October 12/15, 2017                                             Pentecost 19

As surely as God calls all to salvation,

He will condemn those who despise the gift of His love.

Liturgy:         Service of Word and Sacrament (p.26)

Hymns:         337     306     317     318

Psalm 25 (p.74)           


Lesson: Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32      God judges everyone justly. No one will be condemned for another's disobedience. Nor will any be saved by another's faith-inspired obedience. The Lord's will is that His people repent of their sins, turn to Him, and be saved.

Epistle: Philippians 2:1-11    By humbly taking on human flesh, laying aside the use of His divine powers, suffering and dying to save us, our Lord Jesus gave us both the motivation and the pattern for humble Christian living.

Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32    The father in this parable tenderly invites his two sons to work in his vineyard. One accepted but did not work. The other refused but changed his mind and did work. By grace, the disobedient enter God's kingdom through repentance and faith.


Sermon Text: Matthew 21:28-32   

Which Son are You?

1.      The unwilling one?

2.      The untruthful one?

3.      The “other” one!

Close Communion
We believe that God comes to us with forgiveness in very tangible means as we participate in Holy Communion. Because the Bible has convinced us that Jesus' body and blood are present in the Lord's Supper, and that receiving this sacrament together is a public statement of complete oneness in our beliefs and commitment, we invite to the Lord's Supper members of First and guests from sister congregations of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod). If you are a member of another Lutheran denomination or another Christian church and would like to commune with us in the future, please speak with our pastor after the service and he would be delighted to explain what that entails. We do look forward to any opportunity to discuss the Christian faith with you.


Open Forum on Sunday
Our fall Open Forum is scheduled for this Sunday, October 15, after the close communion service. All our men and women are invited to come and discuss, as updates of the work done here at First will be given. 


Mission Festival next week
We plan to celebrate our annual Mission Festival next Sunday October 22. Dr. Joel Pless, professor of Theology at WI Lutheran College (WLC) Milwaukee, will be our guest preacher. Dr. Pless’ interest in European and American Lutheranism will also be valuable, as his sermon will combine both mission outreach and Lutheran Reformation themes. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves the church at large in various ways: As a docent for the birthplace of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod, Salem Lutheran Landmark Church, a congregational delegate for the General Board of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, a board member of both the WELS Historical Institute and the Lutheran Historical Conference, and as the coordinator for the Milwaukee Area Biblical Society (MABAS).

Our children (Christ Light and catechism) have been working on singing the first verse of the famous Luther hymn A Mighty Fortress during that service. The adult choir will then sing verses 2-3 of that hymn, and assist the congregation in singing the fourth verse, all off of a special CD accompaniment.

After our Mission Festival/Reformation service, all are invited to our Overflow Room for a special German meal of roast pork, potato salad, spaetzel, chicken dumplings, shredded red cabbage, etc. What a fun way to celebrate our German Lutheran heritage!


New 95 Theses
The Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), made up of 32 churches in our international Lutheran Fellowship, has produced 95 Theses for the 21st Century, outlining basic Biblical Lutheran doctrines. A few copies are available on the Entryway table. Help yourselves!


A “thank you” from New Ulm MN
Thank you everyone from First for all of the support while I am away at Martin Luther College! Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and for the care packages full of snacks and gift cards that you have gathered for me. I will see you all around Thanksgiving time! God’s blessings!

Matthew Spoerl, MLC class of 2020


Theatre Performance: FVL Theatre is performing “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” on Thurs. 10/18 at 7PM, Sat. 10/21 at 4PM and Sun. 10/22 at 2PM. Tickets are available online at fvlhs.org.

FVL Welcome Night: 8th graders and their parents are invited to FVL’s 8thgrade/Parent Welcome Night on Mon. 10/30 from 5-7:30 PM. Join us for food, fellowship and fun. While students enjoy games, competitions and socializing, parents can attend 20 minute info sessions on topics like STEM Academy, the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, Tuition Assistance, Curricular Opportunities and more! Register online @ fvlhs.org.



Thurs. Oct. 12                        6:30 PM          Worship Service w/Communion

Sat. Oct. 14                  9:00 AM           LWMS Rally, St. Paul Algoma

Sunday, Oct. 15           9:30 AM         Worship Service w/Communion

Ushers: Alan Lemke, Lloyd Jastrow

                                    10:45 AM         Fall Open Forum

                                    6:30 PM            Choir

Mon. Oct. 16                9:00 AM           Needle Club

Wed. Oct. 18                5:00 PM            Catechism

                                    5:30 PM            ChristLight

                                    6:30 PM            Church Council

Thurs. Oct. 19                        9:00 AM           Senior Breakfast Bible Study

                                    6:30 PM          Worship Service

Usher: Eric Spoerl

Thurs./Fri. Oct. 19/20                            Shut-In Visits by Pastor

Sun. Oct. 22                9:30 AM         Mission Festival

Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Allan Lemke, Kevin Cole, Derek Cole

                                    11:00 AM         German Mission Fest Meal



Officiant:           Pastor Paul Schleis      

Organist:           Denise Schleis/Sandi Swoboda

Sunday        Offerings Rec’d           Budgeted          Variance
YTD                $25,814.80         $27,196.30        ($1,381.50)
Sun 10/8            $1,255.00          $1,813.10          ($558.10)

“From him and through him and to him are all things.”   (Romans 11:36)


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