The Provincial Leadership Conference presents Preparing for General Convention: A webinar series. These are all free and people need to preregister.
Evangelism, April 12, 6:30 pm CT. Register: http://tiny.cc/plc-evangelism
We will explore resolutions on Evangelism, Leadership Formation in Small Churches, Church Planting
Featuring: Colin & Laurel Mathewson, St. Luke’s, North Park
Amiee Altizer, Flourish Baker and Unshackled
Tom O’Brien, Task Force, Leadership Formation in Small Churches
Susan Snook, Canon for Church Growth & Development
Structure, May 10, 6:30 pm CT. Register: http://tiny.cc/plc-structure
We will explore resolutions on Structure, Provinces, Title IV, and Churchwide Leadership
Featuring: Mariann Budde, Task Force on Provinces
Thom Peters, Task Force on Provinces
Polly Getz, chair, SC Structure, Governance, Consitution & Canons
Molly James, SC Structure, Governance, Consitution & Canons
Scott Haight, Task Foce on Church Leadership & Compensation
Creation, June 14, 6:30 pm CT. Register: http://tiny.cc/plc-creation
We will explore resolutions on Stewardship of Creation
Featuring: Marc Andrus, co-chair, Advisory Council, Stewardship of Creation
Stephanie Johnson, co-chair, Advisory Council, Stewardship of Creation
Tom Bruttell, Church Building Fund
Bernadette Demientieff, Gwich’in Steering Committee, Alaska
The Companion Diocese Committee of the Diocese of Fond du Lac is pleased to announce plans for a visit from our brothers and sisters in Christ from our Companion Diocese of Masvingo. God willing and government agencies consenting, four members of that diocese will visit northeast Wisconsin around the time of our Diocesan Convention, October 20. Initial plans include visiting around the diocese, giving everyone a chance to meet with them. Details and plans will be share when they are finalized. Learn more about the relationship at diofdl.org/masvingo.
The history of the Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. From these initial efforts which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.
"The Diocese of Fond du Lac has been a supporter of this effort for many decades," Bishop Matt Gunter recently shared. "I call on every congregation to participate to support or brothers and sisters in Christ."
Information about the Good Friday Offering, including resources (bulletins and poster), stories and where to send collections may be found at episcopalchurch.org/good-friday-offering. The bishops, priests, and people of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East thank you very much for your support as we come together in the One Body of Christ, strengthening our faith by living the Good News.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Brother Barnabas, OJN (Bruce Leben) who died February 10, 2018. He was 72.
Bruce Michael (Brother Barnabas) Leben, formerly of Waukesha WI, and St. Joseph, MI, was born March 20, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Frank Otto Leben and Vauna Jean (Young) Leben. Bruce worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse, raised three children, then entered the (Episcopal) Order of Julian of Norwich, taking the name Barnabas and professing solemn monastic vows in July 2003. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Frank; and is survived by his children and their spouses: Elisabeth (Harold) Palfi, Anne (Daniel) Barrett, and Scott (Heather) Leben; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters in the Order of Julian; and by long-time friends Carolyn and Stanley Strzyzykowski; and many others. Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna WI, or the Order of Julian of Norwich.
The funeral for Br. Barnabas will be on Saturday, 3rd March at 2:00 at the OJN monastery in White Lake. If people wish to attend please call ahead ( 715-882-2377) so that there will be enough chairs and food.
The Lenten Series is designed so it can be organized and led by either laity or clergy. 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.
If you are looking for a book to read and reflect on as a group, we recommend his book The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age. It is short and easy to engage, with thought-provoking questions with each chapter. The book explores “how God chooses and calls ordinary people like us into open-ended journeys of learning and discovery. These journeys are not intended merely for our own personal fulfillment but involve connecting with neighbors for the sake of sharing in God’s healing of the world.” It grew out of questions repeatedly raised in his presentation: “What do we do next? What steps do we take? What kinds of practices will help us enter into deeper relationships with our neighbors? How do we learn what it means for us to participate more deeply in God’s life in the neighborhood? How do we carry forward what is best from our past into a new world?” Quotes are from the book.
We hope you will elect to offer one or even both of these options during this time of Lent.
The Rev. David Klutterman, Rector of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Wausau, has announced plans to retire effective the end of February 2018. He has served St. John since 1996. He previously served St. James, Mosinee, St. Jame, Manitowoc, St. Matthias, Minocqua and St. Mary of the Snows, Eagle River. Read his letter to the congregation here.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Peter Bird who died December 24, 2017. He was 74. He is survived by his wife, Lila Roberts-Bird.
Peter received a B.A. from Ripon College and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and an M.Div. from Nashotah House. He was an active lay leader for many years at the local, diocesan and national levels of the Episcopal Church and was ordained to the priesthood December 21, 2000. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Waupun from 2000 until retirement in 2012. As a retiree he served as a supply priest for many congregations, including as Regular Supply for St. Paul, Plymouth.
Visitation will be Friday, January 12 at St. Thomas, Menasha from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm with military honors. There will be a reception in the parish hall afterwards. All are welcome. Give rest , O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Obituary here.