May 18/21, 2017                                       6th Sunday of Easter

The love of God leads us to a life of obedience.

Liturgy:         Service of Word and Sacrament (p.26)

Hymns:         377v.1-5,6-10           312     332v.3-4

Psalm 66 (p. 90)         


Lesson: Acts 17:22-31      To these pagan Greeks the apostle proclaims the "unknown God"-the God Who made the world and Who calls all people to repentance and faith in the One whom he raised from the dead.

Epistle: 1 Peter 3:15-22    Peter admonishes the faithful to be ready always to confess the hope they have in Christ Jesus, particularly when they face hardship and persecution.

Gospel: John 14:15-21    Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to His disciples, and they are comforted by the Lord's promise: that He will not leave them orphaned but will return to them. Jesus exhorts them to show love for their Lord by giving loving obedience to His commands.


Sermon Text:  1 John 3:13-18

We have Come to Know Love

1. The love which involves sacrifice.

2. The love which endures hatred.

Close Communion
Here at First Ev. Lutheran, as a member of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS), we believe that participation in the Lord's Supper is both a confession of faith and an expression of our unity in that faith. When you commune with us you are saying that you agree with our teachings about the Lord's Supper and all the other teachings of the Bible. If you are not yet a member of our WELS/ELS and wish someday in the future to commune with us, we ask that you speak with Pastor Schleis to learn how you can establish membership with us.


Sunday Bible Class
In our Sun. May 21 morning (10:45-11:15 AM, in the Overflow Room), we’ll finish our look at Landgrave Philip of Hesse, who was too willing to compromise (both his doctrine and his morals). After Labor Day, we’ll resume our study of Lessons from the Lives of Powerful Politicians in our remembrance of this year’s 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation


Ascension Service May 25
40 days after His resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, assuring us that His work for our salvation was complete, and our work to spread that good news is ongoing. We have a special worship service this Thursday, May 25, 6:30 PM, to remember His ascension. Our adult choir will assist us with another new hymn, as they had done during Lent and Easter. This Ascension service will have a different order of service, readings, and sermon than the following Sunday. Please attend both services, if possible.


Entered Eternal Life
The 3rd oldest member of First Lutheran, Gladys Pagel (age 94) passed on to eternal life in Heaven last Monday May 15. Funeral arrangements are being made at this time, with a funeral service here in church probably after Memorial Day weekend.


New Meditations
A few copies of the WELS Meditations booklet, with daily Scripture based devotions, prayers, and suggested Bible readings from May 28 through August 26, are now available on the Entryway table. A suggested donation of $5.00 per copy helps cover costs. Please help yourselves.


Ammo Can for Memorial Day weekend
During the Sun. May 28 service, a (real) ammo can will be out in the Entryway, for a door offering for the WELS Lutheran Military Service Group (LMSG). The LMSG assists our pastors and churches with ministry to present and past military personnel and their families.


New Membership List
Pastor Schleis has updated the membership list for First Lutheran, and printed copies are available on the Entryway table. Please help yourselves, and please let the church office know if there are any changes that need to be made to that list. We try to update it about every six months.


FVL News

Graduation: FVL Graduation is 5/27. Doors open at 9AM, graduation worship service begins at 10AM.

Summer Camps: Register online for FVL’s summer camps-sports, STEM, Arts! Click on the “Summer Camp” link at

Coaches Needed: FVL needs coaches for Girl’s Tennis and JV1 Volleyball next fall. Interested? Contact Shawn Hill (

Golf Outing: FVL’s 25th Annual Golf Outing is 6/15. This event supports the FVL Technology Fund and will be held at Royal St. Patrick in DePere. Sponsorship & registration forms are at at the HUB.

FVL Marching Band: Watch for the FVL Marching Band in the Appleton Memorial Day Parade on 5/29. Parade starts at 9AM.



Thurs. May 18                        6:30 PM          Worship Service w/Communion

Usher: Greg Keiler

7:30 PM            Church Council Mtg.

Fri. May 19                                           Shut-In visits by Pastor

Sunday, May 21          9:30 AM         Worship Service w/Communion

Ushers: Allan Lemke, Derek Cole, Kevin Cole

                                    10:45 AM         Bible Class

Mon. May 22                9:00 AM           Needle Club

Tues. May 23                10:00 AM         Pastors’ Winkel

                                    7:00 PM            FVL Gen. Board

Thurs. May 25                        1:00 PM            Angel’s Touch Worship

                                    5:45PM             Choir Rehearsal            

                                    6:30 PM          Ascension Service

Usher: Roger Francois (head), Melissa Melotte, Keith Obermiller

Sun. May 28                9:30AM          Worship Service

Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow

Officiant:          Pastor Paul Schleis       

Organist:           Denise Schleis


Sunday         Offerings Rec’d          Budgeted        Variance
YTD                $470,113.41       $125,565.54     $344,547.87
5/14/17              $1,824.00         $2,671.62        ($847.62)


“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)



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