Newsletter

Pastor Parish Relations Team (PPR)

I am excited to introduce you all to our Pastor Parish Relations Team! They are a team of folks who are here to support healthy communication between a pastor and a congregation. Their primary function is to be a go-between for members who may have concerns about the pastor but don’t feel comfortable speaking directly with the pastor. While I hope this is not needed (because I pray that you all feel as though you can come directly to me with anything . . . I know I will not always do things ‘right’ . . . I know I’m going to mess up and let you down –it’s part of being in relationship), if it is, please know that the PPR team is always available to you. The members of the team are:
Scott Haefs – scotthaefs1@gmail.com
Sarah Erickson -lerickson24@wi.rr.com
Gerald Arndt –gharndt@yahoo.com
Please feel free to reach out to any of the PPR team members at any time!

Thank you!

Rev. Kristal

Family Meals

Family Meal – April 22nd at 6pm
Our second “Family Meal” potluck will be onSunday, April 22nd at 6pm. The meal will begin directly following a presentation by the Lakeland University Alphabet Soup group. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful opportunity for education and fellowship –and bring a friend!

Lakeland University Presentation

Members of Alphabet Soup, a student organization at Lakeland University, will be sharing their presentation titled God Loves All: Discussing Christianity’s View of Sexuality and Gender which was presented initially at the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) 2018. Their research and presentation is focused on the importance of LGBTQ+ acceptance in the Christian church and necessity to make that decision known to the wider communities sharing what the church is and can be.
This presentation will be about 30 minutes long, and following it there will be a “Family Meal” potluck.

Northeast Association

Northeast Association Meeting Delegates
First Church is in need of TWO people to attend the Northeast Association meeting in at Union Congregational UCC in Green Bay on Saturday, April 28th from 8am-3pm.Delegates will attend a business meeting of the Northeast Association and have the opportunity to learn about upcoming events and initiatives, as well as worship with folks from across the association. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the wider church and to make connections with folks from other churches!
Please email Rev. Kristal at 1congouccplyrev26@gmail.com if you are interested. 

Summer Garden Sale!

Save the date! Saturday, June 2 – we will be having a summer garden sale! Like “Spring Things” from a couple years ago, except when the weather is better!! First – we need a new name for this sale! Does anyone have any great ideas? Summer Garden Sale is a little too plain, but it is descriptive…

We want to sell plants – divided from our own gardens – and garden-themed crafts. We will be making some garden art with glass, old metal Jello molds, tea pots, terra cotta pots, mason jars, and wine bottles, among other re-cycles and re-purposed items.
Keep an eye out for more announcements – including dates for creating beautiful crafts.  Look in your gardens and flower beds for plants that need to be thinned or divided, and look in your basements and garages for interesting things that could be re-purposed into planters or garden art!
Questions, ideas, and suggestions to Lora Jacoby (lorajacoby@wi.rr.com) or TEXT (920) 889-0136.

Hospitality Ministry

One of my favorite things here at First Church is the warm and loving fellowship that happens whenever we gather. I love the warm smiles, the hot coffee, and the snacks that feed our bodies as conversation feeds our hearts and souls. As natural as we are at this, it doesn’t happen on its own . . . however . . . it is SO EASY that anyone can do it! Any snack -homemade or store bought -sweet or savory, light or rich is great. We aren’t looking for an elaborate spread, just a couple of items to draw people into a time of fellowship with one another –the fellowship is the focus . . . not the food J
There is a physical (paper) sign-up sheet and an online Sign-Up Genius. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4dafa823a3f49-fellowship. Get together with your family, a friend, your church group, or do it on your own. Fellowship time after worship is such a wonderful opportunity to stay in touch with one another, and to build and nurture the relationships we have with our church family . . . please help us keep this ministry going! I appreciate the many ways this body gives of their time, talents, and treasures, and this is a great way to do so!
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Kristal @ 1congouccplyrev26@gmail.com or Susie Bournoville @ sbournoville@wi.rr.com.
Thank you!

Feed My Starving Children

On October 11-13, 2018 St. Paul Lutheran Church, 730 County Road PPP, Sheboygan Falls, WI will be hosting their annual Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event. The goal for the weekend is to pack 155,000 meals at the cost of $34,215 (only $0.22 per meal), with 800 volunteers giving just 2 hours of their time. The money raised goes entirely to pay for the ingredients in the pack.
We at First Congregational could be part of this great event. What we need is 10-20 people to commit by August 1st to form teams to pack food ingredients into bags, seal bags, box and ready boxes for shipping. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could have more than one team? Registration is August 20th.
Each team member will be given a pledge form which they will collect money from people to help pay for the cost of these meals. The goal is a $50 donation per volunteer. This pays for one box of food.
Please let Rev. Kristal or the church office know if you are interested.
It would be great if not one more child would have to be starving, malnourished or hungry in this world. Let’s help fight Hunger!!!