May 16 Grace Notes EXTRA

Please tap here to read the May 16, 2021 edition of Grace Notes, the newsletter and worship aid for Grace Lutheran Church of Kenosha, Wisconsin. In this week’s issue:

  • Liturgy and readings for Ascension of Our Lord / seventh Sunday of Easter
  • Pastor Barker’s Sermon on Acts 1:1-11
  • Congregational Meeting Convenes This Sunday
  • Synod Model Family Leave and Sabbatical Policies
  • Worship Is Open with COVID-19 in Mind
  • Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly Voting Results

To join the congregational meeting on line, click here. the passcode is: 7WfefC .

You can also phone in at 646-876-9923. You will need to then enter the meeting ID and passcode. The meeting ID is 685 749 8173, and the passcode by phone is 834854.

Wisconsin 7 Come to Racine, Milwaukee

The Wisconsin 7 will be at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (322 Ohio St, Racine, WI 53405) on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 am and will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church (631 N 19th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233) on Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm.  Both events will be outdoor rallies that require masks and social distancing.
At both events there will be a great list of speakers, including Bishop Paul Erickson on Sunday.
The Wisconsin 7 are on a 22-day fast for climate justice in the state budget and this weekend will be on day 15 and 17 of their fast.
Please come out to support the Wisconsin 7!  Also, please lift the Wisconsin 7 up in your prayers on this twelfth day of their fast and going forward.

Grace Notes EXTRA: Pentecost

Click here to open the May 31, 2020 edition of Grace Notes in your web browser.

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Kenosha Lions Grant
  • Bishop Erickson Advises Caution
  • Readings for Pentecost Sunday
  • In Our Prayers
  • Pastor Barker’s Sermon
  • June Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Offerings and Income
  • Response to Outreach for Hope, Synod Appeals

Grace Notes Extra: Easter 6

Click here to read the Syttendemai Extra edition of Grace Notes, the newsletter and worship bulletin of Grace Lutheran Church. In this week’s issue:

  • Letter from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
  • Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter
  • In Our Prayers
  • Congratulations, Skylar!
  • Pastor Barker’s Sermon
  • Thanks to Food Pantry Donors and Volunteers
  • Pastoral Letter from Greater Milwaukee Synod Bishop Paul Erickson

Bishop Erickson on COVID-19

The following is a pastoral message from Greater Milwaukee Synod Bishop Paul Erickson on how congregations can deal with the novel coronavirus. You may also want to check out this newsletter from the wellness ministry of our sister congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church.

Pastoral Message from Bishop Paul Erickson Regarding the Coronavirus

March 3, 2020

As we have all watched the news recently and seen the spread of a novel coronavirus, COVID- 19, around the world, many people have expressed concerns over this disease and the potential for it to disrupt our normal, daily lives. As the church, we are called to not give into fear, but to equip ourselves with knowledge so that we can be prepared to respond appropriately should the need arise.

The most important recommendation to share is that if you are sick, regardless of why you are sick, you are encouraged to stay home and go see your primary care physician. In addition to COVID-19, we are experiencing a bad flu season and many of our congregants have pre-existing conditions which could make them susceptible to any illness. Taking proper care of ourselves also helps us take care of one another.

Some have expressed concern about how this new disease might impact our worship services.

At this time, there is no evidence to support radical changes to our worship service or to encourage altering worship practices. There are, however, some practices that are always a good idea to consider when thinking about worship. For example, the use of hand sanitizer after the passing of the peace and before communion are easy ways to help limit the spread of illness in general. Congregations may wish to review their communion practices, perhaps avoiding intinction, the most susceptible to contamination, or having the communion minister dip the bread into the wine and hand it to the worshipper. Additionally, some may choose to only receive communion through the bread, a perfectly acceptable practice in the Lutheran tradition. When it comes to passing the peace, some individuals may choose to do so verbally or with gestures instead of shaking hands.

Again, we want to stress that we should not give into fear. As Bishop Eaton has so often reminded us, we are called to be church together. Our identity in Christ is fundamentally communal and as there are more cases, we should not push away those who are sick or may have been exposed. While there are proper precautions that should be taken, we should continue to love and support our siblings in the faith and not stigmatize them. Instead we should identify how to continue to minister and support them through prayer, phone calls, and material support if they are being asked to self-isolate.

There are many things we still do not know about this new disease, but we should continue to work to be prepared and to support our siblings who are being impacted as well as supporting those who are working to address this disease.

Here are some other resources you might wish to consider when discerning your next most faithful step regarding the coronavirus:

  • CDC response on preventing Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavi…/2019-ncov/community/index.html
  • Wisconsin Council of Churches resources, including a link to register for an upcoming webinar on disease prevention: https://www.wichurches.org/2020/02/28/flu-season-the-coronavirus-and-the-church/