October 27 – Reformation Service, Hales Corners

500th Anniversary Reformation Celebration Service


  • Brookfield Lutheran
  • Grace, Menomonee Falls
  • Hales Corners Lutheran
  • Immanuel, Brookfield
  • First Immanuel, Cedarburg
  • Our Redeemer, Wauwatosa
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Pewaukee

as we remember, reflect, and renew!

Celebrate with us in this Modern Worship Service w/ Communion at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Friday, October 27th, at 7:00 p.m.

Stick around for the reception that follows!

October 22 – Reformation Hymn Festival, Watertown

Featuring Dr. James F. Marriott

Join us for a celebration of hymns, instruments and congregational singing!

A Hymn Festival Celebrating the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary on Sunday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School
1611 E Main Street
Watertown, WI  53094


Dr. Marriott serves as the Director of Musical Arts for Concordia Seminary – St. Louis.
He is a frequent composer and performer.


October 15 – Reformation Service in German at Benediction, Milwaukee

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation the way that Martin Luther did “in German” on Sunday October 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church, 8475 W. Fond du Lac Ave. in Milwaukee, WI. Enjoy your favorite Reformation hymns the way that Luther wrote them “in German.”

For more information call 414-463-9158.

Down load the poster.

Download German services throughout the year.

November 26 – Advent Aglow with Luther

You are invited to usher in the Advent season with the ladies of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 5327 W. Washington Blvd, Milwaukee on November 26, from 3:30 p.m. to around 5 p.m. with a bit of Luther’s wisdom!

You will be seated at assigned tables, decorated by individual women of the congregation, to enjoy a variety of snacks and coffee, tea, and punch.  The program will feature excerpts from Martin Luther’s Christmas sermons.  There will be a free will offering.

Call Paul at Mt. Olive 414-774-2200 to register at a table.


130 years of God’s grace!

“St. Martini Lutheran Church and School continue to move forward in its goal of showing God’s love and forgiveness.”  

Rev. Alfonso Prada


On May 13, 2017, St. Martini Lutheran Church celebrated 130 years of ministry.  A special worship service was held with members and past members to thank God for blessings received. Rev. Dr. John Wille, South Wisconsin District President, preached the sermon. “Times have certainly changed since this congregation first began. Times have changed since this area was settled by immigrants from Germany. The new immigrants have arrived. Hispanic immigrants from a variety of countries. And you are reaching out to them through the LUMIN school and through the ministry of this congregation. That is an amazing shift. Amazing! I give thanks for the members who recognized this opportunity a few years ago. I give thanks to our gracious Lord Jesus that a new generation of immigrants is emerging in this congregation…Word and Sacrament. As a congregation, you are ‘Confessing Christ for the Next Generation.’ That is both an awesome privilege and an exciting opportunity.”

Following worship, more than 80 people enjoyed a meal together at St. Martini’s school.

“Recently, after eight months of preparation, 15 members of the Church graduated as new leaders of our Congregation,” Pastor Prada shared. “The goal is to form teams to carry out the planning of special activities, leading Sunday school, making visitations to the sick and new members, and the training of new members.”

In September of 2013 Pastor Alfonso Prada was installed as the new pastor of St. Martini. He is the first Hispanic pastor in the history of the congregation. Previously, Pastor Prada served in Venezuela for seven years at El Salvador Lutheran Church in Caracas. Pastor Prada graduated from Juan de Frias Seminary.

From the very moment of his installation at St. Martini, Rev. Prada has worked to build a solid working relationship with the Principal of the school, Mrs. Julieane Cook. Lutheran Urban Missions Initiative, Inc. (LUMIN) assisted in uniting the efforts of the school and church in order to bring the Word of God to the families of their school. LUMIN provided supportive educational activities and helped with the promotion of the formation of the Hispanic congregation at St. Martini.

