We are always looking for ways to bring people together through Fellowship at FPC. There are numerous opportunities for you to connect with others in our church family:
Women's Retreat: "Changing Seasons in a Woman's Life"
Women of all ages are invited to share in a day of fellowship, learning, prayer, and worship at FPC's Women's Retreat Saturday, April 21 from 8:00am-4:00pm. In the midst of life's changes, God's heart is reaching out to us, inviting us to know who we are, to wisely navigate the newness, and to draw strength from the Spirit to be fully alive. So, we invite you to hear God's invitation--to take time apart to receive, to rest, to renew your understanding of yourself, your life, and your God. The Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark will lead us through a day designed to help each of us see God in the changing circumstances and seasons of our lives. Whatever your age, wherever you are on your journey, whether you know gratitude, grief, or gladness, God always has a way of awakening us to new life, new growth, new ways of waiting, watching, and being filled with wonder. As Jesus says to his disciples, "Come and see."
8:00am-9:00am Coffee and fellowship
9:00am-3:00pm Retreat program, including a break for lunch
3:00pm-4:00pm Refreshments and fellowship
Melanie Hammond Clark is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University of Ohio and received her Masters of Divinity in 1984 from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served on pastoral staffs at churches in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and Libertyville, Illinois, and most recently was co-pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Racine, Wisconsin, for 14 years until her retirement in 2017. She still lives in Racine with her husband Richard "Chip" Clark, who is a family medicine physician. Melanie and Chip have two adult children, both of whom live and work in the San Francisco Bay area. Now that she has retired from parish ministry, she is spending time with far-flung family and friends, training in Spiritual Direction, leading retreats, and teaching as opportunities arise.
The cost of the retreat is $25 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and light lunch.
The retreat will be held at the Baker Barn, 6798 N. Dunlop Hollow Road, Mazomanie, WI. Directions from Waunkaee: Go west on Highway 19 to Highway 12. Turn right on Highway 12 and go roughly 8 miles toward Sauk City. 1 1/2 miles before you get to Sauk City, turn left off of Highway 12 onto North Dunlop Hollow Road. Go roughly 1 mile, and the driveway to the farm is on the left. You will see the Barker Barn sign on your left.
Christian Seder Dinner
Learn all about Passover and how it relates to our walk as Christians at FPC’s Seder Dinner in Fellowship Hall Wednesday, March 28 from 6:30-8:00pm. In Jewish tradition, the focal point of Passover is a family meal, called the Seder. The Gospel tells us that Jesus' Last Supper was this Passover meal, which he shared with his disciples. As we prepare our hearts and homes for the Easter miracle of Christ's resurrection, the celebration of a Seder reminds us that elements of our faith are rooted in this Jewish tradition. (Please note that this will not be a full meal—merely a symbolic recreation of a traditional Jewish Seder.) Our hope is that it will be a meaningful and informative evening for all who attend, and people of all ages are invited to participate.
FPC Quilters meet the third Thursday of the month at 1:00pm in FPC’s Gathering Place. This month's meeting is Thursday, March 15, when we will work on jeans deconstruction in preparation for our April 28 tote bag workshop, or for any other use you may have for jeans fabric. Bring jeans, sewing shears, seam ripper, and a rotary cutter that can stay open, as well as any show and tell to share with the group. Our meetings are casual and informal; sometimes there is a bit of a program and sometimes not (ideas for programs are welcome!). We welcome new and experienced quilters. Bring your quilting questions, problems, ideas, and a show-n-tell if you like. Also, mark your calendars for a Tote Bag Workshop on Saturday, April 28, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Dianne Larson will lead us in making a nice, roomy tote bag. In preparation, you will need to purchase the pattern that will be used (copying it would violate copyright law). The pattern is out of print but available online. The title is "Quilters on the Go" by Nancy L. Martin. The tote bag pattern we'll be using is on page 28. Dianne will put out a supply list later for fabric and other needed supplies. Questions? Please contact church member Anne Frihart.
New Horizons is a gathering of FPC members and friends over 55. (Guests of any age are always welcome.) Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 14, when we will gather for lunchables at DoughBoy's Pizza at 11:30am. On Wednesday, March 28, we gather in the FPC Fellowship Hall for a discussion and sing-along led by Nancy Groeneveld, Director of Music & Worship Arts, beginning at 11:30am, and a potluck at 12:30pm.
We also have two card clubs going—if you are a pinochle or sheepshead player, these offer great ways for you to extend your fellowship opportunities. Contact Dave Healy for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Pinochle Card Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in Fellowship Hall (just prior to the New Horizons program). Their next gathering will be Wednesday, March 28 from 9:00–11:00a.m If you would like any additional information about this group, please contact Dave Healy at email@example.com.
Our Sunday morning Coffee Hours make it easy to meet people and catch up with friends, as well as serve the congregation. The Fellowship team could use your help supporting our weekly coffee hours by organizing food and supplies, and cleaning up after the second service coffee hour. Cleaning up takes approximately 30–45 minutes and leaves the Gathering Space bright for the coming week. Whether you’d like to help out once a month, or once a quarter—your time will be appreciated! If you think this is a way you would like to get more involved at FPC, please contact Kate Dietry.
For all the bookworms out there, FPC Book Club typically meets on the first Sunday of the month right after the second service about 12noon at MnMs Cafe in Waunakee. FPC’s next book club gathering will take place on Sunday, March 4 when we will discuss Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fisherman. Future dates and books include:
April 8: Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan (please note this is the second Sunday of the month, due to Easter being on April 1)
May 6: Norwegian by Night, but Derek Miller
June 3: Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullor. Join us at any time!
Do you have a special talent or interest you would like to share with members of the congregation? The Fellowship team is always looking for new ways to bring people together, and we’d love to help you facilitate an event. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for an outing, special interest class, or other event. I’d love to hear from you!Have an idea for a way to have fun with others as part of the FPC community? Contact Kate, our Fellowship Elder, through the church office!
Fellowship events bring our FPC faith family together. From Sunday morning coffee to special activities throughout the year, we strive to connect families, children, youth, and retirees to foster long-lasting Christian relationships. We offer curling, Mothers Day Brunch, concerts, lunches & dinner outtings, card groups, and all types of activities!