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  1. 1. Caption describing picture or graphic. O U R S A V I O U R L U T H E R A N C H U R C H L U T H E R A N C H U R C H - M I S S O U R I S Y N O D G R E E N B A Y , W I S . THE VOICED E C E M B E R 2 0 1 0V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 David H. Hatch Can you name this Christmas film? Here is a brief description: “Despite initially being considered a box office flop due to high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release, the film has come to be regarded as a classic and a staple of Christmas television around the world. Theatrically, the film's break-even point was actually $6.3 million, approximately twice the production cost, a figure it never came close to achieving in its initial release. An appraisal in 2006 reported: "Although it was not the com- plete box office failure that today everyone believes … it was initially a major disappointment and confirmed … "* Did you guess it? The film is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The motion picture stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose looming self-destruction on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guard- ian angel, Clarence Odbody, played by Henry Travers. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the assistance he has made to his community. As Shakespeare said, “Life is a stage.” Let’s look at the main characters in this film. Mr. Potter, played by Lionel Barrymore, is a heartless slumlord and majority shareholder in the Building and Loan. Mr. Potter, by accident, gets his hands on an $8,000 bank deposit belonging to George Bailey, keeps it and uses the missing money to try and bring down George and the Building and Loan! Mr. Pot- ter represents the evil side of every man, like the devil himself! George Bailey, an otherwise balanced person, was ready to “resign” from life when he learned of the loss of the bank deposit. He wanted to quit, give up and walk off the stage. He saw only his problems, amplifying them and allowing them to work against himself. For George, it was dark and he saw no hope. Enter stage left, Clarence, a representative of God himself. Clarence, an angel, brings hope, understanding and restoration to George’s will to live. Like George Bailey, we can lose hope, too. Life can get dark, so dark that logical choices are out of sight. Our pride may dismiss assistance from others. Emotions may be so toxic that they may convince us that we “got ourselves into this” and that we deserve the situation in which we are finding ourselves. Paralysis sets in. Worst of all, “resignation” overcomes us, as mentioned in last month’s Voice. We may need a nudge from our own, “Clarence,” a messenger from God, to restore us. Christ is that “Clarence.” He whispers: “I made you.” Psalm 139:13-14 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. “You are forgiven for whatever you may have done that brought you to this situation.” Romans 8:1 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Where is Clarence Odbody when you need him? FindusontheWeb! Continued on pg. 2
  2. 2. P A G E 2 T H E V O I C E Weddings +Angie Marie Jonet and Alden Kimm DeWitt; United at Our Saviour on October 16, 2010 +Carie Kielpikowski and Dean Dyzbalys; United at Our Saviour on October 23, 2010 Baptisms: +Braxton David Lucassen Born: August 5, 2010; Baptized: October 17, 2010 Son of Randy Lucassen and Courtney Peterson +Mya Ann Pehowski Born: September 30, 2010; Baptized: November 13, 2010 Daughter of Steven and Cindi Pehowski Received their Crown: +Gary L. Laabs November 17, 1949~September 22, 2010 Funeral service held at Ryan Funeral Home, DePere, Wis. +Beulah M. Meyer September 21, 1918~October 14, 2010 Funeral service held at Pfotenhauer Funeral Home on October 18, 2010 +Susan C. Walter April 15, 1949~October 23, 2010 Funeral service held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on October 28, 2010 “I am delivering you hope in this seemingly hopeless predicament.” Romans 8:35– 39 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present or the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “Watch Me make something good out of this!” Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. “Lean on your friends, I gave them to you for times like now!” Phil 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. George Bailey learned, through Clarence, that his life was special. Until he “saw the light,” George was focused on money and other such troubles. Once he saw that his life was meaningful and that his faith, family and friends where the correct focus, then his hope was restored. The coming of the Savior is all about just that! May your focus this Christmas and for your life, be on Him first. God is way bigger than your scrawny troubles! Merry Christmas everyone! * Membership Changes In: Kathy Sternitzky, children Nickolas and Eric, transfer from Faith Lutheran, Green Bay, Wis. (LCMS) +Mark and Mary Hansen, children Braden, Devon and Sophia, transfer from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Denmark, Wis. (ELCA) +Peggy (Fredrickson) Hucek, Profession of Faith +Al and Sandy Krings, transfer from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Denmark, Wis. (ELCA) +Bryan Streckenbach, transfer from St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Forestville, Wis. (LCMS) From pg. 1 OSLC official acts
  3. 3. OSLC 2010 holiday event schedule P A G E 3V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 ADVENT SERVICES - On Thursdays in December, join us for Advent services on December 2 and 9 at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will also be a 12:15 p.m. service on December 16. CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - Children will rehearse for this special service on December 4 and December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The program itself will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend; no need to have a child in the program to come and watch those little faces shine with the love of Jesus. N.E.W. LUTHERAN HIGH'S CANTATA - On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Cantata will be included in the normal Sunday morning worship during the 7:45 a.m. time slot. Come on, crawl out of bed early and fill the house for this special worship service! IMPORTANT MEETING - The Annual Voters' Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. The 7:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. services will be held as usual and the 9:15 a.m. service will be ab- breviated to allow time for the Voters' Meeting. The chil- dren's program will be held at 10:45 a.m. after the voters' meet- ing. See the Mike Charles’ article on page four in this issue of The Voice for more informa- tion on the meeting. ANNUAL COOKIE SALE - Bake and buy. The Annual Cookie Bake Sale is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 12, with drop off scheduled for December 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Our success is based on your help. Please help us to make this year's sale even better than last year. Everyone is asked to bake two to four dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies, bars, candy, etc. and bring them to OSLC on drop off day. (If you can't make it on Saturday, you can drop off during office hours on Friday. Make sure your items are labeled for the 2010 cookie sale.) The sale will be held in the gym on December 12 from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 am, or until the good- ies are gone. Questions can be directed to Connie Haase at 469-0264. LIVE NATIVITY RETURNS - Our Saviour confirmation students will perform at 5:30 p.m, 6:00 p.m, 6:30 p.m, and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16. The tradition of the Live Nativity began in 1998 after the figurines from our nativity were stolen. Come enjoy the Christmas story with real ac- tors, live animals and joyful sing- ing. SOUP SUPPER - On December 16, from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. a soup supper will be held in the fellowship hall. A free-will offering will be taken. We will also ask all Soup Supper and Live Nativity attendees to bring non- perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry. CHRISTMAS EVE NOW HAS FOUR SERVICE OPTIONS! – We are pleased to announce an additional 1:30 p.m. praise service on Christmas Eve in addition to the regular 3:30 p.m. praise service and 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. traditional services. We hope that this service is more appealing to traveling families and will also relieve the 'no room to move' situation at the 3:30 p.m. service. DECEMBER 25 and 26 – Our Christmas Day service will be held at 10 a.m. On Sunday, Dec. 26 we will hold three services as usual at 7:45 a.m, 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. There will be no Sunday school, Bible studies or nursery on this day. Unable to attend worship? If you are unable to get to worship because of health reasons, give a call to the church office and request to be put on the shut-in rotation list. This can be your choice for temporary or on-going monthly visits by the pastors. The office number is 468-4065.
