see pages H-I
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In this issue Teach symbolism of Christmas tree decorations
Teach symbolism of . . . . . . . . . . . .A by the Rev. Malcom Hughes word to identify followers of “the Way.” It also was
Christmas tree decorations put on doors to identify a Christian home.
Christmas isn’t Christmas for most people Paper chain: A paper chain is a symbol of con-
Russ’ reflections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B without a Christmas tree, and by decorating the nectedness and a reminder that families are held
Match vision with passion tree thoughtfully, we can set a Christian example to each other (glued) with love.
during the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord. Musical instruments: Drums, trumpets, harps
Around the Diocese For many years, I have encouraged people to deco- and other instruments are spoken of in the Bible,
Clergy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C-D rate with an eye to the symbolism and legend has it they all played to herald the
Trainors accept call to attached to the various ornaments birth of Jesus.
Church of Intercession available. Balls: Balls should be at least in two sizes and
Rev. Barbara Sajna accepts The Tree: It should be an ever- multi-colored. The big balls may symbolize the big
call to St. Luke’s green, symbolizing a life that nations, while the smaller balls remind us of
Ordination anniversaries, changes never ends, as well as the beauty smaller countries. Colors remind us of the various
Deacons’ Retreat and wonder of God’s creation. races, all different, but all equally loved by God.
Angels: There should be Antique balls represent the old; new ones the
People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D lots of them, reminding us young.
Bishop’s Crosses recipients that it was an angel that spoke Birds: A symbol of the Holy Spirit. A dove came
Bishop’s visitations, to Mary; a choir of angels her- to rest upon our Lord at his baptism. The peacock
confirmations, receptions alded Jesus’ birth, awakening the shepherds; and, is a symbol of the resurrection, and our Lord made
News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E much later, two angels were to sit outside his references to birds in his teaching.
tomb. Candles: In early days, real candles were lighted
Diocesan office moving ?
Lights: They symbolize not only the Light that and placed on the tree and looked like stars shin-
has come into the world with the birth of ing against the
Opinions, Letters . . . . . . . . . . . .F-G our Savior, but also the light of God as green. Today, we do
Windsor Report: Prayer, patience reflected in all creation. Lights of varied col- not recommend real
Convention, treatment of small ors remind us that all races reflect the candles, but they do
churches raises questions beauty of God’s love. remind us that our
Star: A star on top Lord talked of can-
reminds us of the star of dles and oil lamps.
130th Annual Diocesan Bethlehem, which guided the wise He is the Light of the world, and we are meant to
Convention held . . . . . . . . . .H-I men and shepherds to the stable. reflect that light.
Election results, budget debate Animals: They remind us of Bells: A symbol of guidance, bells have sounded
God’s creation. A Christmas tree should from steeples and towers for centuries, calling peo-
Parochial Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . .J have lambs, donkeys and cows, reminding ple to worship. Bells may sound when the sacra-
Parochial activities, calendar us of the part they played at the stable. ment of Holy Communion is consecrated, peal at
Sea shells: The scallop shell is a symbol of bap- weddings and toll at funerals.
Diocesan Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . .K
tism. Bows: Many gifts come with bright bows and
Cursillo forms communities
Candy canes: The cane represents the crook ribbons. They remind us of the spirit of the com-
Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .K with which the shepherd guides and, at times, munity. A gift is tied with a bow, we should be tied
Events, calendar defends and saves the sheep. It symbolizes a help- together with the bonds of goodwill.
ing hand and is the pattern for a bishop’s crozier A gift: On every tree a gift should be placed a
You’re invited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .L or staff. The candy cane reminds us that we, like gift for the poor or the church. It symbolizes a gift
Events, celebrations, seminars our bishops, are to be supportive of those in need. for the Christ Child. Just as the shepherds and
Bishop’s calendar Boat: Many disciples were fishermen, and our wise men came with gifts, so we should come to
Lord taught the Beatitudes while sitting in a fish- the manger bearing our gifts. Our gift may be a
ing boat. The Latin word for boat is “nave,” which simple one, but it should symbolize our loving
A community of is the word used for the place where people sit in a gratitude for our many blessings, but especially for
church. The church carries us to a safe harbor dur- the gift of the Saviour’s love.
disciples enthusiastically ing the stormy times of life.
Fish: “I will make you fishers of men,” promised About the author:
leading all people to Jesus. In the early days of Christian persecution, The Rev. Macolm Hughes is a retired priest and part-
the Greek word for fish was an acronym for “Jesus, time Vicar at St. John’s, Shawano, and a member of
transformation in Jesus. Christ, Son of God, Savior,” and was a secret pass- the Clarion Committee.
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Russ’ Reflections The Clarion
Vision must be matched with passion Our ministry
The Clarion reviews and previews news,
activities and events in and affecting the
Editor’s note: This month’s “Russ’ Reflections” column Antigo and St. Barnabas, Tomahawk, but making it
congregations and people of the Episco-
includes excerpts from the Pastoral Address delivered at possible for Fr. Harlan Bemis to devote more time
pal Diocese of Fond du Lac. It also serves
130th Diocesan Convention. to Ascension, Merrill. The lay leadership of Ascen-
as a means to create written
This past summer I celebrated my 10th anniversary sion has also accepted their challenge to grow.
dialogue on issues affecting the whole
as your Bishop. I spent some time reflecting on the When I came to the Diocese of Fond du Lac, I
past 10 years and realized in many places we are still said that true insanity is doing the same things that ----------
stuck in the mainte- we have always done and expecting a different out- Our mission
nance mindset. That come. Well, I think it’s time to start doing things The Clarion is written to, for, and about the
has got to change, or different, and the above two examples are just the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond
more congregations will beginning. du Lac. It is designed as a means for mem-
be asking the question, Our vision talks about being a “Community of bers of the diocese to communicate with
“How can we continue Disciples.” For more than a year, the Executive each other; for the diocesan staff to com-
to exist?” Council has been talking about the possibility of municate with members of the diocese;
I remind you, we have moving the diocesan offices to a more central loca- and to introduce new members and
a vision: to be “a com- tion, so it is accessible for most of the people in the friends to the people of the diocese.
munity of disciples Diocese (see article, page E). The recommendation ----------
enthusiastically leading also suggests that this be a “diocesan center.” With Editor Dave Natzke
all people to transfor- such a diocesan center, we might begin to feel more ----------
mation in Jesus.” I hope like a “community of disciples” rather than a loose Clarion committee
there is not one person in this diocese that has not federation of congregations. Bishop Russell Jacobus, ex-officio
heard the vision at least a few times; and I hope that We have a vision – “being a community of disci- Matthew Payne, ex-officio,
many of you have adopted it as your own. ples enthusiastically leading all people to transfor- assistant editor
But the vision is not enough. Along with the mation in Jesus.” Now we need to have the passion Dave Natzke, editor
vision, we need to have the passion to make it a real- to make it happen. debi Cleworth, Ray Dodge,
ity. Passion for who we are as God’s people in this That’s my challenge The Rev. Malcolm Hughes,
diocese, and a passion for what Christ is calling us “We have a vision – – that we become Carol Gottard and
to do, is my challenge to all. I promise you will see ‘being a community of passionate for Jesus; Beverly Schellhaass, resource assistants
me more passionate about our call to mission as the disciples enthusiastically passionate in our ----------
people of God. leading all people to faith. Submissions
Let me share with you some of the things that are transformation in Jesus.’ In spite of the tur- The Clarion welcomes submissions
in the developmental stages, or are actually begin- Now we need to have the moil in the Church, from congregations and individuals from
ning to happen on the diocesan level, which I feel please remember, throughout the diocese. Mail to:
passion to make it hap-
are responses to the vision. God is still God, and The Clarion, P.O. Box 149
The Diocese of Fond du Lac is about to sell the pen. That’s my challenge the Church is still Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0149
former Christ Church, Green Bay buildings. At first – that we become pas- His gift to us. or e-mail files to
I was sad about this, but then realized that, in keep- sionate for Jesus; pas- Remember that Jesus firstname.lastname@example.org
ing the buildings, we were supporting maintenance. sionate in our faith.” Christ is still Lord, January deadline is December 1
The congregation purchasing the facility, a Church and is the Savior of February deadline is January 1
of God in Christ congregation, is growing and the world, not just
reaching more souls than we could have imagined. savior of the Church. Diocesan office
In an indirect way, we will be supporting people I promise that I will work with passion to contin-
Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac
being lead to transformation in Jesus. I see this sale ue proclaiming that message. I will work hard to
as a response to our vision.
