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SAVE THE DATE
The 13th Annual Food for Kidz Event will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 in the Waunakee High School Fieldhouse.  Please note the location change.  The goal for 2018 is to package 300,000 meals at a cost of 15 cents per meal. To date, 2,405,972 meals have been packaged in Waunakee and distributed locally and around the world. Sign up now at waunakeefeedtheneed.org to donate or volunteer.  More details will be published closer to the event.

All About FPC Class
Want to learn more about FPC, our vision and active ministries? Wondering what are the benefits of church membership? Come to our newly revised "All About FPC" class and have your questions answered. Our pews are filled with church members and guests from a variety of faith backgrounds. All are welcome and valued in this congregation. The next class will take place on Sunday, October 14“All About FPC” is offered 10:00am-1:00pm in the large conference room at the end of the main hallway. Lunch and childcare are included. If, after getting to know FPC better, you decide that you would like to make FPC your church home, the revised pathway to membership allows you to join without any future “mandatory” meetings. Details are provided during the “All About FPC” class.

Register here for All About FPC.

Children's Ministry Theme Day
September 23 is Sportswear & Bring A Friend Day in FPC Children's Ministry. Wear something sports related, bring a friend, and come to Sunday Children’s Programs on September 23. You can represent your favorite team or any sport you love. Wear team t-shirts, hats, jerseys, etc. You can even paint your face or hair! Nothing offensive or violent is allowed, of course. U rah rah!

FPC Student Ministries Nearly one in three adolescents (31.9%) will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18.
Stop letting anxiety rule the day. Join us on the journey to true freedom as we embark on a five week series on Wednesday night’s from September 26 – October 24. We’ll be guided by the Max Lucado study, Anxious for Nothing, that gives tools for dealing with anxiety that are founded in scripture. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn't have to dominate your life.

Music at FPC
Starting in September, the FPC Choir sings twice a month at our 8:45am Traditional Service. We would love to have you join us.

If you are interested in learning more about FPC’s second-service Worship Team, we would love to have the opportunity to connect with you! We are looking for instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as people who can serve at the sound/video console.

For more information or to sign up for the choir or the second-service worship team, email Director of Music and Worship Arts Nancy Groeneveld at ngroeneveld@myfpc.org

Joyful Noise Instrumental Ensemble’s fall rehearsals have begun. Sam Robinson is still looking for instrumentalists of all skill levels and would love to hear from you if have any questions about being a part of the group. You can reach him by phone at (608) 849-8220 or email him at srobin1055@tds.net.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
This Sunday morning adult Bible study will begin after the 8:45 service, and will be meeting downstairs in room 102, off of the Fellowship Hall. 

Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School is back for the school year and will follow the same lesson plan as the Children's Ministry Sunday School. Adult Sunday School will take place in room 304 at FPC from 9:50-10:30.

New Horizons
New Horizons is a gathering of people over age 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 welcome to attend. 
The next meeting will be:
Wednesday, September 26th at 11:30 a.m. -  Lon Foree will talk on the Bethel Series that is coming in the fall. Come and learn all about it.  Potluck will follow in FPC’s Fellowship Hall.

Bethel Bible Series
The Bethel Bible Series team invites you to join us for the Kick-off on Saturday, October 13 at FPC. We will enjoy breakfast, a Bethel overview, and be a part of two class lessons. Sign-ups will be available in the Gathering Place.

To Know God Bible Study
(Formerly the Beth Moore Bible Study) will be moving to Wednesday nights beginning September 26. We will be watching a DVD study by Dr. David Jeremiah based on the book of Ecclesiastes, and engaging in a short discussion. We will be meeting in the Session room starting at 7 pm. There is no daily homework or workbook.  If you are interested call Carolyn Harris at (608) 206-3888 or email at pondgirl7989@aol.com.

Nominating Committee 2019
There are four positions open for the 2019 Nominating Committee. Open positions are: 

  • Children’s Elder
  • Mission Elder
  • Clerk
  • Worship Elder
  • And 5 Deacon Openings

Joyful Noise Instrumental Ensemble 
Sam Robinson is looking for instrumentalists of all skill levels and would love to hear from you if have any questions about being a part of the group. You can reach him by phone at (608) 849-8220 or email him at srobin1055@tds.net.

Also, if you are interested in learning more about FPC’s second-service Worship Team, we would love to have the opportunity to connect with you! We are looking for instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as people who can serve at the sound/video console. Email Director of Music and Worship Arts Nancy Groeneveld at ngroeneveld@myfpc.org. We know there are some singers and instrumentalists in our congregation who have been waiting for an opportunity to explore being a part of the Worship Team – here’s your invitation!

Volunteer for Children’s Programs-The Rewards are Plentiful!
A fantastic core group of teachers are in place to shepherd our amazing children, but we are still in need of more for the fall. A warm heart, faith focus, and a friendly face are essential. We provide training and easy to follow teaching tools. No experience necessary. You choose the time and ages preferred. Teaching teams allow schedule flexibility. Assistants (youth and adult) are also needed.
Please consider getting in touch by making a note in the friendship pad, at the table in the Lobby or Education Wing, or contact Lori Phelps, Director of Children and Family Ministries at
lphelps@myfpc.org, (608)849-4625. Thank you for supporting the children of FPC. 

FPC’s Stephen Ministry Training New Caregivers
FPC’s Stephen Ministry is seeking men and women from our congregation willing to be trained as Stephen Minister Caregivers. Classes meet every Tuesday until December 11. Meeting time is 6:30-9:00pm at FPC. In addition, there are three Saturday (daytime) retreats : September 22, October 6 and December 1. 

What does it take? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. 

What kind of care is involved? Stephen Minister Caregivers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide confidential, one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. The Stephen Minister Caregiver is not a fixer, but a compassionate, excellent listener and spiritual encourager.

What is the commitment? Stephen Minister Caregivers commit to being available for 2 years. Typically they meet weekly with their care receiver for about an hour. They engage in twice-monthly supervision meetings to ensure that they are providing the best-quality Christian care. Initially, 50 hours of training is required covering topics such as listening, Christian assertiveness, maintaining boundaries, confidentiality, grief, suicide, depression and much more! Training materials cost each participant $50.

I am interested! What’s the next step? If you sense that God might be calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister Caregiver the first step is to find out more about getting involved. Please talk to a Stephen Leader or a pastor for more information. FPC Stephen Leaders include:

  • Jim Carlson: jim@oakwoodforestry.com, (608) 393-7880
  • Brenda Bunbury-Carlson: bbunburyhomes@gmail.com, (608) 444-2113
  • Christa Schmeelk, mrs.schmeelk@gmail.com, (608) 208-3265
  • Doneta Chorney,  dchorney@me.com, (608) 345-1196

Please note:  Applications are available on the Stephen Ministry bulletin board in the lobby. Completed applications should be turned into the church office.

Playdates for Parents of Little Ones (POLO)
Caregivers of babies and toddlers, how about a casual play hour? Bring your little ones to play and yourself to connect with other parents (or grandparents). Meet in the FPC Nursery located on the first floor Education Wing. The next playdates will be held from 9:30-11:00am Thursday, October 11; Thursday, November 8; and Thursday, December 6. 

Struggling with grief, illness, chronic pain, or a distressing change you just can't get over? FPC Stephen Ministry can help! To access a Stephen Minister Caregiver for yourself or someone you know, contact a Pastor, a Deacon,  anyone in the FPC Stephen Ministry program or call the church office at (608)849-4625. http://www.myfpc.org/stephen-ministry

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