January 19, 2023
Dear Conference Family,
It is a hectic time of year in the Secretariat and Treasury Departments as we close the records for 2022 and plan and budget for 2023. I am happy to report that there were 209 baptisms and professions of faith in 2022. With these additions, as well as transfers (a net increase of 6) and deaths that occurred (94), the Wisconsin Conference membership now stands at 7,798 members, a 117-member increase from 2021. We praise God for our new church family members. We also look forward to our Saviors coming when we reunite again with our loved ones who went to their rest this past year.
I am also happy to report that we ended the 2022 year with a tithe increase of 1.64% over 2021. Wisconsin Budget was just slightly short of last year, coming in at -.51% lower. God is undoubtedly, through your faithfulness, pouring out His blessings on our conference. We are grateful for your support and trust as we seek to complete the sacred work God has entrusted us with of spreading the good news of a loving God soon to return and take us home with Him.
We are very excited about the improvements that are underway at Camp Wakonda. Restroom renovation has started, foundations have been prepared for the new structures to be built this Spring to replace our Sabbath School division tents, and a new boy’s village is taking shape. We are excited to have Maranatha coming to our camp from April 17 – May 7 to assist in these projects. If you would like to be part of the Maranatha volunteer team for our camp projects, we invite you to go to the conference website and register on the Maranatha volunteer link for this exciting opportunity.
Your donations are also needed and appreciated, as we are now at the time when materials are being ordered in preparation for this event. Mark your tithe envelope “Building Our Future,” and your donation will go directly to the camp projects.
May God continue His blessings on you in your service for Him.
Brian Stephan, Executive Secretary/Treasurer