WELS in the News

September 17, 2019

On Sept. 16, Royal Purple highlighted the WELS campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in an article about UW–Whitewater’s Involvement Fair.

A Sept. 16 article in the Journal Sentinel reported on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ visit to St. Marcus Lutheran School, Milwaukee, Wis.

RiverTowns.net featured an article on Sept. 15 about Rev. Steven Saatkamp, a 2019 graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary who is the new pastor at Emmanuel, Hudson, Wis.

MLive Media Group, Mich., interviewed Max Nordlie, multi-sport athlete and multi-activity student at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich. Notably, Nordlie is the starting quarterback for the school and plays piano extensively in his free time.

On Sept. 5, WFRV Local 5, Green Bay, Wis., reported that St. Mark Lutheran Church donated eight boxes of supplies to Beaumont Elementary School, Green Bay. The supplies will help teachers and students begin the new school year fully prepared.

The Caledonia Argus, Caledonia, Minn., interviewed Rev. Tom Schultz on Sept. 4. Schultz is currently filling in as principal at St. John Lutheran School, Caledonia. An official call for the position will be made in October.

September 3, 2019

WBAY, Green Bay, Wis., reported on a texting scheme involving Zion, Morrison, Wis., where someone posing as Zion’s pastor texted members asking for donations.

On Aug. 31, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., highlighted how local volunteers and contractors are working hard on the large expansion to St. Paul’s Lutheran School so the school is ready to open on Sept. 9.

WFRV Local 5, Green Bay, Wis., reported on Aug. 27 that the soccer and football fields at Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, Wis., are once again usable after the spaces were damaged by vandalism in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018.

On Aug. 27, the Lafayette Nicollet Ledger, Lafayette, Minn., announced the departure of Rev. Dan Witte from Trinity, Nicollet, Minn. Witte is preparing to serve in Zambia where he will do mission work with WELS’ One Africa Team.

The Washington County Insider, West Bend, Wis., reported on Aug. 27 that St. John’s, Newburg, Wis., is preparing to celebrate its 160th anniversary with a mission festival on Sunday, Sept. 8.

On Aug. 26, The Courier, Lake Mills, Wis., noted that St. Paul, Marshall, has opened its enrollment for its weekly Sunday school program.

Redwood Falls Gazette, Redwood Falls, Minn., interviewed Todd Brassow, the new principal at St. John Lutheran, Redwood Falls, on Aug. 23. Brassow previously served as a teacher and the athletic director at the school.

On Aug. 21, the Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minn., announced that Solid Grounds Coffee House, a ministry of The Lutheran Home Association in Belle Plaine, will close its doors on Sept. 18.

August 20, 2019

The Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., noted on Aug. 15 that Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, would provide a welcome and orientation to its incoming freshman class on Friday, Aug. 16. Class began for all students on Monday, Aug. 19.

On Aug. 14, KEYC News 12, Mankato, Minn., reported that the construction on Mt. Olive Church and School, Mankato, is nearly finished. The additions include a new kindergarten room, an expanded church space, and new secure entrances.

MLive Media Group, Mich., shared a story on Aug. 12 about the football team at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich. In order to build the energy and excitement before each game, the team sings together. Many team members are part of a musical extracurricular activity.

On Aug. 9, the Columbus Journal, Beaver Dam, Wis., reported that the WELS Wind Ensemble would hold its annual Concert in the Park, Sunday, Aug. 11, in Beaver Dam.

August 6, 2019

The York News-Times, York, Neb., included articles on the 40th anniversaries of two local WELS schools in Waco: Trinity Lutheran School and Nebraska Lutheran High School.

On Aug. 2, the Lake Mills Leader featured an article about the reunion of the first graduating class of Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis. About two dozen members of the class of 1962 met at St. Paul, Fort Atkinson, Wis., to reminisce.

