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!

Becca Stevens is Keynote Speaker at Diocesan Convention

2022 Diocesan Convention

The 175th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee is scheduled to be held on Friday, October 7 (evening) and Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Get ready to feel inspired to keep loving the world and renew the right spirit in our hearts.

We will reflect on how revival is the soil to grow movements and encourage growth.  On the way of love, we don’t have to quit when we feel weary.  Drawing on her twenty-five years of work as a priest and founder of Thistle Farms, Becca will offer us time to think how all our offerings change the balance of love in the world.  She will also share stories from her latest efforts in Poland, working with women knitters who are refugees from Ukraine.  Come prepared to welcome the spirit. Revival is not in spite of our hardships; it is in response as a defiant and faithful act.

About Becca: Becca Stevens is a speaker, justice entrepreneur, author, priest, and founder and President of Thistle Farms. She has been featured on PBS NewsHour, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News, named a CNN Hero, and White House Champion of Change, holds five honorary doctorates, and raised over $65M in funding for justice initiatives. Drawn from 25 years of leadership in mission-driven work, Becca leads important conversations across the country with an inspiring message that love is the strongest force for change in the world.


The 175th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee will meet on Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Westin Hotel and Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please complete the following steps to ensure a productive and enjoyable convention.

  1. Click here to register your lay and clergy deputies for the convention by Friday, September 16. There is one submission per parish, so check who will submit registrations on behalf of your delegates.
  2. Click here to register any additional guests who would like to attend the Friday night reception. The reception will feature a keynote by Becca Stevens, priest, author, and founder of Thistle Farms. Dinner, drinks, & dancing to follow.
  3. Click here to submit nominations for open offices and committee members. A description of positions elected at diocesan convention can be found here. Nominations are due by Tuesday, August 23, 2022, according to diocesan Constitution and Canons.
  4. Review resolutions on how to submit a resolution by consulting this document. Resolutions are due to Liz Orelup ( eaorelup@gmail.com) by Tuesday, August 23, 2022, according to diocesan Rules of Order.
  5. If staying overnight in Milwaukee, click here to book your room in the reserved hotel block.
  6. Submit names, dates of birth and death, and photos for inclusion in the video Photo Necrology to Communications Officer Sara Bitner ( sara@diomil.org) by Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Make sure to send pictures that are the highest resolution possible.


For a preview of the 175th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Milwaukee, please join us for a virtual Pre-Convention Hearing taking place on Monday, September 19, 2022, from 6-7 pm via Zoom. During this virtual event, you’ll have a chance to learn about the resolutions submitted to Convention, hear an overview of the proposed budget, and ask any questions you may have. To help the facilitators prepare, please consider submitting your questions ahead of time using this link. We will post the Zoom link in advance of the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact administration officer Graicey Van Spankeren for assistance (graicey@diomil.org or info@diomil.org).

They’re baaaaaaaaaaack!

Austin Bare (Tenor)
Austin has been singing with St. Paul’s Choir since April 2020. He is a member of Aperi Animam and has appeared in numerous musical productions. His middle name is not “Powers”.
Camille Crossot (Soprano)
Camille Crossot is a soprano who grew up singing in Milwaukee area ensembles. She holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where she sang in the choir at Grace & St. Peter's Episcopal Church. She is delighted to join the choir at St. Paul's.
Danielle Gedemer (Soprano/Alto)
Since graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance, Danielle Gedemer, soprano, has enjoyed working with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in their Connections program, writing a libretto for the Florentine Opera Company for their children’s show Cinderella, singing at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and annually composing songs with her mother for West Bend Parks and Rec Department's summer theatre show. In her free time, she loves spending time with her incredible family and friends.

