St. Andrew Boutique Sale Election Day

St. Andrew will hold fund raisers in the Fireside Room during voting hours on Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The bake, quilt, and boutique sale will include breads, cookies, bars, candy, and collectibles.

Receipts from the quilts will go toward quilting supplies and St. Andrew’s general fund; money raised from the other items will go to St. Andrew’s Furnace Fund. For further information, call 262 639-2072.

Bishop Jeff at Emmaus/Emaús

Icon1ReformsmVoices will join together at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Avenue, on Reformation Sunday, October 26, praising God and echoing the Psalmist’s words, “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things — Canten al Señor un cántico nuevo, porque ha hecho maravillas.” (Psalm 98:1).

The joint 10:00 a.m. service at Emmaus/Emaús will grace us with a variety of music, including organ, guitar and other instruments, together with voices singing in both English and Spanish. Bishop Jeff Barrow will bring a word of hope as we look at what it means to re-form and re-group as people of faith.

Blessing of Pets

temp144What are you and your pet(s) doing today? How would you like to get together with a whole bunch of other pets — dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, fish, whaterver — for an old fashioned pet blessing?

Parroquia Emaús and Our Savior’s Atonement offer Blessing of Pets today, October 3. Bendición de las Mascotas at Emaús is at 11:00 a.m.

Atonement’s Fellowship Hall will host a laying on of hands (but no biting) and some kind words of blessing at 3:00 p.m. They invite you to bring all your friends, both human and animal varieties. Stuffed animals and pictures of you pet also work if for some reason your pet can’t make it.

Next Steps for St. Andrew

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St. Andrew and Emmaus will worship together one more weekend, at St. Andrew, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5. The final services for our Season of Creation are at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

St. Andrew members are encouraged to remain after worship (both on Saturday and Sunday) the following weekend, October 11-12, for a one-hour discussion of next steps. That will be the first weekend that Emmaus and St. Andrew return to worshiping at our own sites. This conversation will give us an opportunity to clarify some of the challenges we now face and the next steps we must take if we are to move forward at our own site. It will also provide time for us to talk together about what we envision and how we intend to take action. Please take this time to share your thoughts and to learn what others are thinking.

FaithWorks South: Something Changed

from the October Chimes Messenger

On September 14, something changed. It might not seem like a big deal, but it does reflect a change in who we are. On that day, the congregations of Our Savior’s and Atonement voted to covenant together to act as if they are one congregation.

The main thing that changed was our intent to be one entity. We agreed to operate with a single joint council for all matters that concern us jointly while maintaining separate councils to be in compliance with our constitutions and to handle individual financial issues.

We agreed to full sharing of financial information and other congregational matters, but will retain separate budgets and financial structures. Atonement pastors were officially called to serve as Our Savior’s pastors; and should a pastoral vacancy occur, both congregations will work together to determine pastoral needs and call a new pastor if that is deemed necessary.

We will hereafter be known as Atonement Our Savior’s for our normal (non-corporate) life. The covenant commits us to sharing resources, but building responsibilities and ownership remain separate. Because of the ongoing FaithWorks conversations which may be leading us to a broader union, we decided not to pursue merger at this point, but the intent of the covenant is to allow us to act as one entity to as great a degree as possible.

Something to celebrate!

Our Savior’s Votes to Put Property on Market

PentecostService - 10In a logical, courageous, and unanimous decision, the congregation of Our Savior’s voted to allow the congregation’s council to place the property on Washington Avenue on the market. Undoubtedly, every member of Our Savior’s feels some pain over this decision, but it was explained that maintaining the property will be financially burdensome and potentially ruinous. Selling the building allows for the missional use of that resource, creating new wineskins for a new world.

Several steps need to be taken. The building needs to be appraised in the commercial real estate market and a selling price determined. Harbor Rock, as part of their new one-year lease, has the right of first offer. This means that if they choose, they can make an offer on the property first, before it is placed on the market. The council is then authorized to negotiate and approve a sale, without further congregational vote.

Open Letter from St. Andrew Council

Dear Emmaus friends,

In your Council’s letter to St. Andrew, they verbalized what we all have been thinking: that both congregations are much richer for having spent time together over the last ten months. The council and congregation of St. Andrew agrees wholeheartedly when we say we are no longer just fellow Lutherans in Racine, but are now friends.

We, the Council and members of St. Andrew, fully understand and appreciate your need and desire to remain in your current location as there are neighborhood partners that have come to rely on and appreciate your presence. The missions and relationships of Emmaus are best suited for a more urban location which keeps your congregation deeply engrained in your neighborhood.

StAndrewLogoRGBThe members of St. Andrew spoke loudly at our meeting this past Sunday [September 14] indicating there is still a strong desire to remain in our more rural location and to explore more thoroughly the possibilities in that area.

We pray that the decision to remain in our individual locations will not be the end to cooperative worship and outreach. We have all learned that worship is enhanced when we combine our resources and it is our sincere hope that we can collaborate for special occasions as we will in the next several weeks during the Season of Creation.

We are fuller together but, unfortunately, neither congregation is ready to leave behind the traditions and memories of our places of worship. Perhaps there will come a time in the future when the timing will be right and our congregations will come together on a permanent basis.

As you hold the members of St. Andrew in your prayers, we also hold you in ours as we both move forward in our missions to Racine.

Peace,

The St. Andrew Congregation Council. September 15, 2014

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. Continue reading

Day of Service Opportunities

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  • 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).

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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. Continue reading