Consenting to God’s presence
Dear members of FPC Waunakee,
Here is a second person’s testimony of what Centering Prayer means to them.
I am surprised to be writing favorably about Centering Prayer, because my first efforts to try this prayer method some fifteen years ago were just that—my efforts—and as a result were very frustrating.
Not understanding that Centering Prayer is about consenting to God’s presence and action, I at first attempted to just try harder and do it better, a tendency that had seemed to serve me well in so many other areas of my life. In Centering Prayer, trying harder did not work, and I seemed to get nothing from the discipline other than a disheartening sense of failure. I soon decided that Centering Prayer was not a good practice for me and, except for an occasional attempt to “center” when circumstances seemed to call for it, I moved on to other ways to seek an awareness of God’s presence.
A few years ago, however, I attended a Centering Prayer workshop at Christ Presbyterian Church that was facilitated by the local group of Contemplative Outreach, including several CPC members. That day gave me a much better understanding of the theology behind the method, the recommended ways to practice it, and what could be expected if one made a habit of it. I decided to give it another go and, by God’s grace, this time it stuck. In fact, of the many prayer disciplines I have tried over a lifetime, Centering Prayer is the longest lasting and seems likely to remain so.
My desire to continue this practice is not because it feels so good. Though not always the case, the actual practice of sitting in silence can often be difficult and frustrating. However, I am beginning to see more and more areas of my life in which I am somehow being transformed by God.
Some things that used to bother me greatly no longer seem so important or even appear to actually be gifts in my life. I am becoming more in touch with the pain that is so evident in this world, without responding with a recurring cycle of guilt, frantic activity, denial or repression. I am more eager than ever to just be in God’s presence.
In short, I have come to believe that the method of Centering Prayer—consenting to God’s presence and action within—is healing me in profound and literally indescribable ways. There is more than a little mystery here. Thanks be to God.
I invite you to learn about the method of Centering Prayer. The Introduction will happen on Saturday, January 28, from 8:30am-12:30pm. Attendance at the four follow-up sessions is highly suggested in order to give the practice time to take hold in your life. The follow-ups are on Mondays January 30, February 6, 13, and finally Tuesday, February 21. 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Sunday, January 29 – Annual Congregational Meeting
Immediately following worship on Sunday, January 29. Please join us for the Annual Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary.
We exist as a congregation to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known:
- To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ so all may come to know and love Him;
- To nurture His people in joyful faith, fellowship, and commitment; and
- To demonstrate His way of love in service to the world.
We use the Connector to share news of the coming week and beyond, the activities that involve a wide range of ages and interests at FPC.
News and Announcements
Last Sunday we were happy to welcome new members to our FPC Family! George and Melissa Kattermann and family, Myrna Ray, Matt and Kayla Wachholz and family and David Good (Not pictured).
Are you familiar with FPC’s FOOF wall?
Are you familiar with FPC’s FOOF wall? It’s not just a funny name! Take a walk down to the children’s education wing, and there you will see photos of many of our church members, staff and volunteers. This is our FOOF wall – the Faces Of Our Family.
The FOOF wall is more than just a collection of photos. It helps our members recognize and get to know each other. It’s a useful tool for church leaders and staff. It’s a great connection mechanism within our congregation. And we need your help to make our FOOF wall current again!
Many of the photos on the FOOF wall were taken years ago while putting together our church directory. Most of us look very different today! Some of us have gotten married or had babies over the past few years. Some of us may be new to the church, and did not have an opportunity to submit a picture for our wall. So we would appreciate your assistance as we update the “faces of our family.”
Do you have a family photo that you used for your Christmas card this year? Or perhaps a picture taken over the holidays? Please take a moment to send the picture to us by clicking the button below. Thank you!
Presbytery Per Capita Contribution: What Is It and How Does It Affect Me?
Every church member’s share of support for the Presbytery is called his or her Per Capita contribution. It is through this contribution that Presbyterians mutually share the costs of coming together to discern God’s leading for the church and in doing mission on a wider scale.
