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June 2014 issue of The Voice


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June 2014 issue of The Voice

  1. 1. 1 Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54302 (920) 468-4065 June 2014 Can It Really BeCan It Really BeCan It Really BeCan It Really Be This Good?This Good?This Good?This Good? "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." - Saint Paul, his letter to the church at Rome, chapter eight, verse twenty eight. "It's too good to be true", we sometimes think. And most of the time we are right! We think we found something so awesome, and then we see the hidden flaws in a "perfect" product, or the character defects in who we thought was an ideal person. After a while, we no longer believe it when something seems so "right". The wisdom, "Too good to be true" is an accurate assessment.... most of the time. But not all the time. What could be so good, so true, so right, so ideal and so awesome, and still not disappoint us? You know, don't you? It's our Lord. He is the definition of perfect. And when we are down on ourselves, seeing only our defects, our flaws, our shortcomings, His grace whispers in our ear... "I see you as perfect, because of your faith in my gift at the cross." "Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus", Romans 8:1. "...and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24. Is that too good to be true? It is just that good! It is the truth. That is the power of grace. That is the cleaning power of the cross. That is the effect of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. That is God's love. Much of our lives are like that too, so good, it hardly seems possible. Look at our blessings. Most of us are tripping over them in our basements and garages! We have those blessings pressing wrinkles in closets jammed with clothing. Our drawers may be messy, but that is because we cannot organize all the blessings. Not only so with material things like a place to live, with modern appliances, electric lights, speedy communications, running water and such, but also with all of our loved ones! You cannot count all of your loved ones on your fingers and toes! Luther had this so well worded in our Catechism, "He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life." Now add to that a place called Our Saviour Lutheran Church. A family of believers. A weekly gathering place. A spiritual home. Too good to be true? Not at all. All these and more are blessings from God! Let's raise the roof with shouts of praise! By David H. Hatch Our Saviour’s Voice
  2. 2. 2 OFFICIAL ACTS Baptisms Lincoln Ash Wavrunek Born: March 7, 2014 Baptized: May 4, 2014 Son of Jacob and Jolie Wavrunek IN: Robert Bartz, Sr. and baptized children (Robert Jr., Lillyanna, and Crystal) OUT: Erika Santy, transfer to Pilgrim Lutheran, Green Bay, WI Sarah Bruhn, release G. Josephine Novak, transfer to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, WI July 2014 OSLC Usher Schedule Day: Date: Service: Lead Usher Team: Thu. 03-Jul 6:30 pm Paul Kuehl Bill Baneck; † UN; † UN Sun. 06-Jul 7:45 am Mike Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 06-Jul 9:15 am Randy Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany & Brian Duff; Jennifer Linssen; † UN Sun. 06-Jul 10:45 am Mike Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Thu. 10-Jul 6:30 pm Norman Krueger † UN; † UN; † UN Sun. 13-Jul 7:45 am Allen Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 13-Jul 9:15 am David Bitters Shelly & Robin William; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Jim Parks Sun. 13-Jul 10:45 am Royal Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 17-Jul 6:30 pm Charles Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 20-Jul 7:45 am John Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; † UN Sun. 20-Jul 9:15 am Wendy Frick Roxanne/Randy Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; Jack Grant; Mitch Waniger Sun. 20-Jul 10:45 am Gerald Buechner Carmen & Lloyd Leuthne; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 24-Jul 6:30 pm Paul Kuehl Bill Baneck; † UN; † UN Sun. 27-Jul 7:45 am Matthew Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 27-Jul 9:15 am Dave Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer; † UN; † UN Sun. 27-Jul 10:45 am Mike Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Thu. 31-Jul 6:30 pm Norman Krueger † 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 like to join, Or, contact Rich Spangenberg (920) 857-3014 or email "" Softball season has arrived! Our Saviour is fielding two teams in the Christian Softball League which plays its games at the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex (just off Packerland Drive and Main Ave). This league provides fun and fellowship with our own members and other area Christian churches . Date Division 1/2 Division 3 June 1 5:30pm 5:30pm June 8 6:45pm 5:30pm June 15 4:15pm 5:30pm Jun e 22 6:45pm 6:45pm June 29 5:30pm 4:15pm July 13 4:15pm 6:45pm July 20 TBD BYE July 27 TBD 4:15pm
