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.

When?
:
   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

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.

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.

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!

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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