News & Events (Page 4)

News & Events (Page 4)

Christmas in Okinawa

  Charles Gumm is pastor at Community Lutheran, Honolulu. Just after Christmas, I left Hawaii for a trip to visit our WELS military personnel and their families on Okinawa, an island between Japan and Taiwan. Our synod’s Military Services Committee and the Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) asked me in October 2015 to look into developing a more consistent ministry to WELS service members stationed throughout the Pacific. We already have an organized mission of five families on Okinawa, so…

SFC Lucas Hendricks

SFC Lucas. R Hendricks is recognized by the Military Services Committee of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) as a Distinctive Religious Group Leader (DRGL) and is authorized to carry out spiritual tasks under the guidance of the WELS National Civilian Chaplain to the Military. This specifically applies to serving troops in the National Guard Bureau at Arlington Hall Station. Sergeant First Class Lucas R. Hendricks is the Domestic Operations and Senior Religious Affairs Noncommissioned Officer for the National Guard…

Missions & Ministry Conference

Missions & Ministry Conference Sermon at the Seminary LMSG attended the Missions & Ministry Conference February 2nd-4th 2016. President, John Stedman (Trinity Lutheran Woodbridge, VA), Pastor Larry Gates (Trinity Lutheran Waukesha, WI), Pastor Daniel Schumann; Liaison Gale Quade (Friedens Lutheran Randolph, WI) and Seminary Student Tim Patoka all attended representing LMSG. Pastor Westra delivered a powerful sermon (see below). Ephesians 6:10-17 WLS:Mission and Ministry “Stand Firm” The sage, sometimes salty marine corps colonel sat across the table from me. Off…

Stand Down Event

Madison, WI Stand Down, October 24, 2015 The Wayne D. Horner Memorial Stand Down was held at a Madison National Guard Armory. More than 100 area homeless veterans were provided clothes, boots, coats, haircuts, medical and dental attention, a couple of hot meals, community resources, and all important camaraderie. “Stand down” is a military term denoting the return of troops from the front lines. They would have a day or so of rest and “recharging the batteries,” physically, mentally, and…