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Newsletter for October, 2019

Mission Festival & Congregational Dinner

Pastor Phil Hunter

Sunday, October 13 will be a special day for St. Paul’s in Stephensville.

We will be having our mission festival on that day. Pastor Phil Hunter from Bethel, Menasha will be out guest preacher. He has served at Bethel since 2015. He grew up in the Madison area and graduated from Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He spent a year as vicar at Faith Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg, Georgia. He’s studied Spanish in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Argentina. He is currently involved in the Hispanic outreach program at Bethel.

In addition to sharing the word of God with us in our regular service, he will be telling us a bit about his work among the Hispanic population of the Fox Valley after the service. In addition, his wife Andrea will be telling us a little about her work with the Friends of China organization.

After the service and the mission presentations, we will be having a congregational dinner at Romy’s Nitingale in Black Creek. We till be enjoying a nice buffet brunch there. The cost is $14 for adults, $5 for children aged 5 to 9 and $3.50 for children under 5.

If you would like to go to this dinner, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. We hope to see all of you there!

St. Paul’s Women’s Group

We are starting up a new Women’s Group for our congregation. We will be meeting the second Wednesday of every month at 1:30 PM. All women are invited to join us.

At every meeting, we will have opportunities for fellowship, refreshments, and Bible Study. Every once in a while, we will be meeting at Brookdale Senior Living for the benefit of one of our members.

Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Fall Rally

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society, Wolf River Circuit Fall Rally on Saturday, October 12, will be hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupaca. The theme is God’s Grace throughout the World. It begins at 8:15 AM and runs through lunch served at 12:15. The speaker is Pastor Paul Prange who will speak about Hmong mission outreach in Vietnam. A portion of the offering will go to it.

God’s grace has opened doors to an unprecedented mission opportunity in communist Vietnam. It all started when Zang Lor, a leader within the Hmong Fellowship Church in Vietnam viewed an online sermon by WELS pastor Bounkeo Lor in 2011. the clear proclamation of law and gospel and the message of pure grace through Jesus was something he’d never heard before.

He started to do mission work in Vietnam. In a short period of time, God has blessed the mission that has grown from 55,000 to 100,000 members. The leaders of his group have seen the growth and the joy that Lutheran teaching has brought and have expressed a desire to become a confessional Lutheran body. All are invited to come and hear more of this exciting story.

Unplanned Movie Night

At one time, Abby Johnson was awarded the clinic director of the year award by Planned Parenthood. In roughly a year, she was standing out in front of the clinic that she ran at one time encouraging women not to get abortions there. What happened?

The movie Unplanned tells Abby Johnson’s story. It is an interesting and moving film which shows why here worldview would change so rapidly. It is rated R solely because it has a depiction of what happens inside of an Planned Parenthood clinic.

We will be showing Unplanned on Monday, October 14 at 6:30 PM. Come and watch it to experience an extremely interesting true story. While it may not be appropriate for young children, it is perfectly acceptable for teens and adults.

FVL Homecoming

FVL’s New Football Field

A little over a year ago, an anonymous person vandalized the Fox Valley Lutheran High School football and soccer fields. It has taken a lot of time and effort, but the fields have finally been restored. That means that football is ready to return to FVL.

You can check out the newly refurbished fields when FVL has its homecoming week on the second week of October. On Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 PM, the students will be displaying their musical and comedic talents in their Frolic talent show.

The FVL Varsity football team will be going up against Freedom for the homecoming game on Friday, October 11, at 7:00 PM. Come on out and cheer on FVL to their first homecoming victory on their new field!

FVL Fall Play: Cheaper by the Dozen

The students of FVL will be presenting an evening of plays on Thursday, October 17 at 7 PM, Saturday, October 19 at 4 PM and Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM.

Adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Cheaper by the Dozen tells the story of Anne Gilbreth, the oldest daughter of a family of twelve children. Her father is one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency and applies his unorthodox methods to his family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny, and—it must be admitted—extremely effective. However, Anne and her father frequently clash over a lack of understanding between them and must work toward finding common ground amidst change and tragedy in their lives.

They will also present a special one-act featurette “Appropriate Audience Behavior” by Ian McWethy. Carol and Ashley are expecting a tale of woe as they take their seats to watch Hamlet, but the real tragedy is that they’re sitting next to the world’s noisiest weirdos. The audience takes the spotlight as everyone from a cough-drop obsessive to a guy watching the play like a football game steals the show from the unseen Shakespearean masterpiece. An outrageously meta comedy reminds us where the drama belongs—onstage.

You can purchase tickets online at www.fvlhs.org or at the door on the day of performance. Prices are as follows: Adults – $5, 62 & Older – $4, Ages 12 & Under – $3, 5K-8  with FVL Passport – FREE

Other Events in October and Beyond.

We are continuing looking at a number of shorter Bible books in our Bible study. When we finish studying the book of Ruth, we will take a look at the book of Jonah.

Remember that you have the opportunity to help the residents of Brewster Village worship their Lord on the first Monday of each month at 9:45 AM. If you want to help, come sometime around 9:30.

There is a special service for the students of Immanuel every Friday morning at 8:15 AM. All are welcome to come and worship at these special devotional services.

It will be time to set the clocks back to Standard Time before you go to bed on Saturday, November 2. If you forget, you will be one hour early for church… and no one wants that.

 On Sunday, November 3, there will be an area-wide Reformation Service at Fox Valley Lutheran High School at 4:00 PM. All are encouraged to remember how God preserved his Word through the work of the reformers.

Dates to Remember this Month

· FVL Fall Frolic: October 9 @ 6:30 PM

· FVL Homecoming Game: October 11 @ 7:00 PM

· LWMS Fall Rally in Waupaca: October 12 @ 8:00 AM

· Mission Festival and Congregational Dinner: October 13 @ 8:30 AM

· Unplanned Movie Night: October 14 @ 6:30 PM

· FVL Fall Play: Cheaper by the Dozen: 10/17 @ 7 PM; 10/19 @ 4 PM & 10/20 @ 2 PM

Bible Passage of the Month

Jesus said to them: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

—Mark 16:15-16

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