WELS in the News

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.

December 20, 2016

The Dec. 15 edition of the Lake Mills Leader featured a story about Wisconsin Lutheran College student Isaiah Butler and his fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The Dec. 12 edition of the La Crosse Tribune included a story on Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., deciding to participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program in 2018.

On Dec. 9, Miami’s Community Newspapers included an article about students from Divine Savior Lutheran Academy, Doral, Fla., visiting Peru on a mission trip. It also highlighted other community service students performed.

On Dec. 9, the River Falls Journal reported that The Lutheran Home: River Falls, a nursing home, is closing.

The Dec. 7 edition of the Columbus Journal highlighted an upcoming Christmas concert by the WELS Wind Ensemble in Fall River, Wis.

Palm Beach, Fla., media (WPTV news, Sun Sentinal) covered the approval of zoning changes to allow for the construction of Divine Savior Academy, a new WELS pre-K through grade five elementary Lutheran school, in West Delray. A church is also planned for that location. This is another campus for Divine Savior Lutheran Academy in Doral, Fla.

St. Marcus Lutheran School, Milwaukee, was mentioned in a Wisconsin Watchdog article about a recent study showing the economic impact the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have on the Milwaukee area by 2035.

December 6, 2016

In its Dec. 4 edition, LillieNews.com highlighted the new academic dean, Ryan Rathje, for St. Croix Lutheran, West St. Paul, Minn.

The Dec. 1 edition of the Sauk Rapids Herald featured an article on the Jesus Cares program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Petra, Sauk Rapids, Minn. Download the PDF of the latest issue and turn to p. 3.

On Nov. 28, WBAY.com featured a story on how the Green Bay police department visited St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Green Bay to thank the students for their gifts of kindness.

November 15, 2016

TMJ4 in Milwaukee highlighted a special Veterans Day ceremony held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, on Nov. 11.

On Nov. 10, The Courier highlighted the installation of Rev. Paul Scharrer at Immanuel, Marshall, Wis.

The York News Times announced the 49th annual Choral Festival hosted by Nebraska Lutheran High School, Waco, Neb. Ten WELS area Lutheran high schools presented two concerts over the weekend of Nov. 11-13.

Rev. Paul Kolander, pastor at Green Valley, Henderson, Nev., appeared on the TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He is on at about the 1:35 mark.

The Nov. 8 edition of the Watertown Public Opinion featured an article on the mock presidential election held at Great Plains Lutheran High School in Watertown, S.D.

On Nov. 4, the Lakeland Times included an article on Lori Wetterau, a new preschool teacher at Trinity, Minocqua, Wis.

The Nov. 1 edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette featured an article on the conclusion of the 125th anniversary of St. Peters, Sturgeon Bay, Wis. WELS President Rev. Mark Schroeder preached for the final service.

November 1, 2016

The St. Lucia Times reported on the 25th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church along with the church’s history in St. Lucia.

The Columbus Journal announced that Zion Lutheran School, Columbus, Wis., received re-accreditation from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA).

Fox 6 News in Milwaukee interviewed Wisconsin Lutheran College head football coach Dr. Dennis Miller where he talked about the importance of faith and family.

Principal Kyle Gut, St. Mark School in Green Bay, Wis., was featured on NBC 26’s Wisconsin Tonight program where he spoke about a school project called Bake, Rake, and Take, which gives students an opportunity to let their light shine in the community.

October 18, 2016

On Oct. 17, the Watertown Daily Times announced the celebration of the 40th anniversary in the teaching ministry of two teachers at Trinity-St. Luke.

The Oct. 14 edition of the Green Bay Press Gazette featured an article on the 125th anniversary of St. Peter, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

The Oct. 10 edition of the Watertown Public Opinion announced that Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, S.D. earned exemplary accreditation from Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA).

On Oct. 7, WBAY out of Green Bay, Wis., interviewed Algoma native Pastor Donn Dobberstein about Hurricane Matthew as it was hitting Deltona, Fla., where Dobberstein currently serves.

October 4, 2016

On Sept. 30, mLive reported how students from Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Wyoming, Mich., saw and talked to Donald Trump at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Education notes from the Sept. 28 edition of the Herald Times Reporter reported on an awards banquet at Manitowoc Lutheran High School and the upcoming accreditation of St. John Lutheran School, Two Rivers, Wis.

On Sept. 28, Fox 6 News highlighted a drug and prostitution problem in Milwaukee, close to one of our WELS churches.

On Sept. 26, the Journal-Sentinel featured an article on Jesse Hieb, a Wisconsin Lutheran College graduate, who is paddling the entire Wisconsin River on a stand-up paddleboard.

Crossroads Today Channel 25 in Victoria, Tex., “paid it forward,” offering a donation to Redeemer, Edna, Texas, for its ministry work.

The Sept. 25 edition of the Aiken Standard reported on the start of the renovation of the new church home of Peace Lutheran Church, a home mission in Aiken, S.C.

The Sept. 21 edition of the Johns Creek Herald reported on the dedication of the Christian Family Center at Messiah, Alpharetta, Ga., on Sept. 18.

September 20, 2016

The Sept. 18 edition of the Red Wing Republican Eagle highlighted the upcoming 150th anniversary service at St. John, Frontenac, Minn.

The Sept. 17 edition of The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch featured an article on Miriam Schliewe, a new teacher at St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn.

On Sept. 13, the Oshkosh Northwestern featured an article on the new vice principal at Grace Lutheran School, Oshkosh, Wis.

The Sept. 8 edition of This Week Community News featured an article on Ben Zamzow, the new vicar at Beautiful Savior, Grove City, Ohio. Zamzow spent a few years playing in a band before deciding to become a pastor.

September 6, 2016

The Brillion News highlighted Rev. Darin Aden, the new pastor at St. John-St. James, Reedsville, Wis.

The Sept. 1 edition of the Baraboo News Republic featured Rev. Nicholas Maglietto, one of the pastors at St. John, Baraboo, Wis.

The Palm Coast Observer highlighted the new preschool center at Christ the King, Palm Coast, Fla. According to the article, Christ the King is projected to start the school year with 330 students, 180 of them being preschoolers.

The Aug. 18 edition of the Fond du Lac Reporter featured a story on how a Winnebago Lutheran Academy student is organizing food drives at local Homecoming festivities to benefit low-income children living in the community.

The Aug. 17 edition of The Hollywood Star News included an article on the restoration of the pipe organ at Grace, Portland, Ore.

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