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Meet our new vicar!
Meet our new vicar for the 2019-2020 year; Seth Krueger and his wife Sarah.

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This Week at RLC

Sunday 5/26

9:00am Verona Worship Service &  Lord’s Supper
9:15am Monroe Adult Bible Study 
10:30am Monroe Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
        Verona Adult Bible Study  


7:00pm Monroe Worship Service  


6:00am Men’s Bible Study - Verona
6:00pm  Prison Ministry
6:30pm RLC Book Club - Verona         


6:00pm New Movers - Monroe  


10:30am Noel Manor
6:30pm Ascension Day Joint Service  (in Verona)  

Sunday 6/2

9:00am Verona Worship Service 
9:30am Monroe Adult Bible Study 
10:30am Monroe Worship Service 
        Verona Adult Bible Study            

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Dates for the installation of the new church council members
Hello all,

The council set the following dates for the installation of the new church council members.

Thursday June 20th 6:30pm - Verona
Sunday June 23rd 9:00am - Verona
Sunday June 30th 10:30am - Monroe
(The voter`s meeting is in Monroe this day as well)
Monday July 1st 6:30pm-Monroe


The church council met on Tuesday, May 21.

The council began, as always, with Bible study, focusing on Mark 13 and the sign of the end times.

Newly elected councilmen were welcomed: Andrew Hellpap, inreach chairman; Mark Westphal, secretary; Cory Pope, Building and grounds and Bryan Andrews, Monroe Liaison.

The council approved the following membership changes.

Troy Handel and his daughter Breanna were released by recommendation from the Barnabas team for not attending worship or responding to various contacts.
Vicki Janikowski was released at her request. She has moved from the area and is attending a different church.

Marissa Carbonara was welcomed to our Verona campus by adult confirmation. Welcome, Marissa!

Kaitie Isaakson was welcomed by transfer from Grace in Oshkosh to our Verona campus.

Eldon Rackow and John Meyer have been called home from our Monroe campus to heaven.

The council reviewed a draft of the ministry plan (budget) for the 2019/2020 ministry year.

The council will review the budget again in June and have a recommended budget for the next congregational meeting. Anyone wishing to see a draft copy is welcome to do so. Speak with Kent Woller, congregation chairman, at president@rlcverona.com.

The next congregational meeting was set for noon on Sunday, June 30 in Monroe. The council will continue to receive feedback on best approach for scheduling, location, use of technology, and timing of congregational meetings. .

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WELS Night at Miller Park 2019
WELS First Vice President Rev. James Huebner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Fri., July 12, 2019. Game time is 7:10 p.m. “What a thrill to throw out the first pitch, and all the more because
those of us who are big Brewers fans are so excited for this season,” says Huebner, pastor at Grace, Milwaukee.

Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board to determine how many tickets we will need to order. The more the merrier! Carpool options will be available. The cost will be $17.00 per person. If you have any questions please contact Jean Schoenike at(608) 325- 9491.
If you would like to wear a WELS sponsored t-shirt, you may order them at Welsnight2019.orderpromos.com. We won’t be ordering them as a group this year.

Ken Notes: If anyone was confused by Kathy and I calling the stadium Milwaukee County Stadium, it is because we are older than the actual dirt in the stadium. Plus we don`t believe Miller is a Wisconsin thing now that the have moved the corporate offices to Chicago, thus our little protest. Also in 2021 it will be American Family Insurance something or other. In the end it will ALWAYS be the only major league professional baseball Stadium in... Wait for it.... Milwaukee County!

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Announcements & Upcoming Events

Summer Bible Study Verona!

Due to our special presentation in Bible study on May 26th, we will begin our summer schedule for Sunday Bible study on June 2. At our Verona campus, summer Bible study is based on Sunday’s sermon.

Study begins at 10:30 and runs for about half an hour.

See you there!

Summer Bible Study Monroe!

Bible study will continue at our Monroe campus through the summer.  Join us for a shortened Bible study beginning at 9:30 (note the time change!).  We will go through Very Important Chapters of the Bible with a different chapter each week. 

Our summer schedule will begin Sunday, June 2 at 9:30. 

See you there!

RLC BOOK CLUB Meets Tuesday, May 28 6:30pm in Verona

• The Poisonwood Bible             
   by Barbara Kingsolver  


May 30 is Ascension Day.  We will have one joint service for our entire congregation (and all friends and guests of our congregation) on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30pm in  Verona.  Refreshments will be served following the service to enjoy our joint fellowship.  We pray you can join us for this special festival.


The Verona Hometown Days Parade is on Sunday, June 2, at Noon.  Our church will again have a float to be a part of the community and help promote our church and summer activities.  Help is needed to walk along the float, carry the sign and hand out items (including candy).  Parade lineup takes place from 11-11:30am. If interested in helping out and having fun, please speak with Pastor Strutz at (608) 515-4334, and Andy or Jessie Rice at (608) 279-4035 or amrice79@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 pm in Monroe. Under the direction of Ivy, we will attempt to paint a picture of lilacs. Ivy will have the supplies needed. You may bring brushes and paints if you have them. All are welcome.

