Learning and Growing

Adults learning and growing in their faith.

As you learn and grow in faith, you will find numerous study courses and groups that can support your spiritual growth at First Congregational. First Congo's adult education courses are focused on learning about the Christian faith and its relevance in today's multi-cultural world, and the spiritual formation groups are for seekers who wish to take a holistic approach to spirituality by combining elements of worship, fellowship, education and service to approach faith broadly. Below is a list of our active groups and current offerings.

Courses and Groups

We have a small group of individuals at First Congo who have been working on efforts to impact the care of creation. We are going to be sharing tips on “green living” in the bulletin and through occasional displays in the Narthex.

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The national UCC logoThe Membership Exploration Class is designed for people who are considering membership with First Congregational United Church of Christ. This class, led by our staff and accompanied by contributions from the lay leadership of the church, explores the history and polity of the United Church of Christ, the history and programs of First Congregational UCC, the faith and theology of the church, discernment of spiritual gifts for serving God, and the meaning of church membership and opportunities to serve the church.

Our next membership exploration classwill be held on Wednesday, April 5.

Please contact the church office, (920) 733-7393, to express your interest or for additional information. Child care is available when requested in advance.

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First and third Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-6:45 PM

Butterfly perched on some yellow and red flowers.This women’s spiritual formation group focuses on community building through Bible study and prayer. Members reflect upon their own spiritual journeys and share their hopes, dreams, ideas and fears to build bridges in their relationships with others and with God.

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Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM at The Heritage

Our lives in older years can bring all kinds of hope, joy, vitality and possibility if we shift our paradigms and our perspectives. We can become sages of wonder, wisdom and winsomeness. This group of retirees meets three times a year for spiritual formation, adult education and service projects.

Wednesdays,12:15–1:00 PM

The Loving Acceptance Meditation Group is a weekly, thirty-minute meditation over the lunch hour that focuses on loving acceptance of ourselves, others and the world.  It is a practice of "ending the war" with our experience and of discerning our true relationship with the activities and people in our lives. All are welcome. Experience with meditation is not required!

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The Bog at Moon Beach. Photo by Kathy Westover.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Westover.

Many of us have fond memories of retreats at Moon Beach UCC Church Camp—the companionship, the beautiful north woods location, the warm fireplace, walking the outside labyrinth and the new guest rooms. In this intimate environment, we learn about our faith and ourselves.

Retreats are scheduled periodically throughout the program year.

Cover art for "Truth Speaks to Power"First and third Thursdays, 12:00–1:30 PM at Atlas Coffee Mill
Books we've read.
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Do you have faith questions? Do you desire a place to talk more about your spiritual questions with other adults in a supportive way? This group meets twice a month to discuss questions, ponder readings and explore our faith together while fellowshipping over lunch. Come join us. See our reading schedule.

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Select fourth Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM, home of Barb Uehling

Through titles selected in keeping with the theme of our program year, we hope to explore the stories of lives like and unlike our own. Come join us for a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and lively conversation.

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Book Discussion Schedule

The Devil's Highway: A True Story

by Luis Alberto Urrea. 2004.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway."  Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.

Into the Beautiful North

by Luis Alberto Urrea. 2009.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village—they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men—her own "Siete Magníficos"—to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond. 2016.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.  Based on years of fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky

by Kent Nerburn. 2013.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

A haunting dream that will not relent pulls author Kent Nerburn back into the hidden world of Native America, where dreams have meaning, animals are teachers, and the “old ones” still have powers beyond our understanding. In this moving narrative, we travel through the lands of the Lakota and the Ojibwe, where we encounter a strange little girl with an unnerving connection to the past, a forgotten asylum that history has tried to hide, and the complex, unforgettable characters we have come to know from Neither Wolf nor Dog and The Wolf at Twilight.

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