Welcome to Zion Episcopal Church, located on the Point in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Welcome to the online presence of Zion Episcopal Church, located on the Point in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. 


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Fr. Michael +

                                                                CHURCH SCHEDULE



Bible Study                                                                          8:30AM

Holy Eucharist                                                                    9:30AM



Women’s AA Meeting                                                       7:30PM



Mens Rule 62 AA Meeting                                               7:00PM 



Holy Eucharist  -  Chapel                                                10:00AM 



We are now truly a Lake Parish

We have talked about having a pier on the Pointe on and off over the years, it is now a reality.  Our pier has been installed. Take a walk along the Pointe and look at the pier and enjoy our gardens.














Rally Day September 13

Webster’s Dictionary defines "rally" as:

 1) a verb "to draw or call together for a common purpose"

 2) a noun meaning "a renewal of energy in joint action"

During the summer, our many activities and vacations and events continually draw congregation members away from each other - especially on weekends. Summer can also be a spiritually draining time. You start the summer with the good intentions of sticking to your Bible-reading schedules. Good intentions of worshiping regularly.  But the reality is that summer’s hectic schedules can easily derail us from those good intentions.

Come the end of summer, we need "a renewal of energy" when it comes to spiritual matters. It’s hard to renew your energy on your own. But it’s much easier in a group. That’s why we set aside one special day at the end of the summer to "rally" - to "draw together for a common purpose" seeking the Holy Spirit’s power to "renew our energy" for worship, for digging into God’s Word, for praying, for serving, and for witnessing.

On Sunday September 13th we will be "drawing together renewing our energy for the common purpose" of  growing in trust and obedience to Jesus Christ.  New programs sponsored by the church year will be promoted and parishioners will be encouraged to become involved in outreach opportunities and other volunteer positions (sign-up sheets will be available.




Outdoor service Sunday, 
August 30

9:30 am  (Rite II Service) The dress is casual, please bring blankets & lawn chairs for seating.




Interviews with Members

An Interview with Miriam Schuett

INTERVIEWER: Most of us know you are a "cradle" Episcopalian, that you have been an Episcopalian since your birth, but what about other generations in your family---were they all Episcopalians?
MIRIAM: My English grandmother, who lived until 102 years of age, married my English grandfather here in the U.S. They were, of course, Episcopalians - Church of England, by birth. My parents were also lifelong members of Zion Episcopal Church. My mother was a soprano and in the choir for over 40 years.  Ellsworth and I were married here at Zion on December 1, 1945---70 years this December! Ellsworth and I have always sat in the very same pews as my parents did throughout their lives. Father Pallet performed our marriage ceremony. (l was confirmed by Father lvans.)
INTERVIEWER: Despite your cradle Episcopalian beginning, and your obvious love of Zion, why do you remain an Episcopalian?
MIRIAM: Being an Episcopalian is 'REAL', not phony" it is a straightforward Church: belief is all important. We have the Ten Commandments, the Holy Bible, and moderation. There are no "can't do's" or demands-instead, we make decisions, believe, and pray'
INTERVIEWER: What are your doing to assure the continued existence of Zion into the next generation?
MIRIAM: I talk up the Church: for example, with Ellsworth's caregivers. I encourage them to come to Zion and fill their spiritual lives.
INTERVIEWER: I know you spend most of your time helping Ellsworth. What else is giving you joy?
MIRIAM: Ellsworth and I spent 22 winters in Arizona- backpacking and hiking. We were world travelers. So I have many pleasant memories. I currently play Bridge a couple times per week and Sheepshead once or twice per month. I love getting together with friends at Zion's Coffee Hour.
INTERVIEWER: Now wait a minute, didn't you and Ellsworth work for a living?
MIRIAM: We worked hard too: Ellsworth worked 40 years for WE Energy. I worked as an auditor for the Oconomowoc School Superintendants, for 30 years.


August 14 Sermon


Michael Caldwell  1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14
14 August 2015 Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