On Aug. 1, the Daily Jefferson County Union, Fort Atkinson, Wis., interviewed Dan Bredendick about his role as the new principal and history teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Fort Atkinson.

On July 31, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., shared news of the WELS 65th Biennial Synod Convention held July 29–Aug. 1 at Martin Luther College, New Ulm. Special note was made of President Mark Schroeder’s re-election and report.

On July 31, The Tomah Journal, La Crosse, Wis., interviewed Lisa Giertych about Geoffrey Hoffman, former teacher, coach, and principal at St. Paul Lutheran School, Tomah, Wis. Hoffman passed away on Aug. 28 after serving the school for 43 years.

On July 23, Fox 6 News, Milwaukee, Wis., spoke with leaders at Risen Savior, Milwaukee, about their free summer soccer camp. The camp aims to provide fun and learning to neighborhood children in a safe and Christ-centered environment.

On July 20, the Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis., noted that Rev. Michael D. Hollmann was installed as the new pastor at St. Mark, Eau Claire. Now retired, Rev. Herb Prahl previously served in this position for 46 years.

The Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., shared on July 19 that Wisconsin Lutheran High School was approaching completion of its dormitory and apartment construction.

July 16, 2019

On July 15, the Daily Press, Escanaba, Mich., highlighted that women from several congregations in northern Wisconsin and Michigan attended the 56th annual Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ahwatukee Foothills News, Tempe, Ariz., shared an interview with Rev. Michael Koepke on July 14, who was recently installed as the pastor at Lamb of God, Phoenix, Ariz.

On July 13, The Herald Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich., reported that Rev. Jesse Knox would be installed as a full-time pastor at St. Paul’s, Stevensville, Mich., on Sunday, July 14.

The Fond du Lac Reporter, Fond du Lac, Wis., interviewed Rev. David Haag on July 9 about his 20 years as the soccer coach at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac. He explained that he cherishes the opportunity to encourage young Christians through the sport.

On June 28, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn., interviewed Jim Buboltz about his many roles at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, Minn. Entering his 26th year in the WELS school system, Buboltz now serves as the school’s dean of students, football coach, and baseball coach.

July 2, 2019

On June 29, the Independent, Marshall, Minn., reported that Christ, Marshall, hosted a summer picnic for local people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The church’s Jesus Cares ministry organizes this annual event.

BizTimes, Milwaukee, Wis., shared on June 28 that Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, will soon begin expanding its science building and athletic facilities thanks to an anonymous gift of $5.2 million.

On June 18, the Redwood Falls Gazette, Redwood Falls, Minn., announced that Dave Gartner will leave his position as principal at St. John School, Redwood Falls, to serve as principal at West Lutheran High School, Plymouth, Minn.

June 18, 2019

The June 15 edition of the Norfolk Daily News included an article about the renovation of the nearly 60-year-old school building of Immanuel, Hadar, Neb.

The Doral Tribune, Doral, Fla., shared on June 11 that Jaxson Landwehr, Junior at Divine Savior Academy, Doral, was awarded the highest honors in the WordWright Challenge, a national literary analysis competition.

Green Valley News, Green Valley, Ariz., reported on June 8 about the upcoming groundbreaking of a new chapel and child-learning center for Grace, Sahuarita, Ariz. The church pursued the project to serve the growing need for licensed childcare in the community.

On May 19, the Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc, Wis., shared that two students of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Noah Ungemach and Regina Lou, were awarded exemplary performances at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Festival on May 4.

June 4, 2019

The June 2 edition of the Redwood Falls Gazette highlighted the end of a “fantastic” school year at St. John Lutheran School, Redwood Falls, Minn.

On May 27, the Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., reported that 110 students received their diplomas from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, on Sun., May 26.

The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on May 27 that 53 students graduated from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, on Sunday, May 26.

On May 26, WJFW Newswatch 12, Rhinelander, Wis., shared that Rev. Neal Behm was installed at Christ, Merrill, Wis. The church’s previous pastor, Rev. James Weiland, passed away unexpectedly when he was involved in a car accident in January 2018.

