November Events

October 24, 2014 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Sunday School ‑ 9:00 AM every Sunday.  We have classes for all ages!

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On November 2nd, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for Solutions Center, which provides emergency housing, rent assistance, energy assistance and other support to people in need in the community.  For more information, go to www.solutionsfdl.com.  The Warming Shelter opens November 1st; go to www.localcalendar.com/public/warmhouse if you would like to sign up to provide dinner for the guests.

Church Meeting ‑ After worship Sunday, November 2nd.

Deborah Circle ‑ 12:30 PM Tuesday, November 4th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Choir Practice ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, November 5th and 19th, in the Choir Room.

Church Women United World Community Day ‑ 1:30 PM Friday, November 7th, at Covenant UMC.

Punch Fellowship ‑ After worship Sunday, November 9th, in the Fellowship Hall.

“Breaking Free” Women’s Bible Study ‑ 1:00 PM Monday, November 10th and 24th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Hannah Circle ‑ 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 12th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Prayer Group ‑ 4:30 PM Wednesday, November 12th, at the McKees’.

Diaconate ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, November 12th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Yarn Ladies ‑ 9:00 AM Saturday, November 15th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring your own project to work on or make kid-sized hats, scarves and mittens for Back-to-School 2015.

“Lamplighter” Deadline ‑ Noon Monday, November 24th.

Community Thanksgiving Eve Service ‑ 7:00 PM Wednesday, November 26th, at Covenant United Methodist Church.

Hanging of the Greens ‑ 9:00 AM Saturday, November 29th, at church.

From the Pastor

October 24, 2014 in From the Pastor

One of the many exciting parts of this year’s annual meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin was the opportunity to interview folks from churches throughout the region and hear stories of how they are connecting with people in their neighborhoods and communities.  These stories will eventually be written up and shared online at www.missionalnetworking.org as a way to encourage, inspire and challenge each other as we live out God’s mission in our own areas.

Last month, we talked about the many things we are doing as well as a number of opportunities to volunteer and serve in the community in new ways.  I also challenged us to think through the things we do in terms of reach (connecting with new people outside our church and getting to know those within the congregation) and impact (being purposeful about what we do in terms of living deeper into our relationship with God and others).

It’s important to remember that our faithfulness is not measured by our busy-ness or even our effectiveness, but first and foremost humbly living as the child of God who loves us and invites us deeper into true life.  At the same time, the kind of life God gives us is one that becomes richer and more abundant as we give it away, inviting others to share in what we have received and in the mission God calls us into.

We might think, “Well, that sounds great – but how do we really make those kinds of connections?  I’m old / young / busy / tired / introverted / got my own stuff to deal with.”  Believe it or not, I can sympathize.  It’s not easy for me to find new ways to reach out and connect with people outside of the networks of “churchdom”.  One of the (many) reasons I was grateful for the time Memorial allowed me to serve at Connect Café is that it provided a natural way to get to know a wide group of people. Read the rest of this entry →

Volunteer Opportunities

October 24, 2014 in Missions & Ministry

The Solutions Center Warming Shelter opens on November 1st.  The Solutions Center is looking for a volunteer who can help the staff member on duty from 6:00-10:00 PM with guest sign-in, serving the evening meal, working with clients and carrying items to and from the Women’s Shelter.  Solutions Center is also seeking to hire part-time Shelter Advocates for the Men’s and Women’s Shelters.  Applications for both positions are available online at www.solutionsfdl.com.

The Salvation Army needs help this season distributing coats (November 1st  at the Salvation Army) and distributing food and toys for Christmas (December 11th-17th at the Fairgrounds).  Call 923-8220 for more information.

Ruby’s Pantry needs volunteers to help with food distribution on Thursday, November 13th, at Grace Christian Church (1596 4th Street).  Registration begins at 5:00 PM.  Call Cheryl Meyer at 923-5292 if you would like to volunteer.

Youth for Chirist would like 1-2 adults to help lead an after-school group at Sabish Middle School; training and materials provided.  Contact Pastor Brian or a member of the Diaconate for more information.  YFC also needs volunteers for their Fresh Start program; talk to Mike Turk for details.

Boys and Girls’ Club is looking for volunteers to help as tutors in math and reading.  Call 924-0530 for more information.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters has a waiting list of kids who could be connected with an adult mentor.  Call 922-8200 for details.

Missionary Profile: Sandy Schoeninger (retired)

October 24, 2014 in Missionary Profile

SchoeningerThis month we take a brief look into the life of another retired missionary: Sandy Schoeninger, who served in Kodiakanal, India.  She now serves International Ministries at headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, as a volunteer special assistant in Mission Finance.  She files or shreds papers as required.  She folds and mails receipts for check or credit card gifts.  She also does other clerical work for the person who does the gift entry.

During the summers, Sandy volunteers at American Baptist Assembly/Green Lake Conference Center at Green Lake, serving at the quaint Padelford Country Store in the campground area.  It features an inviting front porch with a glider.  Guests go to the store to purchase camping supplies, firewood, some grocery items, snacks, ice cream treats, and gift items.  Children love to purchase penny candy there!

