First Reformed Church to present ‘Fish Eyes’

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor

First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls will stage the two-person drama “Fish Eyes,” during its Palm Sunday service Sunday, March 28.

The play, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will feature First Reformed Church Senior Pastor Brad Veenendaal and Associate Pastor Jeremiah Fyffe playing the roles of Jesus’ disciples Peter and Andrew.

Veenendaal, who plays the role of Peter, says the play offers a modern re-telling of the message contained in several Biblical passages.

“The play takes a modern-day approach to the experiences of Peter and Andrew,” he said. “It follows them, as they discover about who Jesus is.

“It also shows how they learn what it means that Jesus has called them to follow him. I thought those who view it will get a good insight into what it was like for the disciples to follow Jesus.”

The modern-day approach includes the use of casual attire.

“Peter and Andrew were fishermen, so they were basically everyday workers,” Veenendaal said. “In keeping with that theme, the creators of the play wore causal modern-day attire, when they first performed it.

“That is why we will be wearing T-shirts and jeans for the performance,” he said.

Veenendaal believes the special performance of the play will alter the church’s normal two-service schedule.

“We normally have two services each Sunday, so this will be different for those who are with us every week,” he said. “The play will have eight different scenes and will run approximately one hour.

“In between the scenes, several different musical selections will be mixed in, during the breaks. Before the last scene of the play, we will have kids from our church come in with palm branches in celebration of Palm Sunday.”

“Fish Eyes” has been performed at First Reformed Church in the past, but Veenendaal felt this was the right time to bring it back.

“We did this play a couple of years ago, so it isn’t the first time for us,” he said. “I thought it would be a good thing to do again this year, as a way to offer the message in a unique way.”

He invites all community members to attend the special performance.

“I would like to extend an open invitation to anyone in the community, who might be interested in coming to the play,” he said. “It is something a little different that I think will inform and inspire people.”

First Reformed Church is located at 527 Giddings Ave. in Sheboygan Falls. For more information, contact First Reformed Church Senior Pastor Brad Veenendaal at 467-3251.

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