Pastor’s Corner
Greetings all,

September has finally arrived! Yes, I am happy that the calendar is finally turning to the beginning of cooler weather and the return to school. Here at Ebenezer, the return to autumn means the return of Sunday School, Confirmation and Bible Studies.

Sunday School returns to Ebenezer on Sunday, September 8, as we kick-off another fun year. We have a group of highly talented and enthusiastic teachers to lead our young folks in another year of learning about the Bible and our faith. I look forward to meeting the kids and their parents on the 8th.

The Confirmation program also makes its 2019-2020 debut on Wednesday, September 18th. Our newest group of young adults, and their parents, will get together with Pastor Mike to talk about the two-year program. This year we will be focusing our studies in the New Testament. Moving from Sunday School to Confirmation is a big change. We talk about topics not covered in Sunday School, things that are important to the youth, how to interpret what we read in the Bible and to apply those lessons to our lives, and we look at the history of the UCC and the wider church to understand how we got to where we are today.

This fall we’ll be introducing a series of Bible studies which I hope will help us live our lives as disciples of Christ, lessons we can use each day bringing God’s love to everyone we encounter. These classes will begin during the week of September 17th.

I look forward to meeting everyone on Sunday, September 8th.

Peace and grace,
Church Doors
New Office Hours!!
Please note that with the new security system, the doors are programmed on Sunday morning as follows:

7:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. - open
8:51 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - closed
9:46 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - open

Beginning in September, the doors will also be open the following time on Wednesday night to accommodate Ebenezer Brass and Confirmation:

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about the current door schedule, please contact Pastor Mike. If you need the doors adjusted for a specific date/time, please contact the office.
New Member Class

A New Member class will be offered Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining Ebenezer is welcome to attend.
Faith Formation (Bible Studies)

Bible Studies will begin the week of September 15; The Wired Word will return Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the lounge. See the weekly bulletins for additional information about other Bible Studies.
EUCC has a Whirlpool range for sale; this is from the Parsonage and is in working condition! See Ken Lisowe if you're interested!
Due to a surgery for Jackie, the office will continue to run Summer Hours ( Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) through the New Year.

Pastor Mike and Ruth (THANK YOU!!!) will be handling all office tasks while Jackie is out September 11 – October 10.
Confirmation Class

Confirmation class begins Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the lounge. All students must attend and as many parents as possible are invited to attend. We will be covering the class schedule and reading schedules for the year, as well as behavior expectations, etc.
Rug Needed

We are looking for a large area rug for the 3-year-old Sunday School classroom. If anyone has a rug, maybe 6'x10', that you are no longer using and would be willing to donate, please contact Shirley Lisowe or leave a message in the office. Thank you!
Coffee Hour Sponsors

September: Bell Choir
October: Property Committee
November: Evangelism Committee
December: Church Council
January: Women's Guild
February: Mission Committee
March: Church Council
April: Worship/Christian Education Committee
May: Bell Choir
EUCC Ushering Schedule
Below is the upcoming ushering schedule; please note that the church office does not find a replacement, but we are happy to help you get in contact with possible subs! Please let the office know when any changes are made.

September:
September 1: Council
September 8: Eric & Jamie Plate Family
September 15: Robert & Sheri Van Beek Family
September 22: Ken & Shirley Lisowe, Kelly Brown Family
September 29: Steve & Chris Stenz, Don & Connie Waldvogel

October:
October 6: Council
October 13: Sunday School
October 20: Don & Donna Pingel, Kimberlee & Jennifer Pringle
October 27: James & Penni Gleason Family

If you have any questions about your ushering duties, click here for the instructions.
Ice Cream Social Supper Thank You!
Thank you, again, to everyone that supported the Ice Cream Social Supper in July! Have a safe and enjoyable remainder of the summer and we’ll see you in church!

On behalf of the Ebenezer Women’s Guild,
Joan Woelfel and Ruth Aebischer
Co-Chairs
Notes from the Music Corner ...
We’re grateful for various worship music experiences during the summer.  Thank you to the congregation for a generous response to the Larry Delawder family at the August 18 worship. Their various musical talents, plus “Barney” added an extra spark to the service.  

