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  1. 1. Our Saviour’s Voice Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54302 (920) 468-4065 March 2014 2013The Snow Winter of 2013-2014 Has it been a long winter for us here in Northeast Wisconsin? Yes. But it was worse 133 years ago not so far from here… their grain milled, or with their fuel supplies for the winter in place. By January the train service was almost entirely suspended from the region. Railroads hired scores of men to dig out the tracks but it was a wasted effort: As soon as they had finished shoveling a stretch of line, a new storm arrived, filling up the line and leaving their work useless. The Snow Winter of 1880–1881 Wikipedia tells us, “The winter of 1880– 1881 is widely considered the most severe winter ever known in the United States. Many children – and their parents – learned of ‘The Snow Winter’ through the children's book The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, in which the author tells of her family's efforts to survive. The snow arrived in October 1880 and blizzard followed blizzard throughout the winter and into March 1881, leaving many areas snowbound throughout the entire winter. Accurate details in Wilder's novel include the blizzards' frequency and the deep cold, the Chicago and North Western Railway stopping trains until the spring thaw because the snow made the tracks impassable, the near-starvation of the townspeople, and the courage of her husband Almanzo and another man, who ventured out on the open prairie in search of a cache of wheat that no one was even sure existed. There were no winter thaws and on February 2, 1881, a second massive blizzard struck that lasted for nine days. In the towns the streets were filled with solid drifts to the tops of the buildings and tunneling was needed to secure passage about town. Homes and barns were completely covered, compelling farmers to tunnel to reach and feed their stock. When the snow finally melted in late spring of 1881, huge sections of the plains were flooded. Massive ice jams clogged the Missouri River and when they broke the downstream areas were ravaged. Most of the town of Yankton, in what is now South Dakota, was washed away when the river overflowed its banks.(1)” Here in Wisconsin, it has been a long winter, hasn’t it? There has been a run of colds and a slew of the flu. Cabin fever has been known to depress, discourage and disperse friends to distant home fireplaces. Lonely comrades are isolated, shivering and sulking, as they wait for the spring thaw. The October blizzard brought snowfalls so deep that two-story homes had snow up to the second floor windows. No one was prepared for the deep snow so early in the season and farmers all over the region were caught before their crops had even been harvested, (continued on page 2) 1
  2. 2. How about being ‘A Monk for a Month’? Could we do that while we wait for Spring? What can we do in these weeks, in our secluded indoor time, to build our faith? Here are some ideas… (continued from page 1) Symptoms of Cabin Fever The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association characterize the symptoms of Cabin Fever (SAD) triggered by the onset of fall/winter as follows: 1. Read a book of the Bible every day 2. Give up a couple of TV hours and pray for one to two hours 3. Read faith-building books, a chapter a day Feeling sad or depressed 4. Invite a friend over for fellowship…tea and crumpets, maybe [What are crumpets, anyway?] 5. Actually count your blessings, writing them down every morning 6. Sing faith-building music, alone or with someone [I would sing alone, myself] 7. Turn off the television every other day and play faith-building music to fill the air 8. Turn off everything for an hour or two each day and meditate on the Holy Trinity 9. Think of some things you really love 10. Pray about who could use it more than yourself 11. Give away something you really love 12. Force yourself out of the house to serve someone in need 13. Pray for more snow so that you can continue these spiritual exercises 14. Forgive me for including that last item 15. Pray for Spring to arrive so you can stomp in puddles! Lethargy Difficulty in Concentrating Craving for carbohydrates or sugar Difficulty walking in the morning Sleep disturbance Social withdrawal Reduced productivity Irritability Making the Most of Cabin Fever Spring is just around the corner. Or is it? There is still enough indoor time left to use it to our spiritual advantage. While we want out of