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Bishop’s Messages

Pentecost Message: “We are a New Creation”

Recently, I heard a reference being made that we are living in Genesis days. This statement was meant to point out that because we have been living in a time of multiple crises (such as Covid-19, economic pressures, racial and social discrimination, war, and political...

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

May the good news of Jesus’ resurrection assure you that God’s love has won for us the final victory and strengthen you to joyfully proclaim in word and deed the new life that is in Christ. And may each of you be faithful followers of our risen Lord who invites us to...

Prayers and Offerings to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

Dear Beloved in Christ, Over the past 11 days, the world has turned upside down as a new and unprovoked war has broken out. Our hearts break for those in Ukraine who are under attack: for those whose lives are being put at risk or have been lost by senseless political...

Presentation of Our Lord

Today, February 2, we celebrate the presentation of our Lord Jesus in the temple; it is the last day of the Christmas season. Today’s commemoration is recorded in these words from the gospel: “When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses,...

+ Christmas Blessings +

May our Lord Jesus, whose birth and coming among us we celebrate in this holy season, fill you with peace, joy, life, and light, both now and in the new year to come. +Bishop Wilma S. Kucharek “…in him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:4...

The Light that Overcomes Darkness

The shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere is on December 21. In the days leading up to this winter solstice, we notice the daylight hours getting shorter and shorter as the sun sets earlier and earlier. But inside our churches and our homes, something...

A Word from the Bishop

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…[and]were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1,4). This verse from the book of Acts introduces the account of that first Pentecost, the day on which the Holy Spirit came to the disciples. On...

An Easter Message from Bishop Kucharek

The Risen Christ is with Us! There are many accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry before his passion and death. Jesus was present with the people; he was known among them: by his family, by his followers, and even by those who felt threatened by him. He was known for...

Exercising Patience as we Begin another Lent in Pandemic

Lent begins this year on February 17 with Ash Wednesday. It was observed by the church since apostolic times, before becoming official at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Its purpose was to be a time of preparation and fasting during the 40 days before Easter. ...

Christmas in spite of a Pandemic

As we enter the Christmas season, the church brings to a close its four weeks of Advent preparation. Advent has always been a season of waiting, watchfulness, and hope as we prepare for the celebration of God coming to us and becoming one of us in the Christ-Child...