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First Congregational Church

September 30, 2022

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Weekly Discussion Groups

Tuesdays @ 1:00 pm

Discussion Group 

Wednesdays @ 1:00 pm

ZOOM Discussion Group

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm

Men’s Discussion Group

Sundays @ 9:00 am

Discussion Group (with child care)




Praying for

First Congregational Church

Each week we gather at 3:00 pm on Thursdays (in the sanctuary) to pray for one of the ministries of the church and one of the members of the congregation. If you cannot meet with us, please include the following ministry and members of our congregation in your regular prayers:

Ministry: Furnishings

Member/Friend: Diane Williams



Altar Flowers

The flowers for our worship service this morning are given in Memory of Marcia Kufalk's Birthday.



Missions Opportunity to Serve

We have a wonderful opportunity for you to be involved in.  We are once again going to be serving a meal at the Hope Center in Waukesha.  We will have a sign-up sheet on the Communications Table in the Narthex.  The date is Friday, October 28, 2022, and we will be serving between 50 to 60 people.  The Hope Center has reached out to us and has given us some Guidelines:

  • Bring 7 gallons of milk
  • Bring dessert for 50-60 people
  • We will need 4-7 adults
  • We need to arrive by 5:00 p.m. and finish by approx. 7:00 p.m.
  • We will start serving by 5:30 p.m.
  • We will be serving the meal, beverages, and our desserts
  • We will be helping with clean-up

Again, this is a great opportunity for our church to help out in the community.  If you cannot help out with serving, please consider bringing desserts (cookies or bars; homemade is always nice) and milk.  Please plan on bringing your desserts and milk to the church on Friday, before 3:00 p.m.  The sign-up sheet will be at the Communications Table in the Narthex.  I remember from helping out in the past; this has been a great time to get together to Love thy Neighbor (Hope Center) and it’s very rewarding.  Thank you.


Beth Petersen




Do you want to receive God into your life and know fellowship with God? Come work or volunteer in the nursery and receive God’s blessing as described in Mark 9:37: “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

-Ashley C.


Sue & Tom Roberts Retire

After two stints as custodian, Sue and Tom Roberts are retiring as custodians at FCC.  We will be honoring their service this Sunday with cake and ice cream.  It will be held in Koeffler Hall unless the elevator has not been fixed.  In that case, we will set up in the lounge.  (There may be short delays to allow us to bring the cake and ice cream up from the basement.)

The Personnel Committee


Makayla Coleman hired as Custodian

The Personnel Committee is happy to announce that Makayla Coleman has been hired as our new custodian.  She began working in September.  Makayla lives in the neighborhood.  She will have a different schedule than Sue and Tom and will be doing cleaning during the week rather than on Saturday. 

Personnel Committee


2023 WCA Youth Camp

It’s not too early to start thinking about Youth Camp next summer.  The Annual Youth Camp is held for kids that have completed the third grade through high school graduation.  It is held at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center in Wautoma, WI.  Camp will be held July 9-15.  Further details will be coming, but save the date.


God Loves You Tour

Pray for Saturday's God Loves You tour in Waukesha.  Pray for God's hand of protection over the speakers, the musicians, the staff, volunteers and the venue of this large evangelistic event.  Pray for the weather as both the concert and Franklin Graham's message will be outdoors. But most of all, pray that God will be glorified as unbelievers are drawn to faith in Jesus.     


Offering Report

Offering Expected to Date $109,340.25
Offering Received to Date $105,686.79
Difference ($3,653.46)

Servant Schedule

Sunday Liturgist Music Leader Sunday School Front Porch
10/2 Chris W Karen J No SS Personnel
10/9   Claire A   Missions
1016   Joanne H No SS Fellowship


Worship This Sunday


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



  • All those in the path of the hurricane
  • Our Nation
  • Our shut ins and those in ill health
  • Our Church leadership
  • Those in Need
  • Mission School of Hope & Clinic


Happy Birthday!

Beth Petersen

October 1


Lily Venema

October 4


Sally Zalud

October 6


Happy Anniversary!


None this week.



Anniversary Greetings for the Stoeckers

Rex and Joan Stoecker will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on October 11.  There are anniversary cards on the back table in the sanctuary for you to sign and share your best wishes on reaching this milestone.  There are also some pictures taken at their wedding for you to see. 

Diane Williams



The Celebration of Music is Back!

Mark Your Calendars!

It's back!  After two years of not being able to safely host the Celebration of Music, we are finally holding the 38th concert.  The concert will be held in our FCC sanctuary on Sunday, October 30th at  2 PM.  Please join us for an afternoon filled with a variety of community talent.  Featuring our own church members, the Mukwonago Community Choir, the Ukeladies, and the Grace Notes Brass choir, and much more, you will enjoy an afternoon of musical talent.  Our final number will be the group choir singing "Train for Jubilee" featuring 4-hands on the piano. We hope you will attend.  Please bring some non-perishable food items to support the Mukwonago Food Pantry. 

If anyone is interested in helping with a coffee hour after the concert, please see me.

Joanne Himebauch



Pilgrim History

The Founding of Plimoth Plantation

Seventy-five years ago, on October 2, 1947, a group of people met and completed the paperwork to bring Plimoth Plantation into existence.  There is a very interesting history behind this decision, and Plimoth Plantation has set new standards for living history museums.

In 1936, at the age of 19, Henry Hornblower II wrote in his journal about things that he might do in the future.  He already had a very active interest in both archeology and the Pilgrims.  While his family lived in Boston, they had a summer home just outside of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

One of the things that he wrote that he might want to do was to do archeological work into the Pilgrims, the founding of Plymouth, and the indigenous people (mainly the Wampanog) of the area and their interactions. 

