COVID-19 Information

May 6th, 2020

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!!  Alleluia!!!

First from the Word of God… Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

What is "New" News

Update on the Divine Call to Rev. Josiah Fitch: The Transition Team consists of Loren Wahl, Chairman of the congregation; Jim Wilson, Chairman of Elders; Tom Jeske, Treasurer, and Pastor Schroeder. Again, as was stated last week, the transition process will take some time. The hope is that Pastor Fitch will be in Neenah following Memorial Day to accomplish many tasks. The focus is a safe transition for the Pastor and his family. Please pray for them and their safety,

Church Council and Board Meetings:  Church Council is meeting virtually through Zoom. Boards are again meeting. Some are meeting in person while others virtually. Ministry is being planned for the summer months anticipating the ability to resume ministry. The congregation will be kept informed as we move forward. 

Stimulus Thank-Offering:¬†Thank you to those who are already responding. God is good. Again, if you are able to participate in this Thank-Offering, God bless you. If, however, you need to take care of your family ‚Äď God bless you. Eventually, a report will be given by the Stewardship Board concerning this effort.

Lutheran Witness Subscription: It is Lutheran Witness subscription time again. The cost is $15.96/year. Please contact the church office at 920-725-0510 or email admin@peaceneenah.com, if you would like to have a subscription. The deadline is June 29, 2020.

Church Directory: The final date for submitting any changes in contact information is May 15. A new Directory will be placed in mailboxes at the end of May / early June. Pastor will deliver copies to the homebound in June.

Voters Assembly: Per our Constitution and Bylaws, we are to have a semi-annual Voters Assembly in May. The Council has postponed this meeting to Tuesday, June 23, at 6:30 P.M. Updates concerning this meeting will be shared in future Email Blasts and/or in the June Newsletter.

Thank you…Thank you to Brian Hallman, who recruited voices from the choir to record hymns for most of the worship services in May. Thank you to Janelle Bonson for accompanying them with the organ. Also, thanks to Grace and Kathy Ehlert for their work behind the scenes to provide the lyrics and help in getting the worship services recorded. A huge thank you to those who have brought in groceries for the Food Pantry and those who have shared financial support as well. This is a good work that brings glory and honor to our Lord.

What is "Old" News

Worship services:  Sunday Worship will be a video file also accessible on our website. Here are some brief instructions for you to follow to access these resources. This link will get you straight to the sermons: https://peaceneenahlcms.360unite.com/sermons 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion: I will continue to hold to our Theology and Practice and not be offering the Sacrament at this time. 

Offerings: Thank you to those who have mailed their offerings. The ministry still must go on, and your faithfulness is allowing this to happen. Our offerings have been tracking similar to where they were a year ago.  Thanks be to God for your continued generosity.

Our Sanctuary: Given the "Stay at Home" Order, our sanctuary will not be available for prayer. This is to safeguard all of us and our neighbor (Fifth Commandment) and in obedience to authority (Fourth Commandment). 

ALL other activities at the church are canceled.  

The Church Office: At this time Is going to remain open. Before you come to the office, please call ahead. If you do not need to come in, please don't. This is for your good as well as ours. The office will be closed on Fridays until further notice. I will be checking my voicemail on Fridays once in the morning and again in the mid-afternoon. 

If you need assistance, please contact the church office. If there is no answer, leave a message on my voicemail. I do not have access to Grace's voicemail. I/we will be in contact with you and do all that might be possible to assist you.

Sunday School Materials:  Packets of this Quarter's Sunday school materials through fifth grade have been prepared. Parents are encouraged to come to church during business hours to pick them up. They are conveniently placed on the coffee service counter in the Narthex. Due to the weight of these packets they would be of great cost to mail out. If you prefer not to come into the building, call Grace, and she can set up a "pick-up" with you. Thank you, Betsy, for having made these packets available. Parents can share these materials with their children.

Youth Confirmation:  At this time, I plan to have Youth Confirmation on Sunday, June 7th. More details will be shared in the future.   

Hospital Visits: I have been able to make hospital visits on a case by case visit. If you are hospitalized, let the church office know, and I will attempt to visit you either personally or by phone.

