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

Separation Ethics

It has been my joy to serve as your pastor for the past eleven years. As we both transition into new realities, it is my responsibility to let you know about the Presbytery’s “Separation Ethics.” Basically, friendships continue but pastoral responsibilities do not. The Presbytery’s policy includes the paragraphs that follow. I ask you to read this carefully and understand that it is my intention to follow this policy faithfully.

CJ Olson Deployed
CJ Olson has been deployed, so please keep him in your prayers. He is an Optics Specialist in the Marine Corps. If any member wants to write to him, please inquire at the church office to get his mailing address. We're sure he would appreciate it.

We are sending thou ghts of safety to you CJ, and to all of the Armed Forces members serving with you. Thank you all, most sincerely, for your service!
Christian Formation
Place and Memory, Time and Celebration
by Ben Menghini

First Presbyterian Church of Green Bay has had a lot to celebrate this Spring. On April 6 and 7 Kaylee Blade, Natalie Garthwaite, and Eli Solper took our Lord’s Table training and received their new bibles in worship. Three people took part in our new member class on April 14, and their membership will be celebrated in May. Lent came to a close and on Easter Sunday we rejoiced in Christ’s resurrection. On April 28 our youth led our worship service, accompanied by the Dixieland band. Soon we will be celebrating our teachers and group leaders, recognizing our graduating seniors, and saying thank you and farewell to Rev. Randy and Ann Argall.

Welcome New Members &
Thank You Teachers!
May 5

Please join us as we welcome new members to our First Pres family on Sunday, May 5! Also on Sunday morning we will celebrate all of the teachers in our congregation who help us to grow in faith and knowledge throughout the year. New members include:
Joe & Brooke Bruette
Natalie, Louis, Samuel, & Vivian Bruette
Jacki Jensen
Ken Medema Concert
May 11, 7 pm

Join us on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. for very special concert featuring Ken Medema, and benefiting Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Mobilepack! $10 cost per adult (18 & under are free) will all go to FMSC. For four decades, Ken Medema has inspired people through storytelling and music. Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind. His ability to capture spirit in word and song is unparalleled. Get more information and purchase tickets on our website. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Mother's Day/Rose Sale
May 12

On Sunday, May 12, there will be a special Mother's Day service including a performance by the Choir singing an anthem with Ken Medema, followed by a sale of beautiful roses, and coffee fellowship. The $5 cost of the roses will benefit Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack again this year, so bring your Mom or other special lady in your life, and treat her to some wonderful music, flowers, and fellowship. (And put the dates of the 2019 Mobilepack on your calendar - October 7-10!)
Women's Dinner for Ann
May 14

All the women in our congregation are invited to join us for a special "goodbye" dinner with Ann Argall on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at 1951 West. 

1951 West has a pasta bar on Tuesdays so you create your own dinner, but you will also be able to order off the menu. Look for a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.
Presbytery Meeting Here
May 18

The Presbytery meeting will be held at First Pres Green Bay this year on Saturday, May 18 from 9 am to 3:30 pm with the theme of Worship. The meeting will begin at 9 am with coffee, and will include lunch as well as worship featuring the Griffin string quartet! Workshops will include one on music led by Bob Nickel.
PW Scholarships
Due by May 31

Graduation is soon upon us, so it's time for the graduating seniors who plan on continuing their education to apply for the Presbyterian Women scholarship. Mary Barlament will be bringing applications to church on Sundays or you can email her at  ltmbe@hotmail.com  or call her at (920) 562-5081 to request one. All applications must be submitted by May 31 .
Presbyterian Pantry
May & June Needs

For May, Presbyterian Pantry volunteers are requesting donations of Jello, and for June, noodles. You can place them in the shopping cart in the narthex at your convenience. Don't forget, the Pantry can always use monetary donations! 

Update: Liliana Ramirez, the educator from UW-Extension who works with our guests on learning more healthful, cost-saving ways of spending their limited food budgets, gave us an update from the April 23 Pantry: A participant shared a testimonial about why she comes to the Nutrition session. "In last 6 months instead of buying a bag of chips for $3, I buy a bag of apples or oranges or bananas and very little candy. This short class has been very helpful." Great job Liliana! She also shared the following guest demographics. Sex/age: 15 females and 5 males 18–59 years, and 3 females and 2 males 60 years or older; Ethnicity: 20 non-Hispanic/Latino, and 5 Hispanic/Latino; and Race: 13 white, 7 Native American or Alaska native, and 6 black or African American.
Pastoral Reception
Sunday, June 9

Following worship on Sunday, June 9, there will be a reception in Banner Hall for Pastor Randy and Ann. Please indicate on the sign up sheet in the hall if you'll be able to attend.

