NEWS!

Summer midweek bible study this Wednesday
Have you followed along with the Scripture lessons in church and instantly had questions about them that went unanswered?  Do you sometimes have a hard time seeing how each of the lessons connect together?  Come join us for our midweek Bible Study this Wednesday, July 1st, from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the church basement as we discuss and explore Sunday’s scripture lessons ahead of time. 

Chris Driesbach concert coming soon
First Evan Lutheran Church presents a Christian Concert - An Evening with a Christian Songwriter and Former Atheist, Chris Driesbach, on Sunday, July 12th at 6:30pm, held in church.  Chris will be performing original Christian songs on guitar and keyboards.  He loves to tell the story of his journey to faith and sing about Jesus!  CDs will be available.  Please plan to come, and those in your FRAN network (Friends, Relatives, Associates, and Neighbors) are also welcome to attend! 

Vacation bible school for the whole family!
We will be holding a Vacation Bible School for the entire family, people of all ages, on Tuesday–Thursday, July 14-16th, from 5:45-8:00pm in the First Evan Center (FEC), 747 Grand Ave. (enter doors on 8th Street.)  The theme is “God’s Prayer Plan.”  Children and adults will learn about prayer.  VBS includes a supper served at the beginning of each night, age appropriate Bible lessons about prayer, crafts and games, & babysitting for children under 4.  Registration forms can be found in the back of church at the top of stairs.  Completed forms should be put in the box at the top of the stairs by July 12th

First Evan Lighthouse Run Team Results
Our church team did very well in the Lighthouse Run held last Saturday.  We took 3rd place for the 10 mile race overall (4 mile did not have enough for a team).  Member Isaac Hill finished 6th overall in the 10 mile!  Way to go, team!
 
Summer events at Wisconsin Lutheran college
Art and Craft Fair:  WLC will host an Art and Craft Fair on Saturday, July 11th featuring artists and musical entertainment, including Kids from Wisconsin.  For a schedule of events, visit wlc.edu/arts/summer.
Summer Information Day:  High school students and their parents are invited to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Summer Information Day on Tuesday, July 14th.  To register, please call 414-443-8811 or visit wlc.edu/pcw. 
Science Camps:  Wisconsin Lutheran College is offering a Nursing Camp July 27-30th for students entering grades 7-9.  The WLC Biology Department is offering a   Bioengineering Camp July 27-31st for students entering grades 9-12.  For details, please visit wlc.edu/summer.
 
Build your house on the rock
Are you looking to fortify your marriage?  Are you trying to secure your relationship with your children?  Do you want to strengthen your family’s foundation to weather the storms of life?  Come hear what encouragement and promises God gives for building the family His way. Attend a special one-day Family Workshop at Shoreland Lutheran High School on Saturday, August 1 from 9am to 2pm.  The cost is $10 for an individual parent or $15 for a couple or the whole family.  Free child care & lunch is provided.  There are three ways to register: online at www.goo.gl/698krw, by phone at 262-637-5182, or at the door on August 1.  Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson from Bethany Lutheran College will be the presenter.  He is also the organizer of The Hausvater Project.  All of us need help in becoming a stronger spouse, parent, and Christian. There is no better place to receive that strength than from God’s Word.  Join us at the Family Workshop in building your house on the Rock.  This event is sponsored by Epiphany Lutheran Church and The Hausvater Project.  Learn more about The Hausvater Project at hausvater.org.
 
WELS Night at Miller Park - Brewers Game & Bus Trip
We have reserved a coach for up to 56 people to take us to/from the ballpark on Friday, August 14th for WELS Night at Miller Park. Tickets for the game and bus trip are $34.50.  Participants will also receive a free Tee shirt from Miller Park.  Sign up is on the south bulletin board and monies will be collected later.  For questions, see Jim Pieper or contact him at japieper@sbcglobal.net. 
 
Church picnic
Just a reminder our church picnic, held at Johnson Park with our brothers and sisters of New Hope, will be held on August 9th beginning at 10:30am with the Outdoor Service. 
 
Training Camp – A Lutheran Camp for Kids
Training Camp is a WELS kids’ camp held at the YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL, for young people in the WELS & ELS who will be entering grades 3-9 in the fall.  The purpose of the camp is to provide an opportunity for kids to grow in God’s Word in an outdoor setting.  The theme this year is Training Camp Assemble!  It will be held from Sunday, July 26th - Friday, July 31st, 2015.  Total cost is $300 per camper. Forms are available at the south bulletin board.  Contact Pastor Michael Zarling (Epiphany Lutheran) at pastor@epiphany-wels.org or call 994-2711 with any questions. 

