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Help us blast off!! Space Station Salvation
We have lots of great opportunities for you to support this fun outreach opportunity! A few of these great opportunities include… ·       
  • Leading up to – Making decorations. ·       
  • During – Photographer, Group leaders, and more.
  • Prayers – Lots and lots of prayers that God may bless our efforts!
To find out more information on how you can get involved, please contact Ellen Andrews at (920)382-0511 or ellen.andrews@ces.uwex.edu. 

We look forward to you joining us to hear how precious all people are to Jesus!

Space Station Salvation

Come blast off to Space Station Salvation for vacation Bible school, to learn God’s Word at Resurrection Lutheran Church! Children, ages 3-10, will enjoy upbeat songs, Bible study, games, snacks, and crafts. While adults can enjoy an opportunity to crack open the Bible and study core teachings of the Bible.

We are especially excited that this year Resurrection families have two great opportunities to invite friends, family and neighbors to join them in studying God’s Word, at:

Monroe – Saturday, July 28th, 9:00am-Noon – Register at:

Verona – Sunday-Thursday, July 29th-August 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm -


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Announcements & Upcoming Events

Thursday in Verona, Bible Study at 7:30pm—Ephesians

Sunday in Verona, 30 minute Sermon Study—10:30am

This morning we continue a special sermon series in connection with our recently devel-oped ministry plan. This sermon series walks through the book of Ephesians. As God gives direction and encouragement to the church in Ephesus, we take in this glorious encourage-ment for ourselves and our own congregation. With Christ as the foundation of everything we do, we look at how our congregation carries out its mission.

1. We grow in faith.
2. We spread the Gospel.
3. We plant new sites.
4. We serve him
5. We worship Him!

Welcome our New Vicar!

One way that we like to welcome our new vicars to Resurrection is by having a Pantry Shower. Vicar Uhlhorn will be moving in on August 1, and we`d like to stock his new apartment with pantry items. Please bring non-perishable food items to church between now and July 31. You can place them in the basket near the bulletin board. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Hermanson at (608)772-7658 or ljhermanson@gmail.com.
Elizabeth Strutz is also helping to collect other household items that Vicar needs for his apartment. You can check the bulletin board for what is needed and what has already been collected if you would like to help in that way. Thank you for making our new vicar feel at home!

Vicar Farewell Events:

  • Bonfire in Verona, July 27 in the evening
    Lunch in Monroe, July 29 at 11:45am

Church Community Picnic on August 19th

Join us on August 19 for our annual Church Community Picnic. The picnic follows are 9:00am worship service in Verona. Please make plans to join us and invite a friend too! Come enjoy a burger and brat pot luck, bouncy house, face painting, bingo, music, bean bag tournament and fellowship.

Come blast off to Space Station Salvation for vacation Bible school, to learn God’s Word at Resurrection Lutheran Church! Children, ages 3-10, will enjoy upbeat songs, Bi-ble study, games, snacks, and crafts. While adults can en-joy an opportunity to crack open the Bible with Bible 101, led by Pastor.

We are especially excited that this year Resurrection fami-lies have two great opportunities to invite friends, family and neighbors to join them in studying God’s Word, at:
Monroe – Saturday, July 28th, 9:00am-Noon – Register at http://vbsmate.com/rlcmonroe
Verona – Sunday-Thursday, July 29th-August 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm - Register at http://vbsmate.com/rlcverona
We have lots of great opportunities for you to support this fun outreach opportunity! A few of these great opportunities include…
· Leading up to – Making decorations.
· During – Photographer, Group leaders, and more.
· Prayers – Lots and lots of prayers that God may bless our efforts!
To find out more information on how you can get involved, please contact Ellen Andrews at (920)382-0511 or ellen.andrews@ces.uwex.edu. We look forward to you joining us to hear how precious all people are to Jesus!

RLC Book Club

Over the summer, we will be reading books that have been made into movies and will then watch the corresponding movie.

August 15 at 6:00 pm - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

We will meet in the youth room at Resurrection in Verona. This has been a fun event in the past--snacks and fellowship included! Join us if you can!

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Vicar Priewe and Carissa Farewell Events 

     - LUNCH IN MONROE JULY 29 11:45AM   ...more

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This Week at RLC

Upcoming Events

Friday 7/29

Vicar Farewell Bonfire


9:00am-12:00pm VBS-Space Station Salvation Monroe


9:00am Verona Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Monroe Bible Study
10:30amMonroe Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Verona Adult Bible Study
Summer Format-30 minute sermon study
11:45 Vicar Farewell Lunch


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We are still running!

