The first thing to know about me is that I am a child of God. So are you, of course. My name is Bonnie and I have had several last names over the years. My maiden name was Schultz. That became Jacque when I married my first husband. Then, I married Jeff Gorecki, in fact I married him twice! You’ll have to ask us how that happened!
My education started in Grade School until 2009. I graduated from Port Washington High School, earned an Associate degree in Medical Records, graduated from Lakeland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, and I finished up my education at The United Seminary of the Twin Cities with a Master of Divinity degree.
I have three adult children and Jeff has two daughters. Together we have 10 of the most intelligent, beautiful, generous, talented, grandchildren ever. Well, close anyways.
We live in Port Washington in an apartment with lovely views of Lake Michigan. If you are ever in the area, we’d love to have you visit.
I was your interim pastor in 2014 to 2015. It doesn’t seem that long ago! I’m so blessed to be with you again.
God is good. All the time. Blessings abound, Pastor Bonnie
Council President - Charmaine Duehring
Council Vice-President - Cheryl Fischer
Council Secretary - Kay O'keane Jensen
Trustee - Kim Kersten
Trustee - Janene Kluever
Trustee - Lucy Krapfl
Trustee - Carl Rooke
Treasurer - Connie Johnson
Altar Committee - Judy Nell
Building & Grounds - Jack Duehring
Caregiver Team - Kay O'keane Jensen or Bernice Dieball
Cemetery - Bill Evert
Chapel Bells Newsletter - Donna Runte
Christian Education - Jodi Staus
Endowment - Dave Zimmpelman
Fellowship - Betty Zimmpelman
Hospitality - LouAnn Evert
Mission - Jacquie Branchford & Bernie Chase
Music - Jill Lotzow
Pastor Relations - Brett Miller
Tech - Dave Zimmpelman
Women's Guild - Carol Kaisler
St. Paul's was founded in 1840. The building dates back to 1880 with a twenty-first century addition that makes us handicapped accessible. The sanctuary seats 150 and retains the warm glow of the pious nineteenth century pioneers who built it. The cemetery behind the church is a lovely resting place. Some graves date back to the church founders.
St Paul's is the oldest of the Evangelical Synod of North America churches in Wisconsin. The Evangelical Synod was a forerunner of today's United Church of Christ.
An accessible new addition to the historic church building was completed in 2004. Over the entrance is this window, designed, crafted and installed by Krauski Art Glass studio of nearby Monches. The blue ribbon running through the farm scenes and grain represents the Oconomowoc River which flows through Loew Lake in the nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Receiving strength from a heritage extending over 150 years in this place, and trusting that it is called to an even more promise-filled future, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, is living God's word in offering a caring and accepting family of faith to our community.
We all come to churches from different personal histories, for different reasons, and with different beliefs. Please know that this congregation extends an open-hearted welcome to each and all. If there is any way this congregation or its pastor can serve you, please feel free to ask
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
Our life together begins with worship. We gather every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Our worship is both relaxed and classic. We have made a conscientious effort to design worship which is visitor-friendly, remembering that some of us have not worshiped regularly for some time.
We offer many opportunities for the community to gather together in fellowship. Each Sunday following worship, we enjoy a time of coffee and conversation which includes delicious homemade treats. Pancake breakfasts, chili suppers, and several other events occur throughout the year..
The symbol of the United Church of Christ comprises a crown, cross and orb enclosed within a double oval bearing the name of the church and the prayer of Jesus, "That they may all be one" (John 17:21). It is based on an ancient Christian symbol called the "Cross of Victory" or the "Cross Triumphant."
The crown symbolizes the sovereignty of Christ. The cross recalls the suffering of Christ—his arms outstretched on the wood of the cross—for the salvation of humanity. The orb, divided into three parts, reminds us of Jesus' command to be his "witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The verse from Jesus’ prayer in the gospel of John, “That all may be one,” reflects our historic commitment to the restoration of unity among the separated churches of Jesus Christ.