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    • The Voice Online Our Saviour Lutheran Church – Green Bay, WI February 2013 Volume 1, Issue 14 Tools for Understanding, Enduring and Making the Most of a Crucible (Personal trial) Experience By: Pastor Dave Hatch Call, and the gift of fellowship. Volumes could be said about this. Are there other tools at our disposal? Yes! The Old Adam in us strives to work against us. It wages wars against us, especially when we are not focused on why we are here or what we are to do with our lives, our time, and our resources. Read Romans 7:14-25. The Old Adam in us deceives us into chasing “more”, craving, making comparisons, or that we will be happy when… The Old Adam within us so easily deceives us! It has discontentment and Proverbs 17:3 complaint and desire and aversion written allCrucible experiences are often hardships and over it. It is the core of our inner disturbance. Ittests that work to transform us. In science, always wants things different than they are. Itchemists put something into a crucible, turn up tells us that some place or situation hasthe heat, a transformation takes place, and the greener grass. The Old Adam within us is allmaterial is never the same again. It is about self.improved and purified. We cannot go back in time and we cannot goHardships in this life are a given. There is no forward. We can only be in the moment andEasy Street. Life delivers crucible teaching what we do with those moments is imperative.experiences, even against our will. The If we live for self, we will never arrive atScripture actually tells us to expect hardships contentment. The Old Adam will see to that!and that they will sharpen our faith. We knowthe following as super-tools for navigating ourhardships: prayer, Scripture, worship, song,The Lord’s Supper, recalling our Baptismal - Cont’d on page 2 - 1
    • The Voice Online - Cont’d from page 1 - 1. Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude In all situations, no matter how desperate theyIn Baptism, and again right now, the Old may appear or actually be, you always haveAdam must die, be dead, no longer rule our the ultimate freedom to choose your attitude.reason. We are under a new operating system: [The Holy Spirit, now oversees the ChristianThe Holy Spirit replaces the Old Adam. mind, whereas before, the mind was held captive by the carnal nature, and the passionsThe Holy Spirit awakens us to the moment we ruled the reason. Now the New Man in Christare living in and why we are here. walks in Light, not in darkness. We move from being a slave to sin to being a servant ofIf we daily, and each moment, live for Him Christ. We have a new inner government.]who made us, bought us, walks with us, andpromises eternity through His Son, our “now” 2. Realize your will to meaningtakes on real meaning. We begin to enjoy our Commit authentically to meaningful values“now”, even when there is hardship in the and goals that only you can actualize andmidst of it. fulfill. [Detect your God-given calling, gifts, and byAre there any tools we can use that will help His Providence, do what you are called to do,us understand that? Yes, there are boatloads that is, do your “Duty”, until He calls youof books. There is one that is not too bad in home].putting to good use practical guidance forusing our God given reason in managing our 3. Detect the meaning of life’s momentsthoughts. The book mentioned below is not a Only you can answer for your own life by“Christian book,” but you will be able to apply detecting the meaning of any given momentits good directives and perspectives into your and assuming responsibility for weaving yourwalk with Christ. Below is not a unique tapestry of existence.recommendation of a book, but a summary of [Live inside your “Incredible Now;” that is, youit. cannot go backwards on the timeline. You are in the very spot on your pilgrimage where HeIn the book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor wants you. Celebrate this moment in yourFrankls Principles for Discovering Meaning in adventure. Look down and see where your toesLife and Work, author, Alex Pattakos Ph.D. are at this very instant.]encapsulates Dr. Viktor Frankl’s system ofthought in seven core principles. Each of these 4. Don’t work against yourselfprinciples, in turn, is described in easy to Avoid becoming so obsessed with or fixated onunderstand terms and applied to various work an intent or outcome that you actually worksituations so that the reader can relate against the desired result.personally to the principle as well as learn [Study the word “Catharsis.” Look deep into howwhen and how to use it. I have added a you may be on a vicious circle chasing the wrongspiritual Christian perspective after each, goals. Here, we are often driven by hyper-noted in the brackets. The seven principles are expectation, hyper-intentions, or hyper-as follows: reflection because we are in an existential vacuum. Herein lies the seedbed of the Old - Cont’d on page 3 - 2
