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Your Community, Your Voice

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Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 724 E. South River St. Appleton

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton.
                                       Register here.

ESTHER wants to hear about what matters to YOU in our community. We value your life experiences and your voice.  

  • What have you observed or experienced that is making it difficult for you or others to thrive in our community?
  • What needs to happen? (next steps)  
  • How can we work together?

There will be a group discussion and smaller conversations. We hope you can be there for most of the meeting, but stop in when you can get here.  And come eat free pizza with us! 

Good news! We can provide free childcare if we find some of you would like to make use of it for your kids.  The registration link (above) will let us know you are coming, ask you to answer a few other questions including dietary restrictions, and if you plan to bring children with you, how many and what are their ages.

This discussion will help ESTHER with decisions about our next steps and hopefully can be helpful to other groups too!!  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Soulful Holiday Village, by African Heritage Inc.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Fox Cities Exhibition Center, 355 W Lawrence St, Appleton


Attend our Soulful Wonderland and
enjoy photo opportunities with our Soulful Santa and Mrs. Claus

Free Admission

MC - Mr. I’M Possible • Game Station • Santa Bounce • Mrs. Nelly Claus

  • Cookie and Ginger Bread House Cookie Station
  • Train Rides to Visit with Soulful Santa
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Free Photos with Santa
  • Live Holiday Gospel Entertainment
  • Soulful Music with Dj Haze
  • African Drumming
  • Free Mini Cupcakes by Whisky Business
  • Soul Food Dinner with Chef Tasha
  • Kwanzaa Station
  • Get Boosted
  • Free Toys
  • Warm Hot Chocolate/Apple Cider
  • Shop With Black-Owned Businesses

Creating Power for Change

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Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah WI

Calling All Community Members Who Want to Participate in a
Conversation About Major Issues in the Fox Valley

Learn about organizing tools and hear examples of how these tools led to some ESTHER wins. Share your observations, experiences, concerns, ideas, and visions for next steps. Please join us so that we can form relationships and collaborate to create power for change!

Register Here

No cost. Lunch provided.


  • AM
    • Intro to organizing and creating power
    • What is ESTHER?
    • Example of wins
  • Lunch
  • PM
    • Roundtable discussion
    • Describe your issue - how do we make our community better?
    • What barriers and opportunities do you see?
    • Discover opportunities to build alliances and support relationships

Community Living Room

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St, Appleton

Please note:  cancelled this month.  No gathering on Dec. 20.
Join Us for Coffee and Connection

CLRYou are welcome to this non-clinical, non-judgemental, safe space for talking through life’s challenges.

There is no cost, and it's completely confidential.

Hosted by First Congregational UCC, Appleton.

Sponsored by Ebb & Flow Collective and ESTHER.

Meets the third Wednesdays of September, October, November & December.

More information at

Moving from Charity to Justice: Advocacy Workshop

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Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
First Congregational UCC, Fellowship Hall, 724 E South River St, Appleton

Moving from Charity to Justice
Advocacy Workshop

In Partnership with
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign
ESTHER affiliate, WISDOM network

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 from 1:00-4:30pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ
724 E South River St
Appleton, WI

  • Examine our faith roots of Advocacy
  • Further our commitment to faith-based social justice
  • Training in Nuts and Bolts of Effective Advocacy

Registration Cost: $5.00. Register online at, click on the button below, or scan the QR code:

Register Now

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Back to School Block Party with People of Progression

Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Taperz Barber Shop, 203 N Richmond St, Appleton

Join People of Progression on Sunday, August 27th, from 12 pm to 5 pm at their Back to School Block Party. It’ll be full of culture, activities, shopping, and connections to prepare all youth for returning to school.

Special Guests:

Bumble Bee!
Ghost Busters!


Video Gaming!
Art & Crafts!
Face painting!
…& much more!

FREE HAIRCUTS and BRAIDS - text 920-931-4102 to get on the WAITING LIST ❗️

Latino Fest 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Casa Hispana is proud to sponsor the 2023 Latino Fest celebration, a free event for community members of all ages to participate!

Enjoy live music, dance performances, art demonstrations, and other cultural expressions representing the diversity of the Fox Valley Hispanic/ Latinx community. Learn about services from local nonprofits, schools and businesses, and discover employment opportunities. Come ready to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options. 

Please contact Casa Hispana with any questions at

Follow the event on its Facebook page

Fox Cities International Day of Peace Celebration

Sunday, September 17, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Erb Park, 1800 N Morrison St, Appleton

The International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence.

Along with Unity of Appleton, Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and others, ESTHER is a co-sponsor. 

The free, fun & family-friendly program will include:

  • Live music
  • Storytelling
  • Peace pole painting
  • Games and crafts for the kids
  • Dancing, treats and more

Film Screening: The Invisible Class

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Casa Esther Catholic Worker, ESTHER, Trinity Episcopal Church Oshkosh, and
First Congregational Church Oshkosh present
a screening of The Invisible Class.

The Invisible Class - Documentary FilmThis powerful film is about homelessness all across America, its criminalization and the devastating impacts of the loss of affordable housing. Mass homelessness in the United States didn’t always exist, so how did we get to where we are today?

The screening is free and open to the public. Cash and material donations will be collected (see more below).

Doors open at 5:30.

Talkback and refreshments to follow.

ESTHER Gives Away Books and Bikes to Celebrate Juneteenth 2023

ESTHER celebrated Appleton Juneteenth 2023 on Sunday, June 11, with African Heritage, Inc. and many other community organizations supporting diverse groups, causes and community challenges. ESTHER gave away over 100 books for all ages. Members had contributed books by and about Black history, heroes, strengths and struggles.

ESTHER also raffled off four bikes, including one donated by Chain Reaction Cyclery in Appleton (Thank you, Nikki!), and another purchased by ESTHER to give away.  The four free raffle winners were thrilled with their bike wins.

More photographs of the event can be found on the Facebook page of ESTHER and of African Heritage, Inc.

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