NEWS!

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

“Come Follow Me” Summer Bible Study
This summer’s midweek Bible study, based on the movie “Come Follow Me” depicts what it means to be a disciple, a follower of Jesus.  Each week will focus on a different movie scene allowing us to discuss the scene & search the Scriptures that talk about it.  We’ll meet in the church basement on Thursday nights at 6:30pm for the next five weeks.  If you can’t make it every Thursday, just come when you can! 

10th Annual WLS Golf Open
Over the years Wisconsin Lutheran School has touched the lives and souls of many children. Unfortunately, not all of our parents are able to pay the full tuition to send their children to WLS.  The WLS Golf Open has been very beneficial for the past nine years in raising thousands of dollars for the Tuition Assistance Fund.  Please set aside time on Saturday, September 6th for the 10th Annual WLS Golf Open held at South Hills Country Club.  Pick up a registration form for the WLS Open found at the north bulletin board.  This is a great way to have fun golfing with friends, while at the same time raising money to help families receive a Christian education for their children. 

Teens to Record Worship Services
If you are a teen going into 8-12th grade and are interested in recording the video of our worship services, please speak with Pastor Dolan by July 21st.  You will be taught how to run the equipment and scheduled to record no more than one or two services a month for the 2014-2015 school year.  Our homebound members and others truly appreciate this video!
 
WLS Registration Dates for 2014-15 School Year
Registration nights have been scheduled for the 2014-15 school year for Wisconsin Lutheran School.  The first night is planned for Thursday, July 31st from 6:00-7:30pm at the Early Childhood Campus at 2920 Bate Street.  The second night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12th from 6:00-7:30pm in the First Evan Center, 747 Grand Ave.  Please plan to attend one of these nights to register your child(ren).
 
National Night Out Coming in August!
Preparations have started for our yearly National Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th.  Many volunteers will be needed to host this event.  If you are willing to help, please see the sign-up sheet for NNO help needed posted at the north bulletin board, or contact Jim Pieper at japieper@sbcglobal.net or one of the other evangelism members ~ Jim Boehm, Joan Hill, Bruce Nowak or Pastor Dolan. 
 
Ladies Aid Picnic
On Wednesday, August 6th from noon until about 3pm, our Ladies Aid members will be holding their annual summer potluck picnic at Armstrong Park.  All women of the congregation are invited to attend.  Hot ham sandwiches, lemonade, water, and paper goods will be supplied.  Please bring a dish to pass and your favorite picnic tablecloth!  We hope to see you at noon on August 6th!  Please sign up on the sheet at the south bulletin board if you plan to attend with the food item you wish to bring. 
 
Offerings Needed for Church Picnic
First Evan and New Hope will gather once again for worship, food, fun, and fellowship at the annual Joint Church Picnic on Sunday, August 10th.  At the 10:30am worship service, we will once again have the church band Koiné accompanying us with the music.  With this in mind, we will need somewhere in the area of $2000 to cover all expenses.  Because this is what the members of Koiné do for a living, we will need to give to them generously.  A free-will offering will be taken at the picnic, but you may also give in advance through your offering envelope by simply writing ‘picnic’ on the line marked ‘other’ & designate the amount you would like to give. 
 
Pacer Patron Kenosha County Fair Booth
During the Kenosha County Fair held August 13-17th, Shoreland Lutheran High School will again be operating a food booth to benefit the Pacer Patrons.  If you would like to help in the booth, please contact Joy Strutz at pacers@slhs.us.  See you at the fair!

Training Camp for Those Entering Grades 3-9
There is still plenty of room at Training Camp (held July 20- 25th at the YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL) so we are making a deal with our campers.  For each new camper you are able to get to register by July 6th, you will receive an extra snack from Mrs. Rockhoff each evening!  You can download camp flyers & everything needed for registration at www.epiphany-wels.org/training-camp-info.  Registration forms are also available at the south bulletin board at the top of the stairs.

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.
 
Pacer “Glory Days” Track Meet
A big THANKS to all those who joined in at the 3rd annual “Glory Days” Track Meet on Saturday, June 21st at Shoreland Lutheran High School.  Twenty-four alumni, family and federation members turned out for a day of competition.  Lots of fun was had and $550 was raised for the track team!  Thanks also to the Scriver family for a cookout after and a tour of the new school construction.  If you are bummed you missed out, all results and records can be found through the Shoreland home page.  Think you can beat the records?  Watch for the date for next year’s meet in June 2015!  Thanks again to all who came out and we hope to see you all next year!

Luther Prep Holds Golf Classic
On August 2, 2014, Luther Prep School (Watertown) will be holding its 8th Annual Phoenix Golf Classic at Windwood Country Club in Watertown.  They would be honored to receive your support through participation in this event whether it be donating an item or entering a foursome.  Registration, raffle, and putting begin at 10:00am with shotgun start at 11:30am.  Deadline is July 16th and RSVP can be made by calling Sue at 920-262-8104.

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.
 
A Note of Thanks
Recently First Evan gave a check in the amount of $362.00 to Choices of Life.  This donation was made possible with your donations designated to Choices of Life through your church offering envelopes.  Below is a note of thanks.
Thank you for your continued support of our center.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.  Please continue to remember us in your prayers.
Yours in Christ,
Choices of Life

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

But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. ~ Jeremiah 17:7