  3. 3. 3 CASA Volunteer Opportunity Be the difference in the life of a child! Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASA – of Brown County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing volunteer advocates for children who are the subject of a protective court order as a result of abuse or neglect. Volunteers provide close, consistent contact with children, seeking to assure them a safe, permanent home and hope for a better future. If you are 21 years of age and willing to commit about 8 hours per month to these children, please contact us at (920) 437-2272 or Our summer training session will consist of attending class from 8:30 am–12:00 pm weekdays from June 11-24. Please let us know if you would be interested in attending this training session. IMPORTANTIMPORTANTIMPORTANTIMPORTANT:::: RUMMAGERUMMAGERUMMAGERUMMAGE SALE INFOSALE INFOSALE INFOSALE INFO The NEW DATE for The Kids’ Only Sale is June 14, 2014 from 8am to noon. Your donations of ‘ANYTHING KIDS’, as well as maternity clothes, are now being accepted! The Super SaleSuper SaleSuper SaleSuper Sale is Saturday, August 16 from 8am-4pm. (NO computer monitors, printers, televisions (unless flat panel), clothes or Encyclopedia- type books. Call (920) 468-4065 for a large item pick-up. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLVACATION BIBLE SCHOOLVACATION BIBLE SCHOOLVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPENREGISTRATION IS NOW OPENREGISTRATION IS NOW OPENREGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN Registration for Vacation Bible School at Our Saviour (June 23-26 from 9a-12p) is now open! Pick up a form at Our Saviour or register online at by June 3 so we can plan for supplies. Camp Luther will lead our 1st–5th graders under the theme, ‘Here We Grow’. PK-K students will enjoy the theme – Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind. NEW special events! Tuesday, June 24, participants in grades 1-5 can bring a bag lunch and enjoy an afternoon swim at the East Side YMCA (pre-registration required). On Wednesday night, families can enjoy an ice cream social. Stay tuned for more details! Questions about registration, volunteers or donations (list of snacks will be out in early June), please contact Mike Charles at 337-0940 or ☺ LET’S HEAR IT FOR A HEARING LOOP Folks who use a hearing aid often cannot hear the sounds that come through a public address [PA] system. For some of our members with hearing aids, that means they cannot hear or understand the pastor when leading worship because their voices are amplified. We have received seed money to purchase a ‘hearing loop’, which would be a solution to that problem, and further gifts are being invited. An explanation of what a hearing loop is and how it works was in the May issue of The Voice. A matching gift is available for those who can donate towards this project, which has a cost of approximately $5,900.
  4. 4. OUR 2014 GRADUATING CLASS MICHAELA McLEOD is the daughter of Bruce and Penny McLeod. After graduating from Preble High School, she will attend the University of Northern Michigan to major in Biology. It is her plan to then go to medical school and become a pediatric sports medicine physician. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Michaela’s favorite memories growing up at Our Saviour are of being in the Sunday school Christmas programs when she was in a little kid. LOGAN POMASL is the son of Larry and Julie Pomasl. He will graduate from Preble High School in June, after which he plans to attend UW-LaCrosse to study computer science in a dual degree program resulting in a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. His message of faith comes from Deuteronomy 3:16: “Don’t mistake God’s patience for his absence. His timing is perfect, and his presence is constant. He is always with you.” In his years at Our Saviour, Logan really enjoyed participating in the Live Nativity each Christmas. HUNTER PONKRATZ is the son of Brad and Traci Ponkratz. Upon graduating from Preble High School, he will attend UW-Platteville to study Mechanical Engineering. His favorite Bible verse is James 1:2-4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” His favorite memories are the various field trips with his confirmation class. ALYSSA PRITCHARD is the daughter of Paul and Michelle Pritchard. She will graduate from Preble H.S. in June and then will attend UW-Stevens Point as a biology major. When in need of comfort, Psalm 23 is always with her. Her favorite memories are of performing in the Christmas plays. LYDIA RUSCH, who graduated from N.E.W. Lutheran High School on Saturday, May 24, is the daughter of Steve and Julie Rusch. She will attend Concordia University- Wisconsin to pursue a degree in Education. Her faith message is from Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” She fondly remembers all the years spent attending Sunday school classes, being part of the Youth Group and, especially, attending the National Youth Gathering events in San Antonio, Texas (2013) and New Orleans, Louisiana (2010). MITCHEL WANIGER will graduate from Preble High School and then attend UW-Stout to study Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Some fun is planned, too with trips to Cedar Point Amusement Park and Great America as well as attending football and baseball games…and don’t forget the disc golf tournaments! His favorite Bible verse, which is from his confirmation, is John 10:27-28 – “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Mitch enjoyed helping with Vacation Bible School and Fish Fries and also skiing and paint-balling with the Youth Group. Like Lydia, he attending the National Youth Gathering in 2010 and 2013.
