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Environmental Stewardship: Look to the Sun

September 22, 2016

by John Berge

How many things do you know about that have dropped in price by 99% in your lifetime — your lifetime, that is, if you are 39 years or older?

140409lcr1546The answer is solar (photovoltaic) cells and electricity that they generate. It is this phenomenal drop in cost since 1977 that explains the rapid rise in new solar energy installations. The RacineSolar group reports that 18 families have signed up for installation of solar arrays on their home, garage or elsewhere on their property. Michael Vickerman of RENEW Wisconsin says that is a phenomenal number for a community the size of ours and would even be great for Madison, a much larger city.

There are also many recent installations in southeast Wisconsin other than residential properties. A Racine assisted living facility, a Racine bakery and a farm with a big market in Kenosha county all are running at least in part with clean, renewable energy. Going a little farther afield, a Lutheran church in Madison has most of their sanctuary roof covered with solar panels; convents in Fond du Lac and Green Bay have large arrays providing much of their electrical needs; and the school system in Darlington is installing solar panels on the flat roofs of many of their buildings.

Unofficial conversations between RENEW Wisconsin and the Racine Public School System may have just started concerning possible solar panels on the latter’s roofs. It would be good environmental stewardship for our members to encourage the School Board, the administration and the city and county governments to very carefully but expediently investigate this possibility. All have large energy needs and large roof areas.

Since governments don’t gain the cost advantages of tax rebates that residential users do, some places have entered into agreements with third parties (which do pay taxes and are therefore looking for those rebates) that jointly own these solar installations on the school or governmental property.


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Power companies are also now designing and building solar power plants, but not over here on the east side of the state where the power companies have overbuilt with fossil fuel plants. RENEW Wisconsin has an interesting map of the state that shows where solar power plants are being built by power companies but there is nothing east of Madison.

It should also be noted that the state of Iowa has the highest percentage of electricity generated with renewables in the region, but also has the lowest cost of electricity to both residential and commercial customers. This certainly refutes the charge that renewables are too expensive to compete with cheap coal or natural gas. The fuel costs for a solar power plant are zero and the start-up costs have dropped drastically. Cost is no longer a negative factor for renewable power. A discussion of distribution challenges will have to wait for more information and another column.

Stewards of God’s Love

September 19, 2016

by Carolyn Wooster, Stewardship Co-chair

A steward is someone who cares for someone else’s property. We are a steward of what God has created. God’s love comes down to us in Jesus Christ.

To quote John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” God loved us so much that God sent Jesus to die for us to bring us salvation and new life.

stewcmte910Stewardship practices are a response to the boundless love God has shown us. It means that we are grateful for all that God has generously entrusted to us. As a faithful steward and child of God, it is a privilege to share time, talents and finances, to care for God’s earth and to help our neighbors. Being a good steward can bring great joy and help one grow spiritually.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohm once said, “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

Season of Creation Begins

September 14, 2016

icon2lect12b-smEmaus ELCA will begin observance of the “Season of Creation” at English language services this weekend at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17 and at 9:00 and Sunday, September 18. Rev. Steve Wohlfeil will lead the 4:30 and 9:00 services. Our Season of Creation with Storm Sunday, experiencing the presence of God in wind, rain, and the stillness before the storm.

Reverendo Pedro Acosta dará lugar a la 10:30 misa en Español este domingo. Pastor Gabriel comienza sus vacaciones en Venezuela. Rev. Pedro Acosta will lead the 10:30 service in Spanish this Sunday as Pastor Gabriel begins his vacation in Venezuela.

Día de ciudadanía

September 12, 2016

Es importante ahora más que nunca que los residentos permanentos se convierten en ciudadanos estadounidenses y votan.

Sábado, 17 de septiembre es el Día de la Ciudadanía en todo el país, y comunidades en 35 estados se llevarán a cabo eventos para ayudar personas a convertirse en ciudadanías. Voces de la Frontera tendremos una clínica legal en el MATC de Walker’s Square en Milwaukee. Si usted es un residente permanente, ¡acompáñenole! Read more…

Tupperware Fund Raiser

September 10, 2016

Help raise funds for Emaus by purchasing Tupperware! Choose products from two special fundraising catalogs (available in Spanish and English) and the church will receive 40% of the cost of the items you buy. Deadline to purchase is Sunday, September 25.

Order forms with envelopes to place order and payment are in the Sunset Room and the narthex of the church. Checks payable to Brenda Trumbauer. Orders can be given to Brenda or placed in box provided in Sunset Room closet. Questions? Call/text or email Brenda at 414/899-5632 or My website is – Find Fundraiser link will have Emaus ELCA link to go to see what is available on both catalogs. This is a great way to find those holiday gifts and support the church, too!


¡Ayudar a Recaudar fondos para Emaus al comprar Tupperware! Elegir productos de dos catálogos de recaudación de fondos especiales (disponibles en español e inglés) y la iglesia recibirá el 40% del costo de los artículos que usted compra. Fecha límite para comprar es el domingo 25 de septiembre.

Formularios de con los sobres para colocar el pedido y el pago están en la sala de Sunset y el nártex de la iglesia. Cheques pagaderos a Brenda Trumbauer. Órdenes pueden ser dadas a Brenda o colocado en caja en el armario de habitación de puesta de sol. ¿Preguntas? Llamada o texto o correo electrónico Brenda en 414/899-5632 o mi web es – enlace encontrar fondos tendrá enlace Emaus ELCA para ir a ver lo que está disponible en ambos catálogos. ¡Esto es una gran manera de encontrar los regalos de Navidad y apoyar a la iglesia, demasiado!

New “God’s Work, Our Hands” Schedule

September 6, 2016

time_309Times for the worship service and activities on “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday, September 11, have been changed from what had been announced in the September Visitor.

El horario para la misa y actividades en el domingo “Obra de Dios, Nuestras Manos” el 11 de septiembre, se han cambiado de lo que había anunciado en el boletin de septiembre. Read more…

Torneo de Fútbol

August 31, 2016

Soccer160903-fb.jpgTodos son bienvenidos a un gran torneo de fútbol en Roosevelt Park este sábado, el 3 septiembre, de 3:00 a las 5:00 p.m. Read more…