CROSSROADS NEWSLETTER
Greetings! we are sending a REVISED June 2020 First Presbyterian Church of Green Bay newsletter because of two errors (incorrect financials and a photo for the Horizon Bible Study article.) Apologies and thank you for your patience.
Another One-Month Newsletter

With the continued ongoing changes happening in our lives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that again, a one month newsletter will serve our purposes better at this time.
Letter to Congregation

Most, if not all of you will have received this letter already, but just in case...Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, such an uncertain time we live in. Government guidelines and orders change quickly making it difficult to know how to live safely and responsibly. Questions abound, with the most important ones for us being when will the church reopen and when can we worship together again.  Read rest of message here.

Self-Meditation

Session approved the very first phase of reopening the church with self-meditation time in the narthax. Beginning June 10 th , three meditation sessions per week will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, and Thursdays at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Each meditation time will last approx. 20 minutes, and up to 10 people can sign up to attend each session. Chairs will be set up six feet apart, and masks and the use of hand sanitizer will be required. We will have masks available if you do not have one. Entry will be through the election door only, and there will not be access to the office area. Contact Leah on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when she is in the office to schedule a time.
HORIZONS Bible Study

The new study from Presbyterian Women is entitled “Into the Light, Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament”. When the theme was introduced three years ago, it seemed an unusual topic, but that certainly has changed. The author, Lynn Miller, artist and author with a Doctor of Ministry degree, says “Weekly congregational worship rarely included opportunities to lament but perhaps it should. Lament is a proper liturgical response to the suffering and sorrow of the real world.” Stay tuned for more tidbits next month. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the study, please let Nancy Siewert know, 920-609-2051 or dennis1829@att.net. The cost is $10 and comes in large print as well. Nancy will place an order in early August.
Scholarship Application
Due by June 21

The First Presbyterian Church Continuing Education Scholarship is offered to any high school graduate, college student or individual who is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Green Bay who is pursuing continuing education courses. The scholarship will be awarded to qualifying applicants who have submitted their application on, or before, the deadline. Applicants must complete all items stated in application to be considered for the scholarship. All completed applications must be received no later than June 21, 2020 and can be sent, mailed, or given to Loni McCormick. Access scholarship application here.
New Pantry Procedures Continue
June 9 & 23

The Pantry will continue to operate during the pandemic, with changes in how the groceries are provided to our guests. The procedures will continue: everything will be pre-bagged and distributed at the entrance to the door on Howard St on normal pantry days (2nd and 4th Tuesdays, June 9 & 23 from 10 am to noon.) This provides for the least amount of person-to-person contact, as guests will pick up the bag(s) on the sidewalk table and bring them to their vehicles.
Pantry Request for June

For June, the Pantry volunteers are requesting donations of noodles. However, with the pandemic in mind, perhaps you would prefer to make a monetary donation. Checks sent to the office should be made out to Presbyterian Pantry of Green Bay, or donations online ( www.firstpresgreenbay.org) should have the Pantry noted as the fund to which you are donating. You can also support the pantry through Amazon Smile: Shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-3189239 and AmazonSmile donates to Presbyterian Pantry of Green Bay! Thank you! (Pictured is pantry volunteer Susan Lieber from First United Presbyterian in De Pere.)
First United Facebook Live Services Continue
Sundays at 9:45 am

Our friends at First United Presbyterian Church are continuing to conduct a “virtual” church service online. You can view the service in one of these ways:
Sunday & Thursday Fellowship on ZOOM
Sun. 10:15 am; Thurs. 6:30 pm

As we continue to find ways to connect safely,
we are happy to be able to provide a way to "get together" virtually, through the use of the ZOOM technology. As the meetings are scheduled, Connie will continue to send you an email blast outlining the dates, logins, IDs and passwords for the upcoming Fellowship Sundays at 10:15 a.m. and Devotional Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Beginning on June 11th, we will be having communion as part of our Thursday evening devotional time. Participants are asked to have their own communion elements (bread and juice) ready and Nancy Siewert will conduct communion. Those who don't have the ability to go online will still be able to call in with the information provided. We hope that you will join us for the next best thing to being able to gather in person. It is great to see people's faces! (Marj Krause Crowl is on the phone in the photo.)
ZOOM Sunday School
Final Sunday May 31

Immediately following our Sunday fellowship on ZOOM, we have scheduled online Sunday School sessions at 11:00 a.m. Children can continue their Sunday School lessons via the computer or smartphone. Once parents get the kids on ZOOM, the teacher will guide the half-hour meeting, with a prayer, an activity, a Bible story, and discussion and participation. Thank you once again to all of our Sunday School teachers!
Save the May 17 Email
Important Zoom meeting information

You should have received an email on May 17 with all of the participation links, IDs, etc. for all of the online meetings that First Pres is initiating on ZOOM. These links will be the ones that you will use for zoom meetings through the end of June. Please save that information as you will need it for each meeting. We hope to see you at multiple meetings, fellowship, and devotional events!
Feed My Starving Children

Please keep Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in your prayers, and please consider a donation through our church to FMSC if you are able: As a result of COVID-19, we haven't had any local or FPC fundraisers, and all mobilepacks and permanent sites have been closed until further notice. This means no meals are being packed by volunteers to feed the extremely malnourished children around the world. FMSC is trying to utilize other methods to pack food, such as automated mechanical means, but this is more costly, and requires donations. Please consider a gift. Thank you!
Pastor Nominating Committee Update by Bruce Deadman

T he Pastor Nominating Committee has been hard at work during this difficult time, and continues to feel very good about where we are in the process. Stay tuned for more developments!
Graduations

Congratulations to Aaron Schoffelman and Zach Wittman on their graduations from high school! A celebration will be coming in the future but with restrictions and schedules, we are still trying to determine what and when.
Vacation Bible School

With everything still up in the air, we are trying to determine what VBS might look like in August. More to come on that as decisions are made regarding reopening and resuming of larger gatherings.
Youth Group Meeting

This editor dropped into a recent youth group meeting being held on ZOOM and a nd got to talk to a few youth and then - surprise Peter joined us! Pictured are Loni McCormick, Bobbi & Peter Holl,  Zach Wittman , Eric & Sophia Sperduto, and Hailey Hansen.
Financial Report
June Birthdays
1st - Connor Rowell

2nd - Jennifer Micallef

4th - Ben Menghini

6th - Deidre Rasmussen

7th - Lucifer Phillips

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, Esther Weise

28th - Peter Blashka, Leah Mott

30th - Keirstyn Batal, Yaw Berko
*** June Calendar ***