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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:

healthy adult cereals

canned pastas

chili beans

chunky soups



body and hand lotions

cleaning supplies

bath tissue

facial tissue

paper towels

(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.

Hope Center Donations Needed

So far in 2023, The Hope Center has served over 1500 local families to provide practical help and the good news of Jesus. We have recently reached a record of 164 families per month, including an increasing number of local refugee families and families rebuilding their lives after homelessness. Please consider sharing a monetary gift to help us with the most-needed supplies. Your $20 monthly recurring gift provides for one family and a one-time gift of $300 provides basic needs for a family moving from homelessness. We’d also appreciate your consideration of hosting a holiday donation drive to restock our shelves. Find an electronic giving link and a list of our most-needed items at www.hope-center.org/how-to-help. Questions? Call 920-739-0039 or email information@hope-center.org. We are grateful for your ongoing partnership to share hope and help with those in need.

The Hope Center, 1316 W. Lawrence St, Appleton, WI 54914, is a compassion ministry of WELS United located on the campus of St Matthew Lutheran Church in downtown Appleton, WI. The center is a non-profit, volunteer run organization financially supported by members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and in partnership with the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.

Christmas for Kids

A Christmas for Kids will be held Saturday, December 9, from 9am - noon at Riverview Lutheran Church, located at 136 W Seymour St in Appleton. Parents will be able to drop off their kids (potty trained - 5th grade) for Christ-centered Christmas activities, while they take the morning for their own Christmas preparations or just to relax. Your children will enjoy games, crafts, snacks and a puppet show. To register for this event, click below or call the church office at (920) 733 3728 option 3 by Wednesday, December 6.


Christmas for Kids will be taking place at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 129 S Mason St., on Saturday, December 9th from 1-3pm. We have a variety of activities planned, such as crafts and an inflatable bounce house for children ages 5-10.
Please register your child(ren) using the link below. More information can also be found using the link below.


Save the Date: Men of His Word
February 17, 2024

We all want to be good at something. Whether we realize it or not, God has given each of us the exact abilities we need to do the work he has planned out for us. And, Galatians 5:13 reminds us that Christ has set us free so that we can use those abilities to serve one another in love. Plan on attending Men of His Word to learn how you are Built to Serve in all of the different vocations to which God has called you.
The Men of His Word National Conference will be hosted at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh.


Registration is open for Pathways to Christ Women's Retreat

March 1-3, 2024
At LaSure's Hall in Oshkosh
Register by February 1



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