Dear Beloved of God,
As I announced last Sunday, I want to encourage the St. Paul’s congregation to take a Sabbath during the month of August. This doesn’t mean don’t come to church on Sunday!! What I mean is we are not going to do anything extra for the month. The regular services, maintenance, Sharing Closet, Paper Drive will continue, but I am asking that we all intentionally take a rest from anything extra. We have gotten the lift installed and blessed, we have had a very successful brat fry, we have done so much in the way of cleaning and reorganizing we need a rest. We’ve been working very hard and burn out is a very real thing. Take some time, pray, and relax, take refreshment in the beauty of summer.
Rest in the knowledge that you are a beloved child of God. You don’t have to do anything to be loved by God.
In His Mercy,
The Rev. Dr. Kamal Farah will be teaching The Gospel in Context: Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 1011 N 7th St. Sheboygan.
Fr. Kamal was our instructor for our pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and taught The Palestine of Jesus. He was also our instructor for the pilgrimage to Greece where he taught In the Footsteps of St. Paul.
Fr Kamal was born in the village of Kefar Bar'am in upper Galilee. He has earned PhD’s in Advanced Linguistics and State Church Laws from Catholic University in Sorbonne-Paris. He was ordained in 1967 and has served as rector of churches in North Galilee and Nazareth. He has also served the Diocese of Jerusalem in several capacities.
Kamal was the course director at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. He is fluent in Aramaic, Syrian, Arabic, Hebrew and English. He is a master at teaching the Bible and its connection to the Holy Land.
Plan on hearing about the Bible and the life of Christians in the Holy Land. His topic of speaking/teaching will be "The Gospel in Context" and will include a time of Q&A. Refreshments will be served. Please plan to join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from this esteemed teacher.
Really, you will not want to miss it!
Fr. Kamal will also be teaching at St. Thomas, 226 Washington St. Menasha on Wednesday, June 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. telling Bible stories and answering questions about the Holy Land past and present. On Friday, June 15 he will again be at St. Thomas from 5:30 to 8 p.m. speaking more in depth about the Gospel in its context. Wednesday and Friday include meals. On Sunday he will preach at St. Thomas and then from 11:30 to 1 p.m. he will lead an adult forum. You are encouraged to attend any or all of these events. Please call St. Thomas so they will know how much food to prepare. 920-725-5601
Fr. Kamal has been a huge influence on how I read and engage in the Bible. I encourage you to come and experience the Bible in a new way.
In His Mercy,
The Vicar's Voice:Mother Michele Whitford
Spring has finally come! The daffodils and tulips are in bloom around the church and new leaves are budding bringing green back into our landscape. Today as I write this it is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Forty days after the Resurrection our Lord ascended to the right hand of the Father as he told his disciples he would. He promised to send an Advocate, a Comforter, The Holy Spirit who would lead and guide them to share the Good News to all nations. In ten more days we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, May 20th, when the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples as a mighty wind and tongues of fire. The Disciples are empowered to step out and share the Gospel of Jesus crucified and risen from the dead for the salvation of all people. I invite you to join us for this the third most important feast day in the church calendar. All are welcome to come and enjoy our Spirit filled worship.
In His Mercy,
The Vicar’s Voice: Mother Michele Whitford
Alleluia! Christ is risen! We have come through a Holy Lent, we have gathered with the disciples in the upper room to celebrate the institution of Holy Communion and followed in Jesus’ example of washing feet. We have stripped the altar and kept vigil with Jesus through the night. We have heard the Passion according to John and waited with expectation for the glorious resurrection. That declaration has come! Jesus is risen, he has conquered death and made all creation new. We now enter a long tradition beginning with Mary Magdalene, St. Peter and St. Paul of those who have been transformed by the risen Christ. We get to share the wonderful news that Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. I encourage you to share the Good News in both word and action with all you meet every day.
In His Mercy,