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Recovery through Christ is a Christian 12 Step program for men and women who are struggling with addictions.  It meets Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the teen room of Mount Olive in Appleton (930 E. Florida Ave).  Peace through Christ, a group for those who have a loved one struggling with an addiction, meets at the same time and place.  For more information, call Dave at 233-0437.  Come and find support in your time of need. Click here for more information.


WELS Faith Centered Singles Group Faith Centered, the WELS Singles Group, is putting together a new activities and we want any singles, ages 21-40, to come and join us, meet some new friends, and have some fun!  Any WELS singles, ages 21-40, who are new to the area and are interested in joining our group or would like more information about the group please contact Susan Baehman at sbaehman@sbcglobal.net.

GriefShare Support Group: GriefShare is a weekly Bible-based, Christ-centered seminar and support group for men and women who have experienced the death of someone close. This is a positive, uplifting, caring group in which you can learn how to deal with the emotions and challenges that come when a loved one dies. It is a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you will learn valuable information through a series of videos that will help you through this difficult time. The group is led by individuals who have personally experienced grief due to a loved one's death. There is no charge.

GriefShare at St. Matthew, Appleton: The new GriefShare Series begins on Wednesday, May 31st. It meets each Wedensday during the summer months at St. Matthew's in Room 108, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Please pre-register with Joyce Schroeder at 920-733-0916. If you or someone you know can benefit from this program, please consider attending.

"Divorce Care": "DivorceCare" is a nationwide teaching tool to support anyone who has been hurt by the pain of divorce. This 13-week class includes short videos each week, a helpful workbook, and ample time for group discussion and support. Find more information and class schedules at www.divorcecare.org.

The WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry has a new home! They just moved to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 129 S. Mason Street, Appleton. (The rooms they have been given to use are on the Lawrence Street side.) They had been graciously housed at Fox Valley Lutheran for the past 15 years, but FVL now needs that space for additional classrooms. Thank you to FVL and St. Matthew! For more information on the food pantry please view the brochure in the download section of this website.


Bible Study for College Age Adults: College-Aged adults are encouraged to attend the Campus Ministry Bible study at Copper Rock (Downtown Appleton) on Thursday evenings, at 8:00 pm. It's a great opportunity to get to know more students around the area, enjoy some delicious drinks, and study God's Word. Even if you are not enrolled at one of the local colleges/tech schools -- please know that you are most welcome to come and dig into Gods' Word and establish some new Christian friendship. Pastor Peter Walther, of St. Paul, Appleton, is the teacher/coordinator.

Jesus Cares Ministry in the Fox Valley: Save The Date "Worship at the Cross": A simplified worship service that is visual and responsive, allowing people with a cognitive disability, including people with forms of dementia to participate. St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, 302 N. Morrison St., Appleton. Worship is every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM in the school gym.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Hope Center has many volunteer opportunities available for WELS members to serve their community. These opportunities include leadership positions on their Board of Directors, operation staff positions (for the day-to-day running of the Hope Center) and occasional volunteer staff. A complete description of each position is available on the download page. Please follow this link to be taken directly to the document. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Hope Center at 920-739-0039 or speak to your pastor.

Looking for tickets to the Luther Movie
"A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy"?

Mount Olive, Appleton is hosting a showing on Wednesday, May 17 at 12:30 pm

And Neenah WELS churches are hosting a showing on May 11 at 6:30 pm

Tickets may be purchased online by following the links provided.

Food Pantry Spring Food Drive

The Apple Valley Food Pantry is holding a Spring Food Drive because shelves are often near empty in the summer months. There will be grocery bags available at each WELS United church with a list of suggested items attached. Please fill the bag with the groceries listed and bring your donations back to your church. The collection dates for the drive are April 23rd and May 21st. The goal is to fill 1000 bags. Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase gift cards given to the families for the purchase of perishable items.

Dinner Theatre

The Ladies' Circle of Immanuel-Clayton invites you to join them on a trip to the Fireside in Fort Atkinson on Saturday, July 29 for a performance of Church Basement Ladies. Anyone who has helped in a church kitchen will be able to relate as these four women humorously handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter Fund Raiser, and a wedding. They stave off potential disasters, have loads of music and fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on a steady course. Cost of transportation, meal and performance is $100 per person. Those interested in attending can contact Nancy Roblee at 920-810-5021. Sign up by May 14.

Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS)

The OWLS meeting for May will be held on May 9th at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be hosted by Bethany Lutheran on Parkway Avenue in Appleton. Pastor Joshua Martin who had served for several years as our European Civilian Chaplain will be the guest speaker.  The National OWLS organization helps to support this ministry by contributing $50,000 each year to help fund this outreach. All seniors in our WELS congregations are invited and encouraged to join us as we learn more about how the WELS serves our military personal in Europe. 

Summer Fellowship Opportunities

Immanuel Lutheran Church

(W7265 School Road Greenville, WI 54942)

Immanuel's 3rd Annual I-RUN

5K Run/Walk, 2K Stroller Derby, &

1 Mile Kids' Bubble Run

Saturday, May 13

I-RUN is a family-friendly event! Invite your unchurched family, friends, and neighbors! Details at www.immluth.org/events.

Baptism Sunday, May 21

8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

To be baptized or affirm your baptism, attend one of the Living Waters sessions and learn what baptism means for you and your loved ones. Living Water sessions last about 45 minutes. The same session will be repeated three times: Sunday, May 14, at 9:15 a.m.; Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 20, at 9:00 a.m. Register at www.immluth.org/events.

Starting Point

Sunday Mornings, June 4-August 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m. OR

Tuesday Evenings, June 6-August 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This course offers an overview of what the Bible teaches and also serves as our membership class. Free child care.

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