Cate Bayles to speak 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 9th

At Adult Forum this Sunday, April 9th (Palm Sunday) =

Join Cate Bayles as she shares photographs and stories from her 2016 teaching residency in Honduras at the Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (SAN). SAN is an agent of social transformation, offering 200 of Honduras’ most vulnerable children shelter and safety in its homes and community, and then empowering them with education, vocational training, scholarships, and work experience to help them lead self-sufficient lives as adults. Cate spent two weeks working with high school students and is excited to share more about the experience with FCC! All are welcome. 9am Sunday in the Conf. Room.

Here’s a brief report that Cate gave in December:!/status/4

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Weekly E-post 3/9/17

Weekly E-post to members & friends

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Pastors: Revs. Jim & Julia Hollister

Sent: Thurs. Mar. 9th,  2017


Sun. March 12th – Second Sunday in Lent  – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS (Turn clocks ahead one hour)

  • 9:00 am – Adult Forum – Second of a 4-week series on the four gospels led by Pastors Jim and Julia. This week: Gospel According to Matthew. All are welcome (Conf. Room).


  • 10:00 am – Worship – “Celebrating the Ministry of Manufacturing” We will be recognizing church members/friends who have engaged in the work/business of manufacturing. Thanks to Gil Nimm (American Excelsior), Christopher Baldwin (Kohler Co.) and Karen Habeck (Manning Lighting) who will share reflections on their faith in relationship to their work.  The Choir will sing “God So Loved the World” and the Handbell Choir will perform “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”


  • Sunday Night Meditation @ 7pm in the lounge.

The Wednesday Morning Study Group is currently discussing Jonathan Haidt’s THE RIGHTEOUS MIND: WHY GOOD PEOPLE ARE DIVIDED BY POLITICS AND RELIGION. Every Wed. at 6:45a in the Lounge. All are welcome. For next Wed. =chapter 4.

Thursday Women Group – During Lent, this group, led by Pastor Julia, is using “Diving Lessons” – The “Still Speaking” Lenten Devotional for discussion.  Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in church lounge.

“Journeys” – Weds. Mar. 15th –  8th graders will learn about “Pontius Pilate: The Troubled Politician” from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Youth Room. Thanks to the Persick family for providing dinner at 6:30 pm.

Thanks to ALL who contributed to the Mission Trip Brunch last Sunday We raised over $500 for our youth mission trips this summer.

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign There are two youth mission trips this summer. In June, the Middle School youth will be attending a GROUP Workcamp in Cannon Falls, MN.  They will be weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents. In July, the High School youth will participate in the Appalachian Service Project in Kentucky.  Sponsor a youth for a full day ($50) or half day ($25). See poster in narthex. Sponsors receive a postcard from their sponsored youth.  We need to raise $8,259 so please be generous with your support.  Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”


A Spring Retreat for FCC women

“Finding Our Voices”

led by Pastor Julia and Nancy Engberg

Friday evening, May 12th through Sat. afternoon, May 13th

at Pilgrim Center on Green Lake, WI

Come enjoy a chance for women of all ages to join

in fellowship, rest and reflection.

Cost is $80.00 (scholarship is available)

Retreat begins at 6:30 pm on Friday

(with dinner by Pilgrim Staff)

and ends at 4:00 pm on Saturday (following lunch)

Participants will stay in Oak Mound Lodge.

Flyer with details on Education Table in narthex

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Welcome To First Congregational!

congregation at worship 2014We gather for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. during the school year (9:30a in summer). Our service 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!”

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“Food for Body, Mind & Spirit” is still on, despite weather. (1/25/17)

See you this evening if you can get to church. It’s wet and slippery. Snow is heavy. Be careful out there.
Pastor Jim

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“Food for Body, Mind & Spirit”

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit – 3 consecutive Wednesdays – January 11th, 18th & 25th. From 6:30 – 7:30 pm, there is special programming for all ages.  There are two different “tracks” for adults: 1) “Thinking Like Jesus” – an exploration of how our brains mature and grow in compassion and empathy – with Dr. Mike Saatkamp (Healing Arts) and 2) “Becoming An Immigrant Welcoming Community” – an exploration of how the biblical concepts of hospitality and justice inform our response to immigrants – led by Pastor Jim, Carol Dussault, and guest Jose Araujo (1/18). All are welcome.

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Mary Lou French memorial scholarship applications sought

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. Download the Mary Lou French Scholarship Application rev 2017_01 and return it to the church by the scholarship deadline of March 15th. This scholarship is awarded once a year. Recipients and applicants may reapply each year.

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Christmas Weekend Services

4:00 pm – Worship Service of Carols and Candles The instrumental prelude (shared by FCC youth)  will begin at 3:45 pm.  Pastor Julia will share a Christmas story with the children.  The Choir will sing two pieces from “The Winter Rose” Christmas cantata under the leadership of Carra-Lyn Conger.  The Venn family will light the Christ Candle.

9:00 pm – Worship Service of Carols and Candles – We’ll hear the Christmas story again and sing carols. Pastor Jim will offer a Christmas reflection.  Musicians include Jeff Britton, Lisa Koepsell, Carra-Lyn Conger and Marie Hetzel. The Conger/Edson family will light the Christ Candle.

Sun. Dec. 25th – Christmas Day: 10:00am Worship – We will be celebrating Christ’s birth through scripture and song.  There will be childcare in the nursery (for ages 4 and below.)  Pastors Jim and Julia, worship leaders. 

Won’t you join us!?


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Change in Christmas Program Rehearsal – Sat. 12/17 and Sun. 12/18

Saint Francis framed by tree and snowDue to snow….the music portion of the Christmas Program rehearsal has been canceled for Sat. 12/17 a.m.  So no rehearsal for 4-yr-olds through 5th grade.

The Middle School youth WILL be rehearsing Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the sanctuary.  If your child can not attend, please let me know. The MS youth will be rehearsing the play (we need the prop people as well) and they will also  rehearse their musical piece.

We have change the times for the Sunday AM rehearsal as well…..

Sun. Morning Practice times are as follows:

8:15 am – All Middle School youth run through program in Sanctuary

9:00 am  – 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th grade class practice in the Sanctuary

9:15 am – 4-yr-old/Kind and 1st Graders meet in the Sanctuary

9:30 am – All church school (4 year olds – 8th grade) rehearse their joint song

9:45 am – 2 & 3-year olds meet in their classroom to practice “Happy Birthday”

Thank you for your support.

Pastor Julia

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Sunday, Nov. 13th – Stewardship Sunday

9am “Adult Forum” – Mary Jo McBrearty, chair of the board of Wisconsin’s American Civil Liberties Union, will speak. From their website: “Since 1920, the ACLU has been… working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.” All are welcome!

10 a.m. Worship – we’ll bring our pledges of Time & Talent and Treasure to the altar (early in the service, so the children can join their families in this ritual).

The choir will sing Willan’s “Sing to the Lord of the Harvest.” Pastor Jim will preach on “Building a New Jerusalem.” Read ahead:

Isaiah 65:17-25

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.




Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

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Celebrating our 50-year Members today


Above: Our sanctuary earlier this morning (Reformation Sunday).

Below: Most of the 50-yr members who were present today.

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