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Apple Valley Food Pantry

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

All canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)

Canned fruit (mandarins, pears, fruit cocktail)

boxed helper meals

dish soap

paper towels

facial tissues

(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.

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AVFP 2022 Recap

As we start our 25th year, the Apple Valley Food Pantry would like to share some of our accomplishments for 2022 thanks to the support of so many generous donors:

Monetary gifts can be mailed to 2603 W College Ave, Appleton WIĀ  54914. Questions?Ā  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 dƩcor, 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).Ā 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.Ā 

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.Ā https://www.facebook.com/groups/wels.els.singles.

Check out these upcoming events for WELS Singles

Join us for Pizza and Wine at Rio Lobo, E6485 CR-F Weyauwega, WI 54983 at 5:30 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Come in from the cold for a tour of Sprecher Brewery, 701 Glendale Ave, Glendale WI, 53209 on Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm. Cost of the tour is $12.00 and payable at the door.Ā 

Questions contact Rachel Fritz at rachelfritz@yahoo.com

Not able to make it but want to stay in touch regarding events? Check us out on Facebook at: WELS & ELS Singles | Facebook

SHEEP'S HEAD CLUB

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.Ā If you have questions or comments please contact Allan Hess at (920) 749-0367Ā 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.

Financial Peace University

Bethel Lutheran Church, Menasha (829 Appleton Road)
JanuaryĀ 4th -Ā  March 1st, 2023
6:30-8:30pm


Childcare provided for those requesting it (please email fpu@immluth.org to reserve childcare)
Pastor John Raasch will be hosting the Spanish version of FPU at the same time. Please register for the class by following this link:Ā fpu.com/1152221

TBRIĀ® 101 Course Especially for Adoptive and Foster Parents Coming Soon!


This course offers an informal, yet thorough approach to Trust-Based Relational InterventionĀ®, an evidence-based intervention for children from hard places of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Videos will be shown to guide the viewer through the principles and strategies of TBRIĀ® and offer practical tips for implementation. Topics include Understanding Trauma, TBRIĀ® Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting Principles, as well as real-life examples and testimonials from caregivers and professionals who use TBRIĀ®.


Through the blessing of a grant from the Antioch II Foundation, the WELS ministry Light for Parents is able to present this course to a group of parents in the Fox Cities area. The course will be presented on three consecutive Saturday mornings--February 4, 11, and 18, 2023--from 9 a.m. - Noon at Eternal Love Lutheran Church, 1011 E. Midway Road, Appleton, WI 54915. The course will be presented from a Christian perspective by an adoptive couple trained as trauma practitioners, one of whom is also a TBRIĀ® Practitioner.


The course is free, but participants are asked to register by emailing staff@LightforParents.com with the names of those who will be attending.

22nd Pathways to Christ Retreat on March 3-5 at LaSureā€™s Hall in Oshkosh.

Sister in Christ, please join us for the 2023 Pathways to Christ Retreat. The 2023 theme is ā€œBe Strong in the Lordā€, based onĀ  Ephesian 6:10 and surrounding verses. We'll be opening on Friday evening with the first ever Pathways Style Show. On Saturday morning, Rev. Joel Russow from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will lead us as we look at Protecting Your Head and Your Heart: the helmet and breastplate and Rev. Mike Berg of Wisconsin Lutheran College will help us as we look at Defending Yourself: the sword and shield. On Saturday afternoon Cate Free helps us prepare for what steps come next as we consider Your faithful accessories: a belt and shoes.Ā  The evening will conclude with a concert featuring Stephen Bautista during an evening banquet. Ā On Sunday Pastor Leon Ehlert will share with us a Bible Study based on the hymn O Church Arise and then lead us in worship. Additional information, along with registration forms, can be downloaded from our website: http://pathwaystochrist.org.Ā 

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 30ā€“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

Loss of A Spouse

Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 am

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

The death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed havenā€™t just lost a loved oneā€”theyā€™ve lost an entire lifestyle. Loss of a Spouse is a single-session meeting for those coping with the loss of a spouse, to help you navigate your new normal. Register for this session online atĀ https://www.griefshare.org/loss/events/6396.

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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 atĀ https://www.griefshare.org/groups/162092.

Praise Him Concert

You are invited to the annual Praise Him concert at St. Matthew Lutheran Church (129 S. Mason Street, Appleton) on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 pm. Join area WELS choirs as they come together to sing praises to our Savior!

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