Betsy Rogers, Senior Warden
Doug Schwartz, Junior Warden
Karen Schwartz, Treasurer
Jane Weis, Clerk
Judy Bush (2020)
George Hughes (2020)
Ralph Blankenburg (2019)
Steve Elliott (2019)
Norma Bramsen (2018)
David Skidmore (2018)
BETSY ROGERS, SENIOR WARDEN
I’m a life-long resident in Sister Bay and began attending St. Luke’s about eight years ago. In that time the parish has touched me deeply with its strong sense of community and its commitment to those in need. I’ve been privileged to serve as a lector, chalice bearer, lay Eucharistic visitor and coffee hour host. In a relatively small parish, leadership responsibilities often fall heavily on the same group of people year after year, and I believe that those of us who enjoy the benefits of this wonderful congregation during the summer can shoulder some of those duties. Because I’m semi-retired, I can easily travel between our Illinois home and Sister Bay for vestry meetings and other events. I have about 15 years’ vestry experience at our “other” parish in Belleville, Illinois, and five years’ experience as senior warden, so I have some sense of this job’s dimensions.
I’m excited about the way our new parish hall offers expanded opportunities for community engagement and look forward to seeing relationships with community groups grow. I value deeply our worship life at St. Luke’s and Mother Barb’s extraordinary leadership; I hope I can provide whatever help she needs as St. Luke’s continues to offer a place where people can experience Word and Sacrament in powerful ways.
In my life beyond St. Luke’s, I am a freelance writer and editor, working chiefly in higher education. My husband Frank and I have three grown children, a son-in-law, and two comical English setters. I currently chair the Board of Directors of the Episcopal publishing company Forward Movement.
DOUG SCHWARZ, Junior Warden
Karen and I relocated to Door County from the Milwaukee area over 22 years ago. Our friend, Marion Marcellus, was responsible for opening the door of the St. Luke’s community to us back when we were still meeting at Scandia. We have been grateful and thankful every since.
As far as my background, I grew up in Minnesota. I attended St. Olaf College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science. After working for my father in family business for seven years. I decided to “go in a different direction” and broke into the investment brokerage business. I arrived in Milwaukee in 1985 and met Karen shortly thereafter. We were married in 1986. We moved to Door County in 1992 and opened a retail shop specializing in handcrafted pottery and original art. We established Riley and Schwartz Investment Advisors in 1996. (Karen’s maiden name is Riley.) Our investment business continues to sustain us. I have observed the growth of our congregation and I know we are very blessed to be a part of this community.
KAREN SCHWARTZ, TREASURER
Doug and I moved to Ephraim in 1992 from Brookfield, WI after we both had tired of the “corporate rat race”. We established and operated Red Oak Pottery & Gifts in Ephraim for ten years. We also started Riley & Schwartz Investment Advisors in 1996, which still keeps us busy today. We purchased The Cook Book Kitchen Store in 2004, which Jen manages with our support as well as Jenna’s help. We were received into St. Luke’s on May 29, 2003. We are so very grateful to Marion Marcellus for introducing us to this wonderful community. It has been very remarking to experience St. Luke’s growth over the past 11 years and look forward to what is yet to come. The Canterbury Room has already opened the door for many community opportunities for us. Between our family, our friends, our businesses and the St. Luke’s community, life is good in Door County!
RALPH BLANKENBURG (Vestry Member – Term Expires 2019)
NORMA BRAMSEN, (Vestry Member – Term Expires 2018)
Raised a Presbyterian I came to the Episcopal Church when I married John. Our home in Chicago is six blocks from St. James Cathedral, a short walk. Our marriage took place in St. Andrew’s Chapel on May 12, 1996. At that time I had just retired and was wondering how I was going to spend my time. Of course, volunteering was the perfect answer and the spot I selected to begin was St. James. That decision took many different directions including ushering, gardening, columbarium committee, updating the cathedral directory, and cathedral chapter – eventually becoming warden. John and I also co-chaired a campaign to raise funds for the Cathedral Music program that included upgrading the organ, restoring the 10-bell chime and purchasing a grand piano.
Although my family has had a home in Door County since 1967 it wasn’t until 2003 when we started spending more time here. We attended the other Door County Episcopal churches before settling on St. Luke’s. The warmth of the welcome at St. Luke’s convinced us that we wanted it to be our permanent home. Besides making wonderful friends we have enjoyed helping out where needed. For me this has included being part of the Altar Guild, helping to update the church membership records that led to the current church directory, being a delegate to the annual Diocesan Convention and being co-chair of the annual stewardship campaign.
Other involvements in Door County include being an active member of P.E.O. and a member of the Peninsula Music Festival Board.
On a personal note, John and I have three daughters all of whom live in New York.
