November 25, 2001


Table of Contents

Music Plays Major Role in Christmas Celebrations

Enjoy Some of Our Family Holiday Traditions

Stewardship Outlook Positive

DLL Lines

Workday Saves Thousands of Dollars

Welcome New Members

Join Us for the All-Church English Dinner

Church Accepts "Gift" from CH

Rev. Dr. Charles Goldsmith Honored by Elmhurst

In Brief/ Our Church Family


Music Plays a Major Role in Christmas Celebrations at First Congregational


On Sunday morning, December 23, we will celebrate a traditional service of lessons and carols at the 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

The service will include the age old readings of the Christmas story, selections by the choirs of our church and the congregational singing of the beloved carols of the season.

This tradition, so closely associated with the churches of England, is celebrated throughout the Christian world at this time of the year. It seems a fitting way to celebrate together with all of our Christian colleagues on this Sunday before Christmas. Be certain to be in church on the morning of December 23 as we read in Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of our God and sing our praise together at this blessed time of the year.

Then, on December 24, come 1/2 hour early to the 11:00 p.m. service and enjoy caroling.


The combined choirs for First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa have a double
project for December.

On December 8th, our combined choirs will join with the choirs from St. Matthew's Lutheran and United Methodist to sing with the Concord Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Janet Millard, the former
first chair flutist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will be given at St. Josephat's Basilica (6th and Lincoln, in Milwaukee) at 8:00p.m. Tickets are available in the church office. Until November 27, the cost is $8/adult and $5/student. After November 27, the price increases to $15-$8/adult and $10-$5/student.

The varied program will include seasonal works by Bach, Vaughn-Williams, and arrangements by Alice Parker of familiar Christmas music.

The combined choirs participated in a similar concert two years ago. Both those who participated and those who attended found it a unique and rewarding holiday event.

The traditional Christmas concert will be held in the sanctuary at 4:00 on Sunday, December 16th. The combined choirs will repeat some works from the December 8th concert and will perform several other Christmas works, including a Scottish carol, "What Strangers Are These?"

In addition to the combined choirs, there will be performances by the Handbell Choir and the Children's Choir, as well as a duet for organ and piano by Ralph Ehlert and Betty Dethmers.

The Christmas Concert is a wonderful gift to the church fellowship from the music program. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy this inspirational holiday event. Mark your calendars for December 8th and December 16th for these fine musical experiences. *

by Marilyn Auer


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Enjoy Some of Our Family Holiday Traditions

Christmas Workshop Sunday, December 2, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Join us when children of all ages can get a head start on making Christmas gifts which will be treasured for years to come. There will be approximately 14 different craft tables from which to choose with prices ranging from 25 to $1.00. Many new crafts will be featured such as the beaded candy cane, holiday necklaces, peppermint wreaths, snowflake picture frames, decoupage coasters, a nativity wall hanging, glass beaded serving plates and more. Some old favorites will return like Christmas tree candles, swirled paint glass ornaments, and decorate-your-own gingerbread cookies.

Afterward, stay for pizza, salad, garlic bread and a beverage and sing Christmas carols. Cost for dinner is $4.00/adult and $3.00/child. For additional information or to volunteer your time, contact Carla Cummings at 414-774-4756.

Friendly Beast Breakfast, Saturday December 1, 9:00 am - Bring your little children in their pajamas and with their favorite stuffed animal. We'll have a "real live" Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. The children will put their animals around the family while they have breakfast and, of course, take them home afterwards. Following breakfast the children will sing a few Christmas songs and you'll be on your way at approximately 10:30. The cost is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. Please register in the church office. *


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Stewardship Outlook is Positive

From the members of the Board of Christian Stewardship to the hundreds of families who have responded to this year's Stewardship Campaign, a heart-felt thank you and congratulations for returning your 2002 pledges and increasing them by 28% over 2001!

So far, your Church has received pledges totaling just over $590,000 with just over 340 families returning their pledging intentions for 2002. It is very encouraging to see this kind of response from our committed and caring fellowship!

