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Will you help us improve WELS ministry to the military?

A letter from Pastor Jim Behringer, Director, WELS Special Ministries was placed in my mailbox! I thought you might like to hear what he has to say, in part! He writes….

“Dear fellow soldier of Christ,

In addition to issues of life and death, our men and women in the military face moral challenges. Away from home and church for the first extended time in their lives, they need our ministry more than ever. Since relying on uniformed chaplains creates doctrinal dilemmas, we are committed to serving our members with our personnel, on our own time, on our own dime.

WELS Military Services works with our congregation when a son or daughter joins the armed forces. We can be where you can’t. Our civilian chaplains and military contact pastors work to harden faith’s defenses through Word and sacrament.

But we cannot contact counsel, or comfort your members in the military if we don’t know who or where they are. We need your help.

Anyone can go to and use the simple referral form to provide as much contact information as you can. We’ll follow up with monthly email devotions, Meditations mailed quarterly, and outreach from the nearest WELS pastor (where possible).

We would also appreciate a congregational contact person to help inform David’s Star members about WELS ministry to the military through periodic announcements/new resources in the bulletin or newsletter. Jennifer is very helpful and easy to work with!

Did you know? The Department of Defense recognizes the Wisconsin Synod as a “distinctive religious group” and permits our members to request “LUTHERAN WELS” on their dog tags?

We believe that we are currently reaching only half (or less) of as many as 1500 WELS service members. With your help, we hope we can soon declare “mission accomplished”!

With you, serving Christ,
Pastor James Behringer,
Director, WELS Special Ministries” 
Questions? Want to serve as a David’s Star contact for WELS Military Services?

Contact Sue Bolha RN,   677-3485


5|150 Wellness Circle Program

The 5|150 Wellness Circle is a Scripture-based program centered on improving the overall health and wellness of individuals desiring to live a healthier life.  In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul reminds us that whether we eat or drink, we should do it for the glory of God.  

The Wellness Circle is designed to help people adjust their priorities to include better nutrition and exercise habits, one fruit/vegetable serving and 10 minutes of exercise at a time.  After 2-3 months, our goal is that each participant is achieving 5|150 or 5 servings of fruits & vegetables per day and 150 minutes of exercise per week.  The program consists of 10 sessions to help you meet the 5|150 goal as a circle.  

The David’s Star Wellness Circle will begin meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room September 14th from 8:30-9:30am.  For more information, please contact:  

RSVP to Pam Lee RN   262.377.9419 or

What happens at support group meetings?
  1. Each session will explore a topic related to fruit & vegetable intake and exercise;
  2. Participants are asked to set weekly goals (and track progress) based on the topics to help them improve their fruit & vegetable intake and exercise habits;
  3. Barriers and successes are discussed within the group with the purpose of supporting each other and identifying areas to improve.

Know Any Nurses?  Maybe You can help!  

Christian Nurses are richly blessed-blessed to know Jesus as savior and blessed with valuable medical knowledge and skill-sets.  So it's only natural for them to want to network in order to grow their knowledge and skills, to fellowship with like-minded Christian nurses and to team up to help others in need.

That's what brought together a group of WELS nurses in the greater Milwaukee area last spring.  Since then they've been working toward establishing a national association of WELS nurses to facilitate all of the above.  To learn more, please check out their new website: