Upcoming Events + Activities

 

Michael dowd returns

Michael Dowd Returns!  Rev. Michael Dowd will be our guest for 9:30 a.m. worship on June 24th and will give a public talk on Monday June 25th at 7pm.  He speaks about a deep-time “Big Green History” perspective that is vital for staying sane, sober, and inspired in contracting times. An evidence-based “dark optimism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and community in an uncertain world. Renowned eco-theologian and TEDx speaker, Michael Dowd, bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science, pro-future ‘evangelist’ whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He and his wife, science writer and climate activist, Connie Barlow, have spoken to some 2,500 groups across North America since 2002.

“Faithful to the Future: Big Picture Inspiration for Chaotic Times”, (a.k.a., “Religion as if Survival Matters: The Prodigal Species Comes Home to Reality”), with Rev. Michael Dowd: Monday, June 25, 7 - 8:30 PM.

Child care will be provided.

This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s two TEDx talks and material in his bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientistsnoted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Grounded in an ecological interpretation of Big History, this program centers on fidelity to the future and how to stay sane, sober, and inspired to act locally and become ever more resilient in chaotic and contracting times.

A “deep sustainability” interpretation of the history of everyone and everything is vital for staying sane, sober, and inspired in contracting and confusing times. An evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and community in an uncertain world. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, we are already in the early stages of, what could be called, The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this could also be The Great Homecoming: The prodigal species, after squandering our inheritance, comes home to Reality. This dynamic, multi-media presentation bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability. 

Rev. Michael Dowd, a former UCC pastor, is bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science, pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow climate activist wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to some 2,500 groups throughout North America since 2002. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness. His entire body of “deep sustainability” resources can be found here and here.

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Sunday June 24

Mission Trip Youth and Adults Head to Ohio This Sunday! The Middle and High School youth will be traveling together to attend a GROUP Workcamp in Hamilton, OH this coming week. They will be weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents. Please keep the following participants in prayer.  Middle High – Aidan Congleton, Ivy Kohn, Gavin Meissner, Jack Meyer, Betty Quasius, Cece Szyman and Kyle Wesener. High School Youth – Drew and Grace Engberg, Noah Ertel, Dana and Sisi Fish, Olivia Goins, Cole Johnson, Max Meyer, Mai-Linh Morgan, Owen Multer, Davis and Elliot Opel, Jia and Mei Phillips, Ella Reinemann, Bella Szyman, Kory Tetschlag and Derek Wesener. Adult Leaders:  Jim Johnson, Nancy Engberg, Jef Fish, David Martin and Amy Reinemann. You are welcome to see them off at 5:30 am this Sunday.

9:30 am Worship - Rev. Michael Dowd will be our guest preacher Sunday morning and will speak again Monday at 7 pm (Sunday sermon: "EcoTheism: Ecology as the Heart of Theology") Pastor Jim & Julia will assist in the liturgy.

Summer Kids' Program We offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: Preschool (age 3-Kind.) and Grade School (1st-5th). Thanks to Geralyn Leannah and Jill Rechtfertig for working with BOTH groups as they take a field trip to deliver flowers (in pots) to Leaty and Perry Harris and other residents of the Sheb. Senior Community (using the church bus).

Food Truck Fellowship Night – Mon. June 25th  We will be putting out tables and chairs on the east lawn of FCC.  Purchase your food from one of the many food trucks at Vollrath Park and then come on over to FCC between 5:30-7:00 pm to join in some great fellowship.  Hosted by the Deacons of Membership and Pastoral Care. We will be hosting these events on the last Monday of the month throughout the summer.

FCC Softball - Monday, June 25th. Game is at 6:55 pm v. Word of Grace @ Kiwanis SW.   Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are managers again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest.

Hollisters on Sabbatical - Pastors Jim and Julia will be enjoying the 2nd half of their sabbatical that began last summer.  Pastor Julia will be away from June 25th through Aug. 14th. Pastor Jim will be away from July 1st through Aug. 14th (combination of sabbath and vacation).  Julia will be attending the Washington Island Forum this coming week with lectures by preacher Rev. Anna Carter Florence. They will enjoy time with both the Oatman extended family (up at the cabin over the 4th of July) and with the Hollister extended family (at a cottage in Vermont). They will again spend some time up at the family cabin in the UP in early Aug.  We are pleased that Rev. Dan Borchers will be leading Sunday morning worship on Sun. July 1st through Aug. 12th. The Rev. David Wernecke will be available for pastoral care needs during that time. Both of them can be reached through the church office.

