Musicians and Speakers


We are grateful to have 

His Witness

share their gift of music

with us on Saturday evening.

Our Story:  We are a contemporary Christian music group dedicated to spreading the truth of God’s word wherever we go. Our name comes from Acts 1:8, which says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We first started playing together as part of the worship team at Faith Lutheran Church, in Fond du Lac, WI. The first original song we wrote together, ‘Children of the Light’, was inspired by Ephesians 5:14, which says, “Awake, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” We decided to record it and instantly fell in love with songwriting/ recording; so much so, that we went on to write nine more original tracks. This would become our debut album, ‘Champions’. ‘Champions’ is a Christian concept album which incorporates various musical colors to tell the story of hope and redemption for the lost ones. Through faith in Christ Jesus’ perfect life, innocent death, and resurrection, we are all champions over sin, death, and the powers of evil. It is our hope/ prayer that our ministry would truly serve as a witness to the One who loves us, unconditionally, and brought everlasting life to all who believe. To our gracious God be all glory, honor, and praise forever, Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Join us on Friday evening as we welcome

the Thirsty Soul praise band. 

Thirsty Soul is Living Water Lutheran Church’s (Oshkosh) praise band. The band is comprised of several musicians (drums, guitar, vocals, violin, brass) and is led by Tiffany Vollrath. Thirsty Soul began making music together several years ago and leads a “blended” worship service the 4th Sunday of each month for the 9:00 am service at Living Water. In addition, they provide a yearly concert to celebrate their church’s anniversary and have provided music at a few local churches. Thirsty Soul sings covers of contemporary music – some of their favorites songs are by the Getty’s, Sovereign Grace, Matt Maher, and 3rd Day.

Friday evening’s opening session will consist of a guided round-table discussion and Bible study on friendship. Ladies often connect and learn by talking to one another. Let’s take advantage of that strength and combine it with our spiritual resources to grow in our understanding of friendship by learning from some scriptural examples. Bring your Bible and join the talk!                                                                                       

Meet our Speakers:

Rachel Fritz, our first speaker on Saturday, will focus on Faith: “Having A Forever Friend”. “Friend” means so many different things today. We might have best friends, close friends, work friends, Facebook friends, church friends, and acquaintance friends. But most important of all, Jesus calls us his friend. How did that happen? How is it that our Lord, our Savior, our God, call us his friend? As we unwrap that answer we also find out what we can do to build and strengthen that friendship creating a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus, our best friend.

Rachel  serves as Chief Operations Officer at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee WI. She is grateful to have parents, sisters, brother, brother-in-law, nieces, and nephew living in Wisconsin. Redemption Lutheran Church, Milwaukee WI is her current church family. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to study God’s Word with Women’s Ministry and thankful for the opportunity for her faith to grow. Loving to travel, her future trips include: Boston MA, Kansas City MO, Cincinnati OH, and Peru. Disliking winter she looks forward to spring when hopefully the results of fall gardening will yield a front yard filled with tulips.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

               Linda Gumm, our second speaker, reflects on our journey of life and friendships. As we go through life there are many “seasons” in which we walk. Each season, from childhood through old age, we are blessed with friendships. During the different seasons we may seek friends for different reasons, and throughout the seasons we may view friendships differently. God’s Word has much to tell us about friendships this side of heaven!!

Linda describes her life this way: “It’s all about grace.” Jesus’ righteousness was placed on her when she was brought to the font by Christian parents. She was blessed to be able to attend Lutheran Elementary schools and high schools. Linda’s adult life has been spent at home with children, carrying out responsibilities of a pastor’s wife, working in the secular world for 25 years, and involvement in many church ministries. She and her husband Tim have seen God’s grace in their four adult children and spouses, and 15 grandchildren. She has also witnessed God’s grace in wonderful Christian friends!                                                                                                                                                                    

The afternoon speaker, Jenni Schubring, will focus on our calling as Christ’s disciples. How does that calling affect our friendships and how do our friendships affect that calling? How do we love the way Jesus loves? Being fully equipped by the Holy Spirit, we can follow Christ’s example and use our friendships as we follow the command to “go and make disciples.”

Jenni is a Transformational Life Coach and Speaker and owner of Jenni Schubring LLC. She is a Nexecute licensed coach which allows her to bring their tools to her clients and audiences. Jenni has served as a camp program director, child care director, stay at home mom, office manager of a Christian counseling center, and is currently a licensed foster mom. Jenni wants everyone to experience the freedom and empowerment that comes with knowing who they are in Christ. She has had the opportunity to speak at conferences, women’s retreats, and trainings. She facilitates workshops as well as speaking to groups of all sizes. Jenni lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with her husband, 5 children, and their dog.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

On Sunday, it is our plan to have Pastor Ehlert once again lead us in Bible study and worship based on John 15:9-7. (As of our printing date of 10/21/19, Pastor Ehlert is holding a call which may affect his availability. If he is unable to lead us, we will strive to find an adequate replacement.) 


At the 2018 retreat, attendees asked Pastor Ehlert to post his sermon texts on Mental Health.  Links to those texts are below. 

Mental Health #1text, Mental Health 2, Mental Health 3