Upcoming Events + Activities

Sunday September 15

Sun., Sept. 15  - Worship at 10:00 am

  • 9:00 am  Choir Rehearsal in Conger Choir Room. Choir will be singing in 10:00 am worship that morning.

 

  • 10:00 am Worship - Pastor Julia will preach on "Holy Envy." The Choir will sing "Create in Me"  We will share the sacrament of baptism with Samuel Christopher Larson, son of Andrew and Andrea Larson. 

Calling All Those Who Love to Play Handbells - Weds Sept. 18 Rehearsals held from 6-7 pm in the Choir Room. Can't make it this week? Don't worry let Carra-Lyn Conger know you are interested. Contact her at cconger@sasd.net or 920-889-3565.


Study Groups 

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - Discussing  Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

 

"Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others" The Thursday Study Group will begin this new book by Barbara Brown Taylor. In "Holy Envy," Taylor contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.  Copies of the book can be purchased for $15 - handouts are also available each week. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. All are welcome.

 

·   Sheboygan Meditation Society has resumed after a summer break. Open to all, meditators gather in the lounge on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. for sitting and walking meditation, followed by with tea and conversation. Contact: Pastor Jim

 

·  "Pro-Future Faith" video series featuring Rev. Michael Dowd - starting Sunday, Sept. 22nd (for 8 Sunday nights @ 7 p.m. in the Lounge). This video series bridges science & faith). Join with others in learning how to "accept the inevitable, avoid what is futile, and attend to what is urgent." Led by Pastor Jim. RSVP's are appreciated. Contact: Pastor Jim

 Women won the right to Vote in Wisconsin in 1919  To celebrate, there will be trail mix bags available for a donation in Lucas Hall during coffee hour. Each bag will indicate a famous woman and there is also a women’s history test (plus answers). Donations will be given to Safe Harbor. Janet Ross, organizer

 

"Family Fiesta" Gathering for Youth Families - Sun., Sept. 29 Held at Deland Community Center (Broughton Dr, Sheb) from 5-7pm. Mexican meal is provided at no cost.  Find out what is happening in 2019-2020 and get to know new Youth Fellowship Leader - Nancy Engberg. RSVP to Pastor Julia if you can attend.

 


3rd Annual "5K to Stop Bullying" Walk/Run - Sat. Sept. 14th to prevent & educate Sheb. Co in the awareness of bullying and how it affects pre-teens and teens. Hosted by Horizons4Girls.  Contact www.horizons4girls.com for more info. 

 

 

Justice Ministries of the WI Conf of the UCC

Here are advocacy and action steps you can take as you seek to do justice and love kindness:

  • Immigration Advocacy - toward the end of September Conference Minister, Franz Rigert,  will join twenty Conference Ministers in Washington DC for a day of lobbying congress and lifting up our UCC Immigrant Welcoming stance. Group will plan to hold a press conference, issuing a joint statement protesting family separations, cruel border detention policies, the refusal to grant vulnerable people asylum and the deportation of thousands back to unsafe conditions. You can help by writing a letter that I will personally deliver to our Wisconsin Congressional offices. Get more details on writing and sending letters here. 

  • Gun Violence - check out the grass roots organization called WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) and add your voice! https://waveedfund.org/ 

  • Global Climate Strike - On September 20 millions of people will walk out of their workplaces, schools and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Here is a link to Wisconsin events:  


rally sunday - sunday september 8

9:00 am Choir Rehearsal in Conger Choir Room. Choir will be singing in 10:00 am worship that morning.

10:00 am Worship - The Choir will sing ("Alleluia" by Andrew Miller). Pastor Jim will preach on "Counting the Cost of Discipleship" (based on Luke 14:25-33).

All Church Potluck/Picnic In Lucas Hall following worship. Sloppy Joes and Hot Dogs will be provided. Bring a salad, appetizer or dessert to share. No need to sign-up – just show up!

Thanks to ALL who will be serving in our Children and Youth Ministry Program this coming year. We will be "dedicating" these people for service during 10:00 am worship this Sunday.

Calling All Those Who Love to Sing - Weds. Sept. 11 Choir Rehearsals are starting up again from 7-8 pm in the Choir Room and most Sunday mornings at 9am. Join us when you are available! Contact Carra-Lyn Conger at conger@sasd.net.

“Journeys” Info Meeting – Weds. Sept. 11 from 6:30-7:30 pm in lounge. Journeys is a Weds night program for 7th & 8th graders. Held on the 1st & 3rd Weds (beginning in Oct). Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Cindy Bartol, coordinator.

Confirmation Students and Parents – Weds. Sept. 11 All ninth and tenth graders who plan to participate in this year’s confirmation program are invited to an info. meeting at 7pm. in the church lounge. We are planning on having 10-12 participants this year!

"Immigration: Myths and Updates" - Weds. Sept. 11 Join the League of Women Voters of Sheb. Co. for an informative talk about immigration with Emilio de Torre, Dir. of Community Engagement, ACLU of WI. Held at 6:30 pm at South High School (in the Large Group Instructional Room.)

Calling All Those Who Love to Play Handbells - Weds Sept. 18 Rehearsals held from 6-7 pm in the Choir Room. Can't make it this week? Don't worry let Carra-Lyn Conger know you are interested. Contact her at cconger@sasd.net or 920-889-3565.

Study Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group - Discussing Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

"Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others" The Thursday Study Group will begin this new book by Barbara Brown Taylor (starting on Thurs. Sept. 5th). In "Holy Envy," Taylor contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. Copies of the book can be purchased for $15 - handouts are also available each week. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. All are welcome.

Baked Goods Needed for "There is Hope" Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk - Sat. Sept. 14 To support the work of Mental Health America, we are asking for donations of baked goods (cookies, bars, cakes, pies, bagged goodies) to be sold during the Suicide Prevention Walk which will be held at Deland Park from 8:30-12:30 pm. Donated baked goodies can be dropped off in the FCC kitchen during (office hours) by Fri., Sept. 13th. Thanks for your support!

Habitat for Humanity Free Breakfast - Tues. Sept. 10 (RSVP requested) - HfH Lakeside is hosting an educational event at the Weill Center in Sheboygan from 7:30-9:30 a.m. entitled "Affordable Housing in Sheboygan County - Do we need it? Does it exist?" Come to learn about the state of affordable housing in our community and Habitat's role in helping individuals and families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable shelter. Free and open to the public. RSVP by end of today (Thurs. 9/5) by following this link. "Rock the Block" NEEDS Volunteers - Thurs. Sept. 12 and Sat Sept 14 & 21 A neighborhood revitalization effort taking place in End Park and North Railway neighborhoods on Sheboygan's north side. Event held from 9:00-3:30 each day. Volunteers are needed to help with repair projects (no experience need), serving lunch, event registration and taking event photos. A t-shirt and lunch are provided for all volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to participate. Email Emily at enuernberg@habitatlakeside.com or sign up for a shift/create an account at https://www.volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=306.

The Peace Park will dedicate the Sister City Peace Gardens and re-dedicate the Peace Pole on Friday, September 13 at 4 p.m. (at Michigan Ave. & Broughton Drive - weather permitting). Short speeches by Mayor Mike Vandersteen and others, music by Concordia German Singing Society, laying of a wreath of peace and friendship and a display of 1000 (we hope) origami cranes will be part of this short program. The event is free and open to the public. Pastor Jim will offer a prayer of invocation.


Sunday August 25

Worship at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Julia will preach on "Standing Up Straight" - the story of Jesus' healing of the bent-over woman in Luke 13. Special Music: Soulstice - Liz Braden, Kathy Chinnock, Mary Lynne Donohue, Kathy Nelesen, Susan Schultz and Julie Stodolka will sing "Alleluia Round" and "Our Island Barque." We will celebrate August Birthdays. 

  • Summer Kids Program The children will be delivering a hand-made quilt to long-time FCC member, Audrey Kruger, at her home.  Thanks to Roxanne Akstulewicz and Dawn Weidemann for the quilt creation using squares that children designed. Thanks to Pastor Jim and Cris Formolo for supervising the quilt delivery (using the FCC bus.) 

  • Vacation Garden School "Reunion" Potluck Supper this Sunday from 5-7 pm.  We will eat supper in Lucas Hall and then have ice cream out near Eden's Bluff garden. Bring a dish to pass.  All VGS participants, teachers, helpers and their families are invited. RSVP to Pastor Julia if you can attend.

No More Plastic Needed!  Thanks to ALL who have donated - we have over 500 pounds needed for two benches.  Karla Zahn will be arranging for plastic drop-off and bench pick up in IN in Oct. 

Thanks for a GREAT Summer Softball Season! Thanks to all who participated in and "cheered on" the FCC Softball team this summer. Thanks especially to The Heinens for their leadership!

Food Truck Night – Mon. Aug. 26th - 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 gather on the east lawn of FCC between 5:00 -7:00 pm for fellowship.  Hosted by the Deacons of Membership and Pastoral Care. 

Join in the Gardening Fun at Eden’s Bluff  Our church garden (Eden’s Bluff) is looking GREAT and the plants are already beginning to GROW!  Come on over on Weds at 4:00 pm. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator. 

Rally Sunday - Sept. 8th, we will return to our 10:00 am Worship time. Sunday School classes begin that day.  We will be hosting an All Church Potluck/Picnic in Lucas Hall following worship. Sloppy Joes and Hot Dogs will be provided.  Bring a salad, appetizer or dessert to share. No need to sign-up – just show up! 

Study Groups 

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - Starting a new book: Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Concludes this Thursday with a look at "God in the End" Luke 15:11-32, Romans 8:31-39 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. Group meets from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge.  All are welcome.

"Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others" The Thursday Study Group will begin this new book by Barbara Brown Taylor (starting on Thurs. Sept. 5th). In "Holy Envy," Taylor contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.  Copies of the book can be purchased for $15 - handouts are also available each week. 


Sunday august 4 - communion sunday

Middle School Youth & Adults are at a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL - they return this Sat. morning. Participants are on 13-14 different crews and are painting and weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents. Youth: Aedyn Boehmer, Cris Chancellor, Aidan Congleton, Victoria Garces, Cianna Jenss, Davis Knowles, Ivy and Piper Kohn, Flinn Opel, Betty and Dottie Quasius, Cece Szyman, & Kyle Wesener.  Leaders: Julia Hollister, Jessica Kohn and Darren Opel. They will be in church this Sunday to share some stories!

Sunday, Aug. 4th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Sacrament of Holy Communion. Middle School youth will be sharing stories of their Group workcamp (during the Time for Children). Pastor Jim will preach on "Taking Care of Our Stuff" based on Luke 12:13-21. Special music includes a vocal trio (Dave Wernecke, Kathy Chinnock & Marie Hetzel). Summer Kids Program for children (preschool thru 5th grade). 

Our sympathy goes out to

- Dolcye Johnson and family following the death of her husband, Dr. Rod Johnson, on July 29th. A memorial service is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 17th, at the Sheboygan Yacht Club (11 am).

