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Session Info: "You Were Made For This"

What do I want for my future?  I'm not a kid anymore so who am I now?  What's this life really for?  While the 18-25 window of life is a short one, it is exploding with opportunities.  And yet the more possibilities there are, the more questions come up and it's not hard to find situations in which we lose ourselves.  Within this context, questions and doubts arise in our hearts and minds, especially as new information and experiences challenge our adolescent understanding of Christianity and our relationship to Jesus.  As we consider majors, careers, relationships and the possibility of family, perhaps there is one question that rings out more than all the others - Why am I here?  In this session we'll go back to the beginning and look more deeply into the three reasons that you exist and the foundation of the three core relationships you are called to be a part of.  Communion, Community and a Common Unity - you were made for these!

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"Life to the full!" That is the heartbeat of this Christian artist, meteorologist, husband, and father of three.  With a passion for sharing the life changing power of God's Grace through music and speaking events, Mike has been sharing this story as an artist and worship leader in the WELS since 2004.  In 2007 Mike began to do every day life with young men and women in both secular and Christian environments.  From his time in at UW-Milwaukee's Innovative Weather, his work in Campus Ministry through "The Point of Grace" and as the Founder and Director of Awake and Alive, a ministry event for 18-25 year olds, God has given Mike a passion for walking with 18-25 year olds as they move through the journey of coming to know, own and make known that gift of Grace.  Believing in the power of building a bridge between generations, Mike's insights and experiences are an inspiration to those who long to share the hope of Christ with young adults.  From Milwaukee, WI and a member of the ministry team at St. Paul's Muskego, Mike married his wife Melissa in 1997 and together have three children. 




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Bio: Anna grew up as a missionary kid in Higashikurume, Tsuchiura, Shimodate, and Mito, Japan.  She attended Pepperdine University, where she majored in International Studies, and earned a certificate in conflict management through Pepperdine’s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution.  After graduating from Pepperdine, she lived and worked in Romania, teaching university classes in Constanta and Bucharest.  In 2014, she relocated from Bucharest to the White Mountain Apache reservation to work for Kingdom Workers as their program coordinator on the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache reservations.  If she ever learns Apache, it would be her 6th language. 

 

 




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Bio: Jon attended Martin Luther College and later Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, graduating in 2004.  He served as pastor at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach, Florida until last summer when he accepted a call to serve as a Campus Pastor & Instructor at St. Croix Lutheran High School in West Saint Paul, MN. He and his wife, Debbi, have four daughters: Violet, Lydia, Eden, and Maggie. 

 


Breakout Speakers and Sessions:





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Bio: James and Denise have been teaching teens and adults about relationships for the past twenty years.  It began when Denise joined James on the staff of Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 1998.  Since then, they have team-taught “From Friendship to Marriage,” a class that helped seniors to establish and nurture healthy, happy and faith-filled relationships.  They have also presented Bible classes and retreats about various aspects of marriage.  This past summer they decided to retire from WLHS.  They now have more time to visit their five grown children (Matthew, Joshua, Rachel, Jonathan, and Elizabeth) and their families.

 



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Bio: Amber Albee Swenson is a writer, speaker and blogger. Her husband and four children keep life exciting and give her lots to write and pray about. Mother, wife and author are treasured positions, but child of God is her identity



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Bio: Brandon Steenbock grew up in the Cascade foothills just outside Seattle, where he learned to love adventure and the beauty of God's creation.  He studied Creative Writing at University of Washington, and then transferred to Martin Luther College in 2002.  In 2005 he married Nikki, and in 2006 he was assigned two calls - to be a father, and to be Minister of Family and Youth at St. Paul's in New Ulm, MN.  He received his Masters in Family Life Education from Concordia University in 2013.  In 2017 he accepted a call to serve as Young Adult Minister at St. Mark in De Pere/Green Bay, WI, where he currently serves.  Brandon and Nikki have two boys, ages 10 and 12.  Brandon loves singer/songwriter music, playing guitar, writing stories, and walking in wild places.  He is currently working on his second Master's degree in Theological Studies.

 

 


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Pastor James Hein
Know the Gift of Grace

Bio: From Saginaw, MI, James attended Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary before beginning ministry in 2008 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN.  Then in 2016, he and his wife Adrian moved to Milwaukee where James is Lead Pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church.  At St. Marcus, James seeks to focus on urban gospel work – embracing ethnic diversity, exploring modern technology in church, and navigating the post-Christian cultural climate.  He leads their LIVEIT worship, including their leadership team, community groups, and service teams.  Pastor Hein also maintains a blog, "Crossing my mind.  Mind on the Cross.”, and joined the blogging family at Time of Grace in 2015.  His writing is intended to help Christians see the world through the eyes of faith, apply biblical principles to society, and gain appreciation for changeless truth in a changing world.

 




Own the Gift of Grace

Bio: Mike grew up in Wisconsin in a family of 8 siblings.  A product of Lutheran Grade Schools, WELS ministry Schools (MLPS, NWC, WLS), he served as a parish pastor for 21 years: 6 years at Christ Lutheran in Grand Island NE and 15 years at Crown of Life in Hubertus, WI.  However, he and his family will soon be making their home in the Lake Mills area as Pastor Helwig is in his first year of teaching Religion classes to seniors at Lakeside Lutheran.  He is also the administrator for the Lakeside mission program “Operation Go” program that sends Lakeside students into mission settings with Christian camps and mission experiences around the WELS and ELS world.  He and his wife, Rachel, have five children: Samuel, Philip, Isaac, Miriam, and Gabe. 

 




Make Known the Gift of Grace

Bio: Donn grew up in Minnesota and attended Northwestern College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, graduating in 1995.  He served as a parish pastor in Topeka, Kansas until 2000 when he and his family moved to Port Orange, FL where he served as pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for 17 years.  He now serves as the Director of Discipleship at WELS here in Wisconsin.  He and his wife, Beth, have four children: Aleah, Lydia, Caleb, and Levi.

 


Musical Guests:




Jonah Backus and the Conquerors

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Mike Westendorf

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Sponsor Sessions:




Kingdom Workers

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