DAVID SKIDMORE, (Vestry Member – Term Expires 2018)
David Skidmore has served at the local, diocesan, provincial and church-wide levels of the Episcopal Church, beginning at age 10 as an usher and acolyte at St. Paul’s in Walla Walla, Washington. As the spouse of an Air Force officer, he had the opportunity to serve on vestries of three congregations in Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Great Falls, Montana; as well as serving as editor of diocesan periodicals in Alaska and North Dakota. In 1992 he was appointed communications officer and later canon for communication for the Diocese of Chicago, serving until June 2011. During his time in Chicago, he served on the official news team for five General Conventions, and on the news team of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, the decennial gathering of bishops from throughout the Anglican Communion. Over that same period, he served on the board of the Episcopal Church’s Province V as chair of the communication program unit. He also served on the board of Episcopal Communicators, the planning committee for the Religious Communication Congress 2000 and 2010, and on the advisory committee of Episcopal News Service. Along the way he attended and reported on over 200 diocesan council meetings, and over two dozen diocesan conventions. Since moving to Door County in 2013, he has been active as a greeter, reader and chalice bearer at St. Luke’s in Sister Bay. At the 2014 Diocesan Convention he was elected to a three year term for Executive Council. He is involved in the Door County Art League as chair of publicity and the Door County Dog Sleds, a non-profit that focuses on education.
It has been many years since George and I joined the St. Luke’s parish. This faith journey has been a blessed one for me in so many ways: growth in faith through worship and education, the addition of a new family and friends, support in countless ways and giving me an opportunity to serve God in a new way on the Vestry. I have served on the Vestry before, but each term comes with new perspectives.
I am a cradle Lutheran and found a home in the Episcopal church that fully complements this faith journey that began many years ago – I have been surrounded by my family members exhibiting faith in Christ and how important it is to participate in the life of the church. Our emphasis on Eucharist each week is the spiritual food that keeps me going forward in my daily life.
I was surprised and honored when Mother Barb asked me to fulfill Anne Egan’s term on the Vestry; and when she asked if I would add another three-year term, I did not take long to think about saying yes. It really is an honor to serve this parish that I love and the family that comprises it. Being on the Vestry gives one a better idea of how a parish functions and provides a window into what St. Luke’s is all about and what is important to us. I really would urge others who are asked to serve on the Vestry to say yes – you will find it interesting, fulfilling and a way to give to our Lord in another way. We have been so richly blessed – we must find ways to pass on those blessings.
STEVE ELLIOTT (Vestry Member – Term Expires 2019)
JANE WEIS, Vestry Clerk
I am Jane Wescott Weiss, born March 31, 1928 to the parents of Oella and Joe Wescott in Evanston, Illinois. I am a cradle Episcopalian having first attended St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Glencoe, Illinois, then St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Evanston when we moved to that city in 1938. I suggested that my Mom and I attend St. Matthew’s Church in Evanston where I attended for over 50 years. Jack and I were married there, our children were baptized and confirmed there and our son, Bill, was married there. In 2000 we retired to Door County and moved into a villa on the Good Samaritan Scandia Village campus and have loved it. The only Episcopal Church nearby met every Sunday at Scandia Village under the leadership of The Rev. Joseph Mazza and we fell in love with this wonderful, friendly parish. Under Joe’s leadership, we grew and in 2003 we purchased the former gift shop, Serendipity, almost next door to Scandia which was a prerequisite in looking for a location. I have served as President of the Altar Guild, member of the ECW (no longer active), the search committee that called Mother Barb, member of the Vestry, and currently Clerk of the Vestry, secretary of the Parish, and am in charge of kitchen and household supplies, usher, reader, coffee hour host and I try to fill in where ever I am needed. I am also busy in the community by volunteering at Bargains Unlimited , The Clearing, The Ridges Nature Center, and occasionally fill in at the Anderson Store in Ephraim. I own, with my children, a small summer home in Ephraim where I spend most of my time in the summer. I am very active in P.E.O., a woman’s organization which raises scholarships for women all over the world and have served as president of that organization in Wilmette, Illinois. I shared 56 years together with my husband, the love of my life, who died suddenly in March 2013. He was a landscape architect and designed zoos all over the world and also the Memorial Garden behind our church where he is buried. We have three children, all born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Liz (49) is a special education teacher and lives in Missoula, MT with her husband and three teen age daughters; Bill (50) is a Podiatrist practicing in Milwaukee and he and his wife, Susan, have a son, Justin attending the University of Madison in Whitewater; and our son, Jim (51) and his wife Nicky, are travel agents for African Safaris and with their eight year old son, Logan, have travelled to South Africa many times. I love Door County, St. Luke’s Church and enjoy having friends come and visit.