September 11 is Kick-off Sunday

Christian Education
Sunday Kick-Off

Kicking off in more than one way!

Welcome back to worship, to Sunday school, to youth programs, to adult studies, and much more! Sunday September 11 kicks-off the Packer Season but it’s also the kick-off for our church program year, and we will begin with a “Blessing of the Backpacks” for children, youth and educators in worship that day. Please gather your families and bring your school backpacks to church for a blessing.

After worship we will celebrate with a potluck lunch featuring broasted chicken and whatever side dishes you want to bring. Carnival games on the front lawn are also being planned.

We want to save a seat for YOU! R.S.V.P. by signing up on the bulletin board in the hallway or calling the church office at 920-437-8121. Hope to see you there!

Acts Bible Study

September2022 Bible Study

Begins September 7 & 8

We Are the Church…Let’s Act Like It is the title of a new weekly Bible study that begins this month.

The Study is an overview study of the book of Acts, which comes right after the four gospels and tells the story of the beginnings of the Christian church following Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This is a 7-week study and will be available online via a Zoom group on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm or an in-person group on Thursday mornings from 11:00 to noon in the Fellowship Room at church. You may switch back and forth from one group to the other as needed—each session will cover the same chapter each week. Books are available from Pastor Katie or in the church office for $10. To reserve a copy email office@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121.

Mark your Church Chix September calendar!

Church Chix

The Church Chix had an amazing gathering for their August social with 9 Chix in attendance and the September social is already planned for September 8th. Mark your Church Chix calendar!

Our dinner reservation is for 6:00pm at The Depot located at 200 Dousman 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.

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 Linda Michael at lindan9woa@gmail.com or by calling 920-347-0261.

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

Sunday School begins September 18

Sunday School

It’s back-to-school and back to Sunday School, too! Sunday School class for preschool through fifth grade children begins on Sunday, September 18th. We leave the worship service at the conclusion of the children’s message and head upstairs to rooms 204/206 for a Bible story, lesson, craft or project and prayers. All are welcome—bring a friend along!

This fall our curriculum begins in the book of Psalms with lessons on God as our Shepherd, our Refuge, and our Helper. Then we go on to consider the Old Testament stories of Solomon building the temple, the fall of Jerusalem, and Daniel in the lion’s den, among others. Hope your children can come and join us!

Youth Group starts September 14

Youth Ministry

Youth in 6th through 12th grades have a lot to look forward to this year in our youth ministry programs!

Youth group meets each Wednesday night beginning September 14th from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Youth Room on the third floor. These meetings are a chance to connect with others and discuss a wide range of topics relating to our daily lives and our faith. We also have a number of service and fellowship events planned including: packing meals for Feed My Starving Children in early October, a possible weekend retreat at Daycholah camp in November, an overnight at church in December to wrap gifts for our Prayer Basket families, a ski trip in January, and more!

Confirmation

An additional opportunity for youth in 7th grade and older is our Confirmation class, meeting after worship each Sunday from 11:30 to 12:15. In this class students meet with Pastor Katie and CE Director, Joel, to review Bible basics, learn about Presbyterian traditions, and talk about where and how they experience God and Christ and faith in their lives today. Confirmation culminates with each student writing a statement of faith and a special worship service they lead for the congregation. Please contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121 if your youth is ready to participate in Confirmation this fall. We expect to begin this class on September 18th.

Esther’s Circle begins September 19

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Our Presbyterian Women’s Bible study, Esther Circle, begins a new monthly study on Monday September 19th, and you are invited!

The group meets in Fellowship Room on the third Monday of each month at 1:00 pm. This year’s study is a wonderful exploration of the spiritual practice of “Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight.”

Our monthly meeting includes prayer, scripture study, a brief DVD visit with the study’s author, and sharing. Together we will consider the elements of sabbath including celebration, creation, Sunday, surrender, servitude, hospitality, self-care, justice, and community. Books are available for purchase from Nancy Siewert for $10.00. To reserve a copy email dennis1829@att.net.

Fellowship Summer 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 summer hosts who volunteered during June, July and August! The fall hosting schedule is on the bulletin board so please consider host volunteering on a fall 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 fall without that darn social distancing.

N.E.W. Pride Alive 2022 Festival

NEW Pride Alive2022

We’re pleased to announce that our congregation will be represented at the N.E.W. Pride Alive Festival on Saturday, September 24th at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Several welcoming churches in the greater Green Bay area have come together to host a table in the exhibit hall, letting participants know that there are faith communities ready to welcome and embrace them. The table will be staffed from noon to 5:00 pm on Saturday by church volunteers, with plans to distribute a flier with details on welcoming churches as well as offering hand-held fans, glitter blessings, opportunities for prayer, and more. If you’d like to volunteer for a two-hour shift at the table, contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121.

The purpose of N.E.W. Pride is to enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the Greater Fox Valley & Green Bay regions by empowering people and organizations that share this purpose. Through partnerships, education, funding, creating more opportunities for community connection, and raising visibility/awareness of LGBTQ+ issues, we strive to create a Northeastern Wisconsin where all LGBTQ+ folk thrive. Each year, N.E.W. Pride puts on a number of events including Northeastern Wisconsin Pride. This family-friendly pride event features fireworks, live music, a local history exhibit, drag performances, and more!

Please join us!

Feed My Starving Children MobilePack 2022 Events

FMSC MobilePack

Are you ready to have some fun, and make a difference at the same time? 

Then plan to volunteer for the 2022 Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event in Green Bay! 

The MobilePack will be held Monday, October 3rd through Thursday, October 6th. This year’s event will continue to be held at Green Bay Community Church, and is open to everyone – young and old alike. 

There are 10 different packing shifts to volunteer for and 3 setup and takedown shifts to select from, but we have 7 shifts reserved for our congregation which are indicated below.

FMSC Packing Schedule2022

Registration opened Sunday, August 14th. The FMSC registration sign up sheet can be found in the back of the sanctuary or register online here. Spots fill quickly! Register early to get your desired time. 

If you’re unable to register online or visit church to register in person, please contact us at office@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121 with the day and time you’d like to sign up for and we’ll take care of the registration for you.

If you haven’t packed or volunteered before, this is the year to see what all the excitement is about. Please consider helping in this great cause. For more information or questions, please contact Kirke Ryder at kirke.ryder@gmail.com.

And, please prayerfully consider a donation to FMSC through our church. Simply select FMSC in the drop down menu in Give Now section of our website or note FMSC on your check.

Thank you for your support!


Mark Your Calendar for September 14 and take a break from the kitchen for FMSC’s benefit

FMSC Culver's Fundraiser

And, Lace Up and Join Us on September 24!

FMSC 5K Run/Walk

BURM Network 2022 Conference

Presbyterian BURM Network

October 6 thru 8, 2022

We are excited to have the opportunity to host the BURM Network 2022 Conference at our church in early October.

BURM stands for Belarus, Ukraine, Russia Mission and is a network of mission co-workers serving the Presbyterian Church USA in that part of the world, of which our own Ellen Smith is an active leader.

Participants in the conference October 6-8 will learn history, the current climate, and actions currently being taken in Eastern Europe. Anyone interested is welcome to attend the sessions. As the host congregation, we will look for volunteers to help with welcoming participants, serving a few meals, and providing A/V assistance as the speakers will be livestreamed. Watch for more information in the next month and step up to help.