NEWS!

WLS Begins Classes and Holds Opening Services
Classes will begin at Wisconsin Lutheran School for the 2014-15 school year this Tuesday, August 26th.  The opening services will be held    during the weekly chapel spot at each campus; Wednesday, August 27th at 7:45am at Epiphany, and Friday, August 29th at 7:45am at First Evan.  

Teacher Assistant Positions at WLS
Wisconsin Lutheran School will be filling two teacher aid positions for the coming school year.  One position will be at the Early Childhood Campus (ECC) on Bate Street and will serve students in grades K4, one, and two.  This assistant will be needed six hours each day.  The second position will be at the Middle School (MS) on Grand Avenue and will serve students in grades six through eight.  This assistant will be needed for four hours each day.  The pay for both positions (depending on  background, education, and experience) will range from ($10 to $15 per hour).  The responsibilities are to become a second pair of hands for the teacher and learn to anticipate what the teachers need.  In addition the assistant will support the learning in the classroom by interacting with the students when they are struggling, helping the teacher maintain a good learning atmosphere.  Each group of teachers will develop additional specific daily tasks and expectations.  If you are interested in the position, please fill out an application found at the south bulletin board, and submit it to Paul Patterson at paul.patterson@wlsracine.org or drop it off at the Middle School office early this week. 

Outdoor Summer Fellowship next Sunday
Our last Outdoor Fellowship Gathering this summer will take place next Sunday between services (9-9:40am) outside in front of church (weather permitting).  Please stay awhile and enjoy fellowship along with coffee & treats!  To help supply treats, please contact Jim Pieper.
 
No Monday Night Worship on Labor Day

Just as a reminder, there is no Monday night service on Labor Day, September 1st.
 
High School Teens, Don’t Forget

Please return the information sheet to Pastor Dolan as soon as possible.  This sheet was handed to those who came to the August 3rd meeting and was put in the mailboxes of those who didn’t attend. 

To Sew and Socialize
The Sewing Circle has decided to continue meeting on a weekly basis.  However, the group will now meet on Thursdays and at a new time from 10am-2pm (or come when you can and leave when you must within this timeframe).  If you’re not a quilter, there is an alternative.  ALL sewers are encouraged to bring their knitting, embroidery, or any needle work from home and come join the socializing.  Bring a bag lunch; coffee is provided.  Our first Thursday meeting will be on August 28th.  Hope to see many new sewers!
 
Martin Luther College Job Opportunity
Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) is now accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Assistant in the Admissions Depart.  A description for this position and application can be secured by visiting: https://mlc-wels.edu/hr/open-positions.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 22, 2014.  Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human  Resources Office at 507-354-8221, ext. 399.
 
Lighthouse Run Recap
On June 21st, 24 people participated on the First Evan team for Lighthouse Run.  We had 12 fun walk/runners and 12 runners in the 4 & 10 mile runs.  In the 10 mile run, Isaac Hill placed 4th overall and was 1st place in his age division; Abby Lash was 3rd in her age division and Caleb Lash was 2nd in his.  Our team overall placed 6th out of 15!  Our thanks to those who participated & to those who were there to cheer on our team, and to Abby Lash for organizing this fun event for us!

Lighthouse Run 2014

Greeters Needed
Four members are needed to serve as church greeters by the double doors at the top of the stairs on Sunday mornings.  The time slots needed to be filled are the first Sundays of each month in late service.  This could be done by two teams of two people; one team for the even months, and one for the odd.  If you have any interest in serving as a greeter, please contact Bruce Nowak at bdnowak@att.net.
 
Evangelism Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Evangelism Committee is interested in finding church members that would be interested in helping out in different events/projects.  Volunteers would not have to attend meetings.  They are looking for people to fill in for an hour or two here or there or to host one of the yearly events.  If interested, please contact Jim Pieper or speak to committee members: Jim Boehm, Joan Hill, Bruce Nowak or Pastor Dolan.  

Shoreland’s New Addition Dedication Service
Save the date!  Shoreland is setting aside September 21st to offer praise and thanks to our gracious God for the blessings poured out on the ministry at  Shoreland Lutheran High School.  You are invited to the Shoreland Federation Picnic at 12:30pm and a Dedication Service for the New Science Wing following at 2:00pm.  Watch for more details in the coming months.
 
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.  
 
Summer Devotion Books Available
The summer edition of the devotional booklets “Meditations” are available at the top of the stairs at the south bulletin board.  A donation of $3.50 per book is asked.
 

 

 
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