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encourage all of you to do the same. I will make
Another part of the vision is being fulfilled with every effort to keep us together in the unity of Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0149
the closing of St. Boniface Church, Chilton, at the Christ, so that our very presence will be a witness to Office phone . . . . . .(920) 921-8866
end of the year. This will allow Fr. Morrison to com- others that we are “a community of disciples enthu- Office FAX . . . . . . . .(920) 921-8761
mit fulltime to the ministry at St. Paul’s Plymouth. siastically leading all people to transformation in
The Rt. Rev. Russell Jacobus, Bishop
The leadership of St. Paul’s has accepted this chal- Jesus.”
lenge, and is beginning to plan to move forward.
This is turning our back on maintenance and mov- Lay Canon Matthew Payne,
Yours in Christ Jesus,
ing into mission. Diocesan Administrator
I have been in conversation with the congrega- +Russ
tions in the St. Aelred Cluster about revisioning
their ministry. With one priest responsible for the Ross Doebler, Diocesan Youth
congregations in Antigo, Merrill, and Tomahawk, Ministries Coordinator
it’s no wonder all three have struggled for so long. email@example.com
We are working to sustain ministry for St. Ambrose,
Marge Goelz, Secretary,
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Around the Diocese: Clergy
Trainors accept call to Church of Intercession
The Church of the Intercession, Stevens Point is pleased to
announce the call of the Rev. Robert James (Jim) Trainor as
its Rector. anniversaries
Fr. Trainor comes to Stevens Point from El Paso, Texas Seth Richmond
where he was rector of St. Francis on-the-Hill. His wife, the
Dec. 1, 1990
Rev. Mary Trainor, Deacon, will join the ministry at Inter-
cession. Together, they have led churches to new levels of dis- Michael Minter
cipleship and vibrancy. Priest
Prior to ordination, both of the Trainors worked at the Los Dec. 2, 1973
Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Jim was a
research physicist and deputy director of physics before he Barry Whenal
made the decision to devote more time to ministry work.
Dec. 9, 1972
Mary was a college biology professor and worked on com-
puter education systems and was a project leader for strategic David Drebert
Fr. Jim and Deacon Mary moved to Stevens Point in The Rev. Jim Trainor, his wife Deacon Mary, and their son Dec. 15, 2001
November, along with their son Lucas, who is a junior in Lucas, accepted the call to The Church of the Intercession,
high school. Two older children, Erica and Karl, live in Col- John Cell
Stevens Point. The family moved to Stevens Point in November.
orado. Mark Evans, Senior Warden, Church of the Intercession
Two older children, Erica and Karl, are living in Colorado.
Dec. 16, 1978
Rev. Barbara Sajna accepts call to St. Luke’s Joseph Mazza
Dec. 20, 1954
The Rev. Barbara ordained an Episcopal examined from the Christian point
Sajna has been priest in 1999. She has of view. Peter Bird
called to serve as since served both Trans- “One of the glories of the Episco- Priest
Vicar of St. Luke’s, figuration and Good pal Church is its tradition of treasur- Dec. 21, 2000
Sister Bay. She Shepherd Churches as ing learning,” she said. “It’s often
Hilary Crupi OJN
returns to Wiscon- curate, assistant priest, said, especially by people new to the Priest
sin from the 1,800- school chaplain and youth Episcopal Church, that they really Dec. 21, 2002
member Church of assistant. appreciate ‘not having to check their
the Transfiguration, Her ministry specialties brains at the door’.” C. Walton Fitch
Dallas, Tex. include preaching, teach- Mother Barbara is a youthful 64 Priest
“Barb,” as she ing, liturgy, pastoral care years of age, and the mother of four Dec. 21, 1958
prefers to be called, and spiritual guidance. grown children. Barb’s mother,
William Forrest, OSB
was born and raised She believes teaching Dorothy Reiser, and sister, Dorothy Priest
in Rhinelander, Wis. The Rev. Barbara Sajna should range from tradi- Reiser-Antonuk, live in Rhinelander. Dec. 21, 1992
She did undergradu- tional “Inquirers’ Classes” (Information supplied by Steve Elliott,
ate work in philosophy, and received to those in which popular culture is St. Luke’s Search Committee chair)
C. J. Aelred Glidden, OSB
her professional law degree from the Priest
University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dec. 21, 1992
1983. After practicing law for 10
years in the firm of Drager & O’Brien
in Eagle River, she entered Perkins Dec. 21, 1994
School of Theology of Southern
Methodist University, and was Joseph Minnis
Dec. 21, 1962
Rev. Susan Kenneth Okkerse
Schwab moving Priest
Dec. 21, 1955
to Boston Steven Powers
The Rev. Susan Schwab, a priest Priest
licensed to officiate in this diocese Dec. 21, 1971
and residing in Door County, is
relocating to the Boston area. She Deacons’ Retreat Priest
was instrumental in the ministry to The annual Tri-Diocesan Deacons Retreat was held in October at Camp Webb in Dec. 21, 1959
the people of Scandia Village Wautoma, Wis. This annual event draws deacons from the dioceses of Eau Claire,
through St. Luke’s, Sister Bay, and Fond du Lac and Milwaukee, who spend time together praying, worshipping, dis- Sister Charis
was available for supply work. cussing and networking. Profession
(Photo by the Rev. Karen Buker, Deacon from the Diocese of Milwaukee.) Dec. 27, 1983
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Around the Diocese: People
Fr. Barry Whenal
Bishop Russell Jacobus presented
Bishop’s Crosses to Sandy Muinde,
Trinity, Oshkosh, and the Rev.
Barry Whenal, retired Rector of
Church of the Intercession, Stevens
Point, during the 130th annual
Diocesan Convention banquet, Oct.
The Cross is awarded to persons
that have served both their congre-
gation and the Diocese in various
ways. Bishop Russell Jacobus named Sandy Muinde and the Rev. Barry Whenal as
In reading Sandy Muinde’s nomi- recipients of the 2005 Bishop’s Crosses during the annual Diocesan Conven-
nation letter, Bishop Jacobus noted tion banquet in Sturgeon Bay.
