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Mission to Honduras: Kenosha Bible Church team bringing medical care, spiritual aid


Kenosha Bible Church is sending 16 members of its congregation to Honduras with trunks of over-the-counter medicines and eyeglasses to help out citizens for a week.

For a sixth year, the evangelical church will be providing medical care, eyeglasses and dental care as well as other services to residents near the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa. The team will leave the Milwaukee airport at 6 a.m. Aug. 8 and will return Aug. 15.

“At first we just started years ago by going with a church in Illinois. Only four members from Kenosha went along,” said Pam Middleton, Kenosha Bible Church’s missions chairwoman, who organized this medical service. “We decided that we could do it, too, with our church. Now, we average about 16 to 32 attendees on the medical brigade.”

Spotlight on Church of Christ


Church name: Church of Christ

Location: 5529 23rd Ave., Kenosha

Pastor Joyce Rinehart retires after 20 years at Pleasant Prairie United Methodist Church


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.

Making sure someone’s there to say goodbye

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.

Free ride: Transportation project takes seniors, disabled to church, monthly luncheon


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.

Prayer House: Pastor’s son follows father’s footsteps


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.

Spotlight on Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenosha


— Church name: Immanuel Baptist Church

— Location: 6009 Pershing Blvd., Kenosha

Reflections on religious life


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.

Sharing the life-affirming stories of how we suffer loss

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.

Open to all


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.”

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