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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Plymouth Wisconsin

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The Vicar’s Voice

A Vacation Reflection

Jon and I had a wonderful vacation. We travelled nearly 5200 miles, through 15 states. We saw the beauty and majesty of our country. Everything from corn fields literally as far as the eye can see, to the steep mountains and valleys where there is mystery around every corner. We experienced the high desert with sage brush growing in the most unlikely places, and the great Virginia Oaks of the deep south covered in Spanish Moss. We saw balancing stones and the gravity defying stone arches; and the aptly named Grand Canyon, which neither words or pictures can do justice. We experience the grandeur of nature and we stood next to the most powerful manmade object to date the Saturn 5 rocket that propelled humans to the moon. We experienced the cultures of the First Nations and we got to spend time with our bestie, Bobbi.

Through all our travels we saw people. We experienced the wonderful diversity of nationality and language and culture and the absolute sameness in all the differences. We found the people of this nation and those who were visiting from other lands to be patient, kind, generous and polite. Even in the most crowded tourist places, there was a congeniality among everyone, waiting for a picture to be taken, giving someone a bit of time to take in the vast beauty from the best vantage point, knowing that the same curtesy would be granted to us.

Watching all those strangers we realized that we really all are the same. If you watch long enough in the crowd you can pick out familiar personalities and feel as if you know them. Moms and dads with their children experiencing the awe of creation. Young lovers seeing beauty around them and in each other. Seniors ticking things off their bucket list. Everyone has the same wants and desires, to be seen and loved. When you are on vacation it is easy to relax and let life flow around you. It is easy to enjoy the differences and wonder of it all.

The glory of vacation is you get to do just that, vacate, put your life on hold and clear your mind. I knew our vacation was long enough when I wanted to get back to all that is familiar, back to my loved ones, back to real life.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele and Jon Whitford

The Vicar’s Voice

Dear Beloved of God,

I have encouraged you to spend a month of Sabbath, resting in the love of God and renewing your spirits. Now is the time to get back to work. We are called to make Jesus known in the world around us. I encourage you to speak to one other person this month about your faith and tell them why you go to church. If you are really courageous invite them to come and experience God’s love with you at St. Paul’s. If it has been a while since you worshiped in church I invite you to come and worship again with the congregation.

This Sunday we will have Mass in the Grass!! We will be worshiping with Grace Church outside!

This Sunday at 10:15am at Deland Park 901 Broughton Dr. Sheboygan.

This is right on the Lake and is a beautiful place and a wonderful service. This will be followed by a picnic lunch and games for the youngsters.

There will be no service at St. Paul’s this Sunday.

 Mother Michele

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,

Mother Michele+

The Sea of Galilee

The Vicar’s Voice  

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,

Mother Michele