February and March 2023 Newsletter

Voters’ Meeting — February 5 at 9:30 AM

We will be having our annual voters’ meeting on Sunday, February 5, right after the service at 9:30 AM. We will be going over the budget for the year, the calendar for the year, and electing one person to our church council. All are welcome to come to this meeting, voting members are especially encouraged to come. Refreshments will be offered!

Fox Valley Lutheran High School MusicFest

Join us for Musicfest 2023

This annual celebration of student musical talent will continue to feature the groups, individuals, and small ensembles we all love to hear. Along with entertainment, guests can enjoy fellowship and homemade desserts.

Special Feature for 2023!

We are putting together an alumni band for the event! Mr. Wendland and Mr. Neujahr will be conducting for the special performance. Thank you to all who registered for this special band. Music will be mailed to those who are participating. One group rehearsal is planned for Saturday, February 4 from 3:00-4:30 PM. An opportunity to socialize is being planned for after the practice. 

The alumni band registration is closed.


  • Admission is free for all.
  • Freewill donations will be accepted.
  • Join us for performances by the FVL Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, FVL Schools Cadet Band & Concert Winds (Middle School), A Cappella Choir, Men’s & Women’s Choir, Choraliers, individuals, and small group performances.
  • Treat yourself to homemade desserts!
  • Enjoy a day of music and socializing with friends.

You can help!Baking

You are invited to bring a HOMEMADE dessert(s) for Musicfest 2023’s Dessert Room! Feel free to share this invitation with anyone who enjoys baking/making homemade desserts (pies, cakes, tortes, candy). Please bring to FVL in a disposable container, either on Friday, Feb. 3 during school hours (enter at the Bell Tower entrance) OR Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8:30-10:15AM, OR on Sunday, Feb. 5 between noon and 1PM (enter at the Commons entrance and bring to the concessions stand). We prefer the dessert to be uncut. Please label if your dessert contains peanuts, and/or if your dessert is gluten free.


Contact Gretchen Adrian at [email protected]

Sign up to bring a dessert! 

Donation Options

We are excited to announce that a generous donor has enabled a $5,400 matching fund for this event! 

Freewill donations will go toward replacing 25-year-old tuxedo jackets, and toward replacing performance risers. 

  1. Deposit cash or check in the donation boxes at the event
  2. Donate by way of our online donations page.
  3. Mail your donation to FVL (please write “Musicfest” on the memo line).
    Fox Valley Lutheran High School
    5300 N. Meade Street
    Appleton, WI 54913

Anastasia, the Musical at FVL

Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical, from the play by Marcelle Maurette as adapted by Guy Bolton.

This dazzling show transports its audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

The musical will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 3 & 4, at 6:30 PM and on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets Available February 1

  • Directed by Wendy Bixby
  • Produced by Matthew Foxen

Lenten Schedule

The overall theme for the 2023 Lenten sermons is “His Final Steps.” The series ponders the significance
of the people and places on Jesus’ resolute final steps to the cross and three days later, his first steps
from the tomb. We will be remembering Christ’s passion in a series of midweek Lenten services starting on Ash Wednesday, February 22. The services will take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and will feature a series of area pastors sharing God’s Word with us. The schedule of the services is below:

Date & TimeText and ThemePastor
February 22, 2023 6:30 PM  His Final Steps Led to a Dinner Celebration John 12:1-11Pastor Kevin Westra Bethlehem Hortonville
March 1, 2023 6:30 PMHis Final Steps Led to His Father’s House Matthew 21:12-17Pastor Paul Ibisch St. Paul Dale & St. Peter Larson
March 8, 2023 6:30 PM  His Final Steps Led to a Fig Tree Mark 11:12-14, 20-25Pastor Brad Ragner Messiah Shiocton  
March 15, 2023 6:30 PMHis Final Steps Led to Some Greeks John 12:20-33Pastor Peter Kesting Zion, Readfield
March 22, 2023 6:30 PMHis Final Steps Led to His Enemies Luke 20:9-19Pastor Joel Lillo St. Paul Stephensville  
March 29, 2023 6:30 PMHis Final Steps Led to a Tomb John 11 (selected verses)Pastor Tristan Paustian Bethlehem Hortonville

Spring Forward

On Saturday, March 11, please be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed. Yes, it is that time to begin daylight savings time. (I thought that they were going to be phasing that out, but no such luck.) If you don’t, you’ll be one hour late in getting to church that week. You don’t want to be “that guy,” do you?