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)

 

  • StFrancis10:00 a.m. Worship – Pastor Jim will preach on “The What, Where, and How of Serving” (text: 1 Cor. 12:4-11). The Bach Choir will sing “A Gaelic Blessing” (John Rutter).

 

  • 11:15 a.m. The Deacons of Worship & Arts will meet after the worship service (in Conf. Room).  The Scholarship Committee will meet in the church lounge.

 

  • We have 2 co-ed volleyball teams in the Church League. Our teams will be playing at either 1:00 or 2:00 pm at the YMCA in Sheb. Falls.  All are welcome to join in the active fun.  Contact Diane Venn, dvenn60@gmail.com if you’d like to participate.

 

 

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit – Weds. Jan. 20th  

We begin at 5:45 pm with a Mexican dinner c/o El Camino Restaurant in Lucas Hall. From 6:30 – 7:30 pm, there is special programming for all ages:

  • The young children will enjoy a sing-a-long with Mz Tree/Kyane Howland.

  • The older children (3rd-5th grade) will play active games with Sean Severson.

  • The Middle and High School youth will explore “What does it take for teenagers to ‘love your neighbor’ in a global community? “

There are three different 3-week series for adults:

  • “What’s New in Education?” (1/20 looks at the social/moral development of students with Carla Vorpahl and Lisa Biemann);

  • “Embracing Sustainability” (1/20 features John Holzwart speaking on Permaculture);

  • “Embracing Alternative Orthodoxy” DVD featuring Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Sign up on narthex bulletin board or RSVP to suzy@fccsheboygan.org by tomorrow (Mon) noon for a meal reservation.

 

Thurs Women’s Group – On Thurs. Jan. 21th, the group will discuss “Proclaiming Jubilee” as found in Luke 4:14-21..  Pastor Julia, facilitator. Group meets in church lounge from 9-10:15 am.

 

Spots Open for our Summer Mission Trip   Next summer, we will be hosting a joint mission trip for our Middle and High School youth.  Youth and adults will be traveling to Garnett, Kansas from Sat. July 16 – Sat. July 23rd. They will be weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents. Cost is $350.  We presently have 26 youth “committed” – there are 14 spots left. To reserve your spot, bring in a $50 deposit to church office.

Altar Flowers Wanted. Are you looking for a way to celebrate an event or remember a loved one?  We have openings for altar flowers for every Sunday through May (excluding Palm Sunday and Easter).  Sign up on green sheet on bulletin board in narthex or email/call Suzy in the office. You can order flowers from Hoffman’s Flowerland or Caan’s Floral and they will deliver to the church or you can bring in your own arrangement.

 

Next Ceil’s MealSat. Jan. 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 – Jan. 28/29 from noon to 5pm; set-up, serving and cleanup on Sat. Jan. 30th.  See signup sheets in the narthex.

 

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 Sunday after Epiphany

  • 9:00 a.m.Adult Forum -Pastor Jim leads conversation on John Shelby Spong’s recent essays on “Charting a New Reformation.” Two weeks (1/10 and 1/17). Handouts will be available; all are welcome. (Conference Room)

 

  • 10:00 a.m. Worship -Renewal of Baptism -we will have an opportunity to come forward and “renew our baptisms.”  Pastor Jim will preach his most inspiring sermon of the year so far. We will also dedicate our capital campaign volunteers (“Renewing Our Mission – Inside and Out”).  The Contemporary Group and Bach Choir will sing.

 

  • All are invited to an extended coffee hour in Lucas Hall as a “kick-off” for the campaign.  Thanks to Nancy Buhr, Kathy Blum and the Thurs. Women’s Group for hosting.

 

  • We have 2 co-ed volleyball teams in the Church League. Join us at 12:30 pm at the YMCA in Sheb. Falls.  All are welcome to join in the active fun.  Contact Diane Venn, dvenn60@gmail.com if you’d like to participate.

 

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Do all the good you can, by all the means you can,

in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,

at all the times you can, to all the people you can,

as long as you can.        John Wesley

 

A Huge Thank You to our RENEWING OUR MISSION – Inside and Out Campaign volunteers who are giving of their time to make this campaign a success and who have made their own pledges!  A training meeting took place for the Team Members on January 5, 2016. The volunteers are looking forward to visiting with you. Thank you all for your support of First Congregational Church UCC and our Campaign!

 

“Food for Body, Mind and Spirit”

– 3 consecutive Wednesdays starting January 13th.

