The alley behind church is open to traffic again. Our parking spaces are again accessible in time for Pastor Steve’s Bible study Wednesday afternoon.
Reminder: we wrap up the Season of Creation this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Worship services are at St. Andrew Lutheran Church one last time.
Dear Emmaus friends,
In your Council’s letter to St. Andrew, they verbalized what we all have been thinking: that both congregations are much richer for having spent time together over the last ten months. The council and congregation of St. Andrew agrees wholeheartedly when we say we are no longer just fellow Lutherans in Racine, but are now friends.
We, the Council and members of St. Andrew, fully understand and appreciate your need and desire to remain in your current location as there are neighborhood partners that have come to rely on and appreciate your presence. The missions and relationships of Emmaus are best suited for a more urban location which keeps your congregation deeply engrained in your neighborhood.
The members of St. Andrew spoke loudly at our meeting this past Sunday [September 14] indicating there is still a strong desire to remain in our more rural location and to explore more thoroughly the possibilities in that area.
We pray that the decision to remain in our individual locations will not be the end to cooperative worship and outreach. We have all learned that worship is enhanced when we combine our resources and it is our sincere hope that we can collaborate for special occasions as we will in the next several weeks during the Season of Creation.
We are fuller together but, unfortunately, neither congregation is ready to leave behind the traditions and memories of our places of worship. Perhaps there will come a time in the future when the timing will be right and our congregations will come together on a permanent basis.
As you hold the members of St. Andrew in your prayers, we also hold you in ours as we both move forward in our missions to Racine.
The St. Andrew Congregation Council. September 15, 2014
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.