On Saturday, Oct. 3, the annual Friends of the Seminary Day was held in the seminary’s auditorium. This event highlights the way gifts to WLS help support the worldwide mission of WELS. Through worship and presentations, this year’s theme focused on how seminary faculty and students serve throughout mission fields in the U.S. and around the world.
Professor Brad Wordell, who joined the seminary’s faculty this summer, preached the sermon during the opening worship. Basing his sermon on 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, he reminded, “We Are God’s People Israel!” He encouraged us, in these last days, to stand firm and to keep fighting the fight of faith. Because our seminary plays such a vital role in the mission of our church, he asked participants to include faculty, staff, and students in their daily prayers.
Professors Tom Kock and Brad Wordell talked about their recent transition from other ministries to ministry at the seminary. Whether from Tennessee or from Japan, such a transition involves some level of culture shock. It takes time to feel comfortable in a new place and ministry and thankfully God remains faithful through every transition of life and ministry.
Senior Ryan Kolander shared the transitions he has had while at the seminary. During his Vicar year in Falls Church, Virginia, he witnessed to Alvaro from Bolivia and John from Sudan, both of whom taught him how to transition. When he was about to return to the seminary for his senior year, he received an emergency call to serve at Martin Luther College for a year. “The seminary trains us so well that transitions into different callings are made easier!” he says.
In addition to presentations, the Auxiliary collected an offering of $1,274, which is combined with other gifts throughout the year. These donations allow the Friends of the Seminary to provide wish list items to the students and staff. This year’s gift will provide and aluminum lift and power planer to help the building and grounds crew with maintenance. It will also provide additional basketball hoops, a dumbbell rack, and a ping pong table for the students’ recreation.
Next year’s Friends of the Seminary Day will be Oct. 1, 2016. It is open to all—men, women, young, and old. Plan now to join us.
See photos from the day: 2015 Friends of the Seminary Day