March 19, 2017                             3rd Sunday in Lent

The Light of the world brings sight to the blind, and judgment to the blinded.


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

Hymns:         560     343     315     321

Psalm 143 (p. 118)


OT Lesson:  Isaiah 42:14-21       The Lord admonishes Israel, an apostate in her self-wrought spiritual blindness. But grace is also promised. The Lord's Servant will come to lead the blind and turn darkness into light.

Epistle:  Ephesians 5:8-14    Paul uses the metaphor of darkness in characterizing the life of the Ephesians before grace came to them. But the grace of God changed them from children of darkness into children of light.

Gospel:  John 9:1-7,13-17,34-39    Jesus reveals His grace and glory as He heals a man who was born blind. As He does so, He corrects His disciples, who thought some great sin caused the man's physical impairment. In woeful contrast is the willful spiritual blindness of the Pharisees who reject the miracle and its author.


Sermon Text: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

Joseph, Guardian of our Lord

1. He listened to dreams.

2. He lived back home.

Close Communion
We practice Close(d) 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, please speak with the Pastor.


Sunday Bible Class:  Reformation Political Leaders
We continue a series entitled The Word Endures: Lessons from the Lives of Powerful Politicians. Today, we’ll begin to see how God was able to remove opposition from individuals such as Duke George the Bearded and Duke Henry the Pious during the time of Reformation. The classes are held in the Overflow Room, 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM.


Midweek Lenten service
- This Thursday, March 23, 6:30 PM, we’ll continue our midweek Lenten services under the theme Repent: Turn to Jesus. Pastor Schleis’ sermon theme will be: He Longs to Forgive You.

 - Thanks to Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois, we have the Lenten suppers, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, before the midweek Lenten services. A menu/sign up sheet can be found on the Entryway table.


ANA Annual meeting
As a community service, First Lutheran has hosted the annual meeting of the Astor Neighborhood Association (ANA), and we’re invited to attend. That meeting is planned for this Mon., March 20, 6:30 PM, in the church basement (Large Fellowship hall). Free chili and root beer from Titletown Restaurant will be available.


New Luther movie Mon. March 27
A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy on Mon. March 27, 6:30 PM, at Marcus Bay Park Cinema, 755 Willard Dr. Ashwaubenon. The film tells the rousing adventure story that was Martin Luther's life, following his bold quest for truth—a journey that would reshape the church, and the world.

    A trailer for the film can be found at

Unlike traditional movie showings, this screening will only happen if 30 more tickets are reserved before the deadline on March 20. First Lutheran plans to purchase 20 tickets, for members and friends.

You can see more information about the event at

Our friends at Christ the King (ELS), Howard, are arranging for this public showing, and welcome their WELS brothers in sisters in Christ, as well as others to attend.


MLC choir in Algoma
The touring choir of our Martin Luther College (New Ulm MN) will be giving a sacred concert at St. Paul (WELS) Algoma on Sat. April 01, 4:00 PM. We’re invited to attend.


FVL News

Sacred Choir Concert: All are invited to attend the FVL Choir Sacred Concert on Sunday, Apr. 2 at 6PM in the Auditorium. A free will offering will be taken.

FVL Summer Camps: Registration for FVL’S 2017 Summer Camps opens in mid-March. Click on “Youth Sports” link at

FVL International Program: This program needs host families interested in sharing their faith and culture with an international student. Students stay for 9 months and pay their own expenses. Host families receive a stipend to offset costs. Contact Laura Gucinski at

WI. Parental Choice Program: This program offers families the chance to have their FVL tuition fully funded. Applications only until April 20!  Under guidelines, only incoming 9th graders or students transferring from public schools are eligible. Contact Ben Priebe at with questions.



Sun. Mar. 19               9:30 AM         Worship Service w/Communion

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

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class

Mon. Mar. 20                9:00 AM           Needle Club

                                    6:30 PM            ANA annual meeting

Wed. Mar. 22               5:00 PM            Catechism

                                    5:30 PM            ChristLight

Thurs. Mar. 23                       10:00 AM         Angel’s Touch Worship

                                    5:15 PM            Lenten Supper

                                    5:45 PM            Choir Practice

                                    6:30 PM          Lenten Service

Ushers: Eric Spoerl (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow

Thurs. /Fri. Mar. 23/24Shut- In Visits by Pastor

Sat. Mar. 25                                          Ruprecht Shower, Lg. Fellowship hall

Sun. Mar. 26               9:30AM          Worship Service

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

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class


Officiant:          Pastor Paul Schleis       

Organist:           Sandi Swoboda


Sunday            Offerings Rec’d          Budgeted        Variance
YTD                   $270,373.33        $98,849.34     $171,523.99
3/1 &5/2017             $2,841.00         $2,671.62         $169.38


“Greed… is idolatry.”             (Colossians 3:5)




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