Break Out Sessions
Descriptions and Biographies
Uniquely Shaped: Stepping Boldly into Your Personal Calling
God has created you for his purpose and his plan. We are each personally designed by him and for him. Come learn how to unleash your spiritual gifts and talents and those of your congregation for the benefit of his kingdom! Based on 1 Peter 2:1-3; 4:1-11
Did you know God created us differently on purpose? He designed us to complement one another. Come learn how to build great teams by understanding more about gifts and personalities. Learn to partner with others which will help multiply your effectiveness for the benefit of his kingdom. Based on 1 Peter 2:1-3; 4:1-11
—Lori Lorig is a lifelong WELS woman. She is a Spirit-filled, Jesus loving, redeemed daughter of the King. She is the passionate leader of Faith Unleashed Consulting. Lori and her team connect the family of believers, both young and old, to their personal callings, engaging, equipping and empowering the diversity of the body of Christ for the glory of God’s kingdom. Lori has coordinated volunteers for over 30 years and served as the Coordinator of Personal Member Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete, Illinois. While on staff, she created a sustainable Member Ministry system. She serves as a speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to WELS ministry teams and congregations.
Amazing Grace Calls Me to a Life of Placing Myself Under God’s Authority in the World and in My Home
This breakout will explore the depth and riches of what God has done for you and me through Jesus Christ as Peter by inspiration pens it in 1 Peter 1:1-12. Based on the trust we have in our amazing God and his grace the breakout will then focus on some of the more challenging passages for Americans to understand and live out as found in 1 Peter, chapter 2:13 through chapter 3:7. The heading for the section is “submission” which is a word our culture has distorted so it conveys the opposite of the blessing God intended it to be for all Christians but especially for Christian women. A better translation of the original word is to “place yourself under” as in under the protection of what follows. This breakout is the Scripture study foundation which will guide the discussion of the discussion breakouts that follow. Based on 1 Peter 1:1-25 and 2:13-3:7
This will be a discussion of real situations Christian women find themselves in in secular world settings and the Christian response and witness through them. Based on 1 Peter 1:1-25 and 2:13-3:7
This breakout will be a discussion of real situations Christian women find themselves in in their homes and families. The discussion will include the Christian response and witness to Jesus’ love for us all through these situations to which God has called us. Based on 1 Peter 1:1-25 and 2:13-3:7
Note: Breakouts 2 and 3 will be asking for situations from the discussion groups in advance of the breakout.
—Kathie Wendland, a registered nurse and BSN, has been blessed to have a wide range of professional nursing experiences ranging from Central Africa Medical Mission, the Frontier Nursing Service, Milwaukee County General Hospital, and the United States Navy, as well as serving in the US Embassy and Canadian High Commission health units in Lusaka, Zambia. Kathie grew up on a farm in Wisconsin with six siblings where her parents always saw serving Jesus as the central focus of their lives and taught their children those same values. Kathie has been privileged and blessed to be able to lead women’s bible studies and speak at Christian women’s retreats for over 25 years. Kathie was married to Ernst H. Wendland who served as pastor and Wisconsin Seminary Professor and is now with Jesus. She thanks God for the faithful pastors the Lord has blessed her with by placing her in multiple congregations throughout the world. Kathie has been on the WELS Women’s Ministry Committee since its inception in 2002 and praises God for the blessings he has showered on her and on so many others through WELS Women’s Ministry.
Professing Your Faith: When Water Cooler Talk Can Land You in Hot Water
Freedom of religion is a constitutionally protected right in the United States. It is not, however, an absolute right. This breakout session will provide an introductory exploration into the potential legal ramifications of religious expression in the workplace, in schools as well as in other public venues.
—Michelle Birschbach is an attorney and partner at the Manitowoc & Sheboygan law firm of Steimle Birschbach, LLC. Her firm focuses solely in the practice areas of trusts and estate including elder law/Medicaid planning, business and real estate. Michelle is originally from Kiel, attended UW Sheboygan, UW Madison and Marquette University Law School where she graduated cum laude. She currently resides in Cleveland, WI with her husband Mark.
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