December 2017 Newsletter
As we begin a new church year, we’ve also begin a new series of Scripture readings and sermons, the Inter Lutheran Commission on Worship (ILCW) B series, followed by many Lutheran churches. That series may be found on p. 164 in the front of our hymnals. Pastor Schleis’ sermon will often be one of the three readings, or it may be from a Christian Worship Supplement (CW-S) alternate. We’ll continue to use the readings from the new Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) translation. More information can be found on the EHV website www.wartburgproject.org
We plan to begin our special midweek Advent services on Thursdays December 07, 14, 21 at 6:30 PM, in the Overflow Room. The theme for these services will be Psalms of Hope. Pastor Schleis will alternate with Pastors Zabell and Cherney at St. Paul (WELS), Green Bay.
We’ll celebrate Close Communion on December 07 and 14. Our adult choir will have practices, 5:30-6:00 PM, the evenings of the Advent services.
Also, please note the Advent envelopes in our offering envelope packs run a week earlier than we’ve planned this year. Feel free to correct the dates on the envelopes.
Financial Report for October 2017
Receipts: $ 13,100.78
Disbursements: $ 10,969.00
Checkbook balance (Oct.31) $ 5,877.96*
*Included $1007 EAF, $226 Carillon interest
Educational Assistance Fund (WELS CD)
$1007 due from the General Fund $ 4,141.77
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 89,511.23
(WELS Balanced,undesignated) $350,925.94
(CD, undesignated) $162,000.00
Endowment (WELS Balanced, restricted) $ 82,023.52
St. Paul will have its Advent services on the previous Wednesdays, 8:30 AM & 6:30 PM. First’s members are invited to attend St. Paul’s services, as their members are always welcome to attend our services. The same preacher and sermon will be at both places each week.
Bible Class – Reformation: Scripture
These follow our Sun. churches services, from about 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. We conclude a study entitled Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture, which helps deepen our understanding of Lutheran Reformation history and connect us with what the Lutheran churches believes, teaches and practices today.
A special feature of this Bible study is the short video vignettes from the recent film A Return to Grace: Luther’s Lie and Legacy. Thos vignettes will be shown during the preservice Power Point presentations on Sundays, and also during the Bible classes. Our schedule is:
Sun. Dec. 03 Scripture Alone
Sun. Dec. 10 Confidence from Scripture
Sun. Dec. 17 Power of the Word
Sun. Dec. 24 Bible for the People
Christmas Eve service program
As we’ve done in the past, our Sun. December 24, Christmas Eve service will have special participation from our children, male leaders, and adult choir. Pastor Schleis has assembled our Christmas Eve service program and distributed it in our ChristLight and catechism classes.
Mass rehearsals for the children are scheduled for Sun., December 03, 10:30-11:30 AM, and Wed. December 20, 6:30-7:30 PM. We’ll have some sort of supper for the children before the Wed. December 20 practice, since they’re already here for catechism and Christ Light earlier.
As in the past, we’ll have a sign-up sheet in the Entryway for anyone wishing to donate items for the children’s Christmas bags. Because of concerns with allergies, we ask that there be no nuts/peanuts donated.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., December 21, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. In our study of Exodus 22, we’ll see protection of property and social responsibility.
- Our Christmas Eve service, with participation by children, choir, male lectors, and congregation, is scheduled for Sunday December 24, 6:30 PM.
- Our Christmas Day Song service is scheduled for Mon. December 25, 9:30 AM.
NOTE: We encourage all our members, especially our families with children, to plan to be here, or somewhere, for worship on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. Since Christ comes to us only through His Word and Sacraments, “keep Christ in Christmas” in church!
- Our New Year’s Eve Day Close Communion service is scheduled for Sunday December 31, 9:30 AM. Please note the morning time.
NOTE: The service schedule this year will mean that there will be separate services on Sun. Dec. 24 morning and evenings, Mon. Dec. 25 morning, and Sun. Dec. 31 morning. There will be no late afternoon New Year’s Eve service this year.
Please keep our shut-ins in your prayers, letters, and visits:
Century Ridge Asst. Living
Green Bay WI
1276 Hannah St.
Green Bay WI
Kabat, Arlene (turning 100!)
