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In Memoriam

• Jeri Schmit died on Wednesday, June 13. A memorial service was held at the church on Saturday, June 16.


• To Austin Jacob Wellenstein, son of Jason and Leeann, who was baptized into the Christian faith on Sunday, June 17.

• To Benjamin Paul Krick, son of Andrew and Toni, who was baptized into the Christian faith on Sunday, June 17.

• To Missy Vierling, who resigned her position as our church Treasurer, to become our new Church School Director.

• To Miles Bruce Arndt, son of Jayme and Jenny, who was baptized into the Christian faith on Sunday, June 10.

• To Nicholas Blumenberg, grandson of Roberta and Jim, who graduated this past Sunday, June 10, from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in Marketing with Entrepreneurship and Sales Leadership minors.  To top it off, Nick graduated Cum Laude!

• To Meg and Gary Tackes who officially graduated from their third year of study, focusing on Lay Ministry Skills, at the Wisconsin Conference Lay Academy.

• To our 2012 high school graduates: Aila Bretl, Jordan Brown, Colin Dunn, Kaylin Eichner, Dana Grady, Chaz Puckett, and Nathan Rego.

Special Thanks

• To Holly Buczek for providing the Special Music on Sunday morning, June 17. Holly sang and played the oboe.

• To the following persons who helped with Jeri Schmit's Memorial Service Reception: Roberta Blumenberg, Tracy Bretl and Phil Stepanski, Mike and Sherrie Dimmer, Nancy and Geno Fidler, Linda Hackney, Louise Mollinger, Meg and Gary Tackes, and Sally Ziegler.

• To Gail Willson for coordinating this year's church Relay for Life team, and to all of the team members for participating.

• To Barb Bahr, who has offered to serve as the Coordinator for Memorial Service Receptions in Fellowship Hall.

• To Adam and Josh Brown, along with Allissa Lopez, for cutting down the overgrown cedar bushes in front of our two church towers.

• To Calhan Norman for providing the Special Music on Sunday morning, June 10.

• To John and Janet Zausch, owners of Forever Green Landscaping, for donating all of the mulch for our church flower beds.

• To the small but mighty crew who showed up for our Spring Clean Up of the church grounds: Jeanne Mantsch, Ralph Perez, Ed and Alice Ruffin, Jane Spalding, and Joe Rychtik.

• To Scott Oftedahl for graciously offering to coordinate the Special Music for our Sunday morning services for the entire month of June.

From the Archives

June 20, 2012

June 13, 2012

June 6, 2012

May 30, 2012

May 23, 2012

May 16, 2012

May 9, 2012

May 2, 2012

April 25, 2012

April 18, 2012

April 11, 2012

April 4, 2012

March 28, 2012

March 21, 2012

March 14, 2012

March 7, 2012

February 29, 2012

February 22, 2012

February 15, 2012

February 8, 2012

February 1, 2012

January 25, 2012

January 17, 2012

January 11, 2012

January 4, 2012



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The church office will be closed on Mondays through the end of August. Office hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 – 11:30.


So many members and friends of the church have beautiful flower gardens that we thought we might try something new this summer. We are inviting you to contribute a vase of fresh flowers for the communion table on Sunday mornings. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the church bulletin board or you may contact Beckie in the church office to sign-up for a week or two.


The Property Team invites you to sign up for a week or two to cut the church lawn this season. You may bring your own lawn mower or you may make arrangements to use the mower here at the church. You might be interested to know that the church just purchased a new self-propelled mower! Please contact the church office or check out the sign-up sheet posted in front of the church office.


Every year, members and friends of our church participate in charitable fundraising walks, runs, and bike rides, helping to raise thousands of dollars for a variety of worthy causes.  As a church community, we would like to support these efforts by offering to donate $100 per event from our Local Mission Fund.  If you are planning to participate in one of these events, please contact the church office for an application form. You might like to know that thus far this year we have supported Pam Geiken-Zeman running a half-marathon to raise funds for Sophia’s Heart, Karl Pradel biking in the Tour de Cure to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association, and Jane Schneider walking to raise funds for the Hearing Loss Association of America.


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You might be interested to know that a number of kids and adults from our church will be attending summer church camp: Amy, Ella, and Hope Gilhooly, Alyssa Laabs, Jeanne Mantsch and family, Ralph, Beckie, Elijah and Eva Perez and Laurel and Katie Sanford. Have a great time!


The Fellowship Team invites families and friends of the church to mark their calendars for an evening of fun at the Pirate’s Hollow Community Water Park on Sunday, August 5, from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. The church has reserved the entire pool, so admission is free; all you need to bring is your suit and towel! Families may also bring their own pool toys and refreshments. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Port Pre-School is currently accepting registration for its 3K Program this fall.  Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2012.  Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Daily activities include circle time, music and movement, teacher-directed projects, child-centered play, snack time, sharing time, and story time. For more information, please call Lora Didier at (414) 881-2164.


Several years ago, our church established a Congregational Care Committee to reach out to members and friends of the church who are hospitalized or homebound.  Members of the committee arrange short visits and do their best to offer ongoing support and care.  If this sounds like something you would enjoy, the committee invites you to join them, or perhaps you know of someone who might like to receive a visit.  For more information please contact Marabeth Hobgood at or (480) 249-0202.


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