September 2017 Newsletter
First is blessed with an Education Assistance Fund (EAF), which helps our families pay some of their tuition costs at our WELS Schools, which can run from about $2000 (Lutheran Elementary School, with First paying 2/3 of the tuition) to $6120 (Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Federation rate) and up to about $14,000 (Martin Lutheran College). Applications for the 2017-18 EAF grants, and a special offering envelope for the EAF, will appear in early September. In October, First’s Church Council, seeing the funds available in the EAF, award grants to applicants for the school year.
Catechism resumes September 06
Catechism instructions for our public school 6th-8th graders resumes after Labor Day weekend, on Wed., September 06, 5:00-6:30 PM, in the Overflow Room. We expect to have three students.
ChristLight resumes in September 06
Our ChristLight (replaces Sunday School) program, for our public school children Kindergarten – 5th gr., will also resume on Wed., September 06, 5:30-6:30 PM, in Rooms 1 and 3 on the church’s main level. We thank Cindy Krzewina (preK-1st gr.) and Valli Sickler (2nd-5th gr.) for teaching Christ’s lambs. We would like to have five or more students there regularly.
Life of Luther seminar
Dr. Joel Pless, Professor of Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, will be at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (WELS) in Suamico on Saturday, September 9th to present a seminar on the Life of Luther. The cost to attend the seminar is $10 per person, which covers the course materials. The congregation is providing a free will offering lunch and childcare is available. Please see the poster in our Entryway for more information. Advance registration is appreciated. Pastor Schleis plans to attend this seminar, and would be happy to take riders.
Bible Class resumes September 10
As growth in Christian education should not be limited just to our youth, we provide adult Bible Class, following our Sun. churches services, beginning Sun., September 10, from about 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM. We’ll begin a study entitled Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture, which will help 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 3-4 minute 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 tentative schedule is:
Sun. Sept. 10 The Beginning: Baptism
Sun. Sept. 17 Justification by Grace
Sun. Sept. 24 Forgiveness Not for Sale
Women’s Mission Fellowship restart
An organizational meeting will be held on Wed. Sept. 13 @ 2 PM in the Overflow Room. We haven't had a meeting in years and hope we can start up again. We have over $1000 in the checkbook that can be used to help our Home & World missions & their pastors. More information at the meeting. I hope to see you there.
Dorothy Treptow, reporter
GriefShare at Beautiful Savior
Our friends at Beautiful Savior (WELS) Ashwaubenon have invited us to another Biblical grief support group series, beginning on Wed. September 13 at 6:30 PM. Please see the small poster on the Entryway bulletin board, and the trifolds in the Entryway rack, for more details.
Teen Suicide: Warning Signs and Prevention
Please see the information on an Entryway bulletin board poster, for a presentation entitled Teen Suicide: Warning Signs and Prevention, hosted by our Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School in Appleton on Wed. September 20, 6:30 PM.
Senior Breakfast/Bible study
Our monthly Senior Breakfast/Bible study continues on Thurs., September 21, 9-10 AM, at the Bay Family Restaurant, corner of 9th and Military. We’ll have a brief study of Exodus 19, in which the Israelites assemble at the foot of Mt. Sinai, to receive the Law from the Lord. All, of various ages, are invited.
COMING UP IN OCTOBER:
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. 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, 1:00-5:45 PM, essays will be presented on Luther and the Standards, and Luther and the Scriptures by WLS professors. On Tuesday morning, essays will be presented on Luther and the Saints and Luther and the State, by MLC and WLC professors.
Pastor Schleis plans to stay overnight Sun and Mon. nights, be back by mid Tues. afternoon.
LWMS rally, St. Paul (WELS) Algoma, Sat. October 14 – check later on in this newsletter for more information.
Northern Wisconsin District Reformation 500 Service
The Northern Wisconsin District is holding a special Reformation worship service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI. Prof. Paul Koelpin from Martin Luther College will serve as our guest preacher. The Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Chorus will join us as well as choirs from our district's area Lutheran high schools. Following the service there will be a food and fellowship hour in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featuring displays from around the district and synod. For more information, or to register for tickets to this event, please visit: www.nwd-wels.org
Financial Report for July 2017
Receipts: $ 7,031.20
Disbursements: $ 8,579.00
Checkbook balance (July 31) $ 5,695.99*
*Includes $452 EAF, $153 of Carillon interest
Educational Assistance Fund (EAF)
WELS CD $ 4,141.77+
+ $452 due from the General Fund
Short Term Asset (undesignated) $ 99,210.07
Estate Fund (undesignated) $ 338,733.68
(undesignated CD) 162,000.00
Endowment (restricted) $ 79,173.77
Mission/Reformation Festival October 22
Dr. Joel Pless, Professor of Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, is scheduled to be our Mission Festival guest preacher on Sun. October 22. He’s a Luther scholar, and a good friend of Pastor Schleis from when they were both serving in the Wausau area years ago.
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.
The Paperland Circuit will host the 2018 International Rally to be held at the K.I. in Green Bay the last weekends of June 2018.Plans are underway. Karen Gierczak and Dorothy Treptow volunteered to be on the Worship Committee and attended a committee meeting August 1 at St. Matthew in Appleton. If you are interested in helping contact us.
The Paperland Circuit Fall Rally is Saturday, October 14th at St. Paul in Algoma. Please check the notice elsewhere in this FLIA.
The LWMS Mission Mite Boxes are due. Please have them at church by Sunday, October 1st.
An organizational meeting will be held on Wed. Sept. 13th in the Overflow Room. We haven’t had a meeting in years and hope we can start up again. We have over $1000.00 in the checkbook that can be used to help our Home & World Missions & their pastors. More info then. Hope to see you there!
HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY TO THESE MEMBERS:
Sept. 5 Robin Keiler
Sept 8 Ruth Schmidt (83)
Sept. 10 Vanessa VanLanen
Sept. 11 Paislee Porod
Sept. 12 Lee Treptow (83)
Sept. 14 Robert Pomeroy
Sept. 15 Tim Watermolen
Sept.17 Don Koehler
Sept. 21 Karen Gierczak
Sept. 23 Kaylee Jenna Jones
Sept. 24 Cindy Voigt
Sept. 29 Lindsay Moua
We begin the 2017-2018 season on Monday, September 12th. At 9AM with breakfast at the The Allouez Café.
We meet every Monday from 9AM until noon. Please bring a bag lunch, coffee will be provided.
This year we will be making blankets for Bellin Hospital patients and/or the Bellin Cancer Center and aprons for the residents of Century Ridge Assisted Living.
Last season we made 67 blankets for Bellin Hospital, 24 for Unity Hospice and 100 aprons for Century Ridge.
We have received three $250.00 grants from Thrivent Action Team to help with the purchase of materials and supplies.
Sept. 4 - Mark & Tammy Spoerl (24)
Sept. 5 - Pastor Paul & Denise Schleis (35)
Sept. 6 - Dave & Sharon Johnston (48)
Sept. 13 - Allen & Judy Sigmund (37)
Sept. 27 – John & Laura Bursa (20)
Sept. 28 - Dan & Elizabeth Mittag (15)
Sept. 30 - Darryl & Jeanette Ruprecht (50)