St. Martini Lutheran Church and School continuously work together and are realizing great blessings. Since 2013 there have been more than 20 baptisms and 24 new adult members have been confirmed.  Twenty families of the school have been reached with the gospel along with other members from the community. Another initiative was the planning of several workshops. The topics included: Christian living; marriage workshops; building self-esteem; bullying, etc. Pastor also prepares weekly chapels for the school, devotionals and Bible studies; he has counseling sessions with members and visits the sick and shut-ins, along with many other activities.

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, St. Martini Church and School have various activities and events planned in August through October. School chapels, religion classes, and morning devotions will detail our strong Lutheran heritage. October 7th there will be a health fair for the community. On October 20th and 29th there will be bilingual Lutheran Church services.

St. Martini has a strong history. The church opened its doors in 1884 with the help of St. Stephen Lutheran Church.  The school also started in 1884 in order to provide quality education to Lutherans and others in the community.  St. Martini has been blessed with 8 pastors:  Rev. Gotthold H.A. Lieberman (1884-1939), Rev. Arthur H. Oswald (1939-1967), Rev. Albert Bahrain (1952-1955), Rev. Martin E. Drews (1962-1994), Rev. Lowell D. Bolts (1986-1997), and Rev. Jerome A. Stecker (1997-2012).

“St. Martini Lutheran Church and School continue to move forward in its goal of showing God’s love and forgiveness.” Rev. Alfonso Prada.

We ask that you keep the ministry of St. Martini in your prayers. If you would like to support the ministry at St. Martini with a monetary donation, click the “Donate” button below to make an online gift (select “2017 Hispanic Appeal”). Or you can contact Barb Slak at the district office at 414-292-0745 for a credit card donation. If you prefer to mail your gift, send it to the South Wisconsin District, 8100 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53222. Please include “St. Martini” in the memo line of your check. Thank You!

If you would like to visit St. Martini, please contact Pastor Prada at 414-645-4094. All are welcome to worship at St. Martini. Worship times are 10:00 a.m. on Sundays and 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

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October 16 – The Life of Martin Luther at LWML Rally

You are invited to our LWML Zone 11 Rally, October 16, 2017 Trinity Lutheran Church, 370 Bowen St. in Oshkosh. We want to share this special presentation – The Life of Martin Luther, portrayed by Historian David Wiedenkeller.  He does a “fabulous job of portraying Luther. He plays the part well, dresses in period attire, and has the accent down!”  Men and guests are invited for the 5:30 evening meal and the 6:30 p.m. Luther presentation. They may stay for the rally business meeting if they wish. We need advanced registration by October 5, to plan and have ample food. Free will donations will be received to cover costs of speaker and meal. Guests are also welcome at the presentation at our school, 819 School Ave. at 12:30 p.m.

RSVP by October 5.
Please contact Mary Lou Thur at thurlwml@gmail.com or 920-267-8311.


Two upcoming events at Camp LuWiSoMo

Enjoy these upcoming events at Camp LuWiSoMo

Cracking Clays for LuWiSoMo – Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Experience the scenic beauty of this 100-target course nestled against the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area.
Location: Mayville Gun Club, W2868 Farmersville Rd, Mayville, Wis. 53050

Contact Dan Freiburger at 608-849-8687, or dfreiburger@luwisomo.org if you have any questions.


Taste of Elegance at Camp LuWiSoMo – Saturday, October 7, 2017

Registration & Social Time: 4 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
Auction: all night

Guest speaker is Tim Chaffey with Ark Encounter! Tim oversees research and writing of content used to develop the exhibits at the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter located in Northern Kentucky.

We want to help kids and families build a stronger foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

Contact Linda Biskupski, 608-415-9908 or glski@charter.net for more information.

