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  • 1. Our Saviour’s Voice Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54302 (920) 468-4065 January 2014 This Article Is For You If You Have Holiday Seasonal-Regrets “Excuse Me Boss, I Am Going To Need To Take Some Time Off To Recover From The Holidays” We are slowly moving from groaning to giggling. Stick with us here. By the time the ink dries on this edition of the Voice, it will be late December. You may not read this until January. By then, the checking account, the charge account and the calorie account may all be over charged. For many, the wallet now fits in the pocket but the pants don’t fit on the hips. Now we know why they invented New Year’s Resolutions! They knew we’d need a little help. What timing! Our sometimes over-celebration at Christmas and New Year’s reminds me of a line from the television series, M*A*S*H. Klinger once said, “I need to take a furlough to recover from my R and R”. Somewhere here, we need to giggle a bit. About calorie spending, the desserts, treats and sweets throughout the entire month of December – Oh my! Hang on, January is coming! We like fresh starts, a clean slate, a remodeling job. We like “new”. Somehow, almost by their own power, they leaped off the serving tray onto our plates and instantly disappeared. We could not believe it, so we tried the experiment again, and sure enough, it repeated itself for an entire month. The disappearing experiment has been replaced by the appearance of groaning and regret. These too, have a power of their own. It’s a short walk from pleasure to pain. So does God. Enter Stage Right - II Corinthians 5:17-18: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Those two verses say a lot about the deep meaning of Christmas, as well as life after the cash and calorie debt of December. There is hope, big strong healing hope! With money-spending, perhaps we got slack there too; we let our guard down. The deals at the stores? Why, we saved so much money we don’t have any left! Let’s avoid that experiment again! The groaning continues. Cash and calories debt. Here is the sequence of sin’s path and its domino effect… (continued on page 2)   1
  • 2. street, it is designed to keep us on the straight and narrow, to alarm us when we are leaving the ‘Path of Righteousness’. The Conscience is there to guide us from hurting God, others and ourselves. But temptation, calling from the other side of the curb can be so magnetic, and we can be so weak, that we jump that curb and hurt ourselves, others and God. That is called ‘Sin’. Some ancient writers describe sin as ‘a self-inflicted wound’. When we sin, crossing that curb, we hurt ourselves. As is often said, “The mouse sees the cheese but not the trap.” (continued from page 1) Sin [Crossing a Divine boundary] ignites Conscience ignites Regret ignites Guilt ignites Shame ignites Fear ignites God’s Compassion ignites God’s Delivery of Grace Let’s talk about seven words – 1. Sin - The dictionary says: An immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. 2. Conscience - The dictionary says: An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one's behavior. When we awaken to this, we have regret. The bad decision [sin] affects everything…body, mind, heart and soul. From reckless spending of money, to mindless eating, to wasting of time, to abusing relationships or whatever, these harm us and others. 3. Regret - The dictionary says: Feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over something that has happened or been done, esp. a loss or missed opportunity. Regret is followed by Guilt and Shame. Shame is so toxic, it convinces us to go hide; to wallow in self-pity; self-hatred; it stirs a disharmony with self, God and others; and that often [unknown to us] displays itself in anger, bitterness, grumpiness and melancholy moods. Did someone mention depression? 4. Guilt - The dictionary says: A feeling of having done wrong or failed in an obligation. 5. Shame - The dictionary says: A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. Sin takes us captive and we cannot get out. Neither can the mouse with a mouthful of cheese. He has a spring loaded weight on his neck. That mouse, if he is still alive and can reason, regrets his decision and is ashamed of himself in front of his fellow mice. Let’s say that mouse was warned by the Lead Mouse to stay away from that cheese, but he didn’t. Now that little furry fellow has not only regret, but guilt, shame and fear. That is a stretch, but it’s clear enough for us to smell the cheese in the metaphor. 6. Fear - The dictionary says: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. 7. Reconciliation - The dictionary says: Restore friendly relations between The sequence is like this… Conscience Ignites Regret If you can relate to our talk about the calorie and cash debt of December, you know that word ‘Regret’. But regret visits us over many things in our past. We have regrets over things we did and things we did not do. Regret has a certain kind of mental, emotional and spiritual pain. Would you agree? Your Conscience is a gift from God. We Lutherans often call it a ‘Curb’ Like on the   Well, enough about that. Is there a solution? (continued on page 3) 2
