Vicar Notes 2019!!! They grow up so fast....
Happy New Year!

Tim and Carissa Priewe

Carissa teaches first and second grade at Loving Shepherd in Milwaukee, where I am also serving as a senior vicar during my last year of seminary. This was my home congregation growing up and we are living about 6 blocks from my childhood home. I get to preach about once a month, and have started a youth group. My Senior Thesis paper is basically wrapped up and now we are waiting for Call Day and Graduation. I`m also scheduled to go on an archaeological dig in Israel this June.

The end of 2018 was sort of a whirlwind. My mom died from the cancer she had been battle for about 4 years on September 4th. Her mom, my Grandma, followed her this morning, as I write. She took a fall on New Year`s Eve Day, and I was the one to find her conked out on the floor. She went through hip surgery at age 90 and the surgery seemed to be successful. But after a miserable first day of recovery, she said she couldn`t take it, and then soon later she went into  a deep sleep for basically a whole day before she died early this morning, January 7th. Our joy to see Grandma go home to heaven is far less than our sorrow.

All things considered, I guess we are hanging in there.

I was ecstatic to hear about Christmas at Resurrection and to see the article in Forward in Christ. It was a privilege and joy to be in the middle of it with all of you at Resurrection Verona and Monroe. God`s blessings as you keep it going!


Love, Tim and Carissa Priewe 




Here`s an update from the Free Family:

God has been very good to our family. Our oldest son Clay is now 4 1/2, and will be starting Kindergarten next year. Our next son Aaron will turn 2 in July, and enjoys rough housing with his brother and dad. But the 3 Free boys will have to learn to be a little more gentle come May of 2019, because that is when we look forward to meeting a Free baby girl! Kristin and the baby are both doing well, and your prayers for continued health and blessing for mom and baby are greatly appreciated. Everyone is enjoying our Florida life, especially because as I`m writing this update in January, it`s sunny and 80 degrees. (You`re always more than welcome to come down and visit!)

God has also been very good to us at Risen Savior. We recently completed our building project, and the new sanctuary and education wing look amazing. The congregation has officially decided to move forward with a preschool, united behind the mission that the preschool will serve as an outreach arm of the church, connecting these young children and their families to their Savior. Lakewood Ranch is a fast growing community, and as such, there are many opportunities to proclaim Jesus to the people around us. We do that currently through our Mornings with Mommy program, our New Mover Outreach Team, our Community Gospel Share Team, and we look forward to doing that in the Summer of 2019 with our Summer-Long Music Camp. While there are challenges here, we give thanks for the many undeserved blessings God continues to give us at Risen Savior.

RLC will always hold a special place in our hearts. We pray God`s blessings upon the ministry at RLC, and all the great people who are there!

The Free Family



Here`s an update from Melso`s:

Our synod`s mission board must be OK with us sticking around here in Chattanooga, TN for a while seeing as we just purchased a home and moved out of our rental in early December. We`re glad we`re all settled in our new home now since we are expecting a baby this coming March. New baby, new home, new church. I guess we might as well try all of it at once.

Living Hope continues to be blessed by God. We got to welcome 35 members to the Living Hope family on December 9. We called it our member commissioning service. About half of those members were our WELS core group and the other half are people we`ve met from all different backgrounds here in Chatt. We`ve got Bible Information Classes continuing with a handful of others and some prospects who continue to attend very faithfully. Just about every week now we see a new face come check out our worship at the Regal Cinemas movie theater. All we can do is pray that God keeps blessing us exactly how he already has. We look forward to having about 4 different mission teams visit us throughout this next year to help with canvassing and a possible summer camp.

If any are on their way down to a Florida beach please don`t hesitate to contact us, we`d love to see you on your way! You`ll probably pass through Chattanooga. May God bless our shared efforts to reach others with The Good News.

Eric and Jennifer Melso



Ben Phelps

Two weeks later is better than never?

This past May I graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary following being called to serve as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenai Alaska.  Molly, Emma (our one year old daughter), and I and shipped our possessions via U-haul and flew ourselves up in early July.  I was installed and ordained on July 15.  Molly was also called to teach Kindergarten at Grace`s school.  She gladly accepted.  Molly really has a passion and gift for teaching.  The current situation works quite well, Molly teaches in the morning while the principal`s wife watches Emma, then they come home at lunch for the rest of the day.  We are expecting a new addition the family--Ava Louise is due to born on March 30!  We are all overjoyed and eagerly wait for this blessing to arrive.   I have joined some of the local historical societies and have been put on the board of the Soldotna Historical Society.  It is a great way for me to connect and serve in my community while doing something I enjoy.  We are constantly amazed at the wonders of God`s creation here in Alaska.  On a clear day, we can see mountains on three sides.  We live five miles from the Cook Inlet which connects to the Pacific Ocean.  A warm Japanese current keeps the temperatures here very mild.  We frequently see moose in our yard and have been able to see grizzly and black bears in the wild as well as puffins, whales, otters, and seals.  Anyone looking for a vacation destination is encouraged to stay with us, or at least stop by and say hi.

The ministry at Grace is one of great joy and opportunity.  We have a little more than a hundred members in the congregation.  The school has 64 students.  Apart from Molly and myself, there are 4 other workers on staff.  Our current principal has accepted a call and we ask for your prayers as we continue to call a replacement for him. We are the only WELS church on the Kenai Peninsula (which geographically is about 1/6 the size of Wisconsin).  While most members live within a 15-20 mile radius, some members drive an hour and a half one way.  We are currently pursuing an active Bible Information Class program and are witnessing God`s blessing of these efforts.  This summer we will hold our soccer camp with help from Molly`s brother Joe, and students from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.  May God continue to bless each one of you and the ministry of Ressurection-Verona and Ressurection-Monroe!

In Him,

Ben Phelps
Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church


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