Kenosha News, Kenosha, Wis., reported that Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., saw a class of 63 graduate on Saturday, May 25.

On May 22, the Green Bay Press Gazette, Green Bay, Wis., shared the story of Mr. Kyle Gut, principal at St. Mark Lutheran School, Green Bay, who passed away suddenly on May 21. Gut was also a basketball and soccer coach in Pulaski, Wis.

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn., announced on May 19 that Trinity, Nicollet, Minn., celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. A special worship service will be held on Sun., June 9.

The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on May 19 that Martin Luther College, New Ulm, held its commencement service on Sat., May 18.

May 21, 2019

WAOW News 9, Wausau, Wis., shared on May 16 that Northland Lutheran High School, Kronenwetter, Wis., began construction on a new 162-solar panel array on its roof.

On May 16, the Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis., reported that The CORE, Appleton, held a vigil for Mitchell Lundgaard, an Appleton firefighter who was killed while responding to a medical call on May 15.

WTMJ Radio, Milwaukee, Wis., shared on May 14 that Jonas Doerr and Magdalen Johnston, two students at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, achieved perfect scores on their first attempt at the ACT.

On May 12, FOX 9, Minneapolis, Minn., reported that the families of students at Pilgrim Lutheran School, Minneapolis, are exploring plans to sustain the school. The school is currently expected to close at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

The Falls Church Patch, Falls Church, Va., announced on May 8 that Grace Christian Academy, Falls Church, raised $110,000 at its third annual fundraising gala. These funds will support the school’s tuition assistance program.

On May 8, the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch, Sleepy Eye, Minn., shared that St. John’s Lutheran School, Sleepy Eye, will close at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

May 7, 2019

The BizTimes, Milwaukee, Wis., included an article about Wisconsin Lutheran College presenting the Divine Servant Award to David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, during a celebration event on April 26.

The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis., interviewed Rev. Mike Novotny on May 3. Novotny spoke about his service at The CORE, Appleton, and his role as the lead speaker of Time of Grace, the nationally syndicated worship broadcast program.

On May 2, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that Martin Luther College, New Ulm, held its annual “MLC Day” on May 1. The event invites friends and family of MLC students to pray for the school, share news of its ministry, and donate to show their support.

The Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minn., shared on May 1 that Trinity Lutheran School, Belle Plaine, celebrated its 75th anniversary. A special service was held on May 5 to commemorate the milestone.

On April 18, The Newnan Times-Herald, Newnan, Ga., reported that Faith, Sharpsburg, Ga., held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 14, Palm Sunday, for its new building addition.

April 16, 2019

On April 11, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that Josh Koelpin, senior and athlete at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, was given the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Leadership award.

The Sauk Prairie Eagle, Mauston, Wis., announced on April 10 that organist Charles Bonow would play a special concert at St. James, Prairie Du Sac, Wis., on April 14.

On April 8, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School, New Ulm, held a symbolic groundbreaking service for its upcoming building addition.

The Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., shared on April 3 that St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis., began construction on its new sanctuary on March 31. The new space is planned to accommodate more than 600 people.

On April 2, Doral Community Newspapers, Doral, Fla., announced on April 2 that Divine Savior Lutheran Academy, Doral, was named the first SMART Technologies Exemplary School in Florida for its use of unique technologies in its classrooms.

The Washington County Insider, West Bend, Wis., shared the story of five students from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Kettle Moraine, Wis., who traveled to Saving Grace, Mobile, Ala., to assist the church with canvassing and surveying local neighborhoods.

April 2, 2019

WSAW TV, Wausau, Wis., highlighted the upcoming 40th annual NE Regional WELS Handbell Festival, being held April 6–7 in Medford, Wis.

