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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. Class offering begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and will meet every subsequent 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:, (608) 393-7880
  • Brenda Bunbury-Carlson:, (608) 444-2113
  • Christa Schmeelk,, (608) 208-3265
  • Doneta Chorney,, (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.


FPC Middle School Adventure: Devil's Lake
All students who will be entering 7th and 8th grade in the fall are invited for a day of adventure at Devil's Lake Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Activities include professionally guided rock climbing by Expeditions Unlimited, canoeing, swimming and enjoying time together in God's beautiful creation. Lunch and dinner are included.

Register online by clicking the button below. Early bird registration will be available through Sunday, July 15 for $25. Standard registration will be offered July 16-July 31 for $35The registration cost includes transportation, activities, and both lunch and dinner. To pay, please visit, and click "donate." Enter the amount in "other," and put "Middle School Adventure" in the comment field. Financial assistance is available.
Each participant is required to complete release forms for both FPC and Expeditions Unlimited, which Ezrah will send to registrants. Questions? Contact Ezrah Schmeelk, Director of Student Ministries at: or (608) 850-2503.
Click here to register for the Devil's Lake Adventure


Porchlight: A Helping Hand, Not A Handout
Looking for a way to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others in a short amount of time? Looking for a way to invite a friend or neighbor to church? Consider participating in FPC’s Feed The Homeless program. Help prepare the meal at FPC, deliver and serve the meal at Porchlight, bake something delicious for dessert, or do all three! Sign up using the binder in the narthex after chuch on Sunday, leave a note in the Friendship Pad, or contact church member Kyle Halweg at 608-438-1180 or You will not regret it!

Teen Girls Bible Study
A Teen Girls Bible Study is meeting in the Gathering Room at FPC on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm this summer. This group is open to all middle school and high school girls. The study is video driven with a discussion sheet to go with each session. There is no homework. It’s just a time for sharing and fellowshipping with each other and maybe doing some fun activities along the way! For more information, email

Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School is taking a break during July. Classes will resume on Sunday, August 5.

Interested in Using Your Musical Gifts?
Do you enjoy contemporary Christian music? Do you sing or play a musical instrument or have experience operating a sound/video console? Are you interested in using your musical gifts to serve the congregation? You are invited to explore being a part of the Worship Team at our second worship service. To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Nancy Groeneveld, Director of Music and Worship Arts, at  or Eric Ross, Contemporary Band Leader, at or talk with us right after the second service. We’d love to connect with you!

Free Private Voice Lessons
Are you interested in improving your singing voice? Do you find that you are “running out of air” when you sing? Would you like to improve the way you sound? Nancy Groeneveld, our resident Music and Worship Arts Director, is offering the opportunity for singers to have 1-2 free private voice lessons – with the aim of helping you (or your child, grandchild, spouse, or friend) the chance to discover how to improve the voice, and enjoy singing at church! Summer is a great time for vocal improvement and to have fun singing!

Interested? Contact Nancy at ngroeneveld@my to schedule a lesson, or simply to have a chat about the opportunity. 

Summer Kingdom Kids
Kingdom Kids will be on the main floor, room 202 (next to the Nursery), for the summer. Kingdom Kids is a worship experience just for kids (3 years old through kindergarten) available during both services. We praise God with music, prayer, Bible stories, and interactive activities. Children go to service with their families, then are dismissed to Kingdom Kids immediately following the Children’s Moment (teachers will accompany them). Parents are always welcome to come along and stay for part or all of Kingdom Kids. Nametags are in the pews and are required for kids. After church, pick up your children in the Kingdom Kids room, 202.

Shelter from the Storm Ministries
Shelter from the Storm Ministries is a home. A home in Sun Prairie where you will find homeless mothers and their children working and going to school. These families are supported by case managers who give them the direction to return back into the community to live independently.

SFTSM needs your help. Please go to their website at to learn about their history, giving opportunities and ways that you can volunteer. Spend two hours at the front desk or help with activities with the children while their mothers are in evening meetings. Please contact them through their website or email church member Sue Truitt at for more information.

Summer 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. Summer playdates are scheduled for Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, August 9, from 10:00 to 11:00am both days.

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.

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