National Night Out

NatNightOut2015Emmaus-Emaús and Atonement-Our Savior’s Lutheran Churches will host National Night Out events on their campuses Tuesday, August 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Come to 1925 Summit Avenue and/or 2915 Wright Avenue for an evening of free fun for the whole family. Both locations will have food and drinks, kids’ games, and other activities. Atonement-Our Savior’s will open a bouncy house at 6:00, and DJ Ken Stenzel will provide musical entertainment. Emmaus’s Neighborhood Camp will present their end of the season program.

La Fiesta Nacional Contra el Crimen se llevará a cabo el martes, 4 de agosto del 2015 con el propósito de:

  1. Aumentar el conocimiento sobre la delincuencia y la prevención del abuso de drogas.
  2. Generar apoyo y participación en la lucha contra el crimen.
  3. Fortalecer el espíritu de buena vecindad y las relaciones entre la policía y la comunidad.
  4. Hacer saber a los criminales que los vecinos están organizados y tomando acción para mantener un vecindario seguro.

Community Meal at St. Patrick’s

The next meal that St. Andrew and Emmaus will serve at St. Patrick’s is on Thursday, August 6. Sign-up sheets are in the narthexes.

Reminder: St. Pat’s has shut their ovens off for the summer, so instead of the casseroles, they’d like us to substitute food that can be heated in a Nesco or served cold. Community Meal Director Margaret Clickner suggests hot dogs, beans, chips, tacos, hamburgers, brats, sloppy joes, sub sandwiches, cold pasta salads (tuna, chicken, and shrimp), leaf salad, pickles, olives, and fresh fruit.

Atonement-Our Savior’s Food Pantry, Meal Site

from the July Chimes-Messenger

hunger712The FaithWorks food pantry, housed on Wright and Quincy, has to date been a tremendous success by almost any measure. We have an excellent facility in which to work; our volunteer base continues to grow; and our food suppliers also increase each month.

Each month has seen an increase in the number of people using the site. The average increase each month has been 64%, and that percentage is growing each month. In May, we helped to feed 644 individuals! The system of allowing guests to shop, instead of simply handing them a box/boxes of food, is enjoyed by both those using the pantry and those who work there. The system allows for a pantry to operate with less food and creates less waste.

Meal Site Moves to Atonement

The Our Savior’s Meal Site moved to the Atonement location, 2915 Wright Avenue, this past Sunday, July 12. The Our Savior’s Meal Site is operated by Racine ELCA Mission Cluster. It typically serves 60-80 people each Sunday evening.

Antiracism Training Event at Emaús-Emmaus

Emmaus/Emaús Lutheran Church and the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Anti-Racism Team invite you to participate in the next Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Anti-Racism Workshop, facilitated by Presenters from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training (Chicago).

October 1 – 3, 2015
Thursday (6:00 – 9:30 p.m.) Friday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Saturday (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)

armsB93A light meal will be served Thursday 5:15 p.m., Continental Breakfast 8:30 a.m.

The workshop will take place at Emmaus/Emaús Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Ave., Racine, WI 53404 (Phone 262- 634-5515)

The cost is $125 for ELCA participants, $175 for Non-ELCA participants, and includes materials and food/snacks, light dinner, two breakfasts, and two lunches. Scholarship assistance is available upon request.

Participation in the entire training event is required. It is recommended that a team participate from a congregation for best results.

To receive more details or if you have questions, please contact the Co-Conveners of the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Anti-Racism Team:
• Rev.Viviane Thomas – Breitfeld,, 262-366-2672 or
• Mr. Jim Liedtke, 414-331-5199

Please download and fill out this registration form and send it to David Groenewold, GMS – Director of Finance, 1212 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215 by September 15, 2015. Make checks out to Greater Milwaukee Synod, Memo – Anti-Racism Training.

Joined in Mission

by Rev. Mary L. Janz


What is the “correct” spelling anyway? What does it say in Luke 24, the only portion of scripture that mentions the road and the conversation on the way to this place? Well, it depends on the languages cited when reading this text.

Over 160 years ago in Racine the Scandinavians mimicked what they read in their Bibles, and it was spelled “Emaus.” Then, decades later, as the congregation had gravitated to the use of the English language and to their Bibles written in English, the official spelling became “Emmaus.” Who would have guessed that six years ago the new worshiping community, with roots in the Spanish language, would look at the passage in Luke 24 in their Spanish Bibles and see it was spelled “Emaús?”

120726_5903edConversations have recently been unfolding regarding the desire to bring the communities of Emmaus (English speaking) and Emaús (Spanish speaking) together to officially create a new congregation where both languages and a variety of cultures are acknowledged and honored. Within the conversations the question arose, “What would our name be?” It was Pastor Jhon Freddy who lightheartedly suggested, “What about Emmmaus—with three m’s?”

