June 27, 2004

First in faith, freedom, fellowship, and Wauwatosa


Table of Contents

Show Patriotic Spirit by Walking with Church Float in Parade

20004 Covenant Class Confirmed

Minister's Musings

Children's Sunday

Harry Holz Begins Term as Vice Moderator

30th Anniversary Celebration a Success

All-Church Dinner Swings Into Action

Lectionary Readings

In Brief


Show Patriotic Spirit by Walking with Church Float in Parade

The city of Wauwatosa’s ever popular Fourth of July parade will this year feature, for the first time, a float from Tosa’s First Church.
Jennifer and David Wareham have been busy designing and constructing a float that features our familiar church steeple as the focal point. Members and friends of the church are invited to either ride on the trailer that carries the float, or to walk alongside the float as it trails down North Avenue.

The parade is actually on Monday, July 5th this year, as the 4th is on a Sunday. The parade is officially from 9 to 11 a.m. Those wishing to participate will need to register in advance in the atrium, then show up at 8 a.m. at Mayfair Mall. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and travels east on North Avenue from 105th Street (by Mayfair Mall) to 80th Steet by Longfellow Middle School. The parade route is 1.75 miles. There will be plenty of water provided to stay refreshed, so those physically able to make the trek are invited to walk alongside the float. This is a great family event, and parents are asked to walk with children during the parade.
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04 Covenant Class Confirmed

After many months of committed work, students from the 2004 Covenant Class were recently welcomed into the church as members. Following is a little information about each of these young adults from those who know them best...their parents.

James Anheuser
We would like James to know how proud we are of him. We hope that he continues to read the Bible and grow and learn about God’s plan for him. Something that people might like to know about James is his love of music and his efforts to teach himself to play the guitar.

Meg Baptie
Thank you First Congregational Church for welcoming our daughter, Meg, into your church family. Meg grew up in Brookfield Congregational Church. She and her dear friend Caroline Quinn attended church sponsored youth events, retreats, and camp together. Meg’s involvement and commitment to First Congregational Church grew and she has decided to join the congregation. We are proud of Meg’s decision and thank First Church for providing her with a meaningful Covenant Class and mentoring program. Meg brings with her an active commitment to her church. She is a good citizen and will roll up her sleeves to get things done for the good of her community, school, friends or family. Meg is compassionate and kind. She is a “people” person, one who enjoys people from all walks of life. She is a good friend and family member. Make a joyful noise Meg! The world can’t wait to hear from you.

Makenzie Blazich
Makenzie has matured in her Christian life. She has grasped Christian and biblical concepts and strives to better understand her responsibilities as a Christian. She has a strong awareness of, and respect for, the needs and feelings of others. Makenzie will continue to be a caring contributor here at FCC and in the community.

James Donaldson
Jimmy’s love of drama, comedy and performing is probably well known at First Church and we are certainly proud of his theatrical efforts. But perhaps less known, and more special to us, is his strong sense of loyalty. Throughout his life, Jimmy has empathized with and stood by the “underdogs.” In middle school, on more than one occasion, he has stood up in defense of friends who were being taunted and poorly treated by others. Despite the middle school pressures to conform, Jimmy has stood loyally with and for his friends.

Kyle Halvorson
We know this has been a long struggle for you, but now that you are close to being confirmed, we hope you decide that church is important to you and that you continue to be an active member of the church. If you believe in yourself and your religion you can accomplish anything in life. Your family is very proud of you Kyle, and we are with you in spirit!

Kathryn Hatch
I would like to share with you some things that perhaps you don't know about our daughter, Katy Hatch. Because she is a quiet soul in a noisy world, it is easier to ignore her or not take the time necessary to get close to her. If you do take the time, you will find a girl who is honest, sensitive to others and musically gifted. She is enthusiastic about sharing her musical gifts and has done so since she was 6 years old by playing piano at nursing homes. Her dedication to her studies of the French horn shows that she is a focused, determined student. Her warmth and loving nature are shown through her love of animals and her compassion for the elderly. The sensitivity she demonstrates as a young musician is what makes Katy an honorable person in her dealings
with others.

Phillip Jacobi
Phillip has worked very hard and we are very proud of him. His knowledge and faith have grown tremendously and he has enjoyed visiting other churches and seeing other worship services. Phillip has much to offer with his kind nature, gentle spirit, genuine caring attitude and love of people.