(Photo by Ray Dodge)
“she exemplifies the life that Christ
has called us to live.” Trinity, also serves on Trinity’s Altar In naming the Rev. Barry Whenal
Muinde, who is senior warden of Guild and Knitting Guild. She as the second recipient, Bishop
serves on the board and an active Jacobus noted Whenal attended
volunteer for the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ seminary at the Episcopal Divinity
Previous Bishop’s feeding program. She is a member School in Cambridge, Mass. He first
Cross recipients of the choir, cooks meals for new came to the Diocese of Fond du Lac Deaths
mothers or parish families with sick in 1984, serving as the Vicar at St. Mary Tozer LeQuesne
1997 The Rev. Ed Smith and
members, makes member visita- Matthias, Minocqua. St. Matthias, Minocqua
tions, is a member of the Daughters After serving to the Diocese of Aug. 25, 2004
1998 Marilyn Crawford and
the Rev. Wilson Roane of the King, a lay reader, intercessor Milwaukee for several years, Fr.
1999 Sister Barbara Jean, the and a coffee hour hostess. Whenal returned to the Diocese of Otis W. Graves
Rev. Ken Okkerse and She has been a member of the Fond du Lac in 1996, serving as Rec- All Saints, Appleton
Gail Rallens diocesan Commission on Ministry tor at Church of the Intercession, Sept. 10, 2004
2000 The Rev. William Johnston since October, 1995, and assisted Stevens Point, until his retirement
and Cliff Morrison Grace K. Shores
with the presentation of several this year.
2001 The Rev. John Biggs, All Saints, Appleton
Diocesan programs. She has attend- Whenal has served on many
Marcia Biggs and the Oct. 8, 2004
ed numerous Diocesan workshops diocesan committees, and continues
Rev. Barbara Johnson and events. Representing the Dio- to serve as the Secretary and Regis-
2002 The Rev. David Klutterman Emerson R. Jourdan,
cese as a deputy to the 2003 General trar of the Diocese in his retirement.
and Richard Wilson “Cookie”
Convention, she was a member of Holy Apostles, Oneida
2003 The Rev. Paul Feider, the General Convention Committee
the Rev. Diane Murray Oct. 25, 2004
on World Mis-
and Hugh Nolin
The Clarion publishes
and deaths from
For baptisms, provide
name, date and
St. Peter’s visitation parents’ names.
For marriages provide
The Bishop received and confirmed a number of peo-
St. Paul’s confirmations bride’s name (maiden),
ple during his visitation to St. Peter’s, Sheboygan
groom’s name and
Falls on Oct. 17., 2004. Pictured are: (front row, l to r)
Those confirmed at St. Paul’s, Marinette on Oct. 10, 2004 Louise Bennin (r); Helen Suebert (r); Dawn Cuellar date of wedding.
are (front l-r): Sara Bertagnoli, and Emma Giebler. Pic- (c); Raylyn Krauter (r); and Judy Behl (r); and (back For deaths provide
tured with the confirmands are (back, l-r): The Rev. Pat row, l to r): Thomas Wilharms (c); the Rev. Greg name and date of
Rudolph, Deacon, Bishop Russell Jacobus, and the Rev. Schultz, Deacon; Bishop Russell Jacobus; the Rev. death.
Bill Bippus, Rector. Samuel Nsengiyumva, Rector; and Lois Busch (c).
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Around the Diocese: News
Executive Council explores
moving diocesan office
Creation of Diocesan Center of the diocese.
Times have changed. There was
in Green Bay-Appleton one week this summer when the
corridor suggested Bishop would have spent 15 less
For more than a year, the Execu- hours driving if his residence and
tive Council has been talking about office would have been between
the possibility of moving the dioce- Appleton and Green Bay.
san offices to a more central loca-
tion. At their August meeting, they Q: When will the diocesan office
accepted a recommendation from a move?
special task force to seriously consid- A: There are no deadlines set. We
er relocation to a place somewhere are actively seeking office space to
between Appleton and Green Bay, meet the criteria set by the task force:
relatively close to Highway 41 or 29, easy access, central location, house
so it is accessible for most of the peo- offices and resource center. There are
ple in the Diocese of Fond du Lac. also budget considerations. When
The recommendation also sug- and if the “best” location is found,
gests that this be a “Diocesan Cen- the Executive Council will make the The Episcopal Diocese of Fond
ter,” not just an office. It should be a final decision to enter into a lease. Q: If the diocesan office moves, du Lac is composed of over
resource center for use by all, includ- will the Bishop move also? What 7,500 baptized members in 36
ing meeting space for committees Q: If the diocesan office moves, would happen to the Bishop’s Resi- congregations and two sum-
dence? mer chapels covering the
and commission, the archives of the will the Cathedral move?
A: As with most clergy in the dio- northeast third of Wisconsin.
diocese, as well as offices for the A: No. The Cathedral is named the
Bishop, the Canon for Administra- Cathedral in the Constitution of the cese, the Bishop would purchase his
tion, the Youth Ministry coordinator diocese, and would take a majority own home and receive a housing
and, of course, adequate parking.
“With such a diocesan center, we
vote of two successive diocesan con-
ventions to move its location. The
In terms of the current residence,
might begin to feel more like a ‘com- Bishop and Executive Council have there are a number of possibilities.
The most promising is for the dio-
munity of disciples’ rather than a no intention of seeking that change.
cese to work with a local housing Many people have pro-
loose federation of congregations,”
ministry so it may make use of these vided input into the explo-
said Bishop Jacobus. Q: If the diocesan office moves,
facilities. This could be done on ration of the potential
Following are some “frequently what happens to Grafton Hall, the
either a rental or long-term land con- move of diocesan office,
asked questions” regarding the current location of the diocesan
tract basis. The Bishop has made it including the Finance
potential move. office?
clear that the last thing he wants to Committee, the Executive
A: There are a number of possibili-
happen is to sell the property to any- Council, the Cathedral,
Q: Why move the diocesan office? ties. One is for the diocese to work
one who would convert it into rental the Greater Green Bay
A: One factor for moving is the with the Cathedral so it may use
housing. Ministry Group, the
amount of time the Bishop spends these facilities. Another is to contin-
When and if a final decision is Office Move Task Force,
travelling. When the diocese was ue to house the archives there, and
made on a new location, the Execu- and other individuals.
founded in 1875, Fond du Lac was a perhaps rent out additional space to
tive Council will examine the best Your thoughts or ideas
transportation hub. Congregational others. When and if a final decision
use to be consistent with ministry are also welcomed. Simply
planting and growth paralleled the is made on a new location, the Exec-
needs. contact the diocesan office
train tracks, and the Bishop could utive Council will examine the best
at (920) 921-8866 or e-mail
jump onto a train and take a direct use to be consistent with ministry
route to almost every congregation needs.
Ex-treasurer at Holy Apostles charged with embezzlement
A former treasurer of Holy Apostles, Oneida something that went on for a long time or to any with the Church Insurance Company and is in
was charged with theft and false representation great extent because the process involved in the the process to recover most of the funds lost.
for allegedly stealing over $30,000 from church diocese include controls related to overseeing “This incident underlines the importance of
accounts. Tina House made an initial appear- finances,” said Bishop Russell Jacobus, who following processes outlined through the
ance in Brown County court October 28 to face attended the court appearance. Canons of the church and the Manual of Busi-
felony charges involving her activities at Holy Bishop Jacobus said the diocesan office and a ness Methods in Church Affairs,” Bishop
Apostles. finance committee of Holy Apostles had been Jacobus said. “Vestries should receive regular
Between November 2002 and August 2003, working on the situation since last year. Holy financial reports on all accounts of a congrega-
House allegedly embezzled money from several Apostles formed a finance committee to review tion. The Diocesan Office offers an annual Trea-
church accounts, according to a criminal com- House’s activities and eventually called the surer's Workshop and is ready to assist any con-
plaint filed last month. She allegedly made Oneida Police Department with a theft and gregation in proper accounting of church
unauthorized withdrawals and wrote fraudu- forgery complaint. finances.”
lent checks, apparently forging signatures to If convicted, House faces a maximum sen- (Portions of an article in the Green Bay Press-
write the checks. tence of 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Gazette were used in compiling this information.
