congregation at worship 2014We 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 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!”

Holy Week 2015

April 3, 2015

francis-courtyardHoly Week Services at FCC

Maundy Thursday, April 2nd7:00pm worship service in sanctuary.

We will be welcoming our friends from First Presbyterian Church. Holy Communion will be shared. Pastors Jim and Julia Hollister and Richard Manny will perform a Scripture Echo reading of the Last Supper.  The combined choirs of First Congregational Church and First Presbyterian Church will sing “For God So Loved the World.”   Childcare will be provided in the nursery during worship.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – April 3rd at 7:00pm.  Pastors Jim and Julia Hollister will lead worship that includes readings and extinguishing of candles (“tenebrae,” which means “shadows”). Martin Ulrich will play oboe and Sarah Oftedahl will play viola.

Good Friday – The church labyrinth will be open to walk on Friday from 9am to 8pm in Lucas Hall

Easter Sunday, April 5th – Holy Communion  Worship services at 8:30am and 10:30am in sanctuary.  Pastor Julia will preach.  Special music (both services) includes organ and brass.  There will be nursery care at both services as well.

8:30am – Music includes our Contemporary Group (“Free at Last”) and Handbell Choir (“Contemplation”) and organ (Bill Born). Pastor Julia will offer a communion meditation.

10:30am – Music includes organ (Bill Born), the Bach Choir (“That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright”) and Children’s Choir (“He is Alive”) [children will rehearse at 10am]. Pastor Julia will offer the communion meditation.

During 10:30am worship, children (through 2nd grade) will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. The older children and youth will remain in worship.



Weekend of Feb. 21-22, 2015

February 21, 2015

Winter Farmer’s Market – Sat. Feb. 21st  Come to Lucas Hall from 9 am to 1pm to purchase locally grown and produced goods – breads, apples, canned goods, desserts, meats…. Hosted by SCIO (Sheboygan Co. Interfaith Organization).


Vesper Service with The Wisconsin Gospellers – Sat. Feb. 21st  A gospel choir of musicians throughout Wisconsin, will offer an evening vesper service at 5:00 p.m. in our sanctuary. The service is a combination of text and songs.  The Wisconsin Gospellers are a ministry of the United Church of Christ, under the direction of Dr. Martin Ulrich. The choir has taken two concert tours to Germany, and regularly hosts gospel choirs from Germany in Wisconsin.

Lent is a great time to ponder your faith journey.  Please join us for this inspirational and moving experience.  To learn more – see (

(It’s not too late to join the Gospellers for an all-day workshop on Sat. 2/21 (9:00a til 4:30p) at FCC.  Suggested donation for the day is $30 and includes lunch, materials, and musical instruction (but they’d rather have you than your money). On site registrations are welcome.


Sun. Feb. 22nd – First Sunday in Lent  

  • “Adult Forum” 9am –  We’ll listen to and discuss TED talks on “Creativity” (part 2/2). Meets in the Conference Room.


  • 10:00 am worship – “Celebrating the Ministry of Law and Justice” We will lift up the weekday ministries of members and friends who have engaged in (or retired from) the field of law and justice, working as lawyers, police officers and judges. Rebecca Persick (Court Commissioner), Bill Moir (lawyer) and Dave Vorpahl (police officer) will share reflections on faith related to their work.  Following worship, all are invited to a reception in Lucas Hall.  


  • Contemplative Worship  Join in a service of prayer, scripture, candlelight and beautiful music from the Taizé community in France held at 7pm this evening in sanctuary.

Love Bowls – Sun. Feb. 22ndto benefit Fresh Meals on Wheels of Sheb. Co. Held at South High from 10 am to 3pm.  Purchase a Mexican bowl or plate, enjoy soups from over 70 local restaurants, delight in a variety of entertainment. Cost is $20 a person.


Youth Help Out at LOVE BOWLS Sun. Feb. 22nd  Meet at the church at 2:30pm. We will use church bus to travel to South High to help with clean-up.  Parents can pick their kids up at 4:30pm

Thurs Women Group Shares in Lenten Study using “Re-Lent – The “Still Speaking Devotional” for discussion.   If you would like to order a copy for $3 (speak to Pastor Julia) or you can pick up copies of the readings each Thurs.  Pastor Julia, facilitator.

Week of Sunday, Feb. 15th

February 15, 2015

Sun. Feb. 15th- EVOLUTION SUNDAY “Evolution Weekend is part of a nation-wide project to promote the conversation between science and religion and to show that they are not mutually exclusive.  This is the 10th anniversary. More info here:  Evolution Weekend) “Adult Forum” 9am –  We’ll listen to and discuss TED talks on “Creativity.” Held from […]

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Mary Lou French Scholarship Application is available

January 30, 2015

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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Gospellers Workshop and Concert in February

January 26, 2015

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 […]

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“Food for Body, Mind & Spirit” – January 2015

January 15, 2015

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 […]

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 9, 2015

Sun. Jan. 11th – Baptism Renewal Sunday   Adult Forum 9am – Bertha 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 […]

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Christmas Eve Worship at 4pm and 10pm

December 23, 2014

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 […]

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