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 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 raabe@swd.lcms.org. 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:  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.

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; raabe@swd.lcms.org) or Dewey Rose (dewtamrose@wi.rr.com).

 

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.

 

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…

July 25-28 – Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music

LCMS Worship’s Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music will be held this year July 25–28, 2017 at Concordia University Chicago. This triennial event offers pastors, church musicians, and all who are passionate about the Church’s worship an opportunity to be refreshed in Word, song, and prayer together with opportunities to grow in skills that enhance the joy of the people of God in the reception of His gifts. This year’s Institute takes its cue from the upcoming Reformation anniversary with the theme: The Just Live by Faith—Make This Plain in Sermon, Service, Song.

In addition to three keynote addresses, we’ll have opportunity for daily study of the Word (featuring CUC President Dr. Daniel Gard), daily prayer services, two Divine Services (with new arrangements of Setting Five by Jacob Weber and Jonathan Kohrs with LCMS President Matthew Harrison preaching the opening service and Dr. Gard the final one), a concert by the National Lutheran Choir from Minneapolis, a hymn festival featuring the hymns of Martin Luther, numerous breakout sessions for pastors and church musicians plus many others on general worship topics, and exhibitors with all kinds of wares and services.

Registration will open mid-March via the Synod’s website. Meanwhile, for more information, contact the LCMS at 888.the.lcms (843-5267) or infocenter@lcms.org.