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Only5 weeks away! Here’s what is going on at RLC in preparation for the celebration of our Savior’s birth....

December 1: Verona - Tree Decorating after church.
Contact Julie Krause at (608) 225-0372 or Kate Neitzel (608) 770-4402.

Monroe - Chili Dump, Tree Decorating, Daytime RLC Christmas Party.
Contact Jean Schoenike at (608) 325-9491.

December 2: Monroe - Advent Services begin. Worship at 7:00pm, no meal.

December 5: Verona - Advent Services begin. Meal at 5:30pm, worship at 6:30pm.

December 6: Verona - Tree lighting and caroling begin at 4:45pm in Central Park.
Contact Pastor Strutz at pastorstrutz@rlcverona.com.

December 7: Verona - Postcard distribution. Meet at church at 9:00am for breakfast.
Contact Pastor at pastorstrutz@rlcverona.com or Casey Smith, at outreach@rlcverona.com.

December 8: Monroe - Postcard distribution. Meet after worship for lunch and instruction.
Contact Pastor Strutz or Casey Smith.

Verona - Advent by Candlelight Events:

Young Ladies Tea Party 4:15 - 6:00pm.
Contact Kate Neitzel at (608) 770-4402. RSVP by November 21st.

Women 4:30 - 6:00pm.
Contact Sarah Krueger at (507) 217-6856.RSVP by November 24th.

Men & Children 4:30 - 6:00pm at the Meinel residence.
Contact Philip Meinel at themeinelteam@gmail.com.

December 14: Verona - Christmas For Kids 10:00 - 11:30am.
Contact Vicar Kruegerat vicarkrueger@rlcverona.com.

December 15: Verona - Children’s Christmas Service 9am (No Communion)

Monroe - Christmas Hymn Sing Service 10:30am

December 20: Verona - RLC Christmas Party begins at 6:30pm.
Contact Ned Reimer at reimer1@charter.net.

December 21: Monroe - Christmas For Kids 10:00 - 11:30am.
Contact Vicar Kruegerat vicarkrueger@rlcverona.com.

December 22: Regular Morning Services: 9am - Verona
10:30am - Monroe

December 24: 6:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in Verona
7:00pm Children’s Christmas Service - Monroe

December 25: 9:00am Christmas Day Service - Verona
10:30am Christmas Day Service - Monroe

December 31: 7:00pm New Years Eve Service - Monroe
Games & fellowship follow the service

* Monday & Thursday worship will be at the regular times *


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A Note From Ali..
Pastor Strutz and Resurrection Family,

We pray this finds you all doing well. We are enjoying the sunshine and warmth of not only Florida but the many people here at Crown of Life Christian Church and in Fort Myers, Florida.

Timothy just arrived for Thanksgiving and we are super excited to see him and have him home with us!  Our family extends it`s love and thanks to all of you for your continued support of Tim`s education at Luther Preparatory School. He continues to be thankful for a place he can use and grow his God given gifts. Tim finished up his varsity football season and has begun wrestling for the first time. He continues to play the upright bass and sing in choir. He is having fun with two languages, German and Latin and is looking forward to finishing up this semester! He is still considering the ministry and we ask for your continued prayers not only for him but for all those at Luther Preparatory School. What a blessing this school is for so many!

Please also pray for our ministry down here in Florida. Crown of Life Christian Academy continues to grow! We serve ages 2- 6th grade and I am currently serving as the 3rd-6th grade teacher of 17 students. It has been a challenging blessing for sure! We can definitely see God`s hand at work!

We miss all of you and enjoy reading the RLC notes to keep up to date on your ministry as well!

Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Your Sister in Christ,

Ali Manning


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This Week at RLC

Sunday 11/24

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


7:00pm - Monroe Worship Service


6:00am - Men’s Bible Study - Verona


6:30pm - Verona Thanksgiving Worship
7:00pm - Monroe Thanksgiving Worship
* No Catechism Classes *


Thanksgiving Day
* No Worship Services *

Sunday 12/1

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


Monroe - Tree Decorating & Chili Dump followed by Christmas Party
Verona - Tree Decorating

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Announcements & Upcoming Events




  • Monday, December 2, at 7:00pm in Monroe. No meal.
  • Thursday, December 5, at 6:30pm in Verona. Meal at 5:30pm


Want to do outreach without knocking on doors? There’s a great opportunity to share the good news about Jesus. And you don’t have to knock on doors.

Friday, December 13, from 10 am until 11 am at the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St., in Verona will be hosting a death café. Conversations about death are facilitated. It provides a great opportunity to talk about your confidence in Christ. Pastor Strutz and Vicar attended the first session and people were very open to discussion and meaningful conversation. The death café is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. There is also the possibility that Resurrection could host further conversations and invite the community.

If you have questions or would like to attend, contact with Pastor Strutz at pastorstrutz@rlcverona.com, (608) 515-4334 or Vicar Krueger vicarkrueger@rlcverona.com

(507) 217-6181. Again, it’s free and anyone can attend.


We are having a Christmas pageant this year with costumes and all. Please let your Sunday School teacher know if you will be here on December 15th for the pageant. We are currently looking for a cane to use as a shepherd hook. We also need hand towels in solid colors. If you have any of these items, please let Lisa Neumann- Pudlo (608) 212-5892 or Laura Westphal (608) 225-0475 know. They will be returned to you.


The Counseling Ministry will continue to host an open group for divorced adults Wednesday, December 4th  at 1:00pm in Verona. Focus will be on building community, increasing coping skills and moving forward. Anyone who is interested can contact Kathleen Harwood at Kathleen@inthemomenttherapy.com, or just come and join us.


We have many opportunities to spread the good news of great joy: a Savior has been born! He is Christ, the Lord. We have 6000 postcards to distribute and over 100 prospects we want to personally invite to join us for Christmas! Help out!

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7: Postcard distribution and prospect canvass in Verona. Meet at church in Verona at 9am for breakfast. Lunch at noon.

  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8: Postcard distribution and prospect canvass in Monroe. Meet at church in Monroe after worship for lunch and canvass instruction.

  • Note: We will likely have help from students at Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills for December 7. Speak with Pastor Strutz (pastorstrutz@rlcverona.com) or Casey Smith, Outreach Chairman (outreach@rlcverona.com) for more info or to volunteer.

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14: Christmas for Kids in Verona, 10:00-11:30am. Children ages 3-10 are welcome. Volunteers are needed.

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21: Christmas for Kids in Monroe, 10:00-11:30am. Children ages 3-10 are welcome. Volunteers are needed.

Note: Speak to Vicar (vicarkrueger@rlcverona.com) for more information or to help out with Christmas for Kids.

Postcards to invite people to Christmas services and Christmas for Kids are available in both Verona and Monroe.


Friday, December 6, at 4:45pm at Central Park in Verona, which is near the Verona senior center, located at 108 Paoli Street in Verona, our members and friends have the opportunity to sing Christmas carols when the Christmas lights are turned on for the city of Verona.

This tree lighting is televised on a Madison TV stations and is a great opportunity for us to spread the good news of great joy at a community event. We begin caroling outside for the tree lighting and then move inside to the senior center where a chili supper is held. The event is free and all are welcome to come. Handouts are provided for the familiar Christmas songs. If you want more information or would like to volunteer, please speak with Pastor Strutz or email pastorstrutz@rlcverona.com.

- Verona, December 8, 4:30 pm

THEME: WAIT on the Lord

Join us for a special evening of worship and women’s fellowship. We are turning our focus from “What am I thinking?” to “Who am I trusting?” Refreshments will be served.

