Evangelism Sunday and Bible Study Next Week

On Sunday, November 12, we will be concentrating our attention on reaching out to those who need Jesus.  We will mark Evangelism Sunday, and we will do so by doing an explanation of the Common Service liturgy.  This is designed to help you be able to explain to others what the various aspects of our worship services are all about.  Between Sunday services, we will have a special Bible Study focusing on Evangelism called "Connecting to Communities: Making A Connection that Counts."  The Bible Study will take place during Family Bible Hour which will begin at approximately 9:20am.  Use both the worship service and the Bible Study to arm yourself with information so that you can confidently communicate the necessity of Christ Alone to those who need it so desperately.


Golden Treasures Event – Calling All Seniors

All seniors (or almost seniors) are invited to the Reformation Anniversary Party this Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:30am-2:30pm in the church basement here at First Evan.  Enjoy fellowship with members from Epiphany Lutheran Church, a presentation on Luther’s Seal, a catered luncheon (Fohr’s Catering).  There will be a free-will offering for the meal.  Please bring non-perishable food items for the food pantry at Epiphany as your Reformation anniversary gift.  We are hoping for a variety of items!  Please do not bring items that have expired dates.  If you plan to attend, kindly sign up at the north bulletin board or contact the church office at churchoffice@firstracine.org or 633-8267.  Deadline to sign up is today November 5!


Place Your Order!  8th Annual Ladies Aid Chili Meal Fundraiser

Our Ladies Aid members will be cookin’ up some homemade chili, along with cornbread muffins and cookies for their sale on November 19, 2017.  Order forms were placed in your mailbox and extra forms are 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, if possible, please order early! J  Pre-ordering guarantees your order.  Any extra chili, muffins and cookies will be sold until they are gone.  Deadline for pre-orders is November 13.  Proceeds will supplement the Don Kamm Memorial fund and the Barb Conkle Memorial fund for a chairlift for the church basement stairs.  As always, thank you for your ongoing support of First Evan Ladies Aid!



Boston Store Community Days Booklets Available Today!

If you (or someone you know) shop at Boston Store, stop down in the church library after the service today and check out the Community Days coupon booklets available for purchase.  These books cost only $5 and are loaded with coupons, including a $10 off coupon to be used during the Community Days event at Boston Store on November 8-11.  Proceeds will also be used as the Chili Meal fundraiser (see above), to help with the purchase of a chairlift.  Help our Ladies Aid reach their goal!  This is your last opportunity to purchase a booklet!  The sale event at Boston Store is this week. 


First Evan Family Night — Craft Night

Our next First Evan Family Night will be at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 15 in the church basement.  All are invited (yes…men too) to create and stamp Christmas cards.  Bring your own creativity or follow the samples that will be provided.  Not only will you create cards for your own personal use, we will also be sending cards to college students and shut-ins as well.  Come and join your church family for a night including a devotion, fun and fellowship!


Sign Up for the First Evan Christmas Band!

If you would like to participate in the Christmas Band by volunteering to play pre-service and post-service music for the Choir Song Services on Sunday, December 10, 2017, please sign up at the south bulletin board.  There are three Saturday practice sessions - November 18, December 2 and December 9 from 8:00am-9:00am.  Please try to attend at least two of the rehearsals.  Attendance at all three would be very much appreciated!


Advent Tea at First Evan

We are looking for women to help with various tasks for this year's Advent Tea, which will be held on Sunday, November 26 in the church basement.  We will be needing to borrow a number of Advent wreaths for our table decorations.  We are also asking for help with baking desserts, decorating, and clean up.  If you are at all interested and able to help in any of these ways, please contact the church office at 633-8267 or churchoffice@firstracine.org or email Kerri Bush at kerri.bush@wlsracine.org.  Don't forget to sign up at the south bulletin board if you plan to attend!  Bring a friend!



Elizabeth Mission Circle Collection for Needy

Elizabeth Mission Circle is currently collecting mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks to be distributed to the needy.  Please place them in the plastic container in the lower north coatroom.  The last day for donations will be November 19. 


