A weekly class is held in the Mary Martha Room at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday. Men, women, couples and singles enjoy video presentations or book studies on Biblical and topical subjects. With the direction of Pastor Marty Ruge, they discuss the content in an informal response session. Anyone interested is invited to get a cup of coffee or a soda and sit in with the group.
Numerous Bible study groups are available for both men and women. The schedule appears below.
Many study groups gather in the Mary Martha Room.
Small Group Contact
Women Study - Night 1st-Thursday 7:00 p.m. Working Women - Mary Ellen Bakken
Women Study - Weekly: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. Cross Connections
Couples/Singles Study - Weekly, Sundays at 6:00 p.m. - Art & Roni Loos 426-0382. All are welcome.
A group of leaders meet with the ministry team monthly to learn, to pray and to make the necessary direction-giving decisions for the congregation. Each member serves for three years and may be re-elected by congregational vote. An Executive Committee is chosen from these leaders. They conduct the official meetings of the congregation and serve as the Personnel Committee.
Teams, Boards and Committees:
Various teams, boards and committees provide opportunities for our members to become involved in the leadership of the First English congregation, management of its resources, and fulfillment of its mission.
Adult Voice Choir:
The choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs choir room under the direction of Dennis Sphatt, organist. The choir sings as scheduled at the 8:00 a.m. service, as well as for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Confirmation. Their gifts of vocal music make worship a meaningful and pleasant experience. Contact Dennis Sphatt at church, (920) 231-9890, if interested in adding your voice to the harmony.
Rehearsals are held on Thursdays between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the choir loft of the church proper. The friendships and camaraderie developed over the years makes the group work well together. Interested ringers, please contact the director, Todd Repp, at (920) 231-9890.
This group of active women "makes to give away" hat-mitten-and-scarf sets for 5-year-olds, baby blankets, lap robes, and afghans. All are donated to local schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
Neighborhood Center for our older friends and neighbors:
Meets Wednesdays with lunch and entertainment. Please call 920-231-9890 for more information.
Cooking for Local Charities:
Volunteer cooks from First English and their friends prepare a meal for Father Carr’s Place2B, an emergency shelter and soup kitchen, and the Christine Ann Center, a domestic abuse shelter, once a month in the church kitchen.
Homebound/Nursing Home Residents
Trained fellow-members serve as communion distributors to our 80-90 homebound members once a month. This personal service helps those who cannot attend onsite worship services feel they are still part of our congregation. Contact Mary Bakken for more details through the church office at 231-9890.
Chancel Flower Delivery:
Donated flowers that have graced the Sunday worship services are delivered weekly
to homebound members by fellow-members of the congregation.
Church Bulletin Delivery:
Copies of the worship service and messenger are delivered weekly to members in local nursing homes and hospitals by fellow-members of the congregation. The bulletins can then be followed during TV broadcasts of the worship service.
First English Adult Ministries