National UCC Speaks Out About Immigration Policies condemning the unconscionable assertion that migrant children should be separated from their parents because of ‘orderly and lawful processes that protect the weak and lawful,' — a Biblical statement used to justify U.S. immigration policies — United Church of Christ National Leadership has issued this pastoral letter, urging the people of the denomination's almost 5,000 congregations to take action now! First, by contacting their Congressional representatives, and then by providing funds to keep families together. Money to be used to support the people sleeping in the streets at the borders of this country, or those parents and children separated upon entry! Learn more here.

Summer Hours will begin on Monday June 25th and continue until Thurs., Aug. 16th.  Hours will be Mon. thru Thurs. 7:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please use the main entrance on Bluff Ave. to access the church.


Sunday June 17

Vacation Garden School has been a blast! 60 kids (and lots of youth and adult helpers) have been gathering each morning at the church to learn about the wonders of God's creation!

9:30 am Worship - Sacrament of Baptism. Pastor Jim will preach on "The Mystery of Seeds Growing Secretly" (based on Mark 4:26-29) A Men's Choir will sing (under the direction of Gene Conger).

Summer Kids Program - We offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: Preschool (ages 3-Kind.) and Grade School (1st-5th). Thanks to Jessica Kohn for working with BOTH groups as they decorate pots and plant flowers to be delivered to neighbors and homebound on Sun. June 24th.

FCC Softball Team – Next Games, June 18th. Game held at 6:55 pm versus Christ Community at Kiwanis Park SW. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are managers again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest.

Thursday Women’s Group - Thurs. June 21st Group will conclude discussion of “Catholics in the United Church of Christ” using an article written by the UCC “Still Speaking” Writers Group to explore the rise of denomination swapping among religious folk. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.

Graduation Open House for Jessica Hollister – Sat. June 23rd  All are invited to attend an open house at the Hollister’s home, 2802 N. 6th St., Sheb. on Sat., June 23rd from noon to 4 pm to celebrate Jessie’s high school graduation!  No gifts please - drop by and say Hi.

Food Truck Fellowship Night – Mon. June 25th  We will be putting out tables and chairs on the east lawn of FCC.  Purchase your food from one of the many food trucks at Vollrath Park and then come on over to FCC between 5:30-7:00 pm to join in some great fellowship.  Hosted by the Deacons of Membership and Pastoral Care. We will be hosting these events on the last Monday of the month throughout the summer.

Sandwich Host Needed for “Laundry Love” –Weds. June 27th  We need a volunteer to provide sandwiches, fruit and cookies for a dozen people.  The food is shared while a team of volunteers (John and Patty Aker) help people “do their laundry” by providing quarters and detergent for the washers/dryers.  Food can be delivered to Midway Laundry, 1404 Michigan Ave, Sheb. at 6:30 pm. Contact FCC Laundry Love Contacts - John/Patty Aker (207-9232) or Pastor Julia to sign up.

June-A-Palooza on Saturday June 30th -  Fresh Meals on Wheels is hosting its annual fundraiser out at Christopher Farms from 3-10 pm.  This year's theme is "Hurly-Burly on the Farm." We have two discounted tickets at $110 a piece – speak to Pastor Julia if you are interested. Many different kinds of volunteers are also needed (it is a great way to see the amazing Christopher Gardens).  Details about event at http://www.juneapalooza.com or email volunteers@freshmealsonwheels.org.

Grow in Faith with Lay Academy - Lay Academy is a ministry of transformation and faith formation offered by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ. Participants dive into scripture, explore theology, consider God's presence in their lives and discover fresh ways to speak about and live out their faith in their day to day lives. Registration is open now through July 31, 2018, for the next cycle of classes, which will begin on Saturday, August 18 and continue with additional two-day weekend sessions in September, November, January, March and April. For more detailed information, go to www.wcucc.org/layacademy or talk to Pastors JIm or Julia.  Previous Lay Academy participants include: Kim Anderson, Cindy Bartol,  Ryan Burg, Nancy Engberg, Suzy Meves, Beth Petzke, Greg Ryan, Sean Severson, Nicole Traas, and Lisa Vihos.


