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FaithWorks Fall Festival: God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 Four Mile Road, Racine.
- 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Service in Community
- 11:30 a.m.: Worship service
- 12:30 p.m.: Pig roast and picnic
- 1:30 p.m.: Children’s games
- 2:30 p.m.: “Think Pawsitive” dog agility show
- 3:15 p.m.: 50/50 raffle drawing.
Zumba. Live music. 50/50 raffle. Free fun for the entire family.
St. Andrew and Emmaus councils met separately this past Tuesday; each council crafted a recommendation to be considered by its own congregation at its September 14 congregational meeting. It was also decided that on September 14 we have two worship services at 9:00 a.m., one at Emmaus and the other at St. Andrew. Following each service there will be a congregational meeting at each location to consider the recommendation made by their council.
The Emmaus recommendation is the following:
The Council of Emmaus recommends that as of Reformation Sunday, 2014, we will worship at Emmaus; and that we, Emmaus, will invite Emaús and St. Andrew into covenant. The covenant will be developed by the covenant partners to be approved at the next annual congregational meeting in January, 2015.
Based on the Emmaus council’s recommendation to their congregation to invite St. Andrew to join them in worship at Emmaus, the St. Andrew Congregation Council is presenting the following options to the St. Andrew congregation. We will decide between the following two choices:
1. We will continue to worship at St. Andrew, regroup and determine how we will move forward and sustain ourselves in our space. Or,
2. We will come together in worship with the Emmaus congregation at their location.
Atonement Lutheran Children’s Center and Preschool is now enrolling morning and afternoon 4K Racine Unified classes and free 3-year-old Preschool with full-time child care enrollment.
See what their preschool program has to offer: building 4K readiness skills; enhancing social skills; strongly focusing on early literacy; intentionally teaching with the use of creative curriculum; and children learning through exploration, hands-on activities, and play.
Check out their 3-5-year-old room. Play centers (dramatic play, science, sensory, literacy, blocks, large and fine motor) are used to teach intentionally. Strengthen preschool and 4K skills. Enhance social skills. Strong focus on early literacy. Nutritional meals.
Contact Angie Molina at (262) 634-7553 and ask how to enroll today.
A few months ago, the FaithWorks Mission Council realized that to be truly effective, we needed a dedicated leader for FaithWorks: a “Champion.” This Champion would be responsible for focusing the resources of our congregations, human, real, and financial, toward mission and for leading FaithWorks in the discovery and implementation of its unifying mission focused on children, education, and nutrition.
At July’s Mission Council meeting, our FaithWorks Champion — or rather, Champions — were unanimously approved. Pastor Mary Janz and Pastor Steve Wohlfeil will serve in this role together.
Pastor Mary, who has been key in keeping the FaithWorks mission moving forward to date, will be responsible for coordinating with the synod, the national church, potential funding groups, consultants, etc. She will lead the FaithWorks Mission Council and will continue to work on visioning.
Pastor Steve will be responsible for teaching (leading Bible studies) and preaching within our congregations. He will help to lift FaithWorks and the missional ideas, such as serving the poor, within our congregations.
This weekend concludes the small group listening sessions St. Andrew, Emmaus and Emaús have scheduled throughout the summer. Many members of the congregations have shared your thoughts and concerns regarding the FaithWorks North congregations worshiping together.
Monday evening, the leaders of the listening groups and one-on-one sessions will meet at St. Andrew to share information gathered. A report of what was heard at the listening sessions, as well as answers to questions raised by members in the listening sessions, will be compiled by August 8 and then shared with the congregations’ members. Thank you to all of the listening team and to everyone who participated in this process.
from the July Chimes Messenger
At the last meeting of our church councils, it was decided to move forward with a covenant that will work to draw our congregations closer together. A covenant, we believe, is the best next step in making our congregation stronger and better able to function as a single entity. We are not looking at merger now because our FaithWorks partnership calls us to consider merger in the not too distant future, and the time expense and effort to do a merger and then do it again seems foolish.
The congregations will meet in a joint congregational meeting on September 14 to discuss and vote on the covenant. The vote will be separate.
The following are some highlights of the covenant:
- Our common ministry will be known as Atonement-Our Saviors.
- Our purpose, by this covenant, is to create a stronger parish whose resources are joined to better serve Jesus and to build God’s Kingdom.
- We commit to following God’s will; worshiping and praying together; caring for one another; treating one another with respect; sharing our resources and spiritual gifts; working together.
