Taylor Wittman Graduation

Taylor is graduating from Preble High School. She is already a CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant and works at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home Association. Per Taylor, “I'm going to Carroll University for nursing, I chose nursing because when I was younger I always knew I wanted to do something that deals with science when I was older but I also wanted to be able to help people and hopefully makes their lives a bit better. I was part of a nursing camp the summer after sophomore year and it just clicked then that what I wanted to be was a nurse.”

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Christian Gehri Graduation
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Christian will graduate from Pulaski High School, and will be attending UW - Madison this Fall. He will study Accounting / Finance and may pursue Actuarial Science as a career, that is yet to be decided by him!

Per Christian, “I am also going to be trying to make it into the band. I chose Madison because I have a big legacy there with two of my grandparents, both my parents, a few uncles, and my cousin have all gone there. I am trying out for the band because it's a huge part of my life now, and it would be an incredible honor to be in the famous UW marching band.”

Christian is active in the Pulaski Band program as a percussionist for the Marching Band and a French Horn player during concert season, and is going to the State Solo Ensemble for 4 separate events this year. He has been on the Forensics team for all 4 years of High School (with 1 Gold medal and 2 Silver medals at the State Tournament in the first 3 years of participation and will be competing again at State this year). He is also Student Council Treasurer, a 2-time varsity letter winner in swimming, a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and went to State for the Economics portion of the FBLA competition.

Christian had the honor to be selected by his school to participate in the "Badger Boy" program; he was selected to be involved in the year-long Brown County Teen Leadership program; is an avid Outdoorsman, hunter, and conservationist, and is actively involved in conservation programs through Ducks Unlimited and private conservation efforts. He has been the Sound Engineer for the high school musical for the last 4 years. He has maintained a 4.17 GPA, and is also an avid soccer player and Scuba diver.

Audrey Rasmussen Graduation

Audrey is graduating from Ashwaubenon High School. She is deciding between 3 colleges: Lawrence, St. Norbert, and Ripon. She's thinking of majoring in writing and/or pre-engineering. Her volunteering includes working with small children at Literacy Green Bay and painting murals and a playhouse for Art Club at school. She's been to Interlochen Arts Camp for painting and UWGB Art Camp for Animation.

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Olivia Crooks Graduation

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Olivia will graduate from Southwest as a High Honors student all 4 years. With two presidential awards for her community service involvement, best known for starting the drive at 12 yrs old to save Colburn pool and help raise over 1 million dollars for the project, along with being a certified Life guard teaching children of all ages to swim, plus a class she enjoyed teaching children with learning disabilities.

She loves her Church at First Pres and enjoys being involved in youth group and anything Loni and Bobbi plan, Olivia jumps at the chance to serve her community or to serve God. Olivia is driven to help.

With 9 years of tennis, the last 4 at Southwest as a top Varsity player, she finished as the only senior on the Southwest tennis team to go to sectionals and FRCC honorable mention. Olivia is in the music programs, including all 4 musicals at Southwest with cameo roles, and she went to state twice for solo ensemble. Olivia went to state last year to represent Southwest in Forensics.

Olivia was her teacher Mrs. Kolath's Chemistry lab assistant, which will help her as she enters college. Olivia fell in love with science in 6th grade and proclaims she doesn't mind being a science geek, if she can help find a cure someday for some of the illnesses like cancers, or ALS.

Olivia will major in Chemistry, and minor in Biology, pursuing her goal to be a Pharmacist and research in science, studying at Concordia University Pharmacy School in Mequon, where she has been accepted for fall 2017. She has also been recruited to play division 3 tennis for them, but has not made up her mind yet. She feels her academics come first.

2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium

PYT_GraphicThree young people and two adults from First Presbyterian Church traveled to Purdue University to attend Triennium on July 19-23. They appreciate your support in their efforts.

The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a five day event for high school age youth from all over the country. The Triennium is focused on equipping young people to be transformational Christian leaders and seeks to join with the home churches of the attendees to help call young people into deeper discipleship in Jesus Christ. The Youth Triennium is a high energy, biblically infused and focused, youth friendly conference.