Sunday june 10

Wisconsin Conference UCC Annual Meeting – “Why Are We Afraid? The Winds and Waves of Race and Privilege” this Weekend The Annual Meeting will be three days ( a ½  day on Friday, all day on Sat. and ½ day on Sunday) of vital worship, fascinating workshops, inspired lectures, small group discussions and wonderful fellowship with UCC folk from across Wisconsin. Greg and Rachel Ryan will serve as our lay delegates. Pastor Jim will attend as clergy delegate and as a member of the WI Conf. Board of Directors. Chris Kuehnel will be a part of a panel discussion on Sat., sharing info about FCC’s GROW and sustainability ministries.  David Wernecke and Martin Ulrich will be participating with the Gospellers Choir that weekend. 

9:30 am Worship - Pastor Julia will preach on "Where Are You? Adam and Eve in the Garden."  Under the direction of Carra Lyn Conger, the Choir will sing "Alleluia" by Andrew Miller.

Summer Kids' Program -  We offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: Preschool (ages 3-Kind.) and Grade School (1st-5th). Thanks to Wade and Chris Heinen and Keith Shearer for teaching this Sunday as the children learn one of Jesus' healing stories.

Deacons' Communion Training - will be held immediately following this service with Pastor Julia. 

FCC Softball Team – Next Games, June 11th. Doubleheader at Kiwanis Park, SW, starting atGames held at 6:55 pm versus Southside Alliance and at 8:05 versus Pentecostals of Sheb. Co. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are managers again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest.

We are SO Excited to be Hosting Vacation Garden School this coming Weds - Friday, June 13-15th We have 55 children, a dozen youth helpers and lots of great teachers who are going to help these "seeds", "sprouts", "buds" and "flowers" grow in into God's Kids.  Please keep the whole program in your prayers this week.

Thursday Women’s Group will NOT meet next Thursday due to Vacation Garden School.   On the 21st, we will continue our discussion of “Catholics in the United Church of Christ” using an article written by the UCC “Still Speaking” Writers Group to explore the rise of denomination swapping among religious folk. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.

Thanks to all who supported our Graduation Day Brat Fry and Parking Fundraiser We made over $2,000 to support our youth mission trip to attend a GROUP Workcamp in Hamilton, OH at the end of June.

Thanks to the 123 FCC members and friends who completed the Readiness 360 survey. We are pleased that 25% of our church community participated!  The Church Council met with a representative of the WI Conf UCC last Tuesday night to discuss a preliminary overview of the results. The Council will spend the summer discerning next steps in nurturing spiritual vitality, missional alignment, cultural openness and dynamic relationships. 


Sunday June 3

Diploma Dash on Saturday June 2nd, at Vollrath Park.  A fundraiser to benefit Sheboygan Public Education Foundation which supports the schools and students of the Sheboygan Area School District. Go to http://www.the-e-foundation.org. Registration held in FCC's Lucas Hall.

9:30 AM Worship - Sacrament of Communion  We will be honoring our High School and College graduates. H.S. grads are invited to wear their gowns and meet in the lounge at 9:15 am to receive a corsage.  Maxwell Meyer, Julia Sheldon, Kory Tetschlag and Kameron Bell will be sharing reflections on their faith journey.  Nicholas Akstulewicz (tuba) and Drew Engberg (percussion) will offer special music.  We will share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Summer Kids' Program - We offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: Preschool (ages 3-Kind.) and Grade School (1st-5th). Thanks to Heather and Noah Ertel and Geralyn Leannah for teaching this Sunday as they make celebration banners for our graduates.  

Graduation Day Brat Fry – June 3rd We are hosting a mission trip fundraiser from 10:00 – 4:30pm at the church.  We will be selling brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and beverages.  Come support our youth! 

FCC Softball Team – Next Game, June 4th  Game held at 5:45 pm at Kiwanis SW versus Evangelical Free. Games held at 5:45, 6:55, 8:00 pm at Kiwanis Park NE & SW and Wildwood #2. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are managers again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest.

Join in the Gardening Fun - every Weds at Eden’s Bluff  Our church garden (Eden’s Bluff) is looking GREAT and the plants are already beginning to GROW!  Come on over any Weds between 8-10 am on Weds.  Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Our Annual "Strengthen the Church" offering - supports church development (new church starts) and revitalization. 50% remains in the WI Conference for projects close to home. Here is more info: https://youtu.be/LKhjCv5OuHI

Thursday Women’s Group – Thursday June 7th Group continues discussing “Catholics in the United Church of Christ” using an article written by the UCC “Still Speaking” Writers Group to explore the rise of denomination swapping among religious folk. In some UCC congregations, as many as 40% of recent newcomers were raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.