Jesus said, “I am the living bread.”  Why bread?  Jesus could have picked any metaphor.  Why bread?  There are places in the world that, when Christian missionaries arrived, bread was unknown there.  The missionaries had to find another metaphor for Christ, one that the indigenous people would understand.  So, in some places around the world, Christ was known as the sweet potato of life.  Jesus said, “I am the living sweet potato that came down from heaven.  Whoever eats of this sweet potato will live forever; and the sweet potato that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  It sounds a little absurd in our ears, but perhaps that’s how it sounded to those who heard Jesus when he spoke.  Jesus was using a metaphor that the people knew and could understand, but why bread?  Why not the cobbler?  The strawberry-rhubarb cobbler of life, a la mode.  Why bread?
Well, we could ponder on that question, talk about bread being a staple food-stuff that everyone had and understood.  We could talk about how bread is made from the ingredients God gave us and then changed by human hands.  My second favorite point to ponder is that, to make bread, heat and time must be applied.  We wait for the dough to rise, then we bake it.  Think about that one for a while, how Jesus is rising in your life through time and how the crises in your life matures your relationship with Christ.  That’s a fun one; but aside from all these ponderables, I can also imagine Jesus sitting there eating a piece of bread and just using that as an example.  My favorite point, and the one I think Jesus intended, based on what Jesus says in response to the disputing Jews in his presence, is that which we eat becomes a part of us.  When we eat something, we chew and digest, and that which we eat becomes a part of us, it abides in us.  The chemicals in the bread become part of the chemistry of our bodies.  I don’t think they knew what we know about chemistry, but they did know that what we eat has an effect on us - not always a good effect, but it changes us.
Jesus wants us to take him in, eat him in, breathe him in, soak him in, so that we might make him a part of us, so that we might have the life Jesus brings to us from heaven, eternal life through Christ from the Father.  Remember that this bread is not the bread that goes bad in a few days.  And this bread is not the bread, the manna, that their ancestors ate in the desert - bread that would spoil before sunrise.  So what kind of bread is it?  His flesh.  Not his skin.  Not the meat off his bones.  We’re not called to be cannibals.  But if not Jesus’ flesh, what is it?  I’d love to tell you that the word for flesh in Greek doesn’t mean skin or meat, but it does.  I’d love to tell you that it was a play on words, but it’s not.  Well, not really.  The word for flesh does mean skin and meat.  The word for flesh can also mean a person’s nature.  I could say that we are meant to take on Jesus’ nature; but that isn’t terribly helpful.  Do we mean Jesus’ human nature or his divine nature?  Well, yes.
This eating of Jesus’ flesh is a theological labyrinth if we, like the Jews in Jesus’ audience, dispute amongst ourselves to try and figure it out.  Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh,” that is, I think, to take on Jesus’ human nature, “and drink my blood,” to take on Jesus’ divine nature, “abide in me and I in them,” that is to make Jesus’ nature so much a part of our selves that we are inseparable.  Sounds great, Fr. Michael!  How do we do that?  Well, you tell me.  How do you do that?  How do you feed your mind with God?  How do you feed your body with Christ?  How do you feed your soul with the Holy Spirit?
I invite you to reflect on your spiritual diet.  How often do you pray?  How often do you listen when you pray?  How often do you write down the answers when you pray?  How often do you read Scripture?  How often do you meditate on Scripture?  How much dedicated time do you spend with God?  It’s not easy; but it is simple.  That is to say, improving your spiritual diet is not complicated but there are so many other things on our plate that there often seems to be no room for even a wafer-thin mint.  But an amazing thing happens when you put God on your plate first - suddenly there’s room for everything else.  And wouldn’t that be amazing?  Or would it?
Are you sure you want God making a home in that inner-most place that few of us dare to visit ourselves?  Who are we, broken, sinful creatures that we are to pretend that we might even be worthy to entertain the presence of God, much less have God abide there?  Why would we want to?  Why would we want God to come in and see all our flaws, our mistakes, our failures, all the dirty, dusty, untidy mess that is our inner lives?  No, thank you.  It is a lot easier to go visit God than to have God visit us.  Let’s go visit God on our terms: once a week during church.  Then we can leave when we want to and get back to the illusion that God doesn’t already know our hearts better than we do, and that we feel, for whatever our reasons, unworthy.  But, perhaps, if we can’t be patched up on the outside, maybe we can be healed from within.
God wants to abide in us, messy as we are.  God wants us to abide in him.  God gave us the altar.  God gave us the cross.  God gave us the spoken Word, in the readings, from the Bible.  It is through all these things that we come to know, experience, and feed on Christ that we might consume Christ, make ourselves inseparable from Christ, and have eternal life.
And we are called to consume Christ, to abide in Christ not just as individuals, but as a community.  If you go back to the Gospel reading for today, and if Jesus were speaking Texan, it would read, “Very truly, I tell y’all, unless y’all eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, y’all have no life in y’all.”  Then Jesus starts talking in the singular.  So, we as a community are called to abide in Christ, to live, wait, and endure with Christ – as a community, with each other and with those outside these walls.
There are many ways to improve your spiritual diet.  Come.  Taste.  And you will see that the Lord is good.  Let Christ abide in you.  It’s food for your soul.