This Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. We will share the sacrament of Communion together and reflect on the story of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand from Mark 6: 30-44 http://bit.ly/3m17xCd. Pastor Katie will preach on “Plans for a Picnic.” We’re thrilled to welcome Jeff Verkuilen to the organ bench and Elliot Stenson will serve as our reader for the day.
Month: February 2023
2023 Season of Lent
Meeting Jesus at the Table
So much of Jesus’ ministry happened at the table, sharing meals and telling stories and joining people in their everyday lives. As we journey through the season of Lent this year, we will focus on scriptures about meals, about eating and drinking, about hospitality, and about what the sacrament of communion means for us. Each Sunday this month we will celebrate communion together in worship—different breads, different liturgy, nuances of meaning, but the same sacrament. We will serve by passing trays down the aisles or by walking forward to receive; we will taste a bread similar perhaps to what manna was like; we will pray with ancient words and contemporary ones. Join us for this special season leading up to Holy Week and Easter.
Would you like to dig deeper into the scriptures that will guide our worship services? Do you have a favorite communion hymn? Have you always wondered about the parts of the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving? Our adult Bible study groups are reading together the book Meeting Jesus At the Table by Cynthia Campbell and Christine Coy Fohr during this season as well. The groups meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm online via Zoom or Thursday morning at 11:00 in person at church. Purchase a book from Pastor Katie for $10 and come join us.
Looking ahead to Holy Week 2023
Palm Sunday—April 2nd at 10am
We conclude our Lenten journey with a final celebration of communion as we move from the processional entry into Jerusalem all the way to Jesus’ last supper. A palm parade and a special musical piece from the children of the church will be included in this service.
Maundy Thursday– April 6th at 6pm
The last time Jesus had dinner with his disciples before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion was on Maundy Thursday.
The term “Maundy” comes from the Latin word maundatum, meaning commandment, which refers to Jesus’ statement that night,
“I give you a new commandment; that you love one another…”
A very special worship service is planned to remember this supper on April 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. Participants will share a simple soup & bread supper at round tables as we move through a worship service reenactment of foot-washing, Jesus’ teachings, and his last supper that we now know as communion.
This is an interactive service and appropriate for all ages. We ask that you sign up on the bulletin board or call the church office to indicate your attendance so we can plan for our set up and food. Please join us!
Good Friday—April 7th from noon till 3pm
Why do we call it “Good” Friday?
On this day of Holy Week, we commemorate that Jesus willingly went to the cross to die. Some theories indicate it was originally called “God” Friday, or that the Old English reference to “Good” simply meant “Holy”. We will offer an opportunity to contemplate what Jesus did for us on this day, April 7, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Come anytime during those hours to experience reflective music, a guide for your personal meditation, and an opportunity to pray. This will not be a formal worship service, but a quiet time together. You are welcome.
The Celebrations Continue for Pastor Ken Sann
On Sunday, February 19, 2023 we had the great honor of hosting a service of worship for Winnebago Presbytery at which Ken Sann was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. His journey up to this point took many years, so the celebration was that much sweeter! Special thanks to all who assisted that afternoon in the worship service and in the beautiful reception following. A ministerial robe worn by the late Ted Sperduto was presented to Ken, and our church gave him a lovely green stole featuring the tree of life and streams of living water.
Ken has been called to serve part-time at two small churches in the northern region of our presbytery, Presbyterian churches in Wausaukee and Athelstane. (He has been preaching in these same churches for more than a year, but now he officially becomes their pastor.) He will be installed to this position at each church later this month, and invites us to attend these installation services as we are able. The installation at Wausaukee will be on Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 pm and at Athelstane on Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm. Each service will be followed by a celebration meal.
Please join our sisters and brothers in the faith as we continue this celebration of the Spirit in the life of Ken Sann.
In need of a meal or a ride?
If you are temporarily in need of a meal or a ride to church, the Deacons have a network in place to help you get through your difficult time.
Please let us know if you are recovering from an illness or surgery and are in need of a few meals to help you get by until you are recovered. You can call the church office at 920-437-8121 and we can get that arranged for you.
If you are in need of a ride to church the Deacons also have a network in place for you to be picked up and brought to church. Again, you can just call the church office and arrangements can be made.
As Deacons of First Presbyterian Church our primary goal is taking care of our members when difficult situations arise. If you are in need of a helpful meal or a ride to church please call the church office at 920-437-8121 or the Deacon Moderator, Linda Michael at 920-347-0261.