Each local Presbytery in turn sends allocated shares to the Synod (regional body) and General Assembly (national). This enables the far-reaching work of ministry, including PCUSA missions around the world, and here at home. All Presbytery budgets need your support to keep the mission of the greater church alive. First Presbyterian Waunakee was once a “mission supported church” supported by Presbytery Per Capita contributions. The fact is that our church might not be here today without our Presbytery’s support! John Knox Presbytery provided a great deal of support and guidance during our Interim Pastor search, and they will be very involved throughout the process to find and call our next Pastor.
How much is my Presbytery per capita contribution and where does it go?
The Presbytery per capita contribution for 2023 is $35.15 per member. Of that:
• $9.85 goes to the General Assembly – to cover the administrative costs and of Missions around the world,
• $5.50 goes to the Synod of Lakes and Prairies to cover administrative costs for education materials and workshops, and
• $19.80 goes to John Knox Presbytery to cover the administrative costs – some of which reach out to help struggling churches.
How do I contribute to the Presbytery per capita fund?
If you use offering envelopes, the first envelope in your envelope box is a blue envelope marked “Per Capita.” Please enclose your donation in that and drop it in the Offering box in the Narthex. You may also give online through our website (myfpc.org/donate), or mail a check to the church office (or place it in the Offering box) with a notation indicating it is for Per Capita.
It would be a blessing to many Presbyterians across the country and close to home, if each of us contributed our small share to the Presbytery per capita fund.
God’s blessings to you!
2023 Offering Envelopes
If you requested a box of 2023 offering envelopes, they are available to be picked up on a table in the Narthex near the Sanctuary entrance. If you would like a box of offering envelopes and don’t see one there for you, please fill out one of the forms on that table and place it in either the pledge or offering box, and I will prepare a box for you. You may also send an email to Sue Gade, Church Business Administrator, at email@example.com to request a box.
FPC’s Wish List
Did you know that FPC has a Session-approved Wish List? It’s a list of things that the church needs that aren’t able to be funded through the church’s regular budget. If you are ever in a position where you would like to make a special donation of any amount, please peruse our Wish List by clicking here and consider helping to provide an item listed. Thank you!
Graceland Winter Retreat: February 3-5, 2023
All 7th-12th grade students are invited to join us this weekend that is full of fun games, great music, relevant messages, thoughtful discussions, delicious food, and more!
Regular price is $125
Contemporary Musical Worship
Last Sunday FPC was very blessed to have Natalie and Derek Handley as guest musicians!
Upcoming Music in Worship
January 22 – Mary Kay Burton
January 29 – Joyful Noise Woodwinds
February 5 – FPC Choir
Coming Events | Jan. 22 – Feb. 11, 2023
This Sunday, January 22 – 9 AM – Network 56 Snack and Auction Day
Network 56 Snack and Auction Day is during Sunday School at 9 AM on January 22. 5th and 6th graders don’t miss out!
This Sunday, January 22 and 29 at 11:30 AM – Connection Corner
Please join FPC after service on January 22 and 29 as we kick off our Connection Corner, a welcoming table in the lobby dedicated to information, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. Come meet friends, old and new, as we engage in ways to live faith together. FPC’s new Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Durst-Lee, will be there to answer any questions you may have about how to get more involved in our FPC community.
Sundays at 9 AM – Graceland Student Ministry
7th-12th Graders, join us each week for a time of connection, Bible discussion, and prayer.
Sundays at 9 AM – Sunday School for 4K-Adults
Sundays – During Service – Kingdom Kids
During the worship service kids can leave the worship service after the Children’s Moment and need to be picked up in room 202 after the service is over.
We offer Kingdom Kids for 3-year olds – kindergarten. Kingdom Kids offers a fun, unique time for children to explore their faith and form positive relationships with peers.
Mondays, Now – January 30 from 1-2:30 PM – The Light Team Meeting
The Light Team is comprised of women who want a chance to meet for fellowship and Bible study. We pray for each other and those in our church family and community. When possible, we extend ourselves in projects to help others. There is no homework and we include humor and laughter! We meet in the Gathering Place on Mondays at 1:00 – 2:30 PM. All are welcome to attend any or all of our sessions. From now to 30th, the Light Team will finish the video of “How Happiness Happens” by Max Lucado.
