December 10, 2017                                            Advent 2

John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ.

Liturgy:        Common Service (p.15)

Hymns:          20      16      8v.2    5        21

Psalm 85 (p.97)         


Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11      God wants His people comforted. He calls Isaiah to cry out with the message: "All men are like grass . . . but the Word of our God stands forever."

Epistle: 2 Peter 3:8-14    Peter describes the Lord's patience, His desire for man's repentance, and His sudden return.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8    John's rough garments and rough lifestyle were in line with his rough message. He was the second Elijah, sent to fill the ditches of despair and level the mountains of pride to make a smooth highway for the King to enter human hearts.

Sermon Text: Isaiah 40:1-11

Here is your God!

                1. You’ll find Him in the wilderness.
                2. You’ll find Him with the lambs.


Close Communion
Out of sincere love for the truth of God’s Word and precious souls, we practice closed Communion here at First. This has been the practice of Christians for centuries and is thoroughly scriptural. It judges the heart of no one, yet expects that there be full doctrinal agreement among those who commune. For this reason we ask that only communicant members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) join us for the Lord’s Supper today. If you have any questions about this or any other matter of the Christian faith, please feel free to speak with Pastor Schleis.


Sunday Bible Class: Confidence drawn from Scripture
We continue our Sunday morning Bible classes, 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. Those classes have been entitled Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture, and have been bases off of video vignettes from the new Luther movie “A Return to Grace.” This Sunday’s Bible class will consider the confidence Luther had from Scripture. Snacks and liquid refreshments will be served. Come, join us!


Advent Worship
We’ll continue our special midweek Advent services this Thursday December 14 at 6:30 PM, in the Overflow Room. The theme for these services will be Psalms of Hope. Pastor Schleis will be the preacher this week. We’ll celebrate Close Communion on December 14. Our adult choir has practices the evenings before the Advent services.

St. Paul has its Advent services on the previous Wednesdays, 8:30 AM & 6:30 PM. First’s members are invited to attend St. Paul’s services, as their members are always welcome to attend our services. The same preacher and sermon will be at both places each week.

Also, please note the Advent envelopes in our offering envelope packs run a week earlier than we’ve planned this year. Feel free to correct the dates on the envelopes.


Sign Up sheets
There are some signup sheets on the Entryway table. One is for providing a poinsettia for church decoration on Christmas Eve and Day. The other sheet is for providing items for the children’s Christmas bags.  If you’d like to help, please sign up on either/both sheets by next Sunday (December 17), and bring the Christmas bag “goodies” by then. Thanks.


MLC InFocus
We’ve received a few free copies of the fall 2017 edition of the InFocus magazine from our WELS college of ministry, Martin Luther College (MLC) in New Ulm MN. There are a number of short, inspiring articles of studies and activities of students and faculty alike, as well as some glimpses into MLC’s past as Dr. Martin Luther College (DMLC) and Northwestern College (NWC). The magazines are on the Entryway table. Please help yourselves.


FVL Musicfest 2018: This event will be held 1/28/18 with performances beginning at noon. Doors will open at 11:30AM. Musicfest is currently seeking items or basket donations for the Silent Auction. Interested in helping?  Info at or call Megan Beyer at 920-560-5122. Please bring donations the FVL school office by 1/5.

FVL Choirs: The Choirs invite you to attend their annual Christmas Concert on 12/17 at 4pm. The concert is free and open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.





Sunday, Dec. 10           9:30 AM          Worship Service w/communion

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

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class – Luther

Mon. Dec. 11                9:00 AM           Needle Club

Tues. Dec. 12               9:30 AM           GB Pastors’ Circuit Mtg.

                                    6:30 PM           Shepherding

Wed. Dec. 13                1:45 PM           Church Tour                

                                    5:00 PM           Catechism       

                                    5:30 PM           Christ Light                 

Thurs. Dec. 14             10:00 AM         Parkview Manor Worship

                                    5:30 PM           Choir

                                    6:30 PM           Advent Worship w/ communion

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

Sun., Dec.17                 9:30 AM          Worship Service w/communion

Ushers: David Gierczak (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class- Luther

Officiant:        Pastor Paul Schleis

Organist:          Denise Schleis


Sunday         Offerings Rec’d         Budgeted      Variance
YTD                 $41,755.75       $41,701.11        $54.65
11/26, 11/23,        $5,409.22        $3,626.20     $1,783.02


“Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)                           

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