WELS in the News

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.



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.

February 21, 2017

On Feb. 10, CBS Minnesota featured a story on Night to Shine, a unique prom for those with special-needs. St. Croix Lutheran High School, West Saint Paul, Minn., was one of 380 groups that hosted events like this.

The Feb. 8 edition of the Fond du Lac Reporter highlighted Second Impressions, a new thrift shop to help support Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wis.

February 7, 2017

The Feb. 3 edition of the Biz Times featured a story on Fred Lautz, the new executive director at St. Marcus ministries.

Around the Corner with Jon McGivern filmed an episode about the city of Watertown, Wis., including highlighting Luther Preparatory School (go to 14:24 in the 30-minute show).

On Jan. 21, Fox 11 news covered a robotics competition held at Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, Wis.

On Jan. 19, the Red Wing Republican Eagle featured an article on St. John’s Lutheran School in Red Wing, Minn., including the start of the school’s new principal, Chris Avila.

January 17, 2017

The Jan. 10 edition of the Beatrice Daily Sun featured an article on the organ restoration at St. Paul, Plymouth, Neb.

On Jan. 9, the Fond du Lac Reporter highlighted Second Impressions, a new nonprofit thrift store in Fond du Lac, Wis., that will benefit Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

The Jan. 3 edition of the Stevens Point Journal included an article about the grand opening of The Word, part of the multi-site ministry of Divine Word, Plover, which will also serve as a student center for the campus ministry work at University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

On Dec. 27, My South Now featured an article about how Christ-St. Peter Lutheran School, Milwaukee, Wis., and Victory of the Lamb, Franklin, Wis., partnered to deliver gifts and food to people in need in Milwaukee.

The Dec. 26 edition of the Wisconsin State Journal highlighted a Giving Tree project sponsored by Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Madison, Wis.

On Dec. 23, Wisconsin News featured an article on the move of the historic church bell of Zion, Columbus, Wis., to a newly constructed tower at the church’s current location.


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