- Jeff Leismer & Natasha Torry and family - following the death of Jeff's mother, Helen, recently in Michigan.

Summer Church Softball - Aug. 5th at 8:05 pm vs. Revolution Church at Kiwanis Park SW field. Thanks to Wade and Chris Heinen for serving as managers. Come cheer on our team. 

The Youth Mission Trip to NYC was a success and offered meaningful service as well as awesome exploration of the city (all 5 boroughs!) - here is a link to the photo album that was shown in worship on Sunday 7/21 when the group reported about their experiences: NYC photos 2019

Join in the Gardening Fun at Eden’s Bluff  Our church garden (Eden’s Bluff) is looking GREAT and the plants are already beginning to GROW!  Come on over on Mondays at 9:00 am or Weds at 4:00 pm. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Altar Flowers Needed Would you like to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion? We are in need of flowers for the altar on every Sunday in August.  Email or call Suzy in the church office to sign-up for a Sunday. Flowers from the Sat. Farmer's Market always work GREAT this time of year.

Mimi Schultz, FCC member, has a piano and an electronic organ that she no longer needs - looking for a good home. Speak to Pastor Jim if you'd like more info. Photos here.

A man in our church family is seeking to rent a sleeping room with access to kitchen and bath. Speak to Pastor Jim if you might be able to provide something for him. Thanks!

AFS organizes cultural exchanges for youth (study abroad). They are currently looking for host families for a couple of young men who are arriving soon. AFS staffer Abbey N. reports: "...a few families who were going to host, had to back out for unforeseen circumstances.  Our students are due to arrive... just in time to start school!... Students are here August 28-June 23 for the academic school year. We encourage families of all shapes and sizes. Empty nesters. Young kids. No kids. High school kids. Single. All are welcome."

  • Natan- male from Bolivia- 15 years old.  He is outgoing, and sporty.  He enjoys basketball, soccer and swimming.  He also likes attending spiritual retreats with his church.  He is environmentally conscience, and hopes to one day become a civil engineer.

  • Puripat- male from Thailand- 16 years old.  He goes by the nickname Pluem.  Enjoys soccer and swimming in his free time.  He plays the guitar, and loves to barbeque with friends and family, and try new foods.  He is a dedicated student, and hopes to become a doctor in the future.

Please feel free to share my contact information with anyone that may have questions, or are interested in hosting." - Abbey Nitzke, 715-450-5783, www.afsusa.org

Toy Drive for the Children of Syria Over the past two years, with the work of the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, the Sheboygan Refugee Community has sent rice, coats, blankets, clothing, and medical equipment. Thank you for your donations of toys for children - there is a nice collection in the narthex that will be donated soon. 

Ongoing Study Groups 

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - Starting a new book: Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. 

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. All are welcome. Childcare is provided during the summer months.

Summer Office Hours M-Thurs. 7:30a – 12:30p thru Aug. 16th.  Please use the Bluff Ave. entrance to enter the church. 


Sunday july 28

Middle School Youth & Adults Head to GROUP Workcamp - Sun. July 28th  Participants will travel by 15 passenger van (and cargo van) leaving the FCC parking lot at 7:30 am this Sun to spend a week weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly residents in Princeton, IL.  Please keep the following participants in your prayers. Youth – Aedyn Boehmer, Cris Chancellor, Aidan Congleton, Victoria Garces, Cianna Jenss, Davis Knowles, Ivy and Piper Kohn, Flinn Opel, Betty and Dottie Quasius, Cece Szyman, Kyle Wesener.  Leaders: Julia Hollister, Jessica Kohn and Darren Opel. They will be sharing some stories from their week during 9:30 am worship on Sun. Aug. 4th. 

9:30 am Worship Pastor Jim will preach on "Teach Us to Pray."  Rev. Jim Klein will serve as Reader. Special Music: Karen Quicker will sing "He Shall Feed His Flock" from Handel's Messiah. 

Summer Kids Program  The children will be learning about the Lord's Prayer.  Thanks to Jill Rechtfertig and Jia Philips for teaching the preschool/Kind. Group and to Mary Chancellor and Hannah Persick for teaching the grade school group.  

Summer Church Softball  No game on 7/29 due to Brat Days Prep.  Next game on Aug. 5th at 8:05 pm versus Revolution Church at Kiwanis Park SW field. Thanks to Wade and Chris Heinen for serving as managers. Come cheer on our team. 

The Youth Mission Trip to NYC was a success and offered meaningful service as well as awesome exploration of the city (all 5 boroughs!) - here is a link to the photo album that was shown in worship on Sunday 7/21 when the group reported about their experiences: NYC photos 2019

Join in the Gardening Fun at Eden’s Bluff  Our church garden (Eden’s Bluff) is looking GREAT and the plants are already beginning to GROW!  Come on over on Mondays at 9:00 am or Weds at 4:00 pm. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Altar Flowers Needed Would you like to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion? We are in need of flowers for the altar on every Sunday in August.  Email or call Suzy in the church office to sign-up for a Sunday. Flowers from the Sat. Farmer's Market always work GREAT this time of year.

Toy Drive for the Children of Syria Over the past two years, with the work of the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, the Sheboygan Refugee Community and partnering with the Hanan Group, we have sent cargo containers of rice, coats, blankets, clothing, and medical equipment. We now recognize the need for toys (Yes - children all over the world need toys to help in their development.) Please help us fill a container with toys for children of all ages. The toys can be new or “like new”. The Hanan Group has received a donation of 3,000 pair of new shoes, so the toys will complete the shipment.  There will be a container in the FCC coat room during the month of July. 

Ongoing Study Groups 

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - Starting a new book: Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. 

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. Next gathering - Aug. 1st  "Spirit of Conspiracy" James 5:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-6:9. Pastor Jim will lead. All are welcome. Childcare is provided during the summer months.

Summer Office Hours M-Thurs. 7:30a – 12:30p thru Aug. 16th.  Please use the Bluff Ave. entrance to enter the church. 


Sunday July 14

High School Youth & Adults Head to NYC - Sat. July 13th  Participants will travel by coach bus leaving the FCC parking lot at 6:30 pm this Sat to spend a week serving the urban poor through YSOP (Youth Service Opportunities Project).  Please keep the following participants in your prayers. High School Youth: Chloe Bohn, Grace Engberg, Noah Ertel, Sisi Fish, Olivia Goins, Cole Johnson, Lily Luginbill, Colby Meissner, Jack Meyer, Mai-Linh Morgan, Owen Multer, Davis and Elliot Opel, Hannah Persick, Bella Szyman, Evan Vorpahl, Nat Werth and Derek Wesener. Adults: John Engberg, Sara Ertel, Jim Hollister, Dave Martin, Laura Multer, Elise Opel, Carla Vorpahl, Adam & Emily Weber and Tanya Wesener. They will be sharing photos and stories from their week during 9:30 am worship on Sun. July 21st. 

9:30 am Worship Pastor Julia will preach on the Jesus' parable about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) - "Go and Do Likewise." Kristin Casper, guest organist. Special Music: Evan and Cris Chancellor will sing "You Say" (vocal and guitar). Lisa Vihos, Lay Reader.

Summer Kids Program  The children will be learning about "Faithful Listening" through the story of Mary and Martha.  Thanks to Geralyn Leannah and Roxanne Akstulewicz for teaching. 

Summer Church Softball - Mon., July 15th 6:55 pm versus Good Fellowship at Kiwanis Park SW field. Thanks to Wade and Chris Heinen for serving as managers. Come cheer on our team. 

Sheboygan Ozone Reduction Alliance - Mon. July 15th Presentation held at 6:30 pm in Lucas Hall.  Rebecca Clarke and Rebecca Duquesnoy will be sharing info about the causes of and proposed remedies to air pollution in Sheboygan Co. In April of 2019,  Sheboygan was ranked the 20th most polluted city in the United States by the American Lung Association due to ozone. Grab some food from the Food Trucks and come on over for a informative  presentation - open to the wider Sheboygan community.

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 3:30-6 pm on Weds. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Toy Drive for the Children of Syria Over the past two years, with the work of the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, the Sheboygan Refugee Community and partnering with the Hanan Group, we have sent cargo containers of rice, coats, blankets, clothing, and medical equipment. We now recognize the need for toys (Yes - children all over the world need toys to help in their development.) Please help us fill a container with toys for children of all ages. The toys can be new or “like new”. Collection container in the FCC coat room during the month of July. 

Ongoing Study Groups 

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - Starting a new book: Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. 

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. Next gathering - July 18th  "Spirit of Unity and Diversity: John 17:1-23   All are welcome. Childcare is provided during the summer months - let Pastor Julia know names/ages of children.

Summer Office Hours M-Thurs. 7:30a – 12:30p thru Aug. 16th.  Please use the Bluff Ave. entrance to enter the church. 


Sunday July 7 - Communion Sunday

9:30 am Worship Pastor Jim will preach on "Should All Be Free to Migrate?" - texts: Gen. 12:1-10 and Luke 10:1-16. Special music: Michael Winkler, trumpeter, joins us again this week. We will share in the sacrament of communion - thanks to Scott Stangel, Jane Mayer, Liz Spangler and Mary Kay Samet for serving.

Summer Kids Program  The children will be working in Eden's Bluff garden.  Thanks to Geralyn Leannah, Erica Wiest and Mai-Linh Morgan for their leadership.

Summer Church Softball - Mon., July 8th Double header - 5:45 pm versus Revolution and 6:55 pm versus Saron UCC. At Kiwanis Park SW field. Thanks to Wade and Chris Heinen for serving as managers. Come cheer on our team.

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 3:30-6 pm on Weds. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Toy Drive for the Children of Syria Over the past two years, with the work of the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, the Sheboygan Refugee Community and partnering with the Hanan Group, we have sent cargo containers of rice, coats, blankets, clothing, and medical equipment. We now recognize the need for toys (Yes - children all over the world need toys to help in their development.) Please help us fill a container with toys for children of all ages. The toys can be new or “like new”. The Hanan Group has received a donation of 3,000 pair of new shoes, so the toys will complete the shipment.  There will be a container in the FCC coat room during the month of July. 

Ongoing Study Groups 

The Wed. Morning Study Group  - Starting a new book: Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.  

"Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. Next gathering - July 11th "Spirit of Love: Loving Self - Romans 12:3-21., James 1:2-8, 3:13-18.   All are welcome. Childcare is provided during the summer months - let Pastor Julia know names/ages of children.

Summer Office Hours M-Thurs. 7:30a – 12:30p thru Aug. 16th.  Please use the Bluff Ave. entrance to enter the church. 

Sunday June 30 - New member sunday

Pride Panel: For Teens and Providers - Sat. June 29th  Held at JMKAC at noon.  Teens from local Gay Straight Alliance students groups will discuss how best to support LGBTQA+ youth. 

9:30 am Worship Pastor Jim will preach ("What Does the Lord Require of Us?"), based on Micah 6:6-8 and Mark 10:17-22. We will receive 7 new members into our fellowship. Special music: Michael Winkler, trumpeter, will play prelude/postlude and special music in the service.

