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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.


Grief Share Series at St. Matthew 

The GriefShare program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses 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.

A new GriefShare series will be held on Saturdays, 9 ‚Äď 11 AM, October 27, 2018 through February 16, 2019. For more information and to register, contact Joyce Schroeder at (920) 585-9080 or joymarie48@yahoo.com.

GriefShare - Grief Support Group at St. Luke

New 13-week session on Saturday beginning August 11th from 9-11am at St. Luke in Little Chute. Register online or call the church office at 920.788.4408 or contact our moderator: elsa@stlukeslittlechute.com

Come find help in your time of need.


October 6, 2018 - Loss of A Spouse Seminar
Target Audience: Adults facing life after a spouse's death.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Loss of A Spouse Seminar for people facing life after a¬†spouse's death. This event will be held October 6, 2018, 9:00 ‚Äď 11:00 am, at St. Matthew Lutheran¬†Church, 129 S Mason St., Appleton. Please feel free to share this information with those who might¬†benefit from attending this special, 2-hour event. There is no cost for this event.

This practical, hope-inspiring seminar features a video with top Christian experts on grief and recovery topics from a biblical perspective and personal testimonies from widowed men and women. The video seminar is combined with a support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. Those who attend will received a booklet filled with practical tips, encouraging words, a gospel presentation, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help in their life ahead.

Please contact Joyce Schroeder at 920-585-9080 or joymarie48@yahoo.com to register and for more information.


Starting Monday, Sept. 10, and running for 14 consecutive Monday evenings, Divorce Care will again be offered through our WELS churches. It will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville. All sessions start at 6:30 p.m. and run for about two hours.

Divorce Care is a Bible based program designed to help people who are facing separation or divorce deal with and recover from the many emotional challenges they face. It is offered in a confidential setting, and the participants are others who are, or have, faced divorce.

For more information or to register contact Immanuel Lutheran Church (920) 757-5639 or at churchoffice@immluth.org.

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 September: Creamed soups, canned fruit, baby products, all canned meats such as chicken & pork, all crackers, cake mix & frosting, boxed & canned potatoes, cookies, pumpkin pie mix & evaporated milk. Thank you for your continued support!


Hope Center Donations Needed

 The Hope Center is in need of your assistance to help others with their personal independence from need. We are asking for your support in the form of cash / gift cards. The Hope Center's supply of basic hygiene items (laundry detergent, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, bathroom tissue, etc) is getting low. We continue to serve over 35 families a month who are in need, both physically and spiritually. We appreciate the gifts we received during Christmas, however most of those supplies and gifts have been used. Cash or gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, etc) allows us to purchase supplies when needed, as we have limited storage space. Please consider making a donation either through your congregations or directly to The Hope Center. The Hope Center is located on the St. Matthew campus at 1316 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54914. Thank you for your consideration and God Bless.

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.


Crafters & Vendors Needed for Fall Festival at St. Matthew in Appleton

Do you sell a craft?: St. Matthew Lutheran Church is inviting crafters and vendors to be part of their 8th Annual Fall Festival Craft & Bake Sale, Oct. 12th and 13th! The cost is $25 for the two days. If you are a representative of a company like Avon, L'BRI, Tupperware, etc., there is extra promoting for you this year in advertising and "In House Party Time" during the event. If you want to know more contact Judy Loewenhagen at 920-419-2364 or dloewenhagen@new.rr.com.

Identity Theft Seminar at St. Luke

705 E. Greenfield Drive , Little Chute, WI 54140

October 2nd at 9:00 am

Every two seconds, someone becomes a victim of identity fraud.Don't become a statistic. If your identity is stolen, it puts your finances and credit rating at risk. That's just the beginning. Join us for a free educational workshop: Identity Theft: What You Need to Know

You'll learn:
‚ÄĘ How identity theft can occur.
‚ÄĘ How you can take steps to prevent it.
‚ÄĘ What to do if your identity is stolen.

Sign up today! Contact Edana or Lisa at 920-423-3896 or email edana.beck@thrivent.comand reserve your spot today.

Resource Center Opening at St. Matthew, Appleton

A day Resource Center for those experiencing homelessness will be opening September 25th at St. Matthew (129 Mason St. Appleton). All are invited to an Open House at the facility on Sunday, September 23rd from 10 AM ‚Äď 12:30 PM. Parking is suggested along Lawrence St. and the adjacent parking lot next to the gym.

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.

Seminary Chorus to Visit Bethel (Menasha) on 10/20

The Seminary Chorus, a 43-voice choir composed of men studying for the pastoral ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., will present a sacred concert at Bethel-Menasha (829 Appleton Rd.) on Saturday, October 20th, at 6:30pm. The choir presents hymns and anthems in traditional and contemporary styles, accompanied by a variety of musical instruments and includes congregation participation. This past year the Chorus appeared in WELS churches in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, and Alberta, Canada on its 2018 spring tour.

The Seminary Chorus is directed by Prof. James Tiefel, who spent his childhood years attending Bethel-Menasha. The Chorus has toured throughout the country in its 87-year history. Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, located in Mequon, Wis., prepares pastors for the worldwide mission of WELS. Former Bethel Pastor Sam Degner is now Professor of New Testament and Evangelism at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

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