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  1. 1. The Voice Online Our Saviour Lutheran Church – Green Bay, WI December 2012 Volume 1, Issue 12 A Gift for One Who Has Freedom Behind Bars By: Pastor David HatchHere is a very special story about a gift, an this letter in worship and someone cameearly Christmas gift, given from one of our forward afterwards and offered to write amembers to a man in prison. check for the Bible. The gift was generous enough to cover the price of a nice bonded His letter arrived leather Concordia Study Bible. That was sometime ago. It sat moving by itself! on my desk while I pondered how to reply. It was from a prisoner But there was more. at a Wisconsin corrections facility. I had never heard of this man before. His hand written letter of Several years ago someone at least three pages gave me a huge “Radioincluded no information about why he was in Handbook” that includedprison. everything from antennas to diode information about radioHe wrote of some health issues that had work. That book had beendeveloped while incarcerated. He spoke of sitting on my shelf, untouched.hoping our congregation could send him some It was so large it took amoney. He spoke of his need for a Bible and wheelbarrow just to move it!his interest in witnessing to others on the CB Certainly this man could put his radio interestradio when his time is up and he is set free. into the first chapter of this book and come outMy hunch was that he wrote that same letter the other end with some knowledge! We wouldto many churches making the same requests. ship that too!How should we handle this? Our church secretary, Michelle, bundled up the new Bible, the radio book, and a letter andWe get a fair amount of requests for money, shipped it off to the prison.and it has been our practice to offer somethingfor their soul, not their pocket. We mentioned - Cont’d on page 2 - 1
  2. 2. The Voice Online - Cont’d from page 1 - also spoke of having plenty to do with his free time in digesting diodes and resistorA few weeks went by. We had no expectations knowledge in the radio book.of ever hearing back from this man. We forgotall about it. But he didn’t! He included three gifts back to us; three handmade crosses each woven of paper. OneA letter arrived from the prison, once again, it has been sent to another young Christian inwas hand written, this time about three pages, prison and possibly connecting the two as pen-filled out on both sides; that’s six pages of pals. Another of the crosses has been given towriting! the donor of the Bible and the last one will stay in the church office with the letter from this man. God returned a treasure with a treasure. It’s almost Christmas. We sometimes think we need to buy and give huge gifts, when really it’s often the smallest gifts of all that touch the hearts of those in need. A suggestion this Christmas….find someone who has a specific need and fill it, particularly a need they cannot fill themselves. That is what our Saviour did for us!From his words you could tell, he was aglowwith excitement about his gifts. He tells ofbeing in many Bible studies at the prison, allled by Lutherans! His teachers rave about hisnew Bible, and he says, “I never thought Iwould ever own a leather Bible!” He wrote tothank you, the congregation, for your supportof his spiritual growth through this gift. He A Million Books for GambiaLWML is sponsoring a book collection for the small, often forgotten country of Gambia, Africa. Thebook collection is going on right now. We will have a collection Sunday, Dec. 9th. Please donate abook and a buck. The buck is to help defray the cost of sending the books to Gambia. Or, if you wish,monetary gifts are also a need to help with shipping costs. If you make a monetary gift, please makechecks payable to “Books for Africa” and in the memo line write “1 million books for Africa.” - Cont’d on page 3 - 2
  3. 3. December 2012 - Cont’d from page 2 -Donation requirements:• Acceptable books are new or gently used and relevant to an African reader, including: o Quality children’s picture books and easy readers (in good condition) o Popular fiction and nonfiction reading books such as novels or chapter books (no romance). o Up to date (1995 or newer) elementary, secondary, and college textbooks. o Up to date (1995 or newer) reference books such as encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries.• School/Office supplies (paper, pens, pencils, wall charts, maps, etc.)• They are an English speaking people.Please do NOT send:• Magazines or journals of any kind.• Home decorating, wedding, or cookbooks• Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or the history of Ohio.• Foreign language books except for French books. French novels/dictionaries are welcome.• American history or civics.• Music books.A Special Treat: Miranda Paul the WI coordinator for the Books for Africa project will be with us onDec. 