Mission and Service News

Our audio/visual team has helped make First Congregational worship services what they are today. If you have an interest in A/V and would like to join this team, please contact the church office at (920) 733-7393.

Have questions? Contact Technology Coordinator Jonathan Steffen at ext. 226.

Our community partner Project NOAHH is in desperate need of twin-size bedding for bunk beds. Please consider donating twin sheets, pillows, plastic mattress protectors and comforters — the sheets and pillows are the most needed.

You can drop off your donations at the Church Office.

Thank you for your help!

Learn more at our Project NOAHH page.

If you or someone you know cares for a family member with memory loss, direct, one-on-one assistance is available.

The challenges of living with and caring for someone with progressive memory loss are life changing—there’s no need to go it alone! The REACH Program provides a certified caregiver coach free of charge to educate, support and problem-solve in the caregiver’s home. For more information or to discuss your caregiving, contact certified Caregiver Coach Karen Aspenson at (920) 997-8407 or by email at Karen.aspenson@mosaicfamilyhealth.org.

REACH is a program of Mosaic Family Health, the Fox Valley Memory Project, and in partnership with the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Family Caregiving.

October 1–8, 2016

Assembling a wheelchair ramp in Jonesville, Virginia“Warmer, Safer, Drier.” That is the mission of the Appalachia Service Project. Their goal is to help families in need to improve the condition of their homes.

We are planning our third service trip to Jonesville, VA for October. You need no specific carpentry skills to participate, just a willingness to work and a desire to connect with the families we meet.

The cost of the trip is $325 plus travel expenses. The $325 covers lodging and meals and helps fund the service projects. The first year we helped build a wheelchair ramp for a woman who had been confined to her home because of its inaccessibility. Last year, we replaced a living room floor and the underlying supports. Both years we had wonderful experiences with the families we served.

This year, we also have the option of staying a day longer and stopping at the famous National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Please sign up in the Narthex if you would like to come. You may call or email Valerie Schultz with any questions regarding the trip. You can also go to the Appalachia Service Project website for more information.

Over 180 people participated in Service Sunday last week! Thank you all for making the day brighter for many others!

  • Making fleece blankets on Service Sunday.Made 26 fleece blankets to deliver with our Project NOAHH bunkbeds (Neighbors Offering a Helping Hand).
  • Baked 30-dozen chocolate-chip cookies, with 12 plates of 2-dozen cookies delivered into the community as “random acts of kindness.” Some recipients were the Appleton Police and Fire departments, Kaukauna Recreation Department staff, Kimberly Area School District summer school staff, and Appleton City Hall at Baking cookies on Service Sunday.Plant-a-Row many plants and seeds were planted and yards of irrigation hose laid.
  • Butterfly and bird houses are adorning yards and bringing smiles to many faces.
  • Spread lots of mulch and pulled weeds in the Labyrinth garden.
  • Cut buckthorn and overgrowth in the ravine.
  • Handed out 40 “Have a Wash on Us” bags containing detergent and quarters at local laundromats, as well as quarters for dryers.
  • Spreading mulch on Service Sunday.A multitude of voices shared lovely music with residents at Brewster Village, brightening many faces and souls.
  • 2-dozen bags adorned with artistry and inspirational words will welcome refugees coming to Appleton in the next months.