Guest House — MARCH Focus
The focus agency for March is Guest House. The Guest House is a combination of residence and educational facility for homeless men. The residents there are men who have fallen by the wayside for various reasons. Programs there help the residents regain self-respect, independence and to seek out long-term solutions to their problems. Guest House is a three month program that provides lessons in the school of life; housing, budgeting, job search, health care, self management and many others. After graduation there is a follow-up staff that help with any problems. Guest House has a better success rate than any other similar program in the Milwaukee area. Please keep Guest House in your prayers.
Food & Item Donations
STOC continues to collect food and other donations that support St. Alphonsus, St. James, Guest House & the Hospitality Center. If you would like to donate additional items please label your contribution with your preference of ministry and donations will be distributed. If you are donating food items please do not use the outside drop box, food donations should be left inside the church. For more information please contact the church office at 414-421-0130. Thank you….Outreach
What can I do?
IF YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELF THIS QUESTION, WE HAVE JUST THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR YOU!
Your older adult neighbors need to have someone like you to shovel their sidewalks and driveways this winter. You can help them by calling Southwest Interfaith at 421-5676 to get more details. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Save the Date:
Altar Guild Adventure—May 18, 2016
This meeting is open to EVERYONE, not just Altar Guild.
Please See Details on Bulletin Board
***** HELP WANTED *****
Easter Bunny Assistant
Christian Education needs one person (or a group) to assist with the Easter Egg hunt on Easter morning.
Please see Donna Celsor for more information.
GREENDALE WOMAN’S CLUB—
Greendale Woman’s Club will be awarding grants to community based not-profit organizations. Please be specific in your proposal, include what the grant will be used for, the costs, and the amount you are requesting. Mail your grant request to Judy Rick, 9035 W. Highland Park Ave. Unit 705, Franklin, WI 53132. All grant requests must be received by March 1, 2016. Any questions please contact Judy Rick (414)423-5974 or Chris Sowa (414)529-3758
Classes will be held the 4th Sunday of each month from 9:30-10:30am in Fr. Mark’s office.
At long last we are moving ahead with the columbarium. Niches are now available for $975.00 and as soon as we have 5 of them sold we will begin construction. It will be located in what was the side altar area and will be a permanent part of the church. The design is a combination of Cherry wood and brown marble with the engraving on the marble facing of each niche. I think it will be a beautiful and respectful place to remember the best of those whom we love.
For further information including contract and rules please contact Fr. Mark
Weekly Lenten Meal and Services
Our weekly Lenten meal followed by Evening Prayer continues. Those who participated last year enjoyed the format we fell into, and would like to repeat it again this Lenten Season. On Friday, March 4th, We’ll gather for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall at 6PM on Friday evenings, followed by a brief Bible Study at 6:30pm and Evening Prayer at 7:00pm. Last year, it seemed to work well to rotate and spread out the food responsibilities, so we’ve posted a sign up sheet in the Narthex for those who would like to take a turn. Further plans and ideas towards that will be made the first week we gather. Please come and join us in this relaxed and warm form of Lenten Discipline!
Yoga resumes January 11 through June 13 2016 8:30am—9:30am.
No classes on 3/28 or 5/30.
Same Sex Marriage Discussion Forum
The discussions about Same Sex Marriage continues this Sunday, Mar 6th. This week we’ll discuss Church Canon (law) and we conclude on March 13th with how it relates to the Church’s Mission. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend these forums to have your voice heard before the Vestry votes on the subject. If you have missed any of the previous forums, you can find notes on what was covered on STOC’s website.
Vestry Liaison Areas
If you looked at the back of the Service bulletins you may have noticed the vestry liaison areas look a little different then they have before. This occurred during our February 20th vestry retreat. As we begin each new vestry year we look at who would best fit as the liaison for a particular area. As we had this discussion this year we decided that we may need to realign areas to fit our parish as we move forward.
As our discussion progressed we discovered some areas that were no longer needed, some areas that were a natural fit for collaboration, and some brand new areas that we will develop in the coming year. We will continue to share information about each area and the role they play here at STOC (and your opportunity to get involved).
This is a work in progress and we appreciate your support and patience and we move forward.
Although Spring is just around the corner, it is still cold enough to enjoy a hot, steaming bowl of soup! Next Sunday, March 13th, soup will be on sale after each service for $5.00 per container.
The soup will be prepared on Saturday, March 12 in the church kitchen. Please join us for all or part of Saturday morning, between 9:00am-12:00pm to chop, stir and blend the soup and enjoy the conversation.