The Weekly Broadcast
Christ Church Episcopal, Whitefish Bay WI
A Few Scattered Seeds...                                  March 8 , 2018
Billy Graham (Rest in Peace)

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Martin Marty, the distinguished Lutheran historian who taught for decades at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, said the Mt. Rushmore of American religious history would include at least these three: Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Billy Graham.

Episcopalians have often been wary of Billy Graham, sometimes pigeon-holing him as an old-fashioned born-again preacher, narrow in his thinking, preoccupied with a personal relationship with Jesus, and less interested in how Jesus might call us to treat our fellow humans.  And yes, this was Graham in his early years.  But he grew more complex over time.  He became open to friendship with people across a great spectrum.  And there is simply no denying that he was a force in deeply transforming thousands of lives by connecting people to the love of God in Christ.  

Just a couple articles I found especially helpful which reflect on his importance. A short piece in Christian Century and a longer piece in a liberal blog written by one of Graham's close friends.  That article ends with this quote:

"Goodbye, Billy. History will remember you as the  20th-century evangelist   who called billions around the world to be born again. But I will remember you as the man who said, 'Being born again is not enough. We are also called to do justice, love mercy and live humbly. Those who are born again must also feed the hungry, care for the sick, house the homeless and confront the powers that lead to death for our planet and for all those who live upon it.'"

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

In Christ,

For this week's readings , click  here .
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In Our Prayers

Long term: Rich, Avery, Carolyn Jewett, Jeff, Barb Lawler, Andrea, Jayne, Elijah, Leslie, Thane, Susan, Franne Dickinson, Mark McLaughlin, Kate, Donna, Jack Streed,  Joan Streed, John, Arlene, Charty Bassett, Pat Birchall, Grace Dreher, Heidi, Barbara K., Patti, PJ Lawler, George Stolarczyk, Laura Tatum, Phyllis Babb, Elizabeth Casey, Gail Cheesman, Anne, Bob Figg, Carolie Goniu, Chris Goodale, Nanette Gransé, Michael Jent, Eric, Dustin, Taj, Earl, Emma Low, Larry, Drew Morse, Lynn, Ann, Jack, Marge, Roger.
Especially this week: Drew Morse, Cindy, Paul, Paulette, Jeanne Birch, Dan Heidenreich, Jessica Dean, Mary, Bob Holmes .

Birthdays: Andrew Allen, Tryggve Davis, Cassie Ferguson, William Foote, Mark Mueller, Chris Hermann, Genevieve Gottlieb, Rebecca House, Beth Leutenegger, Phylis Babb, Robert Kashou.

Anniversaries: Sandy and Bob Kashou.

Home-bound: Joanne, Edith.
Parents Expecting: Drew Avanell and Tyler Gaddis.

Serving in the Armed Forces: Anthony, Bill, Billy, Davin, Jack, Jeffrey, Mark, Matthew, Nick, Scott, Tom, Will.

This Sunday's altar flowers are offered to the glory of God and in memory of Evan Anderson from his parents Mary Kay and Ed, and his brothers Eddie and Erik.
 Serving this Sunday
Coffee:   Set-up - Mary Jones, Denton Jones. Clean-up - Helen Benton, Jim Benton.

8:00 a.m. Service:   Acolyte/Reader - John Haydon.
Ushers - Randy Dean, Dan Sabin.

9:30 a.m. Service:  Vestry Greeters - Beth Durant, Don Allen.
Acolytes - Zella Tomasi, Robin Cushman, Viviene Content, Adelie Content.
Lesson Readers - Lisa Pietrowiak, Bruce Dunn.   Prayer Reader - Beth Hagen. 
Eucharistic Ministers - Jeff Green, Betsy Head, Cheryl Dunn, Rob Bardunias,
Mike McCabe, Clergy.
Ushers - Bruce Dunn, Beth Hagen, Don Allen, Rick Donner.

