District Teachers' Conference
Oct
16
to Oct 18

District Teachers' Conference

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The word excellent gets attached to many things. People and institutions from all walks of life get praised with this adjective in the news, on social media, and in everyday conversation. What does it take to earn that descriptor for our schools and our classrooms? Join us this October in Doral as we consider the theme Striving Together as One. You'll have opportunities to reflect with your peers and engage with your fellow called workers as we study ways to bring excellence to our Gospel-driven lives, our callings, our classrooms, our students with special needs, and our schools as a whole.

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MLC School Tour
Nov
24
to Nov 27

MLC School Tour

WHO: South Atlantic District youth who are considering attending a Martin Luther College. If you’re even remotely considering the public ministry, this trip is for you! 

WHEN: November 24-27, 2019

WHAT: A 4-day trip led by Pastor Jonathan Scharf. This year, we’ve scheduled it at a time when MLC is in session, but many local high schools have a break.

  • Sunday, November 24th - Welcome, stay overnight at MLC & enjoy a taste of college life

  • Monday, November 25th – Classes, tours, food and fun, stay overnight at MLC

  • Tuesday, November 26th – Start the day at MLC, and then head to the Twin Cities for Mall of America, hotel (maybe with waterpark), and get ready for morning flights

  • Wednesday, November 27th – Head to airport and fly home

WHERE: Martin Luther College (1995 Luther Ct., New Ulm, MN 56073)

COST: The cost of the trip is the student’s round-trip flight to Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport (MSP) MINUS $150 reimbursement given by MLC. All of the meals, lodging and travel in MN is covered by MLC and the South Atlantic District Youth Fund. The South Atlantic District Youth Fund will also cover $100 off the cost any accompanying parent or chaperone’s flight. (Currently Spirit Air has a flight from Atlanta for $220 round trip.)

DEADLINE: Registration deadline is November 10th. 

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National Conference on Lutheran Leadership
Jan
21
to Jan 23

National Conference on Lutheran Leadership

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WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership is being planned by Congregational Services for Jan. 21-23, 2020, in Chicago, Ill. The conference will emphasize leadership that is rooted in the beliefs of confessional Lutheranism.

The WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership is founded on twin convictions:

  1. The gospel is the power of God for salvation. It alone has the power to create and sustain faith in Jesus Christ. There is no way to God except through Christ. Therefore, the mission of the Church is to proclaim the gospel, carrying it to every corner of the world.

  2. God expects the Christian to use his reason and intellect, gifts God himself gives as part of his image, to formulate how to best proclaim the gospel in his corner of the world.

Lutheran leadership is at the nexus of those convictions. The Lutheran leader trusts firmly in the efficacy and sufficiency of God’s Word. However, he also understands that he has the responsibility to assess and plan ministry so that the congregation might do all it possibly can with God’s Word to disciple the faithful, seek the lost, and pursue the straying.

Thus, Scripture says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account” (Hebrews 13:17 EHV).

The National Conference on Lutheran Leadership seeks to encourage congregational members and leaders in those twin convictions. In the plenary sessions, we will discuss larger strategic issues that are relevant for all congregations. The breakout sessions are more tactical in nature. Some share “best practices” for various types of ministries. Others address challenges that are applicable only to some congregations.

The National Conference on Lutheran Leadership will also provide the opportunity to network with leaders from other congregations: for encouragement, for the sharing of wisdom, and for Christian fellowship.

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Southern Ski Weekend
Jan
31
to Feb 2

Southern Ski Weekend

Who: all youth ages 11-18 (high school and middle school)

What: Southern Ski Weekend - a weekend of winter fun

Where: Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, TN

When: Friday, January 31st – Sunday February 2nd

The Plan:

  • The weekend begins on Friday evening with games and fellowship.

  • On Saturday, youth will have the option of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing at Ober Gatlinburg, as well as a variety of other winter games and activities.

  • Saturday evening is an opportunity for Bible Study and Sunday morning all gather together for worship and a scavenger hunt.

Cost: $170 - $200 depending on the activities chosen. This is an all-inclusive cost with activities, lodging, a t-shirt and meals for the entire weekend.

