Have you heard about David’s Star OWLS, Chapter 80?
The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) is a ministry that provides opportunities for service, education, community involvement, fellowship and spiritual growth to any WELS or ELS member who is retired or over 55! We are part of a national OWLS organization with chapters all over the US, gathering together each year in October for an annual meeting and convention! New Ulm will be the site of our 2021 Convention, October 20-22. A special project that the national OWLS has been involved in, is to support the European Civilian Chaplaincy, so that our service members and civilians that are far from home might receive spiritual care! Locally, we plan activities monthly that are of interest for our members.
So why do we tell you this? We want to invite you to join us in 2021 as we serve the Lord and His people! We enjoy our activities together and are mindful of the different abilities that come with aging. We usually meet monthly after the Wednesday morning Bible Class. Want to learn more? Talk to Bob Traska, Holly Kuester or Sue Bolha (the current David’s Star OWLS Council) for more information. Watch for bulletin announcements/emails about our activities for 2021! Or, check out the list of 2021 activities on the OWLS page on davidsstar.org! Ideas are welcome! Won’t you give some thought to joining one of our activities!?
Feel free to take a copy of “New Horizons”, the national OWLS newsletter, as they become available on the Gathering Space kiosk!
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!