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CUCCNM Builds 201st Habitat House

Foundation of 201st Habitat House

In October 2015, members of the Congregational United Church of Christ Neenah/Menasha (CUCCNM) will begin work on the 201st house for the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat. The 201st house is a milestone not only for the local Habitat affiliate, but also for the congregation. Habitat for Humanity in this area started as a mission project of CUCCNM in 1993, and its members also built the 1st (in 1995) and 101st (in 2008) Habitat houses. The church and its members are looking forward to providing the leadership for Habitat Build 201. Through this work, they are honoring their past while building for the future.

It's Just Peace!

St. John's UCC, Black Creek

Tuesdays in September at 7:00 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ in Black Creek will be presenting the inspiring and motivational lecture series, “It’s Just Peace.” In a weekly series of presentations, participants will walk through a look at peace from a variety of perspectives.

St. John UCC Welcomes Interim Pastor

Rev. James Kline

On August 30th, St. John United Church of Christ in Appleton welcomed Rev. Dr. James Klein as their interim pastor.

Rev. Klein has 34 years ministry experience and has served congregations in Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls and St. John’s UCC in Manitowoc, where he served part time. He also served as a part-time chaplain for the Holy Family Memorial Medical System.

Rev. Klein has a Bachelor of Science in History and Theatre from Carroll University, a Master’s degree in Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Minnesota.

Bryan Sirchio Concert Saturday July 18 Appleton

Brian Sirchio in ConcertSaturday, July 18, 2015, 7:30 PM
St. John United Church of Christ
1130 W. Marquette Street, Appleton

Please stop by St. John UCC for a fun evening of music, humor and an enthusiastic sharing of Bryan’s faith journey and experiences. Bryan’s music is inspiring and uplifting, and appeals to all ages from children to youth to adults.

Holy Week 2015 at Fox Valley UCC Congregations

Photo of communion table decorated with Easter flowers

Fox Valley Congregations of the United Church invite you to join them in celebrating Holy Week this year. From Palm Sunday services and breakfasts on March 29, through Maundy Thursday (April 2) and Good Friday (April 3) observances, culminating in Easter Sunday worship and celebrations on April 5, our congregations will offer nearly 30 worship and fellowship opportunities. For more information, or to download a complete listing, click on 'Read More' below the photo.

E2F: Families Feeding Families

E2F Pans at First Congregational Church

Each fall and spring members of First Congregational UCC, Appleton prepare food in their own homes for the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley. This is a great project for the whole family, and with only five pans required to serve one meal at the shelter, these donations go a long way to serve those in need. Members simply take a pan with a recipe included, purchase ingredients, assemble the recipe, and freeze the pan to be cooked when needed at the shelter.

Kenya Partnership Guests in Appleton

Richard and Mildred with Pastor Steve

First Congregational UCC, Appleton was pleased to host two educational leaders from Kenya April 7–18, 2014: Mildred Chepkonga, a teacher specializing in early childhood education and an advocate for young girls fleeing female genital mutilation, and Rev. Richard Cherop, chaplain at a girls high school in Kapsowar, Kenya, and a leader in the Africa Inland Churches of Kerio Valley, Kenya.

News about the Honduras Partnership of the Wisconsin Conference UCC

Map of Honduras showing Roatán Island

Marcy Fry, a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ Neenah/Menasha, recently participated in a theological colloquy in Honduras. When she returned, she filed this report:

Service Sunday: Hands-On Community Service

Both the Congregational United Church of Christ Neenah/Menasha and the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton dedicated the first Sunday in June this year as “Service Sunday,” a time when the members extended their worship into the community to serve others. Find out more about what happened!

Youth in Action

First Congo Youth at Tool Training

In 2011 at First Congregational UCC, Appleton, we began to live out our commitment to children, youth, and families more fully, and this year that initiative has produced exciting results. Attendance in our Church School and youth programs has increased dramatically, and the youth themselves are actively contributing to church life by taking part in the enactment of their own programs.

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