Homebound Visits: I will resume these visits as soon as restrictions have been lifted. 

Workday: As soon as we are freed to come back and worship in the House of our Lord, there will be a need for a "full cleaning" of the facility. This will take many volunteers to accomplish. Watch for information about be prepared to come and lend a hand.

Urgent Request: Food Pantry Support: As you may know, we have a working relationship with the Food Pantry, administered and staffed by our sister church, Trinity, Menasha. Their supplies in recent weeks have been diminishing. They are in need of dry goods to share with those accessing the Food Pantry. Specifically requested are the following items: Healthy Cereals, Pork & Beans, Rice, Toilet Paper (4-pack), Cream of Mushroom & Cream of Chicken Soup, Canned Tuna, or Chicken. You can bring your donations to our church during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday from 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.). Bins are placed in the Vestibule and the Narthex so that you need not walk through the whole building. Arrangements will be made for pick up by the staff of the Food Pantry at Trinity. Financial gifts would also be accepted so that perishable items can be purchased. Simply place your gift in an envelope and write you offering envelope number on it and identify it as "Food Pantry." Send it by mail or make arrangements with Grace to drop it off in a manner that would be best for you. Thank you for your consideration of helping those who are in need.

In general, take care of your family and extended as well. If you are able, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. Please encourage one another via phone, etc. 

Pray that this will soon be past, and we will be able to return to what we have so much enjoyed. God be with you.¬†By the direction of the Council, I will continue sending out a weekly letter, as you have received, with important articles while we are still under the "Safer at Home Order." It is important to read these, especially as we get ready to reopen in late May ‚Äď God-willing.

Pastor Schroeder

 

April 28th, 2020

Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!! Alleluia!!!

First from the Word of God… Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!" 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; 9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10 I believed, even when I spoke: "I am greatly afflicted"; 11 I said in my alarm, "All mankind are liars." 12 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. 16 O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Worship services: Sunday Worship will be a video file also accessible on our website. Here are some brief instructions for you to follow to access these resources. This link will get you straight to the sermons: https://peaceneenahlcms.360unite.com/sermons 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion: I will continue to hold to our Theology and Practice and not be offering the Sacrament at this time. 

Offerings: Thank you to those who have mailed their offerings. The ministry still must go on, and your faithfulness is allowing this to happen.

Our Sanctuary: Given the "Stay at Home" Order, our sanctuary will not be available for prayer. This is to safeguard all of us and our neighbor (Fifth Commandment) and in obedience to authority (Fourth Commandment). 

Board Meetings: Boards can meet at the church as long as they do not exceed 10 members. Please contact Grace if you plan to have a meeting at the church so that meeting times can be staggered. Church Council will meet via teleconference as its numbers more than ten individuals. We meet again on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 P.M.

ALL other activities at the church are canceled.  

Hospital Visits: I have been able to make hospital visits on a case by case visit. If you are hospitalized, let the church office know, and I will attempt to visit you either personally or by phone.

Homebound Visits: I will resume these visits as soon as restrictions have been lifted. 

Scams: Be aware that there are a number of scams. Be cautious, and don't give out personal information unless you are certain of the party contacting you. 

The Church Office: At this time Is going to remain open. Before you come to the office, please call ahead. If you do not need to come in, please don't. This is for your good as well as ours. The office will be closed on Fridays until further notice. I will be checking my voicemail on Fridays once in the morning and again in the mid-afternoon. 

If you need assistance, please contact the church office. If there is no answer, leave a message on my voicemail. I do not have access to Grace's voicemail. I/we will be in contact with you and do all that might be possible to assist you.

Sunday School Materials: Packets of this Quarter's Sunday school materials through fifth grade have been prepared. Parents are encouraged to come to church during business hours to pick them up. They are conveniently placed on the coffee service counter in the Narthex. Due to the weight of these packets, they would be of significant cost to mail out. If you prefer not to come into the building, call Grace, and she can set up a "pick-up" with you. Thank you, Betsy, for having made these packets available. Parents can share these materials with their children.

Youth Confirmation: At this time, it is my plan to have Youth Confirmation on Sunday, June 7th. More details will be shared in the future.

