Ron Alexander, a member of St. John Episcopal Church in Wausau, noted growth from participation in a recent summit addressing the opiod crisis. "As a person of faith, the recent Recovery Summit-Road to Recovery was impactful" Ron noted, "because it allowed me to live out my Baptismal Covenant, especially: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself; and to focus on the Cursillo goal of involvement in Apostolic action."
Over 100 people attended the summit in Wausau November 8, 2017. Learning objectives included the impact of addiction and the hope of recovery for individuals, families and communities, reflected in a documentary titled, Straight Forward:The truth about Addiction. Best practices around the state were presented by those leading efforts to build communities supportive of recovery. These efforts include recovery coaching (which Ron is involved in), sober living, transitional employment, social supports, sense of purpose and more.
Speakers included a clinical substance abuse counselor, vocational learning coordinator, a public health educator and a local attorney who serves as a guardian ad litem for youth. Funding for the summit came partially from the Outreach Fund of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. Other partners included the Northwoods Coalition (of over 50 entities from 34 counties) and the Greenheck Foundation.
All Saints Episcopal Church, Appleton is searching for a part-time (10-15 hours/week) organist and choirmaster. The ideal candidate would be a skilled, faith-centered musician with at least a bachelor’s degree in music, broad musical experience, and a deep appreciation for and knowledge of the Anglican musical tradition. This is a salaried position with significant support from the congregation and the community. Learn more here.
The Episcopal Church Women of St. John the Baptist in Wausau is holding their Annual Cookie Sale. They have been baking and selling cookies as a fundraiser since 1938. These are homemade, all butter cookies for $15 dollars per box (approximately one pound of cookies). All proceeds go to charity! The order deadline is December 1st with pick-up from 12noon-6pm at St. John's on Saturday, December 5th. To order your cookies, call Ginny at 715-359-9152.
Bishop Matt and the Commission on Congregational Vitality invite individuals and congregations to study the Collects of Advent! Beginning on December 3, 2017, each Sunday in Advent we draw closer to the celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord. The Sunday Collect serves as a prayer that leads us in preparation for this event. This Advent you are invited to spend time and engage the Collects of Advent.
The Advent Series is designed so it can be organized and led by either laity or clergy. It is not a study, rather it is meant to be a time of listening to God and one another. It is a time for storytelling and reflecting on our stories. It is also meant to be a time of beginning or continuing discernment, both for the person and for your community of faith.
Questions are provided to assist in your time of reflection and discussion. While you need not utilize every question, we encourage you to consider the last two questions provided