WELS in the News

November 7, 2017

On Nov. 6, the Journal Sentinel highlighted the construction of a new school and child care center for St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc, Wis.

The Oct. 31 edition of the Rapid City Journal featured an article on how St. Paul Lutheran School, Rapid City, S.D., used volunteer efforts to revamp its gym after paying $5 for gymnasium equipment, including a wooden floor, basketball hoops, and scoreboards, at a local auction.

The Oct. 30 edition of The Journal highlighted a special area Reformation service that was held at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., on Oct. 29.

On Oct. 30, WBAY.com featured a story on moving the more than 100-year-old church bell of Bethlehem, Hortonville, Wis., to its new church about a mile away. The congregation hopes construction of the new church will be completed by March.

On Oct. 29, the Juneau Empire highlighted how Juneau, Alaska, Lutheran churches like Christ, Juneau, were planning on highlighting the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.

The Oct 27 edition of the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan highlighted special Reformation services happening at the Lutheran churches in Yankton, including WELS church Prince of Peace.

On Oct. 26, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman interviewed Pastor Robbin Robbert about the importance of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation and about the special celebrations that would be happening at his congregation, King of Kings, Wasilla, Alaska.

On Oct. 26, the Thousand Oaks Acorn highlighted Prince of Peace, Thousand Oaks, Calif., discussing the congregation’s new pastor as well as its celebration of its 50th anniversary and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The Oct. 25 edition of the Lake Mills Leader highlighted a special New Friends event hosted by the Teens for Christ group at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis.

The Oct. 21 edition of the Tomah Journal included an article on the annual wax museum at St. Paul Lutheran School, Tomah, Wis., which features the school’s third- and fourth-graders portraying historical figures and others they admired.

The Oct. 24 edition of the Oshkosh Northwestern included an article about the 100th anniversary of Martin Luther Church, Oshkosh, Wis.

On Oct. 22, FOX6 in Milwaukee highlighted the recent trip by Wisconsin Lutheran College student Curtis Piek to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas

October 17, 2017

On Oct. 15, The Olympian reported that a fire extensively damaged the church building of Messiah, Lacey, Wash. The fire was noticed during a Sunday service, but no one was injured.

In its weekly church news update, The Daily Courier announced a special worship service being held at First, Prescott, Ariz., celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

On Oct. 13, FOX6 News in Milwaukee reported that Wisconsin Lutheran College student Curtis Piek was traveling to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Oct. 8 edition of the Appleton Post-Crescent highlighted the 150th anniversary of St. Paul, Appleton, Wis., the oldest WELS congregation in Appleton. The congregation is celebrating throughout October.

On Oct. 8, the South Bend Tribune featured on article on Arnold and Elma Doberstein, members at St. John, Dowagiac, Mich. They recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

The Oct. 8 edition of the Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch highlighted a service opportunity in which local grade school students traveled to Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., to participate in a service event of filling birthday bags for a local food shelters.

On Oct. 6, TJM4 in Milwaukee highlighted the restoration of the pipe organ at St. Marcus, Milwaukee, Wis.

The Oct. 6 edition of the La Crosse Tribune announced an upcoming special worship concert by Charles Bonow at Mount Calvary, La Crosse, Wis.

On Oct. 5, the Lake Mills Leader highlighted a special mission festival being held at St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis.

On Oct. 3, Watertown Public Opinion featured an article on the exemplary accreditation of Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, S.D., by Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA).

TV show Pickler & Ben honored Stephen Schroeder and his family. Schroeder has served in the military for the past 17 years and was hurt in a training mission in January 2017. The family is members at Beautiful Savior, Clarksville, Tenn.

October 3, 2017

On Sept. 27, Prairie Publishing included an article on the 150th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran School, Nicollet, Minn.

The Sept. 25 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., highlighted a new art education program called “The Process” that will appear on New Ulm’s cable access television. The show will feature the artistic process of artist Jason Jaspersen, a teacher at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School.

