February 28, 1999

Table of Contents

BASIC Dinner and Auction

Dan Schowalter

Paul and His Communities: Dispute and Dialogue

A note from Lee

Pictoral directory tips

Goodbye Steve and Julie

Sharing our blessings this Easter

The Balkans: A Land of Conflict

Vice Moderator, Steve Hayes

Binky Patrol

Order Easter plants

A word from Lonnie

WCWF Retreat

Spring Retreat day

Lenten schedule

In brief



BASIC Dinner/Auction promises to be
fun-filled evening

The students of B.A.S.I.C. will be holding a dinner auction starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 13. The event will take place in the Social Hall and will feature another elegant Italian gourmet meal prepared by John Sgarlata and his sons.

Last year students raised approximately $2000 by selling such items as artwork, portrait sittings, service certificates for yard work and child care, tanning sessions, haircuts, restaurant certificates, dental services, a weekend in Door County, and all kinds of food. Though there were many hilarious moments during the evening, no doubt the funniest moment came when two bidders became embroiled in a furious bidding battle for one pound of coffee from the Coffee Trader. After several minutes of back and forth bidding, one bidder shouted out "One hundred dollars!" After a moment of shock, great laughter followed as the buyer invited her competitor to join her to sample the brew!

Profits from last year's auction helped send nine students to the NAPF conference in San Diego and several other students to summer camp. Profits from this year's auction will again be used to supplement registration fees at the National Association of Pilgrim Fellowship conference in New York and at summer camp.

This year's auction is sure to delight. Stop by the front office to reserve your place today. Ticket prices for the event are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and under. *

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Dan Schowalter Profile


When Rev. Dr. Dan Schowalter made a standing offer to 'help out however he could,' we couldn't pass up the opportunity to tap into this wonderful resource for our Lenten classes when we found ourselves short a teaching minister during this busy Church season.

Growing up in the Church, Dan is just one of the Schowalter family who has given back tremendously to our congregation. He and wife, Diane (maiden name Smith) along with their three children ­ Jeremy, Ryan, and Melanie ­ drive from Racine to attend services here. But First Church is a special place for them. The couple met in 7th grade Sunday School class. Dan said that they have many wonderful experiences here and enjoys remembering back to P.F. when he was first starting to date his wife. "Some of my best memories from that time are from Camp Lucerne. It was very fun and also meaningful," said Dan.

Now in his 10th year as a professor of religion at Carthage College in Kenosha, Dan was ordained at First Congregational Church in 1985. Prior to that, Dan spent eight years on the east coast. While completing his Doctoral work at Harvard University Divinity School, Dan worked part time at Wesley University in Massachusetts.

Teaching the Lenten class series, "Paul and His Communities: Dispute and Dialogue" is nothing new for Dan. Through his position at Carthage, Dan said he engages in a fair amount of outreach teaching at adult forums.

In his free time, Dan said he enjoys riding a bike and playing basketball. He said that while he also runs, he isn't sure he finds that so enjoyable.

Listed below is more information about the Lenten classes being offered. We are certainly fortunate to have someone of Dan's experience and expertise to present the program this Lenten season. *

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Paul and His Communities:
Dispute and Dialogue

Because the Apostle Paul is held in such high regard by the later Christian Church, it is hard to imagine a time when his authority and insight would have been in doubt. In fact, this was the situation in the early churches at the time Paul was writing his letters. Each community faced problems and difficulties which Paul tried to address in as helpful a way as possible. Not everyone appreciated these attempts and often Paul found himself having to defend his ministry and his ideas.

This course will look at several major themes present in the Pauline letters. For each theme, we will seek to understand Paul's perspective, and his attempts to convince other people that his position was correct. This approach tends to view the letters as living documents of the first century, not as sacred scripture almost two millennia old.

Feel free to attend any of the classes which fit into your schedule, and please bring your Bible.

Wednesday, March 3rd - 7:00 p.m.

"Paul and Eschatology: How Would Paul Celebrate the New Millennium?"

Wednesday, March 10th - 7:00 p.m.

"Paul and Judaism: Was Paul a Christian?"

Wednesday, March 17th - 7:00 p.m.

"Paul and Behavior: What were Paul's Moral Standards?"

Wednesday, March 24th - 7:00 p.m.

"Paul and Women: Did Women Serve as Leaders in Paul's Churches?"



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A note from Lee


For more than two decades, I have been privileged to serve our congregation as the Director of Music. Over the years, I've received great support and have experienced the appreciation of members of our congregation. Whenever there are concerts or special musical events in our church's life, the attendance of our church family has spoken eloquently about how you feel about the role and place of music in our church's worship and artistic lives.

