Is anyone else praying for Aaron Rodgers this Sunday?

Northeast Update - Early October 2017 
Organ Chimes available

Saron UCC in Sheboygan Falls has a set of Deagon hanging organ chimes available for best offer.

If interested or if you have any questions, please call the church office at 920-467-6202.

Around the Association

Mission Trip
Five members of our Mission Committee prepared and served dinner (loaded potato and taco bar) for 35 people at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison. The shopping list included:
  • Potatoes-approximately 25.
  • 2 lb. Bacon
  • 4 lb. Shredded cheese
  • 2 lb. Sour cream
  • Chives
  • 4 lb. hamburger
  • 3 large tomatoes (garden grown)
  • Onions (garden grown)
  • Lettuce-one head
  • Grapes, strawberries and cut up watermelon for fruit.
And much more.

Thanks to all who participated and supported this mini-Mission trip!

St. Paul's, Malone

Mission Sunday 
What a wonderful October Mission Sunday we had last Sunday (October 15th). Seventeen people went to the Sheboygan County Food Bank to sort and package food. About 50 people stayed at church to package 17 Emergency Clean-up Buckets for Church World Service. Our buckets will help those cleaning up after floods and hurricanes. Each bucket is valued at $75 so that's $1,275 worth of supplies! What a generous and faithful church we have!

St. John's, Elkhart Lake

Serving at the Gathering
October 25th 2:30-7:30pm

The Gathering is a meal program that has a longstanding presence in Milwaukee. Salem was recently recognized for our partnership with them for more than 5 years of service. This time we will be serving at the Southside site.

We have committed to sending 5-10 volunteers.

Salem, Plymouth

UNICEF Halloween Party 
October 25, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Carnival with food, decorations and children in costume; along with the pumpkin carving.

Congregational, Neenah-Menasha*

*CUCCNM is also collecting 175 tubes of toothpaste to distribute at their Christmas Community Dinner

Fall Clean-Up Day 
October 21, 8:00 a.m.-until finished

We need your help to get the inside and outside of the church into shape for the winter season. A list of what needs to be done will be posted on the Kiosk in October-if you can't make it on October 21th, but could complete one or more of the tasks ahead of that time please sign off by the tasks you have completed. Refreshments will be ready and waiting for you-bring your work gloves and enjoy some fellowship while we work together! (Rain date is October 28th).

Saron, Sheboygan Falls

German Partnership
We have 28 friends coming from Germany from October 21 through October 29. We have housing arranged as well as activities some of which have been seen by our return friends. But more exciting are the new events which are planned. We also have transportation arranged. We are very much looking forward to seeing our old friends and making new friends. 

Immanuel, Plymouth

Harvest Gathering
October 28, 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and inspiration by Red Star Express. Food and refreshments provided. Open to the public and all are welcome!

St. John's, Sheboygan

Web Presence
Ooh, nifty: Sheboygan St. Paul's has a 360° Google view of their sanctuary.

Riding Lawn Mower Needed
The last lawnmower was donated 4 years ago, and has seen its last summer. We will be asking for donations to be put towards another rider. We have been blessed with church members who have been doing lawn care for free. Let's see if we can raise enough to get him another rider. Fall is a good time to find trade ins.

St. Peter's, Kiel

"Christmas in October"
On Sunday, October 22, we will celebrate "Christmas in October", the fourth installment of our effort to raise the money needed to pay off our mortgage before the end of the year. So far, our efforts have raised over $11,000.00 toward our $25,000.00 goal! We hope you will bring a special gift for our mortgage with you on the 22nd and help us get even closer to that goal.

We also invite you to bring two or three dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies, along with copies of the recipe, to share with others after worship. Sharing yourself and your recipe can help all of us to enjoy Christmas this month and in the months leading up to our Lord's birth.

St. John's, Black Creek

Rummage/Bake Sale
October 27-28 is the church-wide rummage and bake sale, sponsored by Ladies of Peace. We need all of your help to make this a real success. Start saving your new and used treasures.

Church of Peace, Fond du Lac

Turkey Dinner
343 Scott Street
October 28, 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Dinner (served Family Style) consists of: Roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut, squash, vegetable, cranberry relish, dinner rolls, dessert (pumpkin or apple), cofee and milk.

