JANUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER Redeemer Lutheran Church 210 S. Oneida Mailing Address: 205 Hudson St. Green Bay, WI 54303 Phone: 920-499-1033 Website: www.redeemerlutherangb.com E-Mail: [email protected] __________________________ Redeemer Mission Statement We share with all people the good news of Jesus Christ, teaching faith and love. __________________________ Inside This Issue Executive Committee ................... 2 Congregational Meeting............... 2 Financial Update .......................... 3 Prayer List ..................................... 4 Church News ................................ 5 This ’n That .................................. 5 Bible Readings ............................. 5 Worship Volunteers ...................... 6 Birthdays, Anniversaries .............. 7 Upcoming Events ......................... 7 Official Acts ................................... 7 Calendar ....................................... 8 February Newsletter Deadline: All newsletter articles for February are due in the church office by Sunday, January 18, 2015. This newsletter is published monthly. Dear Friends in Christ, As the New Year is now upon us, there are always thoughts about what has happened in the past, and looking forward to better future opportunities in the year to come. There is a custom in Italy that kind of goes along with this thinking. As midnight on New Year’s Eve approaches, the streets are clear. There is no traffic; there are no pedestrians; even policemen take cover. Then, at the stroke of 12, the widows of the houses fly open. To the sound of laughter, music, and fireworks, each member of the family pitches out old crockery, detested ornaments, hated furniture, and a whole catalogue of personal possessions which remind them of something in the past year they are determined to wipe out of their minds. What would you throw away? What would come flying out of your window or front door? What are you “determined to wipe out” of your mind? We all have regrets. We all have guilt. We all have shame. We all have memories that we would love to purge out of our minds, failures that we would love to have utterly erased. Isn’t that what forgiveness is all about? John writes in his first epistle, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So, to begin the “purge”, we start with true repentance and sincere confession. Pour out your sins at the altar of the cross of Christ. His forgiveness truly “wipes out” those sins, having paid for them by His sacrifice. And the most beautiful thing about this, is that when forgiveness takes place in the eyes of God, He no longer has any memory of that sin, as He says through the prophet Isaiah 43:25, “I, I am He Who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” So like the Italians, throw out all those regrets, all that guilt, all that shame, all the things in our memories that cause us to wince and shake our heads. Repent of them, confess them to your Savior, and He will “wipe them out”. He gives us the opportunity to start fresh, not just once a year, but every day, and every hour, and every moment. His love us unconditional and His mercy, grace, and forgiveness is boundless! Have a very blessed and refreshing New Year! In Christ’s love, Council Meeting & Congregational Meeting Redeemer Lutheran Church Church Council Meeting Minutes December 02, 2014 After a Christmas social attended by the board members and their spouses/guests a short Church Council meeting was held. Minutes from the November Executive Board meeting were approved as written. Pastor’s report: During the month of November there were (9) adult bible classes; (4) Confirmation classes; (13) hospital visits; (7) shut-in visits; (2) nursing home services; and (2) counseling sessions. Three new members were welcomed: Jean Borchardt by Adult Confirmation; Frank Hekenberger and Michael Hekenberger by Profession of Faith. Trinity update: Upcoming events: Children’s Christmas Program will be at Out Savior Church on Monday, December 15; Pizza Ranch fundraiser will be January 5; school auction will be February 21. Board of Mission and Ministry: Discussed the social times they will be hosting between the Wednesday services during Advent. They also discussed a possible promotional gift for new members. The other boards have not yet held their monthly meeting. After reviewing the agenda for the Congregational Meeting that will be held on Sunday, December 07, 2014, the meeting closed with prayer. The next Church Council meeting will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Jodie