Brief Statement of Faith
Some weeks ago, I suggested that we interact with part of the 1984 PCUSA Confession called the Brief Statement of Faith (BSoF). Here is the BSoF beginning part. Please read it over (maybe even once a day for the next week?), circle the parts that make sense, pause, and let it sink in. Feel free to email me your insights.
In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.
We trust in Jesus Christ,
Fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children,
healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.
Grace and Peace,
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
FPC helped at Food for Kidz
Forty volunteers from FPC joined others at the Food for Kidz event to make packaged meals that will be distributed to those in need in Dane County and some will be shipped to Ukrainian refugees. In total, we helped the event package more than 240,000 meals in just one day! In addition, FPC was a Platinum Sponsor this year.
Reading the Necrology
During Communion on Sunday November 6, Pastor Glen and Pastor Ben will be reading the Necrology (the names of church members who have died this past year). If you would like us to include the name of a recently deceased loved one, please email Alka so their name might be included during this holy moment.
Our Friendship Pads are back
Our Friendship Pads are back in the pews! We invite you to sign the Friendship Pad and write a note to the office if you wish. Pass it along and pass it back. Pause to greet someone following the service.
Guest Musician: Mary Kay Burton
Mary Kay Burton is a native of Decatur, Illinois. She has a B.Mus.Ed. from Millikin University and an M.S.M. from Boston University. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through college. She was chair of the music department of The Park School, Brookline, MA, and has taught at Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH, and The Latin School of Chicago. She began playing the organ when she was fifteen in her home church. Since then, she has served many denominations. Currently, she is the permanent substitute organist at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Larry Burton. They have two children and six grandchildren. They moved to Madison three years ago to be near their Madison grandchildren.
Upcoming Music in Worship
- October 23 – Guest Organist: Mary Kay Burton
- October 30 – Gloria Grys-piano, Jessica Spicer-flute, Mary Kay Burton-organ
- November 6 – The FPC Choir
SAVE THE DATE: March Organ Recital – Sunday March 19 – 2pm
We are excited to announce that Andrew Schaeffer has agreed to perform an organ recital on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2pm. More details to come.
Written By: James Ketchum
She walked into church a
Sunday like the rest
Like each time before, she
Knew she did her best
Accepting her task with joy
Inside her heart
Played her music for God and
She knew she did her part
Knowing what God asked of
Her and doing it with joy
Her music brought a smile to
Man, woman, girl, and boy
Dedication like no other she
Sat before her keys
With great strength and hope
She played each note with ease
Waking up one morning she
Found that she was gone
As she stood in Heaven, on
Earth was still her song
Coming Events | Oct. 23 – Nov. 5, 2022
Oct. 23 – 11:30am – Network 56 Bowling & Pizza
Bring a friend and join Network 56 for a day of bowling and pizza, Sunday, October 23 starting at 11:30am at Rude’s Lanes in DeForest.
Oct. 30 – Costume Day
Hey Kids! Next Sunday, October 30, is Costume Day, so wear your costumes to Sunday School and church if you are interested!
Sundays – 9am-9:50am – Adult Sunday School
All adults are invited to join this Sunday morning study. The class meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. in the room closest to the kitchen in Fellowship Hall. Contact Carolyn Harris with questions.
Sundays – 9am – 4K-6th grade Sunday School
Each week we are learning about the Fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Come join us to learn more and have some fun together!
Sundays – 9am – Graceland Student Ministry
7th-12th Graders, join us each week for a time of connection, Bible discussion, and prayer.
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 – Oct. 24-Nov. 7 – 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 will be meeting in the Gathering Place @ 1 – 2:30pm on the following Mondays. All are welcome to attend any or all of our sessions. From Oct. 24-Nov. 7 The Light Team will be viewing the video of “How Happiness Happens” by Max Lucado.
We will start a new video series Nov. 14- Dec. 12 – “Christmas” by Ann Voskamp. And wrap up the year with Christmas celebration and Fellowship on Dec. 19
Wednesdays – Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 – Women’s Community Bible Study
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study Group is made up of women from the community at large and all are welcome. The first 12 weeks will be “12 Women of the Bible”. Meeting Wednesday 8:30am-10:00am in the Conference Room, enter through the Education Wing doors. Contact Beth Stellmacher for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays – 7pm-8:15pm – Graceland Student Ministry
7th-12th Graders, join us in the upstairs youth room for a time of connection, games, message, meaningful small group discussion with students your same grade, and prayer.
Opportunities to Serve
Stephen Minister Training
Stephen Ministry will be conducting training for new Ministers starting Nov. 4. Our ministry of listening and caring is looking for compassionate individuals who want to help those who are needing assistance. Contact the office with interest, or connect with any of the three Stephen Ministry Leaders: Doneta Chorney, Tryg Knutson or Jill Umlauf.
PC: Project Connect
This Advent season… Make connections… Be a helper… Be a listener… Be a blessing to others.
Starting November 18– Interested individuals and families will be paired with seniors or people with caring needs to build multi-generational relationships. Examples for activities: help seniors put up Christmas decorations, read to those with poor vision, drive through Live Nativity together, provide a ride to Sunday service, and many more.
To sign up or for more information:
Kristy Drewry 608 772-6527, email@example.com or
Christa Schmeelk firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register by November 7, 2022
Help Wanted: Part-time Volunteer Coordinator
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Waunakee is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to join our staff. Duties include, but are not limited to, working with staff and Elders to help recruit and manage volunteer efforts. This position is estimated to require 2-4 hours per week. Pay is negotiable. Position is open until filled. For details or to apply, please contact Doug Brown at email@example.com.
Time For Prayer | Tuesdays at 4:30 pm | Gathering Space
Do you believe in the power of prayer? Join us at Time for Prayer on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the Gathering Space at church. We gather to lift up concerns for this world, our country, our church and our own personal requests. All pray-ers welcome! When we don’t feel like praying out loud, we say “praying silently.”
For the past 18 years, Time for Prayer has lifted up thousands upon thousands of prayers. With Jesus in our midst, we lift up what is on our hearts, and know that our prayers are heard and will be answered. Come join us, and be blessed.
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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Click the link below to check out the form and if you have any feedback or questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connector comes out at 4pm every Friday. The deadline for submissions is Noon, the Wednesday prior.