Augusta Jeffrey 2024 Awarded

Augusta W. Jeffrey Rcognition Award

Awarded April 21, 2024

The Augusta Jeffrey Award was established in 2004 by the family of long-time member Augusta Jeffrey to recognize a member of First Presbyterian for outstanding volunteer efforts and service in our church. Areas of service may include: Mission, Worship, Member Care, Christian Education, Administration, and Evangelism. Nominations are gathered in the month of February every year and the recipient is chosen in March. The recipient receives a gift of $600 from the fund established by the Jeffrey family that is allocated to an area in the church chosen by the awardee.

On Sunday, April 21st during worship, the 2024 Augusta Jeffrey Award will be presented to Becky Christianson. She was nominated by several Session members who noted her exemplary service as Clerk of Session for the last two years. She takes the minutes of each meeting and keeps the meetings on track with her knowledge of the Book of Order and Robert’s Rules of Order. She has also taken on the clean-up and rewriting of many church policies and procedure manuals, in light of recent mandates from the denomination. Becky does it all with attention to detail and dedication, but also a light heart. While much of her volunteer work is behind the scenes and not visible to the whole congregation, we all benefit from her commitment and diligence.

Thank you, Becky!

New Bible Study Begins April 10th and 11th

Esther's Feast bible study book cover

Esther’s Feast, a study of the book of Esther in the Old Testament, will be our final weekly Bible study for the program year.

Written by Patricia Tull, a professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the book of Esther is filled with contemporary themes of vengeance, violence, power, and racial and gender conflicts. Set in the ancient empire of Persia, it almost reads like a fairy tale, drawing us into its extravagantly dangerous, darkly funny, sharply satirical, and yet breathtakingly poignant world of intrigue. It is most unusual among books of the Bible in that God never appears nor is even mentioned in our modern text.

Join us for this six-week study of an ancient story that is surprisingly current. The study book is available as a download for your tablet or may be printed by the church office.

We will meet on Wednesday evenings via Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30pm or on Thursday mornings in person at the church from 11:00am to noon, beginning on April 10th and 11th. Participants may switch back and forth between meetings as needed. See Pastor Katie for more information.

Synod School 2024 Theme: More Than We Can Imagine

Synod School 2024 logo

July 21-26 at Buena Vista University – Storm Lake, Iowa

The Synod of Lakes & Prairies Synod School 2024 is scheduled for July 21-26, 2024. This 70th 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.

2024 is the 70th year of Synod School in Iowa. We have many great events planned for this week! People will come from all over the country with their friends and families to share in this week of worship, study, play, and life together. It is an opportunity to learn something new, to continue conversations begun by keynote speakers with others over meals or a board game, to share talents of creativity and music, to worship without being in charge, to be energized for service, and to enjoy not having to cook for a week.

2024 Synod School Theme: More Than We Can Imagine

“Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”

Eph. 3-20-21

The group that gathered to plan for the first Synod School event seventy years ago could not have imagined what brings us to Synod School in 2024. It has become more than they could have imagined! Multi-generation families, tie dye, more classes proposed than we have room for, “the best week of the entire year”….

As we look to the future of the Church, what will it look like? What innovations are already happening? What is yet to come? As we think about the lives of the young people in our lives, what will their futures be? What innovations will renew their lives and ministries? God is already doing things we cannot even imagine. What a difference can that make in our lives and ministries?

Registration has begun so register today!

For registration or more information, please contact Pastor Katie with questions at (920) 437-8121 or email or Joel Morien at

We hope you can join us!

Griffin String Quartet Plays In Worship

Griffin String Quartet

Sunday – April 14, 2024

The Griffon String Quartet, who offer monthly free concerts in our sanctuary for the community and regularly use our space for rehearsal, are scheduled to play for our 10am worship service on Sunday, April 14th.

The Griffon is a full-time professional quartet who work and perform in Door County and Green Bay. They offer programs and lessons in schools throughout our area, and also play regularly for aging and disabilities institutions. Their stated goals are to educate, enrich and excite their audiences with the gift of old and new music. They will be playing multiple pieces throughout the service as well as accompanying some of our congregational hymns. This is their thank-you to us for providing the space for concerts and practices, and they are delighted to be with us for this special worship service.

Don’t miss it!

Who is that face in the pulpit?


Two Sundays this month will bring us a different face and voice in the pulpit!

On Sunday, April 21st we welcome the Synod of Lakes and Prairies’ Director of Leadership Development the Rev. Dr. Deb DeMeester to preach for us after she leads the Session retreat on Saturday, April 20th.

Deb is a dear friend of Pastor Katie, a seasoned pastor in Presbyterian churches, and the director of Synod School.

