Upcoming Events + Activities

 

Advent and Christmas Activities

  • Sunday December 16 - 3rd Sunday in Advent Service, 10 AM

  • Sunday December 23 - 4th Sunday in Advent Service, 10 AM

  • Monday December 24 - Christmas Eve Services at 4 + 9 PM

A Christmas Cantata – “Immanuel” - Sun., Dec. 16th The Choir will be offering a Christmas Cantata “Immanuel” written by FCC church member, Dr. Jeff Britton during the 10:00 am worship service. If you would like to join in the singing, please RSVP to Carra Lyn Conger of Music Ministry (920-889-3565/cconger@sasd.net). Rehearsals will be held on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 am and Weds. evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm. There will be an additional rehearsal on Sat. Dec. 15th at 9:00 am.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship – Monday Dec. 24th 4:00 pm + 9:00 pm

Early evening brings the 4:00 pm children-friendly worship service of Carols and Candles. The Choir will sing. Older youth will be sharing their musical talents during the prelude which begins at 3:40 pm. The traditional Christmas Eve service begins at 9:00pm - an evening of scripture, reflections and beautiful music.

Christmas Giving /Mitten Tree The church is providing a way to give to families in need during the holiday season.  There will be a "giving tree" located in the narthex.

  • Gifts and Food Cards for Families in Need.  People are invited to take 1-2 of the gift tags off the tree.  Each gift tag will list a suggested gift and the age and gender of the recipient.  You are encouraged to purchase the gift, wrap it, firmly attach the colored gift tag to the outside of package and place it under the tree by Sunday, Dec.16th.  Each gift will be under $25. The recipients will be children/youth selected through the Social Work Dept. of the SASD. We are also asking for donations of $ to purchase food cards for each of the Giving Tree families.  You may make a check payable to FCC – memo: giving tree cards.

  • Food Cards for Local Refugee Families We are also collecting grocery gift cards for local refugee families (through the Refugee Support Community Sheboygan). You may drop off grocery gift cards ($25 each is best) in the church office.  The cards will be distributed equitably to the families that the RSCS regularly works with.

  • Warm Woollies for Families in Need. You are also encouraged to bring in new winter hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks and place them on the tree to be given out through the SASD elementary schools.

Sponsor poinsettias for our Christmas altar! You may give them in memory of loved one/s or in honor of someone. Cost is $10 each. You may take them home after service on Dec. 30th or leave for someone else to enjoy.  Choice of color and size will vary. See the green half sheet order form on the table in the narthex. Deadline: Wed., Dec. 19th.


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Sunday December 9 - 2nd sunday in advent

9:00 am - Sunday Forum (in Conf. Room): Dr. Eric Boehmer concludes his two-part series on a "narrative-historical approach to biblical interpretation," with an example from Matthew's birth narrative: use of Isaiah's "Immanuel." All are welcome.

10 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach a message with the title, "Advance Man." Texts include Luke 3:1-20. The Fish Family will light the Advent Candle of Peace.  The Brass Ensemble will play under the direction of Wade Heinen. During the Time with Children, Mike Leannah will read from his newly published children's book, "Good Night Whispers." He will have copies for sale after worship.

Men's Ministry Info Meeting Are you interested in getting together with other men from FCC for fellowship, study, service? An info meeting will be held in the Lounge after worship this Sunday. Sean S. and Pastor Jim are coordinating this.

There are over 30 Tags on the Giving Tree! (we added two new families this week due to need) ! We will be providing presents to 70 children/youth this season. Wrapped presents are due on Sun. Dec. 16th.

"Vox" Christmas Concert - Fri. Dec. 14th "Vox" Singing Group will offer an evening of powerful women's vocal harmony at 7:00 pm in the FCC sanctuary. The first half of the show will feature our regular repertoire. After intermission, enjoy special arrangements of your favorite Christmas songs –- followed by a Christmas carol sing-along! Good will offerings will be accepted. Marie Hetzel, group leader.

