Church name: Church of Christ
Location: 5529 23rd Ave., Kenosha
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it was all over, the Rev. Joyce Rinehart was exhilaratingly tired. Longtime friends and parishioners packed Pleasant Prairie United Methodist Church the past several Sundays to pay tribute to her during her last services as the congregation’s pastor.
On May 17, the congregation commandeered the morning service, turning it into a day of celebration, followed by a retirement party.
Did you ever attend a funeral where nobody showed up? I’m guessing not, since if you had been there, it wouldn’t have been no one. It happens from time to time at our funeral home.
Sometimes it happens out at the Southeast Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Any veteran of active duty can be buried or interred there, and even if the deceased has no family or friends, we still hold a brief committal service.
When seniors or disabled citizens in Kenosha County wish to attend church, they just have to make a phone call.
Thanks to the Senior ECHO Project at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the seniors and disabled are able to get a free ride to one of six churches on Sundays, followed by a free luncheon on the first Sunday of the month.
For the Rev. Ronald Auch Jr., every Sunday was “Take your kid to work day,” as he watched his father, the Rev. Ronald Auch Sr., preach the gospel, encourage the souls of the faithful and tend to the spiritually hurting.
He watched and learned.
— Church name: Immanuel Baptist Church
— Location: 6009 Pershing Blvd., Kenosha
The Rev. John J. Richetta spent 50 of his 60 years of priesthood serving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Kenosha.
So it was only fitting that he celebrated his 60th Jubilee Mass at the church and reveled with his former parishioners at the reception in his honor on May 16.
My family reads newspapers. We always had the Kenosha News and sometimes would get one of the Milwaukee or Chicago papers, and my dad read the Wall Street Journal daily. I even got the Kenosha News delivered to me when I was away at college. (Note to my sons; this did not require the use of telegraph machine and Pony Express rider.)
So it is with a decades-long simmering excitement that I welcome you to my new Kenosha News column “Matters of Life & Death.” Last month’s column didn’t really suggest a direction that this space would take, so you are probably wondering who I am and what kinds of topics we will explore together here.
TWIN LAKES — While members and staff of the Calvary Congregational United Church of Christ always welcomed people from all walks of life, the church has become the only congregation in Twin Lakes to officially welcome gay, lesbian and transgender people.
In January, members voted to become an Open and Affirming Church, the United Church of Christ’s designation for ministries and church bodies that “make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.”