Ellingson Congregation Secretary Redeemer Lutheran Church Congregational Meeting Minutes December 07, 2014 The meeting was called to order at noon by Chairman Randy Pfister and Pastor Pett opened with devotion. A list of 72 members recommended for removal from membership was presented to the congregation. A motion was made and seconded to remove the names on the list from membership. Motion passed. Election of Officers: The following were nominated for offices: Chris Stewart, Board of Property; Mary Pett, School Board; Laurie Thyes and Wanda Hilke, Board of Mission and Ministry; Ross Corey, Financial Secretary; Jennifer Nehring, Congregation Secretary. A motion was made and seconded to accept the nominations. Motion passed. Officers for 2015 include: Chairman: Dan Schreiber Financial Secretary: Ross Corey Congregation Secretary: Jennifer Nehring Treasurer: Elmer Nienow Board of Property: Jeremy Thyes, Perry Wagener, Fidel Arellano, Keith Larson., Tom Kloehn, Chris Stewart. School Board: Tom Jablonski, Mary Pett. Board of Mission and Ministry: Becki Larson, Sheila Mannisto, Sheila Ferron, Deb Jablonski, Laurie Thyes, Wanda Hilke. We are still in need of a Chairman-elect. Outgoing officers: Bill Borchardt (Board of Property); Jodie Ellingson (Congregation secretary); Paula Goin (Board of Mission and Ministry); Susan Kupsky (Financial secretary); Randy Pfister (Chairman); Virginia Somers (School Board); Brad Van Lanen (School Board); Beth Wegener (Board of Mission and Ministry) 2 | JANUARY NEWSLETTER Financial Report A proposal to revise the Constitution regarding board terms was presented to the congregation. Currently board terms are one year with a maximum of three terms. It is proposed to change the terms to two years with a two term maximum. The Chairmanship positions are currently one year term ‘cycles’ from vice-chairman to chairman-elect to chairman. It is proposed to change this to a two term ‘cycle’ from chairman-elect to chairman, and eliminate the vicechairman position. Through November over $60,000 has been received from the PIM campaign. Currently our mortgage balance is $377,500 and the Cougar Care balance is $41,700. A list of some of the short term plan suggestions from members was presented along with some long term plan possibilities. The Church Council will review these suggestions to develop a short term (2015) implementation plan as well as a three to five year plan that focuses on outreach, facility usage, and being better ambassadors. Meeting adjourned and Pastor closed with prayer. Respectfully submitted, Jodie Ellingson Congregation Secretary Financial Report November 2014 offerings were $22,622, compared to $26,762 in October. (Thanksgiving and last Sunday in November will be included in the December income because they were not deposited until December 1.) Total November income was $37,799 including offerings, “Adopt a Bill”, debt reduction and the Thrivent programs. Total expenses paid were $33,963. Fiscal year to date offerings total $102,578, compared to budgeted offerings to date of $99,350. As of the end of November our mortgage balance is down to $377, 459 and the Cougar Care loan is down to $41,708. We are hopeful that the holiday offerings for Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas will allow us to finish repaying the money we borrowed from our designated savings accounts. We give thanks for all those who have contributed toward this great progress in reducing our debt load. While it is obvious that the designated contributions toward the debt (PIM and debt reduction) made a big difference we couldn’t have done it without the regular Sunday offerings and Adopt-A-Bill contributions that have allowed us to keep all our bills and obligations current this year. Through November 2014, we have received $58,676 through our Partnership in Ministry (PIM) campaign which means we have received $11,735 (20%) to use for outreach activities to spread God’s Word, $23,470 (40%) toward projects (including security cameras, classroom renovations, chair lifts and parking lot resurfacing) and $23,470 (40%) to pay down the mortgage principal. The total amount pledged for the three year campaign was $101,348 so we have received about 58% of the amount pledged at the end of the first two years. I plan to give each PIM pledger a statement of the amount given compared to the pledge at the end of the year. Respectfully, Susan Kupsky Financial Secretary REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH | 3 PRAYER LIST Prayer List International Concerns: Persecuted Christians Ebola Victims