Newsletter for March/April 2022

Midweek Lenten Services

We will be starting up our midweek Lenten services on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. These services will take place over the course of six Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. As we do every year, we will have a number of pastors from the area come to share the Word of God with us. As we did last year, we will only have music for the first service (for the Ash Wednesday communion service). The rest of the services will be more devotional in nature with readings from the passion history, a spoken liturgy, and a sermon from one of our guest pastors. Remember, we will NOT be having our Monday evening services throughout the Lenten Season.

The overall theme for the 2022 Lenten sermons is “The Crucial Hours.” The series ponders key
words and moments from the account of Jesus’ passion that demonstrate the thorough
completeness of his saving work for us, the breadth and depth of his love for us, and the strength
of his union with us.

The following is the schedule for the Lenten series this year…

Date & TimeText and ThemePastor
March 2, 2022 6:30 PM  “Satan Has Asked to Sift All of You”
Luke 22:31-32
Pastor Joel Lillo
St. Paul, Stephensville  
March 9, 2022 6:30 PM“They Bound Him”
John 18:12
Pastor Paul Ibisch
St. Paul, Dale
& St. Peter, Larson
March 16, 2022 6:30 PM  The Semblance of Legality
Luke 22:66
Pastor Brad Ragner
Messiah, Shiocton  
March 23, 2022 6:30 PMWhat to Remember When You Are Seized With Remorse
Matthew 27:3-4
Pastor Peter Kesting
Zion, Readfield
March 30, 2022 6:30 PMA Part for the Whole?
Luke 23:13-16
Pastor Kevin Westra
Bethlehem, Hortonville  
April 6, 2022
6:30 PM
“I Will Keep the Passover”
Matthew 26:18
Pastor Tristan Paustian
Bethlehem, Hortonville

“The Little Mermaid” at FVL

You might know the story of The Little Mermaid. It begins Fathom’s Below where Ariel, one of the Daughters of Triton, falls in love with a human, Prince Eric and desperately wants to be Part of Your World. Even though her father wants her to remain Under the Sea, she goes to Ursula the Sea Witch who has been known to cast spells for Poor Unfortunate Souls. She turns Ariel into a human, but takes her voice after telling her that she will remain a human if she is able to get Eric to give her a true love’s kiss within three days. She has adventures with Eric while a French chef attempts to kill her guardian crab, Sebastian as he prepares Les Poissons for dinner. Will Eric Kiss the Girl before it’s too late?

To find out the answer to that question, you can catch the Fox Valley Lutheran High School production of The Little Mermaid which they will present on March 4 & 5 (Friday and Saturday) at 6:30 PM and on Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available for $14 a piece and can be purchased here: or at the door on the day of performance.

FVL Choirs Sacred Concert

The choirs of Fox Valley Lutheran High School will be having their spring Sacred Concert on Sunday, March 27, at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature all of the choirs of FVL and will focus on the music of Lent and Easter. Come and remember Christ’s passion and rejoice in his resurrection at this concert that is free and open to the public (a free will offering will be taken). The concert will also be streamed on the FVL YouTube channel: Watch from the comfort of your home!

Palm Sunday Pot Luck Brunch

After taking two years off due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are pleased to announce that we will be having our Palm Sunday Potluck Brunch once again on Sunday, April 10, at 9:30 AM. Please be sure to bring your favorite brunch-type dish to pass. We will be providing the coffee, milk, and juice. Come and enjoy some good food and even better fellowship!

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Service

We will continue our Lenten series, The Crucial Hours, on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Our Maundy Thursday service takes place on April 14 at 6:30 PM. We will be looking at the three unions of communion in this service. There is a union between the bread and wine with the true body and blood of the Savior. There is also a union between Christ and his believers. Finally, there is a unions among those who celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. This will, of course, be a communion service.

We remember the Lord’s suffering and death on Friday, April 15, at 1:00 PM. In this service, we look at the seven words that Jesus spoke on the cross. His death on the cross was the most crucial hour that the world has ever seen and we will speak of the importance of that event as we take special time to ponder on Christ’s holy passion.

Take some time during Holy Week to join us in worship.

