March 24, 2019                                           3rd Sunday in Lent

Turn from sin, fully confident of the Lord’s deliverance.


Liturgy:        Common Service (p.15)

Hymns:          98v.1-4    302             102v.2-3     473     98v.5-6

Psalm 38 (p. 81)


Christ calls on us to be fruitful followers, and in this lesson He gives us the motivation to do it: our God is the great I AM, the God of the living, the God of deliverance for His people and forgiveness for His children.

The Lord had delivered His people in spectacular fashion. Israel had every reason to trust whole-heartedly in His promises, relying on their rock, the Christ. Yet so many served their own bodies, even seeking the favor of other false gods. Let Israel’s example serve as warning. Turn from temptation, leave sin behind, trust in the Lord’s faithfulness to forgive, bear abundant fruit, and follow the Way out of this world to eternal life.

Traipsing along our journey in the uncertainty of self-righteous self-reliance will only lead to ruin and destruction. Christ calls each of us to closely examine our lives for the fruit of repentance. The gardener is patient and long suffering, but knows well, that a tree without fruit will be cut down. However, bending to the gardener’s hand in true repentance will lead to a fruitful life here and eternal life hereafter.

Sermon Text: EXODUS 3:1-8b, 10-15

I Am Who I Am.

1. The LORD Who never changes.

2. The LORD Who causes changes.

Bible Class: Scouting
We’re wrapping up our Sunday morning (10:45-11:15 AM, Overflow Room, refreshments provided) adult Bible class entitled Devoted: Loving Truth & Loving Souls.   We’ll summarize the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and see how those compare to Biblical Law and Gospel.

After we finish the study of Scouting, we’ll begin a Bible study off of the new WELS Evangelism video To the Ends of the Earth.


Midweek Lenten services – Three Words of Truth
We continue our midweek Lenten services under the theme Three Words of Truth, withour worship this Thurs. March 28 6:30 PM. Pastor Leon Ehlert from Beautiful Savior (WELS) Ashwaubenon will be preaching on Matthew 26:35-41 “Watch and Pray” during our March 28 service. Our adult choir will assist and enhance our worship with a new Psalm from the Christian Worship Supplement book.

Pastor Schleis will be preaching Christ the King (ELS) Howard for their Wed. March 27 service.


Pastors’ Winkel on Tuesday
The German word Winkel means “corner”, and in pastoral circles it refers to gatherings for various reasons. Pastor Schleis has been attending, and will be hosting this Tuesday morning, a Winkel of norther WI pastors, as we’ve been going through a verse by verse study of Luke. The pastors study, discuss various church items, and socialize during the meeting and lunch afterwards.


EHV Bibles
As you might know, Pastor Schleis has been using the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) translation of the Bible for our Scripture readings, and sermon texts. The EHV is a joint, free project of WELS and ELS pastors and professors, under the theme The Wartburg Project. You can check their website, for full details.

Right now, the New Testament and Psalms EHV translation have been produced, and the full Old and New Testaments are scheduled to be printed this summer. Please see the sign-up sheet on the Entryway table, if you’re interested in buying a copy. Please contact Pastor Schleis, if there are any questions.


Building security during services
Even though we’ve had no problems for a number of years, for security reasons the outside doors of church are locked about 15 minutes after the start of the service. Please check with an usher, if you need to go out and come back in after the doors are locked. May the Lord’s holy angels guard and shield us.

Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School News

Sacred Concert: All are invited to attend the FVL Choirs Sacred Concert on Sunday, March 31 at 6PM in the auditorium.

Electronics Recycling: This annual event will be April 12-13. Some costs may apply. Details at as they become available.

Spring Band Concert:  This concert is Sunday, April 14 at 2PM. All are welcome.

Memorial Scholarships: The Ladies Guild Memorial Scholarship offers grants up to $500 to new FVL freshmen or incoming upperclassmen who demonstrate financial need and a love of Christian education. Deadline is April 20. Details at

Summer Camps: Register now for Sport Camps plus options for Art, Engineering, Computer Science and Band. Find out more at and click on “Summer Camps”.


Sun. Mar. 24                9:30 AM          Worship Service

Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow

10:45 AM         Bible Class

Mon. Mar. 25               9:00 AM           Needle Club

Tues. Mar. 26               10:00 AM         Pastors’ Winkel

Wed. Mar. 27                5:00 PM           Catechism Class

                                    5:30 PM           ChristLight

Thurs., Mar. 28           5:30 PM           Choir

                                    6:30 PM           Lenten Worship

Usher: David Gierczak

Fri. Mar. 29                  5:00 PM           BIC

Sun. Mar. 31                9:30 AM          Morning Praise Worship

Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Allan Lemke, Derek Cole, Kevin Cole

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class


Officiant:        Pastor Paul Schleis

Organist:          Sandi Swoboda

Sunday         Offerings Rec’d             Budgeted         Variance 
YTD                 $72,189.70           $65,827.03        $6,362.67
“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”   (2 Corinthians 8:9)


First Ev. Lutheran Church
(Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod) 
743 S. Monroe Ave.   Green Bay, WI      54301

2nd & 3rd Thursdays                           6:30 PM

Sunday Worship                                  9:30 AM

Sunday Bible Class                            10:45 AM

Church Office:  435-7970

Pastor Paul Schleis: 621-0460 (cell phone)

Thursday Worship: 6:30 PM second and third Thursday of the month.

Sunday worship:
9:30 AM

743 S. Monroe Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54301

Pastor Paul D. Schleis

Office: (920) 435-7970
Cell: (920) 621-0460