March 2019 Newsletter
MLC choral concert at St. Paul March 02
The Martin Luther College (MLC) choir of New Ulm MN will present a sacred concert on Saturday March 02 7:00 PM at neighboring St. Paul Lutheran Church here in Green Bay. This concert is one of several the choir is presenting as part of their spring touring schedule. The public is invited to attend. A freewill offering will be gathered to assist with travel expenses for the choir.
Adult Bible Class
In March we’ll continue our Bible study entitled Devoted: Loving Truth & Loving Souls. We’re applying Biblical fellowship principles to the topic of Scouting. We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. The planned schedule is:
Mar. 03 Chaplains in Boy Scouts
Mar. 10 Lutheranism and Scouting
Mar. 17 Duty to God in Scouting
Mar. 24 Scout Oath and Law
Three Words of Truth - Lent
We begin our midweek Lenten services and sermons under the theme Three Words of Truth, starting with Ash Wednesday close communion worship on Wed. March 06 6:30 PM, and then continuing with Thursday evening worship, also at 6:30 PM, all in the main worship area.
The sermon themes for Lent in March will be:
Wed. March 06 Is It I?
Thurs. March 14 Take Him Away!
Thurs. March 21 What Is Truth?
Thurs. March 28 Watch and Pray
Our ChristLight and catechism students have been practicing hymn verses they will be singing during the Ash Wednesday service. We want our youth, and their parents, to see the importance of learning the Passion History during our midweek services. Supper will be provided for the students on Ash Wednesday.
Our adult choir will be singing some special music during these midweek services, and have practices before most of the Thursday services.
Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois are coordinating and serving special Lenten suppers (scaled back to Ash Wednesday and April 11 evenings), in the Overflow Room, 5:30-6:00 PM. Menu sign-up sheets will be posted on the Entryway table. Proceeds from the freewill offerings (after expenses) will go to our Education Assistance Fund.
Please check the Entryway bulletin board, for a poster advertising a WELS Women’s retreat, March 8-10, in Oshkosh. Check the website http://pathwaystochrist.org for more information, and registration options.
First’s annual Congregational Dinner will be held at the Rite Place, 1580 Bellevue St, on Sunday, March 10 with fellowship and cocktails at 11:30AM. Dinner will be broasted & baked Chicken and Tenderloin Tips served at noon. There is a sign-up sheet on the Narthex table, so please sign up by Sunday, March 3rd. The cost is $18.00/person including tip. The money will be collected at the door. Come and enjoy good fellowship and a very good dinner!
Financial Report for January 2019
Receipts: $ 8,694.58
Disbursements: $ 9,055.00
Checkbook balance (Jan.31) $ 1,170.52*
*Includes $1166 EAF, $139 of Carillon interest,
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,213.06+
+ $1166 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 13,814.12
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 358,215.61
(CD) $ 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted) $ 81,292.25
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., March 21, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll be studying Numbers 16, which talks about Korah’s rebellion.
Come, join us for food for souls and body.
New Membership listings
Help yourself to a copy of an updated membership list, found on the Entryway table. Please check over your and your family’s information, and inform the church office of any changes needed.
Hmong Outreach in Vietnam
Last month we had the opportunity to hear about and pray about our Synod’s new Hmong Outreach efforts in Vietnam. Full color brochures, including an offering envelope, were placed in our church mailboxes. If you would so wish to contribute toward this effort, please follow the instructions printed on that special envelope.
Information from Pastor Nathan Nass, concerning St. Paul’s Food Pantry
St. Paul (WELS) Green Bay has operated a monthly food pantry for a number of years on the 2nd Friday of each month. Our other WELS/ELS congregations have supported our pantry with food donations in the past - often at Thanksgiving or Christmas time. Thank you! We used to average about 3-5 families per month on our food pantry day.
We've been having 25 or more families come each month. This is great! There certainly is a need for food for these families, and it's been a great opportunity for our members to share what God has given them. We now anticipate serving 25 or more families each month with our food pantry. That means that we will need constant donations of food on a monthly basis to provide for those in need. If members in your congregation have a special concern for sharing with those in need, please let them know about our pantry and about the large increase in the number of people we have been able to serve. We would be happy to accept food donations from your churches at any time during the year, and I can confidently say that whatever food is donated will be shared within a month with those in need. The families who come have come from all over the Green Bay area, including De Pere and Suamico. Our food pantry is held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
My joy at our pantry is the chance to share a brief devotion with families before they receive their food. All 27 families this past Friday sat and talked with me in small groups - some in English and some in Spanish - and heard about God's love for them in Jesus
FVL videos on Facebook and YouTube
FVL's Communications Office has implemented a new strategy in producing and sharing videos with supporters. Their goal is to better serve and communicate with all our Federation churches and schools.
Beginning in January, FVL has produced videos in house and sharing them via their social media channels. These will be short videos that share different aspects of their ministry. With families looking more and more for video content vs. print content, FVL feels this is the right time to make this move. Their plan is to produce a new video every month or two.
Here are the links:
The first video highlights the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program and what it has meant to Federation families.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR MARCH BIRTHDAYS!
Mar. 4 Joseph Haworth
Mar. 7 Lloyd Jastrow (88)
Mar. 10 Carley Lohrengel
Mar.14 Nancy Francois
Mar.16 John Francois
Mar. 26 Laura Bursa
Mar. 28 Ruth Bruhn (91)
Mar. 30 Noah Brault
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MARCH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORS!
Mar. 18 Irving & Carol Hansen 23 years
LWMS: Located in this newsletter is info about two upcoming LWMS events. The first is the Spring Rally held at Trinity in Kaukauna on Saturday, April 6th. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex for carpooling. The second event is the 56th annual LWMS Convention. This large convention will be June 27-30 in Des Moines, Iowa. There is more info available, see our reporter, Dorothy Treptow.