Take time to Hang Out with God
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46: 10
In the year of our Lord 2011, 29 people gathered together in the chapel of Christ Presbyterian Church. It was a diverse group. There were Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Evangelical Free Church folks, Presbyterians and non-churched folks present. Mostly, we were of an age where we knew that we did not have all the answers. We had one thing in common: we hungered and thirsted for God’s presence and action in our life. We gathered to take part in the “Introduction to Centering Prayer” workshop.
The method of Centering Prayer is simple really: sit in silence for twenty minutes twice a day and consent to God’s action and presence in our life. However, as we all know, finding twenty minutes for silence every day is quite a challenge; for folks who are raising small children, it is almost impossible. Further, folks get nervous about what seems like doing “nothing.”
What we discovered is that practicing this prayer method is not doing nothing. We are making time, taking time, to foster a relationship with God. All good friendships, all healthy relationships, need “hang out” time in order to develop. The twenty minutes of Centering Prayer helps us get beyond our superficial thoughts, the internal chatter that takes up so much space in our lives. Twenty minutes twice a day is necessary for most people to establish interior silence- to become awake and alert to God’s action and presence in our lives. As Fr. Thomas Keating says, when we become more awake and alert to God’s presence and action in our lives, it is like adding “color to a black and white television screen.”
It was a wonderful day with many blessings. But don’t take my word for it. Here are some comments from the participants:
• Seeing the time spent in Centering Prayer as the time I was using to develop a relationship with God was very helpful.
• Hearing how others experience Centering Prayer gave me strength and hope to continue the practice.
• This day reminded me that while I am ready to start this, I also need to do this. I have come to a place where this is the most important thing I can do- reestablish my relationship with God.
• I needed this workshop! It helped to hear that others struggle (with the practice) and how they deal with those struggles.
• Disengaging from thoughts flying around in my mind during the first Centering prayer period was tough. So…hearing more about practical steps to deal with those (pesky) thoughts was great!
• I was reminded of how the group experience really does add something to the practice
We will offer this Centering Prayer workshop again on October 28, 2023. So if this floats your boat, please keep an eye out for it.
Marriage Retreat Announcement
After dinner on Friday, October 20, to before lunch on Sunday, October 22. Beautiful Green Lake Wisconsin. 2 nights, 4 meals, and a deliberate time to reflect on your marriage. $199.00/ couple. (Scholarships are available.) Currently, there is room for 9 more couples. We can accommodate more folks if we know in advance.
My wife, Christine, and I have led three weekend Marriage Retreats. We are not experts and have been enriched by all three. We all know that a wedding is just a day, but marriage is an ever-changing process that requires intention and attention. So come away and nurture the relationship you began on your wedding day.
Here are two quotes to think on:
“A strong marriage requires two people who choose to love each other even on those days when they struggle to like each other.” – Dave Willis
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”- Ursula K. Le Guin
Video Devotional: Everything Will Be Perfect in the End
My son, Creighton, encourages everyone who seeks his advice telling them that “everything will be perfect in the end.” Is he right? Does the Bible confirm this eventual optimistic view? Find out in this episode of “Scriptures for Life.”
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
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
New Choir Director
At the latest Session meeting the Choir Director position was offered to Jamison Wendlandt and we are happy to announce that he has accepted!
Jamison Wendlandt has been a Wisconsin resident most of his life, growing up near Chetek. He briefly lived in Saint Paul, MN where he worked as a Training Specialist for Infinite Campus and directed the Sanctuary Choir at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. Before moving to Minnesota Jamison taught choir, digital music, musical theater, and adaptive music at Milton High School from 2019-2022. Jamison graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Music Education with a Choral emphasis and now works for the University of Wisconsin-Madison providing precollege experiences for high school students. He is also working on a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction through the University. Jamison is so excited to be joining the FPC team, not only for his love of choral music, but also because of his pursuit of using the gifts God has given him in service to Him and others. Jamison enjoys traveling and making connections with those around him, especially when it means inspiring people to view the beauty in God’s creation and of course, music. When you see him, please say “hi” and if you have any questions about joining the choir, feel free to reach out!
FPC’s Summer office hours
Monday – Wednesday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday – Admin Staff working remotely from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday – Office Closed
Our FPC Library is a treasure
Our FPC Library has some new treasures, thanks to the generous donations of a number of people. Please stop by the “New Books” table in the Gathering Space and see what’s there. Browse! Check one out! Write a review to tell others!
