The monthly newsletter of First English Lutheran ChurchChurch - Appleton, Wi First English We are people of God who Gather to Worship, Grow in Faith and Give to Others www.felc.com August 2010 News Vol. 1 Issue 8 Feed My Starving Children A Feed My Starving Children MobilePack took place on Tuesday night, July 13 and throughout the day on Wednesday, July 14. Over 500 volunteers helped surpass our goal of 100,000 meals by packaging 106,920 meals. meals Those meals will feed 292 children for an entire year! As of this date donations continue to come in but as of July 16, 2010, $20,821.75 has been raised and any incoming donations will be seed money for a 2011 MobilePack event. The goal is that we host a future event with other area churches and/or businesses. telling others about the event, you have helped so much in this process to benefit the world. There are not enough ways to show our appreciation. Thank you DJ, Keeley and Angela from Feed My Starving Children. Their energy and enthusiasm for this ministry is so admirable. DJ did share the following thank you to FELC: Thanks for taking such good care of us during this event - things like this just show a level of care and dedication above and beyond what we often experience. We are very appreciative and thoroughly enjoyed working with you all on this event. I am happy to let you know that all the meals we packed at FELC are heading for Uganda! (Feed My Starving Children cont. on page 2) We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who helped in this event to feed hungry children all over the world. Whether it be through donating money, donating time to pack the food, attending Harvest, or simply Weekly Offerings June 2010 Weekly Month to Date Year to Date Budgeted $19,135 $76,540 $497,500 Short: $55,340 Actual/Budget 89% Collected $14,947 $59,786 $442,160 First English Lutheran Church Feed My Starving Children (cont. from front) Website: www.felc.com Email: [email protected] Downtown Site Corner of North & Drew streets Phone 920-733-2303 Service Times: Sunday 8, 9:15 & 10:30 a.m. North Site Corner of Broadway & Ballard Road Service Times: Sunday 9 a.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Echoes Phone 920-882-8172 First English Pastoral Staff Mary Bauer Michael Dismer [email protected] [email protected] First English Support Staff Paul Barth Anita Damon J.R. Grawe Donna Haberland Kathy Hoffman Kristy Howard [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Meri Hujet [email protected] Melissa Moll [email protected] Jean Monson [email protected] Andy Moscinski Cindi Schwab Brenda Smongeski Judy Snavely Above : members of First English and the entire community joined hands and hearts at the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event on July 13 and 14. Below: Our FMSC Coordinators: DJ, Rachel and Keeley [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Yvette Woerishofer [email protected] Newsletter Deadline: Please note: an early deadline this month! All submissions for the September issue must be emailed to [email protected] by noon on Tuesday, August 10. Special thanks to all those who contributed photos to this newsletter. 2F www.felc.com Photos and Biographies of May New Members Throughout the year, new members will be highlighted in the FELC newsletter. Be sure to extend a warm welcome to the following new members of the FELC family. Consider keeping this page with pictures and background information in your church directory! This month we are featuring all of the May 2010 class attendees. Brian and Kate Blazer Brian and Kate first became aware of the North Site by the close proximity to their home. Kate is originally from Portland, OR. She enjoys volunteering, coaching and working out plus spending time with family and friends. Brian is an instructor at FVTC and is a nationally ranked Masters Level as an amateur strongman. Lisa Koehler Lisa Koehler is a 2002 graduate of Appleton North High School and 2006 graduate of UW Stevens Point. She was born in Appleton and currently is a realtor with Century 21 Acre Realty. Lisa likes to rotate between the North Site and Downtown Site for worship. Pictured with Lisa is boyfriend, Craig Ihde. Shelly Koeck, Denton Mueller; Ally Mueller and Tanner Koeck Camping is the activity of choice for Shelly, Denton, Ally and Tanner. Shelly is employed at Presto Products and Denton enjoys his carpenter occupation. Shelly and Denton will be getting married at the Downtown Site on August 5, 2010. Ally is already attending FELC confirmation classes and loves to text and shop while Tanner enjoys his Legos, as all 8 year olds do. Darrel Ruechel Darrel enjoys working outdoors; especially walking and working in the woods. In fact he is a long time volunteer on the Ice Age Trail. Darrel resided in Waupaca until his June 26 wedding to JoAnn Krueger at the North Site, he then moved to Appleton. Congratulations, Darrel and JoAnn. Darrel is enjoying retirement and will probably be worshiping between both sites. Jim and Jodi March, Reilly and Spencer The March family recently moved from Minnesota and indeed are die hard Viking fans. Jim is the Town Administrator for the Town of Grand Chute and Jodi has been teaching in the Hortonville Area School District. Reilly just finished sixth grade at Houdini Elementary and loves playing the flute and Spencer enjoys soccer and the outdoors. He will be going into the third grade at Houdini. August 2010 Newsletter Steve and Shelley Jandt Steve is a Peshtigo native and Shelley is originally from the Mishicot area. Steve currently is the operations director of the Salvation Army in Green Bay and Shelley works at the WVH-KING doing music therapy for the geriatric clients. Steve is an avid sports fan and Shelley enjoys music, reading, volleyball, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Nancy Jandt Nancy is a retired teacher from the Marinette Area School District. She has recently moved to Kimberly to be closer to her son and daughterin-law. Nancy was very involved in her previous congregation, First Trinity Lutheran. In the small world department, Nancy ended up having ties with Jean Monson. She roomed with Jean’s aunt in college plus her husband and Jean’s father played baseball together for years. 3 From the Desk of Pastor Mary Dear Friends in Christ, I want to thank all of you for the exciting summer that we have had here at First English. From the church picnic to the choir at the Timber Rattler’s game; and from the interns helping with the lunch program over at Zion, to the wonderful Wednesday night reFUEL service; and finally from the great “Harvest” concert that led to the unbelievable outpouring of resources for Feed My Starving Children – we have seen the body of Christ doing the work of Christ this summer. Thank you! With everything that is going on, it might be easy to forget that we are in the midst of a call process. The call committee has been hard at work, not only to find a new senior pastor, but also to ensure that person’s success. Part of that work has been the reconciliation survey that many of you filled out which culminated in the document, “What Happened and Where are We Going?” Our final step in response to that survey has been to set up a “Rededication Service” for Sunday, August 29. The purpose for the evening is to provide an opportunity for the FELC family to rededicate themselves to the mission of our church. