WELS in the News

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.

September 4, 2018

On Aug. 29, the Cap Times, Madison, Wis., shared the stories of three Christian denominations, exploring how their faiths affected their political leanings. St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis., and a small group of its members represented WELS.

The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wis., interviewed Caryn Ostrand, Mazomanie, Wis., on Aug. 24 after she and her husband, Kevin, were affected by the flooding in the area. Ostrand noted her reliance on her faith and on WELS during this challenging time.

On Aug. 21, the Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., interviewed four new teachers at Lakeside Lutheran High School: Rev. Mike Helwig, Nate Sievert, Hanna Uher, and Justin Vanderhoof.

On Aug. 17, the WD Times, Watertown, Wis., announced that the city would temporarily rename the Main Street bridge after Rev. Tim Mueller, director of the Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center.

August 21, 2018

On Aug. 13, KEVN Black Hills FOX, Rapid City, S.D., reported that parents of St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Rapid City, and other community members had raised funds to install a new playground for the school. The playground will be ready for the upcoming school year.

KEPR TV, Pasco, Wash., shared on Aug. 10 that King of Kings, Kennewick, Wash., was saved after firefighters extinguished a brush fire near the church. No one was injured in the fire, thought its cause remains unknown.

On Aug. 8, the Daily Press, Escanaba, Mich., reported that a group of women from nearby WELS congregations attended the 55th annual Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) convention in Green Bay, Wis. About 1,500 women attended the event.

The Columbus Journal, Columbus, Wis., announced on Aug. 7 that the WELS Wind Ensemble would hold its annual concert on Aug. 12 at Swan Park in Beaver Dam, Wis. The group performed hymns and popular music under the theme of “Out of this World.”

August 7, 2018

On Aug. 2, the Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, Wis., reported that St. Paul, Lake Mills, will be hosting the 1st Brigade Band of Watertown, Wis., for its 125th anniversary celebration.

The Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minn., shared a story on July 31 about the grand opening of Solid Grounds, a coffee shop run by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA).

On July 27, St. Lucia News Online, St. Lucia, West Indies, announced the departure of Rev. Tom Spiegelberg from Trinity, St. Lucia. Spiegelberg served the church for 16 years.

The Chippewa Herald, Chippewa Falls, Wis., reported on July 26 that St. John’s, Cornell, Wis., would celebrate its 100th anniversary Aug. 4. The publication also shared a brief history of the church.

On July 20, The Sault News, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., announced that Immanuel, Sault Sainte Marie, had initiated an addition and renovation project that includes a new ground-level fellowship area and a refurbished church sanctuary.

WeAreGreenBay.com, Green Bay, Wis., shared an update on July 20 about the vandalism to Fox Valley Lutheran High School’s football fields. Repairs are still underway, but the school’s teams have been able to practice on the baseball field. Nearby schools have offered their football fields for the Fox Valley Lutheran’s home games during the upcoming season.

On July 19, the Post Crescent, Appleton, Wis., interviewed Ben Stern, chemistry teacher at Fox Valley Lutheran High School, about his service to WisconSibs, Inc. The organization provides support to children whose siblings have special needs. Stern was previously helped by WisconSibs and served six years on the board of directors.

On July 18, the Sun Times News, Chelsea, Mich., reported that Faith, Dexter, Mich., celebrated the 40th anniversary of its pastor, Rev. Mark Porinsky. Porinsky was installed at the church on July 9, 1978.

Tri Cities Business News, Kennewick, Wash., reported that King of Kings, Kennewick, will expand to a new building across the city after 40 years at its current location.

July 17, 2018

The July 15 edition of the Yakima Herald reported on a Second Harvest food distribution at Grace, Yakima, Wash., and its impact on the local neighborhood. The monthly distribution, which has been going on for 11 years, had to be suspended due to diminishing donations and community support.

On July 12, the New Prague Times of New Prague, Minn., interviewed six teen members and Rev. Henry Koch from Friedens, New Prague, Minn., about their experiences at the WELS International Youth Rally. The rally was held at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, June 26-29.