Registration Deadline: January 1st

More Information: www.SouthernSkiWeekend.com

Contact Info:

  • Matt Westra at 423-438-3033 / PastorMWestra@gmail.com

  • Caleb Kurbis at 828-424-0065 / PastorKurbis@gmail.com

If you have not attended in the past, we would love for you to think about attending this year. It provides your youth with an opportunity to get together with other churches outside the summer months. We have also worked very hard at negotiating the very best deals to provide this experience at a great price. We have watched this event grow to almost 200 youth and we would love to see your congregation join us. Please consider sharing this event with any youth leaders or parents in the congregation as well.

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WELS International Youth Rally
Jun
23
to Jun 26

WELS International Youth Rally

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Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Date: June 23-26, 2020
Registration Information:
Registration runs March 2-May 29

  • $375 early-bird rate until April 30

  • $395 May 1-May 29

HIGHLIGHTS

  • See yourself through the lens of Christ’s love

  • Learn how to serve Christ boldly

  • Hang out with 2,000 peers who share your faith

  • Listen to speakers with stories of faith and hope from around the world

  • Experience lifting your voice in worship with thousands

  • Attend a variety of workshops with a biblical perspective on timely teen topics

  • Enjoy workshops run by UT recreational staff

  • Consider excursion opportunities (additional fee): Anakeesta Theme Park, river tubing, paintball, and more.

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Camp South
Jul
20
to Jul 24

Camp South

WHO: Youth entering grades 4-9.
WHAT: The most fun you’ll have this summer. Incredible activities (tough mudder, zip line, inflatables, massive group competitions), next-level worship, and more new friends than you can count.
WHERE: Georgia FFA Camp, just outside of Atlanta.
720 FFA FHA Camp Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
WHEN: Arrive on Monday, July 20th between 2:30-5:30pm. Head home at 11am on Friday, July 24th.
HOW: Registration will be here soon and talk to your local WELS church about payment & travel.

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Cypress Pastors Conference
Sep
23
to Sep 24

Cypress Pastors Conference

Professor Wade Johnston from Wisconsin Lutheran College will be our guest presenter. He will present on his book, An Uncompromising Gospel. It overviews key themes from the Heidelberg Disputation, the Disputation against Scholastic Theology, and Bondage of the Will, and then goes over the disputes among Lutherans that broke out about these themes, which led to the Formula of Concord.

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Camp South
Jul
22
to Jul 26

Camp South

WHO: Youth entering grades 4-9.
WHAT: The most fun you’ll have this summer. Incredible activities (tough mudder, zip line, inflatables, massive group competitions), next-level worship, and more new friends than you can count.
WHERE: Georgia FFA Camp, just outside of Atlanta.
720 FFA FHA Camp Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
WHEN: Arrive on Monday, July 22nd between 2:30-5:30pm. Head home at 11am on Friday, July 26th.
HOW: Register here and talk to your local WELS church about payment & travel.

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Amazing Race Teen Challenge
Jun
25
to Jun 28

Amazing Race Teen Challenge

WHO: Youth entering grades 9-12.
WHAT: The most fun you’ll have this summer. A team scavenger hunt through an Orlando theme park (Disney or Universal), inspiring keynotes, an amazing resort, and a great chance to grow with people at the same point in life’s journey.
WHERE: Tropical Palms Resort
2650 Holiday Trail
Kissimmee, FL 34746
WHEN: Arrive on Tuesday, June 25th. Head home at on Friday, June 28th.
HOW: Register here and talk to your local WELS church about payment & travel.

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Continuing Education in the South Conference 2019
Jun
10
to Jun 13

Continuing Education in the South Conference 2019

The Called Worker Continuing Education Conference is a district conference at which pastors, teachers, and staff ministers are strongly encouraged to attend. As brothers and sisters, we walk together and want to make use of every opportunity to encourage, support, and grow together. This conference affords us the opportunity to do just that. In addition, called workers’ families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the accommodations throughout the week.

 
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Camp SOUTH
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Camp SOUTH

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Camp South is a WELS Bible camp for kids completing grades 3-8 which will take place July 23 to July 27, 2018.  You can register today at https://goo.gl/forms/n7MBFHQ7rVje1b5p2 - all registrations are due by April 30. Camp is held at the Georgia FFA Camp, located just outside Covington, Georgia. Visit www.GeorgiaFFACamp.org to learn more about their high quality amenities.