On 1/13, we begin at 5:45 pm with a pasta al forno dinner by Stefano Viglietti in Lucas Hall. From 6:30 – 7:30 pm, there is special programming for all ages.  The young children will enjoy and create “Things that Pop” with Mary Tooley.  The older children (3rd-5th grade) will play board games.  The Middle and High School youth will explore “What does it take for teenagers to ‘love your neighbor’ in a global community? “

 

There are three different 3-week series for adults:

  • “What’s New in Education?” (1/13 features Lakeland College President, Dan Eck and LTC President, Michael Lanser);

  • “Embracing Sustainability” (1/13 features Justin Barrett, LTC Wind Technology teacher);

  • “Embracing Alternative Orthodoxy” DVD featuring Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Sign up on narthex bulletin board or RSVP to this epost by (Mon) noon for a meal reservation. Suggested donation is $7 for adults/$5 for children.

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN HELPING TO PLAN AND EVALUATE WORSHIP, MUSIC AND ARTS at FCC? There are 1-2 openings for those looking to be involved in the Deacons of Worship & the Arts (meetings will usually be on the 3rd Thursdays of the month). Nominate yourself (to be elected at annual meeting on Jan. 31st). Let Pastor Jim know of your interest

Shawl Ministry – Tues. Jan. 12th Gather in the church lounge from 10-11:30 am to share in conversation, knitting, crocheting.  Please bring along any projects to work on while we gather.  Audrey Kruger and Chris Burg, co-facilitators.

Thurs Women’s Group – On Thurs. Jan. 14th, the group will discuss “Overflowing Love” as found in John 2:1-11.  Pastor Julia, facilitator. Group meets in church lounge from 9-10:15 am.

Spots Open for our Summer Mission Trip   Next summer, we will be hosting a joint mission trip for our Middle and High School youth.  Youth and adults will be traveling to Garnett, Kansas from Sat. July 16 – Sat. July 23rd. They will be weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents. Cost is $350.  We presently have 26 youth “committed” – there are 14 spots left. To reserve your spot, bring in a $50 deposit to church office. We are also in need of adult advisors for this trip – please speak to Pastor Julia for more details.

Are you looking for a way to celebrate an event or remember a loved one?  We have openings for altar flowers for every Sunday through May (excluding Palm Sunday and Easter).  Sign up on green sheet on bulletin board in narthex or email/call Suzy in the office. You can order flowers from Hoffman’s Flowerland or Caan’s Floral and they will deliver to the church or you can bring in your own arrangement.

“Building a Recovery Community” – a group of concerned citizens seeking to expand the recovery movement for those with addictions to drugs and alcohol are having a “planning workshop” on Sat. Jan. Jan. 23rd from 8:30a-4:30p at the 1907 Club (located at 2908 N. 21st St., Sheboygan). John Shinholser will be the guest leader (from Virginia) to explain how a Recovery Community Organization operates and help a local team to develop a plan that meets the needs of the Sheboygan area.  There will also be a free showing on Friday 1/22 of “The Anonymous People” – a documentary film that we showed in our “Adult Forum” this past fall -about the faces and voices of recovery. More info :https://www.facebook.com/McshinFoundation/

Next Ceil’s Meal – Sat. Jan. 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 – Jan. 28/29 from noon to 5pm; set-up, serving and cleanup on Sat. Jan. 30th.  See signup sheets in the narthex.

IMG_20151217_085510Christmas Eve Worship Services at 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Early evening brings a “child-friendly” of Carols and Candles at 4pm (prelude begins at 3:45pm). Pastor Jim will speak to the children about “Christmas Bells.”  A vocal ensemble will sing and the Handbell Choir will play two pieces.

The later service begins at 9:00pm (note: earlier than previous years). Pastor Julia will preach. The Bach Choir will sing. We’ll conclude both services with the lighting of candles and singing of “Silent Night.”

Christmas Pageant 12/20/15

December 17, 2015

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Sunday, Dec. 20th – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • 9:00 am – Sunday “Forum” – Pastor Jim leads a study of the “infancy narratives” in the gospels (Matthew & Luke). All are welcome (Conference Room)
  • 10:00 am Worship – Church School Christmas Pageant – “Kings and Angels”  The children/youth of the church will be sharing the story of Jesus’ birth through drama and song. Thanks to many adults who have helped, including  Jennie Andreasen and Ann Berchem, choir directors. The Akstulewicz Family will light the Advent Candle (“Love”). 

 

  • Middle School Christmas Party Sunday evening – All Middle School Youth are invited to a Christmas Party at the Opel’s home from 5:00-6:30 pm. Subs and drinks provided – PLEASE BRING a dish to share (desserts, chips or salad). $10-15 gift exchange will take place, so please bring a gift.

Sponsor poinsettias for our Christmas altar! You may give them in honor or in memory of loved ones; it doubles as a fundraiser for Pilgrim Preschool (you may take them home after service on 12/27 or leave for someone else to enjoy). Email office at fccsheboygan dot org to sign up.

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