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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:

 boxed potato sides

canned mandarins and pears

1 lb. bags plain rice and 14 oz. boxes instant rice

16 oz. peanut butter

helper meals

rice and noodle side dishes

  pasta sauce (plastic/metal containers preferred)

spaghetti noodles

misc. pasta noodles

jam (<20 oz. jars)

gluten free items.

(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


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.

DivorceCare - You don't have to go through it alone

Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they've ever faced. It's a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you've never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two distinct elements:

A Seminar with Experts
During the first 30–40 minutes of the meeting, each DivorceCare group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies and on-location video.

A Support Group with Focus
After viewing the video, DivorceCare group participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week's video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.

Available Session
Immanuel Lutheran Church
W7265 School Road, Greenville, WI 54942
Tuesdays, January 17, 2023, through April 11, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 PM
Register online at https://www.divorcecare.org/groups/158686

GriefShare Available Sessions

GriefShare Journey Session

Saturday, February 11 - May 6 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

St. Luke's Lutheran Church ( 705 E Greenfield Drive, Little Chute)

It hurts to lose someone. Find help with GriefShare. Your Journey from Mourning to Joy at St. Luke's consists of 11 (self-contained, stand alone) weekly meetings for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Register for this session online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/162092.

Stories of Hope from The Hope Center:   A Network of Hope

A Hope Center client didn’t really want to talk to a pastor.  They felt they had a good relationship with God.  More “pressing needs” beckoned:  cancer infusions and daily supplies.  Could it be that their worries might be put to rest, and inner strength restored, by talking with a pastor?  Of course.  The Hope Center was providing that path.  They picked up their allotted supplies for the month, received a listening ear and some encouraging words from a volunteer, and the assurance they’d be kept in prayer, including by a pastor.  That sounded really good to them.

This is the help and the hope that was provided hundreds of times in 2022 at The Hope Center - Appleton.  Thanks to our volunteers and to you:  the many from our Fox Cities WELS churches who support this WELS United ministry.

Some of the blessings:

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.


OWLS Events

You are invited to a Alzheimer's Presentation hosted by the OWLS at Bethlehem in Hortonville, on April 20 from 2-3:30pm.  Hear from presenter Pastor Curt Seefeldt, author of "It's Alzheimer's-It's Time for Extraordinary Love" RSVP/info 920-538-1394 or pgboet1@gmail.com.  There is no charge for this event but a free-will offering will be collected.

Jesus Cares Ministry Service

A simplified worship service for people of all ages with special needs.

All are invited to a special service, in conjunction with the Jesus Cares Ministry, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (N8728 S. Coop Road, Harrison) on April 1st at 11:00 am. Refreshments and fellowship following the service.

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