“It was an unfortunate incident, but it was not Holy Apostles carries criminal loss insurance
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Prayer, patience and study needed with Windsor Report
By Bishop Russell Jacobus mission in and for the world, serve to draw us peace’ (Ephesians 4:3).
together and hold us in fellowship.” Those
The Windsor Report was issued by a commis- include the authority and interpretation of I realize some feel my call for prayer and
sion established by the Archbishop of Canter- Scripture, as well as the role of the episcopate. patience is, in reality, ignoring the division and
bury in response to actions in The report lists instruments of hurt that exists. I’m not ignoring anything. In
parts of the Anglican Commu- unity, including the Archbishop last year’s Pastoral Address I emphasized our
nion that have caused hurt and “For now, I plead with of Canterbury, the Lambeth Con- need to remain in dialogue, and I reiterate that
division. ference, the meetings of the Pri- call.
all of you to be in Christian
The mandate to the commis- mates and the Anglican Consulta-
sion was to consider “the canoni- conversation with one tive Council. These are analyzed, Now is not the time for debate. This is the
cal understandings of commu- another, not using critical and specific recommendations time for patience and prayer and study. After the
nion” and was to include “practi- or blaming language. are made regarding how these Primates and the Anglican Consultative Coun-
cal recommendations for main- Instead, only talk with and instruments may be strengthened. cil meet, then we will need to gather in dialogue
taining the highest possible about each other, especial- Suggestions are also made regard- as a Diocese. This could be as early as next fall.
degree of communion that may ly those you disagree with, ing how the Anglican Commu- Or we may want to wait until spring after reso-
be possible” despite opposing in terms that will build up nion could maintain its unity. lutions for General Convention have been devel-
positions within the Anglican the Body of Christ.” oped. That would be a good time to be in con-
Communion. At this point, the Windsor versation with our General Convention
I think the Windsor Report, Report is only a report from a Deputies if, in fact, they will be asked to make
which is almost 100 pages, is committee. It was submitted to a some kind of commitment to the Anglican
very insightful, yet challenging. I was impressed standing committee of the Primates to plan for Communion at the 2006 General Convention.
with its biblical and theological thoroughness how it will be presented to the full meeting of As we plan for diocesan-wide conversation, we
and with its candor, without being harsh. the Primates in February 2005. We need to wait will keep all informed.
The report begins with an elucidation of the and see how the Primates receive the report, and For now, I plead with all of you to be in Chris-
purposes and benefits of being in communion, their recommendations. tian conversation with one another, not using
including comments on the Biblical founda- There are other bodies of the Anglican Com- critical or blaming language. Instead, talk with
tions, the theological developments, and the munion, like the Anglican Consultative Coun- and about each other, especially those you dis-
ecclesial procedures involved. The report goes cil, which is like the vestry of the Anglican Com- agree with, in terms that will “build up the Body
on to state: “Communion does not simply hap- munion, that need to review the report and of Christ.” Just as the future of the Anglican
pen. There are several aspects of our common respond. That body doesn’t meet until next Communion rests on its members “walking
life which, as well as fulfilling the primary pur- June. And then, if an official response is together,” as the Windsor Report suggests, let us
pose of enabling the Church to fulfill its Gospel required of the Episcopal Church in the United remember the walk begins with us.
States, it would seem appropriate that the Editor’s note: Bishop Jacobus’ comments on the
Via Media curriculum response be made by the 2006 General Conven-
Windsor Report were part of his Pastoral Address deliv-
ered to delegates and guests of the 130th Diocesan Con-
is appreciated There is much that lies ahead regarding the
report. I pray that we will not feel anxious, or feel
To the Editor: that an immediate response is necessary. I pray
In the spirit of Bishop Jacobus’ Pastoral
that no one in our diocese will act precipitously, The
causing more hurt or division. I pray that those
Address and his hopes that “we might begin to invested in the report and its outcome will pray, Clarion
feel more like a community of disciples,” I want think, process, ponder and be patient.
to recommend the Via Media educational cur- A bishop friend said to me: “The question welcomes
riculum which Fr. Dave Drebert has introduced
at Christ the King, Sturgeon Bay.
remains, are the liberals and the conservatives,
at home and abroad, interested in the justifica-
Fr. Dave, Deacon Kay and members of the tion of their position or in reconciliation in the As part of its ministry statement states, the
Christ the King congregation have warmly wel- Body of Christ. Justification is not a sacrament, Clarion seeks “to create written dialogue on issues
comed a number of us from St. James, and the reconciliation is.” affecting the whole Church.” To that end, we wel-
content of the curriculum created a sense of come letters and opinions from readers.
community from the very first evening. The Will we in the Anglican Communion be able The editor will make every effort to publish all of
feeling of community extends beyond our own to rise above our parochial boundaries to a larg- those that:
group to include the committed Episcopalians er vision of the Church, which is the Body of 1) raise or respond to issues that are important
who are featured in each video segment, effec- Christ, and witnesses to His presence in our to the Episcopal Church and especially the Dio-
tively helping us to feel a part of a national world? Time will tell. The stakes are high. In the cese of Fond du Lac;
church. last paragraph the report says: “The real chal- 2) are respectful of others in the discussion;
Although we are only half way through the lenge of the gospel is whether we live deeply 3) in most cases are less than 350 words.
program -- which is based on a shared meal, a enough in the love of Christ, and care suffi- The editor is responsible for final decisions
video presentation, group discussions, and wor- ciently for our joint work to bring that love to regarding publication of letters, and reserves the
ship -- I am enthusiastic about the engaging, the world, that we will ‘make every effort to right to edit letters for length.
spiritual conversations that it fosters. I think maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of Letters to the Clarion may be submitted via
this approach would work well in many congre- mail, fax or e-mail. All letters must include the
gations, both to build on the community we
already have, and to open a door to others inter-
Setting it straight name, address and telephone number of the
Last month’s article, “Trinity celebrates 150
ested in the Episcopal church. years in Oshkosh,” misidentified a Trinity staff Send letters to: The Clarion, 217 Mandella Ct.,
Neenah, WI 54956; fax 920-721-9255; or
Anne Schuette member. Barb Schneider is the current office
St. James, Manitowoc manager. The Clarion editor regrets the error.