2nd and will do a presentation in the Parlor/library at 9:15. Come and learn more aboutGambia and its people as well as the book project. OFFICIAL ACTSWeddings:Rachal Sellen and Justin FossumUnited at Our Saviour on September 22, 2012Baptisms:Molly Ann Walczak Aria Eden HazaertBorn: March 15, 2012 Born: September 23, 2012Baptized: October 21, 2012 Baptized: November 11, 2012Daughter of Steve and Bonnie Walczak Daughter of Nate Hazaert and Erika FischerMembership Changes:OUT: Mike and Megan Verba and baptized minor children, Nolan and Madeline, transfer to St. John Lutheran Church, Pulaski, WI (LCMS)Received their Crown:Harvey W. KirchmanDecember 2, 1924 ~ October 6, 2012Funeral service held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on October 9, 2012William K. YoungApril 1, 1952 ~ October 18, 2012Funeral service held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on October 22, 2012 3
  4. 4. December 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday2 3 4 5 6 ADVENT II 7 17:45am Trad Worship 7pm Board of Elders 7am Bible Study 12pm Staff Meeting 12:15pm Worship 9-11am Teachers only9:15am Praise Worship 9am Bible Study 3pm Youth Night 7pm Trad Worship Program Practice9:15am Truth Project 6:30pm Cub Scouts 5pm Weds Night Meal 3:30pm Open Gym9:30am Sun School 7pm Choir Practice 6pm P&F Meeting10:45am Trad Worship 6pm Praise Band 812:00pm Packers @ Lambeau 6pm Confirmation 9-11am Christmas 6pm Prayer Time Program Practice 6:30pm SH Bible Study 12pm Gym Rental (NO Open Gym)9 Mite Box Sunday 10 11 12 13 ADVENT III 14 157:45am Trad Worship 6pm Church Council 7am Bible Study 12pm Staff Meeting 8:30am Worn Out 5pm Monthly Fish Fry 9-11am Christmas9:15am Praise Worship 9am Bible Study 3pm Youth Night Women Program Practice w/Holy Baptism 5:30pm Praise Band 5pm Weds Night Meal 9am Truth Project 3:30pm Open Gym9:15am Bible Study 7:30pm Choir Practice 6pm Worn Out Women 12:15pm Worship9:30am Sun School 6pm Prayer Time 4pm Fish Fry Prep10am Voters’ Meeting 6pm Confirmation 6:30pm Truth Project10:45am Trad Worship 6:30pm SH Bible Study 7pm Trad Worship w/ Holy Baptism 6:30pm PS/4K Family w/ Holy Baptism10:45am Bible Study Night (and reception) PS/4K Break until7:20pm Packers @ Lambeau 7:30pm Youth Board January 216 17 18 19 20 ADVENT IV 21 227:45am Trad Worship 7pm Board of 7am Bible Study 3:00 pm Youth Night 12:15pm Worship 11:30am Trinity Early 3:30pm Open Gym9:15am Praise Worship Education 8am OLM Meeting 5:30pm Live Nativity 7pm GB Trinity Dismissal – Christmas9:15am Truth Project 9am Bible Study (also 6 and 6:30pm) Christmas Program Break until January 29:30am Sun School 6:30pm Cub Scouts 6pm Praise Band10:45am SS Christmas 7pm Choir Practice 6pm Prayer TimeProgram23 24 Christmas Eve 25 Christmas Day 26 27 28 297:45am Trad Worship 12 pm Office Closed 10am Worship 6pm Praise Band No Mid-Week Services 3:30pm Open Gym9:15am Bible Study 1:30pm Praise9:15am Trad Worship Worship10:30am Bible Study 3:30pm Praise Michelle – Vacation Michelle – Vacation Michelle – Vacation10:45am Trad Worship Worship No SCRIP Sales No SCRIP Sales No SCRIP Sales12:00pm Packers @ Lambeau 5:30pm Trad Worship 7:30pm Trad Worship30 31 New Years Eve7:45am Trad Worship 6pm Worship9:15am Praise Worship w/Holy Baptism10:45am Trad Worship Michelle – Vacation No SCRIP Sales
  5. 5. The Voice Online 2012 Winter & Christmas ScheduleThursday, November 29 Advent 1 Worship 12:15 & 7pmSunday, December 2 Cub Scout Wreath Delivery 8:30amSunday, December 2 Worship Services 7:45, 9:15, 10:45amThursday, December 6 Advent 2 Worship 12:15 & 7pmSaturday, December 8 Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 9am-11amSaturday, December 8 Christmas Cookie Drop-Off 9am-12pmSunday, December 9 Christmas Cookie Sale 8:30am-12pmSunday, December 9 Worship Services 7:45, 9:15, & 10:45amSunday, December 9 Voters’ Meeting 10:00amFriday, December 14 Monthly Fish Fry 5:00pmSaturday, December 15 Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 9am-11amSunday, December 16 Worship Services 7:45 & 9:15amSunday, December 16 Children’s Christmas Pageant 10:45amWednesday, December 19 Live Nativity (every 30 minutes) 5:30, 6, & 6:30pmWednesday, December 19 Soup Supper, Gym 5-7pmThursday, December 20 Advent 3 Worship 12:15pmThursday, December 20 GB Trinity Christmas Program 7pmSunday, December 21 Worship Services 7:45, 9:15, & 10:45amMonday, December 24 Christmas Eve Praise Worship 1:30 & 3:30pmMonday, December 24 Christmas Eve Traditional Worship 5:30 & 7:30pmTuesday, December 25 Christmas Day Traditional Worship 10amSunday, December 30 Worship Services 7:45, 9:15, & 10:45amMonday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Worship Service 6:00pmA little boy returned from Sunday school witha new perspective on the Christmas story. He Volume 1, Issue 12 December 2012had learned all about the Wise Men from the ‘The Voice Online’ is published monthly byEast who brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. He