First United Weekly Newsletter

March 28, 2024

Our Vision Statement:

We are a welcoming community FIRST UNITED in proclaiming FAITH in Jesus Christ, sharing HOPE for the future, and inspiring LOVE of our neighbors.

Need Some Extra Support?

Spend some time with us this morning (3/28) at 10am for the our monthly Woe-Be-Gone Gathering in the Koinonia Lounge. We'd love to have you join us for this supportive time as we read scripture, share, pray, and listen to one another. Everyone's invited!

Holy Week Continues

> Maundy Thursday Worship (with Communion) - tonight (3/28) at 7pm

> Good Friday Worship - tomorrow (3/29) at 7pm -

A "Service of Shadows" featuring a Choral Tenebrae Meditation on the Passion

Plans for Easter Sunday

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed! Join us as we celebrate Easter Sunday at 9am. We'll hear the Word of God proclaimed in Isaiah 25:6-9 and Mark 16:1-8 (click for links) and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! 

> This week our Joyful Noise group will be leading us in "This Is Amazing Grace" and "All the People Said Amen." Click titles for video links to help you become more familiar with the songs. Service recordings are available on our website and Facebook page about an hour after the service is completed (*find links at end).

After Church

Join us following worship for our Coffee Fellowship Time in our Family Life Center. Please note that there will be no Sunday School classes or Youth Group this week. They'll return on the following Sunday.

Get Egg-Cited

Kids, join us Sunday after church for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Family Life Center. Please be sure to bring a basket or bag to collect your goodies. Thanks to everyone who helped provide candy and toys for our hunt.

We Vote for This!

Our Presbyterian Women will be continuing their tradition of treating visitors who vote at our church to tables full of tasty treats. The P.W. Election Day Bake Sale will be happening next Tuesday (4/2) during voting hours (while supplies last). Please drop off your baked donations on the table outside of the church office on Monday (4/1). Contact Julie Mackey or Susan Leiber with any questions or to volunteer to help with the event.

The Reformers Return


Carpe Diem! Join our Dead Reformers Society on Tuesday (4/2) at 7pm at Badger State Brewing (990 Tony Canadeo Run, G.B.) near Lambeau Field. This month we'll be discussing the life and legacy of British philosopher and author, Sir Roger Scruton (1927-2020) who said, “Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it did not matter.” Come join our regulars on Tuesday!

Sharing the Love

Following our wonderful inside Agape Dinner last Saturday, we hope you'll join us for our regular Agape Drive-Thru Dinner for April on Wednesday (4/3) at 5:45pm. The menu will include mac & cheese, fruit cocktail, and Oreo cookies. Everyone's invited to pick up free meals (while supplies last). Monetary donations are welcomed, but not required. Invite your friends and neighbors, and help share the love!

Special Jubilee Project

We're planning to have a float in this year’s De Pere Memorial Day Parade (see photo of our 150th Anniversary float in 1999). The planning committee needs your help with planning, construction, and making it happen on parade day. Monday (4/8) at 6pm, bring your ideas to the Koinonia Lounge to brainstorm about what our entry will look like, how to honor our veterans, and how to celebrate our church's 175 years. If you can’t attend in person, please call Debbie Spiegel (920-606-3981) to share your ideas.

Come, Meet Our Pastors

It's the beginning of a new month, so it's time to join them for Pastors in the Gathering Area scheduled for next Thursday (4/4) at 10am. Pastors Luke and Meggan set this time on the first Thursday of each month to visit with church friends, so stop by for a visit for awhile.

Mark Your Calendar - Invite Your Friends!

Our Connecting Ministry is planning a Pancake & Porkies Breakfast, and it'll be open to the public! It's scheduled for Saturday (4/13) from 8am until noon, and the cost will be $10/person for adults and $5/for kids ages 12 and under. Funds raised will be used to help our youth attend "The Great Escape" event this summer and to help with some expenses for our 175th Jubilee Celebration all year.

What Treasures Will You Find?

Our Presbyterian Women will be presenting a Rummage Sale on Saturday (4/20) from 9am-2pm. To plan for that, they'll begin accepting your donations of items for the sale on Sunday (4/7). Contact Sue Renier or Julie Mackey with questions or to sign-up to volunteer to help. Celebrate our 175th Jubilee and help support this fun ministry.

Our 175th Celebration Continues!

As we continue our yearlong anniversary celebration, we want to remind you of several ways you can get involved. We're collecting your best recipes through this weekend to share in a Church Family Cookbook (published this Fall). Please submit them at church or contact Jen Van De Hei (920-660-0921) with your information or questions.

