November , 2004

First in faith, freedom, fellowship, and Wauwatosa


Table of Contents

Ordained and Installed

When did you last look at the Heritage Needlepoint in Friendship Lounge?

Minister’s Musings: Our Pilgrim/Puritan Heritage

2004 Thanksgiving Special Offering Recipients Announced!

Prayer and Pilates

PF Place

2005 Budget Decisions Underway

England Trip Teaches of Church Yesterday and Today

Fritzi Troller Wins Quilt Raffle Supporting CFTS

Breakfast with the Girls

We can help! Nehemiah Project Wish List

Lectionary Readings

In Brief

Ordained and Installed

The Rev. Carrie Kreps Wegenast was ordained and installed as the Associate Minister to Youth and Family at First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa on October 2, following the unanimous affirmation of a Council of the Vicinage.

The Vicinage Council gathered before the service where clergy and lay delegates from surrounding Congregational churches listened to the candidate’s journey of faith, engaged her in reflection, and considered if they could support the congregation’s call. The council voted to unanimously support the congregation’s call to the Rev. Kreps Wegenast.

As is usual in the Congregational tradition, lay leaders participated in the service. Merrill York, former moderator, was the moderator’s representative (standing in for the traveling Bill Edens) and issued the call to ordination. The lay leaders of the boards Rev. Kreps Wegenast works with inducted the minister. Ryan Schowalter and Betty Davis gave the charge to the minister, and Carrie Sgarlata (Co-Director of Children’s Ministries) offered the charge to the people.

What is perhaps not so common was how much of the service was a family affair. Carrie’s father, the Rev. Larry Kreps, is a United Methodist minister in Ohio and preached the sermon and offered the prayer of ordination. Scriptural lessons were read by the Rev. Markus Wegenast, Carrie’s husband and the newly appointed minister of the Johnson Creek (Wisc.) United Methodist Church. Carrie’s mother, Marti Kreps, is an accomplished Biblical storyteller and offered the Gospel lesson.
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When did you last look at the Heritage Needlepoint in Friendship Lounge?

Well? When did you? Sometimes when we see something too often we forget how beautiful or meaningful it is. For example, visitors regularly comment on the lovely needlepoint wall hanging depicting First Church’s Congregational heritage. Those of us in there regularly take it for granted.

That needlepoint piece uses art to convey a snapshot of our tradition. There we’re reminded of what Congregationalists provided America: Thanksgiving, the town meeting (foundation for our federal system), the first university (Harvard 1636), the first coeducational college (Oberlin 1833), and the first free school for the training of the deaf. The panels of that needlepoint remind us just how much Congregationalists have contributed to the American landscape. It’s good to take a look from time-to-time and to recall who we are.

As we are with familiar pieces of art or furniture, so we can be with people, or with our church. We’re here, in-and-out, and we take it and what it means and provides for granted. As a result we get stuck in mental or attitudinal ruts which hold us to a limited perspective. A prime example of this here at First Church is the long-held, but mistaken notion that we’re a “wealthy church.” At this writing our endowment (all funds) stands at a bit over one million dollars. It seems like a lot, but were it necessary to do so our endowment could not cover our budget for more than a year.

Another long-held misperception, tied to the “wealthy church” notion, is that we have a core group of select families poised, check books in hand, to bail out the church at a moment’s notice. That well may have been the case at one time, but this is no longer “industrial Milwaukee at prayer,” as we were once called. We’re blessed with a wide diversity of people across the vocational spectrum. We are increasingly a church of young families. Sunday morning shows that. We’re, without question, a healthy church, but it appears that we’re far from being a “wealthy church” – especially if we only measure it in dollars.

Truth is that approximately forty giving units provide the largest single block of the budget each year. Several hundred folks don’t even bother to pledge! If our heritage is to continue and to grow, then we need to stop taking it for granted. This church, the ministry it does in our Lord’s Name, and its people make a difference in the lives of members and the wider community. The work can only happen, the tradition only continue if we put the myths aside and embrace the reality.

Right now our church membership numbers 941 total members. Of those, 810 are considered active, and our average Sunday attendance is about 400. Quite frankly, we need the inactives to become active. We need to see the actives a bit more regularly and have those who are on the fringe get involved. We could easily meet – even exceed – our proposed budget for 2005 if each giving unit contributed $40 per week/$2080 per year. We know that, for some, it simply isn’t possible. We also know that for many others that is an easily achievable and even surpassable number, but they don’t come close. And, bless them, still others can and do give generously.

