January 2019

Dear fellow redeemed,   One of the many yearly Christmas traditions we Americans now have is figuring out how much it would cost to buy all the items mentioned in the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  Well, according to an online article from USA Today on Nov. 15th of this year, it would cost … [Read more…]

December 2018

Dear friends in Christ, So, what did you do last Sunday afternoon before the big Packers/Vikings football game?  (I won’t talk about the game, of course, even though I know at least one family in our congregation is very happy over the final score!)  I decided to use the afternoon to hang some Christmas lights … [Read more…]

November 2018

Dear residents in a foreign land,   “I’m Pastor Fritsch and I approve this message.”  Oh, no, Pastor.  Not you too! Sorry, but we’ve been hearing that phrase for so long now I thought every time anyone has something to say they must say it. Anyway, since the elections are just a couple weeks away … [Read more…]

October 2018

Dear Fellow Redeemed, Here it is October already.  And you know what that means.  It’s the last full month of those incessant political campaign ads!  Well, as true as that is, October is noted for much more than that.  The month ends with the celebration of the Reformation, which will now mark its five-hundred-first anniversary.  … [Read more…]

September 2018

Dear Saints in Christ,   September is the month school starts up again for another academic year.  But not only is this true for public and parochial schools, it is true also for our Sunday School, confirmation instruction, and adult Bible study.  And when we think about school we naturally think about tests.  So, here … [Read more…]

August 2018

Dear loved ones in Christ, Did you know that we are right now in the “dog days” of summer?  I have heard that phrase used a lot through the years, even on broadcasts of baseball games.  Usually the phrase refers to that part of the summer when the weather seems to be the hottest and … [Read more…]

July 2018

Dear friends in Christ, The month of July is, of course, most noted in America for Independence Day.  But as the revolution became more and more likely, the Christian church had some difficult decisions to make.  The following is an excerpt from an online article posted by christianitytoday.com. “Events moved quickly in the years before … [Read more…]

June 2018

Dear faithful in Christ, June is, of course, the month for Father’s Day (this year on June 17th).  But it looks as though Father’s Day is a diminishing holiday.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics (www.cdc.gov/nchs) the United States general fertility rate declined to 62.0 births per 1000 women aged 15-44 in 2016, … [Read more…]

May 2018

Dear courageous ones in Christ, Last month, the pastors of our South Wisconsin District of the LCMS met in Manitowoc for our “Spring” conference.  I say “Spring” because the conference started the Monday after the record-breaking snowstorm we all so much enjoyed.  Anyway, the main speaker at our conference was Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, the … [Read more…]

April 2018

Dear Believers in the living Christ, It seems that the nightly news just very recently hammer home the sad and tragic truth that if someone intends on doing great harm to other human beings there is very little, if anything, that can prevent it. The day I am writing this article, another school shooting happened, … [Read more…]