Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jhon Freddy Correa to be ordained
as pastor at Emmaus Lutheran Church

Jhon Freddy Correa has accepted the three-year call as full-time pastor extended by Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Ave.

Jhon Freddy will be ordained as a pastor at a 1 p.m. service at Emmaus on Saturday, July 10. Pastors are invited to vest for the service (the color of the day is red). A reception on the lawn will follow the service.

The Rev. Vitor Westhelle, Professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), will be the guest preacher, and Greater Milwaukee Synod Bishop Jeff Barrow will officiate at the rite of ordination. While the majority of the worship service will be in English, portions of the liturgy and music will be in Spanish.

Jhon Freddy Correa, 28, was born in Colombia, and has been the pastoral intern at Emmaus while pursuing his Master in Ministry degree at LSTC. Correa received his MDiv. degree on May 16. He has been leading Emmaus' Spanish-language worship service since May 31, 2009. He is married to Liliana Moncada; they are expecting their first child in September.

Emmaus’ Hispanic ministry program is funded in part by a $45,000 grant from the Bethania Lutheran Church (Racine) LACE endowment fund, the Greater Milwaukee Synod, the national ELCA, and contributions from individuals and other Racine congregations.

Emmaus was founded in 1851 by Norwegian and Danish immigrants as First Scandinavian Lutheran Church; the name was formally changed to Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1926. The congregation only began offering weekly worship services in English in 1923; Danish language services were discontinued during World War II.

Society's Assets awards two scholarships

Society’s Assets has awarded scholarships to two individuals with disabilities.

  • Declan Boran-Ragotzy of Janesville a 2010 graduate of Craig High School; he will be attending Carroll University in Waukesha to pursue a degree in Education: English and Spanish.
  • Hamza Jaka of Fontana a 2010 graduate of Big Foot High School will be attending the University of California - Berkeley to study Pre-Law and Theology

Society’s Assets annually offers scholarships from proceeds from its Golf Open. Society’s Assets is a not-for-profit in-home care agency that has been providing services in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock and Jefferson counties for over 36 years. Information is available from Donna Menarek at 262-637-9128.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Racine Lutheran announces scholarships and tuition grants

Racine Lutheran High School is registering students for the 2010-11 school year, and has awarded scholarships to Valedictorians and Salutatorians from several Christian elementary schools, including: 
  • Concordia Lutheran School Valedictorian Amy Dahlquist and Salutatorian Austin Krieger
  • Racine Christian School Co-Valedictorians Lindsey Czernicki, Jean Jensen, and Abby Parsons
  • St. John's Lutheran School Valedictorian Carrissa Naegeli and Salutatorian Timothy Boeselager
  • Trinity Lutheran School Co-Valedictorians Sarah Aumann and Rachel Cooke, Salutatorian Miranda Richio

In addition, Racine Lutheran has $100,000 in scholarships and tuition grants available to incoming students. Families should contact the school to apply. Requests are assessed by a third-party payment service (FACTS) to ensure equal opportunity.

Students coming from supporting Lutheran churches are eligible for tuition discounts. Also, students from other area Christian Schools may take advantage of Christian Education Commitment grants.

Principal Randy Baganz notes, “Tuition breaks down to only $18 a day for an outstanding education in a Christian environment, smaller classes with personal attention, great sports and fine arts programs."

The school also offers discounts for two or more students from the same family. For more information, call Baganz or Bonnie Christensen at 637-6538.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Racine Christian “Gym Jam” fun walk raises $14,000

Racine Christian School raised $14,000 toward a new gymnasium floor during its annual Fun Walk on May 28.

Families, businesses, and other supporters sponsored students for a 1.5-mile walk with games and activities along the way.  Last year’s Fun Walk helped buy a new roof for the gym. Special kudos wemt to the school's 8th graders, who won the Christian Behavior and Spirit prize during the Fun Walk.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Andrea Wilkinson is Racine Lutheran HS student of the month

Racine Lutheran High named Andrea Wilkinson April Student of the Month, in light of this year’s theme, “Learn from Me” from Matthew 11:28-29.

Teachers wrote, “Andrea demonstrates the characteristics we at Lutheran High School strive to achieve. Her faith is evident in the way she leads her life.

She works diligently to achieve superior grades while balancing a number of other commitments. She contributes to our music program, which requires discipline and commitment. Andrea's work ethic also shows in the commitment she gives to sports; she plays with a level-headed, consistent approach. 

She is also very helpful to her friends and classmates; sometimes her help comes in the form of honesty when someone needs to hear the truth.  The level of respect Andrea demonstrates to teachers and students is a standard we can all adopt.”

Three Racine Christian students win literary awards

Annie Rhoads, Evan Schlicht, and Erika Groen, l-r.

Three Racine Christian School students recently won literary awards for writing and illustrating their own books. The contest was sponsored by the Pi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Literary Competition Committee. 

Evan Schlicht’s book, The Biggest Wrong Turn Ever, and Erika Groen’s, The Race for Horses, were chosen to be sent to the state competition, where Evan placed second.  Annie Rhoads’s book, Just About 5-Minutes, was chosen to receive a local award. All three were in Anna Stavlo’s third grade class.

Racine Christian Principal Dave Van Swol said, "These three students did outstanding work. Who knows when we will see an RCS student go on to write the Great American Novel?”

Friday, June 4, 2010

New family caregiver support group formed

A new support group for family caregivers has been established by the county's Aging and Disability Resource Center. It will be held on the third Friday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue. 

Family caregivers are people whose lives are impacted by the needs of a relative due to dementia or other health problems. The group is open to persons 60 and over and those who are caring for someone in that age group.  Caregivers of persons of any age who have dementia are also included. For more information contact Marilyn Joyce by email or phone  638-6678.

Other support groups are:
  • First Friday, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Alzheimer’s Assn. Support Group, Lincoln Lutheran Office Building, 2000 Domanik Drive, 4th Floor Training Room. (Enter through door on west side of building)
  • Second Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Road.
  • Third Wednesday, 1:30-3 p.m., Burlington Senior Center, 209 N. Main Street, Eppers Room.
  • Third Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., Dennis Kornwolf Service Center, 1717 Taylor Ave., 3N Conference Room, (“Brown Bag” lunch hour meeting.  Bring lunch if desired).