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|» ||New district presidents for Michigan and Minnesota Districts|
The last of the 12 district conventions concluded last week. Pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and lay delegates met to review reports on the work we have been doing together as a synod, to discuss plans for future synodical efforts, and to provide input from the districts for the 2019 synod convention. Two of the districts Continued.
|» ||WELS teens gathering for biennial rally|
The 2018 WELS International Youth Rally will host over 2,000 WELS teens at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, for four days of entertainment and fellowship from June 26-29, 2018. This is the largest gathering of WELS members for any regular event. Attendees will attend worship, workshops, devotions, a comedy show, and Continued.
|» ||WELS Night ticket deadline approaches|
The Milwaukee Brewers are hosting the fifth annual WELS Night at Miller Park, and you are invited. The deadline to purchase tickets is one month away, Fri., July 20. Thousands of WELS members are expected for the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Colorado Rockies on Fri., Aug. 3, 2018. Game time is 7:10 p.m. For Continued.
|» ||Delegates gather for district conventions|
Each of WELS’ 12 districts met in convention this June, considering local ministry topics along with issues that apply to the entire synod. Delegates of the Michigan and Minnesota Districts elected new presidents to replace retiring pastors Rev. John Seifert and Rev. Charles Degner, respectively. Rev. Snowden (Gene) Sims is now leading the Michigan District, Continued.
|» ||New WELS app available|
WELS released a brand-new version of the WELS Mobile app. There are several changes, including the name. It is now called the WELS App. The new WELS App is available at https://wels.app. It can no longer be found in the Apple, Google, or Amazon app stores; those versions are being retired in July. The WELS Continued.
|» ||Pastoral assignments at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary|
A senior at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary was talking to a coworker at his part-time job. The student mentioned that he was about to graduate and would soon learn where he would be serving as a pastor. “What do you mean when you say that you ‘will learn’ where you will be serving?” The student replied, Continued.
|» ||Review of Scouting completed|
The Conference of Presidents was asked to review the current Scouting organization to determine whether Scouting has changed in a way that would remove the objectionable features. Our synod has consistently voiced its objections to Scouting for several reasons: Scouting promotes a religion that contradicts the Scriptures. A Scout is to “do his duty to Continued.
|» ||Changes at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary|
Rev. Paul O. Wendland, president at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., has announced that he will transition from the position of president into a purely teaching role at the end of the 2018–19 school year. “I am grateful to the Lord Jesus for the privilege of serving him as president of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for Continued.
|» ||New director for the Commission on Evangelism|
Rev. Eric Roecker has accepted the call the serve as the director for the WELS Commission on Evangelism, a ministry of WELS Congregational Services. He will transition to this new role in August, replacing Rev. Mike Hintz who has retired. Roecker has been serving as pastor at Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls, Wis., for five years. Prior Continued.
|» ||WELS Multi-Language Publications offers free product giveaway|
WELS Multi-Language Publications (MLP) and Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) are offering a one-day free inventory giveaway of MLP products in July. The giveaway will take place at Northwestern Publishing House, 1250 N 113 St., Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 14. Congregations or individuals who want materials but can’t be there in Continued.