KEYC News 12, Mankato, Minn., reported on March 28 that the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team at Risen Savior Lutheran School, Mankato, will be playing in national competition in Valparaiso, Ind. The coach and team expressed gratitude for the opportunity to use and share their God-given talents.

On March 27, the Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., shared the story of Mr. Jeff Draeger, a member of Immanuel, Marshall, Wis. In November 2018, Draeger traveled to Panama City, Fla., to help the city’s WELS church, Amazing Grace, and their members in the wake of Hurricane Michael. He plans to return to the area soon to offer additional help.

The Midland Daily News announced on March 26 that the Tri-City WELS Men’s Basketball League will host its sixth annual All-Star Celebrity Game at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich., on April 7. The event will raise money for the Derrick Nash Strong Foundation, which helps families pay medical bills for their acute or chronically ill children.

The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported in its March 22 issue that Mr. James Unke, director of athletics at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, was given the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 10-Year Service Award.

March 19, 2019

On March 15, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., shared a story about Tim Plath, the principal and band instructor at Minnesota Valley Lutheran, New Ulm. On the weekend of March 15, Plath traveled a grand total of 712 miles. He transported seven of the school’s band members to and from the WELS National Band Fest in Milwaukee, Wis., and also conducted the pep band at the boys’ basketball team’s section championship game in Mankato, Minn. He was also featured on KEYC News 12 out of Mankato.

The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., announced on March 12 that the Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Math Team placed first in Class A at the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League State Tournament.

The Grand Island Independent, Grand Island, Neb., reported on March 12 that the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Chorus stopped at Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School, Waco, Neb., to give a free performance. The choir was in Nebraska as part of their spring tour.

On March 6, the Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., featured a story about Twice Is Nice Resale Store, Jefferson, Wis., a nonprofit secondhand store that provides financial support to Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills.

NHL.com shared on March 5 that the Nashville Predators hockey team gave veteran and former WELS pastor Stephen Schroeder an all-terrain wheelchair. This gift was part of the team’s “Military Week.” Schroeder was a speaker at the 2018 WELS International Youth Rally.

In the March 2 issue of The Herald Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich., noted the Martin Luther College touring choir would perform at Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph, and St. Paul, South Haven, on March 7.

March 5, 2019

On March 2, MyRacineCounty.com reported that on Feb. 25 the steeple of St. John’s, Burlington, Wis., was toppled from the roof of the church by high winds.

The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on March 1 that the three Knowledge Bowl teams from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, placed first, second, and third at a meet in Mankato, Minn., on Feb. 27.

The Feb. 28 edition of the Falls Church News-Press, Falls Church, Va., announced that Grace Christian Academy band students received numerous awards during the American Independent Music Association Solo/Ensemble event. Grace Christian was the school with the highest percentage of students receiving a “Superior” ranking.

On Feb. 27, the Daily Telegraph, Adrian, Mich., reported that preschool students at St. Stephen Lutheran School held a celebration of their 100th day of school on Feb. 26. Parents, siblings, friends, older students, and others sent over 100 letters and postcards to the young students for their special day.

Milwaukee Record, Milwaukee, Wis., shared on Feb. 27 that three WELS artists were nominated for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards. Spirited Strings, Koine, and Mike Westendorf were all nominated for best Christian/Gospel Artist. Spirited Strings was also nominated for New Artist of the Year.

On Feb. 26, The Herald Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich., announced that Zachary Uhrik, Paige Martin, and Natalie Ritter of St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Stevensville, Mich., were named local winners in Farm Bureau Insurance’s fifth annual America & Me essay contest.

The Feb. 21 edition of The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that the math team at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, has qualified to compete in the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League state tournament on March 11.

On Feb. 20, the Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., announced that St. Paul, Lake Mills, will begin construction on a new sanctuary in April. This new space will accommodate the growing membership of the church.

The Verde Independent shared on Feb. 19 that Our Shepherd, Cornville, Ariz., would host a free performance by Stephen Bautista and Marissa Renée on Feb. 23. The pair is a WELS father-daughter traveling musical group performing original Christian music.

