Upcoming Events + Activities

 

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.


Sunday January 20

Winter Farmers Market - Sat. Jan. 19th from 9am - 1pm in Lucas Hall. (1st & 3rd Saturday)

9 am "Sunday Forum" Pastor Jim and moderator Sean Severson will lead a review of relevant materials in advance of our Annual Meeting (scheduled for 1/27/19 at 10am), i.e., 2019 proposed budget, Nominating Comm. report, and details about possible land sale. Come learn more.

10 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach on "Healing Our Despair." Special music will be offered by world-class clarinetist, Matthew Griffith (Hommage a J. S. Bach by Béla Kovács, and several movements from Five Bagatelles, Op. 23, by Gerald Finzi.)

 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.

Annual Meeting - Jan. 27th  We will be gathering for the FCC Annual meeting during 10:00 am worship.  The meeting is a combination of worship and business. 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.) The Church Council has requested that an appraisal be completed prior to 1/25/19. We plan to discuss the possibility of land sale at Annual Meeting.  

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 - Jan. 27, Feb. 10, 17, 24 and Mar. 3, 17, 24 & 31.  RSVP to this epost to sign-up for a Sunday (make sure to indicate words of dedication for the worship bulletin). Hoffman's Flowerland and Caan's Floral are recommended florists (they have keys to the building for delivery).

Sheboygan Co. Food Bank Helping Out During Government Shutdown "Distributing healthy emergency food to Sheboygan County residents" is in our mission and we have been directly supporting U. S. Coast Guard Station Sheboygan workers. If you would like to make a difference for those who work to protect us every day, 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. We thank you in advance for your support and compassion!

Conversations on Race and Empowerment (CORE) - Sat. Jan 26 Held at JMKAC from 10:00–11:30 am on the topic of "Chronicles of Bigotry."  Have there always been gender identities that extend beyond heterosexual male/female orientations or is this an invention of the Internet? Have the battle of the sexes and the sexual revolutions contributed to gains or losses surrounding gender-based bigotry and the understanding of gender? Let's discuss the history and repercussions of the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community.

Blind Boys of Alabama - Sun. Jan. 27th 7pm concert at The Weill Center, Sheb.  Hailed as "gospel titans" by Rolling Stone, this group first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show.

Contemplative Worship - Sun. Jan. 27th 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.

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: Jan. 24th - "Significant and Wonderful" - Miracles - John 2:1-12, Mark 1;21-28.

  • 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 13 - Baptism of Christ Sunday

9:00 am "Sunday Forum" - Diane Pauly, local motivational speaker, will lead a session on "Changing How We Talk to One Another Changes How We Treat Each Other."  Diane is an ordained minister and attends Unity Spiritual Center on N. 8th St.  Come join in the discussion and give Diane feedback on how she might hone her ideas for a wider audience.  

10 am Worship - We will have an opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. Pastor Jim will preach on "The Downs and Ups of Life in the Spirit." The Choir will sing "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

Usher Training Following worship, usher team members and captains will have a brief "refresher" training led by Gordy Koch, John Engberg and Pastor Jim.

"Newsies" Come support FCC youth/adults as they perform in this TYA production. Performances: Jan.11-20 at U-W, Sheboygan Fine Arts Theater. Four 7pm shows (1/11, 1/12, 1/18, 1/19) and two 2pm shows (1/13, 1/20). The cast includes FCC youth/adults - Rick Ertel, Davis Knowles, Cece Szyman and Evan Vorpahl. For tickets, go to www.tyasheboygan.org

Weds. Jan. 16th 7th and 8th graders gather for 5:30 pm meal hosted by Cindy Bartol. From 6-7 pm, youth will learn about "Simon Peter: The Earnest Blockhead."  Cindy Bartol, leader.

Weds. Night Yoga for Adults - Weds. Jan.16th  Jessica Kohn, certified yoga instructor, will continue an all-levels yoga class in the church lounge from 5:45-6:45 pm on selected Weds nights.  Cost is $30 for six sessions (1/16, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3,4/17)or a $10/session for drop-in fee.

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 Jjim if you will be attending. Help with food prep is welcome. Sean Severson, coordinator.

Call for Annual Meeting - Jan. 27th  We will be gathering for the FCC Annual meeting during 10:00 am worship.  The meeting is a combination of worship and business. Business will include voting on the 2019 budget, electing lay leaders and possibly considering a motion to sell 2 acres of land in Oostburg that has been used by our former scout troop as a camping site.  On Sun. Jan. 20th during Sunday Forum (9:00 am in Conf. Room) Pastor Jim will review these three issues in preparation for the Annual Meeting.

 Members Wanted to serve in the following elected positions = a 1-yr term on the Deacons of Membership & Care and a 3-yr term on Trustees of Personnel & Finance. These are uncontested positions and would voted on at the Jan. 27th annual meeting. Please speak to the pastors or Sean Severson if you can help.

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: Jan. 17th - "Join the Adventure" - Jesus in the Wilderness and the Temple - Luke 4:1-30; 5:1-11.  

 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.