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WELS-CLO Fall Conference to be Held in Baraboo, WI

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Baraboo along with St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rock Springs will be co-hosting the WELS-CLO Fall Conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The conference will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 624 East Street, Baraboo, WI 53913.  Our gracious hosts, Pat Kingery and Judy Garske are eager to have you to come to the beautiful Baraboo area especially at this time of the year when the fall colors are just beginning to appear.  When you arrive at St. John’s you will be treated to refreshments in the fellowship hall and shopping at the Northwestern Publishing House book/media display with a 20% discount on items published by NPH.  Bring along any duplicate or extra library items you may have for the Exchange Table.  There is always a wealth of great items available there for newer libraries to help stock their shelves and for more established libraries to add or replace items in their collections. 

After the morning devotion and a brief business meeting, Prof. Daniel M. Deutschlander will be speaking about his book from the Impact series, The Narrow Lutheran Middle:  Following the Scriptural Road. His is also the author of Civil Government:  God’s Other Kingdom and The Theology of the Cross:  Reflections on His Cross and Ours.  Prof. Deutschlander has served in the public ministry for over 40 years as a parish pastor, high school teacher, and professor of German, history and religion. In retirement, he continues to be a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences.

The afternoon speaker will be St. John’s own Pastor Carl Schroeder who has served there since 2009 as an associate pastor.  He served for three years also as an associate pastor in Wisconsin Rapids prior to moving to Baraboo. He will be showing slides and telling us about his interesting trip to the Holy Land.

The deadline for conference registrations is September 12th so mark your calendar, send in your registration form, and look forward to learning and sharing with your fellow church librarians. The cost for the all-day conference including a catered lunch is only $10 per person.

Download the registration form here.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
624 East Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
(608) 355-3870

Area Accommodations
Best Western
725 West Pine Street (Hwy 12)
West Baraboo, WI 53913
(608) 356-1100
626 West Pine Street (Hwy 12)
West Baraboo, WI 53913
Conference Schedule
8:00-9:00 am Registration, refreshments, and NPH shopping
(enter at parking lot entrance)—fellowship hall, lower level
9:00-9:30 am Welcome and devotion led by Pastor Carl J. Schroeder
nave—upper level
9:30-10:00 am Business meeting
10:00-10:30 am Break – refreshments and shopping
fellowship hall
10:30-11:45 am Speaker : Prof. Daniel M. Deutschlander – “The Narrow Lutheran Middle:  Following the Scriptural Road”
upper level
11:45 am-1:00 pm Lunch, shopping, and fellowship
fellowship hall
1:00-2:00 pm Pastor Carl J. Schroeder – Presentation on his travels in the  Holy Land
fellowship hall
2:00 pm Closing devotion with Pastor Carl J. Schroeder
fellowship hall

Looking Ahead.................

The fall 2015 conference will be held on September 20 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  And, God willing, Zion Lutheran in Columbus, WI will host a conference in 2016 in their new church and school facility.

However, we are urgently looking for a host congregation for the Spring 2015 conference!  If your congregation can step up and host at this time, please notify president Sharon Belling.  Information regarding hosting "how to" can be found on this website or by contacting any officers.

Highlights from the 2014 Spring Conference

The 2014 WELS-CLO Spring conference was held on Saturday, April 12 at St. Paul’s, Lake Mills, WI.  The theme of the day was from Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

The morning speaker was Karen J. Hasley, author of several historical fiction novels. Her presentation was entitled "Women of Substance and Courage: Lessons from the Lives of Three Women of American History". Karen spoke about the contributions real-life women of principle and faith have made to our nation’s history and introduced us to several of them that she has woven into her fictional story lines.

The afternoon speaker was Kathie Wendland. Kathie has been involved in WELS Women’s Ministry since its inception in 2002.   "Nurturing, Encouraging, and Equipping Christian Women to Faithfully and Fully Use Their God Given Gifts: How Your Library Can Help" was the title of her presentation.   Kathie has always had a love for books and libraries and sees the church library as essential as an aid in making quality and sound material available for Christians of all ages. There’s so much material in today’s information rich technology driven world which encourages us to turn away from the Lord and his instructions. Congregations therefore benefit greatly from resources which make materials that are, “…true, …noble, …right, …pure, …lovely, …admirable, …excellent or praiseworthy,” readily available to members.

The day began with registration in the spacious lobby area.

Northwestern Publishing House offered a wide assortment of books, gifts, and other items for sale to conference attendees.

A delicious lunch was served in the gym/fellowship area. 

Attendees enjoyed visiting with one another and sharing ideas about their church libraries.
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