Upcoming Events + Activities

 

Join us for an All-Church Night
"Transforming Vision to Action" on Tuesday October 23

Our Church Council invites all members to attend this "all-church" conversation to debrief the "Readiness 360" survey that was completed recently: developing our cultural openness, clarifying our missional alignment, building our spiritual intensity and encouraging dynamic relationships. We begin with gourmet hors d'oeuvres at 6:15 pm in Lucas Hall, followed by small and large group discussions ending at 7:30 pm.  There will be a concurrent Kid's program available as well. Open to all FCC members and friends - all Board, Committee and Ministry members are encouraged to attend. RSVP to Suzy if you plan to attend.


Learning the sacred story

Pastor Julia will be offering a Bible Study class which focuses on the core stories of the Christian father starting with Genesis and moving through Paul's letters to the early church. Every Thursday, ALL are welcome to gather between 9:15 - 10:15 AM or 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the lounge. We will use Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road By Walking" as a guide.


Sunday October 14

9:00 am "Sunday Forum" - part 2/2 on "The Doctrine of Discovery" - The WI Conf. is asking all congregations to study this in hopes of a vote to repudiate this doctrine, at the annual meeting in April. More info here: http://www.ucc.org/justice_racism_doctrine-of-discovery

10:00 am Worship - "Access Sunday" Pastor Jim will preach on "What Does Access Look Like?"  Each year, the second Sunday of October is designated on the UCC church calendar as Access Sunday. It is an occasion when all the UCC will join together in celebrating the gifts of persons with disabilities and the strides that the church has made in being more whole through being more accessible. It is also a day that we, the church, acknowledge the journey yet to be taken with our sisters and brothers with disabilities.  We will share the sacrament of baptism with Jaxon Tillman (son of Gretchen and Jason Tillman). The Choir will sing "God's Promises"

 College Student Care Packages  The Deacons of Membership and Care invite you to reach out to our college-aged students by each one a "care" package.  You can pick up a label with a name and address; fill a box or padded envelope with "treats" (we provide a list of suggested items); then mail to the students to let them know that their church family cares.

German Orchestra Concert This Sunday Evening A group of German students from the Hessen region of Germany will be offering a concert at 7:30 pm in the FCC sanctuary. Students from the Bad Arolsen Orchestra along with some students from Frankenberg will share their music talents with us. Open to the public.

All-Church Night - "Transforming Vision to Action" - Tues. Oct. 23rd. Our Church Council invites all members and friends to attend this "all-church" conversation to debrief the "Readiness 360" survey that was completed recently: developing our cultural openness, clarifying our missional alignment, building our spiritual intensity and encouraging dynamic relationships. We begin with gourmet hors d'oeuvres at 6:15 pm in Lucas Hall, followed discussions ending at 7:30 pm.  There will be a concurrent Kid's program available as well. Open to all FCC members and friends - all Board, Committee and Ministry members are encouraged to attend. RSVP to Suzy if you plan to attend (457-4818).

 “Journeys” – Weds., Oct. 17th   7th and 8th graders gather in the Youth Room at 5:30 pm for supper.  From 6-7 pm, they will be learning about "Abraham & Sarah: The ordinary patriarchs."  Thanks to Klemm/Windsor family for providing the meal. Cindy Bartol, Journeys Coordinator - lcbartol@charter.net.

High School Youth Go Bowling - Fri., Oct. 19th  We will gather at the church for dinner at 6:30 pm then jump on the church bus to travel to Odyssey Fun Center in Falls for some bowling.  Cost is $5. Friends welcome. We will return to FCC by 9:15 pm. Once again - RSVP to julia@fccsheboygan.org or 920-627-2615  if you can join us.

Chair Yoga Class - Thursday mornings  Maureen Bourland, FCC friend and  trained yoga instructor, will be offering a yoga class in the lounge from 10:30-11:00 am (following the Thurs morning Bible Study group).  It is open to all. Wear comfortable clothing (bring a mat if you wish). Feel free to drop in any Thursday.

