CSB Grant Application 2016 here. Deadline is the end of August 2016.

FCC Seeks Youth Director

We are an open and spiritually diverse congregation and are seeking a Christ-centered individual for part-time Youth Director (approx. 17 hrs/week).  Our youth ministry a vital component of our congregational life together.  We strive to create a sacred space for teenagers to learn about Christ’s call to compassion, acceptance, justice and love. We have a long tradition of providing fun, spiritual, and social experiences for our youth including mission trips, retreats, and community service.

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Mail a letter of introduction with your resume to FCC, 310 Bluff Ave., Sheboygan 53081. Attn: Youth Dir. Search

Winter Farmer’s Market – Sat. April 16th  Come purchase locally grown and produced goods – 9 am to 1pm in Lucas Hall.  Hosted by SCIO (Sheboygan Co. Interfaith Org)

Northeast Association Annual Meeting – Sat. April 16th “Shift: From Maintenance to Mission” held at Bethlehem UCC in Kiel.  Pastors Jim and Julia, Beth Petzke and Chris Kuehnel will be representing FCC Sheboygan at this event.  Chris Kuehnel will be sharing stories from our GROW ministry during one of the afternoon break-out session on “Justice Ministries.”  For more info go to www.neaucc.org

 

Sunday, April 17th – Fourth Sunday of Easter

  • 9:00 am – Adult Forum In honor of Organ Donation Month, Dawn Lyons-Wood will share her story of organ donation following the death of her daughter, Emily last year.

  • 10:00 am – Worship  Pastor Jim will preach on “Crucifixion & Resurrection” (looking at both Ps. 22 & Ps. 23). The Bach Choir will sing “Shepherd Me, O God” by Marty Haugen.

  • Garden and Grounds Clean-up Day Join in a light lunch following worship and then spend some time doing some garden and grounds cleanup (raking leaves, pruning bushes).  Many hands make light work – all invited to join in the fun!

The Wed. Morning Study Group is currently reading THE GIFTS OF THE DARK WOOD (7 Blessings for Soulful Skeptics and other Wanderers) by the Rev. Eric Elnes. All are welcome. Weds. at 6:45am in the Lounge.

“Journeys” – Weds. April 20th 8th graders learn about “Mary Magdalene: The Unsung Apostle” from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Youth Room.  Thanks to Meissner family for providing the meal.  Marty Carney, leader.

Thursday Women’s Study Group Using the Listen Up! Bible Study series, the group is exploring 1 Corinthians – a rich reflection on what it means to be the church, as well as analysis of some of the chronic ways in which church health and vitality are undermined from within. On April 21st, we will look at the question “Our Bodies, Our Christ.” 1 Corn. 6:12-20. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Pastor Julia, facilitator.

“GROW Great Food Party – Fri. April 22nd  The GROW (Gardening Reshapes Our World) ministry is hosting an event to celebrate the upcoming growing season and Earth Day.  Connect with farming/food groups in the area.  Potluck supper (Lucas Hall) from 5:30-7 pm.  Talk about composting, seed exchange and more. Open to the wider community (from master gardeners to beginners). Contact Adrienne Barrett – 819-9001 or GROW Facebook page.

CONFIRMATION | HIgh School YOUTH –  Sat. April 23rd Marty Carney is leading this day trip to Milwaukee – leaving from the church at 7am. Travel to central city Milwaukee to help with the Despensa de la Paz Food Pantry or to serve food to homeless people with StreetLife (depending on the needs of the morning).  After we finish serving around 12noon, we will enjoy lunch together as we travel back to Sheboygan.  Please bring money for lunch.  We should arrive back at the church around 3pm.  Marty Carney will lead.  Other adult leaders will also be needed. This event is part of the requirement for confirmation.  Other HS youth are also welcome to participate.  RSVP to youth@fccsheboygan.org

“Baby Kit” Items due by next Sunday, April 24th.

Pilgrim Preschool Spring Flower Sale Signup sheets are available in the narthex thru Sun., April 24th (Please pay when you order). Help raise funds for Pilgrim by purchasing Hanging Baskets, Combos, Flower Flats, Geraniums, Spikes & Vines provided by Caan’s Floral. Questions? Contact Suzy in the church office.

