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In Our Prayers

 Jim and Sherri Melichar. Jim continues to receive hospice care at home.

In Memoriam

Marlys Herbert, a longtime member of our church, died on Saturday, November 20, at the age of 93. Marlys served as our church secretary for 18 years. The family is planning a memorial service in May.

Special Thanks

• December Thanks

• To the anonymous member who paid for two new water heaters that were needed!

• To Mike Spalding for selecting our hymns for each Sunday service.

• To Joe Mueller and Claude Zimmerman for conducting weekly walk-throughs of the church building and grounds.

• To Brenda Shupe for filling our Little Free Library.

• To Peter Muehleis for placing the garbage carts at the curb on Mondays of each and every week.

• To Karl Pradel for continuing to change our Christ Candle each and every week.

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This coming Sunday, January 9, Church School will be learning about the visit of the Magi, the “wise men from the East” and the celebration of Epiphany. Using the story from the Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12, the class will learn about this event which is usually celebrated on January 6th and brings to a close the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” The kids will be making crowns and “star gazers” in which to view the star over Bethlehem that signaled to the wise men that a new king had been born.


Our first meeting to gauge interest in participating in a Mission Trip this summer took place last night, January 5. Right now, there are three families interested in being a part of this trip. We need to know soon if others would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity. Please read Pastor Scott’s article from our January Congregational Connections newsletter or connect with him by calling 262-903-0449 or emailing him at All high school age students are invited, and we will need adults too!


Our annual Winter Congregational Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday morning, January 23, at 11:15, in Fellowship Hall. Our two main items of business are an end-of-the-year financial report and the approval of a 2022 Church Budget. All members of the church are encouraged to attend. The meeting will also be cast through Zoom. A link, as well as the meeting agenda, will be emailed closer to the meeting.


Click here to view the entire January "Congregational Connections" monthly e-newsletter. If it is easier, you can click on specific pages:

Page 1: Pastor Scott's Lead Article
Page 2: Church School Plans on January 9
Page 3: Events - Mark Your Calendars
Page 4: Mtg. for Mission Trip in July & Tree Sale Results
Page 5
: Mac n Cheese Fundraiser & Season of Epiphany
Page 6: Worship Leaders & Lectionary
Page 7: Confirmation Helps Family Promise & Parking Lot
Page 8: Confirmation Christmas Pageant
Page 9: December Action Shots
Page 10: YouTube & Lighthouse
Page 11: Many Thanks
Pages 12 & 13: Church Council Minutes
Page 14: Birthdays, Anniversaries, & Recent Baptism
Page 15
: January Calendar
Page 16: Church Contact Information Including Hours


The Carol and Chapel Choirs are condensed into one Children's Choir at this time, led by Sherri Melichar. The choir rehearses from 5:45-6:30 on Monday evenings, in the Sanctuary, and performs on the 4th Sunday of every month.

All elementary and middle school kids are invited to participate! 7th and 8th graders can choose between the Children’s Choir and the Chancel Choir. Invite your neighbors and friends! Come as you are able - no long-term commitment required.  Join at any time!


Come join Handbells! The Handbell Choir is under the direction of Lydia Clough. The choir rehearses for an hour at 7:00 on Wednesday evenings in the Music Room and performs on the third Sunday of every month.


The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Brett Dimmer, rehearses for an hour at 6:30 on Monday evenings in the Sanctuary and performs on the second and fifth Sunday of every month. The choir is open to anyone 7th/8th grade and up. No experience is necessary, just a desire to sing! You do not need to know how to read music. Come as you are able - no long-term commitment required. Join at any time!


Pastor Scott has enlisted a team of Worship Leaders who help with either the 8:00 or 10:00 worship services on Sunday mornings and maybe an occasional special service. Worship leaders lead the congregation in responsive readings (Call to Worship), unison prayers and read scripture passages before the sermon. He has recruited over a dozen folks, but hopes to build a roster of 30-35 people who are willing to help lead worship on a rotating basis, so that no one will do it more than 3 or 4 times a year.

Would you like to help with the Sunday morning worship? Please send Pastor Scott an email at and let him know if you prefer the 8:00 or 10:00 worship.


You are invited to come to church on Wednesdays at noon for lunch and Bible study. The group meets in Fellowship Hall and everyone brings their own bag lunch and beverage. After they eat together they read through the Bible passages that will be used in worship on the next Sunday. Pastor Scott provides some Biblical background materials and some questions for discussion and then the conversation begins. You don’t need to be a Bible scholar to participate, just a curiosity to explore and reflect on the text. The conversation is always interesting and there is usually laughter and sharing of stories, opinions and an insight or two. Give it a try, there is always room for more around the table.


Every Thursday morning at 8:00, a dedicated group of gentlemen from the church gather at The Beacon restaurant, which is located downtown on the first floor of The Harborview hotel. The Thursday Morning Men’s Breakfast Group is open to all the men of the church. Everyone places their own order and pays their own bill. It is a great way to spend an hour (or two) and begin your day. You are welcome to join the group at any time!


There will be a Fellowship Hour following our 8:00 service on the first Sunday of each month, and following our 10:00 services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.


Members and friends are asked to make a formal pledge to support the church financially in the year to come. Receiving pledges is the only way the Church Council can plan and execute a balanced budget. Stewardship page


Our Sunday worship services will continue to be recorded each week; if you would like to view the service as soon as it is uploaded, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel ("First Congregational Church of Port Washington"). This allows you to receive immediate notification.


If you are interested in giving to the church through PayPal, please look for the PayPal button on the home page. Please contact us if you have any questions or any problems using this giving feature.

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