College Students Contact Information Needed

If you have a son or daughter currently attending college, you most likely received a note in your mailbox asking for your child’s contact information.  If you have not completed and returned that note, please take a moment to email his or her contact information to the church office at churchoffice@firstracine.org.  Our Christian Education Committee would like to be able to stay in touch over the course of the year with your students.  Please include the full mailing address, and if possible an email address, cell phone number and the student’s major or area of study.  We would like to know even if the address is the same as last year, and even if the student is living at home.  Thank you for taking the time to update us with this information.  If possible, please do so by November 12


Fall Band and Orchestra Concert

You are cordially invited to attend the Fall Band and Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm in the Shoreland Lutheran High School gymnasium.  Shoreland is located on Hwy. E in Somers. 


Blood Drive at SLHS

Shoreland Lutheran High School will be hosting a Blood Drive this Tuesday, November 7 from 8:00am – 1:00pm.  If you are interested, please contact the Shoreland office to schedule an appointment at 262-859-2595.


Veterans Day Assembly

Save the date.  This event will be held November 13, at 2:15pm at Shoreland Lutheran High School.  Joel Baumgart, 2002 SLHS graduate, former U.S. Coast Guard, and current police officer will be the keynote speaker.  The day will also include a color guard presentation, reading of Old Glory and reception for veterans and their families.  Veterans attending the reception should RSVP to the SLHS office at 262-859-2595.


The Shoreland Chorale

The Shoreland Chorale will present its End Times Concert, The Battle is the Lord’s, on Sunday, November 19, at 6:30pm at Friedens Lutheran Church in Kenosha.  The Chorale is comprised of singers from the congregations of the Shoreland Federation.  You are most welcome to be uplifted by glorious music of the Christian faith!  Friedens is located at 5038 19th Ave., Kenosha.


Craft Fair at Shoreland Lutheran High School

Jump start your Christmas shopping and purchase one-of-a-kind unique gifts this year at the Shoreland Lutheran High School craft fair, Saturday, November 25 from 9:00am-3:00pm. 


The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee

The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee under the direction of Mary Prange will present its annual Prelude to Christmas concert on Sunday, November 26, at 2:00 & 4:30pm at Abiding Word Lutheran Church (9420 W. Capitol Dr. – Milwaukee).  The organ prelude, presented by Lynn Kozlowski, will begin twenty minutes prior to the concert.  The concert will include music for choir, brass, organ, and congregational singing.  Freewill offering.


To the Youth of the Congregation

We are looking to find out the interest of First Evan, Epiphany, and New Hope youth for the International Youth Rally.  The International Youth Rally is a large gathering of WELS youth to learn and grow in God's Word.  The conference will take place June 26-29, 2018 and will be in Bowling Green, Ohio. In order to determine how much we will want to fundraise and how much interest there is in the congregation, all interested youth are asked to contact Jay Selle at jay.selle@wlsracine.org or at (920) 851-5823. This will help in the future planning of the event!


Volunteers for Night to Shine

Shoreland LHS is looking for volunteers for Night to Shine (prom for people with special needs).  This event is planned to be held on Friday, February 9, 2018.  As preparations begin, Shoreland is asking for your prompt response if you’d like to volunteer for this fantastic event.  Please do so by filling out the volunteer form at tinyurl.com/SignMeUpNTS or by calling the Shoreland office at 262-859-2595. 



Bus Drivers Still Needed

Shoreland Lutheran High School is hiring school bus drivers.  These are flexible part-time positions.  Opportunities to drive include morning and/or afternoon and school events.  These positions do include training.  Please contact Scott Zondag for more info at zondags@slhs.us.


Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving

We wish to remind you that First Evan offers electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering.  Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.  As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving.  Authorization forms and additional information are available from the church office.


Holy Land Tour, Hosted by Pastor James Humann

Pastor James Humann, retired WELS pastor, invites you to join him as he hosts his fifth tour to the Holy Land. The tour is for ten days and leaves March 12, 2018. This is a beautiful time of year in the Holy Land and you will be back home again for Holy Week and Easter. The tour includes Bethlehem where Jesus was born, Nazareth where he was raised, the Jordan River where he was baptized, Galilee where he spent much of his ministry, the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed, and Jerusalem where he was tried before Pontius Pilate, was crucified and rose again from the dead. Take a ride on the Sea of Galilee, visit the ancient city of Jericho, and if there is time, swim in the Dead Sea. This tour of a lifetime still has limited space available. For more information and a colorful brochure with price and itinerary, e-mail Pastor Humann at Jhumann383@aol.com or call 253-839-9055 (PST).