5:30 Evening Prayer week of 3/11 (W/TH): Denton Jones, Julie Ross.
Sunday Announcements 
Children's Formation

Nursery  9:15 until the end of Christian Formation at 11:50 (Ages 0-3).
Godly Play I  9:15 until the Peace in Rooms 5 and 7 for children in K4 and K5
Godly Play II  9:15 until the Peace in Room 11 for Grades 1st - 3rd
Connect  9:15 until the Peace in Room 13 for G rades 4th - 6th

This Sunday

Food Pantry Sunday - Nonperishable food items that have been put into the red wagon located in the Great Hall will be wheeled up to the altar during the 9:30 a.m. service.
Fr. Seth's class entitled "Going Deeper: Exploring the Episcopal Church" continues a fter the 9:30 a.m. service. A Quick Skip through the History of the Episcopal Church. Before King Henry VIII, people no less influential than Jesus, Celtic monks, and English Bible translators like John Wycliff played a huge role in shaping the church. We'll go through Jamestown, The Great Awakening, and Patrick Henry's famous speech about liberty or death from St. John's Richmond, VA. How the Episcopal Church flourished in southern Wisconsin and where we are today.
Mthr. Kate's confirmation classes continue for grades 10 - 11 after the 9:30 a.m. service in the Upstairs Room.
Youth Group - Tonight from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church

Next Sunday
Final "Going Deeper" class with Fr. Seth. Confirmation classes with Mthr. Kate continue.
Youth Group - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church
This Monday
The "Talking About Race" Series - Monday, March 12.    
The seventh program in our series to increase understanding of racial and social justice issues, and to encourage personal involvement, will be held in the Great Hall on Monday evening, March 12, beginning at 7:00.   Parishioner Kent Lovern, who is the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Milwaukee County and directly oversees the Homicide Unit and the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's Office, will present the topic "Contemporary Issues relating to police use of force."  For questions or information regarding this event, please contact John Haydon, or 414-732-5013.
Face-To-Face - April 6
Due to the success of prior Face-To-Face workshops, those who have not been able to attend are invited to participate in a repeat session Friday evening, April 6.   Face-To-Face is a mixed racial interactive workshop designed to undo stereotypes and to promote mutual understanding , sponsored by Safe & Sound (serving challenged Milwaukee neighborhoods).   This will be held at the RiverWorks Lofts Community Room, 3372 North Holton Street, with sign-in beginning at 4:15, workshop commencing promptly at 4:30 and ending by 8:00.   A Pizza and salad supper will be served.   To register, please contact John Haydon at 
414-732-5013 or  Participants will be limited to ten from our parish (to be joined by an equal number from City of Milwaukee neighborhoods).  

 The 2017 Annual Report of the Beloved Community Team ("BCT") stated that the BCT will "plan and facilitate an ongoing ministry of commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice." The BCT meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the John Thompson room (visitors welcomed).  A primary focus of the BCT this year is to develop specific plans for Christ Church to pursue the goal of a just society for all people. Your input and comments are solicited.
Each of us is encouraged to consider the goal of a "Beloved Community," a term used by Martin Luther King, Jr. to describe what a redeemed community of faith should call itself. Consistent with that vision, the BCT adopted, as its purpose, "to bring to fruition God's Kingdom on earth, by concrete actions of healing and justice, which will foster mutual respect and understanding among all people, remove barriers, and enable each individual to realize the blessings of our common humanity."
Holy Week 2018 at Christ Church
Palm Cross-making Workshop, March 24th at 10 a.m .   No prior experience necessary! Children welcome! Great Hall.
Palm Sunday, March 25th at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. For the 9:30 service, gather in the Great Hall for the Liturgy of the Palms. This includes the festive procession around the block and the reading of the Passion Gospel.
Maundy Thursday Dinner and Liturgy, March 29th at 6 p.m.  
Come join us as we commemorate the Last Supper with a catered Greek feast, enter into Scripture with interactive readings, wash and prepare the church for Good Friday, and begin the watch in the garden. This night is for the whole family! Reservations required. $12/adult and $6/child suggested donation. Childcare and food provided for children 0-3.
R.s.v.p. to Pam at by Palm Sunday, March 25th) with:
Number of adults _______ Number of children (under 12) ______
Watch in the Chapel Garden, March 29th 8 p.m. - noon March 30th  
After the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples went to the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus asked them to "watch and pray." Two people each hour keep vigil in the chapel throughout the night.
Good Friday Liturgies, March 30th at 12 noon and 7 p.m . We will gather for a solemn service featuring the proclamation of the cross, the reading of the Passion Gospel, and a short reflection. Childcare at noon.
Good Friday Family Retreat, March 30th - 31st  Join other Christ Church and All Peoples parishioners for an all-ages retreat. Enjoy family-friendly worship, art, guided activities, and free time at Lutherdale Bible Camp! Sign up with Anna Lamer of APC
Easter Vigil, March 31st at 8 p.m.   The Easter Vigil is the pinnacle of Holy Week. Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with the Great Fire, telling of salvation history, reflections by parishioners, special programming for children, and the first A----luia of Easter. Families are encouraged to bring children to experience this most holy of nights! Sleep in on Easter morning (or come back for more)!
Easter Sunday, April 1st at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. CELEBRATE!
Opportunities for 
participation during Holy Week!