    • February 2013 - Cont’d from page 2 - 7. Extend beyond yourself Manifest the human spirit at work by relatingAdam in us, the source of our disturbance, our and being directed to something more thandoubts, our emotional and spiritual suffering. yourself.When we look here with the eyes of Christ, we [Live for Christ, not for yourself – The old iscan see this is where the traps lie and self- gone, the new has come!]deception comes from. Someone who is tryingto be really healthy may turn himself or We are including some Scripture passagesherself into a hypochondriac. The Old Adam in about the Crucible Experience, hardships inus often seeks the wrong goals, which end up life. These are displayed on pages 4-5 and letbeing vicious circles.] you know that what you are encountering is not just your struggle, it is the human5. Look at yourself from a distance struggle. Stick close to the Savior, Pilgrim,Only human beings possess the capacity to and you will be fine.look at themselves out of some perspective ordistance, including the uniquely human traitknown as your “sense of humor.”[Here, consider yourself on a stage, playing apart in the great theatre production of life.You are sitting in a seat, watching from adistance. Play your part well, and see theProvidentially placed players on the stage withyou, from a distance.]6. Shift your focus of attentionDeflect your attention from a problemsituation to something else and build yourcoping mechanisms for dealing with stress andchange.[If you catch yourself slipping back into dead Volume 1, Issue 14 - February 2013 ‘The Voice Online’ is published monthly byhabit or “stinking thinking”, switch, catch Our Saviour Lutheran Church. All rightsyourself, and move on to something healthy. reserved. No portion of this publication may beThe Ancient Church Fathers call this “Nepsis.” reproduced without permission.Be on watch of yourself; you are super-prone tobe your own worst enemy, that is, the Old Edited by Mark Stone.Adam wishes to arise and take over the mindagain. Luther said, “Daily drown the Old Please feel free to contact the church office withAdam, but watch out, he is a good swimmer.” constructive suggestions and/or comments atThe battle between Good and Evil lies within info@oslc-gb.org. Thanks to those who haveyou. Until the resurrection, there is a battle already commented! We are always seeking morefor your soul.] congregational input and submissions. 3
    • The Voice Online Suffering as a Crucible Experience – Examples from the ScriptureThe German word, Anfechtung is displayed below. Luther used this word for hardship, horror, suffering, trial, tribulation, and what we are calling the Crucible Experience. Romans 5:3-5 - 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Matthew 27:3-5 - 3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” 5So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. (In this case, anfechtung broke the sufferer, because he went to the wrong source for restoration and comfort.) 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 - 7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me - to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. John 16:33 - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 - Since therefore Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of time in the flesh no longer by human passions, but by the will of God. Colossians 1:24 - Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, that is the church. 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:6 - So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling, so that by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord… 4
    • February 2013 Ephesians 6:10-18 - 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Psalm 119:67-72 - 67Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word. 68You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees. 69Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law. 71It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees. 72The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. OFFICIAL ACTSBaptisms:Sydney Anne Schmidt Carter Michael CastelicBorn: June 14, 2011 Born: August 31, 2012Baptized: December 9, 2012 Baptized: December 9, 2012Daughter of Andrew Schmidt and Susan Alsteen Son of Ben and Cristy CastelicLiam Thomas Tessmann Ethan Matthew ScholzBorn: September 27, 2012 Born: July 30, 2012Baptized: December 13, 2012 Baptized: December 30, 2012Son of Thomas and Kelley Tessmann Son of Nathan and Christina ScholzLayla Nicole Beckers Cameron James ArtsBorn: January 19, 2012 Born: July 20, 2012Baptized: December 16, 2012 Baptized: January 6, 2013Daughter of Christopher Rein and Sara Beckers Son of Richard and Angela ArtsMembership Changes:IN: Bruce Ashmore, Adult ConfirmationReceived their Crown:Gordon KarnoppFebruary 12, 1928 - December 16, 2012 5
    • February 2013 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3:30pm Open Gym Pizza Prep, Movie Night and NYG meeting (see youth board for times)3 Life Sunday 4 5 6 7 8 97:45am Trad Worship 7pm Elders 7am Bible Study 3pm Youth Night 9am Truth Project 4pm Chili 4:30-7:30pm9:15am Praise Worship 9am Bible Study 5pm Weds Night Meal 12:15pm Worship Challenge, Spaghetti Dinner –9:15am Bible Study 6:30pm Cub Scouts 6pm Praise Band 4pm Fish Fry Prep NEWLHS Pasta for Piper9:30am Sunday School 7pm Choir Practice 6pm Confirmation 6:30pm Truth Project 5pm Monthly (sponsored by10:30am Bible Study 6:30pm SH Bible Study 7pm Trad Worship Fish Fry NEWLHS students)10:30am SS Teachers 7pm P&F Meeting10:45am Trad Worship10 Mite Box Sunday 11 12 13 Ash Wednesday 14 15 167:45am Trad Worship 7pm Church Council 7am Bible Study 12pm Staff Meeting 6pm Praise Band 3:30pm Open Gym9:15am Praise Worship 9am Bible Study 3pm Youth Night9:15am