It will be exciting to have the handbell choir, Ebenezer Brass, back in action! An e-mail has been sent to all of last year’s ringers to determine who will be returning - hopefully everyone replied with yes! There is a real need for new ringers, so please come to try it out. There is no need for a music background and there is a gratifying camaraderie among the group. New and exciting music is planned ahead. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning September 4. It will be great to have Ebenezer Brass return to worship on September 22. Beginning in October, they will ring the 2nd Sunday of the month at St. John and the 4th Sunday at Ebenezer. Please call Jill Sippel at 920-418-1534 if you are interested or have questions.  
The Larry Delawder Family Gospel Singers during the August 18 worship service!
Interested in Ebenezer Brass?!
Ebenezer Brass is in search of more ringers! The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings beginning September 4 - May from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and they perform at least 2x/month (once at EUCC and once at St. John). They also do a Christmas Concert and Fellowship in December. It is NOT necessary that you know how to read music! More ringers for Ebenezer Brass will allow the choir to rotate ringers for performances, and enable them to perform at other venues. If you're interested in learning more or joining, please contact Don Waldvogel (920-853-3494) or Jill Sippel or ( 920-418-1534)!
Ebenezer Church Council
Meeting Minutes: August 18, 2019
Opening: The meeting of the Ebenezer Church Council was called to order at 08:05 a.m. by Kari Meyers.

Present: Colleen Marx, Kari Meyers, Vern Gasch, Andy Hofmeister and Ken Lisowe. Absent: Pastor Mike, Barb DeKerf and Zach Platner

Approval of Agenda: Ken Lisowe made a motion to approve the agenda. Vern Gasch seconded. The motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: The July 2019 meeting minutes were previously approved via email.

Treasurer’s Report:
Colleen Marx made a motion to accept the July financial report. Ken Lisowe seconded. Ken Lisowe made a motion to approve the August bill list, Colleen Marx seconded. The motions carried.

Minister’s Report: Attendance is 67 on average for a Sunday. This is calculated over the year. Reviewed Pastor’s monthly visitation log.

Committee Reports
  • Christian Education and Music: Thank you to those individuals who have volunteered to be Sunday school teachers.
  • Evangelism: No new news.
  • Mission: No new news.
  • Property: Ken Lisowe will look into the removal of the dead tree near the parsonage. There was a private donation for the new refrigerator in the parsonage and the Women’s Guild donated. These donations will be placed in the parsonage improvement fund to pay for the new refrigerator.
  • Stewardship: No new news. 
  • Membership: No new news. 
 
Continuing Business:
  • Church Security: Will be re-keying the Reed Avenue entrances. CEC security is available 24/7 via an emergency number for any security emergencies.
  • Pastor Mike’s Health Insurance: Pastor will bring in a hard copy of his health insurance premium amount to put on file at Reinl accounting.

New Business:
  • Office Plan and Hours while Jackie is out for Back Surgery:
  • Jackie will be out of the office starting 9/11/19 for back surgery and will return 10/15/19. Kari made a motion to accept the proposed schedule of office coverage with Pastor Mike on Tuesdays, and Ruth on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. until Jackie returns. Andy seconded. The motion carried.
  • Kari made a motion to keep the summer hours in the office until the end of the year to allow for Jackie to fully recover. Colleen seconded. The motion carried. 

**Next council meeting is on September 22, 2019, at 8:00 a.m.**

Adjournment: Andy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ken seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 08:35 a.m.

Minutes submitted by:
Colleen Marx 
Approved by: The Church council via email. 
Tod ~ David ~ Lorraine ~ Da’Nisha ~ Don S
Arlene ~ Rebecca ~ Vern ~ Marlene ~ Mark
Beverly ~ Rod ~ Jeff ~ Steve ~ Janice ~ Ryann
Sarah ~ Diane ~ Betty ~ Kathy ~ Don B

Due to privacy laws, last names cannot be printed on the prayer list because the Eagle goes on the church website which can be viewed by anyone on the Internet. 

