February 27, 2017
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The Rev. Susan Patterson-Sumwalt is the new senior pastor at First United Methodist Church. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

At the intersection of faith, life: Pastor received her calling at a youthful age

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In looking back, the Rev. Susan Patterson-Sumwalt began to see that God began revealing his plan for her in small increments throughout her life.

“I felt called to the ministry of Christian Education in the local church, missionary work or teaching at an undergraduate or graduate school,” remembers Patterson-Sumwalt, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Growing up in Sheboygan, Patterson-Sumwalt said she was a nominal participant in church and recalled regular weekly activities of being dropped off and picked up from Sunday school. She and her family attended church events around the Christmas and Easter seasons, but she doesn’t remember too many conversations surrounding faith at home or her immediate family being overly religious.

‘Guns & Ice Cream’

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Father Dominic Roscioli first met 10-year-old Andrew at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, in Ashford, Conn.

Diagnosed with brain cancer, the young boy had an infectious sense of humor, playing tricks on the camp counselors and running away from them whenever possible.

Faith Briefs: Somers church offers free diapers to needy

SOMERS — Somers Community United Church of Christ, 9918 12th St., is offering free diapers and wipes to families in need on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Parents or authorized caregivers need to bring photo identification and a utility bill with current address.

Family, faith, service: Kenosha Bible Church welcomes senior pastor Bill Culbertson

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At the age of 8, the Rev. Bill Culbertson knew God was calling him to serve others.

“I was attending summer Vacation Bible School and a teacher read a story about a missionary and informed us that God calls some people to serve him full time,” he said. “I knew right then that I wanted to share the good news about God’s love as my life’s work.”

Saints in Training: Catholic school’s program has elements for infants, preschoolers

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“Mom, did you know Jesus rose from the dead?” asked 3-year-old Luca Waddle to his parents, Bill and Michelle, during dinner one evening.

Both were pleased, but not overly surprised, as Luca, one of the Waddle’s quadruplets, has already learned much about his Catholic faith from his preschool teachers at All Saints Catholic School. Luca and his siblings Kenzie, Tate and Taylor attend the School’s Saints in Training program.

Meet the Rev. Tim Oswald, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church

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Capt. Timothy Oswald recently turned in his Navy uniform after 25 years of service, and 22 of that as the military chaplain, to put on the ministerial robes of Hope Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes.

“I had the best job in the whole Navy,” he said. “They all were working to fix the equipment and I worked to fix the souls and had a lot of fun supporting the people I was working with. I was responsible for thousands of 20-something-year-olds who didn’t know right from left and up from down, making million-dollar decisions and being responsible for equipment and people’s lives, who personally did dumb things sometimes.”

Personalized learning clicks with All Saints students

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Excellence in education is the theme on each campus comprising All Saints Catholic School.

The school’s newest location, the West Campus in Paris, sits on the grounds of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

The Way of St. James

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Last fall, Kenosha residents and members of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Carl and Sheri Holborn commenced a 500-mile pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and successfully completed the arduous journey.

El Camino de Santiago: The Way of St. James is a network of medieval walking pilgrimage routes, the most popular of which is the Camino Frances, stretching from the Pyrenees mountains at the French-Spanish border all the way to Santiago de Compostela, the capital city of the province of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain.

Meet the Rev. Matt Friese

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The Rev. Matt Friese knew from the time he was a small child that he wanted to be a pastor and he brings his passion to Pleasant Prairie Baptist Church. In September, he began serving as the pastor.

“When I was 4 years old, I would accompany my mom when she visited people, and told them what it meant to have a relationship with Christ and about the transformative power of God,” he explained. “While my mom was talking one day, I told her that I wanted to tell people about the Lord, so she said OK and let me speak. There was a gentleman and his wife that both stood and listened while I spoke. When I was done, they paused and the man looked at my mom and told her to get me into law school. My mom said that she hoped I serve the Lord and invest my life in that.”

New year, new hope: Local religious leaders offer messages of peace, unity for 2017

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In the aftermath of the presidential election, many are bleary-eyed from the roller-coaster campaign. This has been a divisive time, ending in lost friendships and family discord. For the past 18 months, the political climate has been acidic, ugly and corroding.

Some are deeply saddened by the results of the election, and some are elated in the change. Experts agree that, in many ways, the country is divided.

Marking Hanukkah: The eight-day Jewish festival kicks off today

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This story has been updated since its original posting.

The Jewish Festival of Hanukkah, also spelled as Chanukah, begins this evening and lasts for eight days.

Spotlight on Holy Cross Catholic Church

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Church: Holy Cross Catholic Church, one parish with two sites

Locations: 18700 116th St. in Bristol and 30100 Wilmot Road in Wilmot

Dealing with life’s ultimate change during the holidays

People adore change. There is nothing quite as bracing and invigorating as having to adjust your whole life to a new unexpected circumstance. Change is …..

Puh-leez.

Stitching up something special

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WILMOT — For the fourth year, the women of Wilmot United Methodist Church and Calvary Congregational United Church of Christ in Twin Lakes have cut, crocheted and hand-knotted more than 230 blankets for those in the programs at Women and Children’s Horizons and the Shalom Center.

“Every year we’ve increased our blankets,” said 74-year-old organizer Glenna Kisner of Twin Lakes. “We expanded our program as adults need them as well. It’s an opportunity for us to help those who aren’t as fortunate.”

Marleigh’s Ministry: Organization helps support families of babies born too soon

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Eighteen-month-old Marleigh Gillmore is content to snuggle in her mother’s arms and play with her six older siblings.

A happy toddler, she took a bit longer to reach the normal milestones, such as crawling, rolling over and sitting up. She is working on learning to walk.

Families focused on literacy: Saturday Academy partners Wesley Church with Curtis Strange Elementary

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Wesley United Methodist Church partnered with Curtis Strange Elementary School to launch an initiative in an effort to provide additional resources for teachers and students.

In its inaugural year, Saturday Academy focused on literacy.

Spotlight on St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Church name: St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Location: 6700 30th Ave., Kenosha

‘The Saint of Second Chances’: St. Anne Parish to host ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ movie in special screening

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Thanks to the efforts of parishioner Christine Rosal, the 2016 Filipino film “Ignacio de Loyola” will be shown Oct. 28-30 at St. Anne Catholic Church.

The film is based on the life of Society of Jesus founder St. Ignatius de Loyola and was the first Filipino-produced movie screened at the Vatican.

A garden for St. Anne: Eagle Scout candidate leads group in building grotto at Catholic church

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A former Pleasant Prairie Eagle Scout candidate has made it easier for those needing a quiet space to pray and mediate.

Gabriel Shaber, 16, a junior at Starr’s Mill High School in Peachtree City, Ga., constructed a grotto enclosure and gardens, with a memorial stone walkway on St. Anne Catholic Church’s property. The enclosed area is a backdrop for the Pleasant Prairie parish’s new statue of St. Anne.

Serving the community: Bradford Unitarian Universalist welcomes new pastor

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Even before the Rev. Erik David Carlson was laid off from his job as a technical writer for a financial management company, his suspicion had begun to grow that the work he was doing was not his true calling.

“I took a stint as a valet, parking rich people’s cars in downtown Boston,” he said. “I very much believe that if all people were required to work in the service industry at some point in their lives, the world would be a much nicer and more polite place.”

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