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 in this country.” All are welcome!

10 a.m. Worship – we’ll bring our pledges of Time & Talent and Treasure to the altar (early in the service, so the children can join their families in this ritual).

The choir will sing Willan’s “Sing to the Lord of the Harvest.” Pastor Jim will preach on “Building a New Jerusalem.” Read ahead:

Isaiah 65:17-25

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

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Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

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Above: Our sanctuary earlier this morning (Reformation Sunday).

Below: Most of the 50-yr members who were present today.

Ceil’s Meal 10/29/16

October 30, 2016

Photos from Ceil’s Meal breakfast in Lucas Hall on Oct. 29, 2016:

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“Compassionate Communication” Seminar – Sat., Oct. 15th, 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Would you like to be heard truly and deeply by friends, family, colleagues? Do you want to be able to listen fully and be in connection with others? Join in a 4-hour seminar on this topic based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg (author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life). Seminar guest speaker will be Karen Starz, MA, MAEC. Suggested donation is $20. Held in our Lucas Hall and co-sponsored by Unity Church of Sheboygan. No need to RSVP – just come!

Here’s a flyer for downloading (Word doc): compassionatecommunication2016_10_15-flyer

Technology and social media workshop – Sat. 10/15/16 in Plymouth

October 5, 2016

Technology Help and Learning Day Eagle Scout Project of Adam Multer Saturday 10/15/16 More info – download flyer here: eagle-project-flyer-2016_10_16adammulter

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Carra-Lyn Conger to be our new Director of Music!

September 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Director of Music! Carra-Lyn Conger has accepted our offer and will begin serving in early October (with choir rehearsal on Wed. 10/5). Carra-Lyn is a Music Teacher in the Sheboygan Area School District (since 1996), currently serving at Farnsworth Middle School. She served as our […]

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Join us for worship – “Rally Sunday” – Sept. 11th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

September 6, 2016
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Music Director Search

September 1, 2016

We are currently looking for a new Music Director. Spread the word. In the meantime, we have great folks keeping our vital program running smoothly – and we are grateful! Here’s the link (below) for details. -Pastor Jim http://www.fccsheboygan.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Dir-of-Music-job-description-2016.doc  

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Softball season wrapped up

August 24, 2016

Softball Season ends – a winning season. John Engberg, shortstop, sums it up well: “A quick, big shout out to Wade and Chris Heinen for all their time, encouragement and leadership organizing this year’s FCC softball team. It is always a highlight of my summer to play a simple kids game, regardless of our ages… […]

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Welcome To First Congregational!

August 23, 2016

We gather for worship on Sundays – 9:30a in the summer and 10a starting 9/11/16. Our service typically 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 […]

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