January 11/14, 2018                          2nd Sun. after Epiphany

God shows Himself and calls us to serve Him.


Liturgy:        Common Service (p. 15)     

Hymns:        283     86     83v.3    313     249

Psalm 67 (p. 91)


OT Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-10       God reveals Himself at an important turning point in Israel's history and calls Samuel to the prophetic office.

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20    Paul warns Christians about perverting Christian liberty into sexual immorality. We use our bodies to show that we belong to Christ and to show that the Holy Spirit lives in us.

Gospel: John 1:43-51    As Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael to follow him, He shows His divine knowledge of all things and promises His disciples that they will see even greater things. They respond by following His call and by sharing the good news with others.


Sermon Text: John 1:43-51

See the Call of the Lord.

1.    See what He saw.

2.    See what we’ll see.

Celtic Communion Invitation

This is the Table of the Lord.

It is made ready for those who love and for those who want to love more.

So come, you who have much faith and you who have little;

you who have been here often and you who have not been here long;

you who have tried to follow and you who have fallen short.

Come because it is the Risen Christ who invites you.

It is the Risen Christ Who wants to meet you here.


Quarterly meetings
Our winter Open Forum is scheduled for this Sunday, January 14, after the close communion service. We’ll discuss various ministry activities and projects here at First. All our confirmed members, men and women, are invited to come and participate.

Our winter Voters meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, January 21, also after the close communion service. We’ll handle membership changes at this meeting, along with other regular business.


WELS/ELS Joint Outreach meeting
About every three months, laypeople (men and women) and called workers from the WELS and ELS churches of our general Green Bay area have a joint outreach meeting. In this informal setting, we discuss outreach opportunities our individual churches are using, and discuss any potential joint efforts.  First Lutheran will host the next Joint Outreach meeting, scheduled for this Tues. January 16 6:30 PM, in the Overflow Room.  All are invited.


Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., January 18, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. In our study of Exodus 22 we’ll read about laws protecting property, and social responsibility. All seniors (you decide the age) are invited.


BALC moving in!
Our area WELS Bay Area Life Center (BALC) was given permission by First’s Council to move into one of First’s School rooms by the end of this month. The BALC is connected with the WELS Lutherans for Life organization, and works to counsel mothers away for abortions. The BALC had been renting facilities across from St. Paul (WELS) here in Green Bay, but feels our location can give them more room, and better visibility. The BALC will be providing $200/mo. for utilities. We welcome them!


Special Offering Envelopes
In the new 2018 offering envelope packs, we have two special offering envelopes you may wish to consider. The first one, for an initial offering, helps cover the cost of printing the offering envelope packs for every communicant member/couple. The second envelope, for the Educational Assistance Fund, funds grants to our students for tuition at our WELS Lutheran Elementary and High Schools, Martin Luther College (Worker Training College), and our WI Lutheran Seminary.


Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School notes:

FVL Hiring: FVL is hiring two staff positions. Applications are being accepted for an Academic Resource Center Assistant and a 2nd shift custodian. Visit fvlhs.org for details and descriptions and applications.

FVL Musicfest 2018: These performances will begin at noon on Sunday 1/28 and run until 4PM. Doors open at 11:30 AM. We are currently seeking items and basket donations for the Silent Auction. Info at www.fvlhs.org/fvl-musicfest or call Megan Beyer at 920-560-5122. Please bring all donations to the school office prior to 1/5.




Thurs. Jan. 11             6:30 PM           Worship Service w/Communion

Usher: Eric Spoerl

Sun., Jan. 14                9:30 AM          Worship Service w/Communion

Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Allan Lemke, Kevin Cole, Derek Cole

                                    10:45 AM         Winter Open Forum

Tues. Jan 16                 6:30 PM           GB WELS Joint Outreach at First

Wed. Jan. 17                 5:00 PM           Catechism

                                    5:30 PM           ChristLight

                                    6:30 PM           Church Council

Thurs. Jan 18              9:00 AM           Senior Breakfast/Bible Study

                                    6:30 PM           Worship Service w/Communion

Usher: David Gierczak

Thurs. /Fri.  Jan. 18/19                          Shut-In visits by Pastor

Sun., Jan. 21                9:30 AM          Worship Service w/Communion

Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Keith Obermiller, Melissa Melotte

            10:45 AM         Winter Voters’ Meeting



Officiant:          Pastor Paul Schleis

Organist:          Denise Schleis/Sandi Swoboda


Sunday         Offerings Rec’d        Budgeted         Variance
YTD                 $51,184.75      $48,953.51        $2,231.24
1/7                  $2,088.00       $1,813.10          $274.90

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”  (2 Corinthians 9:15)


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