December 2004

First in faith, freedom, fellowship, and Wauwatosa



Table of Contents

Worship, Music (and Food!) Highlight Our Holiday Heritage

Minister’s Musings: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

PF Place

Budget Update

New Member Ministries

Letters of Thanks

Spiritual Formation Opportunities

Soloists Join Worship

New Members Welcomed

Behind the Scenes of the Board of Deacons

Lectionary Readings

In Brief

Worship, Music (and Food!)
Highlight Our Holiday Heritage

The weeks of Advent and the celebrations of Christmas are upon us as we prepare to welcome the Christ child once again. This year, as always, there is a feast of worship, music and fellowship that will enrich your experience of the holidays.

Our annual choir concert is Sunday, December 12, at 4 p.m. Under the creative direction of Lee Jacobi, enjoy the depth of our congregation’s musical gifts with the performances of the combined adult choirs, junior choir, and handbell choir with expert piano and organ accompaniment by Betty Dethmers and Ralph Ehlert.

On December 19, we experience the traditional Lessons and Carols worship service, a service developed in the latter 19th century at King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University. The service leads us through the story of salvation, from Genesis to the coming of the Christ. Carols or other music follow each reading to emphasize the lessons. On that day, a brass ensemble led by David Miles will welcome worshippers at the front steps.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, the family service is at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m. we worship with communion, enriched by the musical talents of the Russ and Miles families. At 11 p.m. our traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service features the Chancel Choir.

Children will enjoy the Friendly Beast Breakfast on Saturday, December 4, at 9 a.m. Kids can wear their pajamas, bring their favorite stuffed animal, and have breakfast with Baby Jesus. Tickets are available in the office: $3 for adults and $1.50 for children under 12.

Christmas Workshop will be held Sunday December 5, from 3–5:30 p.m. Bring your friends and neighbors to this annual Christmas tradition. Choose from many different craft items that are ready to assemble. Most items range from 50¢ to $1.00 and make great handmade gifts. This year, the featured craft item will be a Czech glass bead faith bracelet. The cost is $4.00. Supplies are limited, so plan on arriving early. Then stay for the pizza dinner at 5:30. The cost is only $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Advance sign up for the dinner is required. Carrie Kreps Wegenast will provide entertainment with her “clowning around” version of the Christmas story. For more information or to volunteer your time for this event, call Carla Cummings at 258-7375.

Of course, food is also part of our holiday heritage at First Church. On Wednesday, December 1, we will gather in the Social Hall for an all-church dinner at 6 p.m. This year, Dr. Peay returns to the kitchen where he and a team of volunteers will prepare a traditional English dinner of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, green peas, salad and plum pudding with hard sauce. Adding to the festivities will be the Steeple Belles, a woman’s barbershop quartet featuring the talents of Nan Cleveland, Marj Fowler, Diane Houriet and Charmaine Labelle. So we can be prepared for all who want to attend, please make reservations and prepay by noon, Sunday, Nov. 28. The cost for adults is $8, children under 12 is $3, and children under three are admitted free. Childcare is available by reservation.

Holiday Events at a Glance

Please note pre-registration deadlines!
Dec. 1
All-Church English Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Register by Nov. 28

Dec. 4
Friendly Beast Breakfast 9:00 a.m.
Purchase tickets in office

Dec. 5
Worship w/ Pageant 8:45 & 11:00 a.m.
Christmas Workshop 3:00 p.m.
Supper 5:00 p.m.
Register for pizza dinner by Dec. 2

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

Dec. 19
Lessons and Carols 8:45 & 11 a.m.

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

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Minister’s Musings:
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

“It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you ‘Be of good cheer’
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
It's the hap -happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings when friends come to call
It's the hap - happiest season of all!”

Over the course of the next several weeks we’ll hear this 1963 piece by Eddie Pola and George Wylie more than once! As I sit here in my study with Thanksgiving just a week away I marvel at how time seems to pass so quickly these days. I notice, too, that the older I get the more I mark the passing of time not by the calendar, but by the events and seasons that mark the year. For me Advent and Christmas may not be THE most wonderful time of the year (I give that designation to Easter and the celebration of the Resurrection), but there is no question that this is A most wonderful time of the year.