Shortly after that he sketched a map of a site that would house reproductions of the homes of Pilgrims, the Stockade and Meetinghouse and a native village.  He also dreamed that the site would sit on the water and a replica of the Mayflower would be anchored within sight of the reproduction village.

Even before the Plantation was incorporated, Harry began working with an architect and they began sketching possible layouts for the village.  Those sketches always included an indigenous village very close to the colonial village.  All structures were to be as close to accurate reproductions as possible.

In 1949, a single cabin was built within site of Plymouth Rock at the harbor in Plymouth.  That year 300,000 tourist from around the area and across the nation visited the cabin.  There was a great deal of controversy because the cabin was not a log cabin.  For many years the thought was that the Pilgrims would have built log cabins similar to ones built in the Midwest and even in Mukwonago.  However, the Pilgrims would never have seen a log cabin and they would not have known how to build one.  The cabin was built with a large stone fireplace and chimney.  Later archeological digs on the homesites of the original settlers showed that this was not the case.

Within two years a second cabin was built at the Plymouth Rock site.  Meanwhile attention turned to how the group would build a reproduction of the Mayflower.  No plans for the Mayflower were known to exist.  While we now view the Mayflower as an important historical artifact, at the time of it’s sailing, little note was given to the ship.  In fact, there is no record of what happened to the ship after its return 1621.  It’s captain, Christopher Jones died in 1622 and the ship was idle until at least 1624 when a court action was brought to free it from the estate, but there is no record that the ship ever sailed again.

At the same time, in England members of the Royal Navy also became interested in the ships used to colonize the New World and wondered if a ship built using the techniques of that time would actually sail across the ocean.  A US boating magazine published an article on the desire of Plimoth Plantation to build a replica of the Mayflower.  Not long after that, Harry Hornblower received a call from England asking if the group would accept a reproduction of the Mayflower if one were built and sailed across the Atlantic.  Hornblower said yes and that is how the Mayflower II came to Plimoth Plantation.

In 1955, Harry Hornblower’s grandmother, Hattie passed away.  In her will, she left the family summer home and the land around it to Plimoth Plantation.  It became the site where the reproduction Pilgrim village and the indigenous village currently sit.  If you are traveling to Boston, a trip about 40 miles south to Plymouth and Plimoth Patuxat would be both interesting and informative.



Hayride / Bonfire
Fellowship Event  

Sunday, Oct. 9 ~ 3:00 - 5:30 pm


The Fellowship Team will be hosting a hayride/bonfire out at the Rowntree Farms.  Thanks to Kay and Tom for hosting this wonderful event!  We will have some water, s'mores, and popcorn to munch on around the bonfire and everyone will enjoy a hayride around the property.  Please bring your own lawn chair ~ If you would prefer a different beverage, please bring one from home.  There is no bathroom, so please plan accordingly!  We hope you can join us!

Here are directions to the Rowntree's farm.  We will also have copies out on the communications table.

Directions to Rowntree Farms -

Go south on Hwy 83 toward Waterford

Hwy 20 will join Hwy 83 by the Cotton Exchange. Stay on 20/83.- At the next stop sign after the 2nd stoplight turn right (south)(there is a bunch of construction at this intersection).  This is still Hwy 83/20.

Go south past the Catholic Church until you come to the stoplight at Hwy 36 (there is a Burger King at this intersection).  Turn right on Hwy 36/83 toward Burlington.


Stay on Hwy 83/36.  Go past the stoplight at Hwy D and take a left at the next intersection which is Hwy J.

Go south on Hwy J and take the first left (east)-this is Rowntree Rd.  Go east on Rowntree Rd. until you see a large red barn on your right.  There will be traffic cones at the drive on the west side of the barn where you enter the farm property.  Drive back to the woods.  


There is no bathroom so plan accordingly!



Want to kick-start your
Bible reading?

Sometimes reading Scripture is challenging because our Bibles don't meet our current needs.  Is the type too small?  King James English confusing?  Need more explanation or maps? 

There are hundreds of Bible versions to consider, and two popular samples for you to look at are on the table outside the office:  NIV and ESV.  Many people find NIV an easier language style to read, but the extra-Biblical commentary is perhaps not as precise or accurate as other versions.  ESV is a more accurate Scripture translation with more precise references, but some verses use phrasing that is not as familiar to us.

Here are some links you may find useful:

ESV Super Giant print  (17 point font) 

ESV Giant print  (12 point font)  

ESV Sample on table (9 point font)  

NIV Starting Point (9.7 point) 

We hope this has been helpful.  Ultimately, The best Bible is the one you read. 


Contact Us


Church Office


231 Roberts Drive

Mukwonago WI 53149


Pastor Kevin Clark



Marni Wiggins

Organist/Choir Director


Prayer Chain


Visitation Ministry



(Due by 8:00 am Friday Mornings)


Articles for "What's Happening"

(Due by 8:00 am Friday Mornings) 



Church Council


Moderator - Prakash Mathew



Moderator Elect - Diane Williams



Treasurer-Jean Brocker



Secretary-Joanne Himebauch



Budget & Finance-Ryan Venema



Property & Grounds-Bob Brandemuehl



Worship-Michael Zvara



Congregational Care-Janine Coley



Missions-Terry Buchmann



Christian Education-Sue Roberts


First Congregational Church
231 Roberts Drive
Mukwonago, WI  53149

PH: 262-363-7249

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