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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Plymouth Wisconsin

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The Vicar’s Voice

It is with thankful hearts that we greet the month of November. This is the month that we focus on all the blessings of our lives. We are thankful for our families, friends and our worshiping community. I am thankful for the hours and hours of time given for our 40th Annual Pancake Breakfast. We served 303 breakfasts that included dining in, carry out and delivery. We made $3321 which includes the craft and bake sale. The people I spoke with were so thrilled to be here. I received an email that said, “My husband and I want to Thank You for the great pancake breakfast. To have it delivered was a real blessing. What a great outreach.” I received a text that said, “I thought the pancakes were exceptionally good today.” We also were blessed to serve many who were able to dine with us because of the wheelchair lift. Someone said to me the cost of the lift was worth every penny because of the joy those who needed it experienced in being part the fellowship and hospitality of the day. I am thankful for the willingness of St. Paul’s to work together to serve one another and our neighbors. In His Mercy, Mother Michele+

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+