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Noticias para Julio

June 29, 2015

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En la edición de este mes: Kermés 2015 ☼ Registrarse para primeras comuniones ☼ Confirmaciones ☼ Estudios Bíblicos en las jueves ☼ Preguntas difícil con respuestas que no queremos escuchar ☼ ¿Qué sería de tu vida sin el agua? ☼ Jóvenes en Detroit

July-August Newsletter

June 27, 2015

visbuttonClick here to read the July-August edition of the Emmaus Visitor, on its way to mailboxes all over the Racine Metro Area.

In this summer’s issue: Celebrate Kermés (or Fermés, if you will) ☼ Neighborhood Camp Needs Food Helpers ☼ National Night Out ☼ Cool Community Meal ☼ Walk for Water ☼ ‘Planting Seeds’ ☼ Synod Assembly Report ☼ RUGN Garden ☼ New Carpeting, Upholstery ☼ ‘God’s Work, Our Hands’ Sunday ☼ Pastor Joins Human Rights Commision ☼ Keep Lake Michigan Cliean ☼ ‘Joined in Mission’

Two Prayer Vigils

June 23, 2015
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City Wide Prayer: Racine Unity Rally & Prayer Vigil

temp2Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 6:00 PM Host Church: United Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 1327 Blake Avenue, Racine, WI. Presented by: Restoration Ministries, The WE Group, local churches, ministries and community agencies, Pastors, Community Leaders and Activist will be there and want to see you! Discussion Charleston, SC; social injustices and other disparities affecting our community. A clarion call for reconciliation, accountability and responsibility. Sponsored by United Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Gregory Daniels. For more information call 262-744-5362.

Prayer Vigil @ Wayman AME Church

A Prayer Vigil will be hosted at Wayman AME Church, Pastor Ernest Ni’A, 424 North Memorial Drive, Racine, WI on Tuesday, June 30 @ 7:00 PM. The Community is coming together to pray about the nine murdered victums at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S. C. The Prayer Vigil is sponsored by Wayman AME Church. For more information call 262-637-8945.

Prayer for Today

June 18, 2015

pray_4121c_50God of peace, you see works of violence and weep. Relieve the suffering of all who are experiencing violence, especially our brothers and sisters at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Grant them peace of mind and a renewed faith in your protection and care. Protect us all from the violence of others; help us to bring offenders to justice; keep us safe from the weapons of hate; and restore us to tranquility and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

“Selma Is Now”

June 10, 2015
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temp2See “Selma,” the movie Friday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st Street, Racine, with panel discussion following the movie.

To know where we are going, it’s important to know where we have been. Please join Racine Interfaith Coalition for this community screening.

The film and discussion are free and open to the public. This film is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for young children.

“Solitary Confinement” Model: Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., also at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st Street, Racine, WI. Experience the Wisconsin Prison System for yourself.

For further details on Racine’s Juneteenth celebration, please visit

Emaús en Telemundo-Milwaukee

June 9, 2015

Telemundo’s Milwaukee station reported on the wedding this past weekend of Trini Sánchez and Esperanza Castañeda. An excerpt from Cristina Navarrete’s story:

Por mucho tiempo parejas del mismo sexo no se podían casar en el estado de Wisconsin, eso forzó a que muchos viajaran a otros estados para hacer su matrimonio valido por medio del estado civil.

Una de esas parejas es Esperanza Castañeda y Trinidad Sánchez. Ellas se casaron por lo civil en julio 2014 en el estado de Illinois, a solo meses de que el estado de Wisconsin, permitiera los matrimonios del mismo sexo.

Castañeda y Sánchez decidieron que unir sus vidas bajo los ojos de Dios también era importante. Es por eso que el 6 de Junio 2015, su sueño se hizo realidad.

“Fue hermoso fue algo que le pensamos mucho por la contrariedad que hay entre parejas del mismo sexo,” dice Esperanza Castañeda.

El sábado 6 de junio del 2015, después de un camino lleno de obstáculos, lograron casarse en la iglesia Luterana Emmaus en Racine.

El pastor John Freddy Correa de la parroquia luterana recuerda el momento en que la pareja le pidió permiso para casarse.

“Tengo que confesar lo primero que hice fue guardar silencio y mirarle a los ojos y orar. Queremos que la gente cree esa conciencia que la gente empiece hablar que no tenga temor que no tengan miedo a que de nuevo amen al ser humano por lo que es,” dice el pastor Correa.

A translation of those paragraphs:

For a long time same-sex couples could not marry in the state of Wisconsin, which forced many travel to other states to make their unions validated by marital status.

One of those marriages is that of Esperanza and Trinidad Sanchez Castañeda. They were married in a civil ceremony in July 2014 in the state of Illinois. Just months later, the state of Wisconsin allowed same-sex marriages.

Castañeda and Sanchez decided that uniting their lives under the eyes of God was also important. That is why on June 6, 2015, their dream came true.

“It was beautiful; it was something we thought much about the obstacles that there are for same-sex couples,” says Esperanza Castaneda.

Saturday June 6, 2015, after a bumpy road, the couple were married at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine.

Pastor John Freddy Correa remembers the time when the couple asked permission to marry.

“I have to admit the first thing I did was remain silent and look into their eyes and pray. We want people to … start to talk and still not to be afraid to love human beings as they are,” says Pastor Correa.

See the video (in Spanish) here.

Synod Assembly Calls for Adjustment of State Corrections Budget

June 3, 2015

The 2015 Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly convened Friday, May 29 at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with 322 voting members and 23 visitors present. WorshAlt-A542

The assembly passed a resolution on Social Justice and Ministry, calling upon congregations’ members to contact the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly by June 10 to “demand the $5 million in the State proposed budget to incarcerate more people be reallocated for treatment, alternatives and diversions instead of prison.” The resolution noted that Christ ministered to the outcasts of society and proclaimed God’s love and grace to all who believe.

Margaret Robinson was elected to represent the Racine Mission Cluster at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly.

The synod assembly approved revisions to the process of electing a synod bishop, in which an appointed Elections Committee will manage the process independently of synod staff. The Synod Council will oversee this committee, but not actively participate in it.

The assembly adopted a budget for fiscal 2016 anticipating $2,095,500 in contributions and support and $2,119,320 in ministry expenses.


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