Upcoming Events + Activities

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday, April 18th  

12 pm Worship – Communion in Evans Chapel. Pastor Jim will lead. Dan Ognavic, accompanist.  

7:00 pm Worship - Tenebrae ("Shadows") Service with Holy Communion in the sanctuary. The Choir will sing. Bill Born, accompanist.

Good Friday, April 19th

12:00 noon Worship held in the sanctuary, led by the Pastors. Music: Jeff Britton, Lisa Koepsell, & Cate Tinker.

Easter Sunday, April 21st

8:30 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach. Brass Ensemble will provide music. There will be childcare in the nursery.

9:30 am Continental Breakfast in Lucas Hall - Thanks to Deacons for hosting.

10:30 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach.  The Choir and Brass Ensemble will provide music. There will be church school classes (including Easter Egg Hunts) for children – First Grade and younger.  Older Children will remain in worship.


Vacation garden school recycling project

FCC (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! We are using Green Tree Plastics - ABC Promise Partnership for this project. On June 18-20, FCC will be hosting our Second Annual Vacation Garden School (save the date - more detail to follow). The VGS children will be learning about the importance of recycling by sorting and weighing all of the plastic lids/caps.

WE ARE NOW COLLECTING PLASTIC LIDS/CAPS. There is a large collection bin located in the FCC coat room. Caps/Lids from food containers (milk jugs, drink bottle caps, yogurt, cottage cheese containers) as well as medicine bottle caps and toothpaste and detergent caps. All caps need to be clean and free of metal. 

When we have collected our designated amount of plastic, it will be brought to Green Tree Plastics in Indiana 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. Elli died in Nov of 2014 following a time of severe depression. We look forward to having two wonderful "markers of hope" using recycled plastic. 

 
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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.


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.