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

120th Chicken Pie Supper – 2016

Another great event!!! A huge THANKS to everyone who helped prepare the food, crafts and facility and to those who came to enjoy the meal. We sold over 300 meals!! Our apologies to those who came towards the end of the night and didn’t get to enjoy the full meal and to the few we had to turn away after the food was gone.

Mark your calendars for October 21, 2017 — the third Saturday in October!

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Sue Cross’ Funeral



Susan J. Cross, 68, Oconto, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay. She was born June 13, 1948 in Hustisford, WI to the late Donald and Jean (Reinke) Williams. She attended Oconomowoc Schools graduating in 1966, Waukesha County Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, and UW Waukesha. Susan married David H. Cross on December 13, 1985. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2014. Susan worked as a teacher’s aide for St. Norberts, Green Bay and Oconto FallsPublic Schools for many years. She was a very active member in the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto, where she served as a Deacon, the Oconto county Historical Society where she held the office of Treasurer, and Woman’s Club, Oconto American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. Susan enjoyed working with the elderly and help served meals for those who were shut-in. She was always giving to others to help them when needed.

Susan is survived by a brother, Terry Williams, Campbellsport; a sister, Cheryl (Lloyd) Williams, Waukesha; nieces, Jodi and Shawn Smith, Milwaukee; Jenny and Sean Beres, Waukesha; Katie and Isaiah Hanback, Appleton; nephew, Nicholas Williams, CA; great nieces and nephews, Jaeden and Josiah Smith and Lloyd, Lillian and Lacy Beres and her beloved dog, Murphy; sister-in-law, Barbara Barrera; brother-in-law, Bruce Cross; nieces, Kandi Cross and Marsha Erickson; nephews, Lee J. Holtgrieve, Jason Cross, Danny Barrera and Kyle Cross. She was preceded in death by father and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Ruth Cross, brother-in-law, Scott Cross; sister-in-law, Diana Fleischman and nephew Chad Cross.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the First Presbyterian Church, 135 Jackson St., Oconto, from 9 to 11 AM Friday, August 12, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Friday at the church with the Rev. Craig Alwin officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Here is a link to www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

“Worship by the Water”

Mark your calendars: 10:15 a.m. Sunday August 28, 2016 to join us for our 8th annual “Worship by the Water” at City Park (County N – South of Oconto). Dress casual, bring a lawn chair (or sit at a picnic table) and a dish to pass for the pot luck lunch after worship.

July August Newsletter is online

The July/August newsletter is available: 2016 July Aug MESSENGER

Other past newsletters are also available online under the “HOME” drop down menu at the right side of the page.

Vacation Bible School Registration Form

2016 Vacation Bible School: “Sailing with the Savior”

VBS2016 LOGO2June 6-10

9 a.m. – NOON

VBS 2016 Registration Form


Here is another song the kids are singing for Youth Sunday (10:15 a.m. service May 8)!


Here is a song we are working on for Youth Sunday (10:15 a.m. service May 8) and for this summer’s Vacation Bible School (June 6-10). The kids are having fun singing this and the “adult kids” are having fun playing guitar, bass, keyboard and drums!


Read this month’s newsletter: 2016 APRIL MESSENGER

REMINDER: You can access the church newsletters online by clicking the drop-down menu at the top right of the webpage.

(For mobile users, the drop-down menu is at the top left, under “welcome”)

Rainbow Ringers to play Sunday

Parents! The Rainbow Ringers are scheduled to play this Sunday. We need a minimum of 16 kids to make this work so please bring the family to enjoy this treat.

About Ash Wednesday and Lent

Every year at Easter we celebrate with joy our redemption and renewal through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The season of Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to listen for the Spirit of God speaking, calling us to renew our faith us in this mystery.

Ash Wednesday is the special observance of the first day of Lent. We begin our journey through Lent by acknowledging our need for repentance and for the love and forgiveness shown to us in Jesus Christ.

As a sign of your repentance, you will be invited to come forward if you desire, to receive the imposition of ashes. Pastor Craig will trace the sign of the cross on your forehead with ashes, as an ancient symbol of humility and grief.

All baptized Christians are invited to partake in the Lord’s Supper. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper (also referred to as the Eucharist or Holy Communion) is our spiritual food for the pilgrimage that leads to the foot of the cross. The Lord’s Supper is to be for us the strengthening, nourishing table prepared in the midst of our enemies, assuring us that we can pass through the darkest valley without fear and find our place at the great resurrection feast in the house of the Lord.

All are invited, in the name of Christ, to observe a Holy Lent, by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by practicing works of love, and by reading and reflecting on God’s Holy Word.