CROSSROADS NEWSLETTER
Greetings! we are pleased to present your 2019 January-February First Presbyterian Church of Green Bay newsletter!
"Food for Thought" by
Pastor Randy

 2019 MAP (Missional Action Plan)

First Presbyterian Church has a new focus statement for 2019: “We will build strong relationships with children and young families.”

We will provide a variety of ways to accomplish this so that members and their families can find opportunities that fit with their particular interests.

Carroll University Chamber Singers
January 2

Join us for a performance by the Carroll University Chamber Singers! They will be performing at First Pres on Wednesday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m. The premiere vocal ensemble at Carroll, Chamber Singers group is comprised of selected members of the Concert Choir and performs repertoire that focuses on more virtuosic vocal chamber music. Each December, the Chamber Singers produce the annual Madrigal Dinner, which has become a Carroll tradition. Chamber Singers performers also serve as the musical ambassadors for the Carroll choirs and travel throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on their annual performance and recruitment tour each January.
Christian Formation
The Faith of Generations
by Ben Menghini

After the rush of Christmas and New Year’s you might think that it is time for a break, but the Christian Education Committee is plotting new ways to be busy in 2019. We’re putting it all on the table, from the youth ski trip and special children’s classes, to mission and interfaith excursions and youth-led worship. The scope of our focus on children, youth, and families is so wide that we have asked all committees and members of the church to commit some of their vitality toward this mission.

Cozy Kids Campaign
January 1-31

Remember the drive to collect winter items for the kids at Tank Elementary School. First Pres aims to keep those kids cozy with a collection of hats, mittens, scarves, long underwear, jogging pants, jackets, snow pants, and boots - all of which can be gently used; as well as new underwear, socks, chapsticks, and tissues, and anything else that kids might need for the rest of the winter. Please place the items - by January 31 - on the table at the back of the sanctuary, we'll deliver them on February 1. Thank you!
Chancel Choir
January 6

The Chancel Choir rehearsals will begin on Sunday, January 6, at 8:45 a.m.

Any high school student or adult who would like to join this group should contact Bob Nickel for more information (920.493.0821 or roberthnickel@gmail.com.)
Welcome New Members
January 13
Cindy Fermanich
Ben and Blakeley Menghini
Melissa Peters
It will be our privilege and delight to welcome new members during the service on January 13. Joining our church family are: Cindy Fermanich, Ben and Blakeley Menghini, and Melissa Peters. We rejoice in their presence and the talents they bring to us. Please join us in making them feel right at home!
Sunday School Resumes
January 13

Sunday School will resume on January 13, and continue during worship through April 28. We do not have Sunday School the first Sunday of each month so that children can attend worship with their families and take part in Communion and Time with the Young Church. We will continue with the "All in One Sunday School" curriculum, which allows teachers to have children from age 4 through 5th grade in one class.
Youth/Family Ski Trip
January 25-26

The annual youth/family ski trip will be held January 25-26 and we hope you will join us!

Details are still being worked out, so watch our Facebook page and/or our website for updates. And let Loni McCormick or Bobbi Holl know if you are interested in attending.
Presbyterian Pantry
January & February Needs

For January, the Pantry volunteers are requesting donations of jelly and/or peanut butter, and for February, tuna. You can place them in the shopping cart in the narthex at your convenience. Don't forget, the Pantry can always use monetary donations as well! 
Souper Bowl of Caring
February 3

You could be the next Souper Bowl of Caring King or Queen of First Presbyterian Church by entering your favorite soup on Sunday, February 3 (Super Bowl Sunday)! Soups will be served and voted on during a luncheon after worship. Last year, the Souper Bowl of Caring raised $470 for the Pantry! Please consider entering your best soup and join us for our luncheon to support this worthy cause.
Unga Bunga Tribe 30-hour Fast
February 22-23

Again this year the Unga Bunga Tribe Youth Group will be completing the 30 Hour Famine. They will begin their fast at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22 and end with a simple break the fast meal at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. The youth are asked each year to raise funds to promote hunger awareness. This year the funds will be donated to the Presbyterian Pantry. Please pray for the youth efforts in fundraising and as they fast for 30 Hours.
Deacons at St. John's
February 23

On Saturdays, February 23 and April 13, the Deacons will be serving dinner at St. John's Homeless Shelter. We will need people to cut up and prepare food at 8:00 a.m. and 4 people to serve to meet at First Pres at 4:45 p.m. to load up food and head over to serve at St. John's.
Per Capita Payments Due
By March

Per capita exists as a way for all Presbyterians to share costs that belong to the whole church, to give meaning to the interdependent nature of the Presbyterian community.