February 19, 2019

On Feb. 14, CBS 58 WDJT, Milwaukee, Wis., shared a story about Wisconsin schools that received grants to make security improvements shortly after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018. The enhancements at Trinity, Waukesha, Wis., were discussed, including its new security cameras and locks.

The Feb. 13 edition of The Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., reported that the forensics team from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, won its ninth conference competition in a row on Feb. 4.

On Feb. 13, The Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minn., interviewed Eldrid and Wilmay Karnitz. The couple is celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary this year. They are members at Trinity, Belle Plaine, and consider their faith an important element of their successful marriage.

Fox 9, Eden Prairie, Minn., shared a story on Feb. 8 about “Night to Shine,” a prom event held by St. Croix Lutheran Academy, West St. Paul, Minn. The event welcomed 220 guests with special needs for a night of dancing and other prom activities.

On Feb. 7, The Courier, Waterloo, Wis., reported that Immanuel, Marshall, Wis., would celebrate Amazing Grace Sunday on Feb. 10 with a presentation from Craig Wilke, who is in his final year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon.

The Feb. 5 edition of The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., announced that the math team at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, New Ulm, placed second at the Traverse de Sioux Chapter Math Counts meet in Mankato, Minn., and qualified for state competition.

On Feb. 5, The Tri-County Times, Fenton, Mich., shared news about the plans Shepherd of the Lakes, Fenton, has to build a new church on the vacant land it purchased several years ago.

Doral Community Newspapers, Doral, Fla., reported on Feb. 4 that Matt Willems, varsity volleyball coach from Divine Savior Lutheran Academy, Doral, Fla., was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A Volleyball Coach of the Year.

February 5, 2019

The Feb. 2 edition of the Winona Daily News announced that St. Matthew, Winona, Minn., will add a five-day preschool program, starting in the 2019–2010 school year. It currently offers two- and three-day programs but is expanding because it saw a need in the community

On Feb. 1, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on Martin Luther College’s Winter Carnival held on its campus in New Ulm from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. Although the school closed for some time during the event due to cold temperatures, some activities—like a cooking contest—proceeded as planned.

WNEM 5 reported that Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich., stayed open on Jan. 28, when most area schools closed due to a winter storm. Most students already live on campus, and commuters were offered a place to stay.

The Herald-Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich., announced on Jan. 26 that St. Paul’s, Stevensville, Mich., would install its new pastor, Rev. Jeremy Koehler, on Sunday, Jan. 27.

On Jan. 24, ABC News 19 WXOW, La Crescent, Minn., interviewed students from Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., who worked with their families to make blankets for the residents of the Onalaska Care Center.

CBS 58 WDJT, Milwaukee, Wis., shared that Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, held a memorial service on Jan. 24 for student Aliya Hesseltine, who passed away suddenly on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 22, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that Martin Luther College, New Ulm, observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a presentation from Greg Patterson, the Board of Education chairman at St. Philips Lutheran School, Milwaukee, Wis.

The Jan. 18 edition of The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., announced that St. Paul’s Lutheran School, New Ulm, placed first in 3M MathCounts meet on Jan. 17. Several of St. Paul’s students also placed in the individual rankings.

January 15, 2019

On Jan. 13, the New Ulm Journal, New Ulm, Minn., featured a story about the 40th anniversary of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm. The school had its first school year starting in 1979 with 45 students enrolled.

Tri-County News, Kiel, Wis., interviewed Rev. Brett Naumann on Jan. 12 in anticipation of his installation as the new pastor at Trinity, Kiel, on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 11, the Mankato Free Press, Mankato, Minn., reported that local veterans traveled to the Lutheran Home, Belle Plaine, to deliver pillowcases to residents who served in the military. The gifts were each themed to represent the recipients’ respective branches of service.