Easter Sunday Worship Service

On Sunday, April 17, we will celebrate the Savior’s resurrection in our Easter Sunday service. This will take place at the regular service time of 8:30 AM and will be a communion service. In this service, we will hear God’s Easter declaration to us in the words of Romans 4:25: He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Be sure to join us on this special Sunday!

FoxFest Dinner Auction

The Fox Valley Lutheran High School dinner auction will take place on April 8, 2022 at the Appleton Paper Valley. The RSVP Deadline is MARCH 25. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

  • The annual FoxFest Dinner Auction will take place at the Appleton Paper Valley Hotel on Friday, April 8, 2022. You will receive a parking validation sticker when you check in at the event.
  • This event supports the students of Fox Valley Lutheran in the form of tuition assistance.
  • FVL’s annual tuition assistance need of $325,000 supports nearly 100 families.
  • Come and enjoy a night on the town supporting this important teen ministry.
  • The evening includes a silent auction, live auction, dinner, games, paddle raise, and fellowship!
  • There is a $25,000 matching gift for the paddle raise portion of the evening.

Meal Options

  • Bacon Wrapped Chicken – Boneless breast of chicken filled with parmesan, spinach, and wrapped in Applewood bacon
  • Ancho Chili-Rubbed Atlantic Salmon – Chili rubbed pan-seared salmon fillet garnished with fresh pineapple and scallions
  • Vegetarian – Mushroom ravioli, sautéed spinach, and finished with parmesan cream

All meals come with a citrus salad, seasonal vegetable blend, and garlic mashed potatoes.
Please indicate food allergies on your RSVP.  A gluten-free option is available.

RSVP and Payment Methods

  1. Go to our event page ( to complete the online registration and/or to contribute to our matching fund via credit or debit card.
  2. Download, print, and complete the RSVP form. Submit it to FVL with check or cash payment and/or matching fund contribution.
    Fox Valley Lutheran High School
    5300 N. Meade Street
    Appleton, WI 54913

Park in the Red Ramp, and a validation sticker will be provided when you check in at the event.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin Mattress Sale

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the Lutheran Vanguard Marching Band’s 1st Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser! We carry quality name brands like Simmons Beautyrest and Wellsville, priced up to 50% below retail. This is ONE DAY only, so we need your help to SPREAD THE WORD by inviting all of your family and friends! Every purchase benefits the Band Program!!

This Mattress Sale takes place at Fox Valley Lutheran High School on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Come on out and help support the ministry, the fellowship, the music, and the memories of Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin!

New Hymnal

This past fall, the Wisconsin Synod released a new hymnal. It bears the same name as our present hymnal (Christian Worship), but has several differences from the book that we have been using since 1993….

  • Most of the hymns are the same. Some hymns (mostly ones that weren’t being used regularly by our congregations) were removed and have been replaced by hymns both old and new.
  • The two newer liturgies from the 1993 hymnal (Service of the Word and Service of Word and Sacrament) are not included. Instead, there are three different musical settings for the same order of service. The first of these settings is the one that we are accustomed to from the Common Service. The other two are newly composed for this edition of the hymnal.
  • The Psalms are presented in several different styles. Some are in the traditional chant format that we have gotten used to. Others are in hymn style. Still others are in a mixture of those two styles. They have also published a separate Psalter book which contains all of the Psalms from the Book of Psalms. Some of which are presented in a number of different formats.
  • They have included all six of the traditional devotional services of the church. We are most familiar with Matins (Morning Praise) and Vespers (Evening Prayer) from our current hymnal. They also include the service for Dawn (Lauds), Start of Work (Prime), Midday (Terce), and Close of Day (Compline). These services are designed to be used either at home or in a worship service.

The church council will be looking over various aspects of the new hymnal in order to determine if it would be beneficial for our congregation to get it. If you would like to look at the new hymnal, we have two copies in the back room of the church for you to borrow and look over. We might also have a special Bible class on worship where we would look at the new hymnal and what it contributes to our worship life.

Church Projects

We have several ideas about projects that we could do around the church. We are in the planning stages of distributing a poll for our congregation members to fill out so that we can have a better idea about what projects our members would want us to tackle in the near future. Please look for this survey to be distributed in the near future.