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Convention Complete in North Wisconsin District

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The 2018 North Wisconsin District Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Convention finished up on June 4 at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Learn more about the convention results here.

In appreciation of the convention delegates, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) provided an LCEF Gift Card Giveaway at the convention. Congratulations to the gift card recipients:

  • Pastor Joel Danner, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merrill, Wisconsin
  • Pastor Nathan Reichle, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Manawa
  • Pastor Jonathan Wessel, Grace Lutheran Church, Augusta, Wisconsin

 

 LCEF District Vice President - North Wisconsin Dennis Johnson (pictured left) presents an LCEF gift card to Pastor Jonathan Wessel at the district convention on June 4, 2018 in Rothschild, Wisc.

LCEF District Vice President - North Wisconsin Dennis Johnson (pictured left) presents an LCEF gift card to Pastor Jonathan Wessel at the district convention on June 4, 2018 in Rothschild, Wisc.

LCEF provides loans, investments and ministry support to LCMS organizations. When LCMS members invest in LCEF, it's an investment in the future of the Church. Learn more at lcef.org.

Sapper Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Brooke Sapper, a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisc., Brooke is a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School and will attend Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in the fall.

Brooke Sapper, a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisc., Brooke is a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School and will attend Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in the fall.

“I believe with all my heart that at the center of [Brooke’s] goals and aspirations lies her strong faith in her Lord and Savior.” – Rev. Richard Williams, Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisc.

Brooke Sapper is the recipient of a 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District $1,000 scholarship.  A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisconsin, Brooke is a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School. In the fall, she will attend Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Brooke’s parents are Scott and Rebecca Sapper.

In his letter of recommendation for Brooke, Pastor Williams wrote the following:

“I have known Brooke since her birth, witnessed her baptism, confirmation, and her growth within the church. Brooke is an intelligent, enlightened, and insightful young woman. She sincerely cares about those around her and is always looking for ways to help her neighbor. Brooke has always been active in church…. She used her creativity to lead and direct our Sunday School Christmas program for the past few years. She does a wonderful job with the children and the programs are always well received, creative and true to the message of our Savior’s birth.

…We are in the process of developing a Hispanic outreach program through our congregation and Brooke has offered her services to assist in any way that she can with her bilingual skill set and experience.”

In her letter of recommendation for Brooke, Gretchen Burke, Ashland High School Spanish Teacher, wrote the following:

“… I have witnessed few other individuals more conscientious, attentive or successful than Brooke. She always seems to excel even when handed the most difficult of challenges with poise and effectiveness. She has an innate desire for knowledge and understanding that is exemplified in Brooke’s personal commitment to learning. Brooke studies topics, subjects and languages not offered at Ashland High School on her own time because she simply wants to learn.

As a Spanish club and W.A.T.E.R.S. club member Brooke is dependable, enthusiastic, and a team player. When volunteers are requested, Brooke is always the first to offer and the last to leave and help clean up. Brooke has dedicated herself as a leader in her community by recycling more than four tons of glossy paper, participating in Youthrive and helping to put on free community dinners along with sponsoring a number of fundraisers.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow our newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Schult Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Clay Schult is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Clay is a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School and will attend Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisc., in the fall.

Clay Schult is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Clay is a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School and will attend Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisc., in the fall.

“Clay holds firm to his values and allows his beliefs to take root in his life. He is a man who is honest in the lifestyle that he leads and has a heart that bleeds compassion for the hurting and broken.” - Trevor Kunze, Director of Youth, Family and Education at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc.

Clay Schult is the recipient of a 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District $1,000 scholarship.  A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin, Clay is a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School (WVLHS) in Mosinee, Wisconsin. In the fall, he will attend Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His parents are DJ and Sara Schult.

In a letter of recommendation for Clay, Trevor Kunze, Director of Youth, Family and Education at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wausau, wrote the following:

“He is the backbone of many strong relationships and an important leader. He leads through serving others without any thought of reward or boastfulness. Clay has repeatedly shown that he has the ability to stay on task and lead through stressful situations. I have even seen him turn a seemingly stressful situation into an opportunity to encourage the people around him and bring a team together to better accomplish their task. 

I have been able to directly witness Clay’s character through his participation in service projects every month. During these service projects, I have never heard Clay complain about the work being too hard or the hours being too long. Furthermore, his consistency and devotion to seeing any project through to the end is next to the best. Clay clearly has a strong desire to bring about positive change in his town and community. He understands that participating in service opportunities is both a great opportunity to make that positive change a reality and to better himself as an individual. 

I am proud of what I have seen Clay accomplish in the past two years. Clay holds firm to his values and allows his beliefs to take root in his life. He is a man who is honest in the lifestyle that he leads and has a heart that bleeds compassion for the hurting and broken.”

Clay served as student council president, was captain of his varsity basketball and baseball teams, involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered tirelessly in his community. 

In his letter of recommendation for Clay, WVLHS Interim Administrator Jamie Wehrs wrote the following:

“Clay looks for opportunities to serve both at his school and in his community. He volunteers… packing backpacks for children in need, participating in Feed My Starving Children, cleaning up the environment, working at Vacation Bible School,…. Clay lives out his faith. Clay not only professes to be a child of God but he lives his life in a manner which leaves no doubt about Clay’s faithfulness to his Lord and Savior. 

