2019 Spring Conference
Remaining Steadfast in Unsteady Times
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!   Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58

with pre-conference the evening of April 26th

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Online registration closes on April 22nd.
To register after April 22 contact Anne Mackey at welsnurses@wels.net or 608-445-5008.

Saturday Conference Location: Eastside Evangelical Lutheran Church
2310 Independence Lane
Madison, WI 53704

Friday Evening Preconference Location:
Revel Craft Bar
107 N. Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Event Description:
On Friday, April 26th, there will be an optional social event in the evening. Conference attendees are invited to join in an evening of socializing and fun at Revel Craft Bar starting at 7:30pm. Each individual will have the option to choose one of three craft projects that will reflect the theme of the conference. No additional fee will be charged on the registration form as each individual will pay for the craft project of their choice at the location. The cost of the craft projects range from $25-$35. Individuals should indicate their interest in the event on their registration and they will be sent more specific information about the craft projects at a later date.
The Spring Conference will be held on Saturday, April 27th with registration beginning at 8:30AM at Eastside Lutheran Church. All conference attendees will participate in the keynote speaker presentation. For the morning breakout session, attendees will have the choice of Sue Bolha or Sheryl Krause’s presentation.  For the afternoon breakout session, attendees will have the choice of the joint presentation by Paul Schroeder Haag and Andrea Semmann or Laura Harstad’s presentation. The conference will conclude at 4:00PM
Saturday, April 27th Schedule of Events:
8:30-9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Opening Devotion
9:30-10:30am: Keynote Speaker (Pat Freer – Lord, I Was ‘Hoping for a Different Journey!)
10:30-10:45am: Break and Time to View Ministry Displays
10:45-11:45am: Morning Break Out Session
              - Sheryl Krause – You Want Me to Do What?
              - Sue Bolha – What Does a Parish Nurse Do?
11:45-12:00pm: Time to View Ministry Displays
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00-2:00pm: WELSNA Annual Spring Membership Meeting with WELSNA Council Election Agenda
2:00-2:15pm: Break and Time to View Ministry Displays
2:15-3:45pm: Afternoon Breakout Session
              - Paul Schroeder Haag - Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking: What you Need to Know” with
                            Andrea Semmann - Moving  from #MeToo to #IAM
              - Laura Harstad - Doing Whatever it Takes to Connect People to the Healing Power of Jesus
3:45-4:00pm: WELSNA Scholarship Announcement, Closing Remarks, and Closing Prayer
  • Keynote: “Lord, I was ‘Hoping’ for a Different Journey!”
    How do we continue to hope in unsettled times? The word hope is used very often when people talk about curing cancer. In this presentation, we will discuss dealing with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease and the difference between what we hope for in this life in contrast to the “Living Hope” in our Savior Jesus Christ. Presented by Pat Freer.

    Speaker Biography
    Pat Freer retired in 2006 after 38 years of service to the University of Wisconsin System with the last 17 years as Executive Director of the University Center at UW-Whitewater. She is a member of the Christian Women’s Leadership Circle at Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Christian Leadership at WLC. She has helped with 7 projects with Builders for Christ and is actively involved in the mission work in Pakistan through the Bachana Ministry. A member at St. Peter’s in Weyauwega, WI, she participates in many ministries in her own congregation. Pat has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, for 52 years and they have 2 daughters and 9 grandchildren. She enjoys doing child care for her 20-month-old granddaughter. However, she considers her most important title to be a “Child of God”.

    Morning Breakout Session, Option 1: “You Want Me to do What?”
    They say that one of the best things about becoming a nurse is that there are so many different things you can do. With so many options available, how do you know which career path is God's will for you? What if it's not the one you planned on, or you find yourself way outside of your comfort zone? After more than thirty years as a nurse, Sheryl has come to fully appreciate the words of Proverbs 19:21, "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."  Presented by Sheryl Krause, RN
    Speaker Biography
    Sheryl has cared for people at the beginning of life, at the end of life, and everywhere in between. She is currently at Fort HealthCare in Fort Atkinson, where she is Director and Clinical Nurse Specialist of Emergency Services. 
    Morning Breakout Session, Option 2: “What Does a Parish Nurse Do?”
    Nurses are typically a kind and compassionate people. We get involved wherever God plants us, including in our congregations. Sunday school teachers, Youth group leaders, class room volunteers, Ladies Aid…you get the picture! Now imagine using your God-given nursing skills to serve the Lord and His people in your congregation? What does a parish nurse do? Come hear how Sue has served and give some thought to how you might serve someday, as well! Presented by Sue Bolha, RN.

