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Only5 weeks away! Here’s what is going on at RLC in preparation for the celebration of our Savior’s birth....
December 1: Verona - Tree Decorating after church.
Contact Julie Krause at (608) 225-0372 or Kate Neitzel (608) 770-4402.
Monroe - Chili Dump, Tree Decorating, Daytime RLC Christmas Party.
Contact Jean Schoenike at (608) 325-9491.
December 2: Monroe - Advent Services begin. Worship at 7:00pm, no meal.
December 5: Verona - Advent Services begin. Meal at 5:30pm, worship at 6:30pm.
December 6: Verona - Tree lighting and caroling begin at 4:45pm in Central Park.
Contact Pastor Strutz at email@example.com.
December 7: Verona - Postcard distribution. Meet at church at 9:00am for breakfast.
Contact Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org or Casey Smith, at email@example.com.
December 8: Monroe - Postcard distribution. Meet after worship for lunch and instruction.
Contact Pastor Strutz or Casey Smith.
Verona - Advent by Candlelight Events:
December 14: Verona - Christmas For Kids 10:00 - 11:30am.
Contact Vicar Kruegerat firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 15: Verona - Children’s Christmas Service 9am (No Communion)
Monroe - Christmas Hymn Sing Service 10:30am
December 20: Verona - RLC Christmas Party begins at 6:30pm.
Contact Ned Reimer at email@example.com.
December 21: Monroe - Christmas For Kids 10:00 - 11:30am.
Contact Vicar Kruegerat firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 22: Regular Morning Services: 9am - Verona
10:30am - Monroe
December 24: 6:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in Verona
7:00pm Children’s Christmas Service - Monroe
December 25: 9:00am Christmas Day Service - Verona
10:30am Christmas Day Service - Monroe
December 31: 7:00pm New Years Eve Service - Monroe
Games & fellowship follow the service
* Monday & Thursday worship will be at the regular times *
Pastor Strutz and Resurrection Family,
We pray this finds you all doing well. We are enjoying the sunshine and warmth of not only Florida but the many people here at Crown of Life Christian Church and in Fort Myers, Florida.
Timothy just arrived for Thanksgiving and we are super excited to see him and have him home with us! Our family extends it`s love and thanks to all of you for your continued support of Tim`s education at Luther Preparatory School. He continues to be thankful for a place he can use and grow his God given gifts. Tim finished up his varsity football season and has begun wrestling for the first time. He continues to play the upright bass and sing in choir. He is having fun with two languages, German and Latin and is looking forward to finishing up this semester! He is still considering the ministry and we ask for your continued prayers not only for him but for all those at Luther Preparatory School. What a blessing this school is for so many!
Please also pray for our ministry down here in Florida. Crown of Life Christian Academy continues to grow! We serve ages 2- 6th grade and I am currently serving as the 3rd-6th grade teacher of 17 students. It has been a challenging blessing for sure! We can definitely see God`s hand at work!
We miss all of you and enjoy reading the RLC notes to keep up to date on your ministry as well!
Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Your Sister in Christ,
Sunday 11/249:00am - Verona Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Monroe Adult Bible Study & Sunday School
10:30am - Monroe Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Verona Adult Bible Study, Sunday School
Monday7:00pm - Monroe Worship Service
Tuesday6:00am - Men’s Bible Study - Verona
Wednesday6:30pm - Verona Thanksgiving Worship
7:00pm - Monroe Thanksgiving Worship
* No Catechism Classes *
* No Worship Services *
Sunday 12/19:00am - Verona Worship Service
Monroe Adult Bible Study & Sunday School
10:30am - Monroe Worship Service
Verona Adult Bible Study, Sunday School & Teen Bible Study
NoonMonroe - Tree Decorating & Chili Dump followed by Christmas Party
Verona - Tree Decorating
This is a link to several on line media offering for the Wels...
Here you will find links to:
Dear Sister in Christ,
The committee for the 2020 Pathways to Christ Retreat, welcomes you to join us on March 13-15 at LaSure’s Hall in Oshkosh. Our theme for the retreat will focus on Prov. 17:17, “A Friend Loves At All Times”. Please visit our website for more detailed information. https://pathwaystochrist.org/.
The Sermons & Service VideosFound on our website, from here you can view the video of last weeks sermon. Scroll down to download PDF`s of the text of the current and previous sermons...