Summer Kids Program  The children will be delivering flower pots to "Golden Harbor" (Assisted Living) during worship. Pastor Julia will be transporting using the church bus. Thanks to Kristin Casper, Lily Luginbill and Jia/George Phillips for their assistance!

Summer Church Softball - Mon., July 1st. 5:45 pm vs. City Church at Kiwanis Park SW field. 

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 3:30-6 pm on Weds. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Toy Drive for the Children of Syria Over the past two years, with the work of the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, the Sheboygan Refugee Community and partnering with the Hanan Group, we have sent cargo containers of rice, coats, blankets, clothing, and medical equipment. We now recognize the need for toys (Yes - children all over the world need toys to help in their development.) Please help us fill a container with toys for children of all ages. The toys can be new or “like new”. The Hanan Group has received a donation of 3,000 pair of new shoes, so the toys will complete the shipment.  There will be a container in the FCC coat room during the month of July. 

Ongoing Study Groups 

The Wed. Morning Study Group  - No gathering on Weds. July 3rd. Next book (starting 7/10) will be Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. 

 "Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. No gathering on 4th of July. Next gathering - July 11th "Spirit of Love: Loving Self - Romans 12:3-21., James 1:2-8, 3:13-18.   All are welcome. Childcare is provided during the summer months - let Pastor Julia know names/ages of children.


Sunday June 23

9:30 am Worship Pastor Julia will preach on "Living in the Tombs" - Jesus healing the Gerasene Demoniac. Mary Klien will offer special music - "Be Not Afraid." Gordy Koch, lay reader.

Summer Kids Program  The children will be decorating flower pots be delivered to Golden Harbor Living Center (next Sunday) during worship. Thanks to Cindy & Sophie Bartol and Erica Wiest & Lily Luginbill for teaching today.

Walk around our church's Oostburg property (aka, Boy Scout camping land). Following worship, Heather Ertel (Church Council member) will be at the property to walk around it with others and hear your comments. She'll be there until 12:30 p.m. Directions to the property: Take I-43 s. to Oostburg exit. Turn left onto Foster Rd. Then turn right onto frontage rd heading south. Turn left onto Stokdyk-Ingelse Rd. Drive to the end and turn left onto N Pine Beach Rd. Follow this gravel road to just past a field on left side framed by some evergreens along rd. The entrance road is on the left with a cable gate that says "Troop 804."

Synod Community Worship - Sun. June 23rd  Do you want a chance to experience the power and the Spirit of the wider UCC? All are invited to attend 2:30 pm worship at the Wisconsin Center.  The Rev. Traci Blackmon (Assoc. General Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries/excellent preacher) is leading worship. Pastor Julia is organizing carpooling for this event. FCC will pay for parking! We will be meeting at 1:00 pm in the FCC parking lot and returning to FCC around 5pm.  Contact Pastor Julia ASAP if you would like to be a passenger or if you are willing to drive for this afternoon event. Also: you can watch worship and plenary sessions live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6VgfHt6zEy7DVkQMy-HxeKJAlMnVflUA

The WI Gospellers Head to Germany for concert tour (6/24-7/11), including Mary Brown, Martin Ulrich and Dave Wernecke (and spouse, Karen Habeck). A printed daily prayer calendar for their trip may be found on the table in the narthex.

Food Truck Fellowship Night – Mon. June 24th  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 fourth Monday of the month throughout the summer.

"Membership Conversation" - Mon. June 24th  Are you new to FCC? Come learn about our history, ministries and mission with Pastor Julia on Mon. June 24th from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge.  Childcare is available (let us know if you can use it.) We'll receive new members on Sun., June 30th. Please RSVP to Pastor Julia if interested in attending the Membership Conversation class.

Sheboygan Inaugural Pride Picnic - Sat. June 22nd Held at Fountain Park from 4-8 pm. Live music and food trucks. Family friendly event. Come hang out with some colorful people!

Ongoing Ministries / Fellowships / Studies

Summer Church Softball - Mon., June 24th. 8:05 pm vs. Good Fellowship at Kiwanis Park SW field.

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 3:30-6 pm on Weds. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

The Wed. Morning Study Group  - currently wrapping up (soon) Thich Nhat Hanh's "Peace is Every Step."  Next book (starting 7/10) will be Parker Palmer's "On the Brink of Everything." All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the lounge. Next gathering - June 27th "Spirit of Love: Loving Neighbor" Acts 10:1-48.  All are welcome. Childcare is provided during the summer months - let Pastor Julia know names/ages of children.

Sheboygan Meditation Society is taking a break for the summer. Meditation sessions will resume in the fall.


Sunday June 9

Tomorrow, June 7th, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day - organizers encourage folks to wear orange. More info here: https://wearorange.org/about/

"Take the Lake" Diploma Dash 5K run/walk – Sat., June 8th to benefit Sheboygan Public Education Foundation. This fundraising event is held at Vollrath Park, with registration in our Lucas Hall. Race begins at 8:30 am. There will also be a grade school 1 mile walk/run. Registration cost is $20 per person. Register tomorrow (Fri) from 2-6 pm or on Sat. starting at 7:30 am in Lucas Hall.

Sunday, June 9th - Graduation Sunday

9:30 am Worship - We will honor our graduates in worship. Grace Engberg, Sawyer Pothast and Ella Reinemann will offer reflections on faith. Music includes: Olivia Goins playing "Maple Leaf Rag" on piano and the Choir singing "Ten Thousand Reasons."

Summer Kids Program We offer two class groupings (preschool and grade school). Thanks to Chris & Wade Heinen for teaching the preschool and Geralyn Leannah for teaching the grade school classes as they make banners for the graduates.

"Strengthen the Church" offering. 50% remains in the WI Conference for expansion and revitalization of ministries and 50% is sent to the national setting to strengthen the wider church thru grants for new church starts, inspiring youth and young adults in leadership and equipping pastors for ministry in the 21st century. You can make checks payable to FCC with "strengthen" on the memo line.

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

"Free Water" Stand During Graduation Ceremonies In an effort to cut down on disposable plastic water bottles, we will NOT be selling bottles of water during our Graduation Brat Fry Sale. INSTEAD we are going to have a "Free Water" Stand that will allow people to fill up their own water bottles or use a compostable cup for a drink. We will also have "filled" stainless steel water bottles (with a "Class of 2019" logo) for sale for $5. Geralyn Leannah is organizing this effort - email gleannah57@gmail.com if you would like to support this effort through volunteering that afternoon.

Summer Church Softball - Monday June 10th @ 8:05 p.m. vs. Revolution. Come cheer on our team! All games are played at Kiwanis SW field.

Registration Deadline is fast approaching TOMORROW for VACATION GARDEN SCHOOL! Registration form can be found on FCC website.

SS Teacher/CE Board Potluck Picnic - Fri. June 14th Teachers and their families are invited to a potluck picnic at the Hollister's home, 2802 N. 6th St, Sheb. from 5:30-7:00 pm. Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to pass and your kids. We will have grilled chicken and hot dogs as well. There will be lots of room for outdoor activities. RSVP to Pastor Julia if you can attend.

Prayer Shawls Donated to General Synod Thanks to our Prayer Shawl Ministry for donating four prayer shawls to the "Self-care" suite at the upcoming UCC General Synod that will be held in Milwaukee - June 21-24.

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 Wednesday between 3:30-6 pm on Weds. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

"Membership Conversation" - Mon. June 24th Are you new to FCC? Come learn about our history, ministries and mission with Pastor Julia on Mon. June 24th from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge. Childcare is available (let us know if you can use it.) We'll receive new members on Sun., June 30th. Please RSVP to Pastor Julia if interested in attending the Membership Conversation class.

Ongoing Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. June 13th - "Moving with the Spirit" Galatians 3:19-4:7, 5:1, 13-16. Colossians 3:1-17" All are welcome.

The Sheboygan Meditation Society gathers Tonight and then again on June 13th before taking a Summer Break at 6pm for time of sitting and walking meditation, and tea. All are welcome.


Sunday June 2

9:30 am Worship - We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion. Pastor Julia will preach on "Breaking Chains" based on Acts 16.  Music will include: Ann Berchem (vocals), Adam DeSombre (bass), Rob Szyman (guitar), Brian Sommersberger (drums) and Wade Heinen (brass) performing "To the Light" 'and "Wade in the Water."  

Summer Kids Program  We offer two class groupings (preschool and grade school). Thanks to Geralyn Leannah for teaching the preschool and grade school classes as they learn about "God and Silence" - The Story of Elijah.

Memorial Service for Catherine "Cate" Wood - Sun. June 2nd (Sept. 1944 - December 2018) We will be celebrating the life of Cate Wood at a 2pm service in the FCC sanctuary, followed by a simple reception in the church lounge. Pastor Julia, officiating. Two lilac trees have been planted on the east lawn (outside of Lucas Hall windows) in memory of Cate.

New Member Sunday Postponed  We will be receiving new members into our fellowship on Sun. June 30th.  Contact Pastor Jim or Julia if you interested in learning more about the ministries and mission and possible membership at FCC.

Graduation Day Brat FryJune 9th We are hosting a mission trip fundraiser from 10:00 – 4:30pm at the church.  We will be selling brats, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, nachos and beverages.  Come support our youth!

"Free Water" Stand During Graduation Ceremonies In an effort to cut down on disposable plastic water bottles, we will NOT be selling bottles of water during our Graduation Brat Fry Sale.  INSTEAD we are going to have a "Free Water" Stand that will allow people to fill up their own water bottles or use a compostable cup for a drink. We will also have "filled" stainless steel water bottles (with a "Class of 2019" logo) for sale for $5.  Geralyn Leannah is organizing this effort - email gleannah57@gmail.com if you would like to support this effort through volunteering that afternoon.

Summer Church Softball Starts Mon, June 3rd. 5:45 pm vs. City Church and 6:55 pm vs. Good Fellowship. Thanks to Wade and Chris Heinen for serving as managers. Come cheer on our team! All games are played at Kiwanis SW field.

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 Wednesday between 3:30-6 pm on Weds. Chris Kuehnel, coordinator.

Registration Deadline is fast approaching - Fri. June 7th - for VACATION GARDEN SCHOOL!  Registration form can be found on FCC website.

New Blinds in the Conference Room Stop by the Conference Room and see the new vertical blinds - a welcome addition to the room!

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.  Next session: p. 103ff. book.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. June 6th - "The Spirit is Moving" Pentecost - Acts 2:1-41. All are welcome.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society gathers at FCC on Thursdays at 6pm for time of sitting and walking meditation, and tea. 3 more sessions before summer break (5/30, 6/6 and 6/13). All are welcome.


sUNDAY mAY 26

10:00 am Worship - Special Music will be offered by "Vox Vocal Harmony" (Marie Hetzel,Brittany Savaglio, & Stephanie Stowers). Liturgists: Lisa Vihos and Wade Heinen. Lisa Vihos will offer a "Time with Children." Bill Born, organist.

