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•To Perry Allen Vandenack, son of Angela and Kallyn, who was baptized into the Christian faith on Sunday, February 21. Pastor Scott conducted the private baptism (his first here at FCC!) in Fellowship Hall. Click here to see a photo.

Special Thanks

• To everyone who drove to church to receive the imposition of ashes from Pastor Scott on Ash Wednesday. Click here to see photos.

• To Mike and Jane Spalding for cutting and stuffing the paper strips for our Prayer Chains, a part of our Lenten Connections program.

• To Phil Stepanski and Tracy Bretl for changing our Sanctuary windows for Lent.

• To members of the Fellowship Team for offering to bake cookies for Pastor Scott to deliver to houses. Special thanks to Marti DeMario, Terry Sdun and Holly Ternes for their ongoing coordination efforts and cookie baking. Thanks also to Jennifer Dimmer, Jean Hoffmann, Alice Ruffin, Jane Schwacher, Roberta Blumenburg and Jeanne Mantsch for baking cookies!

• To Savannah Anderson, Doug McManus, Kerry O'Brien, and Tom Roehrig for agreeing to become a part of the Reopening Committee, and to Brett Dimmer, Mike Spalding and Phil Stepanski for continuing their involvement. Pastor Scott is also a part of the Committee.

• To Jeanne Mantsch, our Moderator, Kathy Bretl, our Treasurer, and Jason Jacque, our Stewardship Committee Chair, for joining Pastor Scott and Lorraine Halls, our Financial Administrator, in attending a virtual webinar hosted by the Wisconsin Conference UCC on "What’s Next: Best Practices for Financial Sustainability" at the beginning of February.


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We invite you to journey through Lent with the church and with one another! We have planned ways for each of us to connect and engage with God, our church community, and the wider community.

Click here to view all of the information electronically. We encourage you to stop at church to pick up a packet. That way, you will have an enlarged printed Lenten Calendar, filled with short arrow prayers, that you can hang. Also, you will find an envelope of paper strips so you can create a Prayer Chain. The packets are available in the Little Free Library and in the entryway. Please contact the church if you would like one delivered to you.

Week 1 - UCC Daily Devotional
Sign up for the UCC's Daily Devotional, and invite family and friends to do so as well.

Week 2 - Support The Food Pantry
Drop off canned goods and other items to help support Port’s food pantry. Click here for a list of their requested items and to learn more about the pantry.

Week 3 - Congregational Connections
Make connections with others in our church family through cards, emails, letters.

Week 4 - Easter Gifts
Consider making a financial donation to support our local service organizations in celebration of Easter.

Week 5 - Paper Goods Drive to Support Family Promise
Drop off paper goods and other items to continue the Church School’s tradition of helping to stock the shelves at Family Promise. Click here for a list of their requested items and to learn more about Family Promise.

Week 6 - Prayers for Holy Week
Pastor Scott will offer ways in which we can intentionally pray during the days leading up to Easter.


“Vesper” is a Latin word that means evening. Vesper worship comes from the practice of monastic communities and their evening times of prayer and scripture reflection. The season of Lent is the perfect time to gather for a mid-week, evening worship service; and with the continuing pandemic, we will move our worship online via Zoom. Each Wednesday evening at 7:00, members and friends are invited to connect via Zoom as Pastor Scott leads a brief worship service of prayer, scripture reading and reflection. We hope you will be able to participate and enjoy a “live” experience of worship each week as we move closer to our celebration of Easter. A Zoom link will be emailed out each Wednesday.


There were over 100 responses to the recent Reopening survey, which was due on February 22. Please stay tuned, the Committee will provide an overview of the results in the coming weeks.


Our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Scott McLeod, has enjoyed a great start here at our church. One of his priorities is getting out and meeting our members and friends. Pastor Scott will continue to deliver cookies to everyone's houses in the coming months. Thank you to the Fellowship Team for baking the cookies! Scott invites you to call or email anytime, his new email address is

If you have a chance, check out the two newspaper articles on Pastor Scott's transition:
Ozaukee Press - FCC welcomes new pastor on Jan. 1
Elkhorn Independent - Pastor takes a leap of faith

And, for your enjoyment, check out two videos that Pastor Scott and his wife, Rev. Laura McLeod, have recorded together:
Rappin' with Rev. Laura featuring Scott McLeod (Feb. 2021)
Virtual Meet and Greet with Pastor Scott and Rev. Laura
(recorded the week before Call Weekend back in Sept. 2020)


You might interested to know that Pastor Scott is conducting our Confirmation program for our current 8th graders, through the end of May. Please be thinking of these individuals as they embark on their Confirmation journey: Brady Calder, Gabe Chandler, Hope Gilhooly, Cash Mantsch, James Mitchell, Sam Pasten, Carter Schlehlein and Mya Ternes.


Our traditional in-person church services continue to be suspended at this time. First Congregational Church will continue to provide spiritual guidance and care. During this time, we welcome you to call or email if you have any pastoral needs or questions.


Since we are not currently conducting in-person church services, we wanted to let you know that you can drop off your pledge payments by using our mail slot to the right of our Webster Street entrance. Or you can simply mail it to the church. Thank you!

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