On Dec. 28, KTVO.com, Kirksville, Mo., shared the story of Judge Karl DeMarce, who left his position as Associate Circuit Judge of Scotland County after 20 years to study for the pastoral ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.

On Dec. 28, the Fond du Lac Reporter, Fond du Lac, Wis., reported that Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, put in an offer on a piece of land on the south side of the city. This is part of the high school’s efforts to relocate and expand.

The Eagle, Bryan, Tex., shared a story on Dec. 25 about the traditional Christmas worship service and dinner that was held for international students attending local schools. This year marked the 29th anniversary of the event, which has been hosted annually by Beautiful Savior, College Station, Tex., since 1989.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Wasilla, Alaska, interviewed Rev. Robbin Robbert from King of Kings, Wasilla, on Dec. 24 about the history of “Silent Night,” the now 200-year-old Christmas carol.

On Dec. 19, WXOW News 19, La Crosse, Wis., reported that sixth graders at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Onalaska, Wis., received the Tools for Schools award to fund virtual reality equipment for use in their classroom.

December 18, 2018

On Dec. 17, Fox 11 News, Green Bay, Wis., reported that five churches in De Pere, Wis., including St. Mark, won a lawsuit that challenged the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

Crowrivermedia.com reported on Dec. 15 that Minnesota State Senator Nick Frentz visited St. Peter Lutheran School, St. Peter, Minn., after students wrote letters to him about the sanctity of life.

On Dec. 14, the Watertown Daily Times included a feature on James Moeller, the “Cookie Guy,” who makes and distributes hundreds of cookies. Moeller is the principal at Trinity-St. Luke, Watertown, Wis.

On Dec. 14, the New Ulm Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that 14 Martin Luther College students received their degrees at the winter commencement on Dec. 13.

The New Ulm Journal also shared a story on Dec. 14 about St. Paul’s Lutheran School, New Ulm, Minn., and their Blessing Bag program. On Dec. 13, students assembled and delivered 150 bags of household items and nonperishable food to area seniors.

West Bend Daily News, West Bend, Wis., interviewed Brandon Mantz, graduate of Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Jackson, Wis., on Dec. 12, after a skiing accident left him unable to walk. In the interview, Mantz cited his faith as the main motivator in his recovery, saying, “God has a plan for me.”

On Dec. 11, BizTimes, Milwaukee, Wis., named Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services, Inc., Germantown, Wis., and Kingdom Prep, Milwaukee, Wis., among the recipients of grants from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation this year.

On Dec. 6, the Wayne-Westland Observer, Wayne and Westland, Mich., on hometownlife.com, shared the story of the St. John’s Veteran’s Project. The students at St. John’s Lutheran School, Westland, Mich., assemble and send care packages to veterans in Detroit, Mich., every year. They send clothing and other goods throughout the year as well.

KRQE News 13, Albuquerque, N.M., interviewed members of Peace, Rio Rancho, N.M., on Dec. 3, one year after their church was destroyed in a fire. The building held its grand reopening worship services on Sun., Dec. 2.

December 4, 2018

The Dec. 4 edition of The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on the Christmas concerts held at Martin Luther College Dec. 1 and 2.

The Herald Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich., shared on Nov. 24 that Rev. Paul Naumann, Good Shepherd, Benton Harbor, Mich., would retire from the ministry after 22 years at the church.

On Nov. 23, the Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Wis., reported that four local WELS churches would perform live nativity presentations Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Luke’s, Watertown, Wis. The paper also featured a photo from the live nativity at St. Luke’s.

Local 5, Green Bay, Wis., interviewed Benjamin Priebe, director of enrollment at Fox Valley Lutheran, Appleton, Wis., and Erin Litscher, a senior at the school, on Nov. 20. They shared information about Fox Valley Lutheran’s Christ-centered educational programming.

November 20, 2018

On Nov. 17, the Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, Colo., interviewed Rev. David Wietzke, pastor at Crown of Life, Pueblo West, Colo. Three generations of the Wietzke family serve as WELS pastors.

