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.

August 2022 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

#FirstPresGB Softball Team continues to hit it out of the park

Our softball season came to a close on July 10th as we ended the season with a record of 4 and 3. We are seeded 6th in the Division 2 playoffs. Playoffs began on Sunday the 17th and we walked away with an 8-6 win for our first round. The second playoff round was a doubleheader on July 24th and we defeated 3rd seeded Peace with a score of 32 to 6 (wow!) and game two we defeated 1st seeded Journey #3 with a score of 18-16. The Division 2 Championship Game will be played on Sunday, July 31st – with results yet to be determined when we went to press – but watch our social media post-game for the Championship Game outcome!  

Welcome New Members

On Thursday, June 23rd at the Session meeting and on Sunday, July 31st in worship, our congregation received the following new members: Joanne LaCourt, Mary Jane McCrory, Fritzi Mevis, Brittany Morien, Joel Morien (and their daughter Aubrey), and Sue Russell. Please make an effort to welcome them into the family of faith.

2022 General Assembly

A summary of the 225th General Assembly (2022) actions can be viewed here. Israel and Palestine relations, fossil fuel divestment, and OGA/PMA unification were among the major issues addressed.

Church Chix had a blast!

We had 13 Chix in attendance during our Church Chix July social gathering on July 21st at 1951 West. The restaurant was great, service was great and there was great food – but more importantly there was great laughter, fun and fellowship! Join the Chix for their August social at A’Bravo on August 18th at 6pm. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board or RSVP to office@firstpresgreenbay.org. Hope you can join the Chix!

July 2022 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

HAPPY Birthday, Ginney Amen!

Ginney Amen was featured in our debut publication of Name that Member! on her birthday, June 9th, when she turned 103. Wowzah! In case you missed Name that Member, Ginney’s the oldest member of our church being a child of a member since 1931, then confirmed in 1933. In Name that Member we had some fun facts about Ginney being the master organizer of cabinets and closets, her maiden name begins with the letter P, and she went downhill skiing in her 90’s. Again, WOWZAH! We are so blessed to have Ginney in our family of faith!

#FirstPresGB Softball Team continues to hit it out of the Park

Since our June newsletter, our softball team has scored wins for their 3rd (10 to 4) and 4th (25 to 8!) week games but our 5th game we suffered our first defeat at 0-5 and our second defeat during our 6th game on June 26 with a score of 8-14. But we’re not letting that get us down. We plan to come back strong for our upcoming 7th game!

Since our game opener on May 15th our league standing is at 4-2.

We have a bye week for the 4th of July weekend but our final game before playoffs will take place on Sunday, July 10th at 5:30pm on Field 2. Please join us for a night of fun and fellowship! Playoff games to be announced – stay tuned.

Church Chix had a blast

Our Church Chix gathered for their June social on June 9th at the Village Grille in Allouez. We had 14 Chix in attendance. The restaurant was great, service was great and there was great food – but more importantly there was great laughter, fun and fellowship!

Join the Chix for their July social at 1951 West on July 21st at 6pm. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board or RSVP to office@firstpresgreenbay.org. Hope you can join the Chix!

Outdoor Worship & Potluck Picnic FUN!

We were blessed to have beautiful weather for our outdoor worship and potluck picnic on Sunday, June 26th.

The Noah’s Ark story was shared in a fun and silly way, with the congregation providing sound effects and a full rainstorm. A paper dove flew over our heads and rainbow streamers reminded us of God’s everlasting promise. Special thanks to the Deacons and Joel Morien for help to make it all happen; Jill Stenson’s solo of “Every time I Feel the Spirit” was a highlight.

After worship, hotdogs on the grill and side dishes were provided by all of you—and we gathered for a potluck picnic with GREAT food and fabulous fellowship. Many recipes were exchanged between members. Thank you to all who were able to join us!

June Monthly Rundown

Monthly Rundown

A Great-Big Shout Out to our Green Bay Quilt Shops!

The Green Bay quilt shops had their 2022 Spring Shop-Hop in May. The wonderful shops collected food for our Presbyterian Pantry by offering a special drawing for all who brought in food items. The Outreach Committee extends a big THANK YOU to the quilt shops and to those who donated to the cause. Participating shops included Ana’s Sewing Studio on Anderson Drive, My Favorite Quilt Shop on Dousman Street, Quilting Diva’s on Cardinal Lane and Silver Thimble Quilt & Yarn Shoppe on University Avenue.

