From Reclaim News. The Pastor Abbott mentioned in the article is the senior pastor at my church.
"Lutherans Plan Lay Owned & Operated Congregation in Milwaukee
Thousands of flyers were distributed door to door in northern Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin by members of the United Lutheran Mission Association (ULMA) announcing the plans to open a new independent mission congregation.
Advertisement about the newly planned independent congregation is also appearing in the Milwaukee "Journal Sentinel." The public is invited to worship at the first worship service:
Holiday Inn Express,
11111 West North Ave.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
WHAT & WHEN:
First Worship Service,
Sunday Nov. 20, at 9:00 a.m.
Bible Study & Informational Meeting at 10:15 a.m.
Rev. William Abbott Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Pastor Abbott will preach on Ezekiel 18:4, "I Am Owned by God," focusing on Christ buying our souls on the cross. His Bible class is based on "The Sheep Judge Their Shepherd" by C.F.W. Walther and related Bible texts.
The United Lutheran Mission Association (ULMA) seeks to organize an independent, traditional Lutheran congregation that is operated and owned by the congregation. The ULMA also wants to promote traditional Lutheran doctrine and worship. The congregations are to call their own pastors.
All ULMA mission funds go directly to the establishment and support of new ULMA mission congregations. The ULMA has no paid administrative staff, no office buildings, and no administrative overhead. In this way, lay people who support the ULMA are assured that their mission funds will actually be used to establish and maintain mission congregations.
Congregations who wish to participate in the ULMA are requested to agree to ULMA the Constitution and the ULMA Mission Congregation Constitution found at www.unitedlutheranmission.org
Congregations who join the ULMA are not required to change their own congregational constitutions. Each ULMA congregation is to send four laymen to the ULMA Commission meetings along with their pastor, who serves in an advisory capacity on the Commission. Each layman has one vote on the Commission. The ULMA is directed entirely by laymen.
The next ULMA Commission meeting will be held in January, 2006, date, time,and place to be announced at a later date.
Please forward this information to lay people who would be interested in participating in the first worship service in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.
The ULMA seeks your support and prayers in establishing mission congregations. For more information you may also contact one of our sponsoring congregations:
Pilgrim Lutheran Church of Decatur, Illinois at 217-875-1115
Redeemer Lutheran Church of St. Clair Shores, Michigan at 586-294-0640
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