The Courier of Waterloo, Wis., reported on July 12 that St. Paul, Marshall, Wis., would offer vacation Bible school July 22-26 for children age four through grade eight.

On July 10, WCCO 4 CBS Minnesota of Minneapolis shared a story about Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a charitable group providing biplane flights to veterans. The group recently provided rides to Willard Bardon and other residents of The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine in Belle Plaine, Minn.

The Green Bay Press Gazette of Green Bay, Wis., interviewed the Lindemann brothers on July 10. Jason, Jared, Jonas, and Jackson shared stories from their high school, college, and county league baseball careers, citing their faith as a major motivator. All four brothers are studying to preach or teach within WELS.

On July 8, IWantTheNews.com of Kiel, Wis., reported on the retirement of Rev. David Laabs. He served as a WELS pastor for 40 years, spending the latter 20 years at Trinity, Kiel.

July 3, 2018

The July 1 edition of Current reported on the retirement of Rev. George Ferch, who served 21 years at Bethlehem, Carmel, Ind.

On June 27, the St. Peter Herald announced the retirement of Rev. Charles Degner, who has served more than 30 years at St. Peter, St. Peter, Minn., and 10 years as the Minnesota District president.

The June 26 edition of the Belle Plaine Herald included a story about Lavonne Bratsch, who is retiring after teaching 30 years at Trinity, Belle Plaine, Minn.

On June 26, The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., featured an article on Peter Markgraf, who has accepted a call to serve as interim principal at St. Paul’s, New Ulm.

On June 20, the Waushara Argus of Wautoma, Wis., reported that Camp Phillip, a WELS camp in Wautoma, is holding its annual summer camp for special needs campers July 2-6.

USA Today shared a story on June 18 about seniors who are volunteers. The article quoted Rev. David Rosenbaum, pastor at Redeemer, Merritt Island, Fla., about the importance of volunteering. Rosenbaum is the chairman of Brevard County’s VOAD, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

June 19, 2018

The New Ulm Journal shared a story on June 15 about the 51st biennial convention for the WELS Minnesota District. District leaders met at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, June 12-14, to discuss membership, education, and more. This year also marked the 100th anniversary of the district.

On June 5, the New Ulm Journal noted the 150th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran School, Nicollet, Minn. A special worship service, presentations, and a dinner were held on June 17 to celebrate.

The Hastings Star Gazette of Hastings, Minn., featured a story on June 4 about the Wise Penny Thrift Store, Red Wing, Minn. The store is run by volunteers from WELS congregations and beyond, and funds raised go to WELS churches and schools.

On June 4, Fox 11 News of Green Bay, Wis., reported that damage from vandalism may render the football fields at Fox Valley Lutheran, Appleton, Wis., unusable for the fall season.

June 5, 2018

The New Ulm Journal reported on June 3 that the principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Mr. Greg Thiesfeldt, has accepted a call to lead a school in California. Thiesfeldt served at St. Paul’s for eight years.

On June 1, the Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Wis., interviewed the teens and staff of the Watertown Recreation and Outreach Center (ROC), a safe place for youth established by nearby WELS churches.

The New Orleans Advocate interviewed members of Crown of Life, New Orleans, La., on May 30 about their new urban garden. The garden provides healthy food for the community and a healthy outlet for youth.

On May 29, the Marshfield Mail, Marshfield, Wis., reported on the 25th anniversary of Peace, Marshfield, Wis., recounting the congregation beginnings in the early 1990s.

The Washington County Insider, West Bend, Wis., featured a story on May 27 about the ceremony for Army Veteran Merlin Heinecke. Heinecke was declared MIA in Korea on Dec. 2, 1950. A gravestone was funded by his family, the Lutheran Military Support Group, and members of Zion, Allenton, Wis.

On May 26, Fox 6 Now of Milwaukee, Wis., reported how the graduation ceremony of Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., honored senior Cameron Nahf, who was killed in a car crash days earlier. Nahf’s name was said during the distribution of diplomas, and his parents received his certificate along with flowers.