Next time you’re in Friendship Lounge please take a look at the wall hanging. As the time comes close to making your pledge, please remember the wall hanging, and don’t take this church and its work for granted. Give some serious thought to remembering the church as you plan your estate, as well. We cannot assume that there are others there to give if you don’t; every pledge, every bequest makes a difference. Turning our hearts to God begins with our prayer and worship, but also involves how we use our time, talent, and treasure. Our church is truly wealthy in good people and good programs, but we have to remember that we’re not wealthy in the way some think. We won’t be unless we all stop taking our heritage, our church, our life together for granted. Take a fresh look, please, and see what’s there.
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Minister’s Musings: Our Pilgrim/Puritan Heritage

I muse on ‘heritage month,’ November, in a different way this year. I can’t help but be different, and I think neither can the other twenty-six ‘pilgrims’ who journeyed with me around East Anglia in September. On a dewy Sunday morning we stood and offered worship together in Saint Wilfrid’s parish church yard, the church in which William Brewster was baptized and in which many of the Pilgrims worshipped. We saw the remnants of the manor house where they first had their meetings. After traveling a number of miles, which they would have walked, we came to Gainsborough and finished our worship in the Old Hall, where the dissenters had been welcomed since 1602. We read scripture, we sang, we prayed and we got a little sense of what it must have been like to have been ‘separatists,’ the minority.

Outside Boston, in Lincolnshire not Massachusetts, near the little village of Fishtoft, we stood at a stone memorial to the Pilgrims on the banks of the River Witham. It marks the vicinity where they came to meet a ship’s captain hired to take them to the Netherlands. Instead, they were betrayed into the hands of the police, what little they had was confiscated, and they were dragged off to be imprisoned in Boston’s Guildhall. It was moving to stand there and imagine what it must have been like that night in 1607.
Later we stood in Saint Botolph’s Church, the largest parish church in England. Five sons of the parish became governors of the ‘holy commonwealth’ of Massachusetts. Its minister, John Cotton, became the teaching minister of the ‘new’ Boston’s First Church and his grandson was the noteworthy Rev. Cotton Mather. The connection between the ‘old world’ and the ‘new world’ was repeatedly evident, as was the rich legacy that we have as Congregationalists.

So I come to the month in which we recall our roots with a renewed sense of pride and purpose. I also come to it with a new sense of humility. When you have worshipped in a church where you see a little sign reminding you that “Christian worship has occurred daily in this place for the last 900 years,” you can’t help but be humbled. We may be “Wauwatosa’s First Church,” but our history is current events by comparison. It is a good thing to see our place in the history of the Christian Church and of Congregationalism within the broader context. The people of this Church have done a great deal of good and important things, like the organizing of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in 1956. So while we have much to celebrate, we still have a way to go.

We begin Heritage Month with two important events. First, we celebrate All Saints/All Souls Sunday with the ‘roll of remembrance,’ recalling our members and loved ones who have gone to God in the previous year. On that same day we express our commitment to the work of this Church through our pledges of time, talent and treasure. And, because it is a good thing to fellowship, we will sit down between services and share brunch. Fellowship is, in itself, a part of our covenant relationship. We will worship in our original meeting house (the Social Hall) on November 14th and recall the people who built it so they could worship God and continue a heritage of freedom of conscience and community service – worshipping much as they might have done in the nineteenth century. On November 21st we will share a worship service drawn from our Congregational tradition, as we will on Thanksgiving Day (at 10 AM) and then we will enter into Advent on November 28th.

We have a wonderful heritage, it is something to celebrate, not to take for granted. It became clear to me that ours is a living heritage. We’re not some museum for an antiquated type of Church polity nor are we simply the custodians of the Pilgrim mythos. We’re trying to do Church and to live Christian faith the way our Pilgrim/ Puritan forebears did – hearts to God and heart to heart. That’s the heritage I celebrate this November. That’s the heritage that touched me so deeply in all those places in Britain. That’s the heritage which touches me when I worship and work with you “as followers of Jesus Christ” and I rejoice in it and in you.

I look forward to a blessed and truly thankful Heritage Month here at First Church and to seeing you here!
Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D.
Senior Minister

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2004 Thanksgiving Special Offering Recipients Announced!

This year’s recipients of the Thanksgiving Special Offering will be Asociacion Civil Christiana Congregational, Caritas, and the Tosa Food Pantry.

