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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.

Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017

Target Audience: Adults who have experienced the death of someone close.

Description: GriefShare is a weekly Bible-based, Christ-centered support group for men and women who have experienced the death of someone close. You will learn valuable information through a series of videos and discussion on who to deal with the emotions and challenges that come when a loved one dies.

Location: St. Matthew Lutheran Church (129 S. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914)

Registration: Please register by contacting: Joyce (920-585-9080) or Charlene (920-358-3769)


On Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 am - 11:00 am there are two opportunities to attend a GriefShare seminar that offers help and hope as you navigate the holidays after the loss of a loved one! The following topics will be discussed: How to deal with the many emotions, What to do about traditions, Helpful tips, How to discover hope.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church - 129 S. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54911
To register, contact: Joyce Schroeder (920-585-9080 or joymarie48@yahoo.com)

St. Luke Lutheran Church - 705 E. Greenfield Drive, Little Chute, WI 54140
Class size is limited. Please RSVP to 920-788-4408 or http://www.stlukeslittlechute.com/RSVP.


Anyone separated, going through a divorce, or divorced is welcome to attend this 14-week class. Learn how to heal from the deep hurt and discover hope for the future. Register at www.divorcecare.org. The cost is $20 for the workbook.

Hosted at two convenient locations:

Immanuel Greenville (W7265 School Road)

Mondays, September 11-December 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


St. Paul-Appleton (302 N. Morrison Street)

Tuesdays, September 12-December 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can't be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced. You'll learn: How to deal with the many emotions you'll face during the holidays, Helpful tips for surviving social events, Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience, How to discover hope for your future. For more information please visit www.divorcecare.org or contact Melody Graf at 920-757-5639.

November 20, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church - 302 N. Morrison Street Appleton, WI 54911

Apple Valley Food Pantry

Please consider helping a family in need by providing something from the list below. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made payable to Apple Valley Food Pantry and mailed to 129 S. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914.

Items Needed for the Month of October: Stuffing & evaporated milk, chunky soup, canned fruit, canned meats such as chicken & tuna, boxed & canned potatoes, hamburger helper, cake mix & frosting, all crackers, cereal, dish soap.

Reminder: Donations for Thanksgiving must be given in October; donations for Christmas must be given in November.

Please save your Meditations and Forward in Christ for the Food Pantry. You can place your used devotionals in the food pantry boxes located at your church. The Food Pantry is always in need of brown paper bags with handles.

Thank you for your continued support of this mission!


Bible Study for College Age Adults: The Fox Valley Campus Ministry will be meeting again September 21st at 7:30. We meet at the Copper Rock downtown in the back little conference room. This is a perfect opportunity for college aged members and young professionals (they don't have to necessarily be in college, but all are invited) to get to know other people in the area, to study God's Word, and to enjoy fellowship. Keep watching for further updates. If you have any questions, feel free to visit our Facebook page (The Fox Valley WELS Campus Ministry) facebook.com/fvwelscm.

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.

Home Business Fair

Eternal Love's Women's Ministry is presenting this fair to show what businesses are within the WELS. There is no cost to display products. The date is set for
October 26th, beginning at 2pm. Call 749 - 7994 or 850 - 9651 or email kdmctent@aol.com to register.

40th Anniversary of Pastor Ronald Szep

Please join the members of St. Luke, (705 E. Greenfield Drive, Little Chute) as they celebrate Pastor Ronald Szep's 40 years of ministry on October 29th. Worship service at 9:00 am with a reception to follow at 10:00 am.

Fall Festivals & Trunk or Treat at Area WELS Churches

Once again this year St. Paul (N926 Dale Avenue, Dale) is doing Trunk-or-Treat! What is TRUNK-OR-TREAT? Handing out candy & a "Hello" from your car trunk to trick-or-treaters passing through our parking as they do trick-or-treating in the town of Dale. When? Sat, Oct 28 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Where? St Paul Church (West parking lot).

Trunk or Treat at Riverview (136 W. Seymour Street, Appleton) on Sunday, October 29th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. It's that time again to get a costume & join us for an afternoon of Fall Family Fun! Enjoy Trick-or-Treating, hot drinks, & games in a safe family-friendly setting.

St. Peter (N2740 French Road, Freedom) will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 29th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship!

Mount Olive's (930 E. Florida Avenue, Appleton) 3rd Annual Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, October 29th, from 2 - 4 p.m. Fall Festival is fun for all ages, including events like Trunk or Treat, a chili cook - off contest, crafts for kids, carnival games, delicious food including donuts and caramel apples, and hot drinks like cocoa and apple cider!

Trunk or Treat at Trinity in Neenah! This is a fun event for families from Trinity and the community. Bring your little ones to our family friendly Trunk or Treat event. There will be creatively decorated cars for your child to Trunk or Treat at as well as games and activities in our school gym. This event will take place on Sunday, October 29, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at 410 Oak Street, Neenah.

Koiné Album Release Event

Koiné has released their 8th studio album and is celebrating at the Green Bay Distillery on October 26th at 6pm. The album is called "CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING", and is in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, using Martin Luther's own words and music. The event does require tickets, but an amazing dinner buffet is included as well. Doors will open at 5pm. To purchase tickets, visit www.greenbaydistillery.com/events

Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) 

All WELS seniors are invited to come and learn more about Katie and her life with Martin Luther. Our guest speaker will be Naomi Plocher who will present the topic, "Katie Luther".

Our meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at NOON. We will meet at the Pizza Ranch at N139 Eisenhower Drive, located just off Calumet in the Darboy area. The buffet meal offers not only pizza but also salads, baked chicken etc. plus deserts. Each individual is responsible for their own lunch. At the meeting you will also have the opportunity to pay your dues for 2018.

We hope many guests will join us November 14th to welcome "Katie Luther".

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