Day: August 10, 2021
Downtown church wants to raze its building for new sanctuary, community space, housing
Over 165 years, the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Downtown Madison has always been willing to change for the sake of ministry, the Rev. Peter Beeson said. Now the church is planning for its most dramatic change ever with a proposal to demolish its building at 322 E. Washington Ave. for a $25 million to $31 million, 10-story redevelopment that would feature a new sanctuary, community spaces and offices on the first floor, topped by nine floors of mostly lower-cost apartments with below-ground parking.
Bring your journey through Lent to a meaningful close by experiencing the events of Jesus’ last days. “Traveling with Jesus: Holy Week Drive Through” is a Covid-safe adaptation of our traditional Holy Week observances where you can drive your car through Bethel’s parking lot and see eight tableaus telling the story of the passion narrative in Mark’s Gospel.
Once upon a time in Madison, the Black churches provided a cultural gathering space for members of the community. So did the South Madison Neighborhood Center and iconic bars and restaurants. Over time, those anchors of the community went away or diminished in importance to a new generation. More Black folks moved into the city. What they found were no spaces where they could get a sense of their own culture, so they traveled to Milwaukee or Chicago, sometimes never ever spending a weekend in the city where they studied or worked.Rev. Dr. Alex Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church…
Madison’s new bishop lauded for warmth, sticks to church doctrine
It was only a few days after Donald Hying had been installed as the Madison Catholic Diocese’s new bishop that the priest at Immaculate Conception in the Grant County hamlet of Kieler, population 500, called him up and invited him to the parish’s July 4 picnic. Not only did Hying become the first diocese bishop to attend the annual, 65-year-old event; he also stayed for more than two hours and “cleaned off all of our plates for us,” Rev. Bernard Rott said. “He’s just that kind of guy,” he said. “Willing to serve.”