September 12, 2022 Name that Member BIG REVEAL!

Name that Member

Earlier this week we featured our Monday Member Spotlight Name that Member through email and on our social media and now it’s time for the BIG REVEAL! In case you missed it, here’s our Member’s story:

  • I was born and raised in the Midwest.
  • My favorite childhood memories are of taking lots of family camping vacations.
  • I have one sister, two brothers…two daughters and one grandchild.
  • My favorite thing in the whole wide world to do is anything and everything having to do with retirement.
  • What I love most about our church is the close feeling of the congregation. You really are a second family to me.
  • I moved to Green Bay in 1965 and have lived in this area since that time except for living in Chicago for 2+ years and in Las Vegas for 1-1/2 years.
  • I’ve been a member of the church since 1974.
  • My favorite place to vacation is Las Vegas.
  • What I’m most passionate about is spending time with my family and friends, and being able to help out others.
  • I have always enjoyed dancing and took tap dance lessons from grades four through eight and did a lot of line dancing in the ’90s.
  • April 9, 1983 I saw John Davidson at the Carlton Inn in Green Bay. We had seats right next to the stage and before he began to perform he handed me his beautiful navy blue sequined jacket to hold during his performance.
  • I have completed the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk (5.2 miles) across the Mackinac Bridge four times. My first time was in 2014 at the age of 66.
  • In 1962 I was crowned Valentine’s Queen in my freshman year of high school. The queen was chosen by ballots cast by high school students. I was extremely shocked when my name was drawn however I found out later that my friends had stuffed The Ballot Box with my name. 
  • I was 4th Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality in the 1967 Miss Green Bay pageant. This was the year that Terry Anne Meeuwsen won…she later went on to become Miss Appleton, Miss Wisconsin and then Miss America!
  • If you haven’t figured out who I am yet, here is a final clue which may help. My neighbors in the hereafter for all of eternity will be Carol and Gerald Christiansen.

Who am I?

Do you give up?

I’m Judy Knutzen-Nerad!

You couldn’t possibly have known all that about Judy, did you?

Tell us your story! Complete our Name that Member Form or email csimonet@firstpresgreenbay.org so you can be featured in an upcoming Monday Member Spotlight of Name that Member!

September 11 is Kick-off Sunday

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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.

Gestures of Generosity

Gestures of Generosity

Following an excellent workshop presented to the Session, Finance and Stewardship committees last spring, the Stewardship committee changed their name to Generosity Team and they have been focusing on recognizing and lifting up all the generosity experienced in this community of faith.

This fall the pledge campaign has taken on the theme “Gestures of Generosity” and will help us all look at how we are called to be generous in our lives of faith.

Special Sundays are planned in late October with the culmination of the campaign on Sunday October 30th as we all make our pledges of generosity to the church for 2023. Watch your mail and other church communications for more details and begin thinking about your own opportunities to demonstrate generosity in gratitude to God for all God’s generosity toward us.

A New Face in Finance

Accounting Position Opening

We bid a fond farewell and Godspeed to Lynne Nelson last month and now we welcome a new face in our Finance office.

Sharie Jurecki

Beginning in August, Sharie Jurecki began doing our accounting/bookkeeping on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is not actually an employee of the church, as she works for Advantage Bookkeeping with whom we have contracted. Sharie and Advantage bring us a wealth of experience and plenty of benefits as they take on our financial tasks—they service several other churches and ministries in Green Bay and are familiar with our lingo as well as our needs in this area of church life.

Sharie will meet monthly with our Finance Committee and be available to assist with budget planning of course. She will service our payroll and accounts payable as well. While the hours are less than Lynne was working, we sincerely hope we won’t see much change in availability. Please stop by and welcome Sharie and do not hesitate to contact her with your church financial questions. Her email is finance@firstpresgreenbay.org, as it has been, and voicemail is also available at ext. 114.

Welcome aboard, Sharie!

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!

September 2022 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

FirstPresGB Softball Team takes home the Championship!!

CONGRATULATIONS to our #FirstPresGB softball team who knocked the Championship game out of the park with a victory of 10 to 6 over Mannifest. We are the #1 CHAMPIONS of the Division 2 – 2022 Christian Softball League! Great job, team!

THANK YOU to all the players for a great season. And a BIG thank you to all the fans who showed up for our games and showed their support. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Synod School 2022

We were pleased to have so many members in attendance at the 2022 Synod School that was themed “Experiencing Belonging“…so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually, we are members one of another.” Romans 12:5

Our youth group was part of 540 people in attendance. We learned what it meant to be a part of the body of Christ and to belong to one another. In the spirit of Christ’s community, we walked through biblical experiences of belonging. Exploring the communities, we found member­ship within, and we discovered how we can belong to one another and to Christ more fully. Everyone came home with an eagerness to attend again in 2023.

Change of addresses

Don and Nina Lundin have had a change of address and Harland Merrill has also had a change of address. If you’d like to make note of their new address, please call the office at (920) 437-8121 or email office@firstpresgreenbay.org and we’ll be happy to provide you with the updates.

Brat Fry Thanks!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported our two Brat Fries on August 14th and 28th. Thanks to your support we raised $1056 for the Youth Group and Presbyterian Pantry.

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.