Todd Heikkinen (Bass)
Matt Pamperin (Bass)
Todd and Matt started their Episcopal experience singing at St. Paul’s many years ago. After a stint at All Saints’ Cathedral, we are glad to be back.
Deme Hellwig (Soprano)
Deme Hellwig is a graduate of Lawrence University with a Bachelor's in Music. She is a member of Milwaukee based early music ensemble Aperi Animam and has been singing with St. Paul's choir for a few years. It's her hope to continue professionally in her passion for early music performance.
Becky Hensley (Alto)
Becky is a recent (2021) volunteer in the St. Paul’s choir who will be moving on in 2023 when her husband, Lane, completes his work as the Interim Rector. She has been singing in church choirs since she was 8 years old and managed to convince her mother she could stay awake through an entire worship service. She started as an alto to annoy her older soprano sister and has stuck with it since figuring out it is the snarkiest section in any choral group.
Elias King (Bass)
Eli King is thrilled to be joining St. Paul’s Choir! A graduate of UW-Milwaukee, he teaches choir at Greenfield High School and sings with Aperi Animam and Chant Claire. He has appeared in many theatre productions both onstage, and as a music director. Additionally, he is a composer.
Tedd King (Tenor and Associate Organist)
Tedd has a master’s degree in music and a master’s degree in computer science. He has been singing in choirs since the 6th grade and playing keyboard instruments since 5. For him, music, whether vocal or instrumental, is the soul’s way of conveying spiritual thought and expression. He is semi-retired from a career in IT and is currently working at Wild Birds Unlimited keeping our feathered friends well supplied with bird seed, houses, and feeding stations.
Sarah Knox (Alto)
Sarah Knox is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University. In her free time, she loves to exercise, read, and travel. She is also a rabid Ohio State Buckeye!
Steve Sanders (Bass)
I am one of the longtime choir members, singing bass. I recently retired after 45 years as a funeral director. With all my new found free-time, I will be enjoying traveling, gardening, being a dog dad to four fur babies and spending time with my husband Rand.
Joseph Schmidt (Tenor)
Hello! I am in my last year at UW-Milwaukee studying Choral Music Education and Theatre. I became a Choral Scholar at St. Paul's in February 2020 and I have loved being a part of this group which values quality music and community togetherness.
Rand Schmidt (Bass)
Rand is a retired Special Education teacher who began singing in church choirs as a teenager. He is starting his 33rd year with the St. Paul’s Choir. Besides singing, gardening is his passion.
Alex Spors (Bass)
I have been heavily involved in music since I first picked up the violin at 8 years old and began singing shortly after that. I finished my bachelor’s degree in 2017 from UW Madison with a dual major in Political Science and Russian. However, I spent the next 3 years teaching myself computer science during my free time and currently work as an IT engineer. I enjoy singing at St. Paul's. A church with strong liturgical music most always has an excellent congregation.
Ann Thorson (Alto)
I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been a member of St. Paul’s since August 2019. It’s been my joy to sing in our choir and be our Choir Librarian. I retired in 2016 after working 33 years for (Ascension) Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as their Medical Alert Services Coordinator. I am a member of Cairn Rescue USA and have two dogs, Cookie and Daisy. I’m blessed to have a close-knit family and love getting together with them often.
Jackie Willis (Alto)
This is Jackie’s fourth year at St Paul’s. When she is not singing at St Paul’s, she is nannying two great kids and Artistic Directing Milwaukee’s vocal early music ensemble, Aperi Animam, which translates to “open your soul”. She enjoys reading, spending time with her cat, Storm, and exploring new places with her partner, Christal.
Jay Zamora (Tenor)
Jay is a voice teacher and performer in the Milwaukee area. He is very excited to join the Choral Scholars!
Chris Zibart (Tenor)
Chris has sung in Episcopal Church choirs for several years. Since moving to the Milwaukee area in 2011, he has sung at St. Paul's and also at All Saints Cathedral. Prior to that, Chris was at Holy Spirit Lake Forest in Illinois. Chris lives in Waukesha with his wife and assorted pets.
Canon Joseph Kucharski
(Director of Music and Liturgy)
Canon Kucharski began his musical career in the Episcopal Church here at St. Paul’s in 1967 when he became a member of the choir. He began organ studies with John Weissrock, parish Organist and Choirmaster, eventually winning a scholarship to the Wisconsin College-Conservatory of Music in 1969. There he continued organ study with Weissrock, choral conducting and Art History with Margaret Hawkins, and composition with Dr. Bernard Childs (Artist-in-Residence at the Milwaukee Symphony). In 1970, John Weissrock became Director of Music at St. Paul’s and appointed Joseph as Organist/Choirmaster for the adult and children’s choirs. This allowed time for Weissrock to further establish his Outreach Music of the Church Choir separately from the parish. This group of dedicated musicians produced vinyl recordings of sacred choral and organ works for several years.
Joseph served as Organist/Choirmaster of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from 1974 to 1990. During his tenth year, he was awarded a sabbatical to study in England and attend the Royal School of Church Music.
He was appointed Choirmaster/Organist of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee, in October of 1999. In addition to overseeing the organ renovation project, playing for diocesan services, and directing the cathedral choir, he established a choral scholarship program for high school and college students as an outreach to the larger Milwaukee community. Joseph was elected Canon and installed as Precentor in 2002.
Joseph was Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary from 1990 through May of 2015. He is the only lay-professor to have been awarded tenure and attained Senior Professor in the seminary’s history. He was awarded a Doctor of Music Honoris Causa in 2004 for his service to the Episcopal Church.
While on sabbatical from Nashotah House in 2006, he organized and raised funds for All Saints’ to install five bells as a Milwaukee 9/11 Memorial – The Bells of Remembrance and Hope.
Canon Kucharski has been editor of The Episcopal Church Musician’s Handbook in 1984, and editor of The Liturgical Desk Calendar (Episcopal Edition) since 2009These annual publications are used by clergy and musicians throughout the Episcopal Church.
He has been a member of the Organ Historical Society since 2006 and is a proud member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists since 1970.