About Forward in Christ“May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us” (1 Kings 8:57).
Forward in Christ is the official magazine of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Printed monthly, this magazine addresses important issues facing Christians today.
Forward in Christ magazine
This is a permanent link to the current Forward in Christ......more
Youth Group Scrip Cards NOW ON HAND!
KWIK TRIP CARDS AVAILABLEWe have many different denominations of Kwik Trip cards on hand for all your travel needs. Plus, if you make a purchase inside a Kwik Trip store, we get an additional 10% back for our youth group. The money is used to send teens to the youth rally. The youth group has also used profits to purchase food for the Verona Area Needs Network food pantry. Please see Denise Reimer (608) 225-0902 or Katrina Meinel (920) 382-6696 for Kwik Trip cards.
If anyone from RLC Monroe is interested in purchasing cards, please e-mail Denise at email@example.com. The youth group thanks you in advance for your support!
Start each week day with a short Bible reading, devotion, and prayer. Monday through Friday a devotion is provided by WELS and WhatAboutJesus.com. Missed your daily devotion? Browse the archive, which has several months` worth of devotions to uplift and encourage you with the Word. ...more
All of Wels from their mobile app.
Jacob & Megan Haag
Good talking to you today. Sorry this is woefully late. Here is a summary:
Megan and I had a whirlwind year of traveling in 2018! We enjoyed the encouragement from the Grow in Grace retreat in San Antonio in the spring and traveled to England and Germany for vacation at the end of the summer. England had been a dream trip for Megan, and I was able to show her the seminary where I studied in Germany. To get out into the community more, I joined a community choir which toured to Washington D.C. in the spring and sung with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra this past December and January. Megan still works as the office administrator at a water environmental engineering firm in Ann Arbor. We are expecting our first child, a daughter, in early June! That good news has been paired with more difficult times as Megan`s grandmother passed away in November and in December my mother`s cancer that begun during my vicar year has return and spread. In all things, we cling to God`s gracious promises.
We have really enjoyed our new church renovation for the past year and a half. I attended the Multi-Site Conference Pastor Strutz organized this past year, and we have begun discussions with two neighboring churches for the potential of increased ministry and outreach. I am excited and hopeful we can get something accomplished. I started a food drive canvas this past summer to support public housing near our church, and we had a great response from our neighborhood. We are planning on keeping that as a yearly outreach event. Although we are doing more outreach, unfortunately God has not blessed those efforts yet with more people joining our church through Bible 101. However, God does seem to be blessing our campus ministry efforts at Michigan. We are receiving synodical subsidy through the campus ministry committee, and our core group of students has almost tripled in four years. This past summer I began a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program with a focus on preaching, along with some electives in New Testament. I have enjoyed the chance to get back to the classroom while still serving as a pastor. It brings me so much joy to hear all the blessings that have happened in Verona, Mt. Horeb, and Monroe since my time with you. God`s continued blessings to you at RLC!
Jacob & Megan Haag
Happy New Year!
Tim and Carissa Priewe
Carissa teaches first and second grade at Loving Shepherd in Milwaukee, where I am also serving as a senior vicar during my last year of seminary. This was my home congregation growing up and we are living about 6 blocks from my childhood home. I get to preach about once a month, and have started a youth group. My Senior Thesis paper is basically wrapped up and now we are waiting for Call Day and Graduation. I`m also scheduled to go on an archaeological dig in Israel this June.
The end of 2018 was sort of a whirlwind. My mom died from the cancer she had been battle for about 4 years on September 4th. Her mom, my Grandma, followed her this morning, as I write. She took a fall on New Year`s Eve Day, and I was the one to find her conked out on the floor. She went through hip surgery at age 90 and the surgery seemed to be successful. But after a miserable first day of recovery, she said she couldn`t take it, and then soon later she went into a deep sleep for basically a whole day before she died early this morning, January 7th. Our joy to see Grandma go home to heaven is far less than our sorrow.
All things considered, I guess we are hanging in there.
I was ecstatic to hear about Christmas at Resurrection and to see the article in Forward in Christ. It was a privilege and joy to be in the middle of it with all of you at Resurrection Verona and Monroe. God`s blessings as you keep it going!