Advent is a season much misunderstood. Some just see it as the “run-up” to Christmas, but Christmas itself was only originally celebrated as the logical “run-up” to Easter. We know that there were celebrations of Advent as early as the fourth century and in the next two it would come into its own as a preparation for Christmas and a celebration of Christian hope. The teachers of the early Church, like Leo the Great, linked the birth of the Lord in Bethlehem to his second coming in glory at the end of the time. Christmas, like Easter, is thus a celebration of God’s love expressed in the Christ and the hope that love and faith holds out to humanity. The term adventus was borrowed from other religions of the Roman Empire and means “coming,” and over time has come to mean “expectation.” So the season takes us through the experience of Israel longing, waiting, and hoping for the promised Messiah. In Israel’s expectant waiting we should see our own. That’s why some of the music of Advent appears mournful and played in a minor key, because there are times where even our hope is a little subdued as the waiting goes on.

Our world is a sad place, it seems especially so now as the war in Iraq continues, the threat of terrorism is no less real, and we experience the uncertainty of economic and societal change. Sometimes it almost seems without hope precisely because we are in a crisis of faith and love, but this crisis is nothing new – it’s as old as humanity itself. When we read the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) we see there the same drama of hope that we face, but what we read there, can renew our hope and give us insight into this perennial problem.

What we read in the Old Testament is a record of God’s care and compassion for creation and for the people he has called by name and with whom he has entered into covenant. Through the prophets God tells the people that a new heaven and a new earth, and even a new heart for humanity are on the way. And in those pages, many of which we read in the Advent Season, we see the gradual unfolding of God’s saving actions as God seeks to renew creation. We wait with Israel, we long, we ache with hope for the time when we will know the Lord and the word written not on tablets, but on our hearts. We sing, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and we wait for “God With Us.”

Ah, but the pay-off is that we wait for what is already present! Yes! We wait for that which is already here – the infamous “already but not yet” of God’s Kingdom. We wait for the fullness, but it is already present to us. So we wait, we hope, we expect with the same gleam in our eyes of a child who knows for certain that he’s getting the gift he wants; because he’s already found it in the attic! God’s compassionate love already embraces us and we’re reminded again and again of this through the flesh and blood reality of the living community of faith – just as humanity was embraced by the Word becoming flesh. The Church, God’s gathered people, continues the Incarnation, because now we are the Body of Christ. We wait for what is already here, what we pray for in this season is that the Lord open our eyes to the reality that is.

As I come to my third Advent-Christmas season as your minister I come with renewed expectation. I feel excitement in the air. As the song says, “It's the most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, when loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year.” I look at the love in this community of faith and I sense the “already but not yet.” It is a gift to be here, with these good colleagues of mine in ministry, and with all of you. Wait in hope, look for the One already with us, and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!
Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D.
Senior Minister

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PF Place

Thanksgiving was the topic of discussion at this year’s Fall Senior High Rally in Byron, IL. What would you not be willing to give up? Would you move to another country to keep doing it? The Pilgrims moved to the Americas because they valued their faith so much. Ask Parker Hoerz, Rachel Halvorson, Will Quinn, Chapman Wakefield, or Carrie Kreps Wegenast for the weekend’s review.
November’s Second Saturday kept us on our toes. The Unknowns took first place in the foosball tournament, while Mark and Alexandra finished first in the round robin ping pong tournaments. A church scavenger hunt led us to the most interesting places. Do you know how many windows there are in the Chapel/office hallway? We ended our evening with a great game of Sardines. We will be watching a Christmas movie at December’s Second Saturday. See you there!
Calling all actors and actresses! Rehearsals for the Christmas play will start December 4th! If you are interested in acting, programs, lights, sound, or sets, contact Carrie Kreps Wegenast or come to the next PF meeting. Both Jr. and Sr. High are needed. See your name in lights (or at least in the worship bulletin)!

Interview of the Month
Bryn Callen

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

Die Maus – Hi Bryn! I heard you have a very cool bedroom.

Bryn – I like it. It’s tie dyed.

Die Maus – How did you get a tie dyed bedroom? We don’t have a tie died room here at church.

