WELS Together Newsletter:
|» ||Reformation worship focuses on God’s grace|
A year ago, in anticipation of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, initial plans were made for a large celebration in Milwaukee that would include conferences for all WELS called workers and a large festival worship service for called workers and WELS members in the 15,000- seat Bradley Center. After determining Continued.
|» ||MLP continues to work in South Asia|
The bag weighed almost as much he did. But that didn’t stop a pastor from South Asia from hoisting the almost 100-pound bag of Multi-Language Publication booklets onto his back and walking for hours back to his hometown. What’s even more amazing is that in the past his church had been destroyed and he had Continued.
|» ||Blessings from Choral Festival are lifelong|
“Joyful. Exciting. Amazing. A taste of heaven.” These are just some of the words used to describe the WELS National Choral Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary Nov. 10-12. More than 475 students from 22 area Lutheran high schools and preparatory schools will gather to sing their praises to the Lord in La Crosse, Wis.—the Continued.
|» ||Chaplain Certification Program courses offered|
From police officers to those who are incarcerated, the Chaplain Certification Program is about helping people in special circumstances with special ministry needs. Training is open to all WELS members, both lay members and called workers, with a heart for meeting the spiritual needs of people in circumstances that require particular spiritual care. Specific areas Continued.
|» ||Conference of Presidents holds its fall meeting|
The Conference of Presidents (COP) met Oct. 10-13 at the Center for Mission and Ministry, Waukesha, Wis., for its regular fall meeting. Included in the discussions and decisions: The COP noted with thanks to God that Congregation Mission Offerings are up 1.6% over last year ($231,000). As congregations begin planning for next year, a video Continued.
|» ||New set of “theses” highlights the basic teachings of Lutheranism|
As part of its triennial convention in Grimma, Germany, this past summer, the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) approved a new set of Ninety-five theses to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. While Luther’s theses focused on the abuse of indulgences in the church at the time, Ninety-Five Theses for the 21st Century has Continued.
|» ||New form makes connecting college students with churches easier|
WELS Campus Ministry is introducing a new student management system. It is now live for pastors and college students. With this new system, pastors and churches can now manage student lists online. This includes viewing, sorting, editing, adding, and deleting student profiles as well as managing a student’s free subscription to Forward in Christ and Continued.
|» ||OWLS are “filled with the gospel”|
The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) met in Pewaukee, Wis., Oct. 10-12, under the theme “Filled with the gospel.” About 175 members from around the United States attended. The convention was hosted by the Dodge-Washington OWLS. This was the first convention directed by new convention chairman Mr. Werner Lemke. For a decade, the OWLS Continued.
|» ||WELS teachers meet around the country|
Annual District Teachers’ Conferences are an opportunity for WELS early childhood teachers and directors, Lutheran elementary school teachers, and high school teachers to enjoy learning opportunities, networking, and fellowship. Three conferences have already taken place. Conferences will continue this week in the Pacific Northwest, South Atlantic, and Minnesota Districts, Oct. 18-20. The Michigan District Teachers’ Continued.
|» ||WELS members respond|
When people are hurting, Christians respond. Paul thanked the Macedonian Christians for the generous outpouring of support they provided for needy brothers and sisters in Jerusalem. They saw a need, and their love for their Savior and fellow Christians moved them to act. The same could be said about the members of our synod in Continued.