the house, some folks actually crave going into a place alone, away from the world, to be isolated like we have been this winter. Why? Why do monks become monks? That is, what advantage is there in voluntary “Cabin fever”? God bless your toes everyone! The Middle Ages were from the 5th to the 15th century. For monks of that time, it was a commitment for life. The primary reasons for becoming a Medieval monk were to: • • • • Pastor Dave (1) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blizzard#The_Snow_Winter_of_1880.E2.80 .931881 Devote their lives to serving God Live a life in a secure retreat Escape from a violent world Lead a quiet and peaceful life CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY RESULTS Do you remember that 12 page survey you completed a year ago? Well, we now have compiled the results and are ready to share them with you. Copies of the compilation are available at the Welcome Center. If you receive this newsletter by MAIL and want the results mailed to you as well, please contact Michelle in the office at (920) 468-4065 to request a copy. 2
  3. 3. FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY Our Saviour’s fish fry is held on the 2 nd Friday each month September thru May. The last three dates of this year are March 14, April 11 and May 9. Gift certificates are available at the Welcome Center or from the church office for any amount (minimum $10) and are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Say thanks to a friend, neighbor or co-worker with a gift certificate and introduce them to what we call ‘the best fish fry in town’! OFFICIAL ACTS Membership Changes IN: Crystal Hladilek, transfer from Bethany Lutheran, Kohler, WI (LCMS) Jolie Wavrunek, transfer from Bethany Lutheran, Kaukauna, WI (LCMS) Jennifer Jankiewicz, transfer from Peace Lutheran, Eau Claire, WI (LCMS) OUT: Kara (Bretzman) Wallisch, transfer to Bethlehem Lutheran, Sun Prairie, WI (LCMS) OSLC Usher April 2014 Day: Date: Service: Lead Usher Team: Wed. 02-Apr 4:00 pm Wed. 02-Apr 6:30 pm Rich Spangenberg Norman Krueger † (Youth) Sun. 06-Apr 7:45 am John Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; † UN Sun. 06-Apr 9:15 am Dave Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer; † UN; † UN † UN; † UN; † UN Sun. 06-Apr 10:45 am Royal Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Wed. 09-Apr 4:00 pm Wed. 09-Apr 6:30 pm Rich Spangenberg Charles Arthur † (Youth) Sun. 13-Apr 7:45 am Matthew Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 13-Apr 9:15 am Randy Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany & Brian Duff; Chelsea & Rachel Van Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 13-Apr 10:45 am Gerald Buechner Carmen & Lloyd Leuthne; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 17-Apr 4:00 pm Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Mike Charles Thu. 17-Apr 6:30 pm Paul Kuehl Fri. 18-Apr 12:15 pm Royal Bruhn Fri. 18-Apr 7:00 pm Bill Baneck; † UN; † UN Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Norman Krueger † UN; † UN; † UN Sun. 20-Apr 6:00 am Mike Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 20-Apr 7:45 am Allen Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 20-Apr 9:15 am David Bitters Shelly & Robin William; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Trey Boerschinger; Jim Parks Sun. 20-Apr 10:45 am Gerald Buechner Thu. 24-Apr 6:30 pm Charles Arthur Carmen & Lloyd Leuthne; Rich Spangenberg Sun. 27-Apr 7:45 am John Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; † UN Sun. 27-Apr 9:15 am Wendy Roxanne & Randy Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; Jack Grant; Mitch Waniger Sun. 27-Apr 10:45 am Mike Charles Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft † UN -Usher Needed: If you'd like to volunteer as an usher; Please contact the Lead usher of the group you'd like Or, contact Rich Spangenberg (920) 857-3014 or email 3
