June 2017 Newsletter
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., June 15, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll see how God produced water from a rock, and also helped the Israelite defeat the Amalekites, in Exodus 17.
Lawn cutting volunteers sought
Now that spring is here, our church lawn is growing again, and we seek volunteers to help cut. A self-propelled bagging lawnmower and gas are provided, and a schedule from May through September will be available on the Entryway table. We prefer to have the lawn cut closer to Sunday, so things look nicer on our regular day of worship.
Please sign up on that Entryway schedule, and we should have enough volunteers so that you’d be helping out only about once a month. May we all work, as able, to keep up our house of the Lord.
WELS Teen Activities for the summer
Our teens, currently in 7th-12th grade, are invited to a Teen Night at Bay Beach (June 21), and a bus trip to Great America (July 19). Please see Pastor Schleis for details. Reservations have to be in by June 18 (Bay Beach) and July 6 (Great America).
Christian Funeral Arrangements
Attached to this newsletter is a form you may use in planning your Christian funeral service. Over the years, members have given copies of those plans to Pastor Schleis, and he places those copies in a special folder in his office. That folder is the first thing he checks, when members pass on to be with the Lord, when he plans their Christian funeral services.
EHV translation out this summer
Our Synod’s Northwestern Publishing House will release the Evangelical Heritage Version
(EHV) New Testament and Psalms this summer. This new translation will feel both fresh and
familiar to readers. The readable style of the EHV will help readers understand clearly what God is revealing to them through his Word.
(NOTE: First has been using the EHV for the bulletin Scripture readings since late November.)
Translated faithfully from the original Greek and Hebrew, the EHV proclaims the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The expressions, imagery, and style of the original
texts are there, giving readers a lasting picture of God's grace and mercy for a lost human race.
Some of the features of the EHV New Testament and Psalms that will help readers get the most out of their study include:
- Brief introductions for each book
- Topical section headings
- Footnotes for deeper understanding
- References to parallel passages
- References to Old Testament quotations
Pastor Schleis has put a sign-up sheet for the new EHV Bibles. The price, $13.49 to 10.49, will depend upon how many copies we purchase. Please check www.wartburgproject.org for more information on this WELS/ELS translation project. Pastor Schleis plans to purchase a few copies as soon as they’re available, and will then put them out on the Entryway table for viewing.
Financial Report for April 2017
Receipts: $ 8,465.68
Disbursements: $ 10,658.00
Checkbook balance (Apr.30) $ 199,513.89*
*Includes $1452 EAF, $479 Carillon interest, D. Robinson estate moneys
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,130.07+
+ $1452 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 102,563.70
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 327,898.76
Endowment (restricted) $ 76,641.27
2017 Book of Reports and Memorials
The 2017 Book of Reports and Memorials (BORAM) is now available on the Entryway table. This book summarizes the activities of each area of ministry over the last year, contains the proposed ministry financial plan for the next biennium, and shares the memorials submitted for consideration. The information in BORAM will help guide the 400 delegates to WELS’ 64th biennial convention, which is being held at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis., July 31–Aug. 3, under the theme “Our Great Heritage.”
Some items to note in this year’s BORAM:
- The Commission on Inter-Church Relations recommends that convention delegates declare fellowship with the East Asia Lutheran Synod, the Lutheran Church of Ethiopia, and the South Asian Lutheran Evangelical Mission in Hong Kong.
- The Synodical Council is proposing a new long-range plan entitled “Our Great Heritage” that will extend to 2025 (the 175th anniversary of the synod).
- The ministry financial plan maintains the current level of ministry in all areas and provides funding for a director of discipleship who will oversee the Commission on Youth and Family Ministry and the Commission on Adult Discipleship as well as an additional Christian giving counselor in the second year of the biennium.
- Five memorials are currently being presented to the delegates, including a memorial asking delegates to allow Lutheran Schools to collect an annual school support fee based on enrollment to help Lutheran Schools carry out its ministry.
FVL School Choice materials
Our Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) high school in Appleton is part of the WI School Choice program, which gives eligible families vouchers for tuition payment. Please see the flyers and DVD on the Entryway table, if interested.
District 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Our Northern Wisconsin District will be holding a district-wide worship service this fall
to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Here are some initial details:
When: Sat. October 28, 2:00 pm
Where: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
400 W. College Ave. Appleton
Preacher: Professor Paul Koelpin – MLC
Choirs: WI Lutheran Seminary Choir,
Area Lutheran High School Choirs
Capacity: About 2,000 seats will be available
Cost: Tickets will be free; Congregations will be asked to support the service with a special gift to cover the costs for this event (total costs estimated to be $8000-$10,000)
Fellowship: Following the service there will be an opportunity for food and fellowship at the Performing Arts Center. There will be artwork displayed from district schools, as well as displays from NPH, WLS, and MLC.
Please watch for more information in the coming months.
“Like” us on Facebook
First Lutheran’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/firstlutherangb. We’re told that if we "like" the posts on the Facebook page and especially if we share, it really increases the post reach.
Email and web page
Pastor Schleis emails out the weekly bulletins to anyone who wasn’t in church that weekend. The weekly bulletins, and monthly newsletters and calendars are also posted on our church’s web site: www.firstlutherangb.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our members in June
June 2 - Irving Hansen - Harriet Rolkosky (88)
June 8 - Elise Gierczak
June 12 - Beatrice Jastrow (85)
June 14 - Ruth Schumal
June 15 - Peter Ruprecht
June 16 - Paul Peterson (89)
June 19 - Lori Rose
June 20 - June Francois
June 21 - Lakota Sobiesccyk
June 24 - Julie Walter
June 28 - Pastor Paul Schleis
HAPPY JUNE ANIVERSARIES
June 12- Pheng & Lindsay Moua (7)
June 14 - Lloyd & Beatrice Jastrow (65)
Peter & Linda Ruprecht (20)
June 15 - James & Judith Keyzer (33)
June 21 - Roger & Lynn Francois (13)
June 22 - Keith & Valli Sickler (32)