November 26, 2013   

In This Issue
Messages Home

Month by Month: December


Winter Driving

Siblings Left Behind

Worship with Us

The Global Gospel

Picture Gallery

Mark the Date

Merry Christmas

Messages Home
We asked students if they wanted to send any messages home before Thanksgiving. Boy, did they ever! To see all the messages, go to our Facebook link
We hope to post new messages in every issue of ParentsPage, so be sure to check them out!












First Year, Month by Month:            First-Year Parents!
December Winter morning on campus


Snow! Snow! Snow! Just kidding. As of this writing, we have had only one snow shower, and it melted fairly quickly. But it will come, and southern students will love it! Really.


Christmas in the Air: A wave of bittersweet nostalgia and homesickness may hit first-year students as they long for the familiar sweets, decorations, and traditions of home - not to mention worshiping with their families in their home churches.


Campus Busyness in December: Readers' Theater . . . basketball . . . organ recitals and piano auditions . . . Christmas concert . . . final exams! Even those who were able to wing it in high school know they definitely need to buckle down for college finals.


Back Home: The last day of classes is December 19, and then they're yours for a while! Christmas vacation can be challenging - both the coming-home part and the going-back part. (Remember the W-curve?) It may be hard for some students to leave the comforts of home and head back to New Ulm in January, but they can do it! Assure them that during second semester, they will become more and more at ease here at MLC.


Thank You for this New Center! 

New Early Childhood Learning Center


One year ago, we were asking for your support as we planned to build a new Early Childhood Learning Center. Today it is a 15,500-foot reality, full of little children and MLC student teachers. 


On behalf of these student teachers, we thank you. On behalf of WELS congregations who call MLC graduates to nurture their little children, we thank you. And on behalf of the children themselves - so loved by Jesus - we thank you!

Winter Driving

Snow-covered California car
It's coming!


Hazardous winter weather is a fact of life here in the Upper Midwest. When winter storms coincide with major college breaks, the college administration will decide whether to cancel classes by noon on the day before classes are scheduled to begin. Any cancellation message will be broadcast on the MLC website and the MLC Portal, and be texted through Honeywell Instant Alert. 


When winter road conditions are dangerous, parents and students should use their own judgment. College administrators will not tell anyone whether they should or should not travel.


If your student has a car on campus, consider these winter car care suggestions from VP Jeff Schone. 

What about the Sibs Left Behind?       First-Year Parents!

Siblings left behind
The siblings left at home have special
challenges when their older brother
or sister goes to college


When a child goes off to college, she's not the only one making big transitions. As you've probably already encountered, the brothers and sisters left at home have challenges of their own. The house is suddenly unbalanced. Something has shifted, and emotions run high for a while.


Just what's going on with those younger sibs? Read more



Worship with UsOur AV department records chapel every day.


Our MLCTV analytics tell us that thousands of unique viewers watch our chapel services and concerts. Viewers log on from four continents: North America, South America, Asia, and Europe!


We invite you to watch and worship with us too. Morning services are live-streamed at 10:30 am. If you miss it, you can check the archive and play it whenever it is convenient for you. Make a special effort to watch when your students sing, play organ, or participate in some other way. Go to MLCTV 

The Global Gospel
Ron Pile of Antigua reads one of the lessons
 at the World Mission Service.


On November 6, the campus family worshiped the Lord of Nations in our annual World Mission Festival Service in the Chapel of the Christ. What a great reminder of MLC's mission and the Great Commission - which are one and the same!


Did you know?

  • Last May, 18 of our graduates opted for international service.
  • More than 50 of our graduates are teaching in Southeast Asia alone.
  • Our graduates have taught in more than a dozen different countries around the world.
  • These graduates not only teach English and other subjects, but they also are living witnesses for Jesus.
  • If your student is considering international teaching, rest assured that all locations are evaluated by MLC staff in order to ensure a safe and successful experience. Factors considered include local safety and security, acceptable living arrangements, adequate salary, and good teaching conditions.  
MLC Picture Gallery Homecoming

Focus on Ministry (High School Group Visits): 24 images


World Mission Service: 28 images


Homecoming: 142 images


College Choir Celebration of Psalms: 47 images



Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Festival Worship (with MLC College Choir): 151 images


Mark the Date college choir
  • December 6, 7:30 pm, and December 7, 2:00 pm (Auditorium) Readers' Theater: Poems by Shel Silverstein (Tickets $2
  • December 7, 7:30 pm, and December 8, 4:00 pm (Chapel of the Christ) Christmas Concerts
  • December 12-14 MLC Focus on Ministry Tip-Off Tournament
  • December 14-19 Final exams
  • December 19, 10:00 am (Chapel of the Christ) December Commencement Service 
  • December 20 - January 8 Christmas recess      
  • January 9 - Classes resume                                                           
Merry Christmas!
Chapel at Christmas

Merry Christmas from

Martin Luther College!

All of us in the Martin Luther College Admissions Department wish you a blessed Christmas! May your family find peace and joy in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
We look forward to sharing more news with you again next semester! And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us:
President Mark Zarling
VP for Student Life Jeff Schone
VP for Academics Dave Wendler
Director of Admissions Mark Stein
Admissions Assistant/International Student Coordinator Megan Kassuelke
ParentsPage Writer/Editor Laurie Gauger
Parents UKnighted

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