Truth Project 7pm Choir Practice 4pm Worship Service9:30am Sunday School 4:45pm Meal10:45am Trad Worship 6:30pm Worship 7:30pm Youth Board17 18 19 20 21 22 237:45am Trad Worship 7pm Board of 6:30pm Spring Primary 9am Truth Project 6pm Praise Band Grandparents 3:30pm Open Gyn9:15am Praise Worship Education Election 12pm Staff Meeting Day at Trinity 4pm Taste ofw/ SS assistance 7am Bible Study 3pm Youth Night Trinity, Riverside9:30am Sunday School 9am Bible Study 4pm Worship Service Help for the Ballroom10:45am Trad Worship No Preschool or 6:30pm Cub Scouts 4:45pm Meal Homeless Trinity classes 7pm Choir Practice 6:30pm Worship collection begins (In-service) 6:30pm Truth Project24 25 26 27 287:45am Trad Worship 6:30pm GBLSA 7am Bible Study 12pm Staff Meeting 6pm Praise Band9:15am Truth Project 7pm Stewardship 8am OLM Meeting 3pm Youth Night9:15am Praise Worship 9am Bible Study 4pm Worship Service9:30am Sunday School 7pm Choir Practice 4:45pm Meal10:45am Trad Worship 6pm Confirmation 6:30pm Worship
    • February 2013 Lent 2013The 2013 OSLC Midweek Lenten services will feature Jesus, Immanuel, the Truth,King, Christ Crucified, the Way, and the Lamb; all names we use for one savior -God. During the Lenten season, reflect on each of these names and why we usethem. Follow along with Jesus from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday and see howeach of the names tells us of Gods plan for our Salvation.Worship Services will be on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. These worshipservices and sermons will be a different theme than our Sunday worship services.Please note, except for Maundy Thursday, there are no worship services onThursdays in Lent.OSLC’s ongoing Wednesday Night Café will be open for meals between services.The hours will be expanded in Lent. The Café will open at 4:45pm and close at6:30pm. The café offers a variety of menu items for all ages and price ranges.Healthy options are available. February 13, Ash Wednesday - JESUS Luke 22:39-46 February 20 - IMMANUEL John 18:3-12 February 27 - THE TRUTH John 18:37, 38 March 6 - KING John 18:33-37 March 13 - CHRIST CRUCIFIED John 19:16-18 March 20 - THE WAY Luke 23:39-43 March 28, Maundy Thursday - THE LAMB Revelation 5:6-10 (Note: 4:00pm and 6:30pm - Meal Available) March 29, Good Friday - THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA John 19:30 (Note: 12:15pm and 7:00pm - No Meal) 7
    • The Voice Online March 2013 OSLC Usher Schedule Day Date Service Lead Usher Team Sun. 03-Mar 7:45 am M. Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 03-Mar 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 03-Mar 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Wed. 06-Mar 4:00 pm R. Spangenberg (Youth) Wed. 06-Mar 6:30 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 10-Mar 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 10-Mar 9:15 am D. Bitters Robin Williams; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Shelly Williams; Trey Boerschinger Sun. 10-Mar 10:45 am G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; DeVonte King; Rich Spangenberg Wed. 13-Mar 4:00 pm R. Spangenberg (Youth) Wed. 13-Mar 6:30 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 17-Mar 7:45 am J. Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; †UN Sun. 17-Mar 9:15 am W. Chamberlain Randy Dyle; Roxanne Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; McKenzie Waniger; Nathan Scholz Sun. 17-Mar 10:45 am M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Wed. 20-Mar 4:00 pm R. Spangenberg (Youth) Wed. 20-Mar 6:30 pm N. Krueger †UN; †UN; †UN Sun. 24-Mar 7:45 am M. Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 24-Mar 9:15 am D. Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Todd Korth; Barb Korth; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer Sun. 24-Mar 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 28-Mar 4:00 pm R. Spangenberg Thu. 28-Mar 6:30 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Fri. 29-Mar 12:15 pm G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; DeVonte King; Rich Spangenberg Fri. 29-Mar 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 31-Mar 6:00 am M. Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 31-Mar 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 31-Mar 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 31-Mar 10:45 am M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft † UN -Usher Needed: If you would like to volunteer as an usher, please contact the Lead usher of the group youd like to join, or, contact Rich Spangenberg (920) 857-3014 or email spangenr.ret@uwgb.edu When the moon hits your eye like NO MORE PILL BOTTLES a big pizza pie... PLEASEIts that time of year! The Super Bowl is justaround the corner which means the annual We are no longer collecting pill bottles. StOSLC youth take-and-bake pizza sale is here! Mary’s hospital is no longer accepting them.Order forms are available at the Welcome Thank you to all who participated in thisCenter. Please fill out one order form per collection.pizza. You can also drop your orders in theyouth mailbox or with Michelle in the churchoffice. Payment is due at the time you submityour order. Pick up will be on Super BowlSunday, February 3 by noon in the gym. Bonappétit! 8