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. we will have breakout groups, followed by a 6:30 p.m. worship service and a pie social afterwards. One group will discuss how we can best support our new pastor. Another will discuss the discipleship model. We also want input on reviewing our “Guide to Discipleship” handout so that it closely follows the beliefs and practices of our congregation. The reason that this is part of a “Rededication” service is that misunderstandings about the meaning of discipleship have led to questions concerning what leadership is doing in the congregation. Finally, there will be quiet time in the Sanctuary for people to write down all past resentments that they carry concerning the church. Our commitment will be to leave those emotions behind and rededicate to the mission of the church. What a fitting end to an exciting summer! Join us as we prepare our hearts to welcome a new pastor, but more importantly, to prepare for the Spirit’s continuing work in our midst. In Christ, Pastor Mary Worship and Music Organ Recital Summer Series Free Admission 12:15-12:45 p.m. The Lunchtime Organ Recital Series continues through the month of August. Information on the concert series schedule, performers, programs and churches is available at www.lunchtimeorganrecital.org. • Wed. Aug 4, Jeff Verkuilen Holy Cross Catholic Church 309 Desnoyer Street, Kaukauna • Wed. Aug. 11, John Skidmore St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 404 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton • Wed. Aug. 18, David Bohn St. Bernard’s Catholic Church 1617 W. Pine Street, Appleton • Wed. Aug. 25, Marillyn Freeman St. Paul Lutheran Church 200 N. Commercial Street, Neenah 4 Summer Chamber Music and Reception All summer, chamber groups have been rehearsing led by musician Laura Kenney Henckel through The Arthur Krempin School of Music & Art. Please join us August 15 as the groups share their music during worship services at the Downtown Site. In addition, a recital and reception will follow the 10:30 a.m. service. FELC Art Show! Throughout the summer Julia Hujet, an intern sponsored by The Arthur Krempin School of Music & Art, has been leading art classes for all age groups. The students' art will be on display beginning Sunday, August 1 with refreshments between services. Hope to see you there! www.felc.com Learning First English Book Club Join us each month for a good book, good conversation and time to meet other First English members that love to read. Our next meeting time is August 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Downtown Site Lounge. Please purchase and read the book before the meeting. Watch for information for selections and meeting times for the fall and winter. Katie Adams facilitates the discussion. Please contact Donna Haberland in the church office with any questions. AUGUST SELECTION Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time , Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin, recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the third-world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote communities in central Asia. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world one school at a time. Book Review: Letters from the Land of Cancer Walter Wangerin has been living with cancer since January 2006. An award-winning writer, his fans number in the millions. So it is not surprising that he chose to write about his battle with this disease. He has suffered tremendously through the different therapies, treatments and set-backs, and chronicled it all to family and close friends with letters describing his journey. These letters comprise the book, Letters from the Land of Cancer. Following a sermon he preached, he tells: ”I raised my right hand to signal the strength of my trust, and stuck my left thumb into my mouth and sucked. Then, still in that silence, I returned to my seat again, and an ocean of comfort rushed in to lift me up. For the people crowding the Chapel behind me, all those aware of my presence and willing to join me down the Jesus-roadthese enveloped me, a vast congregation around my soul.” Have some tissue handy when you read this book, for it will touch you in the very place where your heart and faith come together. SEPTEMBER SELECTION Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson Just as Three Cups of Tea began with a promise - to build a school in Korphe, Pakistan - so too does Mortenson’s new book. In 1999, Kirghiz horsemen from Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor rode into Pakistan and secured a promise from Mortenson to construct a school in an isolated pocket of the Pamir Mountains known as Bozai Gumbad. Mortenson could not build that school before constructing many others, and that is the story he tells in this dramatic new book. Picking up where Three Cups of Tea left off in late 2003, Stones into Schools traces the CIA’s efforts to work in a whole new country, the secluded northeast corner of Afghanistan. Mortenson describes how he and his intrepid manager, Sarfraz Khan, barnstormed around Badakhshan Province and the Wakhan Corridor, moving for weeks without sleep, to establish the first schools there. August 2010 Newsletter Identify Confirmation Classmates The Congregational Historical Archive and Recording Team (CHART) is looking for volunteers to help identify people in 1918 to 2009 Confirmation photos. Please come on Sunday, August 8 and 15 between 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. in the Lounge at the Downtown Site to identify your classmates on the FELC Confirmation photo collection. 5 Learning Teachers Needed for Fall Learning Times NEEDS: 25 more teachers are needed, so please volunteer today. At the Downtown Site team teachers are needed for a 4 year olds class, grades 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 and high school. At the North Site, team teachers are needed for pre-K, grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and middle school in addition to Wednesday confirmation shepherds. This year parents are asked to take a turn as a classroom “Pal” to help occasionally with special needs or projects. Call Donna Haberland or Anita Damon in the church office. They’ll help you explore ways to serve. PRAYERS: The entire congregation is asked to pray for God’s guidance and direction that volunteers will feel a call to step forward to teach classes this fall. Approximately one hundred volunteers teach or assist with confirmation classes, Sunday School, Wednesday KidsLife and Adult Learning. How can you help meet this need? Everyone can find a role as teachers, team teachers, parent helpers, supply organizers, room decorators, substitutes or office support. There are ways you can help weekly, every other week or monthly with the age-level you prefer. Teachers receive complete lesson plans with step by step directions to teach. Please prayerfully consider walking alongside students as they learn and explore their faith. Sunday School Teacher Meeting The excitement for fall begins as teachers pick up lesson plans and student lists at the August teacher meeting. Child care is available with advance RSVP to the church office. • Preschool to grade 3 teachers please meet August 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site. • Grade 4-8 teachers please meet August 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site. Learning Time Orientation for Parents All parents with students in preschool to grade 6 are asked to attend an orientation to Spark Sunday School, kids’ choirs and Wednesday KidsLife. Please plan to attend one of these dates: • Wednesday, August 4 at 9 a.m. in the office at the North Site (during VBS week) • Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site (child care available with advance RSVP to church office) • Sunday, September 19 orientation at the North Site at 9:45 a.m. • Sunday, September 19 orientation at the Downtown Site at 9:30 a.m. 6 Third Grade Bible Class All third grade children are given a Bible as a gift from First English Lutheran Church. The Bible is to be brought to Sunday school each week. In preparation, third grade children and their parents should attend Using My Bible Class on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site. On Rally Sunday, September 12, parents and child will come forward together to the altar as we pray for God’s blessing on this faith milestone. Fall Learning Time Registration Learning Time, for children and adults begins Sunday, September 12. It's easy for children to be involved in both music and Sunday School each week. At the Downtown Site, Linda Hash directs the Cherub Choir for kids in kindergarten to grade 2, and Sue Bakken directs the Angelus Choir for kids in grades 3 - 6. At the North Site, Denise Klemp directs the Joy Choir for pre-K to kindergarten kids and the Hosanna Choir for kids in grades 1 - 4. Choir is for all kids who like to sing and praise God through song, no experience needed. New student registration forms are on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area or register on-line at www.felc.com. Everyone is automatically enrolled at the same site and learning time as last year unless you request differently. KidsLife Learning Time will meet weekly beginning Wednesday, September 15 from 6:307:30 p.m. for kindergarten to grade 6. We encourage you to plan time for worship, children’s choirs and learning at one of our two church sites this fall! Sundays at the Downtown Site Worship 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. 