CYF News

Are you graduating from high school, college, technical school, or another type of professional or educational program? We want to honor your achievements!

We’ll be celebrating grads from our congregation on May 14. We’ll recognize you in our 8:45 AM service and enjoy a cake reception between services in the Narthex.

If you have recently graduated or will graduate soon, please RSVP by April 30 to Jennifer DeWitt, our CYF Coordinator, at 920-733-7393, ext. 235.

Do you like rocking babies to sleep or playing peekaboo with toddlers? We have the job for you! Our nursery/toddler room is looking for a loving, competent, spirit-led staff presence to care for our youngest members every Sunday. Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma (or equivalency) and education in and/or experience caring for infants and toddlers. This person will be expected to work every Sunday (including holiday weekends, Easter and all Christmas Eve services) and additional times as needed.

Program year (September through May) hours are 8:00 AM–12:00 PM; summer hours are 9:00–11:00 AM. Salary is very competitive.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with at least three nonrelated references to Kristin Underwood.

Sundays, April 23–May 7

Stock Sales to support the 2017 Youth Mission Trip to Marvell, Arkansas are taking place this week! Make an investment in the life of a young person and in the lives of those we are serving in the community of Marvell.

Each year we raise almost $5,000 to offset the cost of our trip—help us reach our goal! More information is available at the Stock Sale tables in the Narthex. Thanks for your support!

We’re happy to report that our Palm Sunday French toast strata was a hit! If you’re craving this sweet treat, we’re happy to share the recipe with you:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

        2 tubes refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing

        4 Tbsp. butter, melted

        6 eggs

        ½ cup milk

        2 tsp cinnamon

        2 tsp vanilla

        1 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Pour the butter on the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  2. Cut each cinnamon roll into 8 pieces and spread evenly over the butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla and pour over the cinnamon rolls.
  4. Pour 1 cup of maple syrup over the mixture.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
  6. Top with the icing from the cinnamon rolls.

Enjoy!

Recipe by STOCKPILING MOMS, www.stockpilingmoms.com

Sunday, April 30 • 10:30–11:00 AM
Common Grounds
Wednesday, May 3 • 6:00 PM
Fellowship Hall

This year, we will be leading a “healing service” for our church. This service is a powerful experience and a great way to have our young people ministering to the entire church. We encourage you to be involved!

Any middle or high school youth interested in participating in our Healing Service put on by children and youth on May 7 should join us from 10:30 to 11:00 AM Sunday, April 30 in Common Grounds to share ideas, practice their parts and get involved!

On Wednesday, May 3, starting at 6:00 PM, we will have a MANDATORY dinner and rehearsal for all children and youth participating in the Healing Service on May 7.  Come for a night of food, fun and preparation as we learn our roles and prepare to lead worship. 

Questions? Call Pastor Nick or Joel Morien at 920-733-7393.

 

Saturday, May 6 • 3:00 PM
First Congregational UCC Theater

Movies with THE Mouse and God is an opportunity for families to enjoy a Disney/Pixar movie in our very own state-of-the-art theater, followed by a brief discussion and craft that speaks to the message delivered by the movie.

This activity is planned with families in mind to get a conversation rolling surrounding teachings of the Bible, to build upon family connection and to simply enjoy an evening of fun together!

Our May 6 movie feature will be Finding Nemo and our discussion and craft will center around friendship and support.

Family is however you define it; everyone is welcome. However, children must be under the supervision of an adult. Please RSVP to Kristin Underwood to assure we have enough supplies on hand. A light snack will be served. 

 

Please join us between services May 7 to discuss First Congregational’s PrayGround. Before our congregational conversation, be sure to fill out the survey found in the pews Sunday, April 23 or April 30.

We know that life can be hectic for parents—especially when kids are involved in a number of activities. That’s why we’ve designed calendars specially for parents of children and youth in Church School, Middle School Ministry, High School Ministry and Confirmation. Calendars can be found at the bottom of these pages. Print off the relevant calendar and never miss a CYF event!

The church has mice! But they are cute and friendly!

The children of choir parents have been meeting during choir rehearsals since January and we are having a blast! This ministry was started to provide a safe space with some intentional fellowship for the children of  our choir members who were without childcare. We have enjoyed various craft projects, movies, and follow up Church School lessons. Our evening usually begins with 30 minutes of homework time and piano practicing followed by fun.