Summer Kids Program Begins!  We offer two class groupings (preschool and grade school). Thanks to Angela Grauer for teaching the preschool class and Roxanne Akstulewicz for teaching the grade school group this Sunday as the kids learn about Wisdom and Proverbs.

Pastors Jim and Julia will be away this weekend attend their son Jon's college graduation at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

"Membership Conversation" - Weds., May 29th Are you new to FCC? Come learn about our history, ministries and mission with Pastors Jim and Julia on Wed. 5/29 from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge.  Childcare is available (let us know if you can use it.) We'll receive new members on Sun., June 2nd. Please RSVP to pastors if interested in attending the Membership Conversation class.

Summer worship hours begin June 2nd as we move to 9:30 worship time for the summer (thru Labor Day weekend).

Memorial Service for Catherine "Cate" Wood (Sept. 1944 - December 2018) We will be celebrating the life of Cate Wood at a 2pm service in the FCC sanctuary, followed by a simple reception in the church lounge. Pastor Julia, officiating.

Graduation Day Parking $20 per space - pay the day of graduation. Proceeds benefit our youth mission trips. Call or email Suzy in the church office to reserve a space.

Clear Bottles (Two-Liter or 1/2 gallon Juice) Needed for VGS project Collection bin next to larger plastic Cap/Lid bin in the coat room.  Also needed: items made out of #6 plastic (also put in smaller collection bin)

Adult and Youth Helpers needed for Vacation Garden School - June 18-20 Last year, we hosted our first annual Vacation Garden School and it was a HUGE success! We had over 70 children involved in three days of crafts, gardening, music and fun. This was all made possible by LOTS of adult and youth (6th-12th grade) teaching support.  This year, VGS will be held in the morning on Tues. June 18- Thurs. June 20. Feel free to help out on one or more days. Contact Pastor Julia if you are willing to be a part of this GREAT ministry! See registration details on FCC website.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.  Next session: begin Part 3 of the book.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. 5/30 session: "The Uprising of Stewardship" - 1 Timothy 6:3-19, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society gathers at FCC on Thursdays at 6pm for time of sitting and walking meditation, and tea. 4 more sessions before summer break (5/23, 5/30, 6/6 and 6/13). All are welcome.


Sunday May 19

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - "Charity Water" -  Watch and discuss a video about this organization that provides clean drinking water to millions.

10:00 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach ("Getting Out of God's Way" based on Acts 11:1-18 & Rev. 21:1-6).  Special music includes a handbell anthem ("Blessed Assurance"), a vocal solo by Evan Vorpahl (baritone), and a choral benediction by the choir ("Gaelic Blessing"). Mission Moment: Vicky Hildebrandt will share info about Christian Service Board grants for organizations and for FCC members (for mission work).

End of spring term for our Sunday School program (toddlers thru 8th graders). Thank you to our teachers and helpers!

Pizza Lunch for Middle School Youth following worship in the Youth Room. The Middle School youth will be making the pizzas during class time and then will gather for a pizza lunch and a time of fellowship until 12:00 noon. Pastor Jim and Roxanne Akstulewicz, leaders.  The Kettle Moraine Hike has been cancelled due to stormy weather forecast.

Summer Kids Program Teachers/Helpers Needed On Sunday, May 26th, we will begin our “Summer Kids Program."  We offer two class groupings (preschool and grade school) during 9:30 am worship. We have LOTS of fun activities planned (delivering potted plants to shut-ins, working in Eden's Bluff garden, making Graduation Day banners, making and delivering a quilt to a long-time member and learning the stories of the faith). Adults and youth needed to lead.  See sign-up on the Education Table. Email Roxanne A - thea2zs@sbcglobal.net - to sign up.

Sponsor-a-youth/adult Table We have raised $8,500 for our two summer mission trips through the "sponsor-a-youth" board and we have another $2,500 to raise!  We are finding that the adult leaders - 4 for Middle School trip and 10 for the High School trip are especially in need of sponsors. Sponsor an adult leader or youth for a full day ($50) or half day ($25). See poster in narthex.  Make checks out to FCC and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”

"Laundry Love' - Weds May 22nd On the fourth Weds of the month, FCC provides an outreach ministry to provide quarters and laundry supplies to those in need at Midway Laundry, 1404 Michigan Ave from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Thanks to Brian and Carol Christensen for providing sandwich supper this coming Weds. To learn more about this ministry, contact Patty/John Aker (picasso@wi.rr.com) or stop by!

"Membership Conversation" - Weds., May 29th Are you new to FCC? Come learn about our history, ministries and mission with Pastors Jim and Julia on Wed. 5/29 from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge.  Childcare is available (let us know if you can use it.) We'll receive new members on either Sun., June 2nd or June 16th (let us know which one works best) Please RSVP to pastors if interested in attending the Membership Conversation class.

Summer worship hours begin June 2nd as we move to 9:30 worship time for the summer (thru Labor Day weekend).

Graduation Day Parking $20 per space - pay the day of graduation. Proceeds benefit our youth mission trips. Call or email Suzy in the church office to reserve a space.

Driver needed: Sharon R is looking for someone to help her get to/from MKE airport as she is planning another trip to FL for High Dose Ketamine treatment for her illness. She departs MKE on Sun. June 2nd at 6:50am and returns to MKE on Sat. June 8th at 5:20pm.  Cost of your fuel will be reimbursed. If you might be able to help her with either leg of the trip, email her at sharonromenesko@gmail.com.

Our sympathy goes to -

Dick Burchinal, following the death of his sister, Ann Maddox, of Fayetteville, NC. A funeral will be held there Friday (5/17/19).

Long-time member Adele Stillwell (living in Nashville, TN) and her family, following death of her son, Dr. Tom Stillwell, last week. Obituary here.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.  Next Wed. -pp. 87ff.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. 5/23 session: "The Uprising of Partnership" - Acts 16:11-40.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society gathers at FCC on Thursdays at 6pm for time of practice and learning, and tea. All are welcome.


Sunday May 12 (Mother’s day)

FCC Women's Retreat This Weekend We are so pleased that 31 FCC members and friends will be heading to Pilgrim Center (on Green Lake) this Friday and Sat to participate in our Annual Women's Retreat led by The Rev. Holly Whitcomb and Pastor Julia.

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - "Stories and Photos from Malawi" Steve Hamer, local businessman, recently back from a trip to Malawi, will share stories and updates on the Malawi Literacy Project -  Teacher Training Conference and Children's Reading Garden, as well as other locally-sponsored mission projects.

9:30 am - Sunday School children rehearse in Sanctuary

10:00 am Worship - The Sunday School children (age 4 - 5th grade) will sing "A Mother's Love," under the direction of Gail Dedering.  Mission Moment: Steve Hamer will share a "Moment for Mission" on the Malawi Literacy Project. Pastor Jim will preach on "What Was It Like In the Room Where it Happened?", based on Acts 9:36-43.

“Sponsor-a-Youth” Campaign  We have raised $8,500 for our two summer mission trips through the "sponsor-a-youth" board and we need $3,000 more to meet our goal!  The adult leaders -- 4 for Middle School trip (Jessica Kohn, Darren Opel, Lorrie Garces, Pastor Julia) and 10 for the High School trip (John Engberg, Sara Ertel, David Martin, Laura Multer, Elise Opel, Carla Vorpahl, Adam & Emily Weber, Tanya Wesener and Pastor Jim) -- are especially in need of sponsors. :) Sponsor a participant for a full-day ($50) or half-day ($25). See display in the narthex.  Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”

"Membership Conversation" - Weds., May 29th Are you new to FCC? Come learn about our history, ministries and mission with Pastors Jim and Julia on Wed. 5/29 from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge.  Childcare is available (let us know if you can use it.) We'll receive new members on either Sun., June 2nd or June 16th (let us know which one works best) Please RSVP to pastors if interested in attending the Membership Conversation class.

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 Kiwanis Park SW. Thanks to Chris and Wade Heinen who are "managing" the team again this year.  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.

Adult and Youth Helpers needed for Vacation Garden School - June 18-20 Last year, we hosted our first annual Vacation Garden School and it was a HUGE success! We had over 70 children involved in three days of crafts, gardening, music and fun. This was all made possible by LOTS of adult and youth (6th-12th grade) teaching support.  This year, VGS will be held in the morning on Tues. June 18- Thurs. June 20. Feel free to help out on one or more days. Contact Pastor Julia if you are willing to be a part of this GREAT ministry! See registration details on FCC website.

Clear 2-Liter Bottles Needed for VGS project Collection bin next to larger plastic Cap/Lid bin in the coat room.  Also needed: items made out of #6 plastic (also put in smaller collection bin)

Middle School Hike in Kettle Moraine – Sun. May 19th Following worship, we will gather for a quick pizza lunch in the Youth Room. At noon, we will board our church bus and head over to the Kettle Moraine State Park for an afternoon hike.  We will return to church parking lot by 3:30 pm. Pastor Julia is the adult advisors for this event. Email Pastor Julia (julia@fccsheboygan.org) if you plan to attend.

Emma's Happy Hen House Egg Sales Every Saturday in May, eggs will be sold from 9-11am in the FCC parking lot (this is a service to the Farmers Market vendor in between the winter and summer SCIO Farmers Market season) Call 207-4526 for more details.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.  Next Wed. -pp. 81ff.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. 5/9 session: "The Uprising of Worship" - Acts 2:41-47, Corinthians 14:2-31.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society gathers at FCC on Thursdays at 6pm for time of practice and learning, and tea. All are welcome. 5/9 session will be in the Conf. Room.


Sunday May 5 - communion sunday

9:00 am Sunday Forum - Watch & discuss a video of Glennon Doyle's TEDx talk: "Lessons from the Mental Hospital." Held in the Conf. Room. Childcare available in Room #7.

10:00 am Worship - We will be singing contemplative songs/chants from the Taize community in France throughout the service.  Pastor Julia will preach on "Feed My Sheep." Pastor Jim will offer a little "reggae" dance time during the Time with Children. We will share in the Sacrament of Lord's Supper.

Garden and Grounds Clean-up Day  Join in a  sloppy joe lunch following worship and then spend some time doing some garden and grounds cleanup (raking leaves, pruning bushes, laying down mulch).  Many hands make light work – all invited to join in the fun! Jane Nauschultz, organizer

Cribbage Night Roger Hesse & Bill Weber invite all interested in playing (and/or learning) in a friendly, non-competitive gathering in Lucas Hall from 6-8 pm.

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.  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.

Parents of Graduates 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.

Summer Kids' Program Teachers Needed On Sundays, beginning May 26th through Labor Day, we will offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship. The preschool class (ages 3-Kindergarten) will meet in classroom #6.  The grade school class (first grade through 5th grade) will meet in classroom #2. Youth in 6th – 8th grade are invited to either assist with the program or remain in worship. We will be using our Seasons of the Spirit curriculum in our lesson planning.  We are looking for volunteers to teach and/or assist for 1 or 2 Sundays this summer. Email Roxanne Akstulewicz (thea2zs@sbcglobal.net) or Pastor Julia (Julia@fccsheboygan.org) if you would be willing to serve in this important children’s ministry.

