October/November 2022 Newsletter

Voters’ Meeting: October 2 at 9:30 AM

Our semi-annual voters’ meeting will take place on October 2, 2022 at 9:30 AM (immediately following our service). Among the issues we will be discussing will be the council’s suggestion about what projects to tackle around the church and further information about the implementation of the new hymnal (see below). All members are welcome to come; voting members are especially encouraged to come. Oh, and doughnuts will be served!

Fall Rally for the Wolf River Circuit of the LWMS

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society is a group that learns about and promotes mission effort throughout our land and around the world. Our local circuit of the LWMS will be meeting on Saturday, October 8 at 8:15 AM at St. John Lutheran Church located at N3503 Highway 47 in the Town of Center. This will be the 40th anniversary meeting of the circuit and all are welcome to come, men as well as women. The speaker will be Pastor Ben Enstad from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Green Bay. He is also the chairman of the Northern Wisconsin District Home Mission Board. He will be speaking on the subject: “The Light of the World.” Childcare will be provided and you can enjoy a meal after the meeting!

FVL Fall Sacred Choir and Band Concert

The choirs and band of Fox Valley Lutheran High School will be having their fall concert of sacred music on Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 PM. They will be playing and singing music appropriate to the celebration of the Reformation and Thanksgiving. In case you’re wondering, they scheduled so as not to clash with the Packer game for that weekend.

FVL Theatre Production: Clue: High School Edition

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery.

The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!


  • Fri., October 21 @ 6:30 PM
  • Sat., October 22 @ 6:30 PM
  • Sun., October 23 @ 2 PM


Purchase online or at the door.

Reserved Seating

  • Adult – $5
  • Senior (62 & older) – $4
  • Child (12 & under) – $3
  • 5K-8 w/FVL Events Pass – FREE
  • FVL ID (Student or Staff) – FREE 
    Valid at the door only

Plus a convenience fee


Fox Valley Lutheran HS
5300 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54913

FVL Federation Joint Reformation Service

An area Joint Reformation service will be held on Sunday, October 30th, at 4:00 PM in the Fox Valley
Lutheran High School auditorium (5300 N. Meade Street, Appleton). Rev. Glenn Schwanke (Retired,
former VP of the NWD) is the guest preacher and Rev. Mark Albrecht, St. Paul, Winneconne will serve as
the liturgist. All Federation members are invited to celebrate our gospel heritage restored to us in the
Reformation of the 1500’s. We are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone, and according to Scripture alone. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

Fall Back — Daylight Savings Time

I thought I heard that the powers that be were going to get rid of the change back and forth between standard and daylight savings time. Well, it looks as if that isn’t happening this year. On Saturday, November 5, be sure to set your clocks back an hour. If you don’t, you’ll end up getting to church an hour early and you’ll have to find something to do around church for a while. So… Don’t forget!

FVL Veterans Day Breakfast

FVL is pleased to host our annual Veterans Day Breakfast & Service once again! The event is set for Thursday, November 11 from 8-10:30 AM.

This event is open to all Federation veterans and their family members, as well as any other veterans you wish to invite as guests!

Breakfast will be served from 8-8:50 AM, followed by a special service in the auditorium at 9 AM.

We ask that all attendees register by November 8 of time so we are able to plan for food.

FVL Culture and Cuisine

On Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 PM, you are invited to a special event at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. The event is called Culture and Cuisine and features food and displays that introduce you to the cultures of the different countries from where FVL’s international students hail. After sampling different delicious dishes from around the world, you are invited to a special presentation honoring the families that host FVL’s international students.

The first foreign exchange student attended classes at FVL in 1970. Since then, we have had the joy of hosting hundreds of students from all over the world! We love providing an opportunity for our international friends to learn about life in America, and we enjoy finding out about their home cultures and traditions. 

2022-23 International Students

FVL currently has 44 international students enrolled at FVL, 27 of which are first-time FVL students!  

  • Korea – 13 students
  • China – 9 students
  • Spain – 7 students
  • Italy – 3 students
  • France – 2 students
  • Germany – 2 students
  • Vietnam- 2 students
  • Argentina – 1 student
  • Austria – 1 student
  • Hungary – 1 student
  • Norway – 1 student
  • Sweden – 1 student
  • Thailand – 1 student

Thanksgiving Song Service

We will be having our Thanksgiving Song Service on Wednesday, November 23, at 6:30 PM. This year, the service will serve as an introduction to the new hymnal. All of the hymns that we will sing in the service will be new hymns of thanksgiving and praise from the new hymnal. Not all of these hymns are new. Some of them date back hundreds of years. However, they are hymns that are included in the new hymnal that weren’t included in our previous hymnals. We hope that you enjoy this service. It is always one of my favorite services in the year and makes an excellent kick off to Thanksgiving and the whole holiday season as well. And, speaking of the new hymnal…

New Hymnal Introduction

We have had the new hymnal in our church for a while now. The church council and Pastor Lillo have looked it over and we’ve given the members of St. Paul the opportunity to look it over as well. We are finally ready to start using the new hymnal. When will we do this and how will we carry it out?

When: We will use the hymnal for the first time in a worship service in our Thanksgiving service on November 23. We will start using the new hymnal in our Sunday services on the following Sunday, November 27.

How: We will still have the “old” hymnal in our pews for different uses. We will be putting two copies of the new hymnal in each pew (if you need more in your row, you will be able to borrow an extra hymnal or two from a table in the back). We will be using the new hymnal for all of the communion services. There are three settings for the main order of service. At this time, we will only be using the first setting. The other two settings would present, I think, great challenges for our congregation. We will be introducing the music from the other settings in post service music on different occasion and will see about using the other settings in the future when the melodies are a bit more familiar to our members.

On the non-communion Sundays, the services for which we’ve been using PowerPoints lately, we will still be using service from the “old” hymnal. In these services, all of the words and music for the liturgy will be on the screen in front of the church. The two services that we will be using on those Sundays are the Service of the Word (CW p. 38) and Morning Praise (CW p. 45), the services that we are using right now in our non-communion services.

For all of our services, communion and non-communion alike, we will be using hymns and psalms from the new hymnal. In our non-communion services, the words for those hymns and psalms will be on the screen so you won’t have to switch back and forth between books. We will also be using the new series of Scripture lessons that are suggested by the editors of the new hymnal and will be celebrating some of the minor festivals and saint days that we haven’t celebrated in the past (this is because the members of the hymnal project have made it easier for congregations to incorporate these days in their worship schedule). We will also be following the revised church calendar that is used by the new hymnal.

It is our hope that the use of this new hymnal will deepen the appreciation that our congregation has for the beauty of worship and the variety of ways we can sing our praise to the Lord.