First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, Wisconsin, 1848-1998; 150 years of mission and ministry
First Presbyterian Church, 1998, pp. 80 ff.
-7Im 'First Pres yterian Church, 1998 Today's church family is descended from the 17 people who met and organized as the First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago Rapids in 1848. Like most families, as ours has grown and changed over the years, we have moved several times and adapted our ways of doing things to accommodate those changes. But some things remain constant. Our desire to worship together and to serve God to the best of our ability is as strong today as it was 150 years ago. In 1998, First Presbyterian Church consisted of 1,000 members and 467 families. Our 1998 operating budget was $593,000. Approximately 200 children and young people were enrolled in Sunday School. In addition, our programs included Bible study and Sunday School for adults; Senior Presbyterian Youth (SPY) for students in grades 9 through 12; JOY for students in grades 6 through 8; a growing music program with vocal and bell choirs; adult and youth work trips; Vacation Bible School; and Presbyterian Women, with five active circles. Untold numbers of members served faithfully on the many committees which do the work of our church. Still others taught Sunday School, led Bible studies, organized retreats, and helped our pastors lead in worship. Our individual talents may vary, but as our ancestors did, we remember Paul's words to the Corinthians: "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone." First Corinthians 12:4-6, New Revised Standard Version The Rev. Richard J. Moore Senior Pastor The Rev. Paul Huxtable Associate Pastor Onie Onken Director of Christian Education Martha Moore Assistant Bell Director Tina Carroll Youth Alive Choir Director Carol Krueger Church Secretary Laurie Mathes Financial Secretary Chuck Rodgers Custodian Eleanor Lasfalk Housekeeper Shirley Rogers Housekeeper
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