Workday: As soon as we are freed to come back and worship in the House of our Lord, there will be a need for a "full cleaning" of the facility. This will take many volunteers to accomplish. Watch for information about be prepared to come and lend a hand.

Thank you… to Judy Daley, and Dylan and Jack Florek for having posted on Facebook some puppet skits for the use of our families.

Urgent Request: Food Pantry Support: As you may know, we have a working relationship with the Food Pantry, administered and staffed by our sister church, Trinity, Menasha. Their supplies in recent weeks have been diminishing. They are in need of dry goods to share with those accessing the Food Pantry. Specifically requested are the following items: Healthy Cereals, Pork & Beans, Rice, Toilet Paper (4-pack), Cream of Mushroom & Cream of Chicken Soup, Canned Tuna, or Chicken. You can bring your donations to our church during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday from 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.). Bins are placed in the Vestibule and the Narthex so that you need not walk through the whole building. Arrangements will be made for pick up by the staff of the Food Pantry at Trinity. Financial gifts would also be accepted so that perishable items can be purchased. Simply place your gift in an envelope and write you offering envelope number on it and identify it as "Food Pantry." Send it by mail or make arrangements with Grace to drop it off in a manner that would be best for you. Thank you for your consideration of helping those who are in need.

Circuit-wide Ascension Day Service is canceled for this year.

Treasures in the Trunk is canceled for this year. 

Mother's/Father's Day Bulletins will not be assembled this year.

In general, take care of your family and extended as well. If you are able, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. Please encourage one another via phone, etc. 

Update on the Divine Call to Rev. Josiah Fitch: It is with my great joy to share with you that Pastor has determined to accept the Divine Call to serves as our Associate Pastor. Given the current situation, he may not be able to join us all too soon. A Transition Team is being formed to facilitate a safe transition for Pastor Fitch and his family. Please pray for them and their safety,

Pray that this will soon be past, and we will be able to return to what we have so much enjoyed. God be with you.  By the direction of the Council, I will be sending out a weekly letter, as you have received, with important articles while we are still under the "Safer at Home Order." It is important to read these, especially as we get ready to reopen in late May.

Pastor Schroeder

 

April 14th, 2020

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!!  Alleluia!!!,

I'm very nervous about sending out this letter as it seems every time, I put something in print, things change. Below you will find many things that are simply repeated. However, some items are new towards the end.

First from the Word of God…  Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die  8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Thank you to those who have contacted Grace and are now receiving this letter via e-mail. If you are willing to receive these updates via e-mail as an attachment, please contact Grace by e-mail at admin@peaceneenah.com, and she will remove you from the snail-mail list. My next letter will come out when we are ready to get back in the saddle and return to what was once "normal." 

Worship services until further notice is canceled! Worship services will be an audio file on our website.  Sunday Worship will be a video file also accessible on our website. Here are some brief instructions for you to follow to access these resources. This link will get you straight to the sermons: https://peaceneenahlcms.360unite.com/sermons 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion: I will continue to hold to our Theology and Practice and not be offering the Sacrament at this time. I am confident that this troubling time will come to an end soon and will, with you, wait until we are again in God's House and receive the Sacrament. I wait eagerly for that day.

The Means of Grace. Just as the Sacrament of Holy Communion is a Means of Grace, so also is the Word of God and Baptism. Engage the Word of God with daily reading. Also, remember your baptism and the daily grace it offers to you. It is the Word of God and Holy Baptism that brings you into a relationship with Almighty God and sustains you. Daily we can drown the Old Adam and be raised up in Holy Absolution ‚Äď the forgiveness of sins. Cling to the Words and Promises of God as we anticipate celebrating His Holy Sacrament of Holy Communion in His House.

Offerings. Thank you to those who have mailed their offerings. The ministry still must go on, and your faithfulness is allowing this to happen. 

Given the "Stay at Home" Order issued today by Governor Evers, our sanctuary will not be available for prayer. This is to safeguard all of us and our neighbor (Fifth Commandment) and in obedience to authority (Fourth Commandment). 

ALL activities at the church are canceled, including all Board meetings.