Dir. of Development position opening at Lutheran Braille Workers

Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW), celebrating 75 years of ministry to people who are visually impaired, is seeking to fill the senior position of Director of Development. LBW is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Position: Director of Development
Position Description:  Lutheran Braille Workers is seeking an experienced manager and fundraiser to join the leadership team in this new position at LBW. This individual will report to the President and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of LBW’s comprehensive development/advancement program. The Director will provide leadership to systematically and effectively strengthen the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. The Director’s primary objective is designing and implementing the strategic and tactical fund development plan and taking responsibility for its success.

Full job description

Send Resume to: Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
P.O. Box 5000
Yucaipa, California 92399
E-mail: revdennis@LBWinc.org
The above listing is a full-time position with benefits through Concordia Plan Services.
(See www.concordiaplans.org for benefit details: The Church’s Plan.)
For more information on Lutheran Braille Workers, please visit: www.lbwinc.org

October 10 – Philippians Workshop

The Philippians workshop is a free event that is designed to bring together pastors and congregational lay leaders, to discuss what the struggles are with stewardship in the congregation, and who are reluctant to have that intentional stewardship focus.

   Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Where?:  South Wisconsin District Office

RSVP:     To register, contact Barb Slak at 414-292-0745 or slak@swd.lcms.org by October 6, 2017

For additional information on the workshop, contact Rev. Nathan Meador at 920-893-3071 or pastormeador@gmail.com

October 14 – Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading

Boxcar loading in the Milwaukee area for the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) ingathering of quilts will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. at 12th Street and Mt. Vernon. If you have any questions, please call Dennis Walling, at 262-514-0113 (home) or 262-389-8225 (cell).

For other area ingatherings, please refer to their local drop-off sites listing. More details about making quilts and shipping instructions may be found on their website under “Get Involved.”

Hope to see you there!


LWML-SWD Upcoming Events

  • LWML SWD Young Women’s Event
    “Engage and Encourage to Glorify Christ”
    Aug 19, 2017, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran, Sturtevant WI
    Oct 7, 2017, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St Luke’s, Lyndon Station, WI
    A fun morning of relaxing our bodies with exercises and strengthening our relationship with Christ. Speaker: Hannah Lull
    For any questions or further information, please contact Amy Tikkanen.  Email is:  amytikkanen.lwml@gmail.com.  Her phone is: 920-647-6643.
  • 2017 LWML SWD Fall Retreat
    “Recreated in Christ Jesus for His Purpose”
    Sept.21-Sept 23 at Green Lake Conference Center,Green Lake WI.
    Keynote Speaker:  Sarah Long-Radloff, LWML SWD Heart to Heart Sister
    Breakouts:  Vicar David Blas, Missionary-at-large at LCMS Sheboygan County Hispanic Outreach and Barbara Schultz , Bethesda Lutheran Community Homes.
  • 2018 LWML SWD Winter Getaway
    “Finding Faith in Films”
    Jan 19-20, 2018 at Holiday Inn, Fond du Lac WI
    Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Randy Raasch
    For any questions or further information, please contact Sara Fauser. Email is: lwmlwg@gmail.com. Her phone is: 309-738-4415.

For more information about these events, please go to the LWML-SWD website’s Events Calendar.

October 29 – Milwaukee area Festival Reformation Service, CUW

Oct. 29, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at Chapel of Christ Triumphant – Concordia University Wisconsin 12800 N. Lakeshore Dr., Mequon. Rev. John Wohlrabe, Preacher; Festival Choir, Stephen Rosebrock, Director; Nicole Keller, Festival Organist; Mount Olive Lutheran Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Rosebrock, Director; Peace Lutheran Academy Choir, Kathy May, Director. Milwaukee-area adult singers interested in participating in the Festival Choir should e-mail Stephen Rosebrock for more information: stephen.rosebrock@mtolivemke.org.

Special note to Milwaukee area LCMS singers:

You and your singing friends are invited to come sing in the festival choir! Here is the rehearsal schedule:

Monday, October 16th, 7:00 – 9:00 (at Mount Olive)

Monday, October 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00 (at Mount Olive)

Sunday, October 29th, 2:00 call time, service at 3:30 (Chapel of Christ Triumphant)

Monday rehearsals will be at Mount Olive.