Love, Tim and Carissa Priewe
Here`s an update from the Free Family:
God has been very good to our family. Our oldest son Clay is now 4 1/2, and will be starting Kindergarten next year. Our next son Aaron will turn 2 in July, and enjoys rough housing with his brother and dad. But the 3 Free boys will have to learn to be a little more gentle come May of 2019, because that is when we look forward to meeting a Free baby girl! Kristin and the baby are both doing well, and your prayers for continued health and blessing for mom and baby are greatly appreciated. Everyone is enjoying our Florida life, especially because as I`m writing this update in January, it`s sunny and 80 degrees. (You`re always more than welcome to come down and visit!)
God has also been very good to us at Risen Savior. We recently completed our building project, and the new sanctuary and education wing look amazing. The congregation has officially decided to move forward with a preschool, united behind the mission that the preschool will serve as an outreach arm of the church, connecting these young children and their families to their Savior. Lakewood Ranch is a fast growing community, and as such, there are many opportunities to proclaim Jesus to the people around us. We do that currently through our Mornings with Mommy program, our New Mover Outreach Team, our Community Gospel Share Team, and we look forward to doing that in the Summer of 2019 with our Summer-Long Music Camp. While there are challenges here, we give thanks for the many undeserved blessings God continues to give us at Risen Savior.
RLC will always hold a special place in our hearts. We pray God`s blessings upon the ministry at RLC, and all the great people who are there!
The Free Family
Here`s an update from Melso`s:
Our synod`s mission board must be OK with us sticking around here in Chattanooga, TN for a while seeing as we just purchased a home and moved out of our rental in early December. We`re glad we`re all settled in our new home now since we are expecting a baby this coming March. New baby, new home, new church. I guess we might as well try all of it at once.
Living Hope continues to be blessed by God. We got to welcome 35 members to the Living Hope family on December 9. We called it our member commissioning service. About half of those members were our WELS core group and the other half are people we`ve met from all different backgrounds here in Chatt. We`ve got Bible Information Classes continuing with a handful of others and some prospects who continue to attend very faithfully. Just about every week now we see a new face come check out our worship at the Regal Cinemas movie theater. All we can do is pray that God keeps blessing us exactly how he already has. We look forward to having about 4 different mission teams visit us throughout this next year to help with canvassing and a possible summer camp.
If any are on their way down to a Florida beach please don`t hesitate to contact us, we`d love to see you on your way! You`ll probably pass through Chattanooga. May God bless our shared efforts to reach others with The Good News.
Eric and Jennifer Melso
Two weeks later is better than never?
This past May I graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary following being called to serve as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenai Alaska. Molly, Emma (our one year old daughter), and I and shipped our possessions via U-haul and flew ourselves up in early July. I was installed and ordained on July 15. Molly was also called to teach Kindergarten at Grace`s school. She gladly accepted. Molly really has a passion and gift for teaching. The current situation works quite well, Molly teaches in the morning while the principal`s wife watches Emma, then they come home at lunch for the rest of the day. We are expecting a new addition the family--Ava Louise is due to born on March 30! We are all overjoyed and eagerly wait for this blessing to arrive. I have joined some of the local historical societies and have been put on the board of the Soldotna Historical Society. It is a great way for me to connect and serve in my community while doing something I enjoy. We are constantly amazed at the wonders of God`s creation here in Alaska. On a clear day, we can see mountains on three sides. We live five miles from the Cook Inlet which connects to the Pacific Ocean. A warm Japanese current keeps the temperatures here very mild. We frequently see moose in our yard and have been able to see grizzly and black bears in the wild as well as puffins, whales, otters, and seals. Anyone looking for a vacation destination is encouraged to stay with us, or at least stop by and say hi.
The ministry at Grace is one of great joy and opportunity. We have a little more than a hundred members in the congregation. The school has 64 students. Apart from Molly and myself, there are 4 other workers on staff. Our current principal has accepted a call and we ask for your prayers as we continue to call a replacement for him. We are the only WELS church on the Kenai Peninsula (which geographically is about 1/6 the size of Wisconsin). While most members live within a 15-20 mile radius, some members drive an hour and a half one way. We are currently pursuing an active Bible Information Class program and are witnessing God`s blessing of these efforts. This summer we will hold our soccer camp with help from Molly`s brother Joe, and students from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. May God continue to bless each one of you and the ministry of Ressurection-Verona and Ressurection-Monroe!
Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church