Worship Service April 7, 2024

Please join us for the Second Sunday of Easter 10am worship service when we celebrate communion. Our readings are Acts 10: 34-43 https://bit.ly/3vJI2L2 and John 20: 19-31 https://bit.ly/415gDOg and Pastor Katie will preach on “Locked In or Locked Out”.

Easter Sunday Worship Service March 31, 2024

Join us to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ! Our worship service will feature a brass quartet, our adult choir, and a “flowering of the cross”. Pastor Katie will focus on the story of Easter from Mark 16: 1-8 https://bit.ly/3xgklKP with a first-person narrative called “Fearful Glorious”.

Augusta Jeffrey 2024 Awarded

Augusta W. Jeffrey Rcognition Award

Awarded April 21, 2024

The Augusta Jeffrey Award was established in 2004 by the family of long-time member Augusta Jeffrey to recognize a member of First Presbyterian for outstanding volunteer efforts and service in our church. Areas of service may include: Mission, Worship, Member Care, Christian Education, Administration, and Evangelism. Nominations are gathered in the month of February every year and the recipient is chosen in March. The recipient receives a gift of $600 from the fund established by the Jeffrey family that is allocated to an area in the church chosen by the awardee.

On Sunday, April 21st during worship, the 2024 Augusta Jeffrey Award will be presented to Becky Christianson. She was nominated by several Session members who noted her exemplary service as Clerk of Session for the last two years. She takes the minutes of each meeting and keeps the meetings on track with her knowledge of the Book of Order and Robert’s Rules of Order. She has also taken on the clean-up and rewriting of many church policies and procedure manuals, in light of recent mandates from the denomination. Becky does it all with attention to detail and dedication, but also a light heart. While much of her volunteer work is behind the scenes and not visible to the whole congregation, we all benefit from her commitment and diligence.

Thank you, Becky!

New Bible Study Begins April 10th and 11th

Esther's Feast bible study book cover

Esther’s Feast, a study of the book of Esther in the Old Testament, will be our final weekly Bible study for the program year.

Written by Patricia Tull, a professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the book of Esther is filled with contemporary themes of vengeance, violence, power, and racial and gender conflicts. Set in the ancient empire of Persia, it almost reads like a fairy tale, drawing us into its extravagantly dangerous, darkly funny, sharply satirical, and yet breathtakingly poignant world of intrigue. It is most unusual among books of the Bible in that God never appears nor is even mentioned in our modern text.

Join us for this six-week study of an ancient story that is surprisingly current. The study book is available as a download for your tablet or may be printed by the church office.

We will meet on Wednesday evenings via Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30pm or on Thursday mornings in person at the church from 11:00am to noon, beginning on April 10th and 11th. Participants may switch back and forth between meetings as needed. See Pastor Katie for more information.

Griffin String Quartet Plays In Worship

Griffin String Quartet

Sunday – April 14, 2024

The Griffon String Quartet, who offer monthly free concerts in our sanctuary for the community and regularly use our space for rehearsal, are scheduled to play for our 10am worship service on Sunday, April 14th.

The Griffon is a full-time professional quartet who work and perform in Door County and Green Bay. They offer programs and lessons in schools throughout our area, and also play regularly for aging and disabilities institutions. Their stated goals are to educate, enrich and excite their audiences with the gift of old and new music. They will be playing multiple pieces throughout the service as well as accompanying some of our congregational hymns. This is their thank-you to us for providing the space for concerts and practices, and they are delighted to be with us for this special worship service.

Don’t miss it!

Who is that face in the pulpit?

Welcome

Two Sundays this month will bring us a different face and voice in the pulpit!

On Sunday, April 21st we welcome the Synod of Lakes and Prairies’ Director of Leadership Development the Rev. Dr. Deb DeMeester to preach for us after she leads the Session retreat on Saturday, April 20th.

Deb is a dear friend of Pastor Katie, a seasoned pastor in Presbyterian churches, and the director of Synod School.

The following week, April 28th, our own Ellen Smith will provide the sermon in worship after speaking for the Fourth Sunday Forum at 9:00am in the Fellowship Room.

We will be blessed by these wise and wonderful different voices. Don’t miss them!

Henri Holl Baptism

Henri Holl

Sunday April 21, 2024

Baptism, one of just two sacraments in our Presbyterian tradition, is always a blessing as we welcome a new person into the family of God.

Last month we had the opportunity to baptize Lydia Morien and this month we will baptize Henry Holl on Sunday, April 21st.

Henry will be just over five months old at his baptism, and his loving big brother Peter will stand with proud parents Bobbi and David along with extended family and friends for this special occasion.

Look how much he’s grown since his first attendance at church five months ago (pictured here)!

What a blessing!

Worship Service March 24, 2024

We begin Holy Week together with Palm/Passion Sunday. Palm branches are ready for the parade and our children will sing a special prelude song. The adult choir will also sing an anthem. Our gospel lesson and sermon will be a congregational reading of the Passion narrative from the gospel of Mark with special voices taking certain roles.

Seven Last Words Of Christ Video

Please join us for Midsummer’s Music Concert when they present Franz Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, featuring the legendary Pro Arte Quartet, along with respected local clergy and community leaders.

Haydn’s masterpiece was commissioned in 1786 by Father Don José Sáenz de Santa María for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de las Santa Cueva in Cádiz, Spain. Originally an orchestral work, Haydn adapted it in 1787 for string quartet. It focuses on the biblical account of Christ’s crucifixion and explores each of Christ’s seven last words through seven sonatas. While the first sonata begins slowly, the final sonata is a vivid musical depiction of the earthquake described in the Gospel of Matthew.