Church News

FCC Communicator – Winter 2011

Please join us for these special services – invite your friends and neighbors:

Christmas Eve Candlelight, Communion & Choir Cantata – Sat., Dec. 24 at 5:00 PM

Lessons and Carols during Christmas Morning Worship – Sun., Dec. 25 at 9:30 AM

The Season of Advent-The Sharing of Gifts

Gifts come in all sizes, shapes and forms so please participate in this time of giving as you are best able as we reach out beyond our doorsteps and share our abundance with the community.

In the spirit of giving, we would like to continue the tradition of helping the Rock Co. Jail chaplaincy committee bring gifts to children.  Gifts of new or gently used toys for boys and girls of all ages may be brought to our church office (unwrapped) by December 4.

Gift bins are under the coat rack in the entryway to receive these donations:

To give the gift of Warmth: Please bring hats, mittens, and scarves that will be given through Salvation Army to those in our community who need the gift of warmth.

To give the gift of Fullness: Please bring canned goods and non-perishable foods which will be distributed through ECHO, providing those in our community with the gift of nourishment.

To give the gift of Shelter: Please bring blankets (new or gently used) which may be used by the Gifts Program or House of Mercy locally.  Blankets are often used by Church World Service and Week of Compassion during natural disasters to provide temporary shelter.

To give the gift of Comfort: Please bring cold and/or cough medicine, aspirin, (they are especially in need of baby aspirin!)),Tylenol, etc. which will be donated through Health Net.  These items will bring comfort in a time of illness to those in our community who cannot afford them.

To replace the Christmas program, we are encouraging participation among the congregation through the sharing of stories, holiday traditions, poems, special music or other unique gifts during the whole season of Advent.  Please speak with Dee Ann to be included in the Sunday bulletin.

Church Board Highlights – November 14, 2011

The Trustees expressed great appreciation for all the help in cleaning the church and keeping our property tidy.  If others are interested in working on a team to clean the church building, please speak with Debra Grenzow. A training session will be scheduled soon. Please note that the Food Pantry has been relocated to the room next to the sound board. Thank You Cory Smith for all your efforts to keep shelves stocked. Since we have so many families using the nursery, a speaker or monitor will be tested so those using that room may still hear the worship service.  Thanks to Deb Grenzow for painting the overflow room.

The Elders have noticed many new children in worship on Sunday.  There is a need for a Sunday school class for these children.  It could be held in conference room or in the nursery depending on the program offered and the attendance.  To make a new program happen, we need some folks to volunteer to teach this class that would happen after the Children’s moment.  Please step up if you feel called to this ministry. Elders make hospital visits to our members and are willing to make visits to extended church family upon request.  Please let us know how we can help.

The Worship Committee is concerned about meeting the needs of all who come to worship.  It is great that we feel so comfortable with each other and fellowship together before worship. Some folks would like a more worshipful atmosphere in the sanctuary before worship. They have been questioning: How do we offer silence in the church at the beginning of the service for those who desire it?  This has been an ongoing issue.  We are going to try ringing the chimes sooner and centering our hearts for worship by speaking these words from the pulpit: “Let us enter a time of silent meditation and prayer.”

We really could use someone to represent us on the ECHO board.  They meet once a month on Monday evenings. Please speak to Martin Huckstep if you can help.

A new task force is needed to help us plan for our 100th Birthday. We have already invited our Regional Minister and President, The Reverend Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker to bring the message on Sunday morning and Associate Regional Minister, The Reverend Dr. Christal Williams to lead us in a Saturday night Revival. The task force’s first meeting will be after worship on November 27 when they will select their chair and begin to share ideas. We will celebrate our 100 years of ministry on April 15, 2012. (Ron Besemer has suggested the hymn “Built on a Rock” as a theme.)

The Board set two new policies:  1. First Christian Church will be a weapon free zone.  2. It is the policy of the church to allow promotion of non-profit charitable fundraisers.  All other forms of solicitation are prohibited.


Annual Congregational Meeting Called for December 4 following worship.

Those on the ballot are: CHAIR-Norm Wise, VICE CHAIR-Debra Grenzow, CLERK-Kim Campos,

TRUSTEE-Brian Hoppe, Cory Smith, Tom Walker, ELDER-Kathy Hoppe (Sr), Andy Pohlman,

Sandy Pohlman, DEACONATE-Suzanne Borst, Joni Boughton, Virginia Hart, Diana Huckstep,

Chris McCarthy, Barb Smith.



First Christmas Card, shared by Sandy Scott


Twas the month before Christmas When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand.

See the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas – no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About shepherds and wise men and angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say.

December 25 is just a ‘ Holiday’.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit,

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod.

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down,

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen,

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

to eliminate Jesus in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith,

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded.

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’,

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me!

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say!

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!

Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone you meet MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!

We Congratulate and Celebrate . . .

*  $1300 was raised for Relay for Life during their August event.  Special thanks to Martin Huckstep for organizing many aspects of FCC’s participation.  We are so appreciative of everyone who made donations of cash or baked goods, or who gave of their time to walk for this cause!

*  Six new members were received into our church family on Sunday, October 9.  Please welcome Pam, David & Leland Rucker, and Lacy & Patricia Schermerhorn. May we all be encouraged by each other as we join together and continue on our faith journey!

*  Congratulations to Jessica Daniels and Cory Cunningham!  Jessica and Cory were united in marriage here at FCC on Saturday, November 12.  Our wish for you is for many happy years together!

* Sandy and Andy Pohlman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a gathering of family and friends in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Nov. 27 from 1-5 PM.  May God bless you on your special day and always!

* Check out our website at  New posts have been added!  Thank you, Michael Piette for your creativity and for the time you’ve dedicated to this site!


You’re Invited To Our Holiday Bazaar

Sat., December 3, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

In Our Church Fellowship Hall

Crafts ~ Bake Sale ~ Silent Auction