Middle School Hike in Kettle Moraine – Sun. May 19th Following worship, we will gather for a quick pizza lunch in the Youth Room. At noon, we will board our church bus and head over to the Kettle Moraine State Park for an afternoon hike.  We will return to church parking lot by 3:30 pm. Pastor Julia is the adult advisors for this event. Email Pastor Julia (julia@fccsheboygan.org) if you plan to attend.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. 5/9 session: "The Uprising of Discipleship" - Risen Christ and Followers - John 21:1-19.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society gathers at FCC on Thursdays at 6pm for time of practice and learning, and tea. All are welcome. 5/2 session will be in the Conf. Room.


Sunday April 21 - easter sunday

Winter Farmers Market - Sat. April 20th  from 9am - 1pm in Lucas Hall. (final winter market for this season).

FCC Donations always welcome! Just a reminder: you can donate to our church on-line: click here:

University Chamber Orchestra Concert at FCC - Thurs. April 25th Students and staff from Lakeland University and UW Green Bay-Sheboygan will present a concert entitled “When Toys Come Alive,” at 7:00 pm in the FCC sanctuary. The concert will feature music that brings toys to life, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland and Stravinsky’s Petrushka., and the “Doll Aria” from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Emily Davis, professor of choral activities at Lakeland University, will come alive as the featured soloist. Martin Ulrich, conductor.

"All-Church" Saturday Supper – Sat., April 27th How do you get to know other FCC folk better?  You participate in this new fellowship event for singles, couples, families of all ages!  We begin at FCC with appetizers at 4:30pm, then to various member homes for dinner at 5pm. You will be assigned a “course” to bring - either appetizer, salad or dessert. Sign-up to participate and/or host on poster in narthex or email Suzy - suzy@fccsheboygan.org. A wonderful evening of good food and fellowship hosted by the Deacons.

April 28th - "A Cluttered Life" Join us as we watch/discuss this short video of a group of UCLA anthropologists as they venture into the stuffed-to-capacity homes of dual income, middle-class American families in order to understand the food, toys, and clutter that fill them. Held at 9:00 am in the Conf. Room. Pastor Jim, convener.  Childcare available at this time.

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign 13 Middle School Youth and 4 adults will serve at a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL from Sun. July 28-Sat. Aug. 3rd (weatherize homes for low-income and elderly residents).  19 High School youth and 10 adults will travel to NYC from Sat. July 13- Sat. July 20th to work with homeless and urban poor. Sponsor a youth for a full day ($50) or half day ($25). See poster in narthex.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is April 25th  - "The Uprising Begins" The Resurrection - Luke 24:1-32.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday April 7 - 5th Sunday in Lent

In Memoriam: Harry W. Hoffman, Jr., member of FCC from 1979-2000.  He will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, Joan; children, Michael (Patricia Bayerlein) Hoffman, Pam (Jeff) Clarkin, and Beth Faeth; grandchildren, Nathaniel and Lukas Hoffman, Thalia Clarkin, Winter Ly, Ellie and Hannah Faeth; other family and friends. A funeral will be held on Sat. 4/6 in Minneapolis. Read his obituary here: http://www.bradshawfuneral.com/obituary/Harry-W.-Hoffman-Jr./Hudson-Wisconsin/1841200

Winter Farmers Market - Sat. April 6th  from 9am - 1pm in Lucas Hall. (1st & 3rd Saturday)

9:00 am - Sunday "Forum" - Heather Cleveland will speak about her trip to Guatemala with "Engineers Without Borders."

 10:00 am -  Worship: Reception of New Members & Communion. Pastor Jim will preach on "My Hope for Heaven." Music includes women's trio singing "All Belong Here" (by "The Many"). Moment for Mission: on UCC General Synod in Milwaukee (June 21-25, 2019) and ways to participate.

OGHS, a special mission offering of the UCC, involves you in disaster, immigration/refugee, and development ministries throughout the world.  The UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response and recovery networks. OGHS provides hope to the hopeless, e.g., victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, etc.

Poetic Pairings: How Poetry Speaks - Sun. April 7th  Celebrate National Poetry Month with pairings of poems shared by local poets and community members from 2-3:30pm at Mead Library.  Curated by Lisa Vihos.

"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" has been postponed one week - from 4/7 to Sun. April 14th from 4-6pm  Join us in the church lounge to watch this film that tells the amazing story of a young man from Malawi who was able to use his mind and creativity to bring water/electricity to his village.  Older elementary-age kids and adults will enjoy this inspiring movie that helps to connect us with the people of Malawi and the Lilongwe Children's Reading Garden. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Cribbage Night - Sun., April 7th  Roger Hesse & Bill Weber invite all interested in playing (and/or learning) in a friendly, non-competitive gathering in Lucas Hall from 6-8 pm.

Can you provide a ride for 1-2 church members on a Sunday? The FCC transportation ministry is in need of a couple more persons to provide transportation for FCC members who need a ride to the Sunday services.  You would be scheduled to provide transportation 2 Sundays in a row 4x/year. Suzy provides you with passenger info on the Friday before your scheduled Sunday.  Contact Pastor Julia if interested.

Mission Trip Pizza Making Day - Sat. April 13th The mission trip youth (and parents) will be making pizzas from 10a-2p in Lucas Hall.  Youth will deliver the pre-ordered pizzas that afternoon. If you ordered pizza on Sun. mornings, you can pick them up fresh between 1-2p on that Sat. or Sun. April 14th.  We will have some additional pizzas available for purchase.

Decorate the Church for Easter 2019 by Sponsoring Spring Flowers in memory of loved ones--All Flowers $10.00 each. Those who sponsor may take the flower after the 10:30 am Easter Worship service on April 21st and give to someone who needs cheering or you may take them home – Take home choice of flower will vary. A list of memorials and sponsors will be published in the Easter bulletins.  Yellow order forms are located on the Education Table in the narthex. Make checks payable to:  First Congregational Church (write "Easter Flowers" on the memo line). Payment must accompany your order. Note: Limited number of flowers.

Pilgrim Preschool Spring Flower/Plant Fundraiser Sale  We offer a voucher program as well as the usual plant delivery to the church for pickup. By purchasing a voucher (just like a gift certificate), you can go directly to Caan’s Floral Store and pick out your own flowers & plants using the voucher you purchased or upgrade your item at the store. New for 2019: There are more items to choose from with vouchers. We now have 5” perennials, 12” combo planters and an 8” watering can planter. Look for display in narthex.  

"All-Church" Saturday Supper – Sat., April 27th How do you get to know other FCC folk better?  You participate in this new fellowship event for singles, couples, families of all ages!  Starting at FCC for appetizers at 4:30pm in Lucas Hall, then to various member homes for dinner at 5pm. You will be assigned a “course” to bring - either appetizer, salad or dessert. We already have four "hosts" that will include families with children - we are looking for more hosts that can provide a main dish and seating for 8-10 people.  Sign-up to participate and/or host on poster in narthex or email Suzy - suzy@fccsheboygan.org. A wonderful evening of good food and fellowship hosted by the Deacons.

Volunteer at Bookworm Gardens Interested in learning more about volunteering in the education department at Bookworm? Celebrate Spring with us at our fourth annual Coffee + Conversation gathering, April 9 at 10 AM. Meet staff and current volunteers, learn more about upcoming field trip experiences, and get a sneak peek into the Garden’s upcoming season! RSVP to Cate at education@bookwormgardens.org

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is April 11th  - "The Peace March" - Palm Sunday - Luke 19:29-46.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday march 31 - 4th sunday in lent

9:00 am No Sunday Forum on 3/31.

10:00 am Worship - Pastor Julia and Martha Schott will share a dialogue sermon on the "Beatitudes People." During the Time with Children, we will bless a suitcase of books that will brought to the Lilongwe Children's Reading Garden in Malawi. Evan Chancellor will be offering some musical pieces on his French Horn. We will also celebrate March birthdays.

Eden's Bluff Planning Meeting Summer is right around the corner. Meet in classroom #2 following worship to help plan the summer growing season at Eden's Bluff and beyond. 

OGHS, a special mission offering of the UCC, involves you in disaster, immigration/refugee, and development ministries throughout the world.  The UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response and recovery networks. This year's theme is "More than we can Imagine." Hurricane Maria caused unimaginable damage to Puerto Rico - OGHS provides hope to the hopeless.

Pastors Jim and Julia Hollister are away on vacation (Sat. Mar. 23-Sat. Mar. 30th) with their kids. Members of Deacons of Membership and Care will be available for pastoral support.  Contact Suzy - suzy@fccsheboygan.org with pastoral care needs. Pastors will also check emails occasionally. 

Weds., April 3rd   Our 7th and 8th graders will begin with dinner hosted by Meissner  family at 5:30 pm. From 6-7pm, they will learn about "Mary Magdelene: The unsung apostle."  Cindy Bartol, leader.

Sheboygan South Jazz Ensemble Concert at FCC - Fri, April 5th. Come hear this award-winning ensemble as they perform a 45 minute free concert from 9:30-10:15 am in our Sanctuary.  All are welcome and please share the invite with your friends.  This statewide recognized group will be playing styles of swing, rock, afro-cuban, funk and ballads.  FCC members that are a part of the group are T. J. Edson, Emily Edson, and Olivia Goins.

Film showing: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" on Sun. April 7th from 4-6pm  Join us in the church lounge to watch this film that tells the amazing story of a young man from Malawi who was able to use his mind and creativity to bring water/electricity to his village.  Older elementary-age kids and adults will enjoy this inspiring movie that helps to connect us with the people of Malawi and the Lilongwe Children's Reading Garden. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Cribbage Night - Sun., April 7th  (1st Sunday of the month) Roger Hesse & Bill Weber invite all interested in playing (and/or learning) in a friendly, non-competitive gathering in Lucas Hall from 6-8 pm.

Pilgrim Preschool Spring Flower/Plant Fundraiser Sale Begins Sun., April 7th  We offer a voucher program as well as the usual plant delivery to the church for pickup. By purchasing a voucher (just like a gift certificate), you can go directly to Caan’s Floral Store and pick out your own flowers & plants using the voucher you purchased or upgrade your item at the store. New for 2019: There are more items to choose from with vouchers. We now have 5” perennials, 12” combo planters and an 8” watering can planter. Our display with plant info and order forms will be in the narthex beginning Sun., April 7th.  

Decorate the Church for Easter 2019 by Sponsoring Spring Flowers in memory of loved ones--All Flowers $10.00 each. Those who sponsor may take the flower after the 10:30 am Easter Worship service on April 21st and give to someone who needs cheering or you may take them home – Take home choice of flower will vary. A list of memorials and sponsors will be published in the Easter bulletins.  Yellow order forms are located on the Education Table in the narthex. Make checks payable to:  First Congregational Church (write "Easter Flowers" on the memo line). Payment must accompany your order. Note: Limited number of flowers.  