Palm Cross-making Workshop: No prior experience necessary! Children welcome! On the Saturday morning before Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday: Reader for the Passion Gospel. Parts range from one line to full paragraphs. No rehearsal or memorization necessary! Sign up in Garden Vestibule.
Maundy Thursday: Readers (especially children), table leaders, and decorators. Sign up with Fr. Seth.
Garden Watch in the Chapel: 2 People needed each hour to "watch and pray" with Jesus. Sign up in Garden Vestibule.
Good Friday: Readers for 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. services. Sign up in Garden Vestibule.
Good Friday Family Retreat: At Camp Lutherdale.
Sign up with Anna Lamer of All Peoples Church at
Easter Vigil:  R eaders, and helpers to provide food, music, set up, and clean up for the Great Vigil "After Party" including chocolate fountain and champagne!   Sign up with Fr. Seth.

Easter Sunday:  Many participants!! Check your ministry schedules!!
Please return 
your coloring sheets  to Jean by this Sunday!
Expert Egg Hiders Needed for Easter Sunday: Seeking candidates with 10+ years of egg hiding experience but consideration will be given to less experienced egg hiders with lots of enthusiasm. Must be able to hide plastic, treasure-filled eggs ranging in difficulty from "in plain sight" to "requires several hints." Please email Jean

Please help keep our little ones flu-free!  
Nursery parents, please bring a laundry basket to take home and clean our nursery toys to keep everyone happy and healthy.
Join us for April's Friday Family Night on the 13th  by using ***THIS LINK !***
THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has jumped in to teach or assist in Sunday School to finish out the year. We still have a few spots open so please talk to Jean about when you can help.

"Love and Logic" Parenting Group 
"Love and Logic"  is a parenting strategies course that CC parents have taken in the past. Would you like to be part of a new cohort? Cost is around $100 (depending on number of parents interested) and 6 sessions long. We are gauging interest in a possibility of a new class.  Let Jean know if you'd like to do this!
Additional Children's Formation Notes for March from Jean
To view,  CLICK HERE
Sunday Morning Field Trip: to the Jewish Museum, March 18, 9:00 a.m.

4th - 12th graders are invited on a guided tour of "Allied in the Fight:
Jews, Blacks, and the Struggle for Civil Rights." See how spiritual communities joined together to support and collaborate in Civil Rights efforts, especially within our city of Milwaukee.
Civil Rights Pilgrimage for Rising 7th - 12th Grades - Summer 2018
In light of the Presiding Bishop's call to Become the Beloved Community and Christ Church's program Talking About Race the youth are joining in this important conversation and call to action by pilgriming to Memphis, TN to see how this city played an important part in the Civil Rights Movement from the slave industry of the Antebellum period to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King and beyond. 
The trip will be from July 8 - 14.  Sign up with 
the Rev. Kate Byrd, .

Love and Logic Parenting Group
Love and Logic is a parenting strategies course that CC parents have taken in the past. Would you like to be part of a new cohort? Cost is around $100 (depending on number of parents interested) and 6 sessions long. 
Let Jean know if you'd like to do this!

A great family volunteer opportunity - The next Saint Vincent de Paul meal
will be Friday, March 9 in the basement of All Peoples Church.  See the link  to sign up for dropping off food at Christ Church and/or serving the meal at All Peoples.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Schley  
Thank you for your support in this very important Christ Church ministry!

