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This Week at RLC

Sunday 2/17

9:00am Verona Worship Service
Monroe Adult Bible Study & Sunday School

10:30am  Monroe Worship Service
Verona Adult Bible Study, Sunday School & Teen Bible Study

6:00pm Monroe Catechism


10:15am Pleasant View
5:30pm Bible 101 - 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 Verona Catechism


10:30am Noel Manor
6:30pm Verona Worship Service
7:30pm Verona Bible Study & Bible 101 - Verona


6:45pm RLC Ski Trip - Tyrol Basin

Sunday 2/24

9:00am 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 & Teen Bible Study

2:00pm New Member Party - Monroe

6:00 Monroe Catechism

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Announcements & Upcoming Events


Please join us at Tyrol Basin on Friday, February 22, at 6:45pm. This is geared toward the youth (grades 7 and up), but any adults who would like to come are more than welcome! Kids in grade 6 or younger will need a parent to join them. We will have a fire pit reserved at 8:00pm with snackies. The cost is $20 ($15 lift ticket, plus $5 rental) for adults and $17 for kids under 12. You will need to pay for your own ticket(s) on-site.


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.


God’s Word encourages us not to give up meeting together. Instead, we are to en-courage one another all the more as we see the Day approaching. We are meeting at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 3 at RLC to encourage one another. Pastor Ewings will review your important role in our ministry. Come and share what has worked for you, or ask others for ideas! See you there!


Our church constitution states, “The candidates names (for elec-tion to the church council) shall be published and posted, with the nominating team members’ names, three Sundays before the election. Additional recommendation for nominations may be made in writing to the nominating team through any voting member. The team shall consider such written nominations and take appropriate action.”

The nominating committee for the congregation welcomes the submission of names for the following positions:
Inreach Chairman - submit names to John Deegan
Property Chairman - submit names to John Deegan
Secretary - submit names to Randy Huebner
Monroe Liaison - submit names to Paul Schoenike
Please submit names by March 1 so potential candidates can be asked and given ample time to prayerfully consider serving on our church council. Elections to the church council will take place at the April congregational meeting. Date to be determined.


We are planning for our 2019-2020 Sunday School Year. Verona has 10 teachers that co-teach every other week and Monroe has 3 co-teachers. As we grow and expand our Sunday School program, please consider being a co-teacher. The lessons are all laid out for you with everything to do from the story, questions to ask for discussions, activities and crafts.

If you are even considering co-teaching, we’d like those interested to “shadow” a classroom in March/April. Please contact Lisa Neumann-Pudlo in Verona and Ellen Andrews or Lori Plenge in Monroe if interested. Thank you for consider-ing volunteering your time to the precious young souls of our congregation!


How are your days going as a Christian in this country? Are you feeling dragged down by society and frustrated over people’s rejection of you and your beliefs? Do you wish life were easier to navigate? Come and see the wonderful words God has given us to combat all of these trials… (even death!) in 5 short chapters of 1 Thessalonians!

Our study just began January 31st and will go through February at 7:30pm every Thursday. God has a challenge for you—keep faith in Jesus, love him and others be-cause he is coming back soon to reign forever and be with you in heaven. See you there!


  • February 20 at 6:30 pm at RLC:  Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins
  • March 20 at 6:30 pm at RLC:  Fearless by Eric Blehm


Are you a man? Do you love Jesus? Then take the plunge!

Join us at RLC Verona as we dive into God’s Word with our fellow men. Come for breakfast at 6am, or come just for Bible study at 6:30am.

Our weekly men’s Bible study has begun! Come and join us every Tuesday morning.

Bring your Bible....Bring a friend....Be a man!


Next event is “Parkinson’s Run”. There is a 1/2 marathon, 5k and 1 mile walk, and 2 kids runs. It will take place on Saturday, April 6th in Cottage Grove. This event is run primarily on the bike trail, so it is an out and back run, very comfortable and easy to follow. Follow the link below and sign up under the team name RCRC:


Anyone who signs up to do any of these events will be given our very own RCRC shirt that can be worn that day, for 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.

Please feel free to call, email or contact Gene Cate with any questions: 608-513-8060, gene@catemachine.com


Prayerfully consider participating in one of the various groups to enrich your worship experience. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex. Sign up today!


Are you looking for a way to serve the Lord and your church? We need more people to serve as Ushers Thursday evenings in Verona. Ushering is very easy and does not require a lot of time, however it is an important part of the service. For more infor-mation contact Randy Munson at 608-320-4321, email rlmun-son@wisc.edu; or Jeff Hartmann at Jeffer2@hotmail.com. Or speak to one of the pastors after a service.


Is there church if weather is bad?

If weather is bad, be safe.  Stay home if you don’t feel safe coming to church.  We do not cancel church for bad weather.  Pastors can make it to the church and will do so.  Be safe.  Stay home if you don’t feel safe coming to church. 

If you have a duty that day, such as ushering, greeting, bringing treats, we can cover it.  And there will probably be less of a need in bad weather. Be safe.  Stay home if you don’t feel safe coming to church.

