2023 Back To School Drive for Tank

Tank School

August 1-31 are the dates for our annual Tank Back to School supply drive! Tank Elementary School is one of the most ethnically diverse and needy schools in the Green Bay public school district. Our church has “adopted” Tank and has a long history of supporting and interacting with the school and students.

Every child should have new pencils, crayons, glue, etc. for school. The electronic list of supplies can be found at Tank School Supply List or copies are on the table in the narthex. You can also download a printable copy.

There will be a table at the back of the Sanctuary to deposit your donations when you are here on Sundays, or any other day Monday – Thursday 9:30 am to 2:00 p.m. through August 31.

We can also shop for you if you’d prefer – checks should have the notation BTS supplies and if online, choose the “other” fund and note BTS.

THANK YOU for your support!

Gestures of Generosity, August 2023

Gestures of Generosity

Thank you for your Gesture!

How does the Presbyterian Pantry get all the food we give away?

Some of it is given directly by church members, some is purchased through various discount programs available to food shelves around the city, and some just seems to fall into our laps (or into Stephanie Fahringer’s car!).

In the last two weeks we’ve received two cars full of food from Treehouse Foods, and we are so grateful for their generosity. This recent gift included orange immunity drink mix, energy bars, instant oatmeal, pasta, honey mustard sauce, ranch dressing, pickles, graham crackers and cookies. This came about because Stephanie swims at the YMCA with the head of Treehouse Foods, and her granddaughter’s husband also works there. Good connections makes for great generosity!

The Pantry also recently received a large quantity of yogurt and cheese from Schreiber Foods…we weren’t sure if we could take the generous offer, as our refrigerator has been struggling to remain chilled, but Gene Stenson was able to fix it and we’re now stocked with lots of yogurt and cheese for our families.

Thank you to Gene, to Schreiber Foods, and to Treehouse Foods for all this generosity!

If you have a Gestures of Generosity story to share, please contact Cheri at communications@firstpresgreenbay.org and tell us your story.

2023 New Member Luncheon and Conversation

Welcome New Members

You have been attending worship for months, maybe even a year… you know plenty of people, some of them by name… you participate in Bible study or serve coffee at fellowship or act as greeter or usher… why should you join the church?

Membership has its benefits, and we’d like you officially in the fold!

Anyone interested in membership at First Presbyterian is invited to a light lunch and brief conversation with Pastor Katie following the fellowship time on Sunday, August 6th. We will review the membership commitments in the Presbyterian Church (USA), our national denomination, talk about this church and its ministries, and answer questions participants may have.

Please indicate your interest in attending and RSVP by August 3 so box lunches may be ordered. Contact the church office at (920) 437-8121 or email office@firstpresgreenbay.org to reserve a spot.

For more information contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org.

August 2023 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

Church Chix Socials

The Chix had an amazing July social, dining at the Cheesesteak Rebellion, when there were 7 Chix in attendance. The service and food were great and we had a wonderful evening to dine on the outdoor deck. Our August social is planned for Thursday, August 3rd at 6pm. Our hostess for the evening is Sue Russell at her home. Consult your directory or contact the office at office@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121 for address details. Our entrée is chicken on the grill and we ask that everyone bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please contact Leah with what you plan to bring so we can avoid duplicates. To RSVP there’s a sign up sheet on the bulletin board or email office@firstpresgreenbay.org. Hope to see you then!

Softball Stats

We ended our 2022 Season as the Division Champions so we were moved up to the highest Division in the League. Although last season we knocked it out of the park, with our new Division placement we haven’t prevailed as often as we’d have liked. We ended the season with our playoff game on Sunday, July 23rd when we lost to the 2nd place team in the Division. Thank you to all who’ve come out to support our team on game day and for those who supported our July Brat Fry which helped pay for our new team jerseys!

Ordination and Installation

On Sunday, July 16, we were honored to ordain as deacons Olivia Crooks, George Hubbard, and Sue Russell, to ordain as ruling elder Fritzi Mevis, and to install as ruling elder Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges. These new officers of the church began their service at the July meetings of the Board of Deacons and the Session. Include them in your prayers for our church and its leadership.

July 2023 Brat Fry

July Brat Fry

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our July Brat Fry! The event was hosted by the softball team with the proceeds of $645.40 going towards the cost of our new team jerseys. We had happy customers including our furry friend, Okley, who happily consumed one of our hot dogs.

Rundowns will publish with our Connections issue on a monthly or bimonthly basis. To submit rundowns for consideration contact us at communications@firstpresgreenbay.org by the 15th of the month to be included in the following month’s publication. And, as always, we look forward to receiving your Rundown of what’s been Happening Now!

August 2023 Brat Fry

Brat Fry

Thank you to everyone for supporting our July Brat Fry when we raised $645.40!

We need your help to make our August Brat Fry just as successful!

Please consider volunteering to serve or cashier on Sunday, August 13th at Festival in Bellevue which will be hosted by the Outreach Committee. Proceeds from the August brat fry will benefit the Pantry.

There are two volunteer shifts to choose from:

9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm

If you can help out as a volunteer sign up sheets are on the bulletin board or contact Kevin Kabacinski at 920-619-4458.

And, as a thank you bonus, all volunteers receive a FREE brat. Now, there’s nothing better than that!

We’re hoping for good weather, hungry customers and outstanding volunteers to feed them.

Thanks in advance for considering to help!

July 25, 2023 – Did you know?

Did you know? Tuesday Trivia!

Our Name that Member! feature gave us the opportunity to learn just how well we really know each other. But how well do we know our church?

Here’s this week’s Did you know? Tuesday Trivia!

What was the cost of the first building that First Presbyterian Church of Fort Howard built in 1876?





The first building for the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Howard was completed on July 22, 1876 at a cost of $2,500. It was located on Chestnut Street between Main and Hubbard. The church was dedicated on Christmas Eve 1876 by the first pastor, Rev. David Street

Thanks for playing!

We want you to do more than just play Did you know?, we’d also like you to contribute! If you have some church fun facts to share, please send those to Cheri at communications@firstpresgreenbay.org and we’ll have your contribution added to an upcoming Did you know? Tuesday Trivia!

August 2023 – Faith Facts:

Faith Facts

Our Name that Member! feature gave us the opportunity to learn just how well we really know each other, our Did you know? Tuesday Trivia! shows us how well we know our church but we’re pleased to ask yet another question—How well do we know our faith?

Well, we’re excited to tell you that our newest newsletter feature is Faith Facts: which aims to tell us just how well we know our faith. Our August Faith Facts is courtesy of Russ Christensen. Thank you, Russ, for your contribution!

Are you ready to play?


In the Lord’s Prayer why do Presbyterians historically use “debts” instead of “sins” or “trespasses”?

A) Presbyterians always did it this way. Using “trespasses” and “trespass” were too Catholic. 

B) In the 1500’s when the Bible was translated by John Calvin and John Knox, blue collar, working class people could relate to the word “debts” and “debtors” more than “trespass” and “trespasses”.

C) The Anglican Church of England used “trespass” and “trespasses”. John Knox of Scotland preferred to use “debts” and “debtors” to maintain a sort of separation between England and the Anglican Church and that of Scotland and the Presbyterian Church.

D) All the above

D) All the above

Did you guess correct, or did you learn something new?

Thanks for playing!

If you have Presbyterian faith facts to share, please contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org and become a contributor to an upcoming Faith Facts: