October 2017 Newsletter
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. Oct. 01 Holy Communion
Sun. Oct. 08 Both Saint and Sinner
Sun. Oct. 15 fall Open Forum
Sun. Oct. 22 Mission Festival
Sun. Oct. 29 fall Voters meeting
WLS Symposium, October 01-03
Pastor Schleis plans to attend a Symposium a Symposium on Reformation 500 on October 1-3, 2017, at our Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon.
Financial Report for August 2017
Receipts: $ 8,493.37
Disbursements: $ 8,569.00
Checkbook balance (Aug 31) $ 5,181.66*
*Included $452 EAF, $241 Carillon interest
Educational Assistance Fund (WELS CD)
+ $452 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 99,219.52
Estate Funds (undesignated)
(WELS Balanced) $ 338,733.68
(CD) $ 162,000.00
Endowment (WELS Balanced, restricted) $ 79,173.77
On Sun. evening, 7:30 PM, there will be A Festival of the Hymns of Martin Luther, featuring many of the hymns Dr. Luther wrote, composed, and edited. This hymn festival is open to all. Participating will be the Seminary Chorus, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir, and the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, as well as a host of instrumental musicians.
On Mon. afternoon and Tues. morning, essays will be presented on Luther and the Standards, the Scriptures, the Saints and the State, by WLS, MLC and WLC professors.
Pastor Schleis plans to stay overnight Sun and Mon. nights, be back by mid Tues. afternoon.
Adult Choir resumes
Two practices are scheduled for Sun. evenings October 08 and 15, for our volunteer adult choir to work on a setting of “A Mighty Fortress,” to sing with the children and congregation on October 22. We can also discuss schedules and ideas to sing during Advent and Christmas Eve/Day. Pastor Schleis will be directing. Come, join us!
ELS Luther Hymnfest October 08
Our fellow Lutherans at Christ the King (ELS), Howard, invite us to a Lutheran hymn festival on Sun. October 08, 4:00 PM. Please see the small poster on the Entryway bulletin board for more details.
Mission Festival October 22
We look forward to celebrating our annual Mission Festival Sunday, October 22. Our guest preacher will be Dr. Joel Pless from WI Lutheran College (WLC) in Milwaukee. The stress in this Mission Festival will be the Lutheran Reformation. We’ll have a special service (special bulletin), and have both our children and adult choir assist us with that service.
As a special treat after the service, Keith Obermiller will be serving a German meal of roast pork, potato salad, spaetzel, chicken dumplings, shredded red cabbage, etc. Watch for a sign-up sheet in the Entryway for more details.
Fall Open Forum/ Voters meetings
Immediately following the Sun. October 15 close communion worship service, we’ll hold our fall Open Forum in the worship area. All our confirmed men and women are invited to attend and participate, in this nonvoting setting. We’ll discuss the general ministries taking place here and near First. If you have any particular topic or question you’d like discussed, please contact Pastor Schleis (office 435-7970), or congregational President Roger Francois (983-5394).
Our fall Voters meeting is scheduled for Sun., October 29, immediately following our worship service, in the Overflow Room.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., October 19, 9-10 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll have a brief study of Exodus 20, in which the LORD presents the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. All, of various ages, are invited.
ChristLight sings on October 22
Our ChristLight (replaces Sunday School) and catechism children are working on the first verse of that famous Luther hymn 201, “A Mighty Fortress,” which they will be singing during our Sun. October 22 9:30 AM service. We appreciate the efforts of our ChristLight staff, Cindy Krzewina and Valli Sickler, to enhance our children’s Christian education with singing.
WELS Campus Ministry
Our Synod has a nation-wide campus ministry for our young adults in college, university, or technical school settings. Free devotional materials are available, and our young adults are connected with the closest church and/or campus ministry available.
Pastor Schleis can submit the necessary information online, but he needs our young adults email addresses, cell phone numbers, and housing addresses. Parents, please forward that info to Pastor Schleis ASAP. As with any other church information, Pastor Schleis only shares it with proper Synod organizations, and not with the general public.