Camp South costs $285/person. Speak with your pastor and youth leaders about fund raising opportunities and available support from your congregation. One check please per congregation!

Camp activities include: energetic Bible lessons, Survivor themed team-building challenges, campfires, swimming, engaging Bible studies, cosmic bowling tournament with prizes, low ropes course, lake blob, water zip-lining, fishing, mudder course and much more!

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2017 WELS Teen Ski Weekend
Feb
4
8:00 AM08:00

2017 WELS Teen Ski Weekend

Living Promise and Living Savior would like to invite your youth to a winter event from Friday evening, February 2nd to Sunday evening February 4th in Gatlinburg TN. The event is for all youth ages 11-18. (Highschool and middleschool) (Please also invite any prospects or friends.)

Having heard a lot of positive comments about last year's event we are going back to Gatlinburg again this year.
 
If you have not attended in the past, we would love for you to think about attending this year. It provides all our youth with an opportunity to get together outside the summer months. We have also worked very hard at negotiating the very best deals to provide an all-inclusive experience at a great price.

Youth will have the option of skiing or tubing at Ober Gatlinburg, a variety of other winter games and activities, devotions, and a special worship opportunity on Sunday mornings.

The cost is $125 for tubers. $165 for skiers. This includes all activities, lodging, a t-shirt and meals for the entire weekend.

More information can be found at www.LivingPromiseChurch.com/teen-ski A video from last year can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-ZFyhAgFk
 
We are asking for those who intend to go to RSVP at the link above by January 2nd.
 
We hope your youth can join us for some fun, fellowship, and worship and Bible study opportunities. 
 
Your brothers,
Caleb Kurbis and Matt Westra

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Telling the Next Generation: Evangelism and Education Workshop
Jan
20
8:30 AM08:30

Telling the Next Generation: Evangelism and Education Workshop

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South Atlantic District churches with early childhood ministries or elementary schools are encouraged to attend an evangelism workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The leaders of Telling the Next Generation describe their workshop in this way:

"Telling the Next Generation is a ministry provided by the WELS Commission on Evangelism and the Commission on Lutheran Schools. The program serves congregations of the WELS with planning, assistance, and resources for implementation of outreach and harvest strategies utilizing their Lutheran elementary school and/or early childhood ministry."

For more information on the scope and structure of the workshop, please visit the workshop's webpage. https://wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/education/lutheran-schools/telling-the-next-generation/. The WELS Commission on Evangelism will be distributing more information to congregations in advance of the meeting.

REGISTRATION: Download and complete the registration form. The registration form also includes more information and details about the day's agenda.

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Cottonbelt Conference 2018
Jan
8
to Jan 10

Cottonbelt Conference 2018

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Messiah, Alpharetta, GA

Jan. 8-10, 2018

Basic Details

Developing a Lutheran Apologetic (Luke Thompson - 5ish hours - TBD based on conversations with him)

Recently in our circles there has been more and more talk of apologetics. WLQ has also noticed the need and put out some articles on it. This is good. We are reacting in love to a North America that is increasingly post-Christian. To a degree the American South has been isolated from the worst of the onslaught, but we have reason to believe it will come. We have the unique opportunity to be prepared as the cultural creep reaches us too. Developing a truly Lutheran apologetic that will allow us to speak with all the power, love, and wisdom we can muster is a timely activity for us. Questions worth exploring will include: What are the theological limits of apologetics? What use should they have in different ministry settings like preaching, teaching, catechism, one to one evangelism, etc.? What sorts of arguments should the Lutheran parish pastor be familiar with? How will a Lutheran apologetic differ from Reformed or Evangelical approaches?

Book Review (Presenter – Jonathan Kehl) – 60 minutes

We will be reviewing The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona. Pastor Kehl has prepared some questions for us to use as we read and then will lead a discussion at Conference.

Romans 1 Exegesis (Presenter Keith Schleis) – 75 minutes

The presenter is asked to take us through the Greek in Romans chapter 1 with an emphasis on the natural knowledge of God and natural law. He is asked to highlight through the exegesis Paul's arguments that will form the basis to a scriptural approach to apologetics. He may also include some Greek review to keep the brother’s fresh.