Caroline Quinn
Caroline has many wonderful gifts. She is a very warm, caring person. Young children are attracted to Caroline because of her patience and ability to listen to their needs.
Caroline is a ‘doer’ and loves to invent and create new ideas. As an example, Caroline and Meg, along with a few other friends, created the “Miracle Workers” which was a group that offered help to neighbors. Donations from their efforts were delivered to local charities. Caroline is highly competitive and excels in several sports. Much of her free time is spent playing soccer, water skiing in ski shows and snow skiing. Courage, tenacity and trying new challenges are strong personality traits. Caroline is also a good listener and is a comfort to her grandparents. Her mother grew up in this church and feels very blessed that her children have all been confirmed here. Caroline and Meg have experienced a few years of church camp in Michigan together as well as rallies, overnights and service projects. We are so proud of Caroline and Meg to have made the choice to join this church. We wish for Caroline as she continues her faith journey, that God’s love and guidance will carry her through her life.

Melanie Schowalter
Melanie is thoughtful and compassionate. She is also fun-loving and enjoys new adventures and challenges. She loves to be with family and friends. She loves to sing, shop, travel, eat out, and sleep late. Melanie helps keep things organized around the house and cleans with a vengeance when motivated. She thinks seriously about her faith and God's place in her life, and values her learning and fellowship experiences at FCC. Melanie loves animals, especially the friendly beasts at home: Belle and Cider. She is very athletic and talented in music and drama.

Kelsey Sorum
Kelsey is our last child and currently the only one living at home. We have never compared our children with each other. We look at them as unique and special individuals. However, being the last child has given us the ability to devote lots of attention on her. We also realize that as she reaches various milestones, such as finishing middle school, it will be the last time we as parents will be involved in that activity. The expression “last but not least” is especially true for Kelsey. She has reached all of these milestones with flying colors. We have developed a very special relationship with Kelsey. We respect her maturity, we admire her joy of living, we are envious of her boundless energy, and we are proud of her compassion for others. She meets life’s challenges with a very positive attitude and setbacks are looked upon as opportunities to do better. Whether it is a school project, a sport activity, or a family event, she wants to do her best! Her confirmation with our church truly gives us cause to celebrate. It is a celebration in knowing that our last child has reached this milestone successfully and will go forward in life as a special daughter, a good friend, and a strong Christian.

Elizabeth Stein
From her mother: “I am very proud to have Elizabeth as my daughter. She is an outstanding student and she has many gifts, which are broad-ranging, from musical talent in flute and piano, to enjoying literature, and writing and math. She has an eye for aesthetics. She has also gained a growing compassion for helping others. Her passion for knowledge and creativity are a joy to observe. Through Elizabeth's acceptance of others, she has demonstrated peacemaking. Her determination will also take her far and motivate her to accomplish the goals she sets for herself.
From her father: Elizabeth is one of the most wonderful people I have known. It has been a joy to share in her humor and creativity and also be challenged by her insightful thinking. She has a great ability to see things that might not be obvious to others and her commitment to remain focused on a task is admirable. As her father, I am always moved by her desire to try to help others through understanding and compassion. And at the same time, her ability to persevere through difficult challenges has always been an inspiration. The book of Proverbs in the Old Testament says that "even a child is known by their deeds, whether what is done is pure and right.” Words sometimes fail to fully express our love and appreciation, so I hope that Elizabeth knows that I am proud and honored by her continuing desire to be pure of heart and to always do her best.

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Minister’s Musings

E Pluribus UnumOut of many, one. That motto has graced the Great Seal of the United States since 1776. It outlines the vision of the founders and expresses the wonder of what has been called “the American experiment.” The melting pot idea, however, doesn’t really express the incredible diversity and variety of the inhabitants of the U.S. I think we would better be called “the quilt,” because many textures, colors, shapes, and sizes of fabric have been stitched together and out of those many have come one – the American nation.

Excuse me if I wax a tad patriotic, but I have my reasons. As I muse here in my study on this warm June evening I am thinking about what I have just watched on television: the reception of President Reagan’s body in the Capitol rotunda. I watched, rapt, as the flag-draped coffin was brought in with all the solemnity, somberness, and dignity we can muster as a people. In that coffin was the body of a man who came from a troubled home and who had never stopped believing in the promise that America is a land of hard work and opportunity. A man who came from, in many ways, America’s “age of innocence;” who had started his career not in government, but in show business. Whether you agreed with his political and economic views or not, he was respected for his authenticity, his integrity, and his deep belief in the America envisioned by the founders.

E Pluribus Unum – but what does it take to bring us together again? We no longer live in an age of innocence. Our national innocence has been stripped from us again and again, as it was on September 11, 2001, and in footage on the nightly news. We do not seem to have the sense of oneness, that vision of America that so drove the late President. In fact, we are often a nation deeply divided and less than civil in our conduct toward one another. Yet, thousands of people braved the heat in D.C. or, like me, tuned into what Tom Brokaw called “the electronic hearth around which people can gather in times like these.” All to see a horse without a rider and a flag-draped coffin move slowly toward the “people’s house.” Funerals do seem to bring us together. They do often motivate families to put aside differences and to remember better times and important dreams.

