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Christ Church


Seeking God's Grace; Sharing God's Joy


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The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which, at the time of its sowing, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, but which grows to be the greatest of all shrubs, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.-Mark 4:31 
In this edition . . .                                                              TheTop
Seeds      Adult Formation     Upcoming Events    Lent 2015          Outreach     Prayer Concerns     MOPS     Children's Formation   
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Palms, Passion and Climate Change 


Dear Friends in Christ, 


This Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday is one of the great festivals of the church year where we hit the highest highs and lowest lows all in one service.  We will make a noisy, joyous parade outside and then come in to hear the most tragic story ever told: the crucifixion of Christ.  If you have not been to church in a while, this is a great Sunday to re-connect, as we pass through this gateway into Holy Week.


This week about 7 Christ Church people (along with their friends) gathered to watch a live broadcast of a Climate Change forum sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.  The forum was excellent, as was the discussion.  If you would like to be part of a group that periodically gets together to learn and discuss how we might take small steps towards becoming better stewards of God's creation, please email me:   Also, sign up for the 30 Days of Action to get a daily action step for you and your family.   


Blessings on the journey ahead, 

Seth D.+

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Events this Week                                             thisweek

Palm Cross Workshop

This Saturday, March 28, 9-11 a.m. All are welcome to join the Flower Guild in the Great Hall to create crosses from palm branches, for use this Sunday, Palm Sunday.


Inter-Generational Forum 

This Sunday, March 29: "Stations of the Cross"

Join us after the 9:30 service for Stations of the Cross, starting in the Sanctuary and working our way into the Great Hall. Each station will have visuals and interactive tasks for children, parents, and all who attend. More info below.

Women's Faith Group

Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. in the JT Room.               

More info below.


Evening Women's Group

Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m.  More info below.


Men's Bible Study

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 a.m.

Bible Study followed by coffee at Bruegger's. 


Wednesday Noon Men's Group

Wednesday, April 1, 12:00 p.m. More info below.

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In our Prayers                                               prayers
Especially This WeekLois, Sonja Pavlik, Rhonda Hill, Chip Morris, Elizabeth Casey, John DeVane, and Phil Radl.

Home-bound: Mimo, Jon, Beth, and Edith. 


Parents Expecting:  Nicole and Steven Boemer, Elizabeth and Seth Raymond, Abby and Matt Cheske, Anna and Drew Harmon. 


This week's birthdays: Madeline Cipriano, Anne Eversfield, James Chira, Carolie Goniu, David Kirk, Bailey Bell, Robert Mueller, Michael Schley, Tom Binder, Patrick Konrath.


Those in the armed forces: Viktor, Jack, Matthew, Scott, Bill, Anthony, Davin, Jeffrey, and Mark. 

Those in discernment for Holy Orders:  Anna Harmon and Drew Harmon.

Long term
:  Jou Jou Liberski, Anne Horne, Chip Morris, Tim Ryan, Jeanne Anne Snow, Greg, Maureen, Alexis, Sheila, Andrew, Kent Borden, Shirley Morley, Jen Willems, Judy Frieder, Judy Schluter, Richard Schluter,  Ann, Eric, Jill, Carrie, Mitch, Judy, Drew Morse, Betsy, Joseph, Susan, Barbara K., Mary Sue, Trudy Stillman, Gillian Allers, Charlene, Linda, Jack Prince, Joe, Nora & Aria, Max, Karen, Polly Pancoast, Casey, Andrea, Robin Pedersen, Isabel, Carissa, Taylor, Charty Bassett, Larry Moburg, Joe, Scott, Ken, Rhonda Goins, Helen, Robert Linger, Jerry Morse, Clyde, Linda, Kelley, PJ Lawler, Carole, Peggy, Patty M., Kim Carpenter Christenson, Dustin, Taj, Sara, June, Genevieve, Mary Jane, Nanette Granse`, Patty, Ali, Mary, Anne, Eric, Jim and Beth, and Thomas.

Inter-Generational Stations of the Cross: This Sunday!                  StationsofCross                
Would your child like to see if he/she can carry a huge wooden cross? Might your child connect to the question, "Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn't do?" 

For all who are interested, both young and old, please join us after the 9:30 service for "Stations of the Cross." This Inter-generational forum will begin in the Sanctuary and work it's way into the Great Hall with 7 stations, or moments, in Christ's journey to the tomb. Each station will feature scripture, images, and interactive tasks for children, parents, and all who are able to attend. 

If you have questions, please contact Anna.



Lent 2015                                        Lent2015

Lent 2015 - Parishioner Reflections


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Palm Cross Workshop, March 28 must take for yourselves branches from majestic trees-Palm branches...and you must rejoice before the Lord your God...Leviticus 23:40


During the Roman Empire, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory.  Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey as the people waved Palm branches and laid them along the path hailing Him as the Messiah.  On Palm Sunday, we wave our palms to commemorate this triumphant entry of Jesus.  Palm crosses are also used for the Palm Sunday celebration.  
The Flower Guild will hold its annual Palm Cross workshop in the Great Hall from 9 -11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. Families are encouraged to join us and learn how to make our Palm crosses which we will use the next day.

Haiti Lent Meditation

Week Six Lent:  March 26, 2015


Isaiah 44: 1-3 "But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the LORD says- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.                           

To read more from this diocesan Lent devotion click here. 


