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.

The registration cost of just $42 per person will include 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.

Registration information will be available soon. In the meantime, start getting your foursome together! Contact Peg Raabe at the District office (414-292-0744; raabe@swd.lcms.org) or Dewey Rose (dewtamrose@wi.rr.com) if you have questions.

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.

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 8-10 – Spring Pastors Conference, Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells

Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells will be the location for our Spring Pastors Conference – May 8-10, 2017.  Our theme will be A Changeless Christ for a Changing World.  Our featured speaker for the conference will be Mr. Tim Goeglein, VP of External Affairs for Focus on the Family, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, and an LCMS member.  Mr. Goeglein will present on the topic: “Faith in the Halls of Power – Major Issues Facing Lutheran Christians in Washington, D.C.  In addition Rev. Dr. Brian German, Director of Concordia Bible Institute, will give an overview of Christ in the Old Testament and its timeless relevance in the world today and Mr. Steve Gruenwald, Director of Worker Wellness at CPS, will present on issues related to health and wellness.  Don’t forget Concordia Plan members can sign up for the free onsite biometric screening through the Vitality wellness program.  The fee for this conference will be $120.00.  To book your room reservation call Chula Vista at 1-855-649-2768 use booking ID# F03379 to reserve your room for $89.00 a night.  Rooms must be reserved by April 7, 2017.  Registration deadline is April 28, 2017.  Click here to register online.

Agenda

Registration Form

Biometric Screening Info

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.

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

Feb. 10 – Volunteer Night to Shine 2017

bethesda-night-to-shineOFFICIAL CHURCH HOSTS: 

     GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

     FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH

     ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH

PRESENTED BY: 

     BETHESDA LUTHERAN COMMUNITIES

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