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Merrill Pastor in Critical ConditionSubmitted: 01/16/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Merrill Pastor in Critical Condition
MERRILL - Pastor James Weiland of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church remains in critical condition after a crash with a semi-truck on Friday afternoon, near Rhinelander.

After the crash, medics took Pastor Weiland in an ambulance and later flew him to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, where he is now.

The Pastor's truck and the semi crashed a few miles west of Rhinelander on Highway 8. The semi-truck driver wasn't injured.

Weiland has lead the congregation at Christ Evangelical for more than 20 years and is a large part of the entire Northwoods community. 


"If there's an individual here that's the leader of the church, that's Pastor. He's not just our spiritual leader but he's always in the middle of everything," said church councilman Ken Cerney.

Cerney wants to keep things in the church as normal as possible during this difficult time. A council meeting Tuesday night will help decide who will take Weiland's place while he is in the hospital.

"We're going to continue on with services the way they are. We have different people who are going to be doing bible studies that he did at one time," said Cerney.

Cerney thinks there will be a rotation of guest pastors from the area.

Pastor Weiland's family set up a Caringbridge page to give updates about his condition. You can access the page at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/james2/journal. 


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Pastor Weiland's Caringbridge Page

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