Choir Party and Caroling - Sun. Dec. 16th The FCC choir members (and their spouses/partners) are invited to gather at the home of Dick and Kathy Manny, 3822 N. 12th St., Sheb. at 4:00 pm. The group will enjoy a potluck dinner (bring appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert). RSVP to Dick Manny at rcmanny@charter.net. From 5:30 - 6:30pm, ALL FCC members and friends are invited to join the group as they carol at local retirement homes.  RSVP to Pastor Julia if you plan to join in the caroling.

"Share how You Celebrate Peace" flyer (for the second week of Advent) available on the Education Table.

Co-Ed Church Volleyball League in Jan/Feb – Thanks to Erin Bremser for her willingness to coordinate our church’s involvement! Games will be played between 12:30 – 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoons – Jan. 6th through Feb. 254th  at the Sheb. Falls YMCA.  Open to adults (& youth age 14 and older)!  Contact Erin by Dec. 23rd at ebremser@mac.com or sign up on list on Education Table.  We hope to have TWO teams this year.

Help Shovel for a Habitat for Humanity Home? Habitat for Humanity Lakeside has numerous lots around Sheb. that do not yet have homes on them. Habitat is in need of some interested individuals to help maintain their lots by shoveling snow off of the sidewalk during the winter months. FCC is considering "adopting-a-lot" (located near Plenco). Speak to Pastor Jim if you are interested in helping out with snow shoveling this winter.

"FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON"  Captain Daryl Mangeri of the Sheb. Salvation Army will be spending five nights sleeping out in the cold (Dec. 10 - 14) outside Festival Foods to raise awareness of and support for the hurting, hungry and homeless in our community. Make sure to drop some $ in the Salvation Army Kettles this season to support their important ministry to those in need.

Pledge Cards for calendar/fiscal year 2019 and Time & Talent forms (blue) are available in the narthex and pew racks. We count on your support to fund our ministry and outreach; your estimates of giving help us to draw up a budget for 2019. To date, we have received 142 pledges (16 new pledges!) totaling $275,569. Thanks for your support!

End of the Year Contributions for General Fund and Capital Campaign   

If you will be contributing stock to the church for 2018, we ask that you please complete the transaction this week.  All other cash and check donations should be received in the church office by Thurs., Dec. 27th (Noon) or postmarked Dec. 31st to be credited to your 2018 Contribution Statements.  For general fund pledge balance, please contact Suzy in the church office. For questions regarding Capital Campaign contributions, please contact Kathleen Donovan, 920-316-2389.

Scholarship Money Available for college and graduate students.Applicants must be a member of this church or a member of a church family.  Application forms are available on the church website, in the narthex literature rack or the church office. App. deadline: Fri., Dec. 28th (office open until 3pm).

"Returning to Sacred Texts and Finding Stories that You Can Live In" The Wisconsin Conference UCC is offering an on-line course that begins in Feb. "Discover what happens in the act of reading and what the implications are for reading the Bible, so that the Bible can become a source of wonder, wisdom, and inspiration for you; Learn some specific tools to increase your competence and strengthen your confidence in reading and interpreting the Bible; Become better equipped to respond to and lead today’s changing church by engaging your community’s stories with the sacred stories of the Bible. " This is an online course that will run from February 4 to April 5, 2019.  Learn more at Damascus Project.

Ongoing Study Groups

The Wed. Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They will start a new book next week: BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome.

"Learning the Sacred Story" Each Thursday, all are welcome to gather for one hour at either 9:15 a.m. in the church lounge. Dec. 13th - "Women on the Edge" - Mary and Elizabeth - Luke 1:5-55


Sunday December 2 - 1st sunday in advent

Winter Farmers Market – Sat. Dec. 1st (the first and third Sat. of the month) from 9am to 1pm in Lucas Hall. Come enjoy locally grown and produced goods – soup, canned vegetables/fruits, bread, eggs, desserts, apples, cheeses, meats, crafts.

9:00 am - Sunday Forum (in Conf. Room): Dr. Eric Boehmer begins a two-part series on a "narrative-historical approach to biblical interpretation," with an example from Matthew's birth narrative: use of Isaiah's "Immanuel." All are welcome.

