Worship Service May 28, 2023

This Sunday, May 28th, is the Festival of Pentecost. We wear colors of the Spirit – Red, Yellow or Orange and we celebrate the birthday of the Church with Acts 2: 1-21 https://bit.ly/3WzeLvN and a story sermon entitled “The Day When God Made Church.” Expect balloons, wind, fire, and much more! Jeff Verkuilen returns to play the organ for us, and our fellowship hour includes a birthday cake and ice cream.

Congratulations Class of 2023!

Congratulations Class of 2023

Graduation Sunday June 4, 2023

Join us on Sunday June 4th as we recognize during 10am worship this year’s high school graduate, Eric Sperduto, and award him a scholarship. The fellowship hour following worship will be a chance to congratulate Eric and continue the celebration.

Eric Sperduto
Eric Sperduto, 2023 Graduate

Eric graduated May 31st from Pulaski High School and has plans to attend UW-Platteville where he’ll study Mechanical Engineering.

Eric has received:

  • Platteville Renewable Merit Scholarship
  • Butch Reimer Memorial Scholarship
  • Ray Nitschke Memorial Scholarship
  • Pulaski Education Association Scholarship
  • College Ready Scholarship
  • Mike and Jean Berken Mathematics Scholarship
  • Red Raiders Sports Boosters Scholarship

While in high school, Eric participated in football, wrestling, tennis, track and field, concert band, wind ensemble, marching band, pep band, served as Officer/Editor on the yearbook and was Senior Class President. Eric also received numerous academic honors throughout his high school years.

Eric’s favorite high school memory was his first game starting on varsity football.

CONGRATULATIONS, Eric! Blessings to you as you continue your journey beyond high school!

Congratulations College Graduates!

We extend our love and congratulations to the following graduates of higher education programs this spring:

  • Elizabeth Paag graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources
  • Brandt Schoffelman graduated from Bradley University with an Engineering degree
  • Wyatt Stenson completed his Emergency Medical Technician certificate at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

(If there are other higher education graduates that we missed, please send information to the church office at office@firstpresgreenbay.org)

2023 Outdoor Worship and Potluck Picnic

Outdoor Worship

June 18, 2023

Potluck Picnic

We had such fun last summer, we’re going to try it again!

Please join us on Sunday, June 18th for a special outdoor worship service at 10am on our front lawn followed by a potluck picnic.

BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair! and claim a spot on the front lawn ready to sing, pray, clap, and laugh without the screen, bulletins, or organ!

This is an opportunity to get the church out of the building and enjoy the beautiful summer weather while we can. Bring your own camp chairs as well as a picnic side dish for our potluck lunch.

Hotdogs on the grill, condiments, plates and plasticware and beverages will be provided by our Deacons. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway to help with planning.

All are welcome—this is a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, and relatives to come to church with you.

Worship Service April 30, 2023

On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, our CE Director, Joel Morien, brings the word to us from John 10: 1-10 https://bit.ly/3L88eTf with a message “If You Can Be Anything, Be Kind.”

We welcome Steve Warner from JOSHUA to present a Minute for Mission as well. We will receive a special offering to support our Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides help in the form of gas cards, rent and utility assistance and more to members and neighbors in need.

May, 2023 – Composing a Legacy Workshop

Gestures of Generosity

How do we tell the story of God’s grace and love—not just today, but for generations to come?

We have been blessed with many special gifts and estates over the years of our history in this church, and our endowment provides a great support to who we are and what we can do together in the kingdom.

We have set aside Sunday – May 7, 2023 as a time to focus our attention and intentions on legacy giving, from wills and bequests to life income plans that will benefit this church for generations to come.

The Rev. Kyle Nolan, a Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, will be with us on that day to preach and lead a workshop after the 10 am worship service offering tools to help us craft our faith legacy. He will cover topics including donor advised funds, charitable trusts, retirement accounts and more.

A luncheon will be served following the Fellowship coffee hour for all who wish to attend this workshop—please make your reservation by signing up on the bulletin board or calling the church office at (920) 437-8121 by May 4, 2023.

Pentecost Party: Happy Birthday to the Church!

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday – May 28, 2023

The Festival of Pentecost is probably the least-known of all the church holy days. It occurs 50 days after Easter, marking the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit.

Will there be gusts of wind, flames dancing over our heads, doves descending from on high, unknown languages emanating from our mouths? Who knows?! What we do know for sure is that Pentecost has become known as the official birthday of the Church, the time when the disciples and others understood their charge to go out and preach, teach, heal and make disciples of all nations.

So we’re going to have a birthday party! Join us on Sunday, May 28th in worship at 10 a.m. and following worship during the fellowship hour for a grand birthday party.

All are welcome—no presents, just your presence!

New Bible Study begins in May, 2023

Bible Study

The Bible looms large over our culture. It has been the impetus for both much good and much terror. Most of us learned certain Bible stories as children and may not have moved on from those teachings or understandings.

Think about the story of Noah and the flood, or Jonah and the whale, or the sacrifice of Isaac—they all were probably part of the formation of your concept of God. Then think about Zacchaeus up in the tree, or some of the tricky parables, or all the healing miracles—those were probably part of the formation of your concept of Jesus. But might we read those stories through a different lens now, as adults?

Bible Stories for Grown-Ups: Reading Scripture with New Eyes by Josh Scott is our new six-week Bible study which begins on Wednesday May 3 and Thursday May 4. Come join us for this six-week study if you are ready to consider how to take these stories seriously but not literally.

Groups meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. online over Zoom, or Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. in person at the church. No matter how much you know or don’t know, you are welcome to join us in prayer and study together! To purchase a book for $10, contact Pastor Katie at (920) 437-8121 or email kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org.