FaithWorks Racine Holy Week Services

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  • 10:30 a.m. Atonement-East worship service, 2915 Wright Avenue
  • 6:30 p.m. FaithWorks worship service at Our Savior’s, 2219 Washington Avenue

Good Friday, April 18

  • 1:00 p.m. Atonement-East worship service, 2915 Wright Avenue
  • 7:00 p.m. FaithWorks worship service at St. Andrew, 1015 Four Mile Road

Saturday, April 19

  • 7:00 p.m. Parroquia Emaús Easter vigil, 1925 Summit Avenue (español)

Easter Sunday, April 20

  • 6:00 a.m. FaithWorks North sunrise service at Wind Point Lighthouse
  • 9:00 a.m. FaithWorks North festival service at St. Andrew, 1015 Four Mile Road
  • 9:15 a.m. FaithWorks South festival service at Atonement, 2915 Wright Avenue
  • 10:00 a.m. Atonement-West Easter service, 10116 Stellar Avenue, Sturtevant
  • 10:45 a.m. FaithWorks South festival service at Atonement, 2915 Wright Avenue
  • 12:00 p.m. Parroquia Emaús festival service, 1925 Summit Avenue (español)

FaithWorks Leaders Retreat

FeEsAcción (FaithWorks) va a tener un retiro. El retiro se llevará a cabo en la tarde del viernes 25 de abril y la mañana del 26 de abril en Parroquia Luterana de la Expiación  2915 Wright Avenue. El propósito del retiro es trabajar en traer la visión FeEsAcción juntos y empezar a poner las cosas en la práctica.

Festival del Otoño será diferente al de los últimos dos años. Se llevará a cabo el 7 de septiembre. El festival será sólo un día e incluirá la misa. El evento no tendrá que atraer a la gente de la comunidad de Racine. ¿El trabajo se centrará en construir relaciones entre las congregaciones a participar en las actividades de FeEsAcción? ¿cómo podemos comunicar con todos nuestros miembros eficazmente?

Esto es FeEsAcción! ¡Unete al retiro abril 25 y 26. ¡Tu parroquia te necesita!

A FaithWorks leadership retreat will take place April 25 and 26 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Avenue. The retreat is open to all members of FaithWorks congregations. You don’t have to serve on a council to be a church leader. During the retreat we’ll review what have we accomplished so far and what we are looking to do in the future. The Friday session is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes supper; the Saturday session is from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Please talk to your pastor or to any member of your church council.

This year’s Fall Festival will be different from the last two years. It will be held on September 7. The festival is only one day and will include worship. The event will not be focused on attracting people from the community of Racine. The job will focus on building relationships among FaithWorks congregations. How can we communicate effectively with our members?

Prayer Walk of the Passion

PrayWalk-webOn Wednesday evening, April 9, the Wednesday before Holy Week, all FaithWorks congregations and friends are invited to Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Avenue, for the children-led Prayer Walk of the Passion.  After dinner, served at 6:00, the children will reenact the final days of Jesus’ life. The dramatic presentation begins with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ends with a moving representation of the empty tomb. Continue reading

Breakfast — for Dinner!

Join us for Breakfast for Dinner!

FWYdinner-sWe’ll serve all your favorite breakfast foods — pancakes, crepes, eggs, milk and orange juice — for dinner!

Be ready to have fun. We’ve got an evening full of activities and surprises planned. Friday, April 11, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 Four Mile Road.

Open to youth from age 13 to 20. Please call Ilse at (262) 504-0736 to reserve your spot.

Apply for Neighborhood Camp Internship

Click here nclogo07web to download an application form to intern on the Racine ELCA Neighborhood Camp staff this summer.

Dates of Neighborhood Camp are Monday through Friday, June 23 through July 18. Training is tentatively set for Wednesday through Friday, June 18 – 20. All interns are expected to participate. Applications are due to Liliana Moncada before May 1. Most hiring is complete by May 31.

Pastors, Principal Address Mitchell School Needs After Fire

DSCN0078Update: a complete list of items Mitchell staff and students need is posted here.

Mitchell School Principal Isaac Kirkwood met with ELCA pastors on Thursday and presented a request for space at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer to host students for breakfast (7:30 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m. to noon) who are still coming to school (although the school has been cancelled). He expects around 80-100 students to show up. The days asked are Friday, February 28; Monday, March 3; and Tuesday, March 4.

Redeemer has accepted the request on the grounds that: Continue reading


from the Atonement-Our Savior’s Chimes Messenger

chimessFaithWorks continues forward in many ways. The most significant development for Atonement and Our Savior’s is certainly that we have begun worshiping together. This is directly a result of our FaithWorks partnership. Emmaus and St. Andrew have been worshiping together through the fall, and recently even had a joint annual meeting, though they did meet separately for part of the meeting.

Each congregation is asked to re-ratify our covenant as we continue to explore the vision plan that has been put forward. The vision is bold. It will likely take some time to get where we are going; we will have changes and hurdles to cross; but the next step is to have conversations in our congregations and councils so that everyone understands the implications of the plan.

An annual report for FaithWorks has been prepared and is available in the narthex. There will be a retreat for church councils and the FaithWorks Mission Council the Friday and Saturday after Easter.

We will have a FaithWorks Passover seder on Maundy Thursday and a special service at St. Andrew on Good Friday.

We will begin to receive and ELCA grant of $32,000 for 2014 to help support our partnership and we have been invited to apply for additional funds in 2015. One of the roles supported is that of a new communications coordinator for the whole partnership. We have also applied for a Wheat Ridge Foundation grant to support nutritional programs found across our partnership.

Atonement-Our Savior’s Progress Report

Let’s Grow Deeper Together

By Revs. David Rhoads & Sandy Roberts

A recent issue of the Lutheran magazine had an article on church renewal that quotes Dave Daubert, the pastor/ consultant who led our FaithWorks retreat in the fall of 2012 and who has continued to advise FaithWorks as we move forward. In the article, Pastor Daubert makes a statement that could become a “treasure map” to guide us in our growth together:

“The central part of renewing church is renewing our spiritual life first, then mission work second, vibrancy third, and maybe then growth. It’s not a numbers game, it’s spiritual belief and passion.” (“Renew and Renovate,” by Jane Oppermann, The Lutheran, January 2014, p. 22) Continue reading