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A Warm Welcome

• Congratulations and a warm welcome to our newest members who were received into our community of faith on Sunday morning, March 27: Don and Connie Cross, Steve and Carol Davidson, Jeff and Tyfani Ulicki & children Talyor and Thomas, and Kristen Wolf & daughter Kendra.

In Memoriam

Perry Lieuallen, husband of Darcy McManus, died on Friday, April 15. Eernisse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Special Thanks

• To Mia Blum, Matthew Dimmer, and Drue Nelson for providing Nursery Care in April.

• To Louise Mollinger, Kathy Bretl, Don Niederfrank, Gary Tackes, Mike Spalding, Jane Spalding, Kitchie Allen, and the Confirmation Class for serving as Worship Leaders in April.

• To Kitchie Allen, Kathy Bretl, Carolyn Heatwole, Jason Jacque, Louise Mollinger, Joe Mueller, Jane Spalding, and Phil Stepanski for serving as Tenebrae Readers on Maundy Thursday.

• To the Choral Quartet: Barb Bahr, Brett Dimmer, Tracy Greymont, and Mike Spalding for their beautiful music on Maundy Thursday.

• To Katja Cira, Louise Mollinger, Jane Schneider, Phil Stepanski, and Gary Tackes for serving as Worship Leaders on Good Friday.

• To Mike and Sherrie Dimmer for serving as Ushers and coordinating the candles and lights on Good Friday.

• To Joe Mueller, Jane Spalding and Kitchie Allen for serving as Worship Leaders on Easter Sunday.

• To Lefty and Diane Fowler and the Cira Family for providing Fellowship Hour in April.
To Jennifer Dimmer and the Fellowship Team for providing warm cinnamon rolls on Palm Sunday during Fellowship Hour—a time honored and sweet tradition in the life of our church.

• To Kathy Bretl for providing special music at the Good Friday service and Sunrise Easter Service. Kathy has made this a longtime tradition.

• To Brett Dimmer, Dale and Alice Sanem, and Dave Eslinger for being the Confirmation parent helpers at Holy Hill.

• To Tina Olson and Jennifer Dimmer for coordinating our Holy Week Scavenger Hunt for our church youth on April 13.

• To Kerry O'Brien for serving as a parent helper during Confirmation class on Monday, April 25.

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MAY E-NEWSLETTER

Click here to view the entire May "Congregational Connections" monthly e-newsletter. You can also click on specific pages:

Page 1 & 2: Pastor Scott's Lead Article & "Adopt a Bill"
Page 3 & 4: Meet Our New Members
Page 5
: Fellowship & More
Page 6: New Scrip Fundraising Program
Page 7: May Scripture Texts and Worship Themes
Page 8: May Church School News
Page 9: Confirmation Sunday on May 29
Page 10: Financial Administrator Office Hours & More
Pages 11: Misc. Announcements
Page 12 & 13: Port Pre-School Farewell & Space For Lease
Page 14: United Church Camps
Pages 15: Thanks & In Our Prayers
Page 16 & 17
: Church Council Meeting Minutes
Page 18: May Birthdays & Anniversaries
Page 19: May Calendar
Pages 20: Contact Information & Office Hours

UKRAINE RELIEF FUND

Our Ukrainian neighbors need us. Millions have been displaced, seeking shelter and basic necessities. Please take a moment now to help our partners in the region meet these needs with a gift to the UCC Ukraine Relief Fund. We can stand with those in need. Ministering with our global partners, your love of neighbor will be made tangible through a gift that will:

United in prayer, action, and giving, we stand as a people of faith in love and compassion with all affected and with our global partners who are welcoming those driven from their homes.

SUMMER CAMP

Our congregation is fortunate to have three different church camp locations to camp at and retreat to as part of the United Church Camps in the state of Wisconsin. Daycholah Center, Moon Beach, and Cedar Valley are outdoor ministry programs associated with the United Church of Christ, the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC, and Outdoor Ministry Association UCC. You may learn more about all of the camps, retreats, classes and events of the United Church Camps by visiting ucci.org. Our church offers camp scholarships to individuals and families who sign up for camp. There are also scholarship opportunities through the Southeast Association UCC and UCCi. If you are interested, please contact Amy Gilhooly, Communication Director, at amyg@portucc.org, and she will email you the forms.

WORSHIP LEADERS

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 pastorscott@portucc.org and let him know if you prefer the 8:00 or 10:00 worship.

WEDNESDAY LUNCH GROUP

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. The last Lunch of the program year will be May 25.

THURSDAY MORNING MEN'S BREAKFAST

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!

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

There is 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. Fellowship Hour is a time for coffee and conversation, and often includes a snack or sweet treat.

STEWARDSHIP

Members and friends are asked to make a formal pledge to support the church financially each Fall. However, you may pledge at any point during the year. Stewardship page

RECORDINGS OF WORSHIP SERVICES

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.

PAYPAL ONLINE GIVING

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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