1. Evidence of God’s Grace
Christianity started as a counter-cultural movement in the first few centuries. The government, the religiously pluralistic culture, and even morality of societal norms were all set against those who followed Christ. It would appear we are living at a time that reflects the early church more than ever. How did their faith survive? How did Christ carry them through? This session will focus our attention on the Evidence of God’s Grace, then and now.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Presenter: Pastor Kelly Huet, a follower of Jesus, who passionately encourages and equips others to follow and share Jesus.
2. God’s Glorious Goodness and Grace
Intimately Knowing the Mercy and Provision of God
When illness strikes our families, do we notice the blessings that follow? When a calamity comes into our life, do we see the benefit it provides? During difficult times, we easily lose sight that God’s abundant goodness and unmerited grace are ever-present. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6a God never leaves our side. He is there providing exactly what we need at exactly the right time. He is with us during the little annoyances that can become moments of laughter. He is with us during great disasters which can end up as times of joy.
Presenter: Beth A Schulz has been an LES teacher, author, world traveler, and is a lover of God’s beautiful creation.
3. What Does It Taste Like?
Getting Ready for Communion
Our Savior encourages us to “taste and see” how good he is by receiving the Lord’s Supper as often as possible. This session will discuss from God’s Word how we can get ourselves ready to receive communion in such a way that we can fully appreciate the depth of our Lord’s love when we come to his holy sacrament.
1 Corinthians 11:26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Presenter: Pastor David Kolander is one of the pastors at Christ the Lord, Brookfield, WI and serves as the president of the Southeastern Wisconsin District of WELS.
4. His Healing Hands
Jesus presence in our lives today is as real as during his earthly ministry. Biblical miracles illustrate the effectiveness of connecting with Jesus and one another in strengthening our faith; and providing the comfort and assurance necessary for our commission as God’s valued gospel-witnesses.
Matthew 14:36b …and whoever touched Him was healed. MSG
Presenter: Ellen Cook loves studying and sharing God’s Word in her recent retirement and transplant to West Bend, WI.
5. Come to the Table: Sharing Jesus through Hospitality
In a world where we hide behind online “clicks” and “likes,” intimacy with others is a neglected necessity. Welcoming others into our homes offers opportunities to be Jesus and share Jesus. Who’s coming to dinner?
Thessalonians 2:8 We loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
Presenter: Jane Schlenvogt-Dew, “Neighborhood chef, baker and ice-breaker” lives in Madison and is a member of St Andrew, Middleton, WI.
6. Living Out God’s Purpose for Me
We know that the Lord’s ways are not our ways, and sometimes His ways are real head-scratchers. Over a lifetime of taking roads rarely traveled, God’s purpose in my life was often veiled and sometimes impossible to discern. Until He was ready to call Mom home. Taking me by the hand, God presented the greatest challenge of all, and in the end, bestowed the peace that transcends all understanding.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Presenter: Susan Marshall is an author, speaker, Founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, and joyful member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc, WI.
7. Eat Real Comfort Food
Searching for Inner Peace and Finding that Peace in Christ
It is not unusual in our society to eat certain foods when we are stressed out or upset. People consume or even binge on chocolate, ice cream, chips, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc. Have you ever tried to find comfort in what you ate? That kind of comfort is short-lived and often leads to other problems, like being overweight. God has given us a better and more real comfort food. We have His Word, which is comfort food for the soul. Through the Bible’s message about Jesus, we receive inner and lasting peace from the troubles we face.
Acts 10:36 He sent his word to the people of Israel proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of all. EHV
Presenter: Pastor James Becker taught theology at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He and his wife Denise are the parents of 5 children and have 8 grand-children.