David's Star OWLS Chapter #80
The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) is a national organization whose purpose is to gather for fun, fellowship, service and spiritual growth as WELS/ELS Lutheran Seniors.
Individuals fifty-five years of age and older or retired, single or married, may become members by joining the David's Star OWLS Chapter # 80. Contact our newly elected President, Bob Traska @ 262-375-3877, John Wagie, our Vice President @ 262-677-1774 or Sue Bolha, newly elected Secretary/Treasurer @ 262-677-3485 for more information.
Chapters provide the opportunity for spiritual growth through Bible Study, visiting those not able to attend church services with devotions and helping others in need as well as fellowship with like-minded Christians. As members you will receive the quarterly newsletter as well as taking part in local Chapter activities. The Annual OWLS Convention is open to all WELS/ELS seniors, even if not an OWLS member! Yearly membership is $15 per person, providing support for the European Civilian Chaplaincy Program.
Did you know? The first constituting meeting of OWLS was held July 10-12, 1984 at the Martin Luther Preparatory School, Prairie du Chien, WI. There were 377 men and women, registering from 11 states! According to the Northwestern Lutheran reporting on the new organization, “The tone was set by Pastor Robert W. Schlicht, Belle Plaine, MN. chairman of the planning committee. In his sermon at the opening service, he said that the enlistment of senior citizens to provide help, wisdom and advice offers a vista staggering from the aspect of the church at large. Who would presume to estimate the invaluable worth of the friendship and the camaraderie this organization can provide? Who has a command of language adequate to describe the wonderful satisfaction that accrues to highly motivated Christians as they shoulder-to-shoulder serve their Lord!”
“The organization will function as an arm of the Wisconsin Synod Special Ministries Board, whose executive secretary, Alfons Woldt, was a catalyst in the initial promotion and also presided at some sessions.”
Synod President Carl H. Mischke told the members that “older people do not have a duty to die, not until God says so. But until he says so, you have a more awesome responsibility. You have a duty to live, to live a life of faith and hope and joy dedicated to the one who loved you and gave himself for you.”
David’s Star OWLS Chapter #80 provides a local and nationwide program for the life enrichment of seniors in the service of their Lord and His church. Won’t you join us here at David’s Star!