Per capita is part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. It exists to allow the whole church to share equitably in those things that make us Presbyterian:

  • our theological identity
  • our connectedness
  • our system of mid councils that allow elders and ministers together to discern the mind of Christ
  • our ecumenical connections that make us part of the church universal
  • our core structures that keep us together as a church
  • our call to work for full participation in decision-making

Per capita allows us to work with other churches to further the mission of Jesus Christ around the world. Per capita in 2019 is $37.00 for every confirmed member of the congregation, and should be paid by this coming March.
Outreach Committee Thank you

Thank you to all of the generous people who made the Toy Shop a huge success again this year, in particular Jane. Thank you also to the Toy Shop and Pantry workers and Santa - your assistance is greatly appreciated.

The Prayer Basket tags were all taken, and we thank our First Pres members, families, and friends. Three families from Tank had a joyous Christmas.

You all have filled many hearts, and we hope those whom we were able to serve this year, had a safe and very blessed Christmas.
Christmas Eve Thank You

The Christmas Eve performance by the young people of "Crazy, Busy, Peaceful Holy Night", was most entertaining! Between the singing and the story-telling, the audience was entranced. Thank you to all who were involved.

The pageant was organized and produced by Mary Steeno, Jill Stenson, Amy Wittman, and Jenn Christensen. Congratulations on the success of all your effort and hard work.

Much appreciation to our performers for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service, including our organist for both services, Bob Nickel; brass quartet members John Nielsen, Mary Nickel, Bruce Deadman, and Richard Nocenti; flautist Teresa Schoffelman; pianists Shirley Schoffelman and Rose Schumacher; vocal quartet with brass members Mary Nickel, Teresa Schoffelman, Tom Schoffelman, Brandt Schoffelman, and Aaron Schoffelman; and members of the Chancel Choir. 
Reminder: Update your Pledge

If you are an online donor to First Pres, or if you would like to be, please take the time to review both your donation information, and your personal data. Log in on our website (www.firstpresgreenbay.org) under the "Giving History & Profile" option at the top of the page. First time donors should click the "Donate Now" tab.

If you've pledged a new amount to the Stewardship campaign, have a new email or home address, a new cell phone number, or new bank information, we want to make sure that we have the most current data possible.
Financial Report
January Birthdays
1st - Lyn Early, Toy Sisavath

3rd - Duber Aceituno

4th - Norm Heverly

5th - Julia Doenges

7th - Tom Escott, Sophia Salb

8th - Brianna Jimenez

12th - Julie Thomas

16th - Dayton Wellner

18th - Alex Bostedt, Nancy Wittman
19th - Vic Halloran

20th - Olivia Crooks

22nd - Stephanie Fahringer

23rd - Gabriela Jimenez

25th - Sandy Deadman, Theda Nero

26th - Iner Osgood, Elliott Stenson

27th - Thomas Schoffelman

29th - Aaron Schoffelman

31st - Grace Ann McCormick,
Thomas Steeno
February Birthdays
2nd - Abby Jansen, Amy Wittman

4th - Susan Rietz

6th - Nancy Hedge

7th - Kristen Hedge

9th - Linda Higgins

11th - Lisa DeLeeuw

15th - Jody Sperduto

16th - Abigail Jackson
18th - Gifty Berko, Phillip Mikulsky,
Kaye Schimmel

20th - Amanda Jackson, Lauren Olson

22nd - Morgan Siewert

24th - Cindy Bayless

25th - Kayla Jones

26th - Sara Dietzen

28th - Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges
Save the Dates for Lenten Study
March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17

We will have a Wednesday night Lenten study on March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, and 17 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Room. The Lenten study will be determined and materials available prior to the start of the study.