January 27 – Passionate Believers Conference, Hartland

“Sharing the Simple Gospel in a Complex World”

The Gospel is simple, but the world is complex. How do we go about sharing God’s Word with people who have values, world views and even religious convictions that are contrary to Christianity? How do we respond to the indifference about and toward the Gospel that is increasing in our culture? As residents of the world’s third-largest mission field, we face many challenges–but we have tremendous opportunities. This look at Witness and Outreach explores ways to address these challenges and encourages us to joyfully respond to the opportunities we have to share the simple Gospel in our complex world.

Join us for discussion on this and many other topics at the 2018 Passionate Believers Conference at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church & School, N48 W31385 Hill Street in Hartland, 53027.

  • 8:00 a.m – Registration
  • 8:45 – Opening
  • 9:00 – Keynote with Dr. Mark Wood, LCMS Office of National Mission
  • 10:30 – Breakout Session 1
  • 11:35 – Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. – Breakout Session 2
  • 2:00 – Q & A with Pres. John Wille
  • 2:15 – Closing

$25 per person or $75 per church. This includes a light breakfast, lunch, presenters and all materials.

2018 Passionate Believers Conference Brochure

Presenter Presentation Descriptions and Bios

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Slak at 414-292-0745 or slak@lcms.org.

2018 South Wisconsin District Convention

On June 10, 11 & 12, 2018, the 55th triennial convention of the South Wisconsin District – LCMS will be held at the Concordia University Wisconsin campus in Mequon under the theme “Sing His praise, His love declare.”

As God tells us in His Word, But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

Stay up-to-date with Convention News by checking this link as we near June 10, 2018.

Exhibitors: If you have had a booth at our conventions in the past, information will be mailed to you by early March. If you do not receive this mailing, or are interested in exhibiting at our convention for the first time, or have any other questions, please contact Diana Raasch at 414-464-8228 or  raasch@swd.lcms.org.

2018 SWD Convention Nominations Forms:

2018 Call for Nominations

2018 Convention Nominee Consent and Bio fill-in form
2018 Convention Nominee Consent and Bio form

2018 Circuit Visitor Nomination form

2018 Nomination for District President form

2018 Nomination for District Vice-President form

2018 Recommendation for Board of Directors by region form

2018 Recommendation for Committee on Convention Nominations-District

2018 Recommendation for Committee on Convention Nominations-Synod

2018 Recommendation for CUW Board of Regents form

2018 Recommendation for Secretary of the District form

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 www.lwml-swd.org

For any questions or further information, please contact Emily Woelfel:
Email  em_woelfel@hotmail.com
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.

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

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…