8:50 a.m. Cherub Choir - Room 220 (kindergarten to grade 2) 8:50 a.m. Angelus Choir - Choir Room (grades 3-6) 9:15 a.m. Sunday School-ages 3 (by Sept. 1) to high school Sundays at the North Site Worship 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. 9:35 a.m. Children’s Choir – Lower Level (pre-K to grade 4) 9:45 a.m. Sunday School- ages 4 to middle school; and a parent/child class for ages 2-3 (by Sept.1) Wednesday KidsLife 6:30 p.m. Downtown Site (Grades kindergarten to 6) www.felc.com Learning Study Opportunities Monthly Women’s Bible Studies • The Judith Circle will meet for a potluck lunch on Tuesday, August 3, at noon in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site. • The Miriam Circle meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, at Anita Damon’s home, 1106 E. Byrd St. , Appleton. Regrets only to 739-8788. • The Sarah Circle will not meet in August, but will meet again starting in September. Early Riser's Women’s Study will not meet in August, but starting September 16, will meet weekly at 6 a.m. in the Lounge at the Downtown Site. Annette Ford is the facilitator. Come join us for study and fellowship, the coffee will be ready! A Wednesday Bible Study with Pastor Mary Bauer will be held at noon starting Wednesday, September 15 in the Lounge at the Downtown Site. We will be resuming our Books of the Bible Series. Come even if you are new to this small group study--each week is its own lesson. You are welcome to bring your own lunch. The Thursday 9 a.m. Bible Study will not meet in August, but starting September 16 will meet weekly at 9 a.m. in the Lounge at the Downtown Site. Barb Mattheis is the facilitator. Men and women of various ages find this study group an important time of learning and fellowship each week. August 2010 Newsletter Men's Bible Studies Consider becoming involved in FELC’s Men’s Ministry. Don’t worry if it’s been awhile since you participated in a Bible Study. It will be much more than that: a support group, discussion of current events, friendship, fellowship and mentoring. Visit one of these weekly small groups soon. (Check the FELC calendar for up to date summer meeting times.) • Tuesday Morning Men's Ministry meets at 6:30 a.m. in the Office at the North Site. • Tuesday Evening Men's Ministry meets at 7 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays during the summer in the Lounge at the Downtown Site. • Wednesday Evening Men's Ministry will not meet in summer. • Friday Morning Men's Ministry meets at 6:30 a.m. at the North Site Office. Bethel Bible Study A Bethel Bible waiting list is on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area. Either a day or evening new Bethel Bible class rotation will be started when there are at least twelve participants. Bethel, a twoyear overview of the Old and New Testaments, uses an historical approach to the Hebrew-Christian heritage of faith. Both adults and high school students are welcome to the class. Recent graduates enthusiastically endorse the value of participating in this two year study of the entire Bible. To learn more about Bethel, contact recent graduate Nancy Allen at 920-734-9580. To join the waiting list for a new Bethel Bible class, contact Anita Damon, Nancy Allen or sign up on the bulletin board. Mary Vandenberg’s Bethel group will resume class this fall. Daily Bible Connections 1. “Daily Discipleships,” a free study guide based on the Sunday Gospel lesson, is available on the bulletin board and online at www.elca.org. 2. “Taking Faith Home,” a lectionary based resource with daily Bible readings, prayers, caring conversation starters, traditions and family service ideas are on the Family and Youth bulletin board each month. The August lectionary texts are listed below. August 1 Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Psalm 49:1-11 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 August 8 Genesis 15:1-6 Psalm 13:12-22 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40 August 15 Jeremiah 23:23-29 Psalm 82 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 August 22 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 103:1-8 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 August 29 Proverbs 25:6-7 Psalm 112 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 Summer 2010 Bible Study “Pray Always,” a women’s study from the Lutheran Woman Today magazine, meets from 9-10:15 a.m. monthly on Monday August 16 in the Gathering Area at the North Site. RSVP for child care in the church office. The August study looks at the power of prayer to change us. Copies of the study are on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area. 7 Learning Lay School of Ministry Begins in September Looking for monthly weekend, in-depth, exam-free religious study? Registration is open for the Lay School of Ministry of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin for the 2010/11 school year (September - May). Participants meet once each month on Friday evening and Saturday morning for two years. Seminary professors, pastors and lay leaders lend their expertise to foundational studies in Biblical Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Worship and Spiritual Formation. Tuition is $400 and books cost $150. This is an excellent opportunity for theological learning and skill enhancement for service as congregational or community care givers, educators, and worship leaders. For more information, contact Anita Damon in the church office, or talk to the 2009 Lay School graduates Betty Smith and Yvette Woerishofer. Upcoming Wedding Sessions “Getting Married, Getting Started ” Wedding Workshop On Saturday, September 18 a “Getting Married, Getting Started” session will be held for couples who have scheduled a 2010 or 2011 wedding at First English for either location. This session will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site. This workshop will be geared towards helping couples plan their ceremony, music and bulletins, hear about First English guidelines and learn about the wedding coordinator ministry. Refreshments will be provided. Please remember to RSVP to Jean Monson in the church office by September 13, 2010. “Building a Successful Christian Marriage” is conducted by Wes Johnson, a licensed professional Christian counselor, who assists couples in preparing for their life together, getting through difficult times and enriching their relationship. Wes has a passion for working with couples to direct them toward the type of marriage that God has designed for them. The next workshop for couples getting married in 2010 or 2011 is Saturday, November 6 at the North Site in the Gathering Area. This is a group workshop. RSVP to Jean Monson in the church office by Nov. 1, 2010. 8 Congregational Life Welcome New Members We want to send a warm welcome to all new members of First English Lutheran Church who attended the New Member Workshop on Sunday, July 11. We pray that First English will strengthen your faith and the relationship you have with God. The following new members were received at worship services on Sunday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 21 at both sites. •Richard and Trina Hernandez •Andy Barth and Amy Liebergen •Adam Thiel and Lindsay Rogers •Chad DuFrane and Robyn Kitzman, Brennan Lewin and Connor Killian 2010 New Member Workshops at First English If you would like to join First English, you are invited to attend a two part New Member Workshop from 6 -7:30 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, Sept. 2929-Downtown Site Wednesday, Oct. 66-Downtown Site If you have been worshiping at the Downtown Site or the North Site and are interested in joining First English, we look forward to seeing you at these New Member Workshops. Due to Wednesday Lift instruction, both New Member Workshops will be at the Downtown Site so the pastors can participate in multiple activities. Please call the church office at 920-733-2303 if you plan to attend and to RSVP for child care. Baptismal Workshop The next Baptismal Workshop is Tuesday, August 10 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Lower Level at the North Site. Please RSVP by calling the church office and indicating if child care is needed. If you have not attended a Baptismal Workshop in the last four years, please plan to attend a workshop before scheduling a baptism. www.felc.com New Fall Learning Opportunities Love and Respect Series “Love and Respect” is a new series for married, engaged or committed couples with a simple message. “A wife has one driving need – to feel loved. When that is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need – to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically. At each “Love and Respect” gathering, you’ll watch a DVD together and share discussion. Chris and Jen Kennedy are the facilitators. Where: First English Lutheran Church, Downtown Site. When: Wednesday evenings September 15 to December 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Who: All married, engaged or committed couples. Registration: Call the church office at 733-2303. Fee: $15 per couple for study guide. Child care: Child care provided for a nominal fee with advance registration. Children grades 1 - 6 may attend the 6:30 p.m. KidsLife Learning Time. Women’s Retreat The Women of the ELCA - East Central Synod Fall Retreat is September 17 and 18, 2010 at Crossways-Imago Dei Village, Clintonville. The “Love as God Loves” retreat includes Bible Study, Stretch ‘N Pray with Sharon Fox Bogan, music, free time for yourself and a campfire. The cost for the retreat including 3 meals and lodging is $68. A one day option is available. Registration forms are on the bulletin board, or contact Anita Damon for more information. Advance registration is required by August 30. Holy Communion Class Parents and children ages 8 and older are invited to a 2 - session workshop on Holy Communion from 6:30-7:45 p.m. on October 6 and 13 in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site. Participants learn how the common elements of bread and wine are used in the sacrament and review “table manners” for receiving this gift of grace. The next class will be held in the spring. Please RSVP the names of parents and children attending the workshop and the age of siblings needing child care by calling the church office. August 2010 Newsletter Martin Luther’s Smalcald Articles What: Martin Luther’s Smalcald Articles A six week Sunday series October 3 to November 7 When: 9:15–10:15 a.m. at the Downtown Site The Smalcald Articles, written by Martin Luther, are a testimony of Luther’s personal faith written at a time when he felt his death was near. They were intended to outline what Protestant churches could and could not compromise as they sought reconciliation with the Catholic Church. The Smalcald Articles thus help us understand what makes us unique as Lutherans. Peter Peregrine leads a discussion of their historical context and meaning for us today. Confronting Death, A Christian Approach to the End of Life Every living thing in the universe dies. “Good-bye” time comes. It always does. I wonder; “What will happen to ME when my body dies?” “What will happen when tomorrow starts without me?” Even though it is always painful, we in the Christian tradition have beliefs, practices and rituals that can be helpful to us, and those we love, when our time to say “Good-bye” comes. Coming from his own experiences of living with life-threatening cancer, Walter Wangerin speaks directly from the heart in this DVD series. He speaks about how cancer has changed his life and how his faith has sustained and prepared him to meet death itself. The DVD series explores: • Discovering serious illness • Grieving before death • Caring for the one who is not sick • How do we handle the pain • Confronting the dying itself The series shares one person’s way of dealing with the end of life. Be assured, there is no one right way to deal with these life and death issues. Just as Wangerin has his own story to tell, we all have our story to tell. This fall, Nolan Gnewuch, retired hospital and hospice chaplain, facilitates the 5 week series from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday October 18 to November 15 in the Lounge at the Downtown Site. Please register for the series and RSVP in advance for child care by calling the church office. There will be a minimal charge for child care. Two Homes, No Battles This workshop suggests successful co-parenting skills for divorced or separated couples. Discover practical ideas and skills to create a more nurturing environment. Learn what parents can do to make the transition less traumatic. The program is sponsored by Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin and is open to the community. When: Thursday, September 16 from 6-8 p.m. Where: Room 110 at the Downtown Site Cost: $5.00/person Register in advance by calling ThedaCare at 920920-830830-6877. 9 Official Acts June 2010 Baptisms • • • • • • • • Elliot John McCord Brayden Scott Sanford Anne Louise Osero Eva Katherine Busch Kayden Alexander Lovitz Colin James Nussbaumer Benjamin Elliott Decker Caleb John Yaniskivis June 2010 Weddings August Anniversaries • Larry and Sue Miller celebrate • • • • • Joshua Weix and Jessica Healy • David Falk and Michelle Matthias Darrel Ruechel and JoAnne Krueger Eric Vandenberg and Meredith • Hines • Jordan Connor and Gina Janssen • • • • June 2010 Funerals • James Veum • • 45 years together on August 7. James and Donna Ernst celebrate 30 years together on August 9. George and Linda Fickau celebrate 30 years together on August 9. Allan and Rosanne Brandau celebrate 35 years together on August 9. Tom and Mary Winter celebrate 25 years together on August 10. David and Kay Eggert celebrate 30 years together on August 16. Wesley and Kathleen Schroeder celebrate 30 years together on August 16. Milton and Lois Schreiner celebrate 60 years together on August 19. Scott and Debbie Heinritz celebrate 30 years together on August 22. Rich and Ellen Frielund celebrate 35 years together on August 23. Confirmation News 7th Grade Retreat Incoming 7th Grade Retreat is Friday, August 27 through Saturday, August 28 and it is very important for all students and guides to attend this one night retreat. We will spend time talking about what confirmation is and is not, play tons of games, explore the community, watch movies, and get to know each other. Please make sure to have an up to date release form on file (found at www.felc.com) and sign up. The cost of this retreat is included in your 2010/11 confirmation fees. Group Guides Needed There is a need for confirmation small group guides in the 7th grade for the 2010/11 school year. A complete job description can be found on the youth website on the main page under confirmation. This is a great job for a couple or for someone looking for a special niche to fill in ministry for young people. A great network of adults has been formed and provides for support in this ministry. All materials, lessons, and training provided. Group Guide Orientation • Clarence and Joyce