Hospital and Homebound Visits will not be taking place. I will resume these ministries as soon as restrictions have been lifted. 

Be aware that there are a number of new scams.  One of the latest that has appeared is groups who will tell you that they can expedite your stimulus check. There is no such group. Only the IRS is handling the process. Be very careful. Do not share any personal information over the phone unless you know who you are speaking with. All Federal Agencies communicate by mail. I have already received a couple of suspicious phone calls.

The Church Office is, at this time, going to be open. Before you come to the office, please call ahead.  If you do not need to come in, please don't. This is for your good as well as ours. The office will be closed on Fridays until further notice. I will be checking my voicemail on Fridays once in the morning and again in the mid-afternoon. 

If you need assistance, please contact the church office. If there is no answer, leave a message on my voicemail. I do not have access to Grace's voicemail. I/we will be in contact with you and do all that might be possible to assist you.

Newsletter: At this time there will not be a May newsletter per say, but information will be in the bulletin news. With things changing as soon as we put things in print it is easier this way. Hoping to get a paper copy out for June.

Youth Confirmation.  At this time, it is my plan to have Youth Confirmation on Sunday, May 17th.  However, this may change.  I have chosen Sunday, June 7th as an alternate date. 

Workday. As soon as we are freed to come back and worship in the House of our Lord, there will be a need for a "full cleaning" of the facility. This will take many volunteers to accomplish. Watch for information about be prepared to come and lend a hand.

Thank you… to Rob Ertl and others who have offered their time and talent in cleaning up the churchyard. …to all those who have been working with me to supply the best service to you... for the encouragement that has come from you via phone and e-mail supporting the efforts of Grace and myself… to the Social Ministry Board and Rob Ertl in mobilizing volunteers to assist our homebound and others that have been identified as perhaps needing assistance. May the Lord bless your continued service to His honor and glory.

In general, take care of your family and extended as well. If you are able, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. Please encourage one another via phone, etc. 

Update on Amy Formella: Amy is now state side. This decision was made Lutheran Bible Translators for health safety. Please pray for her that she might be able to return to Sierra Leone to continue her work amongst God’s people there.

Update on the Divine Call to Rev. Josiah Fitch. I am in contact with Pastor Fitch. He has given a questionnaire to the Council and Elders to answer. This is in process. We are still hoping for a visit to be arranged. In the interim, a video of our facility and community is being prepared to be forwarded to him next week. Please continue to pray for the Lord's guidance as he deliberates the Call that we have extended to him.  Updates will be shared with you as they develop.

Pray that this will soon be past, and we will be able to return to what we have so much enjoyed. God be with you… An update will be sent following Easter to those who do not have e-mails.

Pastor Schroeder

 

March 31, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

First from the Word of God…Romans 8:31-39

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died more than that, who was raised who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, "For your sake, we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Some items of interest…

As was shared with you last week, there will be no Newsletter for April. Thank you to those who have contacted Grace and are now receiving this letter via email. If you are willing to receive these updates via email as an attachment, please contact Grace by email at admin@peaceneenah.com, and she will remove you from the snail-mail list. My next letter will not be sent out until after Easter as there really will not be a need until then. 

Worship services for the balance of this month or until further notice are canceled! Worship services will be an audio file on our website. Sunday Worship will be a video file also accessible on our website. Here are some brief instructions for you to follow to access these resources. This link will get you straight to the sermons: https://peaceneenahlcms.360unite.com/sermons. To go just to the website is peaceneenah.com. Holy Week services and an Easter Sunday service will be available. 

In reference to the Sacrament of Holy Communion: I am going to hold to our Theology and Practice and not be offering the Sacrament at this time. I am confident that this troubling time will come to an end soon and will, with you, wait until we are again in God's House and receive the Sacrament. I wait eagerly for that day.

The Means of Grace. Just as the Sacrament of Holy Communion is a Means of Grace, so also is the Word of God and Baptism. Engage the Word of God with daily reading. Also, remember your baptism and the daily grace it offers to you. It is the Word of God and Holy Baptism that brings you into a relationship with Almighty God and sustains you. Daily we can drown the Old Adam and be raised up in Holy Absolution ‚Äď the forgiveness of sins. Cling to the Words and Promises of God as we anticipate celebrating His Holy Sacrament of Holy Communion in His House.

