Minor festivals

In addition to the major festivals of the church year, the Christian Church also sets aside individual days to celebrate and commemorate certain saints, angels, or events in the history of the church. We sometimes refer to these days as “minor festivals.” The intent of celebrating a minor festival is to thank God for these gifts to the Church and to follow their example.


St. James of Jerusalem  -  Learn from Jesus’ Brother

October 23 is the day set aside for St. James of Jerusalem. This James was the half-brother of Jesus. Surprisingly, he didn’t believe in Jesus at first! James became the leader of the early church in Jerusalem and was well known and respected for his wise leadership, his humility, and his encouragement toward prayer and good works. Thank God for the example of this saint! Let’s learn from James, the brother of Jesus!

Family Bible Hour (Adult Bible Class and Sunday School)

Today in Adult Bible Class, (held in the church basement) we will continue with the study called Timely Topics, Timeless Truths, and dig into the topic, “Dual Citizenship. Can my pastor talk politics?”  The October edition of the WELS Connection will be shown at the beginning.

Sunday School for Parents will be held in the school building next door.  This class is designed to give moms and dads encouragement and hear strategies for bringing children to church while teaching and reinforcing the faith at home.  This group is designed especially for parents of children 8 and under, but any parent may come.  Our current topic of discussion is “Disciplining with Law and Gospel.”  Sunday School for Parents meets in the classroom on the first floor of the school building.  There’s room for more. Bring your babies and kids too young for Sunday School along!

Sunday School for children PreK3 – 7th grade is also held in the school building next door in various classrooms on the first and second floor.  All are welcome anytime!

All classes are held between services beginning at approximately 9:15am.  You are invited downstairs to the church basement to pick up a treat and coffee prior to heading over to school. 


Congregational Voters’ Meeting Scheduled

The next voters’ meeting will be held this Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00pm in the church basement.  The agenda is: 1) reports from the Boards/Committee Chairpersons, 2) election of officers for the following positions (nominees included): Congregational President/Council Chairman (Paul Herman), Council IPSC Representative (Jeff Curcio, Dan Hahm, Dick Hill, John Olson), Stewardship Com. Chairman (Tom Hunt, Kevin Pruess), Church Treasurer (Mark Nielsen), Financial Secretary (Carl (Skip) Pierce), Congregation Secretary (Kevin Pruess), Custodian/Maintenance Coordinator (Scott Pierce), Camp Oakridge Representatives (Cortney Koker, Kurt Miller),  and Shoreland LHS Representatives (John Heathcock, Cortney Koker, Kevin Pruess), & 3) a presentation of the new Mission Statement for approval.



Wednesday Night Bible Study

You have a midweek opportunity for Bible study.  We are meeting Wednesdays for an online streamed Bible study called "What does this mean?  The continuing importance of Luther's Small Catechism."  We are studying the importance of Luther's Small Catechism for our own society and culture.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 26, for the next Wednesday Night Bible study at 6:00pm in the church basement!  


7th Annual Ladies Aid Chili Meal Fundraiser – Place Your Order!

Our Ladies Aid members will be cooking up some homemade chili, along with cornbread muffins and cookies for their sale on November 6, 2016.  Order forms were placed in your mailbox last Sunday and extra forms at located at the top of the stairs.  Completed order forms should be placed in the box marked chili orders also at the top of the stairs.  For planning purposes, please order early! J

Boston Store Community Days booklets are also available from LA members and will be sold in the church library today after each service.  These books only cost $5 and are loaded with coupons, including a $10 off coupon to be used during the Community Days event at Boston Store on November 9-12. 

Proceeds from both of these fundraisers will be used to purchase a new church drinking fountain to replace the old one in the sou th tower room.


Joint Voters’ Meeting

The voters of Epiphany and First Evan will meet on Tuesday, November 1, at 6:30pm in the First Evan church basement.  On the agenda are the following items: 1) Extend a divine call for a dean of students at Wisconsin Lutheran School; 2) Approval on amendments to the Joint Operating Agreement; 3) Approval of Mission, Vision, and Objective statements for WLS.  All voting members of First Evan are encouraged to attend.


Fall Dinner Concert at Shoreland Lutheran High School (Hwy. E, Somers)

Everyone is invited to the school year's first and most filling concert, the annual Shoreland Dinner Concert this Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00pm in the gym.  There will be plenty of good food and some fun music to finish off the evening.  Performing groups include Shoreland's strings, concert band, and choirs.  Donations ($5 per person suggested) will be taken to help defray meal expenses.  Please come and have an enjoyable, casual evening of food and entertainment at Shoreland LHS!https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/Y6TofK9Bw1TSlWzVRUfUvlVznLGElgLnLJr7q6B0DmBA_KK_iqudo0kpELEj_bUPqobM-uGQekBc=s0-d-e1-ft#https://rb.tc/open/7496/7922/600030


Admissions Discovery Day at Wisconsin Lutheran College

High school students and parents are invited to Wisconsin Lutheran College for Discovery Day on Friday, October 28.  Tour the campus, meet professors and coaches, and enjoy a complimentary lunch. Register at wlc.edu/visit or call 414.443.8609 for more information.


Conference Reformation Festival Service

On Sunday, October 30, at 4:00pm, 17 area Wisconsin Synod churches will combine for a Reformation Festival Service.  These churches make up the Shoreland Conference.  The service will take place at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Antioch.  The address is 24300 W. Grass Lake Rd. Antioch, IL.  You are cordially invited and encouraged to be a part of this fellowship! (See October ALERT for more details.)  The homepage for this service can be found at: http://wels.net/event/reformation-500-celebration-shoreland-conference/.


Grandparents Day at Shoreland Lutheran High School

Grandparents Day at Shoreland Lutheran High School will be held on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 from 11am-3pm each day.  Grandparents will enjoy refreshments during a Shoreland presentation, chapel, a look into different parts of the school day and curriculum, and lunch & activities with their grandchild.  Also, they will have the option of coming early for the dress rehearsal of the SLHS Drama “And Then There Were None” from 9am-11am.  Please RSVP by visiting tinyurl.com/GP-Days or calling the SLHS office at 262-859-2595.  You may choose which day (November 3 or November 4) works best for you.  


Shoreland Drama Production

Shoreland would like to invite you to a day of mystery and suspense at their performance of "And Then There Were None”, a classic whodunit brought to you by the Shoreland Drama department.  The performances will be held on November 4 and 5 at 7:00pm, and a Sunday afternoon performance on the 6th at 2:00pm.  Tickets will be sold online for $8 for adults and $6 for students.  Come on down to enjoy a fun time at the theater!  Shoreland is located on Hwy. E, in Somers.


Paul in the Aegean Tour

In the spring of 2017, March 27 to April 5 to be precise, Professor John Brug, recently retired from teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, will be hosting a tour that traces the Apostle Paul's steps around the Aegean Sea.  Featured sites in Greece are Athens, Corinth, and Thessalonica.  Stops on a three-night Aegean cruise include Ephesus, Patmos, Crete, and the beautiful islands of Mykonos and Santorini.  If you are interested in information, email: brugjf@gmail.com or call 262-456-4486 to receive a brochure, registration form, info about international travel and a video.