November 16/19, 2017                   Saints Triumphant

Keep watch. Your Savior will come for you soon!

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

Hymns:         208     206     311     284

Psalm 84 (p.96)           


Lesson: Isaiah 52:1-6       Our God is the Lord of history. He subjugates nations as He wills and redeems His people out of pure grace.

Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18    Jesus' resurrection is the sure foundation of our confidence that those who have "fallen asleep in Him" will participate in the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day.

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13    The parable of the ten virgins calls us to constant vigilance, since the day and hour of our Lord's judgment is not known.


Sermon Text: Matthew 25:1-13

Ready or Not, He’s Coming!

1.  All ten were sleeping.

2.  Five were prepared.

3. The other five were left out.

Saints Triumphant
During this weekend’s services, we’ll remember First’s triumphant saints, those members who passed from this life to eternal life with Jesus during the past 12 months. They are:

   Gladys A. Pagel                   age 94              funeral 06-23-17

   Paul L. Peterson                  age 89              funeral 10-06-17


Blessed are the saints of God;       They are bought with Christ’s own blood.  

They are ransomed from the grave; Life eternal they shall have.

With them numbered may we be     Here and in eternity.          (CW 394:1)

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. We ask Christians from other denominations to kindly respect our practice, and to make an appointment to speak with our Pastor if you have any questions.

Note: for those who have a medical need, gluten-free communion wafers are now available. Please contact Pastor Schleis, if you have that need and desire.


St. Paul 3rd & 4th gr. LES
We welcome the 3rd and 4th gr. class of St. Paul Lutheran Elementary School (WELS) Green Bay and their families this Sunday. The class, under the direction of teacher Gretchen Plitzuweit, will sing Supplement hymn 727 There is a Higher Throne to enhance our worship. Welcome!


WELS Connection
During the gathering of the Offering on Sunday, we’ll view the November edition of the WELS Connection news video. We’ll hear about our Synod’s Commission on Congregational Counseling’s study of church membership.


Sunday Bible Class: Faith, Witness Together
Our Sunday morning Bible classes, 10:45-11:15 AM in the Overflow Room, are 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 how Luther encouraged and influenced congregational worship. Come, join us!


Thanksgiving Day service
Before food and family and football on Thanksgiving Day, come for the food of the Word and fellowship with fellow Christians at our Thanksgiving Day service, Thursday November 23, 9:30 AM. Our adult choir will assist and enhance our worship with a new hymn. As our custom, we’ll also individually bring our thank offerings up to a special altar area table after the sermon.

Feel free to bring any visiting family and friends along for this worship service. If you would need to go to a Wed. evening Thanksgiving service instead, Pastor Schleis can assist you in finding one of our area WELS churches with a Wed. evening service.


Snow shoveling/snow blowing volunteers needed
Please check the Entryway table, for calendar and sign-up sheets for volunteers to help with snow shoveling and snow blowing this winter. We do have the parking lot professionally plowed as needed, and we have two snow blowers and a tractor with a snow blowing attachment that can be used, as needed.


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