  4. 4. CALENDAR ALERT - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VBS will be held June 23-27, 2014. We are again inviting Camp Luther to lead our 1st – 5th graders this year. Preschool thru Kindergarten students will enjoy the theme – Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind. We are also looking at the possibility of expanding the day’s events to include afternoon and/or evening events. Stay tuned for details but put these dates on your calendar now! ☺ 2014 WORSHIP SERVICES THIS LENTEN SEASON This year, mid-week services will again be held on Wednesdays, beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 5. Service times are 4:00pm and 6:30pm. We are working on offering a meal between these services. If you can help, please contact Pastor Greg at greg@oslc-gb.org or call the office at (920) 468-4065. Palm Sunday brings the Sunday school children’s Lenten Pageant in the 10:45am time slot. Maundy Thursday services will be at 4:00pm and 6:30pm; Good Friday services will be held at 12:15pm (with the Sanctuary open for medication on the ‘Seven Words’ until 3pm) and 7:00 pm. Easter Sunday includes a 5:00am Silent Prayer Vigil followed by a 6:00am Sunrise Service. We will also hold services at 7:45am, 9:15am and 10:45am as usual. Ash Wednesday: March 12: March 19: March 26: Forward in Christ—As Resolute Followers Forward in Christ—With Undisguised Faithfulness Forward in Christ—With Self-Control Forward in Christ— With Uncompromising Loyalty to the Truth April 2: Forward in Christ—With a Repentant Heart April 9: Forward in Christ—With a Bold Confession Palm Sunday: Forward in Christ—He Is the King of Hearts Maundy Thursday: Forward in Christ—In a Celebration Good Friday: Forward in Christ— Knowing That Love and Justice Meet at the Cross 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 dave@oslc-gb.org. 4
  5. 5. AUTOMATION MAKES GIVING SIMPLE Dear Brothers and Sisters at OSLC, The Board of Stewardship wants to encourage you to consider signing up for a wonderful program endorsed by the Thrivent Financial Credit Union. The program is called SimplyGiving® and it is just what the name sounds like! It is an easy way to set up automated giving to further God's work here at OSLC. This service enables your weekly or monthly offerings to be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. This is similar to the idea behind many of the automated "bill-pay" options that you may already use. Just a couple of advantages of using the program include: 1. 2. Less work for you - no more having to remember the checkbook on Sunday morning or trying to recall whether or not you already gave your tithe / gift during a particular month. Your support of the church continues, even during family vacations and work related travel, when you are unable to physically attend services. It’s easy to get your household in the SimplyGiving® program. Just complete an Authorization Form (found in the tall brochure holder in the office hallway) and return it to Michelle in the office. You determine the beginning date (please allow a minimum of 5 business days for processing the first donation), the amount per draw and how often to donate. If you have any questions, please call Michelle in the office at (920) 468-4065 or email her at info@oslc-gb.org. FLOWERS FLOWERS FOR EASTER CELEBRATION Once again, we would like to offer you the opportunity to purchase flowers to beautify the altar on Easter Sunday. Plants are available for $10 each. Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Michelle in the office at (920) 4684065 by March 30. After you put your name and the message regarding your dedication, please place your $10 donation in a special envelope, available near the signup sheet, including your name and envelope number, if known. 5
  6. 6. NONDONATIONS… NATIONS…A NON-CASH DONATIONS…A SUMMARY There are many ways, other than with cash, that you can provide help to Our Saviour Lutheran Church and/or our missions, such as Green Bay Trinity Lutheran School and Camp Luther. We collect items that some may say have no value…but we receive a monetary return or other benefit so please bring them to church and place in the appropriate box or drawer. Empty ink jet cartridges from any brand printer Caps/Pouch certificates from Nature’s Touch (Kwik Trip) milk Labels for Education Box Tops for Education Tyson ‘Project A+’ labels. Used cell phones Manufacturers’ coupons, even those that are recently expired Coke Points/Codes Donate items for the Super Sale in August (kitchen, bath, yard & more) Donate items for the Kids’ Only sale in May (clothes, toys, furniture and more) UNDERCOVER CHALLENGE A SUCCESS Donations received at Our Saviour and donated to the ‘A Pair and a Spare – An Undercover Challenge’ were picked up on February 11. The total donation included 159 pairs of socks, 95 pairs of underwear, 4 t-shirts and 1 pair of pajama bottoms. These donations were gratefully received by the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition. Thank you for your participation. HOMELESS HELP FOR THE HOMELESS This is an annual collection of personal hygiene and household cleaning products. This year’s campaign will run until March 30. Items focused on for this collection are personal hygiene items (deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.) as well as cleaning supplies (Mr. Clean, dish-wash liquid, laundry soap, etc.). All items collected will be distributed to local homeless shelters and to needy individuals through local non-profit venues that focus on helping those in need in our area. 6
