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WELS Together Newsletter:
» Rev. Jon Hein accepts call
Rev. Jon Hein recently announced that he has accepted the divine call to serve full time as the director of the Commission on Congregational Counseling (CCC). Hein will be relocating to the Milwaukee area later this summer and will be based at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, Wis. Hein has served Continued.
» Worship conference celebrates Lutheran worship
The WELS Commission on Worship hosted the 2017 National Conference on Worship Music and the Arts June 13–16 at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. More than 1,000 people attended the conference, which included a focus on Martin Luther’s contributions to worship as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rachel Crites, Continued.
» Showing Christ’s love to spread the gospel
At its June 14, 2017, meeting, WELS Christian Aid and Relief approved humanitarian aid grants totaling $327,475 for fiscal year 2017-18. These projects help WELS home and world missionaries reflect Christ’s love to the people of their community and open doors to share the gospel. Major items include support for health clinics, borehole drilling to provide clean Continued.
» Choosing hymns for the next hymnal
The WELS Hymnal Project wants your feedback as it works on finalizing which of the more than 700 hymns from Christian Worship (CW) and Christian Worship: Supplement (CWS) will be included in the new hymnal. Every month the WELS Hymnal Project will post a selection of hymns online, indicating which hymns are slated to be Continued.
» NPH launches new website
Northwestern Publishing House (NPH), WELS’ official publisher and Christian retailer, recently launched its new website at nph.net. The site was completely redesigned and reorganized for today’s consumer. The new site provides an enhanced customer experience through intuitive search and filtering capabilities plus easier navigation to help customers find what they are looking for more quickly; Continued.
» Districts hold summer meetings
Summer is here, and that means the convention season in the synod has arrived. During the next two weeks most of the synod’s 12 districts will be holding either district conventions or district pastor/teacher conferences. In addition to hearing doctrinal essays and presentations, these meetings will feature discussion of some of the issues and proposals Continued.
» Outreach Sunday resources available
The Commission on Evangelism, Board for Home Missions, and Northwestern Publishing House have prepared materials for congregations to host four different outreach Sundays in late 2017 and early 2018. These worship resources will focus on the three solas, the “alones” of the Reformation, plus the one on which we are all founded: Christ alone. Nov. Continued.
» Campus ministry representatives meet for conference
On May 15 and 16, 60 campus ministry pastors, committee members, and lay members involved in their local ministries met in Waukesha, Wis., to share ideas for campus work, provide support and encouragement to one another, and discuss new ministries and ideas. Rev. Tim Patoka attended the conference for the first time. He is serving Continued.
» Updated tool to find WELS churches
The WELS Locator tool has received a makeover. The trusted online tool that helps WELS members find churches when they travel the country or recommend churches to friends and acquaintances has new and updated functions. The previous WELS Locator application was rewritten and enveloped into the existing WELS Online Yearbook. Now, with the Locator integrated Continued.
» MLC celebrates graduation
On May 13, 145 students earned degrees marking the completion of their ministerial training at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. This included 29 bachelor of arts (preseminary) degrees, 89 bachelor of science in education degrees (including 16 early childhood education), 5 bachelor of science degrees, and 4 seminary certifications. In addition, 18 students received Continued.
Forward in Christ
» How can we help our children cope with disappointment?
I asked my writers’ club to weigh in on this article. The club only has three members: my two nine-year-old granddaughters and me. We meet once a month over hot chocolate or coffee. I buy. “Would you like to write an article with me?” I asked. “The article is about helping third-graders deal with disappointment. […]
» Let your child feel disappointed
One of the great challenges we face as parents is watching our children suffer or struggle. It is easy to want to make everything comfortable for them. Disappointment is a part of this life on earth. We have expectations. When reality doesn’t match up to our expectations, the discrepancy is disappointment. I think the very […]
» Dealing with disappointment
“Disappointed” might be too weak a word. When my daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age nine, we were devastated. Although a simple medication put her in remission, and we celebrated—God answers prayer!—the disease flared, and we nosedived again. Thus began the cycle: FLARE, med, side effects, med for the side effects, remission, remission, […]
» Teaching discernment in the digital age
It seems like yesterday when the Lord blessed my husband and me with our three sons, and we began the journey of parenthood in the digital age. When our oldest was born in 1995, the Internet was brand new to everyone. Being a bit geeky, my husband and I explored tools and techniques for creating […]
» Guiding children as they use the Internet
How many parents would take their two-year-olds to the pool for the first time and allow them to jump into the deep end? None, I hope! Being able to swim in the deep end is a process that requires lessons, practice, and experience, all guided by loving parents who want their children to enjoy swimming […]
» Online safety resources
Safety Sites Google Google has a great collection of informational tips for individuals, students, teachers, and families for keeping people safe while online. Access by clicking the Digital Citizen button. http://www.google.com/edu/tools-and-solutions/index.html# https://www.google.com/safetycenter/ (Good one on this site – Protecting your family online) Common Sense Media You will need to create an account as a parent […]
» Being authentic about sin and grace
No effort is more worthwhile than raising our children to love and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior. And there is no other parenting task that makes us realize how much we need Jesus. Children learn primarily by example, and they’re always watching us. I never feel my sin so keenly as when I […]
» Using law and gospel in everyday situations
What a privilege it is for us as parents to use God’s law and gospel with our kids. It’s a blessing that the Holy Spirit has called us to faith and given us the motivation to delight in God’s law and look for ways to demonstrate our love and thanks. Law versus gospel . . […]
» Shaping responsible behavior takes time
Shaping responsible, Christ-like behavior in children takes time. Somehow my father added several hours to his already busy day to drive me around to selected classmates’ homes. The trips were made so I could render apologies to them and their parents. I had shared something inappropriate with several students and been caught. Part of making […]
» “Response-able” kids
“The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message” (Acts 16:14). My mom will laugh when she sees that I’m writing an article on parenting responsible kids. I don’t think a single school day went by when I could find both of my shoes before mom was in the car backing out of the […]