Please contact Ivy Ewings or Kathy (ministry coordinator) if you are planning to attend.


For feeding our lambs the precious Word of God this year!
Verona: Keri Brunk, Becky Deegan, Carrie Henderson, Gale Hellpap, Sara Monigold, Grace Neitzel, Lisa Neumann-Pudlo, Rachel Pope, Karl Raabe, Dana Smith, Mike Wilde, and Kimberly Zak.

Monroe: Ellen Andrews, Krista Bethke, Lori Plenge, and Connie Rufer


Logan James Erikson was born May 17th to David and Brooke Erikson, and baptized into God’s family today, May 26, 2019, in Monroe.


Resurrection has a group of prayer warriors that are committed to praying for the members of our congregation and their loved ones at their request. If you would like to pray too, please contact Katrina Meinel and she will add you to the list. If you would like the Prayer Chain to Storm the Throne on your behalf, please send prayer requests to Katrina Meinel. (pkand4@gmail.com or 920-382-6696) Please note, the purple communication cards are also for prayer requests, but are kept confidential within the pastoral staff. Those requests are not sent to the Prayer Chain, unless you request on that card it be done.

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Meinel or either of the Pastors/Vicar.


Come join us at the Monroe site for a family game night Friday, May 24th, beginning at approximately 6:00pm. We will be playing cards or any board game you would like to bring. This is an informal gathering. Come when you can. Bringing finger food or a drink you would prefer is optional.


May 30 is Ascension Day. We will have one joint service for our entire congregation (and all friends and guests of our congregation) on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30pm in Verona.

Refreshments will be served following the service to enjoy our joint fellowship. We pray you can join us for this special festival.


Will be held June 27-30, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The deadline for early registration is April 1, 2019. Registration is $190 and includes nine meals but not lodging.

If you would like more information or a registration form, please contact Jean Schoenike, LWMS Reporter for Resurrection at 608-325-9491.


Join us in studying the book of the Bible Martin Luther loved so much he compared it to his wife! Luther famously quipped, “Galatians is my Katharina von Bora.” Come Thursday night after worship in Verona to see why he made such a big deal about it. Learn the book that shows Christ clearly proclaimed, the rightly divides law and gospel, and that provided fuel for the Reformers. Study a book that shows where Christian freedom belongs. Studies begin Thursday, April 25th. See you there!


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.


The new logo is available for you to review.  You can pick up a copy of it and the explanation for the design on the table in the entryway.  Your input is welcome


Both campuses are in need of help in a variety of areas. The campus needing help is indicated for each item. If you can help with any of the items below, or want more information, please contact Kathy at ministrycoordinator@rlcverona.com or (608)

  • Outdoor Sign Messages & Times - Monroe
  • Cleaning for May 13-31 & June - Monroe
  • Cleaning for the weeks of May 13-19, July 1-7, and August 19-25 - Verona
  • Mowing Monroe


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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Soccer Camp July 8-11
We are excited to share the message of our amazing Savior while also learning soccer
skills, building friendships and having fun! The Resurrection Lutheran Soccer Camp
will be held July 8-11, 2019.

Please save the date! Online registration is now available at www.rlcverona.com.

The event takes place at Veteran’s Park, located at 113 Lincoln Street, in Verona from
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The cost for the camp will be $30 per child.

If you are interested in coaching or volunteering, please contact Vicar Uhlhorn at
vicaruhlhorn@rlcverona.com or by cell: 480-326-7557.

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WELS Marriage Enrichment & Getaway Weekend
How is your marriage? Would you like it to be healthier? God designed marriage and only he can improve the health of your marriage. Join us for a two-day marriage enrichment event September 20-21, 2019. The cost is $185 per couple and includes a traditional Spanish family-style dinner Friday evening & lunch catered by Olde Madrid of Racine, continental breakfast Saturday morning, and all enrichment sessions. 

Spend two days learning how to know each other better, appreciate each other more, gain trust, manage conflict, nurture intimacy and connect with each other intentionally – all in the light of God’s grace. The result? A healthier marriage. Space is limited, so register early. See the poster or brochure in our lobby or visit www.wels.net/marriage-enrichment for more information and to register.

Space is limited.  Please get the word to your flock as soon as you can.

I thank Jesus for the privilege of partnering with you to teach the gospel.  May Jesus bless your efforts to help couples glorify him in their marriages.


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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Resurrection Church Running Club 2019 Life-A-Thon 5k! We raised over $400 for WELS Lutherans for Life, who operate a pregnancy care center in Metro Milwaukee. If you were not able to participate, but would still like to donate, we will be accepting checks until the Seminary call day service on Thursday 5/23. Thanks again for supporting this great cause!

-Philip Meinel

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Bible 101

Class times can be scheduled at your convenience.

Contact Pastor Strutz at 608.515.4334

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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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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Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for food, fellowship and Bible Study as we study Sarah. Form her we learn that acting independently from God’s plan creates unnecessary heartache. We see how important God’s timing is and the magnitude of blessings we’ll receive when trusting His plan. All women are welcome.


Watch for next meeting!

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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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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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