JOSHUA Update

JOSHUA is an interfaith justice ministry our congregation shares with other faith communities and individuals throughout Brown County. We also share work with affiliate organizations throughout Wisconsin working locally and state wide on issues that impact us all. Below are a few highlights:

· Get On the Bus!! Madison Action Day is a time for people of faith across Wisconsin to share our faith values and speak to the issues impacted by the proposed state budget. This is held every other year when the state budget is proposed. Two years ago we had a bus load from Green Bay attend along with over 900 people throughout the state. This year’s Action Day is Wednesday, April 29th. The busses leave at 6:30am from West Side Moravian Church and the day involves sharing from faith leaders, workshops, lunch and then to the capitol to meet with our legislators. We hope to return to Green Bay by 6:30pm. The cost is $25 for the day.

· Immigration Simulation Thursday, April 29th from 6pm-8:30pm. This a time to experience a day in the life of a new immigrant in our community. Space is limited so please register A.S.A.P. by emailing joshua4justice@gmail.com or 920-362-1511. Cost is $10 for the evening.

Ongoing Task Force Gatherings:

· The Migration Advocacy Network addresses issues immigrants face in our communities and meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at St. Willebrod Parish.

· JOSHUA’s Mental Health Committee meets at West Moravian the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm and is chaired by Cheryl Weber.

· Religious Leaders gather for lunch the first Thursday of the month but will skip the month of April. The location rotates.

· The 11×15 Committee at work on reform for our corrections system locally and statewide meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 5pm. Pastor Marian chairs this group.

You are invited to be part of this ministry. If you have questions please speak to our congregational core team leader- Judy Winney.

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Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night at West
West is hosting an Open Mic night for musicians to come and share their talents and share in community.
You are welcome to share your gifts and/or come and listen. It is Saturday, April 25th from 6:30pm-8:30pm

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A Note from the Elders

The Elders met this last week and are in prayer for those most closely touched by grief in our community. We are also aware of the need for prayer for our entire congregation as we are all touched by grief. We are here if you feel the need to speak with us or share in prayer.

We are grateful that this season is a time that leads us to Easter hope and joy. We hold up with gratitude Easter’s hope of eternal life, and the fellowship we share with the communion of saints in the heavens.

The Board of Elders

Resources Through Unity Hospice

Some among us have journeyed to the more immediate presence of our Lord in the heavens. We share hope in the eternal promises of our Lord yet grief is real and difficult. Resources are available in our community through Unity Hospice. They have bereavement counselors and materials available to the general public in addition to the friends and relatives of Unity patients. Their website www.unityhospice.org has a listing of program dates & times. They can also be reached at 800-990-9249. They do not charge for counseling and donations are optional. Privacy is highly respected.

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Meal Ministry

Loaves and Fishes - We continue to share food and fellowship the fourth Saturday of the month from 8am-10am. This month’s breakfast is on Saturday, April 25th. In addition to feeding hungry stomachs, our ministry is dedicated to showing our guests warmth and hospitality while providing a place of fellowship. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming breakfast please contact Emily Tewes at either etewes@gmail.com or 920-246-2478.

Meal at NEW Community Shelter - Serving an every other month meal at NEW Community Shelter is one of the outreach programs of our congregation. The next meal will be shared Sunday, April 19th at 4:30pm. Please make sure to volunteer with John Sorenson or sign up on the office bulletin board. Please contact John if you can help serve or can help in preparing the main course, and other items needed for the meal. Items for donation to the meal can be brought to the shelter at 4:30pm or to morning worship that day.

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Meal Ministry

Loaves and Fishes - We continue to share food and fellowship the fourth Saturday of the month from 8am-10am. This month’s breakfast is on Saturday, April 25th. In addition to feeding hungry stomachs, our ministry is dedicated to showing our guests warmth and hospitality while providing a place of fellowship. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming breakfast please contact Emily Tewes at either etewes@gmail.com or 920-246-2478.

Meal at NEW Community Shelter - Serving an every other month meal at NEW Community Shelter is one of the outreach programs of our congregation. The next meal will be shared Sunday, April 19th at 4:30pm. Please make sure to volunteer with John Sorenson or sign up on the office bulletin board. Please contact John if you can help serve or can help in preparing the main course, and other items needed for the meal. Items for donation to the meal can be brought to the shelter at 4:30pm or to morning worship that day

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Holy Week

Holy week begins with Palm Sunday on March 29th. We are grateful for the Sunday School children, youth and adults who are leading this service. We continue through Holy Week with our reading services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:00pm and Holy Communion on Holy Thursday at 6pm. Good Friday’s worship is at 12noon. Easter Sunday, April 5th we gather for our Sunrise Easter Service at 6pm in the sanctuary. We then journey to the Ashwaubenon Cemetery to conclude the service. Breakfast will follow back at West with worship and Holy Communion at 9am.

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Crafters Ministry

The Crafter’s next gathering is Thursday, April 9th at 6pm. New crafter’s are welcomed to share in prayer, conversation, continued work on prayer shawls and discuss new crafting projects. We are seeking prayer shawls for babies and more shawls to share with adults. You can bring to the next crafters gathering or bring to Sunday worship.

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April Calendar

April 2015

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

29 Palm Sunday

9am Worship

Sun. School Program

No Sunday School

30

6pm Holy Week Reading

31

6pm Holy Week Reading

1

930am Bible Study

6pm Holy Week Reading

630pm Choir

715pm Hand Bells

2Maundy Thurs

6pm Worship &

Holy Communion

630pm Joshua Mental Health Mtg.

3 Good Friday

12pm Worship

4

8am Men’sFellowship Breakfast

10am Set-up for Easter Breakfast

5 Easter Sunday

6am Sunrise Service

Easter Breakfast

9am Worship

Holy Communion

Pastor Marian on Vacation thru April 12th

6 Easter Monday

7

8

No Bible Study

9

6pm Crafters

10

Office Closed

11

12

9am Worship

(Leader – Jeff Brandt)

1015am Sun School

Bowl-a-thon

13

14

6pm CEC Meeting

15

930am Bible Study

6pm Hand Bells

7pm Choir

16

17

Office Closed

18

19

9am Worship

Baptism Sunday

Joyful Noise Offering

Ministry of the Month

1015am Sun School

1115am Child. Chime

430pm N.E.W. Shelter Meal

20

May/June Newsletter Deadline

21

530pm Elders Mtg

530pm Trustees

630pm Joint Board Meeting

22 Admin. Day

930am Bible Study

6pm Hand Bells

7pm Choir

Earth Day

23

Pastor Marian on Vacation

5pm Joshua 11 x 15

24

Office Closed

11am-2pm AFCS to use Kitchen/Fellow.

25

8am Loaves & Fishes

630-830pm Open Mic at WSMC

26

9am Worship

Bible Book of Month

1015am Sun School

1115am Child. Chime

27

Pastor Marian on Vacation

28

29

No Bible Study

Madison Action Day

(Bus leaves at 630am)

6pm Hand Bells

7pm Choir

30

1 May

Office Closed

2

8am Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Deb Pamperin using

Kitchen/Fellowship

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Crafter’s Ministry

The Crafter’s next gathering is Thursday, April 9th at 6pm. New crafter’s are welcomed to share in prayer, conversation, continued work on prayer shawls and discuss new crafting projects. We are seeking prayer shawls for babies and more shawls to share with adults. You can bring to the next crafters gathering or bring to Sunday worship.

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Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

All men are invited to breakfast the first Saturday of the month at Bay Family Restaurant at 8am. The upcoming gatherings are Saturday, April 4th and Saturday, May 2nd. See John Deuchert with any questions.

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