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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)


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.

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: Pumpkin pie mix & condensed milk, cereal, household & hygiene products, chunky soup, canned meats such as tuna, salmon, ham, canned fruit, jam, paper towels, all crackers, cookies.

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.

Hmong Outreach

Location: St. Paul, Appleton (920-733-6701)

The Hmong Ministry program involves a teen ministry, Sunday School and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Family home visits are also conducted.

Community Outreach – WELS congregations, FVL Schools and Early Childcare Centers of the Greater Fox Valley

Valley Family Festival is an exciting WELS outreach event that is being planned for congregations of the Greater Fox Valley area during the summer of 2018. In total, 28 congregations are being invited to participate in this 'pre-evangelism' event, which will include food, entertainment and activities for children. Valley Family Festival is intended to be an impactful event, and a means to introduce individuals and families to the WELS in a non-threatening, family-friendly environment. Information will made available to event attendees about all 28 congregations, FVL schools and our WELS pre- schools and early childcare centers.

For more information or to discuss outreach topics, please contact Jeff Ings at: jings@new.rr.com or by calling 920-858-5684.

5KRun Walk – Dash Down Nash

Sponsored by Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hortonville.

On September 16 – for all ages welcome! Online registration at https://www.racesonline.com/events/dash-down-nash-5k-run-walk. Public welcome! This is a non-competitive run/walk to help raise money for recreation equipment for the new Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The run will start at the current church location, 203 N. Nash St, go out to the new church location and end back where we started. Fun, food, and a raffle will take place after the run in the church parking lot. Registration can be done online or by mail. Fee:Kid's Run/$5 - Adults/$20 - $50 per family (immediate members only)

St. Paul Appleton - 150 Anniversary Celebration

St. Paul of Appleton will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary this fall with special services, choirs and guest preachers every Sunday in October. In addition, a kickoff banquet will be held at Liberty Hall on the evening of Saturday, September 30th. This will be an opportunity to rekindle old friendships, reminisce, and have some fun with St. Paul trivia. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the St. Paul Ministries office, 733-9061 or office@stpaulappletonwi.com.

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 has not yet been determined but should be sometime in October. Call 749-7994 or 850-9651 or email kdmctent@aol.com to register.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace 

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, (W7265 School Road, Greenville, WI 54942), is hosting "Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace," Mondays, September 18-November 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. This nine-week course will share a practical plan that can help you discover God's way of handling money and empowering you to make a budget, get out of debt, and take control of your money. Cost is $95. To register, visit www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1029731.

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