May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

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For information on mental illness contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10am – 10pm, ET.

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), text “HelpLine” to 62640 or email at helpline@nami.org.

In an emergency dial 911. Ask the operator for police officers trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline – 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Dial or text 988.

Crisis Text Line  – Text HOME to 741-741
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

Letter Carriers Food Drive 2024

Letter Carriers Food Drive

The Letter Carriers food drive is on Saturday – May 11, 2024. We need to supply two individuals to help out at the Cofrin post office that day (this is very important, as if we don’t provide people, we will not be able to participate in the food drive next year).

Volunteers are needed at 9:00am and will be given a route to pick up food on. Stephanie Fahringer and Al Smith will be loading the bags into totes but we could really use donations of paper shopping bags, preferably with handles.

We are also in need of four people to help at church at 3:00pm that day by unloading, sorting, and putting away the food that our Presbyterian Pantry receives.

Please contact Gene Stenson at 920-241-4370 if you are able to help. Thank you for your support!

Batter Up!

FirstPresGB Baseball

It’s that time of year when we prepare for our return to the field with our #FirstPresGB co-ed softball team. The season gets underway in May and ends with playoffs at the season end in late summer. The schedule will be released soon so stay tuned for that, but we’ll be playing at the same field we’ve been at for the last seven years, Cornerstone in DePere. Our time of play will vary with each game on Sundays at 4:15, 5:45 or 6:30pm.

Men, women and youth age 14 and older are welcome to join the team! Practices are primarily getting together before game time and when it comes to the playing schedule matching up with your schedule, you play ball when you’re able to play ball. No commitment required.

If you’re not up for joining the team, volunteer field and plate umpires are always needed. No experience required. You just need to say – “you’re out”, “you’re safe”, “ball” or “strike”. It’s that easy!

So, mark your calendars for Sundays this summer to play, cheerlead or umpire our softball games. It’s a night of fun, fellowship and a little bit of exercise that you don’t want to miss out on!

For more information or to sign up to batter up or umpire contact George Hubbard by calling or texting (920) 680-1421 or email georgeahubbard@yahoo.com. See you at the ballpark!

Church Chix Gather May 2, 2024

Church Chix

Please join us, women of all ages, for our May Church Chix Social on Thursday, May 2nd!

Our dinner reservation is for 6:00pm and we’ll dine on the West side of town at Narrow Bridge Plate + Pour located at 2840 Shawano Avenue.

Some Chix like to meet up for a cocktail the hour before dinner so that’s always 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. No monthly commitment required.

To attend, you can email an RSVP to office@firstpresgreenbay.org or there’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

For more information, please contact the office at (920) 437-8121.

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

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!

A coach bus will provide transportation to and from Storm Lake for a reasonable per person fee. For more information and registration, please contact Pastor Katie with questions at (920) 437-8121 or email kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or Joel Morien at ce@firstpresgreenbay.org.

We hope you can join us!

Singers are Invited!

Music notes

The Lent and Easter season is full of wonderful music that enhances our worship in so many ways. Our organist, Michael Raught, is gathering a choir to sing several times this month—would you like to join in?

All are welcome!

The group will sing on Sunday March 10th, Palm Sunday – March 24th, and also on Easter Sunday – March 31st. Rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings in the choir room from 6:30 to 7:30pm. You don’t need to attend every week, but your voice will add a lot to our musical offering if you can come and learn and practice with us.

Please direct any questions to Michael on Sunday mornings.

March 2024 Fourth Sunday Forum

Golden House Logo

Sunday, March 24th

Please join us for our Fourth Sunday Forum that takes place on March 24th at 9am prior to our worship service in the Fellowship Room. This month we’ll be joined by a representative from Golden House.

Founded in 1979, Golden House is a secure place where victims of domestic abuse find compassionate, knowledgeable advocates offering confidential, individualized help. Serving Brown County, Golden House assists individuals and families of ALL ages, genders, races, sexual orientation, and gender expression with counseling, temporary shelter, 24-Hour help, legal assistance (restraining and harassment order filing assistance), support groups, housing options, prevention education and more.

Free and confidential services for guests include:

  • Safety: Safety Planning, Crisis Counseling, Restraining Orders
  • Support: Mental Health Therapy, Support Groups, Parent Mentoring
  • Housing: Emergency Shelter, Flexible Safe Home Support
  • Prevention Education: Healthy Relationships and Childhood Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, there is help and support available at the Golden House. Call their 24 hour help line at 920-432-4244 or toll free 877-431-4321.

Synod School 2024

Lakes & Prairies Synod

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

Synod School 2024 logo

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.

Come…
— 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 begins in April.

For more information, please contact Pastor Katie with questions at (920) 437-8121 or email kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or Joel Morien at ce@firstpresgreenbay.org.

We hope you can join us!

An Evening in the Highlands

An Evening in the Highlands

Join First United Presbyterian Church of De Pere on Saturday, February 17, at 5:30pm for a one-of-a-kind event – “An Evening in the Highlands” at the Green Bay Distillery.

It’ll be a very special evening celebrating the music, poetry, and dance of Scotland and Ireland. Special entertainment will include The Irish Heritage Dancers and The Clan Donald Pipe Band as well as trivia, games, haggis, raffles, and much more. 

Dinner will include your choice of either salmon with dill sauce or Steak Stew Puff Pastry along with a baked potato and neeps (turnips), plus Scottish Shortbread and Tablet (sugary confection) for dessert. There will be an optional Scotch Tasting session beginning at 4pm. Tickets are on sale NOW through the church office (during business hours) or you can purchase them online below. There are only 150 tickets available, so don’t delay. Cheers! 

Event Ticket Prices: Dinner is $60 per person & Scotch Tasting is $25 per person

Purchase Tickets Online