Pentecost Sunday 2022

Pentecost Sunday

“Pentecost” comes from a Greek word meaning fiftieth day, as it falls fifty days after Easter. On this day, the Holy Spirit came with wind and flame, empowering the disciples to proclaim the good news of the risen Lord to all people. Pentecost falls on June 5th this year and we are going to celebrate the coming of the Spirit with wind, flames and the sacrament of communion!

The Worship Committee has planned some special decorations for the Sanctuary and some creative elements in our service to add to our celebration. Please plan to wear red, orange or yellow to worship that day and join in the fun as we get fired up about the Spirit!

We hope you can join us for Pentecost Sunday in-person or virtually via our Facebook livestream.

New member lunch 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 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, June 12th.

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 by RSVP to office@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121 by June 8th so box lunches may be ordered.

For more information, contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or (920) 437-8121.

Outdoor Worship and Potluck Picnic

Outdoor Worship

It was a loooooong hard winter for many of us, and we are ready to send it packing. BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair! and join us on the front lawn for a special outdoor worship experience followed by a potluck picnic on Sunday, June 26th at 10:00 a.m.

It’s time to get the church out of the building and enjoy the beautiful summer weather while we can. If you have portable chairs, bring them along, but we’ll have some folding chairs set up from here as well. We’re planning to wheel a keyboard out the front door, do away with the screen and bulletins for one week, and show the neighborhood and community that we can cut loose a little bit.

After worship, hotdogs on the grill and side dishes provided by all of you—we’ll gather for a potluck picnic and fellowship time. Maybe even a game or two!

Please sign up on the bulletin board to help with planning and indicate what you might share for our meal. All are welcome—this is a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbors and relatives to come to church with you.

Let’s have a party

Room Rental

Please help us get the word out about our facility providing the perfect setting for small group meeting needs. Our church facility has several rooms available for rent, but primarily our Fellowship Room and Banner Hall. The rooms are great for hosting youth groups, baby showers, bridal showers, cooking classes and meeting rooms for professional and/or personal use. The convenience of kitchens attached to both rooms allow for food to be brought in by meeting organizers or have the gathering professionally catered.

Throughout the year our rental space hosts Boy Scouts of America troop, Early Head Start program, Lifeline Screening, American Red Cross blood drives, and German, painting, and cooking classes. Room rental is available seven days a week. Cost for rental is customized or complimentary based on your needs.

Please consider us as your host when you’re planning upcoming gatherings, and tell your friends, family, and neighbors to check us out next time they’re looking for a space to host their next gathering. For those who are interested, encourage them to give us a call to schedule a tour of our rooms at 920-437-8121 or email office@firstpresgreenbay.org. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you and your friend’s upcoming or recurring events!

Church Chix are next week

Church Chix

We are so excited to see all the women who’ve signed up to join us for our Church Chix return on June 9th! Covid knocked us out in early 2020, but you can’t keep the Church Chix down! If you haven’t signed up already, there’s still time to reserve a chair at the table for a night of fun, food and fellowship. Continue to spread the word to women of ALL ages, members, and non-members alike. The more the merrier – we’ve already received 17 RSVP’s to attend! It’s going to be one heck of a party that you and your friends don’t want to miss!

Our sign-up sheet to join is on the bulletin board or you can email an RSVP to office@firstpresgreenbay.org. During our gathering we’ll decide which day and week of the month works best for future months, so the first Thursday of the month has yet to be locked in.

Our dinner reservation is for 6:00 pm at Village Grille in Allouez off Hoffman Road. 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.

For more information, please contact Linda Michael at lindan9woa@gmail.com or by calling 920-347-0261. To let us know which day/week of the month works best for you please contact office@firstpresgreenbay.org.

So, if you haven’t already RSVP’d, do it today and join the Church Chix June social for a great night of laughter that’s sure to be memorable!

We have a story to tell

Take a Picture

We need your help. Our many events and opportunities for fellowship throughout the year make us who we are. Telling our story is how we’ll attract new members to our family of faith, and we can’t tell our story without your help.

A photographer sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board for all our upcoming events during the month of June. There’s a photographer in every one of us and a camera in just about everyone’s pocket these days. We’d love to post your pictures of our events on our social media and website to show all those in the digital sphere who we are and what we’re about. We are the storytellers of our story.

