March 18, 2018                                  5th Sunday in Lent

Jesus puts a new covenant into effect.


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

Hymns:        100     110     312     256v.3-4

Psalm 143 (p.118)


OT Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34  The Lord promises a new covenant for His people, a covenant of the full and free forgiveness of sins. Through this covenant the Lord would set apart a holy people who would know Him fully "from the least of them to the greatest."

Epistle: Hebrews 5:7-9    Jesus was obedient to God's law and His Father's will in order to win salvation for us. He became our eternal High Priest so that He could give God full payment for our sins.

Gospel: John 12:20-33    Jesus' road to glory was the road to the cross. Through His suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus draws all people to Himself.


Sermon Text: Psalm 143

No Charges against Us

1.  Even if we feel charges.

2.  We still put our trust in Him.

We practice Close Communion, the Biblical and ancient practice of the church, celebrating the Lord’s Supper only with those who are one with us in faith and teaching. In this sacrament we are also giving public profession of our doctrinal unity and fellowship. We invite visitors from sister WELS or ELS congregations to join us in the sacrament.


Sunday Adult Bible Class
We continue our video series entitled The Age of Gender Confusion. This series will provide Biblical and rational answers to these morality issues. We’ll look at a Christian man who had thought he was transgender.  We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room.


BALC presentation and potluck TODAY
Our friends from the Bay Area Life Center (BALC), the WELS pro-life group renting one of our school rooms, invite us to a potluck meal in our Large Fellowship Hall (basement) TODAY, 11:30 AM. The social will also give us the opportunity to go over and look at the BALC set-up.

A member of the BALC board has been invited to give a brief presentation about the BALC after church today.


Midweek Lenten service
- This Thursday March 22 6:30 PM, we’ll continue our midweek Lenten services. A pastor from Messiah (WELS Bellevue) will be preaching on Hebrews 1:1-3, Jesus is our Great High Priest.  The Passion History reading will focus on Jesus’ death and burial.

-  Pastor Schleis will be conducting the Thurs. March 22 6:30 PM Lent services at Christ the King (ELS Howard) this week.  

- This Thurs. will be the last of the Lenten suppers, 5:00 – 5:45 PM. A menu/sign up sheet can be found on the Entryway table. Proceeds, after expenses, go to our Education Assistance Fund.


LWMS Mite Boxes
Ladies, if you haven’t done so already, please turn in your offerings in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Mite Boxes by next Sun. March 25 to Dorothy Treptow. Please also watch for more information about the LWMS spring rally in Oshkosh on Sat. April. 21


ANA Annual meeting
As a community service, First Lutheran has hosted the annual meeting of the Astor Neighborhood Association (ANA). That meeting is planned for this Mon., March 19, 6:30 PM, in the church basement (Large Fellowship hall). A major item for neighborhood discussion will be a proposal to make Historic Preservation Committee recommendations mandatory (presently, they are advisory) for building permits.  Free chili and root beer from Titletown Restaurant, and hot dogs from American Foods will be available. We’re invited to attend.

FVL News

WPCP: The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) offers families the opportunity to have their FVL tuition fully funded. Applications are accepted until April 20. Visit for details and eligibility. Email hknoll@fvlhs with questions. Not eligible?  The FVL Tuition Assistance Program is open for applications until 5/4.

Online Giving: FVL’s online “Giving Wednesday” is set for 4/11 to support the Let the Children Come effort. A matching gift fund will be available to maximize gifts given that day. “Text-to-Donate” options and QR code access are already available on the FVL Giving Page at

Roaring Twenties: Come have a Roaring Twenties good time at FVL’s Foxfest 2018 on 4/20 at Liberty Hall. This event helps sponsor many aspects of FVL’s ministry. Basket donations are needed for the silent auction. Call Megan Beyer at 560-5122 to help. Bring any donations to FVL by 4/3.



Sun. Mar. 18                9:30 AM          Worship Service w/Communion

Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Melissa Melotte

10:45 AM         Bible Class

                                    11:15 AM         Choir Practice

                                    11:30 AM         BALC potluck dinner

Mon. Mar. 19               9:00 AM           Needle Club

                                    6:30 PM           ANA annual meeting

Wed. Mar. 21                5:00 PM           Catechism

                                    5:30 PM           Christ Light

                                    6:30 PM           Church Council

Thurs. March 22          5:00 PM           Lenten Supper

                                    6:30 PM           Lent worship w/Communion

Usher: Greg Keiler

Thurs. /Fri. Mar. 22/23                          Shut-In visits by Pastor

Sun. March 25             9:30 AM          Worship Service

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

10:45 AM         Bible Class

11:15 AM         Choir Practice



Officiant:          Pastor Paul Schleis

Organist:          Denise Schleis


Sunday         Offerings Rec’d          Budgeted         Variance
YTD                 $68,815.70        $65,271.41        $3,544.29

3/8, 3/11            $1,897.00         $1,813.10          $83.90

The Son of God loved me and gave himself for me”. (Galatians 2:20)


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