Asociacion Civil Christiana Congregational (Argentina)
Rev. Teodoro Stricker and his wife, Teresa, have served the Congregational Church of Jardin, America Misiones, for 30 years. Concerned with the plight of the thousands of poor Spanish descendants living in poverty on the outskirts of the city, Rev. Stricker began mission work ten years ago to bring the gospel as well as social concern to these people.

The Mission's primary goals are: To bring the life changing news of Jesus Christ to all people through preaching the Gospel, to share the love and compassion of Christ through spiritual nurture and material assistance, and to help families become self sufficient and gain self-respect.During the past ten years, Rev. Stricker and members of his church have started five mission outposts around the countryside to help meet the spiritual and social needs of the community. On any given week, three to five hundred children and adults attend the worship services, Sunday schools, and community outreach programs offered by the mission.

A new church building, measuring 12 by 18 meters, has been completed. The title to the mission property was delivered by the city Mayor in an expression of the city's support for the work of the mission. God's Garden Project is a community garden where residents are taught how to grow fruits and vegetables. Livestock is kept on the property to provide fresh milk and eggs for babies of needy families. Teaching self-sufficiency is a goal of the Garden Project. The Argentine Mission has opened a medical clinic to assist with medical needs of impoverished and elderly. Note: A trip to this mission is now in the planning stages!

Caritas (Beloit, Wisconsin)
This is Caritas’ 30th anniversary of helping people in the Stateline Community and so far it has registered over 3,400 families in 2004. Caritas provides food, clothing, and assistance with rent, prescriptions, and bus tickets. Most people who come for assistance are subsisting on low wages or are job hunting for that elusive permanent position. Many work the temporary job circuit which often provides sporadic income. Some are on a fixed income which covers rent and utilities with little left over for food. Due to an increase in need, Caritas now allows families to come once a month for food.

Tosa Food Pantry
Our local food pantry was the recipient of a financial gift from our Lenten Special Offering and this Thanksgiving we will be collecting non-perishable food donations to help fill their shelves. Located in the basement of St. Bernard’s the Tosa Food Pantry distributes food to those needy living in ZIP codes 53213, 53222, 53225, 53226, or any church member attending a Wauwatosa church may use it. Eighteen Wauwatosa churches sponsor the pantry with contributions of food, money and volunteer help. The pantry gives food to approximately 70-80 families each month. The people receive several bags of food (of their choice) depending on the family size. About 50 volunteers and one paid staff person work for the pantry.

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Prayer and Pilates

A Prayer and Pilates Class will be offered at First Congregational Church on Wednesday, November 17, December 8 and December 15. Beginning at 10:45 there will be a 5-minute prayer exercise led by Carrie Kreps Wegenast. After the prayer, Jen Stark, who is a church member and a certified fitness specialist and a Pilates Mat Instructor, will teach a 45-minute Pilates class.

Pilates lengthens and strengthens your muscles, primarily using your abdomen. Immediately following class there will be time for fellowship. A light snack and beverage will be served. There is no charge for this event, but a free will offering will be collected. Participants need to bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Space is limited so advance registration is required. Due to the nature of this activity it is also required that everyone participating sign a waiver. A sign up sheet and waivers are available at the front office.

Jen teaches Pilates at the Wisconsin Athletic Club and has her own Studio called Art & Soul on Vliet. Additionally, as a personal trainer, she travels to the homes of her clients.
Jen and her family joined FCC last February.

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Rallies, Rallies, Rallies! The Senior PF heads off to the Wisconsin State Pilgrim Fellowship Rally in Byron, IL November 12-13. The Junior PF travels to Madison November 19-20 for their rally. Senior PF – money and consent forms are due by October 31. Junior PF - forms and money by November 7. Rallies are a great way to meet people from around the state!

“Bruce Almighty” kept us laughing during October’s Second Saturday as he experimented with God’s powers. You will not want to miss November’s Second Saturday on the 13th. Come with your friends for a ping pong tournament, foosball, and other games.

On October 16th, a group of PFers and adults visited the Nehemiah House to paint and scrape. Who got covered with the most paint? Ask Anne, Breanne, Bryn, Chapman, Chris, Dick, Makenzie, Mel, Neal, Phil or Val. The next Nehemiah House Service Project is November 24th. Spend your day off from school painting!