But I found the most recent demonstration of our congregation's attitude to the importance of music in our lives overwhelming. What a wonderful response you provided to the appeal for funds to replace our chapel organ and to re-build the Steinway piano for use in our nave. I would be less than candid if I were to say anything other than how wonderfully surprised I was by your generous gifts.

Special thanks must be extended to Betty Dethmers for her work on this project. Our chairman, Ralph Ehlert, should be recognized for his attention to detail, his persistence in seeing this project through, and for his vision in seeing this as an undertaking that will render service to our church family for years.

Although, in many ways, this has been an arduous task ­ it has been a labor of love. This wonderful piano brings full circle the gift of Miss Skinner, her connection to First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa, her connection to so many people in the Wauwatosa community and her intense love for her God and her music. We are blessed by this gift and its restoration.

Thank you one and all. God bless you. *

by Lee Jacobi, Director of Music

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Pictoral Directory Tips

Photos are being taken March 1­6 and March 9­13 by United Church Directories for our Church family album. If you have not already done so, do not delay ­ call the Church office immediately to schedule your appointment.

Plan to arrive a few minutes early for your appointment. Look for our volunteers in the area of the Friendship Lounge to assist and direct you. The actual time spent in front of the camera won't be long, and then you will view your proofs with United's portrait consultant and choose the picture you want to appear in the directory. You will receive a $25 value complimentary 8 x 10. You will have the opportunity to choose and purchase additional portraits at this time.

Portraits are available in four different finishes and five sizes as well as wallet sizes and greeting cards. Prices range from $20 for a basic color 5 x 7 to $140 for the classic canvas 20 x 24. A variety of frames to compliment your portraits will also be available for purchase. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards will all be accepted at your portrait session. Remember that there is no obligation to purchase additional portraits. Your purchases will be shipped to your home. Most orders arrive in 2 to 3 weeks.

Hints for the most flattering portraits, whether you opt for a formal or casual look, include dressing in rich or warm solid colors. Avoid patterns or styles that draw attention away from the face. Dress everyone in the portrait in the same style of clothing and in colors that coordinate and blend. Finally, remember to smile and let your inner beauty shine through! The Communications Committee is grateful for your participation and support in making our new Church directory a success. *

René Klumb


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Goodbye Steve and Julie!

Valentine's Day seemed a very appropriate day to bid a fond farewell to our loved Associate Minister/Teacher Steve Peay and Julie who has also been very active in our church.

Answering a call to a senior minister position at Heritage Congregational Church, Steve and Julie are settling in with their new congregation. A large number of First Church members enjoyed the opportunity on February 14 to wish them both a final farewell and all of our best wishes.

Sharing our blessings this Easter

This Easter we have the opportunity to share our blessings with those in need at Joy House, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, and the Tosa Community Food Pantry.

Since 1893, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and later, also, Joy House have provided more than half of all available shelter beds to the homeless in Milwaukee. In 1998, they served 194,621 meals to hungry people and sheltered 104,000 men, women and children. Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Joy House provide a safe comfortable Christian environment to help men and women get back on their feet. Life Skills programs, Bible studies, and One-on-One counseling are just a few of the services offered in addition to the necessities of life ­ three meals a day, shelter, clothing and personal care items.

Joy House, a shelter for homeless women and children is equipped with 100 beds and provides all the immediate necessities of life as well as providing direction and guidance to each woman, helping her to assess her current situation and create a plan to resolve her crisis. The Milwaukee Rescue Mission has recently been expanded and has 250 beds available for homeless men providing them with similar necessities and Christian guidance.

The children of these homeless are not forgotten but rather also given advocates who work directly with them during this difficult adjustment time. They are offered the opportunities for tutors, educational programs as well as physical fitness, crafts and genuine fun.

The Tosa Community Food Pantry is located in the church basement of St. Bernard Catholic Church on Wauwatosa Avenue. It is the only community food pantry in the area and is supported by 18 local churches and civic service clubs and groups.

The Pantry serves zip codes 53213, 53226, 53225, and 53222. However, any members of the 18 supporting churches are eligible with a referral from the church even if they are not a resident of this district. Recipients register at their initial visit and at each visit must provide identification in the form of two current bills which show current address. Recipients may visit the pantry every 4 weeks.

Last year the Pantry had approximately 230 families register and served approximately 90 families each month. The pantry is open Saturday 9­11 a.m. and Monday 1­3 p.m.