Undergoing Treatment: Nora Brown Haven Burris –friend of Jeremiah Goin Family Karen Clark –sister of Becki Larson Ed Fritsch –Cindy Pfister’s dad Barbara Gapp-friend of Julie Zimmer Tom Gendill –brother-in-law of Joanne Pludeman Jim Greene Mary Groh Dale Hedtke –nephew of Cecilia Chlopek Bev Jablonski Don Kieweg Micah Koller - grandson of Bruce & Dolores Schulz Anita Koseck Charlie Knuth-friend of Jeremiah Goin Mary Kramer –sister-in-law of Llew Kramer Tianna Lange Jean Palomino Maria Pflueger-aunt of Carol Knapowski Chris Wagner-Shelia Ferron’s aunt Recovering: Marcella Antonneau Margie Bergelin Delton Bongel Dee Davies –mother of Jill Kern Edmond Foral –father of Sheila Ferron Marian Kiley –mother of John Kiley Ruth Kohn - mother of Joanne Pludeman Bev Larsen Brixon Martin - nephew to Darsi Nuske Dave Malueg Lucille Schmidt Jim Willams- brother of Becki Larsen Mike Williams –father of Becki Larsen Sandy Wilson –sister-in-law of Kiewegs Dorothy Zastrow Art Zoellner– brother of Lyndon Zoellner Ongoing Health Problems: Neal Anderson Paul Berntson - uncle of Christina Flores Donna Branch - mother of Mary Pett Shirley Handschke –mother of Laura Schiefelbein Marjory Holmes Ron Howard Helen Joslin Sue Kienitz - sister in law of Neal & Ann Anderson Tom Krahl –friend of Petts Frieda Landgraf 4 | JANUARY NEWSLETTER Gladys Meath Josh Moede Sue Nehring Lila Schroeder - sister in law of Pat Taylor Charmaine Scott –mother of David Tucker Todd Valitchka Aiden Van Lanen Don Van Pay - Jim Delvoye Sr. stepfather Doug Vercauteren Larry & Bernice Vomastic School Ministry: N.E.W. Lutheran High School Trinity Lutheran School Missionary Overseas: Anne Davies Elliot & Serena Derricks Military Personnel Overseas: Tess Bogner Tyler Hischke –nephew of Steve & Linda Druckrey Blake Howard- grandson of Orvel & Vi Howard Ben Hurlbert Trent Lehrkind Marcus & Maggie Noll - friend of Tess Bogner Nick Olp - NEW Graduate in the Marines Adam Siekmann –grandson of Vernon & Joyce Siekmann Nathan Schroeder - nephew of Pat Taylor Cameron Wiese - grandson of Clyde Druckrey Updated 12-16-14 CHURCH NEWS & THIS - N -THAT RUMMAGE SALE Please save your items for the Spring Rummage Sale! Read The Bible in a Year January 2015 NEW LHS AUCTION Just announced at the 2014Â NEW Auction - for our 25th Annual Dinner Auction, we have been given a grant to hold it at LAM-BEAU FIELD in 2015!!Â There will be several price breaks - the first is from now until December 31, 2014.Â Ticket price will be $50/ person.Â After the 31st, the price jumps to $70/person so get your tickets now!Â Ticket sales will be on our website in the near future or you can send a check to the school office now! A COLLECTION OF COMEDIES The NEWLHS Drama Department presents a Collection of Comedies!! Join us February 7th & 8th at 6:30PM at NEWLHS, for a laugh-out-loud good time. This year we are featuring 6 situational comedy plays… from DR. DEATH trying to blow up the most beloved state of Iowa to a couple of elderly women with a penchant for discussing their HEALTH ISSUES over dinner, you are sure to enjoy these HILARIOUS plays. Get your tickets at the door for $6/adult and $4/students & seniors. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 1Corinthians 12-14 1 Corinthians 15-16 2 Corinthians 1-4 2 Corinthians 5-9 2 Corinthians 10-13 Galatians 1-3 Galatians 4-6 Ephesians 1-3 Ephesians 4-6 Philippians 1-4 Colossians 1-4 1 Thessalonians 1-5 2 Thessalonians 1-3 1 Timothy 1-6 2 Timothy 1-4 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Titus-Philemon Hebrews 1-6 Hebrews 7-10 Hebrews 11-13 James 1-5 1 Peter 1-5 2 Peter 1-3 1 John 1-5 2 John - Jude Revelation 1-3 Revelation 4-8 Revelation 9-12 Revelation 13-16 Revelation 17-19 Revelation 20-22 Genesis 1-3 CAMP LUTHER COTTAGE RETREATS Enjoy a cottage retreat at Camp Luther this winter. Our cottages have everything you will need for a relaxing getaway in the midst of God’s beautiful creation. Spend the day cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Then settle in for a cozy evening next to the fireplace. Stay for a weekend or a week. Camp Luther is offering a special rate that is 25% off of our regular rate from December 1st-April 30th. Check out “Cottage Retreats” at www.campluther.com. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH | 5 3 4 | JANUARY SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER 6 NEWSLETTER SCRIP Acolyte Altar Guild Altar Guild Altar Guild Usher Usher Usher Usher Sacristan Lay Reader Greeter Greeter Elder Date 4-Jan 11-Jan 11-Jan 14-Jan 18-Jan Marion Schmeling Janet Groh Dolores Marion Schulz Schmeling Helen Hazaert Bea Buchholz Linda Haag Jeremiah Goin Linda Druckrey Jim Wirch J&C Hoffman E&P Nienow Mark Sprague Fred John Carl Hazaert Cindy Pfister >>> Jay Lehner Jim Martin Tim Radtke 8:45am Jim Wirch 25-Jan 6:30pm Jeff Goin 21-Jan Helen Hazaert 10:45am 18-Jan Fred John Dan Mannisto Chris Stewart Grace Rafferty Cindy Pfister 8:45am 10:45am 6:30pm 8:45am Doug Llew Lyndon Tim Siebert Kramer Zoellner Ahtonen Doug & Elmer Devra Elmer Mike Nienow Siebert Nienow DeGrave Polly Joanne Polly Lori Nienow Pludeman Nienow DeGrave Joel John Westerfeld Kiley NONE NONE Tristen Doug Bev Kristina Tucker Siebert Jablonski Hazen Jim Gerald Bud Kathy Wirch Pludeman Aprill Bongel 6:30pm Jim Wirch 7-Jan Fred Jim Lorin Mae ChristoJohn Martin Sternberg Aprill pher Hazen Dan Jeremiah Fidel Mannisto Goin Arellano Chris Kristin Stewart Arellano Nick Emilie Justin Michelle Andrew Faith Emily Bridgett Ahtonen Pludeman Mannisto Larsen Pludeman Rafferty LeCleir Uhlig Rachel Strehlow >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> Sharon Strehlow >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> NONE Susan Kupsky Carl Hazaert Jack Koivisto Arlene Koivisto 8:45am 10:45am Dan Mannisto 4-Jan JANUARY REDEEMER WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS Harold Sisel Mark Sprague NONE Cheryl Behm Curt Moede Elmer Nienow Polly Nienow 6:30pm Doug Siebert 28-Jan >>> Mae Aprill >>> Mackenzie Trenton Van Lanen Tucker 10:45am Llew Kramer 25-Jan HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Happy Anniversary! January 1 2 3 4 5 9 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 Carolyn VanMiller Doreen Strehlow Michelle LeCleir Christopher Lehner Paula Scharenbrach Jessica Delvoye Anita Koseck Hazel Malueg Cheryle Cheslock Barbara Kane Robert Behm Amy Goltz Vernon Siekmann Parker Koller Piper Koller Kaven Stewart James Wirch Kate Inman Angelika Jones Denzel Kiley Alice Somers Christiana Devroy Beth Inman Daniel Kane Jeremy Siudzinski Julie Bogner Daniel Eichman David Groh Sheena Schley Rebecca Van Lanen Kaylee Lohmiller Nichloas Ahtonen Stacy Swenty Kersten Tomcheck Daniel Behm Elliot Druckrey Lawson Nuske Sharon Strehlow Pearl Bartelt Will Steltenpohl Kristin Arellano January 2 6 8 Doug & Devra Siebert Chad & Sharlet Radtke Neal & Ann Anderson Upcoming Events Feb 8 Feb 13 Feb 18 Apr 5 at 6:40 & 8:45am Apr 24 & 25 Porkie/Pancake by Fellowship Club Boys Basketball Tournament Ash Wednesday Easter Services Tentative Rummage Sale Official Acts New Members: Frank & Michael Hekenberger Jean Borchardt Received Eternal Crown: Angeline Caldie November 30, 2014 Church Office Hours: Monday –Thursday 8am to 2pm Friday 8am to 1pm Note: The Church office is located in the school building. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH | 7 8 | JANUARY NEWSLETTER 20 9:30 a. Bible Study 6:00 p. Mission & Ministry 19 M L King JrDay obs 6:00 p. Handbell Rehea 7:15 p. Choir Rehear No Ladies Craft 26 6:00 p. Women's Christian Serv Bus Mtg. 6:00 p. Handbell Rehea 7:15 p. Choir Rehear 18 8:45 a. Worship 9:30a. Sun. School 9:55 a. Bible Study 10:45 a. Family Worship ? 12:00 p. Congregational Planning Mtg. 25 8:45 a. Worship w/Comm 9:30a. Sun. School 9:55 a. Bible Study 10:45 a. Family Worship w/Com 27 9:30 a. Bible Study 13 9:30 a. Bible Study 6:30 p. Church Council 12 6:00 p. Handbell Rehea 7:15 p. Choir Rehear 11 8:45 a. Worship w/Comm 9:30a. Sun. School 9:55 a. Bible Study 10:45 a. Family Worship w/Com 28 9:00 a. Bethesda Wk Day 4:30 p. Confirmation Class 6:30 p. Worship 7:45 p. Bible Study 21 4:30 p. Confirmation Class 6:30 p. Worship w/Comm 7:45 p. Bible Study 14 9:00 a. Bethesda Wk Day 4:30 p. Confirmation Class 6:30 p. Worship 7:45 p. Bible Study 7 9:00 a. Christian Ser Proj 4:30 p. Confirmation Class 6:30 p. Worship w/Comm 7:45 p. Bible Study 6 Epiphany 9:30 a. Bible Study Resumes 6:30 p. Bd Property Mtg 6:30 p. Sch Bd Mtg 5 6:00 p. Handbell Rehea 6:30 p. Elder Mtg 7:15 p. Choir Rehear 4 8:45 a. Worship 8:45 a. Install officers 9:30a. Sun. School 9:55 a. Bible Study 10:45 a. Family Worship Wed. Tues. Mon. Sun. 29 22 15 8 Thurs. 1 No Worship Service Contact Grace Ebert at 469-8291 or [email protected] - to reserve dates, rooms, property, etc - for the most current information. - to provide your additions and corrections 30 23 16 9 5:30 p. Fellowship Club Plan & Potluck Mtg Fri. 2 No Fellowship Club 31 24 17 10 8:30a. Un-decorate Church $$$$$ Sat. 3 6:30 p. game night January, 2014 This printed calendar is current through the print date. It is subject to updates after the print date.
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