Today’s Congregational Votes

from Rev. Mary L. Janz

This morning some important votes and decisions were made. For many of us it was disappointing to learn that the motion made at St. Andrew was to stay at their current location (it passed with a vote of 39 to 17). On the other hand, Our Savior’s voted unanimously to sell their property, and Our Savior’s and Atonement had nearly a unanimous vote for the covenant to partner together.

direction712Serious questions are already being asked about how all of this will affect the future of FaithWorks. We continue in prayer as we ask “Now what?” It was made clear at our Emmaus meeting that our invitation would remain open in the event that sometime in the future St. Andrew might re-consider making the move to Emmaus. That has been communicated to Pastor Michael, and he expressed gratitude for that possibility. Should there be failure to significantly step up (Pr. Michael’s words), there could be a re-evaluation of the decision by the time of the St. Andrew annual meeting in 2015.

Emmaus and St. Andrew will worship together during the three Sundays of the Season of Creation beginning next Sunday, September 21.

The Emmaus council meets at 6:30 Tuesday (not 6:00 as stated in the bulletin), and Pr. Steve Wohlfeil has already been scheduled to open the meeting on behalf of FaithWorks. Pr. Michael indicated that he thought that the St Andrew council would still be a part of that joint meeting at Emmaus as previously planned. We will be working out details in the next couple of days.

Keep the faith! We are called to move forward…whatever shape and form that may take! We are not on the journey alone!

Shalom,
Pastor Mary

Atonement-Our Savior’s Covenant

from the September Chimes Messenger

December 043There will be a joint congregational meeting in Atonement’s sanctuary on September 14 at 11:30 a.m. to approve the covenant between Our Savior’s and Atonement. The covenant allows the two congregations to operate as one entity and is a step in drawing them closer together.

The covenant is in place of a merger. The reason that the congregations are not planning to merge at this point is that the long-term plan for FaithWorks calls for a broader merger sometime in one to three years. It would make little sense to merge and then re-merge again in a brief time.

Highlights of the covenant are as follows:

  • Each congregation retains its own corporate identity and legal status.
  • The joint ministry will be known as Atonement-Our Savior’s.
  • The covenant purpose makes it clear that the intent is to share resources with one another for the sake of God’s mission.
  • The congregations will retain their own properly elected church councils and use them for making legal decisions appropriate to the individual congregations.
  • Most decisions would be made by a joint congregational council consisting of four members from each Council and up to two pastors.
  • There would be full sharing of congregational finances and other congregational information.
  • While there is an intent to share resources, individual properties will remain individually owned by each congregation and responsibility for those properties will reside with the individual congregations.
  • Our Savior’s must approve the covenant by a vote of two-thirds of those Our Savior’s members present because their vote would constitute a call (albeit interim) to Pastors Warren, Denise and Dana to serve as pastors of Our Savior’s.
  • The Greater Milwaukee Synod and Bishop’s office have been asked to look at the covenant and believe that it is in order.

Because this is a specially called meeting of the “new” congregation, no other business can be taken up. The covenant, however, can be amended by action of the group and thus it is not possible for people to cast a vote in absentia or by proxy. While the meeting will be joint, the votes will be by paper ballot and counted separately.

Our Savior’s members will meet at 10:30 a.m.,prior to the joint meeting, to discuss the Our Savior’s building.

On a related note, Emmaus and St. Andrew will be voting on the same day in two separate meetings to consider a permanent arrangement of worshiping together at the Emmaus site with a covenant to be developed between the two congregations to be approved at their 2015 annual meetings.

Day of Service Opportunities

Service Project: Beach / Kids’ Cove clean-upGWOHedit

  • Meet at Kids’ Cove at 8:45 a.m.
  • FaithWorks service team will help keep our parks clean by assisting in clean-up of litter on the beach and at Kids’ Cove playground from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is for all individuals who want a great outdoor experience.
  • Please bring gloves, a trash bag and a trash grabber (optional).

Continue reading

St. Andrew, Emmaus to Vote

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.

In accordance with both congregations’ constitutions, proxy voting is not allowed. This is in part due to the possibility of amendments being offered to the motions put forward by the Emmaus and St. Andrew church councils during the congregational meetings.

Atonement Children’s Center Enrolling

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.

Fall Festival September 7

(Click on image to enlarge)

(Click on image to enlarge)

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.

FaithWorks Champions

JanzM2007wA 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.

Our Savior’s, Atonement Councils Move Forward with Covenant

from the July Chimes Messenger

2churches902At 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. Continue reading

FaithWorks Plans Fall Festival September 7

GodsWork-OurHands_TshirtMark 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!