18 November 2021

Dear Friends,

Recently, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee has begun producing The Apostle as an online offering that’s continually being updated rather than issuing a paper newsletter on a monthly basis. As a service to those who don’t use e-mail, we’ve printed the current stories that are published online at https://stpaulsmilwaukee.org, and offer them to you here. If you have questions or concerns, or want to cancel your subscription to this paper version, please call Lynne at St. Paul’s at 414-276-6277. Blessings and best wishes from St. Paul’s!

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 info@stpaulsmilwaukee.org. 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 can write a headline for your story, or we can make one for you. 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. But also consider the next item:
  • 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 info@stpaulsmilwaukee.org!

COVID still looms

COVID-19 still is with us, and the current strain (BA.5 variant) is among the most contagious form yet. We may be tired of COVID, but COVID never gets tired of us. We now know that even vaccinated, boosted, and otherwise healthy people still can contract COVID. At a recent Vestry meeting, almost everyone in the room had contracted COVID at least once. The good news is that vaccines and boosters to substantially reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death. But that’s still a real concern for older adults and those with compromised immune systems.

In recent months, St. Paul’s has focused more on recommendations than rules and prohibitions. We still are not administering the chalice at communion, and we still recommend (but don’t require or enforce) social distancing, masking, and frequent handwashing. Twenty-eight months into the pandemic, almost everyone knows the effective protocols and are able to make reasonable choices for themselves. Several members of the parish take the precaution of quarantining themselves voluntarily after suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID.

As members of a faith community, we need to remember that what’s reasonable for some is an unacceptable risk for others. I urge everyone to respect each other’s boundaries by maintaining social distancing except with those you know share your comfort with close proximity, avoiding physical contact, and wearing masks inside. Let’s be safe and respectful to each other.

General Convention Summary of Actions Released

Dear parish clergy and lay leaders, 

The 80th General Convention has just concluded its work in Baltimore: an extraordinary effort made possible by deputies, bishops, volunteers, and staff. While a shortened and smaller convention was challenging, the constraints occasioned by the pandemic made this the reality. 

Despite the challenges, the convention moved our work and mission forward with many important actions. Most of the resolutions fell under the three pillars of mission found in the narrative budget. Our commitments to racial justice and reconciliation, creation care, and evangelism were strengthened and renewed. 

In historic action, the General Convention authorized the creation of the Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice, charged “with facilitating, coordinating, encouraging, supporting, and networking efforts of Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and individuals for racial justice and equity, and the dismantling of white supremacy.” We strengthened our commitment to evangelism and mission, and authorized funding and initiative in support. The House of Bishops adopted a Mind of the House about creation care, saying, “We are only fully human and fully alive when we are in right relationship with the whole created order.” 

As President Gay Jennings and Vice President Byron Rushing’s tenure concluded, the House of Deputies elected a new President, Julia Ayala Harris, and a new Vice President, Rachel Taber-Hamilton. 

In accordance with Joint Rules V.15, as Secretary of the House of Deputies, I present a Summary of Actions of the 80th General Convention which you may view here.

May God continue to bless you and the ministry and mission we share.  

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, D.D.
26th Secretary of the General Convention
The Episcopal Church  

Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral addresses our changing congregational relationship

In many churches, summer is a time when the life of the congregation slows down.  Not so at All Saints’. Right now, preparations for the Great Hunger Book Sale are in full swing. The Holy Trinity of Sue Cornell, Kathy Nelson, and Mary Kaems, has the basement and the first floor humming with activity.

The books that have been taken in during the year are being sorted by a dedicated crew of volunteers.  As in past years, we have student interns provided by a jobs program through the City of Milwaukee. Tables and shelves have been set up throughout rooms in the basement and on the first floor. And books continue to pour in. The last day to drop off books is this coming Wednesday, July 27. As always, there are still plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer.

Ongoing engagement with St. Paul’s is continuing. The leadership of the two parishes is starting to look seriously at how we can cooperate in mission and ministry. Father Lane Hensely, the interim rector at St. Paul’s, and I have spent a great deal of time looking at ways the two congregations could be partners-in-ministry. The cathedral Chapter and the vestry from St. Paul’s attended a bar-b-q at my home a few weeks ago. People enjoyed a time of relaxed fellowship and had a chance to become acquainted. Father Lane will host a similar function sometime in August as the two parishes look toward their respective futures.

In that spirit of cooperation, I will have the pleasure of being the guest preacher at the 10:00 service at St. Paul’s this Sunday. This is possible because of our staggered service times. Father Lane will join us at the 9:00 a.m. service at All Saints’. Then he and I will head over to St. Paul’s for their service. While I am gone in August and September, Father Lane will be one of the guest priests at All Saints’. 

