October 12/15, 2017 Pentecost 19
As surely as God calls all to salvation,
He will condemn those who despise the gift of His love.
Liturgy: Service of Word and Sacrament (p.26)
Hymns: 337 306 317 318
Psalm 25 (p.74)
Lesson: Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32 God judges everyone justly. No one will be condemned for another's disobedience. Nor will any be saved by another's faith-inspired obedience. The Lord's will is that His people repent of their sins, turn to Him, and be saved.
Epistle: Philippians 2:1-11 By humbly taking on human flesh, laying aside the use of His divine powers, suffering and dying to save us, our Lord Jesus gave us both the motivation and the pattern for humble Christian living.
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32 The father in this parable tenderly invites his two sons to work in his vineyard. One accepted but did not work. The other refused but changed his mind and did work. By grace, the disobedient enter God's kingdom through repentance and faith.
Sermon Text: Matthew 21:28-32
Which Son are You?
1. The unwilling one?
2. The untruthful one?
3. The “other” one!
We believe that God comes to us with forgiveness in very tangible means as we participate in Holy Communion. Because the Bible has convinced us that Jesus' body and blood are present in the Lord's Supper, and that receiving this sacrament together is a public statement of complete oneness in our beliefs and commitment, we invite to the Lord's Supper members of First and guests from sister congregations of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod). If you are a member of another Lutheran denomination or another Christian church and would like to commune with us in the future, please speak with our pastor after the service and he would be delighted to explain what that entails. We do look forward to any opportunity to discuss the Christian faith with you.
Open Forum on Sunday
Our fall Open Forum is scheduled for this Sunday, October 15, after the close communion service. All our men and women are invited to come and discuss, as updates of the work done here at First will be given.
Mission Festival next week
We plan to celebrate our annual Mission Festival next Sunday October 22. Dr. Joel Pless, professor of Theology at WI Lutheran College (WLC) Milwaukee, will be our guest preacher. Dr. Pless’ interest in European and American Lutheranism will also be valuable, as his sermon will combine both mission outreach and Lutheran Reformation themes. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves the church at large in various ways: As a docent for the birthplace of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod, Salem Lutheran Landmark Church, a congregational delegate for the General Board of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, a board member of both the WELS Historical Institute and the Lutheran Historical Conference, and as the coordinator for the Milwaukee Area Biblical Society (MABAS).
Our children (Christ Light and catechism) have been working on singing the first verse of the famous Luther hymn A Mighty Fortress during that service. The adult choir will then sing verses 2-3 of that hymn, and assist the congregation in singing the fourth verse, all off of a special CD accompaniment.
After our Mission Festival/Reformation service, all are invited to our Overflow Room for a special German meal of roast pork, potato salad, spaetzel, chicken dumplings, shredded red cabbage, etc. What a fun way to celebrate our German Lutheran heritage!
New 95 Theses
The Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), made up of 32 churches in our international Lutheran Fellowship, has produced 95 Theses for the 21st Century, outlining basic Biblical Lutheran doctrines. A few copies are available on the Entryway table. Help yourselves!
A “thank you” from New Ulm MN
Thank you everyone from First for all of the support while I am away at Martin Luther College! Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and for the care packages full of snacks and gift cards that you have gathered for me. I will see you all around Thanksgiving time! God’s blessings!
Matthew Spoerl, MLC class of 2020
Theatre Performance: FVL Theatre is performing “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” on Thurs. 10/18 at 7PM, Sat. 10/21 at 4PM and Sun. 10/22 at 2PM. Tickets are available online at fvlhs.org.
FVL Welcome Night: 8th graders and their parents are invited to FVL’s 8thgrade/Parent Welcome Night on Mon. 10/30 from 5-7:30 PM. Join us for food, fellowship and fun. While students enjoy games, competitions and socializing, parents can attend 20 minute info sessions on topics like STEM Academy, the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, Tuition Assistance, Curricular Opportunities and more! Register online @ fvlhs.org.
Thurs. Oct. 12 6:30 PM Worship Service w/Communion
Sat. Oct. 14 9:00 AM LWMS Rally, St. Paul Algoma
Sunday, Oct. 15 9:30 AM Worship Service w/Communion
Ushers: Alan Lemke, Lloyd Jastrow
10:45 AM Fall Open Forum
6:30 PM Choir
Mon. Oct. 16 9:00 AM Needle Club
Wed. Oct. 18 5:00 PM Catechism
5:30 PM ChristLight
6:30 PM Church Council
Thurs. Oct. 19 9:00 AM Senior Breakfast Bible Study
6:30 PM Worship Service
Usher: Eric Spoerl
Thurs./Fri. Oct. 19/20 Shut-In Visits by Pastor
Sun. Oct. 22 9:30 AM Mission Festival
Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Allan Lemke, Kevin Cole, Derek Cole
11:00 AM German Mission Fest Meal
Officiant: Pastor Paul Schleis
Organist: Denise Schleis/Sandi Swoboda
Sunday Offerings Rec’d Budgeted Variance YTD $25,814.80 $27,196.30 ($1,381.50) Sun 10/8 $1,255.00 $1,813.10 ($558.10)
“From him and through him and to him are all things.” (Romans 11:36)
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)