June sure is busy for a relaxed summer month.

Northeast Update - Early June 2017 
UCC Clergy and Friends Brewers Game
No, this is the important part of the game.
Let's focus on the important stuff, people:

Thursday, June 22

Chef David Gaeth and I, Tim Perkins, would like to invite you to gather for prayer (and fellowship) at Miller Park on Thursday, June 22nd at 1:10, when the Brewers "faithfully" play against the Pirates of Pittsburgh.

The cost of the tailgate and a prime Loge Infield ticket is $30.00. (First Base side and in the shade). If you are interested, please let me know via e-mail at PerkDrews@aol.com or call or text at 414-403-0221.To reserve your ticket, please send a check for $30.00 made out to Tim Perkins and send it to my home address: 3245 N. 52nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53216.

Given how hot the Brewers have been lately, you might want to take this offer seriously.

Job Opening*

First Congregational Church, Oshkosh, is seeking a part-time Children and Youth Music Director. The position is available starting in September, 2017. A job description is available upon request from Jim Grine. Please e-mail resumes to: Jim Grine at james.grine@gmail.com, Rev. Nancy Taylor at revnancy@fccoshkosh.org, or call the church office at 920-231-7520.

*I'm often asked if we run job postings, and the answer is: yes! - Ed.
Around the Association
June is Dairy Month


Meat Day
Members and friends of the congregation are encouraged to help fill our food pantry freezer for the summer season by bringing a pound of ground meat on Sunday, June 4th. Please leave your meat in its original wrapper (per health department rules). Thank you! If you cannot attend worship on June 4th, please bring the meat in during office hours.
Church of Peace, Fond du Lac

Service Sunday
Join us June 4 for Service Sunday, a special morning of worship, community service and sharing for all ages. Ask a friend to join you and sign up together!

Help us complete projects in the community (like singing to residents at Brewster Village) or projects right here at First Congregational (making fleece blankets for Project NOAHH beds, offering a free car wash, or planting sunflowers to protect honeybees and our environment)! Participants will enjoy lunch at the church after completing their service projects.
First Congregational, Appleton

Blood Drive
June 12, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Pilgrim, Fond du Lac

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry Fundraising Bake Sale
June 17, Shawano Farmer's Market

We need your help with baked goods for the Farmer's Market. Suggested items include:
  • bars & cookies
  • yeast breads & rolls
  • quick breads (zucchini, banana, etc.)
  • homemade candy & fudge
  • coffee cakes
  • pies
Please, nothing with frosting!

You do not need to price items, but we suggest you consider putting them in small packages such as 1, 3 or 6 cookies. You might also consider cutting pies into individual slices, and making smaller loaves of bread.
Tri-Jo Parish

Emmaus Meal
St. Paul's will be serving at The Salvation Army on Saturday, June 17th. The menu will be hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, cake, milk, coffee and juice. Volunteers will be needed for the set up and serving at The Salvation Army on the 17th, as well as making cakes. If you can help or make a cake, please sign up on the sheets found on the table in the Gathering Area.
St. Paul's, Sheboygan


Groundbreaking for Church Addition
June 4, 9:00 a.m.
[We're sure it was fun for them! - Ed.]
Community, Elkhart Lake

Cross Quilt

Summer Quilting
Tuesday, June 6th is the first day of summer quilting. Kids 3rd grade and up are welcome to come during the day and either learn to quilt or work on projects they have already planned. Anyone new wishing to start this summer should let me know ahead of time. I will be in the quilting room at church by 9:30 a.m. and will stay until 3:00 in the afternoon.

Adults interested in learning to quilt may come on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00. I have kits available for learning to make log cabin blocks in a variety of colors and sizes for small square table toppers, table runners and several baby quilts. The prices include the fabrics for the tops, thread, use of a sewing machine, instruction, batting, backing and finishing. Last summer we had lots of fun on Tuesday evenings. Anyone working on the Quilt of Valor project is also welcome to come and sew a block on Tuesdays. Kits are on display in the narthex, if you see one you like we'll put your name on it and have it ready for you when you come to sew. Feel free to invite a friend.
St. John's, New Holstein

First Congregational's Social Singles "Chatters" meetings now take place on the second Thursday of each month. Join the group at 11:30 a.m. June 8 at Pullmans, 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton
First Congregational, Appleton

Father/Son/Men Brat Fry
The Father/Son Brat Fry is scheduled for June 11th after church services. We are looking for anyone to help with the planning, hopefully men. We have been discussing playing Dart Ball and Bean Bags. Does anyone know how to play Dart Ball or have the rules? Could this be something where we invite men from other churches to join the fun of years ago?
Bethel, Ada


Free Carnival
June 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Donations appreciated

