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Pastoral letter from Amma Diane
Dear St James Community,
On Thursday May 14, the clergy of our Diocese met remotely with our Bishop Matt Gunter to discuss how we go forward as Christians, Episcopalians, and members of the Diocese of Fond du Lac in this continuing coronavirus pandemic. We have been meeting with the Bishop weekly since this all began. The Bishop also has been meeting once or twice a week with the diocesan Covid-19 Task Force to keep all of us as aware as possible of all we should or should not do during this epidemic as we continue to be the church in all the places we find ourselves.
Although the Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin struck down the state's "Safer at Home" guidelines, which makes the possibility to open all of Wisconsin up again a reality, The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Fond du Lac will not be "opening up" any time soon. This is also true of many other faith communities, businesses, and municipalities. Wisconsin is a "Home Rule State" so municipalities can set their own guidelines.
The leaders of our diocese and congregations will look at science and observable data as we seek to re-gather in person. Re-gathering will take place in phases and may be different in each of our locations and contexts. We will look to the guidance of our municipalities, and the medical professionals (such as the CDC) as we plan our re-gatherings. Some places that open may have to close again as the landscape changes. When we do re-gather it will not be the same as it was before Covid-19. There may be new guidelines: masks, sanitation to consider, seating arrangements, potentially no singing or Communion or Coffee Hour, etc.
There will be some grief and pain to be sure. When and how we re-gather will not be by vote of the congregation, but the clergy and leaders will continue to be in conversation with the congregation as we have been already in a variety of ways. We’ll continue to share updates throughSt James Weekly.
For now at St James and most of the diocese and The Episcopal Church we will continue to do what we have been doing. We will lovingly take care of our neighbors and ourselves by being "Safer at Home". When we do begin to re-group in person we will also continue many of the new things we have done to stay together from a distance.
We continue to stay faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the Way of Love.
We are continuing to study our way through the Gospel of John using N.T. Wright's book as our guide. If you need a copy of the book, please contact Amma Diane. We start at 8:45AM and end by 9:45AM (allowing a break before 10AM Worship starts).
Click the link to participate using a computer, laptop, tablet, or other device:
You may need to refresh the page if you arrive before the live stream begins. If you 'Like' and 'Get Notifications' from our Facebook page you'll receive a notification each time we start a new live video.
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Or participate from any phone: Dial 1-312-626-6799
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Everybody is invited to read/pray/sing at the appropriate times during Sunday Worship. We're keeping all phones muted throughout Worship so everybody can hear.
If you can't watch live, you can watch at the same links at a later time/day on Facebook or YouTube.
Fellowship - Sundays at 11AM(suspended until further notice)
Attendance has been low since we started Zoom Fellowship, and was only staff the past 2 Sundays. Therefore, the Vestry has decided to suspend Sunday Fellowship time by Zoom until a need for this arises. (This is not a bad thing--we'll continue to adapt our schedule of ways to worship, share, learn, and stay connected based on the needs of our congregation.) If this is something important to you that you'd like to participate in, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Amma Diane.
Mid-Week Worship - Wednesdays at 5:30PM
Join us for a mid-week Worship service on Wednesdays at 5:30PM.
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The Center for Spiritual & Religious Life at Lawrence University in Appleton is hosting virtual Taizé services at 5:30PM on Sundays May 17 & May 31. This is an interfaith contemplative experience with candles, silence, chant, and prayer from the Christian tradition, similar to the Taizé services at St Norbert's Abbey in De Pere. Click the following link for information about their live streams.
Daily Morning & Evening Prayer on Alexa/Google Assistant
Both Alexa and Google Assistant have learned some Episcopal prayers. Thanks to a partnership with between Forward Movement and TryTank Experimental Lab, you can now say, “Alexa, open Episcopal Prayer” or “Google Talk to Episcopal Prayer” and your device will begin playing the morning or evening prayer podcasts of Foreward Movement (a ministry of The Episcopal Church).
“Whether people are at home or on the go, Alexa’s ability to lead us through the daily office will be both useful and inspiring,” said the Rev Canon Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement. “As a bit of a geek, I’m excited about this marriage of technology and Anglican tradition to equip disciples for daily prayer.”