Hagen • • • • • celebrate 69 years together on August 24. Mike and Annette Joneson celebrate 40 years together on August 29. Carl and Jacki Koentopp celebrate 30 years together on August 30. Bill and Sherry Busching celebrate 30 years together on August 30. Raymond and Marlene Gensler celebrate 58 years together on August 30. James and Shannon Horak celebrate 25 years together on August 31. August 90+ Birthdays • Joyce Hagen celebrates on August 27 250 W Highland Park Ave, Apt 724 Appleton, WI 54911 Confirmation Orientation will take place September 8 and will use the following schedule: • 6:30-7:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site: 7th grade students, parents, and small group guides/large group instructor. • 7:15-8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site: 8th/9th grade students, parents, and small group. guides/large group instructors At this time all forms and fees will be collected as well as materials will be distributed for confirmation. A fee of $95 is due at this time and covers retreat fees, materials and resources, special events and transportation, and fellowship evenings. Payments can be made in two installments. No student will be denied this opportunity to explore their faith based on financial hardship; please contact Andy Moscinski in the church office if you have questions. Please note: 7th graders will get to meet their small group guides at 7:15 p.m., and 8th/9th graders can meet with their small group guides from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Meeting rooms will be posted at church. Save the Date! Confirmation small group guides and large group instructors are asked to meet together on Wednesday, September 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Downtown Site, Fellowship Hall. We will review curriculum, take questions on the year, hand out calendars, and get to know each other. It is very important that all guides be present for this time. 10 www.felc.com letter try News is in M th u FELC|Yo od all o g s i d Go ! the time August 2 Buffalo Wild Wings 12:30 pm Calumet St. August 3 Bible Study 10:00 am Harmony Café August 4 reFUEL Worship 6:30 pm North Site Breathe youth group 7:30 pm North Site August 6 Great America DayTrip 7 am - 11 pm (DS) August 9 Buffalo Wild Wings 12:30 pm Calumet St. August 10 Bible Study 10:00 am Harmony Café August 11 reFUEL Worship 6:30 pm North Site Breathe youth group 7:30 pm North Site August 4 reFUEL Worship 6:30 pm North Site Sixty8 youth group 7:30 pm North Site August 5 SLAM:Bay Beach Excursion 1:00 p.m., Zion Lutheran August 11 reFUEL Worship 6:30 pm North Site Sixty8 youth group 7:30 pm North Site August 27 7th Grade C3 Confirmation Retreat @ Imago Dei Village Depart at 6 pm from DS For additional information and online registration for these events visit *we will take a break until school starts up again for all of our ministries. JUST ADDED! JUST ADDED! JUST ADDED! JUST ADDED! Friday August, 6 Day Trip to Great America! Cost is $35 and open to FELC youth and friends entering grades 9 thru recently graduated high school seniors and including any college students who are home for the summer. We will depart at 7 a.m. from the Downtown Site and return around 11 p.m. Cost includes transportation and park ticket. Sign up at www.felc.com. August 2010 Newsletter SUMMER INTERN APPRECIATION SOCIAL Wednesday, August 4 7:30 pm North Site Come and give thanks for the ministry of these young adults. Ice Cream Social and ministry review, please join us. 11 Youth of all ages will discover and grow their Christian faith when they attend a QUAKEZONE. Participants will praise and worship God with musicians and amazing speakers. This combined format is for both middle school and high school youth (grades 6-12). Together youth groups participate in large group celebrations then break off into small workshops designed for their specific age group. Who: Youth grades 6-12 Make plans to join us for a back to school grill out on Wednesday, August 25 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Open to youth in grades 9-12. We will meet at Plamann Park and a free will offering or food donations are appreciated for this time. Games, Ultimate Frisbee, and more to follow. Sign up online today. Thursday, September 2 6:10 am at Galvan’s Another year and more bacon Grades 9-12, rides available (grades will be separated 6-9 and 9-12, 9th graders can choose which group they want to be with) When: November 19-21, 2010 (depart 4 p.m. on 11/19, return 1 p.m. on 11/21.) Where: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells Early Bird Price: $145 (registration and transportation) Deadline: 9/12/10 Standard Price: $160 Deadline: 9/26/10 (registration and transportation) Questions? Contact Mo in the Youth Office. For additional information, online registration, or applications visit Click on Youth & Family Text "fan FELCYOUTH" to 32665 (FBOOK) from your mobile phone, and you will be added as a fan instantly. Or search for FELC YOUTH for FELC facebook groups. To all of our graduated seniors as they head off this fall to the next stages of their lives post high school. We will keep you all in prayer! Please let the church office know your address so we can stay in contact with you throughout the year. 12 Follow FELC YOUTH on TWITTER for updates, contests, and more. Search for FELCYOUTH. http://www.broadtexter.com/FELC-YOUTH Sign up for free text message alerts sent to your phone that are related to FELC YOUTH ministry and join our CLUB. www.felc.com Summer Intern Ministry Thank You Interns! A huge thank you to our FELC Summer Interns and their ministry this summer! August 11 marks their final day of ministry with FELC and is our last intern-led reFUEL worship of the year. If you have not made it out to one of these worship services, please come out on these final two Wednesdays in August to worship with us. On August 4 we will have an Intern Appreciation Social following worship. This will be at the North Site starting at 7:30 p.m. and include an Ice Cream Social and sharing of ministry highlights from the summer. Please come out and show your support for these young adults and their ministry. Did you know that the summer interns have ministered to an average of 65 people per Wednesday night at reFUEL worship? On average 25 kids preschool through grade 4 are ministered to and fed a meal three days a week by our summer interns? Did you know that the summer interns raised over $800 (after expenses) in a special benefit concert for Feed My Starving Children with over one hundred people in attendance? What about the six different small group ministries that our interns led throughout the summer ranging from Bible study to youth groups, including a new adult art class which was very well received? Did you know that each intern puts in up to four hours a week of personal outreach to the community including working at Echoes, the Appleton Police Department and networking ecumenically with other churches on behalf of First English? And that the interns took 60 youth to Noah's Ark including 20 youth from outside the congregation? The interns also spend time in their own small group building and strengthening bonds with each other and their faith. Our intern ministry is a valuable ministry of this church and provides a unique ministry for young adults in the church. Make sure to not miss our Intern Appreciation Social on August 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the North Site. August 2010 Newsletter Harvest: A benefit for Feed My Starving Children was held July 10 at Harmony Cafe and featured local musicians American Fiction, Castle, Equinox, and Ruthie Kovanen. American Fiction is intern Ethan Cook and Equinox includes Joe Hujet of FELC. This event raised $807 that was all donated to Feed My Starving Children through free will donations and the sale of t-shirts that were hand-dyed by interns and created by local artist and Breakfast Club member Mia Russell. There are a few shirts left for sale and can be purchased through the Church Office for $10 a piece with proceeds going to seed money to host Feed My Starving Children again next year. The evening saw over 100 people come through Harmony Cafe and participate in some form with the evening. Sue Swanson spoke and shared the ministry of Feed My Starving Children, a “thank you” to all 500+ volunteers and a request for financial donations. Thanks to all who helped make the night a success. 