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|» ||COP holds its fall 2018 meeting|
The Conference of Presidents (COP) met for its fall meeting during the first week of October. Here are some of the highlights of that meeting: The COP issued calls for three Christian giving counselors. Rev. Jonathan Stern was called to a part-time semi-retirement position to serve the Arizona-California District; Rev. Bryan Schwarz was called to Continued.
|» ||Christian Aid and Relief Oct. 2018 update|
When Hurricane Michael made landfall, Amazing Grace, Panama City, Fla., took a direct hit. Rev. Jerry Enderle, pastor at Amazing Grace, reports the church and parsonage suffered extensive damage, as did several members’ homes, along with the entire community. Rev. Joel Russow, pastor of Faith, Tallahassee, Fla., also reports trees down in the neighborhood, but Continued.
|» ||Record attendance at annual OWLS convention|
The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) challenged seniors to “Finish the Race” well when it held its annual convention for seniors in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Oct. 9-12. The convention had 207 attendees from around the United States, which exceeded attendance for many recent years. Elkhart Lake, the home of Road America, is known for Continued.
|» ||2019 synod convention planning underway|
Planning has begun for the 65th biennial convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, which will be held at Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., July 29-Aug. 1, 2019. More than 400 delegates and 50 advisory members will be meeting under the theme “For the Generations to Come.” “Looking back on the history of Continued.
|» ||Fellowship established with a Lutheran church body in Kenya|
On Sept. 14–15, 2018, our sister synod the Lutheran Church of Central Africa–Zambia Synod (LCCA-ZS) met in convention for the 31st time in its history. The LCCA-ZS, along with the Lutheran Church of Central Africa–Malawi Synod, was established as a mission by WELS and has since become a fully independent church body in fellowship with Continued.
|» ||Treptow accepts call to be seminary president|
On Monday, Oct. 1, Prof. Earle Treptow accepted the call to succeed Prof. Paul Wendland as president of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., at the end of the 2018–19 school year. Treptow, the seminary’s vice president, joined the faculty in 2016. He teaches systematic theology and Old Testament. “Prof. Earle Treptow is an experienced leader, Continued.
|» ||One hundred twenty-five years of God’s grace|
This year marks the 125th anniversary of WELS World Missions work on the Apache reservation in Arizona. A special anniversary celebration will be held Oct. 26–28 on the Apache reservation to celebrate its history and God’s blessings over the years. On Oct. 26, visitors can take self-guided tours of the reservation. A celebration event has been Continued.
|» ||New edition of catechism impacts homes, churches, and schools|
In June 2017, Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) released a new edition of Luther’s Small Catechism. Since then, this version has had an impact in thousands of homes, churches, and schools. First published in 1529, Luther’s Small Catechism has served as a powerful resource for Lutheran students and families. Its lessons consist of a series of Continued.
|» ||Special committee reports progress|
Last spring the Conference of Presidents appointed a study committee to review our WELS doctrinal statement on man and woman roles. The committee has been asked to consider ways in which we might clarify how we express the biblical principle in a way that helps us avoid misunderstandings and caricatures as we confess it in Continued.
|» ||Christian Aid and Relief Florence update|
WELS Christian Aid and Relief has been monitoring damage to WELS churches, members, and communities in the Southeastern United States following Hurricane Florence. So far, only Ascension in Jacksonville, N.C., has reported significant damage. The congregation’s rented worship facility lost shingles in the wind, allowing torrents of rain to destroy the ceiling and fill the Continued.