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You can drop donations in the narthex on Sundays or at the office Mondays-Thursdays between 9:30 and 2pm at First Pres Church on 200 S. Ashland Avenue. The pantry is inside to serve our guests, with precautions posted for everyone. Following CDC Guidelines, masks will now be optional for those fully vaccinated (two weeks following the second dose). If you're not vaccinated, for whatever reason, we ask that you continue to wear a mask.

Thank you for helping us honor safety procedures. Our main goal is to provide food for guests..safely. Please continue to use the door on Howard Street. 

The Pantry is on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. ALL are Welcome! 

To Mask or Not to Mask

Following CDC guidelines, the Session has decided that masks will now be optional for anyone who is fully vaccinated (two weeks following the second dose). If you are not vaccinated, for whatever reason, it is strongly recommended that you continue to wear a mask while in the church building. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated. 

We returned to congregational singing on June 13, with hymnals and Bibles being returned to the pews at that time. Ushers and greeters will be added back to our Sunday morning experience in July, with offering plates passed in the traditional way then. We sincerely hope to be able to welcome the choir back to worship next fall.

Praise be to God!

Bible Study - The Bible Tells Me So

Continuing thru July each Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Zoom

ALL are welcome to a new adult bible study, The Bible Tells Me So.  We meet on Zoom each Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30pm thru July. Bible Study_3This no-prep study will feature a video clip and discussion each week as we look at how to let the Bible be the Bible and not bend it to meet our needs or expectations.  The author promises to stir our imagination, deepen our trust in God, and make the Bible come alive in new ways for us all. Join us and invite a friend. Contact the church office or Pastor Katie for the Zoom link. (If enough people indicate an interest in meeting in person, we could add that on Thursday mornings!) 

Coffee Fellowship - With a Twist - is a Hit!


On Sunday, Sunday, June 6th, we resumed having a modified Coffee Fellowship time after worship. It takes place outside on the church lawn and features coffee and lemonade along with pre-packaged snacks. Some tables and chairs are set up for those who prefer to socialize while seated. Our committees is taking turns hosting throughout July and August, and Coffee Fellowship will be re-evaluated for fall. Coffee Fell0owship will not take place if there is inclement weather. 

Our Fellowship is a great opportunity to visit and catch up with others after worship while enjoying our beautiful summer weather so join us. Please reach out to the church office if you are not part of a committee but would like to help out this summer with Coffee Fellowship.

Hosts for July are: 

  • July 4th - Personnel Committee
  • July 11th - Communications & Marketing Committee
  • July 18th - Building & Grounds Committee
  • July 25th - Outreach Committee
Vacation Bible School August 2-4

2021 Vacation Bible School theme

High Seas Expedition: Exploring the Mighty Love of God is our theme for Vacation Bible School this summer! This swashbuckling adventure is open to kids from age four through those who have completed fifth grade, and anyone older than that is welcome to come and help.

We will meet from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. each evening for a simple supper, crafts, music, stories and games. It’ll be all hands on deck as we make our way through scripture and voyage together in the family of faith. This is an excellent opportunity to re-connect to the church and invite friends, neighbors and grandchildren to participate as well.

Registration is available on our homepage or in the church office—and youth and adult volunteers should   contact Pastor Katie at or 920-437-8121 to get on the volunteer list NOW.


Sacrament of Baptism

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On Sunday June 27th, we celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism for Lenora Jean Arcand, daughter of Sara (Solper) and Joshua Arcand, granddaughter of Dave and Lisa Solper. We were pleased to have Jenny Solper participate as an elder.

Baptism is a gift to us all, and the  reminder of God’s love, grace and mercy were poured out on all present in the sanctuary and participating online. 

Thanks be to God!

Welcome New Deacons and Elders

At a meeting of the congregation on Sunday June 27th, the following members were elected to serve: 

Deacons, class of 2024:          First Pres logo 3

            Linda Christensen  •   Judy Knutzen-Nerad  •   Linda Michael

Youth Deacon, class of 2022:   Sara Bostedt

Elders, class of 2024:    Jane Bies  •    Al Smith  •   Jon Tessier

And At-large members comprised the Nominating Committee:  

                Leah Mott   •    Dennis Siewert   •    Mary Steeno




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