On Sept. 20, the Tolucan Times featured a story on the inclusion of a special-needs student at St. Paul Lutheran School in North Hollywood, Calif.

The Sept. 20 edition of The Star included an article on the groundbreaking for a $5.5 million expansion project for Peace, Sun Prairie, Wis., that will bring the church and the school together onto one campus.

On Sept. 18, the Kenosha News featured an article on the Friedens Lutheran Outreach Center, an outreach ministry of Friedens, Kenosha, Wis., that offers free clothes, food, and company for the community.

September 19, 2017

On Sept. 15, NNS featured an article on St. Marcus Lutheran School, Milwaukee, and its yearly 9/11 observance with its students.

The Sept. 14 edition of the Lake Mills Leader highlighted MK Cellular’s donation of cell phones and virtual reality viewers to Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills.

On Sept. 14, The Courier included an article about the upcoming celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. John, Waterloo, Wis.

The Sept. 13 edition of On Milwaukee featured a story on Doors Open Milwaukee, highlighting Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee as one of the top places people could visit during this event.

On Sept. 12, the Eastern Arizona Courier highlighted the upcoming 75th anniversary of Grace, Safford, Ariz.

On Sept. 11, the Journal Sentinel included an article about the groundbreaking celebration for a new school and childcare building for St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc, Wis.

The Sept. 11 issue of the Journal Sentinel highlighted the plans of the Lutheran Radio Church Service to air its last broadcast on Sept. 24. The radio broadcast program is structured in the form of a liturgically based Lutheran church service. WELS and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod churches in the Milwaukee area provide content on alternate Sundays. The program first aired in 1928.

On Sept. 8, the Victoria Advocate featured a story on relief efforts in Edna and Victoria, Tex., following Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers from WELS churches in Texas helped clean up more than 60 yards in the area.

The Sept. 8 edition of the Capital Journal featured an article on Rev. John Schwartz, the new pastor at Redeemer, Pierre, S.D.

The Aug. 31 edition of the Belle Plaine Herald featured an article at Ryan and Ruth Lee Henning, two new teachers at Trinity Lutheran School, Belle Plaine, Minn.

September 5, 2017

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a circuit judge in Milwaukee ruled that Wisconsin Lutheran High School international student housing does not qualify for a tax break as part of a religious educational institution.

Tuscon.com features the story Minnie Guenther, wife of Apacheland missionary E. Edgar Guenther, who began serving in Arizona in 1910. The story illustrates the life and impact of Minnie.

New Ulm, Minn.’s, The Journal highlighted the beginning of the school year at Martin Luther College, which saw increased enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.

August 15, 2017

The Aug. 13 edition of the Houston County News reported on the upcoming 75th anniversary of First, La Crescent, Minn., which will be celebrating on the same day as its groundbreaking for its early childhood learning center.

On July 31, KOB4 featured a story on the fire at Peace, Rio Rancho, N.M. On Aug. 6, KRQE News highlighted how the congregation is continuing to worship at another location while fixing the damage to its church.

On Aug. 5, the Rapid City Journal highlighted the 75th anniversary of St. Paul, Rapid City, S.D.

The Aug. 5 edition of the Daily Press in Escanaba, Mich., highlighted seven women from area WELS congregations who attended the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society convention in Florida.

The Aug. 2 edition of the Chicago Tribune reported on the funeral of Lindsey Schmidt and her three young children who were killed in a two-vehicle car crash. Schmidt was a member at Trinity, Crete, Ill.

On Aug. 2, the Lake Mills Leader introduced Rev. Timothy Nass, a new pastor at St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis.

The August edition of Plymouth magazine featured an article on the 20th anniversary of West Lutheran High School in its Plymouth, Minnesota, location.

On July 28, the Baraboo News Republic highlighted that St. John’s, Baraboo, Wis., was launching a scholarship program to provide new students with a year of free schooling.

The July 27 edition of the St. Peter Herald highlighted that a record number of children attended the Jesus Saves! Soccer camp organized by St. Peter, St. Peter, Minn.