I, for one, like this suggestion. It brings our traditions together without compromising the important message of the scripture passage of Luke 24 where the resurrected Christ is made known in the breaking of the bread. The impact is so great that immediately, following this encounter with the One who has defied death itself, those who have experienced the miracle can do no less than go out and share the Good News with those in Jerusalem! Now, rather than grieving, they have a mission!

We will be prayerfully asking over the next weeks and months, “How are we, of Emmaus and Emaús, being called out? Where have we experienced Jesus in the breaking of bread? How are we transformed by our encounter with the Living Christ? What/where is Jerusalem for us?

A visioning / transformation team of twelve people is now being formed. We will spend the summer looking at new possibilities, including a joint constitution and joint budget for “EmMmaus.” We are also in conversation with those at the synod and national level of the ELCA, and we have been assured that there will be some financial assistance from the ELCA (estimated to be $24,000 in the first year) should the congregations of Emmaus and Emaús become a new congregation with a shared vision and mission. Worship services and bible studies would continue to be offered in both English and Spanish.

Our prayer continues to be that the Holy Spirit guide us, lead us and show us the way as we prepare to take the next steps in this journey, joining hands and hearts, going where Jesus would have us go. If you would like to have a role in the visioning process, let me know! Meanwhile, we all continue praying, “Thy will be done…”

Looking to the future with hope,

Pastor Mary L. Janz

Preguntas dificil con respuestas que no queremos escuchar

Para Revdo. Jhon Freddy Correa

La misión de Emaús con una “M” empezó en el año 2009. Los logros han sido enormes. Las vidas transformadas por el Señor son incontables. Hemos crecido dentro de una parroquia llamada Emmaus con dos “M’s.” Esta parroquia tiene más de 150 años de fundada. En el año 2015, nos preguntamos los líderes ¿cuál es el futuro de nuestras parroquias? Naturalmente se han dado conexiones, amistades y un apoyo incondicional del uno para el otro.

2015ELCAcalendar_febHace un par de meses se llamaron a los líderes, luego a las parroquias y se las pregunto sobre la propuesta de unirnos y formar una sola parroquia/congregación.

La pregunta que nos hacemos es ¿cómo lucirá esta nueva parroquia? ¿Quiénes trabajaran para ella? ¿Cómo se llamara? ¿Cuánto tiempo las personas líderes deberán siga siendo una de las mejores, si no la mejor parroquia en Racine? ¿Tus talentos estarán al servicio de Dios? ¿Quiénes escribirán el próximo capítulo de estas parroquias?

De algo estamos seguros es que esta iglesia es la iglesia de Dios. No importa el líder que la dirija, dentro de ella está sembrado el triunfo, el liderazgo, la entrega, la bonanza, la libertad, la vida, el amor, el respeto, la humilidad.

“Esto dice el Señor: «Malditos los que ponen su confianza en simples seres humanos, y no en el Señor.» — Jeremías 17:5

Our Savior’s, Atonement Merger Advances

From the June Chimes Messenger

150123-2690atonThe Consolidation Team (formerly the merger team) met recently to continue the work of moving Our Savior’s and Atonement to become one congregation. Some concern was expressed about the long time frame created for the process. It was noted that we need to work to make sure momentum is kept to become one. It is felt to be important to make sure that equal opportunity is had to participate in worship leadership roles.

The summer is to be focused on listening to the Spirit by several methods. The congregations’ assets will continue to be mapped. Time will also be spent trying to better understand the needs of the Atonement-Our Savior’s neighborhood. Our Savior’s member Teresa Reinders, a teacher at UW-Parkside, will use a fall class she is teaching to help with mapping neighborhood assets.

Our history, trajectory, members, neighbors and more are being examined to listen for the mission that God is calling us to now. Several other events are tentatively in planning for summer. This historic opportunity is wanted to be taken to let God make our congregation new.

In the fall, we will start to turn toward the legal aspects of coming together, and we have already begun to explore our constitutional differences and what the new ELCA model constitution looks like. The goal is to celebrate our coming together the Sunday after Easter, 2016; we will likely be legally one before that date, however.

‘God’s Work, Our Hands’ Sunday Plans Underway

By Diane Thygeson

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

140907-FWFF02smFor the past two years, thousands of members from across this church have dedicated one day to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all people. Last year, the FaithWorks congregations joined together for a day of service, worship and fellowship. This year, FaithWorks is inviting all Racine ELCA churches to join together. The date for 2015’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday is September 13.

Over the next couple of months, a planning committee will reach out to various organizations in Racine, to see where service projects are needed most. Whether it’s gathering food items to fill shelves at one of the local food pantries, cleaning up a public park or volunteering at a homeless shelter, service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: That all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

We’ll start the day doing various community service projects around Racine, wearing our bright gold “God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts. Then we’ll gather at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection for a joint worship service, followed by a cookout and an afternoon of kids’ games and other entertainment. (We will start to gather T-shirt orders in July. T-shirts will be cost $6 each.)

You work hard to help make Racine a better place. Now let’s do this work together!