- Blessing of the Animals!
Calling all critters great and small! Join us for a Blessing of the Animals celebrating the Feast of St. Francis on Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30 pm in the St. Paul’s church courtyard (914 E Knapp Street).
Pets of all kinds are welcome!
Kids and families encouraged!
A freewill offering will be taken to support Almost Home Cat Rescue.
- Gathering Place Brewery: You’re Invited!
Dear Friend of The Gathering,
We are very excited to announce our partnership with The Gathering Place Brewery with you.
Please, join us EVERY Thursday during September at The Gathering Place Brewery to support our new partnership and to help end hunger in Milwaukee! For EVERY tap beer sold; at both locations on Thursdays in September, The Gathering will receive $1.00! We will have tables set up with staff and volunteers sharing Gathering information, and fellowshipping with staff and customers.
Be sure to wear your orange ribbons.
We can’t wait to see you there!
The Gathering Staff & Board
- Forward Scholars Update
FORWARD SCHOLARS was a huge success this last school year! Students participating in tutoring grew an average of 3.3 levels in reading versus an expected 2 levels for a year of instruction.
Due to this success, we are expanding for this next school year! We will need over 200 tutors in order to provide 1:1 support for K-3rd grade students at 6-9 schools in MPS. We will return to many of the same schools, and will definitely be adding southside schools for this coming year.
If you, or someone you know, is ready to commit as a tutor, substitute tutor or provide help such as prepping materials or packing/unpacking boxes/materials, please sign up at: 2023-2024 Commitment Form.
HERE is a short program summary for your reference or to share.
Contact Dr. Carrie Streiff-Stuessy, Executive Director, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- October Evensong
Join us for Choral Evensong on Sunday, October 1! Prelude music begins at 2:30 pm, and the service starts at 3 pm. A reception follows the service. Parking is available in the Lincoln Center lot across from the church.
St. Paul’s Choir
Canon Joseph A. Kucharski, Organist and Choirmaster
Tedd L. King, Associate Organist
- Church Directory
- Midday Prayer at St. Paul’s: An opportunity for the musically inclined
A service of meditation, inspirational readings, intercessions, and music will be offered at noon on Tuesdays beginning this September. This half-hour service begins and ends with a musical offering, approximately 5 minutes in length. If you play an instrument or are a singer and wish to offer one or two selections on the Tuesday of your choice; please contact me via email: email@example.com, or phone: 414-219-0674. So far musical offerings will include: piano, harpsichord, organ, handbells, violin, and cello. Don’t be shy; I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
- Thrift Shop Open!
The St. Paul’s Thrift Shop has reopened for the fall!
Fall schedule: Every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 10 am until 2 pm.
- St. Paul’s Children’s Corner!
A few folks teamed up to transform a corner of our Sanctuary into a little sanctuary for young ones on Sunday mornings! This space has a little rocker and big rocker, foam flooring, books, and quiet activities for active bodies and minds during church. Kids are always welcome in church during worship – you might surprised what is absorbed while getting the wiggles out!
We are working on the final steps of hiring two nursery caregivers for Sunday mornings as well. Using the daycare space on the main floor, this will allow parents of little ones to have a focused worship experience if they choose. This space will be available for kids up through five years old. Kids older than five are encouraged to use the Children’s Corner and/or participate with their families in the pews.
- Making Lunches for The Gathering
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make sack lunches for The Gathering last time! If you couldn’t make it, never fear, we have another date coming up in September: Friday, September 22, beginning at 4 pm in the kitchen.
We will have two teams working at the same time, each making 75 bag lunches, with 7 or 8 people on each team. We are always looking for a few more volunteers! Please contact John Cain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to sign up!
- Parking Options for Sunday Morning
Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors at Jewish Family Services, we are happy to be able to offer additional Sunday morning parking options in the Jewish Family Services parking lot (1300 N Jackson Street, Milwaukee). They have ask that we please NOT park in the spots marked “reserved,” but other than that are happy to host us, with the caveat that they are not liable for any damage to cars that may be incurred while parked in their lot.
Jewish Family Services is approximately 0.2 miles from St. Paul’s (about a 4 minute walk). You do not need to display any stickers or other paperwork in order to park there on a Sunday morning. We are grateful to our neighbors for so graciously sharing their space with us!
However you arrive, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning for worship!
- Got news to share?
It’s easy to get your news and information published to the parish. Here’s how to do it:
The primary news vehicle now is the website, which in turn provides the content for weekly email updates to the entire parish community. To get your content published, write it up as a news story with as little formatting as possible – just the text – and email it to us at email@example.com. Tips for an effective announcement:
- Use news format: That means standard prose in paragraph form and complete sentences. Imagine that what you’re writing will be published as a new story (not a display ad) in a newspaper. A news story is not the same as a poster or flier, and posters and fliers are ineffective as website content.
- Don’t bury the lead: Get to the point. Remember that people skim these stories, and if you don’t get their attention with actual information in the first sentence, they won’t read your message. A bad “news story” begins with old church newsletter saws like “Got the winter blues and want some have some fun Milwaukee style? Come one, come all! Get your dancing shoes on! The entire parish invites you to …” Ugh! just tell us what you want us to know!
- Write in the third person. Assume that the reader doesn’t know who you are.
- Headline: You should write a headline for your story. A good headline is short, uses active voice, and is informative. Examples of bad headlines: “Treasurer’s report”, “Service to be held”, “Bad news to report” or “Just a reminder”. Good examples: “Adult formation resumes for February”, “Prison ministry seeks members”, or “Evensong features Bruce Springsteen”.
- Photo: Our website automatically crops photos to a standard shape, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, horizontal. And in some cases, it crops even more, to 19:6 horizontal. Remember that when you’re submitting photos. If your photo is vertical, make sure there is enough room on either side that it can be cropped to horizontal. If you are able to crop it yourself, that’s very helpful. Keep the subject of your photo in the very center for best results.
- Copyright issues: Copyright holders routinely scan websites, including those of churches, looking for copyright violations. Make sure you don’t submit copyrighted materials, including photos, unless you have permission to publish it on the website. If that’s the case, please make sure to include copyright info (e.g., “Photo by Lee Matz, © 2018. All rights reserved. Used by permission.”)
- Contact info: Wherever possible, include contact information with your story. If you list a person’s name as the contact person, make sure you also provide an email address or phone number. Check out, for example, the last bullet point below. But also consider this:
- Privacy: Remember that our website is public. Don’t publish an email address, phone number, or any other personal information unless you have the subject’s permission.
- Embargo and expire: It’s a great idea to send news items well ahead of the dates you want it published. It’s very helpful if you give us a start and stop date for news items. Our software can honor those dates automatically, so you can be extremely precise. For example, you can have a message appear automatically at 3 a.m. if you like, and especially helpful for events, your news item can expire at a precise time. So a music event might be set to expire one hour after it starts. That helps us make sure our website is as fresh as possible.
- Questions: Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!