‘God’s Work. Our Hands’ Sunday

ELCA congregations of Racine will come together on Sunday, September 13 for worship and service. We’ll start the day doing various community service projects around Racine, wearing our bright gold “God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts. Whether it’s 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. If you haven’t signed up for a service team, talk to Art Smith.

140907-FWFF03Then we’ll gather at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio Street, for a joint worship service at 11:30. Please bring lawn chairs if you can. Envelope offerings will be returned to the individual congregations; 50% of loose offerings will go to Outreach for Hope; the other 50% will be divided among our various food ministries.

After worship, you’re invited to stay for a cookout and an afternoon of kids’ games and other entertainment. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and portabella mushrooms will be served. Please bring your favorite salad, side dish or dessert to share. Giant Jenga, Giant Kerplunk and other fun games will keep the young – and young at heart – entertained.

Note: there is a back entrance to Resurrection as well as the main entrance from Ohio Street. To enter off of Hwy 31: Turn east on Ridgeway Avenue, then south on Perry Avenue (which leads into the parking lot.). To enter off of Ohio Street: Turn west onto Westway Ave., then south on Perry Avenue.

Antiracism Training Event at Emaús-Emmaus

FaithWorks Racine, 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, prviviane28@gmail.com, 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.

Season of Creation 2015

earthBeginning the weekend of September 19 and 20, Emmaus-Emaús, Atonement-Our Savior’s and St. Andrew Lutheran Churches will celebrate the Season of Creation.

The Season of Creation is a relatively new liturgical season that has been added as an option with the other seasons of the church year. Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter celebrate the life of Jesus; Pentecost celebrates the Christian life in the Spirit. The Season of Creation affords an opportunity also to celebrate God the Creator and to reflect on our human responsibility to serve and protect creation.

The worship themes for the four weeks will include Air, Earth, Humanity, Mountains and Animals, with special scriptures, prayers and hymns for each worship theme. FaithWorks pastors will rotate from one congregation to the next as the weekly preachers.

Becoming New: Consolidation Team Report

from the August News-Chimes

150123-2689atonThe Consolidation Team continues its work on bringing Our Savior’s and Atonement together. Recently, we met with Synod staff person Pastor Sandy Chrostowski for guidance and advice as we continue our process. In the near future, we hope to begin to work on a new constitution. In the near future, we hope to have a Bible study that focuses on the nature of the church, to have “tables of eight” to focus our congregation on visions for a new congregation, and will do neighborhood asset mapping.

As we have been distilling the answers to the questions down into usable information, three visions have begun to emerge:

  1. The importance of remaining one church in two locations. We need to be very focused on keeping and building on the connections that we have as a two-campus church.
  2. As many in our congregation begin to age, we need to maintain a focus on caring for our members, some of whom may be too old to do much mission and ministry, but who need ministry themselves. Ministry for and with younger seniors was also put forward as a new direction for the congregation.
  3. Overwhelmingly, the importance of mission came to the fore. People what people to be reached through Atonement-West. People like the new directions with regard to reaching our neighbors back East (food pantry, meal site, Neighborhood Camp, neighborhood events, AIM-Now) and other outreach activities. Mission must be kept central.

We go forward with the plan of becoming new together and celebrating that newness on the Sunday after Easter, 2016.

As we move toward becoming one congregation, we have moved some of the sacred items from Our Savior’s to the Atonement building. We have used the altar cross and some of the other sacred items to create a chapel in the west coat room. The chapel is available for individual prayer and small worship services.

Please keep the process and our team members in prayer.

Gentle Worship

“Gentle Worship” now meets at Atonement – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall. This casual, half-hour worship service is for persons with special needs and their families is at 4:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Service animals are welcome. Call 637-5671 for further information.

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.