Letter From Father Scott

Week of January 17-23, 2021


Children’s Book Collection

The final date for dropping off new or gently used children’s books for the Next Door Foundation is this Sunday, January 17.  You can drop these off during drive-through Communion or the Parish Office.

 New Worship Booklet

You will receive in the mail this week a new Worship Guide for the Epiphany Season (January 17 – February 14).  Please refer to this worship guide while watching the Sunday service at 10:00am on YouTube or Facebook.  You will continue to receive the weekly readings via email or mail for those who do not receive electronically.

 Year-End Financial Statements

You will be receiving the year-end financial statements for 2020 in the mail this week.  Please take a few minutes to review and if you have any questions, please reach out to Ron Thorson ( 

 January Outreach Recipient

Guest House is the recipient of the January Outreach.  The Guest House of Milwaukee provides shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose.  Guest House serves 1,200 individuals and families on an annual basis and has a proven track record of assisting even those with the most severe challenges to overcoming homelessness regain and maintain their independence, including: mental illness, addiction, physical and cognitive disabilities, and history with the criminal justice system.

 2021 Offering Envelopes

The 2021 Offering envelopes are available for pick up in the office or at drive-up Communion.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm.  The envelopes are perpetual dated, they will not have the actual Sunday date on the envelope but labeled as:  Jan 1st Sunday, Jan 2nd Sunday”.  The Initial Offering and monthly Outreach envelopes are included.

In our Diocesan Cycle of Pray, we pray for St. Peter’s, Fort Atkinson

Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for the clergy and people of St. Peter’s Church in Fort Atkinson. Holy Spirit, we pray that you would draw the people of Fort Atkinson to Yourself; and anoint, inspire and equip St. Peter’s for their mission to lead each person into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, train them as disciples and make Him known to others in their community. All this we ask through Your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 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).

 Prayer Request

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, Andi & Rick, Arthur, Barbara, Bill, Bill G, CC and Tom, Carol (Lisa C’s mom), Charlotte, Chris G, Dan, David, Dee, Dennis, Edie, Gary H, Jacquie, Jeannie M, Judy L, Karen, Kayla, Kathy & Tim, Ken, Laurie L, Leslie B, Linda S, Lois, Mary, Mary & Peter K, Mike, Mike B, Mike V, Nancy, Nancy S, Nathan, Neil, Norb, Richard, Rick R, Robert, Ruth, Salvado, Shelly, Steven, and Suzy.  Please pray for all who are ill with COVID-19, for their loved ones, and for all who are treating them. 


Monday, January 18

6:45pm – Three Questions as We Begin A New Year (Zoom)

Tuesday – January 19

      8:00am – Morning Prayer (Zoom)

Wednesday – January 20

6:00pm – Evening Prayer (Zoom)

6:30pm – Vestry Meeting (Zoom)

Thursday – January 21

      9:30am – Fr. Scott Priest Group

      Noon Prayer (Zoom)

Sunday – January 24

  • 9:55am – Fr. Scott livestreams a parish greeting and announcements for Facebook and YouTube.
  • 10:00am – St. Thomas of Canterbury online worship service (uploaded onto Facebook and parish YouTube)
  • 10:45 – 11:30am – Holy Communion Distribution in the church parking lot in your car.
  • 11:00am – Coffee Hour on Zoom



January 17 – Brian K.

January 18 – Mary S.

January 23 – Natalie K.

January 23 – David M.


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Letter from Father Scott

Dear Friends in Christ:

 While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on December 25th, many of the important feasts of the Church year move, based upon the date that Easter is set. Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the “Paschal Full Moon,” and can fall between March 22 and April 25.  In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the upcoming Liturgical year. At the beginning of the Epiphany season, the upcoming dates were “proclaimed” after the gospel reading. In that spirit, I offer this proclamation to you:

 “Dear brothers and sisters,

The glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us, until the day of his return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation.

Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord, on Holy Saturday evening after sundown.  We remember the Last Supper, the crucifixion and death of our Lord on Good Friday, as well as his burial.  On Easter Day, we proclaim his rising from the dead.  These sacred feasts are celebrated during Holy Week, taking place from April 1-4 in the year of our Lord 2021.  Easter Day will be celebrated on Sunday, April 4.  From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy.  Each Sunday during the year the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deeds by which Christ has forever conquered sin and death.

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on February 17.

The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on Thursday, May 13.

Pentecost, joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on Sunday, May 23.

The First Sunday of Advent will be on November 28.

 The Church, throughout the year will also proclaim the goodness of the Lord through the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, the Feast Days of Saints and other gatherings of the faithful.  How we will celebrate in the midst of a pandemic, vaccination mobilization, and the other realities of our common life as we emerge in hope and vitality may take different forms, but these foundational celebrations that ground us in our life of faith, and our sharing in the Eucharist, will certainly continue.

To Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come, Lord of time and history, be endless praise, forever and ever.”

 May God bless you abundantly in the New Year! 


 Please join us this year for our Sunday worship.  Even though we cannot be together in person, we can join our spirits together in joyful hope.

Every Sunday

9:55am:  Fr. Scott livestreams a parish greeting before worship.  

Worship is uploaded at 10:00am on both Facebook and YouTube. Here is the log-in information:


10:45 – 11:30am:  Drive-up Communion in the Parish parking lot 10:34 – 11:30am.

I very much look forward to when we can start gathering again, and I intend to work on that with our diocesan “Way Forward” Commission after the start of the new year.   COVID vaccines are starting to make their way across the country.  There is a sense of hope and renewal, and for that I am grateful.  As I’ve written to you many times in various parish communications, please know that you are missed, prayed for and loved.  Thank you for the privilege and honor of serving as your priest.

God bless you,


Fr. Scott Leannah, Rector