WELS Together Newsletter
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|» ||Synod convention begins July 29|
The 65th biennial convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod will be held at Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., July 29–Aug. 1. The convention will be attended by over 400 voting and advisory delegates. Approximately half of the delegates are lay, with the other half being pastors, teachers, and staff ministers. The opening Continued.
|» ||First Taste of Missions a success|
On July 13, more than 400 WELS members gathered for the first Taste of Missions hosted by WELS Missions. Held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., the event gave WELS members an opportunity to hear firsthand from WELS home and world missionaries, sample food from around the world, visit mission displays, and participate in a Continued.
|» ||New seminary planned for Indonesia|
Groundbreaking for a new seminary facility for Gereja Lutheran Indonesia (GLI), WELS’ sister church in Indonesia, took place in May. This will replace the current seminary, which is on the island of Java. “It is one of many steps in the process of indigenization and coming of age as a daughter denomination of WELS and Continued.
|» ||WELS Night a hit|
Despite watching a Brewers defeat, more than 2,400 WELS members enjoyed a beautiful summer evening of baseball and fellowship for the sixth annual WELS Night at Miller Park. Several WELS members took part in the game festivities including WELS First Vice President Rev. Jim Huebner throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. “Preaching to a crowd Continued.
|» ||WELS Christian Aid and Relief approves humanitarian aid grants|
The administrative committee for WELS Christian Aid and Relief approved $466,212 for humanitarian aid work in fiscal year 2019-20. 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. Christian Aid and Relief Chairman Rev. Robert Hein, says, Continued.
|» ||Work in Vietnam continues|
WELS leaders traveled to Vietnam in June to continue the training of Hmong church leaders as well as to further plans for the theological education center being built in Hanoi. Rev. Bounkeo Lor, Hmong Asia ministry coordinator, and Rev. E. Allen Sorum, director of the Pastoral Studies Institute, taught 60 men from the Hmong Fellowship Continued.
|» ||WELS EdTechLead Summit connects leaders across disciplines|
Held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., June 25-27, the WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Conference (EdTechLead) brought more than 400 teachers, pastors, and other synod leaders together to explore ministry tools, techniques, and best practices. The conference opened the morning of June 25 with worship and a formal welcome. Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, president of Wisconsin Continued.
|» ||LWMS convention highlights mission projects|
The Wild Rose Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) welcomed nearly 950 attendees from 821 WELS congregations to praise God and show their support for WELS mission work. “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus in the Heartland” was the theme for the 56th annual LWMS convention, held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 27-30. Continued.
|» ||MLC online courses bolster local ministry|
This fall, Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., is offering online courses toward its Chaplaincy and Evangelism certificates. These courses are intended for both WELS called workers and lay members who wish to further their knowledge and skill in conducting local ministry. Class participants can earn certificates in Evangelism and Chaplaincy, indicating they completed Continued.
|» ||New President at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary|
At the end of this month, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., will experience a change in leadership. Seminary President Rev. Paul Wendland will be stepping down as president and will move back into the role of full-time classroom professor. Seminary Vice President Rev. Earle Treptow has accepted the call to serve as the seminary president Continued.