On May 25, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, shared a story about the baseball teams of Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., and Lake Country Lutheran (Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod), Hartland, Wis., and how they played together to remember Shoreland senior, Cameron Nahf, who passed away in a car crash.

The New Ulm Journal reported on May 22 that a decades-old piano previously belonging to one of Martin Luther College’s first music professors, Gottfried Burk, was donated to the school.

On May 19, Monroe News interviewed members of the Huggins and Heck family. This year, James M. Huggins was the eighth generation of the Heck family to be confirmed as a member of St. Paul, Monroe, Mich.

The East Valley Tribune reported on May 15 that Emma Laird of Pilgrim Lutheran School in Mesa, Ariz., won the Nicholas Maxim Award for special needs students in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

May 15, 2018

On May 14, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., included an article about the graduation of 148 students from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.

On May 11, the Marshall Independent, Marshall, Minn., featured a story about Christ Lutheran Church’s free summer music lessons. Raquel Freese, a Martin Luther College third year music major, will provide piano, organ, guitar, and voice lessons to children and adults of the community free of charge.

On May 9, The Journal, New Ulm, Minn., reported that former mayor Arnold “Arn” Koelpin was posthumously recognized as the city’s 2018 Tourism Person of the Year. Koelpin served as a tour guide for the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, introducing new Martin Luther College students and their families to the city.

MLive Media Group of Michigan shared a story on May 9 about the departure of Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s athletic director, boys basketball coach, and baseball coach David Lecker. Lecker will now serve as the principal and a teacher at Redeemer Lutheran School, Fond du Lac, Wis.

On May 7, Houston County News, La Crosse, Wis., reported that First, La Crescent, Wis., will open its childcare center in June. Contractors and members of the congregation alike donated their time to the center’s construction.

On May 4, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed Terrance Thomas Jr., an eighth grader at St. Marcus Lutheran School, Milwaukee, Wis. After displaying a passion for cooking, the school staff connected Thomas with a local restaurant where he now holds an internship under a James Beard Award finalist.

On May 3, the Regional News, Palos Heights, Ill., featured a story on the newly constructed sanctuary at Palos.

KEYC News 12, Mankato, Minn., reported on May 3 that Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm, Minn., received a STEM grant to fund a new robotics course for the upcoming school year.

May 1, 2018

Kenosha News featured a story on April 13 about Shoreland Lutheran High School’s plans for a $28 million renovation and expansion at their campus in Somers, Wis. The plan accommodates for a new trades program, an expanding student population, and more.

On April 15, The Journal of New Ulm, Minn., reported that local Erna Zahn recently celebrated her 110th birthday. She was married to the late Meilahn Zahn, former head of the Martin Luther College music department.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared photos from St. Matthew’s School and First Steps Child Care Center’s Family Fun Construction Day on April 21. Visitors had the opportunity to visit the unfinished building in Oconomowoc, Wis., and take part in fun construction craft activities.

On April 24, Fox 6 Now reported that students of Garden Homes Lutheran School in Milwaukee, Wis., had the opportunity to watch and learn from wheelchair athletes from the Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association (WASA).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared on April 27 that Wisconsin Lutheran High School plans to build a three-story dormitory for boarding students as well as a five-story apartment building, both south of Blue Mound Road in Milwaukee, Wis.

On April 28, The Washington County Insider reported that one of the victims in a Wisconsin helicopter crash was Greg Rosenthal, a 1993 graduate of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, Wis.

April 17, 2018

Rev. Timothy Bourman and his wife, Amanda, Sure Foundation, Woodside, N.Y., were on the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Both were uninjured and made it safely off the plane. The Inquirer and Daily News interviewed Pastor Bourman about his experience. The Associated Press interviewed Amanda in an article featured on msn.com.

On April 14, the Kenosha News reported that Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., is planning a $28 million campus renovation so it can serve an influx of new families in the area.