Wednesdays, Now – May 24 from 8:30-10:00 AM – Women’s Community Bible Study
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study Group is made up of women from the surrounding community at large. All are welcome. This season we are exploring “How Much More” by Lisa Harper. Meet us on Wednesdays 8:30 -10:00 AM in the Conference Room, entering through the west side Education Wing doors. Contact Beth Stellmacher for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be off Wednesdays, February 22 and March 22.
Wednesday, January 25 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM – FPC Bingo Night
Wednesday, January 25 at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. All Ages! All are welcome! Come for pizza, prizes, and fun! Sign up below so we know how much pizza to get!
Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM – Graceland Student Ministry
7th-12th Graders, join the fun upstairs in the Youth Room for a time of connection, games, message, meaningful small group discussion with students your same grade, and prayer.
Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM – FPC Choir Rehearsal
“Come Now and Sing, Joyfully to the Lord”
FPC Choir is back in full swing, and you’re invited to join a fellowship group that loves to sing! FPC Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights from 7:00PM-8:30PM in the Sanctuary. We sing twice a month with songs using a variety of music styles. All returnees and newbies are welcome. Please contact Liz Weller, Choir Director at email@example.com with any FPC Choir questions.
Saturday, January 28 from 8:30 AM–12:30 PM – Intro to Centering Prayer
The Madison Area Contemplative Outreach Group will host “Intro to Centering Prayer” in the Gathering Place. Follow-up meetings will be held from 6:30-7:30 PM on January 30, February 6, February 13 and February 21.
Sunday, January 29 – 9 AM – Church Breakfast
Greetings Congregation Members of FPC, we are honored to host a Sunday morning breakfast with guest speaker on Sunday, January 29th at 9 am. The breakfast food offering will be similar to that offered at our last breakfast with a guest speaker last May. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Edward Wall, a law enforcement officer with a career of over three decades in law enforcement including as leader of the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation. He also served as Administrator of Wisconsin Emergency Management and as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Mr. Wall is now an executive with United Way.
Sunday, January 29 – Following Worship – Annual Congregational Meeting
Immediately following worship on Sunday, January 29. Please join us for the Annual Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary.
Wednesdays, February 1 – March 8 from 6:30-8:30 PM – ChristCare Small Group Leadership Training
FPC Waunakee is a congregation that reaches in and reaches out. We care for one another, help one another grow in faith, and equip one another for meaningful ministry. Then we carry the love we have received out into our world to bring Jesus’ care to people who are lonely and searching. We are Living Faith Together!
Healthy small groups are an excellent tool for those tasks. On February 1, our church will begin a six-week training for small group leaders. To sign up for this wonderful and enriching experience use the link below or contact Pastor Glen (firstname.lastname@example.org). We want to support and nurture healthy small groups here at FPC.
Friday, February 3 – 12:30-5:30 PM – Red Cross Blood Drive
Sunday, February 12 – 4PM – Fetters Family Tailgate Fundraiser.
Please consider supporting the Fetters Family of Waunakee. Dana is the sister of Amy Lewis (FPC member) that we have been praying for. Dana and her family attend St. John’s Catholic Church, and Dana and her son Cole participated in one of FPC’s youth ministry mission trips to Guatemala a few years ago.
Save the Date | More Info to come
Saturday, February 18 – 5-8 PM – Student Ministry Guatemala Fundraising Dinner
Help provide the gift of a home through the Student Ministry Guatemala Fundraising Dinner! Taqueria Gonzalez is providing a taco buffet. Come for dessert, coffee, face painting, other fun activities, to hear about the trip, and a chance to give and help build the house! Tickets are $10 per person with kids 10 years and younger free. As an outreach, when you buy a ticket for yourself, you can get free tickets for your non-FPC friends. The event will take place at FPC on Saturday, February 18, from 5pm-8pm.