Next Ceil’s Meal – Sat. April 30th (serving 9:30-10:30a in Lucas Hall) Mark your calendars for this Free Community Meal.  There are lots of ways to be involved – kitchen prep on Thurs/Fri – April 28/29 from noon to 5pm; set-up, serving and clean-up on Sat. April 30th.  See signup sheets in the narthex.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Sun. May 1st – starting at FCC for appetizers at 5:30p, then to various homes for dinner. Those who sign up will be assigned something to bring. Dinner group assignments will be revealed during the Appetizer Course.  Sign up on the poster in the narthex or email Suzy in the church office: suzy@fccsheboygan.org (let us know if you are willing to be a host)  Contact Liz Spangler with questions – 694-1576.

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign There are 29 youth – 10 Middle School and 19 High School and 7 adult advisors committed to participating in our mission trip this summer to attend a GROUP Home Repair Workcamp in Garnett, Kansas from Sat. July 16th through Sat. July 23rd.  They will be weatherizing houses for low-income and elderly residents.  Sponsor a youth for a full day ($50) or half day ($25). Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”

Sunday, April 10th – Third Sunday of Easter

  • 9:00 am – Adult Forum A representative from the Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan (RCS) will share info about the “Ambassador” program.

  • 10:00 am – Worship  The Rev. Jane Anderson, Associate Conference Minister of the WI Conf. of UCC, will preach.  Pastors Jim and Julia will also lead worship.  The Contemporary Group and Bach Choir will sing.

  • GROW/Eden’s Bluff Planning Meeting after the worship service: gather with others in classroom #2 to make plans for the church gardens this summer. All are welcome. Darren Opel, coordinator.

  • Middle School Youth Bowl at Maple Lanes We will meet at the church at 1.30pm and then take the church van to Maple Lanes.  Please bring $5 for bowling and also additional money for snacks id desired.  We will return to the church by 4pm. Marty Carney, leader.

 

PLEDGE CARD UPDATE: 77% of the pledge cards have been reported!  We are getting closer to announcing our Campaign Total Raised! We need to have 90 – 95% of the pledge cards reported before that announcement can take place so it is important that all members respond to their personal invitation to take part in this vital campaign.

The Church Council and Trustees of Buildings and Grounds are working closely together to develop a plan for the next phase of our Campaign. In late spring, we will be establishing a Project Management Team to oversee the plans based on funds raised.  For starters (in May), Mannenbach Mechanical LLC, of Kiel, WI, will replace 3 air handling units (serving our Lounge, Lucas Hall, and Sanctuary) and install one hot water boiler/pipes to cover Pilgrim Preschool rooms.

Just a reminder that the IRA Charitable Rollover is an excellent way to make a gift or make a payment to our Campaign. If you have not been contacted by a volunteer or you have any questions, please call Carol Dussault, our Campaign Coordinator at: 920-207-0909 or email: campaign@fccsheboygan.org

 

Our sympathy goes out to ……

  • Joe McKillips, friend of FCC, and his family, following the death of his wife, Rose, this week. A memorial service was held on Friday at 3pm (Pastor Jim & the Rev. Barbara Hill). Joe has been part of our Wed. Morning Study group for some years now.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to our organist, Bill Born, following the death of his mother, Mary Ellen Born on Monday, April 4th. A funeral was be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Sheboygan Falls, on Friday at 5 pm.

 

The Wed. Morning Study Group is currently reading THE GIFTS OF THE DARK WOOD (7 Blessings for Soulful Skeptics and other Wanderers) by the Rev. Eric Elnes. All are welcome. Weds. at 6:45am in the Lounge.

Thursday Women’s Study Group – Using the Listen Up! Bible Study series, the group is exploring 1 Corinthians – a rich reflection on what it means to be the church, as well as analysis of some of the chronic ways in which church health and vitality are undermined from within. On April 14th, we will look at the question “Who Owns the Congregation?” 1 Cor. 3:5-23. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Pastor Julia, facilitator.

“Baby Kits” Tree – This Spring, the church school and the Shawl Ministry Group are teaming up on a mission project.  The church school children will be creating Church World Service “baby kits.” There is a “baby kits” tree in the narthex filled with Easter egg tags.  Each tag will have an item (cloth diapers, sleepers, undershirts, washcloths, receiving blankets) that is needed to make 20 kits.  You are invited to take a tag off the tree, purchase the items and return them by Sun. April 24th.