The Pantry is stocked by means of donated food items and cash donations which are used to purchase perishable items and items to supplement the food donations. It is staffed by volunteers and one salaried person who works ten hours per week.

Mary Ann Hamill, the director, stated that in addition to cash, the biggest need the pantry has is for volunteers who can carry the caseloads of food that are purchased with the cash donations. She urged anyone who has time to please contact her at 476-9029. *

by Mary York


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The Balkans:

A Land of Conflict

Like the Mideast, the Balkans is a land of clashing and unforgiving religions, cultures, histories, traditions, and people. As has happened in the past, these internal ethnic and religious collisions have recently drawn outside powers into the fray. These times are somewhat different as former foes during the Cold War are now working together to establish some form of calm in the area.

One of our Church family, Captain Harry (Hank) Collis, has had a unique opportunity to see the effects of the conflict first hand as well as participate in the process of separating people who cannot forget ancient history nor forgive their neighbors for being different. He is a Captain (that's a colonel for Army, Air Force and Marines) in the Naval Reserve. He was recalled to active duty in December 1996 and served nine months as the senior watch officer at the main Headquarters of the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He was involved in the daily operations and employment of more than 150,000 U.S. and N.A.T.O. soldiers, sailors and airmen involved in peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. Part of his responsibilities took him to war-torn Zagreb, Croatia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Harry will be presenting a short course in Balkan history in an effort to help us understand today's headlines. Harry was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Armed Service medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization "M," and the Overseas Service ribbon for his dedicated service to his country. *


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Vice Moderator, Steve Hayes

Throughout his approximate 25 years at First Congregational Church, Steve Hayes has donated much time to serving in various leadership roles. After roles as Chairperson of the Board of Christian Education, Board of Stewardship, and Long Range Planning Committee; member of the Personnel Committee; and Sunday School teacher, Steve has now agreed to serve our Church as Vice Moderator for 1999­2000.

Steve was first introduced to FCC through his wife Nancy (Forester) whom he met in college. Her family ties to First Church­Wauwatosa stretch back to the founders. Steve and Nancy have four children: Steve, Andy, Julianna and Dan.

Steve is an attorney focusing primarily on trial work. He said that he has been doing quite a bit of work with adoptions, no-contests and municipal law and considers them to be sub-specialties.

With a particular interest in the Honduran Mission program, Steve believes one of FCC's most important ministries is in the area of benevolences. "I like that we are thinking of and doing things for others not as fortunate," said Steve. He also said that he believes the B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) youth program is very important and in excellent hands. As a vital ministry for our church, present and future, it is good to see such a strong, positive program emerging.

As far as the future of First Congregational, when asked what he envisioned for the Church in 2010, Steve said that he didn't foresee many changes. He noted that he is very encouraged by the current activity level at the church and abundant opportunities for people to get involved in a wide variety of capacities. He would like to see that activity level maintained in the future.

To this leadership position, Steve brings considerable experience; an active, hands-on approach; an idea-oriented mind-set; and the ability to engage a lot of help. As we head into the new Millennium we are fortunate to have Steve as well as the other volunteer leaders of our church willing to give so much of their time and talents. *


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Binky Patrol

Help the Wednesday morning Mom's Group in its benevolence project, called "Binky Patrol," as it makes blankets to be given to children at Joy House, Children's Hospital, and Milwaukee County Social Services. Volunteers are needed to knit and/or crochet, cut, pin, sew, tie and deliver the finished blankets. Work at home or join Mom's Group Wednesday, March 24 from 9:00 ­ 11:00 and the last Wednesday morning of each month. A sew-a-thon is scheduled here for Saturday, May 1 from 9:00 to 3:00. Contact Margaret Hetzel at 771-3895. Donation boxes for supplies are located near the Christian Ed. office. *


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Order flowering plants now
for Easter

Bring the beauty of spring into the church and your home. Return this form to the office with your check for $10.00 for each plant ordered by Wednesday, March 24. Plants will be arranged for the April 4 Easter services and may be taken home after the 11:00 service.

Tulips _____ Daffodils _____ Lilies _____ Total $__________

Given by

In Memory of

In honor of


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A word from Lonnie...

Jesus, The Pharisees and Spiritual Renewal


Much of Jesus' pastoral care was to the religious. Jesus was constantly confronted with some religious leaders of his day who were convinced that living by the religious law as outlined in the first five books of the Old Testament was all God required of his people. Form became the substitute to function and Jesus was challenged to bring the Kingdom of God to some who cared more about externals than internals. He sensed a lack of caring and actions that degraded the spirit and intent of the quality of life for which the laws were intended to encourage. We associate this group with the Pharisees. To some degree their convictions were noble. One must consider seriously what the Bible says. There is also the temptation from pride to use the religious lifestyle admonished in scriptures as a substitute to loving God with heart, soul and mind and loving others as we come to love ourselves.

