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2014 WELS-CLO 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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