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… If you are keeping score at home, that last play went ‘Heinen to Heinen!'”
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 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!”
GROUP Workcampers have returned home! The 28 youth and 7 adults had a good (hot) time in Garnett, Kansas. They will lead our worship service 9:30a on Sunday to share stories and photos about their work and “God-sightings.” Thanks to all those who “sponsored” these participants and made this trip possible. Please join us Sunday!
Sunday, July 24th – 9:30 am Worship –
We’ll sing and pray and hear reports and “God-sightings” from participants of the GROUP workcamp in Kansas this past week. Liz Johnson (recent high school grad) will sing a solo. Bill Born, organist, will accompany the singing.
Summer Kid’s Program – Thanks to Natasha Torry for leading the younger children in learning about the Lord’s Prayer. (Older children are encouraged to remain in worship to hear about the mission trip).
Coffee Hour will be in Lucas Hall where we’ll have an artist reception with Erica Jane Huntzinger, local artist, around her painting (on loan) called “Our Seas.” It is made from 11 wooden panels (8’X26’) oil on wood and will be on display in Lucas Hall through December. Ms. Huntzinger writes: “The concept for the painting was one of vastness, depth and calm. I wanted individuals to enter a deep space to experience meditative and open reflection about their exterior worlds and interior selves….We are all connected through the immeasurable seas of our selves, by the formidable and great seas that surround our lands and the infinite skies above. “Our Seas” seeks to call attention to the sublime richness of our involvement within these experiences. Funds given in memory of Rose McKillips were used to cover the installation costs. There is also an audio component to the installation recorded by Cooper Diers. Following worship, come and meet Erica and Cooper and hear about their creative process. Go to www.ericahuntzinger.com for more info.
Food Truck Fellowship Night – Mon. July 25th We had a GREAT time at our first Food Truck Fellowship Night on June 27th. We will again be putting out tables and chairs on the northeast corner of the FCC parking lot. Purchase your food from one of the many food trucks at Vollrath Park and then come on over to FCC between 5-7 pm to join in some great fellowship. Deacons of Membership/Care will provide free bottled water, soda and brownies.
FYI, One of the food trucks is the Culinary Art Car sponsored by LTC. The Art Car menu includes Korean wraps, special salads and delicious cookies. All proceeds from the sales will benefit Meals On Wheels. See http://culinaryartcar.org/ for more info.
If weather is bad, Lucas Hall will be available.
Church Softball League – Mon. July 25th at 6:55p at Veterans Park NW field. Cheering fans are most appreciated! Bleacher seating is free, or bring a chair.
Join in the Gardening Fun at Eden’s Bluff – Our church garden (Eden’s Bluff) is looking GREAT and the plants are GROWING like crazy! Drop by next Wednesday 7/27 between 9-11 am to help with weeding, harvesting or planting.
Ceil’s Meal – free community breakfast – will be on Sat., July 30th (serving 9:30-10:30a in Lucas Hall) There are lots of ways to be involved – kitchen prep on Wed., July 27th 1p-5p; Thurs., July 28th Noon to 5p; Fri., July 29th Noon to 5p; and Sat., July 30th 7 am. For other times, call Ceil at 920-287-7030. Signup sheets can be found in the narthex for help with set-up, serving and clean-up.
If you can help with transportation for guests who call requesting a ride, please speak to Pastor Jim.
Scholarship Funds Available. The Scholarship Committee is receiving applications for those seeking financial assistance for college or graduate studies this Fall. Applicants must be a member of this church or a member of a church family. Scholarship application forms are available in the church office and can be downloaded off of the church website. Application deadline: Sun. July 31st. The Scholarship Committee will be meeting in early August to disburse available funds.
Potluck Picnic in Celebration of Marty Carney’s Ministry – Sun. July 31st All are invited to attend a potluck gathering held at the Hollister’s home, 2802 N. 6th St. Sheb. from 5:30-7:30 pm. We will be celebrating Marty Carney and his ministry among us as our Interim Youth Coordinator. Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert. We will have chicken and hot dogs on the grill. Children and youth are welcome. Please RSVP by emailing Pastor Julia at email@example.com
Some local UCC’ers are organizing a UCC Golf Outing at Riverdale in October (Oct. 8 or 9) for area church members and friends. Are you a golfer who’d be interested in participating and/or helping to organize some of our members for this? Speak to Pastor Jim of your interest.
Laundry Love Ministry – Weds. July 27th This ministry provides soap and quarters to people in need on the 4th Wednesday each month at Midway Laundromat (14th and Michigan). Stop by between 6-8 pm and join in this ministry that brings dignity to underemployed families. Contact John or Patty Aker (207-9232) to learn more.
New Youth Director Hired – We welcome Jim Johnson to our church staff (he’ll start on 8/8/16). Jim and his wife, Susan, have been FCC members since 2002. Their son, Ben, is a college sophomore at Lawrence University. Jim brings a wealth of talents and experience to this part-time position. Jim was an elementary school teacher (Sheb. Area School District) for nearly a decade. He recently started his own woodwork business, Black River Woodcrafting LLC to make musical furnishing and custom woodworking. He has been involved in our youth program as church school teacher and an adult mission trip advisor for numerous GROUP workcamp trips. We look forward to Jim’s leadership and guidance as he coordinates the educational, fellowship and mission programs for our Middle and High School youth.