- Our common ministry will be managed by a joint council consisting of four members of each congregation’s council and two of our pastors.
- Individual congregational councils will be maintained for the purpose of conducting corporate business unique to each congregation.
- All reports, minutes, and financial records will be shared with the joint council.
- Property owned by each congregation remains the sole responsibility of each congregation.
- Our Savior’s adoption of this covenant will constitute a shared interim call to Atonement’s pastors.
- Our Savior’s will compensate Atonement for that pastoral call at the rate they were compensating their previous 1/2-time interim (including benefits).
- In the event of filling a pastoral vacancy, a call committee will be formed using members from each congregation.
- Termination of the covenant may be accomplished by the vote of either congregation at a duly called special meeting, which has followed a three-month notice of the congregation’s intent to dissolve the covenant.
Because adoption of this covenant constitutes a pastoral call for the Our Savior’s congregation, a two-thirds majority will be necessary for approval. Atonement’s approval of the covenant will require a simple majority for approval.
Mark your calendar for September 7, a day of service, worship, food and fun! We hope to blitz the community with servant workers donning “God’s Work, Our Hands” t shirts, bearing both the ELCA logo and that of FaithWorks as we offer service throughout the community that morning. (Please get your order in to your church office by Monday, August 4.)
Are you willing to help plan the pig roast/potluck for the festival to be held at St. Andrew? Or, maybe being a part of the planning team for outdoor worship or for fun and games is your interest! See Pastor Mary about lending a hand in one of those areas. If service to the community is how you would like to be involved, check in with Caren Lamberton.
There is a place for everyone! Many hands make for light work—and a lot of fun as well!
by Rev. Mary L. Janz in the July-August Emmaus Visitor
From the RAMS (Racine Area Mission Strategy) process to the FaithWorks mission partnership (currently with St. Andrew, Emaús, Our Savior’s and Atonement) to joint worship services of Emmaus and St. Andrew to assessment of resources and listening sessions—step by step we have been on a journey together. We have asked, “What is God’s vision for mission together in Racine?” We have discovered more about ourselves and about our partners in the process. We have asked tough questions like “What is essential to mission, and what might we need to give up/change/leave behind for the sake of God’s mission?” We have expressed both fears and dreams for the future of the church.
To some, it may seem like we have taken baby steps and moved way too slowly. For others, what is familiar and comfortable remains front and center, and there may be resistance to moving ahead into what is unfamiliar territory. What we do know is that this is a new era in our society and in our church, and we are called to be pioneers and to follow God’s call, venturing forth into places unknown.
As leaders, many of us have invested considerable time, energy, prayer and work in this venture together. We believe that there is no going back and that it is soon time to take the next steps in this “Forward in Faith” journey we call FaithWorks. We anticipate that after the listening sessions are completed in late July and following a debriefing by the listening leaders of what has been heard, the councils will then be prepared to take the next step and make a recommendation centered around coming together. The stated goal of many is that in the fall we (Emmaus, Emaús and St. Andrew) would come together in one location for worship and ministry as one body. And, even though we would continue to offer worship services both in English and Spanish, we would make a priority the task of building relationships and finding more and more ways of being a faith community together.
What all of this will look like we do not yet know. What we do know is that each part of the body brings unique gifts and is essential to the whole. As daughters and sons, created in God’s image, we ALL have gifts, and we ALL have a place at the table. Hand-in-hand, hanging on to God and to one another, we will navigate this new terrain together, and we will all be richer for it! I, for one, can’t wait to see what God has in store for us and for all of Racine!
From the June Chimes Messenger
What’s happening as our two congregations continue toward greater partnership? At this point the Our Savior’s church office has moved entirely to Atonement. It is located in what used to be the Sunday School office directly across the hall from the Atonement office. Work is being shared between both offices.
The Spark program has moved to Atonement and work has begun to bring the program into alignment with Atonement’s Tower Homework center. We have noted a modest increase in the number of kids using Spark. There is a worship service that is open to all, though aimed at children, on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading
FaithWorks Racine is looking to hire a “FaithWorks Champion.” This position will be responsible for leading FaithWorks in the discovery and implementation of its unifying mission focused on children, education and nutrition. To apply for this position, submit résumé and cover letter no later than July 10 to:
Pastor Warren Williams, Atonement Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Ave., Racine, WI 53405
Copies of the full job description are available in the church offices, or click to read this .pdf. Continue reading