News and Announcements



• To the members of our 2021 Confirmation Class who confirmed their faith and became official members of the church on Sunday, May 23:  Brady Calder, Gabe Chandler, Hope Gilhooly, Cash Mantsch, James Mitchell, Sam Pasten, Carter Schlehlein and Mya Ternes.

Special Thanks

• To Jennifer Dimmer for recording and uploading the 9:00 and 11:00 worship services on Sunday, May 23.

• To Joy Bloemer for handwriting each of the Confirmation certificates.

• To Brenda Shupe for volunteering to take care of our Little Free Library here at church.

• To Julie Schlehlein for serving as a Parent Helper and Driver for our Confirmation mission experience at The Food Pantry and class on Sunday evening, May 16.

• To Elijah Perez, Brady Fleischman, and their friends, for cleaning out the church flower beds and laying mulch around the perimeter of church and Creekside Commons, just in time for our first in-person Sunday morning worship service!

• To the Church Grounds Maintenance Team: Miriam Mitchell, Jana Zimmerman, Jeanne Weir, Kurt and Kelly Blum, Joe and Bev Mueller, John and Christa Karrels, and Mike Dimmer. This is the second year these folks have adopted a flower bed and maintained it from summer to fall.

• To Holly Ternes for serving as a Parent Helper for Confirmation Class on Sunday evening, April 25.

• To Jeanne Mantsch, Terry McManus, Terry Sdun, and Jane Spalding for cooking and assembling meals for our Family Promise guests who stayed at the Chalet Motel on Monday, April 19.

• To Mike Dimmer for trimming all the shrubs along the perimeter of the church, cleaning out flower beds, and power washing the church sign and entryway.  

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During the summer months, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, we will have one service on Sunday mornings at 9:00. We are limiting our attendance to 60 persons, and require members and friends to sign up prior to coming to church. You may click here to sign up to attend worship, starting every Wednesday before the upcoming Sunday.


Pastor Scott and his wife Laura will be on road trip that will bring them to Seattle, WA for a family wedding. While Scott is away from May 31 to June 22, the Rev. Don Niederfrank will be preaching and leading worship for the first three Sundays in June (June 6, 13, and 20). Don has also agreed to be on-call in the case of any emergency pastoral care issues. Please notify the church office if you have any pastoral needs.


Click here to view the entire June "Congregational Connections" monthly e-newsletter. Or, you can click on specific pages:

Pages 1 & 2: Pastor Scott's Lead Article & Vacation
Page 3: Congrats to our Confirmands
Page 4
: A Salute to our Graduates
Page 5: June 27 Happenings, including Spring Cong. Meeting
Page 6
: Summer Sunday Fun Days Flyer
Page 7: June 27 Brat Fry Flyer
Page 8: Our Thanks and Best Wishes to Lori MacRae
Page 9: Confirmation Class to Food Pantry & Greeting Cards
Pages 10: Thanks, AA, & Men's Breakfast
Pages 11: Financial Updates & Creekside Commons
Page 12: Moderator Message & Scripture Passages
Pages 13: Spotlight on Staff Support & Review Team
Page 14 & 15
: Church Council Minutes
Page 16: June Calendar
Pages 17: June B-days & Anniversaries
Page 18
: Church Contact Information


In-person church services resumed on Sunday, May 2. We held five services plus the special Confirmation service in the month of May. The average attendance for the church services was 31. Since we expanded the attendance limit to 60, there is plenty of room. We will be holding one service on Sunday mornings at 9:00 for the summer. At this time, folks will need to continue to sign up online prior to attending. The Reopening Team, along with Pastor Scott, will be meeting on Tuesday evening, June 22, to continue to assess and plan.


The Sunday worship service will 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.


The United Church of Christ has wonderful summer camps. Pilgrim Center is located on Green Lake near Ripon, and Moon Beach is located way up north near St. Germain. You can visit to check out the camp offerings.There are camp scholarships available through our church and through a combined scholarship program between United Church Camps and the Southeast Association of the Wisconsin Conference.

First Congregational Church Camp Scholarship Request Form

UCCI Scholarship Request Application

Please contact Amy Gilhooly, our Communications Director, at if you have any questions.


The church grounds are looking more beautiful than ever thanks to our church volunteers who each maintain a small section throughout the growing season. The primary task is pulling a few weeds that sneak through the mulch every few weeks. We are in need of an additional volunteer to help maintain a flower bed located in Creekside Commons. If you can lend a hand, please contact Beckie in the church office.


Starting June 6, an AA Group will resume meeting at our church every Sunday afternoon at 3:00. For more information, please contact the church office.


Every Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. a committed group of gentlemen from the church gather at The Beacon restaurant, which is located downtown on the first floor of The Harborview hotel. Ken Matthews has been their faithful facilitator, sending out email reminders to the men who have joined them previously. The group stopped meeting when the pandemic forced closure of area restaurants and has been meeting again as restrictions have eased over the last couple of months. Pastor Scott joins the group every other week or so.

The group is open to all the men of the church. Everyone places their own order and pays their own bill. The conversation is filled with laughter, stories, tall tales, anecdotes as well as the latest updates on what folks are doing and how things are going. It is a great way to spend an hour (or two) and begin your day.

If you are interested in attending, you are welcome to just come on down and join the group. Or, you can send Ken an email if you have questions and to make sure you are on his email reminder list (


Our Wednesday Noon Group has decided to take a break for the summer. They will decide to start back up either in August or September. If you are interested in learning more, please email Pastor Scott (


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.


Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Scott McLeod, has enjoyed a great start here at our church. 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.

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