Interview of the Month
Chris Fink

Interviewed by Die Kleine Kirchen-Maus (The Little Church Mouse)

Die Maus – Hi Chris! This is the Church Mouse calling.
Chris – Oh, so it is you. I was wondering who the Church Mouse was.
Die Maus – Well, you can tell or keep it a secret, but, first, where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Chris – Hawaii! My parents went there before I was born and they told me about it. It is warm with beaches and there’s lots of stuff to do. Two summers ago my family went to Hilton Head and then to Disney World.
Die Maus – Since you enjoy beaches so much, summer must be your favorite season.
Chris – No, I’d have to say winter. I really like skiing. I’m part of a winter ski group called Snow Star. In the morning we have lessons and then we can ski with our friends all afternoon. It’s great! Also, my birthday and Christmas are in December.
Die Maus – Why do you come to PF?
Chris – It’s fun. We play games that somehow connect with God. My favorite is the Goat Game but the other week we played Capture the Flag and I really liked that too.
Die Maus – Anything else you want to add?
Chris – I just read a great book, The Giver by Lois Lowery.
Die Maus – I’ve heard that is a book worth reading! Thanks, Chris! See you Sunday night!


Youth Calendar
Junior PF
Nov. 7 Regular Meeting (4:30-6 p.m.)
Nov. 13 Second Saturday (7-10 p.m.)
Nov. 14 Regular Meeting
Nov. 19-20 WCA Rally @ Madison (leave FCC 4:45 and return to FCC 5:15 p.m. on Saturday)
Nov. 21 NO Junior PF because of Rally
Nov. 24 Nehemiah House Service Project (9 a.m.–2:15 p.m.)
Nov. 28 NO PF – Happy Thanksgiving!

Looking Ahead…

Dec. 11 Second Saturday (7–10 p.m.)
Dec. 4/11/18 Christmas Play Rehearsals
(9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Dec. 24 Christmas Play Rehearsal and Service

Senior PF
Nov. 7 Regular Meeting (6:30-8 p.m.)
Nov. 12–13 WCA Rally @ Byron, Illinois (leave FCC 4:45 and return to FCC 5:30 p.m. on Saturday)
Nov. 13 Second Saturday (7–10 p.m.)
Nov. 14 NO Senior PF because of Rally
Nov. 21 Regular Meeting
Nov. 24 Nehemiah House Service Project (9 a.m.–2:15 p.m.)
Nov. 28 NO PF – Happy Thanksgiving!

Looking Ahead…
Dec. 11 Second Saturday (7-10pm)
Dec. 4/11/18 Christmas Play Rehearsals
(9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Dec. 24 Christmas Play Rehearsal and Service

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2005 Budget Decisions Underway

A major part of our agenda as church members and keepers of the Covenant is to “return to God a portion of God’s gifts.” The current year’s stewardship campaign will be doing a good job of pointing out our responsibilities as individuals and as a church, and as keepers of the Covenant, to go beyond being average in our return of gifts to God.

Stewardship answers the question of “why” we should strive to be above average in returning to God a portion of God’s gifts. The budget is the mechanism by which we as responsible church members and keepers of the Covenant work to be good stewards of that which is returned to God. An organized and well-thought out budget makes it possible for us to utilize most effectively the funds which are available to the church. It is basically a policy document where we make choices in the light of our responsibilities to administer that which is given to the work of the church. A well organized budget makes the organized life of the church possible.

The initial proposed budget seeks to make it possible for First Congregational Church to:
a) operate the programs that are a part of our vibrant and growing church community;
b) pursue the goals set forth in the Long-Range Plan;
c) fulfill its benevolence responsibilities in a significant manner, including ithose as a leader in the National Association;
d) retain and enlarge its role as an important factor for good in the community in which we’re located;
e) be good stewards of the magnificent physical planet which we have inherited from our forebears.

All of these factors have to be borne in mind when evaluating a proposed budget.
As indicated in the stewardship article in the September Columns the initial proposed budget for 2005 is approximately $935,000, an increase of 11% over the 2004 budget of $844,000. This figure will be further tested in Budget and Finance Committee meetings to be held in November, leading to a finalization of the budget for presentation to the congregation at the Annual Meeting in January, 2005.As we evaluate budget figures, two facts are important: First, approximately 90% of the operating budget is Trustees (including deferred maintenance) and personnel. Second, the personnel budget does not stand alone, but rather is properly allocable to the various boards and programs to which the ministers and other staff members are devoting their time.
Please watch for more of the work of the Budget and Finance Committee in the December Columns.
In His Name,
Harry G. Holz
Chair, Budget and Finance Committee

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England Trip Teaches of Church Yesterday and Today

When asked to write something for the Columns about the “Pilgrim Fathers” trip to England, I had just picked up my photos and thought, “No problem. All I have to do is look at the photos, review the itinerary, and write a site by site account of the people and places we experienced along the way.”

