Gospel Music Workshop
The Wisconsin Gospellers, a gospel choir drawing from musicians across the state of Wisconsin, invites anyone interested to participate in a day of gospel singing on Saturday, February 21st, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 Bluff Avenue, Sheboygan. Rehearsals will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 4:30 PM, and at 5:00 PM the Gospellers will conduct a Gospel Vespers service combining song and text. There is a charge of $30 for the day’s activities, including lunch, materials, and musical instruction. The 5:00 PM Gospel Vespers service is free of charge and open to the public. For more information please contact Martin Ulrich (918-9777), David Wernecke (208-6409) or Nancy Tubesing, tubesingnl@aol.com.  Early registrations are encouraged to can me made with Nancy Tubesing (tubesingnl@alo.com) On site registrations are also welcome. The Wisconsin Gospellers (http://www.wisconsingospellers.org/) is a ministry of the United Church of Christ, under the direction of Dr. Martin Ulrich, of Lakeland College and First Congregational Church, Director of Music.  Musicians from all faiths and denominations are invited. The choir has taken two concert tours to Germany, and regularly hosts gospel choirs from Germany in Wisconsin.
Vesper Service at First Congregational United Church of Christ
The Wisconsin Gospellers, (http://www.wisconsingospellers.org/) a gospel choir of musicians throughout Wisconsin, will offer an evening vesper service at 5:00 p.m. February 21 at First Congregational Church, 310 Bluff Ave. Sheboygan. The service is a combination of text and songs.  Lent is a great time to ponder your faith journey.  Please join us for this inspirational and moving experience.

We had a lovely gathering last night for an evening of fellowship and learning for all ages – the start of our 15th annual “Food for Body, Mind & Spirit.”

There are 2 more in a row: Weds. evenings – Jan. 21st and 28th, 2015

Catered Supper at 5:45 pm
Special Programming for all Ages from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested donation of $7 for adults/$5 for children
This series is open to the wider Sheboygan community

If you would like to attend – simply need to RSVP to Suzy (suzy@fccsheboygan.org) by Mon. Jan. 19 and 26th.

Catered Supper
· Jan. 21 Chicken Dinner c/o Twisted Chicken
· Jan. 28 Pulled Pork/Beef Brisket Dinner c/o Dickey’s Barbeque Pit

Programming for all Ages – 6:30-7:30 pm

For Younger Children – (4-year-olds – 2nd Grade)
Jan. 21st – Crafts for Kids Cindy Bartol will offer two craft projects for the younger children
Jan. 28th – Sing-a-long with Mz Tree Join singer/songwriter, Kyane Howland for a musical “jam”. Award-winning guitar and voice teacher at LakeMusic Studio, Kyane leads music and movement to help families tune in to the wonder and love of the planet.

(there will be nursery care for infants through 3 year olds during the evening program)

For Older Children – (3rd – 5th grade)
Jan. 21st – Active Games Jim Johnson will lead some “active” and “engaging” games to help the group get to know each other.
Jan. 28th – Board Game Night Children are encouraged to bring along their favorite board game to play with friends. Karen Habeck and Tim Wernecke, leaders.

For Middle School Youth
Kim Anderson will be leading a two week series on how youth can be open to accepting of diversity – at school, in the local community and the world. On the 21st, Angela Wessels, Youth Educator at Mental Health America, will help lead.

For High School Youth – Pastor Julia will lead a three-week series using the “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith” series. Group will explore the relationship between science and an evolutionary Christian spirituality.

Three Different Series for Adults –

Series #1“Visualizing Christianity: Manifestations of Spirit in Western Art” Lisa Vihos will lead this three-week “feast for the eyes” – an art historical journey to discover how artists have depicted the stories of Jesus, the stories of the Bible, and the sacredness of Spirit throughout the centuries. Each night will include some time for group discussion and reflection.

