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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

WELS Does Not Have Enough Money for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
But Schroeder and LACE and Others Had Cash for Luther Days

Why not employ the fund-raising abilities of The Core in Appleton?
They had $250,000 spent before they really got going,
renting two facilities and buying a failed downtown bar.

Don't worry, folks. Schroeder has already funded the
largest distinctly Lutheran festival in North America.
Anything else would be a disappointment.

It was only natural, then, that we would want to celebrate the 2017 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation as a synod on a national scale. Planning for such an event has been underway for several months. The initial plan was to have a pastors’ symposium involving all WELS pastors, a national teachers’ conference attended by all WELS teachers, and a closing worship service for called workers and WELS members in the BMO Harris Center in downtown Milwaukee. You may have read about it in the 2016 Report to the Twelve Districts, in the Together newsletter, or on the synod website. You will see a mention of it in the December WELS Connection, which has already been recorded.
As details of what would be involved in such a celebration started to unfold—where we would hold it; how many people would attend; and the costs involved for the synod, for congregations, and for called workers—we could reach only one conclusion. We concluded that it not be wise stewardship of God’s gifts to hold a national Reformation 500 event as first planned. At a price tag of approximately $400,000 or more—far higher than original estimates—the President’s office, with the consensus of the planning committee, has decided to cancel this event. In addition to the costs involved, it became clear that this celebration had the potential to detract from other events planned by districts, congregations, and Lutheran high schools.
Valleskey is an expert on spoiling the Egyptians -
his Church Growth crew has spent many times over that $400,000.
Ask them where they got all the dough.