Bryn – My mom and her friend used sponge painting in yellow, blue, red, and green. It looks tie dyed.

Die Maus – Once upon a time I heard you wanted tie dyed duct tape.

Bryn – Someone told me you could get it, but I haven’t found it yet.

Die Maus – Maybe you will get some in your Christmas stocking.

Bryn – That is my favorite holiday – maybe Santa will bring it. I’m looking forward to the PF Christmas Play. We will start rehearsals soon.

Die Maus – Carrie told me that. Will there be a role for a little church mouse?

Bryn – You should ask Carrie or the PF Leadership Team about that.

Die Maus – I guess people will just have to come to the 4pm Christmas Eve Service to find out. Thanks, Bryn!

Bryn – You’re welcome. See you at PF!


Youth Calendar
Junior and Senior PF
Dec. 4/11/18 Christmas Play Rehearsals (9 a.m. –12 p.m.)
Dec. 5 Christmas Workshop – Come to help! (3-5:30 p.m.)
Dec. 6 Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Mayfair (leave church at 5:40 and return 9:20 p.m. – we need two youth and two adults)
Dec. 11 Second Saturday – Come watch a Christmas Movie (7-10 p.m.)
Dec. 24 Christmas Play Dress Rehearsal (9 a.m.)
Dec. 24 Costumes and Makeup (3 p.m.), Family Christmas Eve Service (4 p.m.)

Junior High December Meetings
Dec. 5 No Meeting - Come help at the Christmas Workshop!
Dec. 12 No Meeting - Christmas Concert – Come and Enjoy the beautiful music!
Dec. 19 “Why a Baby? A Look at Jesus and the Whole Christmas Season” (Regular Meeting – 4:30-6 p.m. at the church)
Dec. 26 No Meeting – Merry Christmas!
Jan. 2 No Meeting – Happy New Year!

Senior High December Meetings
Dec. 5 Discussing the Differences: The Stories of Jesus’ Birth @ the Callen’s House (534 N. 115 St., Tosa – 6:30-8 p.m.)
Dec. 12 Why a Baby? @ the Schowalter’s House ( 5 Raven Turn, Racine – meet at the church at 5:45 p.m., return to church around 9:00 p.m.)
Dec. 19 Searching for a Well-rounded picture: Jesus from outside the Gospels @ the Kreps Wegenast’s (1246 N. 68 #107, Tosa – 6:30–8 p.m.)
Dec. 26 No Meeting – Merry Christmas!
Jan. 2 No Meeting – Happy New Years!

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2005 Budget Update

Our ability to operate FCC with a meaningful budget is wholly dependent on the income available to fund that budget. This in turn is directly dependent on anticipated income resulting from the assurance we get from member pledges. We cannot meaningfully budget without pledges which allow us to assume an ability to fund the budget.

As indicated in the November columns, the proposed budget seeks to make it possible to continue all the programs and goals which make a difference in the lives of our members and the greater community. As of Commitment Sunday (November 7), less than one-half of FCC pledging units had responded. By the time of this issue of the Columns is published, hopefully, this figure will be considerably larger. If you have not already done so, please return your pledge.

The Budget & Finance Committee is working to tailor a budget that reflects reality and good stewardship of the resources available. However, the plain fact is that it costs a significant amount of money to run FCC and to support those programs and goals. A second irrefutable fact is that we cannot effectively plan without a high response from our pledging units that will assure us of an income stream to support our essential programs and goals. Anything less, will require budget cuts that will seriously affect FCC.

Our Congregational heritage is important – take it seriously. Make it possible for us to finalize a budget that enables us to serve the Lord by making a difference in the lives of our members and the greater community. The Budget and everything it enables us to do can only be as good as your support for FCC. Live our Covenant.

