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The last session of Bible Class this spring will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 10 am. We will resume in the Fall and continue our study of the Book of Acts. See you in September after a rejuvenating summer!

July seminar series at St. Peter’s, Sheboygan Falls

In the spiritual life, it’s good to have companions who can show us the way and encourage us on the journey. Come to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Sheboygan Falls, WI, for three Wednesday evening seminars. Each session will introduce you to one of the 20th century’s best guides in the life of prayer, and one of their books which serves as an entry into their teaching.

Photos of Evelyn Underhill, Thomas Merton, and Ruth Burrows
  • July 10th, Evelyn Underhill and Practical Mysticism
  • July 17th, Thomas Merton and New Seeds of Contemplation
  • July 24th, Ruth Burrows and Essence of Prayer

Where: St. Peter’s is located at 104 Elm Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI

The Presenter: Fr. Chris Arnold

The Schedule: Wednesday evenings in July, with Holy Eucharist at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm, and the seminar from 6:30-8:00pm. You can attend any or all of the sessions, and you can join us just for the seminar if you prefer!

Who can come?: All are welcome to attend. There is no cost, although St. Peter’s will gladly accept a free-will offering to offset the cost of dinner.

If I have questions: Please contact Father Paul Coey at the St. Peter’s church office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://pilgrimsteps.org/companions/

BY ENS STAFF

Leaders from the dioceses of Milwaukee, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire gather May 4 in Baraboo to
approve a reunion agreement 
that will go before the 81st General Convention for final approval in June. 

[Episcopal News Service] The dioceses of Milwaukee, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire voted on May 4 to finalize a merger that would re-establish the historic Diocese of Wisconsin, which dates to 1847, a year before Wisconsin became a state.

A merger agreement under the canonical process of reunion was overwhelmingly approved by the clergy and lay orders of the three dioceses and now heads to the 81st General Convention for final approval.

This is the second diocesan merger that bishops and deputies will be asked to affirm at the June 23-28 General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. In March, the dioceses of Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan voted to combine through a similar process known as juncture, building on a cross-diocesan partnership over four years involving ministry collaboration and some shared leadership.

Wisconsin’s three Episcopal dioceses roughly divide the state into thirds. 

The three Wisconsin dioceses endorsed their Joint Agreement of Union at a special joint convention held at the Ho-Chunk Gaming casino in Baraboo. The agreement received nearly unanimous support from the clergy and lay orders of the dioceses Milwaukee and Eau Claire. The Diocese of Fond du Lac’s votes were somewhat closer but still largely supportive, with 76% of the laity and 88% of clergy in favor.

If approved by General Convention, the reunited Diocese of Wisconsin will include 101 congregations and more than 11,500 baptized members. It would be led by the Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, who currently serves as bishop of Fond du Lac and bishop provisional of Eau Claire, while also serving as assisting bishop in the Diocese of Milwaukee during its leadership transition.

The Diocese of Fond du Lac was established in 1875 in response to population growth in northeastern Wisconsin, and the remaining diocese changed its name to the Diocese of Milwaukee in 1886. Then, as more people moved into the northwest part of the state, the Diocese of Eau Claire was carved from parts of the other two dioceses in 1928.

In today’s Wisconsin, a state of about 6 million residents, church membership has steadily declined in all three of its Episcopal dioceses – down overall by a third in the past decade. The Diocese of Eau Claire, in the northwest third of the state, and the Diocese of Fond du Lac, in northeast Wisconsin, are two of The Episcopal Church’s smallest dioceses. The larger Diocese of Milwaukee spans the southern third of the state and includes six of the state’s 10 largest cities.

Leadership transitions in Milwaukee and Eau Claire were a key factor in opening the door to reunion. The Rt. Rev. William Jay Lambert retired in November 2020 as Eau Claire’s part-time bishop, followed a month later by Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller. Eau Claire elected Gunter to begin serving as its provisional bishop in January 2021. Milwaukee welcomed retired Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee as its provisional bishop in April 2021, and he served until July 2023, after which the diocese’s standing committee became the ecclesiastical authority.

We continue to be busy each night we're in service. Sometimes we're busy with the number of people we serve; other times we're busy with providing for the needs of the people that come to our table.  We now plan for 75 visitors each time we're out, an increase from even six months ago.
 
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We had some visitors at our van one morning.
 
We spoke with a man tonight that caused us concern.  Initially, we noted that he had a yellow tinge to his skin, especially his face. When we asked how he was, he answered, "Not good" and proceeded to tell us that he had had Barrett's esophagus for several years and it has now developed into esophageal cancer. He showed us a ring that had snapped and come off due to increased swelling in his fingers.  He reports that his kidneys are not working properly, and he has fluid collecting in his hands and feet. The man does have a doctor that he has gone to but admits that he doesn't know if there is treatment or if he'll participate in treatment. He has a strong faith and believes that God will call him when it's time. Because of the increased population, he doesn't always get into the shelter.   We asked if he gets enough to eat and he said that he often feels too weak to get to a bus stop to catch a bus to the Community Table. He eats at the shelter when he can and uses the bags of food we provide to tide him over to his next meal. As we talked, I thought that this man is literally dying in front of me and there's nothing we can do to provide comfort other than listen to him and provide the much-needed food. It was a helpless feeling!  We asked that he keep us posted. 
 
Another person stopped by to ask what she should do with a wound on her finger that had been caused by a bite from another person. There were two open areas and she said she'd been trying to keep them clean. There was no sign of infection; she's been doing a good job managing them. She knows what to look for in case she needs additional care.
 
As we noted in our previous journal, several of the people we work with are being given citations for camping in city limits and we'd like to revisit this topic.  While it is important to enforce ordinances, the people we work with often have no alternative to stay elsewhere.  One man has 11 citations from 12-04-2023 until 3-22-2024.  Each citation is $213.10 so he now owes $2,344.10 for trying to find someplace to rest.  He doesn't have an ID or money to get into a motel and has no housed friends that would let him sleep on a couch or on a floor.  To avoid getting a ticket he tries to stay on the move all night with brief rests where he thinks he's out of sight.  Being sleep-deprived is dangerous and unhealthy.  Again, we understand that law enforcement has a job to do but is there an option of providing an alternative place for someone to be able to rest rather than piling on charges and debt that they'll likely never be able to pay?  
 
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This little guy was fortunate to have received a stroller from one of our followers 
to replace the borrowed stroller seen here. 
Our volunteers enjoyed his visit. 
 
We have been working with family from the family shelter, it has been a long time since we've had the opportunity to work with kids. After posting a request for a stroller on our Facebook page, we were able to provide a stroller to them.  The offers that came in to help this family reminded me how amazing our support network is, and I want to thank you for that. When I first started volunteering with the street ministry and requesting help, I initially didn't believe that there were as many generous people in the community that I've now found there to be.  When we are in need of help, whether it be material-type donations or funding, you've always come through.  While we are on the street working directly with our community's vulnerable unhoused population, we're only there because of your support. We are currently in need of funding to cover the cost of bus tickets and to help purchase items that are not donated, specifically backpacks and shoes. In order to provide these items, we have been purchasing them. Even at thrift stores, the cost adds up quickly.  We appreciate your consideration. 
 
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Noted this flag and rainbow after some rain. 
 
 
Blessings to all of you. Please keep our brothers and sisters in need in your prayers and help us support them, if you are able. 
 
Thank you,
CVSM Staff.