Invite a friend or neighbor to join the celebration! RSVP Please respond by November 24th if you are able to join us. Sign up in the narthex or contact Sarah Krueger at s_kalbach@sbcglobal.net or (507) 217-6856 to RSVP.

Looking forward to celebrating with you!

- Verona, December 8 4:15 pm

Young ladies ages 4 years through 6th grade are welcome to join us for a fun evening of learning, creating and socializing at an event that celebrates the Advent season. We encourage you to invite a young friend and dress in your favorite festive outfit.

  • Find out why the Advent season is such an important part of our Christian faith and history.

  • Create a keepsake for yourself and one to be shared with someone special.

  • Enjoy fellowship, music and refreshments. The Tea Party will begin at 4:15pm with drop-off at the classroom and conclude at approximately 6pm.

- Verona, December 8, 4:15 pm

All men & children are welcome. Held at the Meinel residence (across from the Verona
campus). This is a complementary event to Advent by Candlelight - same time, almost
same place. If your wife is attending Advent by Candlelight, this is a great opportunity to
resonate the Advent theme throughout your whole family.

God calls each man to be the spiritual leader of his family. Let’s show the future generations what it means to be godly men. We will meet around a big fire in manly fashion and Pastor will lead a devotion in preparation for Advent. Please RSVP to Philip Meinel at


Only 7 weeks away! Here’s what is going on at RLC in preparation for the celebration of our Savior’s birth....


We will be setting up the trees on Sunday, December 1st after church. We welcome volunteers to assist.

The decorating for the Advent by Candlelight will be the following Monday and Tuesday. For more information contact Julie Krause at (608) 225-0372 or Kate Neitzel at (608) 770-4402.

To register, contact Kate Neitzel at neitzelhouse@gmail.com or (608) 770-4402.

Please register by November 21st.


Sunday, December 1, immediately after church. Bring some chili, and we’ll dump them all together in a roaster and enjoy! We will then put up the Christmas tree and decorate the church. We will be having a scavenger hunt during the party, so bring a big bag/purse with you! Bring a white elephant gift and come ready for some fun! For more information, contact Jean Schoenike at (608) 325-9491.


Anyone interested in singing one or two simple pieces for the Christmas Eve service on
December 24, contact either Kathy Delikat (262) 443-0010 or Ellen Andrews (920) 382-
0511. We will meet after the Thanksgiving service in the choir loft to determine the best
time for practice.


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!


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.


Meets Wednesday, November 20
6:30pm in Verona
• The Book That Matters Most
by Ann Hood


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.


We have posted an Opportunity List on the bulletin board showing the various ways you can serve Jesus here at the Verona campus. If you are able to help in this way, we’d love to have you join us. For more information, contact the person indicated for each category, or call the church office at (608) 848-4965, or email Kathy at ministrycoordinator@rlcverona.com.


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 Badger Prairie Needs Network food pantry. Please see Denise Reimer (608) 225-0902 or Katrina Meinel (920) 382-6696 for Kwik Trip cards.


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Wels.net Media Page....
This is a link to several on line media offering for the Wels...


Here you will find links to:

Together Newsletter...
Forward in Christ...
Ministry Newsletter...
as well as blogs, the Wels Connection
and images you can use...

From Together...

Hymnal Project continues to move forward

The WELS Hymnal Project Executive Committee met for its final face-to-face meeting this month. This 14-member committee charged with carrying out the development of the new hymnal and its auxiliary resources started meeting in 2013. At that meeting, the committee made final decisions on the two main pew books—the Hymnal pew edition and the Psalter pew edition—before sending the files …


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Pathways to Christ Retreat
Dear Sister in Christ, 

The committee for the 2020 Pathways to Christ Retreat, welcomes you to join us on March 13-15 at LaSure’s Hall in Oshkosh.  Our theme for the retreat will focus on Prov. 17:17, “A Friend Loves At All Times”.  Please visit our website for more detailed information.    https://pathwaystochrist.org/.

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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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