CROSSROADS NEWSLETTER
Greetings! we are pleased to present your May 2021
First Presbyterian Church of Green Bay newsletter
New Bible Study Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
 
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm & Thursdays at 11 am

We’re happy to share with you that Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks is our new six-week bible study! Our study will be virtual on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or on Thursday mornings at 11:00am. Log in each week and bring an openness to recognizing a new attitude of gratitude in and around you. Together with Pastor Katie, we’ll watch a 10-12 minute video followed by discussion and prayer. There is no book to buy and read, no homework to do, just an open heart to receiving the Word. Together we will explore practical suggestions for reclaiming gratitude in our lives. Join us to discover how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to a greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.
 
You may attend either group and may even switch back and forth between groups as your schedule requires. Every week we’ll view a new video clip, each conversation will take us to different places and prayers. Share the link with family or friends – all are welcome!
 
Wednesdays 6:30 pm Gratitude study group https://bit.ly/3szPdOn
 
Thursdays 11:00 am Gratitude study group https://bit.ly/3v7bYLi
Questions & Answers
by Committee
 
The Communications & Marketing Committee have determined a questions and answers feature for our newsletter will be a great tool to communicate the behind-the-scenes wheels in motion. In the format of three questions and answers from a particular committee, we hope this will give everyone a bit more insight into what each of our committees do. This month the Building and Grounds Committee shares insights:
 
Q #1. What is one of the most important (or urgent or vital) tasks the committee has set for itself this year?
Our committee is small but effective. Just recently it has come to our attention that the roof over the sanctuary needs to be replaced. This isn’t an overnight project physically or financially. The upgrades will require a lot of our energy. How soon we’re in the position to do this remains to be seen. It’s our understanding sometime this fall is our goal because before the snow falls it’s a must. Upkeep of the building is our number one priority. Our lead building groundskeeper, Mary Belanger, shared her thoughts, “We’re here to keep the building rocking and looking good. My job is to keep it looking nice inside and out. It's very rewarding to be part of the process.”
 
Q #2. What has been different for your committee because of the pandemic?
Although the pandemic has affected all of us in some way or other, the Building and Grounds Committee is fortunate to be able to continue meeting in person at the church. We always social distance during our meetings and this is possible in part due to less traffic in the building. Sanitization has always been a priority but as with everyone today, it’s obviously heightened to new levels for all of us with this new normal.

Q #3. What would you like to say to the rest of the congregation?
Online worship has been wonderful for those watching with our Facebook Livestream, but we are all looking forward to returning to in person as we used to do. With the vaccine, we’re delighted by the possibility that we’ll be able to worship together in person. Our new normal may not look like our old normal but the Building and Grounds Committee will be doing everything we can to help the church evolve to being fully operational again.
Do you have Questions / Concerns?
 
As Covid-19 vaccines roll out and restrictions in some areas begin to lift, we all have questions about when everything will “go back to normal” here at church. The Worship Committee continues to monitor all guidelines and advice available as they plan for worship services, and the Session is ultimately responsible for decisions regarding the use of our building and keeping everyone safe. If you have specific questions or suggestions regarding any of this, the most appropriate place to communicate those is directly to the Worship Committee. Please contact Amy Wittman in person, by email at awittman3473@gmail.com or by phone at
920-737-7717. 
This Monthly Newsletter is for you –
Tell us what you think!
 
We’re pleased every month to communicate the First Pres news, updates and insights for our community. But this Newsletter isn’t about us telling you snippets we think are important for you to hear, this Newsletter is about communicating useful and helpful information that’s important to YOU.
 
Please take a few minutes and let us know what you think!
 
Tell us what you like, what you could do without and what you’re looking for that’s not in our Newsletters right now. We don’t want to clutter your mailbox with information that’s not useful or important to you. (We all get enough of that don’t we?)
 
Your feedback can be by email to communications@firstpresgreenbay.org or with our online survey.
 
Thank you in advance for taking the time to let us know!
Remember the Pantry when you order from Amazon!
 
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Presbyterian Pantry of Green Bay Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs &
Features
3. Select "Presbyterian Pantry of Green Bay Inc" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the
mobile app 
Scouting for Food
 
In early April, Boy Scouts in the Bay-Lakes Council distributed bags to people in communities around Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan as part of the council's "Scouting for Food" event.
 
Scouts dropped off the bags, and residents then donated non-perishable food items that the Scouts picked up the following week.
As part of the Brown County Food and Hunger Network, Presbyterian Pantry was one of the recipients of “Scouting for Food”. Thanks to the generosity of our local community, Pres Pantry received over $800 of donated food. Members of both First Pres of Green Bay and First Pres of DePere gathered to sort & shelve the donated nonperishable items. Thank you to everyone who made “Scouting for Food” possible!
United Healthcare Caring Cuisine Club
 
A warm THANK YOU to United Healthcare Caring Cuisine Club for funding $500 of groceries to Presbyterian Pantry! Our shoppers maximized this gift by doing the legwork to each and every grocery store in our community - $31 bought 100 containers of yogurt at one store. Thank you again for your generous contribution and support of Presbyterian Pantry's Mission of providing food for hungry people in our community regardless of age, sex, race, health, religious affiliation, or economic status. 
Presbyterian Pantry
May Needs
 
For May, the Pantry volunteers are requesting donations of jello. At your convenience, you can place donations in the shopping cart in the narthex. And don't forget, the Pantry can always use monetary donations as well! The May dates of the Pantry are Tuesdays, May 11th and May 25th from 10 am to noon. 
Financial Report
May Birthdays
1st – Cassandra Aceituno, Ross Early
          Karen Walker
 
2nd - Nathan Behnke
 
4th - Janette Bies, Laurie Schmitt
 
6th - Aaron Sperduto, Roy Yates, IV
 
7th - Kelechi Omotoso, DeAndre Jones
 
8th – Louise Lowery
 
9th – Melissa Peters, Rebecca Schmitt
 
14th – Jessica Yates
 
16th – Emily Belonge, Jonathan Anderson
 
17th – Hazel Pettit
  18th – David Young

  19th – Judy Exl, Richard Parkinson

  22nd – Jo Leicht

  23rd – Emma Laughrin

  24th - Linda Christensen

  26th – Kolawole Omotoso

  28th – Allen Collins

  29th – Christopher Olson

  30th – William Andersen, Nicholas Young

*** May Calendar ***