Church Closed

Beginning January 9, 2022

Dear members and friends of First Presbyterian:

At a special Session meeting, the decision was made to move to online worship only beginning Sunday January 9, 2022. We are all disappointed to have to make this shift, but it seems to be the best way to go for now.

This decision is based on the recommendation of the Wisconsin Council of Churches and many other organizations in our area as Covid-19 cases surge. Our compassionate response is to pause our in-person gatherings but continue to join together virtually by way of our Facebook livestream services for the time being. The Session will reconsider this decision at its regular meeting on January 25, 2022 and it is our sincere hope to be able to come back together in person very soon.

Thank you for understanding and we hope to see you virtually on Sunday’s at 10am.

Please be careful and stay well!

Sunday School Resumes January 9

Sunday School

All children aged Kindergarten through 6th grade are encouraged to attend our weekly Sunday school.

During worship, children are invited to the front of the sanctuary where a children’s message is shared. Children are then dismissed to attend Sunday School during the sermon and remainder of worship. Children will return to their parents in the sanctuary once service concludes.

During class, children learn a different spiritual lesson each week and teachers of that lesson are a rotation of volunteers that generously donate their time and talents.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer teacher, please contact Joel Morien at or call 920-437-8121 ext. 112

New Member Class

New Membership January 23, 2022

A new member class has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 23 following worship and the fellowship hour. If you might be interested in becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church, come join Pastor Katie for lunch and conversation!

This class will include a brief introduction to our congregation and its ministries as well as our larger denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). No tests, no requirements—just a chance to consider what it would mean to become a member here and to meet others who are also visiting regularly. So that we can order box lunches for those who attend, please let us know if you can join by contacting the office at 920-437-8121 or

A Heartfelt Thank You

Judy Knutzen-Nerad Advent Wreath

The Sanctuary was all decked out in beautiful décor for Advent, and the Worship Committee extends a heartfelt thank you to Judy Knutsen-Nerad for the complete refurbishment of the Advent wreath and its candles as well as the matching addition of new wreaths, swags and flowers for the season.

The lovely blue and silver colors were a stunning statement throughout the Sanctuary. We are also grateful for all who contributed to the beautification fund that purchased lovely white poinsettias for this year. We were truly surrounded by the beauty of God’s grace!

Blessings of Baptism

Lyla Elizabeth McCormick baptism

Sunday, November 28, was a beautiful day for a baptism, and we were privileged and honored to share the sacrament with Lyla Elizabeth McCormick and her parents Ben & Ashley and big sister Grace. Proud grandparents Loni & Pat McCormick looked on while Lyla’s aunt Katie McCormick and her friend Davis Vanderlin stood as sponsors.

Each time we baptize a new little one we are reminded of God’s loving care for each one of us, from our earliest days and throughout our lives. “See what love the Father has shown us, that we should be called the children of God, and so we are!”

Bible Study begins January 12

Bible Study January12,2022

Start the new year off right by joining our new Bible study on the Gospel of John! We will gather on Wednesday nights online and Thursday mornings in person to study the book Reading John for Dear Life by Jaime Clark-Soles. The study begins on Wednesday January 12 at 6:30 p.m. & Thursday January 13 at 11:00 a.m. Books are available for purchase from the church office for $10. Contact us at or call 920-437-8121 to reserve a copy.

This study will take us on a dynamic journey deep into the heart of John in a lively reading of the Fourth Gospel. Clark-Soles provides important historical and literary insights while illuminating the dramatic characters in John and emphasizing the Gospel’s unique themes and symbols. Her engaging writing style will generate enthusiasm and investment in John’s message, and enrich our spiritual journeys while opening us up to Jesus through the words, stories, questions, symbols, and characters we encounter in John’s Gospel.

The Chancel Choir is back

FPCGB Chancel Choir

We’re excited to share that choir will resume on the Baptism of the Lord Sunday, January 9th. Singers are masked and provide anthems to enhance the worship services.

The choir rehearses in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings from 8:45am – 9:45am and regular rehearsals will resume on January 9. Those interested in joining the choir should contact Bob Nickel at 920-493-0821 or

Advent: Close To Home

Our theme in worship for the Advent season this year is “Close To Home”. When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During this time of preparation for Christmas, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—is not fully realized. Close to Home names our deep longing for God to come close to us.

The scriptures and hymns of this season are rich with metaphors and images of home. From signs in the sun, moon, and stars that point toward home to John the Baptist who lays our foundation for home, and from the clear instruction to make room for all in God’s home to Jesus’ birth in the midst of a journey home, we focus on this theme to hear the Word anew and prepare our hearts to draw close to home.  

Join us for worship each Sunday as we are reminded that ultimately, God is our home and resting place, drawing near to us and making a home on earth for the greatest gift of all, the gift of his Son Jesus Christ.

Blue Christmas Worship Service December 21st

For any of us who have experienced loss, the holidays can be a particularly painful time, stirring up grief in acute ways. As a result, churches of every denomination and style have adopted the practice of a “Blue Christmas” service. This time of worship is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. It will include special music, candle lighting, and the sacrament of holy communion. 

All are welcome to join us, in-person or livestreamed, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 21st in the sanctuary for this contemplative service of worship.

If childcare is needed please contact the office at or call 920-437-8121.

Christmas Eve Worship Services December 24th

This year we return to our traditional two services for Christmas Eve. Both services will be held in person and live-streamed.

An informal service at 5:00 pm will include carols, scripture, prayers and a new impromptu Children’s Pageant performance. 

And a traditional service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 pm will feature the narrative in scripture and poetry, choral and instrumental music, and candle-lighting.  An extended prelude of music of the season will begin at 7:00 pm.

We hope to see you then!