    Speaker Biography
    Sue began serving her congregation as parish nurse in 2001, when parish nursing in WELS was a new concept. She continues to serve the Lord and His people as parish nurse at David’s Star in Jackson, Wisconsin, while also helping other WELS nurses get started in their own congregation. She’ll share with anyone who asks, that this has been her favorite area of practice!
    Afternoon Breakout Session, Option 1, Part 1: “Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking: What you Need to Know”
    Sexual assault and sex/human trafficking are at the forefront in our society today. In this presentation, we will discuss some of the legal aspects of sexual assault and human trafficking as well as the trauma response to sexual assault and methods for working with sexual assault survivors.  Presented by Paul Schroeder Haag, LPC Christian Family Solutions
    Speaker Biography
    Paul joined Christian Family Solutions in 2017. He earned his MA in Counseling from Lakeland University, Wisconsin and his BS in Psychology from UW–Green Bay. Paul also earned his MS in Criminal Justice from UW–Platteville and worked for 11 years in law enforcement. Paul has worked with a wide variety of children and adults from diverse backgrounds, which includes working with autistic children and adolescents, tutoring homeless teens, counseling adolescents in an in-patient behavioral health unit, and coaching youth and teens in football and baseball. Paul specializes in working with individuals and families in law enforcement, corrections, and emergency services; domestic violence offenders; domestic violence victims; and those who struggle with addiction/substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and depression. Paul favors a cognitive-behavioral approach, helping clients manage their struggles by challenging their thinking. He believes that the greatest potential for healing takes place when clients are active participants in their own growth and development.
    Afternoon Breakout Session, Option 1, Part 2: “Moving from #MeToo to #IAM”
    The subject of sexual assault has been prevalent in the news with the #metoo movement. Many individuals from all walks of life have come forward with a story of abuse—some recent; some long in the past. Everyone has their own story, but those that have been wounded by sexual violence often share very similar responses to their trauma. The path to recovery is one that is painful, intense, and oftentimes dark and scary. But it is possible to find purpose in the pain. There is no good in an act of sexual violence. However, God can make all things new. He brings beauty from the ashes. He can transform victims into victors, moving them from #metoo to #IAM. I am a survivor. I am a beloved child of God. I AM delivers me. Even after 40 years, there is hope and healing for me, and for all of those struggling with the trauma of sexual violence.  Presented by Andrea Semmann, Christian Family Solutions
    Speaker Biography
    Andrea Semmann is the Director of Operations for Christian Family Solutions. She received her undergraduate degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College and her MBA in Healthcare from Cardinal Stritch University. She has worked in the social services and behavioral health field for the past 15 years. She has been married to Steve for 28 years and has three grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law. Andrea is an avid runner and likes to garden and bake. Psalm 46 is one of her favorites.
    Afternoon Breakout Session, Option 2: “Doing Whatever it Takes to Connect People to the Healing Power of Jesus”

    Hear inspiring stories of people around the world who are receiving physical and spiritual care through the efforts of bold Lutherans just like you. Through the work of thousands of volunteers, people are receiving access to clean water and sanitation systems, health education, home-based care for people with disabilities, and WASH training – all while being connected to Jesus. Learn how you can get involved and make a difference in your community and around the world!  Presented by Laura Harstad.

    Speaker Biography
    Laura Harstad has been working for Kingdom Workers since 2012, but her first Kingdom Workers mission trip was almost 20 years ago. That initial trip started a journey across the globe that led to her current job as Recruitment Director at Kingdom Workers. Prior to this, Laura was a teacher for nine years and taught vocal music, instrumental music, and English as a Second Language in the USA and overseas. Laura has traveled to China, Vietnam, Chile, Malawi, Mexico, France, Germany, Thailand, and Canada as well as numerous locations throughout the USA. Outside of work, she enjoys the daily adventure of life with her husband and 11-year old son, who they recently adopted from China.

  • Early Bird Registration (from March 11-31st): $45
  • Regular Registration (from April 1-22nd): $55
  • Undergradute/Entry Level Nursing Students: $15
  • Remember the cost for Friday night will be collected by the Revel Craft Bar at the event. Fees vary based on your selected project.

  • A continental breakfast will be provided.
  • A sandwich lunch will be catered. Individuals should indicate any special dietary needs on their registration form.  
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