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Convention, treatment of small churches raises questions
By the Rev. Harlie Bemis to each other on a deep level. Ministry is alive in
the Cluster area (Ascension, Merrill, St. About the author:
Cluster ministry is one of the paths the larg- Ambrose, Antigo, and St. Barnabas, Toma- The Rev. Harlan Bemis is Vicar of the St. Aelred
er Church has used to maintain live, ongoing hawk), thanks to caring, devoted and hard- Cluster, serving the congregations of Ascension,
ministry in small scattered congregations. It is a working Christians in all three church. Merrill, St. Ambrose, Antigo, and St. Barnabas,
ministry that, in addition to There are now major ministries to Tomahawk.
being comparatively inexpen- the poor in Antigo and to children
“The Cluster churches to poor churches and poor people are now con-
sive, requires that everyone in in Merrill. Three isolated flocks of
have moved one step closer sidered “maintenance” not mission, and we
the gathered churches use Episcopalian Christians are regular-
to closure for one reason: don’t do that anymore.
their God-given gifts for min- ly receiving nourishment of God’s
The richer diocesan church-
istry. When I arrived in the es are not willing to help Word and Sacrament, and the
Diocese of Fond du Lac, I did churches are growing, if slowly. The But this is the tip of the iceberg. The Body of
fund poorer, ‘struggling’ Christ here is beginning to appear more and
not take into account suffi- churches, even those in less ministry to the poor in Antigo may
ciently the degree to which densely populated areas.” continue with volunteer workers more like a golem, a golem carrying the values
clericalism and the vision of and connected with the Neighbor to of our world rather than the wisdom of scrip-
“one church, one priest” Neighbor program, which I hope ture. It is all about money and size and appear-
remains de rigueur here among the laity, as well will continue in Lincoln and Langlade counties. ance, about how to market Jesus effectively. The
as the clerics. But the ladies, in their 80s in Antigo and Toma- Church used to be about ministry and witness-
One professional priest and a deacon could hawk, lifetime Episcopalians, some baptized in ing to life and justice; now it is about financial
adequately meet the needs of five or six congre- the church where they continue to worship, are survival.
gations if a deacon were permitted to “assist” about to lose their church home. At this year’s convention, with 10 minutes to
the priest by administering communion in con- go, the only business left to be transacted was
gregations when a priest is not present. The Cluster churches have moved one step taking action on three resolutions. We were told
Local clergy and trained laity could be closer to closure for one reason: The richer by the chair that the convention must close on
ordained or licensed in small congregations to diocesan churches are not willing to help fund time. The three resolutions that remained were
perform a variety of ministries. This is not rad- poorer, “struggling” churches, even those in on social justice and ministry to the poor. It
ical, it is has been going on in dioceses through- less densely populated areas. The smaller and took less than 10 minutes to defeat all three,
out the United States for many years. poorer flocks are being left on their own until with no time for discussion.
A priest is normally called to cluster work they bleed out. Our goal is “mission, not main- The bulk of convention time was taken up
because she or he is committed to enabling peo- tenance.” The message is “fill up your churches, with discussions to reduce the churches’ indi-
ple for ministry, and training people to minister live on dead men’s money, or fold.” Ministries vidual pledges to the diocese and, more espe-
cially, the diocese’s pledge to the National
Church. Some time was also spent in a descrip-
tion of the changes in the Church Insurance
The Diocesan Treasurer’s Corner and Church Pension Fund. All money, all fiscal
The problem(s) with large pledges Isn’t it time to return to our faith? Isn’t it
By Jim Workman pared to speak, and speak convincingly, about time as Episcopalians in Fond du Lac to turn
things that matter to them. back to God, turn our lives and our wills and
After reading this headline, one might ask: Put another way, a large pledger often has the even our opinions over to God? To read the
“How can there possibly be a problem with a large innate capacity to be a royal you-know-what to the Gospels again, slowly, and to discover what
pledge?” It isn’t the pledge that’s the problem. It’s priest and the vestry. walking in the footsteps of our Lord really
the pledger. The contrary tendency to capitulating to the entails? To regain the Spirit of God once again
Let’s dismiss one problem at the start, the large whim of the large pledger is to drive him off by in our church? It doesn’t mean that we will be
pledger who believes that his or her pledge autho- not affording him or her the courtesy we should successful or rich or popular any more than
rizes him or her to dominate parish policy. It can extend to all members of the parish. Just because Jesus was.
be a tough assignment to tell someone who is you hear more from the large pledger does not Isn’t it time to rediscover our faith and turn
contributing a five-figure pledge that he or she mean you should not evaluate his or her position in repentance to God? Time to look at our sins
has been outvoted on an issue, but the alternative any less judiciously than you would evaluate any- greed, power and security? Isn’t it time to get
is to start down the road to a private chapel. Over one else’s thoughts on a matter. And then you back to examining ourselves for our own per-
time, it will become pretty private indeed. So vote, and decide. sonal sins? Time to plead guilty and be forgiven
don’t strike that particular bargain, as tempting Most of our parishes have a combination of and washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
as it might be. many small and medium sized pledges, and a few Isn’t it time to stop looking outside us for
Let’s take the more congregational-minded large ones. Not many of our parishes have an scapegoats (like homosexuals) who we can
large pledger, who is not trying to buy voting abundance of pledge income, so we must be care- freely demonize because they are not like us,
power. The large pledger is, however, almost sure- ful to hold on to whatever we have. The temporary and we have nothing to do with them anyway?
ly quite interested in what goes on in the church, convenience of not having to deal with a royal Isn’t it time to focus, as Jesus did, on the needs
and quite committed to the success of the church. you-know-what for a few meetings will come of the poor and outcast, and to build our min-
That is, for the most part, why he or she makes a home to bite at the next stewardship drive. istries with Jesus’ goals in mind? Time to be
large pledge. (I understand this may not square Of course, if the large pledger starts threatening concerned about how to feed the sheep entrust-
with the philosophy of the tithe; I am speaking to diminish or withdraw his or her pledge if he ed to us? Isn’t it time to use our shrewdness and
pragmatically, not philosophically.) And often, doesn’t get his or her way on some issue, refer to savvy to the glory of God in expanding God’s
though not always, people with the financial the second paragraph. The right answer is not Kingdom, rather than the kingdom of this
wherewithal to make a large pledge (I am refer- always the easy answer. world?
ring to a large pledge in absolute terms, not the (Jim Workman is a member of St. Luke’s,
widow’s mite) are fairly capable folks who are pre- Sister Bay and serves as Diocesan treasurer.)
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130th Diocesan Convention
130th convention held at Sturgeon Bay
Over 200 delegates, guests, clergy, volunteers and in Green Bay, will feature Timothy Vanover, from the
exhibitors attended the 130th Annual Diocesan Conven- Pension Group products and client services division, as
tion, held Oct. 22-23, 2004 at the Leathem Smith Lodge well as Fred Swing, the Church Casualty Insurance vice
in Door County. The host congregation was St. Luke’s, president for client services. This will be an opportunity
Sister Bay, with additional volunteers from the Church for congregational leadership to learn about the expand-
of Christ the King Holy Nativity, Sturgeon Bay, Jackson- ed products and services being offered by Church Insur-
Due to the timing of the convention (Oct. 22-23) and
the release of the Windsor Report (Oct. 18), very little Parish news
convention business dealt directly with the report. Dis- Bishop Jacobus also listed “exciting things” happen-
cussion and eventual passage of a 2005 diocesan budget, ing at the parish level:
including a proposed formula to address “restricted” giv- • St. Paul’s, Suamico, acquired property several years
ing by individuals and pledge sent to the national church ago. They have an architect’s rendering for a new facili-
dealt with the issue indirectly. ty, and they have a capital fund drive under way.
The convention began with a banquet which included • St. Matthias, Minocqua, also acquired property
the presentation of the Bishop’s Cross (see separate arti- adjacent to the church, and has undertaken a $1.5 mil-
cle on page D) to Sandy Muinde, Trinity, Oshkosh, and lion building campaign.
the Rev. Barry Whenal, retired Rector of Church of the • The Diocese of Fond du Lac welcomed a former mis-
Bishop James Justman, Intercession, Stevens Point. sion congregation into union with the convention as a
Bishop of the East Central parish. St. Mary’s of the Snow’s, Eagle River, under the
Synod of the Evangelical Annual highlights leadership of Fr. Lawrance Glenn, applied and was
Lutheran Church of Ameri- The convention Eucharist and Bishop’s Pastoral accepted by the Executive Council for parish status.
ca and guest of the Conven- Address occurred on Saturday morning at Bay View
tion, offers some Scripture See Convention, page I
Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay. In his address, Bishop
for the delegates.
