Easter Sunday, April 16th – Worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am.

  • 8:30 am Worship – Pastor Julia will preach on “Easter Courage.” Music includes Brass Ensemble, flute (Leo Viglietti) and piano/organ (Bill Born). There will be childcare in the nursery.
  • 9:30 am Coffee Hour in Lucas HallThanks to Linda Schroeder and Deacons for providing.
  • 10:30 am Worship – Pastor Julia will preach on “Easter Courage.”  Music includes the Choir, Brass Ensemble, Nicholas Akstulewicz (tuba) and Bill Born (organ). There will be children’s classes for 1st grade and younger (including an Easter Egg Hunt) for children. Older Children are encouraged to remain in worship.

At Adult Forum this Sunday, April 9th (Palm Sunday) =

Join Cate Bayles as she shares photographs and stories from her 2016 teaching residency in Honduras at the Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (SAN). SAN is an agent of social transformation, offering 200 of Honduras’ most vulnerable children shelter and safety in its homes and community, and then empowering them with education, vocational training, scholarships, and work experience to help them lead self-sufficient lives as adults. Cate spent two weeks working with high school students and is excited to share more about the experience with FCC! All are welcome. 9am Sunday in the Conf. Room.

Here’s a brief report that Cate gave in December: https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraiser/campaign-updates/1000784#!/status/4

Weekly E-post 3/9/17

March 10, 2017

Weekly E-post to members & friends

We’re on Facebook: www.facebook.com/fccsheboygan

Pastors: Revs. Jim & Julia Hollister

Sent: Thurs. Mar. 9th,  2017


Sun. March 12th – Second Sunday in Lent  – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS (Turn clocks ahead one hour)

  • 9:00 am – Adult Forum – Second of a 4-week series on the four gospels led by Pastors Jim and Julia. This week: Gospel According to Matthew. All are welcome (Conf. Room).


  • 10:00 am – Worship – “Celebrating the Ministry of Manufacturing” We will be recognizing church members/friends who have engaged in the work/business of manufacturing. Thanks to Gil Nimm (American Excelsior), Christopher Baldwin (Kohler Co.) and Karen Habeck (Manning Lighting) who will share reflections on their faith in relationship to their work.  The Choir will sing “God So Loved the World” and the Handbell Choir will perform “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”


  • Sunday Night Meditation @ 7pm in the lounge.

The Wednesday Morning Study Group is currently discussing Jonathan Haidt’s THE RIGHTEOUS MIND: WHY GOOD PEOPLE ARE DIVIDED BY POLITICS AND RELIGION. Every Wed. at 6:45a in the Lounge. All are welcome. For next Wed. =chapter 4.

Thursday Women Group – During Lent, this group, led by Pastor Julia, is using “Diving Lessons” – The “Still Speaking” Lenten Devotional for discussion.  Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in church lounge.

“Journeys” – Weds. Mar. 15th –  8th graders will learn about “Pontius Pilate: The Troubled Politician” from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Youth Room. Thanks to the Persick family for providing dinner at 6:30 pm.

Thanks to ALL who contributed to the Mission Trip Brunch last Sunday We raised over $500 for our youth mission trips this summer.

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign There are two youth mission trips this summer. In June, the Middle School youth will be attending a GROUP Workcamp in Cannon Falls, MN.  They will be weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents. In July, the High School youth will participate in the Appalachian Service Project in Kentucky.  Sponsor a youth for a full day ($50) or half day ($25). See poster in narthex. Sponsors receive a postcard from their sponsored youth.  We need to raise $8,259 so please be generous with your support.  Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”


A Spring Retreat for FCC women

“Finding Our Voices”

led by Pastor Julia and Nancy Engberg

Friday evening, May 12th through Sat. afternoon, May 13th

at Pilgrim Center on Green Lake, WI

Come enjoy a chance for women of all ages to join

in fellowship, rest and reflection.

Cost is $80.00 (scholarship is available)

Retreat begins at 6:30 pm on Friday

(with dinner by Pilgrim Staff)

and ends at 4:00 pm on Saturday (following lunch)

Participants will stay in Oak Mound Lodge.

Flyer with details on Education Table in narthex

congregation at worship 2014We gather for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. during the school year (9:30a in summer). Our service includes time for singing, prayer, encountering the scriptures,  and a message (sermon) from one of our pastors.  We share in the Lord’s Supper (Communion) on the 1st Sunday of each month.  Free infant care is available in the nursery (Room 7) each Sunday. Children start off in worship, then leave for their classes after about 20 minutes, often after a “Time for Children” led by a pastor.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

“Food for Body, Mind & Spirit” is still on, despite weather. (1/25/17)

January 25, 2017

See you this evening if you can get to church. It’s wet and slippery. Snow is heavy. Be careful out there. Pastor Jim

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“Food for Body, Mind & Spirit”

January 17, 2017

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit – 3 consecutive Wednesdays – January 11th, 18th & 25th. From 6:30 – 7:30 pm, there is special programming for all ages.  There are two different “tracks” for adults: 1) “Thinking Like Jesus” – an exploration of how our brains mature and grow in compassion and empathy – with […]

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Mary Lou French memorial scholarship applications sought

January 17, 2017

Mary Lou French was a woman with a vibrant spirit and a compassionate soul. She spent her time, energy and resources promoting social issues for the advancement of women and children. Following her death from cancer in January 1995, a Memorial Fund was established in her name to continue her work and ministry. The Memorial […]

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Christmas Weekend Services

December 21, 2016

4:00 pm – Worship Service of Carols and Candles The instrumental prelude (shared by FCC youth)  will begin at 3:45 pm.  Pastor Julia will share a Christmas story with the children.  The Choir will sing two pieces from “The Winter Rose” Christmas cantata under the leadership of Carra-Lyn Conger.  The Venn family will light the […]

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Change in Christmas Program Rehearsal – Sat. 12/17 and Sun. 12/18

December 17, 2016

Due to snow….the music portion of the Christmas Program rehearsal has been canceled for Sat. 12/17 a.m.  So no rehearsal for 4-yr-olds through 5th grade. The Middle School youth WILL be rehearsing Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the sanctuary.  If your child can not attend, please let me know. The MS youth will be rehearsing […]

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Sunday, Nov. 13th – Stewardship Sunday

November 11, 2016

9am “Adult Forum” – Mary Jo McBrearty, chair of the board of Wisconsin’s American Civil Liberties Union, will speak. From their website: “Since 1920, the ACLU has been… working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone […]

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