  4. 4. P A G E 4 T H E V O I C E The 2010 Annual Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. The 9:15 a.m. service will be shortened to accommodate the meeting. The Sunday school Christmas program will start at 10:45 a.m. in place of the third service. What a busy morning! The agenda for the meeting will include: a 2010 State of the Parish Report (hard copies will be available by December 5), and a 2010 financial status report. Motions will be requested and votes cast for approval of the 2011 church budget (on bulletin board across from the church office), synod constitution amendments (also on bulletin board across from the church office), and election of officers. The proposed 2011 church budget of $684,617 is just about the same as the 2010 church budget of $683,166. A reduction in budgeted unified receipts of about $5,000 in 2011 from 2010 is offset by an increase in fund raisers of $5,500. On the expense side, the health insurance package was lowered one grade level from A to B, resulting in lower premiums to the church and more cost taken on by our workers. A 2.5 percent wage increase provides some offset to the increased health care costs. A summary of the proposed 2011 budget is provided below. There are two synod constitution amendments that congregations are asked to approve. Amendment A eliminates the officer position for synod vice president: finance treasurer. Amendment B adds an article to the synod constitution that clarifies the relationship between the bylaws and the constitution. Election of officers for 2011 will cover the following nominations: Evangelism chair: Teri Watt, stewardship chair: Rich Ryman, treasurer: Gay Pivonka, and trustees chair: Greg Parks and president-elect which is still currently open. There will also be open forum and new business sections on the agenda. If you intend to bring a new subject to the meeting, please inform one of the pastors or Mike Charles (337-0940) of your intentions before the meeting if possible. We need to make the most of our limited time to have everyone heard. Proposed 2011 Budget Approved 2010 Budget Unified Budget Receipts $549,370.51 $555,387.81 Rental – Trinity $31,937 $31,937 Rental – Bldg & Parsonage $12,800 $12,800 Kitchen / Coffee Bar $25,000 $24,900 Fund Raisers $20,000 $14,500 Voice Ads $1,500 $1,000 Scrip $6,500 $5,000 Preschool $36,110 $36,841 Other $1,400 $800 Total Income $684,617.51 $683,165.81 Salaries & Benefits $255,964 $253,405 Education $15,145 $15,125 Trustee $113,540 $108,540 Administration $17,400 $17,900 Worship / Music $4,205 $4,391 Fellowship $19,000 $19,500 Stewardship $950 $1,165 Altar Guild $600 $650 Youth Programs $3,650 $5,650 Evangelism $2,360 $2,589 Missions $64,545.51 $66,992.81 Mortgage Payments $155,321 $155,321 Transfer to Reserves $31,937 $31,937 Total Expenses $684,617.51 $683,165.81 Information you should know before the Annual Voters’ Meeting Mike Charles
  5. 5. P A G E 5V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 Used cell phones – Cell phones are recycled for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The money received is used to purchase calling cards for our military members overseas. Empty prescription pill bottles – Pill bottles are reused and filled for mission trips. Box Tops for Education – Green Bay Trinity Elementary benefits from this program. They receive $0.10 for each one sent in. Specially marked milk caps (Morning Glory, Kemps and Kwik Trip) – These are three separate but similar programs. Kemps also has specially marked cottage cheese containers. These are redeemed for cash by Green Bay Trinity Elementary. Capri Sun pouches – Green Bay Trinity Elementary recycles the empty drink pouches for $0.02 per package. Tyson A+ certificates – Green Bay Trinity Elementary receives $0.24 for each certificate redeemed. Empty ink jet cartridges – These can be donated to either Green Bay Trinity Elementary School or Our Saviour. To donate them to the school, leave them by the cart in the main hallway. Cartridges are redeemed for gift cards. Aluminum cans – Cans are recycled by the Trustees and proceeds are used to purchase gas for the lawnmower and snow blower. Cans should be dropped through the drop door on the shed. Labels for Education – Place the labels in the container by the Preschool entrance. Labels collected are mailed to Camp Luther who redeems them for various types of merchandise used at camp. Manufacturer’s coupons – We send manufacturers coupons to military families overseas who use them at the BX. Coupons can be expired up to two months. For more details, please contact Michelle in the office at 468-4065. Please help us make these packages a blessing to those who receive them. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure Please collect these items and bring them to church when you visit A new eight-week Sunday Morning Bible Study will begin at Our Saviour on Sunday, Dec. 5. Pastors Dave and Greg will alternate weeks leading in a study of the book of Philippians. Bible Study times will be 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. allowing you time to attend the service of your choice before or after Bible Study. Each week, you can select the time that fits your schedule best. Hope to see you there! NOTE: On December 12, the Bible Study will last only 45 minutes (ending at 10 a.m. and beginning at 10:45 a.m.) to allow for all to attend the Annual Voters' Meeting. There will also be no class on December 26 or January 2. The next installment of the Sunday morning Bible study The collection site for cell phones, pill bottles and manufacturer’s coupons is near the second floor elevator. The collection site for box tops, milk caps, Capri sun, Tyson A+ and Labels for Education is in the carts by the preschool entrance. ‘Tis the season to give Sign up to learn how to use your time and talents to make an impact on those organizations you care about most during the holiday season and all year long. Thrivent Financial presents: Charitable giving: how to make a difference by giving back. Reserve a seat for you and your guest by calling Michelle in the church office at 468-4065 by Monday, Dec. 13. This workshop is hosted by Walter Juhnke, LUTCF, FIC, financial consultant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the presenter will be Ryan Jones, manager of Lutheran relationships with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Workshop will be held in classroom one with pastry, fruit, coffee and juice. The workshop begins at 9:15 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:45 a.m.
  6. 6. Congratulations and blessings to the Confirmation class of 2010 Mariah Jean Alexander Tyler J. Bitters Tiana Bredael Grace Celeste Endries Sophia Jeanne Endries Justin Lee Groth-Rose Braden Marcus Hansen Marcus E. LaMarche Alex T. Lee Michaela L. McLeod Sara Anne Merryfield Nicole Dawn Mosbrucker Nicole Leigh Musial Jamie Julie Musial Logan Michael Pomasl Hunter Alan Ponkratz Amanda Sue Peters Alyssa Caitlyn Pritchard Nina Marie Radue Benjamin Raymond Richer Lydia Jo Rusch Matthew Kyle Seablom Isaac Servais Mitchel B. Waniger Zachariah J. Watt P A G E 6 It was the mid 1950’s. Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully and Roger Youderian, who were all highly gifted missionaries, left home in the United States to serve Christ in Ecuador. Together, they wished to bring the Gospel to one of Ecuador’s most hostile tribes, the Waorani. Nate was not only a skilled pilot but also an inventor. He discovered that if he flew his Piper in a tight circle with the door off, he could reel out a long nylon line with a bucket on the end holding a gift for the tribe below. Nate dropped gifts: machetes, axe-heads, shirts, shorts, kettles. The tribe received gifts and, via the bucket from the airplane, gave gifts back. The five men were ecstatic. Shortly after introducing themselves to the tribe, in person, all five men would be speared to death. But the story does not end there! Come and join us Saturday Jan. 8 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday Jan. 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary for the film “End of the Spear” to watch how God takes trouble and turns it into a blessing! The evening will also feature a live web interview with author of the film and son of the martyred pilot, Nate Saint. Refreshments to follow! Read all about this amazing story in advance at the following web site: http:// index.html#menu Special film presentation Three baskets of knit goods were dedicated in November. The knit goods were then distributed to Golden House, Freedom House, and the Homeless Students program at East High. Our Saviour LWML knitters (a.k.a. Chix with Stix) worked for months. Others from our church and community also donated yarn and items of their own. We sent out 15 dish rags, 10 baby hats, five pairs of baby booties, one afghan, nine sweaters, eight headbands, 21 scarves, 65 pairs of mittens and 107 hats. That is a big blessing for our area. Although the knitters will be concentrating on specific projects over the next year, your donations of any knit goods or yarn are always welcome. If you see something at a garage sale or thrift store, wash it up and donate it. If it is not useable as is, it will be taken apart, and the yarn will be used in another project. Deposit all knitting donations in the purple tub in the coat room by the second floor elevator. LWML knit goods tallied and donated
  7. 7. P A G E 7V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 Many members of Our Saviour are also members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Approximately 30 percent of the Thrivent Financial membership has been given the opportunity to donate dollars to the Lutheran organization(s) of their choice. If you are one of those 30 percent and have not yet designated those dollars, you could consider them “left on the table” if you choose to not designate those dollars by March 31, 2011, you will have “swiped them from the table into the garbage can.” Millions of dollars are ready to be designated by Thrivent Financial members worldwide in the Thrivent Choice program. If you are not sure if you have dollars to designate, you can go online to and click on Thrivent Choice (under Thrivent Community) or you can call Thrivent Financial at 1-800- THRIVENT (1-800-847-4836), say 'Thrivent Choice' and talk to a customer service representative. You will need your social security number and/or your Thrivent policy number to sign up. If you and your spouse or children have policies, each person may have a separate Thrivent Choice Dollars account; please make sure each one calls or goes online. All of your Thrivent Choice Dollars do not have to be designated to just one Lutheran organization. You can select as many as you want as long as a donation of at least $5 goes to each one. As your Thrivent Choice Dollars accumulate after your initial designation, you can assign them to be directed automatically to the Lutheran organization of your choice. Your local options