We are working on a new Picture Directory for FCC Members and Friends!

We need you to make our new picture directory complete!

Click this link to go to appointment calendar to register for your photo:

We will have a sign-up table on Sundays July 13th, 20th, 27th and Aug. 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Kathy Mickelson is also available to assist with signups by calling her at 457-6544.

Photos will be taken at the church on
Fri., Aug. 22nd from 2-9 pm
Sat. Aug. 23rd from 10-5pm
Fri. Sept. 5th from 2-9 pm
Sat. Sept. 6th from 10-5pm
Tues. Sept. 23rd from 2-9pm
Weds. Sept. 24th from 2-9 pm

Special Incentives:
- Each family/appointment will receive one free 8X10 portrait and directory
- Bring in a non-perishable food item and receive $5 off your Lifetouch Portrait order

We need volunteers to:
- Serve as Hostess on Photo Days – speak to Linda Schroeder (918-9451)
- take photos at church events, take photos of homebound members
- share any pictures of events/groups – speak to Vicki Friske (254-0357) or Pastor Julia

See Pastor Julia with questions or if you are able to volunteer your time.

Gardening Reshapes Our World!

The GROW ministry has a Facebook page with info about “Eden’s Bluff” gardens and other projects: Eden’s Bluff Garden.

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Ceil’s Meal is a free breakfast that FCC hosts for the community on the 5th Saturday (usually). We just had one on May 31st – a full house! Here are some pics of the meal and the prep work the day before. Thanks to Darryl Gumm (friend of FCC) for these photos!

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Here is our new Statement of Welcome, approved by the congregation last Sunday:

We are a spiritually diverse congregation where God is still speaking. We affirm all who seek to follow Jesus’ way and share their gifts in service to the church and wider world, regardless of race, physical or mental capabilities, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

There were 214 votes cast (65 absentee; 149 present) with 186 In Favor, 16 Opposed, and 12 Abstentions.

MODERATOR’S MESSAGE – Nancy Buhr writes: “We are delighted to announce to the world that FCC UCC is indeed open and affirming. As such, we welcome anyone who chooses to worship with us and support every individual’s efforts to reach his/her full potential and we welcome the opportunities to deepen our faith as we grow in Christ together. Just as we became a permission-giving church, not knowing exactly where that would take us, we have faith that proclaiming our openness and willingness to affirm all people will bring us myriad wonderful opportunities. Look for films, speakers, workshops and more as we strive to better understand each other and what each needs to grow in faith. This body of Christ is one that is open to and affirms all.”

And, today we received this email from the ONA team in Cleveland, Ohio (UCC national office) –

Congratulations!  Your church is now officially listed with the Coalition.   We are so pleased to welcome you officially to the ONA Family.  You will soon receive a certificate of recognition of your ONA status from The UCC Coalition.

Your church’s name and ONA status will soon appear on the ONA map on the Coalition website (http://ucccoalition.org/ona/find/)  and in the Find a UCC Church listing (http://www.ucc.org/find/ ) on the UCC website!  The Coalition listings are typically updated once a week.
We hope you will stay in touch with other ONA churches by subscribing to the Coalition’s free email newsletter, RIPPLES (http://www.ucccoalition.org/news/subscribe/), becoming a friend on our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/ucc.coalition), and following us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ucccoalition).  Other congregations are taking this ONA journey with you, so let us help you keep in touch with our nationwide community.  Any member of your church is welcome to our email, Facebook and Twitter connections!  Your status as a newly-listed ONA setting will also be announced in those places and you might just get a welcome from other ONA churches.
We would very much appreciate it if, at your convenience, you would share a brief reflection paragraph about what being ONA means to your church and community.  We collect these reflections from newly listed ONA churches and settings for use in our materials. Please send it to me and to the Coalition office (office@ucccoalition.org).
In 2012, we welcomed ONA church #1000 and celebrated 40 years of LGBT ministry in the UCC.  This year, we’re well on our way to #1200.  Lives are being changed and saved because of the ONA ministry.  We are delighted that you are part of growing this important movement with us.
We encourage you to share the news of your ONA status by posting a rainbow comma on your church’s website, Facebook page and other locations.  You can find it at http://www.ucc.org/about-us/ucc-logo.html.

Thank you very much for your commitment to full affirmation and extravagant welcome for all God’s children.
We wish you God’s blessings in your ONA ministry.

GROW Yard & Garden Workday -May 3rd, 2014

May 3, 2014

  Thanks to all who helped (click header/title for some photos!)

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Sunday, May 4th – Congregational Meeting & Communion

May 2, 2014

Schedule for Sunday 5/4/14 9am – Adult Forum – Pastor Jim leads conversation about how to apply our faith to our daily lives. 10:00 am – Communion Sunday.  We’ll vote on our “Open and Affirming” (ONA) statement and have communion together. Pastor Jim will preach. 5:30p –  Progressive Supper – begins with appetizers at church […]

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G.R.O.W. Gardening Party – Friday May 2nd – 5p to 7p

April 29, 2014

You’re invited! The GROW Garden Party - this Friday evening May 2, 2014 The GROW (Gardening Reshapes Our World) Project is hosting a fun community event to celebrate and kick-off the upcoming growing season.  Your chance to connect up with or be your own urban farmer!  Meet up with gardeners, local food folks, and groups from the area involved […]

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Easter 2014

April 15, 2014

 Easter Sunday – April 20th – Worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am • 8:30 am – Music includes the Bach Choir, organ and brass. Pastor Jim will preach. Nursery care available. • 9:30 am – Continental Breakfast/fellowship – Lucas Hall • 10:30 am – Music includes Children’s Choir (4 yr-olds thru 2nd grade), organ, and […]

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Palm Sunday – and Mission Trip Brunch

April 12, 2014

Please join us for Palm Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and stay afterwards for a free brunch served by youth who will be going on a GROUP Workcamp this summer to Chandler, Oklahoma. No RSVP required – plenty of good food!. At worship at 10:00, Pastor Julia will preach. 3rd-5th graders will sing two anthems, […]

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“Painting the Stars” series on Science & Religion

April 1, 2014

   When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.”    – Vincent Van Gogh Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. starting April 2nd – at First Cong. Church, UCC, 310 Bluff Avenue, Sheboygan April 2nd – Toward Healing the Rift April 9th […]

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