West Moravian Update 5.13.14

Greetings West Moravians and Friends of West,

Hoping you are all finding moments to enjoy the Easter season and time to dwell in the Good News of this season- The Lord is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed!!
This last Sunday we had the opportunity to welcome our Pastoral Intern, Alyssa Nelson, who will be with us through August 10th.
Sunday we also shared gratitude for our Sunday School ministries and Music ministries wrapping up much of their service for the summer season.
We also heard from our Ministry of the Month, the Board of Trustees, about their ministry.

There are many opportunities for tending to your life with God, community and service listed below.

Wednesday, May 14th
Bible Study and Prayer 9:30am-11am

Confirmation 5pm-6pm

Thursday, May 15th
Crafter’s Ministry at 6pm
All who enjoy crafting of all sorts and conversation are welcome to attend. Our time concludes with prayer.

Sunday, May 18th
Worship at 9am followed by fellowship
Cellcom marathon is this day, please consult route to guide you in best way to make it to worship

Coming Soon
Loaves and Fishes is Saturday, May 24th from 8am-10am. We welcome your participation in this breakfast ministry. Please contact Emily Tewes if you are interested in volunteering- etewes@gmail.com

Door County Bus Tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th. The cost is $20 and due by June 1st.

JOSHUA Leaders for Justice Training June 6th-7th at Union Congregational Church. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 8:30am-3pm. The cost is $25 and includes meals. This is an opportunity for new and seasoned leaders to grow in effectiveness in their congregations and community work. Sign up at joshua4justice@gmail.com

Pentecost Sunday- celebration of the Holy Spirit and day three youth, James Pamperin, Adrian Chavours and Caleb Blazek, will confirm their faith. This is on Sunday, June 8th

Noah’s Ark trip on Thursday, June 19th. Sign up on the office bulletin board.

Our Lamb Has Conquered! Let us Follow Him!

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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. Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 24th and Saturday, June 28th. 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, June 15th 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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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, May 3rd and Saturday, June 7th. See John Deuchert with any questions.

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JOSHUA

Thank you to our Loaves and Fishes team for hosting JOSHUA’S Justice and Pancake event at West. It was an evening for good conversation and sharing about what issues of injustice people see in our local communities.

Sustainer Breakfast This is a breakfast for any interested in learning more about JOSHUA and our 10 years of work in Brown County! It is a breakfast for those who are considering financial support of JOSHUA. The breakfast will be Friday, May 9th at 7:30am with doors opening at 7am at Union Congregational Church at 716 South Madison Street, Green Bay.

Leaders For Justice Training will be June 6th-7th at Union Congregational Church at 716 South Madison Street, Green Bay. The training is Friday, June 6th from 5pm-9pm and will continue on Saturday from 8:30am-3pm. The cost is $25 Friday dinner, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included. This is an opportunity for new and seasoned leaders to learn about faith based community organizing, build relationships through one-on-one conversations, create and strengthen core teams in their congregations, hold effective meetings and build strong organizations, and define issues and work together to create strong and just communities. To register contact joshua4justice@gmail.com or 920-362-1511.

11×15 Success! The 11×15 campaign is a call from the faith communities across Wisconsin to reduce our prison population by 11,000 by 2015. The state legislature recently approved a $1.5 million annual increase to the TAD (Treatment Alternatives and Diversions) fund. This builds on the $1.5 increase that was approved in the summer of 2013. This means that, in the past year, funding has gone from $1million per year to $4 million per year. Based on the past performance of TAD programs, we can conservatively estimate that the $3million per year increase will result in:

*At least 150 fewer prison admissions per year

*At least 850 fewer county jail admissions per year

*A net savings to Wisconsin taxpayers of at least $3 million

1,000 fewer people will be incarcerated every year! (That is about the same as the number of people who gathered on the Capital steps last March 14 to call on the legislature to increase TAD funding as a positive step in the 11×15 campaign goal of reducing our prison population.)

It is rare that we can see so clearly the positive impact of our work for justice. Thanks go to everyone who has participated in any way in the 11×15 campaign.

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Ministry of the Month

On the 2nd Sunday of April, Loaves and Fishes was featured during the service. Members of this ministry serve the surrounding community by providing a warm nutritious breakfast on the fourth Saturday of every month. Members stated that they make a point of also proving “extra servings” of hospitality and friendship as they mingle with the guests. Looking ahead: Trustees will share insights about their ministry on Sunday, May 11th. The month of June will highlight this year’s group of confirmants, mentors and teachers.

If you haven’t seen the new scrapbook placed in the fellowship hall on Palm Sunday, take time to check out previously featured ministries. Many thanks to Emily Tewes for her time and effort in preparing this visual reminder of the many individuals who share their time and talents in ministry to our congregation and the surrounding community.

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Worship at the Ashwaubenon Chapel

Wednesday evening worship at the Ashwaubenon Chapel begins Wednesday June 18th at 6:30pm. The Chapel services are typically led by people within our the congregation, providing for a wonderful and often exciting worship experience. If you are interested in lead one of the services, please sign up on the office bulletin board or see Jeff Brandt.

The Chapel services will be held every Wednesday evening from June 18th until Aug. 13th. So mark your calendars and join us for inspirational messages and wonderful music.

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Music Ministry

The Choir welcomes youth and adults to share in practice on Wednesdays at 7pm.

Hand Bells is on Wednesdays at 6pm. Youth and adults are welcome to attend. These choirs are led by Jason Pues.

The Children’s Choir practices at the beginning of the Sunday School hour and is led by Karen Wolter.

The Children’s Chimes Choir practices after Sunday School at 11:15am in the sanctuary for about 15minutes. Karen Wolter, Alexis Srenaski and Pastor Marian lead this Choir. We will practice on Sunday, May 4th and then Sunday, May 11th at 8:40am and play in worship on May 11th.

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Cellcom Marathon ~ Sunday, May 18th

The Cellcom Marathon will be held Sunday, May 18th beginning at 7:00 AM. The course will cross many streets that may intersect with your drive to West Side Moravian Church. These streets include parts of: Lombardi, Gross/Holmgren, Liberty, 12th, Morris, and S. Ridge. There are more side streets the runners will be on so please see the link for full race details. www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com

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Spring Cleaning ~ Your Help Is Needed!

The Board of Trustees is planning a spring cleaning on Saturday, May 31st from 9am-12pm. Lunch will be provided at noon. There are many projects in mind for inside and outside. Families and those of all ages are encouraged to come help out. (Many hands make light work!)

If you have any questions or suggestions please call Linda Van Pay at 920-455-0425.

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Mt. Morris Speaker

On Sunday, June 29th we welcome Rev. Aden Ward to share about the work and ministries at Mt. Morris, our Moravian Camp and Conference Center in Mt. Morris, WI. Rev. Ward will also share about future plans and developments for the campground. He will share during the fellowship time following worship at 10am.

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