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign Begins 13 Middle School Youth and four adults will be attending a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL from Sun. July 28-Sat. Aug. 3rd to weatherize homes for low-income and elderly residents.  19 High School youth and 10 adults will be traveling to NYC from Sat. July 13- Sat. July 20th to work with homeless and urban poor (we have four openings for youth or adults.) 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 $12,000 so pleased be generous with your support. Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”

People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day - Thurs;. April 11th  A day-long gathering at First United Methodist Church/Madison to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues that impact the people of Wisconsin - ie: safe drinking water, early childhood education, reliable access to health care. More info at Advocacy Day 2019

Anti-Racism Training and Retreat - Sun. April 28 - Tues. April 30th Held at Moon Beach Camp (St. Germain, WI). The training will be presented by Jessica Vazquez-Torres of Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. It will include retreat time to decompress and process in the natural sanctuary of Moon Beach. Clergy, lay leaders and all UCC members and friends are encouraged to attend for personal enlightenment, for use in church leadership roles, and for possible future continuing education/ministerial requirements.In addition to worship and time for reflection, the following topics will be addressed: exploring US dominant culture and racism, white supremacy as the foundation of dominance and defining and understanding systemic racism. Cost is $200.  Pastor Julia plans to attend. Learn more at more Anti-Racism Training/Retreat.

"All-Church" Saturday Supper – Sat., April 27th How do you get to know other FCC folk better?  You participate in this new fellowship event for singles, couples, families of all ages!  Starting at FCC for appetizers at 4:30pm in Lucas Hall, then to various member homes for dinner at 5pm. You will be assigned a “course” to bring - either appetizer, salad or dessert. We already have four "hosts" that will include families with children - we are looking for more hosts that can provide a main dish and seating for 8-10 people.  Sign-up to participate and/or host on poster in narthex or email Suzy - suzy@fccsheboygan.org. A wonderful evening of good food and fellowship hosted by the Deacons.


Sunday March 24 - 3rd sunday in lenth

9:00 am - No Sunday Forum on 3/24 or 3/31.

10 AM Worship - Special music by Mary Klein, alto. Worship leadership and sermon by the Rev. Dan Borchers. Texts include Isaiah 55:1-9 and Luke 13:1-9.

 Pastors Jim and Julia Hollister will be away on vacation (Sat. Mar. 23-Sat. Mar. 30th) with their kids. Members of Deacons of Membership and Care will be available for pastoral support.  Contact Suzy - suzy@fccsheboygan.org with pastoral care needs. Pastors will also check emails occasionally.

Remember to Wear your Church Name Tag All of the FCC members (and a lot of regular visitors) have a laminated name tag (located on the wooden rack in the narthex).  Please remember to wear it on Sunday mornings - it is amazing how much it helps make others feel more "at home" to be able to use each other's names when greeting each other. If you can't find your name tag, leave a note on Suzy's desk in the office or email her and she will make you up a new one!

"A Modern Response To Modern Day Slavery" - Tues., Mar. 26  from 11 am – noon  Held at Bradley Theatre, Lakeland University. Presenter: Sr. Joan Dawber, founder and executive director of Lifeway Network in New York City. Sr. Joan will present the story of LifeWay Network and its response to human trafficking. Learn about human trafficking globally and right here in the United States, who it impacts, tactics used by traffickers and red flags in order to prevent, recognize and report trafficking. Lecture is free; lunch with Sr. Joan following presentation is $10. For more info - email bosmanlr@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.

Sheboygan South Jazz Ensemble Concert at FCC - Fri, April 5th. Come hear this award-winning ensemble as they perform a 45 minute free concert from 9:30-10:15 am in our Sanctuary.  All are welcome and please share the invite with your friends.  This statewide recognized group will be playing styles of swing, rock, afro-cuban, funk and ballads.  FCC members that are a part of the group are T. J. Edson, Emily Edson, and Olivia Goins.

Film showing: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" on Sun. April 7th from 4-6pm  Join us in the church lounge to watch this film that tells the amazing story of a young man from Malawi who was able to use his mind and creativity to bring water/electricity to his village.  Older elementary-age kids and adults will enjoy this inspiring movie that helps to connect us with the people of Malawi and the Lilongwe Children's Reading Garden. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Cribbage Night - Sun., April 7th  (1st Sunday of the month) Roger Hesse & Bill Weber invite all interested in playing (and/or learning) in a friendly, non-competitive gathering in Lucas Hall from 6-8 pm.

FCC provides drivers for an additional Monday route for "Fresh Meals on Wheels" - For many years, we have provided drivers for Rt 17 (Erie Ave near Memorial Mall/Sunnyridge) on Mondays. We will now also be providing Monday drivers for Rt 23 (Georgia to Union Ave - west of 17th St.)  Sign ups are located on bulletin board in narthex. Speak to Pastor Julia for more details. Delivery is from 11:15a-12:15pm.

“Sponsor-a-youth” Campaign Begins 13 Middle School Youth and four adults will be attending a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL from Sun. July 28-Sat. Aug. 3rd to weatherize homes for low-income and elderly residents.  19 High School youth and 10 adults will be traveling to NYC from Sat. July 13- Sat. July 20th to work with homeless and urban poor (we have four openings for youth or adults.) 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 $12,000 so pleased be generous with your support. Make checks out to First Congregational Church and indicate in the memo line “youth mission trip.”

People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day - Thurs;. April 11th  A day-long gathering at First United Methodist Church/Madison to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues that impact the people of Wisconsin - ie: safe drinking water, early childhood education, reliable access to health care. More info at Advocacy Day 2019

Anti-Racism Training and Retreat - Sun. April 28 - Tues. April 30th Held at Moon Beach Camp (St. Germain, WI). The training will be presented by Jessica Vazquez-Torres of Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. It will include retreat time to decompress and process in the natural sanctuary of Moon Beach. Clergy, lay leaders and all UCC members and friends are encouraged to attend for personal enlightenment, for use in church leadership roles, and for possible future continuing education/ministerial requirements.In addition to worship and time for reflection, the following topics will be addressed: exploring US dominant culture and racism, white supremacy as the foundation of dominance and defining and understanding systemic racism. Cost is $200.  Pastor Julia plans to attend. To learn more Anti-Racism Training/Retreat

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group  - No gathering on Weds. 3/27, but they'll resume on 4/3 (PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh p. 26ff). All are welcome, Wednesdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Mar. 28th - "Why We Worry, Why We Judge" - Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 6:19-7:12.  

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday March 17 - second sunday in lent

9:00 am - Sunday Forum -  Heather Cleveland will speak about a recent trip to Ireland to the Ballymaloe Cookery School. The school  is run by Darina Allen, a celebrity chef, cookery book author and pioneer of the slow food movement in Ireland. Sunday Forum is held at 9:00 am in the Conf. room. Childcare available.  

10:00 am -  Worship - Music includes the Choir and the Handbell Choir. Pastor Jim will preach ("It's Hell to Weep and Gnash your Teeth").

St. Patrick's Day Youth Mission Brunch Held in Lucas Hall following worship. Monies raised will support our youth mission trips this summer. The Middle School youth will be attending a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL. The High School youth will be heading to New York City to work with urban poor. Free will donations accepted. Menu will include hash brown/egg bake,baked oatmeal, stuffed French toast, sausage, sweet breads, fruit and beverages. No need to sign-up - just show up!

"Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk and Soup Lunch" - Weds. Mar. 20th Come rediscover balance in your life by walking the church labyrinth (open in Lucas Hall from 9a - 5p).  Natasha Torry will also be hosting a butternut squash soup lunch in the church lounge from 11:45-12:30 pm. Come detox your mind, body and spirit as we start a new season.

Weds., Mar. 20th   Our 7th and 8th graders will begin with dinner hosted by Laura Klemm/Windsor family at 5:30 pm.  From 6-7pm, they will learn about "Pontius Pilate: The Troubled Politician." Cindy Bartol, leader.

"Weds. Night Yoga" - Weds., Mar. 20th Jessica Kohn, certified yoga instructor, is offering an all-levels yoga class in the church lounge from 5:45-6:45pm. Cost is $10/session for drop-in fee.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are starting to read PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Mar. 21st - "Your Secret Life" - Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 6:1-18.


Sunday march 10

Women's History Month Educational Program - Sat., Mar. 9th Hosted by the “Granny Caucus” in Lucas Hall from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. Come learn about local public education funding formulas and impact of vouchers as well as explanation of fair maps by Citizens Actions of Wisconsin.  Luncheon reservations are now closed but you are welcome to attend the programming.

Memorial Service for Jane Johnson - Sat. Mar. 9th We will be celebrating the life of Jane Johnson, Jay's mother, at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Pastor Jim officiating. There will be a time of visitation in the church lounge starting at 1pm.  There will be a reception in Lucas Hall following the memorial service.

Daylight Savings Time Remember to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour on Sat. night.

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - "Hell" Jim continues 2-week series on "Hell" - we'll review what the Bible says about hell and watch segments of a documentary "Hellbound."

10:00 am -  Worship - We welcome the string trio, "Vicellno" (Nicole Galicia, violin; Anna Mancl, cello; Emile Blasczyk, piano). Our Choir will sing "On Eagle's Wings" (Ps. 91). Pastor Jim will preach on the story of Jesus' temptation in the desert. We will launch our "VGS Recycling Project" during the Time with Children.

Order Your Mission Trip Pizza This Sunday!  Our youth will be participating in two mission trips this summer (Middle School to Princeton, IL and High School to NYC).  They are selling home-made pizzas as a fundraiser. Order thru March 22nd. Delivery on/after April 13th. Youth will be staffing a “pizza order” table in the narthex this coming Sunday!

"Sunday Forum" - Mar. 17th Heather Cleveland will speak about a recent trip to Ireland to the Ballymaloe Cookery School. The school  is run by Darina Allen, a celebrity chef, cookery book author and pioneer of the slow food movement in Ireland. Sunday Forum is held at 9:00 am in the Conf. room. Childcare available.

Youth Mission Brunch – St. Patrick's Day - March 17th Held in Lucas Hall following worship.Monies raised will support our youth mission trips this summer. The Middle School youth will be attending a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL. The High School youth will be heading to New York City to work with urban poor. Free will donations accepted. Menu will include hash brown/egg bake,baked oatmeal, stuffed French toast, sausage, sweet breads, fruit and beverages. No need to sign-up - just show up!

We NEED your Plastic Caps & Lids for Vacation Garden School Recycling Project! The C.E. Board (in partnership with FCC member Karla Zahn) is organizing a drive to collect plastic caps and lids. We will need over 500 pounds of plastic! Vacation Garden School (June 18-20) children will sort and weigh the plastic lids/caps. There is a large collection bin located in the FCC coat room. All caps need to be clean and free of any metal. Next Fall, the collected plastic will be brought to Green Tree Plastics in IN and traded for TWO recycled plastic benches. A rainbow bench will be placed next to Eden's Bluff Garden. A purple bench in memory of Karla's daughter, Elli Westfall, will be placed near the Sheboygan Peace Park. We look forward to having two wonderful "markers of hope" using recycled plastic.