Sunday May 27 Update

Summer worship time shifts to 9:30 AM next Sunday, June 3rd (Graduation/Communion) thru Labor Day weekend.

Take the Readiness 360 Survey!  We ask that FCC members and friends take an online survey called Readiness 360 to assess our common life together - our spiritual intensity, dynamic relationships, missional alignment, and cultural openness. We have had 52 responses so far! A link to survey was sent out via epost list and is open until May 31st.

10:00 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach on the story of Nicodemus'' encounter with Jesus  - "Nic's Noetic Night." Hannah Persick will play "Fountain in the Rain" on piano.  Thanks to the Brass Ensemble (led by Wade Heinen) will accompany the hymns - "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies" and "Holy, Holy, Holy."  We will be celebrating May birthdays.

Summer Kid’s Program Begins this Sunday! We'll offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: preschool (ages 3-Kind.) and grade school (1st-5th). Thanks to Cindy Bartol and Pastor Julia for teaching this Sunday. We are in need of two teachers EACH Sunday this summer - feel free to sign up for one or more Sundays.  

Our Annual "Strengthen the Church" Offering will be received on 5/20 and for several weeks thereafter. It's an annual UCC offering for church development (new church starts) and revitalization. 50% remains in the WI Conference for projects close to home. Here is more info: https://youtu.be/LKhjCv5OuHI

FCC Softball Team – Next Game, June 4th  Game held at 5:45 pm at Kiwanis SW versus Evangelical Free. Games held at 5:45, 6:55, 8:00 pm at Kiwanis Park NE & SW and Wildwood #2. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are managers again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest and the position(s) you would be interested/able to play, and if you need a (blue) jersey.

Diploma Dash on Saturday June 2nd at Vollrath Park. A fundraiser to benefit Sheb. Public Education Foundation that raises funds for the benefit of the schools and students of the Sheb. Area School District. Go to http://www.the-e-foundation.org.

Graduation Day Brat Fry – June 3rd We are hosting a mission trip fundraiser from 10:00 – 4:30pm at the church.  We will be selling brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and beverages. Come support our youth!

Thursday Women’s Group is studying “Catholics in the United Church of Christ” Starting this Thurs, (5/17) the group will be using an article written by the UCC “Still Speaking” Writers Group to explore the rise of denomination swapping among religious folk. In some UCC congregations, as many as 40% of recent newcomers were raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. Large numbers of seminary students with Catholic backgrounds are also preparing for ordination in the United Church of Christ. We will discuss the relationship between the UCC and the Catholic religion. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.

Sunday may 20 update

Readiness 360 Survey "Launched" Tomorrow!  "Who are we?" "Where are we headed in the next few years?" These are some of the questions that Church Council is presently discussing.  We ask that FCC members and friends take an online survey called Readiness 360. This survey assesses our common life together - our spiritual intensity, dynamic relationships, missional alignment, and cultural openness. A link will be sent out (5/18) and will be available online until May 31st. This Sunday, volunteers (with access to laptop computers) will be available in the church lounge and Conference Room from 9-10 am and 11:15 am - noon to assist all who need help taking the survey online.     

Sunday May 20th is Pentecost Sunday (wear red) 10:00 am Worship - Pastor Julia will preach on "Unity in our Diversity - The Pentecost Story." The Choir will sing "Here I Am Lord" and the Handbell Choir will play "Fanfare."

We will welcome the following new members into our fellowship this Sunday - Evan Chancellor, Hannah Harder-Chancellor, Mary Chancellor, Emily Edson, Lauren Edson, Thomas J. Edson, Kathy Manny,  Mai-Linh Morgan, Elliot Opel, Ty Petzke, Hannah Persick, Jia Phillips, Molly Reichelsdorfer and Kyle Wood.

Our annual "Strengthen the Church" offering will be received on 5/20 and for several weeks thereafter. It's an annual UCC offering for church development (new church starts) and revitalization. 50% remains in the WI Conference for projects close to home. Here is more info: https://youtu.be/LKhjCv5OuHI

Making Music for Malawi -  Join us for the Lilongwe Reading Garden benefit concert from 1-4pm at Fountain Park Bandshell. To support the Children's Reading Garden in Malawi's capital city (Lisa Vihos project manager).  Featuring live performances by: Jjaru (Ann Berchem's band); Sheboygan South HS Drumline; Wilson World Drum Ensemble; Master Drummer Jahmes Tony Finlayson. Suggested donation: Adults/$10, Children free!

