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Vicar Updates

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,
-Tim

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.

Peace,
David

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

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


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This Week at RLC

Upcoming Events

Sunday-1/21

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

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

11:30am Congregational Meeting Verona
Attend at either campus/provided technology

6:00pm Catechism @ Monroe

Monday

7:00pm Monroe Worship Service &Lord’s Supper

Tuesday

6:00pm Prison Ministry

Wednesday

6:00pm Catechism @ Verona

Thursday

10:30am Noel Manor

6:30pm Verona Worship Service & Lord’s Supper

7:00pm Verona Book Club

7:30pm Verona Bible Class *Bible 101* @ Verona

Saturday

9am-3:00pm School of Outreach, Ft. Atkinson

Sunday-1/28

9:00am Guest Preacher-Pastor Bauer
Verona Worship Service & Lord’s Supper
Monroe Bible Study & Sunday School

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

6:00pm Catechism @ Monroe

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New Pastor Udate

After our meeting and Call we have received this note. Please pray for the Lords will to be done regarding this issue.


January 15, 2018
Resurrection Lutheran Church
6705 Wesner Rd.
Verona, WI 53593

My dear sisters and brothers in Jesus at Resurrection,

We’ve never met before, and there are several miles between Verona/Monroe and Burlington. But you and I have a very strong connection. We are Christian people who love Jesus and trust in him as our Savior. Our connection is now made stronger because of the divine call the Holy Spirit extended to me through you to serve as one of your pastors. With this letter I wish to officially acknowledge that I have received your call.

Now, with humility and joy, I have the privilege of deliberating whether to serve the Lord in Verona and Monroe, or to continue here in Burlington. I will be praying over and thinking through where the Lord would best use me as a shepherd of his people. You members of Resurrection will be on my heart, just as the people here at St. John’s will be on my heart, during this decision making process.

I have a lot to think about these next few weeks! So please feel free to contact me by phone or email, introduce yourselves to me, and help me get to know Resurrection in Verona and Monroe better. Jesus be with you!

With Christian love,
Pastor Kirk E. Lahmann
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Burlington, WI

cc:   
    Rev. Daniel Waldschmidt, St. John’s, Burlington, WI
    Mr. David Edmundson, Chairman, St. John’s, Burlington, WI
    Rev. David Kolander, SE-WI District President
    Rev. Billy Carter, SE-WI District Secretary
    Rev. Karl Schultz, Circuit Pastor, Lake Geneva, WI
    Rev. Nathan Strutz, Resurrection, Verona, WI
    Mr. Kent Woller, Chairman, Resurrection, Verona, WI
    Rev. Michael Jensen, W-WI District President
    Rev. Galen Riediger, W-WI District Secretary
    Rev. Luke Werre, Circuit Pastor, Sun Prairie, WI

Any member of the New Pastor Committee is available to discuss this recommendation in detail. Committee Members are Philip Meinel, Pastor Strutz, Vicar Priewe, Dick Meske, Paul Schoenike, Casey Smith and Kent Woller

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Announcements & Upcoming Events

Congregational Meeting, January 21st

Please make plans to attend our Congregational Meeting in Verona at 11:30am on 1/21/18. This will be simulcast to Monroe at the same time.

Pastor Bauer Brings Good News, January 25, 28

Good News Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb was started as a daughter congregation of Resur-rection. The first service at Good News was held in July of 2013. At that time, Pastor Strutz and Vicars served both congregations. In July of 2014 Pastor Bauer began serving at Good News. To continue to show our connections and past history, once or twice a year, our pas-tors have traded pulpits. Pastor Bauer will preach at Resurrection on Thursday, January 25 in Verona and at both campuses on Sunday, January 28. Pastor Strutz will preach at Good News on that Sunday. It`s exciting to see how Good News has grown from an initial group of about 30 members, to over 120 today!

Ash Wednesday Services:

Monroe, February 12th 7:00pm
Verona, February 14th, 6:30pm

Lenten Meals and Services Begin in February!

We will be having Lenten Meals at the Verona campus starting at 5:30pm. Please contact Ruth Pudlo at ruthpudlocleaning@gmail.com or 608.424.0040 if you are interested in help-ing with the meals. A sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board soon. Thank you for helping to prepare and provide food for these meals.