    • February 2013 Helping the Homeless “The supplies that were given are more than toothpaste and toilet paper; they are a sign that the community cares. Thank you.” Thomas, Shelter Resident We will be collecting NEW hygiene and cleaning items for local homeless shelters and crisis agencies through 91.9/91.5 The Family’s 21st annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive in collaboration with the Brown County Homeless & Housing Coalition and the Brown County United Way from February 22 through March 17. Please place your donations in the Help for the Homeless collection box located by the coat room elevator by March 17th. Supplying these items to the shelters will help them direct their limited resources to providing qualified staff, counseling, food and shelter to those they serve. The most requested items include laundry detergent, garbage bags, dental and hair care items, diapers & wipes, tissue, and soap (a list of items can be found by the donation boxes). Your donations will remain in this community. Thank you! More info can be found at www.thefamily.net or call 1-800-236-9364. Our Saviour Lutheran Church 120 S. Henry Street Green Bay, WI 54302 (920) 468-4065 Senior Pastor – David H. Hatch Church Office – Michelle Burhite (920) 465-8118 (920) 468-4065 dave@oslc-gb.org info@oslc-gb.org Associate Pastor – Greg Hovland Preschool Director – Christina Scholz (920) 544-3614 (920) 468-3596 greg@oslc-gb.org Christina@oslc-gb.org 9
    • The Voice Online Books for GambiaOur Saviours LWML group helped collect books and bucks as part of the Million Books forAfrica project. Sandy Groth heard a speaker talk about this worthy project and rounded upsupport immediately. Within just a couple of weeks, we had taped up 12 full boxes of booksand collected $273. When Miranda Paul and her husband, Baptiste, pulled away from ourchurch, their van was just about scraping the ground. She was so thankful for our largedonation. The next day, Miranda posted pictures online. Our books are on their way toGambia! A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated books and money. Thank you somuch! PASTA 4 PIPERThe NEW Lutheran High School Peer Ministry class is sponsoring a special Spaghettidinner on Saturday, February 9th in the gym at Our Saviour Lutheran Church from 4:30-7:30pm. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 14 and under. A special family price of $20for a family of four is available with additional kids meals available for $2 each. Donationsof service, food items (baked goods, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, salad and dressing,soda, bottled water) and cash donations are greatly appreciated. 100% of the proceeds willgo to a young family from the Madison area. Dad, Jeremy, is dealing with terminal cancer.His 6 month old daughter, Piper and his wife Becky can use all the help we can provide.Please come and join in this special event to help. Lets show them the love of Jesus! Topurchase tickets, to arrange for a donation or for more information, please contact theNEWLHS school office at 469-6810. Thank you for helping! 10
    • February 2013 Trinity Lutheran School’s 8th annual Taste of Trinity, “Around the World” auction:February 23, 2013Riverside Ballroom Green BayDoors open/Silent Auction: 4:00 pmDinner: 6:30 pmLive Auction and DJ to followTickets are $30 each or $200 for a table of 8. For ticket information contact Marni Servaisat (920) 737-4780 or purchase at OSLC, Christ of the Bay, Hope - DePere, Faith, orRedeemer Lutheran Churches.Donations are being accepted (new items only, please). Donations may be dropped off in theTrinity School Office or you may contact Kelly Luepke at (920) 217-3064 to makearrangements to have your donation picked up. CHILI CHALLENGE OF THE CHURCHES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 2013 at NEW LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 1311 Robinson Avenue Take-out available 1 – 8 p.m. Eat in 4 – 8 p.m. Bowl - $5 (bottomless) Take-out quart - $10 Enjoy a delicious bowl of chili provided by area churches. Sample each chili and vote for your favorite. Sundae bar provided by the NEWLHS music department. Hamburgers, hotdogs, beverages are available through the concession stand. Stay to watch boys’ basketball – NEWLHS vs. Oconto at 4:30pm, 6pm, and 7:30pm. *The church that obtains the most votes will be announced at half time of the boys’ 7:30pm Varsity game. 11
    • February 2013OSLC Business DirectoryAdvertisements in the business directory help Our Saviour defray the cost of ‘The Voice Online’ eachmonth. If you would like to advertise, please contact Michelle in the Church officeat (920) 468-4065 or info@oslc-gb.org. Please support the sponsors who help support us!Photo credits: A Day in the Life of Adam Crucible (page 1) Can you imagine Adam sneaking up behind Eve http://jrdickie.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sit and putting his hands over her eyes… ebuilderpictures/crucible.jpg “Guess who?” “Adam, you are so silly?” “Ah, you guessed right again, Eve. You’re pretty smart for someone made from a rib.” “Whatever, Adam. Let’s go down by the peach tree and have some dinner.” Oooh, I love peaches. You know me so well. There’s just no other woman in the world for me!” “You can say that again!” “Hey Eve, after dinner, let’s go for a romantic walk to the center of the garden.” “I don’t know, sweetie. That serpent likes to hang out down there and he creeps me out.” “Ah, relax, baby. What harm can a little snake do?” 13