And that brings me to another important topic. Sabbatical time. Part of a standard agreement between priests and congregations in our diocese is the opportunity for sabbatical time. Usually, a rector is eligible for a sabbatical after 7 years of service to a parish. Typically, the length of a sabbatical is based on one week of sabbatical time per year of service. I came to All Saints’ in September of 2010. 

Sabbatical time is more than a paid vacation. While relaxation is certainly a component, sabbaticals are also meant to provide an opportunity for spiritual renewal and professional development. I started contemplating what to do on a sabbatical around 2018. In 2019 COVID turned the world on its head. It was not a practical time to consider a leave of absence.   It was an intense time of trying to keep the wheels on the bus here at the cathedral. It was complicated when we lost Father Peay. In addition, there was no opportunity to do any traveling during the peak of the pandemic.

As many of you know, I have arranged with the Chapter to be gone during August and September. You have no idea how thankful I am for this time away. I will be spending the time catching up on tasks around the house; doing some traveling, including a motorcycle trip around Lake Michigan; studying a movement in the church called, “The New Monasticism”; and finally ending with a week-long retreat.

During that time life will go on. We have an outstanding line-up of guest priests who will be at All Saints’ on Sundays. Deacon Chuck Zellermayer, a friend of the cathedral will be present at many of the services.  Clergy will be available for emergency pastoral needs. Father Joe Mazza will be leading the weekly Bible Study. The daily online service of Morning Prayer will be led by several people.  Our shut-ins will be visited by parish members. Our new office administrator, Cindy Wilmeth, is settling in wonderfully. The choir will begin practicing and singing in September. And to that note, we will return to our regular Sunday schedule of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. when I return on Sunday, October 2.

Hosting ordinations, especially the ordination of deacons, is a special ministry of All Saints.  As part of “business as usual” during the summer months, we will welcome Bishop Jeff Lee, next Saturday, July 30, at 10:00 a.m., when he ordains Lynn Zobel to the diaconate. Lynn is a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, in Racine. After her ordination, she will begin her ministry there. Please keep her and the people of St. Michael’s in your payers. 

And finally, an update on the organ. We have been without the organ since a lightning strike in mid-June. We have ruled out many issues. Currently, we hope that the issues have to do with some electronic components. These parts are scheduled to be installed next week. The damage to the organ is covered by insurance, and a generous donation from a parishioner will cover the $1000 deductible. Please keep your prayers coming and your fingers crossed.

I will share more sabbatical details next week.


Volunteers for Seniors Needed

Eastside Senior Services’ demand for services is at an all-time high and we are in great need of volunteers to provide rides to community members 60 and older to medical appointments, grocery store trips, and other necessary errands. Volunteers are also needed for companionship, light chores/repairs, and more. We do not want to turn away folks in need of services, and we need YOU to make that happen.
We help adults 60 and older remain independent in their own homes through offering free services such as transportation, companionship, shopping, light chores, minor home repairs, outdoor chores, and more. All of this is done through the generosity of our volunteers. Our loan closet features items such as wheelchairs, walkers, and shower chairs for those who need them; we gladly accept gently used donated items.
For more information: visit www.essmilw.org; like us on Facebook; or contact us at essmilw@gmail.com, 414-210-5881.

Kudos to Canon Joe

The Vestry is grateful that Anne H Vogel has provided a gift to St. Paul’s, in honor of Canon Joseph Kucharski, Director of Music and Liturgy.  The funds are to be used as Canon Joseph directs to supplement and expand musical programs of the Church, including the use of Choral Scholars in this summer season.

Stand and Be Counted!

Not going to lie to you, our membership database isn’t in good shape. And we want to get it right and release the long-awaited updated parish directory. So we’re going to ask you to take a minute to give us complete our Parish Census. You can pick up a “Blue Book” at the church on Sunday morning (one book per household); or download the booklet, complete it online, and email it back to us.

Here are some things we’re especially eager to learn:

  • Full names (including middle names and “maiden” names) and Nicknames
  • Household members who are not members of St. Paul’s
  • Birthdays and anniversaries including the years, which we will not publish
  • Flag on addresses and phone numbers that should not be published in the directory
  • Emergency contact information
  • Baptism and confirmation information, as best you can recall

To download the booklet and submit it electronically:

  1. If you don’t already have Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer or device, download and install it here.
  2. Download the booklet here.
  3. When finished, click on the Send to St. Paul’s button on page 1 of the booklet to send it by email.

Hope to update our records and share your information while respecting your privacy and preferences.

You’ll look sweet upon the seat of a pew that’s been cleaned for you

Yow. It’s time. It’s way past time. And all of us know that there are certain places that one just shouldn’t sit. But that will change this fall. It’s time to have the pew cushions professionally cleaned!