The 6th event is the Belleville Community Picnic “Fun Run”  This has a 5k run/walk, a 10k run and has many different female and male age groups to be held on Saturday Aug 11th.

There will be more information for this event when it becomes available.


Anyone who signs up to do any of these events will be given our very own RCRC shirt that can be worn that day, future events or anytime you want. It is your shirt for participating, once you receive a shirt it is the only one that is given for free.

The intent is to get our congregation involved in more community events and show our support to our area communities.

Isaiah 40:31         “Those who hope in the Lord…will run and not grow weary”

Any questions please feel free to call me.

Gods blessings to all of you,
Gene Cate
Home: 608-424-3225
Cell: 608-513-8060
Work: 608-424-3612


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2018 Church Picnic!
Save the Date:

Sunday August 19th...

Food - Music - Games - Fun for All


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Youth Group

The 2018 WELS International Youth Rally
will be held June 26-29, 2018,
at Bowling Green State University,
Bowling Green, Ohio.
Visit wels.net/2018youthrally to learn more.

Youth Group Scrip Cards NOW ON HAND!

Our youth group gets a donation from Kwik Trip (5%) and Culver`s (10%) when we buy their scrip gift cards. We now have both cards on hand at church (RLC Verona) in different denominations for anyone interested in purchasing gift cards to help our youth group. The teens have used money in their account to help them attend the National Youth Rally as well as purchase food for the Verona Food Pantry (now called BPNN).

Please make checks payable to RLC Youth Group and see Denise Reimer for the cards. We can only accept checks due to online banking.

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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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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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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Vicar Updates

Jacob Haag

Jacob Haag - jacobshaag@gmail.com, 2013-2014

Sorry for the delay.  I had a funeral last week and it`s been ironically stressful for January.  Happy to give a short update.
2018 marks the third year at another RLC - Redeemer Lutheran Church - in Ann Arbor, MI.  Megan and I got married in June 2016 in California and continue to enjoy life with all the activity of a university city. 

This past summer we both went back to the WELS worship conference (where we met), where Jacob participated in the festival choir and played oboe, and afterward spent a weekend in downtown Chicago.  In August, we celebrated the completion of our church renovation after more than two years of planning.  Although it was a lot of work for me as the project manager, we were able to use it as a big outreach event.

Our campus ministry is now funded through WELS Home Missions, and with God`s blessing, we`ve seen increased Bible study and worship attendance.  I enjoyed planning our district Reformation 500 service on the district Commission on Worship and am staying busy this winter with a conference presentation on hymnody. 

Megan continues to enjoy working as the office administrator at LimnoTech, a water environmental engineering firm.  This past fall gave the biggest surprise: we became homeowners a lot sooner than we thought - all in four days!  We now are settling in to a condo about 5 minutes from church.  We enjoy hosting our parents when they come to visit and the many classmates who got assigned to our area. 

We look forward to attending the Grow in Grace retreat for pastors in April.  For more information, see our website at rlca2.com or find us on Facebook @RLCA2.


Ben, Molly, and Emma

We do not have all that much new to add.  I am currently starting my last semester at WLS and God-willing I will be receiving my call in May.  We hope to see some of you then! 

Molly is a part-time assistant and Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin, where she had previously done her student teaching.  Emma is now 5.5 months old and doing well. No teeth yet, but they seem not too far off. 

I am currently the senior assistant at St. Johns in Newburg and I work part-time at the winery in Cedarburg.  We are looking forward to what God has in store for us and for our RLC family as we go forward in his grace.

Ben, Molly, and Emma

Tim Rosenow (July 2012- June 2013)

Hey all! Pastor Tim, like Vicar Tim, is still single, but the count of my niblings (nieces and nephews) has now increased to 7 with an eighth arriving in February! I`m blessed to have many of them quite close so I can visit and spend plenty of time being the favorite uncle.

I am now in my 4th year of serving at St. Paul`s in Prescott, WI. We are a small congregation, but are working on being more mission-minded (and the congregation has always been quite welcoming). We`ve added a monthly game night as a fellowship opportunity, and have just begun a 3-year Bible reading program called 2020 Vision.

A challenge that we`re facing is that a significant portion of the congregation is becoming elderly, but I see that as an opportunity for the younger members to step in and step up. I`m glad to hear that God has so richly blessed you in Verona (and Monroe!) and pray that he continues to shine on you and through you.

