Amazing Race Teen Challenge
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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Camp South
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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Continuing Education in the South Conference 2019
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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to Jul 27


  • Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 - all registrations are due by April 30. Camp is held at the Georgia FFA Camp, located just outside Covington, Georgia. Visit 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
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 A video from last year can be found here:
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
8:30 AM08:30

Telling the Next Generation: Evangelism and Education Workshop

  • Abiding Peace Lutheran Church and Academy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 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
to Jan 10

Cottonbelt Conference 2018

  • Messiah Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
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


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

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WELS National Worship Conference
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
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)


Hyatt Place - 800-992-0698

4686 U.S. 280
Birmingham, AL 35242

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Cottonbelt Conference 2017
to Jan 11

Cottonbelt Conference 2017

  • Saving Grace Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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).


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. 


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. 


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


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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