Joseph also went up

Joseph also went up

Perfect joy awaits

Perfect joy awaits

Please explain: Why is the virgin birth of Christ important?
Mission dreams

Mission dreams

Opening doors in Advent and beyond

What's inside

This month as you prepare to celebrate your Savior’s birth, read about the hope, joy, love, and peace that Christ brings.

  • Johnold Strey wrote a devotion for each week leading up to Christmas and on Christmas Day that corresponds with the candles on the Advent wreath. Enjoy this interactive Advent devotion experience.
  • Executive editor James Pope reflects on Advent calendars, open doors, and God’s gift of love to the world: baby Jesus. Read "Opening doors in Advent and beyond."
  • Rachel Olson's article reminds us to take time this month to ponder the sure hope of heaven and the perfect joy and peace that await us there. Read "Perfect joy awaits."
  • Find photos of WELS members across the synod celebrating Christmas hope, joy, love, and peace with twice as many “This is WELS” photos.

- Julie Wietzke, managing editor

This is WELS
Advent devotions

Follow weekly devotions from Forward in Christ for Advent through Christmas in audio, video, print, and storybook formats.

man standing outside detention facility

Serving in love at the Harris County Jail

“The prisoners are able to live their faith. . . . It’s amazing to see how God works [and] gets his Word out through these guys,” says Matt Brown about his ministry at the Harris County jail....
4 resourced to help with ministry of all ages

Resources to build up Christians of all ages

food market in Senegal

Mission work approved in Senegal

cornerstone high school teens in front of sign

District news: December 2023

Chong Chee Yang taking about Jesus inside to men and women vietnam

Devoted to the work of God


Please explain: Why is the virgin birth of Christ important?

Advent devotions

Advent devotion: Hope

Bible study: Different types of sin