St. Paul’s on YouTube!

Starting Sunday September 11, St. Paul’s will begin live-streaming services on YouTube, as well as continue to live-stream on Facebook.

If you wish to view the Sunday services on YouTube, visit our website at https://www.stpaulsmilwaukee.org, click the yellow “Online Sunday Worship” box in the upper right, and enjoy St. Paul’s worship online.

Unlike Facebook, YouTube doesn’t require that you sign in to view the services; however, if you subscribe to St. Paul’s YouTube channel, you can get notified when streaming begins or other content is added to the channel. If you wish to subscribe, there will be a Subscribe button on the right side of the screen.

Please note that, whether you are using Facebook or YouTube, the sound may be muted during some parts if there are restrictions to sharing the content online. This will usually happen during a “musical moment.” There is nothing wrong with the video. If you wait a few minutes, the sound will return.

Common Ground in the News

Several of our parishioners live in Sherman Park and last week, two of them, Cathy and David Simpson, were present at Washington High School for the groundbreaking of the new athletic field. Common Ground started this campaign almost seven years ago when we were working in Sherman Park on the housing foreclosure issue and we exposed the inequities in athletic fields in MPS schools vs the outlying suburban schools.

It took time but Common Ground helped this happen. To read more, click here. It is an inspiring story. As Deacon Hardy said, it was a great day in the neighborhood.

Questions? Ask Pat Ruttum.

Adult Forum to Return

Adult Forum returns this month with some exciting new programming!

October 2: A History of Latinos in Milwaukee
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be examining the history of Latinos in Milwaukee. Since the primeros arrived in the 1920s, Latinos have called Milwaukee home. They have contributed not only to Milwaukee’s businesses, but to its vibrant culture as well. Join us as we examine their history, as well as the impact they continue to have on Milwaukee.

October 16: Faith in the Midst of Depression
Religion and mental health have a complex relationship. Some people with mental illness find comfort in religion, whereas others abandon their faith due to a lack of support from their religious community. This presentation will explore the issues many with mental illness face, as well as how faith communities can foster greater support and acceptance.

We hope you join us! For more information, contact Dana Fritz at dfritz404@gmail.com