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You are always welcome here! God promises to meet you where you are, whatever your circumstances and with whatever questions you have. You can also share your gifts here. You have experiences, knowledge, and talents to share. Here you can grow in your faith and help others to grow in their faith. There is a place for you here at First English Lutheran Church. 
401 W. Main Street ~  Whitewater, WI 53190
262-473-5076

Out of concern for the most vulnerable among us, we have cancelled meetings, events, and worship services in the building until further notice.  Please join us for online worship and music and other videos on our Facebook page.  Call the church office at (262) 473-5076.
 

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"SOMETHING TO SAY"

Have you ever had the experience of receiving a gift but finding that when you open it you don't know what it is?  It can be a little embarrassing.  Is it a big napkin or a small scarf or a fancy hand towel?  Are those fishing lures or earrings?  Of course the person who gave it to you is anticipating your response.  Finally, you say, "I really need a meat thermometer," only to have the giver say, "A meat thermometer?  That's a tire gauge."  There is a similar but more serious perplexity about the gift of Pentecost.  You know the story in Acts 2---the disciples gathered together, the sound of a rushing wind, the tongues of fire, and each one speaking the Gospel in other languages.  Clearly, on Pentecost a gift is given to the church.  But what is it?  What is it for?

The gift, of course, is the Holy Spirit.  But what exactly is the gift and what is it for?  Some people hear the story and are fascinated by the drama, and they conclude that the gift is excitement in the church.  And, of course, excitement in the church is a good thing.  Everyone likes excitement.  And we would all like to be lifted up beyond mundane realities and the many problems and serious issues of life.  But wait a second.  Notice where the story of Pentecost in Acts 2 is located---it comes right after an apostle is chosen to replace Judas and right before the church listens to the leaders' teaching and tries to take care of the poor and needy.  In other words, Pentecost comes between the election of officers and Christian education and service programs, between institution and ministry.  Pentecost does not lift us up beyond earthly realities but helps us go more deeply into those concerns.

Well, if excitement isn't the primary Pentecost gift, maybe it is power.  After all, Jesus said, "When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you shall receive power." And of course we need power.   As you know, there was a time when the church had more power in our society, more prestige and respect.  There was a time when schools and sports clubs wouldn't have imagined having practices and games on Sunday mornings.  But those days are gone.  Well, Pentecost may give us power, but it is not ordinary power, not worldly power.  It is like Jesus' power, spiritual power hidden in vulnerability and weakness.  Did you notice how the world reacted to the disciples on that first Pentecost? They thought the disciples must be drunk.  That's unlikely power.

So if the gift we receive on Pentecost is not superficial excitement, and if it is not power as the world thinks of power, then what is it? A real gift of Pentecost is one the world desperately needs.  It is the gift of something to say, a Word to speak in the midst of the pain and tragedy and brokenness of the world.  Notice what happened when the Spirit was given to the church: the church spoke.  It told everyone, of all nations and races and backgrounds, the Good News of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, in their own languages.

The Spirit gives us a Word to speak--even now in the midst of the pandemic, in the midst of deep economic distress, in the midst of anxiety and uncertainty.  And that Word is that hope is stronger than despair, love is stronger than hate, life is stronger than death, and Jesus Christ is alive and will be with us always.  We have the gift of a Word to say--God's Word of life and salvation in Jesus Christ.  Thanks be to God!  We do not have to be afraid. God loves us.  We are not alone.  God is with us!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Steve 


 


 

 

 
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Church Links

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Choir Schedule 2020

Meet our new Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator Karil Bilgen

Putting Things Into Perspective - Karin Campbell

Messages from Pastor Steve:

May 21, 2020

May 14, 2020

May 6, 2020

April 30, 2020

April 22, 2020

April 8, 2020

March 23, 2020

March 14, 2020

Prayers in the Midst of a Coronavirus Pandemic  

 

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Video of Church Service

Baptism Service

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WINTER SCHEDULE
(Labor Day -- Memorial Day)
8:00 am, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am

  Sunday School at 9:15 am  
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SUMMER SCHEDULE
(Memorial Day--Labor Day)
Heart Prairie on Whitewater Lake
Saturday Worship 5:00 pm
Sunday Worship 8:00 am
FELC Worship on Main Street
9:30 am
Oil Lamp Service 
Last Sunday of June, July, August
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Contact Information
Pastor Steve: pastorsteve@felcww.org
Secretary: secretary@felcww.org
Phone: 262-473-5076
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First English Lutheran Church, Whitewater, Wisconsin

 

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2020 Sunday School Year
We are so excited to have you all back for a new Sunday School year where we are
learning about “Our Purpose”, as well as God’s love for each one of us! Learning that God has a PURPOSE for each of us is our theme for this year. Every month there will be a special item for the Whitewater Food Pantry to be collected.
Please look at your calendar for these items in parenthesis. ALL of our collection
items this year will be geared towards helping other KIDS! Food pantry items will be kid specified items.  We have scheduled a FUN, faith filled calendar of events for this Sunday School year.   Please be sure to check the calendar for these dates!
Snacks- due to the severe allergy issues and time constraint we face already to get
our lesson in we will not be having snacks in class this year, we will have children
snacks at the children’s offering table in Moksnes Hall that we welcome the kids to
enjoy.  Again, like last year we ask that the parents pick your children up from their classroom after service.

 

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**  Monday Night Free Campus & Community Meal   **

5:00pm-6:00pm at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin Street.  All are welcome!  The Campus and Community Meal is coordinated by the Congregational UCC and First English Lutheran Church with the help of grant money and volunteers. 

 

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Heart Praire Church 175th Anniversary...

Heart Prairie Lutheran Church is the historic church of First English Lutheran Church and still holds oil lamp services during some times of the year.

This year, Heart Prairie Lutheran Church is celebrated its 175th anniversary.   A Scandinavian arts and crafts display as well as a sampling of Norwegian food was presented, followed by a historical program with Norwegian music.  At 8:30 PM an Oil Lamp service (Høymesse) took place inside the church. 

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First English Lutheran Church actively supports Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministries on the 
UW-Whitewater Campus, just blocks from the church.  
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WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY
If the Whitewater School are closed, the church office is also closed. 
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