for donating dollars include, but are not limited to: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Green Bay Trinity Elementary School, NEW Lutheran High School and Camp Luther. If you have any additional questions about this program, please contact Financial Associate Walter Juhnke at 920-954-9090, extension three. Thrivent Choice Dollars; It is your choice "Jesus - There Is More Than Meets the Eye": Join us for our Advent worship services on Thursday, Dec. 2 and 9. We will learn about the "Two Natures of Christ,” as He is both the "Son of God" and the "Son of Man.” Jesus is God in human flesh. He is not half God and half man. He is fully Divine and fully man. In other words, Jesus has two distinct natures: Divine and human. Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God and was made flesh, (John 1:1, 14). This means that in the single person of Jesus, he is both human and divine nature, God and man. The divine nature was not changed when the Word became flesh (John 1:1, 14). Instead, the Word was joined with humanity (Col. 2:9). Just like we say in the Catechism, "Who is Christ? The Son of God, true God and man." Come and learn more on December 2 - Jesus as The Son of God; December 9, Jesus, the Son of Man. Worship times are 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays. Oh, and don't forget, the Live Nativity on the evening of December 16 is one of our Advent services as well. Advent sermon series topics released Please find the OSLC holiday schedule of services on the back of this edition of “The Voice”
  8. 8. December2010 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday YouthBiblestudy! Sunday,Dec.5,12, and19! 1 3pYouthnight 6pPraiseband 6pConfirmation 7pP&Fmeeting 2Advent2 9aStaffmeeting 12:15pBrownbag worship,Parlor 7pTrad.worship 3 4 9aChildren’s Christmaspageant rehearsal 7pYouthmovienight: “ThePrincessBride” 5Advent2 7:45aWorshipw/NEWLHS Cantata 9:15aPraiseworship 9:15aBiblestudy 9:30aSundayschool 10:45aTrad.Worship 10:30aBiblestudy 12pPackersvSan Francisco,Lambeau 6 5:30pYouthboard 7pEldersmeeting 7 7aBiblestudy 9aBiblestudy 7pChoir 8 3pYouthnight 6pPraiseband 6pConfirmation 9Advent3 9aStaffmeeting 12:15pBrownbag worship,Parlor 5pFishfryprep 7pTrad.worship 10 5pFishFry 11 8aHolidaycookie bakinganddonation dropoff(until11a) 9aChildren’s Christmaspageant rehearsal Youthpaintballing (staytunedfordetails) 12Advent3 Communion MiteBoxSunday 7aHolidayCookiesale, Gym 7:45aTrad.worship 9:15aPraiseworship 9:15Biblestudy 9:30aSundayschool 10aVoters’Meeting 10:45aSSchildren’s Christmaspageant 10:45Biblestudy 13 7pChurchcouncil meeting 7pmLWMLmovie night 14 7aBiblestudy 9aBiblestudy 6:30pCubscouts 7pChoir 15 3pYouthnight 6pConfirmation 6:30pPreschool program,sanctuary 7:30pPraiseband 7:30pPreschool reception,Gym 16Advent4 9aStaffmeeting 12:15pBrownbagworship, Parlor 5pSoupSupper(until7p) 5:30p,6p,6:30p,and7p: LiveNativity 7pEvangelism 1718 19Advent4 7:45aTrad.worship 9:15aPraiseworship 9:15Biblestudy 9:30aSundayschool 10:30aTrad.worshipw/ AdultConfirmation 10:45Biblestudy 20 7pBoardof education 21 7aBiblestudy 9aBiblestudy 6:30pTrinityChristmas program,Sanctuary 7:30pChoir 22 11:30aTrinityearly dismissal 6pPraiseband 23 9aStaffmeeting 24ChristmasEve 12pOfficeclosed 1:30p,3:30pmPraise 5:30p,7:30p Traditional 25ChristmasDay 10aTraditional 26Communion 7:45aTrad.worship 9:15aPraiseworship 10:45aTrad.worship 3:15pPackersvGiants, Lambeau 276:30pTrinity schoolboard 7pFellowship 7pStewardship Michelleonvacation (Noscrip) 28 7aBiblestudy Michelleonvacation (Noscrip) 29 6pPraiseband Michelleon vacation(Noscrip) 30 Michelleonvacation(No Scrip) 31 6pmNewYear’sEve Worship,Sanctuary Michelleonvacation (Noscrip) January1,2011
  9. 9. P A G E 9V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 Green Bay Trinity has many ongoing fundraisers in which you can participate. Most of these take little or no effort at all but can make a big difference to the school. The Taste of Trinity event, in a new format, is coming up on March 5, 2011. Donations of items for the live auction are requested. Watch for more details in the coming months. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Baumann or Brenda King. Market Day brochures can be found at the Welcome Center. This restaurant quality food is ordered once per month and delivered to school for pickup. GB Trinity receives a portion of each sale. Contact Kellie Meerstein at 655-4673 for questions specific to this fundraiser. Do you surf the web? If you use GoodSearch as your home page, you can donate $0.01 to GB Trinity each time you perform a search. (You can decide: NEWLHS also can be adopted through GoodSearch. It's your choice but please support one of these great schools through this offer.) Are you a Target shopper? Register your Target RedCard and one percent of every purchase will be donated to GB Trinity. Make sure to register before you do your Christmas shopping this year! Volunteers are always needed for the Packer games. Workers make $50 per game for either GB Trinity or Our Saviour. Please call Ken Baumann or Neil Burmeister for details. There are only three regularly scheduled games left but we could have a couple home playoff games in January! Order Scrip from Ken or Kellie for Kwik Trip or other frequently shopped stores from Our Saviour. Enroll with Our Saviour and 50 percent of the profit from your personal purchases of OSLC SCRIP cards will be credited to your tuition account at GB Trinity (or OSLC Preschool or youth group). If you have any questions about any of these fundraising opportunities, please call (920) 655-4673. Some great ideas to help Green Bay Trinity As part of the Whole-Man ministry of Our Saviour Lutheran, this program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don't allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. No matter what caused your loved one's death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live bound to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future. Grief-related books/materials are available for participants to borrow. The leadership materials have been donated in memory of Agnes Splitgerber. We thank her family and friends for their donation. GriefShare will be held for 13 weeks. It begins January 11 in the parlor. Please register by January 5 by calling the church office at 468-4065. The cost is a $20 free-will donation to cover the cost of participant materials. Please contact Pastor Greg with questions. Greif share program to begin in January Seminar designed for those grieving the loss of loved ones Pastor Greg Hovland
  10. 10. January 2011 OSLC Usher Schedule Day: Date: Service: Lead Usher Team: Sun. 02-Jan 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 02-Jan 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 02-Jan 10:45 am M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; †UN Thu. 06-Jan 7:00 pm HC P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 09-Jan 7:45 am HC J. Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; †UN Sun. 09-Jan 9:15 am HC D. Bitters Robin Williams; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Shelly Williams; Trey Boerschinger Sun. 09-Jan 10:45 am HC R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 13-Jan 7:00 pm B. Clayton Anthony Clayton; †UN; †UN Sun. 16-Jan 7:45 am M. Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 16-Jan 9:15 am W. Chamberlain Randy Dyle; Roxanne Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; Elyssa Ammerman; Kathy Ammerman Sun. 16-Jan 10:45 am G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; DeVonte King; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 20-Jan 7:00 pm HC C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 23-Jan 7:45 am HC M. Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 23-Jan 9:15 am HC D. Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Todd Korth; Barb Korth; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer Sun. 23-Jan 10:45 am HC M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; †UN Thu. 27-Jan 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 30-Jan 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 30-Jan 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 30-Jan 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson † UN -Usher Needed: If you'd like to volunteer as an usher please contact the lead usher of the group you'd like to join. Or contact Rich Spangenberg at (920) 983-9821 or e-mail P A G E 1 0V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 The Office of Lay Ministry has been in the making for more than five years and is ready to take the next step: staffing the OLM office to feed the sheep, equip the saints and carry the Gospel to the world by connecting people's needs with people's God-given gifts. Would you prayerfully consider giving your time and talents to the work of our Lord, serving as an OLM volunteer? OLM volunteers must be confirmed members of Our