Offerings. As was shared with you in the first mailing, I encourage you to send in your offerings if you are able. The ministry still must go on, and your faithfulness will allow this to happen. 

Be aware of the fact, as has been announced, that all - note ALL ‚Äď activities at the church are canceled. This includes Board meetings.

Hospital and Homebound Visits will not be taking place for the balance of this month and perhaps into the month of April. I will resume these ministries as soon as restrictions have been lifted. 

Thank you to the Social Ministry Board and Rob Ertl in mobilizing volunteers to assist our homebound and others that were identified as perhaps needing assistance. If you are willing to assist in delivering resources to members in need, please contact the church office, and it will be forwarded to the Social Ministry Board. 

Be aware that there are a number of new scams. Be very careful. Do not share any personal information over the phone unless you know who you are speaking with. All Federal Agencies communicate by mail. I have already received a couple of suspicious phone calls.

Given the "Stay at Home" Order issued today by Governor Evers, our sanctuary will not be available for prayer. This is to safeguard all of us and our neighbor (Fifth Commandment) and in obedience to authority (Fourth Commandment). 

The church office is, at this time, going to be open. However, the office will be closed on Fridays until further notice. Should this change, you will be notified. As we are not able to send out many letters, the closure will be posted on the website as well as an email to those who we have addresses. Please do not come in. I will be checking my voicemail on Fridays once in the morning and again in the mid-afternoon. 

If you need assistance, please contact the church office. If there is no answer, leave a message on my voicemail. I do not have access to Grace's voicemail. I/we will be in contact with you and do all that might be possible to assist you.

OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE On Tuesday, April 7, our facility will be serving as a polling place. The city has graciously volunteered to "sanitize" the portion of the facility following the close of polling. As a result, the Church Office will be closed. This is to safeguard Grace and myself from any undue exposure. I will be checking in in the afternoon for messages on my voicemail. Grace will be working from home. 

In general, take care of your family and extended as well. If you are able, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. Please encourage one another via phone, etc. 

I wish to express my thanks to all those who have been working with me to supply the best service to you. I am also thankful for the all the encouragement that has come from you via phone and email supporting the efforts of Grace and myself.

Pray that this will soon be past, and we will be able to return to what we have so much enjoyed. 

God be with you. An update will be sent following Easter to those who do not have emails.

Pastor Schroeder

 

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This morning when I came into my office, I immediately checked my voicemail.  My heart was touch when I heard the voice of one of our homebound here at Peace.  She just wanted me to know that she was praying for the congregation and me.  What a wonderful activity to be engaged in! I did call her and thanked her, as well as inquired about her well-being.

First from the Word of God…  Psalm 27 (selected verses)

The¬†Lord¬†is my¬†light and my¬†salvation; whom shall I fear? The¬†Lord¬†is the stronghold¬†of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...¬† 4¬†One thing have I asked of the¬†Lord, that will I seek after: that I may¬†dwell in the house of the¬†Lord¬†all the days of my life, to gaze upon¬†the beauty of the¬†Lord¬†and to inquire¬†in his temple.¬† 5¬†For he will¬†hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will¬†lift me high upon a rock‚Ķ..¬† 7¬†Hear, O¬†Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!¬† 8¬†You have said,¬†‚ÄúSeek¬†my face.‚Ä̬† My heart says to you, ‚ÄúYour face,¬†Lord, do I seek.‚Ä̬† 9¬†Hide not your face from me.¬† Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help.¬† Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!...¬† 13¬†I believe that I shall look¬†upon¬†the goodness of the¬†Lord¬†in¬†the land of the living!¬† 14¬†Wait for the¬†Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the¬†Lord!

Some items of interest…

There will be no Newsletter for the month of April as it involves many activities which at this time may not happen.  I have decided to send out a weekly update to keep you informed and encouraged. Not everyone has access to e-mail or the internet.  So, I felt it best to send out a letter to the congregation so that all may know what is happening.  If you are willing to receive these updates via e-mail as an attachment, please contact Grace by e-mail at admin@peaceneenah.com, and she will remove you from the snail-mail list. 

