February 2019 Newsletter
Adult Bible Class
In February, we’ll resume our Bible study entitled Devoted: Loving Truth & Loving Souls. Last year, we reviewed Biblical fellowship principles, and now we’ll apply those principles to the (hot) topic of Scouting. We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. The planned schedule is:
Feb. 03 Brief History of Boy Scouts
Feb. 10 Chaplains in Boy Scouts
Feb. 17 Lutheranism and Scouting
Feb. 24 Duty to God in Scouting
Men of His Word Conference
The 10th annual Men of His Word Conference will be held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Convention Center in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 09. Please go online at
www.menofhisword.org to register and get details about schedule, sessions, cost, etc.
Grace – Hmong outreach in Vietnam
Our Synod is promoting a special offering from now through June, to (Lord willing) receive special gifts totaling at least $ 2 million, to fund the land purchase, building construction, and the first two years of operational cost for a theological training facility in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Special bulletin and service materials during our Sun. February 10 service will help educate and motivate us with this special offering.
Please see a letter from WELS President Mark Schroeder, later on in First’s newsletter, for more information.
Financial Report for December 2018
Receipts: $ 15,892.20
Disbursements: $ 14,886.00
Checkbook balance (Dec.31) $ 2,049.74*
*Includes $1265 EAF, $-96 of Carillon interest,
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,213.06+
+ $1265 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 15,814.12
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 400,047.03
(CD) $ 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted) $ 85,293.78
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thursday February 21, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9thand Military. We’ll study Numbers 13 and 14, which talk about an unfavorable report from most of the scouts checking out the Promised Land.
Christian Family Seminar February 23
Please check the poster on our Entryway bulletin board, for a Christian family seminar on Sat. February 23 in Clintonville. Pastor Schleis has some more information, if you’re interested.
Martin Luther College Choir Concert
We’re invited to our Martin Luther College (MLC) choir’s sacred concert on Saturday March 02 7:00 PM at St. Paul (WELS) Green Bay.
Lent begins in March
The season of Lent begins “late” in 2019, with Ash Wednesday on March 06. Please check next month’s church newsletter for more details. As usual, we hope to have the ChristLight children and catechism students singing in that Ash Wednesday service. Pastor Schleis plans to be in a five church Lent rotation of preachers, with all the preachers starting out at their “home” churches for Ash Wednesday, and rotating out from there.
Please also 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.
Camp Phillip/Camp Bird summer camps
Our Christ Light and catechism children have just received flyers, and extra flyers and information is 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.
Notes from the January 21-22 Joint Pastoral Conference in Sturgeon Bay
After the opening communion service, the pastors went through presentations on the book of 1 Peter by Pres. Paul Wendland of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS). We were reminded how “foreign” Christians were, and are to secular society. We were also shown the Old Testament quotes and allusions in 1 Peter.
Our District President report mentioned the many pastoral vacancies (119 in Synod, 13 in our District) in our Synod, and the upcoming Northern WI District Pastoral conference with WLS satellite courses this fall at Fox Valley Lutheran High School.
Reports were also given from our Synodical prep high schools, Martin Luther College and WI Lutheran Seminary.
WELS Conference of Presidents 2019 Winter meeting notes:
The COP will work with the Commission on Congregational Counseling to develop guidelines for congregations that are beginning the process of closing or merging. Guidelines will be made available upon request from the district president.
The COP expressed support for the plans of Congregational Services to offer two programs to replace Mission and Ministry Sunday in fall 2019. One program, the Welcome Home initiative featuring a “Welcome Home Sunday” on Oct. 27, will help congregations to seek to regain those who have strayed from active congregational membership.
The COP discussed the importance of encouraging congregations in their efforts to increase Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO). The continuation of vital synodical ministries depends on increasing CMO support from our congregations.
The COP has begun an effort to review the synod’s bylaws dealing with discipline of called workers and congregations, as well as the appeals process. The COP will complete its work in time for the revised process and bylaws to be reviewed by the 2020 district conventions.
The COP expressed support for plans to form an Institute of Lutheran Apologetics (defending the Christian faith and teachings).
The COP reviewed the pastoral vacancies and noted that the overall vacancy rate has remained about the same since its last meeting.
The COP expressed its support for an effort by Congregational Services to assemble a “Rural Ministry Task Force” that will provide ministry resources for rural and small-town congregations.
The annual Congregational Dinner will be held at the Rite Place, 1580 Bellevue St. The date is Sunday, March 10 with fellowship and cocktails at 11:30. Dinner will be Broasted & Baked Chicken and Tenderloin Tips served at noon. There will be a sign up sheet on the Narthex table, please sign up by Sunday, March 3rd. The cost is $18.00 a person including tip. The money will be collected at the door. Come and enjoy good fellowship and a very good dinner!
Spring Rally: The Paperland District Spring Rally will be held April 6 at Trinity in Kaukauna. More information will be available after February Reporter’s meeting.
Dear members of First,
On behalf of the Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM), I want to thank-you for your love and support in sending another box of pill bottles to the Mobile Clinic in Malawi. Their inventory was very low and your box came at a critical time.
Your help, prayers and gifts are very much appreciated. To God be the glory for your service and kindness.
Cheryl Valus, Contact coordinator
Befriend a Mission (BAM):
Churches belonging to LWMS are assigned a Home Mission and a World Mission every two years. We have been assigned as Home Mission, Faith Hmong Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. The missionary is Rev. Pao Moua. The parsonage had minor damage during the earthquake in Anchorage and the church had some minor cracks in the walls but the structures are safe. Attached is some information about Pastor Moua and his family and church.
Our World Mission assignment is Zambia and Pastor John Hartmann. We are hoping to get more information about them and their mission.
As space permits, each month we will feature a missionary wife from either a world or home mission, in the FLIA. This month is Beth Flunker, mother of Pastor Timothy Flunker.
February 7 - Rose Boettcher
February 15 - Clayton Hyde
February 18 - Mia Diaz
February 20 - Ronald M. Vanderheyden
February 21 - Aubrey LeBeau
February 25 - Lollie DeBeck (90)
February 27 - Barbara Vanderheyden
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to:
February 3 - Allan & Florence Lemke (68)
February 14 - Jeff & Lori Rose (38)
February 19 Mark & Bonnie Teuteberg (42)