My idea, was to give readers a travelogue that would amount to a litany of cities, hotels, and tourist sites; a kind of “mini Fodor’s” for travelers looking for a picture of what inspired the Pilgrims to make a very courageous trip to an unknown future. Yet when I look at the photos spread out on my dining room table, they show some wonderful memories of historic places; and yes, I was looking to come home with wonderful memories of historic places. But the trip I experienced turned out to be something more, and it’s this part of the trip that isn’t quite represented in any of the items I brought back from England. In traveling together, our group came closer to knowing each other, and for me, closer to knowing what it is to be a “church” together.

At First Church, we treat our 175 year history with a certain “consciousness of being.” I’ve mentioned to friends that First Church is the oldest established church in our area, and when I do this I feel a sense of stewardship toward our church family and our facility. But when we entered St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Lincoln Cathedral; which were some of the better known destinations on our itinerary, the centuries of “being” spread before us and I realized we are a very young church indeed.

Lincoln Cathedral is especially interesting. It sits at the very top of a hill in the college city of Lincoln and can be seen for miles around. Lincoln itself shows the remnants of Roman occupation. The walls of the Roman fortress can still be seen surrounding the walls of the cathedral. Walking under a Roman archway built as a gate to the city was very compelling, considering it had been the path for kings and queens, bishops and magistrates, soldiers and commoners. Many of us attended an event at the cathedral called the “Organ Extravaganza!” which included five organs played by six organists in a kind of PDQ Bach experience. Lincoln was also the place where our group saw one of the original “Magna Charta” documents. Written on parchment in very tiny script with a fold at the bottom to prevent amendments, this document was the first declaration that persons other than royalty had innate rights and privileges. I was amazed that such a fragile paper could represent the beginning of the concept of individual freedom; and that this idea was revolutionary in 1215.

When we arrived at the Scrooby church of William Brewster on Sunday morning, we immediately began to walk the grounds and read the headstones in the churchyard. Many of these individuals would endure religious persecution in their efforts to separate from the Church of England and follow their own hearts to a relationship with God. It is part of the Scrooby church congregation who would flee England to settle in Leyden Holland; and part of the group from the Leyden congregation who would eventually set sail aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

These places are just some of the meaningful locations in following the path of our pilgrim fathers. When I turn back to my photos, there are reminders of the whirlwind of other things we did during our trip: a visit to a Quaker Meeting House and the Mayflower Barn, antique shops in Stamford, the gardens at Otley Hall, and the rebuilt church which houses the sanctuary of Julian of Norwich. We certainly were ambitious explorers, even those of our group who had traveled to England before made new discoveries on this trip.

To keep such a full schedule, we spent a lot of time together on a bus. This is the “something more” I mentioned earlier. We got to know each other a little better. This learning about each other had as much meaning for me as learning about the path of our pilgrim fathers. It created that sense of belonging that is so much a part of the experience of church.

Having been on this trip to England, I know what it feels like to enter the sanctuary at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and to stand in the churchyard at Scrooby; and I have the pictures to prove it. Having been on this trip, I also know someone who can do a mean soft shoe, and someone who loves photography, and someone who might have a snack in their backpack when you’re really starving, and someone who, incredibly, knows the lyrics to an amazing number of show tunes. I’m grateful to have discovered this “church,” on our “Pilgrim Fathers” trip, even though it doesn’t show up in my photos the same way the other churches do.
by Claudia Scholl

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Fritzi Troller Wins Quilt Raffle Supporting CFTS

When the winner of the quilt raffle was announced at the October dinner, Fritzi Troller wasn’t present to hear her name called. She had just spent five days with her oldest son Alex and learned that he was moving back to Chile. A bit emotionally and physically drained, Fritzi stayed at home on October 7 to rest. But it’s a rare occasion that Fritzi is absent from a church event. For the past 42 years, much of her life has centered around First Congregational Church.

Fritzi was widowed 43 years ago, with four children to raise. With no family in the area, she realized she needed a caring community which she wasn’t experiencing at her current church. Fritzi spent quite a while attending various churches in the area and found exactly what she was looking for the first week she attended FCC. “The minister had just lost his father... through his whole sermon, he was talking to me.” She also noted that she was greeted so warmly by many of the members.