But we still have some distance to go in our journey of faith together. Our goal for the year 2002 is to raise $800,000 to fulfill the many worthy missions that we, as a Church community, must undertake as we seek to strengthen the communities around us.

That means that there are still some families who have not yet indicated their pledging intentions for 2002. Your Church family needs your prayerful consideration! Please return your pledge card or call the church office at (414) 258-7375 as soon as possible.

Based on the average pledge amount of $1,736 per family received thus far, our goal is within reach! If you have not yet pledged for 2002 or if you would like to increase your pledge to match this average amount, your generosity will be truly blessed. Thank you. *

by Steve Russ, Stewardship chairperson

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Retailers of this country have greatly distorted the significance of the liturgical year. Halloween is just past and already, Christmas decorations are up, beguiling the minds of the young.

Thanksgiving, except for poor old "tom turkey," doesn't get much of an emphasis in the world of commerce, except in food markets and restaurants. That fact makes this special day all the more significant as an emphasis in the Church, especially Congregational Churches. Viewing Thanksgiving as a day to symbolize the way we ought to live all year round is certainly not over doing it. Now, comes, November 23, the biggest shopping day of the entire year, the blitz until Christmas is really on.

But, what about Advent? It is one of the richest seasons in the liturgical year, yet except for liturgical churches, many people are not even aware of its existence. Advent is the season of the year when we celebrate the coming of light into the world. It's more than the expectation of the coming of Jesus, the light of the world, although that event is central in the thinking. Advent is about the times throughout history when God has revealed himself to humanity and more; it is about the times yet to come when through a myriad of ways, Christ returns.

Advent hurls us back to Moses and Elijah, to Isaiah and Micah. Advent is when we dwell on the ministry of John the Baptist, this strange little man wandering about the desert crying to all that will listen, "prepare ye the way of the Lord." Advent links us up to Elizabeth and Zechariah and the details of the birth of their son, John. It allows us to identify with Mary who travels to be with Elizabeth and learn about having a baby. Advent prepares us for a trip to Bethlehem and a birth in a messy old stable of one who has changed the entire history of the world. *

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Workday Saves Thousands of Dollars

A huge thank you to the forty members of First Congregational Church who gave of their time and talents to help clean up the church.

Outside, all of the flower beds and the lawns were cleared of leaves and other debris. The lawn was mowed. A large dead tree on the west lawn was cut down and cut up. Most of it has been removed. Anyone wanting firewood is welcome to help themselves to any that still remains.

Inside, the Nave, the Chapel and the nurseries on the first floor; the classrooms and the main hall on the second floor; and all of the toys and furniture in each of these areas were deep cleaned. The kitchen stoves and ovens were scrubbed. Brackets for more storage shelves were installed and all of the old-style rest room faucets had new washers and aerators installed.

Maintenance projects included scraping, brushing and priming the handrail on the roof, the air conditioner cabinets on the roof and the hand rails in front of the church.

The squeaky pews in the nave were disassembled, lubricated with bar soap and reassembled.  Book racks are being repaired two at a time.  On the lower level, some classroom painting was accomplished.  More remains to be done.

Many more small projects too numerous to list were also completed.  All of this time and talent has saved the congregation thousands of dollars in outside service costs.  Again, THANK YOU to all who participated. *

by Rich Raymond

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Welcome these New Members!

Charlie Thombs works as an orthopedic supply sales representative. He and wife Jenny Daigneau live in Milwaukee. While a new member of FCC, Charlie is already a seasoned FCC baseball and basketball team player.

Beth Simpson and Brian Turner live in Wauwatosa with their children Megan and William. Brian works for Accenture (formerly Anderson Consulting) and Beth is a doula (labor and delivery assistant).

Tricia and Rick Barry live in New Berlin along with 3-month-old Nicholas. Rick grew up in Brookfield and they were married at FCC in 1997. Tricia is an at home mom and Rick spends his days as a supplier for underground electrical cable lines.