  • 3. And so, did we spend too much cash and calories in December? Do we have regrets? The Solution is the very thing we were to be celebrating in December! Let’s celebrate it and live in it today! (continued from page 2) Yes. Is it waiting for me in January? Yes. But is it here, now, also? YES! The word for the day is ‘Reconciliation’. The dictionary says: Restore friendly relations between. In our case, “Restore friendly relations between us and God, between us and ourselves, between us and others. Christ lives, is present here and now, and, “The Kingdom of God is within you” – Luke 17:21 Enjoy the journey. Walk with the Saviour. Know where the curb is. Do your best with His help. Live in His Grace today. The Incarnation, where God became man, and the subsequent delivery of His Grace, rescue, forgiveness and restoration, is larger than we can ever grasp. In Christ, God has come to show us the error in our ‘curb jumping’, to teach us about the lures of this world, to forgive us, to free us and to walk with us in newness of life. This is the term, Reconciliation, in the verse of at the top of this article. Pastor Dave EDITOR NEEDED…COULD IT BE YOU? Do you want to serve our Lord in a creative way? Do you have experience in layout and design and editing? OSLC is seeking someone special to serve as the Editor of this newsletter, The Voice Online. Content provided! Interested? See Pastor Dave or email him at OFFICIAL ACTS Baptisms Brynnlee Ann Boatman Born: March 1, 2012 Baptized: December 1, 2013 Daughter of Mark and Jennifer Boatman Johanna Carol Hladilek Born: November 13, 2013 Baptized: December 8, 2013 Daughter of Brendan and Crystal Hladilek Funerals Samantha Lynn Hudson September 17, 1990 ~ November 26, 2013 Funeral service held on December 6, 2013 Membership Changes IN: Tara DeGrave, Profession of Faith Marilyn Reinke, transfer form Christ the King Ev. Lutheran Church, Green Bay, WI (ELCA) Sarah Benz, Adult Confirmation Carol Blecher, Adult Confirmation Allison Vercauteren, Adult Confirmation Brad Berth, Adult Confirmation Weddings Andrea Schleh and Matthew Miller United at Our Saviour on December 6, 2013     3
  • 4. February 2014 OSLC Usher Day: Date: Service: Lead Usher Team: Sun. 02-Feb 7:45 am Allen Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 02-Feb 9:15 am Wendy C Randy Dyle; Roxanne Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; Jack Grant; Mitch Waniger Sun. 02-Feb 10:45 am Mike Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Thu. 06-Feb 7:00 pm Charles Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 09-Feb 7:45 am John Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; †UN Sun. 09-Feb 9:15 am Dave Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer; †UN; †UN Sun. 09-Feb 10:45 am Royal Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 13-Feb 7:00 pm Paul Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 16-Feb 7:45 am Matthew Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 16-Feb 9:15 am Randy Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 16-Feb 10:45 am Gerald Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 20-Feb 7:00 pm Norman Krueger Sun. 23-Feb 7:45 am Mike Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 23-Feb 9:15 am David Bitters Robin Williams; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Shelly Williams; Trey Boerschinger; Jim Parks Sun. 23-Feb 10:45 am Mike Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Thu. 27-Feb 7:00 pm Charles Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick † UN †UN; †UN; †UN -Usher Needed: If you'd like to volunteer as an usher; Please contact the Lead usher of the group you'd Or, contact Rich Spangenberg (920) 857-3014 or email Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran High School News – January 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPEN GYM - FELLOWSHIP & EXERCISE! – If you're looking for an opportunity to play some hoops, NEW Lutheran High School will have an open gym for men's basketball on Saturday mornings from 8-10am starting on Saturday, December 7th and ending on the weekend of May 17th. (Any changes to the schedule are on the website - Feel free to come and play when you can. Bring your friends, too. We'll have two courts going. SPARKS IS BACK AT LUTHERAN HIGH – In January and February, NEW Lutheran High will offer the Sparks Basketball program for kids in grades 1-4. This fun program is geared toward learning the skills needed to play, team games and a Bible-based theme every week. For more information, please contact the NEW Lutheran High at 4696810 or visit the website at NEW LUTHERAN HIGH FUTURE BLAZERS PROGRAM – All kids in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in the Future Blazer basketball program. Teams are forming to practice twice a week, along with playing in 3-4 weekend tournaments. The program runs from mid-February through late April. Please contact NEWLHS at 469-6810 or visit the website at for more information. Be a part of a winning tradition and make new friends as a Future Blazer! WINTER NIGHTS OF MYSTERY SHOW! – The NEWLHS Drama Department presents the Winter Nights of Mystery Show! Join us January 25th @ 7:00PM & January 26th at 6:00PM at NEWLHS, for a laugh-out-loud good time. We are featuring 4 plays including “Murder Most Fowl” a hilarious hillbilly comedy, “And Then There Was One” an outrageous whodunit, “Death of a Dead Guy” a silly mystery farce, & “Mother Goose Mystery” a dramatic mystery. Get your tickets at the door for $6/adult and $4/student & seniors. WE’VE BEEN CHALLENGED! – N.E.W. Lutheran High School has planned their annual Chili Challenge for Friday, January 31. We are looking for a chili maker to represent Our Saviour. If you have a great recipe and want to volunteer, please notify Michelle in the office no later than January 7, 2014. (Donations can be requested; ground beef may be available through the school. You will need to provide a list of ingredients needed in order to request donations.)   4
