Shhh! Don’t Tell Sheila!

The Rev. Sheila Scott

On Sunday afternoon, December 5 at 4 p.m., Deacon Sheila Scott will be officiating Evening Prayer, with congregational song. During the service, we’ll offer thanks for her entire diaconal ministry, and especially for her time at St. Paul’s. Bishop Lee will be with us, and we’ll ask him to offer a blessing over Sheila at the conclusion of the service. We’re inviting all deacons anywhere, not just Milwaukee, to join us. Our goal in that is to make the presence of the deacons very visible to Sheila and to the congregation, and to honor her ministry. The deacons will be invited to lay hands on Sheila as the bishop offers his blessing. RSVPs are not necessary, and vesting space will be available in our Great Hall. Ushers can guide visiting deacons there. Based on current COVID metrics in Milwaukee County (which could change by then), we’re asking everyone to be masked and maintain social distancing. For the same reason, we are not planning a food-and-drink reception.

We’re collecting a “purse” (a shared cash gift) to Sheila. You can contribute by sending/leaving a check made out to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with “Sheila Gift” in the memo, or make your gift online. Important: Gifts to specific people, even when they’re collected by the church, are not tax deductible, and will not appear on your year-end giving statement.

Please sign the Gospel Book in the narthex (the lobby in the back of the church) before or after worship. You can write a note to Sheila anywhere in the book, thanking her for her ministry and sending your love and blessing as she moves to the next phase of her ministry with family in her native Transylvania. The Gospel Book is on a table on the pulpit (west) end of the narthex, and an usher can help you find it if needed.

Note to Visiting Deacons: Deacons are invited to process and to vest in a white stole over cassock/surplice or alb as we observe one of Sheila’s favorite holidays from her childhood, the Romanian celebration of the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra. Priests and bishops (sorry, Jeff) are asked NOT to vest, to keep our attention on Sheila and her diaconal colleagues. Please plan to arrive early enough to write in her Gospel Book (likely with a short line ahead of you) and to vest.

For more information, contact Lane Hensley
at lane.hensley@stpaulsmilwaukee.org or at (760) 851-4641.