January 2019 Newsletter
Adult Bible Class
After church on Sun. January 6, 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room. We’ll finish our discussion of Biblical fellowship principles in prayer and worship, before going on to apply those principles in issues with Scouting.
Due to the Winter Open Forum and Voters meetings, there will be no Bible class on January 13 and 20. Pastor and Mrs. Schleis plan to be in TN on January 27, so there will be no Bible class then as well.
2nd & 3rd Thursdays for worship
From now until Ash Wednesday, we’ll resume having Thursday evening worship services just on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month. So, there will be Thursday worship on January 10 and 17 (both communion).
UNDECK THE HALLS
Our beautiful Christmas trees will need to be taken down. Volunteers are asked to come and help with this on Saturday, January 12 at 9:00 AM. We especially thank Sue and Dave Frizzo, for all their hard work and artistic style in our church’s beautiful decorations.
Financial Report for November 2018
Receipts: $ 14,706.37
Disbursements: $ 14,956.00
Checkbook balance (Nov.30)...$ 1,043.54*
*Includes $ 1,265 EAF, $308 Carillon interest
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,213.06+
+ $1265 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 20,897.43
Estate Fund (undesig.,Balanced) $ 400,046.03
(undesignated, CD) $ 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted, Balanced) $ 85,293.78
Winter Open Forum/Voters meeting
The winter congregational Open Forum is scheduled for Sun., January 13, right after the communion service. A Power Point presentation updating work here at First will be shown. All our confirmed members, men and women, are welcome to attend, and provide input. The Winter Voters meeting is scheduled for Sun., January 20, right after the communion service. Regular reports, and membership items, will be handled.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., January 17, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. In our study of Numbers 12:1-15 we’ll read how Miriam and Aaron thought they could oppose Moses, and the disastrous results. All seniors (you decide the age) are invited.
On Thurs. January 17 through April 11, 6:00-8:00 PM Beautiful Savior (WELS) in Ashwaubenon will be hosting GriefShare, a Bible-based 13 week support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Please check for a poster and brochures in First’s Entryway for more information.
Opportunities for Pastoral Growth
Pastor Schleis usually attends the monthly Winkel meetings. The pastors have a casual verse by verse study of a section of the Gospel of Luke, spend time discussing local and Synod items, and enjoy fellowship for lunch. The next Winkel is January 08 in Luxemburg.
A casual book study meeting is also held in months the pastors of the Green Bay circuit don’t formally meet. Our next book study meeting is January 15 in Green Bay.
Pastor Schleis plans to attend the Fox River Valley/Manitowoc joint Pastoral conference, scheduled for Mon.-Tues. January 21-22, at St. Peter (WELS) Sturgeon Bay. Pastor Schleis
plans to stay overnight that Mon. night at the Bridgewater Resort, right next to St. Peter. Pres. Paul Wendland from our WI Lutheran Seminary will give an in-depth study of 1 Peter. In addition, there will be reports, and opportunity for fellowship.
The first envelope in our new 2019 envelope packets may be used for an initial offering, to help defray envelope pack expenses.
Included in our new 2019 offering envelope pack are two envelopes (one now, one in fall) for our Educational Assistance Fund (EAF). The EAF provides grants to students and their families attending our WELS Lutheran Elementary Schools, High Schools, Martin Luther College or Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.
Not included in the envelope pack, but available in the Entryway, are envelopes that can be used for our Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School’s “Let the Children Come” building remodeling / expansion debt reduction. A presentation on FVL was given last month, and there are folders with complete information on the Entryway table. You may give those gifts payable to First Lutheran, and First will then send in that amount to FVL.
Finally, please watch for much more information, and some special WELS offering envelopes, for a special offering this year for Hmong outreach/leadership training in Vietnam. While our WELS leadership is being cautious about this, our Synod has an amazing opportunity from the Vietnam government to establish a church worker training center in Hanoi
Men of His Word Conference
Please check the information on the Entryway bulletin board, as well as their website www.menofhisword.org, for information and registration for the 9th annual WELS Men’s conference on Sat. February 09, in Oshkosh.
Please also check the Entryway bulletin board, for a poster advertising a WELS Women’s retreat, March 8-10, in Oshkosh. Check the website http://pathwaystochrist.org for more information, and registration options.
Circuit Pastor duties
Pastor Schleis also serves as the elected circuit pastor for our Green Bay circuit (Fox River Valley Conference, Northern WI District, WELS). As circuit pastor, under the direction of our District President, he assists our circuit congregations in any way desired.
In particular, Pastor Schleis has been helping our brothers and sisters in Christ at Mt. Olive (WELS) Suamico, as they have been calling for an associate outreach pastor for almost two years. Mt. Olive’s current lead pastor has accepted a call to Boise ID, and will be leaving the end of this month. Pastor Schleis has been asked to help line up a vacancy pastor for Mt. Olive, and assist with their upcoming call meeting on January 06 for a new lead pastor.
On the Internet
We have a Facebook presence for First Lutheran at www.facebook.com/firstlutherangb. This page was started a few years ago, at our 150th anniversary. Occasional church news, WELS news and devotional materials are now being added.
We also thank former member Dan Knutson, for maintaining a vital presence for us on the web at www.firstlutherangb.org. Weekly bulletins, and monthly newsletters and calendars are posted on our web page, along with general information about our church.
7- Gabriel Prenger