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 29, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach

–featuring the Master Singers of Milwaukee, music director Eduardo García-Novelli, orchestra, and soloists.

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.

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.


May 19 – Extended deadline for Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship application

Bethesda Lutheran Communities is awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to create opportunities for the next generation and enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bethesda invites students to apply for one of several Bethesda Student Scholastic and Service Scholarships. This year, Bethesda is awarding $32,000 in scholarships. Four $3,000 scholarships will be presented to current college students, six $3,000 scholarships to seminary students, and four $500 scholarships to high school seniors. And, they have just announced that they are extending their deadline for applications to Friday, May 19, 2017. 

Recipients will be announced in July.

Only active, communicant members of Lutheran congregations will be considered for the scholarships. All applications are due Friday, May 19, 2017. To apply or learn more, visit Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

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!


June 17 – LifeWalk 2017

Fun Family Activities & 1.5 Mile Walk

Saturday, June 17, 2017

9:00 a.m. – Registration, coffee, snacks and children’s activities
10:30 a.m. – Walk begins

Lunch to follow for Participants

Christ the Life Lutheran Church
3031 Summit Avenue, Waukesha

Register and obtain a sponsor sheet at aplaceofrefuge.org
or call 414-438-2767

Prizes for the most sponsors and most sponsor money collected!

If you would like an easy way to raise funds online, you can create your own fundraising page on Razoo. Simply go to razoo.com and search for LifeWalk 2017. From there you can choose to donate or click on “Start your own fundraiser to support this organization” to create your own page. Then you can share the page on social media and email the link to your friends.


May 17 – Reformation Hymn Festival at Mount Olive

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, the Tour and Chamber Choirs of Concordia College-New York will present the Reformation Hymn Festival at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 5327 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee.

The Tour and Chamber Choirs of Concordia College – New York embark annually on domestic tours across the United States. Over the past decade the Concordia Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Jason Thoms, have performed over 300 concerts, assemblies, chapel worship services, in 49 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Germany. This year’s Great Lakes Tour, from May 14th- 26th, the Tour and Chamber Choirs will embark on a 12-day tour of the Midwest and Upstate New York.

This year’s tour program is entitled “500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Hymn Festival”. The program will feature primarily hymn-based choral and instrumental music, as well as offer audiences an opportunity to sing some beloved hymns together with horn and organ. The selections featured in the Hymn Festival will include music of Bach, Christiansen, Schalk, Weber, Ferguson, Walker, and Jason Thoms.

Concordia College – New York is a college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod located in Bronxville, New York just 30 minutes north of New York City. Beginning with a Reformation Service performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1912, The Concordia Choirs established a long standing tradition and later began touring in the late 1930s.

In the summer of 2016, the Concordia Chamber Choir embarked on a 2-week tour of Germany to mark the beginning of a 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration. They recorded a live, concert CD in Wittenberg, Germany, at the very heart of the Reformation origin. On June 25, 2017 the Concordia Choirs will host the “500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Hymn Festival” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This event will feature many of the pieces performed on the Great Lakes tour, including two massed choirs containing a total 400 singers from school, churches and community choirs across the US and Germany, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

For poster, click here:  Mt Olive Tour Choir 500 Poster 2017

July 7-8 – The Age of the Earth Creation Conference at CUW

Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, WI will host the fifth annual creation conference. New this year will be a “basics day” held on Friday morning, July 7. These presentations will provide an introduction and overview of the Doctrine of Creation. Friday evening and Saturday will focus on the conference theme of the age of the earth. The presenters will provide strong evidence that the earth and universe are thousands of years old, but not billions as the evolution model supposes.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Don DeYoung and Dr. Russ Humphreys. Both are well known scientists who have thoroughly investigated the creation model and found it to be a true explanation for origins.

For more information, please go to Society of Creation Conferences.

May 13 – St. Martini Special Worship Service

st-martini-may-eventReturning to our Roots!

Special Worship Service on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. St.Martini Lutheran Church is located at 1500 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive, Milwaukee 53204.

St. Martini Lutheran Church welcomes the old and new members, sister congregations, friends and community to a special celebration to honor their past and look forward to their future. A special offering will be collected in order to raise funds for their missions and ministries.

Join them for a fellowship lunch after the service! RSVP by phone at 414-464-4094, or email: stmartini1@yahoo.com.

(Click here to print flyer.)

6th Annual Belvidere Men’s Retreat


Sponsored by Immanuel Belvidere Men’s Ministry

The weekend begins with the Friday evening Pig Pickin’ with speaker
Pastor David Reimnitz from Bethlehem, MO.
Saturday’s activities include hiking, biking, fishing, frisbee golf, soccer, archery,
airsoft tournament, canoeing, as well as trap, skeet, and bb gun shooting.

Each day begins with prayer—ends by the campfire.

Accommodations include the lodge, cabins, dorms, and camping for the weekend.
The cost for the retreat is $100 for those 19 and older and $50 for those between 11 and 18.

