Food isn’t the only need at the Oshkosh-area Community Food Pantry

Imagine using no more than three pieces of toilet paper for fear of running out.

Imagine brushing your teeth without toothpaste for a week.

Imagine taking a shower or a bath without soap or bath gel for two weeks.

Imagine not having deodorant in July or August.

These scenarios are given in the Deacons’ Corner column of the May newsletter of First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh to remind us that even though we are thinking of donating canned food to the Oshkosh area community pantry, these other Basic hygiene items are always needed and appreciated by the pantry. We can go without a can of beans or macaroni for weeks, but how long can we go without toilet paper?

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Deacons collect food and hygiene items from the congregation to deliver to the pantry.

Bar soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes for adults and children and travel-sized shampoos, conditioners and body lotions are among the items recently donated to the pantry by members of the First Presbyterian Church.

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 370 Bowen St., Oshkosh, will open its small free library on Sunday, May 6, after the 9 a.m. service. Pastor Kelly Leary will say a few words and the children will lead the group in singing. Cookies and drinks will be served in the basement of the church, accessible by elevator. The dedication is open to the public.
  • Three members of Oshkosh Knights of Columbus Council 614 recently became 4th degree Knights. They are Jay Schaefer and Christopher Gray of St. Jude Parish, and Mark Nielsen of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish.
  • Oshkosh’s Thomas C. Willadsen received honorable mention in the category of written humor for an essay published in The Cresset, Valparaiso University’s journal of literature, arts and public affairs. His essay, “Al Spangler,” appeared in the 2017 issue of Trinity. The award is one of four “Best of the Church Press” awards won by The Cresset from the Associated Church Press. Willadsen, a Presbyterian minister, is a frequent contributor to the journal whose writings first appeared in The Cresset in 1991.
  • Father Daniel Schuster, vocations director for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, will present the program May 19 for the Esto Vir Oshkosh Men’s Spirituality Matinee at Father Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St. His topic is “Discipleship: A personal journey”. “Registration begins at 7 a.m.; Mass is at 7:45 a.m.; and the program begins at 8:45 a.m. Donations are accepted. Contact Deacon John Ingala at 920-203-9272 or [email protected]
  • The First Congregational Church of Oshkosh announced that it “is proud to be the first church in downtown Oshkosh to install solar panels. By the end of May, we will have 56 345-watt panels installed on the roof of the education wing. These panels are expected to offset 59% of our electricity consumption.” Over time, the church expects the panels to generate savings of approximately $3,000 $ per year Ten percent of these savings for the first five years will be donated to the Christine Ann Center in Oshkosh to help the Center building become more energy efficient.
  • The next gathering of the Women Together Growing in Spirituality group will be from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, May 7, in the Legacy Room at the St. Vincent Site in St. Jude Parish. The subject will be “Mary and Discipleship”. The group, open to all interested women, meets on the first Monday of each month. For more information, call Marianne at 920-235-7412 or email [email protected]
  • The Christian Action Committee at St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oshkosh reminds us that we are getting closer to the summer 2018 release of Feeding the Children. Program dates at St. Andrew’s are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 30 through August 30. 31. The church provides lunches for children during the break from the public school district.
  • Save the Date: The Bloodmobile will take place, 8-11 a.m., Sunday, May 20, at Kaudy Hall in St. Mary’s Parish in Winneconne. To make an appointment, call the office at 920-582-7712 or visit The church is at 210 Pleasant Drive.
  • Thought of the day: Every job is as magical as you make it. Sometimes the magic isn’t in the pay or the benefits. It’s in the mark you make or leave behind.

Judy Russell of Oshkosh writes about events at worship centers in the area. To submit news for his attention, send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Church News.” The deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday.

Norma P. Rex