10 am Worship - Sacrament of Holy Communion Pastor Julia will preach on "When You See These Things" The Handbell Choir will offer two musical pieces. The Leismer/Torry family will light the Advent Candle of Hope.

Handbell Orientation Following worship, all have opportunity to "try" playing the handbells to get a feel for how easy and fun playing handbells can be. Carra-Lyn Conger, leader.

Decorate the Christmas/Kid's Krafts/Soup Lunch Event will begin with a simple soup lunch in Lucas Hall. While the adults and youth decorate the sanctuary, children will have the opportunity to create some special ornaments to hang on the sanctuary trees (thanks to Chris Martin for organizing). We will conclude with singing Christmas carols in the sanctuary. Come enjoy a time of fellowship and holiday. No need to sign-up just show up!

Pledge cards for calendar/fiscal year 2019 and Time & Talent forms (blue) are available in the narthex and pew racks. We count on your support to fund our ministry and outreach; your estimates of giving help us to draw up a budget for 2019. To date, we have received 137 pledges (16 new pledges!) totaling $265,000. We are hoping for an additional $35,000 to maintain our current ministries and mission in the new year. Thanks for your support!

Winter Sunday School Teachers The following people are volunteering their time and energy on behalf of the educational ministry of our church. Next time you see them, make sure to thank them for their efforts and commitment.

2&3 year olds: Dec.- Krista Friese: Jan.- Christy Geschke; Feb - Karin Nicholas

4yr/Kind: Kristin and Julian Tetschlag

1st Grade: Kathi Loewen and Amy Teunnisen

2nd/3rd Grade: Britanni Meinnert and Lorrie Garces

4th/5th Grade: Tricia Knowles and Michelle Quasius

Middle School: Dec- Tamala Szyman, Jan - Hannah Chancellor, Feb- Gordy Koch

Advent and Christmas Activities

There are Still Tags on the Giving Tree! We will be providing presents to 70 children/youth this season. Wrapped presents are due on Sun. Dec. 16th.

1. Food Cards for Families in Need. We are also asking for donations of $ to purchase food cards for each of the Giving Tree families. You may make a check payable to FCC – memo: giving tree cards.

2. Food Cards for Local Refugee Families We are also collecting grocery gift cards for local refugee families (through the Refugee Support Community Sheboygan). You may drop off grocery gift cards ($25 each is best) in the church office. The cards will be distributed equitably to the families that the RSCS regularly works with.

Youth Ringing Bells for Salvation Army Kettle Campaign - Sat. Dec. 8th The Middle and High School youth will be ringing bells at 8 locations from 3:00-5:00 pm. Following the youth bell ringing on Dec. 9th, the youth will gather at the church for Chinese take-out dinner from 5-6 pm.

We have not reserved bell ringing shifts this year for FCC members but we enthusiastically encourage you to go to www.registertoring.com to register to for a two hour shift. You will be able to choose the date and time and location that works for you and support this important ministry to those who are in need.

Weds. Dec. 5th 7th & 8th graders gather at 5:30pm for a simple supper hosted by the Kohn family. From 6-7 pm, group will learn about “Deborah: The Exasperated Matriarch.”

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

Sheboygan Meditation Society/Mindfulness Group - Held each Thursday from 6-7 pm in the FCC Conf. Room. Will include both silent and walking meditation. All are welcome.

Men's Ministry info meeting - Sun. Dec. 9th Are you interested in getting together with other men from FCC for fellowship, study, service? An info meeting will be held in the Lounge after worship on Dec. 9th. Sean S. and Pastor Jim are coordinating this.

Bake Xmas Cookies for Meals on Wheels Clients LOVE homemade cookies! If you would like to donate, please email Maureen.Fatla@freshmealsonwheels.org, or call 451-7011. Cookie drop-off times are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Meals On Wheels.

