My wife Christine and me have begun planning the Marriage Retreat which will be held at the Green Lake Conference Center on October 20th through the morning of the 22nd. We are getting excited.
How did this idea come about? Well…how does the Holy Spirit work?
About a year ago, Jack Von Rutenberg hobbled into my office and welcomed me back here to FPC Waunakee. As we chatted that morning, he asked if my wife and I would be willing to lead another Marriage Retreat? He told me that he and Tammy had attended the previous FPC marriage retreat some 20+ years ago. It seems that retreat had a great impact on their marriage.
I tucked that conversation into the back of my brain and let it simmer.
In January-ish, when Elder Scott Legwold expressed disappointment over not having enough people willing to go on last year’s all-church retreat, something clicked. I asked if we might offer a couples retreat? Both he and Christa Schmeelk reacted positively to that suggestion.
When I relayed to Christine what had so spontaneously happened that morning, she was surprised. I reminded her that we, as a couple, are still a work in progress, and this might help us deepen our own relationship. She reluctantly agreed.
If you are anything like Christine and me, you rarely make time to focus on your marriage. The hustle and bustle of our culture just does not allow us much time to make our marriages the center of attention. That is why we have felt the need to offer this time away.
We have 8 couples already signed up. We have space for 12 more.
Please prayerfully consider this as the best gift that you can give to your spouse.
Here is the link to sign up. CLICK HERE
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 12 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: The God Who Sees
In this episode of Scriptures for Life, Jeff remembers a time in the early 2000s when things were not going well, and he asked God to find him as if God had lost track of him. Of course, it wasn’t God who was lost, but Jeff. Find out what happened in this episode of Scriptures for Life.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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- 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
A Note from our new Stewardship Elder: Barb Cash
As your new Stewardship Elder, let me begin by saying that I am looking forward to these next three years, as we are in a very important time. I will be submitting some Stewardship-related articles to the Connector, and would like to focus a bit on Vacation Bible School today.
As I was growing up, we were a one-car family in a town without a Presbyterian church. We were members of Westminster Presbyterian on Madison’s west side, and made the drive each Sunday. But when VBS week rolled around in our small town, I attended whatever church was hosting it. Once or twice, it was the Baptist church, but more often it was the United Church of Christ, which my mother called the “E & R church” (Evangelical and Reformed). And, at least once that I recall, by some strategy, I was able to attend VBS in our own Westminster in Madison.
I remember singing songs and doing projects, and I recall hearing a short lesson, delivered sermon-style, by the pastor. I remember older students who helped us with the games and activities, and the mothers of the church who oversaw each grade level. Sounds a lot like FPC’s VBS, doesn’t it? FPC is blessed, because of your pledges, to be able to offer this formative and life-changing experience to many more children than attended in my little town’s churches of seventy-five years ago. Like those small churches, FPC can welcome children from many communities around Waunakee, whether their families attend here, or not. We all want our children and grandchildren to have this experience, don’t we? We can, because you give to our church!
Indian Lake Hike
Last weekend, FPC hosted a Family Hike at Indian Lake. It was a great time and a great day!
FPC’s Summer office hours
Monday – Wednesday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday – Admin Staff working remotely from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday – Office Closed
Grow Group Plants again!
Last Saturday the GROW Group came back for their second gathering and put their green thumbs to work for the benefit over all of us. Thank you all for your hard work! The next GROW Group event will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 8AM. If you have any questions, please contact Christa Schmeelk.
Need some good summer reading?
Need some good summer reading? Thanks to a number of generous donors, our FPC library has some great new titles. Check them out!.
Questions? Call or email Alice Honeywell — 608-692-5496; email@example.com
Theology on Tap
Last Saturday, Theology on Tap got together at Octopi for their second meeting to discuss “What IS church community? How can we build it at FPC?”
The next Theology on Tap will take place on Saturday, August 26 at 3PM at Octopi. The topic will be “What does walking in the light mean?” From 1 John 1:7.
If you have any questions, please contact Christa Schmeelk.
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.
No Nursery this Sunday, July 30th
Kingdom Kids this summer
3-year-olds through Kindergarten will be dismissed after the Children’s message during Sunday service throughout the Summer.
No Kingdom Kids this Sunday, July 30th
Summer Music in Worship
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 30 – August 19, 2023
Monday, July 31 at 5pm – FPC Girls Night Out
FPC Ladies get ready for another GNO on Monday, July 31st starting at 5pm. We will be meeting at Erin’s Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant. The address is: 4601 American Parkway in Madison
We Hope to see you then!
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-5:15PM – Waunakee Ecumenical Board Blood Drive at FPC
Saturday, August 19 at 8AM – FPC’s GROW Group
Save the Date | More Info to come
Friday, August 25 at 6PM – Family Night! Outdoor Movie and S’mores
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: firstname.lastname@example.org– and she’ll get you the details.
Saturday, August 26 at 3PM – Theology On Tap
Tuesday, August 29 from 2PM-4PM – Author Visit Margaret George
The Light Team is excited to announce that renowned author Margaret George has agreed to speak at FPC!
Margaret George has written several historical novels, but during this speaking engagement she will be concentrating on her novel Mary Called Magdalene.
This event will take place in Fellowship Hall.
The new FPC Library located in the corner of the Gathering Space has a copy of “Mary called Magdalene” if you’d like to check it out prior to this special speaking event.
Sunday, September 10 at 11AM-2PM – FPC BBQ with Waunakee’s Big Band
Sunday, October 15 at 2:30PM – Historic Organ Presentation and Recital
Ryan Mueller will be the organist for the recital showcasing our historic Scheulke organ. At 2:30pm 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. The concert will begin at 3pm.
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
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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