April 19/22, 2018 4th Sunday of Easter
We focus on the great shepherding love of God.
Liturgy: Common Service (p.15)
Hymns: 150 360 375 487v.1 432 436
Psalm: hymn 360 (for Psalm 23)
Lesson: Acts 4:23-33 When the church in Jerusalem heard that Peter and John were ordered not to preach Christ, they prayed that God would give His apostles the boldness to speak the Word to the world, even in the face of danger. The Lord answered their prayer.
Epistle: 1 John 3:1,2 The marvelous love of God has made us His children. We cannot fully grasp the magnitude of our inheritance, but we will when Jesus returns.
Gospel: John 10:11-18 Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd. In contrast to the hired hands, who might abandon the sheep when danger threatens, Jesus lays down His life for his sheep.
Sermon Text: Acts 20:28-21
Shepherds for the Good Shepherd
1. Valuing the flock.
2. Watching for wolves.
3. Trusting grace.
Spring Voters meetings
The proposed 2018_2019 budget will be voted upon at the Sun., April 22, 10:45 AM Spring Voters meeting. Please check the Entryway table, for a copy of that proposed budget. Comments about that budget can be found in the April First Lutheran in Action (FLIA) newsletter.
Election for Council offices will also take place at that April 22 Voters meeting. The offices of President/Shepherding and Spiritual Life are up for election/re-election.
Our adult Bible class will resume on Sun. April 29.
Updated membership list
Please help yourself to an updated membership list on our Entryway table. This list is for members’ use only, and not to be given out to any outside entities. If any corrections need to be made to the information listed, please contact the church office.
Easter breakfast and Lent Meals
Many thanks to Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois, who organized our midweek Lenten meals, and the Easter breakfast. And, thanks to your generous offerings at these meals, $443 has been given to First’s Educational Assistance Fund, to assist students and families with tuition at our WELS grade and high schools, Martin Luther College and WI Lutheran Seminary.
Notes from the April 18 church Council meeting
- The opening devotion was a 15 min. video summarizing the recent demographic study of the WELS, trusting that our risen Savior is still in control of His church. First’s ongoing efforts with delinquent work, outreach, and compassion ministry were noted.
- The financial reports for March 2018 were approved as presented. We’ve been paying major bills for utilities, and now snow removal. Funds will be withdrawn from Short Term asset, as needed. Projections of funds available from our Estate and Endowment funds were also shared.
- Pastor Schleis’ report was accepted as presented. We number about 138 souls, 121 communicants. Pastor will be involved in some children’s baptisms, and a new Bible Information Class, through the BayArea Life Center.
- Oral Shepherding and Spiritual Life reports were accepted as presented. - An oral Properties report was accepted as presented. We’re still trying to get quotes for a professional spring cleaning of the church. Quotes are also being sought concerning landscaping both at the church (south side) and parsonage, and the water problems in the church basement.
Our church secretary is often here on Tuesday and Wednesday late mornings – mid afternoons, doing record keeping, financials, and bulletin and newsletter printing. Pastor Schleis is usually in the office, Mon. – Fri. mornings, 8:30 – 11:45 AM. Please call ahead, to make sure.
Band Concert: FVL Schools Band concert will be held 4/22 at 6PM in the FVL Auditorium. Free will offering will be taken.
FVL International Program: This program needs host families-especially for male students-for the 2018-19 school year. Students stay for 9 months and pay their own expenses, host families receive a stipend. Contact Laura Gucinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FVL Future Freshman Night: This hour-long event focuses on how incoming students can make the most of high school, all incoming new students and their parents are invited as well as those undecided yet.
Thurs. April 19 6:30 PM Worship Service
Usher: David Gierczak
Thurs. /Fri. Apr. 19/20 Shut-In Visits by Pastor
Sat. April 21 8:00 AM LWMS Rally Grace Lutheran, Oshkosh
Sunday, April 22 9:30 AM Worship Service
Ushers: Roger Francois (head),
10:45 AM Spring Voters’ Mtg.
Mon. April 23 9:00 AM Needle Club
Tues. April 23 1:00 PM WMF mtg.
7:00 PM WELS/ELS JT. Outreach , Beautiful Savior
Wed. April 25 5:00 PM Catechism Class
5:30 PM ChristLight
Thurs. April 26 10:00 AM Pastors District Council, Appleton
Sun. April 29 9:30 AM Morning Praise Worship
Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow
10:45 AM Bible Class
Officiant: Pastor Paul Schleis
Organist: Denise Schleis
Sunday Offerings Rec’d Budgeted Variance YTD $78,543.71 $72,523.81 $6,019.99
“If I give all I possess to the poor ...but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1Corinthians13:3)
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)