A big thank you also goes out to Jana for helping collect all the food items from the shops. You’re terrific, Jana!

FirstPresGB Softball Team Hits it out of the Park

Our softball team home opener was May 15th and we walked away with a 5-3 win! We knocked the score out of the park with a big 13-7 win for our second game on the 22nd so our team record now stands at 2-0. We had a bye-week over Memorial Day weekend, but our games resume on Sunday, June 5th when we play at 5:30 on Field 4 at Cornerstone Park in DePere. Please join us for a night of fun and fellowship! Our complete 2022 schedule can be downloaded below.

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.

May 2022 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

Holy Week’s Reflection of Thanks

View Reflection

Pantry Thanks

The Outreach Committee would like to thank the Scouts of America for their continued support of the Pantry with their Scouting for Food program. We’ve been part of the program for the last ten years and this year Pantry received 100 bags of groceries which will feed around 50 families. Thank you, Gene Stenson for making the Scouts food drive a success!

And, thank you to our friends at Brown County Community Women’s Club for generously donating 40 bags of groceries to the Pantry. Your support is greatly appreciated!

April 2022 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

Cozy Kids Campaign

The Outreach Committee would like to thank all, so much, for the wonderfully successful Cozy Kids 2022 Campaign. Due to the church closure in January it was a great surprise to receive the amount of beautiful donations that we did. Stephanie Fahringer’s jeep was full to overflowing and so appreciated by the Tank School faculty! They couldn’t wait to see the faces of their students as they were given all the items they so need.

The Cozy Kids opportunity has been a huge part of the Outreach Committee for many years and passes on First Presbyterian Church kindness and caring to our neighborhood. God Bless all!

30-Hour Famine

The weekend of March 18th, we had 8 youth and 3 adults participate in our 30-hour famine. The fast began on Friday at 1pm and 7pm Saturday evening the fast was broken with a rice, veggie and chicken meal. Throughout the hours together the focus was learning more about hunger, starvation and malnutrition and all walked away with a deeper appreciation for the global problem and just how blessed each were to not have that first-hand experience. We’re so proud of the youth’s perseverance and the level of seriousness they took with the famine.

Help for Ukraine

To date, we’ve raised $1,220 for Ukraine. Thank you for your prayers and generosity!

Celebration of Life

A joyous celebration of the life of Bob Nickel, our beloved Director of Music who died in early February, was held on March 25 with a capacity crowd filling the Sanctuary. Bob had planned and written the entire service including music, scripture and prayers. Thanks be to God for his life and ministry among us!

Your Monthly Rundown

We’re excited to tell you about our newest addition to Connections – the Monthly Rundown.

Have you wondered about the outcome of a recent event? Well, this is where you’ll find the answers!

The Rundown section of Connections features a rundown of recent events so you’ll know the outcome of our outreach efforts, ministries and more. It’s also our bulletin board to receive special messages from fellow members and committees.

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

Visit the March Rundown NOW!

March 2022 Rundown

Monthly Rundown

Burns Dinner & Tasting

First United Presbyterian Church’s Burns Dinner & Tasting was a great success! Over 70 attendees joined the dinner and nearly 40 attended the Scotch tasting. The fur-baby raffle basket for pups, donated by Pantry volunteers, brought in $75 and the total FUPC event proceeds reached more than $1800. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun for the Pantry’s benefit.

With heartfelt thanks from Mary Nickel

Dear Friends of First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you for the generous gift. I am beyond words! Bob did have a gift to lift our hearts and souls through his music.

Thank you,

Mary

Fun on the Slopes

This year’s ski trip was a fabulous time! There were 27 skiers who attended the journey to Ski Brule and we were fortunate to have some friends from First United along for the fun. The weather was perfect for a day on the slopes and the day was filled with fellowship and fun. We can’t wait for our return in 2023! Special THANKS to Loni McCormick! Without Loni’s efforts the trip wouldn’t have been possible. And, thanks to her team, with Bobbi Holl and Joel Morien, who supported her efforts and chaperoned for the day.

Paczki Thanks!

Thank you to all who supported the Youth Group paczki sale! There were more than 144 paczki sold that totaled nearly $350. The funds raised will go toward a youth mission trip this summer.