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 (http://www.wisconsingospellers.org/)

(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 9:00-9:50 am in Conference Room.

  • Teacher’s Meeting The winter and spring session Church School Teachers are invited to gather in the church lounge at 9:00 am.

  • 10:00 am Worship – EVOLUTION SUNDAY.  Pastor Jim will preach on science and religion. Bach Choir will be singing “Holy“. The 4-yr-olds through 2nd graders will sing “It’s Love.”  There will be a rehearsal at 9:30 am in the sanctuary for children’s group.

  • Group Meditation – 7pm in the church lounge.

  • Middle School Youth See Admirals Hockey. Meet in church parking lot at 1:15pm (for 3:00pm game) NO MEAL will be provided.  Cost is $20.00. Adult Leaders – Kim Anderson, Eric Traas.  Expected return time is 6:15pm (parents pick up youth in church parking lot).  Email Kim A. (kim@fccsheboygan.org) to see if there are a few tickets left.

Ash WednesdayFeb. 18thWe’ll gather for a service with ashes and Holy Communion at 12:00 noon in Evans Chapel.  Worship leaders – Pastors Jim and Julia and Dan Ognavic (music)

Labyrinth Open on Ash Weds – Feb. 18th  The labyrinth will be open and available to walk from 9am to 3:30 pm.  The confirmation students will be walking the labyrinth from 7-8 pm that evening.

Journeys – Weds. Feb. 18th  8th graders are invited to learn about “The Twelve Disciples: The Provincial Bumpkins” from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Thanks to the Engberg family for providing the meal from 6:30-7:00 pm.

Thurs Womens Group Shares in Lenten Study – Thurs. Feb. 19th  During the season of Lent, the group will be using “Re-Lent – The Still Speaking Devotional” for discussion.   Copies can be purchased for $3 or you can simply pick up copies of the readings each Thurs.  Pastor Julia, facilitator.

Gospel Workshop – Sat. Feb. 21st 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 Sat., February 21st, at First Congregational Church UCC, 310 Bluff Ave., in Sheboygan. Rehearsal will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 4:30 PM, culminating in a vespers worship at 5pm.  Musicians from all faiths and denominations are invited. Workshop cost is $30 (includes lunch).  To register, call Suzy in church office – 457-4818.

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.  Lent is a great time to ponder your faith journey.  Please join us for this inspirational and moving experience.  To learn more – see (http://www.wisconsingospellers.org/)

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 Gifts Committee of First Congregational Church invites applications for the Mary Lou French Memorial Scholarship (grants ranging from $500 – $2,000) to further one’s education. The grants will be given to non-traditional students (age 25 or over) who plan to enter a field of study that serves women and children and demonstrates financial need, reside in Sheboygan County or attend an educational institution in Sheboygan County. Please fill out this form completely and return it to the church by the scholarship deadline. This scholarship is awarded once a year. Recipients and applicants may reapply each year.

Click here for the application (PDF file) = ML French scholarship application


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.

“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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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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