Although the store is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Sandy’s time at Green Lake begins earlier and ends later, allowing her to do necessary preparations at the store before opening and to get it closed up at the end of the season.

As you pray for missionaries, please pray for retired ones, such as Sandy, who continue to serve God in various ways.  Thank you.

Christian Education Update

October 24, 2014 in Sunday School

Our Sunday school continues to be comprised of four classes: preschool, elementary, youth, and adult.

In November, the preschool class will continue studying stories of Jesus as well as other Bible stories.  The elementary class will continue working with the theme started earlier, that of getting a good foundation of stories in the Bible from beginning to end.

Pat Olson continues to work twice monthly with the preschool and elementary classes in singing and in memorizing the names of the books of the Bible.

The Youth Class will continue with Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs.

In November, the adult class will continue the study started the last Sunday in October: The Fear of God, by T. M. Moore.  (This fear is more than simple awe, although it includes that.)  Themes for November are: “The Pleasure of the Lord”, “Delighting in God’s Law”, “Hating Sin”, “Living by Courageous Faith”, and “Reasons to Fear God”.  Read the rest of this entry →

Through God’s Eyes

October 9, 2014 in Podcast

Scripture: Jonah 3:10-4:4

Right Click to Download: 09-21-2014

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

October 9, 2014 in Podcast

Scripture: Romans 14:1-13

Right Click to Download: 09-14-2014

October Events

September 29, 2014 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Choir Practice ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, October 1st, 15th and 29th, in the Choir Room.

Joyful Noise Practice ‑ 7:30 PM Wednesday, October 1st and 29th, in the Sanctuary.

MBW Soup and Salad Luncheon ‑ Noon Saturday, October 4th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Women’s board members will hostess this event, which will include a speaker from the Solutions Center.  All women are invited to attend!

Sunday School ‑ 9:00 AM every Sunday.

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On October 5th, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for the Care Walk, which will take place that afternoon and raises money for Broken Bread, Fondy Food Pantry, the Family Resource Center, Loaves & Fishes and the Solutions Center.

Care Walk-Bike-Drive ‑ 1:00-4:00 PM Sunday, October 5th.  The one-mile walk begins and ends at St. Paul’s Cathedral (Division & Macy Streets).  Participants will make ten stops along the way and they will hear brief presentations of different ways that area churches and agencies are reaching out to help, especially in the areas of food, shelter and safety.  Participants seek donations from family, church members and friends, which will be shared locally with agencies that help with food, family or shelter.   A biking/driving route with stops at the Salvation Army, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will begin at 2:00.  Brats, burgers and beverages will be available for sale at St.  Vincent de Paul; money raised here will go to Care INC.  Care INC Walk forms are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

Spiritual Gifts Team Meeting ‑ 1:00 PM Monday, October 6th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Admin Team Meeting ‑ 5:00 PM Monday, October 6th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Deborah Circle ‑ 12:30 PM Tuesday, October 7th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Hannah Circle ‑ 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 8th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Carol Mueller will hostess. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: “Looking Ahead”

September 29, 2014 in From the Pastor

As I look west out my office window, the trees across the way are still green and full of leaves.  But a glimpse of a bright orange of an eager maple tree reminds me that we’re on the doorstep of autumn.

Like the subtle signs of a Packer’s game on Sunday, it’s another reminder that we’re well underway in the fall season of church ministry.  At the same time, it’s a season of preparing for 2015, something well underway in the leadership teams of the church.

But while budgets are being drafted and people contacted for leadership positions, there’s much more to it than that.  The old saying goes that 20% of the people do 80% of the work, but that’s not the way the body of Christ is meant to be.  There’s another saying that 90% of statistics are made up on the spot, but I trust you get where I’m going with this…

The Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 12 that we are all members of the body of Christ, and each and every one of us is important not just for what we do, but by being present and participating in the life of that shared body.  At the same time, each of us makes an important contribution to the life of the body, and helping each other discover that and live that out is one of the purposes of the church.

In short, this is a season where I’d ask each of us to prayerfully think about how we are connected to the body, the church, and to consider where God is inviting us to use our gifts and resources and time; not, not, not for the sake of having one more thing to do, or for keeping the machinery of churchdom running, but for the sake of helping people discover the presence and healing and love of God in our community and in our church. Read the rest of this entry →

Missionary Journal: Roberta Stephens (Japan)

September 29, 2014 in Missionary Profile

After 25 days visiting the various places and people who occupied my attention at various times during the 27+ years of my residence, I must now return to Yokohama and finish up the ministry that God has given me there.

I revisited Morigo Christian campsite and participated in a seminar for its earthquake recovery and future plans.

I pray that American Baptists can continue their participation in this camp, because it was you who built it.  I heard and saw how One Great Hour of Sharing funds were continuing to be used in many places.

Roberta Stephens