425 Gray St.
Green Bay, WI 54303
c/o Wayne (Dawn) Kelm
4117 White Pine Dr.
Green Bay WI 54313
Bornemann Nursing Home
Green Bay WI 54302
246 Berger St.
Green Bay WI 54302
Teuteberg, Joyce (mother) and Mark (son)
Odd Fellows Nursing Home
Vanderheyden, Barb (mother) and Ronnie (son)
438 S. Baird St.
Green Bay, WI 54301
In the military:
PFC Benjamin Porod (daughter Paislee)
4409 Cabruan Hills, Loop 5
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
NOTE: Our Christ Light and catechism students will be sending church Christmas cards to our serviceman Ben Porod. Our members are invited to do so as well, with the church Christmas cards in the church Entryway. And, help yourselves to those cards, for your own purposes.
2018 Offering Envelopes
Our 2018 offering envelope packs should be in our church mailboxes by Christmas Eve. Since the envelope list is re-alphabetized each year, your offering envelope number may very well change from year to year. So, please do not use these 2018 envelopes until January 01, 2018. And, please dispose of any 2017 envelopes after December 31, 2017.
Tour of First Lutheran
A senior group from another Lutheran church in Green Bay has requested a brief tour of First Lutheran, as part of their tour of downtown churches. We’ll host them on Wed. December 13, about 1:45 PM, and be happy to show our Biblical teachings in art and symbolism.
Gluten-free communion wafers are available, as medically needed, for anyone wishing them. Please contact Pastor Schleis for this, or any other special communion needs.
News from our Synod’s Conference of Presidents (COP)
- A review of the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) Bible translation will take place, as soon as the complete version is available.
- The COP continues to monitor the growing pastoral vacancy rate and our calling processes.
- The COP has asked for study of future options for the WELS Pension Plan (for called workers), and possible alternate models for congregational constitutions and bylaws.
- The workload of our district presidents who serve in the large districts (such as our Northern WI District) was discussed, and the Synod president was asked to investigate various options to provide needed assistance.
- The COP noted with thanks to God that Congregation Mission Offerings are up 1.6% over last year ($231,000). As congregations begin planning for next year, a video communication from each district president will encourage and guide congregations in that process.
- The COP extended divine calls to Rev. Jerry Ewings to serve as a Christian giving counselor and to Rev. Mark Gabb to serve as the director of the Commission on Evangelism.
The COP appointed Rev. Doug Tomhave to serve as the chairman of the Commission on Evangelism.
- Earlier this year the COP established a standing committee to work with WELS parasynodical organizations. This committee is in the process of determining its specific role and establishing the procedures it will follow. The purpose of the committee is to foster good communication and cooperation between the synod and WELS parasynodical organizations. The committee reported that it had begun its work and will continue to develop its goals and policies.
Commission on Congregational Counseling (CCC).
Rev. Jon Hein has accepted the divine call to serve full time as the director of the Commission on Congregational Counseling (CCC). Hein will be based at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha.
Hein has served as the first director of the Commission on Congregational Counseling while also serving in a part-time role at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Summerville, S.C. In his new call he will serve full time in his position as director for the commission; he will also replace Rev. Bryan Gerlach as the coordinator for all of the commissions that comprise Congregational Services (Evangelism, Worship, Adult Discipleship, Youth
and Family Ministry, Christian Schools, Special Ministries). Additionally, he will serve as an advisory member of the Synodical Council.
The CCC was formed to assist congregations in the evaluation of their ministry programs. As a part of that process, the CCC is able to direct congregations to resources that will help to address needs in their congregations and to plan future ministry efforts.
In addition to building a network of counselors in every district and overseeing their work, Hein also has spent two years conducting a
detailed study of demographic trends and ministry issues. The study has looked at the challenges facing our synod posed by demographic
changes and cultural shifts. Hein’s study, his evaluation, and the CCC’s recommendations for addressing these challenges were highlighted at this summer’s synod convention.
There is signup sheet on the Narthex table if you would like to donate a poinsettia for our altar for Christmas. Sign up by Sunday, December 17. Please indicate who it is in memory of and who it is from. Please pay Sue Frizzo.
We will be decorating our churches Christmas trees on Saturday, December 2 at 8AM. All help is appreciated.
2- Mark Teuteberg
6- Jacob Mittag
7- Dorothy Treptow
9- Aiden Brault
14- Arlene Kabat- 100!
24- Samantha Sickler
9- Woodrow & Jean DeSmidt 53 years
24- Keith & Rose Boettcher 35 years
31- Steven & Julie Walter 10 years