Jan. 21st – The Spirit Made Flesh in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Jan. 28th – Transformations and Meditations: Art Up to the Present

Series #2 “Parents as Spiritual/Moral Guides for their Children”

The Rev. Debbie Payden will lead the gathered group through an exploration of how the home is the primary place for Christian faith formation.

Series #3 “Reflections on Israel” – Jim Hollister will share photos and reflections from his recent trip, in light of current events in that region.

Jan. 21st – Palestinians’ desire for a state
Jan. 28th – Intro to the Kabbalah

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 9, 2015

congregation at worship 2014

Sun. Jan. 11th – Baptism Renewal Sunday


  • Adult Forum 9amBertha Singini and Benjamin David will speak on “Early Grade Reading in Malawi: The Way Forward.” They will share issues, problems, what they have been learning at Lakeland, and what they hope to do when they go home to Malawi. There will be time for questions and discussion. In the Conf. Room across from the office. All are welcome!

  • 10:00 am Worship –  Pastor Jim will preach on “religious fanaticism” with a sermon entitled, “Defining Moments.” We will also have an opportunity to renew our baptisms. Music by Bach Choir (“Alleluia”) and Contemporary Group (“Come to the Water”).  We’ll also bid farewell to a some members who will be moving away soon.

  • 7 pm Group Meditation in the lounge.

Two services on Christmas Eve in our sanctuary: 4pm (Prelude starts by 3:50pm) and 10pm.
4pm – Music includes familiar carols, Bill Born on the organ, and Handbells & Bach Choir (dir. by Martin Ulrich), as well as a trio of women vocalists (sometimes known as Sheboygan Light Rail). Pastor Julia will share a “Children’s Message.” We’ll light our candles and end with “Silent Night.” Nursery care is available for the 4pm service.

10p-Music includes familiar carols, Bill Born on the organ, and a couple of solos (Ben Johnson singing “O Holy Night” & Mimi Viglietti singing “On a Silent Night”). Pastor Jim will share a brief but life-changing sermon :) We’ll light our candles and end with “Silent Night.”

Sunday, December 21st – Children’s Program

December 17, 2014

We enjoyed Footprints to the Manger” on Sunday, Dec. 21st during our worship service. “Footprints to the Manger.”“I Wonder as I Wander” (John Jacob Niles)… the 4 year old, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade class.  Grace Severson, soloist.“Let’s Go, Let’s Go” (David Heath-Whyte)….the 4 year old, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade class. Davis Knowles, soloist. “March Patapan” […]

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Winter Farmers Market schedule – at FCC!

November 12, 2014
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Pastor Jim is back from Israel

November 12, 2014

Pastor Jim has returned from his 2-week trip to Israel/Palestine and enjoyed it very much. He’ll be sharing highlights during “Adult Forum” – Sundays at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 16th & 23rd – in the Conference Room at FCC. All are welcome to attend. He will also be sharing with the confirmation class (mentors welcome!) […]

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Baptism, Reception of New Members, and Honoring 50-yr Members – Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014!

October 15, 2014

Join us this Sunday for 10am worship as we celebrate baptisms (1 adult, 2 children), receive a group of great new members into our fellowship, and honor our many 50-yr members. 2-3 members will give “reflections” on their faith.  The Bach Choir will sing. You won’t want to miss it!

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In Memoriam: Alice K. Senty (March 28, 1923 – September 29, 2014)

October 11, 2014

A memorial service will be held on Sat. Oct. 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Visitation from 1-3 p.m. Overlooking Lake Michigan, in the library of her home of 54 years on North Point in Sheboygan, Alice K. Senty recently completed her memoir, Here I Belong, describing her family’s journey and the joys of […]

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Andrew Galuska, Organist, in Concert – Sunday, Oct. 12th at 4:30 p.m.

October 7, 2014

Mr. Andrew Galuska, in Concert, Oct. 12th at 4:30 pm at FCC! (after the Packer game) Read below for his bio and the concert program.   Andrew Galuska is Director of Music and Organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, Minnesota. He has won prizes for organ performance and improvisation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, […]

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