"Weds night Yoga for Adults" Starting on Weds. Nov. 7th, on the first and third Weds of the month, Jessica Kohn, certified yoga instructor, will be offering an all-levels yoga class in the church lounge from 5:45-6:45 pm. Jessica is offering this class on the same nights and during the same time as Journeys class to make it easy for parents to attend (but it is open to all church members and friends.)  Cost is $20 for 4 session Nov and Dec, or a $10 a session for drop-in fee. Look forward to a spring session beginning in February. Contact Cheryl Meyer (she is organizing the class) at mail.cheryl@yahoo.com for more details

Newly Waxed Floors in Lucas Hall and the Church Kitchen  Notice the shiny the floors! If you are helping with room set-up, make sure NOT to drag tables and chairs when you move them. Thanks!

Ongoing Study Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are reading Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. All are welcome.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather for one hour at either 9:15 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the church lounge. Oct. 18th - "Rivalry or Reconciliation" - Jacob and Esau - Genesis 32

 

"Neighbors in Need" Offering Received In Oct.

NIN is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects.  NIN also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. See www.ucc.org/nin for more info.


Sunday September 30

Youth Trip to Despensa de la Paz - Sat. Sept. 29th Ten High School youth will be serving at this food pantry in Milwaukee and seeing "love and service in action."  We will be leaving the FCC parking at 7:00 am and return by 3 pm. Pastor Julia and Jef Fish, adult leaders. In addition, we are collecting winter clothing to take with us to the Despensa de la Paz ministry - feel free to place clothing donations in the barrel in the FCC coat room during the day on Fri. (9/28).

 9:00 am "Sunday Forum" - Sara Demmon (teacher in Howards Grove) will talk about her recent trip to Malawi and the teacher training program that Nancy Buhr created for Lakeland Univ. graduates who returned to Malawi. All are welcome.

 10:00 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach on "Leadership in Trying Times" (text: Numbers, ch. 11). The Choir will sing "Meditations of My Heart" accompanied by Handbell Choir. We will present Bibles to our 4th graders (a children's version of the New R.S.V. transl.).

 Acolyte Training - Following worship, 4th/5th graders and parents are encouraged to attend a short "training" for acolytes in the front of the sanctuary.

 Local Mission Display Last Sunday, we celebrated some of the ways in which FCC members serve in the local community. We are encouraging people to write their answer to "How do I or have I share(d) my faith and passion in service to local community?" on a "hand print" and place it on the Lucas Hall wall. Also check out the audio recordings of talks given by Cate Bayles (Bookworm Gardens), Lisa Koepsell (Mental Health America), Brian Christensen (Habitat for Humanity Lakeside) and Jane Nauschultz (Fresh Meals on Wheels) on the FCC website under Worship/Audio Archives.

"Building Bridges of Understanding" - Mon. Oct. 1st Held at Mead Public Library at 6pm. Janan Najeeb, a found member of Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition will speak on "What do Muslims Really Believe? What is Shariah Law, ISIS and Jihad?" Co-sponsored by AAUW and Mead Library.

Children & Communion Workshop - Weds. Oct. 3rd the C.E. Board will host a Communion Education Workshop from 6:30 – 7:15 pm in the sanctuary.  It is open to all children in grades 2-8 with a special focus on children in 2nd and 3rd grades and their parents. RSVP to Pastor Julia. On World Communion Sunday, Oct. 7th, all children in grades 2-8 will stay in the sanctuary for the complete worship service.

“Journeys” – Weds. Oct. 3rd 7th and 8th graders gather in the Youth Room at 5:30 pm for supper.  From 6-7 pm, they will be learning about "Adam and Eve: The Loveable Screw-ups." Cindy Bartol, Journeys Coordinator - lcbartol@charter.net.

Chair Yoga Class - Thursday mornings  Maureen Bourland, FCC friend and  trained yoga instructor, will be offering a yoga class in the lounge from 10:30-11:00 am (following the Thurs morning Bible Study group).  It is open to all. Wear comfortable clothing (bring a mat if you wish). Feel free to drop in any Thursday.