  5. 5. 5 CAMP LUTHER NEWS – JUNE 2014 Camp Luther is a subsidiary ministry of the North Wisconsin District- LCMS. Our mission is to build up believers in Christ for service to the church and witness to the world. For more information or to register for any of these camp dates, visit CAMP LUTHER SUNDAY – On June 1, we celebrate the ministry of Camp Luther in Three Lakes, WI. Since 1946, Camp Luther has touched the lives of many in our district and continues to reach out and share the love of Christ. We pray for the staff and ministry of Camp Luther as they prepare for the summer. "Here We Grow" will be the theme for 2014 and the focus will be on how we all can grow in Christ. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry! SUPPORT CAMP LUTHER'S NEW OUTDOOR CHAPEL PROJECT – Consider a special gift to Camp Luther this spring as a new accessible path to the outdoor chapel is constructed. This path will allow children and adults with disabilities access to the special place for worship and devotions. Visit to read more. You can give at the Camp Luther website or mail your gift to Camp Luther, 1889 Koubenec Rd., Three Lakes, WI 54562. DISCOVERY CAMP FOR 3RD-5TH GRADERS - Is your child interested in camp but not yet ready to attend a whole week? "Discovery Camp" is an excellent introductory camp for 3rd-5th graders. It is all the fun of youth camp packed into four days! Campers also experience housing in one of our awesome villages. We still have a place for your child available! "U.P. KAYAK AND HIKE CAMP" AT CAMP LUTHER (June 15-18) – This is a *NEW* camp for children in grades 3-6 and their parents. Campers travel via bus to Watersmeet, MI for a 4-5 hour Kayak on the Ontonagon River, then to the Porcupine Mountain State Park to camp. The group will hike a beautiful path along the Presque Isle River ending on Lake Superior. REGISTER FOR SUMMER! – We still have a place for you at Camp Luther. Check it out! CAMP LUTHER OFFERS "THE EDGE" AT KBC (KEWEENAW BASE CAMP) – 9th -12th graders attending "The Edge" (July 13-18) will discover new and exciting ways to grow their faith and challenge themselves as part of a group. Group building activities and wilderness training will help prepare them for excursions into the wild of the Keweenaw peninsula. Daily activities include backpacking, swimming, challenge course elements, high ropes, and more. "BIKE CAMP" (July 27-Aug 1) – Ready for adventure? Load up your bike and join us for an exciting biking and camping trip. Campers will spend three days biking and camping their way through the beautiful woodland roads of the Nicolet National forest. We will cook meals over the fire and stay in tents at rustic campsites in the national forest. This camp, for grades 6-8, begins and ends at Camp Luther. CAMP LUTHER GIFT CERTIFICATES – Want to surprise someone with a gift from Camp Luther? Give them a gift certificate and let them choose something special from our camp store. What a great way to celebrate their week at camp. You can order certificates in any amount. Call the Camp Luther office at 1-877-264-CAMP and order yours today! *NEW* 4TH OF JULY FAMILY WEEKEND – Join us for the 4th of July at Camp Luther this year. Let Camp Luther do all the work while you relax with your family. We will cook and organize all the activities (participate in whatever you like)...and of course, a trip to the fireworks will be included. This is a great way to explore camp together and introduce your children to it.
  6. 6. 6 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 (920) 609-0248 Associate Pastor – Greg Hovland (920) 544-3614 Church Office – Michelle Burhite (920) 468-4065 Preschool Director – Christina Scholz (920) 468-3596
  7. 7. June 2014 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study 9:15am Praise Worship w/Holy Baptism and H.S. Senior Recognition 9:15am Bible Study 10:30am Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 5:30pm D1/D3 Softball 2 3 7am Bible Study 9am Bible Study 10:30am Staff Meeting 4 6pm Praise Band 5 12:15pm Brown Bag Worship 6:30 pm Worship 6 7 8 Mite Box Sunday Kids Only Sale Set Up 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study 10:30am Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 5:30pm D3 Softball 6:45pm D1 Softball 9 6pm P&F 6:45pm Council 10 7am Bible Study 9am Bible Study 10:30am Staff Meeting 11 6pm Praise Band 12 12:15pm Brown Bag Worship 6:30 pm Worship 13 14 8am Kids Only Sale until noon 15 Fathers’ Day Youth Mission Departs 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study 10:30am Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 4:15pm D1 Softball 5:30pm D3 Softball 16 7pm Board of Ed 17 7am Bible Study 9am Bible Study 10:30am Staff Meeting 18 6pm Praise Band 19 12:15pm Brown Bag Worship 6:30 pm Worship 20 21 Youth Mission Returns 22 7:45am Trad Worship 9:15am Praise Worship 10:45am Trad Worship 6:45pm D1/D3 Softball 23 9am VBS 6:30pm GBLSA 7pm Stewardship 24 7am Bible Study 9am VBS 1pm VBS Swim at the Y 25 9am VBS 6pm Praise Band TBD Ice Cream Social 26 9am VBS 12:15pm Brown Bag Worship 6:30 pm Worship 27 28 29 7:45am Trad Worship 7:45am Bible Study 9:15am Praise Worship 9:15am Bible Study 10:30am Bible Study 10:45am Trad Worship 4:15pm D3 Softball 5:30pm D1 Softball 30 Register for Vacation Bible school at Enjoy your Sunday evenings relaxing at Ashwaubenon Sports Complex and cheer on one of your OSLC Softball teams at the Christian Softball League games. Times are 4:15, 5:30 or 6:45pm.