On April 10, The Free Press from Mankato, Minn., detailed Risen Savior Lutheran School’s support for a teacher undergoing cancer treatments. In addition to fundraising and meal prepping, the students and their families are writing words of encouragement on sticky notes to make a mosaic depicting the empty Easter tomb.

On April 10, The Journal from New Ulm, Minn., reported that resident Mervin Ingebritson celebrated his 100th birthday on April 8. Between 1935 and 1987, Ingebritson attended school and worked in a supervising position at Martin Luther College, then called Dr. Martin Luther College.

On April 8, WAOW of Wausau, Wis., ran a story on the Jim Weiland Table Tennis Tournament. More than 60 teams played at Northland Lutheran High School in Kronenwetter, Wis., to remember Pastor Jim Weiland of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Merrill, Wis., who died in January from complications after a car crash.

The Washington County Insider shared an update on April 5 saying the construction at Good Shepherd Lutheran in West Bend, Wis., is progressing smoothly. The church and school is currently adding new classrooms, a new elevator, and more.

On April 2, KOMO News out of Seattle, Wash., reported that money was stolen from Bethany Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, Wash. Soon after the incident was made public, an anonymous donor gifted the church an amount to cover the lost funds.

On April 1, KBTX-TV 3 of Bryan, Tex., featured a story about Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church of College Station, Tex., and their annual Sunrise Easter Service held at the nearby park. There were hundreds in attendance at the service this year

April 3, 2018

On April 2, the La Crosse Tribune included a story about how faith and hope helped the Hofer family through a cancer diagnosis. The Hofers are members at Mt. Calvary, La Crosse, Wis.

WXOW out of La Crosse, Wis., highlighted a special Easter reenactment at St. Paul, Onalaska, Wis.

On March 30, the Herald Times Reporter reported that Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wis., was recently reaccredited and given an exemplary status.

On March 28, the Spokesman-Review interviewed retired WELS pastor Rev. R.F. Westendorf about his work filling short-term vacancies at WELS churches across the world, highlighting his current assignment in Spokane, Wash.

On March 26, an article from the River Falls Journal shared how Wellhaven Senior Living in River Falls, Wis., is commemorating the 120th anniversary of The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA. Wellhaven created a logo and apparel to recognize the military heritage they share with TLHA.

On March 23, the La Crosse Tribune reported that the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wis., finished refurbishing their antique Wicks organ. A celebratory concert will be held at the church in April.

On March 23, Fox 35 in Orlando ran a story on the burglary of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Deltona, Fla. County authorities are searching for the suspect who they say was out on bond at the time of the burglary.

On March 22, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, will honor television broadcaster and Super-Bowl-winning NFL coach Tony Dungy. Dungy will receive the 2018 Divine Servant Leadership Award on April 27 for his display of Christian values throughout his career.

On March 17, the Rockwall County Herald-Banner released an article about Divine Peace Church of Garland, Tex., and their new expansion into a historic wedding chapel in Rockwall, Tex.

On March 21, Your Observer featured a story about the completion of Risen Savior’s church building in Bradenton, Fla., an expansion project nine years in the making.

March 20, 2018

The March 15 edition of the Huron County View published a religious article written by Rev. Steven Neumann of St. John, Pigeon, Mich., about believers being betrothed to Christ Jesus.

On March 13, FOX 6 in Milwaukee included an article about Kevin Zeitler, who plays football for the Cleveland Browns. Zeitler visited his alma mater, Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, in February to speak to current students about a Christian’s character and perseverance in a professional athletic setting.

On March 13, the Watertown Daily Times included an article about Trinity-St. Luke’s Lutheran School hosting an Art Walk and Talk for students to display their visual art skills.

On March 6 Miami’s Community Newspapers highlighted how Divine Savior Academy, Doral, Fla., tested the new Google Expeditions program in their classrooms.

The March 5 edition of the Wausau Daily Herald announced that Northland Lutheran High School, Mosinee, Wis., will be a Wisconsin choice school in the 2018-19 school year.