In Christ,

David and Katie


Here`s a succinct summary for RLC. To be sure, I can provide any other interesting details or members can ask, but this is probably what you`re looking for.
Regarding our family, Katie and I are blessed with Hezekiah James Sigrist, 4 years old, a creative, social little guy who is getting ready to start kindergarten this fall, and Samuel Levi Sigrist, almost 4 months old, who loves seeing new faces. We still and will always remember our daughter Hadassah Noel Sigrist who was born August 21 2016, baptized in the hospital room, and passed away the next day due to expected health conditions.

Regarding my ministry, after graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary I deferred a call to pursue a Master`s Degree in Biblical Studies to focus on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint at Trinity Western University. In short, after a few months, the Canadian mission board called me to serve part-time a nucleus of a few families meeting monthly in Vancouver while I continued my studies. After a few years, we officially formed a church, Saviour of the Nations, and began growing slowly but surely, and then began to receive support from a combination of Home Missions, World Missions, and the Joint Mission Council so that we called Geoff Cortright to serve full-time. Now we are continuing to grow and spread to Gospel quite seriously all over the world as we meet with prospects and members who come and go from all over as Vancouver is a very transient, global city.

At this time I am finishing my doctoral studies in Cognitive Linguistics at a distance at Stellenbosch University (which shares a relationship with TWU) in South Africa, and am busy with many linguistically focused Bible research projects and biblical language teaching at Trinity Western University. At Saviour of the Nations we are training a PSI student from China, Qiang Wang, who will soon be called as a vicar, and I am doing occasional teaching and curriculum development with our sister seminary in Hong Kong, Asia Lutheran Seminary. The Lord will determine how things go, but we have plans to start a second site beginning with South Sudanese ministry in the near future in Surrey, which is a very quickly growing city in Metro Vancouver.

We are also now proud "landed immigrants" to Canada and will continue to see how the Lord blesses my family and our ministry at Saviour of the Nations.


Caleb & Kristin Free


If our family was at all musically talented, our band name would be, Kristin and her July Boys. My birthday is July 13, three year old Clay`s is July 4, and brand new Aaron`s is July 15 (Kristin`s is April 14). Funny story about Aaron`s birth...he came three weeks early, and he also came on the same day I was officiating a wedding. Fortunately, I was able to see him born, quick perform the wedding, head back to the hospital to hold Aaron, all in about 2 hours. Everyone is doing well, and I can`t thank God enough for my beautiful family.

Ministry at Risen Savior in Lakewood Ranch, FL is exciting. We are coming to the close of a building project, finishing our sanctuary and education wing. We are scheduled to hold a Grand Opening on March 25, 2018, and we pray the construction will be done by then. We are also looking at the potential of starting a preschool at Risen Savior, with the earliest starting date being the Fall of 2019. We thank God for the opportunities he gives us to spread the gospel in our community, and we pray he gives us the strength to be faithful servants in his kingdom.

The Free Family

Eric & Jennifer



Living Hope had its` first preview service, May 13th, at the movie theater! We were blessed to have 41 people come to church; 9 more than the Easter service. Everyone who attended Easter came back, which was awesome! The day before the preview service we had a crew of people learn how to set up and take down our "Church in a Box" equipment. We are thankful for the many people who spent their Saturday learning how to do this, and then come the next day to set up and take down. Everything went smoothly. 

Our next preview service is June 10th. Because of God`s grace we will be renting a bigger theater that seats more than the first theater we were in. To God be praised!

Thank you for all your support and prayers. Have a safe, fun, summer!

Eric & Jennifer Melso

Jennifer and I are living in Ooltewah, TN, on the east side of Chattanooga. This January Jennifer will begin to sub in the public school system while I continue to work with our small group at starting a new church in the city of Chattanooga. Right now our home is also serving as the ministry center for our new mission church. We currently have worship once a month in our living room and conduct Bible class or hold church planning meetings on all the other weekends in the month.

We have chosen the name Living Hope for our church and are going to be delivering God’s message of hope to the people of Chattanooga. We even created a logo about a month ago after getting feedback from over 350 people at a Christmas Expo where we set up a church booth. We now just completed our initial website (www.livinghopechatt.com) and look forward to taking the next big steps before opening our doors!

