September 13/16, 2018                         Pentecost 17

Patient endurance in suffering.


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

Hymns:         438     453     317,318        422

Psalm 116 (p. 107)


Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-10       Jesus Himself is the example of patient endurance in suffering. He listened to the Word of God and obeyed it perfectly. But no one suffered as He did. And what was the outcome of His suffering? In His resurrection He was triumphant both in achieving the divinely ordained goal of our redemption and in deliverance from all sorrow and pain.

Epistle: James 2:1-5,8-10,14-18    God uses the trials of the poor and needy to test the faith of those who love Him. May those in need not be driven to despair of the help of God because we are cold and loveless to them in their need!

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35    He Who suffered the cross for us also has assured us that we too will suffer the cross in consequence of following Him. It is likewise of the devil to expect that it should be otherwise. For to seek or expect escape from our cross ends in a denial of His cross and its saving benefit.


Sermon Text:  Jeremiah 38:1-13

Escape, and Live

1.     Even if captured.

2.     Even if confined.

Fellowship in the Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is being celebrated in our services this weekend. Communicants are to examine themselves before they receive the sacrament. In accordance with the Scriptures, the churches of our WisconsinEvangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) practice close(d) Communion, that is, we celebrate Holy Communion in the close circle and fellowship of those who repent of their sins, believe in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins, and are of one faith and confession with us. Other WELS/ELS communicants in good standing are invited.


Adult Bible Class – Devoted to Fellowship
Adult Bible Classes are held on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room). We’re following a new Synod Bible study on Fellowship and Scouting. We’ll see how our fellowship with God separates us from the darkness of false belief.


WLS Symposium, September 17-18
Pastor Schleis plans to attend a Symposium on Pastor as Shepherd-Leader, Mon. afternoon through Tues. morning, September 17-18, at our Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon. This symposium, primarily for pastors and WLS students, will give presentations on:   Paradigms of Shepherd-Leaders; Shepherd-Leaders under the Cross; The Shepherd-Leader at Work: Moving Forward.  Pastor Schleis plans to stay overnight Mon. night, and be back by mid Tues. afternoon.


Invitations to celebrations:
   St. Paul (WELS) in Green Bay has renovated the lower level of their church and school.  The renovation consists of improved space for Bible study, fellowship events, child care, and storage. It also means new space for an early childhood program for 3K students.  The dedication of this renovated space will take place in St, Paul's fellowship hall on Sunday, September 16th, 11:40 a.m.  A light lunch will be served. All are invited.

   - Mt. Olive (WELS) Suamico would like to welcome us to join them for a special dedication service for their recent building addition and renovations (2460 Mt. Olive Dr, Suamico) on Sunday, September 30 at 4pm with a potluck meal to follow.

   - Christ the King (ELS) 1700 Cardinal Lane Howard invites us to their 25th anniversary celebration on Sun. October 14. Open house 9-10 AM, anniversary service at 10:30 AM, dinner at the Rock Garden at 12:30 PM. Please reply to by October 01, with your name and how many guests would attend the dinner.


Offering counters needed
After MANY years of dedicated service, Don and Roberta Koehler wish to retire from being regular counters of our offerings. The Koehlers are willing to continue for a while, until their replacements can be found. Please check with First’s treasurer Randy Peterman, if you think you could help out. Thanks.


Custodian Position Open: FVL needs a full-time second shift custodian. Main duties include cleaning, floor care and securing entrances, also helping cover FVL weekend events on a rotation basis. Must be able to lift 25-50 lbs. Hours are 1:30PM to 10PM during the School year. Applications are online at Contact FVL’s Facilities Manager at

End of Life Planning: Attorney Tori Kluess and Mr. David Wendland will present another segment of THE WAY Educational Series: End of Life Planning seminar on 9/26 at 10 AM or 6:30 p. Discover the advantages of funeral planning and end-of-life healthcare directives. Learn about life insurance and retirement account designations and their tax ramifications. Contact Robert Fischer at to register.


Thurs. Sept. 13            6:30 PM           Worship Service w/Communion

Usher: Eric Spoerl

Sunday, Sept. 16          9:30 AM          Worship Service w/ communion

Ushers: David Gierczak (head), Allan Lemke, Kevin Cole

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class

Mon., Sept. 17              9:00 AM           Needle Club

Mon.-Tues, Sept. 17-18                         Pastor at WLS Symposium

Wed., Sept. 19              5:00 PM           Catechism Class

                                    5:30 PM           ChristLight

                                    6:30 PM           Church Council Mtg.

Thurs. Sept. 20            6:30 PM           Worship Service

Usher: Roger Francois

                        7:30 PM           BIC II

Thurs./Fri. Sept. 20/21                          Pastor Shut-In Visits

Sun. Sept. 23                9:30 AM          Worship Service

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

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class


Officiant:        Pastor Paul Schleis

Organist:          Denise Schleis

Sunday         Offerings Rec’d            Budgeted        Variance
YTD                 $18,349.00          $19,055.02        ($706.02)
9/9                  $1,653.00           $1,732.32         ($79.32)

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