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First Congregational Church

April 19, 2024

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Weekly Bible Study
Discussion Groups

Sundays @ 9:00 am
Discussion Group

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm
Men’s Discussion Group



Report From Interim Pastoral Selection Committee 

Introducing our new Interim Pastor Rev. Jeffrey Mark Hensley.

The interim pastoral committee has unanimously recommended the Rev. Mark Hensley to the Church Council for consideration to be our interim pastor.  This week the Church Council unanimously approved the recommendation.  And, so, we have a new interim pastor at First Congregational Christian Church in Mukwonago.  The Rev. Mark Hensley.  Rev. Mark has graciously accepted the offer.

Many of you will be familiar with Rev. Mark as he was the guest preacher Easter Sunday.  Pastor Mark has an extensive background in ministry.  Most recently with a non-denominational church in Monticello, WI and prior to that with the Methodist church where he was ordained.  

Pastor Mark lives in Waterford and is also a full time State Farm insurance agent with an office in Delavan.  As such Pastor Mark will be joining us as a Part Time pastor while he also maintains his business.  

Pastor Mark will begin his official duties with FCC on Monday May 6.  His first Sunday will be on Mother's Day May 12.  

Respectfully submitted
Jamie Pennington
Chair Interim Pastor Search Committee.  


Pastoral Search Committee Announcement

Dear FCC, 

As you may recall, at our March 10 church business meeting, members were asked to submit names of members they trusted to be on the committee to search for and hire a permanent pastor. The list was compiled by Mike Zvara, moderator-elect, and me, moderator, following that meeting. The members were then contacted in the order of most votes. 

Our Pastoral Search Committee consists of Jamie Pennington, Kay Rowntree, Zach Buchmann, Rae-Ellen Pruess, and Jean Brocker. Mike Zvara and myself, as moderator-elect and moderator, are also on this committee during our time of service as ex-officio members. Janine Coley is the alternate should any member need to resign from the committee. If the search should go into 2025, the new moderator-elect will take my place on the committee as my time of service is complete at the end of this year. 

We thank you all for your patience as we worked to form this committee. As you know, the task of finding the new permanent pastor can take a good deal of time. Your voice is important during this process. Please reach out to me via text or phone at 414-322-4761 or email at with any questions or constructive comments. 

Thank you,
Terry Buchmann
FCC Moderator



Offering Report

Offering Expected to Date 46,412.88
Offering Received to Date 39,054.26
Difference (7,358.62)



Servant Schedule

Ministry 4/21 4/28 5/5
Liturgist Jim B    
Music Leader Karen J Joanne H  
Sunday School Carol / Journey Wendy / Sarah Joanne / Karen J
Front Porch Barb P    
Greeter Jim / Merry    
Flowers Wilson Reyna T Karen J

To volunteer for any of these ministries please see the signup sheet on the communication table.

Volunteers are also needed
for the following:

Sound / Zoom - Contact Prakash Mathew
(  262-436-4025)

Nursery - Contact Sue Roberts
(  262-378-4695)



Please pray for the following who are experiencing health concerns~

  • Dave B 
  • Xander W 
  • Paula E (from Jean B) 
  • Tom & Sue R 
  • Karen T 
  • Cindy W 
  • Heather & Family (from Reyna)
  • Phil (from the Buchmanns)
  • Tammra (from Rae-Ellen)

Please Pray For

  • Corporate Prayer Ministry (from Merry)
  • Israel
  • Weekly Prayer Intentions:
    ~ Mary Anne Fincham

    ~ Youth Sunday School
  • Our shut ins and those in ill health
  • Our Church leadership
  • Those in Need
  • Mission School of Hope & Clinic



Happy Birthday!


Larry Litwin

April 19


Janice Beilfuss

April 19


Karen Mathew

April 22


Alexis Wilson

April 23


Charlotte Buchmann

April 23


Happy Anniversary!


None this Week



Missions Team Meeting

Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm
Anyone is welcome!

Karen Mathew 
Karen Jones 
Beth Petersen 
Linda Garasimowicz
Jim Backstrom


Mukwonago Father’s Day Parade Float?

We are looking for volunteers to create and man a simple float for the Mukwonago Father’s Day parade (June 16th).  Anyone?  We would love to get our church noticed out there in the community.  If you are interested in gathering a team to do this, please refer to this form:  Father's Day Float form  Directions say to turn in the form as soon as possible, but there is no deadline  actually on the form.


Joanne Himebauch


Wisconsin Congregational Association
2024 Annual Meeting

The WCA Spring Program & Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27th at Faith Community Church in Franklin. Click HERE for more information and to register.




2024 Annual Meeting & Conference 

JUNE 22-25, 2024

Spokane, Washington


Click HERE for more information.



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Worship This Weekend


We will be worshiping in-person and via Zoom this Sunday at 10:00 am. Visit these links for important information:





To access worship via Zoom, please use the information below:


Phone Number: (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 459 288 4444

Password: 2623637249


Adult Bible Study will meet before church in the large classroom at 9:00. You can access the Bible study via Zoom as well:

Phone Number: (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 459 288 4444
Password: 2623637249


Contact Us


Church Office


231 Roberts Drive

Mukwonago WI 53149


Marni Wiggins

Organist/Choir Director


Prayer Chain




Articles for "What's Happening"

(Due by 8:00 am Friday Mornings)



Church Council


Moderator - Terry Buchmann



Moderator Elect - Michael Zvara



Treasurer-Jean Brocker



Secretary-Joanne Himebauch



Budget & Finance-Jamie Pennington



Property & Grounds-Rae-Ellen Preuss



Worship-Karla Pennington



Congregational Care-Janine Coley



Missions-Beth Petersen



Christian Education-Cindy Luker


First Congregational Church
231 Roberts Drive
Mukwonago, WI  53149

PH: 262-363-7249

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