Complete information and registration form can be downloaded with the link below,
or contact Dylen Larsen at DylenALarsen@gmail.com, or 815-520-1303.
You can also register online.


April 1 – Heart to Heart Sisters Event

heart-to-heart-event-graphicPraise the Lord, all People!
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Come and fellowship with LWML Sisters of all different ethnic backgrounds.

Trinity Lutheran Freistadt School
10729 W Freistadt Road
Mequon, WI 53097
(Enter from Granville Rd.)

Doors open at 9 a.m. Program starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.
For more information, call Mai Thao, 414-531-3661 or mnthao1@gmail.com.

RSVP by March 26. Call Jan at 414-828-5887 or gjladendorf@aol.com.

Ingathering: We are collecting school supplies fro the Karenni families, 4K-12.

Don’t forget your filled mite box!

Heart to Heart flyer

Racine Lutheran High School announces Veterans Project

Bruce Canny, Class of 1965

  Bruce Canny                     Class of 1965

Dave Nass, Class of 1965

  Dave Nass                      Class of 1965

Racine Lutheran High School is honored to announce the creation of the RLHS Veterans Project to honor the alumni who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“As a school community, we are proud to recognize and remember our graduates who gave selfless service to our country,” states Dave Burgess, RLHS executive director. “We are truly humbled that two special veterans have chosen to partner with us to honor our military alumni.”

According to Burgess, the project began many months ago at the Class of 1965’s 50th reunion. Classmates Bruce Canny and David Nass, both veterans, reconnected and briefly discussed how war had impacted them. During the ensuing weeks, Canny shared a poem, Vietnam, They Ask, So What Was It Like?, which  he wrote about his tour of duty in the former Republic of Vietnam. The poem had already appeared nationwide, including as part of the Highground Veterans Memorial Park exhibit near Neillsville, Wis. The dynamics of the poem struck a chord with Nass, and he used his musical talents to transform the poem into a powerful piece titled Good-Bye, Good-Bye.

The pair hopes to bring their journey full-circle and honor other RLHS veterans who gave so unselfishly over the years. The RLHS Veterans Project plaque will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony on May 19. All are welcome to attend, and details will be released in the spring.

The school is seeking assistance in gathering the names of former students who served for their enlistment term (or were shortened due to injuries) in peace or war, as well as those who were wounded, killed in action or died as a result of wounds sustained while serving our country.

Information can be sent to RLHS, 251 Luedtke Ave., Racine, WI  53405, or emailed to klong@RacineLutheran.org.  Please include: name of veteran and year of graduation, branch of service, duty station – U.S. or other, years of service and WIA, KIA, POW, if applicable.

Limited copies of the Good-Bye, Good-Bye CD are available through the school for $10.  Proceeds benefit the RLHS Veterans Project, and donations are welcome. The poem and other information is available at RacineLutheran.org or by calling (262) 637-6538.

LCMS UWM Professor/Advisor needed

Miracles & the Laws of NatureThe LCMS-U chapter at UWM is interested in UWM professor who might be willing to serve as a faculty advisor.  The time commitment is not great.  The benefit to LCMS presence on campus is.  If your congregation has members who are on the faculty at UWM – please be invited to pass their contact information to Vicar Jennings at vicar@lmcusc.org  Thank you!

October 22 – 2017 Reformation Choral Vespers

Music at Historic TrinityOctober 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.

Members of choirs in the South Wisconsin District are cordially invited to be part of this great celebration by joining the massed choir to be assembled for this event. For further details on choral selections and registration information, please send a message to musicathistorictrinity@gmail.com or john.behnke@cuw.edu with “Reformation Choral Vespers” in the subject line. The choir rehearsal will be held prior to the service at 1:00 p.m.

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church is located at 1046 N Ninth St., Milwaukee, WI 53233.


Feb. 10 – Volunteer Night to Shine 2017

bethesda-night-to-shineOFFICIAL CHURCH HOSTS: 






It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…Night to Shine 2017!

     Friday, February 10, 2017

     6:30-9:30 p.m.

     YMCA at Pabst Farms, Oconomowoc

     1750 Valley Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Join us for an unforgettable prom night experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 14 and older. Volunteer to help make this night special as our honored guests walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment and dance the night away!  Please join us by registering today.  Visit our webiste by clicking below.

Volunteer, Sponsor, Shine

The Luther Promise

luther-promise-sectionConcordia University takes aim at college affordability

The Luther Promise puts Lutheran higher education within reach for more students

Mequon, Wis. (October 13, 2016) — With a mission to provide access to the “highest-value Lutheran Christian higher education possible,” Concordia University announced today the Luther Promise, an institutionally funded scholarship guarantee that provides qualified undergraduate students between $16,000-$20,000 annually.

“Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor have a bold vision to be the Church’s school, equipping the faithful to make an impact for Christ in ways they never imagined,” explains Concordia President Rev. Patrick Ferry, Ph.D. “Coming at the commemoration of the 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, this initiative marks a significant commitment to invest even more resources in our students, ensuring that lifelong Lutheran education is available more students than ever before.”

Read more:  The Luther Promise news release