We will be welcoming organist Nicole Keller from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music to be with us for this service. Yours truly will be the director. If you would, please e-mail me by Tuesday, September 5th to confirm a spot; please remind me of your voice part. Knowing in advance is essential for me to choose repertoire and be certain we have enough music. Please feel free to share this information with any singer friends, your choir directors, etc. Help me get the word out!

Rev Stephen M Rosebrock, Kantor
Mt Olive Lutheran Church and Christian Day School
5327 W Washington Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Office: 414 774 2200 x112

E-mail: stephen.rosebrock@mtolivemke.org

2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series

The 2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series will be held at Concordia University Wisconsin on each of the seven Mondays listed below, from September to April. On each of the seven Mondays, pastors are invited to a free lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Lakeshore Room. The program topic is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the same room. No advance registration is needed.

September 25, 2017 Dr. Brian German Revisiting Luther’s “Sola Scriptura”
October 30, 2017 Dr. Timothy Maschke The Seven Faces of Luther: Luther’s Lasting Legacy
November 27, 2017 Dr. Thomas Feiertag The Influence of Far Eastern Religions on our Culture and Church
January 29, 2018 Dr. Jason Lane Funeralia: The Art of Funeral Preaching in the Lutheran Church
February 26, 2018 Dr. Jason Soenksen Pursuing the Problem of Prophecy: A Reader’s Guide to Micah
March 19, 2018 Dr. Daniel Paavola Upholders, Obligers, Questioners, and Rebels: Your Ministry Among Gretchen Rubin’s “Four Tendencies”
April 30, 2018 Rev. Steve Smith Faith in the Fight: Civil War Chaplains


2017-18 “Music at Trinity” series

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church

1046 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI


The 2017-2018 “Music at Historic Trinity” series:

August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

A Workshop for Church Musicians

–featuring sessions in organ, choral, solo, and handbell repertoire and technique
($25 fee includes a parking pass. To register, call 414-271-2219 or email:
john.behnke@cuw.edu. Please include your name, phone number, email address, and name of church.)

October 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Choral Vespers celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Reformation and the 170th anniversary of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church

–featuring Dr. John Behnke, organist and choir director with members of church choirs from throughout the South Wisconsin District assembled in a massed choir singing choral selections chosen by Dr. Behnke, including several new arrangements written especially for this event.

January 3 (or 4), 2018, 7:00 p.m.

“Tenth Night of Christmas” Choral Vespers

—featuring music of the season featuring organist John Behnke and the choirs of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Glendale.

April 22, 2018, 3:00 PM

“This Joyful Eastertide” Organ Recital

–Trinity’s historic 1879 Schuelke organ will be heard in a program featuring music of the season performed by Trinity’s organist, Dr. John Behnke.

Music at Historic Trinity” offers resources and opportunities to present and enjoy God’s gift of music in Trinity’s magnificent 1878 sanctuary.

August 19 – A Workshop for Church Musicians, Trinity, Milwaukee

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 1046 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI


A Workshop for Church Musicians

“Discovering New Repertoire and Improving Techniques”

Clinicians: Dr. John Behnke and guests

To register, call 414-271-2219 or email: john.behnke@cuw.edu

Please include your name, phone number, email address, and name of church.

Fee: $25 (includes a parking pass) Attend one, two, or all three sessions for $25

  • 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Organ Workshop and New Music Reading Session
  • 10:15 -10:45 a.m. – Coffee Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Choral/Solo Repertoire Workshop and New Music Reading Session
  • 12:15  – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch on your own or order a box lunch ($13.00)
  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Handbell Workshop and New Music Reading Session

Music Purchase Available on Site at 20% Discount

Music at Historic Trinity” offers resources and opportunities to present and enjoy God’s gift of music in Trinity’s magnificent 1878 sanctuary.