Thursday, January 31, 2013

He's baaaaaaaccckk!!

Our pet turkey is back..*L* 

He followed me out of the driveway this morning as I left for work....

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sky on Fire...

Isn't this beautiful?  Recent sunset captured while driving.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Search Begins.....

At the Annual Parish Meeting this morning, the Search Committee was introduced.   I am on in an advisory capacity, since I can answer a lot of the questions regarding various things going on in the Church if it is needed.  The Committee has a loooong road ahead, busy one and an important one too. Pictured Back row: Me, Ron, Mark, Jerry (my Dad!), Jean and Patricia.  Front: Ashley, Marlyne.

It should probably take 8 - 12 months or more before we'll have a new priest for Christ Church.  Please pray for our committee and our Church through this transition time... thanks!

Prayers for our Transition & Parish:

O Faithful God, As Your people, we cherish our memories and our history as a sacred inheritance. Guide us in this time of transition with Your wisdom and knowledge.
Strengthen our hearts to say goodbye to what is past and to face the future without fear. Open our hearts to know Your goodness in new ways. Bring us together as one people in Your Holy Spirit.
Help us to stay faithful to Your call, To stand up as a community of faith in this place, To pursue justice and peace for the poor and oppressed, To pray and care for the sick, the lonely and at risk, And by the power of the Holy Spirit to follow the Gospel call "Be not afraid." Amen.

Prayer for Search Commitee:
Almighty and ever-living God, look favorably upon us, the people of Christ Church, Delavan, in this transition as we search for a new rector. We pray for the life of our parish, that we may continue to be guided by Your love and strengthened in our mission to serve You through ministry, fellowship and worship. We pray for the search committee, that their hearts and minds may be open to what Your Spirit is saying. We pray for the priest whose name is known to You, that he/she be open to Your call. Give us Your grace to follow where You lead us, and grant us Your peace.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Baked Goods for a Good Cause... Homeless Shelter Bowling & Bake Sale Benefit

Did some baking this morning for a fund raiser ... and such a DEAL these were!!  And delicious as well!  Yummmmmmm!

The Homeless Shelter's benefit helped raise money, and awareness at the Delavan Lanes tonight.

Early estimates are they raised close to $2,000!

The Walworth County Emergency Overnight Men's Shelter runs from Sept. through May each year, at various church sites who host the men during evening hours, give them dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch each night.  More host sites are needed, please prayerfully consider your Church or organization for this ministry too!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Art Milwaukee * Art Jamboree Night

John and I, and friends Sue and Randy, attended this event tonight at the historic Loyalty Building, Hilton Garden Inn, in downtown Milwaukee. 

Our daughter Kasey (Kasey K Photo) had won an online Art Milwaukee contest and one of the prizes was being able to display the winning entry and have a display at this event.  The photo she displayed, along with the creative effort that went into it, in collaboration with her artist friend, John Kowalczyk, included a video slide show, and business cards and flyers.
Kasey's display table

It was an interesting show!  Art Milwaukee estimated over 1500 people came to the event over the course of the evening.

performance art drama group
There was art of ALL kinds featured, here are some of the photos from it.

Art installation

Loren and Kasey

Some of the art we couldn't get close enough to see, to get an idea what it was all about, but it was interesting to see the varieties of ideas and creativities.

With live painting, drama, music, photography, installations, sculptures and more.

a ballet dance performance,
looking down from the stairs to the
level below.

Some kind of musical apples
installation?  I think?

Kasey answering comments
and questions.
proud parents with Kasey.
Great job Kasey!!
A cool staircase thingy...

My 2012 Year Condensed to a Table of Papers and Packets...

Been spending all month getting ready for the upcoming Annual Parish Meeting, this Sunday at Church.

Ready to collate & put into
Lots of reports of ministries, treasurer reports of all kinds, thanksgivings for 2012, elections for the new year and looking forward to where God is taking us with the search for a new rector in 2013 too.

Sooo... here, on one table, is most of what I did last year..*L* .. kind of like a Thanksgiving Dinner ... takes a long time to prepare and serve up, and then the participants "gobble" it up in about an hour or so. *L*

Condensed into packets for easy

Anyway, I am soooo glad the report packets are done! 

Now to enjoy the weekend, and get past the Annual Meeting!

But first an Art Show & dinner with friends, Bowling and Striking out Homelessness Fund Raiser and enjoying some down time!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What's old is always becoming new to others...

Funny how some ideas are carried on and on and on for generations ...  timeless designs in furniture ideas for example.   A Facebook artist friend posted this photo on FB...

And I immediately recalled a photo of me and two of my sisters from about 53-54 years ago.   My dad made a similar table when we were little kids, and they still have it and use it! 

  Here we are, standing around it ..... sister Susan, Me and sister Chellie... (eventually I went on to have a total of 6 sisters and 1 brother!)

