E-post for 11-16-17

Weekly E-post to members & friends of First Congregational Church, Sheboygan.

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Pastors: Revs. Jim & Julia Hollister

Sent: Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

“Art for Malawi” – Sat. Nov. 18th (9am – 3pm) and Sun. Nov. 19th (11am – 2pm)

The proceeds from the sale will help fund an ongoing series of professional development workshops for the Lakeland Univ. graduates who recently returned to Malawi as well as the building of a Children’s Reading Garden in Lilongwe. Come support this wonderful outreach ministry.

Winter Farmer’s MarketSat. Nov. 18th from 9am to 1pm in Lucas Hall


Sunday, Nov. 19th – Thanksgiving Sunday

  • 9:00 am Adult Forum – Pastor Jim will share his experience of a Vipassana Meditation course last summer in Menomonie, WI (10.5 days including 9 days of silence).

  • Sunday School Teacher’s Meeting for fall and winter teachers held at 9:00 am in classroom #2.

  • 10:00 am Worship – Pastor Julia will preach on “Risking Living” based on the Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30.  The Choir will sing “God is Seen” (American Folk Tale).  We will be celebrating the sacrament of baptism with Mai-Linh Morgan (on her birthday!).


 Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Feast – Weds. Nov. 22nd at 7 p.m. Join us for worship in the sanctuary with a short sermon and great music. The choir will sing. We’ll conclude with a “pie feast” in Lucas Hall! Donated pies are appreciated – drop them off in the kitchen prior to the service.


 STEWARDSHIP –  “Journey to Generosity: The Way of Jesus”… Pledge cards for calendar/fiscal year 2018 are available in the narthex and pew racks. Time & Talent forms (green) are in the blue “Welcome Pads.”  We count on your support to fund our ministry and outreach; your estimates of giving help us to draw up a budget for 2016.  To date, we have received 90  pledges (7 new pledges!) for $193,800. Thanks for your support!

We celebrate with Beth Petzke as she has been called as the Interim Minister at St. James UCC in Newton and St. Mark’s UCC in Cleveland (following the long-time pastorate of Rev. Bill Kesting).  We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Service of Ordination on Sun. Jan. 14th at 3pm in the FCC sanctuary!  Stay tuned for details.

 Pilgrim Preschool Poinsettia & Greenery Sale (benefits Pilgrim Preschool). Decorate your home for Christmas with Poinsettias, Wreaths, Door Swags & Hanging Baskets.  We now only offer purchasing of Vouchers (certificates)—this allows you to pick out your own plants at the greenhouse instead of picking them up at FCC. Vouchers are used like cash at the floral store. Place your order in the narthex (lobby) by this Sunday – vouchers will be available on Thurs., Nov. 30th in church office. See info & price sheet on the Pilgrim display table.

Advent Soup Lunch – Sun., Nov. 26th   The whole church family is invited to attend an afternoon gathering for fun, fellowship and good food following worship on Sun. Nov. 26th.  Event will begin with a simple soup lunch.  While the adults decorate the sanctuary and narthex, children will have the opportunity to create some special ornaments to hang on the sanctuary trees.  Come enjoy a time of fellowship and holiday preparation.

Christmas Giving /Mitten Tree  The church is providing a way to give to families in need during the holiday season.  There will be a “giving tree” located in the narthex.

1.Gifts for Families in Need.  People are invited to take 1-2 of the gift tags off the tree.  Each gift tag will list a suggested gift and the age and gender of the recipient.  You are encouraged to purchase the gift, wrap it, firmly attach the colored gift tag to the outside of package and place it under the tree by Sunday, Dec.17th.  Each gift will be under $25. The recipients will be children/youth selected through the Social Work Dept. of the Sheboygan School District.

2.Food Cards for Families in Need We are also asking for donations of $ to purchase food cards for each of the Giving Tree families.  You may make a check payable to FCC – memo: giving tree cards.

3.Warm Woollies for Families in Need. You are also encouraged to bring in new winter hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks and place them on the tree to be given out through the SASD elementary schools.


Donate New or “Gently Used” Toys for Grant School “Friends and Families” Program   Tracy Steger is coordinating a collection of toys, games, puzzles, electronics, stuffed animals, sports equipment, teen stuff, and baby items for families in need at Grant School. Place items in marked barrel in coat roam or drop them off at Grant before Wednesday, December 6th.

Plans are Underway for the Christmas Pageant – Sun. Dec. 17th An email and letter went out to all of the Sunday School families this past week with song sheets and music links and information about costuming for the Christmas pageant. Please email Pastor Julia if you have questions.

Open House at Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization – Tues., Nov. 28th Bridgeway & Beyond sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Enjoy an open house and learn about this dynamic residential transitional program helping single mothers with children.  Tour SCIO and Bridgeway, ask questions and enjoy Soups and Stews, Salads, Rolls and Desserts catered by Czech Please Catering.  Join us at 1251 Geele Ave., Sheboygan from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm or 4:00 – 7:00 pm. All donations received in person or online at connect.thrivent.com/east-wi-upper-mi-tmn on Giving Tuesday will be matched by Thrivent, up to $10,000!

Janet Ross’  Weavings SaleSun. Dec. 10th Following worship in Lucas Hall, a PEO group will be hosting a sale of Janet Ross’ loom weavings.  The prices will start at $25 but donations above minimum price will support the college scholarships (through PEO – Philanthropic Educational Organization). Purchase a weaving and help a woman attend college.

Ongoing Study Groups…

·   The Wednesday Morning Study Group is reading the book: WHAT CHRISTIANS CAN LEARN FROM OTHER RELIGIONS by J. Philip Wogaman. All are welcome, 6:45a-7:45a in the lounge.

·   Thursday Women’s Group Book Study – “Jesus Before Christianity” Join us on Nov. 30th as we conclude our discussion. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Pastor Julia, leader.

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