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Regular morning worship featuring the Chamber Singers of UIUC, Director of Music, Sinhaeng Lee, Organist, Ted Turner, the FPCU Choir, Section Leaders, Reagan Stohler and Abby Gast, and a sermon based on John 15:1-8 entitled, "Abiding Sometimes Means Pruning."
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May Seminar Series on Racial Justice: Following worship on May 2, 9 and 16, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Session created our Racial Justice Task Force last June following the murder of Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Marty Lampman, Barbara Mann, Jancie Harris, David Chato, and Pastor David have been working to understand in a deeper way the ways racism and white supremacy has infected our nation as well as ways Presbyterians are responding. In May, we will present three Adult Seminars that will help bring our congregation to understand what we have learned. Background Readings will be emailed each week before the seminar.

May 2: Racism 101. In this study, participants will expand upon their understanding of racism and its corrosive effects by defining the various terms associated with it, identifying some of the core concepts involved in addressing it in a substantive way, and developing an acceptable common language for talking about it. Participants will also come to understand how racism--whether covert or overt--flies in the face of our Christian faith. By the end of this session, members of your group will have a deeper understanding about racism not just as a personal failing but as a societal challenge, as well. In addition, as the terms involved in the discussion of racism are explored and defined, your group will be able to work toward a common language in order to allow your discussions of race and racism more productive. Beyond defining terms such as privilege, power, race, culture, ethnicity, and racism this study also challenges participants to make a personal commitment to challenge racism in their lives.
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May Seminar Series on Racial Justice: Following worship on May 2, 9 and 16, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Session created our Racial Justice Task Force last June following the murder of Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Marty Lampman, Barbara Mann, Jancie Harris, David Chato, and Pastor David have been working to understand in a deeper way the ways racism and white supremacy has infected our nation as well as ways Presbyterians are responding. In May, we will present three Adult Seminars that will help bring our congregation to understand what we have learned. Background Readings will be emailed each week before the seminar.

May 2: Racism 101.  In this study, participants will expand upon their understanding of racism and its corrosive effects by defining the various terms associated with it, identifying some of the core concepts involved in addressing it in a substantive way, and developing an acceptable common language for talking about it. Participants will also come to understand how racism--whether covert or overt--flies in the face of our Christian faith. By the end of this session, members of your group will have a deeper understanding about racism not just as a personal failing but as a societal challenge, as well. In addition, as the terms involved in the discussion of racism are explored and defined, your group will be able to work toward a common language in order to allow your discussions of race and racism more productive. Beyond defining terms such as privilege, power, race, culture, ethnicity, and racism this study also challenges participants to make a personal commitment to challenge racism in their lives.

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Communion

May 2, 2021

Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fellowship and Seminar -- Streaming after Worship.

The image is an apple orchard at pruning time.

Two of our favorite counties have orchards. Door County and Bayfield County have cherry orchards and apple orchards. When you live among the farmers, you learn the rhythms and the timing of orchard keeping. One might think that winter would be a time of rest and not much work. I did before moving to Bayfield County. Winter, however, is one of the most important times for apple orchards, the time for pruning. Again, before moving to a place with many orchards, I assumed pruning removed dead and/or diseased branches. The first winter we lived there, I was stunned to see how many branches covered the ground underneath the trees. Was there enough tree left for the coming season, I wondered. Every following autumn, I was amazed to see those same trees loaded with apples. Join us on Sunday as we hear the wisdom Jesus offers us from the Gospel of John. For us to abide in Christ and for him to abide in us there must be pruning, if we are to be fruitful.

Pastor David
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Fifth Sunday of Easter - Communion

May 2, 2021

Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fellowship and Seminar -- Streaming after Worship.

The image is an apple orchard at pruning time.

Two of our favorite counties have orchards. Door County and Bayfield County have cherry orchards and apple orchards. When you live among the farmers, you learn the rhythms and the timing of orchard keeping. One might think that winter would be a time of rest and not much work. I did before moving to Bayfield County. Winter, however, is one of the most important times for apple orchards, the time for pruning. Again, before moving to a place with many orchards, I assumed pruning removed dead and/or diseased branches. The first winter we lived there, I was stunned to see how many branches covered the ground underneath the trees. Was there enough tree left for the coming season, I wondered. Every following autumn, I was amazed to see those same trees loaded with apples. Join us on Sunday as we hear the wisdom Jesus offers us from the Gospel of John. For us to abide in Christ and for him to abide in us there must be pruning, if we are to be fruitful.

Pastor David

TODAY! We will be open ONLY on Saturdays for now, the usual hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Masking and social distancing will be required, and the number of customers in the shop will be limited to six people at a time. We have re-organized some areas for better space and we have fully stocked the shelves with lots of new merchandise and lots of great quality clothing. Since we are very full of stock in the shop and in the back rooms, we will be unable to accept donations at this time. We really look forward to seeing you! ... See MoreSee Less

TODAY!  We will be open ONLY on Saturdays for now, the usual hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Masking and social distancing will be required, and the number of customers in the shop will be limited to six people at a time. We have re-organized some areas for better space and we have fully stocked the shelves with lots of new merchandise and lots of great quality clothing. Since we are very full of stock in the shop and in the back rooms, we will be unable to accept donations at this time. We really look forward to seeing you!
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