133 Jackson Street Oconto WI 54153 office@fpcoconto.org 920.835.3922

Congregational Meeting 9:00 a.m. this Sunday

Election of New Officers and Commission/Committee Leaders & Setting 2018 Pastoral Terms of Call

THE BOILER LOAN IS PAID OFF!!!!

Over the past five years, your designated contributions have paid off the $25,000 “loan” we took from our “Crisis Contingency Fund” in September of 2012, including the 2% interest! Thank you so much for your faithful support! Be watching for a special celebration later this fall.

Mystery Dinner Fundraiser

You are invited to a MYSTERY DINNER FUNDRAISING EVENT on Saturday October 21, at 6:00 p.m.

A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER? No, A MYSTERY DINNER FUNDRAISING EVENT
(where the menu is a “mystery”!)

We can tell you it will be a 5-course meal with entertainment!

Seating is limited to the first 60 people!

Cost: $20.00

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the church office by August 22nd. Church hours are:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Please call or e-mail the office if those hours do not work for you.

For even more fun, dress in your best Hawaiian outfit!

All proceeds will be donated to the LaPlant family to help with medical expenses

Worship By The Water – Sunday August 27th

DUE TO THE WEATHER, WORSHIP WILL BE AT CHURCH – NOT AT CITY PARK – AUG 27

There will be one service at 10:15 a.m. with a pot-luck meal after in the Fellowship Hall.

Vacation Bible School

Summer is almost here and that means another year of Summer Vacation Bible School! We are continuing to partner with First American Lutheran Church, and this is their year to host. All area children are invited to join us June 5th – 9th at First American, 511 Madison Street, for “Barnyard Roundup: Jesus Gathers Us Together”

Please download and complete the 2017 VBS Registration Form, and return it to our church office so we know who all is attending from our church.

Summer Camp

There may still be some snow in the forecasts, but summer is almost here!! The youth are already talking about Summer camp and spots will be filling up soon. Don’t wait to get registered. You can use this form or go to www.llbc.org to register online. Let the church office know if you are planning to attend so we can include you in our fundraising events to help offset some of the costs.

 

CLICK HERE to download the Summer 2017 LLBC Camp Info Sheet

Let’s hit “RESTART” on Lent!

After having to cancel the Ash Wednesday Worship and Pot Luck meal, we have decided to remember Ash Wednesday this Sunday, March 5! We won’t do the imposition of ashes, but the rest of the service will be as if it were Ash Wednesday, including Holy Communion to “re-start” Lent. The confirmation youth will be leading the services (some at early, and some at late) and the choir and handbells will be providing special music.

Also, knowing how many people enjoy the pot luck meals, the Deacons have decided to host a pot luck meal after the second service for anyone who wants to join them!
Hope to see you Sunday!!

Lent 2017

Mid-week Worship is at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the sanctuary with the confirmation youth leading.

The Deacons are hosting pot-luck meals at 5:30 p.m on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. There will also be Holy Communion open to all Christians at these two services, and then on Easter Morning.

Holy Trinity is hosting the annual Ecumenical Good Friday service at noon, with youth leading us through the stations of the cross.

Daily devotionals, “Seeing Jesus,” are available. This year’s devotionals take a look at who Jesus is through the various eyes of many people around Jesus. As we read what their first-hand accounts might have been, we will see Jesus with new eyes – with the eyes of our hearts, as the Apostle Paul put it.

The front of our sanctuary has some special decorations during Lent. The colored ribbons woven together are from Synod School 2016 worship – the theme was “Connecting to Jesus in an Over-connected World”. They are strips of cloth, knotted together, surrounding the cross, representing our lives and the power of the Holy Spirit in a variety of ways. The Baptismal Font, surrounded by green plants, reminds us that our only true oasis in a dark and sinful world is the Living Water, Jesus Christ.

May we each make small sacrifices in our daily lives this Lent, intentionally disconnecting from whatever it is in this world that distracts us from Jesus, so that we can gather together in worship, connect to Jesus, and see Jesus through new eyes.

Illma Young funeral Thursday 2/23

Please keep the family and friends of Illma Young in your prayers. Full details for her funeral can be found at the Gallagher Funeral Home website:

http://www.gallagherfuneralhome.net/obituaries/Illma-E-Young?obId=1374418#/obituaryInfo

 

CONGRATULATIONS STEVE!

Our own Steve Jones is one of two finalists named for Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year!

Quoting from the Appleton Post Crescent:
Kimberly football coach Steve Jones has been named one of two finalists for the coveted Don Shula high school football Coach of the Year award presented by the NFL. Jones, in his sixth season as head coach at Kimberly, guided the Papermakers to their fourth WIAA consecutive state championship this past fall. Kimberly has won the last three state titles in Division 1 and also won the Division 2 title in 2013. Kimberly also has a 56-game win streak, the state record for most consecutive victories and also the longest current win streak in the nation. According to a press release by the NFL, Jones was nominated by the Green Bay Packers for his commitment to player health and safety and the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. According to the NFL, a blue ribbon panel including Shula, Peyton Manning and Michael Strahan reviewed the nominations and selected the two finalists, including Jones.

The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the third quarter of the 2017 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

Here are Steve and Carrie after the Kimberly Papermakers won the 2015 Division 1 State Football Championship.