Newsletter October 2021
Stewardship Campaign 2022

Be Part of the MIRACLE!

Have you noticed how our church has worked this past year in miraculous ways? Have you noticed connections between members that strengthened over the Covid-19 pandemic that you never expected? Have you seen creativity emerge in ways you never thought possible? Have you seen the behind the scenes work that has carried our church through unthinkable times?

FCCWP is alive and well and is part of a MIRACLE! We are the church! Be part of the future of FCCWP! Our pledging this year is more important than ever and is a huge way we can lead our church into the future. Let's work together to be God's presence in our world!
You sure do not want to miss out on this event! Join us Saturday evening, Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. for a complimentary glass of wine and leisurely stroll among the vendor tables. This is the time to do your holiday and birthday shopping and purchase some unique gifts!
We will have over 15 vendors representing handmade quilts, bead weaving, holiday table runners and napkins, painted and lighted wine bottles, wreaths, pottery and paintings, embroidered tea towels in multiple themes, and more.
The Board of Membership extends a very warm welcome to the New Members of FCCWP, listed below! What a special Membership Sunday it was. Thank you for all the joy you bring to our church family.

The Board of Membership is glad to offer online or in person Membership Classes for anyone that may be interested becoming a member of FCCWP. If you or anyone you know are interested in joining with our next Membership Class, please fill out a Membership Form and turn it in to the church office. Our church is welcoming so many visitors and we are excited to help them learn more about our church.

Many thanks go out to all who serve on our Board of Membership. We have an amazing team. If you think you'd like to serve on this board next year, we would love to have you! We are looking for creative people who love marketing, advertising, interacting with newcomers and and creating connections with church family! Please let us know.

For more information, please email Lisa Rotenberger at!
All active FCCWP Members are invited to join the Facebook page titled Member Group of the First Congregational (UCC) of Winter Park
Come out with Pride October 9! 
Fun for the whole family!

If you would like to enter your trunk in the Trunk or Treat contest for this evening or would like more info, please contact
Kerry Weisner 
Youth 6th - 12th We had an amazing Youth Family Night with an epic parents vs youth challenge. Let me just mention one more time the PARENTS WON!

Don't miss our next gathering October 3rd 5:30 - 7:30. This is for youth only with backyard games, food and much more. RSVP to Ms. Kerry that you are attending. 

Youth also watch your emails for our upcoming fundraiser.
JOIN US FOR CAMP SUNDAY SCHOOL at 10:15am in the courtyard with Ms. Jaime. CAMP begins each week after young church about 10:15. Children, if you are joining us in the sanctuary you are welcome to sit with your parents or on the carpet down front in family groups. All must wear a mask. If you wish to just attend Camp Sunday school you can wait by the white benches with your parent until we exit from church. 

If you have any questions please contact Kerry Weisner at

Children Pre K - 5th grade will adventure through the bible with camp fun! In addition there will be a FAMILY DAY at CAMP SUNDAY SCHOOL each month. Parents of pre K - 5th will join in on the fun! Our first family day is Oct 17 watch for more details.
Calling All 3rd Graders - Bible Sunday is November 14. Bibles will be presented to all 3rd graders during church. Later after church there will be a special pizza party lunch for 3rd graders and their parents. You will learn more about your new bible with Rev. Shawn and a special craft to add to your bible. Contact Kerry Weisner at for reservations. 
October will be a busy month at the Preschool. A visit from the Fire Department with their fire truck is planned for October 12th. Community helpers are always welcome at the preschool to expose the children to people who help and support others. Read more... 
The FCCWP Preschool and Kindergarten is now accepting applications. Click the button for the application form and fee structure.
All are welcome to join our Prayer Shawl Ministry. We knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to individuals who are in need of our warm prayers and hugs of compassion due to illness, death of a loved one, or other difficult circumstance happening in their lives. We also create and give baby shawls to infants when they are baptized at our church.
We have members who can help teach you how to knit and crochet if you are new to this craft. We also have yarn and shawl patterns to help get you started. Just bring your own needles or crochet hooks.
We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the church Parlor.
Wearing a mask is required inside the church.
Our meeting dates for this fall:
October 19, November 16, December 21.
Mark your calendar and come join us.
Questions: contact
Donna Borko, Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator
Upcoming Events for Come Alive! Join us and bring a friend!
10-16-2021 Meet us 9:30AM for a 10:00AM Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour. Click here to RSVP:
Then...join us that evening at the Craft Fair and Wine Stroll at FCCWP!
11-20-2021 Basket Brigade Thanksgiving Basket Delivery / More information TBA!
12-8-2021 Angel Tree Dinner and Donation Collection at Buca di Beppo in Maitland, 6:30-8:30PM Please mark your calendars and save the date.
2-23-2022   Come Alive! celebrates it's 3rd anniversary! Be watching for special plans to be announced for February's event.
Upcoming events: towards the end of October, we will gather at the church on a Saturday morning to paint a few “Little Free Libraries”. You may have seen a one of the many LFL’s around town, typically in neighborhoods. Sally McArthur is spear-heading an outreach project to get books in the hands of children who do not have access to them. Once the libraries are transformed into “Works of Art” by the Spirit Keepers Painting Artisans and Sally makes the arrangements for their new “home”, we will also help out by setting them up. For more information on LFL, check out the attached link:

Stay tuned for the painting date and more information about this outreach service project.

November will be here before we all know it and that means Thanksgiving Basket Brigade! Basket Brigade will take place on 11/20/21. Start looking for laundry baskets now, they may become real scarce as we get closer to basket building time! More details to follow…

For info about the Spirit Keepers mens' group contact David Rotenberger (D3) at 407-766-5558.
Plan now to join us for a discussion of Alka Joshi's best seller "The Henna Artist".

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. (Bookreads)

If you have suggestions for books for the group to read, please contact Amy Wareing (

Gladdening Light 2022 Cancelled Due to Covid-19
Alas, the decision has yet again been made; the current state of the pandemic has forced our hand. We must now proceed to cancel GladdeningLight's Symposium scheduled for early next year.

Florida's numbers are not trending well enough for us to move ahead with confidence, our state won't allow proof-of-vaccination for admission, the space at Rollins College may prove challenging for appropriate social distancing, and winter temperatures will keep us indoors for three days running. Just months ago, the horizon looked so bright. Yet now, the forecast is not trending in the right direction, at least not enough to be confident to continue.

For those who have registered, refund checks in full are beginning to be processed by mail over the next month. We ask for your patience.

Questions? Call (407) 647-3963 or email me personally, Beauty & blessings, dear friends on the journey ~ Randy Robertson and the Board of Trustees for Gladdening Light
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