Games - Food - Popcorn - Cotton Candy - Nachos - Hot Dogs - Face Painting - Balloon Animals - Bounce House - Friends - Fun

Everyone is welcome! Join us for a fantastic free day of fun, food, fellowship and festivities!
St. Paul's, Sheboygan

Men's Nite Out
Take Me Out To The Ball Game! On June 12  our group will gather at First Church for Tailgating and Fellowship. Then it's  off to the nearby Bullfrogs game (Joannes Park). This is always a fun event. All men and boys are invited to bring their gloves and favorite baseball shirt, but we need to know if you are coming (we will be pre-ordering tickets and serving food-we need a count). Besides we really want to know if you are coming so we can anticipate the fun you will bring to the evening. God Bless the God-honoring men of our church.
First, Green Bay

A Night of Music with John Contratto and Friends
June 19, 7:00 p.m.
Hope, Sturgeon Bay

Rummage Sales

June 17, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
First Congregational, Oshkosh

June 15-17 and 22-24, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
St. John's, Black Creek

June 16-17, as part of Doty Island Rummage Sale
Congregational, Neenah-Menasha

Outdoor Worship

Church outdoors_ get it_

Be sure to be part
of the best attended services of the summer! Once each summer month we meet in the beauty of the outdoors at our outdoor chapel. Bring your own lawn chair or use the church's folding metal chairs. Plan to stay for fellowship afterwards.

June 18:  Brat Fry
July 16:  Ice Cream Social
August 20: Blessings of the Animals
Congregational, Neenah-Menasha

A 9:00 AM service will be offered outdoors (weather permitting) in addition to the traditional 10:30 am service, still held indoors. A covering will be provided for shade. In the event of inclement weather, the 9:00 AM service will be indoors.
Hope, Sturgeon Bay

We will celebrate "Mossy Church" on Thursday, June 22!

Wait, what? Mossy Church, like its cousin "Messy Church," is a "fresh expression" of church originating in England. Its aim is to "find Jesus in the outdoors," or as one practitioner says,
Rather than putting on a service outside and using the created world as a tool for worshipping as we would have done indoors, [Mossy Church] seeks to join creation in its worship - appreciating with the senses, learning from nature through its seasons and exploring sacred traditions together.

We will hold Mossy Church services once a month in June, July, and August. At the June service, we will hold a picnic "Dinner Church" service beforehand, to make sure all tummies are full and ready to explore.

If you like alternative worship services, this is a night not to be missed! Put on your bug spray and join us June 22 at 6:30!
St. Paul's, Malone


Worth Thinking About

This comes from St. John's, Schwarzwald, but they're by no means the only congregation to have this discussion:

The Church Council is proposing a constitutional change. It is being proposed to move Confirmation to 9th grade and make it a one-year program. Currently, Confirmation is a two-year program in 7th and 8th grade. The reason for the change is...
  • Youth mature in their faith in different ways and at different ages.  This is most apparent in the middle grades (6th-8th).  Delaying confirmation instruction until 9th grade ensures our youth will be more mature emotionally and spiritually. 
  • Confirmation is a choice. In confirmation, youth choose to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, a member of the United Church of Christ, and a member of St. John's UCC. Delaying confirmation an extra year, ensures our youth will have a better grasp (based upon their maturity) of what this means and the vows they take.
  • An extra year ensures our youth will have more time to develop relationships with church members and continue involvement in the ministry of the church.
On Sunday, June 4th after worship; a time to ask questions about the constitutional change will be offered.  On Sunday, June 11th after worship; the congregation will vote on whether to approve the constitutional change or not.
Bethel UCC Ada
Bethel UCC Ada
  • An ecclesiastical council (hopefully successful) was held at Ebenezer, Sheboygan for member-in-discernment Kristal Klemme, Saturday, June 3.
  • Rev. Dr. James Klein began interim ministry at Bethel UCC, Ada on June 4.
  • Also on June 4, the congregations of St. John, Appleton, and Immanuel, Kaukana voted to continue their ministry experiment for another nine months, with periodic review. Rev. Gail Irwin serves both churches. Their agreement sets the expectation "that lay leaders will be recruited and trained in areas of visitation, liturgy and governance; worship order adjustments will be made as necessary; and both churches will have completed profiles which are aligned with each other."
One More Thing
From Rev. Colie Bettivia of Grace Congregational, Two Rivers:

I especially invite you in weeks ahead to find the box in the church Gathering Area and take home a Summer Thankfulness Kit (or, make your own). It is simply a beach ball and a Sharpie marker. Throughout the summer, make it a habit to find the things you are thankful for. Every 2-3 days, write on the beach ball something you are thankful for. These can be big things or small things. In the fall, on Rally Day (September 10th) bring your beach ball back to church so we can share in each other's joys and blessings together!

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