Youth currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 are invited to apply to attend a Provincial Youth Event to be held March 8-10, 2019 at Waycross Camp and Conference Center in Indiana. The focus of the event is on leadership. This event will include folks from the dioceses of Province V, which are the diocese found in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and eastern Missiouri. The cost is $100 for the event with travel costs provided by the Diocese of Fond du Lac youth budget.
Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator, Erin Wolf, notes that space is limited to FIVE students and ONE additional adult chaperone. If you our someone you know might have interest, please submit an application no later than Sunday, January 6, 2019. Those selected will be notified shortly thereafter with further information regarding registration and the weekend itself.
The application is found here.
The Executive Council of the Diocese of Fond du Lac has approved the 2019 Clergy Minimum Compensation and Benefits Schedule. The schedule establishes minimums for clergy working on a full-time basis. It also establishes a basis of expectation for compensation and benefits for clergy working on a less-than-full-time basis. The scale includes a 1.5% increase of the base above the 2018 schedule.
Clergy compensation, what some would call "take-home pay" is composed of two parts: a stipend and housing allowance. The housing allowance is split out because of certain tax benefits to clergy for housing. The stipend listed includes a self employment compensation allowance (SECA) because clergy hold a dual tax status, being self-employed for Social Security/Medicare purposes. Benefits include pension, medical and dental insurance, group term life insurance and travel reimbursement.
"The purpose of compensation is to provide for the livelihood of the cleric serving the congregation," noted Matthew Payne, Lay Canon for Administration. "It helps our diocese to compare favorably to others in the Episcopal Church. Currently our median compensation for clergy working full-time is slightly above the median of other Episcopal clergy in the upper Midwest."
The schedule and additional information used to make comparisons is available here.
On Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m., St. Mark Episcopal Church, Waupaca welcomes the Waupaca High School’s Madrigal Singers. The talented teens who make up the group have been practicing from before the beginning of the school year. Come. Listen to the lyrical melodies of the Renaissance. There will be an informal meal in the Parish Hall after the performance. Invite friends and neighbors. Open to the public. Freewill offering will be collected.
Holy Nativity, Jacksonport will host a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. The Anglican tradition of performing the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent dates back to 1880. This year they continue the tradition in collaboration with members of St. Luke, Sister Bay. Refreshments will also be served.
The worshiping community of St. Anne Episcopal Church, De Pere, will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to join this commemoration. This celebration commemorates the appearance of Mary to the Mexican peasant Juan Diego in 1531. Many Episcopal Churches nationwide celebrate this Feast Day. Discover more here.
The annual St. Nicholas Faire is from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Fond du Lac. In addition to the famous Cathedral Mice made by the Mouse Factory (and a raffle to get your own mouse if you didn't pre-order), there is a Silent Auction, baked goods, a cookie walk, and crafts. Come visit and enjoy!
The Mouse Factory started in 1960, when parishioner Dorothy Duket was looking for a craft to make and sell at the annual St. Nicholas Faire. She made 25 little "mice" dressed as elegant ladies, but had some misgivings as to how they would sell. They were quickly sold for $1.00 each. The next year she made mice dressed as members of the choir. At the faire she was asked if the mice from last year were available, and she realized she had a collectible item going. Parishioners were enlisted to help in the production and it became a fund raising effort to provide funds to restore and maintain the buildings at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul campus.
Today, there are dozens of volunteers who do their part to create about 3,000 mice per year, with a new character added each year. Ideas for the characters come from the volunteers as well as the many people who collect the mice. The mice are created using an assembly line type production. The pieces are cut using punch dies at a local factory, then they go to the hands of our workers. The pieces are sorted and packaged, they then go through the various hands of sewers, stuffers, assemblers, facers, and dressers. There is a second "line" of people who make the clothing and props.
Orders are taken each year in December through February for distribution the first week in December and at our St. Nicholas Faire on the first Saturday. Mice are shipped all over the United States, and even have customers overseas. see a list and pictures of past mice here.
The Cathedral Institute, All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, and the Episcopal Preaching Foundation are partnering to host a preaching workshop on May 7-8, 2019. The workshop will be held at the DeKoven Center, Racine, WI addressing The New Media Landscape: A New Context for Preaching. As Peter Wild, Executive Director of EPF offers, “Homiletics is homiletics whether the sermon be preached from the pulpit, viewed live on national television, or screened on a smart phone via a social media platform. This 2-day workshop will examine how electronic media are being used to prepare for, present, and share the preaching event. Some preachers simply publish the text of their sermons; some beam a video of their sermons after the fact; some “preach live” on social media and then post that video elsewhere. The workshop will examine these electronic tools, how they’re being used by preachers today, and suggest ways to evaluate them for use in your own ministry.”