Our Saviour Lutheran Church. All rights was so excited, he could hardly wait reserved. No portion of this publication may to tell his parents. be reproduced without permission. As soon as he arrived home, he immediately Edited by Mark Stone. began, "I learned all about the very first Christmas in Sunday school today! There Please feel free to contact the church office wasnt a Santa Claus way back then, so these with constructive suggestions and/or comments three skinny guys on camels had to deliver all at Thanks to those who havethe toys! And Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer already commented! We are always seeking with his nose so bright wasnt there yet, so more congregational input and submissions.they had to have this big spotlight in the sky to find their way around!" 5
  6. 6. December 2012 January 2013 OSLC Usher Schedule Day Date Service Lead Usher Team Thu. 03-Jan 7:00 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 06-Jan 7:45 am M. Morgan Vernon Siech; Gloria Morgan; Ralph Hoerchler Sun. 06-Jan 9:15 am R. Vande Hei Walt Juhnke; Tiffany Duff; Brian Duff; Chelsea Vande Hei; Rachel Vande Hei Sun. 06-Jan 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 10-Jan 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN Sun. 13-Jan 7:45 am A. Knaus Clarence Ney; Josh VanKauwenberg; Jerry VanKauwenberg Sun. 13-Jan 9:15 am D. Bitters Robin Williams; Frank Helebrant; Don Schultz; Shelly Williams; Trey Boerschinger Sun. 13-Jan 10:45 am G. Buechner Carmen Leuthner; Lloyd Leuthner; DeVonte King; Rich Spangenberg Thu. 17-Jan 7:00 pm N. Krueger †UN; †UN; †UN Sun. 20-Jan 7:45 am J. Kielpikowski Chad Kielpikowski; Ron Klumb; †UN Sun. 20-Jan 9:15 am W. Chamberlain Randy Dyle; Roxanne Dyle; Alex Chamberlain; McKenzie Waniger; Nathan Scholz Sun. 20-Jan 10:45 am M. Charles Don Larson; Karen Kiekhaefer; Hunter Alft Thu. 24-Jan 7:00 pm C. Arthur Carl Zimonick; Gary Kirchman; Dick Zimonick Sun. 27-Jan 7:45 am M. Dalebroux Andrew Prescher; Al Brietlow; Barry Dalebroux Sun. 27-Jan 9:15 am D. Wians Lonnie Peerenboom; Todd Korth; Barb Korth; Davis LaMarche; Dan Richer Sun. 27-Jan 10:45 am R. Bruhn Rich Ryman; Sue Bruhn; Richard Christianson Thu. 31-Jan 7:00 pm P. Kuehl Bill Baneck; †UN; †UN † UN -Usher Needed: If youd 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 at LIVE NATIVITY RETURNS IN 2012 brought to Our Saviour by Wednesday, December 12. Many children in our area will receive noThis year, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ Christmas gifts outside of the Salvation Army’swith a Live Nativity presented by the Confirmation programs. Toys for Tots/Toys for Teens gifts shouldclass. Members, neighbors, friends, etc. are invited be returned unwrapped and unlabeled to the boxes inon Wednesday (new day), December 19 at 5:30, the 2nd floor coat room area.6:00 and 6:30pm (new time structure). Relive thejourney of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, through Another opportunity comes to us throughthe visit of the Magi who found our Savior by Bornemann nursing home. A list of residents andfollowing a star in the East. The first Live Nativity suggested gifts for each can be found in the Narthex.was held in 1998 when our Nativity figurines were Please sign up to indicate what gift you will bring.stolen; many of those figurines have never been All gifts should be wrapped and labeled. Giftsrecovered. should be returned to the boxes by the elevator/coat room or to the office no later than the end of THINKING OF OTHERS THIS SEASON business on Wednesday, December 12. Brighten the holidays of an elderly person this year!The Board of Evangelism has arranged for OurSaviour members to participate in three giving The third opportunity comes on the evening of theopportunities this Christmas season. Live Nativity and Soup Supper, December 19. On this day, we invite everyone attending to bring aOur Saviour is a collection spot for the Salvation non-perishable food item to be donated to theArmy’s ‘Toys for Teens’ program. A list of gift Manna for Life food pantry. Cans, boxes, pouches,ideas can be found in the Narthex. These and many etc. are acceptable; please bring only non-perishableother gifts for children (tots OR teens) can be items (no fresh bakery, fruits, etc.). 6