 "Vox" Concert in the FCC Sanctuary - Fri. Oct. 5th Vox is a women's vocal group (led by Marie Hetzel) focusing on beautifully-woven harmony, exploring the sounds of world culture in folk, rock, pop, blues and gospel.  Concert will be held at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary with a reception to follow. Admission is free. Free will offering will be accepted.

Hosts Needed for German high school orchestra students - Sun. Oct. 14th - Tues. Oct. 16th Students from Bad Arolsen, along with some students from Frankenberg, will be coming to Sheboygan. The Orchestra will present a concert at FCC the evening of Sunday 10/14, and connect with music groups as well during their time in Sheboygan.  We are looking for hosts during this time: i.e., providing some meals, getting students to FCC in the morning and picking them up in the evening. Please contact David Wernecke (920-208-6409) or Martin Ulrich (920-918-9777) if would like more info or will host.

Ongoing Study Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are starting a discussion of a new book: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. All are welcome.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, ALL are welcome to gather between 9:15-10:15 am or 6:30- 7:30 pm in the lounge. Oct. 3rd - "In Over Our Heads" - Tower of Babel And Noah's Ark - Genesis 6:5-8, 8:1, 9:7-17.


Sunday SEptember 23

9:00 am - Sunday Forum - Vicky Hildebrandt (ret. prof. at Marion Univ.) will share a "Tale of Two Simons" - about a recent trip to Uganda. All are welcome.

10:00 am Worship We will be celebrating the work and mission of various FCC members as they share reflections on how they live out their faith and passion through their service to the community.

  • Cate Bayles - Bookworm Gardens

  • Jane Nauschultz - Fresh Meals on Wheels

  • Lisa Koepsell - Mental Health America

  • Brian Christensen - Habitat for Humanity Lakeside

We are pleased that Ann Berchem (and friends) will sing the song - "Harness the Wind" - which was written to highlight the work of the Lilongwe Reading Garden in Malawi (Lisa Vihos' project).

Following worship, ALL worship participants will be invited to a mission celebration in  Lucas Hall. FCC members and friends will be invited to demonstrate how they also live out their faith and passions through their service to the community by writing on a cardboard hand print  and posting it on the wall. Come join in this wonderful demonstration of our church's commitment to mission and service.

Installation Service for Beth Petzke as pastor and teacher at Grace United Church of Christ, 500 School St., Kohler, WI, on Sunday 9/23/18 at 2pm. A reception will follow the service.

"Membership Conversations" - Weds. Sept. 26th Are you interested in learning more about the ministry and mission of FCC?  Join Pastors Julia and Jim (and some Deacons) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the church lounge.  Childcare is provided (let us know if you can use it.) Please RSVP if you will be attending. New members will be received during morning worship on Oct. 21st.

High School Youth Trip to Despensa de la Paz - Sat. Sept. 29th Youth will be serving at this food pantry in Milwaukee - we have taken part in this wonderful opportunity to see "love and service in action" in prior years.  We will be leaving the FCC parking at 7:00 am and return by 3 pm. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by Weds, Sept. 26th.  Pastor Julia and Jef Fish, adult leaders.  In addition, we are collecting clothing to take with us to the Despensa de la Paz ministry - feel free to place clothing donations in the barrel in the FCC coat room (cold weather clothing of all sizes is especially appreciated....)

Fresh Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed.   Quite a few of the longtime volunteers have retired recently. That, combined with the routes have been added, means we have A LOT of open routes – 121 at last count! They have pick-up locations in Sheboygan, Plymouth, Elkhart Lake, Howards Grove and Oostburg. Pick-up time is typically 11:10 a.m. Contact volunteers@freshmealsonwheels.org if you can help out.

Hosts Needed for German high school orchestra students - Sun. Oct. 14th - Tues. Oct. 16th Students from Bad Arolsen, along with some students from Frankenberg, will be coming to Sheboygan. The Orchestra will present a concert at FCC the evening of Sunday 10/14, and connect with music groups as well during their time in Sheboygan.  We are looking for hosts during this time: i.e., providing some meals, getting students to FCC in the morning and picking them up in the evening. Please contact David Wernecke (920-208-6409) or Martin Ulrich (920-918-9777) if would like more info or will host.