A Worship resource is being posted.  Midweek Lenten Worship will be an audio file on our website.  Sunday Worship will be a video file also accessible on our website. Here are some brief instructions for you to follow to access these resources. This link will get you straight to the sermons: https://peaceneenahlcms.360unite.com/sermons  To go just to the website is peaceneenah.com

In reference to the Sacrament of Holy Communion:  I am going to hold to our Theology and Practice and not be offering the Sacrament at this time.  I am confident that this troubling time will come to an end soon and will, with you, wait until we are again in God’s House and receive the Sacrament.  I wait eagerly for that day.

The Means of Grace.¬† Just as the Sacrament of Holy Communion is a Means of Grace, so also is the Word of God and Baptism.¬† Engage the Word of God with daily reading.¬† Also, remember your baptism and the daily grace it offers to you.¬†It is the Word of God and Holy Baptism that brings you into a relationship with Almighty God and sustains you.¬†Daily we can drown the Old Adam and be raised up in Holy Absolution ‚Äď the forgiveness of sins.¬† Cling to the Words and Promises of God as we anticipate celebrating His Holy Sacrament of Holy Communion in His House.

 

  • Offerings.¬† As was shared with you in the first mailing, I encourage you to send in your offerings if you are able.¬† The ministry still must go on, and your faithfulness will allow this to happen.
  • ¬†
  • Be aware of the fact, as has been announced, that all - note ALL ‚Äď activities at the church are canceled.

As has been stated in the first letter to the congregation…  Hospital and Homebound Visits will not be taking place for the balance of this month and perhaps into the month of April.  I will resume these ministries as soon as restrictions have been lifted. 

If you are willing to assist in delivering resources to members in need, please contact the church office, and it will be forwarded to the Social Ministry Board.  Already, a handful have stepped up and have been assigned members to watch over.

Be aware that there are a number of new scams.  Be very careful.  Do not share any personal information over the phone unless you know who you are speaking with.  All Federal Agencies communicate by mail.  I have already received a couple of suspicious phone calls.

Please encourage one another via phone, etc. 

  • Given the ‚ÄúStay at Home‚ÄĚ Order issued today by Governor Evers, our sanctuary will not be available for prayer.¬†This is to safeguard all of us and our neighbor (Fifth Commandment) and in obedience to authority (Fourth Commandment).

The church office is, at this time, going to be open.  However, the office will be closed on Fridays until further notice.  Should this change, you will be notified.  As we are not able to send out many letters, the closure will be posted on the website as well as an e-mail to those who we have addresses.  Please do not come in.  I will be checking my voicemail on Fridays once in the morning and again in the mid-afternoon. 

If you need assistance, please contact the church office.  If there is no answer, leave a message on my voicemail.  I do not have access to Grace’s voicemail.  I/we will be in contact with you and do all that might be possible to assist you.

In general, take care of your family and extended as well.  If you are able, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. 

I wish to express my thanks to all those who have been working with me to supply the best service to you. 

Update on the Divine Call to Rev. Josiah Fitch. We have received a letter from Pastor Fitch that he has received the Divine Call that was sent to him with supporting material.  Due to the current situation, no visit is being planned at this time.  It is hoped that a visit can be scheduled after Easter. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance as he deliberates the Call that we have extended to him. Updates will be shared with you as they develop.

Pray that this will soon be past, and we will be able to return to what we have so much enjoyed. 

God be with you…  An update will be sent next week to those who do not have e-mails.

Pastor Schroeder

 

 

 

March 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Just a quick note… 

First from the Word of God… Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.  6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.  7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Some items of interest…

Not everyone has access to e-mail or the internet.  So, if you know that there is someone who does not have access, simply give them a phone call to share information.

Worship resources are being posted.  Already last night’s Midweek Lenten message was recorded and posted.  It is hoped that this will be able to continue.  In working with Trinity, Oshkosh, and making use of their equipment, Praise Band, etc. we may also have a video format of the worship services posted on our website.