We will be renting a movie theater auditorium for our once a month worship services starting in May and then September 9th, 2018 will be our grand opening when we start every week worship services at the movie theater. In the months leading up to May we will be getting the word out about Living Hope Lutheran Church and spend time meeting lots of people. We will also take the coming months to work with our core group as we get ready for the big launch, discuss how we will operate our church, and make sure we have a strong foundation for the future. Even though we are just taking baby steps right now, God has continued to bless our outreach efforts and has brought a good number of interested people into contact with us.

We miss our Resurrection family and hope you can come visit us in Tennessee sometime!

Eric & Jennifer
David Sigrist - bigdave641@gmail.com, 2010-2011
Caleb Free - pastorcfree@gmail.com, 2011-2012
Tim Rosenow - rosenotd1@gmail.com, 2012-2013
Jacob Haag - jacobshaag@gmail.com, 2013-2014
Steve Pelischek - pelisteveh@gmail.com, 2014-2015
Eric Melso - ecmelso@gmail.com, 2015-2016
Benjamin Phelps - beph.mlc@gmail.com, 2016-2017
Tim Priewe - - 2017-2018

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Forward In Christ Magazine Articles...
One hundred years is a long time. Think of all that has happened. The world has been at war. New countries have formed, while others collapsed. New technologies have developed. (Can you remember what it was like before the microwave oven and the air conditioner?) The synod has changed as well. We`ve grown, reaching out in countries around the world as well as throughout the United States. We`ve also used technology to spread the gospel even further, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of more people.

The year 2014 marks a momentous occasion for the small church publication Forward in Christ. The magazine has been sharing the gospel message for one hundred years...

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The WELS Network...
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Welocme New Vicar and Pastor
Notes From Pastor Strutz

Pastor Andrew Ewings grew up in DeForest Wisconsin his father is pastor Jerry Ewings who has served at Lord of Love for many years and also at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Pastor Ewings attended Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills and Martin Luther College in New Ulm Minnesota. Pastor spent time in China with the Friends of China program where MLC students and graduates take time to teach English in a Chinese school. In their spare time students have opportunities to witness conduct Bible classes Etc.

In Andrews case he also fell in love with  his now wife Ivy. Her family still lives in China and word on the street is that Ivy is a fantastic cook especially of Chinese food (the real stuff not the stuff that you get at Panda Express). They will be spending a month this summer in China before joining us in Monroe. This will be Ivy`s first time seeing her family since they have been married.

Vicar Jordan Uhlhorn grew up in Scottsdale Arizona where he attended Arizona Lutheran Academy. He he is a runner and basketball player, and yes I may have included in a prayer or two that all thing considered a runner might be nice. I promise it was not at the top of my list of qualifications though. Vicar is single.

Vicar Uhlhorn actually wore his orange RLC t-shirt under his choir gown for the Seminary graduation concert.

We at RLC can`t say enough how excited we are to welcome Pastor Ewings and Vicar Uhlhorn and every indication from call day is that the feeling is mutual.


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We are working to improve communications at RLC. Part of this effort is introducing new validation processes, which will require us to set earlier deadlines for announcements. If you would like an announcement in the bulletin, it will need to be submitted one week before our earliest service. Example: An announcement for Sunday 3/18 (includes Thursday 3/15 and Mon-day 3/19) will need to be submitted by Wednesday, 3/7.

Likewise, any announcement to be included in the monthly newsletter will need to be sub-mitted one month in advance. Example: An announcement for the May newsletter will need to be sub-mitted by March 31.

Please submit all announcements to ministrycoordinator@rlcverona.com with heading and text exactly as you would like it to appear. Please note that limited printing space does not allow for all announcements to be in printed format. However, all announcements will be included electronically in the RLC Notes email.

When you submit an announcement, an electronic copy (i.e. pdf file format of either bulletin or newsletter) will be emailed to you for validation. If you need to make a correction to your announcement, you will need to reply to the email with the correction within 3 days.

Thank you for your help in improving our communications here at RLC!

-Philip Meinel, Inreach Chairman


Ken Notes: If you miss a deadline or have an item just for RLCNotes I may be able to accommodate last minute requests (I send RLCNotes Thursday or Friday). BUT my email can be a mess (100`s per week), so a call to 608.334.2174 will help. Emails must contain the text rlcnotes or rlc in the subject or body because I search for this from emails sent to Ken@KenHarwood.com. I also except bribes in the form of cookies, cake, or personal visits (bring a hammer).

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