Contemplative Worship - Join us for a “Taizé-style” worship service at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Pastor Jim and Dan Ognavic, worship leaders.

FCC Softball Team Has First Game of Season – Monday May 21st  Game held at 5:45 pm at Kiwanis SW versus Evangelical Free. Games held at 5:45, 6:55, 8:00 pm at Kiwanis Park NE & SW and Wildwood #2. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are coaching again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest and the position(s) you would be interested/able to play, and if you need a (blue) jersey.

Summer Kid’s Program Needs Adults to Teach this Summer!   Starting next Sunday (5/27) through Labor Day, we will offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: preschool (ages 3-Kind.) and grade school (1st-5th).  We are in need of two teachers EACH Sunday this summer - feel free to sign up for one or more Sundays. Summer Kid's Program schedule is attached.  Please email Pastor Julia if you can help out.

Thursday Women’s Group is studying “Catholics in the United Church of Christ” - The group is using an article written by the UCC “Still Speaking” Writers Group to explore the rise of denomination swapping among religious folk. In some UCC congregations, as many as 40% of recent newcomers were raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. Large numbers of seminary students with Catholic backgrounds are also preparing for ordination in the United Church of Christ. We will discuss the relationship between the UCC and the Catholic religion. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.


Sunday May 13 update

Women's Retreat - 28 Women Will Be Joining in FCC Women’s Retreat this Weekend at Pilgrim Center on Green Lake.  Rev. Holly Whitcomb will be guiding the group through the "Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting" as the women enjoy a time of refreshment and renewal.                          

Mother's Day 10:00 am Worship - Music includes Sunday School children and Evan Vorpahl, tenor.  Pastor Jim will speak about "How Jesus Relates to Mothers."

Sunday School Classes Rehearse at 9:30 AM - in the sanctuary.  Children (4-yr-old class through 5th grade) will be singing under the direction of Gail Dedering. The 4yr-2nd graders will be singing "Mother Dear", a Hungarian Folk Tune. The 3rd-5th graders will be singing "Mothers Make a Home", an American Spiritual.  

Mary Lou French Scholarships - during worship, we will be presenting scholarship awards to Jen Kober and Heather Weber. Each woman is pursuing a nursing degree through Lakeshore Technical College.

Thank You -  to ALL who helped with the Garden and Grounds Clean up last Sunday - The Barrett Family, The Bell Family, The Bremser Family, JIm and Julia Hollister, Chris Kuehnel, Geralyn Leannah, The Opel Family, JIa Phillips, Michou and Molly Reichelsdorfer, Kristin and Kory Tetschlag. Thanks to Jane Nauschultz for her leadership!

Mission Trip Info Meeting - Wednesday May 16th Middle and High School youth and their parents will gather from 6-7pm in Lucas Hall to learn detail about the GROUP Workcamp in Hamilton, OH.  This is a required meeting for all participants, if you cannot attend - please speak to Jim Johnson.

Thursday Women’s Group - is studying “Catholics in the United Church of Christ” - Thurs. May 17th In the upcoming weeks, the group will be using an article written by the UCC “Still Speaking” Writers Group to explore the rise of denomination swapping among religious folk. In some UCC congregations, as many as 40% of recent newcomers were raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. Large numbers of seminary students with Catholic backgrounds are also preparing for ordination in the United Church of Christ. We will discuss the relationship between the UCC and the Catholic religion. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.

Readiness 360 Survey "Launched" on May 18th - "Who are we?" "Where are we headed in the next few years?" These are some of the questions that Church Council is presently discussing.  We ask that FCC members and friends take an online survey called Readiness 360. This survey will assess our common life together - our spiritual intensity, dynamic relationships, missional alignment, and cultural openness. A link to survey will be sent out in epost on Friday, May 18th and will be available online until May 31st. On Sunday, May 20th, volunteers (with access to laptop computers) will be available in the church lounge and Conference Room from 9-10 am and 11:15 am - noon to assist all who need help taking the survey online.

New Member Sunday – May 20th We will be receiving new members into our fellowship next Sunday.  If you are interested in learning more about membership, speak to Pastor Jim or Julia

"Making Music for Malawi" on Sunday May 20th -  Join us for the Lilongwe Reading Garden benefit concert from 1-4pm at Fountain Park Bandshell. To support the Children's Reading Garden in Malawi's capital city (Lisa Vihos project manager).  Featuring live performances by: Jjaru (Ann Berchem's band); Sheboygan South HS Drumline; Wilson World Drum Ensemble; Master Drummer Jahmes Tony Finlayson. Suggested donation: Adults/$10, Children free!