If you are willing to assist in delivering resources to members in need, please contact the church office, and it will be forwarded to the Social Ministry Board.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact the church office.  If there is no answer, leave a message on my voicemail.  I will be in and out throughout the weekend and will check.  I do not have access to Grace’s voicemail.  I/we will be in contact with you and do all that might be possible to assist you.

In general, take care of your family and extended as well.  If you are able to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. 

The church office is, at this time, going to be opened.  Should this change, you will be notified.  However, the office will be closed on Friday, March 20.

God be with you…  Updates will be sent as are needed.

Pastor Schroeder

 

 

ADDRESS TO THE CONGREGATION RESPONDING TO THE PANDEMIC 

UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Indeed, you are aware of the Pandemic that is facing our nation. Members of the Elders and Church Council met with pastor on Tuesday, March 17, to determine how to address the issue for the sake of the congregation.

There have been many changes over the last few days that have prompted additional action.

After the discussion, we have come to the following…

Word and Sacrament Ministry - Worship (Midweek & Weekend Services) is canceled until further notice.

  • Sunday School & Bible Classes - For the next four weeks, Sunday School and Bible Classes will be suspended. These ministries will resume on Sunday,
  • April 19. This includes Sunday morning, Thursday morning, and Saturday morning. Home Bible studies can meet as the various groups determine for themselves.
  • Youth Confirmation Classes -¬†These classes will be suspended and prayerfully will resume on Wednesday, April 15. Pastor will send a revised schedule to parents.
  • Homebound Communions -¬†These will be suspended for March. This is to prevent the inadvertent transferring of any risk.
  • Hospital Visits - At this time, clergy are not allowed in the hospitals unless in an ‚Äúend of life‚ÄĚ situation. However, please contact the church office so that the pastor can be in contact with you via the phone and that prayers can be offered up on your behalf.
  • Commitment Weekend 2020 ‚Äď Commitment Weekend will be postponed to a later date. Please, if you have not turned in your commitments of time, talent and treasure, hold on to them.
  • Spring Cleaning - This is scheduled for March 28/29 will be postponed.
  • Board and Committee Meetings - These meetings will continue as scheduled.
  • All Other Activities - Cancelled until further notice.
  • The Church Office -The Church Office will remain open for its regular hours. The Church Office will be closed on Friday, March 20, 2020.
  • Prayer Time - The Sanctuary will be available during regular office hours for members to come in and pray. We will only be able to allow for 10 persons at a time despite the size of our sanctuary.
  • Worship Resources - Pastor Schroeder will be providing recorded sermons and will be made available via the same resource as the video recordings. Other resources will be put on the Website (i.e., Lutheran Hour Devotions, etc.).
  • Caring for Our Membership ‚Äď If you are willing to assist members who may need help during this time, please contact the church office, and your name will be forwarded to the Social Ministry Board. If you are unable to get out and need assistance, please contact the church office, and your request will be forwarded to the Social Ministry Board.

These steps are being implemented to help curb the Pandemic. We are also doing what is only right in following the mandates of the Federal and State governments. There can be negative consequences for non-compliance, including fines or imprisonment or both. The Fourth Commandment instructs that we should obey authorities, and we also recognize that the government is an agent of God for our own good. (Romans 13:1-7)

The Elders and Council will be meeting on Tuesday, March 31, to assess the situation. Following their meeting, an update will be presented to the congregation.

Members…During this time, it is hoped that you will continue your financial support so that the ministry might continue. You can either send or bring your offering to the church office. If you are interested in signing up for Electronic Giving, please contact 

Gregg Schuchhardt at 920.737.2844.

In all of this, let us pray to Almighty God that He will bring this Pandemic to its end and that many might be spared from its effects.

The words of St. Paul, from Philippians 4:4-7…

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

And, finally, the inspired words of David from Psalm 46…

‚ÄúGod is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble. 2¬†Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3¬†though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 4¬†There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5¬†God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6¬†The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7¬†The Lord¬†of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8¬†Come, behold the works of the¬†Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9¬†He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10¬†‚ÄúBe still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!‚ÄĚ 11¬†The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Thank you!

 

Pastor Ricky P. Schroeder

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