April 2017 Newsletter
Adult Bible Class
We continue a series entitled The Word Endures: Lessons from the Lives of Powerful Politicians. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and this Bible study applies Scripture to some of the key politicians at the time of Luther. In April, we’ll take a look at the unwavering faith of John Frederick the Steadfast.
We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room.
Midweek Lenten services
The theme for our midweek Lenten services and sermons has been Repent: Turn to Jesus. The remaining Lent services are on Thursday evenings 6:30 PM, or Good Friday 1:00 and 6:30 PM, all in the main worship area. Our adult choir will be singing some special music during those midweek services, and have practices before most of the special services
The final Lenten supper will be held in the Overflow Room, Thurs. April 06, 5:15-6:00 PM, and a menu sign-up sheet is posted on the Entryway table. Proceeds from the freewill offerings (after expenses) will go to our Education Assistance Fund.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
We celebrate Close Communion at our Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 PM on April 13. The theme for the Maundy Thursday sermon, taken from 1 Corinthians 11:23-28, will be Turn to Jesus and Receive a Special Assurance of Your Forgiveness
- Our Good Friday afternoon service is planned for Fri., April 14, 1:00 PM. The theme of the sermon, taken from John 19:17-30, will be Turn to Jesus for He and He Alone Finished Your Salvation.
- Our Good Friday evening (6:30 PM) service will be our traditional Tenebrae service, in which Scripture, song, symbols, and silence are used to remind us of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. If you are not able to come to the afternoon service, because of work schedules, please come to the special Tenebrae evening service.
We rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior at our Easter Sunday close communion service, Sun. April 16, 9:30 AM. The sermon theme, taken from Luke 24:1-8, will be Turn to Jesus for Resurrection and Life. We’ll have special music from our adult choir and musicians, to enhance our festive worship.
Please come, and bring families and friends, for our special Holy Week worship. Wouldn’t it be strange for a person to claim to be a Christian, but not be worshipping Christ at least sometime and somewhere during Holy Week?
We thank Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois, who are also willing to coordinate the Easter Sunday breakfast, 8:00-9:00 AM, upstairs in the Overflow Room. The Overflow Room makes the breakfast more accessible for those who would rather not navigate the downstairs.
The planned menu includes bagels and cream cheese, Danish, fruit plates, egg dishes, eggs bacon, and hash browns. Proceeds from the freewill offerings (after expenses) will go to our Education Assistance Fund. Please look for a sign-up sheet in the church Entryway.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., April 20, 9:00-10:00 AM,
Financial Report for February 2017
Receipts: $ 5,343.00
Disbursements: $ 30,595.00
Checkbook balance(Feb.28) $ 157,592.98*
*Includes $1012 EAF, $465 of Carillon interest, D. Robinson estate moneys.
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,130.07+
+ $1012 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 107,808.49
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 186,053.73
Endowment (restricted) $ 73,163.09
at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll see how and why God sent the Israelites manna and quail, in Exodus 16.
2017_2018 Proposed Budget
On the Entryway table you’ll find the Church Council’s proposed budget for the 2017_2018 fiscal year. First Lutheran operates on a fiscal year calendar, which runs from July 1 through June 30. A few notes on that proposed budget:
- Transfers into the budget from Short Term Asset or Estates Fund, if needed to balance the budget, are not listed in this budget.
- Synod and FVL commitments remain the same.
- Utilities remain the same.
- Major building projects/repairs are non-budgetary.
- The janitor’s position is salaried (formerly hourly). Other paid positions remain the same, at last year’s rates.
Feel free to talk to anyone on the Church Council, if you have any questions or concerns.
Elections for Council positions
The positions of Treasurer and Director of Properties are up for election/re-election. Greg Keiler (Treasurer) and David Gierczak (Properties) are willing to run for re-election. Any other interested candidates (confirmed men, 18 years old and up) are asked to contact Pastor Schleis, for details.
We’re very thankful for the men who serve in our leadership positions at First, and who often agree to run for re-election after re-election.
Spring Open Forum/Voters meetings
The proposed 2017_2018 budget will be discussed at the Sun., April 23, 10:45 AM Open Forum, and voted upon at the Sun., April 30, 10:45 AM Spring Voters meeting. Also to be discussed at the Open Forum will be management of another generous gift from the Dave Robinson estate, and a proposal for a digital sign in front of church.
Election for Council offices will also take place at that April 30 Voters meeting.
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.
Bellin Run – Team WELS
Pastor Schultz, from Messiah (WELS, Bellevue): “Are you planning on participating in the Bellin Run on June 10th? Consider joining with your fellow WELS members from our area churches as part of the Bellin Run Team Challenge. We'll reserve a parking spot for you here at church. You also have
the opportunity to purchase a specially designed dri-fit t-shirt for $15.” Full information is available on a sign-up sheet on the Entryway table.
On an Entryway bulletin board, you’ll see pictures of new members. One picture is of Kurt Jepson, who was received at the March Council meeting by profession of faith. Kurt is about 60, lives in a group home on the west side of Green Bay, and was confirmed at Zion (WELS) Peshtigo years ago. Pastor Schleis reviewed our basic Lutheran catechism doctrines with Kurt, and visits him with Word and Sacrament as a shut-in.
Coming soon will be a picture and more information about another new member, Sam Bork, who has transferred from King of Kings (WELS) Garden Grove CA. Sam has moved back into the Green Bay area.
Please make these new members welcome.
Camp Phillip/Camp Bird summer camps
Flyers and information are available in the church Entryway, about the following WELS summer camps:
- Camp Bird, for 5th – 8th graders, various camps in July, up in Crivitz.
- Camp Phillip, for almost all ages and many specialties, throughout the summer, down and over in Wautoma. First Lutheran is part of the Camp Phillip federation, and thus gets a discount for our campers.
Both camps are excellent, Christ-centered, well - run, and fun camps for our children and teens.
If you are ever hospitalized, please contact Pastor Schleis as soon as possible, so he can come to visit. The hospitals themselves do not always contact the church office in a timely manner.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR APRIL CELEBRANTS!
Molly Cole April 3
Allan Lemke April 5 (87)
Tim Juroff April 9
Marvin Rose April 9 (88)
Judith Keyzer April 13
Eloise Habeck April 15
Kim Haworth April 15
Jennifer Schleis April 22
NolanVanderheyden April 23
Jeffrey Rose April 26
Timothy Maes April 28
Alex Armbruster April 28
Easter Lilies: There is a signup sheet on the narthex table, please list donors and memorial names on this sheet. The plants are $20 each with money given to Dorothy Treptow. Please make any checks out to First Lutheran Altar Guild.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO:
April 5 - Darren & Angela Vanderheyden - 20 years
April 12 – Tim and Melissa Watermolen - 3 years
April 19- James & Fay Okrasinski - 48 years
April 22 – Keith & Susan Obermiller - 11 years
April24 - Craig & Ashley Lohrengel - 7 years
Altar Cleaning: The annual cleaning of our altar is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th at 8:00 AM. We start early and finish early!