March 6, 2018

On March 1, the Daily Jefferson County Union ran an article about the upcoming 150th anniversary of St. Paul’s School, Fort Atkinson, Wis., and detailed some changes coming up for the 2018-19 school year.

The March 1 edition of the Herald Times Reporter featured a story on the 75th anniversary of Bethany, Manitowoc, Wis.

In a Feb. 22 article, the La Crosse Tribune reported on a National Engineering Week activity for local eighth-graders. Students from Mt. Calvary-Grace, La Crosse, and First Lutheran, La Crosse, were involved in a Lego car-building activity that tested their skills in comprehension, teamwork, and design.

On Feb. 25, the Morning Sun News included an article about the Michigan Lutheran Seminary concert choir presenting a concert at Good Shepherd, Alma, Mich.

February 20, 2018

On Feb. 15, NBC 25 News reported that because most of its students live in dorms, Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich., hasn’t had a snow day in more than three years.

The Feb. 12 edition of the Daily Jefferson County Union included an article about John Jaekel, a teenage member of St. Paul, Fort Atkinson, Wis., who died in a snowmobile accident.

On Feb. 8, News 8000 ran a story on the $10 million expansion project at Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis.

On Jan. 19, Florida Today included an article about the Brevard Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, a coalition of non-profit community groups whose mission includes response to disasters. The group is chaired by Rev. David Rosenbaum from Redeemer, Merritt Island, Fla.

February 6, 2018

On Feb. 5, the Blue Ribbon News ran an article about how Divine Peace, Rockwall, Tex., purchased a historic church in downtown Rockwall to serve as its permanent facility. Divine Peace in Rockwall is a second site for Divine Peace, Garland.

The Feb. 5 edition of the La Crosse Tribune highlighted Chelsea Chen, a senior at Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis. Originally from Beijing, Chen came to the U.S. for high school so she could learn more about religion.

The Jefferson County Daily Union included an article about the opening of Crown of Life Christian Academy by Bethany, Fort Atkinson, Wis., this fall.

The Herald Online in Rock Hills, S.C., featured the funeral of Illumine, Rock Hills, member Karson Bailey, a teenager who was shot and killed while at her job.

On Jan. 25, ABC 15 ran a story on the theft of the “church in a box”—a trailer filled with everything needed for worship services—belonging to Cross of Glory, Peoria, Ariz.

On Jan. 22, WAOW featured an article on Rev. James Weiland, who died 10 days after a car crash.

January 16, 2018

On Jan. 12, ABC Channel 2 featured a story on an open house for the community to see the completed school renovation, which includes new classrooms, a commons area, a kitchen, and a gymnasium, at St. John-St. James, Reedsville, Wis.

On Jan. 10, KIMA TV included a story on how Grace, Yakima, Wash., provides free produce and perishable food to those in need once a month.

On Jan. 8, several newscasts from 10/11 Now in Lincoln, Neb., highlighted the opening of a new school building for St. Mark, Lincoln, Neb. Newscast 1, Newscast 2

The Jan. 8 edition of The Chippewa Herald highlighted the 100th anniversary celebrations happening in 2018 at St. John, Cornell, Wis.

On Jan. 4, the Falls Church News Press announced an admissions open house at Grace Christian Academy, which is accredited by WELS School Accreditation.

The Dec. 28 edition of the Couer d’Alene/Post Falls Press included an article about how members at The Vine, Couer d’Alene, Idaho, surprised public servants by delivering Christmas gifts to them on Christmas day.

On Dec. 27, Nashville Public Radio had a story about how Stephen Schroeder, who has served in the military for the past 17 years and was hurt in a training mission in January 2017, returned to Vanderbilt Medical Center to say thank you to the doctors and nurses who treated him when he was hurt. Schroeder and his family are members at Beautiful Savior, Clarksville, Tenn.

On Dec. 26, the Payson Roundup introduced the new pastor at Rock of Ages, Payson, Ariz.—Rev. Thomas Barthel.

Martin Luther College made the news on WCCO-TV in Minneapolis on Dec. 26 with a story on how you could make a case for its football team to play in the college playoffs.

