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Northeast Update - Early May 2017 
Something Worth Considering
In the current issue of "Generosity," an American Baptist stewardship newsletter,  Rev. Stacey Emerson, Stewardship Facilitator, quoted from a presentation by Simon Sinek several years ago:  "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." Most of us, including churches, operate from a place of "what" we do, not "why" we do it. We need to explore the questions: Why has God been faithful to this community of faith? Why does our unique congregation exist? Why is it important to us individually? Why is it important to our community? Our collective generosity works and transforms the world because of our "why" more than our "what" or "how."

From the Federated, Green Lake Anchor 

Around the Association

Fish Fry
two fish five loaves

Well, they're not fried, but the Spirit is there

May 5, 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Anchor
Community, Elkhart Lake


Rummage Sale
May 5 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
May 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Voted best in Door County!
Hope, Sturgeon Bay

Plant Sale
The Mission Board announces that the Perennial Plant Sale is on and underway - also the Food Sale scheduled for May 5 & 6. Pots will be out in front of the church. If you have a lawn ornament you wish to donate, we will be selling them.
Federated, Green Lake


Electronic Recycling Day
Help Keep Our Earth Clean
Fees May Be Charged
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Donations Accepted

Ebenezer UCC partners with EarthWise Recycling, LLC for our collection day

Item Charge
Monitors - glass not cracked $15.00
Monitors - damaged or no cases $45.00
Printers, fax machines, scanners $5.00
Copy Machines $10.00
tin robot

How much to recycle this guy?

Televisions - any size $20.00
Televisions - Projection $30.00
Televisons - dismantled or no case $45.00

Microwaves $5.00
Stereo Console $10.00

No Charge Items
 - Washing Machines and Dryers
 - Non PCB Light ballasts
 - Cords
 - Holiday Lights Vacuum Cleaners
 - Air Compressors
 - Fans
 - Small Appliances
 - Digital Cameras Camcorder with Accessories
 - GPS navigational Systems VCR and DVD Players
 - Satellite Dish and Satellite TV Receivers System Consoles and handhelds
 - Ninetendo, Sony, Sega, Microsoft Stereos
 - MP3 Players and IPods
 - Telephones and Cell Phones with batteries Battery back Ups
 - Keyboards, Mice, Ink Cartridges and Toners Computer Peripherals and other related equipment Laptops and Computers
 - all hard drives will be shredded
 - Dry Cell Batteries
 - Laptop, USP, NiCad, Lithium ion, Metal Ni Hydride (NO AA, AAA, C, D)

Ebenezer, Sheboygan

Serenading at Willowdale

Members of St. Paul's, Malone & Ebenezer, Chilton provide music for residents of Willowdale Nursing Facility in New Holstein. Click for more images.

Bake Sale
May 7th - Sunday School Heifer International Fundraiser (vote for
animals and Snack Sale) after worship from 11:15-12:00.

-Dress like your favorite animal!
Congregational, Neenah-Menasha

(omg send pictures!!)

Empty to Full Pans Return
First Congo will once again participate in a project to allow members to prepare food in their own home for Homeless Connections. Empty pans will be distributed to willing churchgoers. The pans will contain the recipe and shopping list to prepare and fill the empty pan with lasagna or a comparable dish.

It's simple:
  • Pick up an empty pan before Sunday, May 7.
  • Follow the simple grocery list and purchase the ingredients to make the dish (approximately $13).
  • During the week, prepare the simple recipe and fill the pan (it's so simple-no cooking noodles required).
  • Place the prepared pan in your freezer if possible (the refrigerator is OK too).
  • Bring the prepared pan to church on Sunday, May 7.
  • Enjoy the great feeling of using your gifts to nourish others!

Note: If you're unable to bring the pan back on May 7, please try to bring it the week before. It can be placed in the lower-level kitchen freezer. This makes transport and storage more convenient.
First Congregational, Appleton

Summer Worship

Grillin' and Chillin' With the Lord

Summer is a time when all of us like to get away from routine. We use the weekends to "get away from it all", and summer attendance in worship often falters.

This June, we are going to try something to make worship easier to attend, while still allowing our members and friends to get away for the weekend. On Wednesday evenings in June, we will hold "Grillin' and Chillin' with the Lord"!
Chillin_ and Grillin_

This, we should make clear, is NOT the Lord.

When weather permits, we will gather in the backyard of the parsonage for a cookout and informal worship. (When the weather does not cooperate, we will eat and worship indoors.)

A main dish will be provided, and those planning to attend are invited to bring chips, potato salad, or some other side dish to share. We will enjoy a cookout - style meal, and then spend some time in worship. The meal starts at 6:00 p.m., and worship will follow, with the intent that you can be on your way home by 7:00 p.m. Plan to join us for Grillin' and Chillin" on the Wednesday nights in June!
St. John's, Black Creek

Wednesday Worship

Beginning Wednesday, June 15th, we will be holding a worship service at 6:30 PM. This will be outside whenever the weather permits.
Peace, Brillion

Mental Health in Older Adults (Training)
Holding hands

Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton

$50 includes breakfast

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.        Registration, Breakfast, and Resource Fair
8:30 to 8:45a.m.         Welcome - Doug Bisbee
8:45 to 9:45 a.m.        Recognizing and Understanding Mental Illness among Older Adults
                                   Presenter: Art Walaszek, M.D.

9:45 to 10:00 a.m.      Break

10:00 to 11:15 a.m.    Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health in Old Age:
                                   A Portrait of Current Elders and Baby Boomer Elders-to-Be
                                   Presenter: Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D
11:15 to 11:30 a.m.    Wrap up, Certificate of Attendance, Evaluation

By the end of this session, attendees will:

    1.    Appreciate the importance of recognizing mental illness among older adults.
    2.    Describe the features of the psychiatric disorders most commonly seen in older adults, specifically, depression, anxiety, dementia, and alcohol use disorders.
    3.    List resources available to help older adults with the above disorders.
    4.    Know more about recent research on religion, spirituality, and mental health among elders.
    5.    Be able to identify challenges facing Baby Boomers coping with mental health issues as they age.
    6.    Be aware of research that recognizes spirituality and religiousness as mental health resources.

Dr. Art Walaszek is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). He is Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development, and Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. He oversees medical education in Psychiatry at the UWSMPH and chairs the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr. Walaszek's educational work has been recognized with a UWSMPH Dean's Teach Award and an ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, both in 2014.

Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Psychology of Religion and seminars on Dementia Studies. Dr. McFadden  retired from the University in June 2012 and works as a research consultant for the Fox Valley Memory Project (, which aims to create a "dementia-friendly community" in northeast Wisconsin.  She has published many papers on religion, spirituality, and aging.  Her most recent book (co-authored with her husband, John) is Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities (2011, Johns Hopkins University Press).

One More Thing
Small Is Big Again:
Reclaiming Small Church Ministry

The Parish Paper lifts up the fact that while megachurches receive much attention, they represent a small fraction of all worshiping communities in the U.S.  The current estimate is that of 330,000 congregations, only about .5% have worship attendance exceeding 2000, and two out of three Protestant churches have less than 100 worshipers in a typical week.

Countering the self-criticism that can demoralize small congregations, one congregation proclaims, "We're not just any small church.  We're the small church that's here!"

From the Southeast Association Shalom

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