Document 74582

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
August 2010
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
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
Month to Date
Year to Date
Short: $55,340 Actual/Budget 89%
First English
Lutheran Church
Feed My Starving Children (cont. from front)
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.
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]
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[email protected]
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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
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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
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
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.
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
• 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
Summer Chamber Music and
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
• Preschool to grade 3 teachers please meet August 17
at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Downtown
• 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
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.
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 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
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)
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
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
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.
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).
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
On Saturday, September 18 a
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.
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.
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.
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
• 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 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
• 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.
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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
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.
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
August 2010 Newsletter
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.
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
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.
Follow FELC YOUTH on TWITTER for updates, contests, and more.
Search for FELCYOUTH. Sign up for free text
message alerts sent to your phone that are related to FELC
YOUTH ministry and join our CLUB.
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.
Congregational Life
What: August 12 BBQ
When: Thursday, August 12 at noon
Where: Fellowship Hall – Downtown
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 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 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
Fifth Sunday Potluck-Oct. 31
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 Contact Jean Monson in the church office
(733-2303 or [email protected]).
December 3, 2010 Holiday Dinner
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 Contact Jeff Diehl ( 757-6176), Bob Damon
(739-8788 ) or Sherrill Moard (738-0064) for more information.
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.
Congregational Life
Summer Worship Opportunities
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 mornings, North Site: through September 5, one
worship service with communion at 9 a.m.
Wednesday evenings, North Site: through August 25,
worship with communion at 6:30 p.m.
First English Golf Outing!
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
host the first
Food, Faith &
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.
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 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.
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
[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.
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
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
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.
Lutheran World Relief School
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.
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
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.
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.
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
NEXT MEETING: 6:30 p.m.,
July 27, 2010 at the North Site
Submitted by Kathy Larson,
A complete copy of the June 22, 2010
minutes are available in the gathering
areas and online at
Spotlight on...missionDENVER!
On Saturday, July 17, seven youth, one intern, and two adults boarded a fifteen passenger van and headed out West with
hearts of servants and the determination
of saints. Thus began this summer’s
FELC's high school mission trip: missionDENVER. After a few transportation trials,
our group finally got into their van late at
night on that Saturday and headed out
west to Denver, Colorado. Pastor Bauer,
Paul Kayser, Ethan Cook, Samantha,
Logan, and Parker Baerenwald, Ryan Surprise, Sarah Bauer, Ethan Kayser, and
Tyler DesRochers represented FELC this
year while serving with YouthWorks! Participants served in a variety of
ways during the YouthWorks mission trip.
Students spent all week in Denver, CO
partnered with local organizations and
programs that seeked to address the very
basic needs of residents. Students served
at places like: children’s programs, elderly
centers, soup kitchens/homeless shelters
and thrift stores. Make sure to chat with
these folks and find out their adventures
in service.
Members of the missionDENVER team: (Front row) Parker Baerenwald, Sarah Bauer.
(Second row) Pastor Mary Bauer, Ethan Cook, Samantha Baerenwald. (Back row)
Logan Baerenwald, Paul Kayser, Tyler DesRochers, Ethan Kayser and Ryan Surprise.
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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 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
donated supplies.