Jacobus provided some highlights of the past year,
• job restructuring within the diocesan office.
Convention Election Results
Matthew Payne, former Youth Ministries coordinator, Elected to serve in a variety of capacities were:
was named Canon for Administration in the Diocese. A
new Youth Ministries coordinator, Ross Doebler, was Ecclesiastical Court of Review
hired half-time, while serving as half-time Youth Minis- The Rev. Malcolm Hughes, St. John’s, Shawano
ter at St. John's Episcopal Church, Wausau, Wis. The Rev. Lawrance Glenn, St. Mary’s, Eagle River
• Bishop Jacobus announced the Diocese is about to Mr. Wayne Winistorfer, Trinity, Oshkosh
sell the former Christ Church buildings in Green Bay.
• The Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Fond du Lac Executive Council
continues to flourish. The Rev. Peter Bird, Holy Trinity, Waupun
“Our summer camping program is one of the high- Mrs. Winnie Hutjens, St. Anne’s, DePere
lights. This past summer I was honored to serve as chap-
lain for the senior session. It was truly a spiritual experi- General Convention Deputies – Clergy
ence. I understand the Middler and Junior sessions were The Rev. Vicki Natzke, St. John’s, Wisconsin Rapids
as inspiring. This year at Kinder-Camp, Deb Woolsey The Rev. Peter Bird, Holy Trinity, Waupun
and Faith Sanders introduced many children and their The Rev. Wilson Roane, Retired
parents to “Godly Play.” If your child or grandchild has The Ven. Edwin Smith, St. Thomas’, Menasha
not experienced Fond du Lac summer camp, they have
really missed out on a very valuable encounter of faith.”
General Convention Deputies – Laity
Mrs. Sandra Muinde, Trinity, Oshkosh
The Happening program continues to be strong, as is
Mrs. Sue Roane, St. Mark’s, Waupaca
Cursillo for adults. A Youth Lock-In at St. Thomas,
Mr. Gary Dreier, Intercession, Stevens Point
Menasha, was an experience that brought many young
Mrs. Blanche Powless, Holy Apostles’, Oneida
people into a deeper relationship with our Lord.
Church growth, training The Rev. Wilson Roane, Retired
The offering from the During this past year, the Diocese of Fond du Lac Mrs. Jeanne Marg, St. James’, Mosinee
Convention Eucharist brought the Rev. Kevin Martin, executive director of Mrs. Sue Workman, St. Luke’s, Sister Bay
totaled $1,132.00 and Vital Church Ministries, back to the Diocese several
was distributed to the times to consult with larger congregations on church Trustees
Jim Larsen Boys and growth opportunities and challenges. A consultation The Rev. Seth Richmond, St. Anne’s, DePere
Girls Club, Sturgeon with the leadership of the family-size congregations is Mr. Dan Hornung, St. James’, Manitowoc
Bay Ministerial Associ- planned for next spring. Mrs. Ginny Steen, St. John’s, Wisconsin Rapids
ation, and Lakeshore Jacobus announced a workshop for congregational
CAP, Inc. Food Pro- leaders – wardens, treasurers, vestry members, secre- Wisconsin Council of Churches
gram. The amount was taries – held last March would become an annual The Rev. Vicki Natzke, St. John’s, Wisconsin Rapids
$377.33 each. “Vestry School” within the diocese, held on the first Mr. Ron Alexander, St. John’s, Wausau
Saturday of March. Sister Charis, SHN
The spring 2005 Vestry School, set for March 5, 2005,
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130th Diocesan Convention
Diocese of Fond du lac holds 130th annual convention
Convention, from page H • changing the membership of the Standing lishment of a Diocesan Task Force on Social
Committee to four clergy and four laity for a Witness – were not approved.
The offering from the Eucharist was distrib- term of four years;
uted to the Jim Larsen Boys and Girls Club, • allowing a rural dean to succeed him or Convention improvements promised
Sturgeon Bay Ministerial Association, and herself; After reviewing the convention evaluations
Lakeshore CAP, Inc. Food Program. The • allowing deacons to be elected to the Eccle- and listening to comments from a variety of
amount was $377.33 each. siastical Court of Review; sources, Bishop Jacobus sent a letter to all con-
The business portion of the convention • allowing individuals to continue restrict- vention delegates sharing how the diocesan
included elections, budget presentations (see ing their pledges from the national church and office plans to improve convention proceed-
separate articles) and resolutions. Among using a 10% formula for calculating the nation- ings for next year. The letter states that more
items brought before the convention from the al church pledge (see related story below). time will be made for prayer, a clearer call for a
floor were two motions to change traditional Among those that were not passed was a res- variety of voices in discussions will be made,
voting procedures when counting ballots for olution making the allowance for individual and balloting will not take place until Saturday.
offices with a large number of candidates. Both restrictions of their pledge to the national These changes will be made to help us con-
motions failed. church permanent. tinue to become “a community of disciples,
On voice votes, three others – dealing with enthusiastically leading all people to transfor-
Resolutions affirming the United Nations Millennium mation in Jesus,” he concluded.
A number of resolutions were discussed and Development Goals, establishing a Commis-
approved. Among those that were passed were: sion on Social and Economic Justice, and estab-
Pledge to national church dominates budget discussion
A significant portion of the convention
business meeting discussion dealt with the Calculating the Diocesan pledge to the National Church
budget, especially the calculation of the This example uses the actual numbers for 2004
pledge to the national church.
The Bishop announced the movement of 1) Pledges from congregations $499,908
the diocese to a 10-10-10 system, based on 2) Level of individual restrictions (24.7%) -$123,542
the Biblical model of a tithe. The 10-10-10 3) Non-restricted pledge income $376,366
system was detailed in the November 2004
issue of the Clarion. Briefly, the 10-10-10 4) Non-restricted pledge income (from line 3) $376,366
stewardship philosophy asks the individual 5) Investment income $38,053
6) Contributions for Clarion $9,853
parishioner to move toward a pledge of 10%
7) Non-restricted diocesan operating income $424,272
of their income to good works, the majority
going to their local congregation. The con-
8) Non-restricted diocesan operating income (from line 7) $424,272
gregation will then be asked to pledge 10% of 9) Percentage diocesan pledge to national church 10%
its income to the Diocese. Then, the Diocese 10) Level of pledge to national
Diocesan treasurer Jim will pledge 10% to the work of the national
Workman addresses the church (line 8 multiplied by line 9) $42,427.20
Convention regarding the On the expense side, the most significant change came as a result of a
To begin that movement towards that
system on the income side of the diocesan decision made on a resolution regarding the pledge of the diocese to the
(Photo by Ray Dodge)
budget, the “fair share” pledge formula, national church. The final decision was to take diocesan operating
the amount the diocese asks congregations to pledge to the diocese, has income, remove the proportional amount that individuals asked to be
removed the “20% bracket.” The formula for 2005 will be 10% of the first restricted from going to the national church, and pledge 10% of the
$25,000 of operating income to a congregation, and 15% of operating remainder. Due to confusion over numbers and formulas during the
income above $25,000. The Finance Committee expects to reduce this discussion, an example of the new calculation – as decided by resolu-
top bracket over the next few years until it is at 10% of all operating tions approved during the convention – is provided above.
