This morning some important votes and decisions were made. For many of us it was disappointing to learn that the motion made at St. Andrew was to stay at their current location (it passed with a vote of 39 to 17). On the other hand, Our Savior’s voted unanimously to sell their property, and Our Savior’s and Atonement had nearly a unanimous vote for the covenant to partner together.
Serious questions are already being asked about how all of this will affect the future of FaithWorks. We continue in prayer as we ask “Now what?” It was made clear at our Emmaus meeting that our invitation would remain open in the event that sometime in the future St. Andrew might re-consider making the move to Emmaus. That has been communicated to Pastor Michael, and he expressed gratitude for that possibility. Should there be failure to significantly step up (Pr. Michael’s words), there could be a re-evaluation of the decision by the time of the St. Andrew annual meeting.
We will be worshiping together during the three Sundays of the Season of Creation beginning next Sunday.
The Emmaus council meets at 6:30 Tuesday (not 6:00 as stated in the bulletin), and Pr. Steve Wohlfeil has already been scheduled to open the meeting on behalf of FaithWorks. Pr. Michael indicated that he thought that the St Andrew council would still be a part of that joint meeting at Emmaus as previously planned. One highlight of the meeting will be free coffee and cookies from McDonald’s! We will be working out details in the next couple of days.
Keep the faith! We are called to move forward…whatever shape and form that may take! We are not on the journey alone!
The alley reconstruction project behind Emmaus has begun at last. During the construction period, the alley will be completely closed to traffic. This will render the turnaround by the south entrance to the church inaccessible; the south entrance can still be accessed from Summit Avenue.
The project is estimated to take six weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Registration forms for Emmaus After School for Youth (EASY) are available at the church office and in the narthex. Please turn completed forms in to Nancy Smith.
St. Andrew and Emmaus councils met separately this Tuesday at St. Andrew. Each council crafted a recommendation to be considered by its own congregation at its September 14 congregational meeting. It was also decided that on September 14 we have two worship services at 9:00 a.m., one at Emmaus and the other at St. Andrew. Following each service there will be a congregational meeting at each location to consider the recommendation made by their council.
The Emmaus recommendation is the following:
The Council of Emmaus recommends that as of Reformation Sunday, 2014, we will worship at Emmaus; and that we, Emmaus, will invite Emaús and St. Andrew into covenant. The covenant will be developed by the covenant partners to be approved at the next annual congregational meeting in January, 2015.
Based on the Emmaus council’s recommendation to their congregation to invite St. Andrew to join them in worship at Emmaus, the St. Andrew Congregation Council is presenting the following options to the St. Andrew congregation. St. Andrew members will decide between the following two choices:
1. We will continue to worship at St. Andrew, regroup and determine how we will move forward and sustain ourselves in our space. Or,
2. We will come together in worship with the Emmaus congregation at their location.
All members of both congregations should have received an email or U.S. Mail copy of a Q&A sheet addressing questions from the listening sessions and a Pastors’ Viewpoint letter from Pastor Michael and Pastor Mary last week. If you did not receive either, there are copies in the St. Andrew narthex or upon request at the Emmaus office. You may also click here to see the Q&A sheet on line.
FaithWorks Fall Festival: God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 Four Mile Road, Racine.
- 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Service in Community
- 11:30 a.m.: Worship service
- 12:30 p.m.: Pig roast and picnic
- 1:30 p.m.: Children’s games
- 2:30 p.m.: “Think Pawsitive” dog agility show
- 3:15 p.m.: 50/50 raffle drawing.
Zumba. Live music. 50/50 raffle. Free fun for the entire family.