On July 26, The Star featured an article on Rev. Shaun Arndt, a new pastor at Peace, Sun Prairie, Wis.

On July 19, The Courier highlighted the Confirmation Reunion Sunday at St. John, Waterloo, Wis., part of the congregation’s yearlong 150th anniversary celebration.

July 18, 2017

On June 27, the St. Peter Herald highlighted the 150th anniversary of St. Peter, St. Peter, Minn.

The July 11 edition of the Fond du Lac Reporter announced an upcoming soccer camp at Faith, Fond du Lac, Wis.

June 20, 2017

The June 14 edition of the Jordan Independent highlighted the 150th anniversary of St. Paul, Jordan, Minn., which was celebrated on June 4.

On June 11, the La Crosse Tribune previewed the 150th anniversary of St. Peter, Town of Hamburg, Wis., which was celebrated on June 18.

On June 10, KEYC Mankato featured a story on Kingdom Workers’ Builders For Christ working on an addition at Peace (ELS), North Mankato, Minn.

On June 6, Lake Country Now highlighted a common council meeting in Oconomowoc, Wis., that changed zoning for future building and approved a development agreement between St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, the city, and the Oconomowoc Area School District.

The June 5 edition of the Wausau Daily Herald featured a story on Northland Lutheran High School students planting a community garden.

June 6, 2017

On June 2, the Yakima Herald featured an article on David Salinas, pastor at Grace, Yakima, Wash., who recently took a call to Sure Foundation, Queens, N.Y.

The June 2 edition of the Marshall Independent featured an article on the 125th anniversary of Zion, Russell, Minn.

On June 1, the Herald Times Reporter reported that Bethany Lutheran School, Manitowoc, Wis., received an “exemplary” rating after an intensive review conducted by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation Committee (WELSSA).

On May 30, the Herald Times Reporter highlighted Grace Vogt as a stellar student at Manitowoc Lutheran High School.

The May 28 edition of the Jordan Independent highlighted the 150th anniversary of St. Paul, Jordan, Minn., highlighting how the congregation has changed over the years and showing new ways it is using technology to reach out.

On May 22, TMJ4 in Milwaukee reported that two Wisconsin Lutheran High School students earned perfect scores on their ACT exams.

On May 21, the Aiken Standard featured an article on the dedication of Peace, Aiken, S.C.

The May 20 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an article about Wisconsin Lutheran High School working to have its international student housing be considered tax exempt.

The May 19 edition of the Marshall Independent highlighted the ministry of Lois Zander, a teacher at Samuel Lutheran School, Marshall, Minn., who is retiring this year.

May 16, 2017

On May 14, The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., highlighted the May 13 commencement service at Martin Luther College.

On May 12, Fox6now ran a story on how local policemen served pizza to kids at the Lighthouse Youth Center in Milwaukee. Affiliated with WELS, Lighthouse’s mission is to be a beacon for Christ to the youth of the community.

KEYC News12 out of Mankato, Minn., highlighted Linda Degner, a teacher at St. Peter, St. Peter, Minn., who recently received the Golden Apple Award.

On May 12, WSAW, Wausau, Wis., featured a news story on online mental health counseling and used Northland Lutheran High School and WLCFS–Christian Family Solutions as an example.

The May 11 edition of Northwest Now featured a story on how a lesson taught at St. John Lutheran School, Lannon, Wis., on stroke symptoms helped a local student recognize early signs of stroke in her mom.

The May 11 edition of the La Crosse Tribune featured an article previewing the dedication of a new auditorium and chapel at Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis. WXOW News 19 then highlighted the dedication on May 14.

The May 10 edition of the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis., highlighted a presentation at Fox Valley Lutheran High School on May 13 by the great-grandchildren of Winston Churchill about the parents of this famous British prime minister.

On May 9 the Marshall Independent reported on free music and dance lessons being offered by Christ Lutheran Church, Marshall, Minn., at Samuel Lutheran School this summer. Rachel Winter, a junior at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., will be teaching the lessons.