FCC Softball Team Has First Game of Season – Monday May 21st  Game held at 5:45 pm at Kiwanis SW versus Evangelical Free. Games held at 5:45, 6:55, 8:00 pm at Kiwanis Park NE & SW and Wildwood #2. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are coaching again this year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest and the position(s) you would be interested/able to play, and if you need a (blue) jersey.

Pilgrim Preschool Spring Flower Pickup - Thursday May 17th  Thank you to all who ordered flowers and plants for our fundraiser.  Vouchers and plants can be picked up on Thurs., May 17th, during office hours. Plants will be in Lucas Hall and vouchers can be picked up in the church office.

Parents of Graduates - Please call the church office by Sunday, May 27th to let us know if your child is graduating from high school, college or vocational school this spring.  We would also like to know of their upcoming academic or vocational plans.

Graduation Parking Spaces $15 per space – pay the day of graduation. Proceeds benefit our youth mission trips this summer.  Call Suzy in the church office to reserve a space.


Sunday May 6, 2018 update

Winter Farmers Market - Sat. May 5th held from 9am to 1pm in Lucas Hall. Come purchase locally grown and produced goods.  Hosted by SCIO.

“Baroque & Beyond” – Sat., May 5th The Lakeshore Chorale will be performing a concert in the FCC sanctuary at 7pm next Sat. night. Come hear some wonderful music and support FCC Choir members who are joining in a few of the choral pieces. For tickets, go to www.lakeshorechorale.org or tickets available at the door

Sunday May 6 10:00 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach - text include John 15:9-17 and 1 John 4. The Choir will sing "Make Me a Channel of your Peace." Music includes Janet Ross' recorder ensemble. 

Your Help is Needed This Sunday!  Join us for a Garden and Grounds Clean-up Day   We will eat a sloppy joe lunch in Lucas Hall following worship and then spend some time doing some raking of leaves and spreading of mulch - we have ordered 12 yards of mulch!  Many hands make light work.  We will be done by 1:00 pm.  RSVP to julia@fccsheboygan.org to help with figuring out # for lunch.

Kohler Arts Center Senior Recital - FCC member and North High Senior, Nicholas Akstulewicz will be performing at the Kohler Arts Center Senior Recital at 1:00 pm.

"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner"/Progressive Supper – Sun., May 6th starting at FCC for appetizers at 5:30p, then to Janet Ross' home at 6:30pm. Those who sign up will be assigned either appetizer, salad, bread or dessert to bring. We have room for two more people - email Pastor Julia if interested in joining.

Mission Trip Sponsor-a-Youth Update: Thanks to ALL who supported our youth mission trip to Hamilton, OH this summer.  We met our sponsorship goal!  

“To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings” - Thursday May 10th The Thursday Women will be wrapping up our discussion of this book next Thurs. Group meets every Thursday from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. All are welcome.

Sunday School Classes Sing On Mother’s Day On Sun. May 13th, the church school children (4-yr-old class through 5th grade) will be singing at the 10:00 am worship service under the direction of Gail Dedering. The 4yr-2nd graders will be singing "Mother Dear", a Hungarian Folk Tune. The 3rd-5th graders will be singing "Mothers Make a Home", an American Spiritual.  There will be a 9:30 am rehearsal for both groups in the sanctuary. .

Graduation Parking Spaces $15 per space – pay the day of graduation. Proceeds benefit our youth mission trips this summer.  Call Suzy in the church office to reserve a space.

The Summer Softball Season is Here Again!  We have again organized a co-ed softball team to play in this year in Sheboygan's "Church League"!  We will begin games on Mondays starting on Mon, May 21st (5:45 pm at Kiwanis SW versus Evangelical Free) Games held at 5:45, 6:55, 8:00 pm at Kiwanis Park NE & SW and WW#2. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are coaching again this year.  If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens (cwheinen@att.net) about your interest and the position(s) you would be interested/able to play, and if you need a (blue) jersey.