Commentator after commentator spoke of Mr. Reagan’s disarming wit and his ability to compete without becoming an enemy; to disagree, but in an agreeable manner. Bob Dole’s words struck me, “Maybe there’s a little lesson in civility here? . . . Maybe we can learn how to get along?” Maybe there’s also a lesson in unity here, in understanding that we are a patchwork nation and in that stitchery is our strength? I hope as you’re reading this that we have not forgotten what we saw, heard, and felt as we were drawn together as a people at this national moment of mourning. I hope we’ve not forgotten that out of many is to come one. I hope, too, that our politicians, regardless of party affiliation, haven’t forgotten it or their obligation to serve the common good and to do it in a civil manner.

Our Congregational forebears helped lay the foundation for this nation. The covenant idea is at the root of the federal (foedus is covenant in Latin) system of government: free people, freely gathered, and freely governed by consent. I suppose my musings on unity then turn, again, to how we accomplish it and I immediately think of this church. Out of many, one: that is what our life together here is about. We are drawn to be one with God and, in the process, we are made one with each other. Our quilt grows, square by square, piece by piece; each a little different, all equally precious and all together they make us who we are. Perhaps the way we accomplish unity, oneness, as a nation is in the same way: piece by piece? Our church, our neighborhood, our community and so forth are all the pieces. What I’m saying is: unity begins here on Church Street and, potentially, it stretches “from sea to shining sea” (to borrow the words of a famous Congregational hymn writer, Katherine Lee Bates).

Thanks for allowing me to muse with you on this foundational notion of who we are as an American nation: Out of many, one. God bless you and give you and yours a safe and glorious fourth – I’ll hope to see you in worship that day at 10 a.m.! God bless America!
As ever:
Yours for the Congregational Way,
Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D.
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Children’s Sunday

Children's Sunday was held on June 6th. This year’s theme was, “And a little child shall lead them” taken from Isaiah 11: 6. Teachers were asked to have their class give a short presentation that would show the congregation what the children had learned during the 2003-2004 Sunday School year. The 3’s,4’s & 5’s led the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer and sang, “Jesus Loves Me.” The 1st grade recited the first four commandments while displaying beautifully decorated posters. The 2nd grade also chose the commandments and put on a play depicting different situations in which we apply them to daily living. The 3rd grade presented many small plays depicting the Bible stories they had learned. 4th grade challenged the audience to a Bible trivia game. The 5th and 6th grade sang the books of the Bible to the tune of the “Alphabet Song.” They also presented a large and colorful quilt they had made displaying verses from the 23rd Psalm. The quilt will be donated to a sick child at Children’s Hospital.

Laura Taylor and Julie Lucey, teachers of the 5th and 6th grade, announced that the students built a large outdoor playhouse to be raffled off the last day of Vacation Bible School. The money will be donated to a mission sponsored by our church. Tickets are being sold for $10 a piece or 3 for $25. The 7th graders acted as liturgists and read the scripture they had selected as well as the benediction and offertory prayer. The 11 o’clock “one room Sunday School” presented to the congregation the mission totals raised by the 8:45 and 11:00 Sunday School. The news was most impressive. To date the NACCC Argentina Mission has received $500 of blankets, $500 of school supplies, $500 of powdered milk and $1,440 of aid to sponsor three young children at the mission. The Pioneer Club sang “Awesome God” during the offering. They wore their vests displaying the many award badges they earned.

The many teachers who made this Sunday School year such a great success were honored for their dedication and hard work. It was apparent that because of their time, talent and tireless efforts the children have truly grown in their faith and love of the Lord. Special thanks to the junior and senior high students who ushered and helped the service run smoothly.

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Harry Holz Begins Term as Vice Moderator

Now filling the seat of Vice Moderator at First Church is Harry Holz. A retired partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, he still holds an office there with his efforts primarily focused on his position as Director and Secretary of Creative SHARP Presentations, Inc., a nonprofit educational corporation whose mission is to utilize art history and the visual arts as a learning tool in students’ classrooms. Specifically, SHARP’s mission is to engage students in an imaginative learning experience through the use of art history and the visual arts, thereby enhancing existing science, social studies, and oral and written language lessons.

