On Saturday morning, Oct. 1, about 115 people gathered in the seminary’s auditorium for Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Auxiliary’s Friends of the Seminary Day.
Viola Georgson was one of those people, and she has been attending for the last 12 years. “God has blessed me that I can be a supporter,” she says. But more than that, “I am a prayer warrior. I pray all the time for the seminary.”
Through worship and presentations, Friends of the Seminary Day highlights the way Viola’s gifts and prayers—and everyone’s gifts and prayers—help the seminary support the worldwide mission of WELS.
During opening worship, Professor Earle Treptow, who joined the seminary’s faculty in January, shared the good news about the graciousness of our God. Later on in the day, Treptow spoke about all the transitions in his ministry—most recently from being a pastor at Zion, Denver, Colo., and district president for the Nebraska District to life as a seminary professor.
Then Middler Adam Lambrecht talked about his transitions. Even though he wanted to be a pastor since second grade, he didn’t follow a traditional path to ministry. After graduating from Iowa State University, he served with WELS Kingdom Workers in Farmington, N.M. There he served as staff minister doing youth and outreach programs with the Navajo Lutheran Ministry. In 2008 he was called to serve as a staff minister in Battlement Mesa, Colo. He also served in Colorado Springs and Pueblo West, Colo. In all, he served as a staff minster for 10 years before deciding to follow up on his dream of being a pastor, and enrolled as a second career student.
In addition to presentations, the Auxiliary collected an offering of $1,287. This is in addition to their annual special gift. From this generosity, the Friends voted to give the seminary items these Wish List items:
Portable video projector and wireless microphone: These will be used by Grow in Grace for their ministry retreats in San Antonio. It allows them to save money by not renting from the conference center. The retreats support pastors and their wives as they celebrate ministry milestones.
Stoles: Two additional red stoles will match our present set. These are used by our professors who assist at communion, worship, and installations.
Next year’s Friends of the Seminary Day will be Oct. 7, 2017. It is open to all—men, women, young, and old. Plan now to join us.