OPENING DEVOTION 03.15.19 - Pastor John Bilitz
Focus on HOME
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
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Jon Bilitz currently serves as the Campus Pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel in Madison, WI. He previously served as a teacher, coach and the dean of students at Luther High School in Onalaska, WI and as pastor at Grace in Portland, Oregon.
God has blessed Jon with varied experiences through his ministry stops. Through those experiences, God has taught that the strength to serve comes only through him. Jon and his wife Mary live in Cottage Grove, WI and have been blessed with 3 children.
CLOSING DEVOTION 03.15.19 - Pastor Matt Moldstad
Focus on WORK
Luke 14:28 "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?"
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Rev. Matthew Moldstad is a fourth generation pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. He is a graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, as well as, Bethany Lutheran College and Seminary. Before completing his degree at Bethany, he served for four years in the U.S. Navy as a Hebrew Linguist. As a pastor he served for five years in Kissimmee, FL and is currently serving at Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato, MN. Over the past year he has been involved with a daily video devotional series produced by his congregation, entitled: “Peace Devotions”. He is married to Joni Dukleth, his college sweetheart. Joni is from Luverne, MN and is the daughter of the late Rev. John Dukleth. The Moldstads have five boys, ages five to thirteen.
OPENING DEVOTION 03.16.19 - Pastor Jeremy Mattek
FOCUS ON COMMUNITY
Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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Pastor Jeremy Mattek serves as the Christian Life Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, Wisconsin, where his primary role is equipping Christians to see the Gospel more clearly in their daily lives and find the Spirit-filled strength, contentment, and joy that only the Gospel can produce. He also serves as a contributor for Time of Grace Ministry.
Pastor Mattek previously served as pastor of Garden Homes Lutheran Church (20014-2018), a majority-black church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he and his family greatly enjoyed seeing the unique unity that only God can produce through the work of Jesus.
Pastor Mattek has been married to Karen since 2000. God has entrusted to their care five children, ages 10-17 and one dog, their mostly-well-behaved Siberian Husky named Luna.
CLOSING SERVICE 03.16.19 - Pastor Mike Novotny, Pastor Ben Schmudlach,
FOCUS ON FAITH FORWARD: HOME, WORK, COMMUNITY
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans”.
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Pastor Mike Novotny - Speaker
Pastor Mike Novotny serves as one of the campus pastors at The CORE, an outreach-focused church in downtown Appleton, WI. In addition, he is the new lead speaker for Time of Grace, a media ministry that shares the gospel with hundreds of thousands of people each week. Mike also serves as the chairman of Conquerors through Christ, a team that helps God’s people reject, resist, and recover from the wreckage of pornography so they can enjoy God’s gifts of sex/singleness. Apart from ministry, Mike is an avid soccer player who loves dating his wife/two daughters. Learn more at 922church.com or timeofgrace.org, or follow Mike on Instagram at @pastormikenovotny.
Pastor Ben Schmudlach - Liturgist
Pastor Ben Schmudlach graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2015. He was assigned to First Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He also serves as the campus pastor for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College. Ben and his wife, Jenna, have one son, Sawyer. When not doing “pastor things” he enjoys biking, hiking, playing guitar, and following Wisconsin sports teams.
Mike Westendorf - Music
Since 2007, Mike’s heart has beat for the spiritual well being of young adults and the sustainability of the local church. With a ministry anchored in the stories of God’s faithfulness and pursing what Jesus called “Life to the Full”, Mike’s focus has increasingly been to encourage the local church through what he calls “Accessible Worship” and by helping build up the “The Family Church”. Working with the leadership of his home congregation at St. Paul’s Muskego, Mike was part of a team that developed a comprehensive sermon series and set of resources to help the people of St. Paul’s recommit to the Family Church. A meteorologist, young adult ministry leader and Christian artist from Milwaukee, WI Mike is a member of the ministry team at St. Paul's Muskego. He married his wife Melissa in 1997 and together have three children. More information on Mike’s music ministry can be found HERE.