In His Name,
Harry G. Holz
Chair, Budget and Finance Committee

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New Member Ministries

One of the key issues identified in the long range planning process was new member integration and retention. If a new member is not engaged either through contact from current members or involvement in church activities, the chance that they will stay involved with the church drops dramatically. In understanding this idea, the New Member Ministries Committee has been formed to strengthen the programs designed to help maintain active members, most specifically meeting the needs of new members. To start, we hope to establish sponsors (current members) who will be paired with new members (much like the previous program that existed). The sponsor will contact the new member to make sure they are feeling welcomed and may encourage fellowship through some type of activity (all-church dinner, bowling, or even a movie). If you would be interested in participating please contact the church office at 414-258-7375.
Charlie Thombs

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Letters of Thanks

Rev. Peay and First Church of Wauwatosa,
Please allow me to express to you my deepest thanks for your generous support of my education. Lori and I are grateful for your generosity and partnership in our ministry. We look forward to meeting many of you and getting to know you. May the Lord richly bless you as you follow Him.
Under the Mercy,
Jeremy and Lori Wood


Dear Pastor Peay,
We are most grateful for your generous gift of $250 to help spread the Word. As you probably know, every dollar will be used to buy Bibles and Testaments for distribution in the U.S. and 179 countries where Gideons are waiting for them. The dues we pay as Gideons covers all the administrative costs in our national headquarters in Nashville.
We hope this will become a part of your missions budget for each year.
May God continue to bless you and your congregation.
Donald Kirkpatrick

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Spiritual Formation Opportunities

Advent is the beginning of the Christian year, so why not take advantage of various spiritual formation programs that are being offered, to enrich your faith journey?

We have just completed the first presentation of the Beginnings small group experience. About 40 people meeting in five small groups over a nine-week period journeyed together, sharing their experiences around several key ideas of the Christian faith. Group participants actively prayed for each other during the week. The program’s success was largely because of the efforts of the small group leaders: Barbara Dunham, Sarah DeYoung, Bonnie Ornst, Jennifer Wakefield and Jennifer Wareham, as well as program assistants Jim Ver Duin and Maurie Daigneau. Rev. Sam Schaal was the program director. Beginnings will be repeated in the next “term” of our adult education program, starting in January or February. Stay tuned for more information.

And of course our ongoing Sunday Symposium that meets between services on Sunday morning under the coordination of Dan Schowalter presents diverse programs of interest to adults that remains ever popular.

Here are some new opportunities to deepen your Christian formation
and enjoy the fellowship of fellow sojourners:

Faith in Film series
Third Sundays 6:00 p.m.

On the third Sunday of the month we gather in the Friendship Lounge at 6 p.m. to watch movies that employ themes of faith. These will not always be so-called religious movies, but movies that in some way take the religious life seriously. We will gather to see how the Word connects with the world in interesting and sometimes surprising ways. Watch for information for the December 19 move in the weekly Congregationalist.

Wednesday Night at the Church:
Lectionary Bible Study
Begins December 8
6:00 p.m. potluck supper
6:30-7:30 p.m. discussion

Why not take a mid-week spiritual refresher? We will gather at the church on Wednesdays for a potluck meal at 6 p.m. Bring a dish, but if you forget, come on, anyway – we have plenty to share! At 6:30 we will gather for small group Bible study that will follow the Lectionary. The texts will be the lection texts for the next Sunday, so you can walk into Sunday worship with some knowledge of the texts which can deepen your experience. The study will provide some basic historical/critical information on the four selections each week, with questions from the leader that will help connect your life with the Biblical text, all with a focus on how the Bible informs the living of our daily lives. These groups will be ongoing for as long as there is interest and you may drop in at any time.

No pre-registration necessary, but please do pre-register for any child care by calling the office in advance.


Sunday Symposium
December 5
Reverend Harvard Stephens
Dean of Siebert Chapel
Carthage College
" Why Rites of Passage Matter"

December 12
Reverend Dan Schowalter
" The Birth of Christianity"

December 19
Reverend Richard Buchman
" A Special Christmas Story"

December 26
No Sunday Symposium

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Soloists Join Worship

During this holiday season, we likely notice the contribution of our choir toward our worship experience more than ever. So it is a very appropriate time to highlight two of our soloists who recently joined the church choir.
Jill Bruss, mezzo soprano, is very experienced and well known in the Milwaukee music arena. A singer in the Florentine Opera Chorus, she has also been selected to sing “previews” for the company. Jill also has a private voice studio at her home, is a member of Milwaukee Choral Artists, and takes opera to schools with “The Mighty Mezzo.” Jill has a 13-year-old daughter.
Kim Porter, soprano, is a recent graduate from Carroll College. Kim was briefly at First Church a year back, but left with a temporary move. Kim works for Aurora University at the George Williams campus- Lake Geneva. She is assistant to the executive director of the Music by the Lake program in their Academy of the Arts. Kim is also certified to teach Kindermusik classes in voice and piano. Music is in the family with Kim as her husband is also a singer.

