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This Week at RLC

Sunday 10/13

9:00am Verona Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Monroe Adult Bible Study 
10:30am Monroe Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Verona Adult Bible Study, Sunday School  


6:00pm WORMS - Monroe
7:00pm Monroe Worship Service


6:00am Men’s Bible Study - Verona
6:00pm Council Meeting - Verona
6:30-8:30pm WOW - Verona


6:00pm Catechism - Verona
6:30-8:30pm Painting with Ivy - Monroe


6:30pm Verona Worship Service
7:30pm Verona Bible Study


LWMS Rally

 Sunday 10/20

9:00am Verona Worship Service &  Lord’s Supper
Monroe Adult Bible Study 
10:30am Monroe Worship Service  & Lord’s Supper
Verona Adult Bible Study, Sunday School & Teen Bible Study

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WORMS Meets in Monroe Monday, October 14 at 6:00pm.

WOW Thursday Oct. 15 6:30 to 8:30 - Verona

Join us for food, fellowship and Bible Study as we study the Old Testament name of the Lord.  Yaweh is the name by which God has chosen to be remembered throughout all generations. Please RSVP to Ruth Pudlo at ruthpudlocleaning@gmail.com.


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CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, October 27 at 5:00pm in Verona

The congregation will be voting on a motion regarding Fitchburg as the next site. Information on the motion is printed below:

At the April 2018 congregational voters meeting, the voters of Resurrection approved a 10- year ministry plan, of which one of the main tenets is to expand our congregation to 4 sites as a means to continue to grow God’s Kingdom in our geographical area.  The Fitchburg area has been an area of interest for this expansion since even before the merger with Monroe.

Early steps in this process have included the organization of a Fitchburg core group.  The mission of this group is to vet the Fitchburg area to ensure it is in fact a ripe field for RLC to consider for expansion.  This group has been meeting regularly and has gathered and organized information regarding outreach opportunities, demographics, land and synod financial support.  It is the opinion of the core group that Fitchburg is an extremely attractive opportunity for RLC to plant an additional site.  

The above work has been completed with minimal financial impact on the congregation and was necessary to ensure Fitchburg is in fact a viable opportunity.

The RLC council feels it is good and proper at this time to bring forth a recommendation to the voters that officially identifies Fitchburg as the location for our next site. An affirmative vote will allow the core group to move forward in the process knowing that they have the backing of the congregation.  As such the RLC council brings forth the following recommendation;

The Resurrection Lutheran Church council recommends that Fitchburg, Wisconsin is pursued as the next site of Resurrection Lutheran Church.

A yes vote indicates agreement to actively continue to pursue and establish a RLC site in Fitchburg, WI.. 

A Yes vote does NOT approve capital expenditures or authorize the pursuit of an additional loan or refinancing of our current loan for the purpose of site expansion..  These items would be voted on separately at a future date when specific information is known. 

A no vote indicates that Fitchburg should not be pursued as the next site.


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ENGAGE! anual convention

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 // 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

ENGAGE! is more than a convention. Using life and family issues as bridges, ENGAGE! will help you talk with others confidently and credibly about the Good News of Jesus Christ within the context of life and family issues.

ENGAGE! by attending this one-day event. You have been on the sidelines long enough. We will help you demonstrate love and establish a relationship to talk about your most important relationship – with Jesus Christ!

You can expect:
  • An engaging day among your Christian friends.
  • Words to inform and inspire you from our experienced speakers.
  • A delicious catered lunch from That’s Amore!
  • Opportunities to view displays from a variety of organizations.
  • Practical materials to use AFTER our convention, to help stay engaged.
  • Opportunities to win special prizes to equip you for ministry.
  • An exhibit by Northwestern Publishing House
  • Book Signing by Dr. Stacy Hoehl
  • A chance to help our mothers at New Beginnings or clients at our pregnancy care centers (by bringing diapers, baby wipes, or non-expired formula).

