Southeastern Wisconsin District news

Illinois Lutheran High School, Crete, Ill., and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High  School, New Ulm, Minn., both held regional choral fests in November. Almost 500 students from more than 20 Lutheran high schools participated in the musical gatherings and performed a variety of song and dance routines. “The choral festival is one of the yearly highlights for our students,” says Pastor Tom Bauer, religion professor and choir director at Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis. “It is not only a time to excel musically, but also a time to meet friends old and new from other area Lutheran high schools.”

St. John, Slades Corners, Wis., is starting a quilting club to make quilts for those in need. The first batch of quilts will be “baby-sized” and sent to Christian Life Resources, a pro-life, pro-family organization in Wisconsin affiliated with WELS.

On Sept. 12, St. Matthew, Niles, Ill., hosted a “campfire fest” for its preschool families—some of which are Japanese. “This event is the initial bridge that connects the Japanese families and St. Matthew’s congregation,” says Preschool Director Minori Yamaki. “We want to make our families feel welcome and learn that they are a very important part of our ministry.” The preschool is just one way St. Matthew is reaching out to Japanese families in the United States. Since 2004, they’ve also offered summer day camps for kids and English as a Second Language courses. “It is our mission to plant the gospel seed into their hearts and to let the Holy Spirit work the rest,” says Yamaki, who is originally from Japan. “We have heard many positive accounts of the spiritual impact that we’ve left on our Japanese families who have since returned to their home country.”

Happy anniversary !

Three professors at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, celebrated their 25th anniversaries in the ministry on Oct. 17: John Hartwig, E. Allen Sorum, and Paul Zell.

Hope, Louisville, Ky., celebrated 35 years on Nov. 2.

St. John, Slades Corners, Wis.,
is celebrating 150 years this year.

Tim Matthies, teacher at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis., is celebrating 25 years in the teaching ministry this year.