Members to Participate in Readiness 360 Survey "Who are we?" - "Where are we headed in the next few years?" These are some of the questions that Church Council is presently discussing.  We ask that FCC members and friends take an online survey called Readiness 360.  This survey will assess our common life together - our spiritual intensity, dynamic relationships, missional alignment, and cultural openness. A link to survey will be sent out in epost on Friday, May 18th and will be available online until May 31st. On Sunday, May 20th, volunteers (with access to laptop computers) will be available in the church lounge and Conference Room from 9-10 am and 11:15 am - noon to assist all who need help taking the survey online. 


April 29, 2018 update

10:00 AM Worship - We will be celebrating the faith journeys of our confirmation students - Ryan Baldwin, Karter Bell, Connor Cleveland, T.J. Edson, Dana Fish, Gigi Gotzmer, Ashlyn Hundt, Cole Johnson, Jack Meyer, Mai-Linh Morgan, Owen Multer, Elliot Opel, Ty Petzke, Hannah Persick, Jia Phillips, Molly Reichelsdorfer, Hunter Steger, Bella Szyman and Kyle Wood - as they share their statements/expressions of faith and practice.  Children (age 3 through 3rd grade) will have Sunday School classes.  4th grade and older will remain in worship. Worship may extend until 11:30 am.

Thanks to Confirmation Mentors - Kurt Bell, Ann Berchem, Brian Doherty, Kathleen Donovan, Nancy Engberg, Rick Ertel, Jef Fish, Roger Hesse, Julie Johnson, Chris Kuehnel, David Martin, Amy Meissner, Kathy Mickelson, Andrew Morgan, Laura Multer, Dan Petzke, Andy Pothast, David Vorpahl and Tanya Wesener - for their support and leadership this past year - YOU are a blessing!

Raise Funds for Fanconi Anemia Research - On Sunday, we will celebrate Kyle Wood’s participation in the Confirmation Program. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that affects the bone marrow. In honor of Kyle, check out the Wood Family fundraising page Fanconi Anemia Research Fund

Law Day 2018 – Tues. May 1st In celebration of Law Day, a community dialogue on the question “Which branch of government should have the most power?” will be held at 6pm at Mead Public Library (Rocca Room).  FCC members - Darrell Hofland, City Administrator; Mary Lynne Donahue, Council; Natasha Torry, Municipal Court Judge – will be a part of the panel.

The Summer Softball Season is Here Again!  We have again organized a co-ed softball team to play in this year in Sheboygan's "Church League"!  We will begin games on Mondays starting in mid-May. Games held at 5:45, 6:55, 8:00 pm at Roosevelt, Veterans and Kiwanis Park NE. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are coaching again this year.  If you are interested in joining the team, contact the Heinens' about your interest and the position(s) you would be interested/able to play, and if you need a (blue) jersey.

Pilgrim Preschool Flower Sale Ends This Sunday  We offer a voucher program (you can go directly to Caan’s Floral to pick up your own flowers) as well as the usual plant delivery to the church for pickup. Purchase flats of flowers ($19); geraniums, vines or spikes ($5 each), hanging baskets ($25) and combination flower pot arrangements ($20 & $35). Flowers and vouchers available for pickup at church on Thurs., May 17th.

“Baroque & Beyond” – Sat., May 5th The Lakeshore Chorale will be performing a concert in the FCC sanctuary at 7pm next Sat. night. Come hear some wonderful music and support FCC members – David Vorpahl, Gene Conger and Bill Born. For tickets, go to www.lakeshorechorale.org or tickets available at the door

Garden and Grounds Clean-up Day – Sun., May 6th   Join in a light lunch following worship and then spend some time doing some garden and grounds cleanup (raking leaves, pruning bushes).  Many hands make light work – all invited to join in the fun!

 "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner"/Progressive Supper – Sun., May 6th starting at FCC for appetizers at 5:30p, then to various homes for dinner. Those who sign up will be assigned either appetizer, salad, bread or dessert to bring. Dinner group assignments will be revealed during the Appetizer Course. RSVP to this epost if you would like to join in this fun event.. A wonderful evening of good food and fellowship hosted by the Deacons.

Mission Trip Sponsor-a-Youth Update - Thank you so much for your generous support of our youth participating in this summer's mission trip! Because of your amazing giving, we have already raised a total of $6,850 or 91% of our goal!  If you have not yet sponsored a youth or adult, there's still a chance to do so.  

Our sympathy goes out to FCC member Kyane Howland and her children, Chloe & Arden, following the death of her ex-husband, their father, Stuart Howland, after a 2-yr battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial for their children has been established to support their artistic talents in Stuart's spirit. Gifts may be sent to "Chloe Howland & Arden Howland," mailed to Howland, 2503 Lakeshore Dr., Sheoboygan 53081.