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Announcements & Upcoming Events


Sunday, October 27 at 5:00pm in Verona.  The congregation will be voting on a motion regarding Fitchburg as the next site.(See Special Note for details)


Sunday, October 27 in Verona.  Kickoff is at 7:20pm.  Join us after the congregational meeting to watch a rematch of   Super Bowl #1 - the Green Bay Packers against the Kansas City Chiefs.  Bring your favorite snack and your cheese-head, of course! 


Saturday, October 19 at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie.  Registration begins at 8:30am, and the Rally begins at 9:00am.  For more information contact Jean Schoenike at (608) 558-0409.


All Verona Sunday School students sing in church Sunday, October 27,  Please meet at 8:40 before church so we can practice.


Sunday, October 27, at 4:00pm at Lakeside Lutheran High School.  If you would like to be involved with singing or playing your instruments, please contact Richard Lehmann of Peace Lutheran in Janesville at (608) 752-0258 for more information.


Our church will have a booth at the Kid’s Expo in Verona on Saturday, November 2,  from 9:00am until 2:00pm at the Verona Area High School. If you’d like to volunteer with set up or staffing the booth, please sepak with Andy Rice at (608)279-4035 or Pastor Strutz at (608) 515-4334.


We are collecting items to send to our RLC college students for finals.  There is a green bin in the hall and a list of suggested items on the bulletin board.  Donations will be accepted until Sunday, November 10.  Parents, please contact Becky Deegan with your child’s college address before Sunday, November 10 if you would like them to receive a care package.  Packages will be mailed that week.


We are looking to put together a social media team to keep Facebook, website, and any other social media up to date with current events.  If you are interested in serving in that capacity, please contact Casey Smith, Outreach Chairman at (262) 685-7597 or outreach@rlcverona.com.


Sunday, December 8 at 4:30pm.  All women of RLC are encouraged to attend as we focus on preparing our hearts for Christmas.


Friday, December 20, beginning at 6:30pm.  It will be held at a clubhouse in Fitchburg.  Address and parking details will be listed as the event approaches.  The white elephant gift exchange is a huge hit every year, and draws a lot of laughter.  We hope you can join us!


Clear your calendars!  The weekend October 20th is Welcome Home Weekend.  We are aiming to have 100% attendance among our membership that weekend.  Encourage your friends who have not been in worship recently to come home to their RLC family.  Join us in Bible study as we prepare and equip one another for that day.  Help each other to look forward to the final “welcome home” of our Savior, who will welcome us to heaven.  Service times will follow the regular schedule that weekend.  See you there!


Wednesday, October 16 from 6:30 - 8:30pm in Monroe.  Our sunflower and lighthouse painting nights turned out great.  Thank you for coming! As requested, we are hosting one more painting night this year.  Come paint an angel for yourself or for a loved one.  Join us for a fun and relaxing time.  This will be the last painting night for this year.  Sign up on the bulletin board (at either location).  If you have any questions, contact Ivy at (608) 422-4931.


Saturday, November 2 9:00-11:30am at Peace Lutheran Church, 1007 Stonehaven Drive, Sun Prairie.

Each Christian is called to specific vocations in life.  You might be mother, lawyer, mayor and church member.  Maybe you are student, brother, citizen and Sunday School teacher.  In each of these vocations God uses you to love the world.  We will explore what it means to be a part of God’s economy in love, where we find our value, and how we value other human beings all through the lens of the doctrine of vocation.  Ultimately this vocational mindset is because we are free from the burden of pleasing God with our good deeds.  Christ has taken care of that in our place.  We are freed then to become what God always intended us to be, lovers of the world.  We are freed to love.