  • 5. A PAIR AND A SPARE / HELP FOR THE HOMELESS COLLECTIONS RETURN IN 2014 A Pair and a Spare is a collection of new socks and underwear. Donations will be taken from January 13- February 11. New socks and underwear for all ages, male and female, are needed.. Make an effort to buy a ‘pair or a spare’ for someone in need this winter. Help for the Homeless is an annual collection of personal hygiene and household cleaning products. This year’s campaign will run from March 1-March 30. Items focused on for this collection are personal hygiene items (deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more) as well as cleaning supplies (Mr. Clean, dishwashing detergent, laundry soap, etc.) All items collected during these two campaigns will be distributed to local homeless shelters and to needy individuals through local non-profit venues that focus on helping area residents. Collection boxes will be placed near the 2nd floor elevators, just outside of the coat room. Thank you for your help!! Advertisements in the business directory help Our Saviour defray the cost of ‘The Voice” each month. If you would like to advertise, please contact Michelle in the Church office at (920) 468-4065 or Please support the sponsors who help support us. “Our Saviour’s Voice” is published monthly by Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Vacancy Editor, Michelle Burhite. Please feel free to contact the church office with constructive suggestions and/or comments at Thanks to those who have already commented! We are always seeking more congregational input and submissions.  OUR SAVIOUR STAFF Senior Pastor – David H. Hatch Associate Pastor – Greg Hovland (920) 544-3614 Church Office – Michelle Burhite (920) 468-4065 Preschool Director – Christina Scholz   (920) 609-0248 (920) 468-3596 5
  • 6. We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks. It will meet on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm starting January 7, 2014 (ends March 4). It is hosted by Our Saviour Lutheran Church (120 South Henry Street, Green Bay – Intersection of Henry and Deckner). You do not need to be a member to participate. For more information or to register go to or call (920) 468-4065. Each family of participants will need a FPU membership kit. You may purchase the kit directly from or from Our Saviour Lutheran. The cost per kit is $100 from OSLC.      HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? Classes begin January 8, 2014 (Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10:30am) The idea of the project, How Should We Then Live?, both as a film documentary and as a book, was conceived in 1974 and completed in 1976. In the Acknowledgements, Francis Schaeffer writes about the idea behind the project: “Using my study, over the past forty years, of Western thought and culture as a base, we could attempt to present the flow and development which have led to twentieth-century thinking and, by so doing, hope to show the essential answers.” The subtitle is “The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture.” Starting from ancient Roman times, tracing man’s development throughout the Middle Ages, going to the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment, he shows the steps which led to the modern era. (Review by Jacob Schriftman, Author of The C.S. Lewis Book on the Bible: What the Greatest Christian Writer Thought About the Greatest Book) Those that participated in The Truth Project will find this series to be similarly thoughtprovoking as you develop a world-view. This series will expand our understanding of how we got where we are politically, socially and culturally. No sign up necessary.    6
  • 7. 2014 OFFERING ENVELOPES Offering envelopes for 2014 are now available for pick up in the office hallway. Envelope numbers are offered for the purpose of having your offerings to Our Saviour recorded. If offering envelopes were not assigned to you but you desire to use them for 2014, please contact the office. per month for the amount you select. You can designate the unified budget or the building/mortgage budget. With SimplyGiving, you don’t need to remember to write a check; your offering is received by the church, whether you are able to attend or not! Your offerings can also be recorded without envelopes by utilizing SimplyGiving, with automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account. Under SimplyGiving, you are assigned a special number under which donations that are not automatic would also be recorded. Draws can be weekly, monthly or two times Annual statements showing your offerings for 2013, which can be used for tax purposes, will be available at church in early to midJanuary 2014. Statements not picked up by January 26 will be mailed to the address on record at Our Saviour. HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE STAFF AT OUR SAVIOUR!!   7