"Less Plastic for Lent" Calendar It is not easy to "give up" plastic for Lent but there are concrete ways to help create habits that might just last into the future....Copies of this "Less Plastics for Lent" calendar are available on the FCC Education Table

The March issue of "The Pilgrim Voice" was sent out digitally. Printed copies are available on the Education Table.  If you would like a paper copy of the P.V. mailed to you - please let Suzy Meves know.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are starting to read PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Mar. 14th - "A New Path to Aliveness" - Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5:17-48.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday March 3

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - "Hell" Jim begins a 2-week series on "Hell" - we'll review what the Bible says about hell and watch segments of a documentary (someone who went there with their video camera... just kidding). https://www.amazon.com/Hellbound-William-Paul-Young/dp/B00D1NE8L0

10:00 am -  Worship - Intergenerational Communion Children in second grade and above will remain in worship.  There will be Sunday School for younger kids.  Pastor Julia will share a communion meditation on the Transfiguration story told in Luke 6. The Choir will sing "We Come in Wonder" and "The Lord's Prayer" (Malotte).

CPR/AED Training Gordy Koch is a certified trainer for AED (automatic external defibrillator) and CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and is offering a class from 11:30 am-1:15pm in classroom #2. Cost is $10 (pizza lunch included). Gordy will offer the class again on Sun. March 24th. Email suzy@fccsheboygan.org to sign up.  Limit of 12 participants each session.

Lakeland's Symphonic Band and Concert Choir Come hear Lakeland Symphonic Band, under the direction of Evan Chancellor, at 3pm in Bradley Theater.

Cribbage Night Roger Hesse & Bill Weber invite all interested in playing (and/or learning) in a friendly, non-competitive gathering in the church lounge at 6pm - the first Sunday of the month (Mar-May).

Ash Wednesday service - Weds., Mar. 6th at 7:00 pm  The choir leads a service of “Holden Evening Prayer” in the sanctuary. Thanks to Jeff Britton and Carra-Lyn Conger (Dir. Of Music) for their leadership.  This is a lovely “vespers-style” service, which we also did last year – a nice way to enter the season of Lent – the weeks of preparation and introspection leading up to Easter (April 20th).

Weds., Mar. 6th   Our 7th and 8th graders will begin with dinner hosted by Natasha Torry family at 5:30 pm.  From 6-7pm, they will learn about "Judas: The Disappointed Revolutionary." Cindy Bartol, leader.

Weds. Night Yoga - Weds., Mar. 6th Jessica Kohn, certified yoga instructor, is offering an all-levels yoga class in the church lounge from 5:45-6:45pm. Cost is $10/session for drop-in fee.

Youth Mission Trip Pizza Sale Our youth will be participating in two mission trips this summer (Middle School to Princeton, IL and High School to NYC).  They are selling home-made pizzas as a fundraiser. Order thru March 22nd. Delivery on/after April 13th. To order, speak to one of our 32 participating youth!

New Teachers for Spring Semester – We welcome a new set of teachers for the spring semester of our church school program! 2/3 year old class – Krista Friese/Bill Weber (March), Geralyn Leannah (April), Emily Weber (May); 4 year olds/Kindergarten – Britanni Meinnert and Cris Formolo; First Grade – Heidi/Eric Boehmer and Hannah Harder-Chancellor; Second/Third Grade – Adrienne Barrett and Dana Royer; Fourth/Fifth Grade – Erica Wiest and Ali McKeone; Middle School – Lorrie Garces/Sheri Severson (March); Natasha Torry (April); teacher needed (May).

New Conference Room Couch/Lamps and New Stove/Oven Unit in the FCC Kitchen The Memorial Gifts Committee has provided a "fresh" look to the Conference Room with a new couch and two new table lamps purchased with money given in memory of Marian Wick. The FCC kitchen oven/stove has been a bit of a danger (gas leaks and uneven heating) so Chris Kuehnel and Pastor Julia took a trip to Home Depot last Friday to purchase two new Samsung stove/oven units that will replace the old stove/oven unit.  Funds given in memory of Linda Schroeder will be used to purchase the new stove/oven units. We are also pleased that Chris K. has found a buyer for the old unit so we will have some additional $ in our Kitchen Fund.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Mar. 7th - "A New Identity" - Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5:1-16.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society (led by Jon Doll and other local meditators) meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday February 24

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - Pastor Julia will share a history of Evans Chapel (located at the south end of the narthex) including an overview of the Congregational history represented in the stained-glass windows. Held in Evans Chapel.

10:00 am -  Worship Pastor Jim will preach on "Perception & Belief." Music includes: Handbell Choir performing "Peace I Give You."  We will be celebrating those who have birthdays in the month of Feb.

7:00 pm - Contemplative Worship Join us for a worship service in the spirit of the Taize community in France.  There will be beautiful music, prayers and silence. Worship leaders: Pastor Jim and Dan Ognavic.

"Membership Conversation" - Weds. Feb. 27th Are you interested in learning more about the ministries and mission of FCC?  Join Pastors Jim and Julia on 2/27 from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge. Childcare is provided (let us know if you can use it.)  New members will be received during morning worship on Sun. Mar. 10th.

CPR/AED Training - Sun. Mar. 3rd & 24th Gordy Koch is a certified trainer for AED (automatic external defibrillator) and CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and is offering a class from 11:30 am-1:15pm each of these Sundays in classroom #2. Cost is $10 (pizza lunch included). Sign-up for either date on a list located on the Education Table, or email suzy@fccsheboygan.org.  Limit of 12 participants each session.

Thanks to Sunday School Teachers who have taught this winter Thanks to Krista Friese, Christy Geschke, Jill Rechtfertig, Kristin and Juliann Tetschlag, Amy Teunissen, Kathi Loewen, Britanni Meinnert, Lorrie Garces, Tricia Knowles, Michelle Quasius, Tamala Szyman, Hannah Harder and Gordy Koch for teaching our young people in the winter session.

Cribbage Night - Sun. Mar. 3rd Roger Hesse & Bill Weber invite all interested in playing (and/or learning) in a friendly, non-competitive gathering in the church lounge at 6pm - the first Sunday of the month (Mar-May).

Lakeland University Presents, “Ethics Colloquy: The Doctrine of Discovery and Its Ongoing Effects” on Mon., Mar. 4th, 7-8:15 pm in Presenters: Larry Littlegeorge (member of the Hochunk Nation, the Warrior Clan) and Rev. Rob McDougall (Associate Conference Minister) will provide an overview of the Doctrine of Discovery and explain why the issue is being studied by Conference churches prior to considering a resolution to repudiate the document at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Free; reservations requested. Please register online at www.Lakeland.edu/UlrichCenter or email bosmanlr@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.

Check out Church Camp this Summer ! Pilgrim Center on Green Lake (one and a half hours from Sheboygan) and Moon Beach near Eagle River.  These camping experiences come in all shapes and sizes! They are open to children as young as 4 yrs-old (Mom and Me, Dad and Me, and Grandparent and Me).  They are as short at two nights (Tenderfoot foot for 1st/2nd graders) and as long as a whole week(Sun through Sat for 3rd grade through High School). There are Family Camps(Fishing, Rainbow Camp, Camp AweSum, Single Parent).  Check out the details on the wide variety of programs available on line at www.ucci.org The camp total cost may look expensive but please do NOT let that keep you from sending your kids to camp. The C.E. Board offers camp scholarships to church members and their families for a 1/3 of the cost of camp - plus we have other funds to help!  Camp Info located in wooden rank on wall leading to Lucas Hall.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Feb. 28th - "Making it Real" - Mark 2:1-9, 1 John 1:1-2:6.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society (led by Jon Doll and other local meditators) meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea


Sunday February 17

 "Evolution Sunday"

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - Jeff Leismer, founder and CEO of "Vibe Tech" will speak about his vibration technology that offers a unique physical therapy modality for people with physical impairments due to aging, injury, surgery or neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Held in the Conf. Room.

 10:00 am -  Worship Pastor Jim will preach on "Revolutions in Thought" (addressing compatibility of science and religion). The Choir will sing "Blessed Be" (music by Jeff Britton).

Listen to FCC Sermons and Worship Music!  Our church website has a wonderful archive of previous sermons and music - thanks to Pastor Jim's weekly oversight of this ministry - check it out at audio archives

Volunteers Still Needed for Love Bowls This Sunday Jobs include soup servers, pan lifters, food runners, silent auction monitors, greeters, tray washers and more. Two hour shifts from 9:45 am to 3:30 pm. To volunteer, email it to Renee at volunteers@FreshMealsOnWheels.org.  

Youth Mission Trip Pizza Sale Our youth will be participating in two mission trips this summer (Middle School to Princeton, IL and High School to NYC).  They are making and selling pizzas as a fundraiser. Orders are taken from 2/14-3/22. Pizzas will be made and delivered on Sat. April 13th. To place an order, reach out to a youth on a Sunday morning  - there are 32 youth participating!

Introducing Orthodox Judaism - Mon., Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Lakeland University.  Rabbi Kalmar (rabbi at Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah (ASKT), an Orthodox synagogue in Glendale) and Dr. Kalmar (Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lakeland University) will offer program.

Weds. Feb. 20th 7th and 8th graders will begin with dinner hosted by Akstulewicz family at 5:30 pm.  From 6-7pm, they will learn about "The Twelve Disciples: The Provincial Bumpkins." Cindy Bartol, leader.

"Weds Night Yoga" - Weds. Feb. 20th Jessica Kohn, certified yoga instructor, is offering an all-levels yoga class in the church lounge from 5:45-6:45pm. Cost is $10/session for drop-in fee.

"Membership Conversation" - Weds. Feb. 27th Are you interested in learning more about the ministries and mission of FCC?  Join Pastors Jim and Julia on 2/27 from 6:30-8pm in the church lounge. Childcare is provided (let us know if you can use it.)  New members will be received during morning worship on Sun. Mar. 10th.

CPR/AED Training - Sun. Mar. 3rd & 24th Gordy Koch is a certified trainer for AED (automatic external defibrillator) and CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and is offering a class from 11:30 am-1:15pm each of these Sundays in classroom #2. Cost is $10 (pizza lunch included). FCC is partially subsidizing the cost.  Sign-up for either Sunday on a list located on the Education Table or email Suzy at suzy@fccsheboygan.org. Limited to 12 participants each session.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Feb. 21st - "Jesus, Violence and Power" - Matt 16:13-17:9.

  • The Sheboygan Meditation Society Group (led by Jon Doll and other local meditators) meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:30 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.

The March issue of "The Pilgrim Voice" will be done digitally again (sent out 2/28/19). A limited # of printed copies will also be available in the narthex (and mailed to anyone who asks).


Sunday February 10

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - Hon. Natasha Torry will speak about Sheboygan Municipal Court issues. The mission of the court is "to provide access to justice to the people of the city of Sheboygan and the village of Kohler in a timely and cost-effective manner." Held in the Conf. Room.

