of the time God must push us!) then we can remove worry with the simple reminder: God’s in charge. So long as we are intentional in discerning God’s will, and faithful in seeking to do His will, we will be blessed, and God will use us as His instrument in bringing blessing to those around us.
Stewardship matters, of course. We are called to be stewards, to offer to God’s service gifts He has given us. It has certainly been a blessing to receive the gifts of a generous donor in our midst, but this blessing is now one that we must participate in much more actively. The rest of us—all of us—“anonymous” in our pledges, must push with the Holy Spirit to press on the kingdom.
A final note: Common feedback following the funeral on 27 September was “I didn’t know there was a worship service like this in Sheboygan.” The best way for people to know of this worship is to experience it because you have invited them to worship with you. Give not only of your treasure, but by your hearts which reach out to others.
Grace abounds: Please thank:
§ Kevan and Traci Revis, and Ed and Mary Clabots for the Sunday coffee hours.
§ Ellen Aparicio and Elizabeth Schaffenburg for pastoral care provided to persons in need.
§ Bill May for lots of extra work attendant on a funeral service.
§ All who helped with the funeral (ushers, office help, those setting up rooms, AV technicians, Altar Guild, decoration and flowers, hospitality, prayer ministry, grounds care, acolytes and altar party): Ellen Aparicio, Paul Aparicio, Ed and Mary Clabots, Julie Davidson, John Davis, Bev Evans, Claudia Fischer, Scot Fabiano, Bill and Deb Gagin, Steve Gallimore, Art and Bob Imig, John Keller, Bobbi Kraft, Bernie Markevitch, Bobbie May, Brian Munro, Mary Snyder, Bryan Stenz, Nick Whitford, Jon Whitford); plus Ben Dobey and all of the choir!
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.
Energy Conservation! Please treat Grace as your home. If you turn something on, turn it off! Don’t assume anyone else will lock or turn off.
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.
Special appeal: Later this Fall we will have a grounds cleanup day that will include ground cover and shrubbery trimming. We are, however, overdue for major reshaping of shrubbery, and the arbor vitae which flank the church entrance are out-of-control. Quotations for shrub reshaping and removal/replacement of the arbor vitae run into the thousands of dollars. Major work will not be a 2016 initiative, but we are appealing for your donations now, to build a fund for work in the Spring of 2017. Keep Grace beautiful! Give “Something Extra”.
Update: The Processional Cross will be restored. This will begin next Monday, and while the cross is out for repair (which will take some months) we are blessed with a cross made by Scot Fabiano. If you wish to help, please us a “Something Extra for Grace” envelope and mark “Processional Cross” on the envelope or in a check memo. line.
Music this Week: The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22C)
Organist: Ben Dobey.
Entrance Hymn 408 “Sing praise to God who reigns above” Mit Freuden zart
Offertory Hymn 541 “Come, labor on” Ora Labora
Communion Motet “Cantate Domino” Giuseppe Pitoni
Communion Hymn 312 “Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands” Malabar
Closing Hymn 551 “Rise up, ye saints of God” Festal Song
§ Adult Christian Formation: Began on Sunday, September 25th at 9:00 a.m. A six-week course, The Christian Worldview Through the Artists’ Eyes, will be taught by Christi Jentz, a professional artist, illuminator and iconographer resident at St. Josaphat’s Basilica in Milwaukee. The first class explored the contrast between a Christian worldview and the secular, followed by a brief overview of Christian artistic expression from Early Christian times to the present day.
§ Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals: On Saturday, October 1st at 9:00 a.m. we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis (transferred). Following mass there will be the Blessing of the Animals.