Ever since, Fritzi has been an extremely active member. Sunday School teacher, choir member, you name it, she’s participated. In fact, by 1963, Fritzi had started some visitation work with the church and found there were many who were not attending because they didn’t feel welcomed. Deciding there were probably others like her who didn’t have family support nearby, she approached the pastor about starting an outreach group. While he didn’t feel the church needed it, he agreed Fritzi could place a small ad. “It was just a simple line which read something like, ‘Are you feeling a little lonely? Come Monday for coffee and a visit.’” said Fritzi. “That first Monday nine people showed up.” The nine quickly grew to over 100 people from churches all over the area – an idea quite unique at the time.
Fritzi managed the group single-handedly for many years. At one point, a friend from church recommended she contact Dick Troller for some help. Quite unexpectedly, in doing so, she was meeting her second husband.

Entering the home of Fritzi Troller, you’re immediately surrounded with pictures of her treasured family as well as the unmistakable warmth of this woman who is at the center of so many lives. Again widowed and with her family scattered around the globe, it seems only fitting that she is ‘blanketed’ in the warmth of her church through the raffle prize. “I have never won anything in my life,” said Fritzi. “I was so excited when it was delivered to my apartment, I cried. It’s probably a good thing I wasn’t at the church...I don’t know how I would have handled it!” Congratulations, Fritzi!

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Breakfast with the Girls

Quilts, like people, have stories to tell and have histories created with love. On Saturday, October 2nd, Breakfast with the Girls was treated with a delightful presentation from Chris Kirsh who shared her antique quilts and their stories as well as a few quilting tips and anecdotes.

Breakfast with the Girls will continue with a “story theme” as we host a Book Talk presented by Harry W. Schwarz booksellers on Saturday, Nov. 6th. Join us as we learn about the “latest reads,” and about inspirational and Christmas books available for holiday giving. Jill Stilp, manager of the children’s book section will also have tips about children’s books for our families and grandchildren. Books will be available for purchase that morning. Please come for fellowship, for some good stories, and for a head start on your Christmas book shopping.

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We can help!
Nehemiah Project Wish List


The Board of Benevolences and The Nehemiah Project have been exploring ways to work together. The Project is working on refurbishing a basement as a Recreation Room to be used as a “teaching” area for the male residents of the program. Can you help by providing an item from the wish list below?
If so, contact Carrie Kreps Wegenast or Ed Probst.
• Air hockey table, foos ball table, pool table, ping pong table
• Free hand weights
• Bean Bag chairs (8)
• Oversized stuffed pillows
• Two small love seats for
reading room
• Three dehumidifiers
All items must be clean and in good condition.

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Lectionary Readings

November 7, All Saints Day
Old Testament: Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18
Psalmody: Psalm 149
New Testament: Ephesians 1:11–23
Gospel: Luke 6: 20–31

November 14, 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17–25
Canticle: Isaiah 12
New Testament: 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13
Gospel: Luke 21:5–19

November 21, Christ the King Sunday
Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:1–6
Canticle: Luke 1:68–79
New Testament: Colossians 1:11–20
Gospel: Luke 23:33–43

November 25, Thanksgiving Day
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 26:1–11
Psalmody: Psalm 100
New Testament: Philippians 4:4–9
Gospel: John 6:25–35

November 28, 1st Sunday of Advent
Old Testament: Isaiah 2:1–5
Psalmody: Psalm 122
New Testament: Romans 13:11–14
Gospel: Matthew 24:36–44

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In Brief

Christmas Workshop

Mark your calendars and get ready for this family favorite Advent tradition at FCC. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy creating home made gifts and ornaments. Most craft items range in price from $0.25 to $1.00. There will also be a few special ticket items such as a terra cotta manger scene that will cost around $4.00. Watch the display case near the elevator for samples.
Make as many gifts and crafts as you wish between 3– 5:00 p.m. Stay for an optional pizza dinner immediately following the workshop. Cost for the dinner is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 3 years and older. During dinner there will be caroling and entertainment. If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer contact Carla Cummings @258-7375.

Holiday Events
Thanksgiving, Nov. 25
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 1
All-Church English Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 4
Friendly Beast Breakfast 9:00 a.m.

Dec. 5
Worship w/ Pageant 8:45 & 11:00 a.m.
Christmas Workshop 3:00 p.m.
Supper 5:00 p.m.

Dec. 12
Christmas Concert 4:00 p.m.

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services
Family Service 4:00 p.m.
Communion Service 7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Service 11:00 p.m.

Commitment Sunday is November 7.
A thank you brunch will be served between services


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

Friday, November 12 , noon.
Please email to Beth Linscott at or Sam Schaal at
Hard copy may be brought to the church office and left in the Columns mailbox.

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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 Wegenast, 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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