April 16, 2017                       9:30 AM                 Easter Sunday  

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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

Hymns:         163     720 (Verse)   157   152   Now the Vault

Psalm 118 (p.108)


OT Lesson: Jonah 2:2-9  Jonah prays to God from within the fish that had swallowed him. Jesus makes clear (Mt 12:40; 16:4; Lk 11:29-32) that Jonah's "entombment" within the fish is a type of His own entombment. Just as the Lord heard Jonah and delivered him, so also Jesus did not remain in the prison of the tomb, but was raised to life.

Epistle: Colossians 3:1-4    Paul draws the intimate connection between the life of the believer and the life of Christ. As Christ has been raised and is seated at the right hand of God, so believers ought to "set [their] hearts on things above," for there their life truly is.

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10    Matthew recounts the resurrection appearance of the Savior to the women who had gone out to the tomb early Easter morning.


Sermon Text:  Luke 24:1-8

Repent: Turn to Jesus for Resurrection and Life

Special Easter music
-   In place of a spoken Verse of the Day, we’ll use hymn 720, with the choir singing verses 1 and 4, and the congregation joins the choir on verse 7.

- The final hymn Now the Vault is new sample music from our Synod’s Hymnal committee. This hymn is on an insert in today’s service folder. The melody is familiar. The choir will sing verses one and three, the Congregation verses two and four.

- Many thanks to our choir members Lollie Debeck, Sue Frizzo, Karen Gierczak, Penny Patterson, Denise Schleis, Pastor Schleis (director) and Dorothy Treptow for enhancing our worship today, and throughout the Lenten season.


Close Communion
We practice close Communion. This means that we invite to commune with us only those who are members of this  congregation or members of another congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). By so doing, we are being faithful to the Lord’s teaching about his Holy  Supper. He teaches that those who commune together express their agreement with all his teachings
(1 Corinthians 10:17). Sadly, all Christians are not in complete agreement because of false teachings. By not  inviting Christians outside our fellowship to commune with us, we avoid an expression of unity where it does  not exist. If you have questions concerning this practice, Pastor Schleis would be happy to arrange a time to discuss this Scriptural doctrine and practice.


Easter breakfast and Lent Meals
Many thanks to Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois, who organized our midweek Lenten meals, and today’s Easter breakfast. Proceeds from these meals, after expenses, will go to First’s Educational Assistance Fund, to assist students and families with tuition at our WELS grade and high schools, Martin Luther College and WI Lutheran Seminary.


Spring Open Forum/Voters meetings
The proposed 2017_2018 budget will be discussed at the Sun., April 23, 10:45 AM Open Forum, and voted upon at the Sun., April 30, 10:45 AM Spring Voters meeting. Also to be discussed at the Open Forum will be management of another generous gift from the Dave Robinson estate, and a proposal for a digital sign in front of church. Election for Council offices will also take place at that April 30 Voters meeting.


Joint Outreach meeting this Tuesday
The next quarterly outreach meeting of our area WELS and ELS churches is planned for this Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 PM, at Christ the King (ELS) in Howard. Pastor Schleis plans to attend, and he’d be happy to take anyone interested along.


On Wednesday April 26, at 6:30 PM, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (2160 Packerland Dr., Ashwaubenon) will be hosting GRIEFSHARE, a Bible-based 13 week support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is led by WELS people who want to offer you Biblical comfort and encouragement during this difficult time of grief. Please call 920-499-7405 for information. Brochures are available in one of racks in the church Entryway.

FVL News

International Program: This program has many applicants for the 2017- 2018. Warm & welcoming host families are needed. Students pay their own  expenses.  A $6000 stipend is provided to offset costs. Contact Laura Gucinski (lgucinski@fvhs.org) or 560-5186.

Tuition Assistance & School choice: The window to apply for FVL’S tuition Assistance Program is open until May 5. All applications are handled through FACTS, FVL’s tuition management service. Also, be sure to check eligibility for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. WPCP applications are due April 20.Go to fvlhs.org for info and links.  Questions, contact Heather Knoll at 739-4441 (hknoll@fvlhs.org.)

Summer Camps: Register now for FVL’s 2017 Summer Camps! Offerings

Include sports camps and others including STEM & Art. Click on “2017

Summer Camp” link at fvlhs.org.


Sun. April 16   8:00 AM           Easter Breakfast                        

                        9:30 AM         Easter Worship Service  w/Communion

Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Melissa Melotte, Eric Spoerl

Mon. April 17    9:00 AM           Needle Club

Wed. April 19   5:00 PM            Catechism

                        5:30 PM            ChristLight

                        6:30 PM            Church Council

Thurs. April 20 10:00 AM       Parkview Manor Worship

                        1:00 PM            Angel’s Touch Worship

                        6:30 PM          Worship Service

Usher: Eric Spoerl

Thurs.-Fri. Apr. 20-21               Shut-In visits by Pastor

Sat. April 22      8AM-12:30 PM LWMS Spring Rally, Martin Luther, Neenah

Sun. April 23   9:30AM          Worship Service                    

Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow

                        10:45 AM         Open Forum

Officiant:          Pastor Paul Schleis       

Organist:           Denise Schleis


Sunday     Offerings Rec’d         Budgeted        Variance
YTD            $458,472.43      $112,207.44     $346,264.99
4/9              $1,207.00        $2,671.62      ($1,464.62)


“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:6)



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