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|» ||The vicar year begins|
Those who are training to be doctors spend many years preparing for that work. Intensive study takes place in the classroom as future physicians learn about human anatomy, diagnosing diseases, and the proper use of available medications. But they can’t become doctors with book knowledge alone. Before they become fully qualified physicians, they spend time Continued.
|» ||A new way to begin your mission journey|
A new program called WELS Mission Journeys is coordinating short-term trips for WELS congregations and their members to help home mission churches, world mission fields, and existing congregations with outreach events. Mr. Shannon Bohme, coordinator of the Mission Journeys program, says that there is a huge gap between congregations and WELS members who were looking Continued.
|» ||WELS Night is a thriller|
More than 2,400 WELS members witnessed a dramatic walk-off home run as the Brewers defeated the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth inning. The epic three-run blast topped off a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship for the fifth annual WELS Night at Miller Park on Aug. 3. Several seating sections were filled with Continued.
|» ||WELS Foundation makes distributions|
WELS Foundation announced it has distributed $2.7 million from more than 300 endowments through its endowment program. WELS Ministerial Education Schools received $1.84 million, and WELS Missions received $480,000 . The remainder was distributed to congregations, schools, or other ministry organizations that benefit from donor-designated endowments. Rev. Paul Prange, Board of Ministerial Education administrator, says, Continued.
|» ||Two significant anniversaries|
This past June, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), our sister synod here in the United States, observed the centennial of its organization during its annual synod convention held on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. The ELS was first organized in 1853 as the Norwegian Synod and has been in fellowship with Continued.
|» ||New outreach film set to be released|
The new WELS outreach film To the Ends of the Earth will be released Sept. 1. The film tells the story of the apostle Paul and his work in Philippi. Its title is taken directly from Jesus’ command to his disciples at his Ascension: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea Continued.
|» ||A helping hand home and abroad|
The administrative committee for WELS Christian Aid and Relief approved $317,403 for humanitarian aid work in fiscal year 2018-19. These are projects developed by WELS home and world missionaries to reflect Christ’s love to the people of their community and open doors to share the gospel. Projects range from providing school supplies, outfitting medical supplies, Continued.
|» ||New investment option for endowment funds|
Beginning in August, WELS Investment Funds (WIF) will be offering a new investment option designed specifically to meet the objectives of endowments. The new portfolio, WELS Endowment Fund, will comprise 75 percent equity and 25 percent fixed income. In addition to this new option, WELS Investment Funds will continue to offer the WELS Balanced Fund, Continued.
|» ||Update on an amazing opportunity in Vietnam|
The Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC), a Christian church body in Vietnam that had been without trained pastors for 50 years, has become an unexpected and amazing opportunity for the spread of the gospel. In 2013, leaders of the HFC heard a grace-filled sermon from WELS Pastor Bounkeo Lor over the Internet. They were intrigued and Continued.
|» ||WELS Youth Rally wraps up|
From June 26-29, Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, hosted the WELS International Youth Rally. Approximately 2,100 WELS teens and youth leaders gathered for worship, learning, and fellowship under the theme “Never Alone.” This theme was based on the message of Matthew 28:20: “And surely I am with you always, to the very Continued.