Mark your calendar and come join us ‘by the Lake’ in Racine May 7-8. For more information contact the Director of the Cathedral Institute, the Very Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D. at Steven.Peay@ascathedral.org.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for support shown by members of the diocese in two areas of outreach. The United Thank Offering will receive $378.33 collected in the blue UTO boxes on delegates' tables at our Diocesan Convention. These funds will be distributed through the UTO granting process. Learn more about UTO here.
The Diocese of Masvingo, our companion diocese, has received $2,669.06 collected from across the diocese. $1,144.75 was collected at the Diocesan Convention Eucharist and $1,524.31 was received from congregations' Companion Diocese Sunday this past May. Those congregations are Trinity, Oshkosh; St. Augustine, Rhinelander; St. Peter, Ripon; Grace, Sheboygan; St. Peter, Sheboygan Falls; St. John, Wausau. Thank you to all who support outreach across the diocese. Learn more here.
Keeping It Together When The World Seems To Be Coming Apart
Diocesan Convention delegates viewed the Way of Love video which outlines the Way of Love process of life. Each congregation is being encouraged by Bishop Matt to join in this part of the Jesus movement, as a way to help us center our lives on God's work. Presiding Bishop Curry has invited the whole church to take up The Way of Love, a “rule of life” focused on practices for Jesus-Centered Life. You can view the video here or watch below. Explore the Way of Love here.
Saturday also started in prayer at the Convention Eucharist held at the Cathedral. Bishop Matt Gunter gave his Pastoral Address “Abide in Jesus, the Way of Love.” The focus was that in a time of political, economic, social and religious upheaval and uncertainty, we can still experience the abiding love of God. After the service, worshippers moved four blocks to the Thelma Sadoff Center of the Arts for the business session.
Regular business was conducted with a constitutional amendment passing its second reading. Its effect is setting a more practical quorum for the convention of a majority of clergy and lay delegates duly registered. Stewardship of financial resources across the diocese was addressed by raising awareness of the need to complete financial reviews in a timely manner, some required by canon to ensure voting privileges for lay delegates.
Several presentations were made including these topics: the diocesan discernment process, youth ministry, Cursillo, the 2019 Way of Love revival, and a revitalized United Thank Offering under a new diocesan coordinator. Elections were held to fill diocesan positions and appointments were made and confirmed. Three new deans were installed to serve deaneries. A proposed budget was approved.
One of the exciting reports was from the team leading the Faithful Innovations Learning Community process. This process builds on last spring’s diocesan vital congregations conference and is a multi-denominational process facilitated by Luther Seminary. Faithful Innovation is not a program, but a process to assists congregations and their members to be more deeply involved in their faith and how to live it out in their community.
One delegate summarized the convention this way, “It dealt with the needed business of being the diocese without getting mired in peripheral issues.” Information on aspects of the diocesan convention, including the Pastoral Address, election results, video and images may be found at diofdl.org/convention.
In Unveiling Islam, Episcopal priest and former Muslim, the Rev’d Canon Ezgi Saribay Perkins, will present a series of talks intended to engage the Fond du Lac community in a meaningful dialogue about the beliefs practices of Islam, paying particular attention to its similarities with and differences from Christianity. The talks will be held on Wednesday nights from October 10-31 at 6 pm in Trakel Hall of the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, 51 West Division Street in Fond du Lac. Refreshments will be served.
The Rev’d Canon Ezgi Saribay Perkins was born in Western Turkey and raised as a Muslim. After coming to the United States for college education, she converted to Christianity. In 2008, she became an Episcopalian and continued her faith journey in the Episcopal seminary, where she met her husband, the Very Reverend C. Patrick Perkins. She currently serves the Canon Precentor to the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the Apostle.
UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. Notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
“We look forward to Cheryl’s working with congregations to raise awareness of UTO,” Bishop Matt Gunter shared. “Our goal is to have 100% of our congregations participating in UTO. How? Contact Cheryl, of course.” Dobrzynski follows Carol Feller-Gottard, who served in this volunteer position for over a decade.
Cheryl is a long-time member of St. Peter Episcopal Church, Sheboygan Falls, serving as Senior Warden, vestry member, Altar Guild and coordinator of a local monthly meal program. She is on the Cursillo Secretariat, enrolled in EfM (Education for Ministry), been a delegate to diocesan conventions, and was deputy to General Convention 2018.
For information on the United Thank Offering, visit diofdl.org/uto.
