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Sign in front of church: Praying for our Waukesha Community

When tragedy strikes a community

Tragedy struck Waukesha, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2021, when a man drove his SUV through the city’s annual holiday parade, killing six and injuring dozens more. All four Waukesha WELS congregations—Trinity, Grace, Mount Calvary, and Living Word—had members impacted that day, and all four congregations found ways to reach their members with God’s comforting promises.

Grace was participating in the parade that day with a float (pictured below). Jason Hacker, pastor at Grace, and his family were in the truck, while musicians were on the trailer preparing to play Christmas music. They saw the SUV speed past them.
Grace, Waukesha, parade float

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Painting with lots of colors of two people
I can still remember when my family got our first color television. The old black-and-white box was good, but now we could view the world in living color. I had a similar experience a few months ago when I read some …

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silhouette of man on pier looking out in to water at sunset
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United by a shared commonality

Andy Liu in choir
In many ways, Andy Liu is a typical senior at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, WELS’ preparatory school in Saginaw, Mich. He enjoys building things in STEM class. He participates in multiple sports, sings in the choir, and plays the organ …

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