Grant and Kimberly Thekan met each other at UWM. Grant grew up in Tosa and graduated from East. They were married in August of 1997 and now live in Wauwatosa with their 1-month-old son, Aiden.

Tim and Tracy Lockhart moved to Waukesha from Atlanta a few years ago before moving to Tosa. Tim is a senior buyer with P&H Mining and Tracy is a busy at-home mom to Jack, a first grader and Michael who is 31. They became good friends with a church family and since their home is 2 blocks away, they were thrilled to find FCC to be so warm and welcoming.

Lorraine Nagler was a long-time Tosa resident before moving up north for a while. Her son David sings in the choir when he can and when Lorraine moved back to Milwaukee, she liked the idea of worshipping with family. She's always had many friends in this
congregation so she has felt very
"at home" since coming to FCC.

Lisa Harper, lives in Wauwatosa with her husband and two daughters. Lisa and her husband have a consulting business together.

Kate Craney is the head music therapist at a local nursing home. A Wauwatosa resident, Kate transferred her church membership from East Troy.

Corinne and David Meyer are also Tosa residents along with their sons, Kyle and Kevin. David works for Johnson Controls and Corinne works at St. Rose's Home for Troubled Girls.

Jennie and Kenneth Jankowski were originally invited to come to FCC by some friends. Married in this church, they now have a daughter, Savannah. Kenneth is a fireman for North Shore Fire Department.

Sandra Ford, while a new member, already accompanied our Honduran mission team. Sandra lives in Franklin and has four children: Brandon, Michael, Shannon and Amanda. Sandra is a nursing student at MSOE.

Dorie Strathas lives in Muskego and works in a Wauwatosa dental office.  Dorie is a transfer member from Mayflower Congregational Church. *

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Join Us for the All-Church, English Dinner, December 5

We start our festive holiday season with our Annual English Dinner followed by songs from some of our choir members and a Christmas sing-along.

Evening Bill of Fare

Mulled Apple Cider

Prepare for dinner with some spiced, apple cider.

Consomme with Garnish of Egg Custard

A flavorful consomme made with chicken, veal, and beef stock
along with spices and herbs.


Fresh Garden Vegetables with Roquefort Dressing

Roast Sirloin of Beef

The beef of early England and the colonial days was generally lean and tough as cattle were strictly raised on pasture grazing. Flavorful and tender beef was not generally available until the 1890's when grain feeding found wide acceptance.

Yorkshire Pudding

Pudding usually implies something solid, however Yorkshire Pudding should be light, puffy, crispy and brown. True Yorkshire pudding is made by letting the roast beef drip its juices into the pan of pudding. (What a messy oven!)


A favorite English vegetable.

Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce

Plum pudding is a traditional English delicacy. Dried plums or prunes were popular in pies in medieval times. In the 16th and 17th centuries, they were replaced by raisins. Currently in addition to raisins, other candied fruit and nuts have been added as well as a splash of brandy for moistness. Until the 19th century, tokens were hidden in the pudding:

A coin - for wealth

A button - for brotherhood

A thimble - for spinsterhood

A ring - for marriage

Look for your token in your pudding.

Recipes from last month's Cream of Peanut Soup are available in the church office.

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Church Accepts "Gift" from CH

At the Church Council meeting held on October 23, 2001, the Council unanimously accepted the Congregational Home's "gift" of the services of Ddg (Debby)Wakefield. As the full-time director of volunteer ministries at the Home, Ddg (pronounced Deej) will work there three days per week and at the church two days (Tuesdays and Thursdays.) The Congregational Home will pay her full salary.

President of the Home, Charlie Nelson, and Interim Senior Minister, Doug Lobb, are very excited about the possibilities for Ddg to assist in making a stronger connection between our Church and the Home. She will also coordinate the volunteer ministry at First Congregational Church.

