2023 Lenten Theme Bible Study

Bible Study

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22nd and continues for six weeks before we arrive at Holy Week and Easter. Lent is a time set aside to focus on our spiritual growth, to spend a little more energy on our relationship with God and perhaps a little less on worldly issues.

This year our Lenten theme will draw our attention to the importance of table fellowship for Jesus Christ. Each Sunday in Lent will include the celebration of communion in worship, and the sermon will focus on a story of Jesus eating a meal with others.

The Bible study opportunity for all adults will use the new Lenten study Meeting Jesus At the Table by Cynthia Campbell and Christine Coy Fohr. The study begins the week after Ash Wednesday and will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom online or Thursday mornings at 11:00 am at the church.

Plan to join with others in the family of faith to deepen your own spiritual journey and enjoy table fellowship together.

Books will be available for purchase from Pastor Katie. To reserve a copy email kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121.

Ash Wednesday 2023

Ash Wednesday

February 22nd

Wednesday, February 22nd is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.

Lent is the forty days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, and is a time set aside in the church year to reflect on our Christian walk.

An Ash Wednesday worship service will be held at 7:00 pm on February 22 in the Sanctuary, and features candlelight, scripture, contemplative music and the imposition of ashes on each person’s forehead as a reminder of our own mortality. We wear ashes not to brag about our humility or piety, but to mark ourselves as part of the community of faith and recognize how far we are from God’s will for us. While some feel like this is a rather “Catholic” practice, the distribution of ashes has been a part of Protestant and Reformed traditions for many years.

Please come join in the family of faith as we begin our Lenten journey together.

This Advent Season – From Generation to Generation

Advent

Our theme for the Advent season this year is From Generation to Generation, focusing on the words from Mary’s song of protest and praise from the first chapter of Luke when she sings –

“Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy

is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from

generation to generation.” (Luke 1: 48-50)

Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth. This good news transcends all time and space—it was and is bigger than just her. Christ is coming for collective liberation: God’s redemption is at work for years to come.

Therefore, the promise is meant to be lived out and passed on from generation to generation.

The four Sundays of Advent will lead us through the familiar story looking at the people in each text to see what they passed on or contributed to us. We begin with Matthew’s genealogy and a consideration of all those who came before; the second Sunday takes us into Mary’s annunciation and her reactions; the third Sunday will be an examination of Joseph and his role in the overall narrative; and the fourth week will share the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary and how they witness to God’s work in each other.

From Generation to Generation reminds us all of the ways our lives, histories, actions and stories are interconnected and woven together. In this season of Advent, join us to practice belonging to each other in the midst of God’s work among us.

Advent Devotionals

The holidays are actually holy days as well, and the Christian Education committee wants to support your experience of Advent with a free devotional booklet for you to use.

Attending to Advent: Poetry, Prose and Prayer is a beautiful daily devotional designed for you to dip in and out of as your time and attention allow. Read a poem, reflect on scripture, refresh your spirit with a prayer. And for families with young children, Light Shines in the Darkness is another daily devotional designed with kids in mind. This one is full of activities and short readings to share around the dinner table or at bedtime. Both booklets are available at the back of the sanctuary. Help yourself!

December At-a-Glance

Advent begins Sunday, November 27

Our Advent Theme: From Generation to Generation

Confirmation Sunday is December 11

Blue Christmas is at 6pm on Thursday, December 15

Christmas Eve service is at 6pm on Saturday, December 24

Christmas Day service is at 10am on Sunday, December 25

Advent 2022 Bible Study

Advent in Plain Sight

Don’t let the rush and stress of the holidays make you forget what it’s really all about.

The season of Advent, with its familiar story and deep meaning for us all, is a perfect time to commit to a short-term Bible study with members of your family of faith!

Advent in Plain Sight – a Devotion Through Ten Objects by Jill Duffield is our study book and is available from Pastor Katie for $10.00. The format is a short daily devotional for each day of the week, focusing on ten ordinary objects that appear in the scriptures (and in our daily lives) to remind us that God still dwells among us, even in the most ordinary places.

Groups meet on Wednesday evenings on Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and on Thursday mornings in person at the church from 11:00 am to noon.

To join, please contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or contact the office at office@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121 to reserve a copy of the book. We hope you can join us!

Blue Christmas December 15, 2022

Blue Christmas

For any of us who have experienced loss or are in the midst of struggles, 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 at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 15th in the sanctuary for this contemplative service of worship. A dessert reception will follow in the Fellowship Room. Invite a friend or neighbor!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2022

Christmas Morning

Christmas Eve is on Saturday, December 24 which means Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year! Because of the tight calendar, we will host one service only on Christmas Eve, at 6:00 pm. This service will feature special choral music, an extended message for the children present, and candlelighting.

On Christmas morning at 10:00 am we will gather for a casual service of lessons and carols and we encourage everyone to wear your Christmas pajamas or Christmas sweaters or other festive garb. There will be no fellowship hour after either of these services.

Bring your family and join us for either or both times of worship.

All Saints Sunday 2022

All Saints Sunday

For all the saints, who from their labors rest…

November brings us to a season of thanksgiving, and we are surely thankful for all the “saints” of this congregation and throughout our extended families who have gone on to their heavenly homes in the past year.

On Sunday, November 6 we will celebrate All Saints’ Day in worship, remembering especially Marjorie Crowl, Carol Houston, Bob Nickel, Ginny Nixon, Alan Russell, and Beverly Wood.

We have reached out to surviving family members, inviting them to participate in this special celebration. We are looking for a picture or two of each deceased member to project during the worship service. As those photos are projected, we will join in prayer for all the saints and remember each name. As the names are read, a family member or friend will come forward to light a candle for each one. Following the recognition of all our members, others will be invited to come forward and light a candle for a friend or family member they have lost in the last year as well.

We remember and give thanks for all those who have gone before us to show us the way—don’t miss this special worship experience.

Advent Workshop 2022

Advent Workshop

Sunday, November 27

It seems like we barely put away the Thanksgiving leftovers and suddenly it is Advent! Advent begins this year on Sunday, November 27th and we will kick off the season with our annual Advent workshop following worship.

Open to all ages, this event will feature crafts, activities, and Kevin’s famous chili lunch. Plans are shaping up for some very special gift-making stations, so you can get a jump on your gift list by creating homemade hot cocoa spoons or soup mixes.

We also plan to include an opportunity to decorate gift bags for meals that go out through the ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center). And of course, as always, we’ll have cut-out cookies to decorate (and eat!).

Please join us for this all-church celebration.

FUPC 2022 Thanksgiving

FUPC 2022 Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 19

Our sisters and brothers in Christ at First United Presbyterian Church in DePere have invited us to join them for a special worship service celebrating Thanksgiving followed by a Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 19.

Worship will be at 4:00 pm and will include choir members from both congregations as well as Pastor Katie alongside Pastors Meggan and Luke. Who knows what creative elements might be included!

Dinner will follow the service and all are welcome. Please sign up on the bulletin board or call the church office to have your name added to the list. We will arrange for transportation as needed. Let’s have a big showing from our congregation in response to this gracious invitation—we ALL have so much to be thankful for.

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!