Please consider signing up as a photographer for an event that you plan to attend. Send your pics to communications@firstpresgreenbay.org. We can’t wait to see them!

Need a meal or a ride?

Deacon Carpool

If you are temporarily in need of a meal or are needing a ride to church, the Deacons have programs in place to help.

Perhaps you’re recovering from an illness or surgery and are in need of a few meals to help you get by until you are recovered, the Deacons have a network in place to help you get through your difficult time. Please call the church office at (920) 437-8121 and we’ll make meal arrangements 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, brought to church and returned home. Again, you can just call the church office at (920) 437-8121 and travel arrangements can be made to assist your needs.

As Deacons of First Presbyterian Church our primary goal is taking care of our members when difficult situations arise. Please allow us to help you with meals or a ride when the needs arise. Reach out to our office anytime Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:30am and 2:00pm or contact our Deacon Moderator, Linda Michael, at (920) 347-0261.

Fellowship Thanks

Fellowship and Faith

Thanks to our host volunteers, fellowship hour is happening and we’re back to socializing without social distancing.

THANK YOU to all our May hosts and for those who’ll host during the month of June. The summer hosting schedule is on the bulletin board so please consider host volunteering on a summer Sunday that works best for you.

Ask anyone who’s hosted – there’s nothing to it. You don’t need to make anything, don’t need to buy anything. Just set out prepackaged snacks, turn the coffee pot on and mix up some lemonade. When fellowship ends, put everything back in its place and lock up. Easy-peasy.

So, sign up soon before the best Sundays are taken and let’s keep on socializing over the summer without that darn social distancing.

Changes to Communion

Communion

As COVID numbers continue to drop in our area and more of us return to in-person worship, we are pleased to report that May brings a welcome change to the way we have celebrated communion for the past 18 months.

Worship Committee has recommended and Session has approved a return to our “regular” method of serving the sacrament. Instead of the pre-packaged elements that were picked up by individuals on the way into the Sanctuary, we will go back to real pieces of bread and filled cups in trays that will be passed along the pews during worship. A gluten-free bread option will also be provided.

We are grateful to the Deacons who prepare the elements, the Elders who will serve it, and the Deacons who clean everything up. Please be present for the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, May 1 as we celebrate the chance to return to the table together. (And no one liked the cardboard bread bits, anyway!)

Holy Week Thanks

Holy Week 2022

Holy Week began with a palm parade and moving Passion narrative in worship, followed by our Palm Sunday Brunch and we extend a heartfelt thanks to all those that prepared and served food making the brunch possible. We had at least 90 people in attendance and the Fellowship Room provided a personal ambience where everyone could join together with food, fun and fellowship. Donations received were very generous so thank you all for your contributions. And a special thanks for those who stuck around till the end for cleanup – your help was sincerely appreciated!

We returned to the Fellowship Room for Maundy Thursday service where we had a very intimate setting for our Holy Week journey, celebrating communion as Jesus did with his disciples at the last supper. A thank you to our readers Tom Schoffelman and Nancy Siewert, and thank you to Shirley Schoffelman who provided music on the piano and Teresa Schoffelman who played her flute.

On Good Friday we were in the Sanctuary for a very solemn Tenebrae service where all experienced increased darkness as candles were gradually extinguished with each reading symbolizing the coming of darkness of Jesus’ death. Thank you to our readers Jane Bies, Bruce Deadman, Jessica Gauthier, Pat McCormick, Joel Morien, Leah Mott, Eric Sperduto and Amy Wittman. And also, thank you to Jeffrey Verkuilen who played the organ for our service.

And our Easter Sunday morning was filled with joy as we celebrated the resurrection with over 120 people worshiping in person and reaching over 100 more via our virtual Facebook livestream. Our worship began with a beautiful slideshow presentation created by Amy Wittman showing us the beauty of all that God created. Thank you, Amy! The sanctuary was decorated with an assortment of beautiful spring flowers that were donated in honor of or memory of a loved one. Thank you Patcee and Floyd Bucher who created all that beauty for us. The children enjoyed an Easter egg hunt during Sunday School. Thank you to the Easter bunnies that made that happen. And, thank you to Micah Zuelke who provided music for our Easter service and Jill Stenson who served as reader.

Holy Week was memorable and impactful thanks to so many who volunteered their time, talents and treasures. We are truly blessed for all those in our faith community.