"Warm the World" Community Wide Service Event - Sat. Dec. 15th In response to the need for warmth and comfort in our community, people of all ages and faiths are coming together to create up to 200 blankets for local ministries. Event will be held at St. Dominic's Parish, 2133 N. 22nd St., Sheb. from 10 am - 2pm. To volunteer go to JustServe.org. Donations of $, fabric (+36'X40" or larger), batting and yarn are also needed - place donations in barrel in FCC coat room prior to Weds. Dec. 11th.

Choir Party and Caroling - Sun. Dec. 16th The FCC choir members (and their spouses/partners) are invited to gather at the home of Dick and Kathy Manny, 3812 N. 12th St., Sheb. at 4:00 pm. The group will enjoy a potluck dinner (bring appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert). RSVP to Dick Manny at rcmanny@charter.net. From 5:30 - 6:30pm, ALL FCC members and friends are invited to join the group as they carol at local retirement homes. RSVP to Pastor Julia if you plan to join in the caroling.

Ongoing Study Groups

Wednesday Morning Study Group gathers for an hour at 6:45 am each Wednesday. They will start a new book next week: BEYOND BELIEF by Elaine Pagels. 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. Dec. 6th - "Promised Land, Promised Time" - A Second Look at Isaiah.

Advent Devotionals Are you needing some help focusing during this busy holiday season? Various advent devotionals (for children, families and adults) are available on the Education Table including "Come Lord, Jesus" 2018 Advent Devotional from The Still Speaking Writers' Group. This week, you might want to pick up "Share how you celebrate HOPE" for the first week of Advent.


Sunday November 18 - Thanksgiving Sunday

Middle School Youth Head to Pilgrim Center for “Knock, Knock” Retreat This Weekend  There are six boys and six girls signed up for this event (and Pastor Julia and Eric Boehmer). Participants will be joining other UCC youth from across Wisconsin for a weekend of fun, adventure and learning.

Winter Farmers Market – Sat. Nov. 17th (the first and third Sat. of the month) from 9am to 1pm in Lucas Hall.  Come enjoy locally grown and produced goods – soup, canned vegetables/fruits, bread, eggs, desserts, apples, cheeses, meats, crafts.

9:00 am - Sunday Forum (in Conf. Room): We'll watch a video on "mindfulness and gratitude" featuring the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast. Pastor Jim leads discussion.

 Sunday School Teachers Meeting for fall and winter teachers in the church lounge at 9:15 am. Roxanne Akstulewicz, leader.

 10 am Worship - Pastor Jim will preach on "This, Too, Shall Pass," based on Mark 13:1-8. The Choir will sing "The Lord is My Strength and My Shield" (by Paul Almjeld) and the Handbell Choir will play as well.  

 Pledge cards for calendar/fiscal year 2019 and Time & Talent forms (blue) are available in the narthex and pew racks. We count on your support to fund our ministry and outreach; your estimates of giving help us to draw up a budget for 2019.  To date, we have received 98 pledges (12 new pledges!) totaling $218,053. We are hoping for an additional $100,000 to maintain our current ministries and mission in the new year. Thanks for your support!

Thanksgiving Worship & Pie Feast – Weds. Nov. 21st Join us for worship in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve with a short sermon and great music. The choir will sing. We'll conclude with a "pie feast" in Lucas Hall! Donated pies are appreciated - drop them off in the kitchen prior to the service.

“Journeys” – Weds., Nov. 21st   7th and 8th graders gather in the Youth Room at 5:30 pm for supper.  From 6-7 pm, they will be learning about "Moses: The Frustrated Leader."  Thanks to Wesener family for providing the meal. Cindy Bartol, Journeys Coordinator - lcbartol@charter.net.

"Adult Yoga" - Weds. Nov. 21st  Jessica Kohn, certified yoga instructor, is offering an all-levels yoga class in the church lounge from 5:45-6:45 pm. Cost is $10 a session for drop-in fee.

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. Nov. 29th - "The Great Conversation" - Priests, Prophets, Poets - Isaiah 1:1-25.


Sunday November 11

9:00 am - Sunday Forum: TED talk with Rabbi Sharon Brous - she shares four principles fo a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

10 am Worship - Pastor Julia will preach on "Seeing the Widow..." Mark 12:38-44. We will dedicate our pledges of time and talent and treasure at the altar during worship. We will also honor those who have served in our armed forces in remembrance of Veteran's Day.

