NEWS!

Midweek Bible Study Continues This Week
Please join us for our midweek Bible Study which continues this Wednesday, Nov. 12th, from 6:30-7:15pm in the church basement.  We will be previewing the Scripture lessons for next Sunday. 

Shoreland Drama Production
A Very Unmerry Adventures of Robin Hood will be produced by the Shoreland     Lutheran High School Drama Department on November 14th, 15th and 16th.  Sherwood Forest is in danger of being destroyed and it’s up to Robin and his band of dimwitted Merry Men to save the day.  When the Sheriff challenges them to a contest to determine the forest’s rightful owner, their skills are put to the test.  You may   reserve and/or purchase tickets in advance from a cast member or by calling the   Shoreland office at 262-859-2595.  Pre-purchased ticket holders will be seated first.  You may also purchase tickets at the door on the performance dates.  Adults $7,  Seniors & Students $5, Children ages 5-12 $3, Under 5 –Free.
 
Sheepshead Tournament at Epiphany
All friends of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Racine are invited to Epiphany’s   Sheepshead Tournament on Friday, November 14th from 7-9pm.  The tournament will be held in the church basement of Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2921 Olive Street, Racine.  Cost is $5 to play.  To reserve your spot, call or email the Epiphany office at 637-5182 or churchoffice@epiphany-wels.org.
 
You Are Invited to the Lutheran Chorale Concert
The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee will present Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, a sacred concert of choral & instrumental music, on Sunday, November 30th at 2pm & again at 4:30pm.  The concert will be held at Abiding Word Lutheran Church, (formerly Gloria Dei-Bethesda) 9420 W. Capitol Drive.  Freewill offering accepted. 
 
Please Consider a Gift to the Organ Fund
Please be reminded that we have an organ fund needed to rebuild our existing organ or to purchase a new one.  We encourage you to contribute to this fund whenever possible.  To make a contribution, you may do so along with your regular offering.  On your offering envelope, simply write “organ fund” with the amount you are contributing in the category marked “other”.  There is already a substantial amount of money in the fund, but we anticipate that we will need a sizable amount in addition.

Lakeshore Lutherans for Life
Lakeshore Lutherans for Life, which operates the Choices of Life Center is in need of $10,000 to maintain its ministry base of operations.  Repairs needed include a new roof, mold removal or relocation.  Will you help our ministry (Shoreland Federation’s only pregnancy help center) thrive by contributing?  Next Sunday, November 2nd, an envelope will be included in the bulletin for a door offering to support our ministry.  Every little bit helps.  Thank you. 
 
We’re Celebrating 165 Years of Grace!
Marvel at the many years of God’s grace in this place!  That’s what you will have an opportunity to do on Sunday, November 16th during our regular 8am and 10:45am worship services.  Our youth are assisting in organizing the service.  The celebration is extended between services.  Instead of our regularly scheduled Family Bible Hour activities, an anniversary breakfast will be served in the First Evan Center (gym).  The menu consists of: pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and milk.  Please sign up on the sheet at the north bulletin board if you plan to attend.
 
Take the WELS Hymnal Project Survey!
Our next hymnal, which is scheduled to be released in 2024, is in its infant stages of development, and you are invited to provide some valuable input.  You may do so by following this link, http://welshymnal.com/blog/member-survey, which provides more information on the survey and the link to the survey itself. 

Boston Store Community Days
Our Ladies Aid members are now selling Boston Store Community Days coupon booklets for $5 each.  The valuable coupons inside this booklet are for use at the Boston Store Community Days event on Friday/Saturday, Nov. 14/15.  Contact the church office if you would like some!  Proceeds for the organ fund.

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

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5