  • 8. Dec 2013 Dear Friends in Christ, Board of Directors _______________________ Brian Paul President Faith Deb Grothman Vice President Christ of the Bay Christel Laatsch Treasurer Redeemer Renee Natzke Secretary Our Saviour Maggie Hinz Our Saviour Heidi Speckhard Faith Brad VanLanen Redeemer Dennis Day Hope Pastor Greg Hovland Our Saviour Faculty _______________________ Brett Jones Principal Grade 7-8 Teacher Robin Paul Grade 1-2 Teacher Stephenie Hovland Grade 3-4 Teacher Mary Arrick Grade 5-6 Teacher Carol Spatz Kindergarten Teacher Association Churches _______________________ Christ of the Bay Green Bay Faith Lutheran Green Bay Hope Lutheran De Pere Our Saviour Lutheran Green Bay Redeemer Lutheran Green Bay As friends of Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School, we ask for your support through our annual fund appeal. Our school is governed and supported by an association of Missouri Synod Lutheran churches. The mission of GBLSA is to provide a quality education in a Christ-centered environment for all children within our community. God has indeed blessed us with the school, a wonderful staff of Christian teachers, and supportive congregations that value the importance of Christian education. The school began with just six students in 2003 and has grown to a current enrollment of 78 children in grades K-8. The school is fortunate to have an experienced faculty and staff, involved parents, and caring congregations. Our cumulative test scores exceed the 90th percentile in almost every area. We have an active athletics program which includes volleyball, basketball, and running programs, and provide a quality music program with opportunities to participate in band and choir. A high percentage of graduating students continue their Christian education at NEW Lutheran High School. In addition, the children learn the importance of showing God’s love to others through programs like Friday Friends, and Scene 4:12, a youth-lead service team. As board members, we are aware of the many benefits this school brings to our churches, but we also know providing a quality education at an affordable and fair cost is challenging. Our current student enrollment is at 78 students, and our annual budget is close to $350,000, which equates to about $4,500 per child. We are able to cover about 75% of the per student cost through tuition and church support of $1,625 each. The remaining cost per student must be covered through charitable gifts and fundraising activities which are supported by parents and friends of the school. Please prayerfully consider a gift to help our school and its children succeed. Complete and return the enclosed pledge card today. Monthly contributions can also be made electronically through Thrivent’s Simply Giving program by visiting Green Bay Trinity Lutheran is our school and we must ensure it can continue. Thank you for your consideration. All contributions are tax deductible. Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School Annual Appeal   Name:______________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________  City, State, Zip:_______________________________________  Email:______________________________________________  I/We would like more information about: ___Supporting the school’s Endowment Fund ___The Ken and Murphy Baumann Scholarship Fund ___Including the school in my/our will. Phone:_____________________________________________  Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School 120 South Henry Street, Green Bay, WI 54302 Phone: 920.655.4673  Fax: 920.468.5757 
  • 9. January 2014 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Youth will take preorders for the Super Bowl Sunday pizza sale on Sundays beginning January 12…order forms will be available at the Welcome Center. 1 Happy New Year *THE STORY – Join us for this 31-week series. The sermons will follow The Story topics for each day. Tuesday and Wednesday Bible studies precede the Sunday topic. Office Closed Thursday Friday Saturday 2 12:15pm Worship 6:30pm Cub Scouts 7pm Trad Worship 3 4 8am Youth – Winter Fun Day 5 Epiphany Observed 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 6 7pm Board of Elders 7 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 5pm School Strategic Planning 6:30pm Financial Peace 8 3pm Youth Night 5pm Meal 6pm Praise Band 6pm Confirmation and ‘How Then Should We Live?’ series 6:30 pm HS Bible Study* 7:30pm Youth Board 9 12:15pm Worship 4pm Fish Fry Prep 7pm Trad Worship 10 5pm Monthly Fish Fry 11 12 MITE BOX SUNDAY 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am How Then… 10:45am Trad Worship 13 1pm Chicks w/Stix 6pm Church Council 6:45pm P&F 14 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 6:30pm Financial Peace 15 3pm Youth Night 5pm Meal 6pm Praise Band 6pm Confirmation and ‘How Then Should We Live?’ series 6:30 pm HS Bible Study* 16 12:15pm Worship 6:30pm Cub Scouts 7pm Trad Worship 7:45pm Evangelism 17 5pm Vercauteren/Berth Wedding Rehearsal 18 5:30pm Vercauteren/Berth Wedding 19 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship w/SS assistance 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am How Then… 10:45am Trad Worship 20 7pm Board of Ed 21 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 6:30pm Financial Peace 22 3pm Youth Night 5pm Meal 6pm Praise Band 6pm Confirmation and ‘How Then Should We Live?’ series 6:30 pm HS Bible Study* 23 12:15pm Worship 7pm Trad Worship 24 25 26 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am How Then… 10:45am Trad Worship 27 6:30pm GBLSA 7pm Stewardship 28 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 6:30pm Financial Peace 29 3pm Youth Night 5pm Meal 6pm Praise Band 6pm Confirmation and ‘How Then Should We Live?’ series 6:30 pm HS Bible Study* 30 12:15pm Worship 7pm Trad Worship 31 No Trinity or Preschool Classes – Teacher In-Service 4pm Chili Challenge at NEWLHS