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2019, September, Green Congregations

Our Kenosha Green Congregation group just restarted in 2018 after faltering a few
years ago. We currently have 3 involved congregations; Grace Lutheran, Bradford
Unitarian Universalist and Immanuel and several unaffliated individuals. The
mission of Kenosha Green Congregation is to engage the faith-based community
and concerned citizens in addressng such issues as climate, environmental pollution,
recycling, energy conservation and sustainability through action and information.
Churches or individuals may become members of Green Congregations if they share
our goals ad have a person who is willig to attend meetings or to receive emails and
other information from our group and share it.
If you are interested in helping with the stewardship of our little part of the world,
please speak with David, Dick or Marieta.

2019 Sanctuary Carpet
Does anyone remember when the carpeting in our sanctuary was put in?
Anyone want to guess how long we have been using/enjoying it? I started
in 1974 and it was there then.

Immanuel's building had a fire in 1961 and the area of the skylight above
the cross was the most severely damaged. If you were to go into the attic above
the Celebration Room you would see that the rafters are covered with soot and
some are charred.

One of our faithful members at the time, Charles Yandre, was an architect
whose forte was designing churches. After the fire, Chuck designed the new
chancel area. He and the men of Immanuel laid the lannon stones and they
erected the magnificent cross that Chuck had used hand tools to make "rugged."
The pulpit, lectern, alter, pews and carpet must have been replaced at this
time. Now for the math; 1961 to 2019 = 58 years by my calculation.

In most areas the carpet is still beautiful with the exception of the chancel
area. The edge of the step to the altar table is threadbare and the corners are
raveling near the pulpet and lecturn. We learned last year that we can buy carpet
that matches the current color and we replaced the hallway carpet by the ('cry room').
Wouldn't it be nice to honor God's House by replacing these worn places in our
worship center? Would you keep 58 year old threadbare carpet in your home?

The estimate for the job is roughly $1600.00. One person from Kenosha Korean
has made a large pledge. If each of us gives as we are able, we will be able to get this
job done! Please write "carpet" on your envelope with your donation.
Thank you, Marieta Huff

2019 IN GATHERING NEEDS, June 9, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: Sizes are very specific so that all items will fit in kits 

Please speak to Marieta about any kits you would like to make or help.
Items are listed below:

Hygiene kit
UMCOR Cleaning Kit ($75 Value)
 1 Hand Towel - No kitchen towels ; 1 Washcloth -  No kitchen washcloths
 1 Comb - sturdy -  No rattail or picks;
1 Nail Clippers - No nail files or emery boards
 1 Bar Soap - 3 oz. or larger;  1 Adult Toothbrush - No multipacks
 10 Adhesive Bandages - ¾”x 3”
 Place items in 1-gallon resealable plastic bag
 $2.00 to cover cost of toothpaste & shipping

CLEANING KIT
 5 Gallon Bucket - with non screw resealable lid
  1 Liquid Laundry Detergent - 32-64 oz.
 1 Liquid Concentrate Household Cleaner - 16-40 oz.
 1 Liquid Dish Soap - 16-34 oz.;
 1 Insect Repellent - Spray 6-14 oz. or Wipes 10-20 pack
 1 Scrub Brush;  18 Cleaning Towels or Reusable Wipes
 5 Scouring Pads;  36 - 50 Clothespins; 1 Clothesline - cotton or plastic - 50’-100’ 
24 Trash Bags - heavy duty - 33-45 gallon size
 5 Particulate Respirator Dust Masks - type N95 1-3 mm thick
 2 Pairs Kitchen Gloves;  1 Pair Work Gloves - all leather or cotton with leather palms
 $3.00 to cover cost of sponges & shipping

School Kit
1 Pair of Scissors - student round tip
 1 Box 24 Crayons ;  3 Notebooks - 1 subject spiral 8”x 10 1/2”
 1 Pack Loose Leaf Lined Paper - 100-200 sheets
 1 Pencil Sharpener - 1” or larger;  1 Ruler - 12” long with metric
 6 Pencils - unsharpened with no advertising;  1 Pencil Eraser - 2” or larger
 Place items in 2-gallon resealable plastic bag
 $1.00  to cover the cost of shipping

