March 2018 Newsletter
Adult Bible Class
We continue a video series entitled The Age of Gender Confusion and Preparing Your Children for the Transgender Revolution. These will provide Biblical and rational answers to these morality issues. We will also discuss recent legal action by some De Pere Christian churches (including a WELS one) against a transgender discrimination ordinance. This is timely! We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room.
Jesus is our Great High Priest - Lent
We continue our midweek Lenten services and sermons under the theme Jesus is our Great High Priest, Thursday evenings 6:30 PM, all in the main worship area.
The schedule for midweek Lent will be:
Thurs. March 01 We’re made Priests
Thurs. March 08 Compassionate High Priest
Thurs. March 15 Self-sacrificing High Priest
Thurs. March 22 Great High Priest
Our adult choir will be singing some special music during these midweek services, and have practices before most of the Thursday service.
Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois are again coordinating and serving the special Lenten suppers on those midweek Lenten services. The suppers are held in the Overflow Room, 5:00-6:00 PM, and menu sign-up sheets are posted on the Entryway table. Proceeds from the freewill offerings (after expenses) will go to our Education Assistance Fund.
Women’s Retreat, March 09-11
Please check poster on the Entryway bulletin board, for information on a Pathways to Christ women’s retreat, March 09-11, in Oshkosh.
The annual Congregational Dinner will now be held at The Rite Place (please note the change of venue), 1580 Bellevue St., Sun. March 11. Fellowship and refreshments at 11:30 AM, family style broasted and baked chicken and beef tips dinner at noon. The cost is $14 per person including tip. Please check for the signup sheet on the Entryway table.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., March 15, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll be studying Exodus 23:13-43, three major Jewish festivals and the Lord preparing the way for Israel.
BALC potluck Sun. March 18
Our friends from the Bay Area Life Center (BALC, now using our school building for its pro-life activities) invite us to a congregational potluck on Sun. March 18, 11:30 AM, in our basement Large Fellowship Hall. The BALC appreciates our partnership, and we’ll have the opportunity to also check out the BALC rooms, and see how we might wish to be involved.
ANA Annual meeting
As a community service, First Lutheran has hosted the annual meeting of the Astor Neighborhood Association (ANA), and we’re invited to attend. That meeting is planned for Mon., March 19, 6:30 PM, in the church basement (Large Fellowship hall). Free chili and root beer from Titletown Restaurant will be available. The ANA will give its yearly reports, and have election of their Board members. The main discussion will be a proposal to make the present city Historical Preservation Committee’s recommendations mandatory.
Pastor Schleis has been a volunteer secretary/treasurer for the ANA for over 15 years now, and he enjoys the involvement. The ANA very much appreciates the hospitality First has shown, in allowing our facilities to be used for their monthly and annual meetings.
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. 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.
Financial Report for January 2018
Receipts: $ 6,086.58
Disbursements: $ 8,070.00
Checkbook balance (Jan.31) $ 3,587.85*
*Includes $1317 EAF, $224 of Carillon interest,
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,177.77+
+ $1317 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 32,526.21
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 413,278.40
(CD) $ 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted) $ 84,809.15
We celebrate Close Communion at our Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 PM on March 29. The theme for the Maundy Thursday sermon is Hebrews 8:6-13 Jesus is Mediator of the New Covenant
Good Friday services
- Our Good Friday afternoon service is planned for Fri., March 30, 1:00 PM. The theme of the sermon will be Hebrews 9:11-14 Jesus is Better than any other High Priest.
- 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.
Easter Sunday April 01
We rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior at our Easter Sunday service, Sun. April 01, 9:30 AM. The sermon theme will be Hebrews 7:23-27 Jesus is our Eternal High Priest. We’ll have special music from our adult choir, 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, somewhere during Holy Week?
FVL Let the Children Come Building program
Last September, the delegates at the Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School General Board meeting approved the Let the Children Come building remodeling/expansion program. FVL’s present facilities, about 18 years old, will (Lord willing) be paid off by this summer, and a growing student base with modern academic needs called for this new program. Work has just begun on the facilities, and the hope (and prayer!) is that all will be done and ready for the new school year in fall.
At the February 26 General Board meeting, delegates signed the first stage of legal documents ratifying the September 2017 vote. FVL will now be working toward pledges and gifts from congregations and individuals, hopefully to have $4.2M lined up by September, with a total loan estimated to be about $5.6M, financed over 20 years through tax-free municipal bonds. Watch for more information in the next few months.
Outreach Volunteers wanted
The Joint Evangelism Group, consisting of the 13 WELS and ELS congregations in Brown county, is in need of a volunteer (or volunteer team) to coordinate the Outreach Booth at the Brown County Fair. The booth has been in existence for over ten successful years. The coordinator has recently retired, leaving good history, records and materials. This could be an individual position or a team of individuals. The main responsibilities would include the following:
Reserve booth space with the Brown County Fair
Contact all churches in Brown County to obtain financial support and volunteer workers for fair time
Arrange for booth set-up and take-down
Set-up a schedule for volunteers to staff the booth during daily fair hours
Contact churches for handouts or other material for booth visitors
Any other ideas they may want to do for an “outreach” to the community
HAPPY BIRTHDAY in MARCH
Mar. 4 Joseph Haworth
Mar. 7 Lloyd Jastrow (87)
Mar. 10 Carley Lohrengel
Mar.14 Nancy Francois
Mar.16 John Francois
Mar. 26 Laura Bursa
Mar. 28 Ruth Bruhn (89)
Mar. 30 Noah Brault
Mar. 31 Hollyce Peck (89)
MARCH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Mar. 18 Irving & Carol Hansen 22 years
The Paperland Circuit Spring Rally will be held April 21st at Grace Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. The topic is “Pastoral Studies Institute”, presented by Professor Al Sorum. There will also be more information about the upcoming international rally being held in Green Bay in June.
The Mission Box monies collected in 2018 will be for:
Home Missions- Vans for missions, these vans are needed in the Native American missions to transport citizens to outreach programs.
World Missions: The Nepal project, called: “milk for Nepal.” Our national leaders want to bring milk for the body and the milk of God’s word for their souls.
Please bring your filled mission boxes to church by Sunday, March 18 as the monies have to be sent to the circuit treasurer by April 2
There will be a sign-up sheet on the narthex table for anyone wishing to go to the rally.
Easter Lilies: There is a sign-up sheet on the narthex table for memorial donations for our Easter Lilies.
Altar Cleaning: Saturday, March 31st at 9; 00 AM we will be cleaning the altar area for Easter Sunday. Please come help!