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District news: August 2021

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After a freak winter storm, the pipes burst at Grace, Scroggins, Texas, and 90 percent of the building sustained water damage. WELS Christian Aid and Relief assisted the congregation with financial aid and manpower so that Grace’s ministry space is now refurbished.

Dan Simons, pastor at Ascension, Macomb, Mich., was asked to preside over a local American Legion’s “Blessing of the bikes” for motorcyclists. Simons, a motorcyclist himself, was told he could say anything he wanted, so he seized the opportunity to tell the church’s neighbors about their Savior. Members of Ascension’s Evangelism Committee also attended and handed out motorcycle kickstands with the church’s contact information on it and talked with attendees.

Happy anniversary!
SEW—St. James, Milwaukee, Wis., celebrated 100 years of ministry in the Milwaukee community on June 6.

SA—On March 21, Rock of Ages, Madison, Tenn., celebrated its 50th anniversary.

District News SEW august 2021Southeastern Wisconsin

Volunteers from St. Marcus, Milwaukee, Wis., joined forces to celebrate Juneteenth Day by promoting the school’s newest campus, Harambee, which is opening in the fall. Harambee in Swahili means “all pull together.”



Second- through fourth-grade students at Zion, Chesaning, Mich., were one of two winners of the Taste of Missions school challenge hosted by WELS Missions in the spring. Here they’re displaying some of the ethnic food that they tried as part of their Taste of Missions celebration. They also participated in a Zoom call with Mike Duncan, WELS’ friendly counselor to South Asia, and his wife, Cathy.

A group of children holding up ethnic food


The fifth- through eighth-grade class at St. Paul, Arlington, Minn., was one of two winners of the Taste of Missions school challenge hosted by WELS Missions in the spring. The class held its party on May 24, and Missionary Dan Witte from Zambia, Africa, joined in via Zoom. The class also received a catered dinner from a local Mexican supermarket.

group of youth at taste of missions

Art students from Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, Wis., helped design and paint murals for Grace, St. Joseph, Mich., in the school’s gym and parking lot.

mural for Wisconsin Lutheran High


The district reporters for this month are: MI—John Eich; MN—James Panning; SA—Jonathan Kuske; SC—Caleb Schoeneck; SEW—Scott Oelhafen.

Volume 108, Number 8
Issue: August 2021

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