  7. 7. The Voice Online DECEMBER 9 WILL BE DELICIOUS differences are that you need to do a little planning and an extra gift is realized by the church for yourOur Saviour will host a Christmas cookie, cake, and purchase. Example: Buy a $100 Wal-Mart gift cardbread sale on Sunday, December 9 from 8:30am for $100. Take the card to the store (or shop online)until noon. As always, there are two parts to an and pay for your purchases with the gift card (swipeevent like this; first the donations and then the sale. it at the store or enter the card number online). Unused amounts remain on the card until you spendDonations of baked goods are welcomed from all it down to $0. Because Our Saviour was able tomembers. Volunteers will be on hand on Saturday, purchase the card at a discount, the amount paid forDecember 8 until noon to accept your donations. the card by Our Saviour and the face amount thatThere will also be some baking happening in the you paid for the card is a donation to Our at Our Saviour; donations of butter andcookie dough are always welcome. Check the store Cards are available in many denominations ($10 toads for sales and donate when you can. Butter and $100) and from many types of businesses (gascookie dough donations can be placed in the stations, grocery stores, restaurants, book stores,refrigerator or freezer in the kitchen. Baked goods discount stores, etc.). Many ‘every day’ cards areshould be labeled for the Cookie Sale. on hand and available for immediate purchase and many more can be ordered. Orders are placed on POINSETTIAS ARE A CHRISTMAS Sundays; cards are usually available for pick up by the following Friday. SCRIP can be purchased at TRADITION the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings or from Michelle in the office during regular office hoursHelp beautify the altar for Christmas with the (Monday thru Friday from 8:00-noon and 1:00-donation of a poinsettia plant. The cost this year is 4:15pm).$10 each. A variety of colors will be purchasedbased on availability. The signup sheets will be in SCRIP cards can also be given as gifts…no mallthe Narthex until Sunday, December 16. Envelopes shopping involved! It’s easy and appreciated by thefor your $10 donation can be found in a basket near hard-to-buy-for people on your list! Additionalthe signup sheets. Please place the envelope in the denominations are available during the holidayoffering basket. season from some stores. Ask at the SCRIP desk.Plants will be purchased and arranged for display at SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANTSOur Saviour for you. Donors will be recognized in aspecial insert in the Christmas Eve/Day bulletin. Hear the Christmas story ‘out of the mouths ofPlants can be taken home (your choice of color) babes’…our precious Sunday School children! Joinafter the 10am service on Christmas day. us (invite your friends, relatives and neighbors, too) on Sunday, December 16 at 10:45am for a new BUY YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS WITH program this year. Children will practice at Our SCRIP Saviour on Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 15; practice times are from 9-11am.Christmas is almost here and the hustle and bustle ismoving full speed ahead. Make sure that you don’t The GB Trinity students will also hold a Christmasforget SCRIP to purchase gifts for everyone on your program at Our Saviour. Come on Thursday,list. December 20 at 7pm (this program will replace our regular service).In a nutshell, SCRIP is alternate money; a gift cardused at a specified store just like cash. The only 7
  8. 8. December 2012VOLUNTEER AT LAMBEAU FIELD An extra special part of this year’s December 23 game will be a decorating contest. Booths areThe season is winding down with just 5 regular encouraged to decorate for Christmas and vie forseason games left for the Green Bay Packers; three prizes of up to $500. In a recent contest duringof those are at home and four of the five are against Halloween week, Our Saviour placed 2nd and won aDivision opponents! Volunteers are needed for all $300 bonus! Their goal is first place in December!home games (21 per game); December’s games areon the 2nd at noon, the 9th at 7:20pm, and on the 23rd OFFICE HOURS – END OF YEARat noon. CHANGESAll of these games (as well as all of the away The church secretary, Michelle, will be out of thegames) are subject to ‘flexible scheduling’. The office on vacation on December 26, 27, 28, and 31;deadline for the NFL to change the times for any on these days only, SCRIP will not be available forgames in a given week is ‘the Tuesday twelve days purchase or pick up (watch the weekly bulletins forbefore the games’. With flexible scheduling, the an update of possible hours or call the office at 468-league can move one game to the prime time slot (or 4065). On these vacation days, volunteers will bekeep its original choice), and possibly move one or available in the office during normal business hoursmore 12:00 pm slotted games to the 3:15 pm slot., (8am-noon and 12:30-4:30pm Monday thru Friday).meaning that the NFL has the right to change thetime of the games if it feels the game has playoff The office will be open until noon on Christmas Eveconsequences. Day and closed on Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. 8
  9. 9. The Voice OnlineOSLC Business DirectoryAdvertisements in the business directory help Our Saviour defray the cost of ‘The Voice Online’each month. If you would like to advertise, please contact Michelle in the Church officeat (920) 468-4065 or Please support the sponsors who help support us! 9