Please keep in your prayers, and even in your letters and calls and visits, our shut-ins:
c/o Linda Gosey
5850 SW 1st Ct.
Cape Coral FL 33914
Innovative Services, 1276 Hannah St.
Green Bay WI
425 Gray St.
Green Bay, WI 54303
Keyzer, Jim & Judy
1115 N. Platten St.
Green Bay WI 54303
c/o Wayne (Dawn) Kelm
4117 White Pine Dr.
Green Bay WI 54313
Autumn’s Promise Asst. Living
1700 Spartan Road
Green Bay WI 54229
Peck, Clayton and Hollyce
#319 Age Well, 246 Berger St.
Green Bay WI 54302
Odd Fellows Nursing Home
Vanderheyden, Ronnie, Barb
438 S. Baird St.
Green Bay, WI 54301
WELS Hurricane Relief efforts
Pastors and leaders from Florida and Texas are continuing to meet and evaluate the needs of their members and communities following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Florida pastors and South Atlantic District President Chuck Westra met with a representative from WELS Christian Aid and Relief Mon., Sept. 18, to assess the needs and discuss opportunities.
Local volunteers have deployed the Christian Aid and Relief trailers, outfitted with tools and supplies for relief work, to the Jacksonville, Fla., area to help with cleanup efforts. A group of Christian Aid and Relief volunteers will be arriving in Florida on Fri., Sept. 22, and staying for a week to tackle cleanup projects in Merritt Island and West Melbourne, two of the harder hit areas.
So far, reports of damage to WELS churches and members’ homes have been minimal from Irma. Minor roof damage and downed trees account for the majority of the reports. Local groups have come together to clean up the most urgent areas, including members from the churches in the Divine Savior school association getting together to help clean up trees and debris around the school.
Rev. David Rosenbaum, Redeemer, Merritt Island, Fla., said that while he and his members were spared major damage, there are several homes in the surrounding community that were destroyed by winds and tornadoes.
In Texas, a representative from WELS Christian Aid and Relief met with Houston-area pastors and lay leaders and South Central District President Rev. Don Patterson on Sept. 6 to assess the situation in that area. The district has established a local committee to continue to assess needs and coordinate relief opportunities.
Patterson reports that many congregations have already been working to help members and friends clean up damage to their properties and homes caused by the flooding. Rev. Matthew Brown from Abiding Word, Houston, Tex., says that more than 40 Abiding Word members mobilized as soon as flood waters receded to help the five member families whose homes were badly damaged in the flood. Other members went door to door in their neighborhoods to see if people needed help. “It was Christians serving and trusting that God provides those opportunities to give the reason for the hope that we have,” Brown says.
Several different groups from the area also traveled to Christ our Savior, Angleton, Tex., the last few weekends to help clean out and strip down the parsonage, which was flooded with eight inches of water that didn’t recede for a week.
Along with the relief trailers with tools and supplies, Christian Aid and Relief has provided more than $65,000 to help address immediate needs of the congregations and members affected by the hurricane and the flooding in Texas. Some of this funding is being used to help congregations and schools reach high deductibles for their insurance as well to provide gift cards for supplies to members and prospects as cleanup efforts continue.
Local district leaders and Builders For Christ are also discussing the possibility of working together on rebuilding homes damaged by the hurricane.
As of late September, over $540,000 has been donated through WELS Christian Aid and Relief for hurricane relief.
Learn more at wels.net/hurricaneupdates.
October 3 - Jean DeSmidt
October 5 - Fay Okrasinski
October 8 - Hannah Vanderheyden
October 21 - Jacob Bursa
October 22 -Morgen Lee Welty
October 24 - Adam Schleis
October 25 - Alicia Pan
October 28 -Keith Obermiller
October 2 - Tim & Donna Maes (35)
October 8 - Brian & Cindy Voigt (29)
October 10 - Mike & Karen Gierczak (47)
October 15 - Randall & Linda Peterman (34)
October 24 - Mark & Joni Nuthals (42)