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Apple Valley Food Pantry

Items needed for the month of October: Peanut butter, boxed mac'n cheese, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper meals, canned chicken, canned stews, cookies, crackers, laundry and hand soaps and applesauce. Please note, the pantry is unable to distribute food that is dented, expired, or partially used.

If you or someone you know is currently having difficulty making ends meet, please contact your pastor for more information on obtaining assistance from the food pantry, even if it is for a short period of time. We are here to help ease your situation.

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!


Volunteers Needed for Thanksgiving Event

The Hope Center Board of directors has decided to proceed with planning for the return of our in person Thanksgiving event for our clients and families. The event will take place Sunday November 14, 2021 from 4-6 pm. This event will include games, crafts, dinner, and a bag of items needed to create a Thanksgiving dinner at client's homes. To make this event a success we will need several volunteers. Some of the duties for volunteers include:

Anyone willing to volunteer either prior to the event or on the 14th please call The Hope Center ‚Äď Appleton 920-739-0039 by October 5, 2021

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. Luke's Lutheran Church (705 E. Greenfield Drive, Little Chute) will be holding a GriefShare support group session from August 21 - November 6 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 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 11 sessions combine a video with support group discussion of information presented during the video. Pre-registration is required. Please register online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/135801 or by contacting Deb Arndt at 920-788-4408.

GriefShare - Surviving the Holidays - St. Luke, Little Chute

November 20th from 10:00 am - Noon

Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season. Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can't be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one's death.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Register online at: https://www.griefshare.org/holidays/events/37034


A friendly game of SchafKopf, aka., SHEEP'S HEAD
(Part of our German heritage!!)

Thursdays at St. Matthew Ev. Luth. Church (129 S. Mason Street, Appleton) from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm. If you have questions or comments please contact Allan Hess at (920) 749-0367 or ahess1@new.rr.com


Immanuel Lutheran Church
W7265 School Road, Greenville, WI 54942
Begins Monday, September 27, 2021
6:30 - 8:30PM
Emmaus Library

Divorce Care is a nationwide teaching tool to support anyone who has been hurt by the pain of divorce. It is intended for anyone still suffering from the effects of their divorce or anyone recently divorced or separated. To register, please contact Melody Graf at 920-757-5639. The cost of the class is $20 (includes workbook).

Advent by Candlelight

"For the first time, the women of the entire Fox Valley Area will be able to gather together to ponder the birth of our Savior.We will have our special service in the beautiful auditorium at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. This will provide enough room for hundreds to gather safely for a time of worship and celebration,"

Details of the service: Date 11/27/21

Time: Doors open at 12:30. Service starts at 1:00 pm

Refreshments and fellowship to follow after the service.

Any questions, please get in touch with Kerri Kleist at kerrikleist@gmail.com.


922 Ministries Trunk or Treat at St. Peter Lutheran Church ( N2740 French Road, Appleton)
Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 4:00 pm ‚Äď 5:30 pm
Come enjoy a family-friendly Trunk or Treat event! In addition to Trunk or Treating, there will be carnival games and a caramel apple bar - family fun for everyone!

Everyone is invited to join us for Mount Olive's (930 E. Florida Avenue, Appleton) Fall Festival on Saturday, October 23th, from 2-4 p.m. Fall Festival is fun for all ages, including events like Trunk or Treat, a chili cookoff contest, crafts for kids, carnival games, delicious food like donuts and caramel apples, and hot drinks like cocoa and apple cider!

Save the date - St. John Lutheran Church (N9125 Military Road, Kaukauna) Trunk or Treat on October 23rd, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Join us for fun, apple cider and treats!

DARE to Lead Seminar

WHEN: February 7-8, 2022

WHERE: KI Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Green Bay, WI

WHO: Ministry leaders and their entire teams (called, lay and volunteer)


JON HEIN- Authentic Christian Presence: The Best Path Forward in a Post- Christian Nation

Americans of all ages are walking away from church. Since America's religious culture has changed, congregational culture‚ÄĒthe way we think about the who, where, and how of gospel ministry‚ÄĒmust change as well. This includes pivoting from the strategy of corporate outreach to one of authentic Christian presence.

KURT NITZ - Congregational Culture: Boost or Burden

Your congregation, like any organization, has a culture. It can either help or hurt you as you go about the work in your ministry. But what exactly is a congregation's culture? Is it really that big of an impact? And are you just stuck with it or can you change it?


Discounted tickets available for ministry teams! Email tdmanager@stmarkministries.com for promo codes.

10% discount for groups of 3+
15% discount for groups of 5+
20% discount for groups of 10+
*All discounts must be applied at checkout. No refunds available.*

CliftonStrengths Event with Grace in Action

Register now for the CliftonStrengths Event with Grace in Action on October 23 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at The St. Mark De Pere Campus (2066 Lawrence Drive, De Pere).
Register and learn more by following this link.

Learn to grow as Christian leaders individually and as a ministry team while networking and enjoying fellowship with other leaders in the Green Bay Area.CliftonStrengths helps define how fearfully and wonderfully God has created you. The CliftonStrengths assessment (formerly known as Clifton StrengthsFinder) uncovers your unique rank order of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes. They are your "talent DNA" and help explain the ways God has made you to most naturally think, behave, and react. Research shows that people who know and use their CliftonStrengths are highly engaged at work, more productive in their roles, and lead happier and healthier lives of service to God and those around them.

Bethel Blood Drive 

Giving blood saves lives and lets your light shine. We have enough potential donors to hold a community blood drive here at Bethel (829 Appleton Road, Menasha) on October 27th from 3:00‚ÄĒ6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in giving blood visit communityblood.org and click "donate" or call 1-800-280-4102.

Organ Concert

On Sunday, November 7th, Grace Lutheran Church, (1390 Breezewood Lane, Neenah) will dedicate their new Inspire Rogers organ in the morning service. That afternoon we will have an organ concert beginning at 1:00 pm. You are invited to attend as Pastor Paul Meier, an accomplished organist will conduct the concert ranging from popular and favorite hymns (some singing) as well as other kinds of music to give you a taste of the capability and beauty of our organ.

Joint Reformation Worship Service

A Joint Reformation Service will be held on Sunday, October 31 at 4:00 pm in the Fox Valley Lutheran High School auditorium (5300 N. Meade Street, Appleton). Guest preacher is Rev. Mark Jeske, senior pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and content contributor for Time of Grace.

All Federation members are invited to celebrate our gospel heritage restored to us in the Reformation of the 1500's. We are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone, and according to Scripture alone. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Please join us for this special worship opportunity! This service will be live streamed on the Fox Valley Lutheran High School YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/c/FvlhsOrg.

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