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Holy Week                                 

Participate in Holy Week at Christ Church!

Holy Week is the most sacred time of the church year, particularly the "Three Holy Days:" Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday evening.  Here we trace the steps of Jesus from the Last Supper through crucifixion and finally to resurrection.  We observe how Jesus offers himself for the life of the world and transforms us into an Easter people.  Come walk with us as we experience this transformation together!


MT communion Maundy Thursday Dinner and Liturgy 6:00 p.m. April 2nd

Come join us as we commemorate the Last Supper with a meal catered by Casablanca Middle Eastern Restaurant, enter into Scripture with interactive readings, wash and prepare the church for Good Friday, and begin the vigil in the garden.  This night is for the whole family!  No cost, but reservations required so we can order enough food. 


Please email or respond to the Evite with the number of adults and number of children (under 12) attending to reserve a spot!

Childcare provided for children 3 and under.



Good Friday Liturgy 12:00 p.m. April 3rd

 At 12:00 p.m. we will gather at Christ Church for a solemn service featuring the proclamation of the cross, the reading of the passion gospel, and a short reflection. Childcare provided!


Holy Saturday 9:00 a.m. April 4th

Simple and solemn, this service observes the silence and waiting between the crucifixion and the resurrection. Readings and short reflection included.


Easter Vigil  8:00 p.m. April 4th

The Easter Vigil is the pinnacle of Holy Week.  Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus withthe Great Fire,

 telling of salvation history, reflections by parishioners, special programming for children, and the first A----luia of Easter.  Families are encouraged to bring children to experience this most holy of nights!  There will be a children's program in the nursery for babies through elementary aged students. They will join their parents half-way through the service.  

Easter Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. April 5th

Celebrate the Resurrection at our usual Sunday morning times.  The 9:30 service will be a festive choral Eucharist featuring guest musicians.  

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Youth Mission                                                                                              children

"Almost Cinco de Mayo" Fiesta

Friday, May 1st 6 p.m.

 Support the Christ Church Youth Mission trip to Casa Romero.  Contact Sarah Murphy with questions. 

The Christ Church Youth Group has decided to focus on a service/mission trip in Milwaukee at Casa Romero during the summer of 2015!   This is the next phase in the four year model of providing high school youth with a wide range of mission and spiritual growth experiences.  This will be a great opportunity to engage our city in a new and intentional way, discovering the needs of our neighbors. 

Children's Formation                                                                                             children

Vacation Bible School, August 10-14!


Monday, Aug. 10 - Friday, Aug. 14 - 2015

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day



United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay 
819 East Silver Spring Drive
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217 

*If you are interested in helping out for an hour, a day, or a few days, contact Anna.

Register Now!


Sunday Christian Formation in 2015  - **Calendar for 2015** 
This year we are on a  2-1-1 schedule in which for each month we will roughly have 2 weeks of Sunday school (and adult forum), 1 week of all-ages fellowship, and 1 week of a special intergenerational program. 
For a complete schedule for the Winter/Spring 2015, click
*If you are interested in being involved in Sunday School or children's Chapel for next fall, contact Anna. 
 Outreach                                                               outreach
Feasts of '15
There is still room in the St John's On the Lake Apartment Crawl.
Visit the apartments of parishioners, share fellowship and enjoy beverages and appetizers.  
When: May 2,  5-8 p.m. Where: St. John's on the Lake, 1800 N Prospect Ave.  Cost: $15.00 per person.  Contact Sandy Honecker to sign up. 414-897-7415.

Haiti Project Update

Final update on our 2014 Lenten Mission Funds.  The St. Marc's Jeannette cistern is repaired and there is no hole! Please take a minute to 'like' the Haiti Project on Facebook! 

Since 5 cisterns were destroyed in the Earthquake, we are working to build another cistern needed to store water during non-rainy seasons.  Everyone's generosity is needed to reach the $20,000+ goal so building can begin.  Envelopes are still available in the pews or send a check ear marked for Haiti Water to the church office, or drop it in the plate on Sunday morning. 

So far, we have raised $2600 towards this new cistern.

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Adult Formation                                AdultFormation
Small Group Ministries

New Downtown Mid-Day Small Group

Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in the Quarles and Brady Conference Room: 411 East Wisconsin, 24th Floor. Lunch will be provided at this first meeting. Parking is in the building, on the Jefferson street entrance.  Just pull a ticket and we will validate. We'll discuss the podcast The One Thing, by Rob Bell. For more information, read on. Or contact Bp. Ed Leidel or Fr. Seth Dietrich with questions. 

Tuesdays Morning Women's Group
We will meet Tuesday, March 31st, at 9:00 a.m. in the J.T. room for prayer, study, and fellowship. For more information, email Helen at 

Tuesday Evening Women's Group

Join us on Wednesday, April 15th. For more information, contact Anna at

Men's Wednesday Noon Book Study

The Wednesday Noon Men's Book Study group will meet on April 1st to discuss a new book,  In the Likeness of God, by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey. For more information, contact Ed Leidel at 

Men's Morning Bible Study

Wednesday, April 1st, 7:30 a.m. Bible Study followed by coffee at Bruegger's. For more information, contact John Haydon at

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)                                    prayers

 MOPS meetings have been a wonderful way to connect with other moms this winter!

Upcoming MOPS dates: 

April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21.

Even if you've never been before, you are welcome to join us any time! Childcare is $5. For more information, email Holly