“Spring into Mindfulness” – Sat., May 19th A day of self-discovery dedicated to embracing mindfulness at Lake Orchard Farm Retreat (just north of Sheboygan) from 8 am to 4pm. For more info go to mhasheboygan.org.


April 22, 2018 update

10:00 AM Worship - Pastor Julia will preach on "You are Witnesses..." (Luke 13-48). The Choir will sing "He Never Failed Me Yet."  Pastor Jim will share the "Earth Day" theme in the "Time with Children" and the Prayers of the People. We will be wishing Adele Stillwell a fond farewell as she moves to Nashville to live with her daughter, Nancy.

GROW/Eden’s Bluff Planning Meeting (rescheduled from last Sunday) after the worship service: gather with others in Room #2 to make plans for the GROW Ministry as well as the church gardens this summer. All are welcome. Chris Kuehnel, facilitator.

Contemplative Worship Held at 7pm in sanctuary.  This meditative candlelit service includes simple chants sung repeatedly, rich silence and prayers of praise and intercession. Dan Ognavic and Marie Hetzel, leaders.

Thursday Women - Thurs. April 26th The group will be concluding their time watching/discussing the recent broadcast of "Jesus Christ Superstar" that was filmed LIVE in NYC.  Group meets from 9:15-10:15 am in the lounge.

“Membership Conversations” Are you interested in learning more about the ministries and mission of FCC? Join Pastors Jim and Julia on either Weds. May 2nd or Tues. May 8th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the church lounge (please RSVP to this e-post as to which date you will attend). Childcare is provided (let us know if you could use it.) New members will be received during morning worship on May 20th.

25 Women are Signed up to Participate in the FCC Women’s Retreat – “Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting” – May 11th-12th Join us for the Annual Women’s Retreat held at Pilgrim Center (on Green Lake, WI).  Retreat begins at 6:30 pm on Friday and ends at 4:00 pm on Sat. Participants will stay in Oak Mound Lodge.  Cost is $90 (scholarship available). Come enjoy a time of fellowship, rest and reflection with women of all ages.  Retreat Leaders: Rev. Holly Whitcomb and Pastor Julia. See flyer in narthex for details.

Pilgrim Preschool Spring Flower Fundraiser Sale - We offer a voucher program (you can go directly to Caan’s Floral to pick up your own flowers) as well as the usual plant delivery to the church for pickup. Purchase flats of flowers ($19); geraniums, vines or spikes ($5 each), hanging baskets ($25) and combination flower pot arrangements ($20 & $35). See display in narthex. Deadline for ordering: Sun., April 29th. Flowers and vouchers available for pickup at church on Thurs., May 17th.

"Our Seas" Artwork is Moving On - Thanks to Erica Jane Huntzinger for allowing us to display her "Our Seas" artwork in Lucas Hall for close to two years!  Erica is hosting a "Convergence" art show at the Vagabond Studio, 2402 Franklin St, Manitowoc starting tomorrow through June 17th (open 12-5 most Sat./Sun).  The north wall of Lucas Hall is now bare - we need some creative ideas on how to fill it!

SCIO Annual Spring Luncheon - Sat., May 5th benefiting Bridgeway and the programs of S.C.I.O at Pine Hills Country Club. A Bridgeway and Beyond resident will speak during the dessert. Event held from 11am - 1pm.  We have one seats available (at a table of 8) for a donation of ($5-40). Email Pastor Julia if you would like to attend.

"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner"/Progressive Supper – Sun., May 6th starting at FCC for appetizers at 5:30p, then to various homes for dinner. Those who sign up will be assigned either appetizer, salad, bread or dessert to bring. Dinner group assignments will be revealed during the Appetizer Course.  Looking for both participants and meal “hosts” – sign up on poster in narthex. A wonderful evening of good food and fellowship hosted by the Deacons.

Mission Trip Sponsor-a-Youth Update - Thank you so much for your generous support of our youth participating in this summer's mission trip! Because of your amazing giving, we have already raised a total of $5,675, or 76% of our goal!  If you have not yet sponsored a youth or adult, there's still a chance to do so. We have many full and half-day time slots still open.

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack – We are no longer hosting a FCC-organized effort with this local event that will be held at First United Lutheran Church, 2401 Kohler Memorial Dr., Sheb on April 26th and 27th.  If you would like to participate, go to give.fmsc.org to register.