Clay takes the gift of prayer seriously and volunteers to lead prayers in different groups, taking time to pray for his peers in the situations they are facing in life. Clay Schult is a mature, upstanding young man of God who not only excels academically but who seeks ways to serve others….”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.
Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Newman Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Katherine Newman is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wisc., Katherine is a 2018 graduate of Appleton North High School. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall to study education and become a Lutheran school teacher with emphases in science and math.

Katherine Newman is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wisc., Katherine is a 2018 graduate of Appleton North High School. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall to study education and become a Lutheran school teacher with emphases in science and math.

“…As a member of a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation, I feel blessed that your partnership with the LCMS has furthered the growth of my church through a loan that allowed a second worship center with a connecting school and childcare to stay open.” - Katherine Newman, Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Katherine Newman is the recipient of a 2018 $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District scholarship. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Katherine is also a 2018 graduate of Appleton North High School. In the fall, she will attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, to study education and become a Lutheran school teacher with emphases in science and math. Her parents are Daniel and Jenny Newman.

“We will be celebrating with Katherine’s home congregation, Faith Lutheran Church, on June 24, 2018 when they burn their mortgage,” said Dennis Johnson, LCEF District Vice President - North Wisconsin. “The congregation and leadership was wonderful to work with over the years. LCEF has been blessed to help fund their ministry.

In his scholarship letter of recommendation for Katherine, Rev. Daniel Thews wrote, “…Katherine has a wonderful love [for] and relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ever since I first started to get to know her, I've known she would one day become a Lutheran school teacher. She was just wired up that way and I've been blessed to watch that simple child-like faith grow and mature into a faith that is ready to take the next step forward into a called position of teaching and leadership in the church!”

In his letter of recommendation for Katherine, Mark Ropella, Appleton Career Academy/Fox Cities Leadership Academy teacher wrote the following:

“Katherine displayed the ability to balance schoolwork, extra-curricular participation, and contributions to the greater Appleton community. She was a key component of our school's Garden Club, and has been involved with that group for the past three years. Even with her busy schedule, Katherine found time to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

…I enjoyed working with Katherine because she was polite and had an excellent sense of humor. She is a mature, intelligent, young woman with an engaging, selfless nature. Katherine has been a positive force in the Appleton Career Academy/Fox Cities Leadership Academy, and she has made altruistic contributions to our community. I have no doubt that this intelligent, sensitive young woman will be a positive member of the college campus and then go on to make positive contributions to the greater community.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students.. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Emily Frick Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Emily Frick is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisc., Emily is a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon.

Emily Frick is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisc., Emily is a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon.

“…I got the chance to see how the type of ministries that LCEF helps grow can serve communities and change lives,” wrote Emily Frick, Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisconsin. 

One of six 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District awards, Emily is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. A member of Trinity, she is also a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon. In college, Emily has been active in youth ministry as well as small and large group Bible studies. She is pursuing a major in rehabilitation science (PT.) Her parents are Dean and Deborah Frick.

“…she’s personable, smart, articulate, caring, responsible, funny, knowledgeable, a team player and unique. She has been very successful…because she never quits,” wrote Rhonda Stange, Athens High School social studies teacher.

In her scholarship essay, Emily wrote about how she started investing in LCEF at a young age at Trinity Lutheran School. LCEF advocate and Trinity member, Dee Strack, helped students learn the first steps of saving and good stewardship through LCEF’s Young Investors (Y.I.) Stamp program. LCEF investors, young and old, help provide loan funds for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries. Investors earn interest on their investments and help others learn about Jesus.

“In elementary school, Wednesday was the day… I would take my dollar up to the friendly lady sitting behind the [stamp] table, she’d look through her box to find my book, hand me my [stamp,] and I got to stick it in my book, all by myself…. When I asked where my money was going, the simple answer was, ‘It’s being used to help build churches,’ but now I realize it did so much more than that.

This past summer, I got the chance to see how the type of ministries that LCEF helps grow can serve communities and change lives. In August of 2017, I served as a Junior Counselor at Camp Luther, in Wisconsin.  My experience there truly did change my life and I met so many people during those two weeks that received the same blessing from camp.  I gained a new perspective on the joy of serving the church and the people in it.  I saw campers and other Junior Counselors diving into the Word of God, full of curiosity and so many questions, so much so that we missed an activity period.  I gained relationships with people who have such strong faith and trust in God that they challenged me to grow closer to God, myself.”

In her letter of recommendation for Emily, Trinity Youth Leader Judy Weise wrote,

“I have the joy of seeing Emily on a regular basis through our church family here at Trinity. Emily’s faith is strong, and through her high school days, she shared the love of Jesus through [various mission trip opportunities over the years.] Through her high school years, Emily was active in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes…. She is in front of the line when it comes to volunteering, working with children, physical work, and fundraising to support our Mission Trips.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Emily. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.