Ticket cost: Adults $10.00, Seniors (65+) $9.00, Children 4-10 $5.00, under 4 eat free! Tickets available at church office, Ripon Drug and BMO Harris Bank. Carryout, Noon, and Evening delivery available.

New: 10% of money raised will go to hurricane relief through UCC Disaster Ministries.

Our Saviour's, Ripon

"Fall Rally Day"
Bingo/Raffle/Silent Auction
October 29, 2017 11:30 AM
Church Fellowship Hall

Our church is located at 174 N. East Street. We are in the process of adding an accessible entrance. We invite you to visit to see our progress and join us in an afternoon of fun and fellowship. A percentage of the proceeds will be sent for victims of the hurricanes.

The "Fall Rally Day" is one of our planned events to help fund our building project. The project will allow access to all areas of our church.

We will serve a cauldron of chili, hot dogs, cheese/crackers, desserts and drinks. Bingo is available for all ages with gifts for the winners. Our raffle and auction have many excellent prizes, just to mention a few: a Packer quilt, wooden bench, wooden deer planter, air fryer, Bucks tickets, numerous baskets of goodies, gas card, gift certificates and much more.

Our "Fall Rally Day" includes many activities for all ages. We encourage families with children to attend before the village-wide trick-or-treating begins.

For any questions, please contact Kelly, office manager, at 920-876-2525.

Community, Elkhart Lake

Packers tickets raffle
Immanuel is raffling off four tickets to the Monday, Nov. 6 Packers vs. Lions game at 7:30 p.m. Seats are indoors and include food and beverages. Parking is not included. 

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Purchase tickets in Fellowship Hall following worship beginning this Sunday through Oct. 29. They also will be available in the office from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The drawing will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, at 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. You need not be present to win. Value of prize: $1,000.

Immanuel, Kaukana

Youth Faith Formation Retreat
November 10-12, 2017
Moon Beach

Bring your confirmation class and join us for a confirmation-centered retreat: Mission Impossible! We will explore our call to act through baptism, equip ourselves to act through confirmation, and hear the call to mission. We'll spend time with the bible, our identity as Christians and members of the UCC denomination specifically, and our personal faith journey. Check-in begins at 7pm on Friday. The retreat ends after worship on Sunday, between 11:00 and 11:30am.

The Faith Formation Retreats are a partnership of the Wisconsin Conference UCC and United Church Camps, Inc. Program planning and leadership is offered by a team representing the four Associations of the Wisconsin Conference UCC.

Partial scholarships available. The deadline to register is October 28, 2017. 
Can't bring your group in November? This event will repeat at Pilgrim Center February 23-25, 2018, and March 2-4, 2018.

Still Shifting After 500 Years!
Celebrate the Reformation on October 28!

On Saturday, October 28 at the Trost Center at 4459 Gray Road in De Forest, two scholars of church history will share their insights on the Reformation of the 16th century and its relevance for the world of the 21st century during a day-long event
commemorating the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting his 95 theses for debate.

In the morning, Lee Palmer Wandel, Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, will offer new understandings of the event which split apart Christianity. Her publications include The Reformation: Towards a New History and Always Among Us: Images of the Poor in Zwingli's Zurich. In an article featured in The Huffington Post, Wandel commented on the significance of the Reformation anniversary:

What if we take this opportunity to rethink how "Protestant" and "Catholic" were constructed as oppositions in the sixteenth century, the very names reflecting the polemics of the time? What if we take the opportunity to consider how very many different understandings of "true Christianity" were preached and printed in the sixteenth century? What if we tell a story of human difference rather than divine instrument? It might help us to envision ourselves today as encompassing different visions rather than pursuing a unity.

After lunch Margaret Bendroth, Executive Director of the Congregational Library in Boston will speak about the importance of understanding the past for a "Still Speaking" church. Her publications include The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants and The Power of the Past and The Spiritual Practice of Remembering. Recently Peggy served as President of the American Society of Church History. On Sunday morning she will also preach during 10:00 worship at First Congregational UCC in Madison. 

The day begins at 9:30 with registration and at 10:00 there will be a brief liturgy of the Reformation before the Professor Wandel's lecture at 10:30. In addition "pilgrims" who visited Reformation sites this summer will share visuals of their experience. Registration for the lectures and lunch can be made online at Cost for the event is $20.00. The Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ is the sponsoring organization.

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