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Apple Valley Food Pantry

Items needed for the month of November -Canned fruit, all canned meats (tuna, SPAM, chicken), bagged/boxed potato side dishes, cookies, all crackers, jam, tomato soup, chunky soups and stews, cream soups, cake/brownie mix and frostings, 1 lb. bags of rice and Minute Rice, pasta and rice side dishes, hamburger helper, shampoo, conditioner and body washes for men and women. Please note, the pantry is unable to distribute food that is dented, expired, or partially used.

Monetary donations may be mailed to: WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry, c/o St. Matthew Ev Lutheran Church, 129 S Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914-5246. Checks should be made payable to WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry. Thank you for continuing to support our ministry!


 The Hope Center 

Volunteers Needed: Do you have two hours a week to serve those in need in the Fox¬†Valley? The Hope Center is looking for a few more volunteers to join the team as we are¬†currently serving 60+ family units each month! Volunteers are needed to greet clients, pack¬†supplies, and/or perform some easy data entry ‚Äď whatever gift God has blessed you with.¬†Training is provided. Volunteers work on a team of 3-4 for a two-hour shift once per week.¬†All shifts are currently available: Tues. 9:30-11:30, Wed. 2:30-4:30, and Thurs. 1:00-3:00. If¬†you are interested in learning more about The Hope Center's compassion ministry to those¬†in need in the Fox Valley, see our website at hope-center.org.

The Hope Center's ministry offers practical assistance items along with the opportunity to show Christian love and share God's Word. Our location on the St. Matthew campus is also allowing us to build a relationship with the Pillars Day Resource Center next door. Each month we have been offering "Soup for the Soul" meals for Pillars' clients, most of whom are homeless. We also supply all the daily coffee, tea, and hot chocolate supplies for them. Recently, we have additionally begun a "move-in kit" program to provide basic household items to those getting an apartment through Pillars. For more info and a current "wish list" please see our new website at www.hope-center.org.

Please continue to pray for The Hope Center, our clients as well as our dedicated volunteers. If you are so blessed, please consider making a donation directly to The Hope Center at 1316 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54914.

Bargain Garden Thrift Store

Bargain Garden Thrift Shop, 2725 N. Meade Street, Appleton | 832-8822, appreciates your donations of clothing, housewares, home décor, jewelry, furniture (no upholstered items), novelties, new greeting cards and toys. Clean and gently used items only. Your help provides funds for the teen ministry at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. We invite you to donate, shop and volunteer at the store. Find more information online at bargaingardenthrift.com.


Resource Center Opening at St. Matthew, Appleton

A day Resource Center for those experiencing homelessness is open at St. Matthew (129 Mason St. Appleton). The Resource Center will bring essential services to those experiencing homelessness (like a housing navigator and guidance for employment). Homeless Connections will be staffing the Center and in charge of operations. St. Matthew is hosting the Resource Center in renovated classrooms, and will be the "Christian family" next door ready to welcome those seeking our ministry. Volunteers and donations are gladly accepted. For more information, contact Pastor Jon Kuske at St. Matthew, (920)733-0916.


New Young Professionals Network for WELS

"The Inseparable" Facebook group is intended for young professionals in WI. If you're 20's to early 30's, join the Facebook group to connect and share community events, so that you can gather together and develop strong friendships.

The name is inspired by Romans 8:39, to remind you that nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.

For more information, join The Inseparable Facebook group or text Sonya at 666-2863.

GriefShare Sessions Available

St. Matthew, Appleton

GriefShare Series scheduled to begin September 12, 2020

Target Audience: Adults facing grief after the death of a loved one

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is again sponsoring the GriefShare Support Group Series. This practical and hope-inspiring series features biblical, Christ-centered videos and teachings that focus on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The 13 sessions combine a video with support group discussion of information presented during the video.

The next series of sessions is scheduled to be held on Saturday mornings, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, beginning Saturday, September 12.

Please be advised that our schedule may change with short notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Matthew's follows all local/state government mandates and CDC protocols regarding health and safety and expects anyone attending our meetings to comply as well. Therefore, at this time, face masks are required unless you cannot wear a mask due to health reasons.

Pre-registration is required. Please register online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/123792.

Contact Joyce Schroeder at 920-585-9080 or joymarie48@yahoo.com or Pastor Jon Kuske at 920-750-0828 or pastorkuske@stmatthewlutheran.com with any questions or for more information.


Immanuel-Greenville, Emmaus Library

Mondays, October 12 - January 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m

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

2021 Men of His Word Conference

Everyone wants to be a winner, but we often feel like losers. We work so hard to be the best and do our best. We want to be loving husbands, caring fathers, faithful church members, hardworking employees, good neighbors and so much more. We try, but it's easy to feel conquered. The devil is constantly attacking us. The world lures us away from God and responsibility. Our sinful natures condemn us. Should we just give up? No! God promises that we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through him who loved us (Romans 8:37). Not only does God promise strength for our battles now; he promises MORE - that nothing will separate us from his love until we live with him in eternal joy as CONQUERORS. Join us on February 20, 2021 to find strength for the battles and guaranteed victory through Christ.

The 12th Annual MOHW Conference will be held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Convention Center in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 20 2021. Additional details and online registration are available at www.menofhisword.org . The registration fee is $50 for adults and $25 for youth ‚Äď these rates increase to $60 and $30 respectively after January 31st. Please join us for a day of fellowship in God's Word!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to keep our participants safe:
‚ÄĘ Our maximum capacity is 300 participants to enable social distancing
‚ÄĘ Masks are required while inside the Hotel and Convention Center
‚ÄĘ All food (continental breakfast and box lunch) will be individually packaged
‚ÄĘ Hand sanitizer will be available
‚ÄĘ If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, we respectfully ask that you refrain from attending

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