September 3, 2017

Sunday School will start next Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  There is a sign-up sheet in the cry room to sign up for the weekly snacks on Sunday morning.

Movie Premiere: You are invited as a guest of Wisconsin Lutheran College to the world premiere of Salty Earth Picture’s newest full-length motion picture, The Open Door. Public showings will be held September 7 at 7:30 p.m. and September 9 at 2:00 p.m. To reserve free tickets or for more information, visit The premiere will take place in WLC’s Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.

Thank you to Pastor Doug Bode for his message today.  I am in Milwaukee this morning baptizing my newest granddaughter.

See the movie!  In observance of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, our sister WELS congregation, Amazing Grace Lutheran in South Beloit, IL, will host a screening of the new film, “A Return to Grace – Luther’s Life and Legacy,” on Tuesday, September 26th, 6:30 p.m., at the AMC Showplace Machesney Park 14 (just a few miles south of the state line).  You may order tickets online (go to; under “Upcoming Events” select “List View” and find the September 26th screening in Machesney Park).  Tickets are only $10.00.  The order deadline for tickets is September 19th.

Christian Aid and Relief Hurricane Harvey update

Thank you for your prayers, your gifts, and your offers to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please continue to keep these people in your prayers and ask the Lord to bless all relief efforts. In this time of crisis, we pray that God’s people will find strength and comfort in our God of free and faithful love and his gracious promises

WELS Christian Aid and Relief always seek to personalize our relief efforts. We are working through our congregations and leaders in the affected areas of Texas. District President Don Patterson is in communication with his pastors as they assess the damage in their neighborhoods and consider ways to respond. Meetings will be held on Tues., Sept. 5, in Victoria and Edna and Wed., Sept. 6, in Houston with area pastors, lay leaders, and a representative from WELS Christian Aid and Relief to determine further ways to help.

We are generally not first responders, but initial funds ($25,000) have been sent to District President Patterson and his representatives to address immediate needs. We have also sent several relief trailers to our staging point at Holy Word, Austin, Tex., which include generators and other relief supplies and equipment.

We are not presently seeking donations of items to ship to Texas. They will purchase the supplies they need down there. If you wish to support this relief effort, the best way is to direct financial gifts to WELS Christian Aid and Relief and designate the Hurricane Fund. To promote good communication, and at the request of our congregations in Texas, please direct questions about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief to Christian Aid and Relief rather than contacting those local congregations in Texas. You may contact Pastor Robert Hein at 262-334-7881 or or Pastor Rich Warnecke at 262-424-8792 or

We are not presently sending volunteers to Texas. The neighboring congregations have not yet asked for volunteers, nor are they ready to host them. Right now, neighboring congregations in Texas are sending their own members into the affected areas to offer relief.  We are assisting their local efforts. Thirty-five volunteers from Austin are headed to Edna and Victoria to start four days of relief work. Keep them in your prayers.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with relief efforts, you are invited to fill out the online volunteer relief form. As plans develop, and volunteers are requested, we will contact you.

Checks should be earmarked for WELS Christian Aid and Relief Hurricane Harvey and sent to:


N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive

Waukesha, WI 53188

Join us for the Alpha Life Resource Center Fall Fundraiser Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, September 23 at Windwood of Watertown Country Club, W5710 Cty Rd CW, for an evening of appetizers, refreshments, fun, and shopping that helps enable our Gospel-driven ministry to those in need in the church and community. Your support makes it possible for God’s truth on life, pregnancy, parenting, marriage, and relationships to be shared with hundreds of people each year. The event starts as doors open at 4:30 p.m. with punch, hors-d’oeuvres and cash bar while you shop the silent auction and socialize. It continues with entertainment, coffee, and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the center during open hours (please call for times), from any board member or on our website using PayPal. Ticket pricing is $25 per person in advance or $30 the event day. Checks should be made payable to Alpha Life Resource Center, 313 E. Main Street, Watertown, WI 53094. Phone: 920-261-9207.

 “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World,” the full-length feature film, is set to air nationally on PBS on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Central time.

This Week

Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Fairhaven
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. NO Bible Class
Friday at 9:00 a.m. Lakeside Pastors’ Day


Circuit Meeting September 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Evening Circle September 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Campus Ministry September 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Council Meeting September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Brunch September 17 at 10:00 a.m.