First United Weekly Newsletter

September 14, 2023

Our Vision Statement:
We are a welcoming community FIRST UNITED in proclaiming FAITH in Jesus Christ, sharing HOPE for the future, and inspiring LOVE of our neighbors.

It Begins This Sunday!

Our 2024 Stewardship campaign begins this Sunday (9/17) with a 5-week sermon series focused on our theme “The Year of Jubilee”. A jubilee signifies celebration, renewal, and the boundless potential that arises from collective unity. Now is the time to recognize our church family's accomplishments and set our sights on new horizons, because next January we'll embark on a yearlong celebration of our church's 175th Anniversary! A letter was mailed earlier this week with your pledge card. If you didn't receive yours, please contact the office. Everyone can begin bringing their completed cards back this Sunday. Join in and support our Year of Jubilee!

Fall Fest is Almost Here!

Just 10 DAYS until our amazing 3rd Annual Fall Fest. Come share some great food, games, music, and raffle prizes on Saturday (9/23) from 3:30 - 6:30pm.

The $5 Meal Tickets are available after worship each Sunday or in the church office. Choices are chicken booyah (w/crackers & brownie), a hamburger plate (with baked beans, coleslaw, & a brownie), or a veggie burger plate (with baked beans, coleslaw, & a brownie). A variety of beverages and chips will be available for $1 each.

A variety of games for all ages, including Bingo and a Cake Walk, will be happening throughout the afternoon. Live music will be provided by "Joyful Noise" (3:15-4pm), Rob Ransom (4:15-5pm) and Kat Plan featuring Brent from Great Harvest Bread (5-6pm), with a Courage Martial Arts Karate demonstration (4-4:15pm). Finally, there will be a large variety of raffle baskets plus five Golden Raffle Ticket items valued over $100 each!

You can still help with our collection of items for the Fall Fest raffle baskets or help with baking cakes for our Cake Walk. Whether you can donate a full gift basket or even individual items or gift certificates, anything will be a great help. Thanks!

Plans for Sunday's Worship

Our Stewardship sermon series - “The Year of Jubilee” - kicks off this Sunday (9/17) at 9am! Join us as we celebrate the incredible blessings God has poured out upon First United. This week, we'll explore how Christian discipleship requires us to pursue what God wants from us and the world. The sermon is entitled “The Lord Has Need of It” and will draw on two scripture readings: Psalm 98 and Luke 19:28-44 (*click for links). Prepare to celebrate the “Year of Jubilee 2024” as we begin this year’s stewardship journey. Hope you'll join us Sunday!

> This week our Joyful Noise group will be playing "You Are Holy" and "Days of Elijah." If you'd like to get more familiar with this week's songs, click on the titles listed to find video links.

Sunday School for All Ages at 10:30am!

*Pre-K to 2nd grade (Room 5) - "Simply Loved" taught by Ms. Cori (Marinan), Ms. Vicki (Good), & Ms. Debbie (Spiegel)

*3rd to 5th grade (Room 6) - "Be Bold!" taught by Pastor Meggan & Ms. Ashton (Macklem)

*6th-12th grade Youth (Middle High Room) - "Getting to Know Jesus" taught by Mr. Mark (DeCleene) & Ms. Patricia (Welle)

*Adult Class #1 (Koinonia Lounge) - Join Pastor Luke as we discuss how Christians understand our faith in light of our understanding of truth and reality. C.S. Lewis wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything.” Post-modernists deny that we as humans have the ability to step outside of our constructions of reality. Join us as we ask the question, “Has Jesus brought anything into reality?” and discover how, in the biblical view, truth is that which is ultimately, finally, and absolutely real. See you Sunday.

*Adult Class #2 (Gathering Area near front doors) - Scott McPherson will be leading a new class about the book "Leading a Life of Balance'' by Marilyn Meberg. Most of us desire to have balance in our lives. But, as believers, we know that if we don't have spiritual balance, we'll never truly have balance in any other area of life. Come see how you can measure up beginning this Sunday!

Is it Possible?

Calling all 6th through 12th grade students! Join us Sunday (9/17) from 6-7:30pm for our next Youth Group gathering. Is it possible to really know and understand God? We'll talk about it this week in the Youth Game/Media Room downstairs. See you there!

Presbyterian Women Update

> The Talbot Circle will gather TODAY (9/14) at noon in the Koinonia Lounge. Lunch will be provided.

> The Esther Circle Bible Study will be returning for a new season next Wednesday (9/20) at 9:30am. This year's study is called, "Sacred Encounters: the Power and Presence of Jesus Christ in Luke - Acts". Study books are available and all women are welcome to join the study. Contact Julie Mackey (920-217-8341) for more information.

