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Lifelong Learning: Sundays from 9 to 9:45 am

September 24, 2017
More Creation and Care for the Earth
Bill Urbrock, emeritus professor in the Religious Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will be our presenter. At the time of this printing his talk is yet to be determined, but Bill’s talks are always fantastic. Hope to see you there! 

September 17, 2017
Troubled Waters: Environmental Justice
Water is vital for life and has evocative symbolism in our faith. However, water-related environmental justice issues -- from Flint, Michigan to Standing Rock, South Dakota to New Orleans, Louisiana -- complicate the simple goodness of water for many people. In this session, we will savor and appreciate God's gift of water, while also learning about ways we can combat environmental injustice. 

April 30, 2017 - Inter-Generational Church School
All ages are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall, where we'll be trying on another new model of Inter-Generational Church School. There are many inter-generational church school curricula, and we will be ‘trying on’ one this Sunday. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with all generations. 

April 23, 2017 - No class
Enjoy a bit of extra time this morning and then join us for worship at 10 am.

April 16, 2017 No Class
Join us for Easter breakfast and then come and worship with us at 10 am. Happy Easter!

April 9, 2017 - Mini Servapalooza
Everyone of any age is invited to help serve the community this morning. We will be doing projects in Fellowship Hall, which will include: Making birthday bags for the Food Pantry; helping the Christine Ann Center; doing something for the Boys & Girls Club in Oshkosh; and more. Parents and grandparents, please plan on staying with your children and grandchildren that morning. It will be a great morning of helping local agencies in our community.

April 2, 2017 - Suicide Prevention Efforts
Unfortunately, many of us have been directly and indirectly impacted by suicide. Community for Hope, is a non-profit organization in Oshkosh that "consists of community members united for the purpose of promoting and supporting mental wellness and building awareness about suicide prevention, intervention and response, as well as grief support for surviving family members and friends." Join us this morning as Debbie Peters, Executive Director of Community for Hope, joins us to talk about suicide prevention efforts and opportunities in Oshkosh and the Fox Valley. And, be sure to mark your calendars for May 6, 2017, the date of the Community for Hope's and NAMI’s annual Oshkosh 5K run for Mental Health & Suicide Awareness.

March 26, 2017 - Messy Church
The Church School Ministry Group is looking at some inter-generational models of faith formation and will be ‘trying some on’ this spring. Today, we will be experiencing a modified version of messy church. This model uses learning stations, fun activities and storytelling to help us learn from the stories in the Bible. This is for all ages. 

March 19, 2017 - The Next Step Together Capital Campaign
Come to learn more at the Next Step Together Campaign Awareness/Education Meeting. The special focus of this meeting will be mission and outreach. 

March 12, 2017 - My Favorite Books
FCC member Paula Veard will be bringing some of her favorite books to talk about and we hope you will bring some of your favorites, too, as Paula leads a discussion about favorite books. Do you have a book that has really impacted your way of life or, one that you love to read? This is your opportunity to share it with others.

March 5, 2017 - Immigration Update from World Relief
Learn about the mission and efforts of World Relief Fox Valley. Many of you may have participated in FCC’s efforts to support World Relief with donations and funds. Kelsey Hulet, Community Outreach Coordinator, will share how her agency works with churches to serve the vulnerable in our community; will report on current condirtions and ways that we, as a congregation, can remain involved. ways we as a congregation can remain involved. 

February 26, 2017 - The Hijab and Practicing the Islamic Faith in Today's World
Yessra Sankari from the Fox Valley Islamic Society will talk about the hijab, her faith, and her experiences as a woman living in the Fox Valley.

Feb. 19, 2017 - Community Circles of Support
Community Circles of Support, a program of Goodwill Industries, is a volunteer-driven, prison re-entry support group. Volunteers are trained to work in a group setting with men and women who have recently been released from prison, and voluntarily attend these support group meetings. Volunteers provide pro-social support to participants during meetings (mentoring, guidance, providing feedback, listening, applauding good choices, working through barriers, and giving hope), as well as connecting participants to local resources to help them better achieve success. Participants show more than 80% success in remaining crime-free, which leads to safer communities for all. Circles of Support is always in need of volunteers who believe in second chances. Daniel Burchby from Community Circles of Support will present. 

Feb 12, 2017 - Big Questions: What Difference Do I Make?
In a world and culture over-saturated with big news and "bad news;" where it seems like we have little control and less connection, how can we, as individuals, or as a local community, make a difference? When it seems like we are being conditioned to fear, to crave little substance, and to rush onto the next thing, how can we draw from a deeper well in such a way that it can affect the world around us? Nathan Bettger will facilitate this discussion. 

Feb. 5, 2017 - Meet Rev. Nancy Taylor
January 29 was our first Sunday with Rev. Nancy. Join her for the Adult Ed time this morning to get to know a little more about her, and for her to get to meet and learn a little more about you.

October 2, 2016 - 9 to 9:45 am: The Sexual and Religious Legacy of Slavery: Race Relations in the U.S.
Dr. Kathleen Corley will present this topic. Corley is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She teaches New Testament, Christianity, Gnosticism and Women in Religion. She has also written several books on various religious issues.

September 25, 2016 - 9 to 9:45 am: FCC Animal Ministries Group - Pet Blessing Service and Fill the Bowl campaign
St. Francis was the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. He was a Roman Catholic saint who took the gospel literally by following all that Jesus said and did. It became customary for Christians everywhere to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi by holding ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4. 

Each year FCC’s Animal Ministries group holds a Pet Blessing Service during or as close to St. Francis Day as possible. This year the Pet Blessing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 to 11 am. That same weekend the group will kick off its annual Fill the Bowl campaign—a campaign originally initiated by the Humane Society of the United States.

You are invited to join us on Sunday, September 25 when Cheryl Hentz, facilitator of the Animal Ministries group, will be here to talk about their upcoming Pet Blessing service and Fill the Bowl campaign, and to answer any questions about those things, or the Animal Ministries Group as a whole. 

September 18, 2016 - 9 to 9:45 am: Voting Rights and the League of Women Voters
Ann Marshall, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County, will talk about the history of voting rights in this country and describe the League's efforts to encourage and assist citizens in our community to exercise their right to vote. Probably most of us in this church are informed voters who are registered and have a photo ID, but all around us are people who find barriers to voting. Discussion will be encouraged to identify some of these obstacles and, perhaps, think of ways to help reduce them.

May 1, 2016 - Practicing the Presence of God
Nate Bettger will be offering and facilitating the group in an experience of contemplative or centering prayer. Contemplative prayer is also known as "prayer of the heart" or "practicing the presence of God." Nate will offer some things to consider before guiding the group in a way of praying that has enriched the spiritual lives of countless spiritual seekers for hundreds of years.