"No Matter, where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor" Signs are available for $10 (purchased through Refugee Support Community Sheboygan) See Pastor Julia if interested.

Your gifts to UCC Disaster Ministries provides emergency relief efforts, long-term rehabilitation, advocacy and sustainability efforts. Our services are provided through longstanding on-the-ground partnerships and connections with grassroots organizations. We are currently actively raising funds for those impacted by Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut.  Checks can be made payable to FCC Sheboygan re: hurricane relief.

Ongoing Study Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They are starting a discussion of a new book: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. All are welcome.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, ALL are welcome to gather between 9:15-10:15 am or 6:30- 7:30 pm in the lounge. Sept. 27th - "The Drama of Desire" - Cain and Abel - Genesis 3:1-13.


Sunday SEptember 16

9 AM  Choir Rehearsal in Conger Choir Room. Choir will be singing in 10:00 am worship that morning. New members always welcome!

10 AM Worship Pastor Julia will preach on "Living the Question" based on Mark 8:27-36 - Jesus asks "Who Do You Say I Am?"  The Choir will sing "In Jesus We Grow" and "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." Pastor Jim will lead the Time with Children focusing on the importance of bringing a Sunday School offering each week. The Middle School class will enjoy some time harvesting veggies and planting spinach in Eden's Bluff Garden during class time.

Middle School Youth Planning Event The Middle School youth and their families are invited to a supper gathering held in Lucas Hall from 5-6 pm.  It will be a great chance to find out what events are happening in 2018-2019. The meal is “sponsored” through youth funds so there is no cost to families – it’s FREE!  Thanks to Cheryl Meyer for coordinating pasta meal.

Thanks to Nancy Engberg for creating a Photo Display of the 2018 Summer Mission Trip (see attached photo) on the Bulletin Board outside the Youth Room - check it out!

Middle School Youth to Lakeland for Sirchio Concert - Weds. Sept. 19th Pastor Jim will be leading a field trip (using church bus) to Lakeland this Weds to gather with local UCC youth for an inspirational evening of music and dialogue called "Faith that Matters: Finding It, Living It, Sharing It."  Group will leave FCC parking lot at 6:30 pm and will return at 9:00 pm. RSVP to Pastor Jim if you plan to attend.

The Rev. Dr. Velda Love, UCC Minister for Racial Justice, will hold an afternoon workshop titled "For God So Loved the World . . ." a Sacred Conversations Workshop on Race at Plymouth UCC in Milwaukee on September 22. This engaging and interactive workshop is an opportunity to join together with people of faith in "sacred conversations to end racism."   More information and registration  Pastor Julia plans to attend - send her an email if you are interested.

Mission Sunday – Sept. 23rd   We will be celebrating the work and mission of various FCC members during 10:00 am worship.  The following people will give reflections on how they live out their faith and passion through their service to the community.

  • Cate Bayles - Bookworm Gardens

  • Jane Nauschultz - Fresh Meals on Wheels

  • Lisa Koepesell - Mental Health America

  • Brian Christensen - Habitat for Humanity Lakeside

We are pleased that Ann Berchem (and friends) will sing the song - "Harness the Wind" - which was written to highlight the work of the Lilongwe Reading Garden in Malawi (Lisa Vihos' project). Following worship, ALL worship participants will be invited to a mission celebration in  Lucas Hall. FCC members and friends will be invited to demonstrate how they also live out their faith and passions through their service to the community by writing on a cardboard handprint  and posting it on the wall. Come join in this wonderful demonstration of our church's commitment to mission and service.

Installation of the Rev. Beth Petzke - Sun. Sept 23rd The Church and Ministry Team of The Northeast Association of the Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ invite all members, friends and clergy of the NEA Congregations to the Installation of the Rev. Beth Petzke as pastor and teacher at Grace United Church of Christ, 500 School St., Kohler, WI, on Sunday 9/23/18 at 2pm. A reception will follow the service.