2019 Missions at Immanuel: We have three focal points in our current work:

GREEN CONGREGATIONS

We have three focal points in our current work:
 
1. Increasing recycling in public spaces and big events at the lakefront. Kenosha
is last in comparable Wiconsin cities in diversion of recyclables from landfill at
19%. Madison is at 54%. Our recycling company, Orchard Hills will stop taking
bagged recyclables in 2019 and Kenoha has no other company to use. Instead.
Kenosha will have to upgrade to containers that will cost $50.00 each for 32,000
households.

2. Working toward compliance with the Chicago Climate Charter which was signed by
Mayor Antaramian. A Parkside professor is interesed in hacing his class assess Kenosha's
greenhouse gas emissions as their research project for the spring semester. This would
involve gathering data on C02, nitrogen oxide, and methane emissions from sources such
as buildings, transportation and industrial processes.

3. Celebrating Earth Week in April instead of just Earth Day with many special events.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

Thanks to all who gave time, food, money, and prayers to this effort to provide
warmth, safety, and a measure of joy to those of our brothers and sisters who have
little in the way of material goods. Some of them have strong faith and great
courage to continue to face the hardships of each day of homelessness and poverty.
Some have mental illness and self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Some are
working or on Social Security, but still can't afford an apartment. Some have no
family, some are estranged from their family and for a few hours we can all be
family together. Praise God and sincere thanks!

FEEDING THE POOR

Feeding people was something Jesus considered important.  People couldn’t listen
and hope to understand his message of love if they were hungry and concerned
about where they would get their next meal.  Immanuel will try to ‘do what Jesus
would do’ by continuing our Open House for the Homeless on the Holidays.

Soup Kitchen will be at Immanuel on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  I am grateful
for faithful volunteers who are willing to give up family time to feed the poor. 
Immanuel’s Christmas Eve service will meet at 3:00 p.m. to allow the volunteers to
participate.
 
For years I thought that when a new Shalom Center was built, then we could rest on
the holidays.  Everyone would be warm and fed.  That isn’t the case.  The new
building has been full continuously since opening and many people are still couch-
surfing or outside.  We know 18 people by name that are outside and have no current
prospect for getting shelter.  Last year was the first winter after First Step closed and
poor people that had an apartment were willing to let others sleep on their floor or
couch.  That doesn’t seem to be happening this year.  I guess everyone is prone to
“concern fatigue”.  Last winter the Shalom Center took in 10 extra men.  They don’t 
plan to repeat this winter since the County is not providing any funds to help that
happen. 

Please pray for those who are homeless, those at KHDS, Bridges and Shalom that
work with them and for CUSH’s homeless task force.

Concert Update November 4, 2018

This is your reminder that our church will be hosting a concert on November 4th featuring Mark Dvorak, musician, singer, and songwriter. It will benefit the Kenosha Shalom Center. Please bring a small item or two to sell to help in the benefit. lt has to be small because we do not have a lot of extra room for displaying items. Suggestions: small crafts, plants, bakery in smaller portions. Be creative and check with the Concert committee or Council to see if your idea will work for the event. We will need lots of helpers that day. Please plan on being a part of this exciting day

Golden Cross Sunday

Dear Friends,
For generations, The United Methodist Church has had a reputation for caring about and for people, especially those in need of healing and support. Our Health & Welfare Ministries are responsible for perpetuating a great legacy of caring. As your bishop, I am pleased to remind you that, in Wisconsin, we have at least 13 excellent reasons to support Golden Cross Sunday. That’s the number of hospitals and senior living communities, as well as neighborhood, family, and children’s services that are directly impacted by this offering. Over the past year, I have witnessed first-hand how our United Methodist connection of care and love is extended through our ministries and people.  I join you in giving thanks to God for them. In Christ’s Love,
Bishop Hee-
Soo Jung
 
Our Health & Welfare Ministries are also a reflection of our Conference priorities to
support mercy and justice, multicultural, and soul food ministries. As you well know, all of our Health & Welfare Ministries are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people each year. It is a joy to serve in Wisconsin where people are committed to reaching out with Christ’s love to people of all ages and circumstances. Our offerings are used throughout the year to support those who are unable to cover the full cost of their care and service.

