Meet the editorial staff: David Scharf
Ever ask yourself, “Who are these people who write for Forward in Christ?”
David Scharf, professor at Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., has assumed the role of the “Question and Answer” contributing editor with this edition of Forward in Christ (FIC). Each month, he will answer readers’ questions about doctrine and Christian life.
Current news stories
50th anniversary: Beautiful Saviour, Carlsbad, Calif.
Beautiful Saviour, Carlsbad, Calif., celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 29, 2019. Pictured from left: Silas Krueger (previous pastor), Jon Mahnke (first resident pastor), Wayne Uhlhorn (current pastor), and David Valleskey (current semi-retired pastor).
Cross of Christ, North Nampa, Idaho, launches first service
Cross of Christ, North Nampa, Idaho, launched its first worship service in a local restaurant on Nov. 25, 2019. Cross of Christ is a multi-site congregation that is supported through WELS Home Missions. After 25 years of God’s blessings at the church in Boise, Cross of Christ branched out into North Nampa to reach more people with the saving message of Jesus.
Messiah, Olympia, Wash., rededicates church
Messiah, Olympia, Wash., rededicated its church building on Aug. 4, 2019, after a fire destroyed the building in 2017.
Middle School Honors Band Festival 2019
Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, Wis., hosted the third annual WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival on Nov. 16, 2019. Students from ten WELS high schools attended.
Pheng Moua: 20th anniversary in ministry
MN—Immanuel Hmong, St. Paul, Minn., celebrated the 20th anniversary in the pastoral ministry of Pheng Moua.
Shepherd of the Valley launch service
Shepherd of the Valley, Candelas, Colo., held its official launch service on Oct. 6, 2019. Jeremy Belter, home missionary for Shepherd of the Valley, reports: “Every seat was filled. We counted 140 people in attendance and nearly 70 first-time guests! I was also privileged to baptize three little children that day from the same family. That family is currently taking class for membership. We have contact info from ten families for follow up and lots of positive conversations. Several people commented, ‘We’re looking for a church with a more traditional structure and solid sermon from the Bible. We want a church that is true to the Bible.’ . . . The launch team is excited to continue working as missionaries, inviting and welcoming people to hear the message of Christ crucified!”
Truck strikes Christ, North St. Paul, Minn.
A semi-trailer truck crashed into Christ, North St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 6, 2019. The driver misjudged the height of the portico. No one was injured.
WELS Choralfest 2019
The 2019 WELS National Choralfest was held Nov. 8-10, 2019, at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wis. It included a pops concert and a sacred concert with the theme “Christ we proclaim!” Students from 21 WELS high schools attended.
More about "Equipping Christian Witnesses"
A new residence hall named Luther Heights is one of the items in Martin Luther College's capital campaign, "Equipping Christian Witnesses." See for yourself what is planned for Luther Heights.