At its September 22, 2018 meeting, the Trustees approved adding Church Insurance's Direct Repair Program (DRP) to the diocesan master policy and so applies to all participating congregations. The DRP provides access to a third party administrator to help a congregation in managing an insurance claim, especially claims that are significant. The DRP will reduce the number of people involved in the claim while providing additional resources for complex claims. It also helps in finding qualified contractors by using a pre-screened network. Because of the anticipated savings from this program, participants received a 3% reduction in their premiums.
No action is necessary to implement the DRP. If (or when) a congregation makes a claim to Church Insurance, they will begin the process with the DRP provider, Alacrity Services, when it is needed. If you have questions, please contact the Diocesan Office.
If you might be interested in pledging an inch, contact the St. Paul office at 920-892-4894.
One question before General Convention this summer was whether it is time to revise our Book of Common Prayer. The bigger question was, if we revised it, how extensive or comprehensive should revision be? The answer coming out of convention was a cautious “yes” to a process for some revision, but “no” to comprehensive or substantive revision. Since there seems to be some confusion, I offer a few thoughts about what this means.
Prayer book revision is not unusual. The Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer, first ratified in 1789, has been revised may times – in 1892, 1928, and 1979. The 1892 and 1928 revisions were relatively minor. The 1979 revision was quite comprehensive and substantive. Each generation, it seems, takes a fresh look at whether the current version conveys the eternal truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and enables the church to articulate its worship of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity, as clearly and fully as possible in contemporary language.
The resolution passed at General Convention (A068 Plan for the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer) “memorialized” the current 1979 Book of Common Prayer which I take to mean that it is the standard prayer book going forward and we will not be replacing it soon. If at some point we produce a new prayer book, it will look and feel very much like the one we are using.
Even so, there is need to find ways in our common worship to be more inclusive. That means avoiding using “man” and masculine pronouns when we are referring to people - men and women. Though many of us grew up with this literary convention, that understanding is increasingly not the case. For many, the language has become jarring and distracting to worship.
What is theologically trickier is determining more “expansive” language for our common worship. That means finding ways to speak of and to God in language that does not always imply God is somehow “male”. “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” is a fundamental Christian name for God we will continue to use, and we will not do away with all masculine language for God we have received from the Bible. But both the Bible and the Christian tradition provides a rich variety of names and images for God - some inanimate, some feminine. There are theologically responsible ways to incorporate some of these names and images to enrich our common worship. We have already experienced this inclusivity in recent years without revising the prayer book. General Convention authorized resources like Enriching Our Worship, containing inclusive and expansive Eucharistic liturgies, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Some diocesan congregations have been using these liturgies on occasion.
I share the sentiment of the first Bishop of Fond du Lac, John Henry Hobart Brown, who said this about revision of the Book of Common Prayer:
I am well aware that there may be a conservatism so stiff and rigorous in resisting change and growth as to lead to the grave. Surely, there is no reason why the Church should not be able to adapt herself to the requirements of the present age. But, it would be a rude shock if our people were to find their old Prayer Book practically useless.
Under the Mercy,
The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter
Bishop of Fond du Lac
Appleton All Saints
Appleton - All Saints
Bishop Matt Gunter
Celebration Of New Ministry
De Pere St. Anne
De Pere - St. Anne
Diocese Of Masvingo
Episcopal Relief And Development
Fond Du Lac Cathedral Of St. Paul
Fond Du Lac - Cathedral Of St. Paul
Good Friday Offering
Jacksonport - Holy Nativity
Lessons & Carols
Marinette - St. Paul
Marshfield - St. Alban
Menasha St. Thomas
Menasha - St. Thomas
Minocqua St. Matthias
Minocqua - St. Matthias
Mosinee - St. James
New London St. John
New London - St. John
Oneida Holy Apostles
Oneida - Holy Apostles
Order Of Julian Of Norwich
Our Lady Of Guadalupe
Plymouth St. Paul
Plymouth - St. Paul
Presiding Bishop Visit
Provincial Youth Event
Rest In Peace
Rhinelander - St. Augustine
Ripon - St. Peter
Sheboygan - Grace
Stevens Point - Intercession
Sturgeon Bay - Christ The King
Suamico - St. Paul
Tomahawk - St. Barnabas
United Thank Offering (UTO)
Waupaca - St. Mark
Waupun - Holy Trinity
Wausau - St. John The Baptist
Wausau - St. John The Baptist
Wautoma - St. Mary Chapel
Way Of Love
Wisconsin Rapids - St. John The Evangelist
Worship And Prayer