Study is led by Pastor Michael Berg, Wisconsin Lutheran College Assistant Professor of Theology and cohost of the Let the Bird Fly podcast

Coffee and refreshments will be served.  Registration isn’t necessary but is appreciated.  To register, email dan.Jarson@peacewels.org or call the church office (608) 837-5346


We have several openings on the fellowship and cleaning teams.  If you are able to serve Jesus in this way, we’d love to have you join us.  For more information, please call the church office at (608) 848-4965, or email Kathy at  ministrycoordinator@rlcverona.com


Would you like to be added to one of the Sunday morning Fellowship teams and bring yummy treats to share with your RLC family next year?  If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please contact Carrie Henderson at carrie@neumillerfarms.com or Kathy at ministrycoordinator@rlcverona.com.


Have you ever been reading your Bible, finished the book of Jude, and then...stopped?  If so, you’re not the first - the last book of the Bible can be an intimidating one!  Revelation is full of strange images, lots of numbers, and some pretty fancy language that can make it feel inaccessible to the casual reader. 

If staring down the only book in the Bible labeled “apocalyptic” fills you with fear and trembling, tremble no more!  Coming soon to a Thursday night Bible study near you, Vicar Seth Krueger presents Apocalypse Now:  Reading Revelation Today!

In this class, you will receive the tools you need to decode real-life meaning from the sometimes complex imagery of Revelation, and also put those tools to the test by examining some significant parts of the book with each other.  Whether it’s understanding the significance of its numbers or the history of its imagery, you can build a strong foundation to help you read this powerful book on your own with confidence.

Classes begin September 26th in Verona and run weekly on Thursday nights at 7:30pm after worship.  More information coming soon!


RLC BOOK CLUB Meets Wednesday, October 23 6:30pm in Verona
        • Three Things About Elsie  -  by Joanna Cannon


We 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.


It has come to our attention that a few of our families at the Monroe site are in need of assistance. If you are able, we will be accepting food donations (primarily non-perishable items) to help them out. This will be an ongoing giving opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ewings at pastorewings@rlcmonroe.org or 608-535-6531.


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Verona Area Helping Hands
The Verona Area High School FFA and Verona Area School District school social workers, along with Joining Forces for Families (JFF), are sponsoring our annual holiday gift opportunity, “Verona Area Helping Hands” for families in need whose children are, or will be, attending the Verona Area School District.

For Families in Need:

Families in need with children who are, or will be, attending the Verona Area School DIstrict,  may click this link to complete the electronic form before November 22nd. If a family is unable to complete the electronic form, they may contact any of the school social workers for the district (listed below). Forms must be completed by 11:59:59 on Friday, November 22, 2019.

For Families Who Can Donate Gifts:

Each year, the Helping Hands gift drive is successful due to the generosity of local community members, school staff, businesses, community organizations, religious organizations, and people like you. Gifts for middle and high school age children are most often needed and much appreciated. No single toy/gift should exceed $30 and should be left unwrapped. If you are interested in donating toys and gifts, please bring them to Verona Area High School (or any school in the district) prior to the end of the school day on December 9th.

Your kindness and goodwill is appreciated during the holiday season and all year long. Thank you.

School Social Workers and Interpreters

Andrea Bonaparte 608-845-4517
Cory Zimmerman 608-845-4433
Kathy Garity 608-516-5095
Knou Xiong 608-561-1908
Melissa Salisbury 608-845-4491
Stacie Wagner 608-845-4141
Trista Kaja 608-225-3033
Ellie Torres 608-381-2151
Nancy Carranza 608-354-9480
Sandra Kurzbuch 608-381-8593

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The Sermons & Service Videos

Found 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...

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Forward In Christ...

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
N16W23377 Stone Ridge Dr
Waukesha, WI 53188

Phone: 414-256-3210

This is a permanent link to the current Forward in Christ...

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Youth Group

Youth Group Scrip Cards NOW ON HAND!


We 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 reimer1@charter.net. The youth group thanks you in advance for your support!

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A Daily Devotion From WELS.net (changes daily)
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

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The WELS Network...
All of Wels from their mobile app.

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Vicar Notes 2019!!! They grow up so fast....
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

Ben Phelps

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!

In Him,

Ben Phelps
Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church


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