Presiding Bishop will celebrate and preach in LaCrosse, WI

Dear Family and Friends of the Diocese of Eau Claire,

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, our Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, will be visiting the Diocese of Eau Claire.  He will be coming to La Crosse and invites you to participate with him in two worship services.  Both services will be conducted in La Crosse.  The first service begins at Grandad Bluff, 3020 Grandad Bluff Road at 11:00 a.m. June 23, which is a significant day in the City of La Crosse’s history.  On this date in 1850, James Lloyd Breck celebrated the Eucharist on the Bluff.  It was the first Christian worship in La Crosse.  Grandad Bluff provides a panoramic and spectacular view of the city.  We will leave by bus from Christ Church at 111 N. Ninth Street in La Crosse at 10:30 a.m. sharp.  The trip takes only 10-15 minutes.  The service at Grandad Bluff will last about 20 minutes with a meditation from Bishop Curry.  We will then climb back in the bus(s) and return to Christ Church.

At Noon the main service will begin at Christ Church.  It will be a festive Eucharist.  I have asked Bishop Curry to preach on the three core values of the Jesus Movement.  They are Loving, Liberating, and Life Giving.  I have never heard nor known of his preaching in depth on these three core values, so I anticipate he will be breaking new ground.  This service will conclude around 2 p.m.  Christ Church will provide snacks and refreshments for you before the Noon service and a luncheon of heavy hors d’oeuvres around 2 p.m. after the noon service.

“Please note change of time: on June 23 three buses shall leave with Presiding Bishop at 9:30 am from Christ Church to Grandad Bluff. Service on the Bluff shall start at 10:30 am. There will be no more reservation for buses accepted. Three buses are school buses. These buses do not have special access and seats for people with physical disabilities. The main liturgy and service of Holy Eucharist shall begin at 12:00 noon at Christ Church. Clergy of the diocese are requested to vest by 11:30 am. and be ready to process. There will three pews in church reserved for the clergy from our diocese. We expect large crowd. Members of the diocese should arrive by 11:00 a.m. to be seated in church. Patrick Augustine, Rector”