High School Youth Trip to Despensa de la Paz - Sat. Sept. 29th Youth will be serving at this food pantry in Milwaukee - we have taken part in this wonderful opportunity to see "love and service in action" in prior years.  We will be leaving the FCC parking at 7:00 am and return by 3 pm. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by Weds, Sept. 26th.  Pastor Julia and Jef Fish, adult leaders.  In addition, we are collecting clothing to take with us to the Despensa de la Paz ministry - feel free to place clothing donations in the barrel in the FCC coat room (cold weather clothing of all sizes is especially appreciated....)

Bridgeway "Choose Your Own Adventure" Raffle" The goal of this raffle is to support Women and Children living at Bridgeway and assist them in gaining the skills and support that will allow them to become independent. The winner can choose between a $3000 gift certificate to Fox World Travel, or $2500 cash payout. SCIO's shared values bring us together to educate and advocate for the social justice, dignity, and to improve the quality of life for all people. Raffle tickets are $20 a piece or 3 for $50.  Contact Karen Habeck to purchase tickets (karenkaleidescop@yahoo.com).  Drawing held at the end of October.

 Driver(s) Needed Occasionally to transport FCC members to local medical appointments.  Speak to either pastor if you might be willing to serve in this way. There is a need for next Thurs (9/20) early afternoon.


Sunday September 9

Perry Harris (Dec. 24, 1919 - July 17, 2018) We give thanks for Perry's life and his service to the members and friends of FCC Sheboygan. We will celebrate Perry's life this Sat (9/8) with a memorial service at 11:00 am in the sanctuary.  Following the service, there will be refreshments served in the church lounge. We keep his wife of 72 years, Leaty, and his son, Scott, in our prayers.

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 Jim will preach on "Becoming Opened." The Choir will sing "Forever God's Love Endures" accompanied by Anna Mancl, cello and Dan Ognavic, organ.

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.

  • Sunday School Coordinator: Roxanne Akstulewicz

  • 2 & 3 year olds: Roxanne Akstulewicz, Kristin Casper, Krista Friese, Christy Geschke, Karin Nicholas (teachers needed for March - May)

  • 4 year olds/ Kindergarten: Cindy Bartol, Angela Olsen-Grauer, Kristin & Juliann Tetschlag, Britanni Meinnert, Cris Formolo

  • First Grade: Matt & Erin Bremser, Jacob & Lisa Koepsell, Kathi Loewen, Heidi & Eric Boehmer, Hannah Harder-Chancellor (co-teacher needed for winter)

  • Second and Third Grade: Chris & Wade Heinen, Wendy Plehn, Britanni Meinnert, Lorrie Garces, Adrienne Barrett, Dana Royer

  • Fourth & Fifth Grade: Natasha Torry, Jenny Pothast, Tricia Knowles, Michelle Quasius, Erica Wiest, Ali McKeone.

  • Middle School: Jessica Kohn, Sheri Severson, Tamala Szyman, Hannah Harder-Chancellor, Mary Chancellor, Gordy Koch (teachers needed for Mar-May)

  • Children's Music Coordinator: Ann Berchem

  • Journeys Coordinator: Cindy Bartol

  • Middle and High School Youth Coordinators: Pastors Julia and Jim


An Evening with Tony Campolo - Mon. Sept. 10th "The State of the Church" Held at Lakeland University at 7pm. at the Younger Family Campus Center. Campolo is a renowned social activist, sociologist, pastor, author and co-founder of the progressive Christian movement. He will share his thoughts about the current state of affairs in the church.  Admission is free but reservations are appreciated. Email bosmanlr@lakeland.edu.

The Wed. Morning Study Group Meets for an hour at 6:45a each Wednesday. They are just beginning to read/discuss LEARNING TO WALK IN THE DARK by Barbara Brown Taylor. Speak to Pastor Jim if you would like him to order a book for you. Copies will be about $8. each (used).

Calling All Those Who Love to Play Handbells…Rehearsals start on  Weds. Sept. 12th, 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.

Calling All Those Who Love to Sing… Weds. Choir Rehearsals (starting on Weds., 9/12) 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 or 920-889-3565 with questions.

