SUSSEX -- The church community in Sussex is on high alert as investigators look into a threatening letter sent to an area business by someone claiming to be Joseph Jakubowski. Authorities say they don't believe the letter was authentic.
Church leaders in Sussex met with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department regarding its plans to keep the community safe during this Easter weekend.
"We noticed more patrols on Monday, Thursday," said Pastor Thomas Kent, Christ our Savior Lutheran Church, Sussex.
Rock County authorities don't believe Jakubowski wrote the letter.
"We'll continue to work with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies as we continue to investigate these threats," said Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson.
Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson
Extra deputies will now be on patrol at the dozen or so churches in Sussex.
"We're going to be very cautious and we're going to help the community so they can have a save weekend," said Severson.
Clergy from the Cooperating Churches of Sussex met Friday morning, to discuss the matter -- just before an afternoon services where many parishioners joined to worship.
"We decided that nothing was going to put a fear into us, we believe this our Holy Week and it's our time to stand supported as a faith community," said Monica Weis, parishioner.
The pastor of Christ Our Savior says despite the threats they won't stop Easter services.
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Pastor Tom Kent of Christ Our Savior Church
"There was never any thought of canceling worship service," said Pastor Kent. "The commitment to worship is one where we gather to be reminded of God's promise for us."
They plan to face evil straight on and praise their Lord and Savior.
"Part of the message we hear in the Easter gospel, twice we hear, "be not afraid." Don't be afraid and we're not, we're not," said Kent.
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Pastor Kent at Christ Our Savior says all are welcome to attend Easter services in Sussex.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department mentioned parishioners may see increased patrols as they continue their investigation into who is behind the threatening letter.