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New Members Recently Welcomed

Peter Bontempo and Heidi Richards
Peter, a heating and air conditioning installer with Donovan & Jorgenson, and Heidi, a sales administrator with Choice One Communications, will be married here next year. They found out about our church through Heidi’s parents and reside in Milwaukee.

Brian and Sarah Clark
Brian, self-employed at Clark & Sons, and Sarah, a travel agent with Balboa Travel, read about First Church in the CNI Newspaper. They are the parents of two sons, Nick, a two year old and Jack, a five month old. They reside in Wauwatosa.

Jennifer Nitschke
Jennifer, a Wauwatosa resident, is a tax specialist with A-C Equipment Services. She is the mother of a fourth grade daughter, Samantha. Jennifer is interested in helping out with our youth and found out about our church from her cousin.Jon and Kristin Stern
Jon and Kristin are the parents of one year old Serena and also reside in Wauwatosa. Kristin is an employment counselor at Independence First and Jon is a teacher and basketball coach at Messmer high school.

Ruth Booher
Ruth, not pictured, is transferring her membership back to First Church and we are delighted that she has joined the Jubilation Ringers. Ruth and her husband, Craig Hahn, have two grown children, Aaron and Amelia, and live in Wauwatosa. She works at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Peter & Peggy Haesler
With Norm Ream’s blessing, Peter and Peggy were instrumental in helping to start Lake Country Church in Hartland in 1974. They are now returning to their roots here at First Church where Peggy had been a member since her youth. She and Peter were married here and they and their children were all very active in the church. Now retired, Peter is a volunteer driver for Lake Country Cares Cab. He is a former board member and chairman at Congregational Home. Peggy, a homemaker, is a volunteer at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

Bill Krause and Amanda Clark Krause
Bill and Amanda are transferring to First Church from Heritage Church in Madison. They currently reside in Wauwatosa and are parents of a 7 month-old daughter named Cooper. Bill is employed at Fiserv and Amanda is a registered nurse.
Please be sure to stop and introduce yourselves to each of these new members as they get to know our church family. WELCOME!

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Behind the Scenes of the Board of Deacons

Good presentation is all about good planning. Have you ever taken the time to wonder how it is that First Congregational Church can consistently put together two perfectly timed and simply elegant services every Sunday? As chair of the Board of Deacons, I’ve spent much time learning about it.
Of course we have a highly educated and finely tuned ministerial staff. There is also no question that the staff at First Church is one of the most dedicated and reliable that God can provide. Additionally, we have the Board of Deacons to assist in this area. The Board of Deacons is charged with managing the small (and not so small) details of the formal services of the Church as you see them every Sunday.

From the moment you walk in the door at FCC, and sometimes prior to that, you will see the results of the Board of Deacons’ work. The Board of Deacons is comprised of fifteen members divided into nine committees. When you are greeted by a church member or family at the entrance to the building or the Nave, a Deacon has asked these individuals to serve. The Greeters Committee is currently comprised of Mark Hendrickson and David Moore. You have likely seen the sign up board in the atrium for this rewarding and simple job…Smile, shake hands, say “hello, good morning,” repeat. Please feel free to fill in a date when you know you can be at church a half an hour before the service to greet.

Then, there is always a full complement of ushers on hand to assist you to your seat, be sure you are receiving an order of worship, and lend a hand if needed. Ideally, the Deacons job here is to find a captain – somebody with ushering experience willing to fill an entire month with a group of family or friends. Five ushers are needed for each service every Sunday. Consequently this is continually one of the most challenging orders to fill. Susie Daigneau has been doing a superb job fulfilling this need. Katie Holtz is the most recent addition to the board, filling the vacant spot created by Julie Sheridan- Smith’s calling to North Shore CC as Director of Children’s Ministry.