Children Sing in Worship This Sunday  Thanks to Ann Berchem for teaching music during Sunday School classes this Fall. There will be a 9:30 am rehearsal in the sanctuary. The 2nd-5th grade will sing "Come to God with a Grateful Heart" and "Safari na Jesu." The 4K-1st grade will sing "Amazing Day" and "Take Care of God's World."

Rescheduled Event - Youth (and Parents) Join in FCC Grounds Clean-up  All are invited to join in a simple Sloppy Joe lunch in Lucas Hall, then clean up church grounds for winter. We will be finished by 12:30 pm. Bring a rake and appropriate clothing. RSVP to Pastor Julia to be including in lunch count. Come "rain or shine" or snow....

Fall Stewardship Campaign -. A mailing was sent out to FCC members and friends this week seeking pledges for our Annual Fund (church budget) for 2019. We are grateful to Natasha Torry and John Donovan for their inspiring remarks on Oct. 28th and Nov. 4th, respectively. Please listen to their remarks if you weren't able to hear them in person. The link to download audios is here: https://www.fccsheboygan.org/archived-sermons/  Thanks to Todd Berchem for speaking this Sunday.

Lecture - "Exploring Buddhism" - Mon. Nov. 12th Dr. Paul Norton is a practicing Mahayana Buddhist in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and president of the Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee and will provide an overview of Buddhist tradition and practice, and respond to questions from participants. This is one in a series of LU for REAL (Religious Education, Awareness and Literacy) programs. 7pm in the Younger Center, 2nd floor.

Shawl Ministry - Tues. Nov. 13th  Gather in the church lounge from 10-11:30 am to share in fellowship and yarn projects.  Chris Burg and Audrey Kruger, facilitators.

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. Nov. 15th - "The Stories that Shape Us" - The Kings of Israel and Judah - 2 Kings 2:1-15.

Holiday Cards in support the Malawi Reading Garden Project  Lisa Vihos is creating cards from a whole batch of new drawings that the students at the school in Malawi made last July. She is taking orders the next two Sundays, Nov. 10 and 17. Cards will be available on Sunday, December 2. Malawi photo cards, garden cards, thank you cards, and bookmarks are also available. The next phase of garden construction is a large undertaking, and these on-going fundraisers are a big help to the effort

Thanksgiving Worship & Pie Feast – Weds. Nov. 21st Join us for worship in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve with a short sermon and great music. The choir will sing. We'll conclude with a "pie feast" in Lucas Hall! Donated pies are appreciated - drop them off in the kitchen prior to the service. 

Driver needed: Sharon R. is looking for someone to help her get to/from MKE airport as she is planning another trip to FL for High Dose Ketamine treatment for her illness. She departs MKE on Thurs., Nov. 29th, at 9:15am and returns to MKE on Sat., Dec. 8th, at 3:40pm.  Cost of your fuel will be reimbursed. If you might be able to help her with either leg of the trip, email her at sharonromenesko@gmail.com.


Sunday November 4

Winter Farmers Market Begins – Sat. Nov. 3rd (the first and third Sat. of the month) from 9am to 1pm in Lucas Hall.  Come enjoy locally grown and produced goods – soup, canned vegetables/fruits, bread, eggs, desserts, apples, cheeses, meats, crafts.

 "Annie: The Musical" - North/South Musical Nov. 2,3,8,9 & 10 at 7pm and Nov. 4 at 2pm held at South High Auditorium. Come support FCC youth cast and orchestra members - Sisi Fish, Davis Opel, Erin Peterson, Bella Szyman, Leo Viglietti and Evan Vorpahl.  Purchase tickets at ANNIE.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. Dean Pratt, 80, who died on Oct. 29th. Dean was an active member of FCC from 1972-2001. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Friday 11/2 at First United Lutheran Church. His wife Gail Showerman survives him.

