What's Happening at FCC

Photo Membership Directory Follow-Up — What’s Next?

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:37 AM by Cheryl Hentz

As for development on our new picture directory (scheduled to arrive in February), 126 households had members photographed. These pictures will be published with the names of those members listed in the front of the book. Even if you didn’t have your picture taken, the following is important information for you.

Also included in this directory will be ALL the members and friends of FCC who are currently listed in our 2017-18 green directory, along with their names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, if currently published. For personal and/or professional reasons, some folks choose not to have this information published in a directory. What do you need to do now?

Please take a few moments  and review your information as it is published in the current church directory. If you DO NOT want that information printed in the new photo directory, OR, would like to make changes to the information that appears in the photo directory, you need to contact the church office and let them know your preference. If you are unsure of how your information currently appears in our church directory, or whether it is published in the directory at all, you also should contact the church office. The deadline for making any changes or deletions with the church office is next Wednesday, December 13. So again, if you are listed in our current green church directory and DO NOT want to be listed in the new picture directory, even if you didn’t have your photo taken, please call the church office no later than Dec. 13 at (920 231-7520 or send an email to office@FCCoshkosh.org.

Animal Ministries Corner

posted Oct 31, 2017, 9:15 PM by Cheryl Hentz   [ updated Dec 2, 2017, 1:34 PM ]

What is the Importance of Animals to the Environment?

Ever wonder about the importance of animals to the environment? The answers are many and could never fit into the allotted space here. 

But the short answer, according to Reference.com is this:  Animals help maintain the Earth's natural environments by predating upon plants and other animals, pollinating various plants, and exhaling carbon dioxide, which green plants require to live. Additionally, animals help to fertilize plants via their droppings, which provide nutrition for plants, and seed-dispersal tendencies, which help plants to disperse through habitats. Once they die, animals also serve as food for microorganisms and supplemental minerals for plants.

The Animal Ministries Corner is a monthly feature to demonstrate the importance of animals and how to better care for them as the stewards we’ve been appointed to be. 

Keeping Our Pets Safe During the Holidays

Our four-legged pets are part of the family. So, with the holidays coming, be sure to include them in the festivities. But use common-sense and keep things as earth-friendly as possible when doing so.

Buy (or make) them a treat. Pet stores and others who sell pet food and related items will likely go all out for the holiday season, but if you’d rather make treats for your pet(s), there are plenty of great recipes online. Most will probably be designed for year-round enjoyment, but you can use cookie cutters to mold them into holiday treats. And, if they call for pumpkin or peanut butter, rest assured, those items are safe for dogs (but in moderation, of course).

Don’t leave them out of gift-opening. Everyone else will be opening gifts, so be sure to include the fur-kids. They will have a lot of fun trying to get smaller gifts out of their own personalized stockings (a gift in and of itself), or wrap up a tennis ball, bone, catnip, or some other toy and watch them tear open the paper with delight. Some pets may even get more enjoyment out of the unwrapping than they do the actual gift, but they will enjoy the gifts once the paper’s tossed out in the recycle bin.

Get them their own special ornaments. Many families have a tradition of getting a special personalized ornament each year. If this is something your family does, consider getting one for your pets, as well. You could get a special ornament for each pet (if you have more than one pet), or one for all of them, if you so choose. Such ornaments can be personalized by having their photo and or name(s) engraved on them. If you’d rather do it yourself, you can always make an ornament and if your pet cooperates, include their paw print on it before baking in an oven or kiln. (Salt dough is said to work great if making ornaments in the oven.) Either way, it’s a special way to keep holiday memories of your fur-kids alive for years to come.

Keep them warm and toasty (and safe). Your pet’s coat only keeps them so warm when the winds blow and the snow flies. Why not get them a snuggly pet bed of their own? And for those winter walks in the snow, ice and slush, you can get them a coat, or even boots to protect their feet from freezing in the ice, or getting salt on them from sidewalks (that salt can be dangerous if they lick it off; so be sure to wipe their feet when coming indoors after walks around the neighborhood.). And consider using pet-safe salt on your own sidewalks to protect your own pets and others in the neighborhood that may walk by.

Happy holidays from our group to you and yours!

Tuesday Night Faith & Spirituality meeting bi-weekly for summer of 2017

posted May 15, 2017, 8:43 AM by Cheryl Hentz

Summer brings a bevy of activities for people, whether it’s summer vacations, ball games, evening golf leagues, cookouts, or something else, the Tuesday Night Faith & Spirituality discussion group is switching to twice monthly meetings for the summer—the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

So, beginning in June the group will meet 6/13 and 6/27; in July we’ll meet 7/11 and 7/25; and in August, we’ll get together on 8/8 and 8/22.

In September we will switch back to our usual weekly schedule. Meetings are Tuesdays at 7 pm at the church, usually in Room 201. Whether it’s during the summer, or in fall when we get back to the usual schedule, we welcome you to join us for some spiritually-uplifting and thought-provoking conversation—all of which will feed your soul. 

Oshkosh Refugee Resettlement

posted Jan 4, 2016, 8:41 AM by Joe Wiedenmeier

I am happy to report that we have a Good Neighbor Team assembled and ready to go for the al-Sakka family. We had more than 20 volunteers at our organizational meeting, and others who weren't able to make it!

While the immediate needs of this Syrian family are covered, there is a continuing stream of refugees from all over the world being resettled in the Fox Valley. I am told there is an Iraqi family of six who will arrive soon.

If you or people you know are still willing to participate in this vital ministry - and there is definitely a need - please contact Tami McLaughlin from World Relief of the Fox Valley. You can reach her at: 920-891-7961, or tmclaughlin@worldrelief.org. I will be leaving Bethany for a new call as of January 15th and will no longer be able to coordinate volunteer recruitment.

Thank you once again for your interest. May God bless you and your communities richly.

Stand Up for FCC

posted Nov 23, 2015, 7:37 AM by Joe Wiedenmeier   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 7:41 AM ]

In case you missed it . . . Here's what Zoe Bossert said about our church. 

"I have always loved the fact that from the very beginning, this church has taught me we are not supposed to blindly believe something is taught because it's what the Bible says but to instead interpret, question and get inspired by the teachings. This church helps inspire me to keep searching and have the tools to keep searching and continue looking for a loving community and new experiences to practice and find my faith. So thank you First Congregational Church for being that loving community. And I can't wait for the new experiences that are in store for us."

FCC Outreach

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by Joe Wiedenmeier   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 8:59 AM ]

If our faith doesn't impact the world, our faith is of little value -- to us, or anyone else. Outreach, either by hand-ons volunteering or through our giving to many causes in Oshkosh and around the world, has always been essential to our faith. The Social Justice Ministry Group, Esther Core Team, and the Benevolence Ministry Group are focused on the world outside our doors.

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