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Northeast Update - Late June 2017 
Gonna take two weeks,
gonna have a fine vacation
Editor's note: While we will not be taking our case to the United Nations, we will be on vacation the next two weeks. The Update will return the week of July 16th. Hope you all avoid the summertime blues!
Around the Association

Picnic in the Park

Wednesday, June 28

4:00-7:30 p.m. Kiel City Park

Beef, pork, chicken sandwich, homemade German potato salad, beans, beverage, dessert

Sponsored by: St. Peter's UCC Mendelssohn Choir & Chapel Chimers

St. Peter's UCC Fellowship Hall will be used in case of inclement weather

Kiel Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 7:00 p.m.
St. Peter's, Kiel


Concerts

Marshall Cuffe in Concert
July 2 at 2 pm

Please join us as Lawrence University alumnus Marshall Cuffe presents a piano and organ concert, featuring Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty.' Free admission with a freewill offering taken.  Reception to follow.
Immanuel, Kaukana


The Gospellers
July 16 at 10:15 a.m. 

Our Music/Worship Committee is excited to welcome: The Wisconsin Conference UCC Gospel Choir - The Gospellers.  Bring your family, friends or neighbors as all are welcome!  Hope is located at 8950 Alpine Rd, Fremont - 920-446-2952.
Hope, Fremont
ice cream
Ice Cream Social Supper
Wednesday, July 12
4:00-7:00 p.m. Ebenezer UCC Chilton

Pulled pork (with or without sauerkraut) and grilled chicken breast sandwiches, German potato salad, coleslaw, calico beans, homemade pies, ice cream, and beverages. Carryouts available from 4:00-6:30 p.m.!

Hosted by: Ebenezer's Women's Guild

Ebenezer, Chilton

Summer Bible Study


All members of the Manitowoc Cooperative Ministry are welcome to join a Summer Bible Study which will be held for 7 weeks on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:000 a.m.in the Youth Room at our First Reformed campus. The study will be facilitated by First Reformed member, Bev Wallace. Those attending will learn more about the Bible and be able to renew relationships, too.  We plan to study "Seamless - Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story" by Angie Smith. The study provides an opportunity to look at the Bible as a whole.  There is a seamless thread from Genesis to Revelation. We often hear Scriptures explained in church school and on Sunday mornings with a grouping of verses, but don't know the whole context. This study will give us a time to think about the relationship to other verses and books of the Bible. There will be a video and study guide.  Sign-up sheets are available at each campus site.  Sign-up if you are interested and we will keep in touch.

Manitowoc Cooperative Ministry

Creation Stories
It's summer, a time Wisconsinites are usually happier to think about nature than in January or February. Thus, we have a number of creation ministry-related items to bring you:

Congratulations, First Congregational Church:
You Have a Green Team!


The Green Team had their inaugural meeting on Thursday, May 18th, and it was well attended by several interested members. We have taken an important first step toward acting on our congregation's commitment to care for creation.

In the meeting, we brainstormed ideas in many arenas of our life together, including building and grounds, hospitality, worship, education, outreach, and advocacy. Various committees and ministry groups: get ready! Members of the Green Team are hoping to visit your meetings soon in order to continue collecting ideas for ways to "green up" and align our practices with our values. Please start thinking about how the work YOU do for FCC could also contribute to care for this fragile earth which, along with the people in it, God has called "very good."

First Congregational, Oshkosh


Growing Power

Grace UCC's Earth Care Ministry is traveling to Milwaukee on Saturday, June 24th to tour Growing Power, a model for sustainable urban agriculture. Growing Power was conceived by Will Allen who received a MacArthur Genius Award for his very innovative concept of producing a lot of food in a small urban area while at the same time providing life long training for intercity youth.

This multi-layered farm converts 3,000 square feet into 5,000 square feet and is able to feed 10,000 people. In addition to many vegetables Growing Power produces honey, fish, goats and chickens, and nothing goes to waste because of the very efficient composting system.  No machinery is used, therefore no pollution, and the produce is consumed locally.
All are invited to join us to personally observe how Growing Power is protecting our environment and ministering to intercity kids and adults.

Grace, Two Rivers


Let All Creation Praise: A resource for congregations

Recommended by Pastor Nick Utphall of Advent Lutheran Church, Madison, this deeply rich traditional aspect of Christian worship has been too often neglected. So we not only want to offer you lots of resources and practices on many themes of celebrating worship with creation, but to hear back from you.

