Clergy & Vestry
Father Kevin and his wife Gaye Lynne have retired after 40+ years in the ministry. We wish them the best for a happy and healthy retirement. In the meantime, Sunday services are being held under the direction of Episcopal priests from the area, also known as supply priests, until a permanent priest is selected.
The Church of the Holy Communion, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is looking for a part-time priest to extend God's welcome to our agnostic neighbors, young families and a recent influx of Lake Geneva newcomers due to the pandemic. We hope to find someone who embodies inclusiveness and inspires celebration in the Episcopal tradition while providing empathetic pastoral care.
We are a small (about 30 families) historic parish, and our attendance swells in the summer as we are part of a resort town, about an hour and a half northwest from Chicago, and about an hour west of Milwaukee. We are located in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva and have a very clear and visible presence to local people, visitors and tourists.
We seek a priest who is a vibrant individual: possessing theological curiosity, a sense of humor, a kind heart and a warm and welcoming personality. We realize that most churches are in an era of transition as the pandemic has changed our idea of "normal" and many people have chosen to either not return to church or only do so online. We look forward to continuing to offer both virtual and in-person worship in order to address the needs of all members of our community.
Many of us raised in other spiritual or secular traditions have found a home in the Episcopal church because of its intellectual bent and open ideals, while simultaneously maintaining many of the age-old rituals of the Anglican faith. It is important to us that we continue to welcome friends, neighbors, and those from other (or no) faith traditions.
In terms of our wants and needs, we would love to continue our weekly Bible studies (currently taking place via Zoom). We hope that our new priest would be able to participate in local ecumenical meetings (ministry gatherings); handle liturgical matters related to our service; provide input, where appropriate, to the vestry regarding non-liturgical issues and provide appropriate, timely input to our e-newsletter and website "masters".
We hope to find someone who laughs easily and often (as we do); who will be willing to make hospital or home visitations upon request; provide personal counseling when sought by parishioners; and be a pastor to our people, especially through the administration of the Sacraments.
During our search time, we are fortunate that our laity and vestry are capable of taking care of the church, and we’re a pretty self-sufficient bunch. We do what needs to be done to keep the doors open and congregants engaged.
On an individual basis, we tend to be involved in community organizations like Side-by-Side, Lake Geneva Food Pantry, Love, Inc., AA and Al-Anon. As a congregation, we have raised funds for the Walworth County Food and Diaper Bank and most recently, proceeds from our St. Patrick's Day party were sent to Episcopal Relief to help efforts in Ukraine.
We do not have a glossy parish profile, but we have a nice web page that can show who we are and where we came from (www.holycommunionlakegeneva.com). We realize discernment for this position is a two-way street and will do our best to reply to your questions in a timely manner."
Sr. Warden: Gary Shine
Jr. Warden: Holly Stark
- David Collins
- Cathy Koch
- Michelle Walsh
- Andrea Gibbs
Clerk of the Vestry: Diane Shine
Treasurer: Jerry Gibbs
- Sundays at 10:30 AM
- We would love to see you there. Come as you are.
- We also offer our services over ZOOM. Please call for access.
- Please join us for coffee and conversation Sundays at 9;30 am in the lower-level Guild Hall.