My time at Triennium

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This year I was one of the few who got to go to Triennium with Brandt (Schoffelman) and Taylor (Wittmann). Thankfully, most of the other churches that were in our delegation I have already met in the past through Fall Presbyterian Camp. It was a 6 or maybe 7 hour bus ride including a “quick” stop at Culver's for lunch. I was sitting next to Sydney, a friend of mine from fall camp. Once we got to the university we could definitely feel the humidity. Just standing in the shade I was sweating like I ran a marathon! The dorms didn’t have air conditioning either so we had to bring fans for the room. Dinner that night was amazing: I thought that college food would just be like high school food, you know greasy, slimy things like that. But this was different; we had a buffet of all variety of different foods ranging from Chinese, salads, pizza, chicken, pasta, and Sloppy Joes. 

The next day was our first small group. Triennium arranged everyone’s small group so that every person in the group was from a different place. My small group was quiet at first but soon after introductions we all felt like we knew each other. Each day after that it wasn’t that hard to start a conversation with someone in your small group. My group made little bags - our teacher told us to write on the bag things that people usually call you in a negative way. But then she said that each day she would give everyone a blank notecard to write on it and compliment the person, then put it in the bag so they can read it at the end of the week. What was said in my bag was very heart touching and very nice. Some were about how pretty my outfit was, some were about how they love how I’m not afraid to talk to anyone and that I’m not afraid to speak up for what I believe in. Small group was an awesome way for me to get to know new people from different places.

Then, we would go to worship before dinner. Worship was one of my favorite places to be. The energizers were fantastic and catchy, and the sermons were just phenomenal. Each day there was a different preacher, some of my favorite lessons from the sermons are, God is F.U.N., meaning F is forgiving, U is understanding, and N is never too busy. Another is how you're not supposed to carry around a backpack full of guilt and regret and sin, you're supposed to let it go, and give it to God. At the end of each sermon I felt that I was a new, changing person. That I was an advocate of change, which was another lesson from a sermon. I could really hear God talking to me and working with me when I was sitting and listening in worship. 

Throughout Triennium I was experiencing God sightings. Some little, some small. One God sighting was when I was in Delegation and the activity we had to do was to sing a song that has the word you were given. We were split into 4 groups; my group was struggling with the word we had to sing, which was heart. We only had 30 seconds left and then out of the blue Brandt starting singing Heartbeat. We all started clapping along to him singing and we all enjoyed him singing. I think that this was a God sighting for me because I got to witness Brandt come out of his comfort zone. 

I’m so thankful for being able to go to Triennium this year. For everyone who said “it will be amazing and the best time of your life”, they were right. 

See more photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FirstPresGB

 

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The Ungabunga Tribe Youth Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:25 to 8:00 p.m. All youth in grades six to twelve are encouraged to participate.

Follow leaders Loni and Bobbi as they take you deep into the Bible, out into our community, and inside the life of the Church.

Youth Group practices, performs, and serves

Photos like one at left (on our Facebook page) show the Youth Group practicing for and then performing an energetic and uplifting dance at worship on May 15, 2016.

Then the youths prepared and served a wonderful pancake and porkie brunch to many appreciative folk.

Thank you Youth Group and their leaders, Bobbie Holl, Loni McCormick, and Lacy Schimmel!

 

2011-12-20 from Megan Jurrens - Youth Group 2011! 

The Ungabunga Tribe
Youth Room

 

2015-05-03 Pastor Randy sprinkling the Confirmands.

 

 

Confirmation prepares young people to make a public profession of faith. The class is taught by the pastor and the Director of Christian Education. We use the 35-session course Professing our Faith, produced by the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to studying together, the class participates in special projects and educational trips.

 

2017-04-22 playing basketball to take minds off hunger during 30-Hour Famine (2)

 


 

Each Spring, our youth group participates in the 30 Hour Famine, raising awareness and money to support ministries that focus on hunger-related issues.

Check out the 30 Hour Famine website at www.30hourfamine.org 

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