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AN IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY

Back in 2017 the Lutheran church observed the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany. Luther''s actions began the start of the Lutheran Reformation. This past April 18 marked another important anniversary. On that date in 1521, Luther stood before Emperor Charles V in Worms, Germany. He was asked if he would recant what he had written. Luther famously responded, ''Unless I am convinced by the teachings of Holy Scripture or by sound reasoning…I am tied by the Scriptures I have quoted and by my conscience. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither safe nor right. Here I stand. God help me! Amen.''

May the Holy Spirit give to Lutheran Christians and Christians everywhere the same spirit that refuses to back off on what the Bible clearly teaches to be true!


TRAINING CAMP

Pastor Bauer recently had a conversation with Rev. Zarling, the director of Training Camp. Rev. Zarling indicated that YMCA Camp Duncan doesn't feel as if they can safely allow groups to use the camp. So, it appears there will be no Training Camp this summer.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for the week of July 26-30. Please mark your calendar so that your child / children can attend VBS and Sand Volleyball Camp.


PROGRESS ON PURCHASING THE NEW HYMNAL

After two months of providing the opportunity to help purchase the new hymnal for church, already 82 hymnals have been purchased, along with many of the accompanying books. The hymnals and books are being purchased in memory or in honor of someone. Our goal is to purchase one hundred hymnals which will be delivered this fall.

The overall effort which is called Christian Worship is the result of a careful, years-long curation process conducted by dozens of spiritually discerning pastors, teachers, and laypeople with field test results from across the synod. The new hymnal also comes along with several accompany books: a psalter book, an altar book, etc. which will be used at church. Much more information is available on christianworship.com.

A new hymnal costs $24. Craig La Plante, the Stewardship Chairman, has filled out a worksheet which helps congregations get an idea of what getting the new hymnal for New Life, along with the needed accompaniment books, will cost. The cost will be around $3,000. Members of New Life will be given a chance to purchase a hymnal or hymnals in memory of someone or in honor of someone. Giving members an opportunity to purchase hymnals in this way is how New Life funded our current "Christian Worship-A Lutheran Hymnal" and "Christian Worship Supplement".

The three books every Lutheran Christian wants in their home are the Bible, Luther's Catechism and a hymnal. If you'd like to pre-order a hymnal and / or the accompanying devotion booklet for yourself, you can do that as well.

Envelopes will be provided for ordering. A large sign-up sheet listing the books and their cost of each book will soon be posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. If you would like to purchase one or more of the accompanying books, please use an envelope and designate your gift for that purpose.


UPDATING OUR AUDIO AND VIDEO

A contract has been signed with DSH Audio Visions LLC to design an updated video / audio system for our church. Once the design is complete, we will look at installing different phases of the design to upgrade our video / audio system. At the current time we are also trying to take advantage of a Siebert Foundation grant that offers a 9 to 1 match on gifts given for this purpose up to $5,000. Unfortunately, the process for obtaining the grant has been delayed due to an overwhelming response. Be assured that work continues to bring this project to completion.


UNITED WAY

Some of you may work for an employer that allows employees to designate contributions to certain charitable organizations. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way and has assigned our preschool the following number: 10438331. Any and all contributions to the preschool are appreciated. Tree of Life is designed to serve as a self-supporting preschool.


ENDOWMENT FUND

The interest from the New Life Endowment Fund for 2020 was $941.18. The balance of the fund stands at $32,322.82. The Executive Board of the New Life church council will designate how the interest from the fund will be distributed at its February meeting.


THRIVENT CHOICE

The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. You can direct your funds to New Life Lutheran Church and/or Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool. If you have any questions about how to do this, please speak to Craig LaPlante the Stewardship Chairman.


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

While updating Ministry plans for the next fiscal year it was noted that again the Elder's plan includes assisting members or friends of New Life with emergency assistance. Emergency assistance is often needed due to weather related emergencies. Be mindful that New Life has access to equipment and tools not always readily available to the person in need. Examples include generators, chainsaws, etc. Often times it may be as simple as just needing some extra hands to address a need. So, in the event you need help, please do not hesitate to call. To request assistance, simply call church at 847-438-5018 and leave a message. Have a wonderful safe summer!

-- Mike Spangle - Elder


WELS CAMPUS MINISTRY

Heading to college can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. WELS Campus Ministry can help! Let us help you stay connected to God's Word. To begin go to wels.net/campus-ministry and click the button "College students register here." You can register for free subscriptions to Forward in Christ and Meditations booklets and will be connected to the campus pastor for your school. Students who have previously registered for WELS Campus Ministry are encouraged to check your profile and preferences and make any necessary updates. For questions please contact Ginny Mundstock at the WELS Campus Ministry office, ginny.mundstock@wels.net or phone 414-256-3279.