If you want someone added or removed, please contact the church office . Thank you.
Visitation List: If you know someone who is ill/homebound that you would like to add to Pastor Mike's Visitation List, please contact the office (include a contact number and address).

Building Use Form: If you would like to use Fellowship Hall, please fill out the Building Use Form and return it to the office. We require a completed form for all events in the Fellowship Hall that are not related to EUCC (if you are planning multiple events, i.e. a recurring meeting, you only need to fill the form out once.)

Newsletter Articles are due to the office on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (unless posted otherwise); be sure to check the calendar for the month’s due date. Please also share any pictures for inclusion!

Weekly Bulletin Announcements are due to the office by Tuesday mornings.
Ebenezer Office Hours:
(through the New Year)
Tuesday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
*Note that Jackie will be out of the office September 11 - October 11; Pastor Mike & Ruth (THANK YOU!!!!) will be covering the office during her absence.

(920) 849-4331

Pastor's Ebenezer Hours:
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (September 17 - October 8)
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pastor's St. John Hours:
Monday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday NONE (September 17 - October 8)
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2111 Church St
New Holstein, WI 53061
(920) 898-4259
Pastor's Cell Phone: 920-286-1956

Please make sure to write a note on the pad on Sunday mornings if you need to communicate with the office. Pastor Mike is a little preoccupied on Sundays, so use this pad to assure these tasks are completed. Thank you!!!

Please schedule any appointments with Pastor Mike through the office .
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Alice McNeely: Sep 1
Wayne Pagel: Sep 3
Barbara Dekerf: Sep 4
Shirley Lisowe: Sep 4
Tami Brown: Sep 7
William Elliott: Sep 8
Jim Jaeger: Sep 16
Abigail Kuhn: Sep 16
Jake Propson: Sep 17
Nan Popp: Sep 19
Casey Stephenson: Sep 22
Melissa Kuhn: Sep 23
Emily Roehrig: Sep 23
Breanne Woelfel: Sep 24
Tim Brown: Sep 26
Jerry Giebel: Sep 26
Christie Kuhn: Sep 27
Gerri Van Oss: Sep 27
Owen Platner: Sep 28
Dale Hintz: Sep 29

May God bless your years and may you continue to bless Ebenezer!
  • Large Print Bulletins are available every Sunday (including music); please see an usher if you would like a copy!
  • The Mission Committee is looking for some new members; talk to Nan, Jeanne, Janet, Ruth or Karen if interested.
  • A list of needed items for Pillars Adult & Family Shelter has been added to the board. 
  • The Memory Cafe meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Chilton Public Library - see the board for details!
  • September 4: Ebenezer Brass Practice Begins
  • Sunday, September 8: Sunday School Rally Sunday!
  • You are invited to Faith in the Fall on Sunday, September 8, at Our Shepherd UCC (Howards Grove) for music, fellowship, and more; see the flyer for information!  
  • Tuesday, September 17: Wired Word begins (10:00 a.m. EUCC)
  • Wednesday, September 18: Confirmation begins
  • On September 18, the Appleton Noon Lions Club is hosting the 22nd Annual Senior Living EXPO® Celebrating Life after 50 with all proceeds going to charities. See the flyer on the board for details! 
  • September 18 is the Holy Rosary Parish (New Holstein) Salad Luncheon. See the flyer on the board for details! 
  • Thursday, September 19: Video Bible Study Begins (St. John)
  • You are invited to OKTOBERFEST on Saturday September 21, hosted by St. Peter’s UCC (Kiel): there will be music food and beer. See the board for info! 
  • A New Member Class will be offered Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining Ebenezer is welcome to attend.
  • Brochures are on the Narthex table regarding Fairhaven Senior Services.  
  • Information about The Appleton Visually Impaired Support Group is located on the bulletin board for anyone interested in the topic of vision loss. 
  • The September/October Upper Room devotional guide is available in the Narthex book rack. Help yourself!
  • A pew card for those that give electronically is available for placement in the offering plates on Sunday morning. 
  • EUCC will be video recording select worship services; please contact the church office for details. 
The EUCC Calendar can be viewed online anytime at: https://churchtraconline.com/public_calendar?ui=FDBEB63