The following week, April 28th, our own Ellen Smith will provide the sermon in worship after speaking for the Fourth Sunday Forum at 9:00am in the Fellowship Room.

We will be blessed by these wise and wonderful different voices. Don’t miss them!

Tuesday Trivia Will Retire In May

Did you know? Tuesday Trivia

Our Name that Member which debuted in 2022 gave us the opportunity to learn more about our fellow members and once that feature retired, the Communications Committee pondered what new feature could we offer members that would draw us closer to one another and closer to our church?

Thanks to documents found in Communication’s files which archived facts from our church history, Did You Know? Tuesday Trivia! debuted in March of 2023. We started with 28 factoids that have been published twice a month via email and we’re sad to say that we’re unfortunately down to our last couple trivia. The final publications of Did you know? Tuesday Trivia! will be published during the month of May. Our email stats for Tuesday Trivia show that on average 6-7 out of every 10 people took the time to read our email and click over to view the answer. We’re so pleased that our feature showed such a positive response from our member and non-member email list subscribers. Hopefully everyone learned a little something about the Church history that they didn’t know before.

And, if you missed any of our publications, all are archived on our website in our Happening Now section. Simply select Did you know? Tuesday Trivia! from the navigation bar on that page and you’ll be able to view all 28 of our church history trivia.

Thanks to everyone for playing Did you know? Tuesday Trivia!

April 2024 Fourth Sunday Forum

Fourth Sunday Forum

Sunday, April 28th

Our final Fourth Sunday Forum for this program year will be held on Sunday, April 28th before worship in the Fellowship Room at 9:00am.

We are pleased to have Ellen Smith, a member of our congregation and long-time mission co-worker for the PC(USA) to Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.

Ellen’s presentation “Seeking Hope From the Margins” will provide an update on her recent travels and what they prompt her to pray and think about.

She writes: “Globally, people are on the move. Why are they leaving their homes, their communities, and their culture? What are the barriers they face? Hope is a hard thing. Let’s consider what our theology of welcome is all about.”

Coffee and treats will be served.

Henri Holl Baptism

Henri Holl

Sunday April 21, 2024

Baptism, one of just two sacraments in our Presbyterian tradition, is always a blessing as we welcome a new person into the family of God.

Last month we had the opportunity to baptize Lydia Morien and this month we will baptize Henry Holl on Sunday, April 21st.

Henry will be just over five months old at his baptism, and his loving big brother Peter will stand with proud parents Bobbi and David along with extended family and friends for this special occasion.

Look how much he’s grown since his first attendance at church five months ago (pictured here)!

What a blessing!

April 2024 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

Church Chix Socials

The Chix had an amazing social in March when we dined at Hagemeister Park Restaurant. There were 6 Chix in attendance with one being a newbie Chick. The social is ALWAYS open to new Chix joining the fun! The service was great (we heard that it might not be but it was) and the food was amazing with the conversation even even better! Our April social is planned on the West side for Thursday, April 4th at 6pm at Narrow Bridge Plate + Pour located on the west side at 2840 Shawano Avenue. To RSVP there’s a sign up sheet on the bulletin board or email

March Fourth Sunday Forum

Nancy Siewert presented an informative Fourth Sunday Forum on March 24th regarding “period poverty” and menstrual equity. Her focus was on these issues in the United States, though they affect women worldwide of course. We learned that 20% of American teen girls live in poverty and struggle to obtain the feminine hygiene products necessary for their monthly cycles. We also heard that the state of Wisconsin does not require prisons and juvenile detention centers to provide feminine hygiene products to inmates, and Nancy shared some anecdotes about correction centers using the withholding of such products as punishment. It was an eye-opening Forum, and the women of Esther Circle are very grateful for the good response to their collection of products to be donated to St. John’s women’s shelter.

Lydia Morien’s Baptism

Lydia Ann Morien was baptized on Sunday March 17th. Her big sister Aubrey was thrilled to be part of it by pouring the water into the font, and Lydia was so eager to be baptized that she almost dove into the bowl! Lydia’s uncle (Brittany’s brother) as well as dear friends of Joel & Brittany stood as sponsors of her baptism. Lydia turns one this month, so we were pleased to get her baptized before she could run down the aisle on her own—she’s just that close to walking!

Rundowns will publish with our Connections issue on a monthly or bimonthly basis. To submit rundowns for consideration contact us at 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!

Worship Service March 24, 2024

We begin Holy Week together with Palm/Passion Sunday. Palm branches are ready for the parade and our children will sing a special prelude song. The adult choir will also sing an anthem. Our gospel lesson and sermon will be a congregational reading of the Passion narrative from the gospel of Mark with special voices taking certain roles.