WELS Together News

WELS Together News
WELS Together Newsletter:
» WELS convention highlights
Delegates to the 65th biennial synod convention, held at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., three weeks ago, have much to remember and to share with others as they return to their home congregations. Illustrating how our worldwide fellowship of confessional Lutherans continues to grow, our synod had the privilege of declaring fellowship with Continued.

» Serving generations in the future through endowments
WELS Foundation announced it has distributed $2.9 million from more than 300 endowments through its endowment program this year. WELS ministerial education schools received $1.9 million, and WELS Missions received $508,000. The remainder was distributed to congregations, schools, or other WELS/WELS-affiliated ministries that benefit from donor-designated endowments. WELS Foundation manages endowment funds established by individuals, Continued.

» New Bible translation available
A new translation of the Bible—the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)—is now available from Northwestern Publishing House (NPH). More than one hundred people—pastors, professors, teachers, and laypeople—have been working on the translation since 2013, all under the direction of the Wartburg Project, an independent Lutheran Bible translation effort by WELS and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) pastors Continued.

» WELS VEBA offering full open enrollment
WELS Benefit Plans will offer a full open enrollment into the WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan from Nov. 1 through Dec. 2, 2019. This means any eligible workers at WELS and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) sponsoring organizations, including organizations that do not currently participate in WELS VEBA, can enroll for WELS VEBA medical benefits Continued.

» Equipping women to be “living stones”
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4). This was the theme passage for the WELS Women’s Ministry Conference held July 18–20 at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis. More than 325 women attended to learn how women thrive in any circumstance when they understand they are part of Continued.

» Delegates present reports and resolutions
Synod convention delegates concluded their work on Thursday morning by presenting, discussing, and approving reports and resolutions. Floor committees began bringing their reports and resolutions to the convention floor on Wednesday morning. The first two resolutions were highly anticipated before the convention—resolutions to declare fellowship with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ–Kenya and the Continued.

» New partners in Christ
Delegates welcomed two new church bodies—the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ—Kenya (LCMC) and the Christian Lutheran Evangelical Church of Taiwan (CLEC)—into confessional Lutheran fellowship with WELS on Wednesday morning. Representatives from both Kenya and Taiwan were present at the convention: Rev. Mark Onunda, chairman of the LCMC, and his wife, Grace, and Rev. Peter Continued.

» Delegates approve ministry financial plan
On Wednesday afternoon, synod convention delegates approved the Synodical Council’s proposed ministry financial plan—or budget—with no changes. “This plan balances trust that God will continue to provide with the many mission opportunities that he is placing before us,” says Rev. Steven Gabb, chairman of the Ministry Financial Plan Floor Committee. Rev. Jonathan Schroeder, chairman of Continued.

» New capital campaign for Martin Luther College announced
On Wednesday evening, delegates learned about a new two-year capital campaign for Martin Luther College (MLC) called “Equipping Christian Witnesses.” This campaign will help MLC celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. “Our gracious Savior, who ‘is not willing that any should perish,’ is opening mission doors beyond our imagination!” says Rev. Mark Zarling, MLC president. Continued.

» Congregational Services presents scope of work
WELS Congregational Services comprises several areas of ministry committed to guiding and assisting WELS congregations and schools in conducting local ministry. The Commissions on Congregational Counseling, Worship, Discipleship, Evangelism, Lutheran Schools, and Special Ministries all provided overviews and updates from their respective ministries. Rev. Jonathan Hein, Congregational Services coordinator, introduced the upcoming Lutheran Leadership Conference Continued.