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.

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!

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.

Chrysalis Women’s Retreat

Chrysalis Women's Retreat

Our Theme: Honing Hospitality

Calling all women: you deserve a weekend away! Come join Pastor Katie August 18-21 for a women’s retreat focusing on the nourishment and support of body, mind and spirit in community with other women.

Katie will be the featured speaker this summer at Clearwater Chrysalis, a long-running program for women at Presbyterian Clearwater Forest camp in Deerwood, Minnesota. The retreat features worship, music, large group presentations, small group discussions, workshops, and plenty of free time to enjoy the lake, hiking trails, high ropes course, labyrinth, and loons. Lodging options include rustic summer cabins and hotel-like lodges with shared baths. The theme, Honing Hospitality, will have us engaged in thinking about how to hone our hospitality skills with God and with one another as we consider how we might practice a broader hospitality in the world.

For more information or to register, contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or call 920-437-8121 before August 10th.

A Program Year Preview

Christian Education

The lake is still calling, the barbeque grill is still fired up, and there may be several more summer reads on your list, but we are looking ahead to the start of a new program year! Mark your calendars for September 11th as our kick-off Sunday. Kids will be back to school so bring those backpacks for a special blessing during worship. Come learn about all the options for education, fellowship and faith formation this year. Creative things are in the planning stages for the worship service and fellowship hour that day, so don’t miss it!

Sunday School

Other dates to note: our next adult Bible study begins September 7th/8th, Youth group will begin on Wednesday September 14th, and Sunday school and Confirmation classes start on Sunday September 18th. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or Director of Children, Youth and Families, Joel Morien, at ce@firstpresgreenbay.org or call 920-437-8121.

A Call to Service

Decons
Elders

“There are varieties of gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them. There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served…Together we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.”

These words, taken from the service of ordination and installation in the PC(USA), are a reminder of our calling to service in the church. This is the time of year when our Deacons and Elders complete terms of service and begin new ones.

With many thanks to outgoing Deacons Connie Early and Jean Jacky and outgoing Elder Amy Wittman, we are pleased to welcome new Deacons Kevin Kabacinski and David Young and new Elder Bobbi Holl to service! Joining them are returning Deacon Sara Bostedt and returning Elders Joe Bruette and Lisa Olson. They have each served in various ministries prior to this term and bring a wealth of experience to their roles. The Session has set the date of Sunday July 10, 2022 for their ordination and installation in worship and they begin their service officially at the scheduled July meetings of the respective boards. Please take a minute to thank them all for their willingness to serve and keep them in your prayers as they lead us.

Pentecost Sunday 2022

Pentecost Sunday

“Pentecost” comes from a Greek word meaning fiftieth day, as it falls fifty days after Easter. On this day, the Holy Spirit came with wind and flame, empowering the disciples to proclaim the good news of the risen Lord to all people. Pentecost falls on June 5th this year and we are going to celebrate the coming of the Spirit with wind, flames and the sacrament of communion!

The Worship Committee has planned some special decorations for the Sanctuary and some creative elements in our service to add to our celebration. Please plan to wear red, orange or yellow to worship that day and join in the fun as we get fired up about the Spirit!

We hope you can join us for Pentecost Sunday in-person or virtually via our Facebook livestream.

Welcome Aubrey Elizabeth

Aubrey Morien

On May 1st we welcomed Aubrey Elizabeth Morien into our family of faith through the holy sacrament of baptism. Aubrey, the daughter of Joel and Brittany, is three years old. She’s known for being fun, energetic, loves playing, spending time with her parents and especially loves baking with Grandma.

Aubrey is enthusiastically looking forward to participating in the next Sunday School year. We saw the excitement in her as she prepared for baptism and became part of the conversation with the grownups.

In our faith, we recognize baptism as signifying the spirituality that’ll be there for Aubrey as she grows and as a community of the faithful, we’ll foster her spiritual upbringing as she walks the path toward confirmation. Aubrey’s baptismal sponsors are Brandon and Kaylie Heider, and Ashley Rabe. The Morien family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support as they walk forward with Aubrey on their family’s journey of faith.

New member lunch and conversation

Welcome New Members

You have been attending worship for months, maybe even a year… you know plenty of people, some of them by name… you participate in Bible study or serve coffee fellowship or act as greeter or usher… why should you join the church?

Membership has its benefits, and we’d like you officially in the fold! Anyone interested in membership at First Presbyterian is invited to a light lunch and brief conversation with Pastor Katie following the fellowship time on Sunday, June 12th.

We will review the membership commitments in the Presbyterian Church (USA), our national denomination, talk about this church and its ministries, and answer questions participants may have. Please indicate your interest in attending by RSVP to office@firstpresgreenbay.org or call (920) 437-8121 by June 8th so box lunches may be ordered.

For more information, contact Pastor Katie at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or (920) 437-8121.