Thank you in advance for the generous and caring response to Golden Cross Sunday, which will make it possible for our ministries to continue to serve in Christ’s name on our  behalf.

MEALS THAT MATTER

Soup Kitchen Up-date

September 12, 2018 was the one year anniversary of the Meals That Matter Soup Kitchen program and Immanuel has been involved since the first day.  The number of guests served has gradually increased in the past year.  Our largest number was 66 on July 30th.  Our average is 45-55 men, women and children.  Shalom Center has been faithful in providing nutritious and tasty food.  Grace Faulkner, Cindy Johnson, David and Chuck Towle have been present almost every Monday.  Judy Stalder, Cis Schellin and Marieta Huff have been trading off leadership roles.  Some members of Principe de Paz and Kenosha Korean have helped and many members of Immanuel and friends are participating regularly.  The goal is to have enough volunteers that most would help once a month.  This prevents burn-out of volunteers.  We have had 5 new volunteers start over the summer and some of our faithful helpers who were busy in the summer will return in the fall.  God is good!

Our Bolivia Missionaries

Bill and Heidi Janecke have settled in Minneapolis. Heidi says: I wish I could say that it’s been an easy transition back to the States, but it has taken a lot longer to get settled than I thought it would.  Bill is working and seems satisfied with his latest version of being a Vet and doing preventative care clinics. He works hard 4 – 10 hour days a week and plays hard and looks for ministry opportunities the 3 days a week when he is off. We are taking full advantage of the beauty and many attractions in the Twin Cities.
I am finding new ways to serve the Lord after a bit of a drought since leaving the orphanage.  I help at a local food pantry every Monday and am getting involved at the Park Ave United Methodist Church which is walking distance from our apartment. I love the diversity and the gospel style of worship in this body of believers. 
Once a week we work together at an urban garden down the street.
Thanks to all who continue to support our work through Christian Veterinary Mission.  These funds go toward our future mission trips to Bolivia. Thank you to those who also give to the Talita Cumi orphanage directly. If you would like to learn more or donate to Talita Cumi Children’s Home, please visit the web site www.talitacumi.org  or you can write or donate to Talita Cumi, 6920 Fair Oaks Blvd, Suite 105, Carmichael, CA 95608.  I plan on being a part of this ministry forever. It is hard not to think that way when a big chunk of my heart continues to be deeply rooted there.

InGathering

Natural disasters have been occurring frequently in recent years!  The Midwest Mission Distribution Center had bare shelves after the hurricanes last fall.  Our  help is needed to replenish the stock.  We are going to be making only Cleaning (Flood) Buckets and Personal Dignity (Hygiene) Kits for In-Gathering at Annual Conference this June.  No school bags, layettes or sewing kits were requested, but if you have individual items for these kinds of kits, they can be sent.
 It is more fun to form 2 or 3 person teams to buy items and assemble the kits, but you are welcome to work independently.  Any items on the list will be appreciated and can be added to a kit or sent independently.  Please ask Marieta for a list of needed items so you can participate and watch for good buys.  Each kit needs $1.00 for shipping, so cash is needed as well

REJOICE WITH SONG AND MUSIC!

Immanuel’s JAM and RINGING groups will begin rehearsing music for Sunday worship.  Our focus will be “to make music to the Lord in our hearts and to give the Lord thanks for everything”! – Ephesians 5.  We have much to be thankful for as we continue our 4th year sharing music for worship at Immanuel; for out shut-ins, the community and other churches.  We all do a part in making this possible.  JAM, our folk vocal/string ensemble and  Choir will be rehearsing from 10 – 11:10 on Thursdays.  All are welcomed to join us or even just give it a try!  There are opportunities to sing and learn a new instrument while having fun at the same time!  Our Bell Ringers will rehearse from 11:15 – 1:45.  This group has been fulfilling and challenging!  Not to mention a lot of fun and even laughter.

 

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