"Let All Creation Praise" offers resources for congregations to celebrate God's love for creation, to worship God with creation so as to reconcile and restore our human relationship with the rest of nature, and to foster love and care for God's whole creation. We also provide resources to celebrate a "season of creation" or "creation time" in the church year.

We have traditionally done worship focusing on our human relationship with God and our human relationships with each other. Now we need to fill our worship also with elements of God's relationship with all of creation and with our human relationship with creation (and with God in creation). Here are some suggestions for how to integrate creation-care into your worship--all worship services. The idea is to include appropriate references to creation at the beginning, middle, and end of each service, along with other references throughout. Incorporate some of these changes on a regular basis.

    Step One: four key moments that help to structure every worship service.
    Step Two: Each week incorporate creation-care into other elements in worship
    Step Three: Bring the presence of nature in your sanctuary
    Step Four: Green the practices related to worship

Please share this with worship leaders in your congregation.

Wisconsin Council of Churches
Mossy Church
Mossy Church at St. Paul's, Malone
Faith Family Fieldtrips

The idea is to provide a fun, faith-filled time for fellowship and learning at a time that works for a breadth of households. And just because these FFF are replacing VBS, don't think they're just for kids! Everyone is invited to come together to eat, and think, and pray, and play.

This inaugural year, we've taken on a nature theme - celebrating God's gifts of earth, water, and fire!

On the third Thursday of every month this summer, we will gather in a different location for a simple meal and faith formation, followed by FUN. This month, join us at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 as we celebrate God's gift of dirt and earth and then a naturalist will introduce us to some of the wild animals who live at the sanctuary.

Union, Green Bay

Mossy Church



Annual Outdoor Worship & Glorified Brunch
July 9
1000 Island Environmental Center

Worship is at 10:15 a.m. with Brunch to follow. Our friends at St. John UCC will be invited to join us.
 
Please bring your family & friends, $1 per adult and/or child payable for use of the Pavilion, lawn chairs for worship hour, and a salad or dessert to pass.
 
MENU will be similar to last year--You will be able choose ham sandwiches with dessert, etc. OR enjoy a breakfast type treat with coffee cake, summer sausage, crackers, etc. (Either way tableware & beverages will be supplied). There will be a FREE WILL offering.

We Promise You an Inspiring Worship And A Tasty "Glorified Brunch".

Immanuel, Kaukana


New Hope Circle Garden Center Adventure & Brunch
June 20

 We will meet at church at 9:00 a.m. and organize carpools. We'll go to Stein's Garden & Gifts in Appleton to investigate what they have, and then go off to brunch at the International House of Pancakes.

EVERYONE is welcome (yes, men, that means you too!)

Tri-Jo Parish, Cecil

[Okay, so maybe these last two aren't exactly creation care. Close enough-Ed.]
Transitions
Ecclesiastical Council for Beth Petzke
Saturday, June 24 3:00 p.m.

Come support Beth as she takes the next step toward becoming an ordained minister in the UCC. At 3:00 pm in our FCC sanctuary, members of local UCC churches will gather to ask Beth theological questions to discern her preparedness for ministry. All are welcome! A time of fellowship will follow in Lucas Hall.
First Congregational, Sheboygan
St. James_ Cleveland
St. James, Cleveland
Open House Honoring Rev. William Kesting
June 25, 2017 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Join in the fellowship and snacks to celebrate one of God's faithful servants as he enters "retirement" from his ministry at St. James and St. Mark's.

St. James and St. Mark's, Cleveland

Writer's Retreat
August 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. -
August 10, 2017 3:00 p.m.
Marywood Spirituality Center
3560 U.S. 51 N Woodruff, WI 54568

The life of a writer can be isolated and full of distractions. Despite the persistent desire to engage in the creative work of the Spirit, life's demands get in the way of putting words on paper. Here's a chance for you to experience discipline and supportive community so you can develop as a writer and breathe life into your projects.

Coming to this writing retreat on beautiful Trout Lake means you are guaranteed time away from your daily distractions to focus on your writing. Plus you will be able to tap at your keyboard along side others who value the craft, who have felt the struggle, and believe they will benefit from working among community. In addition to solid writing time, participants can expect community gatherings, shared contemplative prayer and opportunities for socials, writing workshops, and recreation such as kayaking and hiking in the Northwoods.

Call 715-385-3750 to register before July 14th.

$495 for a shared room and all needs. $595 for a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $275. $50 cabin discount if you register and pay in full by June 15th.

We hope you can make it!

Cheers, Julia Walsh, FSPA
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