March 26, 2017                              4th Sunday in Lent

Our Lord calls us daily in repentance and renewal

Liturgy:         Common Service (p.15)     

Hymns:         295     486     454v.5      113     401

Psalm 42-43 (p. 82)


OT Lesson:  Hosea 5:15-6:3       The Lord receives in mercy those who turn to Him in repentance and faith.

Epistle:  Romans 8:1-10               Christ has accomplished salvation by meeting the righteous demands of the law in our place. We now have a new spirit which is led by the Holy Spirit.

Gospel:  Matthew 20:17-28          Jesus teaches the true meaning of greatness and honor before God. Greatness comes in service.


Sermon Text: Hosea 5:15-6:3

The Lord’s Spiritual Surgery Practice

1. He tears to pieces.

2. But only to heal.

At the beginning of today’s service, Aiden Connor Brault, son of Tom Jr. and Samantha (nee Krepline) Brault, will be welcomed into God’s Kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Jeni and Jake VanderLogt will serve as witnesses.

Pastor Schleis has had the privilege of baptizing Aiden’s brother a few years ago, and looks forward to beginning adult instruction classes with Aiden’s parents (and anyone else interested!) on Tuesday evenings in April.


Sunday Bible Class:  Reformation Political Leaders
We continue a series entitled The Word Endures: Lessons from the Lives of Powerful Politicians. Today, we’ll see how God was able to remove opposition from individuals such as Duke George the Bearded during the time of Reformation. The classes are held in the Overflow Room, 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM.


Midweek Lenten service
- This Thursday, March 30, 6:30 PM, we’ll continue our midweek Lenten services under the theme Repent: Turn to Jesus. Pastor Schultz’ (from Messiah, Bellevue) sermon theme will be: He Holds the Key to Heaven.Pastor Schleis will be conducting the Wed. March 29 6:30 PM service at Beautiful Savior, Ashwaubenon.

 - Thanks to Melissa Melotte and Roger Francois, we have the Lenten suppers, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, before the midweek Lenten services. A menu/sign up sheet can be found on the Entryway table.


New Luther movie this Monday
A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy on Mon. March 27, 6:30 PM, at Marcus Bay Park Cinema, 755 Willard Dr. Ashwaubenon. The film tells the rousing adventure story that was Martin Luther's life, following his bold quest for truth—a journey that would reshape the church, and the world.

Our friends at Christ the King (ELS), Howard, are arranging for this public showing, and welcome their WELS brothers in sisters in Christ, as well as others to attend. First has purchased 20 tickets, free for any members (and friends they’d like to bring). 15 of those tickets have already been reserved. See Pastor Schleis to pick up your tickets


MLC choir in Algoma
The touring choir of our Martin Luther College (New Ulm MN) will be giving a sacred concert at St. Paul (WELS) Algoma this Sat. April 01, 4:00 PM. We’re invited to attend.


Notes from the March 15 Church Council meeting:
- The minutes from the February 2017 Council meeting, as well as the financial reports from February 2017 were accepted as presented. After significant discussion about financial sources, the Council approved a proposed 2017-2018 budget.

- The spring Open Forum is scheduled for Sun. April 23. The spring Voters meeting is scheduled for Sun. April 30. Both after the church services.

- Pastor Schleis’ report was accepted as presented. The transfer of Sam Bork from King of Kings (WELS) Garden Grove CA, and the reception by reaffirmation of faith of Kurt Jepson were approved. We number about 141 souls, 128 communicants. A delinquent will be summoned to the April Council meeting, for admonition and encouragement.

- Shepherding and Spiritual Life reports were accepted as presented.

- Properties report was accepted as presented. The Large Fellowship hall floor work was completed, but kitchen tiles need to be re-glued. A church furnace contract with DeMoulin HVAC was approved. A bronze carillon plaque, to be mounted on the church front lawn, was approved.

- David Gierczak (Properties) and Greg Keiler (Treasurer) have agreed to run for re-election for these Council positions.


FVL News

Sacred Choir Concert: All are invited to attend the FVL Choir Sacred Concert on Sunday, Apr. 2 at 6PM in the Auditorium. A free will offering will be taken.

FVL International Program: This program needs host families interested in sharing their faith and culture with an international student. Students stay for 9 months and pay their own expenses. Host families receive a stipend to offset costs. Contact Laura Gucinski at

WI. Parental Choice Program: This program offers families the chance to have their FVL tuition fully funded. Applications only until April 20!  Under guidelines, only incoming 9th graders or students transferring from public schools are eligible. Contact Ben Priebe at with questions.

Summer Camp:  Registration is open, see link at

Future Freshman: FVL’s Future Freshman Night is 4/24 at 7PM.

Financial Aid: School Choice and Financial Aid workshop is 4/4 at 5:30PM

FVL Coaches Needed: For girls’ tennis & JV1 volleyball next fall. Contact Activities Director, Shawn Hill at


Sun. Mar. 26               9:30 AM         Worship Service

Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Allan Lemke, Kevin Cole, Derek Cole

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class

Mon. Mar. 27                9:00 AM           Needle Club

Wed. Mar. 29               5:00 PM            Catechism

                                    5:30 PM            ChristLight

Thurs. Mar. 30                       5:15 PM            Lenten Supper

                                    5:45 PM            Choir Practice

                                    6:30 PM          Lenten Service

Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Keith Obermiller, Melissa Melotte, Eric Spoerl

Sat. April 1                   10:00 AM         Catechism

                                    4:00 PM            MLC concert, St. Paul, Algoma

Sun. April 2                 9:30AM          Worship Service

Ushers: Roger Francois (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class


Officiant:          Pastor Paul Schleis       

Organist:           Denise Schleis


Sunday             Offerings Rec’d          Budgeted        Variance
YTD                    $454,058.23       $104,192.58     $349,865.65
3/12 & 3/19            $183,684.90         $5,343.24     $178,341.66


“From him and through him and to him are all things.”  (Romans 11:36)





First Ev. Lutheran Church
(Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod) 
743 S. Monroe Ave.   Green Bay, WI      54301

2nd & 3rd Thursdays                           6:30 PM

Sunday Worship                                  9:30 AM

Sunday Bible Class                            10:45 AM

Church Office:  435-7970

Pastor Paul Schleis: 621-0460 (cell phone)

Thursday Worship: 6:30 PM second and third Thursday of the month.

Sunday worship:
9:30 AM

743 S. Monroe Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54301

Pastor Paul D. Schleis

Office: (920) 435-7970
Cell: (920) 621-0460