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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 Seminar and Spring Session at St. Luke (Little Chute)

Saturday, February 16 10am-Noon

GriefShare Loss of a Spouse Seminar

Registration available at https://www.griefshare.org/loss/events/795

Saturday, February 23 (and following), 10am-Noon

GriefShare Your Journey from Mourning to Joy

Registration available at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/103705


Immanuel-Greenville, Emmaus Library
Tuesdays, January 8-April 2
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 each week, a helpful workbook, and ample time for group discussion and support. To register, visit www.divorcecare.org or call 920-757-5639. Cost is $20 for the workbook.


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 February: Chunky soup, all canned meats such as salmon & tuna, cookies, canned fruit, jam/jelly, boxed & canned potatoes, frosting, paper toweling and hair conditioner. Baby items are always being collected for the Hope Center. Thank you for your continued support!


 The Hope Center 

Thank you to all that supported the Hope Center's Financial Freedom drive. Your generosity yielded over $2600 towards the Hope Center's mission of helping those in need in our community. During the past year, the Hope Center has had the opportunity to touch the lives of nearly 70 families by offering basic necessities. Each month we provide health and hygiene items to an average 30 families (85-90 individuals) with the help of financial and goods donations from our local churches and church members. Currently, the Hope Center is able to provide this much appreciated help and hope with an operating cost of $850/month. We pray for your continued support to help us in our outreach ministry efforts.

The Hope Center's Board of Directors is currently in need of two board members: a Secretary and Member at Large. We are additionally seeking a Social Media Coordinator. If you are interested in learning more about The Hope Center or volunteer opportunities, please call 920-739-0039 or email thehopecenter1316@gmail.com.

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.

The first group event will be March 2, 2019, in the afternoon and early evening. It will be at N5830 Rockland Beach Road, Hilbert. Rockland Beach Rd is on Lake Winnebago, next to the Calumet County Park. The plan is to have a winter fire and play games. Weather permitting, ice fishing and sledding/tubing. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

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


Faith Fit Dance Fitness Class

Our Shepherd Child Care & Family Ministry (3335 North Lynndale Drive, Appleton)¬†will host an 8-week Dance Fitness Class on Mondays from 5:30‚Äď6:15pm beginning January 14, 2019. Faith Fit is a dance fitness class (think Zumba-esque) that encourages women of all ages and abilities to continue on their fitness journey, one step at a time! No matter where you are at on your journey- YOU MATTER. We dance to positive uplifting music from the likes of TobyMac, Mandisa, and more! The class is free, but childcare is available for a small fee. For more information contact Emily Suedmeier by email at: churchoffice@bethanyappleton.org


All seniors are invited to join us on February 12th at NOON for lunch at the Golden Corral, 1169 N. Westhill Blvd in Appleton. Each one will be responsible for the cost of their buffet lunch. Following the lunch we will have a speaker from the Bargain Garden thrift store. You are encouraged to bring a small item to donate to the store. The OWLS is a national program for the enrichment of WELS seniors. The meetings provide the opportunity for fellowship and spiritual growth through devotions and topics of interest for seniors. All are invited to join us February 12th for a buffet lunch.

Women's Wellness Talk

Dr. Wendy Schroeder, Bethany member and doctor of osteopathic medicine with the Ascension Medical Group, will present a Women's Wellness Talk on Monday, March 4, 2019 in the Praise Center at Our Shepherd Childcare (3335 N. Lynndale Dr, Appleton) at 6:30PM. Dr. Schroeder offers a unique perspective of being a Christian woman in the medical community. Pastor Pat Brown will lead the group in a short devotion about our faith and fitness journey. This is also the last evening of the current Faith Fit session, which starts at 5:30PM. Women of all ages are welcome!

WELS United Annual Meeting

WELS United in the Fox Valley will be hosting their annual meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church (129 S Mason Street) in Appleton. All area WELS members ‚Äď men and women -- are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. We would especially encourage at least one pastor and one layman from each of our 20 member-congregations to attend and serve as voting delegates. WELS United is a cross-congregational ministry devoted to the simple concept that we can accomplish more working together than we can alone. If you would like to learn more about the work of WELS United and the many possibilities for serving through one of our shared ministries, please know that your input, creative ideas, and willing hearts and hands are welcome! Please plan to attend!

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