WELS Together Newsletter



WELS Together Newsletter

This bi-weekly e-newsletter features a message from the president and the latest news and developments from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Visit the Together Archive for additional issues. Visit the Subscription Page to receive Together via email.
» Commission on Inter-Church Relations holds its fall meeting
The WELS Commission on Inter-Church Relations (CICR) held its fall meeting last week. The CICR serves under the Conference of Presidents in the following ways: To preserve and strengthen—on the basis of complete unity in scriptural doctrine and practice —the bond of confessional fellowship with those church bodies with which such fellowship already exists. To Continued.
» Celebrating the blessings of WELS youth ministry
As one decade comes to a close and another begins, WELS youth ministry programs have exciting milestones and events on the horizon. First, the monthly video news magazine Kids Connection is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Created to complement the WELS Connection monthly video news magazine, Kids Connection encourages children and their families to “stay connected Continued.
» WELS CEF special rates coming to an end
To meet the need for increasing requests for loans from WELS home missions and mission-minded congregations, WELS Church Extension Fund (WELS CEF) has been offering special interest rates for new investors. For a limited time, WELS CEF has been offering a four percent interest rate on a minimum investment of $5,000 in either a 56-month-term Continued.
» Ministerial education school enrollments
Total enrollment at the four ministerial education schools for the 2019-20 school year is 1,452, down slightly from 1,487 last year. Two of the schools saw small increases from last year; the other two schools experienced slightly lower enrollments. Here are the unofficial opening enrollments at each school: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.: 120 (112 Continued.
» Lutheran Leadership Conference to kick off 2020
WELS Congregational Services will host the first WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 21-23. WELS Congregational Services works under the Conference of Presidents to help congregations assess, plan, and carry out gospel ministry. The conference will have five keynote presentations that deal with major cultural challenges before Continued.
» Learning to be a church that welcomes members home
As part of its “Welcome Home” initiative resources, WELS Congregational Services released a series of four videos with accompanying Bible studies to address some of the most common reasons Christians stop attending church and how to show love and minister to these members. The videos are meant to be used by congregational leaders and members Continued.
» C19: Sharing the meaning of Christmas with others
According to current research, Christmas is the most appealing time for the unchurched and dechurched to attend a worship service. That makes C19, this year’s synodwide outreach campaign for Christmas, a critical opportunity. Available from WELS Congregational Services, C19 equips congregations and individuals to share the good news of Jesus’ birth with others in their Continued.
» WELS convention highlights
Delegates to the 65th biennial synod convention, held at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., three weeks ago, have much to remember and to share with others as they return to their home congregations. Illustrating how our worldwide fellowship of confessional Lutherans continues to grow, our synod had the privilege of declaring fellowship with Continued.
» Serving generations in the future through endowments
WELS Foundation announced it has distributed $2.9 million from more than 300 endowments through its endowment program this year. WELS ministerial education schools received $1.9 million, and WELS Missions received $508,000. The remainder was distributed to congregations, schools, or other WELS/WELS-affiliated ministries that benefit from donor-designated endowments. WELS Foundation manages endowment funds established by individuals, Continued.
» New Bible translation available
A new translation of the Bible—the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)—is now available from Northwestern Publishing House (NPH). More than one hundred people—pastors, professors, teachers, and laypeople—have been working on the translation since 2013, all under the direction of the Wartburg Project, an independent Lutheran Bible translation effort by WELS and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) pastors Continued.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works... ~ EPHESIANS 2:8-9