OUTREACH LENTEN PROJECT: Starting with the season of Lent on Sunday, March 10th, we will be taking a special collection each Sunday to be used to purchase children’s car seats for the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department has indicated to us that this is a great need in order to transport children in emergency situations. Many times squad cars do not have car seats with them and have to wait until one is delivered to them before transporting minors. The Sheriff’s Department has asked us to purchase the seats, so as we get enough money for a car seat, we will purchase one and hope to be able to get several. Car seats cost between $100-$150 and we would buy those that would fit children of all ages. Alison Hedrick has agreed to work with our committee to get St. Mary’s youth involved, possibly with a presentation of the car seats. An officer with the Sheriff's Department will come to St. Mary’s one Sunday to tell us a little bit about their needs. For more information, please contact Sally King.
LENTEN SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: The Sunday morning bible group that meets at 9:10 am in the library will be studying “The Resurrection and the Life” by Stephen Binz starting March 10th through April 7th. Three will be no class on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. What exactly did happen on Easter morning? Why did it impel the disciples to begin a journey which would transform the world? What does this mean to us, here where we live today? This book will help you understand what the Scriptures teach us about our own resurrection and how that hope gives purpose to everything that we do. Please join us. This primary theological category is treated in Scripture with dynamic, engaging questions for discussion. Everyone is welcome!! Please contact Carol McConnell if you would like to join the study group and like a book. We will resume “Shalom of the Heart ” after Easter.
LENTEN WEDNESDAY MORNING SERIES: The Wednesday morning book group will be studying “Practicing Forgiveness With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind by Living Compass.” We will watch the movie “Matter of Principle” on our first day with discussion questions after the viewing. This will be followed by the daily reading from the Lenten Living Compass booklet and discussion. The Living Compass booklets can be found in the narthex entrance. Booklets are available for all parishioners. Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am in the Chapel on starting on March 13th through April 17th.
LENTEN WEDNESDAY EVENING SERIES - FORGIVENESS & RECONCILIATION IN OUR DIVIDED WORLD: Forgiveness and reconciliation are the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a principle that offers hope, expectation and encouragement to every believer. The power of forgiveness brings great joy and peace to us. It is this inner power of forgiveness that changes lives. We are most like Jesus Christ when we forgive another person. Please plan to attend as this series promises to be a set of exciting presentations and discussions.
6:00 pm - Evening Prayer
6:30 pm - Soup & Bread Fellowship
7:00 to 8:30 pm - Lenten Series
March 20th - The Rev. Esther Kramer, PhD. Esther has been serving as one of two deacons at St. Mary’s for two years. In her current role as Associate Provost at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, she provides direction and support related to campus operations and academic services. She is married to Tom Schlaefer and lives in Delafield.
March 27th - The Rabbi Noah Chertkoff
Rabbi Chertkoff is Senior Rabbi at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point. A native of Toronto, Canada, he graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. His Master of Arts is in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Congregation Shalom is a Reform Jewish Congregation.
April 3rd - The Rt. Rev. Steven Miller
Bishop Miller has been the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee for fifteen years. Bishop Miller is a founding member and co-convener of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.
April 10th - Chaplain Deborah Majchar
Chaplain Majchar has been Chaplain at Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLC) for the past 13 years. She plays an integral role in rehabilitating men who enter her ongoing groups which include Restorative Justice, the Forgiveness Group and other voluntary groups as needed. She shares a unique perspective as a formerly incarcerated inmate at Taycheedah Correctional Institution (TCI) with a 20 year prison sentence for drug related crimes. She has a degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a pastoral degree from Meriter, Madison. She received the “Governor’s Domestic Violence Survivor Courage” award and in 2010 a full pardon from Governor Doyle.
April 17th - The Rev. LaRae Rutenbar
Mother LaRae currently serves as long term supply priest at St. Mary’s. She retired in 2016 from full-time Interim Transitional Ministry working with conflicted and traumatized parishes.
GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER OFFERINGS: At St. Mary’s we give away our Good Friday and Easter offerings. The Good Friday offerings will be given to The Episcopal Church in the Holy Land. The Outreach Committee has determined that this year’s Easter offerings will be divided three ways. Exploit No More, a local organization that works to help young women who are victims of human trafficking in the Greater Milwaukee region and provide a wide variety of support and advocacy services. Lake Country Cares Cab, which provides reduced transportation to the elderly and ambulatory disabled and, the Oconomowoc Dental Clinic, for free/reduced services for the uninsured.
SACRAMENTAL RITE OF RECONCILIATION: During the season of Lent, it is appropriate and a good idea to take stock of one’s relationship with god, neighbor, and oneself. Sharing that personal inventory and celebrating God’s love, mercy and forgiveness can be a very healing experience. Father Mark and Mother LaRae we be available for the Sacramental Rite of Reconciliation also known as confession. Take this opportunity for a fresh start on your faith journey. Send Father Mark or Mother LaRae an e-mail or call the Parish Office at 262-965-3924 to schedule time with them.