2015 Flower Chart
The flower chart for 2015 is posted down by the northside mailboxes.  If you would like to donate altar flowers on a particular Sunday in memory of loved ones or in honor of special occasions, please write your name next to the date of your choosing.  The cost remains $30 again this year.  If a particular Sunday is already spoken for, you may donate flowers for the  pulpit area, at the same price of $30.  The church secretary will contact you in advance for your color choice. 

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 -churchoffice@firstracine.org or 633-8267.
 
Greece Tour
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 pastorroekle@firstracine.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 mat@firstracine.org 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.  
 

 


 

 
A New Logo:  The Picture of Our Purpose
           
            Symbolism permeates the entire history of God’s relationship with people.  After the flood God showed Noah a rainbow.  At the first Passover God taught about the Savior by using lambs and blood on doorways.  Jesus used many pictures to tell people who “I AM.”  He is the bread of life, the light of the world, the good  shepherd, the vine.  The Christian church picked up on this use of symbolism, and for many centuries symbols have appeared in Christian churches and Christian worship.  Our own church building is full of pictures and symbols that teach us the gospel and remind us of what it means for us.
 
            Your church council recently authorized the use of a new logo for use on publications, letterhead, and other church-related materials.  You will see this logo often as a visual representation of our congregation.  The intent is that, after some use, whenever people see the logo they will immediately connect it with First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  But like other Christian symbols, this logo is meant to teach people and remind people (including us) who we are and why we exist.  This logo is a meaningful one; it pictures our purpose.
 
            Let’s take a brief look at each part of the First Evan logo.

We preach Christ crucified.  The Cross is the center of everything we are and do.  On the cross, Jesus won our salvation by receiving the punishment for the guilt of our sin.  The church exists for no other reason than to connect people to the blessings of Christ’s cross.  At the cross the guilty conscience finds forgiveness.  At the cross the burdened soul finds rest and refreshment.  At the cross we see our Savior, whose love for you is so boundless that he determined to do everything necessary to bring you peace now and to secure your eternity.  This is what it’s all about.  Any description of our church and its mission must start at the cross of Christ.  Our logo, the visual description of our church, is no different.  It starts with the cross.
 
There are only two ways that God has provided for us to connect people to the cross.  One of those is The Word.  The open Bible describes what goes on in our church and in our homes.  We study and search the Scriptures diligently, because we know that by them we possess eternal life (John 5:39).  What the pastors preach and teach is not their opinion, but rather the words of God himself taken from his holy Scriptures.  What the members of our church believe and confess is not the latest theory or philosophy, but rather the timeless and changeless truth of God’s inerrant Word.  The Word directs faith and life, because through the Word the gospel goes to work on our hearts.  The Bible is “written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
 
The second way God has provided to connect people to the cross is the gospel in the sacraments.  The shell represents one of the two sacraments:  Baptism.  Baptism saves us by connecting our lives to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Everything that Jesus did for you becomes your own personal possession through your baptism.  Baptism is our birth:  it’s how many of us entered the church.  Baptism is our life:  it’s a constant reminder of our daily cycle of repentance and assurance of forgiveness.  Baptism is our mission:  Jesus commanded us to baptize others as we make disciples of all nations.  A shell is sometimes used to hold the water or pour the water at a baptism.  Therefore, the shell is a universal Christian symbol for baptism.  The three droplets of water remind us that we baptize into the name of the triune God—“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
 
The second sacrament is The Lord’s Supper.  The wheat and grapes signify the earthly elements in this sacrament.  Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread…Then he took the cup.  Jesus used unleavened bread and wine when he instituted this sacrament; therefore, we do, too.  In that bread and wine of the sacrament Jesus’ real body and blood are present in a real way, connecting us to the body and blood that he gave and poured out at the cross and therefore giving us the blessings of that sacrifice:  the forgiveness of sins.  And where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.  This particular representation of wheat and grapes was taken from the corners in our church sanctuary.  Next time you are in church, look up to see if you can find them.
 
            The purpose of our church is two-fold:  to care for the spiritual needs of the Christians in this family of believers we call First Evan and to reach out to others that they might come to know the true God and Jesus Christ, his only Son.  If a Christian is going to grow in his spiritual life and not remain immature, he will do so only through the gospel that is found only in the Word and sacraments.  If others are going to come to faith and join the Holy Christian Church on earth, they will do so only through the gospel that is found only in the Word and sacraments.  A simple phrase has been employed to describe this mission of ours and how it will be accomplished:  Growing and Going with the Word and Sacraments.  Now we have a logo that describes in symbols that very mission.
 
A.J.Dolan

But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. ~ Jeremiah 17:7