Welcome, Confirmands!

On May 20, 2018 we are blessed to welcome into membership seven young adults! Cooper Gosse, Davis Korb, Nicole Reilly, Nicole Haefs, Margaret Munson, Kalani Smith, and Allison Klemme will reaffirm their baptismal vows, be Confirmed in the faith, and welcomed as full members of First Congregational UCC, Plymouth in just over two weeks. These are AMAZING young people who have great energy and passion for community involvement and service. I am excited to see the many ways they will challenge, encourage, and shape this community of faith in the future! Please join me in welcoming them!
Here are some very short snapshots of who I know (and currently recall) each of these young people to be (this information is not historically accurate, and should not be viewed as such 🙂 ) . . .
Cooper Gosse is a sophomore at Plymouth High School. He is a leader on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. In addition to sports, Cooper enjoys spending time with family and friends . . . and Sunday nachos.
Davis Korb is a freshman at Plymouth High School. He is an all-around cool kid who likes to spend time with friends and family. He is on the trap team and is an awesome big brother.
Nicole Reilly is also a freshman at Plymouth High School. Nicole loves hanging out with her friends and having fun. Nicole has the unique ability to make anyone who is around her feel comfortable and welcome.
Nicole (Nikki) Haefs is a freshman at Plymouth High School. Nikki is an outgoing, fun-loving, hysterically funny person . . . seriously, so much fun. She plays softball, basketball, and volleyball.
Margaret (Maggie) Munson is a freshman at Plymouth High School. Maggie is in soccer and cross country. In addition to sports, Maggie is a talented singer and performer, and a fun person who loves to spend time with family and friends.
Kalani Smith is a sophomore at Plymouth High School. She is in basketball, track, volleyball, and band. She is a great friend to many and really enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Allison Klemme is a sophomore at Sheboygan Falls High School. She is in volleyball and Jazz Show Choir. Allison is a talented singer and an all-around delight to be with . . . especially early in the morning 😉 She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, listening to music, and babysitting.
This class has been such a delight to spend time with! In addition to their being just amazing individuals, they have come together and formed some of the most beautiful friendships that I have seen. They are honest, loyal, hard-working, loving, funny people who light up any room that they enter. We sure are blessed to count them as members of this family of faith!


Eagle Scout Project

First Church has been given the unique opportunity to partner with a local Boy Scout as he completes his Eagle Scout service project –which, when successfully completed, will earn him the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. The project must benefit the community or a religious organization; and the scout must take on a leadership role to direct others in the creation, execution, and completion of the project.
Noah Jacoby is a freshman at Sheboygan Falls High school and a member of Boy Scout Troop 885. In addition to being a dedicated student, he is also a leader on the football and basketball teams. Outside of school Noah has earned the rank of black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His hard work, discipline, organization, and outgoing personality are an asset in all that he does.
Noah has designed, organized, and is ready to begin work on a raised-bed addition to the First Church garden. His plans include 16 raised beds that will be built in the southwest corner of the garden, as well as the laying of mulch to make access easy and to create an inviting appearance. The work day for the project will be Saturday, May 12th, beginning at 9am. We are in need of 8 -10 adult volunteers to help that day from 9am until about 4 pm . . . and, if you have a wheel barrow, fork, or rake to bring along with you, it would be greatly appreciated! Lunch and water will be provided. Please join us for this fun fellowship and mission opportunity! In addition to adult helpers, members and friends of all ages are welcome and needed!
Each member of First Church now has been blessed with the opportunity to partner with Noah and with First Church as Sponsors of this project. You may sponsor a bed for $50, or give any amount that you feel called to give to the project. All gifts are appreciated and will be recognized at the service of dedication on August 19, 2018 following worship.
I am so thankful that First Church has the opportunity to come along side Noah, as partners, for this project that is a beautiful reflection of our commitment to being faithful stewards of creation. What a gift it is to be the beneficiaries of beds that will enable us to reach out to our community in new ways and show them how we are committed to doing God’s work in and for the world! Please join in supporting this mission and outreach opportunity!

“Sundaes on Wednesday” Summer Worship

As many of you have probably heard, my husband Phil LOVES ice cream! So, as a gift of love to him, (and all of you as well) I have decided to offer three weekday worship opportunities this summer that will be followed by an ice cream social . . . thus, Sundaes on Wednesdays!
Please mark your calendars now for this fun, family friendly, outdoor (if the weather cooperates) worship and fellowship opportunity! Sundaes on Wednesdays will be at 7pm on June 6thJuly 11th, and August 8th.
Stay tuned for more details . . . and, if you have any ideas about what you would like these worship experiences to look like please send me and email, or stop in to chat!

New Member Information Session & Reception Service

It is with great joy that I announce our need to offer a New Member Information Session! It is such a blessing to see new faces here at First Church; and to begin to see the wonderful ways in which our faith community has been enhanced by the gifts of those who have been joining us for worship and fellowship on a regular basis.
There will be a New Member Information Session held, immediately following worship, on Sunday, June 3rd in the Fireside Room. New Members will then be received into the body and life of First Church on Sunday, June 24th at our 9amservice.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in learning more about First Church, or in becoming a member, please join us on June 3rd!

Summer Garden Sale!

On June 2nd, we will host our 3rd Annual Summer Garden Art and Plant Sale!
As in our previous spring sales, we will emphasize Recycle, Re-use, Re-purpose! The plants will come from our own gardens and flowerbeds; the crafts will be made of re-puposed items (mostly…).
Now that the snow is melting (finally!!), look at your flower beds to see what needs dividing! And look in your attics, basements, and garages for itms that might be re-purposed into garden art. Old boots become planters! Wine bottles make beautiful lanterns and bases for glass art! Old wood chairs can be painted into beautiful plant stands!
We will be getting together for craft days to create beautiful items for the sale. Here is the schedule:
  • Friday, May 4, 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 5, 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, May 6, After church (lite lunch provided)
  • Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 PM
  • Friday, May11, 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 12, 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 PM
  • Friday, May 25, 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 26, 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, May 27, After church (lite lunch provided)
  • Tuesday, May 29, 6:00 PM
Please join us for crafting, snacks, and fellowship! It’s fun getting to know each other better while creating easy and beautiful crafts!
There will be a sign-up posted online soon for helping the day of the sale!
Questions and suggestions: email or TEXT Lora Jacoby

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. 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 @ or Susie Bournoville @
Thank you!

Project Angel Hugs 11th Annual “Be An Angel” Benefit

“Be An Angel” Benefit will be held Sunday June 24, at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds. 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Once again, dance to music all day long! After extensive feedback from our Bucket raffles last year we have gone back to a wonderful selection of Silent Auction baskets for you to bid on. We will have 50/50 Raffles throughout the day, Honorary Balloon Release at 2:30. We have a Rock Wall, Pony rides, petting zoo, many games & activities along with Bouncy fun for the little ones. Join us for lunch or dinner we will be serving all day, Brats, Chicken Breasts, Burgers, Hot Dogs and German Potato Salad.  100% of the proceeds from this event will support our outreach program to 390 children touched by cancer and their families. Hope to see you there!!! We are still in need of baskets and items for our auction, please call for pickup or drop them off at our office by June 6th. Call with questions 920-892-9138.