If you are looking for a place to share your own time and talents, Ddg will be happy to find just the right spot for you. Call her Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Congregational Home, 262-781-0550, or Tuesdays and Thursdays at Church, 414-258-7375. If you have never visited the Congregational Home, make plans to do so soon. Ddg or other members of the administrative staff would be delighted to give you a tour of the beautiful facility established by First Congregational Church. *

by Nancy Fisher

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Dr. Charles Goldsmith Honored by Elmhurst

Elmhurst College recently held its second annual Goldsmith Speakership program at the College in Elmhurst, IL, where Dr. Frank Summers presented "The Relevance of Freud for the Contemporary Age." The College established this Speakership, which brings in noted authorities in the field of psychology, to honor Rev. Dr. Charles Goldsmith for his generous support of his alma mater and current psychology students.

Rev. Goldsmith, Chaplain of the Congregational Home and noted authority on the work of Erik Erikson, meets quarterly with Elmhurst College students who are Goldsmith Scholars. He helps them "explore the basic principles of Eriksonian Psychoanalytic theory and enrich their understanding of the application/interpretation of these works."

An ordained minister and a psychologist, Rev. Goldsmith began his career in ministry. His pastoral care work eventually led him to psychology, counseling and teaching. He brings a wealth of experience to Congregational Home. In his quiet, calming way, Rev. Goldsmith, known affectionately as "Charlie," conducts Sunday Services and meets with residents who want to reminisce, pray or study.

Rev. Goldsmith encourages all residents to continue in their paths of lifelong learning. Currently, 10 to 12 residents meet regularly with Rev. Goldsmith to study the history of the English language. These residents studied Old and Middle English and then delighted in the language of Shakespeare, which is the basis for modern English a challenging course for anyone!

Rev. Goldsmith, who holds a Ph.D. in Gerontology from Boston University, is also conducting research at the Congregational Home on Alzheimer's and related dementia.

The Congregational Home and Elmhurst College are both very fortunate that Charles Goldsmith, in his mid-seventies, is still accepting new challenges in his career. *

by Nancy Fisher

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In Brief/Our Church Family


Dec. 1
Friendly Beast Breakfast 9:00am

Dec. 2
Christmas Workshop 3:00
Supper 5:00

Dec. 5
All-Church English Dinner 6:00

Dec. 8
Choir Concert at St. Josaphat's 8:00

Dec. 16
Worship w/ Pageant 8:45 & 11:00am

Christmas Choir Concert 4:00

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services
Office closes noon

Family Service 4:00
Open House 9:30-10:30

Carol Sing 10:30

Candle Light Service 11:00

Circle 8

will meet at the Congregational Home on Tuesday, December 4, at 9:00 a.m. to decorate Christmas trees and wrap presents. Bring a sandwich for lunch.

Circle 12

will meet on Wednesday, November 28 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a book review given by Little Read Book Store. Friends are invited. Call Martha Haagensen (256-6905) or Marie Baumgart (774-9806) for reservations.

Holiday Shopping Child Care

Right after the Friendly Beast Breakfast on December 1, the Junior PF is sponsoring Holiday Shopping Child Care for those parents interested in going Christmas shopping without their children. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $6.00 for your first child, $2.50 for second child. Includes snacks.
Ages infant to 10 years old.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue of the Columns is

Monday, December 17, noon

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Congregational Columns

Editor, Beth Linscott

Communications Committee

Mary York - Chairperson,
Nancy Fisher, Sue Rowbottom,
De McDermott, Bill Edens


Rev. Dr. Douglas Lobb, Interim Minister

Rev. Kathryn Rust, Associate Minister

Rev. Chris Rygh, Associate Minister

Rev. Dr. Charles Goldsmith,
Congregational Home Chaplain

Rani Gusho, Administrator

Lee Jacobi, Director of Music

Betty Dethmers, Organist

Michelle Jackson, Parish Nurse

Sally Boyle, Secretary

Nancy Grundle, Secretary

Anne Callen, Secretary

Charles Nelson, Administrator, Congregational Home, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Norman S. Ream, Minister Emeritus


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