NEWS!

Services During Holy Week
Maundy Thursday Worship Service is held at 7:00 p.m. and will offer Holy Communion.  This service marks the end of Lent proper and the beginning of the Three Holy Days of Christendom.  Included in this service are songs by the Senior Choir, and the stripping of the altar to give emphasis to this solemn time prior to our Savior’s crucifixion.  We continue on Good Friday with the Service of the Cross of Christ at 1:00 p.m. with the children of Wisconsin Lutheran School singing and the Tenebrae Service (service of darkness) in the evening at 7:00 p.m. with Holy Communion.  Finally, we arrive at Easter with the 6:30am Sunrise and 9:30am services where we gather together to celebrate the  Resurrection of Our Lord!  Holy Communion will be offered and the choir will sing in both services with the Sunday School children singing in the 9:30am service.  Don’t miss any part of this Holy Week celebration!  

Easter Breakfast
The Elizabeth Mission Circle, assisted by the Keturah Mission Circle, is again sponsoring the Easter breakfast held immediately after the Sunrise Service until 8:30am in the FEC.  They will be serving baked scrambled eggs with bacon, muffins, juice, milk and coffee.  A suggested donation for this meal is $3 per person or $10 per family.  No sign-up for the meal is necessary.  Donations of colored hard boiled eggs would be appreciated.  If you can help with this, please sign up at the north board.  

Spring Band/Orchestra Concert at Shoreland
You are invited to the Shoreland LHS Spring Band/Orchestra Concert featuring the high school & grade school band and orchestra programs this Friday, April 25th at 7pm.  The theme of this year’s concert is H20, otherwise known as water.  Everything from sailors to smoke will be performed!  Please come!
 
97th Annual Joint Mission Meeting
All women are invited and encouraged to attend the 97th Annual Joint Mission Meeting this Saturday, April 26th at 9:30am in the church basement.  Brunch will be served, followed by a short business meeting & presentation by Pastor Tim Flunker speaking on the Latin American Missions and his work in Haiti.  Please sign up by Wednesday at the north bulletin board if you plan to attend.
 
Monday Night Services Will Soon Return

Our 7:00pm worship services held on Monday nights will return on April 28th.  
 
Voters’ Meeting Scheduled
Our semi-annual Voter’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm in the church basement.  Agenda items include: 1) Pastor Roekle’s presentation on re-visiting our synod mission offerings; 2) Proposed amendment to our constitution from the Board of Education; 3) Open forum on 5-10 year planning. 

The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee Concert
The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee will present its spring concert entitled "How Great Are Thy Wonders” on Sunday April 27th, at 3:00 & 7:00pm at St. John Lutheran Church located at 7809 Harwood Ave.

Youth Rally
The 2014 WELS International Youth Rally will be held June 25-28 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Highlights include worship, music by Koiné, workshops with relevant topics, nightly entertainment, expansive recreational fields, & exciting excursions to choose from such as whitewater rafting & zip lining.  If you have any interest, please talk to Pastor Dolan or Chris Pierce. 

Joint Mission Meeting
The meeting of the First Evan Joint Mission Society will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 9:30am in the church basement.  Watch for more details to come.
   
Donations of Altar Flowers Needed
A new flower chart for 2014 is now posted down by the north mailboxes.  If you would like to donate altar flowers on a particular Sunday in memory of loved ones or in honor of special occasions, please contact the church office or write your name next to the date on the chart.  The cost for the flowers remains at $30.  Checks should be made payable to First Evan.  (Payment is not needed until the time of your donation.) 
 
Hosts for Shoreland International Students
Openings to host Shoreland International students are available for the 2014-2015 school year.  The International Program at Shoreland has had a positive impact on the Korean, Chinese, and American students and, through it, God has blessed the Shoreland ministry in countless ways.  Host families remain an important piece of the international ministry and a few more are needed.  If you have any questions, or are interested in more information on how to apply to host an international student for the upcoming year, please contact Paul Scriver at scriver@slhs.us or Joy Lee at development@slhs.us or call the school office at 262-859-2595.  

Member Assistance Reminder
Keep in mind that a group has been set up to help if members ever find themselves in need of necessities such as food, clothing, etc.  If you are in need, you can contact the Member Assistance Team (MAT) for help.  Either send an email to mat@firstracine.org or drop a written request in the locked dropbox in the church library with your name and contact information.  Also, if you would like to be included among those members who are notified when donations are needed, please contact the MAT at the email address listed above.  
 
Shepherding Committee Update
Recently, two informational meetings were held explaining the new Shepherding Committee’s purpose; to welcome new members, encourage the inactive ones, and to reach out to our shut-ins.  While we had many willing volunteers attend, we are in need of more people to help share the workload.  If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more information, please contact Jim Boehm.
 