Mark the date and watch for more details to follow...
Graduates Recognized
June 16

Join us as we celebrate high school gradua tes Sophia Sperduto and DJ Young on Sunday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. in worship and during coffee hour. Congratulations Sophia and DJ - you will soon be seeing the results of your hard work and graduating from your respective high schools! (Watch for an email blast with more information about our graduates.) Join us on Sunday, June 16 to help celebrate their accomplishments!
Sophia Sperduto
Pulaski High School
DJ Young
Green Bay West High School
Seymour Neighborhood Picnic
Saturday, June 22

We are again collaborating with the Seymour Park Neighborhood Association, Green Bay Police, Fire, and Parks & Rec Departments, along with other churches in the neighborhood to sponsor a picnic at Seymour Park on Saturday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Grilled burgers, chicken breasts, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and there'll be activities and games for the kids, and more. We need people to bring chips and cookies; help with grilling (at 10:00 a.m.); as well as help set up tables and chairs, which means bringing them from the church and setting them up at Seymour Park, as well as taking them down after and bringing them back to the church. Please sign up on the bulletin board at church if you are able to help - we really need you!
Softball Team
Who's Missing?

YOU are! The co-ed softball team is looking for a few members - are you interested?

Contact George Hubbard or Loni McCormick if you would like further information. This is great way to have fun, get a little exercise and enjoy the company of other members of our church and other area churches.
Congratulations to
Kirke & Beth Ryder  

We congratulate Kirke & Beth Ryder, who were named as the Augusta Jeffrey Recognition Award winners for their outstanding volunteer efforts within the Church and through its programs, in particular Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)!

They have designated their honor gift to go to the 2019 FMSC Mobilepack.
New in the Library

The Jesus Storybook Bible — Sally Lloyd-Jones (2007)
A new way to introduce children to the stories of the bible...
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (2010)
“If you love liturgy, this book is for you.
If you don’t know what liturgy is, this book is also for you.”
The introduction of Common Prayer immediately makes room for anyone to approach this resource
The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right — Lisa Sharon Harper (2016)
Lisa Sharon Harper has written a book about us...

Successful Pancake Breakfast  

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed pancakes served by the fellowship committee and our youth. We raised $577 toward the youth trip to Triennium! More photos on our Facebook page.
Christmas Surveys

Thank you to everyone who completed the Christmas Eve survey put together by the Worship Committee. The survey results did not indicate an overwhelming desire for a significant change to the current Christmas Eve worship services. In addition, during this time of transition, the committee feels it is in the best interest of the congregation to maintain the continuity of having the Christmas Pageant and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. Modifications will be made to the timing of the services to ensure that there is adequate time between each service. All responses and comments were carefully considered by the committee members, and once our new pastor is in place, the responses will be shared with that individual. Again, thank you to everyone who provided their input.
Financial Report
May Birthdays
1st - Cassandra Aceituno; Ross Early;
Karen Walker

2nd - Nathan Behnke

4th - Jane Bies; Laurie Schmitt

6th - Aaron Sperduto; Roy Yates, IV

7th - DeAndre Jones; Kelechi Omotoso

8th - Louise Lowery

9th - Melissa Peters; Rebecca Schmitt

14th - Jessica Yates

16th - Jonathan Anderson; Emily Belonge
17th - Hazel Petitt

18th - David Young

19th - Judy Exl; Richard Parkinson

22nd - Jo Leicht

23rd - Emma Laughrin

24th - Linda Christensen

26th - Debbie Mylener; Kolawole Omotoso

28th - Allen Collins

29th - Christopher Olson

30th - William Andersen; Nick Young
June Birthdays
1st - Connor Rowell

2nd - Jennifer Micallef

4th - Ben Menghini

6th - Deidre Rasmussen

8th - Kathleen Ford; Akinmayowa Omotoso

9th - Virginia Amen

10th - Trevor Gossen

11th - Brian Rasmussen

13th - Gene Stenson

14th - Kendall Batal
15th - Eugene Reynolds

17th - Loren Dunn

18th - Sophia Sperduto

20th - Hailey Hansen

23rd - Scott Wittman

24th - Ken Sann; Jennifer Solper

25th - Dennis Siewert; Ester Weise

28th - Peter Blashka; Leah Mott

30th - Yaw Berko; Keirstyn Batal
Dates to Remember:
Youth Triennium
July 16-20

The following will be headed to Purdue University, Indiana for the Youth Triennium: Hannah Bauer, Sara Bostedt, Ellie Gauthier, Katie Gauthier, Evan Hansen, Hailey Hansen, Aaron Schoffelman, and Ben Menghini. More details to follow, but plan on praying for them while they soak in the learning, conversation, worship, recreation, and fun!