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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:

Hamburger/tuna/chicken helper meals

boxed potato side dishes

instant white and brown rice

rice side dishes

canned mixed veggies and carrots

canned chicken

beef/chicken stews

24 oz jars applesauce

canned mandarins and fruit cocktail

bath tissue, paper towel, napkins

50 load or less laundry soap

dish soap

(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.


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 the first Saturday of the month at 11:00 am. This will be a simplified worship service for people of all ages with special needs. Refreshments and fellowship following the service.

Vacation Bible School Opportunities

Join us for Bubblin' - VBS 2024 at Martin Luther (436 South Lake Street, Neenah)

Join us for VBS at St. Peter (N2740 French Road, Appleton)
This summer at Vacation Bible School, we are taking the kids back in time and bringing the Bible to life in Hometown Nazareth-where Jesus was a kid! Save the dates of July 22-26 from 8:30-11:30 am (childcare provided prior for working families starting at 7:45am) at the St. Peter campus. Children who are 4 years old by July 22nd (must be toilet trained) through 11 years old will be able to join in on crafts, games, music, snacks, and Bible stories. Can’t wait to see you in Nazareth! On Friday there will be a chance for families to come and hear the kids sing their songs from 11:30-11:45am in church. The kids are also encouraged to come and sing 2 songs on Sunday, July 28 at the 10:30 service at the St. Peter campus.
Register online at https://922ministries.churchcenter.com/registrations.

Bethlehem Hortonville Dash Down Nash 5K Run/Walk, September 14

Registration is now open! This event invites kids and adults and spectators  to join in the fun by cheering their family and friends through the course! The Kid’s Run begins at 8:40am with the 5K Run/Walk to follow at 9am. Stay for some food and fun after the race! Register at Online Registration - Race Roster. Dash Down Nash is also looking for sponsors! If you would like to be a sponsor, please fill out the Sponsorship Form and return it to the office. Go to bethlehem-wels.com/dash-down-nash for details, sponsorship, and to register. Questions 920-779-6761 office@bethlehem-wels.com.

Zach Unke Piano Concert

Mr. Zach Unke will be presenting a concert of hymns and songs at the piano celebrating God’s creation and the gift of his Son.  The concert will be in the sanctuary of St. Paul Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 3 at 6:30 pm.  A free will offering will be received.

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