WLS Begins Classes and Holds Opening Services
Classes will begin at Wisconsin Lutheran School for the 2015-16 school year this Tuesday, August 25th. The opening services will be held during the weekly chapel spot at each campus; Wednesday, August 26th at 7:45am at Epiphany, and Friday, August 28th at 7:35am at First Evan. You are welcome to attend! God’s blessings to all of our teachers, students, and parents as we begin this new school year.
Opening Service at Shoreland Lutheran HS
Let us praise and thank God for the blessings of Shoreland students, teachers, staff, and a new year of grace! You are invited to attend Shoreland’s opening service and installation of several new teachers on Wednesday, August 26th
, at 8:00am. God’s blessing to them & all of the Shoreland faculty as they serve Christ in their calling. Shoreland will open its doors for freshmen on Tuesday, August 25th, and for all grades on Wednesday, August 26th.
Wednesday Night Bible Study - Elisha
This fall we will participate again in a Bible study streamed online live. Pastor Keith Wessel, a professor at Martin Luther College, will lead a Bible study on the life and ministry of Elisha. We'll watch it and discuss it together in the church basement each Wednesday at 6:00pm, September 9th through October 7th.
Funds Needed for National Night Out Expenses
Thank you to all who helped out by generously donating to the door offering last Sunday to help cover the expenses for our neighborhood cookout held on National Night Out on August 4th. Please be reminded, that if you were not prepared for last week’s door offering, you may still help out by making a donation for this in your offering envelope by specifying the amount you wish to donate on the “Other” line on your envelope. All donations are appreciated!
Bible Instruction Class Begins
Has anything changed in your life since you were 14? Probably a lot! Do you think the same way today about things that you did at 14? And yet, for many of us, age 14 was the last time we studied the major teachings of the Bible and the Lutheran church—in confirmation class. You’re older and wiser now. Maybe you’ve been through some tough times since then. Maybe you’ve even questioned some of the most basic things you were taught back when you were 14. Come and ask your questions, and learn again what you learned before. On September 13th, between services, we begin a new Bible Instruction Class, which is a review of the basic teachings of the Word of God. Maybe it’ll look a little different this time around. Or maybe you’ll look at it a little differently. Bring your questions, and bring a friend. Let a pastor know if you're interested in attending.
Fall Worship Schedule and Sunday School
We will return to the regular Sunday morning worship schedule on September 13th. On that day, service times will once again be 8:00 and 10:45am. Sunday School will also be starting up that day. All children are invited to attend! Parents, please watch for a post card invitation for your child(ren) to be coming in the mail. On the Sunday School wish list are: age appropriate scissors for grades 1 through 6 (about 20 pair) and glue & glue sticks. A donation box will be in the church library for donations.
Take the Survey! We Need Your input!
Thank you to those who have already taken the Pulse Survey. If you haven’t done so yet, please know that we need your input! Please take some time to fill out the Pulse Survey. You can do that in one of the following ways:
1. Go to http://welsccc.polldaddy.com/s/firstevangelical-racine on your own computer or electronic device.
2. Pick up a hard copy of the survey (top of stairs), fill it out at home and return it to church to the box at the top of the stairs.
The survey will likely take you an average of 20 to 40 minutes to fill it out. The survey is used in connection with the Self-Assessment and Adjustment Program which we are currently going through and is intended for every confirmed member.
Reserve October 3rd & 4th for SAA Meeting!
You are crucial participants! We are asking and encouraging all confirmed members to attend meetings on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th as part of the SAA (Self-Assessment and Adjustment) program that we are currently engaged in. Pastor Steven Pagels (from St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc) will lead us in Bible Study and small-group discussion on Saturday, Oct. 3rd (we’ll announce the hours soon). This is not an exercise for the leadership of the congregation, but for all members. We need you to be a part of this. Pastor Pagels is coming to facilitate discussion amongst ourselves about how we might share the Gospel as much as possible. Then on Sunday, Oct. 4th, after the 10:45am service, he will help us determine what adjustments to our ministry, if any, we would like to make over the next year. Please set aside those days!â€‹
Worship Service Recordings on DVDs
Please be reminded that our worship services are recorded onto DVDs by our teens. Tim and Jan Weidner make several copies and distribute them accordingly so our shut-in members who request these copies receive them. Paper copies of all sermons are also available and may be emailed, put into your church mailbox or mailed to your home. If you or someone you know would like to start receiving these DVDs or copies of the sermons, please notify the church office -email@example.com or 633-8267.
Are you interested in walking in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul? A 10 day tour of Greece, including a 3 day Mediterranean cruise is scheduled for October 19-25, 2015. The tour is being hosted by Pastor Gene Kock. See such places as Kavala, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Meteora, Athens, Corinth, Mars Hill & much more. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Roekle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Consider a Gift to the Organ Fund
Please be reminded that we have an organ fund needed to rebuild our existing organ or to purchase a new one. We encourage you to contribute to this fund whenever possible. To make a contribution, you may do so along with your regular offering. On your offering envelope, simply write “organ fund” with the amount you are contributing in the category marked “other”. There is already a substantial amount of money in the fund, but we anticipate that we will need a sizable amount in addition.
Member Assistance Reminder
Keep in mind that a group has been set up to help if members ever find themselves in need of necessities such as food, clothing, etc. If you are in need, you can contact the Member Assistance Team (MAT) for help. Either send an email to email@example.com or drop a written request in the locked dropbox in the church library with your name and contact information. Also, if you would like to be included among those members who are notified when donations are needed, please contact the MAT at the email address listed above.