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Quilting as an Act of Prayer and Stewardship

Starting as a priest in a new parish always has its challenges, but starting at a new parish during a pandemic is particularly difficult. The Rev. Mary Trainor began serving at St. Francis, Menomonee Falls just as the coronavirus hit causing St. Francis to begin worshipping online. She is certainly adjusting to practicing ministry with the people of St. Francis remotely and getting to know members and the community in a whole new way.

In her spare time, Pastor Mary enjoys quilting. During this time when we're all spending more time at home, Pastor Mary has begun quilting orange stoles, much like the stole that Bishop Miller wears during the online diocesan worship services. Like Bishop Miller's stole, Pastor Mary is creating her stoles as a witness against gun violence. So far, she has made four stoles for clergy in three churches. She makes them with beautiful scraps of cotton quilting fabric. She sees making quilts from scraps both as an act of prayer and stewardship. Inside two of the stoles are white fabric with scripture verses. Each stole is unique and reversible; she designs them herself. Pastor Mary does both hand and machine quilting, and she prays as she crafts the stoles. She also appreciates that the unique color of the stole — orange — brings questions from congregation members, providing an opportunity to witness against gun violence.

Way Forward Task Force Update (July 23, 2020)

Greeting as we continue in these challenging times!

The Way Forward Task Force continues to review COVID-19 data and reports to update our response to the crisis. We also continue to update our resources and respond to the questions that are posed to us.

This week we have updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to add a guide to the approved plans and responded to a question on Mask Exemptions. These are found in questions #9 and #10.

We have also updated the Reference List to include information and webcasts from Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) on pandemic response; American Medical Association (AMA), US Department of Justice (DOJ) and National Legal Review on Exemptions; and provided other sites on return to worship. 

The following are the links to those two updated documents on diocesan website:

If you have any questions, are planning to return to worship in some form other than online, or have a special event coming up, please contact us by emailing Bishop Miller ( ); Deacon Bill Dunlop ( ), and Patty Jaffke ( ).

Thanks and Peace.

Rev. Bill Dunlop

Special Convention Today

As Bishop Miller announced last month, this afternoon at 4 pm, there will be a Special Convention for the sole item for consideration: amending the canons to allow us to hold our fall Diocesan Convention by virtual or electronic means.

All are invited to watch the live stream of the convention on our website, on our YouTube page, or on our Facebook page.

Only those who registered to attend the Special Convention by last Thursday will be permitted to attend the convention in person. Please see the Diocesan Convention page of our website for more information.

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