The St Matthias, Minocqua's Truth and Reconciliation Young Adult Ministry is one of 15 recipients of an Episcopal Church 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry grants. Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants provide funding for dioceses, congregations, and community college/tribal college/university campuses that are doing or seek to do ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. The amount awarded was $5,000.
Beginning September 2017, St Matthias will launch Truth and Reconciliation for Healing and Mending Relationships. Through this program, the church will begin a process of building a relationship of truth, reconciliation, and healing with the Lac du Flambeau Indian community. This will be done by opening the doors and facilitating multiple Native focused healing services centered on themes of reconciliation. A safe space and an opportunity for attendees to speak their truths and heal from the effects of inter-generational trauma will be provided. Members of the Lac du Flambeau community will be intimately involved throughout the entire project. Learn more about St. Matthias at at stmatthiasminocqua.com.
Holy Trinity, Waupun will celebrate their 150 years on Saturday, July 29, 2017. There will be a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. with the Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter presiding. This will be followed by a picnic celebration and neighborhood block party with live music and children's activities. All are invited to help celebrate. The congregation was organized in 1867 shortly after services started and a visit from Bishop Jackson Kemper.
St. Barnabas, Tomahawk celebrated their 125 years at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 11. A picnic was held on the lawn. Services were held as early as 1890 with the congregation organized in 1892. Tomahawk's principal founder, William H. Bradley, helped to build the church building in 1892. Their anniversary generated some press in both the local paper and TV station. Read the article here or see the TV coverage here.
Adopting a mission mindset for taking God's mercy and delight into the neighborhood
by David Skidmore
For Carrie Headington, the impact of an outward focused, welcoming church hit home in 2003 while watching Canon Michael Green rekindle hope and a mission-mindset in struggling Church of England parishes. Green at the time was evangelism staff officer for the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of evangelism and apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
Often just a handful of people attended these churches and Headington assumed they were on the brink of closure, but Green showed her they just needed help in recognizing God's call and taking that invitation to their neighborhood.
"I got absolutely hooked. I said this is what I want to do for the rest of my life," said Headington in her opening presentation to the Diocese of Fond du Lac's May 13 conference Taking God's Mercy and Delight into the Neighborhood. Seeing life restored and the joy that follows were a powerful endorsement for the call to evangelism. "What I saw was people coming absolutely alive. I couldn't wait to be part of doing this work."