Worship: Confession of St. Peter

Kratz preaching

Readings:  Kratz handling devoters:

Lindloff, Stuebs, Kurbis

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*Postponed* Annual Meeting of the Southern Lutheran Academy Association
Sep
10
3:00 PM15:00

*Postponed* Annual Meeting of the Southern Lutheran Academy Association

*Update as of Thursday, September 7, 2017*

Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma, this event is postponed.  A future time and date for this event will be set by the Board and communicated to the District after Irma passes through the District. 

- SLAA President John Backus

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Notable informational items on the Agenda include:

  • Introduction of Board Members
  • Summary of Finances and Grants Dispersed
  • Significant(!) updates on the Assocation's legal status and transition in progress
  • Presentation of newly amended & restated Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

A notable action item on the Agenda is:

  • Nomination and Election of Board Members

About SLAA

SLAA is a Florida non-profit corporation whose assets provide financial support to qualifying students in WELS secondary education schools, and to congregations and elementary schools offering Christian education or youth ministry programs for adolescents in the South Atlantic District of the WELS and Circuit 1 of the ELS.

Contact Person

Pastor John Backus
SLAA President
2033 N Herculues Ave
Clearwater, FL 33763
(414) 218-0268
pastor.john.backus@gmail.com

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WELS National Worship Conference
Jun
13
to Jun 16

WELS National Worship Conference

WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts

All congregations are encouraged to use the monies they had budgeted for Summer Quarter in the South, to send a worship team to the National Worship Conference. The District Praesidium has designated the national worship conference as our district conference for summer 2017. There will not be another district conference meeting in 2017. 

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Super Circuit
May
1
to May 2

Super Circuit

May 1-2, 2017

Our Savior, Birmingham, AL, Monday, May 1st

Noon – Opening Service with Communion –Good Shepherd

Rev. Joel Russow

12:45-1:15 – Lunch served at church

1:15-2:30 – Book Review/Bible Study: The Long Reformation – Rev. Dan Berg

Reviewer Rev. Berg will guide us through a discussion of the book and development of a Bible Study out of it.

2:30 – 3:00 – Break

3:00-4:30 – Text Study John 10:22-30– Rev. Kent Holz

Pastor Holz will lead us through a joint text study (google doc) in preparation for preaching on this Good Shepherd text.

4:30-5:00 – Ministry Updates

Closing Prayer – Rev. Joel Russow

Dinner on Own / Fellowship at Hotel (listen for announcements)

Tuesday, May 2nd   

9:00 – Opening Devotion –- Rev. John Roebke

9:30 – 10:45 – Pastoral Theology Round Table - Rev. Craig Born

Rev. Born will prepare some questions on best practices and lead the round table discussion as we try to learn from one another in the ways we handle some of our pastoral responsibilities.  

10:45-11:00 - Break

11:00 – 11:45 – Cases of Casuistry Discussion- Rev Jon Scharf

11:45 - Itinerary – Rev. Jonathan Scharf

12:00 pm – Departure  (Lunch is not provided)

Lodging:

Hyatt Place - 800-992-0698

4686 U.S. 280
Birmingham, AL 35242

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Cottonbelt Conference 2017
Jan
9
to Jan 11

Cottonbelt Conference 2017

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UPDATE 2017-01-07

There have been some changes to the agenda, most notably that dinner on Jan 9th has been moved forward to 4:30pm and worship to 6:00pm. See the updated agenda here. Also, please note the clarifications to Conference costs below (per person vs. per congregation costs).

Location

The Cottonbelt Conference will meet January 9-11, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama. The conference will officially begin with supper and worship Monday evening, starting at 5:30pm at Saving Grace Lutheran Church. 

Lodging

The hotel reservation deadline is Dec 8, 2016. Please click through for hotel information and reservations. The hotel will provide transportation to and from the airport as well as to and from church. Restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel. If you fly in, you would not need to rent a car. The closest airport is Mobile (MOB). Lower prices could be found at Pensacola or Gulf Port-Biloxi. 

Content

You may also click through to read about the conference topics. A detailed agenda for the conference is coming soon.

Costs

Attending pastors should prepare two checks from their congregation:

  • $30 PER PERSON written out to our hosts at Saving Grace Lutheran church
  • $20 PER CONGREGATION written out to Conference c/o Ben Zahn. Please send that to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2240 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.
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