High School Youth Planning Event - Weds. Sept. 12th  Youth are invited to come to a pizza dinner on Weds. Sept. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Youth Room to talk about plans for the year (Weds night dinners from 6:30-8:00 pm once or twice a month and monthly service projects). We need your input! Pastors Julia and Jim, leaders.  Send us a text (920-627-2615) or email if you plan to join us this coming Weds.

Middle School Youth Planning Event – Sun. Sept. 16th The Middle School youth and their families are invited to a supper gathering held in Lucas Hall from 5-6 pm.  It will be a great chance to find out what events are happening in 2018-2019. The meal is “sponsored” through youth funds so there is no cost to families – it’s FREE!  Thanks to Cheryl Meyer for coordinating pasta meal. Please RSVP to Pastor Julia (920-627-2615 or julia@fccsheboygan.org ) with # coming by Weds. Sept. 12th.

SCIO is hiring in our Bridgeway and Supervised Visitation Programs  Are you looking for part-time employment? Do you have a servant heart and believe that change is possible? Are you willing to listen, love, show grace and assertively hold people accountable? Do you want to be a part of a great organization and team?  Contact ashleigh@sheboygancountyinterfaith.org to find out more information!


SunDay September 2

9:30 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach on "Understanding Ourselves Leads to Compassion for Others." Texts: Mk. 7:1-23 (excerpts) and James 1:19-27. Cate Bayles will sing "Here I am, Lord." We will share in Holy Communion and will baptize Hugh Carlton Roberts, son of Thomas and Tricia (Lutze) Roberts.

Summer Kids' Program Kids will spend some time in Eden's Bluff Garden!  Thanks to Geralyn Leannah for leading.

Wednesday Morning Study Group Meets for an hour at 6:45a each Wednesday. They are just beginning to read/discuss LEARNING TO WALK IN THE DARK by Barbara Brown Taylor. Speak to Pastor Jim if you would like him to order a book for you. Copies will be about $8. each (used).

Sunday School Teacher's Meeting - Weds Sept. 5th Thanks to all who will be teaching in our Sunday School in the coming year.  There will be a teacher training this Weds from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the lounge.  It is especially important that Fall session teachers attend. Pastor Julia and Roxanne Akstulewicz, coordinators.

HS Youth  Planning Event - Weds. Sept. 12th Pastors Jim and Julia look forward to providing High School youth fellowship and service opportunities this coming year.  The High School youth will gather once or twice a month (on Weds) from 6:30 -8:00 pm in the Youth Room. Weds evenings will begin with supper at 6:30 pm and programming/discussion from 7-8 pm. H.S. youth are invited to come to a pizza dinner on Weds. Sept. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Youth Room to talk about plans for the year including 2019 mission trip to serve at YSOP in New York City - July 13-20, 2019.

MS Youth Planning Event – Sun. Sept. 16th The Middle School youth and their families are invited to a supper gathering held in Lucas Hall from 5-6 pm. Pastor Julia will be coordinating youth activities in the coming year.  It will be a great chance to find out what events are happening in 2018-2019 and hear plans for the 2019 mission trip to a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL - July 28-Aug. 3, 2019. The meal is “sponsored” through youth funds so there is no cost to families – it’s FREE! Thanks to Cheryl Meyer for coordinating pasta meal.  Please RSVP to Pastor Julia with # coming by Weds. Sept. 12th.

Do you have use for a Yamaha console piano? One of our members has one for a good home. Speak to Pastor Jim of your interest.


Sunday August 26

Linda Schroeder (Sept 28, 1944 - Aug. 21, 2018): We give thanks for Linda's life and her service to the members and friends of FCC Sheboygan. Over the years, Linda as served at coordinator of ushers, coffee hour, transportation ministry, labyrinth ministry, communion servers, chaplain to the Weds Study Group and as a mission trip leader. We will celebrate Linda's life this Sat (8/25) with a memorial service at noon in the sanctuary.  There will be a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 am in the church lounge. Following the service, there will be a luncheon reception in Lucas Hall. We keep her husband, Dennis and daughter Kathy and son Stuart in our prayers.

9:30 am Worship: Pastor Julia will preach on "Eating the Bread of Life" based on John 6:56-69.  Jeff Britton and Lisa Koepsell will provide special music "I am the Bread of Life" and "Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?"