Diocese of Fond du Lac proposed 2005 budget Fond du Lac
Congregation Pledges $528,031
Endowment Income 46,426
Clarion Appeal $10,580
Total Income $585,037
Support for Outreach/Mission $152,103
Support for Congregation/Diocesan Ministries $58,089
Support for Ordained Ministry $29,440
Support for Episcopate $152,192
Support for Administration $192,496
Total Expense $584,320
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Around the Diocese: Parochial Ministries
Luke, today’s health care providers honored
The physician Luke was honored Deacon Art Good (below) and
during a special healing service at the Rev. Seth Richmond (left)
St. Anne’s, De Pere, on Oct. 18. offered healing prayers during
Luke, the only non-Jew to write a special service to commemo-
books of the Bible, was a close com- rate St. Luke, Oct. 18. Deacon
panion of Paul. If Paul succeeded in Dale Hutjens also participated
evangelizing the western Roman in the service, which featured
empire, Luke may have had more to healing and prayers for health
do with it than we know. Perhaps care providers from St. Anne’s
God used his medical skills to keep and those invited from the outside community.
Paul alive some of those times (Photos by Ray Dodge)
when he was beaten, stoned or half-
Today, there are many other peo-
ple who work with physicians to
help promote and protect our Parochial
health. We come in contact daily Calendar
with those who care for our shel-
tered elderly, provide care for our DECEMBER
sick or special needs children, fill 4 Holiday Bake &
our prescriptions, help us learn Craft Sale, 9 a.m.-4
how to walk again after knee p.m., St. Olaf’s.
surgery, help protect our babies Amherst.
from communicable diseases by
scheduled immunizations.the list 5 Advent Lessons &
goes on and on. Carols, High Tea, 4
The service at St. Anne’s honored
those counted as members of this p.m., Grace Episco-
vast army of care providers. Many pal Church, Sheboy-
from St. Anne’s parish and those gan.
invited from the community were
there to be blessed and prayed over. 5 St. Nick’s Jazz Mass,
5 p.m., St. Mark’s,
St. Anne’s forms Peace Waupaca.
and Justice Ministry; holds 19 Festival of Lessons &
Carols, 7 p.m., St.
forum on tax amendment Mark’s, Waupaca.
By Ray Dodge JANUARY
30 Parish annual meet-
“Are Taxes too High? TABOR and the Common
Good” was the title of a forum and discussion on ing, All Saints,
Oct. 21 organized by the newly formed Peace and Appleton.
Justice Ministry of St. Anne’s, DePere. The Clarion’s
TABOR, an acronym for the “Taxpayer Bill of
Rights,” is being proposed as a constitutional
includes special congre-
amendment that would limit the spending of local
gational events that may
and state government to the prior year’s budget plus
be of interest to others in
the rate of inflation and the rate of growth in popu-
the Diocese of Fond du
lation or new development. Forum speakers were
state Rep. Frank Lasee, author of the proposal to Lac and the local com-
limit tax increases through an amendment to the munity at large. Informa-
state Constitution, state Sen. Robert Cowles, and tion about these events
County Supervisor Steve Fewell. is taken from parish
The speakers were asked to present some factual newsletters and/or sub-
information, and to consider how TABOR might mitted by members of
affect the dignity of the individual, and whether it those congregations.
would promote the common good. Wisconsin’s Please note that the
proposals for constitutional tax limits are being deadline to list January
compared to initiatives in other states including 2005 events is Dec. 1,
On Saturday, Oct. 9, area pets and their families gathered at St.
Colorado, where critics say social services and local 2004. E-mail
Augustine, Rhinelander, to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of
Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Eugene Warden watches as governments have been hurt severely. Proponents information to:
Raps receives a blessing by the Rev. Dean Einerson, Rector. say the taxpayer bill of rights fuels economic clarion@
After mass there was a Blessing of the Animals followed by cof- growth, helping all citizens. episcopalfonddulac.
fee and social hour. There were treats for the animals and ani- Ray Dodge is a member of St. Anne’s, DePere and a org.
mal crackers for the humans. resource assistant for the Clarion.
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Around the Diocese: Diocesan ministries
Cursillo creates communities of disciples
By the Rev. Vicki Natzke Sampson, St. Anne’s, DePere; Stan Kelderman, St. Mark’s,
Waupaca; and Steve Sanderson, St. John’s, Wausau.
There has been much talk about our diocese and Monarch Cursillo #59: Linda Montgomery, St. Anne’s,
parishes moving from maintenance to mission. Many DePere; Rae Loos and Penny Cleworth, St. John’s, Wiscon-
leaders in the larger parishes have met with Canon Kevin sin Rapids; Marcia Wisner-Holt, St. Matthais, Minoqua;
Martin to discuss church development. There has been Thelma Clarage and Annette Van Laanen, St. Paul’s, Suam- Cursillo
an emphasis to form our parishes into communities of ico; Myrtle Weston, St. Paul’s, Marquette, MI; Joan Sander-
disciples enthusiastically leading all people to transfor- son, St. John’s, Wausau; Pat Stordahl, St. James, Manitowoc; Calendar
mation in Jesus Christ. and Trudy Herbst and Brenda Severin, Christ the King, Monarch Episcopal
How does the diocese’s Monarch Cursillo Movement Sturgeon Bay. Cursillo
fit into this new look of the diocese? Follow-Up Ultreya
Dec. 5, 3 p.m.
Becoming enthusiastic disciples St. Anne’s
Forming communities During the Three-Day Weekend, participants deepen DePere
Those who have attended the Three-Day Weekend and their faith and gain a clearer understanding as to how to
are active in the Fourth Day activities refer to themselves lead all people to transformation in Jesus Christ. The
as being in the Cursillo Community. They are active weekend focuses on the elements of doctrine and disci-
Christians who are leaders in their own parishes and who pline which help us to reach out with the Gospel. The
actively bring Christ into their environments. They are talks and activities throughout the weekend build strong About the
members of small communities called Group Reunions. foundations of spirituality and leadership in the partici- author:
Within these communities they are able to share their pants. They leave that weekend enthusiastic leaders ready The Rev. Vicki Natzke
faith struggles, be lifted in prayer and gain a deeper to transform their environments for Jesus Christ. is rector of St. John’s,
understanding as to where and how to put their apostolic Thus, Cursillo’s intent is to form communities of dis- Wisconsin Rapids. She
action to work. ciples enthusiastically leading all people to transforma- is a member of the
These small communities then gather into a larger tion in Jesus Christ, a vision identical to that of the Dio- Secretariat of the
community at periodic Ultreyas. The Group Reunions cese of Fond du Lac. Monarch Episcopal
and the Ultreyas are where participants study their every- That’s what disciples do. They make friends, are Cursillo Movement in
day life-settings in order to plan how to carry out Christ- friends, and bring their friends to Christ.
the Diocese of Fond
ian witness. Over the years, Cursillo has helped hundreds of Epis-
copalians in this diocese learn to live as faithful witness-
The newest Cursillistas es to God’s call of mission and ministry in all environ-
Seventeen new members have joined the Cursillo Com- ments.
munity by attending the latest Three-Day Weekends, Cursillo is a movement of the church. The strong spir-
held Oct. 28-31 (men) and Nov. 4-7 (women). Participants itual foundation and community the Cursillo method
included: provides can only help our churches develop into
Log on to www.
Monarch Cursillo #58: Bill Loos, Bob Cleworth Jr. and stronger and more vibrant and welcoming Christian
John McCandless, St. John’s, Wisconsin Rapids; Chris communities. monarchcursillo.org.
