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2014 WELS-CLO Spring Conference

The 2014 WELS-CLO Spring conference will be held on Saturday, April 12 at St. Paul’s, Lake Mills, WI.  The theme of the day comes 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 will be Karen J. Hasley, author of several historical fiction novels.  The title of her presentation is "Women of Substance and Courage: Lessons from the Lives of Three Women of American History". Karen will speak about the contributions real-life women of principle and faith have made to our nation’s history and will introduce you to several of them she has woven into her fictional story lines. She will be available to sign and sell copies of her books following the presentation.

The afternoon speaker will be Kathie Wendland. Kathie has been involved in WELS Women’s Ministry since its inception in 2002.  Her presentation is titled "Nurturing, Encouraging, and Equipping Christian Women to Faithfully and Fully Use Their God Given Gifts: How Your Library Can Help".   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.
As always, Northwestern Publishing House will be on site with a large selection of books, DVDs, CDs, gifts, and more.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to shop for your church library or for your personal use.
The St. Paul’s campus is handicapped accessible.  You may enter through the main entrance on either side of the building.  The church is located off of Hwy 89 in Lake Mills, a few miles south of Interstate 94.  The address is 1530 S. Main St., Lake Mills, WI  53551.  For more information, you may visit the church’s website: http://www.stpaullakemills.org.

Registration Form
Download and print the registration form here.  Cost is $10 which includes lunch.
Schedule of Events
8:00-9:00 Registration in the lobby, Refreshments and NPH Shopping in the gym
9:00-9:30 Devotion with Pastor McKenney and hand bells in the Chapel
9:30-10:00 Break – Activities will take place simultaneously in smaller groups
  • Member sharing opportunity with Winnie in the Chapel
  • Shopping at NPH in the gym
  • Library tour with Laurie and Alana
  • Refreshments available at concession stand across from library
10:45-12:15 Speaker: Karen Hasley in the Chapel
    "Women of Substance and Courage: Lessons from the 
      Lives of Three Women of American History"
12:15-1:15     Lunch and Shopping in the gym
     Karen Hasley will be available for book signing during    
     this time
1:15-2:45    Speaker:  Kathie Wendland  in the Chapel
      "Nurturing, Encouraging, and Equipping Christian Women"
2:45-3:00 Closing devotion with Pastor Rath in the Chapel

 Hotels in Lake Mills
America’s Best Value Inn
West 7614 Oasis Lane
Lake Mills, WI  53551
Sweet Autumn Inn
1019 S. Main St.
Lake Mills, WI  53551
Bartels Beach Cottage
124 S. Ferry Dr.
Lake Mills, WI  53551
Fargo Mansion Inn
406 Mulberry St.
Lake Mills, WI  53551

Fall 2013 Conference at Peace, Wautoma, WI

Emily Riedel and Emily Bohn, the two young librarians at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 335 West Prairie Street, Wautoma, Wisconsin, hosted  the WELS-CLO Fall Conference on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Two exciting presenters – Reynold Kremer and Anna Bartsch provided fascinating information to the approximately 50 attendees.
Reynold Kremer is from Kremer Publishing in Butler, Wisconsin, and is the author of “Driving the Back Roads: The Amish, In the World but Not of it.” He discussed “Amish Churches and Schools”.

Pastor Mike Bartsch and his wife, Anna, were missionaries to Bulgaria. Anna talked about  life in Bulgaria and  prepared a detailed Power Point presentation for our enjoyment.

Emily and Emily with speaker Ren Kremer

Our hostesses with speaker Reynold Kremer.

Anna Bartsch with her interesting display of Bulgarian culture.

NPH shopping

Tom Kuehl from Northwestern Publishing House helps shoppers select items.
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