Disaster Relief Teams

All volunteer registrations must be received 48 hours in advance of arrival so proper work arrangements can be made.

Over a two-week period beginning in late August, a sizeable region in West Central Wisconsin received a substantial amount of rain causing flooding in six counties.  After surveying multiple sites and carefully planning with partners in those regions, we have identified several cities that need help.  The Office of Mission and Human Care is coordinating with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reedsburg, WI to establish a volunteer relief center to work there and in surrounding communities.

Location:
St. Peter Lutheran Church
345 N Pine Street
Reedsburg, WI 53959

The Relief Center includes the following:
– Overnight accommodations in a common space (not gender specific)
– A commercial kitchen for food preparation, cooking, storage and cleaning (each group prepares)
– Showers (gymnasium)
– Tools
– Supplies such as drywall, tape, mud, etc.

Work will include mucking (cleaning) out houses, moving furniture and appliances, removing carpet and other flooring, hanging dry wall, taping, mudding, and assisting community members with other tasks.

All volunteers will be coordinated by a Volunteer Coordinator who will assign worksites, provide general center oversite, distribute tools and supplies, and work with team leaders or individuals to coordinate meal and shower schedules.

Because of the nature of work and safety considerations, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old – exceptions cannot be made.

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast preparation for you or your team
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and lunch preparation/packing by team
8:30 AM Meeting with Volunteer Coordinator
9:00 AM Depart for worksite
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided by individual or teams)
4:30 PM Clean-up worksite
5:00 PM Depart worksite
5:30 PM Dinner preparation (by individual or teams)
6:30 PM Dinner and showers
11:00 PM Lights out

Again, shower facilities are in a gymnasium and overnight accommodations are in the Concordia Fellowship Hall with limited privacy.  While care and effort has been taken to provide as much privacy as possible, it is recommended that you plan accordingly. It is a common space and not gender specific, individuals staying there should plan on bringing:
– Air mattress or cot
– Bedding or sleeping bag
– flashlight
– flip-flops or sandals
– appropriate sleeping attire

Signing up to volunteer with the South Wisconsin District please follow the easy steps:

  1. Click on the Registration and sign up as a team or an individual;
  2. Complete the Medical and Release Form and print it to bring to the site

It should only take a few minutes. Once you sign-up, you will receive an email confirmation with some additional information regarding the location.

Click below to register, and each participant must complete a Medical and Release Form.

Questions may be directed to Rev. Jonah Burakowski at (414) 617-0792 or at Mission@swd.lcms.org.

 

 

 

 

 

October 13 – Taste of Elegance Dinner & Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a wonderful evening sharing fellowship with new friends and rekindling friendships with lifelong friends all while enjoying a delicious dinner and raising money for camper scholarships.

A separate children’s program with dinner will be available during the event. Reservations are required, fee $15 per child (school age and above).

Dr. Mark Schmitz of Concordia University Wisconsin will be the speaker for the evening. Dr. Schmitz will be presenting on “Aquaponics – The Future of Sunstainable Agriculture.”

$50 per person or $275 for a table of 6. Tickets include appetizers, a catered dinner, and beverages.

Click here for more information or to print a registration form.

Contact Linda Biskupski at at glski@charter.net or 608-415-9908 with any questions.

If you would like to mail in your reservation or make a donation, please send them to:
Camp LuWiSoMo
c/o Linda Biskupski
E7967 Quail Meadow Lane
Reedsburg, WI 53959

 

 

September 12-15, 2018 – Able Trek Bus Tour

Come and join the members of Zion and St. Paul Lutheran Church, LaValle, WI for an informative and inspiring trip to The Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter in KentuckyWe will relax all three nights at the same quality hotel, providing us a home base and a hot breakfast for each day. Optional activities in the evening are planned for the energetic and an additional cost.

Trip Costs: The package includes deluxe motor coach transportation, three nights lodging, and admission to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

30-39 Passengers 40-55 Passengers
Single Room $535/person $520/person
Two/Room $370/person $355/person
Three/Room $325/person $310/person
Four/Room $305/person $290/person

***Registration Deadline is July 29th, along with a $100 deposit per person.

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October 2-3 – Retired Pastors, Wives, & Widows Retreat

October 2-3, 2018

Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel, Waupaca, Wisconsin

The 2018 topic, “Continuing to Impact Ministry: Holding Up the Prophet’s Hand” will address retirement from a Biblical perspective while engaging participants in thoughtful strategies to support their called church workers. Reverend Dr. Bruce Hartung and Reverend Mark Jeske will bring their unique perspective and experience as presenters. Devotions and additional presentations by Reverend’s Jonah Burakowski, Wayne Schroeder, and Dick Thompson will bring together an excellent conference.