As Christians we should always remember Jesus and the Pharisees. When we are challenged with new opportunities for Christian expression and outreach, are we willing to give it a chance even if it requires change? We are experiencing spiritual renewal. It's exciting and scary. It's exciting as I have heard from many, of the power of faith at work in their lives. It is scary because we are growing in faith and vision and when there is growth there is change and, for some, change may be unsettling. In all things, let's remember we are about the Master's work. I thank God that you will not settle for just 'getting by.' Let's work and praise God together. I believe in you!

Your pastor, Lonnie

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A Retreat for All
Wisconsin Congregational Women

Wisconsin Congregational Women's Fellowship


The 4th Annual Retreat

Celebrating at Home

Nurturing faith in the home

May 14­16, 1999

at the

Cedar Valley Retreat Center

West Bend, Wisconsin

For more information, contact:

Helga Shultz

201 Roberts Drive

Mukwonago, WI 53149-1129

Telephone: 414.363.3240

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Spring retreat day set

As president of the Congregational Society of Classical Retreat Guides, let me invite you to come, in the middle of this Lenten season, to North Shore Congregational Church on March 13th for a Quiet Day beginning at 9:00 and ending at 3:00. The subject: "Disciplines of the Spirit" from the writings of Dr. Howard Thurman.

In the fall of 1964 I had the privilege of sitting at the feet of this saint of God when he came as an adjunct professor to Earlham. He was one of the most spiritually mature, warm, and articulate people I had ever met. His words had a life-changing impact on me. There will be four presentations with time for reflection following each:

1) The Discipline of Commitment;

2) The Discipline of Suffering;

3) The Discipline of Prayer; and

4) The Discipline of Reconciliation.

Lunch will be provided and if you need overnight accommodations on Friday please let me know.

Call the church office to register and ask for Sue. The number is 414-352-6123. I look forward to this special time together. See you in March!

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March 3

Lenten Supper 6:00
Lenten Class 7:00

March 10

Lenten Supper 6:00

Red Cross - "Til Help Arrives" 7:00

Stories, Crafts, Music for kids 7:00

March 17

Lenten Supper 6:00
Lenten Class 7:00

March 24

Lenten Supper 6:00

Lenten Class 7:00

April 1

Maundy Thursday Communion 7:00

April 2

Good Friday

"Office of Tenebrae" Service 7:00

April 4

EASTER Worship 8:45 & 11:00

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In brief/Our church family

Professional Women's Group

next meets Wed., April 14, from 7:00­8:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Cathy Schmidt will lead a discussion on the book, "Elegant Choices."

Men's Church Softball

Interested in playing softball for our church? Open to all males 18 years and older, our church team is part of the Church Softball League. Games are played at Hart Park on Tuesday nights. For information, call Jeff Saeger, 771-5127

Circles' March Meetings

Tuesday, March 2, 11:30: Circle 8 will meet at Congregational Home for lunch with the Health Care residents.

Wednesday, March 3, 11:00: Circle 12 will see a slide presentation "Canyon Land" presented by Esther Bauers. Lunch reservation to Martha Haagensen, 256-6905.

Tuesday, March 9, 12:00: Circle 7 meets at Congregational Home for luncheon and entertainment provided by Harmony Singers.


February 11: Grace Rae Anderson, daughter born to David and Laura Petrie Anderson


February 14:

Ian David Karcher, son of David and Katy Kobussen Karcher

Donovan Patrick McBride, son of Dennis McBride and Karen Barry


February 11: Lila Brenner

February 17: Marion (Miggie) Hammond

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Congregational Columns

Editor, Beth Linscott

Communications Committee

Jennifer Wakefield - Chairperson,

Mary York, Bruce Smith, John O'Meara, Char Schweitzer


Rev. Lonnie Richardson, Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Charles Goldsmith, Minister of Pastoral Care

Chris Rygh, Director of Student Ministries

Rani Gusho, Financial Administrator

Roy Brouwer, Building Superintendent

Lee Jacobi, Director of Music

Betty Dethmers, Organist

Michelle Jackson, Parish Nurse

Betsy Isenberg, Secretary

Nancy Gross, Secretary

Charles Nelson, Administrator, Congregational Home, Inc.

Rev. Norman S. Ream, Minister Emeritus


Vol. 8, Issue 2