Gateway Screens ‘Cowspiracy’

CowspiracyRacine Green Congregations, the Eco-Justice Center, and Gateway Technical College will present Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22.

Documentary filmmaker Kip Andersen reveals the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population. The film will be shown free of charge in the Great Lakes Room of Gateway Technical College, 1001 S. Main Street, Racine, 53403.

To reserve a seat, email Sherry at sliu1688@gmail.com or call 812-679-9398.

Atonement, Our Savior’s Merger Task Force

from the April Chimes Messenger

A group of Atonement and Our Savior’s members were chosen to be a part of a task force whose goal is to guide our congregation to become one. We have begun the process with discussion of some of the issues that face us and the process of merger. We have begun looking at constitutions and ELCA documents designed to lead congregations into merger.

150123-2690atonIn some ways we are ahead of the game because we have been worshiping together and sharing a common life for well over a year. Perhaps the most important part of the process will be engaging congregation and community in a visioning process so that we can use this opportunity to become something new, while retaining the best of our current mission and ministry. We hope to have the process completed by the end of 2015.

The members of the task force are Eric Lucht, Teresa Reinders, Barb Elmer, Carol Hegmann, Sue Wellhoefer, Pastor Denise and Pastor Warren. If you have ideas of concerns pertaining to the merger, please contact one of the members of the team.

St. Andrew Dinner Features Elvis Impersonator

thiel201505St. Andrew Lutheran Church invites the community to “A Rockin’ Spring with the King,” featuring John Van Thiel, “The Voice of Elvis,” Saturday, May 2 at Infusino’s, 3201 Rapids Drive.

Doors open at 5:30 for the $30.00/person dinner and show. Tickets are sold in advance only. RSVP to Jude Burton, 639-2072, standrew@tds .net by Wednesday, April 22, and send checks payable to St. Andrew Lutheran Church to 1015 Four Mile Road, Racine, 53402. The event is intended to raise funds for celebration of the congregation’s 50th anniversary in June.

Racine ELCA Neighborhood Camp Intern Applications

Carol Yust is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Camp interns. Forms are available by download here.

Training is tentatively set for Wednesday through Friday, June 24-26. All interns are expected to participate. Applications are due to Carol Yust at 1925 Summit Avenue, Racine, 53404 or by email by May 3. Most hiring is complete by May 31.

nclogo07webDates for Neighborhood Camp are June 29 through August 6; there will be no Neighborhood Camp at Emmaus and Atonement the week of July 13 to allow for the staffs to participate in the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit that week; the site at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer will have camp that week. (Camp at Redeemer ends a week earlier than the other two sites on July 30.)

This will be the sixteenth year for Neighborhood Camp and it continues to have a positive impact on the lives of our neighborhood kids.

Stay tuned to updates about how you can help with supplies that can enhance our projects. Monetary donations will allow us to shop for supplies. Volunteer help will be needed in the kitchens for breakfast and lunch. We couldn’t do this program without the ongoing financial, volunteer, and spiritual support of each and every one of you.

Holy Week Services

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(Links take you to Google Maps)

Wednesday, April 1

Maundy Thursday, April 2

Good Friday, April 3

Holy Saturday, April 4

Easter Sunday, April 5

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.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14 with a sit-down dinner at 6:00. Tickets are $10.00 per adult, $7.50 per child age 4 to 10, free for kids under 3. Continue reading

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.