If the only thing preventing you from joining our amazing choir has been childcare, no more excuses. The Church Mice Youth group is open for students age 4 through grade 6. Students should bring homework or a quiet project for the first 30 minutes of our time together and  parents should be members of the choir to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.

Camp AweSum is not a “church camp” in the way that most people picture. It is a nonprofit group that organizes camping experiences for kids on the Autism Spectrum and their families, and it is held at one of our UCC camps, Moon Beach Camp in St. Germain, Wisconsin. At Camp AweSum, kids and teens develop new friendships through tried and true camping experiences like arts and crafts, nature walks, and music. 

The staff of Camp AweSum consists of autism specialists, other professionals, students in autism education, and volunteers who attend a two-hour training session in preparation for the experience. Our Director for Children’s Ministries, Kristin Underwood, has been involved with Camp AweSum for many years, taking groups of teen volunteers every summer. She is currently recruiting volunteers (eighth grade and older) for this excellent outreach opportunity. 

The youth volunteers often sum up their experience in three words: life-changing experience. 

Children bring special gifts to worship and grow in faith through their regular inclusion and participation in worship with the congregation.

To help our church live out this important mission, the Children’s Ministry Team launched an experiment in late May 2016 cleverly named PrayGround.

The PrayGround is intended for children ages 3–10; our nursery/toddler rooms are available for our youngest worshippers.

While the PrayGround is loosely supervised, parents are still expected to maintain the primary caretaker role (bathroom breaks, disciplining etc.)

PrayGround participants are expected to:
·      Use quiet voices at all times.
·      Enjoy the quiet activities provided.
·      Participate in the worship service when appropriate (Children’s message, Lord’s Prayer, unison readings).
·      Stop activity when praying.

Parents/guardians are expected to:
·      Enjoy the service from a spot where you can see your child/children or join them in the PrayGround.
·      Redirect, calm, or remove your child/children if they become disruptive to other children or to the service itself.
·      Pick up children at the close of the Benediction.

Rotation 2, Symbols of Christmas – Christ Revealed, has come to a successful close. The children spent five weeks learning about the hidden meaning behind the traditional hymn, Twelve Days of Christmas, as well as the legends of the candy cane and poinsettia. They watched a movie on Christ’s birth and participated in an experiment that made a light bulb light up when good choices were made.

Our workshops were led by a team of very amazing volunteer teachers. The children would like to thank Shari Mitchell, Jolene Scribner, Amy Bowman, Heather Gentile, Mary Ballerstein, Cheryl Nisler, Brett Underwood and the many middle school helpers for their dedication to Children’s Ministry.

Volunteers for Rotation 3, Character Counts – Joshua, are underway now. If you are interested in teaching January 8–February 5, please let Kristin know.

Help us create a volunteer pool! Our Children, Youth and Families ministry is working hard to compile a list of potential volunteers who may be interested in joining our thriving ministry to over 240 active children and youth!

To get onto this list, you will need to complete the application and training process. Please contact Kristin Underwood, Director for Children's Ministries for a volunteer application, which includes a background check authorization form. Help us to help you and the church grow in its intergenerational ministry by adding your name to this pool of volunteers!

Want to stay in the loop?

Sign up to receive notifications about Wednesday night small groups from Remind, a one-way texting service. The text reminders are meant for our high school youth, but parents are also encouraged to sign up.

In order to receive texts, send a text to phone number 81010 and write @fcucchs in the message. You can unsubscribe at any time. With Remind, the church does not have access to the subscriber list, and one-on-one communication is not possible.

First Congregational takes the cultivation of a loving and safe environment for all of its members very seriously. Our SafeConduct™ Policy protects the safety of everyone who participates in ministries for children, youth and vulnerable adults. The Code of Conduct section within this policy is required reading for anyone applying to volunteer in these ministries. You may view the policy at www.firstcongoappleton.org/read-it-here.

If you are interested in volunteering with children, youth or vulnerable adults, we invite you to apply in advance so that you have the flexibility to jump in whenever an opportunity comes your way. Please contact the church office to get the application process started.