WELS in the News

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.

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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