On May 5, Fairbury News Now featured an article on the construction of a new pool at Camp Jefferson, a WELS camp in Fairbury, Neb.

May 2, 2017

Former President George W. Bush spoke at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wis., on April 28, and received a Divine Servant Award from the college. Most Milwaukee-area media covered the event after it occurred.

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On April 24, the Waupaca County News highlighted Worship at the Cross services being held at St. Paul, Clintonville, Wis., and Grace, Sugar Bush, Wis., for people with developmental disabilities.

The April 18 edition of the St. Peter Herald announced the kick off the 150th anniversary of St. Peter, St. Peter, Minn. The church planned a community service event to clean up a neighborhood park. Future worship services were also announced.

April 18, 2017

The April 14 edition of the West Bend Daily News featured a story on Principal Jamie Luehring and his journey to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, Wis.

On April 17, The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., highlighted a new construction project for Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School.

The April 5 edition of the Daily Union featured an article on Karleen Oppermann, who is one of 100 educators statewide in Wisconsin selected for Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowships.

April 4, 2017

The April 3 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., featured an article on three Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School students who put together a video project that highlighted mission work in Haiti.

The April 1 edition of Blue Ridge Now highlighted how Living Savior, Asheville, N.C., started services at a second site in Hendersonville, N.C., in February.

On April 1, the Door County Daily News highlighted Becky Thoma, a kindergarten teacher at St. Peters, Sturgeon, Bay, Wis., who was named the National Teacher of the Month by Arts Attack.

The March 31 edition of the Kenosha News featured an article on how Friedens Lutheran Church in Kenosha opened an outreach center a mile from its church to help community members with basic daily needs as well as to share the gospel message.

The March 29 edition of the Waushara Argus announced an Easter for Kids event at Peace, Wautoma, Wis., on April 2.

The March 28 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., featured an article on the 50th annual Scholars Recognition Banquet for the New Ulm Rotary Club. Grace Hennig, a WELS teacher, was one of the speakers highlighting the Rotary Service Above Self award, an award Hennig won in the 1980s. Current Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School student Abigail Pleiss won one of this year’s awards.

On Feb. 21, the Couer d’Alene Press featured an article on how The Vine Lutheran Church, a new Home Mission ministry, handed out doughnuts at the local grocery store as part of its “Random Acts of Kindness” initiative.

March 21, 2017

The March 18 edition of the St. James Plaindealer, highlighted the ministry of Dave Gartner, who has served at St. John Lutheran School in Redwood Falls, Minn., for the past 25 years.

On March 16, the Lake Mills Leader featured three high school student rotarians, one of whom was Daniel Quinn Bilitz, a senior at Lakeside Lutheran High School who will be attending Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.

The March 11 edition of The Journal Times featured an article on the new pipe organ at First, Racine, Wis.

On March 3, the Palm Coast Observer reported that Christ the King Lutheran School in Palm Coast received “exemplary status” for national accreditation through the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

March 7, 2017

On March 1, the Jackson County Chronicle reported on the special midweek Lenten services offered at Faith, Black River Falls, Wis., including special music on March 1 from the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Chorus.

Rev. Jon Zabell from St. Paul, Green Bay, Wis., was interviewed for a Feb. 27 WFRV Green Bay TV news story on how Christians celebrate the Lenten season.

On Feb. 27, the Watertown Daily Times announced that its managing editor Tom Schultz will be inducted in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame. Schultz served for 15 years on the Northwestern Publishing House Board of Directors.

The Feb. 25 edition of the Aiken Standard reported that Peace Lutheran in Aiken is almost ready to move into its new church. The congregation hopes to have its first service in its new location on Easter Sunday.

The Feb. 21 edition of the BizTimes in Milwaukee announced that Henry Tyson, St. Marcus School Superintendent, was among the five winners of the Driven to Achieve award. Winners will receive $40,000 to support their organizations from the Donald Driver Foundation.

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