August 2017 Newsletter
NWI District Reformation 500th service
Our Northern WI District is holding a special Reformation worship service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI. Prof. Paul Koelpin from Martin Luther College will serve as our guest preacher. The Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Chorus will join us as well as choirs from our district's area Lutheran high schools. Following the service there will be a food and fellowship hour in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featuring displays from around the district and synod. For more information, or to register for tickets to this event, please visit: www.nwd-wels.org
To help pay for this special service (while the tickets will be free, the total cost is estimated to be close to $10,000), our Northern WI District churches have been asked to provide funding in any way they deem appropriate. First’s Council has authorized a door offering on Sun. August 06, to help with this service’s expenses.
Pastors’ book study
Some of the Pastors of our Green Bay circuit will be meeting again on Tues. August 08, for a book study. We’ll discuss a book written in the 1980s, even before the wide-scale use of the Internet, which warns about some effects of electronic media on comprehension and discussion.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study resumes on Thurs., August 17, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll look at Exodus 18, in
which Jethro gives some wise advice to his son in law Moses.
Luther Movie Event — In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, St. Paul (WELS) is hosting another showing of the new Martin Luther movie, A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy, on Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 p.m., at the Marcus Bay Park Cinema. This full-length film features thrilling reenactments of the sixteenth-century events with commentary from leading church-history experts. Tickets are $11 each and can be reserved online at www.tugg.com; search for our location by zip code. Or, you may check luthermovie.link/GreenBay
FVL FEDERATION OPEN FORUM on August 30 @ 7 pm -- All Federation members--especially pastors, leaders, and General Board delegates--are invited to this forum to learn more about FVL’s enrollment growth and the possible need for a building addition. We’ll meet Weds. 8/30 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to share preliminary info from Somerville Associates and Catalyst Construction. This is in preparation for the 9/26 General Board meeting where delegates will make a decision on these findings. All Federation churches are encouraged to send representatives so that their church leaders/councils can discuss before the September vote.
Life of Luther seminar
Dr. Joel Pless, Professor of Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, will be at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (WELS) in Suamico on Saturday, September 9th to present a seminar on the Life of Luther. The cost to attend the seminar is $10 per person, which covers the course materials. The congregation is providing a free will offering lunch and childcare is available. Please see the poster in our Entryway for more information. Advance registration is appreciated. Pastor Schleis plans to attend this seminar, and would be happy to take riders.
Our 6th – 8th catechism classes, and ChristLight for our preK – 5th gr. students, resume on Wed. September 06, after Labor Day weekend.
500th anniversary resources
Oct. 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his famous Ninety-five Theses to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, Germany. That event launched Martin Luther’s mission to reform the Catholic Church, which was rife with corruption and false teachings. Today, nearly 500 years later, Lutherans and other Protestants still benefit from his Bible-based teachings.
WELS has developed the wels.net/reformation500 web page to provide members and non-members alike with an overview of Martin Luther’s life and teachings, available resources for further study on the Reformation, and news about events around the synod that are being planned for 2017 Reformation celebrations.
Financial Report for June 2017
Receipts: $ 5,662.00
Disbursements: $ 15,917.00
Checkbook balance(June 30)$ 7,243.79*
*Includes $452 EAF, $241 of Carillon interest,
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,130.07+
+ $212 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 101,407.52
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 327,898.76
CD $ 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted) $ 76,641.27
Singing during Communion
At times, we’ve had some struggles in our hymn signing during the distribution of Holy Communion. When ¼ to ½ of the members can either be up receiving communion, or standing in the aisle to do so, our voices for singing can be diminished, and those returning to the pews might not be sure which verse of the communion hymn we’re singing.
Some suggestions to help are:
- The organist will usually play three-four verses of a longer communion hymn at a time, and then have a short interlude, and then go to the next group of verses.
- Now with the MIDI recording capabilities of our refurbished organ, the organist can pre-record hymn verses, and assist singers then.
- It is certainly proper, in preparation for Holy Communion, to stop singing just before getting in line for communion, to pray that the Lord would keep us focused and blessed. It’s notproper to have the hymnal closed, and just watch others going up and coming back.
- Look at the communion hymn verses ahead of time (maybe during the gathering of the offering), for the rich Scriptural insight and comfort they give.
New devotional catechism
Our Synod’s Northwestern Publishing House has released a new edition of Luther’s Catechism. While retaining the strengths of the familiar blue catechism in use for many years, this completely rewritten exposition promotes a lifelong study of the catechism for a new generation. The catechism takes divine teachings found in so many places in Scripture’s 66 books and arranges truth in an orderly way, with key Bible verses leading the reader to God’s answers for catechetical questions. Where helpful, lengthier explanations probe and explain key points of understanding.
New to this edition of the catechism is a section titled Connections at the end of each unit. The Connections section is meant to be devotional in nature. There is a short paragraph introducing a larger section of Scripture, usually from Bible history. Then, there are a couple of thought questions designed to elicit discussion. A quote from Luther follows and then a few stanzas from a hymn.
HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAYS
August 3 - Linda Peterman
August 4 - Darren Vanderheyden
August 5 -Jeanette Ruprecht
Lauren Rae Lohrengel
August 7 - Jeremy Rose
August 17 - Keith Sickler
August 18 - Clayton Peck (89)
August 25 - David Gierczak
August 26 - Carol Hansen
August 29 - Lydia Gierczak
August 31 - Roger Francois
August 2 - Greg & Robin Keiler (37)
August 14 - Joe & Kim Haworth (35)
Clayton & Hollyce Peck (69)
August 20 - David & Sue Frizzo (46)
Thomas & Dorothy White (57)
August 24 - John & Nancy Francois (43)