On behalf of West Side Moravian Church I invite you to join us in worship, service, community and spiritual growth through this Easter Season.
I think one amazing thing about our community is the focus on putting our faith in action. You’ll see that this month in meals served both at NEW Shelter and at our Loaves and Fishes breakfast program. Happens through our Crafter and Caring group working hard at spring cleaning our building. Faith in action takes shape in our care for God’s creation and being part of JOSHUA’s Environmental Issue night on April 21st. Also, a very faithful Christian Education team and congregation organizing fundraisers to send children and youth to summer camps.
Join us as we follow Christ this month!
Peace, Pastor Marian Boyle
Five of us from West traveled to Tricklebee Café in Milwaukee. This is a ministry of the Moravian Church led by the Rev. Christy Melby Gibbons. We helped with renovation work at what will be a pay what you can café offering nutritional food in an area of the city lacking access to healthy foods. While in Milwaukee our group participated in a “food stamp” challenge that involved having $1 to buy lunch at the local Family Dollar, which provides the best access to food in the area. We could work in teams of four and were asked to make this meal as nutritional as possible. We prepared the food at the Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church and learned more about their ministry. We are very grateful for the opportunity to learn and help a bit in this effort to offer needed resources for our neighbors to the south.
If you would like to learn more about Tricklebee Café check out their facebook page at www.facebook.com/tricklebeecafe
Come out to enjoy a meal at HuHot and support the work of JOSHUA at the same time!
Thursday, March 31st from 4pm-8pm. JOSHUA Leaders will be available to talk more about our work if you have interest.
Moravian Church Summer Camps
4M June 22nd- 24th children who have finished 1st & 2nd grades
Junior Camp June 27th-July 1st children who have finished 3rd, 4th & 5th grades
Cheteck July 17th- 23rd youth who have finished 9th grade through age 21
WINMOR July 24th-30th youth who have finished 6th, 7th & 8th grades
Ba6 August 14th-18th primitive camp for children who have finished 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grades
For more information & registration go to: wdcamping.com
Loaves and Fishes
We continue to share food and fellowship the fourth Saturday of the month from 8am-10am. This month’s breakfast is on Saturday, April 23rd. In addition to feeding hungry stomachs, our ministry is dedicated to showing our guests warmth and hospitality while providing a place of fellowship. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming breakfast please contact Patty Jahnke at #680-1733 or PJahnke14@yahoo.com
Meal at NEW Community Shelter
Serving an every other month meal at NEW Community Shelter is one of the outreach programs of our congregation. The next meal will be shared Sunday, April 17th at 4:30pm. Please make sure to volunteer with John Sorenson or sign up on the office bulletin board. Please contact John if you can help serve or can help in preparing the main course, and other items needed for the meal. Items for donation to the meal can be brought to the shelter at 4:30pm or to morning worship that day.
Environmental Issues Night with Supper Thursday, April 21st at 6:30pm at St. Bernard Catholic Church at 2040 Hillside Lane in Green Bay. We want to hear from YOU! Join in an evening of community conversation with JOSHUA and The River Alliance. Share about the issues you see most critical for the environment in Brown County. Supper will be served at 6pm. Free and open to all.
Ongoing Task Force Meetings
*Religious Leaders Caucus on Thursday, April 7th.
*JOSHUA Mental Health Committee at 6:30pm at West Side Moravian Church.
*JOSHUA Board Meeting Monday, April 18th.
*ROC Brown County (Prison Reform) Task Force Thursday, April 28th at West Side Moravian at 5:30pm.
JOSHUA is an interfaith justice ministry our congregation shares with other faith communities and individuals throughout Brown County. We also share work with affiliate organizations throughout Wisconsin working locally and state wide on issues that impact us all.
Walking to nurture Mind, Body and Spirit
Stewardship Of Health
I inherited from my grandmother a print of Jesus walking along a road with two of his disciples. The print depicts the walk to Emmaus, which is one of my favorite stories from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 24:13-35). The story takes shape on the day of resurrection as two disciples are walking from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. While they were walking a stranger joined them on the journey. In the breaking of the bread they realize that this man is the risen Christ. This text invites us to reflect on moments when we have experienced the presence of Jesus. Have we met Jesus on a road of sorrow? Have we met Jesus in the daily routines of life? Have we only realized later Jesus’ presence? These and many other reflections can emerge from this Easter text.
During the second half of April through the end of the Easter Season (May 15th) you are invited to delve into this text- mind, body and soul. April 17th– May 15th we will host a Walk to Emmaus Challenge. The Gospel account says the journey is about seven miles so we encourage you to walk 7 miles each of these weeks. For some of you this may mean adding 7 miles onto the miles you already walk or run. For some this is a brand new additional to your day. For some of you adding a mile a day could be far too much and it could be an extra 70 steps a day or another variation. The important thing is to do something every day. We’ll provide you with materials to make this a prayerful journey and these will be available for pick up on Sunday, April 10th. You can also have them emailed to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embrace this Easter season as a time to tend to your spiritual journey and with the warmer weather attend to your whole self- mind, body and soul.
Walking with you,