9 am - Sunday Forum: TED Talk with Jonathan Haidt on "The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives" (The Wed. Morning Group studied his book, THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, in 2017)

10 am Worship - Sacrament of Communion. We will remember those who have died in the past year. Pastor Jim will preach. The choir will sing.

Youth (and Parents) Join in FCC Grounds Clean-up  All are invited to join in a simple Sloppy Joe lunch in the Youth Room, then clean up church grounds for winter. We will be finished by 1:00 pm. Bring a rake and appropriate clothing. RSVP to Pastor Julia to be including in lunch count. Come "rain or shine" or snow....

Letter to the UCC Family of Faith from Penn Conf. Minister of the UCC  We Can't Let Evil Prevail

Fall Stewardship Campaign -- Please read the insert in the Sunday worship bulletin: it speaks of our fall annual fund campaign theme. Thanks to John Donovan for sharing his faith as a "witnessing steward" on Sunday 11/4. Pledge cards and Time & Talent forms for 2019 will be mailed out next week to all members and friends!

On Sun. Oct. 21st, we celebrated our 50-yr members (some 60+ and 70+ !) and we welcomed 14 new members into our fellowship.  Here is a link to some photos from that day: Membership Sunday 10/21/18

Children Sing in Worship on Sun. Nov 11th Thanks to Ann Berchem for teaching music during Sunday School classes this Fall. There will be a 9:30 am rehearsal in the sanctuary. The 2nd-5th grade will sing "Come to God with a Grateful Heart" and "Safari na Jesu." The 4K-1st grade will sing "Amazing Day" and "Take Care of God's World."

Adult Leaders Needed Two Mission Trips this Summer We are in need of men and women leaders for both trips. If you are interested, contact Pastor Julia for a leadership application (due on Sun. Dec.1st).

HS Youth Mission Trip to New York City The group will be traveling by coach bus on Sat. July 13th through Sat. July 20th. The participants will engage in service projects (working in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, social service agencies) on Monday - Thursday.  While the group is in NYC - they will stay in dorm style rooms at the Hostelling International New York City on Amsterdam Ave. We have reserved spots for 20 High School youth and 10 adult leaders. We have 12 youth "committed" so we have eight youth spots "open."  Total estimated cost of the trip is $27,000 (or $900 per participant). We are asking that each participant (both youth and adults) pay 1/2 or $450.  We do have scholarship funds for ALL participants (both youth and adults) if they need help in covering the $450 participant fee.

MS Youth Mission Trip to GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL  The group will be traveling by two 12 passenger vans - Sun. morning, July 28th through Sat. Aug. 3rd. The participants will be housed in a local school (sleeping on classroom floors).  They will spend the week doing simple home repair and painting homes for low-income and elderly residents. We have reserved spots for 14 Middle School youth and 3 adults. We have 10 youth spots "open."  Total estimated cost of the trip is $11,000 or $800 per participant. We are asking that each youth pay $350. FCC will cover the cost of the adult leaders.

Our church Board of Christian Service awarded $46,125 in grants in October.  After reviewing applications from local and global agencies/ministries, the Board of Christian Service voted to award the following organizations granting monies for 2018: Bookworm Gardens, Boys & Girls Club of Sheb. County, Family Connections, Fresh Meals on Wheels, Horizons 4Girls, Lakeshore Community Health Center, Laundry Love—Ebenezer UCC, Wesley Methodist Church, Laundry Love—First Cong. UCC, Lilongwe Reading Garden (Malawi), Literacy Council of Sheb. County, Living Hope Uganda, Malawi Literacy—Teacher Program, Nourish, Planned Parenthood (Sheb. Cty.), Rainbow Kids, Inc., Safe Harbor, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Hand, Shaw Family Playground, Sheb County Food Bank, Sheb. County Head Start, Sheb. County Interfaith Org. (SCIO), STARS

Baked Goods Needed for Pilgrim Preschool Election Day Bake Sale - Tues., Nov. 6th held in Lucas Hall.  We’ll need lots of baked & bagged snack goods to sell.  Sign up sheet located on Education Table in narthex. Items (marked "Pilgrim Preschool") can be dropped off in the church kitchen Mon., Nov. 5th, until 3:00 pm. Thank you so much for supporting Pilgrims children!! Deb Barbuch, Director/Lead Teacher.