Sunday, February 19 – Network 56 Bingo at Oakwood Village Retirement and Nursing Home
Friday, March 17 – 11 AM-6 PM – Red Cross Blood Drive
Sunday, March 19 – 2 PM – Organ Recital
Please mark your calendars! FPC will host an organ recital on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2 PM featuring highly regarded organist Dr. Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music at the Luther Memorial Church in Madison. The recital will be dedicated to the life and service of Pat Ronspiez. Pat served as our organist for 46 years. She also played piano and accordion.
Our church features an historic 1890 Schuelke organ built in Milwaukee and rebuilt by Wahl Organ Builders of Appleton in 1992. You can read about our historic organ here.
A Chicago native, Schaeffer holds degrees from St. Olaf College, Yale University and a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma. Andrew’s responsibilities include playing organ for Sunday services, directing the children, youth and adult choirs, various instrumental ensembles and overseeing the general music ministry of the congregation. He has been at Luther Memorial since 2018. Schaeffer is also editor-at-large of The Diapason, a nationally published organ and church music magazine.
A free will offering will be collected at the recital. FPC will donate 90% of the free will offerings to the Waunakee High School Music Department’s grand piano purchase. The remaining 10% will go towards our church missions.
Thursday, March 23 – Network 56 Pres House Service Project
Opportunities to Serve
RePlanting the Nursery
We are trying to bring back FPC’s nursery! If you would like to volunteer in the Nursery approximately every 5 weeks for 2 hours, or be on the sub list, please email Christa Schmeelk. email@example.com
It takes a lot people to pull together a Sunday Worship service. Pastor Glen and Pastor Ben do a great job putting Jesus front and center. But there many more in the background working hard to improve the worship experience for all of us. We need you!
Please consider signing up to volunteer to help hand out bulletins, greet folks as they come in, set up or attend the coffee table for post-service fellowship and there are many more opportunities to serve!
As Pastor Glen likes to say “There are no spectators in the Presbyterian Church, only folks on the sidelines either waiting to get into the game or who have just been subbed out.”
Shelter From The Storm Ministries Needs Volunteers
Shelter From The Storm Ministries (SFTSM), located in Sun Prairie, is currently in need of crews that can clean rooms and prepare them for their next residents. Shelter from the Storm Ministries currently has three rooms vacant and is in the process of interviewing new families to move in and welcome. A crew of four (4) people volunteering to clean one room usually takes 2-4 hours. SFTSM is extremely flexible on dates/times. For any questions or to sign up, please contact Pastor Kent Van Horn from Shelter From The Storm Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (608) 535-0067.
Thank you! Your FPC Mission Team
Calling Vocalists and Instrumentalists (Piano, too!)
If you’d like to sing or play an instrument at a Sunday service, please contact Sam Robinson at email@example.com or call 608-949-9450. We have open dates on our music calendar for January through May. You are welcome to sing/play a special song or two, no matter what your skill level is. We have open dates when the Choir and Joyful Noise are not playing and would like to fill those with students and adults from our congregation whenever possible.
Stephen Ministry at FPC: Providing God’s Care to Hurting People
What is this ministry about?
Extensively trained and supervised Stephen Minister Caregivers provide high-quality, one-on-one confidential Christian care to anyone in need. They provide weekly visits and ongoing support as long as the care receiver needs. Should the care receiver have needs that are beyond the scope of a Stephen Minister Caregiver, they are referred to professional caregivers.
What kind of care is offered from a Stephen Minister?
- CRISIS CARE – For people experiencing change(s) that significantly challenge their ability to cope.
- FOLLOW-UP CARE – After the crisis event.
- CHRONIC CARE – For a person whose situation is unlikely to change.
- PREVENTIVE CARE – Providing care before a crisis occurs.
- SUPPORTIVE CARE – Care for the caregiver.
How can I find out more about this ministry?
Call the church office at 608-949-9445, or reach out to a pastor or deacon. Stephen Minister Caregivers don’t replace the care of pastors and deacons. They carry it a step further.
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