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Apple Valley Food Pantry


Thank you for supporting the WELS Apple Valley Food Pantry. Inventories are very low - everything is needed, especially:

condensed chicken noodle soup

canned mixed veggies and carrots

misc. pasta noodles/egg noodles

canned fruit cocktail and pears

jam (18oz. jars)

paper towel

facial tissue

bath tissue

(Please note: The Pantry is unable to distribute food that is dented, expired, partially used or in glass containers.)

Monetary gifts may be mailed to the Apple Valley Food Pantry, 2603 W College Avenue, Appleton WI 54914. Questions? applevalleyfoodpantry@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. 

WELS Singles Facebook Group

If you're single (unmarried, divorced, widowed) and looking to socialize, make friends, or enjoy fellowship with other singles who share your faith, we encourage you to join our Facebook group! Our group consists of over 500 members from around the world with ages ranging from 18-65+. We are an active group sharing Biblical encouragement, prayers, Lutheran memes, personal victories, and food. Our page is full of discussion posts and we typically have a weekly video hangout on Sunday evenings. We'd love to have you join us. https://www.facebook.com/groups/wels.els.singles

Upcoming WELS Singles Events

Appleton Beer Factory  (603 W College Ave, Appleton, WI)
June 16, 6pm to 10pm
Come out to the Appleton Beer Company for food and drinks, and mingle with other WELS singles! 

Camping at High Cliff State Park
July 7, 3:00pm to July 9, 11:30am - Sherwood, Wisconsin
Find out more on the WELS Singles Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/wels.els.singles

WELS/ELS Singles Retreat for 2023
November 10-12, Camp Phillip, Wisconsin
It is happening! Registration is open and the early bird rate is $140. Early bird registration will continue through August 1. Regular registration will be $150. All registration will close on October 1. If you have activity ideas or ways you can help, feel free to email at retreat@wels-els-singles.com. More details and register at https://wels-els-singles.com/2023-retreat/.

Join us on Facebook or Discord
We have 990 members in our Facebook group; it's a great place to discuss things related to single life. It's also a great spot to ask questions about dating, encourage other people in singleness, or share things that make you laugh. If you're on Facebook check us out at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wels.els.singles. We have a Discord Server for WELS & ELS Singles as well. This offers more real-time chat, with options for voice and video chatting as well. Please contact us at wels.els.singles@gmail.com for an invite link.


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

Christian Family Solutions

Are you seeking mental health care that is integrated with the healing power of the Gospel? Christian Family Solutions offers Christian counseling and excellent treatment options in their clinics as well as through telehealth. Visit the CFS website: ChristianFamilySolutions.org or call 800-438-1772.

Stories of Hope – Good or Evil?

The man sat across from one of our Hope Center volunteers, going over the list of supplies.  One of the pastors came over and introduced himself.  The man spoke up, “I have spirits that talk to me.  They tell me things that are going to happen, that actually end up happening.”

The pastor probed, “I wonder if it was a good spirit, or an evil one?  It’s hard to tell.  The evil ones are pretty crafty at getting you to think they’re up to good, only to do some very destructive things.”  The man became silent.  That seemed like a foreign thought to him.

Our Hope Center clients’ worlds can be very dark.  We’re their link to saving light.  Pray that conversations like these open eyes and hearts to a Savior from devilish evil.  

In addition to serving about 125 households each month, The Hope Center – Appleton receives referrals from Pillars, Inc. who are moving into new housing.  There can be 2-3 of these each month.  In addition to supplying move-in furnishings between $200 - $300, volunteers and pastors are part of a much needed support network to these individuals making a fresh start.

Presently, The Hope Center – Appleton is looking for the following:

“Connections” Volunteers with interest in listening to clients and identifying spiritual needs to be addressed in future visits.  
A communication coordinator.  A volunteer who could link Hope Center efforts with local churches and other supporters.  They would also communicate special services and events to clients. 

Thanks for your prayers and support. 

Find us at www.hope-center.org or phone 920-739-0039.  Donate online or access a list of items that may be donated by clicking on the “Interested in Helping” button.

