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First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, Wisconsin, 1848-1998; 150 years of mission and ministry

First Presbyterian Church, 1998,   pp. 80 ff.

Page 80

'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
       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
       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
       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
       School; and Presbyterian Women, with five active circles. Untold numbers
       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
                    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 
Eleanor Lasfalk 
Shirley Rogers 

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