Depending on the time of day, either Alexa or Google Assistant will either play the morning prayer or evening prayer podcasts, which include the full liturgy of the daily office along with the assigned psalms and readings for the day.
Other Weekly Worship Opportunities from Our Diocese
Here are some of the other churches in the Diocese of Fond du Lac with weekly live and recorded video options:
Several people have asked ways they can continue to financially support St James when we are not gathering in person. You can still mail checks to St James Episcopal Church, 434 N 8th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220. Contributions are being regularly counted and deposited. You can also set up one-time or recurring payments through your bank (most offer this for free). Look for "bill pay" or similar options online or call your bank.
People have asked us for an online option to donate, so we have added Tithe.ly to our new web site.
We know that these are difficult times for some, and we understand if you are unable to support the church financially. Please contact Amma Diane if you need help connecting to assistance or resources.
Our special offering in the month of May goes toward local mental health support organization Painting Pathways Clubhouse-- please label your gifts accordingly.
Mental Health Awareness Month
In our Worship service on Sunday 5/3 we helped kick off Mental Health Awareness month. Mental health is important for everybody, especially in this time of pandemic restrictions. Here are some of the many helpful resources available in our area:
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Phone numbers are area code 920 unless otherwise indicated.
IN TIMES OF CRISIS
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– call 800-273-8255 (24 hours/7 days)
Your call is confidential and free. No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call the Lifeline. People call to talk about lots of things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and loneliness, to name a few. A skilled, trained crisis worker will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share any resources that may be helpful.
Crisis Text Line– send a text message to741741(24 hours/7 days)
Your texts are confidential and free. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text messaging. A crisis counselor will help you sort through your feelings, with the goal of helping you feel calmer and safer. Resources and referrals are available, if necessary.
911 emergency calls– call 911 (24 hours/7 days)
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger related to mental health concerns, 911 can help. Let the operator know you are calling about a mental health crisis, explaining their mental health history and/or diagnosis. You can ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Manitowoc Co Human Services Crisis Intervention– call 683-4230 (Mon-Fri/8am-4:30pm; 888-552-6642 after hours)
Provides telephone and in-person/mobile crisis intervention services for people experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis in which they may be a danger to themselves or others. Manitowoc County contracts with Northwest Connections to provided after-hours telephone and in-person crisis services.
Your call is confidential and free. Trained workers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues including: symptoms of mental health conditions; treatment options; local support groups and services; education programs; helping family members get treatment; programs to help find jobs. Or email@example.com
Non-profit organization changes lives by empowering individuals with diagnosed mental illness, building community, and supporting recovery. PPC supports members in education, employment, housing, community support, and much more, while fully involving members in the operation of the Clubhouse.
Holy Family Memorial Behavioral Health– call 320-8600 / 339 Reed Ave /www.hfmhealth.org
Bellin Health Psychiatric Center– call 433-6073 / 3415 Custer St /www.bellin.org
This list includes some helpful essentials, but there are a variety of other resources available. For other community resources, call 211 or go towww.211.org. Additional resources can also be found online or in your phone book.
Streamlining our emails to twice per week
We're streamlining our emails a bit. We'll now be sending two messages to our email list, typically on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These emails will continue to include information about our various at-home opportunities, downloadable PDFs of bulletins, links to view some Worship services live or at a later date, information for connecting to other audio-only opportunities, etc.
Until further notice, St James Weekly will not be a separate email--it will be a downloadable PDF included in our Saturday emails. St James Weekly and the bulletin will be printed and mailed to those we are aware of who do not have email access. If you'd like to receive paper mailings of St James Weekly and bulletins one time or regularly, please contact Amma Diane ( firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-860-5152).
We appreciate your feedback
Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to participate in our various opportunities to engage remotely for worship, sharing, learning, and connection. Until further notice we'll be maintaining our schedule on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as well as other special services and remote gatherings. Thank you for watching/listening! Thank you for commenting and engaging with each other! And thank you for liking and sharing our videos, Facebook page, and YouTube channel to help spread the word!
We appreciate your feedback about any of these new technologies we are implementing. If you had any technical issues or technical questions, please let us know. Please email your feedback and questions to email@example.com
St James Episcopal Church | 434 N 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220