Interested in Becoming a New Member?

Are you interested in learning more about being a disciple of Jesus Christ at First United Presbyterian Church? Join Pastors Luke and Meggan in the Koinonia Lounge on Monday (9/25) between 4 & 7pm. They'll host an open house "meet and greet" for those who are interested in learning more about our pastors, our church family, and how you can grow in your faith as a member. Be sure to stop by anytime between 4 and 7 pm to say “hello” and enjoy some light refreshments and good conversation. Hope to see you there!

Come See the Updates

You are cordially invited to join us following worship on Sunday (9/24) for the dedication of our newly remodeled Church Library. Thanks to the generosity of benevolent donors, our library has been lovingly updated with new furniture, a television, and new artwork. Through the years, our library has been lovingly and faithfully served by gracious church members. With a spirit of thanksgiving, we invite you to celebrate this wonderful gift and the space it provides for learning and growing in our faith and discipleship.

It's Almost Sold Out!

Click HERE now to reserve your limited tickets for the second annual Fashion Cents fashion show on Saturday, October 14, from 12:30 to 3pm in our Family Life Center. It'll be an afternoon of fashion, desserts, coffee, raffles, and silent auction items presented by De Pere Christian Outreach and the Woman's Club of De Pere. This year there will also be a boutique where you can find treasures from the D.P.C.O. Thrift Store. Don't miss your chance! 

We're On a Mission!

Thank you to everyone who has supported our upcoming Mission Trip to Hazard, Kentucky. Church members have generously contributed approximately $2,000 to support our mission team of nine individuals who are preparing for the big effort in October to help repair homes damaged by catastrophic flooding last year. If you're interested in learning more about the upcoming trip or would still like to contribute to help, please contact the church office (*see link below). To donate funds to help support the trip, click here or visit our website (*see link below) and click on the "GIVE NOW" tab. Thanks for your help!

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrew 13:8)

We Offer Many Ways to Give

*Weekly Numbered Boxed Envelopes

*White Pew Envelopes

*Blue “I Give” Monthly Pew Cards

*“Bill Pay” from your Bank

*Monthly Auto Bank Withdrawals

*QR Code on Blue Pew Card

*FUPC Website: “Give Now” button

*PS: We still accept cash too.

For more information,

contact our Treasurer, Ken Nyberg.



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Deacons of the Month

Becky Nyberg

Annette Kinchen


Sunday (9/10) - Susan Castle & Piper Clayton

Monday (9/11) - Brandon Newell, Maya Steele, & Lynn Huebbe

Tuesday (9/12) - Pam Sacotte

Wednesday (9/13) - Mae Rohde

Saturday (9/16) - Duncan Kinchen


Sunday (9/17) - Samantha Nelson

Monday (9/18) - Kevin Mackey

Tuesday (9/19) - Steve Marks & Melanie Ferrier

Wednesday (9/20) - Amanda Beck & Amber Conway

Thursday (9/21) - Loree Maroszek & Tori England

Friday (9/22) - Matthew Forller & Marisa Depke

Saturday (9/23) - Mark Betz, Tom Bayer, & Annette Kinchen

Why not give them a call or send them a card, text, or email?

Presbyterian Women C.T. Meeting (Gathering Area) - Today (9/14) 9am

> P.W. Talbot Circle Gathering (Koinonia Lounge) - Today (9/14) noon

> "Joyful Noise" Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Sunday (9/17) 8am

> Worship Service (Sanctuary) - Sunday (9/17) 9am 

(*If you can't join us in person, you can view a recording on our website or on our Facebook page Sunday after 11am.)

> Coffee Fellowship Time (Family Life Center) - Sunday (9/17) after church

> Sunday School for all ages (various locations) - Sunday (9/17) 10:30am

> Youth Group Gathering (Youth Media Room) - Sunday (9/17) 6pm

> Session Meeting (Koinonia Lounge) - Monday (9/18) 6:30pm

> Make & Serve Meal at New Community Shelter - Tuesday (9/19) 4:30pm

P.W. Esther Circle Bible Study (Koinonia Lounge) - Wednesday (9/20) 9:30am

Deacons Meeting (Koinonia Lounge) - Wednesday (9/20) 6pm

Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Wednesday (9/13) 6:30pm

> "Joyful Noise" Band Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Wednesday (9/13) 7:30pm

> Fall Fest 2023! (Family Life Center) - Saturday (9/23) 3:30-6:30pm

*Please contact the church office to schedule a meeting or to make changes

so we can keep everyone up to date. Thanks!

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