Bless the Beasts

francassisiThis Saturday, October 3, Emmaus and St. Andrew will worship at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 Four Mile Road. The service is at 4:30 p.m. Pastor Michael Mueller and Pastor Carol Baumgartner will perform the Blessing of the Animals. If you would like to help Pastor Michael or Pastor Carol in the service, please let Terri know. You can contact Terri (639-2072) for more information.

Atonement-Our Savior’s will have a blessing of pets at the 3:30 p.m. worship service Saturday, October 3.

Emmaus and St. Andrew will hold worship services at their respective church buildings Sunday morning, October 4. Guest pastor Rev. Marcy Wieties will preach on Mountains at Emmaus‘s 9:00 a.m. service, and Pastor Michael will preach on Sky at St. Andrew’s 9:00 a.m. service. Pastors Jhon Freddy Correa and Gabriel Marcano will lead a blessing of pets (bendición de las mascotas) at Emaús’s 11:00 a.m. Spanish language service.

St. Andrew Boutique, Bake Sale

brownies912St. Andrew will have its boutique and bake sale on Thursday, October 8 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. (during the farmers’ market) and Friday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The boutique will feature jewelry, collectibles, holiday, re-giftable, and miscellaneous items. A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex. Please help support the maintenance of St. Andrew.

‘God’s Work. Our Hands’ Service Projects

hands712tallHere are the service project locations for “God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday, September 13:

Clean-up projects

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‘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. Continue reading

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.