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|» ||CMO totals for 2018 and CMO subscriptions for 2019|
Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO) received in 2018 totaled $21,111,878. We are grateful for this generous support our synod’s mission and ministry. The total, however, was $246,000 (1.2%) below the offerings received in 2017 and $148,000 (0.7%) less than what congregations had indicated in their CMO subscriptions for the year. More than a decade of flat, Continued.
|» ||Church dedication in Puerto Rico|
On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria swept over the island of Puerto Rico causing great devastation and destruction. WELS members responded generously with gifts to WELS Christian Aid and Relief. But the devastation caused by the storm made communication with fellow Christians in Puerto Rico difficult. It was hard to know what needed to be Continued.
|» ||Women’s ministry conference highlights being “living stones”|
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). The focal point of the upcoming 2019 WELS Women’s Ministry Conference, being held at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis., July 18–20, is “living stones” and how Continued.
|» ||Mission and Ministry held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary|
From Feb. 5–7, students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., participated in Mission & Ministry, an annual three-day event organized by the students. Under the theme “Work for the Harvest,” this event highlighted the worldwide work of WELS. Each day featured a worship service, keynote address, and an update from WELS administration. In addition, to Continued.
|» ||Big steps for the WELS Hymnal Project in 2019|
The development of the new WELS hymnal and its supplementary products is making significant progress this year in anticipation of the final release scheduled for Advent 2021. A preview of the new hymnal will be available in 2020. “It’s really wrapping up,” said Hymnal Project Director Rev. Michael Schultz. “Almost every aspect of the main Continued.
|» ||A joyful event in Puerto Rico|
In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Puerto Rico with a vengeance. It is regarded as the worst natural disaster to affect the two islands. At its peak with maximum sustained winds at 175 mph, the hurricane caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the northeastern Caribbean. In Continued.
|» ||WELS members support Christmas outreach program|
Approximately 70 percent of WELS congregations participated in the synodwide Christmas outreach program known as C18. WELS Congregational Services created myriad materials for congregations to use to encourage members to reach out to the unchurched and to promote the theme “A Light in the darkness.” “When we began C18,” says Rev. Jon Hein, coordinator of Continued.
|» ||Fearlessly proclaim the gospel|
Students heard the voice of experience Jan. 16 at Martin Luther College’s (MLC) 14th annual Evangelism Day. Following the theme “Fearlessly Proclaim the Gospel,” 30 presenters shared their expertise and personal stories, encouraging students to communicate Christ in their personal lives and their public ministries. Students had positive reactions “I’ve never been more excited to Continued.
|» ||Conference of Presidents 2019 winter meeting|
The Conference of Presidents held its winter meeting last week. Topics for discussion and decisions made include: The COP will work with the Commission on Congregational Counseling to develop guidelines for congregations that are beginning the process of closing or merging. Guidelines will be made available upon request from the district president. The COP is Continued.
|» ||Your gifts, God’s blessings 2019|
“Your gifts, God’s blessings: An annual report to our members” is now available online. The 2019 report highlights the blessings that God has showered on WELS through the gifts of its members. Learn more about ten Martin Luther College students who volunteered with WELS Christian Aid and Relief to help with the cleanup and rebuilding Continued.