Summer Preschool Program

Trinity Lutheran Preschool (800 Augustine St., Kaukauna) is having a Summer Preschool Program for ages 3-6. This program will run from 7:30am – 5:30pm, Monday-Friday, June 5 thru August 11 (closed July 3, 4 and 5). Sign-up is week to week for full days or 1/2 days am and pm. Priority is given to full day students. Drop in or By-the-Day attendance is also available based on openings.

Please call the school office at 920-766-2029, leave a message if necessary, or email us at school@trinitykaukauna.com. Information can be sent by email or picked up at the school. Spots will file up fast, so please respond and enroll quickly.

We also have some openings for our 2023-2024 preschool. If you are looking for a quality Christ centers Preschool, we at Trinity are ready to welcome your family.

Vacation Bible Schools

Registration is open for Vacation Bible School at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (930 East Florida Avenue, Appleton).

Online Registration Form


Eternal Love Lutheran Church (1011 E. Midway Rd., Appleton) invites you to their July 17-21 Vacation Bible School! At STELLAR, 3K-6th grade kids will learn about Jesus, their Savior. They will discover how they can shine Jesus’ love and hope in everyday life! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Jesus’ light, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos to take home and enjoy. STELLAR VBS runs from 8:30 – 11:45 am each day, July 17-21. To register, go to eternal-love.org.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church (129 S. Mason St., Appleton)

Vacation Bible School from July 24 - 27 

Meal at 5:30 pm with activities beginning at 6:00 pm

Register online at stmatthewlutheran.com/vbs

Trinity Lutheran Church (804 Grignon Street, Kaukauna)

Vacation Bible School will be held July 24th-27th, from 8:30 to 11:00 AM. Doors will open at 8 AM

Register online at https://www.trinitykaukauna.com/

Our God can make the impossible possible! He does marvelous things! A science lab conducts experiments that explain how things are possible. In Jesus’ ministry, He did things that are impossible. His greatest miracle of all was dying on the cross and rising from the dead for our salvation. At God’s Wonder Lab, discover that Jesus does the impossible for us.

St. Peter Lutheran Church (N2740 French Road, Appleton).

This summer we will head to the desert for Vacation Bible School to explore how ‘Monumental’ our God is! By exploring God's awesomeness, kids form a rock-solid faith for the road ahead. Join us June 19-22 from 8:30-11 a.m. Children who are 4 years old by June 1st (must be toilet trained) through going into third grade will celebrate God’s greatness during Bible stories, crafts, games, music and snacks.

Register online at https://922ministries.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1705236.

Rummage Sales

Riverview Lutheran Church is hosting a rummage sale fundraiser this summer.

The rummage sale will take place off campus at W5225 Quarry Rd, Appleton, on June 9th (8 am to 4 pm) & 10th (8 am to 2 pm).

All you can fit in a bag for $5.00. 

Mount Olive Lutheran Church (930 E Florida Ave, Appleton) is hosting a rummage sale to benefit their Mission Partners.

The rummage sale is June 15th-16th 7 AM - 5 PM. Saturday, June 17th 7 AM - Noon, half off.

The sale is in the Mount Olive Commons, enter at the gymnasium entrance.

Worship at the Cross

Riverview Play Dates in the Park

Riverview families and friends are invited to gather for "Play Dates in the Park" on the second and fourth Wednesdays in June and July from 9-11am. Caregivers can connect while children play. Children will gather for a devotion, songs, and snack time mid-morning. Activities are geared for ages PK-grade 2 but are open to all. Invite your friends to join you. All are welcome!

Find dates and locations, and sign up at www.RiverviewLutheran.org/play.

WELS Night at the Timber Rattlers

Join fellow WELS members for a fun-filled night at the ballpark on Thursday, July 27th at 6:40 pm as the Timber Rattlers face the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Tickets may be ordered online at https://fevogm.com/event/WELSnight23. The deadline to order tickets is July 25th. WELS Night at the ballpark will feature $3 brats and $3 craft beers! There will also be a Bike Helmet Giveaway upon entry (limited quantity). Looking forward to a great night and Go Rattlers!

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