September 24, 2017

Installation Today: We will officially install our council and our Sunday School teachers. Even though they have been serving for a long time, we want to recognize them for their faithful service.  Our council is composed of Dan Miller (president), Marv Krohn (treasurer), Brian Neumeister (secretary), Wayne Findlay (property), Mike Kloskey (stewardship) and Dana Kratz (outreach).  Our Sunday School staff is made up of Jane Beveridge, Andrea Kratz, Chris Kutz, Jodi Miller and Julie Ridgeman.

Peace Lutheran Fall Blood Drive: Peace Lutheran, Janesville will be hosting another American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 4 from Noon to 6 pm. (Note the earlier start time.) Our Red Cross Blood Drives are intended as both a community service and an Outreach event. Appointments to donate blood can now be made either on line at or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.  If you aren’t sure if you’d be eligible to donate, call the 1-800-RED CROSS phone number. To get directions, go to

This Week

Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Fairhaven
Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Catechism
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Campus Ministry
Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. Church Cleaning
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Bible Class


Evening Circle October 9 at 1:30 p.m.
Council Meeting October 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Quarterly Meeting October 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Band and Choir Concert: The Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band and the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir will perform a Fall Showcase Concert on Friday, October 6. The concert will take place in the Center for Arts and Performance Schwan Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at or by calling 414.443.8802.

Christian Business Leaders Summit: Austin Ramirez, CEO of HUSCO International, will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday, October 17. The Christian Business Leaders Summit, which costs $40 per person, begins with networking at 10:45 a.m., followed by lunch, keynote, and a panel discussion on servant leadership. For information or to register, visit

Artistic Ability Not Required! Create a beautiful scarf for yourself and a headscarf for a friend while enjoying a glass of wine (or grape juice)! BONUS you will be supporting life-saving medical ministry! Not exactly Michelangelo? No worries, step by step directions will be provided! $35 includes wine, light refreshments, and the supplies to paint 2 silk scarves. Proceeds will go towards helping women and families. Friday, September 29 from 7-8:45 pm at WELS Lutherans for Life, on the the corner of 85th and Lincoln, West Allis WI. Space is limited. RSVP today at–pinot.html!

Celebrate Life with WELS Lutherans for Life: Friday, October 13 two special fundraising events will happen at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. The events support the life-affirming ministry of the WELS pregnancy medical clinic in Milwaukee. A noon Luncheon and an evening dinner. Pastor Ken Fisher is the guest speaker. Each event will include live ultrasounds, silent auction, and a buffet meal along with ministry updates. The events are free to attend but attendees will be given an opportunity to contribute financially to the ministry. Find details and register at Seats are filling fast so register soon. To register or for questions or call 414-727-8176.

Updates from our WELS churches in Florida

WELS South Atlantic District President Chuck Westra reports of many of our WELS churches in Florida following Hurricane Irma. Praise God, that so far, reports of damage appear minor.

John Gensmer reports from Cape Coral that all initial reports are good.  Members heard from are safe and report minimal damage.  Church building is secure and has power.  He also reported that a member of his BIC class who longed for baptism was baptized during the storm.  God grants us amazing privileges in  ministry.

Ascension in Sarasota reports that some members sustained major roof damage and that many are without power.  Clean up efforts have begun.

John Maasch in Bradenton reported that his home is fine.  He has not been able to get to church yet.  Al Gumm reported that despite a few leaks, all is well in North Fort Myers.  John and Cindy Beck are fine and going to church (Prince of Peace, Englewood) to assess the damage.  All is well in Lakewood Ranch (Caleb and Kristin Free).  Power is back on.

Carlos Leyrer reports that while his home has power, the school and 75% of the county does not have power at this point.  The school property lost trees, has some major sign damage, fence damage and a few leaks.

Charlie Vann reports the loss of a tree and very minor damage at home and expects to find the same at church.

Jeff Lohberger reports minor structural damage to roof and fascia at Christ the King in Palm Coast.  All in all, things look good.

Joel Russow reported in from Tallahassee that their property sustained no major damage as the unpredictable storm took it turns.  The Russow’s did have a house full of called workers from across the district.  Joel stated that his son was convinced that all the company came for his birthday party.  I give great thanks for our South Atlantic District family.  God has granted not only hearts committed to ministry but a wonderful unity.

Marty Luchterhand also reported only minor damage despite a loss of power.  Another pastor in the circuit did tell me that Mary suffered a broken ankle while preparing his home for the hurricane’s impact.  So far, that is the worst injury to report in the district.

Mark Gabb and other members rode out the storm in the school gymnasium in Beverly Hills.  The church and school property sustained minor damage but things looked very good in the aftermath.  The saints of St. Paul’s are giving great thanks with many others that more damage was not sustained.

Pastor Bob Hein from Christian Aid and Relief said there are trailers in our district that are ready to be deployed if needed.  He also stated that assistance could be offered if churches wanted to do relief work in the community.  Essentially, they prioritize their work and assistance to 1) church and school  2) members and 3) assistance work in our communities.

We give thanks that God has spared the loss of life and, for the most part, has spared our facilities major structural damage.

Checks should be earmarked for WELS Christian Aid and Relief Hurricane Harvey and sent to: WELS CENTER FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY

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