April 2018 Newsletter
Adult Bible Class
We’ll begin a video series entitled Preparing Your Children for the Transgender Revolution. This presentation will especially help our parents of grade school and high school children, in dealing with the transgender issues they may face in the public schools. We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. There will be no adult Bible classes on April 01 (Easter), April 15 (Open Forum) or April 22 (Voters meeting).
Spring Open Forum/Voters meetings
The proposed 2018_2019 budget will be discussed at the Sun., April 15, 10:45 AM Open Forum, and voted upon at the Sun., April 22, 10:45 AM Spring Voters meeting. Election for Council offices will also take place at that April 22 Voters meeting.
2018_2019 Proposed Budget
On the Entryway table you’ll find the Church Council’s proposed budget for the 2018_2019 fiscal year. First Lutheran operates on a fiscal year calendar, which runs from July 1 through June 30. A few notes on that proposed budget:
- Transfers into the budget from Short Term Asset or Estates Fund, if needed to balance the budget, are not listed in this budget.
- Synod and FVL commitments remain the same.
- Utilities remain the same.
- Major building projects/repairs are non-budgetary.
- By Pastor Schleis’ request, his health insurance would go to a higher deductible. Only he is covered by the church. A slight raise for Pastor Schleis’ salary is also proposed.
Feel free to talk to anyone on the Church Council, if you have any questions or concerns.
Elections for Council positions
The positions of President/Shepherding and Director of Spiritual life are up for election/re-election. Roger Francois
(President/Shepherding) is willing to run for re-election. A new Director of Spiritual Life will be needed. Any other interested candidates (confirmed men, 18 years old and up) are asked to contact Pastor Schleis, for details.
We’re very thankful for the men who serve in our leadership positions at First, and who often agree to run for re-election after re-election.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., April 19, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll be studying Exodus 24, where the Law covenant was confirmed with the Israelites. All seniors (of whatever age) are invited.
WELS/ELS Joint Outreach
Beautiful Savior (WELS), on Packerland Dr., will be hosting the quarterly meeting of our WELS/ELS Joint Outreach group on Tues. April 24, 7 PM. This group, made up mostly of laypeople, discusses outreach opportunities in our Green Bay area. All are welcome.
Opportunities for Pastor Schleis’ Spiritual Growth
- A WELS pastoral discussion on stewardship books on Tues. April 10 in De Pere.
- The spring Fox River Valley pastoral conference meeting in New London on April 17. There will be the regular opening communion service, and then presentations on a section of Romans, and determining the directions in divine calls.
- The Northern WI District Council meeting on Thurs. April 26 in Appleton. As circuit pastor of our Green Bay circuit, Pastor Schleis is part of the District Council.
Notes from the March 21 Council mtg.:
Pastor Schleis’ opening devotion, based on John 18:37-38, addressed the false idea “there is no such thing as truth.”
The minutes, and financial reports from February 2018 were accepted as presented. The Council assembled a proposed 2018-2019 budget, to be discussed at the April 15 Open Forum and voted upon at the April 22 Voters meeting.
Pastor Schleis’ report was accepted as presented. The request by Troy Heuvelmans to transfer his membership to St. Mark (WELS) De Pere was accepted. We number about 136 souls, 122 communicants.
Oral shepherding, Spiritual Life, and Properties reports were accepted as presented. A printed version of a presentation given at last year’s Synod convention concerning WELS
membership concerns was distributed, to be read by the April 18 Council meeting. The Council proposes again to hire help for spring inside church cleaning. Church basement water leaks and estimates for new landscaping at areas of the church and parsonage will be researched.
Camp Phillip/Camp Bird summer camps
Flyers and information are available in the church Entryway, about the following WELS summer camps:
- Camp Bird, for 5th – 8th graders, various camps in July, up in Crivitz.
- Camp Phillip, for almost all ages and many specialties, throughout the summer, down and over in Wautoma. First Lutheran is part of the Camp Phillip federation, and thus gets a discount for our campers.
Both camps are excellent, Christ-centered, well - run, and fun camps for our children and teens.
If you are ever hospitalized, please contact Pastor Schleis as soon as possible, so he can come to visit. The hospitals themselves do not always contact him in a timely manner.
Please check the bulletin insert in our Easter Sunday church bulletin, for recent information on our Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School remodeling/expansion program entitled Let the Children Come. Groundwork has already begun, and the plan is to have everything ready for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, when enrollment is projected to be over 660 students! Supporters can donate online, or through church offerings.
Another bulletin insert, in the Sun. April 08 bulletin, will talk about a special April 11 “Giving Wednesday”, which will begin the efforts for cash gifts in hand of $1M by the beginning of September.
A special newsletter with giving requests for special projects at FVL is posted on the Entryway bulletin board.
A mortgage burning service (anticipating the full payoff of the present Growing in Grace building debt, still a little over $200,000) is planned for June 10 at 2 PM.
Financial Report for February 2018
Receipts: $ 14,080.37
Disbursements: $ 9,837.00
Checkbook balance (Feb.28) $ 8,112.10*
*Includes $1317 EAF, $312 of Carillon interest,
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,177.77+
+ $1317 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 27,526.21
Estates Fund (undesignated) $ 413,278.40
(CD) $ 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted) $ 84,809.15
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR APRIL CELEBRANTS!
Molly Cole April 3
Joyce Teuteberg April 4 (86)
Allan Lemke April 5 (88)
Tim Juroff April 9
Marvin Rose April 9 (89)
Judith Keyzer April 13
Eloise Habeck April 15
Kim Haworth April 15
Jennifer Schleis April 22
NolanVanderheyden April 23
Jeffrey Rose April 26
Timothy Maes April 28
Alex Armbruster April 28
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO:
April 5 - Darren & Angela Vanderheyden- 21 years
April 12 – Tim and Melissa Watermolen 4 years
April 19- James & Fay Okrasinski 49 years
April 22 – Keith & Susan Obermiller 12 years
April 24 - Craig & Ashley Lohrengel 8 years