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign – There are 29 youth – 10 Middle School and 19 High School and 8 adult advisors committed to participating in our mission trip this summer to attend a GROUP Home Repair Workcamp in Garnett, Kansas from Sat. July 16th through Sat. July 23rd.  They will be weatherizing houses for low-income and elderly residents.  Sponsor a youth for a full day ($50) or half day ($25). Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”

Garden and Grounds Clean-up Day – Sun. April 17th  Join in a light lunch following worship and then spend some time doing some garden and grounds clean-up (raking leaves, pruning bushes).  Many hands make light work – all invited to join in the fun!

“GROW Great Food Party – Fri. April 22nd  The GROW (Gardening Reshapes Our World) ministry is hosting an event to celebrate the upcoming growing season and Earth Day.  Connect with farming/food groups in the area.  Potluck supper (Lucas Hall) from 5:30-7 pm.  Talk about composting, seed exchange and more. Open to the wider community (from master gardeners to beginners). Contact Adrienne Barrett – 819-9001 or GROW Facebook page.

 

Pilgrim Preschool Spring Flower Sale Signup sheets are available in the narthex thru Sun., April 24th (Please pay when you order). Help raise funds for Pilgrim by purchasing Hanging Baskets, Combos, Flower Flats, Geraniums, Spikes & Vines provided by Caan’s Floral. Once again we offer a voucher certificate program.  By purchasing a voucher, you can take the voucher to Caan’s and pick out your own flowers or plants when you are ready to plant them.  See info at the Pilgrim display in the narthex. Make checks out to Pilgrim Preschool. Pickup of vouchers and plants will take place on Thurs., May 12th, 8:30a-3p and Fri., May 13th, 8:30a-2p.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? – Sun. May 1st – starting at FCC for appetizers at 5:30p, then to various homes for dinner. Those who sign up will be assigned something to bring. Dinner group assignments will be revealed during the Appetizer Course.  Sign up on the poster in the narthex or RSVP to this e-post (let us know if you are willing to be a host)  Contact Liz Spangler with questions – 694-1576.

Scholarship Application and policy updated – April 2016

April 8, 2016

  Click to download new scholarship application (Word document) = Scholarship Application updated. Scholarship policies have also been updated – download here: Scholarship Fund policy.  

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Palm Sunday and Holy Week

March 15, 2016

 Palm Sunday, Mar. 20th  10:00 am worship will include Palm Procession led by church school children and Bach Choir.  The Children’s Choirs (Jennie Andreasen, leader) and Bach Choir (Martin Ulrich, leader) will sing.  Hymns will be accompanied by Brass under the direction of Wade Heinen.  Pastor Jim Hollister will preach.  Following worship, there will be […]

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Welcome To First Congregational!

February 23, 2016

We gather for worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. during the school year (usually 30-60 minutes earlier in summer). 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 […]

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Looking toward Sunday 2/14 – 1st Sunday in Lent… and “Evolution Sunday”

February 11, 2016

Sunday, Feb. 14th  – Season of Lent 9:00 a.m. Adult Forum: Pastor Jim leads the first of 2 Sundays viewing a new documentary film entitled “Faith & Doubt: Science & Religion in the Search for Truth” (watch the trailer here).  All are welcome. (Conference Room) 10:00 a.m. Worship – First Sunday in Lent – “Evolution […]

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Sunday, Jan. 17th, 2016

January 16, 2016

Sunday, January 17th – Season of Epiphany 9:00 a.m. Adult Forum: Pastor Jim leads conversation on John Shelby Spong’s series of essays on “Charting a New Reformation.” Handouts will be available; all are welcome. (Conference Room)   10:00 a.m. Worship – Pastor Jim will preach on “The What, Where, and How of Serving” (text: 1 […]

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E-post to FCC Members & Friends – Jan. 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

Friday, Jan. 8th @ 4pm (Conference Room). We’ll offer a 2nd showing of a “webcast” on the Enneagram with Fr. Richard Rohr and enneagram scholar Russ Hudson (“Mercy as the Resolution of Paradox”).  Pastor Jim will convene; all are welcome. (video runs approx. 4pm to almost 6pm). Details here.   Sunday, January 10th – First […]

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