Week of September 20-26, 2020
Sunday Morning Holy Communion Distribution
Holy Communion will be distributed every Sunday morning starting at 10:45am until 11:15am in the church parking lot. It’s the best way to celebrate the Eucharist after watching the 10:00am online service. Deacon Marge and Margaret Done are there to direct the cars and ask the pertinent “how are you feeling?” questions before driving up to Fr. Scott to receive communion while you remain in the car. Hope to see everyone there on Sunday morning!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is scheduled for this Sunday and will occur on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9:30 (via Zoom). Fr. Scott will start each session by asking each child to either have something ready to share or to share a picture they’ve drawn. Jim Beuscher will then take over and offer a Scriptural lesson and lead everyone in some prayers. The session will take about 20 minutes or less keeping in mind little people’s attention spans. Kathie Beuscher will deliver monthly packets to families with children, which include fun activities.
Pet Blessing Next Sunday, October 4!
Bring your pets along when you come to receive Communion on Sunday, October 4 from 10:45am – 11:15am. October 4 is the feast of St. Francis Assisi and we normally hold the pet blessing in the parking lot. This year will be a bit different due to pandemic restrictions but you can still get your furry friends blessed! Have your pets in the car with you and Fr. Scott will bless them when you drive up to the him on the circle drive in front of church. See you all there!
This Saturday Farewell Drive-By for Bishop Miller
Bishop Steven A. Miller’s retirement is coming up quickly and we’d like your help in celebrating his 17-year ministry with the Diocese of Milwaukee. He and his wife, Cindy, will be leaving for Florida shortly after the Diocesan Convention. This Saturday, September 26, from 1:00-3:00pm at St. Mary’s, Dousman (36014 Sunset Drive, Dousman WI 53118), Bishop Miller and Cindy will be in the parking lot of St. Mary’s. The entire diocese is invited to drive through to wave at them and give them your goodbye at a social distance. This will likely be the last time we will be able to be in person with them before they leave for Florida later in October. They are really looking forward to seeing you and saying goodbye.
In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Holy Cross, Wisconsin Dells
Loving God, we pray for the people of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Wisconsin Dells. Grant them grace and courage to live into their mission of following Christ’s teachings, growing spiritually, and serving the needs of their neighbors. Help them to develop and deepen partnerships and walk with them on every road, familiar or new. Guide, guard, and strengthen them as your people. We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Meeting with Fr. Scott: Would you like to meet with Fr. Scott? Call him (414-379-0632) or the parish office (414-421-0130) to schedule a meeting that can be held a number of ways: in-person (respecting social distancing), phone, Face Time or Zoom meeting. He will gladly do an outside visit with you at your home or at the parish.
If you have or know someone needing extra prayers, please give the office a call Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm, or send us the information via email.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers this week … Adam & Monica, Addison, Alyssa, Andy B, Arthur, Barbara, Bill, Bill G, CC and Tom, Carol (Lisa C’s mom), Charlotte, Chris G, Dan, David, Dee, Dennis, Don, Edie, Gary H, Jacquie, Jeannie M, Jenny, Judy L, Karen, Kayla, Kathy & Tim, Ken, Leslie B, Lois, Mary, Mike, Mike B, Mike V, Nancy, Nancy S, Norb, Richard, Robert, Ruth, Sabrina, Salvado, Shelly, Steve P, and Steven. Please pray for all who are ill with COVID-19, for their loved ones, and for all who are treating them.
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
- 6:30pm – Twelve Steps and Pandemic Living (Zoom)
- 8:00am – Morning Prayer (Zoom)
- 9:00am – Twelve Steps and Pandemic Living (Zoom)
- 6:00pm – Evening Prayer (Zoom)
- Noon Prayer led by Deacon Marge (Zoom)
- 9:55am – Fr. Scott livestreams a parish greeting and announcements (uploaded onto Facebook and parish YouTube channel).
- 10:00am – St. Thomas of Canterbury online worship service (uploaded onto Facebook and parish YouTube channel).
- 10:45 – 11:15am – Holy Communion Distribution (church parking lot).
- 11:00am – Coffee Hour on Zoom
Birthdays – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
September 28 – Melanie M
September 30 – Linda C
October 1 – Marianne N
October 2 – John A
Letter from Father Scott
September 20, 2020
I was recently checking in my calendar for something, and I found myself in the month of March. I noted that on March 15 I was sick and therefore not with you on Sunday. Deacon Marge was kind enough to lead worship that morning. The following Sunday, March 22, we were no longer able to come together for worship. And it’s been that way now for about six months. That’s a long time! As I often sign off when I send you some sort of written communication, know that you are prayed for, loved and missed!
In spite of our inability to come together as we used to on Sunday mornings, we are managing, in several ways, to engage in parish life and ministry. A number of people are participating remotely in worship by checking it out on Facebook or YouTube. Some of you are calling me to meet with you and share prayer, conversation and Eucharist. Many of our parish ministry leaders are working hard to find ways to continue our commitment to spiritual growth, service to others, and connecting with one another. Our buildings and grounds have gotten a great deal of TLC, and some new projects have been undertaken.
Many of you are continuing to make generous financial contributions to the parish, allowing us to meet our various budgetary needs. Thank you so very much!
In spite of living in the midst of pandemic, we are finding ways to celebrate our shared faith in Jesus and we are, together, being the Body of Christ. If the parish can be of support to you in any way, or if you or a loved one can benefit from prayer, a visit (via phone or in person), contact the Parish Office.
We had our first distribution of Holy Communion in vehicles on September 13. It went very well. I encourage you to join us. And yes, you are indeed prayed for, loved and missed!