  7. 7. 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 info@oslc-gb.org. 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 info@oslc-gb.org. Thanks to those who have already commented! We are always seeking more congregational input and submissions. OUR SAVIOUR STAFF Senior Pastor – David H. Hatch (920) 609-0248 dave@oslc-gb.org Associate Pastor – Greg Hovland (920) 544-3614 greg@oslc-gb.org Church Office – Michelle Burhite (920) 468-4065 info@oslc-gb.org Preschool Director – Christina Scholz (920) 468-3596 7 christina@oslc-gb.org
  8. 8. April Flynn is a second grade Sunday school teacher at Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Family and friends are partnering with the non-profit organization, Community Benefit Tree, to hold this Celebration of Support Event for Jase. Please consider coming to the celebration and spread the word! For more information, go to http://communitybenefittree.org/our-specialops-cos-event.html or https://www.facebook.com/events/246237512196495/. We need volunteers to help at the event or to bake for the bake sale. Bake sale donation sheets are on the bulletin board in the office hallway. For more information, contact Heidi Krause at 920-265-1082 or Heidi.krause@hotmail.com. 8
  9. 9. March 2014 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 *The Story Bible Study 31-week series – Topic goes Tuesday thru Sunday 2 3 4 5 Ash Wednesday 6 7 8 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am How Should We 10:45am Trad Worship 6pm DT2 Bible Study 3:30pm Future Blazers 6:30pm Board of Elders 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 3:30pm Future Blazers 6:30pm Financial Peace 7pm Choir Practice 3pm Youth Night 4:00 pm Worship 5:00 pm Potluck Dinner 6:30 pm Worship 7pm Praise Band 3:30pm Future Blazers 3:30pm Future Blazers 8am Youth at Paul’s Pantry 9 MITE BOX SUNDAY 10 11 12 13 14 15 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship w/Holy Baptism 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am How Should We 10:45am Trad Worship 6pm DT2 Bible Study 1pm Chicks w/Stix 3:30pm Future Blazers 6pm P&F 6:45pm Council 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 3:30pm Future Blazers 6:30pm Financial Peace 7pm Choir Practice 3pm Youth Night 4:00 pm Worship 5:00 pm Meal? 6:30 pm Worship 7pm Praise Band 7:30pm Youth Board 4pm Fish Fry Prep 5pm Monthly Fish Fry 5pm Laluzerne/Wenman Wedding Rehearsal 8pm Youth Cosmic Bowling at Gutter Bowl 2:00 pm Laluzerne/Wenman Wedding 16 17 St Patrick’s Day 18 19 20 21 22 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 Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 6pm DT2 Bible Study 3:30pm Future Blazers 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 3pm Youth Night 4:00 pm Worship 5:00 pm Meal? 6:30 pm Worship 7pm Praise Band 3:30pm Future Blazers 3:30pm Future Blazers 23 24 25 26 27 28 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study* 9:15am Praise Worship w/Holy Baptism 9:15am Bible Study* 9:30am Sunday school 10:30am Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 6pm DT2 Bible Study 6:30pm GBLSA 7pm Stewardship 7am Bible Study* 9am Bible Study* 10:30am Staff Meeting 7pm Choir Practice 3pm Youth Night 4:00 pm Worship 5:00 pm Meal by LWML 6:30 pm Worship 7pm Praise Band No Preschool or Trinity Classes – Spring Break No Preschool or Trinity Classes – Spring Break No Preschool or Trinity Classes – Spring Break No Preschool or Trinity Classes – Spring Break No Preschool or Trinity Classes – Spring Break 30 31 Don’t forget: March 9 – Daylight Saving Time (clocks ‘spring ahead’ one hour) begins at 2am 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 6pm DT2 Bible Study 3:30 pm Future Blazers 7pm Board of Ed 3:30pm Future Blazers 6:30pm Financial Peace 7pm Choir Practice No Preschool Classes 2am Sunday – Daylight Saving Time (Spring Ahead) 29 Wednesday Night Meals – We are working to arrange for meals on Wednesday nights during Lent between 5 and 6:30pm. A couple of those dates are scheduled. Keep an eye on the weekly announcement sheets for updates. Contact Pastor Greg is your group wants to sponsor a meal.