First Congregational Church was fortunate to welcome Harry and Nancy Holz in 1998 when they came here from neighboring St. Matthews. First Church has been the beneficiary of their active membership ever since. Harry has served on the Board of Stewardship and the Board of Benevolence (chairperson), Church Council, Budget & Finance and Planned Giving Committees. One of the things they most liked about the church at that time still holds true today. “The nature of this church and the people who make it up are incredibly welcoming,” said Harry. He believes some of the other strengths of this church lie in its “effective management and good natured, participatory-run style.”

As Vice Moderator, Harry views his position as supportive to the Moderator. “I’ll work to help achieve the goals of the Moderator and keep things running smoothly.” As an overall view, he said his role is to aid in the progress of this church, consistent with the Long Range Plan.

Harry and Nancy have three children: Pamela (also a lawyer), married (to a lawyer)with two children and living in San Francisco; Bradley, married and working in sales in Milwaukee; and Erika, living in Boston and married with two children.
Harry also enjoys staying very active in the local and state bar associations, Marquette University Law School Woolsack Society and Marquette University Alumni Association.
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30th Anniversary Celebration a Success!

Congregational Home celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sunday, June 13, 2004, hosting more than 150 attendees.
The Celebration Service was highlighted by observations from Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D., about the relationship of First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa and Congregational Home. He emphasized the ongoing goodwill that has existed over the thirty years and will continue into the future.

In his remarks, Rev. Charles E. Goldsmith, Ph.D., Chaplain at Congregational Home, shared with the audience the importance of the ongoing support of the organization’s mission. He suggested to all present that we look at the palm of our hands and consider placing Congregational Home prominently in that spot. Though only a few words, his statement contained significant symbolism important for our future success.

Charles T. Nelson, President/COO, talked about the recent enhancements to the building. He also shared his vision of services that Congregational Home will provide in the future.

Susan Fischer, Director of Development and Marketing, set the stage to recognize the generations of support for the Home. Symbolic of this, the Walter S. Davis family shared five generations of caring. Betty Davis introduced a few thoughts concerning her family’s support through the past 30 years and their ongoing commitment to the Home.

The music for the service was provided by the Tres V-C String Quartet which included Michelle Russ, Andrea Toussaint, Wendy Alsteen and Carol Wittig. The singers were directed by Lee Jacobi. They included Gary Back, Betty Dethmers, Dean & Marj Fowler, Roger Jacobi, Charmaine LaBelle, James LaBelle, Jessica Stenz and Michelle Swedenburg.

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All-Church Dinner Swings Into Action

Last month’s All-Church Polynesian party provided plenty of fun, food, fellowship and even exercise. Entertainment from the The Hale O'Malo Polynesian Dance Performance Group kept all ages enthralled. While the little children were dancing throughout the evening, some of the other attendees enjoyed a lesson.

The July 14th gathering will be a sausage dinner with everything from crazy condiments to standard ketchup and mustard. Please make your reservation by Sunday, July 11. Adults are $5.00, children $2.00.

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Lectionary Readings

July 4, 5th Sunday after Pentecost/ Independence Day
Old Testament 2 Kings 5: 1–14
Psalmody Psalm 30
New Testament Galatians 6: 1–16
Gospel Luke 10: 1–11, 16–20

July 11, 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Amos 7: 7–17
Psalmody Psalm 82
New Testament Colossians 1: 1–14
Gospel Luke 10: 25–37

July 18, 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Amos 8: 1–12
Psalmody Psalm 52
New Testament Colossians 1: 15–28
Gospel Luke 10: 38–42

July 25, 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Hosea 1: 2–10
Psalmody Psalm 85
New Testament Colossians 2: 6–19
Gospel Luke 11: 1–13

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In Brief

July Adult Education
The Rev. Kalen Fristad, author of “Destined for Salvation: God’s Promise to Save Everyone” will be the featured speaker at a special adult education event on July 18 at 9 a.m. in the Friendship Lounge. Rev. Fristad is a United Methodist minister from Iowa who advocates that God will eventually save everyone, a belief commonly held by Christians during the time of the early church. Please come and enjoy spirited discussion!


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

Monday, July 12, noon

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Congregational Columns

Editor, Beth Linscott
Communications Committee
Mary York - Chairperson, Barb Dunham, Arlette Lindbergh,
Marilyn Auer, Tammy Bokern

Rev. Steven Peay, Ph.D., Minister

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Associate Minister

Rev. Carrie Kreps, Associate Minister

Rev. Charles Goldsmith, Ph.D., Congregational Home Chaplain

Cindy Payette, Administrator

Lee Jacobi, Director of Music

Betty Dethmers, Organist

Sally Boyle, Secretary

Anne Callen, Office Manager

Charles Nelson, Pres./CEO, Congregational Home, Inc.
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