I think my Mom must have made my dress from the sofa cushion material..haha!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Art Jamboree, Milwaukee * Fri., Jan. 25th

Art Jamboree "The Aura of Art"... held at the Loyalty Building, a National Historic Landmark  Hilton Garden Inn, 611 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.
  • Free and open to the public (all ages are welcome)
  • Cash bar
  • Prizes
  • Art Raffles 
  • Free Hi-Fives
The ART Jamboree is a collaborative event put on by the Creative Arts Council, an ART Milwaukee initiative that brings together over 20 different community and art organizations as well as individual artists that are passionate about Milwaukee and its thriving art ecosystem. The bi-monthly ART Jamboree features juried galleries from local artists displayed and coordinated by an artistic curator, live visual art creation, and live performances of dance, film, theater and music -- all occurring at the same time in a unique Milwaukee location.
Guests can expect a fun laid back unpretentious environment, where they will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art of all disciplines, meet new people and get involved in different Milwaukee initiatives.

I'm so proud of our daughter, Kasey (Kasey K Photo), who in a collaborative art project with her artist friend John Kowalczyk, entered the photo she took and photoshopped of his work, and won the opportunity to show her photo at this event.  She'll be there with a table and more info to share too!
Way to go Kasey!! (and John!)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

ECVA Call for Art - Holy Women, Holy Men

Call For Entries: Holy Women, Holy Men
An ECVA On-Line Exhibition
Deadline February 1st, 2013

Check out the current call for art at the ECVA website link above!

I hope to submit a couple of entries myself!
You need to be a member of the artist registry, but it is free to do so.  Check it out at the link!  ALL are welcome to enter!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Turkey in Rearview Mirror Closer Than Appears...

So, our friendly neighborhood rogue turkey is out and about again.  I hadn't seen him for about 10 days and was worried someone had "done him in"! *lol*  He's getting bigger and fatter everytime I see him, so someone may well want to make him their dinner one day!  This turkey is one of about 5-6 that used to be around the last 2+ years, but I think he is the lone survivor.  He must be getting fed by neighbors, and he seems to like to be friendly with black vehicles.  He often chases John's black truck down the road.  Today when I saw him in the street I tried to lure him up to my front window, but he didn't want anything of that, but was content to chase me, walk beside me and gobble ... I think he admires his reflection in the side of the car however.... maybe he thinks I am his mother even!!  ... Anyway, watch the video... reminds me a bit of Jurasic Park... in the rearview mirror and all... haha!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Call to Artists! Art as Prayer - Visual Message from God!

Call to Artists!!
as Prayer - A Visual Message From God
Art & Meditation Show at
Christ Episcopal Church, Delavan.
March 13 - 17, 2012.
Deadline for Art is Feb. 20th. A flyer with more info for artists and art lovers and seekers, along with an entry form for artists can be found under download files at the Christ Church website

Calling Artists: You are invited to share a spiritual art piece (one or more), any medium, that symbolizes an aspect of prayer or that can be used as a short meditation. Also with each piece you will need to have a typed meditation (not lengthy), in large font on a 8 1/2 x 11 paper, with the title of your art piece, medium, your name, an artist statement and the meditation. Artists will also need to supply their own standing easel for hanging art, or table top easel, or pedestal. We do have some table space available to display some of the art. We do not have any wall space however for hanging art. Artist are welcome to attend any or all of the viewing times, but please remember that it is a meditation time, and if you would like to discuss your art pieces with participants, we ask that you do so in a room away from the meditation areas. Artists are able to sell their art, but they must remain on display until the end of the show.
While all reasonable care will be taken, Christ Episcopal Church, and their assigns are not responsible for accidents, damage to, or thefts of your art works. Participating artists accept all responsibility for damages and/or loss should it occur.

To Enter: Send us a photo of each of your art or art pieces, with your name, medium, size, title of art, artist statement and a scriptural meditation to go with each one, by February 20, 2012.
Email to christchurch@pensys - please no extremely large files; or snail mail to Christ Church, P. O. Box 528, Delavan, WI 53115; or drop off at Christ Church during office hours (Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m. - 12 Noon). You will be notified within 5 - 7 days of your entry being received.

Upon acceptance, we’ll include it in the Prayer Stations that will be set up in the Christ the King room, Chapel, Library, Church and New Narthex. Artists need to be available to set up your art at one of these times: Tues., Mar. 12, or Wed. Mar. 13, mornings between 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. We could also arrange a Tuesday evening to set up between 6 - 7 p.m. by request. Please let us know what dates you will be setting up. Questions? Call Christ Church (Roberta) 262-728-5292.
Take down is Sunday, March 17th at 1:00 p.m., or by appointment on Monday morning 3/18.

Calling Seekers & Art Lovers: Come, experience a unique way of looking at prayer and your faith through various forms of art and meditation stations by area artists. Come at any of the viewing times, take 30 - 60 minutes or more to refresh your soul with these art meditations.
All are welcome! Some of the artists will be available at various times to talk with as well.

