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Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School…Come Ashore!
Arrrrrr…you ready to get shipwrecked this summer? No worries, we’ll be rescued by Jesus! Plunge into the fun with island grub, games, Bible adventures, beachy crafts, silly skits, tropical tunes and more! VBS is Sunday, June 24-Thursday, June 28, 5:00-8:00pm. First night check-in begins at 4:30pm. Castaways (aka children) entering 4K through 5th grade in the fall are encouraged to participate. Dinner is included every night. Registration is $25 for the first child and $15 for each sibling. (No charge for sand, water, palm trees and stars!) Fee assistance is available. We’d be a wreck without our volunteers! Cook up the grub, swab the deck, gather supplies, or corral our castaways. Volunteer online starting April 15, or contact Lori Phelps, Ship Captain, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make a splash with us!
Bounce into Spring with FPC
The whole family is invited to help us spruce up our beautiful church grounds and gardens on Sunday, May 6, from 11:45am-1:30pm. Wes Ray, our very own barbecue master, will grill hotdogs and hamburgers to get us fueled up. Then we’ll get to work, raking, planting, weeding and pouring mulch. There will be jobs for everyone, regardless of age or ability. We’ll also have a bouncy house or other inflatable for when the kids need to take a break. Please RSVP to Ezrah Schmeelk, Director of Student Ministries, at email@example.com, so we can plan for food and drinks.
Confirmation/Student Ministry Sunday – April 29
FPC will celebrate Confirmation and Student Ministry Sunday on April 29. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear students share how God’s love has transformed them and why they have chosen to profess their faith in Christ and commit their lives to his work.
May 13 is Children’s Ministry Sunday
This is an extra special day of worship services at FPC for many reasons. Children participate in each of the Sunday services (share written prayers, recite verses, usher, provide music), Bibles are presented to our 6th graders at both services, teachers are recognized, and it is Mother’s Day! There’s lots to celebrate! Celebrate with us!
6th Grade Bible Presentation
It is tradition at FPC to gift an age-appropriate Bible to our 6th graders entering our youth program in the fall. These Bibles are great resources to supplement what children are learning at home with what they will be learning in FPC’s Student Ministries (7th-12th grade). The 6th Grade Bible Presentations will take place at both worship services on May 13. If we have not contacted you regarding your 6th grader, contact Lori Phelps, Director of Children and Family Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 849-4625, ext. 511 to RSVP.
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 email@example.com or Eric Ross, Contemporary Band Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk with us right after the second service. We’d love to connect with you!
New Horizons Schedule for April and May
New Horizons is a gathering of FPC members over 55 and their friends 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.
Network 56 To Prepare & Serve Meal for Homeless
5th and 6th graders are invited to sign up to prepare or serve the meal for the Porchlight Men’s Homeless Shelter on Thursday, April 26. Sign up in the 5th/6th grade classroom or RSVP to email@example.com. Sign up to prepare the meal, 5:00-7:00pm. Meet at FPC downstairs kitchen at 5:00pm to prepare the meal at FPC. Meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy and buttered bread. Desserts are donated. Or Sign up to serve the meal, 7:00-9:00pm. Meet at 7:00pm at FPC. Chaperones will drive kids to Porchlight Homeless Shelter which is housed in Grace Episcopal Church (116 W. Washington Ave., Madison). Kids and chaperones will serve the meal at the shelter from 7:40-8:30pm. Return to FPC for parent pickup at 9:00pm.
Parents of Little Ones (POLO) Playdates at FPC
Caregivers of babies and toddlers, are you looking for something to do during the week? How about a casual play hour with other babies/toddlers and adults? Bring your little ones to play and yourself to connect with other parents (or grandparents). Adults are asked to stay with their children. Meet in the FPC Nursery located on the first floor Education Wing Thursday, May 3, 10:00-11:00am. No RSVP needed, just come join us if it works for you! If you would like reminders of future playdates, please email Children's Ministry Elder Allie Devine.
Register Now for the Women's Retreat
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 at the Baker Barn in Sauk City. The retreat, which will celebrate the "Changing Seasons of a Woman's Life," will be led by Melanie Hammond Clark, a wonderful speaker and recently retired pastor from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Racine. 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.”
FPC Information Classes
FPC regularly offers two-class series where you will find great conversation, new friendships, and a chance to learn about FPC. In order to accommodate different schedules, you can choose to attend the next FPC Information Classes either on two Sunday mornings right after the first worship service, or on two Monday evenings (see dates below). Childcare is always provided. To express your interest, please email Jamie Roberts, Outreach Elder, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (608) 849-4625.
Please plan to join us for two-class series either on Sunday mornings, April 22 & 29 from 9:45-11:45am, or on Monday evenings, April 23 & 30 from 6:30-8:30pm.
FPC Quilters will mee for a Tote Bag Workshop 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 email@example.com.
Book Club Will Meet May 6
FPC's Book Club will meet at MNM's Coffeehouse on Sunday, May 6 for a discussion, right after the second worship service. Please join us! Our May book is 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.
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!
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