Perhaps not as visible, membership is another primary responsibility of the board. At a meeting Dr. Peay told us that in the bygone days of Congregationalism any Deacon could cast a “nay” vote against a membership request if the requestor was a “known menace” or “imminent danger” to the church. Needless to say, in my three years as a Deacon we have never had to invoke that ancient principal. All who have gone through the new membership classes and asked to join have been unanimously welcomed. Nancy Restyanszki and David Swanson currently fulfill the New Members committee. David and Nancy reach out to recent visitors so they know they are welcome and noticed. David is also the current Vice Chair of the Board.

Every other month at First Church we share in the Lord’s Supper. This is an element of worship that is truly special for participants. A bit of planning goes into those special Sundays assuring enough fresh bread is cut along with two more full loaves for the words of institution and the breaking of the bread. Twelve trays of grape juice are needed, and of course we get quite handy at washing all those little cups. We even have a unique little gizmo made just for that purpose. Pat Reddy, Myra Miller and Dan Johnson currently serve on that committee.

Whether it is Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, there is always appropriate Nave decor for the celebration at First Church. Betty Davis currently coordinates the necessities for a beautiful and appropriate display. Tradition is that the Deacons and their spouses gather the Friday after Thanksgiving for the hanging of the greens. This is always a joyous occasion to gather, decorate the Nave in anticipation of the newborn Christ and share a meal prepared by the five Deacons who are in the last year of a three-year tenure.

The Deacons also assist with the sacrament of Baptism; Anne Montguire presides over the organization of these blessed events. One of the Deacons volunteers to be the key contact leading up to the day, and is present to direct family and friends who are participating in the service.
Coordinating donors to provide the lovely flowers in the nave each Sunday is also a responsibility of Deacons. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to contact Gaye Clark to secure your date in 2005 to provide flowers. Gaye keeps track of the dates and donations and coordinates setup so that we always have a beautiful display in the Nave.

On the business-end of the board, Carol Wittig keeps track of every penny as treasurer. Harry Collis does an outstanding job as secretary – the keys of his laptop are nearly ablaze at our monthly meetings. Additionally should anybody require a ride to worship services or other transportation, Harry will coordinate a ride for those individuals. As Chair, I organize and run the meetings, communicate with the other boards and the staff, and am the spokesperson for the board as necessary at certain services.

This is a very busy Board and a wonderful way to begin to understand the intricacies of how the formal worship service is put together. We hope you’ll consider helping next year with the service and stewardship opportunities listed here!
Matt Johnson, Chairperson

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Lectionary Readings

December 5, Second Sunday of Advent
Old Testament Isaiah 11:1–10
Psalmody Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19
New Testament Romans 15:4–13
Gospel Matthew 3:1–12

December 12, Third Sunday of Advent
Old Testament Isaiah 35:1–10
Psalmody / Canticle Luke 1:46b–55
New Testament James 5:7–10
Gospel Matthew 11:2–11

December 19, Fourth Sunday of Advent
Old Testament Isaiah 7:10–16
Psalmody Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
New Testament Romans 1:1–7
Gospel Matthew 1:18–25

December 24, Christmas Eve
Old Testament Isaiah 9:2–7
Psalmody Psalm 96
New Testament Titus 2:11–14
Gospel Luke 2:1–20

December 26, First Sunday after Christmas
Old Testament Isaiah 63:7–9
Psalmody Psalm 148
New Testament Hebrews 2:10–18
Gospel Matthew 2:13–23

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In Brief

Our thanks to Rod Schmidt
for his service as one of our volunteer kitchen coordinators!
Rod resigned at the November Trustees’ meeting to pursue other opportunities.
We’re grateful for his time. Barb Dunham will continue with us as the volunteer kitchen coordinator!
Thanks Rod!


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

Monday, December 13, 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.
Congregational Columns (USPS 010-493) is published monthly by The First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa, 1511 Church St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2593, 414/258-7375. Periodical Postage Paid at Milwaukee, WI 53203-9998. Postmaster: Send address changes to Congregational Columns, 1511 Church St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2593.
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