November 2017 Newsletter
Fall outside work day Sat. November 4
Our Church Council has set this coming Saturday November 4, 9 AM - ?, for a fall outside work day. We hope to get the lawns cut low for winter, and rake up leaves on our church properties. All our men are invited to come and help out. We hope to be done by late morning.
Christian Life Resources Celebration of Life Event
Sat., November 4 | 9am-5pm Kettle Moraine LHS | Jackson, WI
OVERVIEW OF TRACKS: Legacy for Serving: Workshops for those on the front lines of life ministries. Legacy for Leading: Workshops to guide pastors, teachers, staff ministers and youth leaders as they encounter specific ministry challenges. Legacy for Living: Workshops provide practical tools for Christians to navigate ethical challenges in life.
Cost $45 for more info & to register: CLREVENTS.COM
Adult Bible Class
These follow our Sun. churches services, from about 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. We continue 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. Nov. 05 Augsburg Confession
Sun. Nov. 12 Congregational Worship
Sun. Nov. 19 Vocation
Sun. Nov. 26 Scripture Alone
Pastor Schleis appreciates our vocal volunteers, who help assist our worship with special choir selections. We’ll have practices on after Sun. morning Bible
classes (start at 11:15 AM), Nov. 12, 19 and 26, to plan to do some special music on Thanksgiving Day and beyond.
We’d then plan to have practices before the Advent services on Thurs. December 07, 14, and 21, for some special music for the Advent and Christmas services. Our purchase of an OneLicense license enables us to use more of the Christian Worship Supplement (grey booklet) materials.
On Sun. November 19, which will be celebrated as Saints Triumphant Sunday, we’ll have special remembrance and rejoicing for those members of First who passed from this life to eternal triumph with Jesus these past 12 months: Carlton Francois Jr., Gladys Pagel, Paul Peterson. Family members, in particular, are invited to attend the special Saints Triumphant service that weekend.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs. November 16th, 9-10 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll have a brief study of Exodus -21, which talks about the civil laws for servants and personal injuries.
Financial Report for September 2017
Receipts: $ 7,126.00
Disbursements: $ 9,276.00
Checkbook balance (Sept. 30) $ 3,839.00*
*Included $1007 EAF, $241 Carillon interest
Educational Assistance Fund (WELS CD)
$1,007 due from the General Fund $ 4,141.77
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 96,511.23
(WELS Balanced, undesignated)$350,925.94
(CD, undesignated) $162,000.00
Endowment (WELS Balanced, restricted) $ 82,023.52
Thanksgiving Day worship
On Thurs. November 23 much of our country will pause, to celebrate a National Day of Thanksgiving. If you do (most of us do) have that day off, let’s start our Thanksgiving Day here at First, 9:30 AM, for worship. We plan to have our adult choir assist us in special worship.
If you have travel plans, and would like to attend another WELS church on the night before Thanksgiving, please feel free to contact Pastor Schleis, and he’ll check which area WELS churches would be available.
Circuit, Conference, District News
First Lutheran is part of the Green Bay circuit of the Northern WI District of our Synod. Pastor Schleis has been serving as circuit pastor for a few years now.
Pastor Schleis will meet again with the voters of Mt. Olive (WELS) Suamico, as they plan to extend another call for a second, outreach-oriented pastor on Tues. November 07. Circuit pastors do not prepare the call lists (the district presidents do that), but are called upon to help the congregations in their calling procedures.
The pastors of our Green Bay circuit will meet on Tues. November 14, 9:30 AM – noon, at Friedens (WELS) Bonduel. We study Scripture and our Lutheran Confessions, discuss special events at our congregations and ministry items in general.
Pastor Schleis has also been asked to conduct the chapel service at his “alma mater,” Manitowoc Lutheran High School, on Mon. morning November 27.
Tour of church and carillon Nov. 30
As has been done in the past, a student group from St. Norbert’s College will be coming here to First Lutheran, to tour our church and carillon. These students have always been respectful and interested, and Pastor Schleis is happy to use this opportunity to show the Biblical, Lutheran symbolism in First’s art and architecture.
Advent services begin on December 07
The three special midweek Advent services will begin after Thanksgiving, on Thurs., December 01, in the Overflow Room. First will team with St. Paul (WELS) again, and St. Paul will have its Advent services at 2:00 and 6:30 PM on the Wednesdays before our Thursday services.
Christmas Eve service program for CL
First plans to have its ChristLight (Sunday School) and catechism children practice for, and participate in our Christmas Eve service on Sun., December 24, 6:30 PM. Pastor Schleis will be working with a very flexible service from our Northwestern Publishing House, which includes pre-recorded songs and accompaniment. We hope to have our service set up for our children by mid November.
Our teens, students, congregational leaders, choir and musicians will also be asked to participate as well.
Besides practicing during the Wednesday classes, our Christ Light and catechism students should plan to have two other practices in December: on Sun. morning Dec. 03, 10:30-11:15 AM, and on Wed. evening Dec. 20, 6:30-7:30 PM (after Christ Light and catechism. Supper will be provided)
TV and Radio worship
For those physically unable to come for worship here at First Lutheran, there are some places on local television and radio in which broadcast services and devotions from our WELS churches and pastors. Here’s the latest information we have:
WGBA NBC 26 Sun. 6:30 AM Time of Grace
WACY 32 Sun. 7:30 AM Time of Grace
WOCO radio (1260 AM.107.1 FM)
M-F 9:05 AM Lutheran Meditations
Pastor Schleis also makes a digital copy of our Sunday services, and can convert that copy into a CD or MP3 format. Just ask, if you’d like a copy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN NOVEMBER!
Nov. 4 Tammy Spoerl
Nov. 10 JoBeth Farah
Nov. 12 Ruth Mantick (93)
Nov. 19 Melissa Watermolen
Nov. 20 Mark Schroeder
Nov. 22 Troy Huevelmans
Nov. 24 Gregory Keiler
Nov.15 Troy & Rebecca Huevelmans (20)
Nov. 23 Kevin & Molly Cole (21)