Vacation Bible School 2022

Vacation Bible School

The Christian Education Committee is excited to begin preparations for our 2022 Vacation Bible School! Our theme this year is Heroes and our lessons will include learning qualities that make heroes what they are and how we can be heroes to others in our own life. We’ll explore the Armor of God, make our own hero, and learn to trust our hero. Each evening we’ll walk through scripture, activities, crafts, songs, and games. Our goal is to cultivate children’s young faith and inspire the heroes in all of us.

Bible School is led by members of our CE Committee and is open to children aged 4 through those who have completed fifth grade. Older children and youth are welcome to participate as volunteers. This year we have four fun-filled evenings planned from July 11 through 14. We ask that children are dropped off shortly before 5:30 so our light meal can begin at 5:30, and our evening ends with class concluding at 7:30.

This is an excellent opportunity for friends, neighbors, cousins, and grandchildren. Please spread the word to members and non-members alike, the more the merrier!

Registration is online only this year so Register now. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 6th.

To volunteer or for questions please contact our Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, Joel Morien, at (920) 437-8121 or ce@firstpresgreenbay.org

We look forward to seeing the children at VBS in July!

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.

Batter Up!

FirstPresGB Baseball

It’s that time of year when we prepare for our return to the field with our #FirstPresGB co-ed softball team. The season gets underway in May and ends with playoffs at the season end in late summer. The schedule will be released soon so stay tuned for that, but we’ll be playing at the same field we’ve been at for the last five years, Cornerstone in DePere. Our time of play will vary with each game on Sundays at 4:15, 5:45 or 6:30pm.

Men, women and youth age 14 and older are welcome to join the team! Practices are primarily getting together before game time and when it comes to the playing schedule matching up with your schedule, you play ball when you’re able to play ball. No commitment required.

If you’re not up for joining the team, volunteer field and plate umpires are always needed. No experience required. You just need to say – “you’re out”, “you’re safe”, “ball” or “strike”. It’s that easy!

So, mark your calendars for Sundays this summer to play, cheerlead or umpire our softball games. It’s a night of fun, fellowship and a little bit of exercise that you don’t want to miss out on!

For more information or to sign up to batter up or umpire contact George Hubbard by calling or texting (920) 680-1421 or email georgeahubbard@yahoo.com. See you at the ballpark!

Palm Sunday Brunch April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday Brunch

Please join us following 10 am worship on April 10 for Palm Sunday Brunch with a menu that includes:

  • Egg Bakes
  • Quiche
  • Muffins
  • Coffee Cake
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Assorted Cheeses
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Breakfast Sausages
  • And – fruit too!

A free will offering will be taken to offset the cost and the remaining funds will benefit the Youth Group mission trip this summer. 

To attend, please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway or send an RSVP email to office@firstpresgreenbay.org so we have an idea of how much food to prepare.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for fun, food and fellowship – we hope to see you at brunch!

Looking ahead to Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars for an amazing Vacation Bible School that will take place July 11-14 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. as we explore together the “Heroes” of our faith!

We’ll consider the armor they wear, their masks, the super-powers they have, and what role models they provide to us all. Perhaps we will even recognize a few heroes among us!

Kids from Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome, and youth are always welcome as helpers. Invite your grandchildren, family members, friends, and neighbors. All are welcome! Songs, supper, crafts, games, and so much fun are all in the plans—don’t miss it! For more information, contact our Director of Children, Youth and Families, Joel Morien, at ce@firstpresgreenbay.org or call 920-437-8121.

Synod School 2022

Synod School 2022

The 2022 Synod School will take place July 24-29 at Buena Vista University – Storm Lake, Iowa. It’s an opportunity for learning and personal enrichment experience for people of all ages that seeks to create an environment of hospitality, healing, and hope. The week is designed for laity and clergy, and individuals and fami­lies with classes and activities for adults, youth, and children.

Come…

To participate in a unique experience of Christian community as we worship, study, play, and live together;

To grow in faith through action, relationships, and a centering of the spirit;

For continuing education, for a special family experience, or for individual growth;

To take it all in, then return home to share and serve.

The 2022 Synod School theme is:

Experiencing Belonging

“…so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually, we are members one of another.” Romans 12:5

What does it mean to be a part of the body of Christ and to belong to one another? In the spirit of Christ’s community, we will walk through biblical experiences of belonging. Exploring the communities, we find member­ship within, we will discover how we can belong to one another and to Christ more fully.

To register or for more information, visit www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool. Contact Pastor Katie with questions at kestes@firstpresgreenbay.org or call the office at (920) 437-8121.

How we can help people in Ukraine

Pray for Ukraine

Resources from Presbyterian Mission

It is evident that the situation unfolding in Ukraine is rapid and everchanging. With the war shifting, many Ukrainian families have been forced to flee their homes in order to maintain their safety. With news outlets frequently reporting about the crisis, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to help those affected.

Here’s what Presbyterian Mission, a division of Presbyterian Church USA, says you can do:

GIVE

Donations can be made by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting “PDAUKR” to 41444, online at https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000156/ or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church USA with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line mailed to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

ACT

Download the Bulletin Insert and spread the word. You can also urge the U.S. government to support generous aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

PRAY

“May we undergird our prayers with tangible resources to help.
May we reach deeply, give generously, and welcome extravagantly.
May we lift our voices in a strong and unified advocacy.
May we all, even as we breathe in lament, breathe out mercy, hope and peace.
And in this Lenten season, when we walk the way toward death and resurrection, repent our complicity in cultures of violence and renew our efforts toward justice and peace.”

— Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Where Your Heart Is

Lent

A Lenten Devotional and Discussion Opportunity

A devotional guide for the season of Lent is available for the congregation at the back of the Sanctuary on Sundays and in the church office during the week. This weekly reading and reflection piece is appropriate for all ages and can be used by individuals or families.

The theme for our devotion is “Where Your Heart Is”, and is drawn from Jesus’ teaching about storing up our treasures in his Sermon on the Mount. Through this season we are invited to explore the treasures of our lives and wonder deeply about what really matters to us and what God would have us do about that. The devotional is meant to be colored in or doodled on, in response to prompts in the scriptures and reflections offered. It is not a coloring book per se, but an opportunity to respond and be drawn into a new way of prayer and reflection.

Each week of Lent, we are offering a time to gather with others who are using the devotional to share our experience and get encouragement from one another. We will gather every Sunday morning before worship in the Fellowship Room at 9:00am to share—please stop in when you can to join us! This is not intended as a class or lesson, but a time of mutual sharing. Bring your own coffee or beverage and connect with others who are committing to study and grow during this holy season of Lent.

Youth Group 30-Hour Famine

30-Hour Famine

Lent is an annual season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. This journey for Christians begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 weekdays to Easter.

This year our youth will be participating in a 30-hour famine. From Friday, March 18th thru Saturday March 19th youth will fast with water only. We encourage all members of the congregation to join us in fasting and reflection during this time.

Our hope during the 30-hour famine is to raise awareness and advocacy for the Presbyterian Pantry. Please prayerfully consider gifts of food or monetary donations to the Pantry in support of our famine cause.

We also ask that you help us spread the word to open our mission work to other youth in the community. If you have youth family, friends or neighbors in grades 6th thru 12th, please let them know an invitation is extended for them to join us for our Lenten journey.

Our fast and reflection begins at 1pm on Friday and that evening we’ll have a lock-in. Saturday we’ll continue our fast and focus our energy on service activities for the Pantry. The fast is broken when we break bread for our meal at 7pm Saturday evening.

Please join us on our journey and pray for our youth as they pursue their 30-hour famine.