Questions? Call or email Alice Honeywell — 608-692-5496; firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursery is open all summer
Nursery Age 2 and Under – Room 200
The Nursery is available on Sundays from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, is staffed by church volunteers who love children and want to share God’s love with them.
Kingdom Kids this summer
3-year-olds through Kindergarten will be dismissed after the Children’s message during Sunday service throughout the Summer.
Special Musical Guests: Roxanne & Alan Fauque
Roxy and Alan Fauque moved to Wisconsin 7 years ago from Bozeman, MT to follow their daughter Emily. Since then, they have a son-in- law and 2 precious grandchildren as well. Both are retired music teachers and have performed together in social events and as contemporary worship musicians.
Roxy prepared 126 sixth graders to perform a premier composition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also was honored with a Yale Distinguished Music Educator award. Upon arriving in Mount Horeb, she taught music in the schools for 4 more years.
Alan has performed in a myriad of venues and genres. He is currently performing with the All That Jazz big band and Whoz Playing, a classic rock band.
Summer Music in Worship
July 16 – Roxanne & Alan Fauque, piano/vocal and Saxophones
July 23 – First Pres. Praise Band
July 30 – Mary Kay Burton, organ/piano and Diane Robinson, vocalist
August 6 – Mitch Richards, organist
August 13 – Sydney Ray, vocalist; Ying Wang, accompanist
August 20 – Ying Wang, piano
August 27 – Natalie and Derek Handley, vocals/guitar/cello
Coming Events | July 16 – August 5, 2023
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.
Monday, July 17 at 11:30AM – Light Team Lunch
Light Team lunch at MNM’s on Monday, July 17. We will meet at 11:15 – 11:30 when parking is a little easier!
“If we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other.”
1 John 1:7
Monday, July 17 at 12:30-5:45PM – Madison Country Day School Blood Drive at FPC
Saturday, July 22 at 8am – Grow Group
Saturday, July 22 at 3pm – Theology on Tap
Sunday, July 23 at 1PM – Children’s Ministry Hike at Indian Lake
Meet in the main Indian Lake parking lot. Text Christa if you have a question on weather or can’t find it on the day of: 608-208-3265
Friday, July 28 at 12PM-5PM – Waunakee High School Blood Drive at FPC
Save the Date | More Info to come
Monday, August 7 at 7pm – Centering Prayer Group
The Centering Prayer group will meet in the Chapel on the first Monday of each month at 7pm for two 20 minute “sits”. For those who want to “learn by doing,” please come at 6:30 to get oriented. For questions, please contact Pastor Glen.
Friday, August 18 at 12PM-5PM – Waunakee Ecumenical Board Blood Drive at FPC
Friday, August 25 at 6PM – Children’s Ministry Summer Fun Night!
Summer Family Fire Pit, Outdoor Movie and for those who desire – a Campout at FPC! Bring your own dinner to cook over the fire at 6pm (like hotdogs!) and we’ll provide the s’mores. The movie will start at 7pm, and for those who would like to camp, please RSVP to Christa: email@example.com– and she’ll get you the details.
Sunday, September 10 at 11AM-2PM – FPC BBQ with Waunakee’s Big Band
Sunday, October 15 at 12PM-3PM – Historic Organ Recital
Ryan Mueller will be the organist for the recital showcasing our historic Scheulke organ. He will also present a pre-recital lecture on Schuelke and the history of his organ building business in Milwaukee as well as the history of our organ.
Friday, October 20 at 12PM-5PM – Waunakee Ecumenical Board Blood Drive at FPC
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22 – FPC Marriage Retreat
Pastor Glen and his wife, Christine, will lead this event at the Green Lake Retreat Center. Cost is $199 per couple for 4 meals and 2 nights’ lodging. Contact Pastor Glen or Christa Schmeelk for more information.
Saturday, October 28 – 8:30AM-12:30PM – Introduction to Centering Prayer
The next offering by Contemplative Outreach of Madison’s Introduction to Centering Prayer. This will be the last offering while Pastor Glen is at FPC Waunakee. Those who are new to this practice are welcome as well as those who want to deepen their practice.
Opportunities to Serve
Agrace: Hospice Volunteers Needed in Dane County:
Volunteers are needed to assist customers, operate the cash register and sort donations at the Agrace Thrift Stores in Madison, pack donated merchandise in donors’ homes, or make companionship visits to local Agrace hospice patients in patients’ homes, nursing homes or assisted living centers.
Agrace will host volunteer orientation Tuesday, July 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Madison campus. Pre-registration is required. Call (608) 327-7163 or visit agrace.org/volunteer to fill out an application.
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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