fellowship

We are always looking for ways to bring people together through Fellowship at FPC. There are numerous opportunities for you to connect with others in our church family: ​

Women's Retreat: "Changing Seasons in a Woman's Life"
Women of all ages are invited to share in a day of fellowship, learning, prayer, and worship at FPC's Women's Retreat Saturday, April 21 from 8:00am-4:00pmIn the midst of life's changes, God's heart is reaching out to us, inviting us to know who we are, to wisely navigate the newness, and to draw strength from the Spirit to be fully alive. So, we invite you to hear God's invitation--to take time apart to receive, to rest, to renew your understanding of yourself, your life, and your God. The Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark will lead us through a day designed to help each of us see God in the changing circumstances and seasons of our lives. Whatever your age, wherever you are on your journey, whether you know gratitude, grief, or gladness, God always has a way of awakening us to new life, new growth, new ways of waiting, watching, and being filled with wonder. As Jesus says to his disciples, "Come and see."

Retreat schedule:
     8:00am-9:00am Coffee and fellowship
     9:00am-3:00pm Retreat program, including a break for lunch
     3:00pm-4:00pm Refreshments and fellowship

Melanie Hammond Clark is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University of Ohio and received her Masters of Divinity in 1984 from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served on pastoral staffs at churches in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and Libertyville, Illinois, and most recently was co-pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Racine, Wisconsin, for 14 years until her retirement in 2017. She still lives in Racine with her husband Richard "Chip" Clark, who is a family medicine physician. Melanie and Chip have two adult children, both of whom live and work in the San Francisco Bay area. Now that she has retired from parish ministry, she is spending time with far-flung family and friends, training in Spiritual Direction, leading retreats, and teaching as opportunities arise.

The cost of the retreat is $25 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and light lunch.

The retreat will be held at the Baker Barn, 6798 N. Dunlop Hollow Road, Mazomanie, WI. Directions from Waunkaee: Go west on Highway 19 to Highway 12. Turn right on Highway 12 and go roughly 8 miles toward Sauk City. 1 1/2 miles before you get to Sauk City, turn left off of Highway 12 onto North Dunlop Hollow Road. Go roughly 1 mile, and the driveway to the farm is on the left. You will see the Barker Barn sign on your left. 

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Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast on May 13
Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate not only our mothers, but all the beautiful women who make a difference in our lives. On Sunday, May 13, please join us as we salute the moms, sisters, aunts, grandmas, and special friends who have touched our hearts. FPC’s fourth annual pancake breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall from 8:00-11:00am. Come and enjoy a relaxing meal and spend quality time with family and friends before or after worship. We hope to see you there!

FPC Quilters meet at 1:00pm on the third Thursday of each month in the Gathering Place. Hope to see you there.

The Tote Bag Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Dianne Larson will lead us in making a roomy tote bag. In preparation, quilters will need to purchase the pattern titled "Quilters on the Go" by Nancy L. Martin. Questions? Contact church member Anne Frihart at info@myfpc.org.

New Horizons is a gathering of FPC members over 55 who meet for fellowship and food on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the school year.  Guests of any age are always welcome. Upcoming gatherings include:

  • Wednesday, April 25, at 11:30am: Susan Vergeront and some of the group that went to Israel and Palestine will talk about their travels and show pictures. You don’t want to miss this program on the Holy Land! Potluck will follow in FPC’s Fellowship Hall. 
  • Wednesday, May 9 at 11:30am: Lunchables at Imperial Garden West in Middleton, 2039 Allen Blvd., Middleton.
  • Wednesday, May 23 at 11:30am: Sue Truitt will show the Charles Mully movie "Father of the Fatherless." Sue will discuss the movie as it is going on. Potluck will follow in FPC's Fellowship Hall.

We also have two card clubs going—if you are a pinochle or sheepshead player, these offer great ways for you to extend your fellowship opportunities. Contact Dave Healy for more information: info@myfpc.orgThe Pinochle Card Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in Fellowship Hall (just prior to the New Horizons program).  If you would like any additional information about this group, please contact Dave Healy at info@myfpc.org

Our Sunday morning Coffee Hours make it easy to meet people and catch up with friends, as well as serve the congregation. The Fellowship team could use your help supporting our weekly coffee hours by organizing food and supplies, and cleaning up after the second service coffee hour. Cleaning up takes approximately 30–45 minutes and leaves the Gathering Space bright for the coming week. Whether you’d like to help out once a month, or once a quarter—your time will be appreciated! If you think this is a way you would like to get more involved at FPC, please contact Kate Dietry

For all the bookworms out there, FPC Book Club typically meets on the first Sunday of the month right after the second service about 12noon at MnMs Cafe in Waunakee. FPC’s next book club gathering will take place on:
May 6: Norwegian by Night, by Derek Miller. The novel tells the story of Sheldon Horowitz. Widowed, impatient, and impertinent, Sheldon has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway. Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.
June 3: Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullor. Join us at any time!

Do you have a special talent or interest you would like to share with members of the congregation? The Fellowship team is always looking for new ways to bring people together, and we’d love to help you facilitate an event. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for an outing, special interest class, or other event. I’d love to hear from you!Have an idea for a way to have fun with others as part of the FPC community? Contact Kate, our Fellowship Elder, through the church office!

Check out the church calendar or the Connector for upcoming events.

Fellowship events bring our FPC faith family together. From Sunday morning coffee to special activities throughout the year, we strive to connect families, children, youth, and retirees to foster long-lasting Christian relationships. We offer curling, Mothers Day Brunch, concerts, lunches & dinner outtings, card groups, and all types of activities!

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