Around the Diocese: Youth Youth Calendar
Youth reminders: Upcoming events 5 Happening #57-Staff Training, Summer Camp
Upcoming events detailed in previous 1-7 p.m., All Saints, Appleton.
issues of the Clarion: 10-12 Happening #57, All Saints,
Appleton. A high school retreat
Happening #57, Dec. 10-12 12-18 Summer Camp
Happening, a one-time experience for experience. (Cost is $35. Open
to youth grades 10-12, adults Senior Session
young people who have completed their 18-23 Summer Camp
first semester of 9th grade through 12th who work with youth). Log on
to: http://happening.episcopal- Middler Session
grade, will take place Dec. 10-12, 2004 at
All Saints, Appleton.
For more information, contact Ross Doebler at (715) 212-3340 or 27-28 College Age Reunion, Camp 14-16 Summer Camp
(920) 921-8866; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Log on to www.episcopal- Webb, Wautoma. No cost. E- KinderCamp Session
fonddulac.org/orgs.asp and click on “Youth Ministry: Happening” mail with your name and mail- 14-18 Summer Camp
ing address to Junior Session
College age reunion at Camp Webb, Dec. 27-28 email@example.com or call
All college age young adults (18-25) are invited to attend a College the diocesan office at (920)
Age Reunion, Dec. 27-28 at Camp Webb in Wautoma. 921-8866.
There is no cost, and no set agenda. But there will be time for hang-
For information on youth activities
ing out, playing games, worship, skiing (if there's snow), fires or what-
in the Diocese of Fond du Lac,
ever else the group might want to do. contact Ross Doebler at (920)
To make sure you get the information for this reunion, send an email 921-8866 or e-mail
with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call email@example.com.
the Diocesan Office at (920) 921-8866.
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Around the Diocese: You’re invited
Women’s Advent Quiet Morning scheduled Reminders: Upcoming events
A Women’s Advent Quiet Morning, open Eucharist will conclude the day. Upcoming events detailed in previous issues
to all women in the diocese, will be held Sat- This Quiet Morning offers an excellent of the Clarion:
urday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-noon at St. Thomas, opportunity to set aside some time during The Province V meeting of the Episcopal
Menasha. the busy season of Christmas to focus on our Church Women (ECW) will be held March 11-
The event will begin with Morning Prayer, relationship with the One who is the reason 13, 1005, at the Marriot West, Waukesha. Reg-
followed by three meditations on “Inner for the season. istration deadline is Dec. 15, 2004. Cost is
Healing” by the Rev. Paul Feider, Vicar of St. No reservations are necessary but to assist $250.00 per person, including food and lodg-
John’s, New London. A continental breakfast with planning for food, please call the St. ing for the entire conference. For additional
will be available. A celebration of the Thomas office at (920) 725-5601. details, call Barbara Drewry-Zimmerman at
920-893-5189 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
School for Christian Healing planned for 2005 2005 Washington Island Forum
Another School For Christian Healing The School of Christian Healing and Spir- The Washington Island Forum, sponsored
and Spiritual Enrichment will be held on itual Enrichment is meant to be a place for by the Wisconsin Council of Churches,will be
three Saturdays, Jan. 22, Feb. 19 and Mar. 19, instruction and support as people seek to held July 11-15, 2005 on Washington Island, off
2005. All sessions will be held at St. John’s participate in the healing ministry of Jesus in the tip of Wisconsin in Door County.
Church and Center for Inner Peace, New their local communities. In addition to the The 2005 Washington Island Forum features
London, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. days of instruction and prayer, Feider and his Eugene Peterson, Presbyterian pastor, theolo-
The sessions will be led by the Rev. Paul staff are available for guidance and support. gian, best-selling author and
Feider, nationally known for his work in spir- The program is open to people of all teacher.
itual direction, healing prayer and scripture denominations, but registration is limited to Early registration is recom-
study. This school deals with topics such as: 50 people. Lunch is provided, along with mended. A $100 deposit
Scriptures on Healing; Understanding Dis- some snacks. To register, send your name, holds your registration. The
ease; Spirituality of Healing; Inner Healing; address and phone number, along with the total fee is $200 before Mar. 1;
Intercessory Prayer; Processing Feelings; and $75 donation to: Mission Ministries, 1513 $225 per person after Mar. 1.
How to Share the Gift of Healing. Fr. Paul's Pinewood Lane, New London, WI 54961. Meals are available for non-regis-
newest book, “Resting in the Heart,” is the For more information contact the Rev. tered guests.
main text. Paul Feider at (920) 982-0970. For details, visit www.wichurches.org/
events/evnt-wash.html or call Jan Johnson, Wis-
consin Council of Churches, at (608) 837-3108.
‘Healthy Connections for Clergy Spouses’ program set
A kickoff event for Christos Ministries’ Hartford, Hartland, Mequon, West Bend
“Healthy Connections for Clergy Spouses” and Milwaukee’s east side. Clarion: funding appeal
program will be held Jan. 15, 2005. The event Through this program, clergy spouses col- As a member of the Diocese of Fond du Lac,
will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church of laborate with Christos Ministries’ staff, you receive the Clarion at no direct cost. To
the Resurrection, Pewaukee. working through 12 months of discussion help cover publishing and mailing expenses,
Registration deadline is Dec. 28, 2004, and guides on topics critical to clergy families. we ask that household donate at least $12 per
space is limited. There is no cost to partici- Teams of 2-4 spouses then meet monthly for year to assist in the important ministry of our
pate. Child care will be provided. sharing and support, and then pass on their Diocesan life.
Christos Ministries is a non-profit organi- experience and discoveries. An appeal (along with a self-addressed enve-
zation that provides confidential, faith- For more information, call 888-879-3000, lope) was mailed to each household receiving
based counseling and support services to e-mail churchprohelp@christosministries. the Clarion in November. If you did not receive
church professionals, their families and con- org or log on to www.christosministries.org. an appeal, or it was misplaced, please send
gregations. It has locations in Elm Grove, donations to: The Clarion, P.O. Box 149, Fond
du lac, WI 55936-0149.
The Bishop’s Calendar DECEMBER
18 Sexual Misconduct Prevention 14-15 Deacons’ School, Wausau
Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, St. 16 Visitation, St. Thomas,
Listed on the “Bishop’s Calendar” are 1 2 3 4 John’s, Wausau Menasha
Parish visitations, Diocesan functions
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 25 Christmas Day 30 Visitation, St. John’s,
(which the Bishop may or may not be
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 27-28 Reconnect: College Age New London
involved in personally), and other
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Reunion, Camp Webb, Wau- 31-2 Diocesan Clergy Retreat,
events at which the Bishop is a partici-
26 27 28 29 30 31 toma Norbertine Center for
pant. Personal appointments with
individuals will never be listed publicly ing, Memphis, TN
in this calendar. JANUARY
10-12Happening #57, All Saints, 1 FEBRUARY
Appleton 9 Ash Wednesday
DECEMBER 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
12 Visitation, St. James, Mosinee
2 Clergy Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 14 Wisconsin Council of Churches 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 MARCH
Trinity, Oshkosh Board meeting, Green Lake
23 24 25 26 27 28 29 5 Vestry School, 9:30a.m.-
3 Wisconsin Bishops’ Dinner 14-15State Judicatory Leaders 2:30p.m., Green Bay
5 Visitation, St. Boniface, Chilton Retreat, Green Lake 30 31
22 Diocesan Chrism Mass,
5 Happening Staff Training, 1-7 16 Bethany House Board meeting, 11 a.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral,
p.m., All Saints, Appleton Fond du Lac JANUARY Fond du Lac
6-9 Bishop’s of Small Diocese Meet- 17-18Deacon’s School, Wausau 5-12 Bishop Jacobus vacation
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