Food Pantry SundayNonperishable food items that have been put into the red wagon located in the Great Hall will be wheeled up to the altar THIS SUNDAY during the 9:30 a.m. service.

Building Committee Update
Vestry Approves Building Project
It's official...we are moving forward with the Building Project! On Thursday, March 1, the Vestry unanimously approved plans to proceed with an addition and other renovations to provide accessibility, hospitality and functionality at Christ Church. This was an expected approval, but is nonetheless a huge milestone.

Construction will begin on Monday, April 2, the day after Easter. The project is expected to take six months until completion. In the meantime, please embrace the noise, the mess, the inconvenience and the confusion...all in the name of progress.

By about April 8, the office and garden vestibule doors will no longer be in use. A construction fence will enclose the entire Lake Drive side of the property, from the north side of the nave to the property line. The primary entrances will be the Beaumont hall door and the pre-school door. Watch for signage to help you navigate.

An exciting new development will be the Ultimate Clearance Sale to be held on Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. All sorts of furniture, accent pieces, Great Hall tables and chairs and other such items will be cleared out in a big, fun sale. Carol Crowley has agreed to chair this event, and she is already hard at work. As the primary purpose is clearance more than revenue, we will not be accepting donated items for the sale. We just want to clear out! If you would like to help with the sale, please notify Carol at

Lastly, please plan to stay a few minute after the 9:30 Easter service to celebrate the groundbreaking which will happen the following week. Due to vacation and time constraints, we will not be having a big, formal groundbreaking. But we couldn't let the project begin without a little ceremony! So plan to stay a few minutes after the the children's Easter egg hunt...and celebrate our new beginning.

Building Committee members:
Greg Bell, Steve Bruemmer, Carol Crowley, Chris Binder, Cathy Martin Braun, Rick Donner, Mary Jones, Susan Lovern, Steve Schley, Meredie Scrivner, Judy Moburg, Tom Scrivner.

For additional community events, see the Bulletin Board in the garden vestibule.
Green Team
Help our youth be excited about their future. You and your family are invited to join a Carbon Fast with many other Christians. 

Why a Carbon Fast? Because carbon dioxide (CO2) is a heat-trapping gas and key driver of global warming, reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions is a matter of great urgency.

This calendar suggests one sustainability-related activity for each day of Lent.  Choose what works for you and your a week, same activity all week, or something you can commit yourselves to. Maybe have each member of your family choose one activity for the family to work on.

Carbon Fast 2018 is a Lenten journey that serves as a reminder of God's call to us to care for creation and remember it's a sacred place in our lives, helping us right our relationship with the Earth, in this season of Lent and beyond. Thanks for joining us!

Your Christ Church Green Team
Small Groups  
  • Sunday Night Bible Study meets at 7:00 p.m. for Bible and book discussion every Sunday night. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Christ Church office.
  • Monday Evening Centering Prayer Group:  meets at 5:00 p.m. at the home of the Bentons.  Contact Helen
  • Tuesday Morning Women's Faith Group: meets at 9:00 a.m. in the JT Room and is    reading Lenten Meditations, found in Forward Day By Day booklets, that reflect on the Gospel of Luke. Contact Barb.
  • Wednesday Morning Men's Scripture Group: 7:30 a.m. in the J.T. Room.  Coffee at City Market follows. Contact John.
  • Wednesday Noon Men's Group: meets in the JT Room and is reading Immortal Diamond  by Richard Rohr. Contact Greg.
  • Beloved Community Team meets the second Thursday of the month in the JT Room at 7:30 a.m.   Contact the BCT with  any questions or suggestions.
  • Thursday Downtown Noon Group meets most fourth Thursdays at Quarles and Brady on the 24th floor of the 411 E. Wisconsin Ave. Bldg. Contact Fr. Seth.  
  • Thursday Evening Women's Book Group meets monthly at 7 p.m.              Contact Katie for details.
  • A Lenten Book Group is ongoing during the months in the homes of Christ Church parishioners.  They are reading the book  Tears We Cannot Stop , by Michael Eric Dyson.  Contact Ed Leidel for more information Ed .  
*For more information on Adult Small groups, click here.    
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