Art Meditations are Open for Viewing to the Public: Wednesday March 13th: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday & Friday March 14th & 15th: 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon.
Friday March 15th: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Note: There is a short 30 minute Stations of the Cross
Service in the Church from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m., ALL are welcome to attend and following it to view the other art meditations.

Saturday, March 16th: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday March 17th following the 8 & 10 a.m. Church Services: 11:20 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Walworth County Emergency Overnight Homeless Shelter

Full house this week at the Shelter!
Cots set up in the Parish Hall at
Christ Episcopal for the Shelter.
Our Church is host this week to the Walw. Co. Emergency Shelter.   The Shelter rotates from week to week to various Church sites, offering overnight sleeping (Sept. - May) for homeless men, (7 p.m. - 8 a.m.) with dinner & breakfast and a sack lunch for the men to take along with them.  I don't think we've ever had so many men in the 5+ years we've been doing this!  The Parish Hall is full of cots, with the 2 overnight security people from our church there, we have 17 - 18 for dinner. 

John and I signed on to make the dinner tonight ...  potroast with carrots, onions and potatoes.  I dropped off the 4 roasts and 10 lbs of cooked potatoes and carrots a little after 6 p.m., since it is so cold outside the security people came in early so the guys could come in earlier too.  The men are usually pretty helpful, often helping at the site locations, this week one of the guys spent 3 hours helping restock the Christ Church Food Pantry shelves and organizing it.  Many have jobs, but no extra money for rent or a place to stay.  Please keep the Shelter, the guests and Church Sites and Volunteers in your prayers!

And, if you are around Delavan on January 26th come to the Bowling Fund Raiser for the Shelter ... Strike Out Homelessness!   It's a fun night, and you don't have to bowl to participate .. lots of food, raffles, bake sale and more!  Check out the link and ways you can help!

BTW, The Shelter can always use volunteers at any location site, write, email or call for more information here:
Walworth County Emergency Overnight Homeless Shelter
P.O. Box 226, Delavan, WI 53115.
Phone-Shelter Sites: 262-903-WARM; Phone For More Info: 262-215-3451.
A list of the coming sites and locations (open at 7 p.m., closes at 8 a.m.): Jan. 6th p.m. - Jan. 13th a.m.: Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Avenue, Delavan. Jan. 13th p.m. - Jan. 20th a.m.: Creek Road Community Church, W7778 Creek Road, Delavan. Jan. 20th p.m. - Jan. 27th a.m.: The River of Life Christian Church, 405 E. Walworth Avenue, Delavan. Jan. 27th p.m. - Feb. 3rd a.m.: St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 137 Dewey Avenue, Fontana. Feb. 3rd p.m. - Feb. 10th a.m.: Chapel on the Hill, N2440 Ara Glen Drive, Lake Geneva. Feb. 10th p.m. - Feb. 17th a.m.: St. Patrick s Catholic Church, 107 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn. Feb. 17th p.m. - Feb. 24th a.m.: Inspiration Ministries, N2270 State Road 67, Walworth ***Checking calendar yet** Feb. 24th p.m. - March 3rd a.m.: Sugar Creek Lutheran Church, N5690 Cobblestone Road, Elkhorn. March 3rd p.m. - March 10th a.m.: St. John s Lutheran Church, 104 S. Broad Street, Elkhorn. March 10th p.m. - March 17th a.m.: Delavan United Methodist Church, 213 S. 2nd Street, Delavan. March 17th p.m. -March 24th a.m.: First Baptist Church, 212 S. Main Street, Delavan. March 24th p.m. -March 31st a.m.: Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Avenue, Delavan. March 31st p.m. - April 7th a.m.: Creek Road Community Church, W7778 Creek Road, Delavan. April 7th p.m. - April 14th a.m.: The River of Life Christian Church, 405 E. Walworth Avenue, Delavan. April 14th p.m. - April 21st a.m.: St. Benedicts, 137 Dewey Avenue, Fontana. April 21st p.m. - April 28th a.m.: Chapel on the Hill, N2440 Ara Glen Drive, Lake Geneva. April 28th p.m. - May 5th a.m.: St. Patrick s Catholic Church, 107 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn. May 5th p.m. - May 12th a.m.: Inspiration Ministries, N2270 State Road 67, Walworth ***Checking calendar - Check schedule*** May 12th a.m. - May 19th a.m.: Sugar Creek Lutheran Church, N5690 Cobblestone Road, Elkhorn. May 19th p.m. - May 26th a.m.: St. John s Lutheran Church, 104 S. Broad Street, Elkhorn .

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Year Odds and Ends....

Some of my mantle trees
Cane collection with
Tiny Tim on a crutch.
A bit too busy to post much here lately ...  here are a few odds and ends .... Christmas decorations are still up, but perhaps since it's now Epiphany, I'll get around to taking them down soon... *lol*

More mantle trees
My Sunday School Epiphany
Stars waiting to bring forth the
Magi and camels this morning.
Using up the apples from some fruit
baskets we received for Christmas.
Apple-blueberry Sauce with Shortcake
Biscuits & Whipcream.