On Dec. 25, Fox 6 News ran a story about how Rebecca Steinberg from St. Marcus, Milwaukee, donated her kidney to help fellow church member Kenneth Daniels, who needed a transplant. Her donation spurred a transplant chain in which three people received kidneys in one day.

On Dec. 24, The Olympian included a follow-up article on Messiah, Olympia, Wash., a congregation that lost its permanent church building to fire in October. The article highlighted how the congregation was celebrating Christmas that year.

The Dec. 23 edition of the Winona Daily Press featured an article on how the students at St. Matthew Lutheran School, Winona, Minn., donated gifts and money to the children at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minn., instead of exchanging gifts with each other at Christmastime.

On Dec. 22, Fox 6 News ran a story on how a local author read his new Christmas book to the children at St. Marcus, Milwaukee.

In November, two teachers from St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn.—Paul Kelm and Kelly Mellgren—were featured in the local newspaper, the Redwood Falls Gazette.

December 19, 2017

KTUU news in Anchorage, Alaska, reported on a theft at Faith Lutheran School, Anchorage, which included taking the presents from underneath a classroom’s Christmas tree.

The Dec. 18 edition of the Lake Mills Leader reported on the retirement of Rev. James Rath from St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis.

On Dec. 15, Wisconsin Ag Connection reported on 13 mini-grants given by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation to Wisconsin teachers to use in agricultural literacy lessons and activities. Northland Lutheran High School, which is the process of developing a honey bee colony, received a mini-grant to purchase a bee suit.

The Dec. 14 edition of The Brillion News reported on the completion of the construction of a new building that includes a gymnasium, commons area, meeting spaces, and updated classrooms at St. John-St. James, Reedsville, Wis.

On Dec. 12, Miami’s Community Newspapers included an article about the international program at Divine Savior Academy, Doral, Fla. Six students from four different countries currently attend through this program.

The Dec. 11 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., highlighted future mission trips being planned by members of St. Paul, New Ulm.

December 5, 2017

The Nov. 30 edition of the Ahwatukee Foothills News included a feature article in the live nativity put on by Lamb of God, Phoenix, Ariz.

On Nov. 28, the Journal Sentinel included an update on the construction of a new school and childcare center for St. Matthew’s, Oconomowoc, Wis.

The Nov. 28 edition of the Watertown Daily Times featured a story on the live nativity at St. Luke’s, Watertown, Wis.

On Nov. 24, the Oshkosh Northwestern highlighted the upcoming live nativity at Martin Luther, Oshkosh, Wis.

The Nov. 21 edition of the Falls Church News Press included an article about the exemplary accreditation of Grace Christian Academy, Falls Church, Va., by Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation.

November 21, 2017

The local media in La Crosse highlighted the 50th National Choral Festival hosted by Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., on Nov. 10-13. Almost 500 students from Lutheran high schools around the country participated.


La Crosse Tribune

The Nov. 15 edition of the Waushara Argus announced an upcoming Advent By Candlelight service hosted by the Lutheran Girl Pioneers at Peace, Wautoma, Wis.

On Nov. 14, The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., featured an article on the death of Prof. Arnold Koelpin, who served as a professor at Martin Luther College for many years as well as served as mayor of New Ulm.

On Nov. 13, KRQE News 13 included an article on the man who is accused of setting fire to the church of Peace, Rio Rancho, N.M.

The Nov. 11 edition of the Fairmont Sentinel featured an interview with Pastor Peter Hagen on the use of technology in churches, including his congregation, Shepherd of the Lakes, Fairmont, Minn.

On Nov. 10, the Citrus County Chronicle included an article on how St. Paul Lutheran School, Beverly Hills, Fla., paid tribute to veterans.

Today’s TMJ4 highlighted a special breakfast and program for 400 veterans put together by the students of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, Wis. This is the 24th year of the school hosting a Veteran’s Day celebration.

The Nov. 9 edition of the Redwood Falls Gazette featured an article on Todd Brassow, a new teacher at St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn.

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.


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