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.

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…

LWML Women’s Spring Workshop

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Let us explore together

Led by Rev. Dale Blanchard

Leaders don’t always follow the same path and sometimes we don’t recognize ourselves as leaders, but it is so very important for us to get refreshed, to be with like-minded women, to stop and listen to the Word of God – for no matter what type of leader we are, we all need and desire the Word of God. Come and participate/listen to this Bible study which addresses leadership … you need it and we need you to be there.

Save The Date  —  Chose Saturday, March 18th at Peace Lutheran Church, Beaver Dam, OR March 25th at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg.

For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.  Psalms 31:3

8:30-9:10 a.m. Registration, lunch provided at 11:45, dismissal 2:30 p.m.

  • Part 1 – Qualifications of a Leader;
    Who is a leader and what qualifies us to lead?
  • Part 2 – Priorities & Motives of Christian Leaders;
    How do we set such priorities? How do I examine my heart for motives?
  • Part 3 – Characteristics of Christian Leaders.
    What characteristics are most desired by God in a leader?

Food for the soul/mind and Food for the body provided. If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Beasley, lwmlspring@gmail.com or at 414-617-9550.

Click here to download registration form

Link to LWML Retreat information

Feb. 24, Faith & Family Night – Milwaukee Bucks


Faith & Family Night features:

  • Special savings on tickets for groups of 10+ and no additional fees!
  • All kids will have the opportunity to shoot a free throw after the game!
  • Your group name will appear on the scoreboard during halftime!

Tickets start as low as $14.

To order tickets, contact the Bucks at 414-227-0599 or groups@bucks.com


Feb. 18-19, 2017 – Higher Things Youth Retreat

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A Higher Things Youth Retreat

February 18-19, 2007

Trinity Lutheran Church
Sheboygan, WI

Join us in Sheboygan at Trinity Lutheran Church for our Tenth Annual Higher Things Retreat!

MARTIN LUTHER NAILED IT! When it comes to salvation there’s only one Savior in town! He’s Jesus! Not you! Or anybody else! Yes, that’s right, JESUS ONLY. Solus Christus is the Lutheran Reformation’s way of putting it! When Jesus alone does the salvation verbs, the forgiveness of sins and eternal life are certain and sure. Let’s clinch it this way: Heaven depends on Good Friday Jesus alone taking all your sin (indeed “becoming sin” 2 Corinthians 5:21) because when push comes to shove, either that sin will be on you or on Jesus. Thanks be to God that Jesus alone answered for all your sin and all its damnation. Because of Jesus alone you are reconciled to God. That’s the kind of Solus Christus you can live and die with. That’s the kind of Solus Christus that the Reformation was all about!

RSVP via online registration, Pastor Berg or Patrick Sturdivant:

Click below for more information, registration form and bulletin inserts.



Educators of the Year – 2017 Recipients

toty-logo-2Congratulations to the following 2017 SWD Educators of the Year!

Administrator – Michael Yurk, St. Paul, Grafton
Early Childhood Director – Catrina Kagerbauer, Trinity Early Childhood Center, Mequon
High School
 – Jason Jurss, Milwaukee Lutheran High School
Elementary – Joy Yurk, St. Paul, Grafton
Early Childhood – Katrina Schroeder, Mt. Calvary, Milwaukee

These educators will be recognized at a dinner at the end of January.

Feb. 4 – Passionate Believers Conference

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That’s when we’ll get together for the next Passionate Believers Conference
at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church, N48 W31385 Hill Street, Hartland, WI 53029.

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr., President of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN

Our plenary speaker will be the president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast, Jr., who will present “Be Ready In Season and Out of Season” (2 Timothy 4:2): Confessing the Faith in Good and Bad Times.

Complete information with times and descriptions of the breakout sessions can be found in this 2017 Passionate Believers Brochure.

Presenters’ Bios

Registration Worksheet

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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

2016 Thanks “Giving” Mission

give-thanksSince 2011 South Wisconsin District congregations have partnered with Brookfield Lutheran Church to fund Thanksgiving baskets for Lutheran food pantries  in the Milwaukee central city, along with Lutheran Schools and organizations who deliver the baskets to families in need. Last year 1058 baskets were prepared and delivered..our goal this year remains the same.  You can help us reach this goal by first and foremost, pray for the mission, the individuals who are preparing, assembling and delivering, and for those who receive them. And secondly, we also ask for your financial help.  The cost of each basket is $30. A financial donation of any size is appreciated. Your generosity not only provides nourishment, it also shows the love you have for your neighbor.

Come and share your joy and love to others this Thanksgiving!


To make a donation. Make check or money order payable to:
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Attn: Thanksgiving Donation
8100 W Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222

Please contact the district office at 414-464-8100 if you have any questions or would like additional information.




Feb. 10-12 – 17th annual Men’s Retreat

The 17th annual Men’s Retreat will be held Feb. 10-12, 2017, at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc, under the theme “The Christian Atheist.” First Immanuel, Cedarburg; Our Redeemer, Wauwatosa; and Divine Redeemer, Hartland host this event each year. Over 100 men from 33 different congregations attended the retreat last year.

First time attendees will enjoy a savings of $50 if you register by December 1. E-mail Jim at jnrberg67@gmail.com for more information.

Apr 1, 2017 – Wisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl

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April 1, 2017

Rib Mt Lutheran Church
3010 Eagle Ave.
Wausau, WI

It is one great way for youth to study the Word of God on their own and in groups.

BOWL:  Competition of teams (3 or 4 players) in verbal quiz format. Also an individual, written competition.

TOPIC:  “Matthew”   (The English Standard Version will be used.)

WHO:  7th through 12th graders from churches throughout North and South Wisconsin Districts.
Form teams in your church – no limit of (4) person teams per church; limit of three (3) person teams per church.

COMPETITION:  One Double Elimination TEAM Tournament.

COST:  $30.00 per team

REGISTRATION:  8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Begin at 9:00 A.M., break for lunch and end in afternoon.


For more information, visit the North Wisconsin District website > MISSIONS > YOUTH MINISTRY.

Firm Foundations 2016/2017

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Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St., Greendale

This year’s events will include sessions concerning highly engaging classrooms and strategies and shadow destinations/site visits.

Our “Courageous Classrooms” are and will be:

  • Inspiring
  • Engaging
  • Exceptional

We are and will be “Courageous” by:

  • Faith in Christ
  • “Growth” Mindset and Vision
  • Data
  • Strategic Alignment


August 15 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm – sessions

November 4 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – site visits/ sessions

February 3 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – site visits/sessions

Planning/coordination and breakout sessions led and directed by CfUT.


$60 per person, includes all programming, materials, the book “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough and meals.

Register your staff online by August 8.

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