Requests from the Sunday School
The Sunday School is in need of various items to store for different crafts throughout the year.  If you would like to help by donating any of the items, please feel free.  Needed are: glue sticks, glue, crayons, markers, scissors, tape, yarn, felt, aluminum foil, toothpicks, chenille stems (pipe cleaners), craft/Popsicle sticks, clay, string, straws, craft foam, cotton balls, brass fasteners, construction paper, card stock/poster board, tissue paper, transparency paper, old magazines, paper plates, googly eyes, pom poms, clear contact paper, cups, napkins, 3-hole punches, and two CD players with speakers for song time.  Also needed are non-perishable snack items like fruit snacks, granola bars, animal crackers, pretzels, etc. for the students  during lesson time.  Any donations would be most appreciated!  There are marked boxes available for the items on a table in the church basement.  Thank you!
 
2014 Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars for our Vacation Bible School which will be held in the mornings here at First Evan on June 16th – 20th.  Watch for more information to follow. 
 

 
A New Logo:  The Picture of Our Purpose
           
            Symbolism permeates the entire history of God’s relationship with people.  After the flood God showed Noah a rainbow.  At the first Passover God taught about the Savior by using lambs and blood on doorways.  Jesus used many pictures to tell people who “I AM.”  He is the bread of life, the light of the world, the good  shepherd, the vine.  The Christian church picked up on this use of symbolism, and for many centuries symbols have appeared in Christian churches and Christian worship.  Our own church building is full of pictures and symbols that teach us the gospel and remind us of what it means for us.
 
            Your church council recently authorized the use of a new logo for use on publications, letterhead, and other church-related materials.  You will see this logo often as a visual representation of our congregation.  The intent is that, after some use, whenever people see the logo they will immediately connect it with First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  But like other Christian symbols, this logo is meant to teach people and remind people (including us) who we are and why we exist.  This logo is a meaningful one; it pictures our purpose.
 
            Let’s take a brief look at each part of the First Evan logo.

We preach Christ crucified.  The Cross is the center of everything we are and do.  On the cross, Jesus won our salvation by receiving the punishment for the guilt of our sin.  The church exists for no other reason than to connect people to the blessings of Christ’s cross.  At the cross the guilty conscience finds forgiveness.  At the cross the burdened soul finds rest and refreshment.  At the cross we see our Savior, whose love for you is so boundless that he determined to do everything necessary to bring you peace now and to secure your eternity.  This is what it’s all about.  Any description of our church and its mission must start at the cross of Christ.  Our logo, the visual description of our church, is no different.  It starts with the cross.
 
There are only two ways that God has provided for us to connect people to the cross.  One of those is The Word.  The open Bible describes what goes on in our church and in our homes.  We study and search the Scriptures diligently, because we know that by them we possess eternal life (John 5:39).  What the pastors preach and teach is not their opinion, but rather the words of God himself taken from his holy Scriptures.  What the members of our church believe and confess is not the latest theory or philosophy, but rather the timeless and changeless truth of God’s inerrant Word.  The Word directs faith and life, because through the Word the gospel goes to work on our hearts.  The Bible is “written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
 
The second way God has provided to connect people to the cross is the gospel in the sacraments.  The shell represents one of the two sacraments:  Baptism.  Baptism saves us by connecting our lives to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Everything that Jesus did for you becomes your own personal possession through your baptism.  Baptism is our birth:  it’s how many of us entered the church.  Baptism is our life:  it’s a constant reminder of our daily cycle of repentance and assurance of forgiveness.  Baptism is our mission:  Jesus commanded us to baptize others as we make disciples of all nations.  A shell is sometimes used to hold the water or pour the water at a baptism.  Therefore, the shell is a universal Christian symbol for baptism.  The three droplets of water remind us that we baptize into the name of the triune God—“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
 
The second sacrament is The Lord’s Supper.  The wheat and grapes signify the earthly elements in this sacrament.  Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread…Then he took the cup.  Jesus used unleavened bread and wine when he instituted this sacrament; therefore, we do, too.  In that bread and wine of the sacrament Jesus’ real body and blood are present in a real way, connecting us to the body and blood that he gave and poured out at the cross and therefore giving us the blessings of that sacrifice:  the forgiveness of sins.  And where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.  This particular representation of wheat and grapes was taken from the corners in our church sanctuary.  Next time you are in church, look up to see if you can find them.
 
            The purpose of our church is two-fold:  to care for the spiritual needs of the Christians in this family of believers we call First Evan and to reach out to others that they might come to know the true God and Jesus Christ, his only Son.  If a Christian is going to grow in his spiritual life and not remain immature, he will do so only through the gospel that is found only in the Word and sacraments.  If others are going to come to faith and join the Holy Christian Church on earth, they will do so only through the gospel that is found only in the Word and sacraments.  A simple phrase has been employed to describe this mission of ours and how it will be accomplished:  Growing and Going with the Word and Sacraments.  Now we have a logo that describes in symbols that very mission.
 
A.J.Dolan

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ~ Psalms 119:105