Saviour Lutheran Church and available sometime during regular church office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 4:30 p.m. Envision yourself in the OLM office. The sun is coming in the window; the coffee pot is brewing, music playing quietly in the background. And there you are with another volunteer answering the phone; searching the time and talent file to help a shut-in get his/her sidewalk shoveled; folding bulletins for the church office; giving a tour of the building to a visitor; making phone calls for a funeral luncheon; giving out community information to a walk-in looking for a place to stay. The list could go on and on. The OLM will be holding an orientation session for all interested volunteers on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please plan to attend the orientation; learn how you can be part of the OLM team, sign-up for hands-on-training and enjoy fellowship and treats. If you plan on attending, please RVSP by e-mailing the OLM office at olm@oslc-gb-org or calling the church office at 468-4065. Office of Lay Ministry is up and running Find out how you can get involved
  11. 11. Advertisements in the business directory help Our Saviour defray the cost of printing and mailing The Voice each month. If you would like to advertise in The Voice, please contact Michelle at (920) 468-4065 or by e-mail: P A G E 1 1V O L U M E 1 2 , I S S U E 2 4 OSLC Business Directory Our Saviour Lutheran Church Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod 120 S. Henry Street • Green Bay, WI 54302 (920) 468-4065 Senior Pastor– David H. Hatch (920) 465-8118 Associate Pastor– Greg Hovland (920) 544-3614 Church Office – Michelle Burhite (920) 468-4065 Preschool Director – Christina Scholz (920) 468-3596 Vol. 12 No. 24, December 2010 The Voice (permit No. 59) is published monthly by Our Saviour Lutheran Church. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without permission. Edited and designed by Avra J. Juhnke Please feel free to contact me with constructive suggestions and comments at Thanks to those who have already commented! I am seeking more congregational input and submissions. Submissions can be sent to What do you want to read about? +December 21: 6:30 p.m. Children’s Christmas program at Our Saviour +December 22: 11:30 a.m. Dismissal; December 23 – January 2: Christmas break Service/Witness – During the month of December, students will be visiting people in retirement homes and singing Christmas songs while ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Happenings at Trinity Videos on web site-These videos explain the benefits of private/parochial schools for students, their families and society in general. Ask your friends to view these with you. Athletics-Students in grades three through eight will be competing in basketball. Next year- In January, Trinity will host several open house events for prospective students. Now is a good time to talk to your friends about the great things that are happening for your child at GB Trinity. Entrance to GB Trinity-Thanks to the work of Mrs. King, Miss Spatz, Mr. Stieglitz and the graduating class of 2010, the entryway to GB Trinity announces that the Lord is present and working in this place. Come and visit!
  12. 12. Our Saviour Lutheran Church 120 S. Henry St. Green Bay, WI 54302 (920) 468-4065 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Permit #59 Green Bay, WI ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED 2010 Christmas holiday worship schedule Thursday, Dec. 2 Advent 2 worship 12:15 and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 Advent 3 worship 12:15 and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 Advent 4 worship 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 Live Nativity 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23 No services Friday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve praise worship 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve traditional worship 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day traditional worship 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 No services Friday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve worship service 6:00 p.m. All Sunday worship services for December 26 and January 2 will be held as usual at 7:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m. praise service and 10:45 a.m. The nursery will be closed and there will be no Sunday school on these days.