On Nov. 19, TMJ4, Milwaukee, Wis., reported on a trip to Taiwan taken by Mr. Paul Scriver, principal at Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., to recruit students and visit Foxconn, a technology company that is building a local site close to the high school.

On Nov. 19, WBST 22, South Bend, Ind., highlighted the women’s power lifting program at Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph, Mich. Forty-six young women are part of that program, including some girls from the local elementary school.

KEYC News 12, Mankato, Minn., shared the story of Owen Saidler, Mount Olive Lutheran School, Mankato, on Nov. 16. The Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised Owen with a trip to Disney World. Owen also recently led a lemonade stand fundraiser for the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.

On Nov. 13, the Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson, Minn., interviewed Gary Bunkowske, who continues to play organ at Grace, Hutchinson, at the age of 90.

TMJ4, Milwaukee, Wis., reported on Nov. 12 that Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, hosted its annual Veterans Day breakfast..

On Nov. 12, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., interviewed Brandon Mattox, basketball coach at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee. Mattox spoke openly about his depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and how his faith and family have helped him through his trials.

The New Ulm Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on Nov. 12 that the 2018 WELS West Regional Choral Festival would be held Nov. 18 at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, Minn.

On Nov. 8, the Windsor Times, Healdsburg, Calif., shared the story of Rev. Steven M. Lockman who serves at Christ, Windsor, Calif., and Living Word, Petaluma, Calif. The article compares Lockman to a “circuit rider” pastor, a type of clergyman who rode by horseback from one community to another to preach.

November 6, 2018

On Nov. 3, Fox 6 News, Milwaukee, Wis., reported that a 21-year-old man in West Bend, Wis., died after his vehicle stuck Good Shepherd, West Bend. No other vehicles or individuals were reported to be involved in the accident.

WUWM shared a story on Oct. 30 exploring how the results of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race might affect school choice. Wisconsin Lutheran, Racine, Wis., was used as an example to illustrate the use of vouchers to enroll in private schools.

On Oct. 30, Fox 11 News, Green Bay, Wis., reported that a fire station in Appleton, Wis., was recently renovated thanks to the efforts of Melissa Brown, a teacher from Riverview, Appleton, who applied for a grant for the station.

The Douglas County News-Press, Englewood, Colo., interviewed Rev. Jared Oldenburg, Eternal Rock, Castle Rock, Colo., on Oct. 29 as part of its My Name Is… community profile series.

On Oct. 26, the Redwood Falls Gazette, Redwood Falls, Minn., interviewed Principal David Gartner and Reverends Peter Sulzle and Jonathan Kruschel, St. John, Redwood Falls, as they remember second grade teacher MyKayla Jensen, who passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 20.

On Oct. 21, News8000.com, La Crosse, Wis., announced that Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., recently completed its $11 million dollar renovations. The school now includes a new atrium, additional classrooms, and improved energy efficiency.

The Falls Church Patch, Falls Church, Va., shared on October 19 that Grace Christian Academy (GCA), Falls Church, will host a 10K race on Veterans Day, Mon., Nov. 12. The race benefits GCA’s tuition assistance program and Decorate a Vet, a local charity that helps veterans with household chores.

On Oct. 19, the Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minn., announced that Trinity Lutheran School, Belle Plaine, added three new teachers for the 2018–19 school year. They are Cait Eisner, preschool; Beverly Bentz, grades 1 and 2; and Zach Unke, junior choir, senior choir, and grades 5 and 6.

Fox 6 News, Milwaukee, Wis., shared on Oct. 19 that Our Savior, Grafton, Wis., suffered approximately $200,000 worth of damage from flooding this past August. The church’s insurance does not extend to these costs.