Church Chix Gather March 2, 2023
Please join us, women of all ages, for our March Church Chix Social on Thursday, March 2nd!
Our dinner reservation is for 6:00pm Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant located at 2161 S. Oneida Street. Some Chix like to meet up for a cocktail the hour before dinner so that’s an option and before our evening wraps up, we’ll decide where next month’s dinner will be, trying our best to alternate the east side of town with the west side of town. There’s no monthly commitment required – join us when you can.
To attend, you can email an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or there’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
For more information, please contact Linda Michael at email@example.com or by calling 920-347-0261.
So, if you haven’t already RSVP’d, do it today and join the Church Chix March social for a great night of laughter that’s sure to be memorable!
2023 Palm Sunday Brunch
Please Join Us Following Worship on April 2, 2023
Please join us in Banner Hall for brunch on Palm Sunday with a menu that includes:
- Egg bakes
- Cheesy Potatoes
- Assorted Breads
- Breakfast Sausages
- Coffee bar
- Assorted Juices and Fruit too!
A free will offering will be taken to offset the cost.
To attend, please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway or send an RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we have an idea of how much food to prepare.
Don’t miss this great opportunity for fun, food and fellowship – we hope to see you at brunch!
Synod School 2023
July 23-28 at Buena Vista University – Storm Lake, Iowa
Save-the-Date for the Synod of Lakes & Prairies Synod School 2023 is scheduled for July 23-28, 2023. This 69th Synod School is sure to be a great event!
Synod School is a learning and personal enrichment experience for people of all ages that seeks to create an environment of hospitality, healing, and hope. The week is designed for laity and clergy, and individuals and families with classes and activities for adults, youth, and children.
— To participate in a unique experience of Christian community as we worship, study, play, and live together;
— To grow in faith through action, relationships, and a centering of the spirit;
— For continuing education, for a special family experience, or for individual growth;
— To take it all in, then return home to share and serve.
Registration will begin April 1, 2023.
For more information, please contact Pastor Katie with questions at (920) 437-8121 or email email@example.com or Joel Morien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you can join us!
Our Church Directory – Picture Time!
We hope everyone’s had a chance to download the Instant Church Directory app on your phone or signed up on your desktop to view the directory on your computer! If not, please let us know when we can be of assistance to help you.
If you’re already set up, now we’d like you to take a few minutes and swap out the placeholder image that’s in your profile for an actual picture of yourself or your family.
- On the app, select the Menu in the upper left hand corner
- Select Edit My Family
- Choose an image from your phone
And, that’s it!
If the image isn’t perfectly centered don’t worry, once your changes are submitted we’ll go into the directory and make sure the image is centered perfectly. And, if you’d rather we take care of inserting the image for you, simply email it to email@example.com and we’ll get it taken care of.
For step by step instructions on how to change the picture from the website visit https://help.instantchurchdirectory.com/article/638-navigating-the-online-member-directory
And just a reminder, if you’re not set up with the mobile app yet you can download the app to your Apple device at https://bit.ly/3ZsoR2w.
To download the app to your Android device visit https://bit.ly/3Gwr2JN.
And, from your computer visit https://members.instantchurchdirectory.com/.
We hope to see your picture in the directory soon!
Name That Member will soon retire
Well, it’s been all fun and games since we debuted Name that Member! last June with our first profile of Virginia (Ginney) Amen when she celebrated her 100th birthday.
After Ginney we had 14 more members that played our game, but today we find ourselves with no other willing people to play.
If you’d like to keep the game going, please send an email with at least 10 fun facts about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org —no dead giveaways though!
Or simply visit our website and complete the Name that Member! form and let’s keep the game going!
Thanks to all of our Members who participated as players! We learned more about you and boy did we ever stump some of our other Members with your fun facts!
Our players included:
- Ginny Amen
- Becky Christiansen
- Stephanie Fahringer
- Shirley Schoffelman
- Bobbi Holl
- Jane Bies
- Judy Knutzen-Nerad
- Lisa Olson
- Joel Morien
- Loni McCormick
- Elliot Stenson
- Bruce Deadman
- Amy Wittman
- David Young
- Russ Christensen
To view our player’s profiles, visit our Happening Now page and select the Name that Member! tab along the Happening Now section choices. Thanks for playing!