§ Catechumenate will begin: Catechumenate is a nine-month course in the basics of the Faith and its practice. It is a period of training and instruction in Christian understandings about God, human relationships, and the meaning of life. It includes the Sacrament of Baptism, if you are not already baptized, and culminates in Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows. The Catechumenate will meet on Tuesday each week starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The class will begin in late September and will continue until May when Bishop Matthew Gunter makes his annual visitation. The study is led by Deacon Michele Whitford, the Parish Catechist. If you would like to be a part of this exciting study and fellowship or would like more information, please call the office 452-9659 or e -mail Deacon Michele at email@example.com. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§ Sunday School Snacks: One activity that is a favorite of the children is sharing in a snack together and serving each other in the Name of Christ. If you are able, we would so appreciate donated snacks and juice boxes. Snack ideas include crackers, applesauce, fruit snacks, popcorn or any other non-perishable item you think they might like. String cheese, fresh fruit and veggies are also welcome, just alert Ms. Nicci or M. Andrea if you placed something in the refrigerator and we'll be sure to use them. Thank you!
§ 26th Annual Coats for Kids: is a community service campaign that over the last 25 years the community has donated 20,000 coats to those in need. Area residents are asked to donate clean coats in good repair. We accept coats of all sizes for people of all ages, with the need being greatest for children’s coats. These coats will be distributed to Sheboygan county residents who would otherwise go without. Drop off location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12 St. Sheboygan, Tuesday, September 6th – Wednesday, October 19th, Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:00 pm.
§ Distribution Location: Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. Sheboygan, Friday, October 21st, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
§ The Art of Neighboring: Love INC invites you to an evening of Celebration, Inspiration and Transformation with Dave Runyon, co-author of the book The Art of Neighboring. The evening will begin with worship and praise for all God has been doing and will continue to do for our Neighbors-In-Need. Dave Runyon will share insight from his book to inspire and challenge us all to see how God’s Love can change you, your Church, and your neighborhood. Discussion will follow along with prayer focused on transformation in our lives, our Churches, and ultimately our neighborhoods. This event will take place on October 3rd, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at City Church, 2313 N. 31st Street, Sheboygan. To register go to: http://loveincsheboygancounty.org/
Walsingham Pilgrimage Music and Flowers: The Walsingham Pilgrimage is just around the corner and preparations are being made. Music will include the Gaudete Brass again this year. As you are able, please donate so we can once again offer beautiful music that has become so much a part of the pilgrimage and the flowers that add so much to the beauty of holiness. Please make your check out to Grace Church with Walsingham music or flowers or both in the memo. Reservations are required for lunch at a cost of $20 per person and will be served at noon on Saturday. Please make your reservations by using the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex or by calling Grace office at 452-9659.
§ Walsingham Volunteers Needed: There are many opportunities to help with hospitality for the Walsingham Pilgrimage. We will need volunteers to greet pilgrims as they arrive for both the quiet day on Friday as well as Saturday morning for the Solemn Mass and for the musical offering, healing prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. We will need help with the set-up of St. Nicholas Hall for lunch and especially for clean-up after lunch. Please sign-up on the sheet on the Narthex table.
Walsingham Accommodation: Seven young male choral scholars from Nashotah House will need accommodation for the night of Friday, October 14th. For those of you who have available accommodation in your homes please see the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§ Our Lady of Walsingham Pilgrimage
§ Friday, October 14, 2016
Quiet Day of Prayer and Meditation.
12:00pm Service for Noonday and Meditation
3:00pm Service of Prayer and Meditation
5:00pm Holy Rosary
6:00pm Solemn Evensong and Meditation
The Meditations will be led by The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Holtzen, Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology at Nashotah House
Musical offering by the combined choirs of Nashotah House Seminary and the parish.
§ Saturday, October 15, 2016
10:30 am Solemn Pontifical Mass with procession of Our Lady
Celebrant is The Right Reverend Matthew A. Gunter, Eighth Bishop of Fond du Lac.
The preacher is The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Holtzen, Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology at Nashotah House.
Choral and organ music will include Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey Organist
and the Gaudete Brass Quintet of Chicago.
12:00 pm Harvest Lunch. The cost is $20.00.
Please make reservations by October 7, 2016.
2:00pm Anointing with Walsingham water and Healing Prayer,
musical offering, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
To register and for more information: (920) 452-9659 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gracesheboygan.com
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