Music: Nancy Wiedmeyer 920.488.6663
Prayer Chain: Anna Baiocchi 262.673.6071
Family Promise: Dennis & Jean Albrecht (D) 414.254.1606; (J) 414.254.6144
Faith Ed: Linda Kavanaugh 262.224.0832

Liturgy presiders:
Rev. Donald Wright 231.884.4497
Rev. Kathy Vandenberg 262.547.5665
Rev. Francis Baiocchi 262.673.6071

Happenings @ JOS
When people ask why we celebrate each others birthdays at JOS, a good response comes from author Henri Nouwen in his book Here and Now: “Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and rejoicing in it. On a birthday we...say 'Thank you for being born and living among us.' Celebrating a birthday reminds us that life is good, so we really need to celebrate birthdays every day by showing gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, gentleness and affection, all of which are ways of saying 'It's good that you are alive and walking with us on this earth. Let's rejoice! This is the day God has made for us to be together.'”...

We are pleased to announce the marriage of Diane Jones & Robert Herrick at our Chapel September 09 in a private ceremony; we wish them many wonder-filled years of life and love together! The Annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 10 after the 9:30AM Liturgy and Balloon release honoring the 21 parishioners who have died during the past 17 years... All of you are warmly invited to attend and participate in both the Liturgy and the Picnic; Tom & Linda Schmidt are providing buns, brats & burgers; the rest of us are asked to bring along a hearty appetite and a salad, side dish or dessert to share.

There is a sign-up sheet in the Chapel vestibule to let us know what you bring (so we don't get too many sweets and no veggies)!... Thanks to all who were here to say Auf Wiedersehen! to Robert & Judith Weiss upon their return home to Germany. You may email them, or postal mail at Zwickauer Str. 34, 40627 Dusseldorf Germany.

POINT TO PONDER: “I do not believe that because you are opposed to abortion, that makes you pro-life. In fact I think in many ways your morality is deeply lacking. If all you want is a child born, but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed – and  why would I think that you don't?  “Because you don't want any tax money to go there.  That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what pro-life truly means.” – Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Nun
Mary of Magdala: It is Mary of Magdala who goes with other women to Jesus' tomb to anoint his corpse while all the rest of disciples ran away in dismay and confusion. Mary serves till the very end, standing to face the reality without any support, applause or protection. It is Mary of Magdala to whom Jesus first appears after the resurrection, She is the one commissioned by Jesus to proclaim the Easter mes- sage to the other disciples. She is the one to whom Jesus first speaks. But then the Scripture says pathetically, “But Peter, John and the rest did not believe her so they went to the tomb to see for themselves.”

It is 2000 years later, and little if anything has changed. The voice of women is largely unheeded. The call of women to ordained ministry is ignored by Church leaders. Mary of Magdala is undoubtedly an important model and inspiration for us in the 21st century. She calls us to courage and persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, to a Christianity rising above sexism. She is the true disciple of Jesus the Christ. The men around her 2,000 years ago didn't pay her much attention. What a shame if the same must be said of the Church leaders today! – adapted from Joan Chittister in Corpus Reports, March/April, 2017