Holy Week Services

10917336_751984414915428_3238259221620909912_nWednesday, April 1

  • 6:30 p.m. Santa misa juvenil at Emaús

Maundy Thursday, April 2

  • 6:30 p.m. Cena Domine at Emaús
    6:30 p.m. FaithWorks worship service at Atonement-Our Savior’s

Good Friday, April 3

  • 1:00 p.m. Afternoon service at Atonement-Our Savior’s
    6:30 p.m. Vespertina de la Pasión at Emaús
    7:00 p.m. FaithWorks Good Friday service at St. Andrew

Holy Saturday, April 4

  • 7:00 p.m. Easter Vigil en Emaús

Easter Sunday, April 5

  • 6:27 a.m. Sunrise service at the lakefront
  • 9:00 a.m. at Emmaus
  • 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. at Atonement-Our Savior’s
  • 10:00 a.m. at Atonement West
  • 11:00 a.m. en Emaús

Prayer Walk of the Passion

PascInfJuv-web15Emaús-Emmaus will host “A Prayer Walk of the Passion,” FaithWorks Racine’s midweek worship service, next Wednesday, March 25. After a 6:00 supper in Fellowship Hall, we greet Jesus making his entry into Jerusalem. The crowd then enters the sanctuary, where children reënact the time leading up to Jesus’ death through narrated mime.

Parroquia Emaús acogerán “Viacrucis Infantil”, las vísperas de “Fe Es Acción-Racine” el próximo miércoles, 25 de marzo. Después de una cena 6:00 en la Sala de Convivio, saludamos a Jesús haciendo su entrada en Jerusalén. La multitud entonces entra en el santuario, donde los niños recrean la Pasión de Cristo con la mímica narrado.

Racine Mission Cluster meeting

by Rev. Dana O’Brien

rmc_logo-smThe Racine Mission Cluster’s annual meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Atonement-Our Savior’s. We’ll get copies of the cluster financials and short reports from the two ministries we support: the community meal and Pan de Cielo. We’ll elect some women to go to the ELCA National Assembly in 2016, to serve on the Synod Council, and to be on the synod nominating committee. (We do have one candidate for Synod Council.)

We’re looking for women who want to be involved in the ELCA.
Each year Racine Mission Cluster is asked to come up people who might be interested in serving in the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA in various capacities. This year the Racine Mission Cluster is looking for some women who might be interested in serving in one of the following roles:

  •  A lay female candidate to go to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly with the Greater Milwaukee Synod delegation. The Assembly will take place in August of 2016 in New Orleans.
  • A lay female candidate for the Greater Milwaukee Synod nominating committee to serve from the end of the 2015 Synod Assembly through the end of the 2018 Synod Assembly. (Your work would involve helping to come up with the names of other candidates for various positions. Most of your work would be done in February through May.)
  • A lay female candidate to assume the seat vacated on the Synod Council position formerly held by another woman in our cluster. The council meets every other month. Meetings are on Thursday evenings, beginning with dinner at the host site at 5:30, followed by business beginning at 6:15. They tend to run until something like 8:30 or 9:00, with rare instances of being longer or shorter. Upcoming dates are as follows: March 19, 2015 – Lord of Life, Kenosha; May 7, 2015; July 16, 2015 – Bishop Jeff’s home; September 24, 2015 – The Lutheran Center, Chicago. That term ends in August of 2017. (There is one person interested in this position at this point.)

If you are interested in any of these positions, or have any questions about any of them, please contact Dana O’Brien at 414-916-3241.

Atonement-Our Savior’s Acknowledges Blessings, Challenges

from the March Chimes Messenger

The Atonement Our Savior’s annual meeting which took place on February 15 was a departure from the past in several ways.

150123-2689atonFirst, it was a joint annual meeting. While Atonement and Our Savior’s remain two distinct congregations, we hope by the end of the year to be one; and to whatever degree that we can begin acting as one now, the better off we are.

(Obviously, we had to be a little careful about who voted for what, but in the end, that wasn’t much of a problem.)

Second, we wanted to focus the congregation on celebration of what God is accomplishing in this place, which is a lot. The coming together of our two congregations is, all by itself, not a little thing. The new FaithWorks Food Pantry has come together in an amazing way. Atonement West is an increasing success on several levels. Our Neighborhood presence is growing. Our Neighborhood Camp and God Squad are great, and the list goes on.

That said, we also wanted to be honest about the difficulties we are facing. We know our pastoral footprint will be smaller by the end of the year. We continue to struggle with our Child Care, though it has solidified into a great program. And financially, this is going to be a rough year.

People had an opportunity to talk in small groups about the blessings and the challenges that our congregations face and to suggest how we might prepare and respond to both.

In the end, we approved a deficit budget with the knowledge that we are working to change that to a neutral budget. We established a merger committee and elected members to the Endowment Fund Board, FaithWorks Mission Council, and the Synod Assembly.

St. Andrew Spaghetti/Dessert Fund Raiser

temp2St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 Four Mile Road, will host a spaghetti dinner and pie/cake auction to raise money toward attending the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit. St. Andrew would love to have members of its fellow FaithWorks congregations join them.

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FaithWorks Food Pantry

by Pastor Dana

Our FaithWorks food pantry opened in early February. We had lots of people the first week for our grand opening. And while it slowed down a bit the second week, we are getting rave reviews by both our volunteers and our guests regarding the way guests “shop” for their own food rather than having things prepackaged for them. And I think it’s working – we are having lots of great conversations and are definitely getting to know our guests as we complete the forms and accompany them as they shop the pantry shelves.

pantryWe are also continuing to partner with individuals (both those within and outside of FaithWorks), and other congregations and businesses. Lots of people are bringing in food and a couple of other churches, businesses and other nonprofits are also doing food drives and helping with volunteers. It’s really exciting to see how so many people want to be a part of this. (Remember, we’re always looking for volunteers for both the hours we are open and for other stuff like shopping, stocking shelves, and gathering food from other sources. Please contact Margaret Robinson a if you’d like to help.) Pantry hours are Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00.

This pantry, which will have a very intentional focus on hospitality and building relationships, and is a wonderful opportunity to further connect with our neighborhood. And as I said earlier, I know that everyone connected with it –guests and volunteers alike – will see God there.

Food Pantry now open

spaghetti310The food pantry was busier than we expected on our first day – which is a good thing! We ask that you continue to think of the pantry as you do your grocery shopping. We definitely could use as much food as we can get.

Any donation is appreciated, but our real needs right now are cans of pasta and meat (like beef stew or beefaroni or spaghettios with meatballs – that type of thing). Thanks!

FaithWorks Prioritizes Homelessness

homelessFollowing recent developments with the Hospitality Center, the drop-in center housed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, FaithWorks and other community partners have expressed interest in working on a long-term solution to provide shelter to the most vulnerable of Racine.
While recent donations have made it possible for the shelter to remain open through the winter, Father Kevin Stewart has communicated that this is only a short-term solution.

Food Pantry Prep

by Rev. Dana O’Brien

A representative from TEFAP has now inspected the FaithWorks food pantry. We expect to hear early this week whether we have been approved. (We hope to be approved, but apparently with the addition of the recently approved Salvation Army pantry, there are a lot of pantries in the immediate area.)

While we hope to be approved, we will proceed with getting everything ready and planning for an opening early to mid February. When we open, our hours will be:pantryA94

  • Tuesday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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