You can register either online or download the brochure, complete the registration form and send it along with payment to:

 

South Wisconsin District – LCMS
Retired Pastors Wives and Widows Retreat
8100 W Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 24, 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact the Office of Mission and Human Care at (414) 464-8101 or burakowski@swd.lcms.org for more information or if you have questions.

October 8-10, 2018 Fall Pastors Conference

On behalf of the Conference Planning Committee, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 2018 Fall Pastors Conference: Hope and Healing: Pastoral Care in the Face of Abuse.  Scheduled for October 8-10th.  The venue for this year’s event will be the Holiday Inn in Fond Du Lac.  Please make reservations by calling #920-923-1440.  Be sure to mention the “SWD Pastor’s Conference” when making the reservation to get the reduced rate of $95.00.  Rooms must be reserved by September 10th, 2018.

Our conference speakers for this year will be Sandra Ostapowich, Dr. Stephen Saunders, and Rev. Larry Vogel from the LCMS Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Task Force.  Their sessions will focus on helping pastors understand the prevalence of abuse in our congregations while identifying warning signs and symptoms of abuse.  This will all be framed in the context of pastoral care while also addressing legal liabilities, confidentiality and other practical tools for clergy.  Each presenter will approach the subject from a different perspective with their own unique experiences to help equip us in this very challenging area.  The conference fee is $120.00.

In addition, there will also be a women’s event for clergy wives.  Please encourage your spouse to attend!

Tentative Schedule

Registration Form

Online Registration

September 11 – Cracking Clays for LuWiSoMo

Experience the scenic beauty of this 100 target course nestled against the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area. An unpredictable delivery at each station makes some shots easy and some more difficult – appealing to all skill levels.

Enjoy the fun of the flurry shoot, with a team of 4 shooters shooting repeatedly, as fast as they can load, as birds are released in rapid succession.

Gather a team and enjoy a fun day!

January 7, 2019 Pre-Lent Retreat

A One-day South Wisconsin District Pre-Lent Retreat

The 2019 Concordia Publishing House Lenten Series, “Behold the Man!,” will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, in West Bend, Wisconsin on Monday, January 7, 2019. Pastor Jeffrey Hemmer, author of the book, “ManUp!: The Quest for Masculinity,” will explore the listed theme. Stay tuned for more information, and put the date on your calendar.

(Contact retreat coordinator Rev. Christopher Seifferlein, pastor@emmanueladell.org (920-918-7200) for more information.)

October 13 – Lutheran World Relief Box Car Loading

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.m.

The Loading site will take place at:
12th Street and Mt. Vernon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Walling at 262.514.0113 or 262.389.8225. For details see www.lwr.org or LWR booklet “Be Involved”. Hope to see you there!

 

October 13 – 5K, Silent Auction & Fun Run at Immanuel, Mayville

Immanuel Lutheran School & Child Care Mayville is having its 6th annual 5K Run/Walk & Silent Auction & 1K Kids Fun Run (which is new this year) on Saturday Oct. 13th. The doors open at 8:30 a.m., the 5K Run/Walk & 1K Kids Fun Run begin at 9 a.m. The Silent Auction goes until 12 p.m. We have over 100 items that are donated from all over Wisconsin with 100% of the profits directly benefiting our School & Child Care. For information on how to sign up for our 5K Run/Walk & 1K Kids Fun Run, all the dates for the Silent Auction, to donate or if you have any questions visit ImmanuelMayville.com or email Jason at Schneider2492@gmail.com.

Christian Art and History in Italy 2018

 

After a successful tour of Germany in 2016, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Greenfield, WI has organized a trip in September 2018 to take in the riches of Italy’s Christian art and history and its many other wonders. Italy’s historic and cultural heritage is so rich and so vast that very few countries in Europe can match its treasure. Our journey has been custom designed to highlight some of the most important sites for Christians and also to savor some of the country’s most delightful and beautiful places. The tour begins with several days in Rome, focusing on important Christian sites, including a morning devoted to Luther’s stay there in 1510. The tour continues to such sites as Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Siena, Ravenna, Venice, and Tuscany, the cradle of the Renaissance.  September is an ideal time to visit this region. For more information, go to Mt. Zion’s website, and be sure to click the links below to view the brochure with all the details of this once in a lifetime trip. We hope you will join us!