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WELS United Annual Meeting

WELS United in the Fox Valley will be hosting their annual meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Bethel Lutheran Church (829 Appleton Road) in Menasha, WI. All area WELS members ‚Äď men and women -- are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. We would especially encourage at least one pastor and one layman from each of our 20 member-congregations to attend and serve as voting delegates. WELS United is a cross-congregational ministry devoted to the simple concept that we can accomplish more working together than we can alone. If you would like to learn more about the work of WELS United and the many possibilities for serving through one of our shared ministries, please know that your input, creative ideas, and willing hearts and hands are welcome! Please plan to attend!

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

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)


Tuesday Evenings, January 9-April 3, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church - W7265 School Road, Greenville

DivorceCare is a teaching tool to support anyone who has been hurt by the pain of divorce or separation. This program offers short videos each week, a helpful workbook, and ample time for group discussion and support. To register, visit www.divorcecare.org or call 920-757-5639. Cost is $20 for the workbook.

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 February: Cereal, all canned meats, canned fruit, jam, cookies, all crackers, hamburger helpers, rice canned and boxed potatoes and chunky soups.

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.

Thank you for your continued support of this mission!


Bible Study for College Age Adults: The Fox Valley Campus Ministry meets 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. Check out their Facebook page (The Fox Valley WELS Campus Ministry) facebook.com/fvwelscm for meeting dates and times.


Have you seen the news lately? It's crazy out there. The world attacks our Christian values from every direction on a daily basis. To counter these attacks, the MOHW Conference provides opportunities and resources for men to grow spiritually, using God's Word to empower and equip men to carry out their God-given mission in their homes, churches, communities and the world. This year's theme is "GET OUT OF THE BOAT."

Whether you attend for the keynote speaker (Pastor Jared Oldenburg from Eternal Rock in Castle Rock, Colorado), the relevant, thought-provoking breakout sessions (19 to choose from), or the worship experience with 600 other men (with Koine', the worship band), God's Word will speak to you.

The 9th annual MOHW Conference will be held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Convention Center in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Additional details and online registration are available at http://www.menofhisword.org for the first 650 men ($50 by February 11th; $60 from February12th - 18th). Please join us for a day of fellowship in God's Word that you will not soon forget!

Click here to view the 2018 MOHW promotional video.

Thank you and Volunteer Request from the Hope Center

Thank you to all the volunteers that have shared their time and gathered donations to benefit the Hope Center during the last couple months. A special thank you to Immanuel Girl Pioneers, Bethany TNT youth group, Festival Foods, FVL foreign exchange students Thrivent Action Team, Marilyn McCarthy's piano students, and Giving Tree donations from St Matthew, Immanuel, and Eternal Love. We are also thankful for the financial donations from many WELS members. We appreciate your partnership in blessing those in need of help and hope in the Fox Valley.

We are currently in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers and a weekend or evening volunteer team (1-2 times per month). If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the ministries of The Hope Center, please call us at 920-739-0039.

Prep Singers 2018 ~ Spring Concert Tour

At Bethlehem Lutheran Hortonville, Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 pm

The Prep Singers of Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wisconsin, a 37-voice choir, will present a sacred concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 203 N. Nash St., Hortonville, WI. The public is invited to attend.

Lutheran Military Support Group is honored to host a
" Combat Veteran Spiritual R&R"
May 4-6 2018 at Camp Phillip-Wautoma, Wisconsin

For Whom: This retreat is intended for and open to WELS/ELS veterans since 1991, men and women who have post-traumatic stress related to their service. This retreat is only for veterans. No spouses or family for this retreat.

Cost: There is NO COST to the participants. All expenses are covered by LMSG (Lutheran Military support Group). You will need to bring your own linens (bedding, towels, sleeping bags) and toiletries.

Register by filling out the registration form below or by contacting Rev. Jason Hacker 262-547-3688. Registration is limited. A waiting list will be established if necessary.


Easter Egg-stravaganza

Eternal Love ( 1011 E. Midway Road, Appleton) will be hosting an Easter Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 to 11:30am. This event is open to children 1-10 years of age along with their families. We will have the FVL Folk Marionettes present "A Sight to See"‚ÄĒa story that tells of Jesus' death and resurrection‚ÄĒfollowed by some fun activities to reinforce the Easter account for our children. Please join us for this free event. An egg-cellent time awaits you!

Vacation Bible School Training Workshop

Our Shepherd is going to be an official training location for Group's 2018 Shipwrecked VBS program. Indicate interest here (https://www.facebook.com/events/1981074938826742/), and a representative from Our Shepherd will help with registration.

Discover VBS survivor skills with hands-on training! At Shipwrecked FunShop, discover time-saving and budget-stretching tips from Group's VBS veterans! Meet and mingle with other VBS Groupies in your area, and coordinate sharing props and decorating resources. Learn how to create amazing decorations with step-by-step instructions; experience a "Day at VBS"; network and learn how to plan, coordinate, and pull off an amazing VBS event. Get practical pointers on all things VBS- including fundraising, volunteer recruiting, decorating and family follow-up. Get an energizing jump-start to your VBS season... and have fun! Bring all your key leaders! Plus- Giveaways and exclusive FunShop gift!

Register by Feb. 19th at 1pm for the early bird rate of $20. Group rate is $15/person for 5 or more from the same church. Late registration is $40/person.

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