Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Tour

Martin Luther plus the Highlights of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic

Pastors Don Hougard and Randy Poppe are leading a tour to the Luther sites of Germany plus the highlights of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic from June 18-29, 2018. The cost is $3,279. There are still 5 spots available, but you must reserve by March 14. For more information call Joerg at Value Holidays at 414-241-6373 or Pastor Hougard at 414-463-9158. More information can be found at

Highlights and Itinerary

February 10 – Racine Lutheran’s Grand Gala


The VIP table is the opening auction item at the RLHS Grand Gala.

Racine Lutheran High School’s Grand Gala is Saturday, Feb. 10, at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring Street in Racine. In honor of the event’s 20th anniversary, guests will get dolled up to step back in time and put on the Ritz with the Roaring Twenties Grand Gala.

Beginning at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy the silent auction and socializing. At 7 p.m., attendees will be seated for an upscale dinner featuring chicken saltimbocca and cod a la oscar.

Yve Rojas, celebrity auctioneer and star of Survivor – Nicaragua, returns to lead the famous Voice Auction at 8 p.m. The first item up for bid is the VIP table, which allows 10 lucky guests to upgrade their dining experience while they support the school. Attendees can also bid on vacation packages to Colorado, Cancun and South Africa, and other desirable offerings. Opportunities to pledge funds for student scholarships and tuition assistance will be available.

The RLHS Roaring Twenties Grand Gala is a special night on the town, complete with dancing, dinner and auctions

Following dinner, luscious desserts will be served, and dancing will begin with extraordinary live music from Chicago’s High Society Orchestra. Tickets are $75 per person. Tables of 10 are available for sharing a festive evening with your family, friends, church groups and co-workers. Please make reservations by Jan. 26. Call the school at 262-637-6538 or email

December 2 – Lake Country Lutheran High School Christmas Holiday Fair

Lake Country Lutheran High School, 401 Campus Drive in Hartland, will present their 8th annual “A Lake Country Christmas” Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 2nd from 9am – 4pm in the school’s Great Hall. Admission is free.

Enjoy shopping for unique gifts from over 60 area crafters, artisans and vendors along with a bake sale, coffee bar and concessions. Student musicians will perform throughout the day.

Proceeds will benefit the Lake Country Lutheran Lightning athletic department, with this year’s funds being allocated to the training room for updated equipment and supplies.


9th Annual Taste of Elegance raised $5,400

The 9th Annual Taste of Elegance Dinner was held on Saturday, October 7 at LuWiSoMo in Wild Rose.  The Dinner and Silent auction helped raise over $5,400 for LuWiSoMo. We were joined by our speaker, Tim Chaffey from the ARK Encounter and Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. Tina and Sadie Thompson provided some great violin music at the event. Thanks go out to those in attendance as well as those that generously donated items for the Silent Auction.

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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February 9-11, 2018 Annual Men’s Retreat

2018 Manitowoc Men’s Retreat – Feb. 9-11, 2018

This faith building annual event will once again be taking place at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc, Wis. 

A reminder that the 2018  Men’s Retreat in Manitowoc is coming up quickly on the weekend of February 9-11, 2018.

The theme is “Grace is Greater” based on the book by Kyle Idleman which explores in depth what Grace really means for us in our everyday lives.

The final Registration / Deadline date is January 16th.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please keep this date in mind and prayerfully consider attending this year’s retreat.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Jim Berg at (414) 462-5871

LWML-SWD Upcoming Events

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

Registration can be found at

For any questions or further information, please contact Emily Woelfel:
Phone 920-268-7773.

2018 LWML SWD Convention

June 22 & 23

Milwaukee Marriott West-Waukesha

“How Beautiful”

Join us to be Engaged, Encouraged, Educated, Equipped and to Enjoy!

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

2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series – CUW

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: 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.

2017 LCEF Scholarships Awarded to Three SWD Students

Three high school students from the South Wisconsin District have been awarded $1,000 LCEF scholarships to continue their education after high school graduation this spring.

Zachary Skovgaard is the first of three 2017 South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. Skovgaard is a member of Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elm Grove, Wisconsin and attends Brookfield East High School, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Skyler Bohn is the second of three 2017 South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. Skyler is a member of Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church, Pewaukee, Wisconsin and attends Pewaukee High School (PHS).

Joseph Bender is the final of three 2017 South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. Joseph is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, West Allis, Wisconsin and will graduate from Martin Luther High School (MLHS), Greendale, Wisconsin this spring. Joseph plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon in the fall majoring in Pre-Seminary studies.


For more about each of these students, please follow this LCEF link.


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!