March 2017 Newsletter
Repent: Turn to Jesus
This year, First is in a Lent rotation, with the pastors from Messiah (Bellevue), Beautiful Savior (Ashwaubenon), Messiah (Bellevue) and St. Paul (Green Bay) “exchanging pulpits.” The theme for those midweek Lenten services and sermons is Repent: Turn to Jesus. We begin our Lenten season with the March 01 Ash Wednesday close communion service at 6:30 PM. Then, the other March midweek Lent services are on Thursday evenings, 6:30 PM, all in the main worship area.
The schedule for March will be:
Ash Wed. March 01 Turn not to Self
Thurs. March 09 Do Not Turn Away
Thurs. March 16 He Changes Your Life
Thurs. March 23 He Longs to Forgive You
Thurs. March 30 He Holds the Key to Heaven
Our ChristLight and catechism students will be singing part of a Lent hymn during the Ash Wednesday service. Our adult choir will be singing some special music during those 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 the six midweek Lenten services. Those suppers will again be held in the Overflow Room, 5:00-6:00 PM, and menu sign-up sheets will be posted on the Entryway table. Proceeds from the freewill offerings (after expenses) will go to our Education Assistance Fund.
Adult Bible Class – Lessons from the Lives of Powerful Politicians
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 March, we’ll take a look at John the Steadfast (who took a stand for the Gospel), and Dukes George and Henry (who opposed the Reformation).
We meet after church on Sundays 10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room.
Women’s Retreat, March 10-12
Please check poster on the Entryway bulletin board, for information on a Pathways to Christ women’s retreat, March 10-12, in Oshkosh.
The Annual Congregation Dinner will be held again at The Woods, 530 Erie Road, on Sun.,
March 12, 2014. Fellowship and refreshments at 11:30 AM. Family style broasted and baked chicken and beef tips dinner at noon. The cost is $15 per person including tip. Please sign up by Sunday, March 05.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., March 16, 9:00-10:00 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll studying the womens’ victory song, and Israelites need for water, in Exodus 15:19-27
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 20, 6:30 PM, in the church basement (Large Fellowship hall). Free chili and root beer from Titletown Restaurant will be available. The Astor Neighborhood Association will give its yearly reports, and have election of their Board members.
Financial Report for January 2017
Receipts: $ 205,176.06
Disbursements: $ 21,417.00
Checkbook balance(Jan.31) $ 183,251.69*
*Includes $1007 EAF, $465 of Carillon interest, D. Robinson estate moneys.
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,130.07+
+ $1007 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 110,296.45
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 186,053.73
Endowment (restricted) $ 73,163.09
Pastor Schleis has been a volunteer secretary/treasurer for the ANA for over 14 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.
New Luther movie March 27
A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy on Mon. March 27, 6:30 PM, at Marcus Bay Park Cinema, 755 Willard Dr. Ashwaubenon. The film tells the rousing adventure story that was Martin Luther's life, following his bold quest for truth—a journey that would reshape the church, and the world. A trailer for the film can be found at https://vimeo.com/194987636
Unlike traditional movie showings, this screening will only happen if 67 more tickets are reserved before the deadline on March 20. You can see more information about the event at
Our friends at Christ the King (ELS), Howard, are arranging for this public showing, and welcome their WELS brothers in sisters in Christ, as well as others to attend. Pastor Schleis is working have First Lutheran buy a section of tickets, to hand out to members. Watch for more information in the March bulletins.
Camp Phillip/Camp Bird summer camps
Our Christ Light children have received flyers, and extra flyers and information is 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.
Concert at Christ the King (ELS)
"The Symphonic and Jazz Bands of Bethany Lutheran College, under the direction of Prof. Adrian Lo, will perform in concert at Christ the King Lutheran Church (ELS) onWednesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free, with no charge for admission. However, a freewill offering will be gathered to defray the band's travel expenses. Come and enjoy the concert and meet the band members! Stick around for some fellowship after the concert! Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 1700 Cardinal Lane in Howard, one block south of Lineville Rd. For more information or directions, please call Pastor Van Kampen at 920-434-6010 or email at email@example.com(Bethany Lutheran College is a small liberal arts college located in Mankato, Minnesota, owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), offering over 30 majors and pre-professional programs. Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) exists to provide a solid, Christian higher education to its students focused on "The One Thing Needful," the good news of eternal salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.)"
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
Mar. 4 Joseph Haworth
Mar. 7 Lloyd Jastrow (86)
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 (88)
OUR MARCH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORS!
Mar. 18 Irving & Carol Hansen 21 years
ELS Volunteers Sought: Do you speak English? Do you occasionally have a free weekend? Can you hold a conversation? St. Paul, (WELS) offers English as a Second Language classes and is looking for volunteers who can work with people new to the English language. Conversational English is the only skill required. The class meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5 to 7pm. Interested? Contact Pastor Ethan Cherney at 920-328-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Luther College Choir Concert: Join us at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Algoma, WI. on Sat., April 1 at 4:00 PM as the Martin Luther College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kermit Moldenhauer, presents a choral concert entitled, My Hope s Built on Nothing Less…The program will highlight our confidence in Christ with works by Bach, Brahms, Rachmoninoff, Stopford, Mealor, and others. A freewill offering will be gathered to help with choir expenses.
Martin Luther College is part of the worker training program of the synod. The college prepares teachers and staff ministers who are ready to accept positions in our congregations and it prepares men to enter the seminary to complete their training to serve as pastors. Come and meet some of our future workers and enjoy the music they bring with them.
Correction: The entry door at Woodside for the congregational dinner is the main door, not the North door as printed in the last newsletter.