Summer Kids' Program: Pastor Jim will be leading a "mini" field trip to deliver a handmade quilt to Jim Bruyette at Terrace Place Estates (Eisner Ave). Children, age 4-5th grade, will travel by church bus on this outing during worship.  Thanks to Cris Formolo for traveling along. Thanks to Roxanne Akstulewicz and Dawn Weidemann for sewing the quilt using squares created during the Summer Kids program.

Office Hours Revised: This coming week, the church office will be closed on Monday.  It will be open on Tuesday morning and the return to regular office hours (Weds-Fri) - 7:30 am to 3:30 pm as we welcome Suzy Meves back following her wrist surgery.

Food Truck Fellowship Night: Mon. Aug. 27th  We will be putting out tables and chairs on the east lawn of FCC. Purchase your food from one of the many vendors and then come over to FCC between 5-7 pm to join in some great fellowship.

New "Children and Youth" Staff: Over the summer months, we have had some changes to the FCC educational staff. We give thanks to Jim Johnson for his service as our Youth Director for the past two years. We are pleased that Roxanne Akstulewicz has agreed to serve as our part-time Sunday School Coordinator (3hrs a week). Roxanne will coordinate and support the adult teachers and youth helpers in our Sunday School program (nursery through Middle School). Cindy Bartol has agreed to serve as our Journeys Coordinator (a Weds night program for 8th graders). Both Roxanne and Cindy are long time church members and have been VERY active in our church's educational program. With the addition of these two staff members, Pastor Julia looks forward to having more time to devote to coordinating educational and fellowship programs for our Middle and High School youth (along with the support of parents and Pastor JIm).

Wednesday Morning Study Group: Meets for an hour at 6:45a each Wednesday. They are just beginning to read/discuss LEARNING TO WALK IN THE DARK by Barbara Brown Taylor. Speak to Pastor Jim if you would like him to order a book for you. Copies will be about $8. each (used).

Thursday Women Group Gathers at Hollister's:- Thurs. Aug. 30th Women are invited to gather at Hollister's home, 2802 N. 6th St, Sheb. on Thurs Aug. 30th from 9:15-10:15 am for refreshments and fellowship.  It continues a long tradition of gathering before the start of a new year and gives a chance to touch base following a full summer. Bring a baked treat to share (if you wish.)

Rally Sunday: Sept. 9th, 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!

"Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays throughout the coming year Pastor Julia will be offering a class which focuses on the core stories of the Christian faith starting with Genesis and moving through Paul's letters to the early church.  Each Thursday, ALL are welcome to gather between 9:15-10:15 am (the Thurs Women's Study Group time) or 6:30- 7:30 pm in the lounge. The group will use Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road By Walking" as a resource to study the scripture text. Feel free to come to ANY Thurs gathering because each stand on their own. Copies of the book can be purchased for $10 but hand-outs will also be available each week. Series begins on Sept. 6th with "Awe and Wonder" - Genesis 1:1-23.

High School Youth Planning Event:  Weds. Sept. 12th Pastors Jim and Julia look forward to providing High School youth fellowship and service opportunities this coming year.  The High School youth will gather once or twice a month (on Weds) from 6:30 -8:00 pm in the Youth Room. Weds evenings will begin with supper at 6:30 pm and programming/discussion from 7-8 pm. H.S. youth are invited to come to a pizza dinner on Weds. Sept. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Youth Room to talk about plans for the year including 2019 mission trip to serve at YSOP in New York City - July 13-20, 2019.

Middle School Youth Planning Event, Sunday September 16th: The Middle School youth and their families are invited to a supper gathering held in Lucas Hall from 5-6 pm. Pastor Julia will be coordinating youth activities in the coming year.  It will be a great chance to find out what events are happening in 2018-2019 and hear plans for the 2019 mission trip to a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL - July 28-Aug. 3, 2019. The meal is “sponsored” through youth funds so there is no cost to families – it’s FREE! Thanks to Cheryl Meyer for coordinating pasta meal.  Please RSVP to Pastor Julia with # coming by Weds. Sept. 12th.