Also, Sunday after worship, watch for more of our old church photos displayed in the Family Life Center for you to look through. We want any dates or personal identification you might be able to offer. Finally, we continue looking for any church history treasures you might share. We'd love to borrow any old church-related photos, documents, videos, or other special memories you have. We promise to be very careful, make copies, and return them safely. Contact Mark Young (*see Communications link below) with ideas or questions about our anniversary celebration. Can you believe it - 175 years?

"Scoopie Night" is Back!


On Monday (4/15), Culver's of De Pere (1499 Lawrence Dr.) will once again donate 10% of all sales from 5 to 8pm to the D.P.C.O. Christmas Store project hosted each year in our Family Life Center. What a yummy way to help this great community project. Be sure to mark your calendar for Monday (4/15)!

Musical Day Trip

Our Presbyterian Women are planning a "Day Trip" for everyone to enjoy the Griffon String Quartet Concert. It's coming Thursday (4/11) at noon at First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay (200 S. Ashland). The event will begin with an indoor picnic there at 11am, so bring a bag lunch. If you'd like to carpool, meet at our church parking lot by 11am. R.S.V.P. to Susan Leiber at 920-337-0979.

Have You Turned Yours In?

We're still working to update all the contact information for our church family. If you haven't already, please fill out a form for each of you family members and return them soon. You'll find blank forms at the Welcome Desk at church. You can also click HERE to find an electronic form if you prefer. Help us stay in touch with you.

We Appreciate Our Volunteers

We offer a special "thank you" to Judy England, Marilyn Heim, Melissa Rusk, Barb Ryan, plus Kevin and Debbie Spiegel who volunteered during March to help out in our church office. We really appreciate all their time and effort to help keep things rolling from day to day!


Elder of the Month

Mark Welle


Deacons of the Month

Barb Williams

Debbie Spiegel

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,

 and today and forever."

Hebrews 13:8

We Offer Many Ways to Give:

*Monthly Auto Bank Withdrawals

*“Bill Pay” from your Bank

*Weekly Numbered Boxed Envelopes

*White Pew Envelopes

*Blue “I Give” Monthly Pew Cards

*QR Code on Blue Pew Card

*“Give Now” button on FUPC website

*PS: We still accept cash too.

For more information,

contact our Treasurer, Ken Nyberg


Monday (3/25) - Cal McGregor & Lisa Koltz

Tuesday (3/26) - Cyndi Barnett & Anne Dropp

Wednesday (3/27) - Nancy Maternoski & Patrick O'Brien


Wednesday (4/3) - Donna Cass & Noah Jensen

Friday (4/5) - Norb Goral & Gus Hanold

Saturday (4/6) - Meggan Farwell, Celeste Koltz, & Terry French

Why not give them a call or send them a card, text, or email?

> Woe-Be-Gone Gathering (Koinonia Lounge) - today (3/28) 10am

> Maundy Thursday Worship Service & Communion (Sanctuary) - tonight (3/28) 7pm

> Good Friday Worship Service (Sanctuary) - Friday (3/29) 7pm

> "Joyful Noise" Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Sunday (3/31) 7:50am

> Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Sunday (3/31) 8:15am

> Easter Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary) - Sunday (3/31) 9am (*You can view a recording on our website or Facebook page Sunday around 11am.)

> Coffee Fellowship Time & Easter Egg Hunt (Family Life Center) - Sunday (3/31) after service

> No Sunday School or Youth Group - this week

> P.W. Election Day Bake Sale Set-Up (Narthex) - Monday (4/1) 6:30pm

*You can drop off baked donations for the sale on the table by the church office...

> Connecting Ministry Meeting (Amy's home) - Monday (4/1) 6:30pm

> P.W. Election Day Bake Sale (Narthex) - Tuesday (4/2) 7am until sold out

> Dead Reformers Society (Badger State Brewing) - Tuesday (4/2) 7pm

> Agape Drive-Thru Dinner - Wednesday (4/3) 5:45pm

Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Wednesday (4/3) 6:30pm

> "Joyful Noise" Praise Band Rehearsal (Sanctuary) - Wednesday (4/3) 7:30pm

> P.W. Mission Sewing Gathering (Koinonia Lounge) - next Thursday (4/4) 9am

Pastors in the Gathering Area - next Thursday (4/4) 10am

*Please contact the church office to schedule a meeting or to make changes

so we can keep everyone up to date. Thanks!

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