Lenten Services:
Monroe Campus, 7:00pm        Verona Campus, 6:30pm
  February 19   Pastor Strutz       February 22
  February 26   Pastor Moldenhauer  March 1
  March 5       Vicar Priewe        March 8
  March 12      Pastor Cortright    March 15
  March 19      Pastor Bauer        March 22

School of Outreach, January 27

Members of both campuses attended an outreach seminar in fall called the School of Out-reach. Presentations on outreach topics were given and members had the opportunity to huddle together and make outreach plans.

The second day of the seminar will be held on Saturday, January 27 from 9 am until 3 pm at St. Paul`s Lutheran Church in Ft. Atkinson. All are welcome to attend, even if you were not able to be present at the first day. The focus of discussion is on improving outreach at our Monroe campus, targeting Easter opportunities. Easter this year will be on Sunday, April 1.

Vine & Branches sign-ups out for next session

Sign-up sheets for our next session of Vine & Branches sermon study groups are now avail-able in the narthex. Vine & Branches are small groups (typically 10-14 people) that meet in someone`s home to discuss a recent sermon together. These groups are a great way to make friends at Resurrection while growing closer to Jesus.

School of Outreach, January 27th:

Members of both campuses attended an outreach seminar in fall called the School of Out-reach. Presentations on outreach topics were given and members had the opportunity to huddle together and make outreach plans.

The second day of the seminar will be held on Saturday, January 27, 9 am - 3 pm at St. Paul`s Lutheran Church in Ft. Atkinson. All are welcome to attend, even if you were not able to be present at the first day. The focus of discussion is on improving outreach at our Monroe campus, targeting Easter opportunities. Easter this year will be on Sunday, April 1.

Marriage Retreat

The next marriage retreat date is set for Saturday, February 17, from 1-5 pm at the Verona campus. Pastor Strutz will lead a study on healthy marriage based on God`s Word. Topics will be managing conflict and connecting with your spouse. Those who attend are encour-aged to plan a date night following the session to continue the discussion. Please sign up at either campus by February 4 so plans can be made.

Pastor Strutz has also been in discussion about the possibility of hosting a full weekend retreat in Verona. If you would be interested in attending or assisting with planning this event, please speak with Pastor.

Sunday Morning Bible Study in Monroe

We all worship something or someone every day. In doing so, we make these objects our gods. Although many people think of idolatry as a primitive practice of third-world tribes, its as big an issue in today`s Western world as it has ever been. In fact one could argue that the idolatry we practice in the United States is more shameful and dangerous than bowing down to carved images because we don`t even realize we`re guilty of it. In this study participants will identify many present-day idols and be equipped by God`s Word to avoid falsely worshiping them. Please join us on Sundays at 9:00am at our Monroe Campus.


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VINE & BRANCHES

SPRING GROUP SIGN-UPS BEGIN 12/3

Sign-up sheets for our next session of Vine & Branches sermon study groups are now avail-able in the narthex. Vine & Branches are small groups (typically 10-14 people) that meet in someone`s home to discuss a recent sermon together. These groups are a great way to make friends at Resurrection while growing closer to Jesus.

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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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Our Church Directory APP...
This is a free app that allows your members to sync your church`s directory to their iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Android device or Kindle Fire. Members will be able to view the church and staff information, as well as search and view family members. Members will also be able to call, email or text if a phone number or email address is
available on the church, staff or family details. Any changes that are generated on Instant Church Directory Online will automatically download to each member`s devices, ensuring they always have the latest information.
 
To download the app to your Apple device, click here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instant-church-directory/id589542221?ls=1&mt=8
 
To download the app to your Android device, click here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instantchurchdirectory.members
  
To download the app to your Kindle Fire, click here:
http://www.amazon.com/Communication-Resources-Inc-Instant-Directory/dp/B00D76604E/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1371671565
 
Who can access the app?
 
Anyone who has an email address listed in the directory (under their family details) will be able to request access to download and sync the directory on their device. Each member will receive a password per device, which cannot be shared with other members. Any member that is set to Inactive will not be able to procure a password. If a member has the directory on their device, and is later set to Inactive, they will no longer be able to sync and access the directory until they are set back to Active. Furthermore, all of the data is protected by SSL so only you and your members will have access to your church data.
Members must download the Instant Church Directory Member App first.

Once downloaded, enter the email address that is listed for you in your church`s directory. This will generate an email that is sent to with your password.

Enter this password on Step 2 of the app. This will start the first download of the directory. The first time may take a few minutes if you have an especially large church.
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Sermons...

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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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...
All of Wels from their mobile app.
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