January 22, 2017
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All Saints West Campus fourth- and fifth-grade students do classwork on laptops, part of a new curriculum which also includes more one-on-one teacher-student contact in person. The campus, the newest site in the All Saints School program, is due to install new furniture soon. ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

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.

Despite their sound curriculum, teachers and staff began noticing that some students were exhibiting negative behaviors among their close-knit students.

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.”

The stories live on

People tell me stories.

Stories about dead people.

High Holy Days are here: Beth Hillel Temple to mark Jewish Year 5777

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At sunset on Sunday, Jews in Kenosha and the world over will inaugurate the holiest and most festive season of the Jewish year.

Beth Hillel Temple, 6050 Eighth Ave, has a slate of special services and activities planned to mark these holy days.

‘Go into all the world’: Kenosha teen embarks on far-reaching mission trip

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“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” — Mark 16:15

Lizzie Hrycyniak tries to live up to that verse.

Sharing Jesus with kids: Prayer House Assembly of God welcomes new children’s pastor

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Months of prayer for a new children’s pastor to serve Prayer House Assembly of God has ended in success.

Maria Crews, a 25-year-old former foster farm support staff member and elementary school librarian has been hired to lead the kindergarten through sixth-graders for Kid’s Church, which meets during a portion of the regular Sunday service.

Spotlight on Fellowship Baptist Church

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Church name: Fellowship Baptist Church

Location: 1700 89th St., Kenosha

Jammin’ for Jesus: John Miles sells his homemade jars of gooey goodness to fund church missions, projects

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Nothing makes a hot slice of toast irresistible like having a big dollop of fresh homemade jam slathered over it.

John Miles, a retired teacher and French translator for the Presbyterian World Mission and MissionAssist, began making his jam with a bushel of strawberries and a prayer. Six years later, his jam-making operation has expanded to include strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb to name a few, and raised thousands of dollars for charity.

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