13 Congregational Life What: August 12 BBQ When: Thursday, August 12 at noon Where: Fellowship Hall – Downtown Site Details: Mark your calendars for this popular summer event. A picnic lunch will be served. Our special guests will be the trio of Traci Diehl, Jennifer Johnson and Melissa Moll. Here is an opportunity to thank Melissa in person for all the gifts that she has shared with First English. For planning purposes, please register by signing up in the Gathering Area or by calling the church office. A freewill offering will be collected to help offset the cost of the meal. Current Task Forces The following task forces have been identified and are currently seeking members. Task forces are short-term, focused ministries that are vital to the work of First English. Constitution & By-Laws Task Force Background: At its February 7, 2010, Annual Meeting, FELC Congregation approved a motion that a task force be formed to review FELC’s current Constitution and ByLaws for needed revisions. Goal: Goal Review the current FELC Constitution and ByLaws for needed revision including the incorporation of the ELCA Churchwide Model Constitution Amendments that were approved at the 2009 Churchwide Synod Assembly. (More background can be found on page 17.) Process Involved: Comparing the ELCA Model Constitution with previous FELC Constitutions and By-laws. Anticipated First Meeting: August 2010. Anticipated completion of Task Force Work: In 2011. Interested: Interested Contact Elizabeth Hensel (993-1376) or Terry Maves (734-4074). From the Call Committee I’ve only participated in a halfmarathon, but if I extrapolate out, I can imagine that the last .2 miles are the toughest of the 26.2 mile race. Right now, the call committee is in the last .2 miles of our marathon. We’ve come a long way. We’ve accomplished a lot. We can see the finish line. We’re excited and hopeful that we’ll reach it soon. We conducted the first round of interviews in late July/early August. The candidates we have interviewed are all exceptional pastors, and the decision of who to call will be difficult. The call committee has been working diligently. We are making progress, and we hope to report to you soon our recommendation for whom to call as our senior pastor. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We appreciate your cheers and encouragement as we approach the finish line. Sara Van Beek Call Committee Chair Worship in the Park Worship in the Park is scheduled for the remaining dates in 2010: August 1, 8 & 15. Mother Nature has not been kind this year, do you realize how many Saturdays and Sundays it rained? So take advantage of any of the August dates to participate in this worship service. Fifth Sunday Potluck-Oct. 31 Goal: Goal Work with interested individuals on the 5th Sunday Potluck that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 31 for lunch and early afternoon. This event will be intended for all ages of the congregation. Anticipated First Meeting: Meeting August 2010. Interested: Interested Contact Jean Monson in the church office (733-2303 or [email protected]). December 3, 2010 Holiday Dinner Goal: Goal Work with interested individuals in helping organize, plan and promote the return of a Holiday Dinner for adults of the congregation on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Anticipated First Meeting: Meeting September 2010. Interested: Interested Contact Jeff Diehl ( 757-6176), Bob Damon (739-8788 ) or Sherrill Moard (738-0064) for more information. 14 Shut In Listing If you have a loved one who is no longer able to attend services at church, please call Kristy Howard in the church office (733-2303) so we can put him/her on the visitation list. Every other month a pastor will visit with that person and give him/her communion. If the person wishes to have communion every month, a lay person will come to give communion during the months when the pastors do not come. www.felc.com Congregational Life Summer Worship Opportunities ▪Sunday Sunday mornings, Downtown Site: Worship times remain the same (8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). The 9:15 a.m. Worship in the Park schedule is as follows: and August 1, 8 and 15. ▪Sunday Sunday mornings, North Site: through September 5, one worship service with communion at 9 a.m. ▪Wednesday Wednesday evenings, North Site: through August 25, worship with communion at 6:30 p.m. First English Golf Outing! Location: Location Eagle Creek Golf Club (5 miles north of Greenville, WI) Event: 9 Hole Scramble Date: September 18, 2010; 3 p.m. Cost: $40/ person (proceeds go to FELC Youth) Includes: 9 Holes, cart, dinner, hole events Additional 9 holes after dinner: Any golfer who wishes to go out and play an additional 9 holes (or however many you can get in before dark), may do so for an additional $10. Please SAVE THE DATE and spread the word!! Food, Faith & Fellowship Hosts Just a reminder that if you are scheduled to host the first Food, Faith & Fellowship meal, please contact your guests and coordinate a date. The next schedule for September/October/November will be mailed in August. If you are interested in joining for the fall session, please contact Traci Diehl at 757-6176 or [email protected] Remember, December 3 will be a congregation-wide adult fellowship event. Mark your calendars. (This used to be referred to as the “Christmas Progressive Dinner.”) Staff Welcomes Cindi Schwab First English would like to extend a warm welcome to Cindi Schwab. Cindi has accepted the part time bookkeeping position on the FELC staff. Cindi, a C.P.A. who recently moved to the area from Madison, came to us from Bethel Lutheran where she was doing similar work. Cindi is the mother of a son entering kindergarten this fall and 2 year-old twin daughters. Please welcome Cindi and her husband Jeremy to our First English family. August 2010 Newsletter Summer Coffee Hour For the Downtown Site, on those Sundays where 9:15 a.m. worship is in City Park, coffee hour will be provided only after the 8 a.m. worship in the Gathering Area. If you need your morning coffee, juice or cookie before 9:15 a.m. worship please plan on arriving a few minutes early and visit with the coffee hosts. Donations of baked goods will be discontinued for the summer and will resume after Labor Day. On those Sundays that worship is held indoors either due to scheduling or weather, the traditional Sunday morning coffee hour will be held (after 8 a.m. and after 9:15 a.m.) For the North Site, the bagel order from Festival Food is discontinued through September 5. Please use the purchased cookies that are in the kitchen or if you like to bake, donate a favorite recipe. Bagels will resume after Labor Day. Day of Service - Downtown Site Plans are being finalized for a day of service for the Downtown Site on Thursday, September 9. Time slots will be available throughout the day and a honey-do list will be compiled of a variety of tasks to help get the church ready for Rally Sunday, on September 12. Many hands make little work so sign up in the Gathering Area by Tuesday, September 7 so definite tasks can be finalized. Feel free to contact Jean Monson in the church office with projects you feel need some TLC around the Downtown Site. 15 Congregational Life Parent/Child Summer Playgroup Come explore Appleton playgrounds. Join other young parents from First English as they explore a variety of Appleton parks this summer with their children. There’s no need to RSVP, simply meet in the pavilion area of each park at 9:30 a.m. Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult and each family should bring their own refreshments. Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Alicia Park; 1302 W. Cedar Street Aug. 11 Aug. 25 Telulah Park; 1300 E. Newberry Street Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own refreshments. See you at the park! Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving First English wants to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides muchneeded donation consistency for our congregation. Simply Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account. Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a predetermined schedule using a credit or debit card. Online Giving lets you go to felc.com at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, or make a one-time donation or payment from your checking account or your credit card. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available from the church office. 16 Nursery Needs Volunteers needed: Starting September 12, to provide consistent loving nursery care, volunteers are needed to take a turn every 6-8 weeks to staff the nursery during the 9:15 a.m. Downtown Site worship, the 10:30 a.m. North Site worship, plus choir rehearsal or meetings. Parents, friends, grandparents and confirmation or high school students are encouraged to volunteer. A sign up schedule is posted by the nursery, so you can choose the dates that fit your calendar. You may also e-mail the coordinators with dates you can help. Volunteer coordinators Kathy Larson and Jodi Gaskill are creating a list of volunteers, phone numbers and e-mails, so all who volunteer will have a contact list in case you need to call a substitute. Anita Damon will coordinate nursery volunteers for meetings and choir rehearsal. FELC requests a completed volunteer application which includes permission to run a background check for all who will work with children. The form will be sent to all volunteers. Thank you for helping serve by taking a turn to care for the youngest in our church family! Nursery toy cleaning: It's time to wash and freshen up the toys in the nurseries. Please come to help on Wednesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. in the nursery at the North Site or Monday, August 30 at 9 a.m. at the Downtown Site. Most toys will be cleaned by washing them in the dishwasher. Larger items will be washed in the nursery. Children are welcome to come with you. Your help will make the nursery a safe, pleasant place as we prepare for the fall programs. Please offer your assistance by contacting nursery volunteer coordinators Kathy Larson, [email protected] (Downtown Site) and Jodi Gaskill, [email protected] (North Site). Ministry Team Reminder A friendly reminder that ministry team will be meeting on Tuesday, August 10 at the North Site. Site (Ministry Chairs will meet at 6 p.m. in the North Site office.) Teams will begin the evening meeting together in the North Site Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Ministry team and church council meetings will be held at the North Site from August - December 2010. Note that the December meeting is the first Tuesday of the month (December 7). January - June meetings are held at the Downtown Site. www.felc.com Congregational Life Calling FELC Members to be Part of the Constitution and By-Laws Task Force At the February 7, 2010 Annual Meeting, FELC congregation approved the following motion: That a Task Force be formed to review FELC’s Constitution and By-Laws for needed revisions and that the membership of this Task Force include members from this congregation via sign-up sheets and one to two Council Members, and that this Task Force select its own chairperson who is a non-council member. Rationale for that motion was that there is a provision in FELC’s documents that is in direct conflict with the ELCA Model Constitution For Congregations; and, that there are several amendments to The ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations that were approved at the August 17-23, 2010, Churchwide Assembly that need to be incorporated in FELC’s Constitution and By-Laws. The Constitution and By-Laws are documents communicating the congregation’s powers and rights as well as the responsibilities of the Congregational Council. The By-Laws communicate how congregations plan to follow through with the Constitution’s provisions. All congregations under the ELCA are expected to use and follow the ELCA Model Constitution For Congregations in drafting as well as revising their respective Constitution and By-Laws. The approved FELC Task Force is seeking members from both FELC’s Downtown and North Sites to be part of this task force. Steve Ford and Terry Maves have agreed to represent the Council on the task force. Elizabeth Hensel, FELC member, has indicated interest in serving as one FELC’s congregational members. The three of them encourage FELC members to prayerfully consider being a part of this task force; and, encourages those interested members to sign up on the sign-up sheets that are posted in the Gathering Area at both sites. FELC’s membership voice does play an important part in this process. This task force is planning to have its first meeting in August 2010. Questions about this Task Force-contact Elizabeth Hensel (920-993-1376) or Terry Maves (920-734-4074). Thank you for considering and signing up to be part of this task force. August 2010 Newsletter Outreach LWR Coffee Project It begins at breakfast: the opportunity to make a difference. That first cup of coffee brims with possibilities: it’s not only the coffee bean that matters, but also how it is grown and by whom. Fair trade products: are produced by small-scale grower associations organized to promote social equity and sustainability. Farmers sell directly to retailers at an agreed-upon fixed price: the farmers’ profits are higher and their markets more stable. Equal Exchange fair trade programs also provide credit to allow farmers to improve their growing techniques. Our next LWR Coffee Project day will be on Sunday, August 1, 2010. 2010 We are changing our pricing structure so that our coffees will be $7 for all caffeinated coffees and $8 for decaf coffees. Hot chocolate is $6, teas are $3 and chocolate bars are $1. Thank you for your wonderful support of this project. Linwood Place - Fox Valley Lutheran Homes Linwood Place, an ecumenical, independent living apartment building has several one bedroom apartments available. Living at Linwood Place includes a beautiful new community room for crafts/puzzles/ socializing or whatever interests one may have. Linwood Place is a secured, safe, and affordable living arrangement for a person who no longer wishes to live alone in their home or apartment. A nurse is available several times a week, and a church and communion service are held each month. If you or someone you know would benefit from living at Linwood Place, please call Verna at 734-6711 to arrange for a visit, get details, and select an apartment. Linwood Place is located at 425 E. Linwood Avenue, across the street from Linwood Park. Call Verna if you have any questions or are interested in living at Linwood Place. 