Pilgrim Preschool Poinsettia & Greenery Sale Decorate your home for Christmas with Poinsettias, Wreaths, Door Swags & Hanging Baskets from Caan’s Floral.  We now only offer vouchers (certificates) -- this allows you to pick out your own plants at Caan’s instead of picking them up at FCC. Place your order thru Sun., Nov. 4th.  See Pilgrim’s display table in the narthex.

“Journeys” – Weds., Nov. 7th   7th and 8th graders gather in the Youth Room at 5:30 pm for supper.  From 6-7 pm, they will be learning about "Jacob: The Conniving Survivor."  Thanks to the Quasius family for providing the meal. Cindy Bartol, Journeys Coord, lcbartol@charter.net.

"Weds night Yoga for Adults" - 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. 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 Jan. Contact Cheryl Meyer (she is organizing the class) at mail.cheryl@yahoo.com for details.


Sunday October 28

9:00 am - No "Sunday Forum" this week.

10 am Worship - The Rev. Rachel Hacker, Interim Chaplain at Lakeland University will preach and lead worship. She and husband Matthew recently moved to Sheboygan to accept Matthew's call to serve as Associate Pastor at First United Lutheran Church, Sheboygan. Thanks to John Donovan and Sean Severson for serving as Lay Readers.  Natasha Torry will provide a Stewardship Moment. The Choir will sing "Taste and See."

Taizé Worship Sun. Night  Join in this contemplative service (prayers, candlelight, beautiful music) held at 7pm in the sanctuary.  Thanks to Marie Hetzel and Dan Ognavic for providing worship leadership.

Pastors Jim and Julia will be "up north" this weekend.  They will be in the church office again on Tues. Oct. 30th.

Fall Stewardship Campaign -- Please read the bulletin insert in today's worship bulletin that speaks of this fall's annual campaign theme. Thanks to Natasha Torry for sharing her faith as a "witnessing steward" this morning. Pledge cards for the 2019 Annual Fund will be mailed out in early November.

"Treat or Treat" for UNICEF - Weds. Oct. 31st  Pick up an orange UNICEF box (from the Education Table at church) and bring it with you when you "trick-or-treat."  UNICEF saves children’s lives, defends their rights, and helps them fulfill their potential. Collected $ can be returned to FCC by Sun. Nov. 11th.

"So Many Ways of Saying God" - Thurs. Nov. 1st  This Lakeland University Mission House Program will explore the ways in which faith is being remade for the modern age through a dialogue between two acclaimed authors: Christian Wiman, a professor in religion and literature at Yale Divinity School and Barton Sutter, winner of the Minnesota Book Award and author of the newly published book of poems, Nordic Accordion. Held at 7:30-8:30pm in the Younger Family Campus Center.

Winter Farmers Market Begins – Sat. Nov. 3rd (the first and third Sat. of the month) from 9am to 1pm in Lucas Hall.  Come enjoy locally grown and produced goods – soup, canned vegetables/fruits, bread, eggs, desserts, apples, cheeses, meats, crafts.

Next Sunday, Nov. 4th, is All Saints Sunday. We'll remember those who have died in the past year and share in the Lord's Supper.

Youth (and Adults) Join in Grounds Clean-up - Sun., Nov. 4th  All are invited to join in a simple Sloppy Joe lunch in the Youth Room, then clean up church grounds for winter. We will be finished by 1:00 pm. Bring a rake and appropriate clothing. RSVP to Pastor Julia to be including in lunch count.

Baked Goods Needed for Pilgrim Preschool Election Day Bake Sale - Tues., Nov. 6th held in Lucas Hall.  We’ll need lots of baked & bagged snack goods to sell.  Sign up sheet located on Education Table in narthex. Items (marked "Pilgrim Preschool") can be dropped off in the church kitchen Mon., Nov. 5th, until 3:00 pm. Thank you so much for supporting Pilgrims children!! Deb Barbuch, Director/Lead Teacher.