10:00 am - Worship Pastor Julia will preach on "Going Deep" - based on the story of Jesus and the Great Catch of Fish in Luke 5. Vox: Vocal Harmony Group (Marie Hetzel, Stephanie Stowers and Brittany Savaglio) will sing four musical pieces.

Thanks to all who contributed to SOUPER BOWL OF CARING campaign last Sunday Through your generosity, we were able to donate $257 to the Sheboygan Co. Food Bank.

"UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World" - Mon. Feb. 11th - Michele Borba (Educator, Best-selling Author, Parenting, Child Development & Bullying Expert) will offer 2 presentations at Kohler Memorial Theater. From 6-7pm, Ms. Borba will offer a presentation for parents and community members. From 7-8 pm, she will lead small group discussions with the community. Come learn how to strengthen children's empathy and resilience and create safe, compassionate school cultures.

Mary Lou French Memorial Scholarship Grants ranging from $500-2,000 are given annually to non-traditional students (age 25 and over) who plan to enter a field of study that serves women and children. The applicants must also demonstrate financial need and reside in Sheboygan County or attend an educational institution in Sheboygan County. Scholarship applications can be found on our church website under "resources." Application deadline is March 15, 2019. This scholarship is open to church members as well as members of the Sheboygan community.

L.O.V.E (Living Our Values Externally) Resources Members and friends of FCC Sheboygan are committed to serving the wider Sheboygan Co through the following hands-on ministries:

  • Refugee Support Community Sheboygan - UCC churches (and other agencies) networking together to support new refugees to Sheb. Co. - lodging, transportation, food, jobs. Contact: Heidi Boehmer heididaleen@gmail.com, Connect to Facebook page, Nancy Engberg, nancy.engberg@gmail.com, Join "Refugee Support Community Sheboygan" Facebook page

  • Rainbow Flag located on 3rd St. side of church building, Contact: ONA (Open and Affirming Committee) Rachel Ryan and Marie Hetzel, Facebook Page - Sheboygan Co. Open and Affirming Churches

  • GROW - Gardening Reshapes Our World - coordination of Eden's Bluff garden and other cooperative gardens in Sheb. Co.Contact: Chris Kuehnel, cqnel@clevelandwi.net

  • Laundry Love - A team of volunteers meets at Midway Laundry (the fourth Weds of the month for FCC folk) to sign-in guests, help as people load laundry into washers/dryers and feed quarters into the machines. The volunteers are invited to sign up to bring the sandwiches (for 8-10 people) and fruit on the fourth Weds of the month. They can be delivered to Midway Laundry, 1404 Michigan Ave, Sheb. at 6:30 pm that day. Contact: Patty and John Aker - picasso@wi.rr.com

  • Horizons4Girls - mentoring program for girls on weekdays at FCC from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Contact: Char Pachniak ckpachniak@gmail.com

  • Winter Farmer's Market - held on First and Third Sat. 9 am - 1pm in Lucas Hall, Nov through April Contact: Sheboygan Co. Interfaith Organization - www.sheboygancountyinterfaith.org

  • Drivers for Fresh Meals on Wheels Route FCC provides drivers for a lunch time MOW route each Monday from 11:00 - noon. Contact: Pastor Julia - julia@fccsheboygan.org

  • Malawi Literacy Project - Support the increase of literacy in Malawi through two components - Teacher Training (six conference held in Malawi for 20 M. Ed. graduates of Lakeland University) under the leadership of Nancy Buhr (nbuhr19@yahoo.com) and Children's Reading Garden (design, build and maintain a Children's Reading Garden in Lilongwe) under the leadership of Lisa Vihos (lisavihos@gmail.com)

Ongoing Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Feb. 14th - "Jesus and Hell" - Luke 16:19-31; Matt 25:31-40. Pastor Jim, leader this week.

Meditation Group led by Jon Doll and other local meditators meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:15 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday February 3

Holding FCC members and friends in the warm light of God's love during this past few frosty days. Looking forward to a "break" this weekend.  Hope to see you in worship! 

Sunday, Feb. 3rd  - Communion/Scout Sunday

10:00 am -  Worship Pastor Jim will preach on "God Outside Our Walls" based on Luke 4:21-30. Boys from Cub Scout Pack #3804 will assist with greeting and be our guests for worship. The Choir will sing "Treasured Three: Faith, Hope & Love."

Following worship, the Middle School youth will be encouraging worship participants to give a dollar (or two). Every dollar collected will be sent directly to the Sheboygan County Food Bank. Since its beginnings over 29 years ago, $135 million dollars has been raised through this campaign and given to local hunger agencies and food banks

Church Volleyball Our two FCC teams are playing each other today at 12:30 pm. Come to the Sheboygan Falls YMCA and cheer them on - sounds like  fun!

"Food for Body, Mind and Spirit" - Weds. Feb. 6th

Join in a time of good food and fellowship.  

Ella's Della/Walter Grauer will provide a meal including a couple of soup and sandwich choices(including GF options) cookies and beverages from 5:45 - 6:30 pm. RSVP to this epost by Mon. Feb. 4th  if you plan to attend.

At 6:30 pm, there is programming for all ages.  

  • The young children enjoy a "walk on the moon" project with Mary Tooley/Art in a Suitcase.

  • The older children/youth will engage in some brain teaser games with Adam/Emily Weber.  

The adults have the choice of two different 3-week series -

  • "Facing Reality Like A Spiritual Warrior" led by Margaret Swedish from Center for New Creation

  • "Reading the Bible Badly" led by Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn, from Lakeland University.

Middle School Youth Go Bowling at Maple Lanes - Fri. Feb. 8th  We have reserved three lanes at Maple Lanes, 3107 S. Business Dr, Sheb. from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Cost is $5 a person (includes free shoe rental and pizza and two games). Meet at the church at 6:00 pm if you want to ride bus (or meet us at Maple Lanes).  Friends are welcome! Let Pastor Julia if you can join in the fun! julia@fccsheboygan.org or 920-627-2615.

Altar Flowers Needed Are you looking for a way to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion? We are in need of altar flowers for these upcoming Sundays - Feb. 10, 17, 24 and Mar. 3, 17, 24 & 31.  Sign up list on bulletin board in narthex. Hoffman's Flowerland and Caan's Floral are recommended florists (they have keys to the building for delivery).

Position available: Sunday Steward (help with set-up and clean-up for Sunday activities, including sound system tech work (9:30am-11:30am). This is a paid position ($20/week) and could be shared with a friend (e.g., alternate weeks). Speak to Pastor Jim for more information.

Sunday Forum - Sun. Feb. 10th - Hon. Natasha Torry will speak about Sheboygan Municipal Court issues.  The mission of the court is "to provide access to justice to the people of the city of Sheboygan and the village of Kohler in a timely and cost-effective manner." Held from 9-9:45 am in the Conf. Room.

"UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World" - Mon. Feb. 11th - Michele Borba (Educator, Best-selling Author, Parenting, Child  Development & Bullying Expert) will offer 2 presentations at Kohler Memorial Theater. From 6-7pm, Ms. Borba will offer a presentation for parents and community members.  From 7-8 pm, she will lead small group discussions with the community. Come learn how to strengthen children's empathy and resilience and create safe, compassionate school cultures.

Ongoing Groups

  • The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

  • "Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Feb. 7th - "Jesus  and the Multitudes" - Luke 5:17-32, 18:15-19:9

  • Meditation Group led by Jon Doll and other local meditators meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:15 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.


Sunday January 27

Sat. Jan. 26th Are you a man who likes to eat... FREE FOOD? If so, come join us for a hearty breakfast, good conversation and light work around the church (maybe).  Breakfast is served at 8am in Lucas Hall. Please respond to Pastor Jim if you will be attending. Help with food prep is welcome. Sean Severson, coordinator.

9:00 am - No Sunday Forum this week.

10:00 am - Worship We will combine Annual Meeting with worship. Business will include voting on the 2019 budget and electing lay leaders. Trustees have recommended the sale of 2 acres of land located in Oostburg owned by FCC (formerly used by Boy Scout troop.) We plan to discuss the possibility of land sale at Annual Meeting.  The Choir will sing  "Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty"

Connecting with Children in Malawi The Sunday School classes are currently supporting the development of the Lilongwe Reading Garden in Malawi through their weekly offering.  During class time, the SS kids will gather in Lucas Hall for a slide presentation about the garden led by Geralyn Leannah and Lisa Vihos. Following the presentation, the children will have the opportunity to write a letter to some of the Malawi children.  

Contemplative Worship Gather at 7pm in the FCC sanctuary for a worship service in the spirit of the Taizé community in France. Pastor Jim and Dan Ognavic, worship leaders.

Position Available: Sunday Steward (help with set-up and clean-up for Sunday activities, including sound system tech work (9:30am-11:30am). This is a paid position ($20/week) and could be shared with a friend (e.g., alternate weeks). Speak to Pastor Jim for more information.

Helping Out During Government Shutdown  FCC recently gave the Sheboygan Coast Guard $140 of food cards from the FCC Benevolence Fund.  Also the Sheboygan County Food Bank has been directly supporting U. S. Coast Guard Station Sheboygan workers. Please consider donating food. Soups, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, and diapers are highly requested items. Donations can be dropped off at our location 3115 N. 21st St. in Sheboygan, Mon.-Fri., 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

For Survivors and Caregivers of those with Strokes - held on 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in classroom #2 at FCC. Next date is Feb. 7th. Leaders: Edwin Steffes (stroke survivor) and spouse Diana Kirschbaum (MVS caregiver). More info, call 458-1636.

Church Member is Downsizing  Claudette Forss will be selling her house in the near future. House located just east of Maywood Environmental Park on a quiet cul-de-sac. If interested call her at 457-3160.

Volunteers Needed for Love Bowls - Sun. Feb. 17th (to benefit Fresh Meals on Wheels) Event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m at South High School. Pastor Julia is organizing soup pick up from local restaurants on Sat. Feb. 16th (11am - 1pm). Email her if you can assist. On Sunday, jobs include soup servers, pan lifters, food runners, silent auction monitors, greeters, tray washers and more. We also need people to help clean up at the end of the day. We could really use your help! To volunteer, click here for the volunteer form, fill it out and email it to Renee at volunteers@FreshMealsOnWheels.org.

FCC Women's Retreat - "The Practice of Finding" - Fri. May 10th - Sat. May 11th Held at Pilgrim Center on Green Lake.  Led by The Rev. Holly Whitcomb and Pastor Julia.  Join women of all ages for a time of fellowship and relaxation. Cost is $90. Retreat starts at 6:30 pm on Friday and ends at 4pm on Sat.  See flyer with details on Education Table in narthex.

Ongoing Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather from 9:15-10:15 am in the church lounge. Next gathering is Jan. 31st ("Jesus the Teacher" - Mark 4:1-34).

Meditation Group led by Jon Doll and other local meditators meets in the church lounge every Thurs from 6-7:15 pm. All are welcome to this time of mindful sitting, walking, and conversation, with tea.