17 Outreach Lutheran World Relief School Kits As your family shops for school supplies, please include some items you can donate for Lutheran World Relief School Kits. Your donations will help children around the world. Specific items still needed are: • blunt Fiskar scissor • ruler with inches and cm, pencil sharpener • 2½” erasers • box of 24 crayons • spiral notebooks Patterns for sewing cloth school bags are on the bulletin board we need to make dozens of bags! Thank you! VSA Wisconsin– The State Organization on Arts and Disability Choir The VSA Choir is a choir for adults with and without disabilities. It was created by the same Kennedy Foundation that created Special Olympics. They rehearse every week at FELC in Fellowship Hall at the Downtown Site from 6-7 p.m. The fall session begins on Tuesday, September 14 and ends with a Christmas Concert on December 21 at 6:30 p.m. Another session begins in February and ends with a concert in May. The choir also performs at several community events during the year. If you are interested please contact the VSA director Tiffany Vollrath 920-7161018 or [email protected], Nancy Strebe (739-5817) who is a member of our congregation, or just show up at FELC on September 14 at 6-7 p.m. and check it out. SCCM Program Update Thank you to all of you for sharing with us your Spiritual Care Card Ministry (SCCM) participation preferences! The plan is to have this new ministry program "up and running" in September 2010. Watch the September newsletter and bulletin announcements for initial meeting dates to be held at both sites as well as more updates. If you haven't returned your database form to the office, please mail it, drop it off at the church office or place it in the offering plate. Staff have been appreciative as you update the database information. Also, you can still let the SCCM program know of your participation preferences on the same data base form and/or ask additional questions by contacting Elizabeth Hensel, SCCM Coordinator (993 -1376). A blessed and healthy and safe month of August to all of you. 18 LWR Layettes Lutheran World Relief layette items will be collected until October 1 and monetary donations are being accepted for the purchase of diapers. Checks may be made to First English Lutheran Church with LWR layettes on the memo line. Calling All Sewers Do you like to sew? All skill levels of individuals who enjoy sewing are needed to help with the FELC quilting ministry. Work can be done at church or at home. Fabric is provided and some of the recently donated inventory would be a pleasure to work with. Contact Sharon Anderson at 720-9199 if you would like to hear more or to volunteer for this ministry. www.felc.com Council News FELC Congregation Council Meeting Minutes June 22, 2010, Downtown Site, 6:30 PM, Room 110 Council members present: Gordy Jeppson, Steve Uslabar, Kathy Larson, Terry Maves, Lance Schmidt, Steve Ford, Kathy Freeman, Dean Haas, Ellen Evensen, Dong Pham, Rick Sather Council members excused: John Zweig, Jennifer Johnson, Dana Olson and Amy Henderson Guests – Earl Green, Pastor Mike, Pastor Mary, Elizabeth Hensel, Bob Damon, Bob Lyle and the following guests from Boy Scouts of America – Tom Swigert, Joey Monterieff, Theresa Monterieff, Toni Carlson, Joshua Swigert and Brian Robb Devotion – Steve Ford Approval of Minutes – May 25, 2010. Minutes approved. In order to be more timely with the council meeting minutes Secretary will complete meeting minutes within a two days of the meeting and send the draft copy to all council members for approval via email. The Secretary will send full version of meeting minutes to be immediately posted on the FELC website. Later, a condensed version will be included in the newsletter. Executive Committee Report A. 2011 Budget Financial Task Force – The following task force formation and details were approved. Purpose: Develop the broad outlines for the 2011 FELC budget and make recommendations to the Council prior to the hiring of the Senior Pastor. Timeline – present initial recommendations to the July Council meeting. Members: Chair Dean Haas, Steve Ford, Terry Maves, Amy Henderson, Lance Schmidt, Lisa Cruz, Kay Eggert, Derek Jones and Mike Dismer/Mary Bauer. B. ELCA Human Sexuality Policy – We do not plan to ask the conAugust 2010 Newsletter gregation to make any type of vote or decision on the policy. Discussions will continue. D. Music Director Update - Jennifer Johnson will coordinate filling our congregation’s musical needs with interim replacements. A full-time director will not be sought until the Senior Pastor is in place. D. Call Committee Update - Candidate packet contents are being finalized. Interview questions are being developed. Dean Haas and Gordy Jeppson will be available at the next call committee meeting for any last minutes questions. A mock interview to help prepare the call committee will be completed. Field of candidates has been narrowed to five. Initial interviews will be done in July. A dessert for council to meet each of the candidates will be hosted by the Jeppsons. Ministry Team Reports – Accepted. Pastor’s Reports – Accepted. Treasurer’s ReportReport- An offer has been made and accepted for the bookkeeper position to begin midJuly. The volunteer audit committee is close to finishing their audit. Treasurer’s report approved. Old Business A. Reconciliation Task Force Update –The following recommendations provided by the reconciliation task force were approved. 1) The Call Committee’s document titled What Happened and Where are We Going will be made available to all congregational members for reading. 2) A Re-consecration Service/Healing Service will be organized for this summer. 3) Congregational Life ministry team will be responsible for the organization of the discipleship small group and the pastor support small group. 4) No action be taken on forgiveness letters. 5) Former members will be identified and contacted to be offered the opportunity to complete the Healing Survey. 6) Members who requested personal contact will be contacted by Steve Ford. . B. Ministry Team Follow-up – Rick Sather will do follow-ups to properly identify all ministry team members along with identification of ministry team council liaisons. C. The Call Committee’s document titled What Happened and Where are We Going will be part of the senior pastor candidate packets as well as made available to the congregation. D. Council Retreat – Overwhelming support to make it an annual event and have the outgoing President plan the next year retreat. New Business A. Family and Youth Ministry Team – Boy Scout request for Charter from FELC– Community members of the Boy Scouts of America were in attendance to provide an informational presentation regarding details for their request of a charter from FELC. Official Acts – approved. Council moved to executive session. Closing Prayer - Lord’s Prayer Adjourn. NEXT MEETING: 6:30 p.m., July 27, 2010 at the North Site Submitted by Kathy Larson, Secretary A complete copy of the June 22, 2010 minutes are available in the gathering areas and online at felc.com. 19 Spotlight on...missionDENVER! 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Expires in 30 Days ©2010 215 S. Memorial Dr. • Appleton, WI 54911 Phone: (920) 202-3006 Website: www.osloseatery.com Tues-Sat Lunch: 11-2pm Dinner: 4:30-9pm Sunday: Brunch 9-12:30pm Menu 12:30-7pm FOR AD INFO CALL 1-800-950-9952 • WWW.4LPi.COM Matt Holtebeck State Farm Insurance Providing Insurance and Financial Services 2711 N. Mason St., Appleton, WI 54914 OFFICE: 920-739-3003 FAX: 920-739-1286 EMAIL: [email protected] WEBSITE: www.SFAppleton.com AUTO • FIRE • LIFE • HEALTH First English Lutheran, Appleton, WI A 4C 01-1140 06-23-2010 15:29:14 326 E. North Street Appleton, WI 54911 Return service requested PRST STD U.S. Postage PAID . First English Lutheran Church Appleton, WI Permit No. 38 August 2010 What’s Inside Meet New Members ………...…..…3 From the Desk of Pastor Mary…..…4 First English Book Club….….…......5 New Fall Learning Opportunities....9 . Confirmation News..........................10 Official Acts…………………..........10 The Fridge Door……..………..……11 Council Minutes………………...…19 Vacation Bible School Time! Vacation Bible School meets from 9 a.m. to noon August 2-5 at the North Site. Invite your cousins, neighbors and friends to this week filled with crafts, games, music, Bible stories, science, snacks and fellowship! Each year about 25% of the children attending VBS are visitors. Please register online at www.felc.com or by calling 450-1196. This year, the VBS offerings will support Feed My Starving Children and Yuvasri, our current child supported through Project Education India. Thank you to all the VBS leaders for creating an exciting week of learning and to all the families who donated supplies. . missionDENVER.………………......18 .
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