On Oct. 15, the Tomah Journal, Tomah, Wis., reported that St. John’s, Ridgeville, would hold a sign language presentation on Oct. 21. The presentation included background on the use of American Sign Language in WELS as well as a signed performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

October 16, 2018

On Oct. 14, the Daily Jefferson County Union featured a story on how students at St. Paul Lutheran School, Fort Atkinson, Wis., are celebrating the school’s sesquicentennial year in Christian education. They are doing various acts of kindness in the community, including making baby blankets to hand out to newborns at the area hospital.

The Oct. 14 edition of the Herald Times Reporter profiled Manitowoc Lutheran High School senior Leah Kuchenbecker.

On Oct. 12, the Baxter Bulletin included a story about the 35th anniversary of Trinity, Mountain Home, Ark., which the congregation celebrated on Oct. 14.

On Oct. 12, the Jamestown Sun, Jamestown, N.D., announced that Christ the King, Jamestown, would host its 40th anniversary celebration on Oct. 14.

TMJ4 Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., interviewed Joshua Murphy, Michelle Boldt, and Emalie Hahn, three juniors at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, on Oct. 10. The trio of students traveled to Florida to distribute supplies to those affected by Hurricane Michael.

On Oct. 8, WNEM CBS 5, Saginaw, Mich., shared a video of 12 Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary football players singing the National Anthem before their Oct. 5 game. The 12 players are all members of the seminary’s concert choir.

On Oct. 3, WD Times, Watertown, Wis., announced that Josiah Winkel, Amanda Rehberger, and Elijah Schwartz of Luther Preparatory School were named commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.

The Star Tribune reported on Sept. 3 that St. Mark, Eau Claire, Wis., recently installed a new bell tower, featuring their now-restored bell dating back to 1892.

October 2, 2018

The New Ulm Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported on Sept. 30 that Minnesota Valley Lutheran High, New Ulm, has an increased total enrollment of 214 students this school year, compared to 196 during the 2017-18 year.

On Sept. 28, the Clintonville Tribune Gazette, Clintonville, Wis., announced the completion of the renovations at St. Paul, Clintonville. An open house is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6.

Valentine Midland News, Valentine, Neb., reported the addition of two new K-8 teachers to Zion Lutheran School, Valentine.

On Sept. 26, News 8000, La Crosse, Wis., shared that Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., accepted 14 new students through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, a school voucher program. All 14 students are from families who are members of WELS congregations.

Action News 2, Green Bay, Wis., announced on Sept. 24, the opening of the Homeless Connections Resource center, a homeless shelter in the former school of St. Matthew, Appleton, Wis.

On Sept. 24, KEYC News 12, Mankato, Minn., reported that Marshall Mohror, senior at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, Minn., was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Allegan County News, Allegan, Mich., reported on Sept. 14 that St. John, Allegan, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. A special service was held Sept. 23.

On Sept. 14, WXOW News 19, La Crosse, Wis., shared the story of Coral Cady, Southeast Asia Program Manager with Kingdom Workers. Cady embarks on four mission trips to Indonesia every year.

September 18, 2018

On Sept. 15, the Kenosha News featured an article about how Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., honored and remembered Cameron Nahf during half-time at its football game. Nahf, a former Shoreland student, died in a car accident last May.

The Peshtigo Times reported on Sept. 13 that Zion, Peshtigo, Wis., would celebrate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 16. The church hosted a free concert by the worship band Koiné.

On Sept. 13, KEYC News 12, Mankato, Minn., reported that Jonah Kramer, sophomore at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, Minn., earned a perfect score of 36 on his ACT test.

The York News Times, York, Neb., detailed Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School’s special Patriot Day program, held on Sept. 11. Veterans and other guests joined teachers and students at this memorial event.

On Sept. 12, CBS 58 WDJT reported that Our Savior, Grafton, Wis., had suffered nearly $200,000 in flood damage. The church noted that they lost $13,000 worth of library books alone.

The Washington County Insider shared a brief article and video on Sept. 10 about the recently completed expansion of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School, West Bend, Wis.

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