WELS Together Newsletter
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|» ||Full-time director for WELS Christian Aid and Relief|
Last fall, the Synodical Council made the decision to call a full-time director for WELS Christian Aid and Relief. WELS Christian Aid and Relief has been the vehicle by which WELS members have generously supported relief efforts in times of natural disaster and in other situations where our Christian love moves us to provide some Continued.
|» ||Youth rally registration opening soon|
It’s time for congregations to round up their teens and start planning for the 2020 WELS International Youth Rally. The theme for this year’s rally is “Vision 2020.” “We want thousands of teens to see Christ clearly, and seeing Christ clearly will be the motivation to serve Christ boldly,” says Rev. Donn Dobberstein, director of Continued.
|» ||2020 Mission and Ministry held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary|
From Feb. 4-6, students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., participated in Mission and Ministry, an annual three-day event organized by the students. Under the theme “Share the Feast,” 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 give Continued.
|» ||First WELS Leadership Conference a success|
WELS Congregational Services hosted the first ever WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership in Chicago, Jan. 21–23, 2020. Approximately 800 people, representing about 350 WELS congregations, met to hear five plenary speakers and attend a selection of breakout sessions. Rev. Jonathan Hein, coordinator of WELS Congregational Services, says, “The focus of the conference was that Continued.
|» ||Your gifts, God’s blessings 2020|
“Your gifts, God’s blessings: An annual report to our members” is now available online. “I encourage every WELS member to read the annual report to learn the length, breadth, and depth of the impactful gospel ministries that Jesus graciously allows us to conduct in his name and to his glory through our prayers and offerings,” Continued.
|» ||Announcing WELS Night at Miller Park|
It’s time to mark your calendars for the seventh annual WELS Night at Miller Park. Each year thousands of WELS members gather for an evening of fellowship and fun, and you can join them for the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Fri., July 24, 2020. Game time is 7:10 p.m. The Brewers Continued.
|» ||Evangelism Day at MLC|
The annual Evangelism Day at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., in January, brought a break from classes as students attended stellar seminars and got fired up about proclaiming Christ. “Evangelism Day,” says Maddy Leckwee, “is filled with energy and fire for the gospel. It makes you excited for the work you are training to Continued.
|» ||Conference of Presidents met for winter 2020 meeting|
The Conference of Presidents (COP) met for its winter meeting on Jan. 6-9. The COP meeting addressed many topics, including: The COP approved proposals to amend the synod’s bylaws dealing with disciplinary procedures carried out by the districts. These proposed changes are intended to clarify the terms, timing, and process to be followed when discipline Continued.
|» ||Easter outreach program available|
Victorious! It’s a message that the world needs to hear today. “Many people in our country feel defeated by life. Many are being defeated by disease. All will eventually be defeated by death,” says Rev. Eric Roecker, director of the Commission on Evangelism. That’s why the theme “Victorious” is so fitting for a new outreach Continued.
|» ||Church in Panama City rededicated after hurricane|
What a difference a year makes. On Oct. 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael blew through Panama City, Fla., as a category five hurricane, severely damaging the church and parsonage of Amazing Grace as well as the homes of many of its members. On Oct. 20, 2019, Amazing Grace moved back into its rebuilt worship facility. During Continued.