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Wittenberg Fall 2019 Retreat Wrap Up
What an amazing weekend! On the second. weekend of November almost forty of us gathered in historic Wittenberg for our annual fall retreat.
On Friday evening we gathered for a meal, devotion and fellowship. After breakfast on Saturday, we spent time in God’s Word as we joined for a devotion and two Bible studies led by Pastor Stuppy. Marge Stuppy taught the Sunday School classes. After lunch, Anna Thiele, a native of Leipzig and a member of our sister German church (ELFK), led us on a wonderful tour through Wittenberg. The tour began with a visit to the Castle Church where Luther posted the 95 Theses, often preached, and was later buried. What a thrill to spend time in this historic city!
In the evening we had supper at the Luther-Hotel and then enjoyed another evening where we had time to get to know each other better. It is hard to describe the joy and bond of fellowship we felt being united in Christ and (for most who attended) as a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. You had to be there! We hope someday you can be to share this wonderful experience with us.
Things wrapped up on Sunday with a communion service put together by Kurt Wittmershaus who also served as accompanist and choir director. The Sunday School children sang “I Am Trusting You Lord Jesus!” The choir sang three numbers in praise to God. After the service we took our traditional group picture; packed up and headed in all directions to our homes looking forward to our next retreat which will be in Wurzburg over Easter weekend.
Most of those in attendance are those served by our European chaplain, Pastor Donald Stuppy. Many are members of the U.S. military serving at bases across Germany. Some are WELS members who live and work in Germany. Students, civilian contractors, visitors from the US, WELS members who live and work in Germany, etc. all came together for these retreats. These retreats have been held in Europe since 1973 and are an important part of our ministry and a blessing to all.
“For Christ’s love compels us…and he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Cor 5:14-15)
Confessional Lutheran Christian Ministry Pastor Donald Stuppy
Im Holzweg 4a 55288 Spiesheim
Phone: 6732-600-3933 Cell: 173-419-9572
In His service,
Pastor Donald Stuppy