November 18 – Church Workers Pre-Retirement Workshop

Is Your Retirement On Track?

Please join us for a Church Workers Pre-Retirement Workshop!

Saturday November 18

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

South Wisconsin District Office
8100 W. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222

The South Wisconsin District* and Concordia Plan Services are offering a pre-retirement workshop to help you as you plan for that very important transition in your life: RETIREMENT! Start learning what you’ll need to know about making plans for your future.

*Workers from other districts are also welcome to attend!

Workers of all ages who are serving the Church (especially those age 50 or older) and their spouses are encouraged to attend to begin understanding the process of planning for retirement and all that living in retirement entails. The workshop will cover subject including retirement income and expenses, healthcare in retirement, saving for the future, and planning your retirement lifestyle.

Paul Snyder, Financial Wellness Educator for Concordia Plan Services, will lead this workshop.

$10 per person (Covers morning snack and a light lunch)
Please register for the workshop by Friday October 27.
Call: Karen Rayner at (414) 464-8100 ext. 743

We encourage you to share this information with all benefit-eligible workers at your ministry!

October 16-18 – Fall Pastors Conference, Lake Geneva

The Conference Planning Committee would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 2017 Fall Pastors’ Conference which is scheduled for October 16-18 at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd, Fontana, WI 53125, which is on Geneva Lake.  The theme for our conference is It’s Still About Jesus, Preaching the Reformation Today.  Our speakers will be Dr. Peter Nafzger.  He is assistant professor of practical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  In addition, the Rev. Dick Davenport will be talking about “the pastor and depression in ministry”.  We will also be starting a wives session with a panel discussion on the joys of ministry, which will include a wine and cheese bar sponsored by LCEF.  Babysitting options will be available.  The banquet will be on Monday evening and on Tuesday evening will be a social hour.  Rooms must be reserved by September 16.  Please call 1-800-709-1323 to make your room reservation referring to booking ID#1149DX or the South Wisconsin-LCMS.  Room rates for the conference are $119.00.

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 by October 6, 2017

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

October 3-4 – Retired Pastors, Wives & Retreat

If you are a retired pastor, be sure to save this date on your calendar now! You and your wife will surely want to attend this year’s Retired Pastors, Wives & Widows retreat at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, Wis.

We will celebrate God’s blessings to us through Luther’s Reformation with a personal look at the lives of Martin and Katie Luther through historic research of David Wiedenkeller and his wife Mary.

Dr. Dan Paavola, of CUW, will lead a Bible study that focuses on the life of faith Luther showed, especially through his home and the spiritual  vitality of his relationship with his wife Katie. And through Luthers’s Bible translation, catechism and other works, he gave the tools for such a life of faith in the home of all believers.

Steven Gruenwald (CPS-Worker Wellness) will speak to the group about health and wellness, sharing ways to better enjoy the years of retirement.

Tuesday night’s entertainment will feature Rev. Alan Boeck on his guitar with a sampler from his vast collection of music.

All retired pastors and wives living in Wisconsin, along with our pastors’ widows, are invited to come. If you do not receive your registration information in the mail by August 1, or for any other questions, please contact Peg Raabe at 414-292-0744 or You can also download the complete information from the Registration Brochure button and mail it in. Or you can register online with the form that appears below.


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:  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: 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:

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


August 7 – SWD Church Workers Golf Outing

Mark your calendars now for SWD’s Church Workers Golf Outing

The date of this year’s annual Golf Outing for SWD church workers has been set for Monday, August 7, 2017. Once again it will be held at the Horicon Hills Golf Club in Horicon, Wis.

Plan now to enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with your co-workers in our District, and start getting your foursome together now! If you don’t have a foursome, no problem. We’ll put you in a group.

Horicon Hills Golf Club is located at 3000 Main Street, Horicon, Wis. Take Hwy 60 to 67 North, then Hwy S west. Turn right on Main St. and follow “Golf Course” sign.

The registration cost of just $45 per person includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and lunch. Check-in at 8:30; Shot-gun tee-off time will be at 9:00 a.m.

You can register using the online registration form below, or print this registration flyer and mail it in.  Questions? Contact Peg Raabe at the District office (414-292-0744; or Dewey Rose (


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
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 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.


Pres. Wille’s report from the Dominican Republic

On Sunday, March 5, as I sat in a worship service in Palmar Arriba, in the Dominican Republic, I was reminded of the words of the Psalmist and our responsibilities in this current generation as the people of God. The Psalmist Asaph writes in Psalm 78:

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
6    that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.
Here’s the picture…
As you know, we are one of the international partners helping to support that effort to plant Lutheran congregations and a new Lutheran church body in the Dominican Republic. I was in Palmar Arriba, the Dominican Republic, for the FORO meeting (which is the partners’ meeting).
I am robed sitting next to Sergio Fritzler who had served as the president of Concordia Seminary, Argentina. In front of me was Pastor Ted Krey. Next to me were several pastors; one from California, two Dominican vicars, and Pastor Carlos Schuman who is the lead missionary in Chile. We are there for the installation of Pastor David Preus as Pastor of the congregation and seminary professor.
It was a wonderful service! There was the baptism of a baby. There was a confirmation of a young man. There was the installation of a new missionary. And there were children from our Palmar school singing. The video is attached. Please take the time to listen to it. While, like me, you may not understand the words, you will recognize the melody of the songs they sing. And after the children sing, they recite the 10 Commandments.
That is when the words of Psalm 78 began to echo in my thoughts, as well as our SWD tagline, Confessing Christ for the next generation … The words of the Psalmist describe what we are to be about and why…’that the next generation might know [the testimony, the Holy Scriptures], the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God.’
The events of Sunday, March 5, 2017, will be branded into my memory for a long time. While you were not there, and I only for a short few days, you are what make that video a reality. The next generation is learning about Christ Jesus and His love because of our partnership with the church plant in the Dominican.
My prayer is that there are similar stories about the children in your community as you and your congregation reach out with the good news about Christ’s love ‘so that they should set their hope in God.’
Thank you for all you do for the Kingdom on so many fronts!! God bless!
Rev. John C. Wille, President SWD

May 17 – Spring Retreat for 55 & Up!

Spring Retreat for 55 & Up! Wednesday, May 17 at Cedar Valley, West Bend.

Dr. Rich Bimler, who has spent most of his life in ministries of encouragement, will be the morning presenter. He has a unique way of sharing his thoughts that promote, affirm, entice, and celebrate ideas and resources to benefit you and those around you, all in the name of the healing Christ. You will enjoy hearing him present, “Aging is the only way to live!”

In addition to Dr. Bimler, we will also welcome George and Martha Washington, historically enacted by David and Mary Wiedenkeller. This is a day you will not want to miss! Registration is just $62 for the day. Call Peg Raabe at the district office (414-292-0744) for complete information.

Come on Tuesday night if you wish and you will be in for a treat! Start with a wine and cheese reception at 4:30, followed by dinner and a presentation by author Rochelle Pennington, sharing the history of the “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Registrations for this are made separately with Cedar Valley. Please call them at 262-629-9202 for rates.


2017 Passionate Believers Conference in pictures

February 4 was a day of renewal–renewing old acquaintances, renewing our knowledge of the Word, renewing our faith and renewing our Spirits as we gathered in His Name at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hartland.  Along the way we gathered new ideas and new friends! Here are a few photos of the day…