Pilgrim Preschool Poinsettia & Greenery Sale Decorate your home for Christmas with Poinsettias, Wreaths, Door Swags & Hanging Baskets from Caan’s Floral.  We now only offer purchasing of Vouchers (certificates)this allows you to pick out your own plants at Caan’s instead of picking them up at FCC. Place your order thru Sun., Nov. 4th.  See Pilgrim display table.

"Weds night Yoga for Adults" - 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. 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 Feb. Contact Cheryl Meyer (she is organizing the class) at mail.cheryl@yahoo.com for details.

Middle School Youth Head to Pilgrim Center for “Knock, Knock” Retreat – Fri-Sun. Nov. 16-18 There are six boys and four girls signed up for this event (and Pastor Julia and Eric Boehmer). Group will leave FCC at 5pm on Friday and return at 2pm on Sunday. Cost is $75. See flyer in the Youth Room.  “Knock, Knock” is an opportunity for middle school youth to develop a stronger bond with own youth group, as well as meet and connect with youth from around the Wisconsin Conference. Workshops are led by adults and high school/college age young people and focus on what middle school.  RSVP to Pastor Julia -julia@fccsheboygan.org by this Weds. 10/31.

AFS Host Family Needed: Host family needed for a Tunisian student who is attending North High.  Ismail's host family was only able to commit through mid-Nov and AFS is now looking for an additional family to host Ismail through the rest of the school year.  If interested, contact Nancy at nlbuss@excel.net


Sunday October 23

9:00 am "Sunday Forum" - Patty Ryan & Sharon Evans, with Pastor Jim, will talk about a course of Vipassana meditation, which included 9 days of silence.

10 am Worship - We'll receive 14 new members into our church family and honor those who have been members more than 50 years! Pastor Jim will preach on "servant leadership." Music includes the Choir singing ("Bless the Lord,Oh my Soul"). Moderator Sean Severson will offer a "Stewardship & Mission Moment" as we kick-off our fall stewardship drive (theme: "What Shall We Bring?")

College Student Care Packages  There are FIVE packages left to be sponsored. 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.

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. Feel free to drop in any Thursday.

 Wednesday 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. 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 Feb. Contact Cheryl Meyer (she is organizing the class) at mail.cheryl@yahoo.com for details.

 Baked Goods Needed for Pilgrim Preschool Election Day Bake Sale - Tues., Nov. 6th held in Lucas Hall.  We’ll need lots of baked & bagged snack goods to sell.  Ideas for snacks if you are not a baker – baggies of chex mix, Gorp (mixture of nuts, raisins, M&M’s, etc.), Puppy Chow, chocolate covered pretzels, little breads etc.  Sign up sheet located on Education Table in narthex. Items can be dropped off in the church kitchen Mon., Nov. 5th, until 3:00 pm. Please mark the items for “Pilgrim Preschool” and please indicate what the item is that you are donating. Thank you so much for supporting Pilgrims children!! Deb Barbuch, Director/Lead Teacher.

Kiwanis & SASD Clothing Collection  We are receiving donations of gently worn, clean, warm winter clothes (infants through adult sizes) until Oct. 31st.  Place in barrel in the church coat room. The clothing exchange will be held on Sat. Nov. 10th. at Grant Elementary School from 9-11am.

High Chair Needed There is a Syrian refugee family in need of a high chair. Contact Pastor Julia if you have one to donate.

Drivers Needed for Monday Route FCC provides drivers for a Monday route at Meals on Wheels. Pick up meals at 11:15 am and route takes an hour. Sign-up on bulletin board near coat room. Have interest but also questions? Contact Pastor Julia.

Laundry Love Ministry - Weds. Oct. 24th Stop by Midway Laundry (1404 Michigan Ave, Sheb.) between 6:30-8:00 pm to help people load laundry into the washers/dryers and feed quarters into the machines - to benefit those in financial need. Thanks to Mary Ann Jordan for providing a simple sandwich meal for the "guests." Want to learn more? Contact Patty/John Aker, 207-9232.  


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.