The cushions will be cleaned in two phases. The first phase will begin Monday morning, September 12. The cushions then will be left to dry in place before the following Sunday, and the process will be repeated on the reverse side on a date to be determined later.

It’s time. It is so, so, time.

Guest House of Milwaukee Requests Food Donations

Guest House of Milwaukee serves more than 80 men at our homeless shelter and hundreds throughout the community experiencing homelessness, housing instability and food insecurity. The mission of Guest House is to provide shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. We are hoping you can help us serve our community! There are several ways to get involved:

Meal Program:

One of the services we provide is an evening meal to our 80+ shelter guests. Hot dinner meals provide more than sustenance for our guests; they provide a sense of connection with our community and show our guests that they are worthy of compassion and dignity. Ensuring we have hot, nutritious dinners every night is a top priority. Since our emergency shelter does not have a food budget, we rely on the generosity of the community to help us meet this daily need.

Volunteer groups decide when and how often to provide dinner meals. Some groups raise funds to purchase a meal ($250) and other groups get together to cook and then deliver the prepared meals to the shelter. Whether your group chooses to donate once a month, once a season, or just once – we are truly grateful! 

Food Donation Drive:

A food donation drive ensures that we always have enough to go around to those in need. Several categories, such as breakfast, frozen foods and dry goods are just some of the ideas we have to collect food for those in our community suffering from food insecurity. You get to decide how, when and what category you wish to collect. We appreciate any donations you are able to provide!

Sandwich Donations:

Guest House provides approximately 200-400 sandwiches daily to shelter guests and to those in need in our community. Our goal is to have sandwiches available to all those in need each day of the year. Volunteers are welcome to make as many sandwiches as they are able, in increments of approximately 25 and up to 400 total. We have specific guidelines and instructions we provide if you would like to help in this area. Again, we appreciate any and all donations!

We would love an opportunity to discuss these food donation needs with you further and provide additional information. Please respond to this e-mail or call Robin Brisco at 414-430-7821 at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

This year, Guest House celebrates our 40th year of providing transformative and life-saving services to thousands of individuals and families in our community through our programs designed to end the cycle of homelessness. Thank you for joining us in serving those in our community experiencing homelessness, housing instability, and food insecurity.

Your friend in service,

Christine Jacobs
Development Specialist
Guest House of Milwaukee
1216 N. 13th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Email: christinej@guesthouseofmilwaukee.org
Guest House general: 414-345-3240

Mr. Paul Goes to the Cathedral

Want a change of pace and earlier service this weekend?

This Sunday, August 14, the Interim Rector will be preaching and celebrating at the 9 a.m. Eucharist at All Saints’ Cathedral as cathedral dean Kevin Carroll continues his sabbatical. Dean Carroll welcomed Lane as assisting priest at the cathedral for their Sunday, July 24 Eucharist, and preached at St. Paul’s the same day. Lane will join the cathedral congregation for pre-worship conversation at 8:30 a.m.

Members of St. Paul’s and of All Saints’ Cathedral always are welcome to attend worship and other events at both churches.

Kurt Sampson & Calvin Bushman Jump the Broom

St. Paul’s own Calvin Sampson and Junior Warden Kurt Bushman were married Saturday, Aug. 6 at St. Paul’s. The church was packed and very very warm, but the energy in the room was high as the couple exchanged vows and observed the tradition of “jumping the broom” to mark entry into a sacrament that mirrors Christ’s devotion to the Church. Bells rang out at the nearby All Saints’ Cathedral, and bubbles replaced rice as the couple emerged from the church. A reception followed at the Polish Center of Wisconsin in Franklin. Fellow educators and airline workers joined friends and family from across the country to celebrate. Blessings to Calvin and Kurt for a long and happy life together!

Baptism Removes the Sting of Death and Yellow Jackets

The Interim Rector baptized Henry George Pruitt and Penelope Chapman (“Poppy”) Read, grandchildren of Ross and Mary Read, Thursday, Aug. 11 at Nashotah House. Elder grandchild Charlie Read assisted by pouring the water into the baptismal font, and the Rev. Jason Terhune, Senior Director of Operations and Student Services at the seminary, officiated Holy Eucharist. Godparents, family, and friends gathered for lunch at the Reads’ home on Lake Oconomowoc.

Poppy was visibly anxious about having water poured over her head, but after accepting an invitation to touch the water and finding it suitable, the not only enjoyed the baptism, but took the family’s baptismal shell and continued baptizing herself as the prayers continued. After the service, Poppy found a ground nest of yellow jackets the hard way, was stung at least four times, and was taken to an urgent care clinic for treatment. Henry slept soundly the entire time.