Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan, has released its profile in the search for its next Rector. The profile is at diofdl.org/sheboygansearch and may be downloaded as a PDF or read on the page. Additional information about Sheboygan is also available.
God was willing and the people consented. On Saturday, July 18, 2020 the Right Reverend Matthew A. Gunter, Eighth Bishop of Fond du Lac, ordained Nicole Misoni Beeck to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The ordination service took place at Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan and was livestreamed and may be viewed here. As Bishop Matt noted on Facebook, "We have a new deacon! Congratulations to the Rev Deacon Nicci Beeck. Except for this picture and the actual laying on of hands we maintained proper physical distance throughout"
Deacon Nicci began her discernment towards ordained ministry when she attended a Circles of Light, a discernment process of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. After receiving the needed affirmations, she began the diocesan Deacon School, completing coursework, retreats, and field education and outreach/pastoral care community experience. She was ordained a deacon following approval of the Commission on Ministry, Grace, Sheboygan's Vestry and Rector, Standing Committee and the Bishop.
Bishop Matt has assigned Deacon Nicci to serve at St. Paul's, Plymouth under the authority of Archdeacon Michele Whitford, Vicar. She continues to work as parish administrator of Grace, Sheboygan.
The Rev. Dr. Karl Schaffenburg, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan, has announced plans to retire effective May 1, 2019. He has served Grace since 2011. As a seminarian, he served for a time at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Fond du Lac.
A graduate of Nashotah House, Schaffenburg was ordained to the priesthood in 2006 by Bishop Russell Jacobus. He served a call in Mississippi prior to Sheboygan. He has been active in diocesan ministries serving as a Trustee, on the Executive Council, as Dean of the Lake Winnebago Deanery and in other capacities.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, will move to Laurel, Mississippi to be near family. In a letter to the congregation, he noted he is "not so much retiring from my current calling as to a calling which will focus more on longer term projects."
Read his letter to the congregation here.