Watch and/or read the sermon at www.rlcverona.org if you can’t make it to church.    ...more

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Will meet in Monroe at 6:00pm on Monday, February 11. All women are welcome.


Elizabeth I’m  pregnant?

WOW exists to build up the body of Christ among the women of Resurrection so that we can know Christ and make Him know.

Tuesday, February 19 6:30-8:30

Join us for food, fellowship and Bible Study as we study Elizabeth’s surprising pregnancy. Trusting in God’s plan and purpose for us is challenging. But we know that nothing is impossible with God and everything happens with purpose, according to plan in His timing.
Please RSVP to Ruth Pudlo at RuthPudloCleaning@gmail.com...


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Bible 101


Thursday nights at 7:30 pm beginning on February 21st
Resurrection Lutheran Church  •  6705 Wesner Road, Verona


Mondays nights at 5:30 pm beginning on February 18th
Resurrection Lutheran Church  •  1603 16th  Ave, Monroe

Free Child Care Available

Contact Pastor Strutz at 608.515.4334

This is a no cost, no obligation  basic Bible information course and will give participants a solid, foundational understanding of God’s Word. Classes meet for about one hour.

Classes will be held at both Monroe and Verona campuses, and meet for about one hour.

Additional class times can be scheduled at your convenience.

  • Session one - Can I be sure I’m going to heaven?
  • Session Two - Do I need Jesus?
  • Session Three - Does Jesus love me?
  • Session Four - How can I believe in Jesus?
  • Session Five - How do good works fit in?

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Both campuses will have special events to promote Christ`s resurrection!

Canvass in Verona, Saturday, March 30. Meet at church at 9am for breakfast and training. Canvass in the morning. Lunch served at noon. We will both visit prospects and distribute postcards. Speak with Pastor Strutz or Gene Cate for more information.

Canvass in Monroe, Sunday, April 7. We`re trying a Sunday morning this time. Bible study at 9am will provide canvassing training and encouragement. Worship at 10.30 am.

Following worship, lunch will be served along with brief dos and donts. Then we will both visit prospects and distribute postcards.

Easter for Kids. Verona: Saturday, April 13 from 10-11.30 am
Monroe: Saturday, April 20 from 10-11.30 am
Easter is Sunday, April 21.

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Lent Worship begins Wednesday, March 6

Special midweek services will be held for the season of Lent. Lent is the forty day season when we focus on Jesus` suffering and death. We see how much he sacrificed and how much he loves us.

Three special reasons to attend these special services (which will all be different from any Sunday service).

1. The Lenten hymns are awesome! So focus on Christ and his love for us.
2. The Passion reading. We will hear again the specific details of Jesus` suffering and death.
3. Special sermons. Pastor Ewings and Vicar will prepare special sermons, along with Pastors Moldenhauer and Cortright from Our Redeemer in Madison and Pastor Bauer from Good News in Mt. Horeb.

Here are the special service dates and times. Note that a meal is served prior to each one.


Meal at 6 pm. Service at 7 pm.
March 6 (Ash Wednesday).
March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10.


Meal at 5.30 pm Service at 6.30 pm
March 6 (Ash Wednesday)
March 14, 21, 28. April 4, 11. Note these five dates are Thursdays and will be our Thursday worship service that week.

We will also be offering the imposition of ashes at both campuses on Ash Wednesday. Ashes are used in the Bible as a symbol of sorrow over our sins. Christians (not just Catholics) have been using this special day of Ash Wednesday as a way to show sorrow over our sins. We will not force anyone to receive a cross-shaped mark of ashes on their forehead or hand. But we will offer this for those who wish as part of our worship. This is something Resurrection has done every other year on Ash Wednesday for many years.

If you have questions, speak with one of the pastors.


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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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VINE & BRANCHES New Sign-up!
SIGN-UP BEGINS JANUARY 6TH!   Prayerfully consider participating in one of the various groups to enrich your worship experience.  Watch for the sign-up sheets!

Contact Ned Reimer, vandbchairman@rlcverona.com, if you haven’t already signed up and would still like to participate. 

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Youth Group

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

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RLC Cookbook
I am trying to create an online Cookbook of RLC recipes that you can share with friends and family on Facebook or via a website. This cookbook will serve as an easy inreach / outreach ministry, we are after all a church that loves fellowship, a great meal and sharing the love of Christ.

You can email a recipe to Recipe@Rlcnotes.com. A recipe should include the following...
  • Your Name
  • Ingredients and measurements
  • Directions
  • A photo (not required but your phone is just sitting there)
  • A brief note about why this is special
Example of notes...
...I made this slaw as a hamburger topping for our Vine and Branches Group and it was gone before the burgers came off the grill...

...My aunt Laura refused to share this recipe, so I volunteered to help her make it one day and wrote it down when she stepped out of the kitchen. She is in Heaven now so think about her when serving this...

This should be fun,
Ken    ...more

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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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