October 3-4 – Retired Pastors, Wives & Retreat

If you are a retired pastor, be sure to save this date on your calendar now! You and your wife will surely want to attend this year’s Retired Pastors, Wives & Widows retreat at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, Wis.

We will celebrate God’s blessings to us through Luther’s Reformation with a personal look at the lives of Martin and Katie Luther through historic research of David Wiedenkeller and his wife Mary.

Dr. Dan Paavola, of CUW, will lead a Bible study that focuses on the life of faith Luther showed, especially through his home and the spiritual  vitality of his relationship with his wife Katie. And through Luthers’s Bible translation, catechism and other works, he gave the tools for such a life of faith in the home of all believers.

Steven Gruenwald (CPS-Worker Wellness) will speak to the group about health and wellness, sharing ways to better enjoy the years of retirement.

Tuesday night’s entertainment will feature Rev. Alan Boeck on his guitar with a sampler from his vast collection of music.

All retired pastors and wives living in Wisconsin, along with our pastors’ widows, are invited to come. If you do not receive your registration information in the mail by August 1, or for any other questions, please contact Peg Raabe at 414-292-0744 or raabe@swd.lcms.org. You can also download the complete information from the Registration Brochure button and mail it in. Or you can register online with the form that appears below.

 

2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series

The 2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series will be held at Concordia University Wisconsin on each of the seven Mondays listed below, from September to April. On each of the seven Mondays, pastors are invited to a free lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Lakeshore Room. The program topic is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the same room. No advance registration is needed.

September 25, 2017 Dr. Brian German Revisiting Luther’s “Sola Scriptura”
October 30, 2017 Dr. Timothy Maschke The Seven Faces of Luther: Luther’s Lasting Legacy
November 27, 2017 Dr. Thomas Feiertag The Influence of Far Eastern Religions on our Culture and Church
January 29, 2018 Dr. Jason Lane Funeralia: The Art of Funeral Preaching in the Lutheran Church
February 26, 2018 Dr. Jason Soenksen Pursuing the Problem of Prophecy: A Reader’s Guide to Micah
March 19, 2018 Dr. Daniel Paavola Upholders, Obligers, Questioners, and Rebels: Your Ministry Among Gretchen Rubin’s “Four Tendencies”
April 30, 2018 Rev. Steve Smith Faith in the Fight: Civil War Chaplains

 

Pres. Wille’s report from the Dominican Republic

On Sunday, March 5, as I sat in a worship service in Palmar Arriba, in the Dominican Republic, I was reminded of the words of the Psalmist and our responsibilities in this current generation as the people of God. The Psalmist Asaph writes in Psalm 78:

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
6    that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.
Here’s the picture…
As you know, we are one of the international partners helping to support that effort to plant Lutheran congregations and a new Lutheran church body in the Dominican Republic. I was in Palmar Arriba, the Dominican Republic, for the FORO meeting (which is the partners’ meeting).
I am robed sitting next to Sergio Fritzler who had served as the president of Concordia Seminary, Argentina. In front of me was Pastor Ted Krey. Next to me were several pastors; one from California, two Dominican vicars, and Pastor Carlos Schuman who is the lead missionary in Chile. We are there for the installation of Pastor David Preus as Pastor of the congregation and seminary professor.
It was a wonderful service! There was the baptism of a baby. There was a confirmation of a young man. There was the installation of a new missionary. And there were children from our Palmar school singing. The video is attached. Please take the time to listen to it. While, like me, you may not understand the words, you will recognize the melody of the songs they sing. And after the children sing, they recite the 10 Commandments.
That is when the words of Psalm 78 began to echo in my thoughts, as well as our SWD tagline, Confessing Christ for the next generation … The words of the Psalmist describe what we are to be about and why…’that the next generation might know [the testimony, the Holy Scriptures], the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God.’
The events of Sunday, March 5, 2017, will be branded into my memory for a long time. While you were not there, and I only for a short few days, you are what make that video a reality. The next generation is learning about Christ Jesus and His love because of our partnership with the church plant in the Dominican.
My prayer is that there are similar stories about the children in your community as you and your congregation reach out with the good news about Christ’s love ‘so that they should set their hope in God.’
Thank you for all you do for the Kingdom on so many fronts!! God bless!
Rev. John C. Wille, President SWD