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.

Outdoor Worship and Potluck Picnic

Outdoor Worship

It was a loooooong hard winter for many of us, and we are ready to send it packing. BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair! and join us on the front lawn for a special outdoor worship experience followed by a potluck picnic on Sunday, June 26th at 10:00 a.m.

It’s time to get the church out of the building and enjoy the beautiful summer weather while we can. If you have portable chairs, bring them along, but we’ll have some folding chairs set up from here as well. We’re planning to wheel a keyboard out the front door, do away with the screen and bulletins for one week, and show the neighborhood and community that we can cut loose a little bit.

After worship, hotdogs on the grill and side dishes provided by all of you—we’ll gather for a potluck picnic and fellowship time. Maybe even a game or two!

Please sign up on the bulletin board to help with planning and indicate what you might share for our meal. All are welcome—this is a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbors and relatives to come to church with you.

Fellowship Thanks

Fellowship and Faith

Thanks to our host volunteers, fellowship hour is happening and we’re back to socializing without social distancing.

THANK YOU to all our May hosts and for those who’ll host during the month of June. The summer hosting schedule is on the bulletin board so please consider host volunteering on a summer Sunday that works best for you.

Ask anyone who’s hosted – there’s nothing to it. You don’t need to make anything, don’t need to buy anything. Just set out prepackaged snacks, turn the coffee pot on and mix up some lemonade. When fellowship ends, put everything back in its place and lock up. Easy-peasy.

So, sign up soon before the best Sundays are taken and let’s keep on socializing over the summer without that darn social distancing.

Changes to Communion

Communion

As COVID numbers continue to drop in our area and more of us return to in-person worship, we are pleased to report that May brings a welcome change to the way we have celebrated communion for the past 18 months.

Worship Committee has recommended and Session has approved a return to our “regular” method of serving the sacrament. Instead of the pre-packaged elements that were picked up by individuals on the way into the Sanctuary, we will go back to real pieces of bread and filled cups in trays that will be passed along the pews during worship. A gluten-free bread option will also be provided.

We are grateful to the Deacons who prepare the elements, the Elders who will serve it, and the Deacons who clean everything up. Please be present for the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, May 1 as we celebrate the chance to return to the table together. (And no one liked the cardboard bread bits, anyway!)

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.

Through Artist’s Eyes: God’s Word on Canvas

Bible Study

Through Artist’s Eyes: God’s Word on Canvas is a new short-term Bible study that will begin on Wednesday April 27 and Thursday April 28 and runs for six weeks. The Wednesday group meets via Zoom at 6:30 pm each week and the Thursday group meets in person at 11:00 am each week.

For centuries, the Bible’s dramatic accounts have inspired artists to express the beauty, emphasize the power, and elaborate on the meaning of God’s Word. This study is designed to help people connect classic art to the Bible and then apply the truths discovered to their own lives. Together we will experience the artistry of six classic paintings while discovering and discussing the scriptural inspiration behind each one.

Each week’s lesson stands alone, so participants are welcome to attend as their schedule allows. There is no book to purchase, as each week’s paintings and scripture will be provided to participants in preparation for the lesson. These Zoom or in person gatherings will give us an opportunity to connect with one another and consider new insights into scripture and classical art. Please contact Pastor Katie Estes at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or by calling the church office at 920-437-8121 to indicate your interest and join in the study.

A Day to Celebrate Mothers

Mother's Day Service

There are many traditional celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have existed throughout the world over thousands of years but in our country, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day service of worship at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother died. Since then, the day has honored and celebrated mothers as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, mother figures and the influence of mothers in society. But the celebration began as a liturgical observance.

At worship on May 8th, we’ll celebrate mothers with a special women’s choir providing an anthem.

All women of any age are encouraged to join us for this one-time commitment. We will sing a simple and familiar song, so no experience is necessary. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday, May 1 after worship and on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8 at 9:15am. For more information, contact Jill Stenson at 920-857-8599.

We hope to see you there!

Christian Educator Appreciation Sunday

Christian Educator Appreciation

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 22nd when we’ll show appreciation for our amazing Christian Educators.

On that morning, we’ll be recognizing those who have organized, led or taught various educational programs and activities for children, youth and adults through the 2021/2022 program year including Sunday School, Bible studies, devotionals and Vacation Bible School. Faith development was made possible by the following members volunteering and giving of their time, talent, and treasures, so we extend a heartfelt thank you to:

• Brenda Hubbard
• George Hubbard
• Sara Bostedt
• Grace Estes Collins
• DeShawn Estes Collins
• Loni McCormick
• Bobbi Holl
• Nancy Siewert
• Joel Morien
• Katie Estes

These outstanding members were instrumental in cultivating and building faith which supports our efforts to achieve our mission of Inspiring All to Love and Serve with Christ.

Please join us as we celebrate and thank these leading Christian educators who’ve made such a positive impact with the children, youth and adults in our community of faith.