Sunday August 19 

9:30 am Worship: Pastor Jim will preach on "Wisdom (Re)Quest" based on following scripture readings:  1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Proverbs 9:1-6 Gospel of Matthew 11:28-30. Marie Hetzel, David Wernecke and Kathy Chinnock will provide special music.

Summer Kids' Program: We offer two class groupings on Sunday mornings during worship: Preschool (age 3-Kind.) and Grade School (1st-5th). Thanks to Erica Wiest for teaching the preschool group and Cindy Bartol for teaching the grade school group about how to "live wisely."

Office Hours: This coming week, the church office will be open Tues-Fri from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Please use main entrance at Bluff Ave. We hope that Suzy Meves is off until Wed. 8/29 (healing from a broken wrist) and will resume normal office hours at that time.

Pilgrim Preschool Has Openings for 2018-2019!  The 3 year old class meets Tue/Thurs from 9:30-11:30 am.  The 4 year old class meets M/W/F from 9-11:30 am. To learn more - email pilgrim@fccsheboygan.org. This Weds (8/22), Pilgrim Preschool Orientation will be held in the sanctuary from 6-7:15 pm for enrolled families.

Wed. Morning Study Group has resumed meeting. All are welcome to join us on that day, 6:45-7:45 a.m. in the Lounge. We'll discuss new books to read for fall.

Free Muskie Fishing Trip for Youth!  Are you a youth (age 12-18) who likes to fish?  Applications are being accepted (deadline is Sept. 1st) for a free fishing weekend (Oct. 19th-20th) through the Youth Muskie Turning Leaf Committee. A parent or guardian must accompany youth. Application forms can be found on the Education Table in the narthex.

Join in the Gardening Fun at Eden’s Bluff Our church garden (Eden’s Bluff) is looking GREAT and the plants are GROWING like crazy!  Come on over Weds mornings between 8-10 am to help with weeding, harvesting or planting. Thanks to Chris Kuehnel for his leadership of the many GROW ministry projects.

Food Truck Fellowship Night - Mon. Aug. 27th  We will be putting out tables and chairs on the east lawn of FCC. Purchase your food from one of the many vendors and then come over to FCC between 5-7 pm to join in some great fellowship.

Mark Your Calendars for Fall Programming

Rally Sunday - Sept. 9th, 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!

"Learning the Sacred Story" Thursdays throughout the Coming Year Pastor Julia will be offering a class which focuses on the core stories of the Christian faith starting with Genesis and moving through Paul's letters to the early church.  Each Thursday, ALL are welcome to gather between 9:15-10:15 am (the Thurs Women's Study Group time) or 6:30- 7:30 pm in the lounge. The group will use Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road By Walking" as a resource to study the scripture text. Feel free to come to ANY Thurs gathering because each stand on their own. Copies of the book can be purchased for $10 but hand-outs will also be available each week. Series begins on Sept. 6th with "Awe and Wonder" - Genesis 1:1-23.

H.S. Youth Planning Event - Weds. Sept. 12th Pastors Jim and Julia look forward to providing High School youth fellowship and service opportunities this coming year.  The High School youth will gather once or twice a month (on Weds) from 6:30 -8:00 pm in the Youth Room. Weds evenings will begin with supper at 6:30 pm and programming/discussion from 7-8 pm. H.S. youth are invited to come to a pizza dinner on Weds. Sept. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Youth Room to talk about plans for the year including 2019 mission trip to serve at YSOP in New York City - July 13-20, 2019.

M.S. Youth Planning Event – Sun. Sept. 16th The Middle School youth and their families are invited to a supper gathering held in Lucas Hall from 5-6 pm. Pastor Julia will be coordinating youth activities in the coming year.  It will be a great chance to find out what events are happening in 2018-2019 and hear plans for the 2019 mission trip to a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL - July 28-Aug. 3, 2019. The meal is “sponsored” through youth funds so there is no cost to families – it’s FREE! Thanks to Cheryl Meyer for coordinating pasta meal.  Please RSVP to Pastor Julia with # coming by Weds. Sept. 12th.