Disaster Relief Teams

Over a two-week period beginning in late August, a sizeable region in West Central Wisconsin received a substantial amount of rain causing flooding in six counties.  After surveying multiple sites and carefully planning with partners in those regions, we have identified several cities that need help.  The Office of Mission and Human Care is coordinating with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reedsburg, WI to establish a volunteer relief center to work there and in surrounding communities.

Location:
St. Peter Lutheran Church
345 N Pine Street
Reedsburg, WI 53959

The Relief Center includes the following:
– Overnight accommodations in a common space (not gender specific)
– A commercial kitchen for food preparation, cooking, storage and cleaning (each group prepares)
– Showers (gymnasium)
– Tools
– Supplies such as drywall, tape, mud, etc.

Work will include mucking (cleaning) out houses, moving furniture and appliances, removing carpet and other flooring, hanging dry wall, taping, mudding, and assisting community members with other tasks.

All volunteers will be coordinated by a Volunteer Coordinator who will assign worksites, provide general center oversite, distribute tools and supplies, and work with team leaders or individuals to coordinate meal and shower schedules.

Because of the nature of work and safety considerations, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old – exceptions cannot be made.

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast preparation for you or your team
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and lunch preparation/packing by team
8:30 AM Meeting with Volunteer Coordinator
9:00 AM Depart for worksite
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided by individual or teams)
4:30 PM Clean-up worksite
5:00 PM Depart worksite
5:30 PM Dinner preparation (by individual or teams)
6:30 PM Dinner and showers
11:00 PM Lights out

Again, shower facilities are in a gymnasium and overnight accommodations are in the Concordia Fellowship Hall with limited privacy.  While care and effort has been taken to provide as much privacy as possible, it is recommended that you plan accordingly. It is a common space and not gender specific, individuals staying there should plan on bringing:
– Air mattress or cot
– Bedding or sleeping bag
– flashlight
– flip-flops or sandals
– appropriate sleeping attire

Signing up to volunteer with the South Wisconsin District please follow the easy steps:

  1. Click on the Registration and sign up as a team or an individual;
  2. Complete the Medical and Release Form and print it to bring to the site

It should only take a few minutes. Once you sign-up, you will receive an email confirmation with some additional information regarding the location.

Click below to register, and each participant must complete a Medical and Release Form.

Questions may be directed to Rev. Jonah Burakowski at (414) 617-0792 or at Mission@swd.lcms.org.

 

 

 

 

 

October 6 – SWD LLL/LHM Annual Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018!

Lutheran Hour Ministries/Lutheran Laymen’s League Annual Meeting in Milwaukee!

Immanuel Lutheran Church
13445 Hampton Rd., Brookfield, Wisc.

Registration – 9:00 a.m.

Meeting – 9:30 a.m.
(The meeting will roughly finish at 3:00 p.m. )

Registration Fee – $10/person (children under 18 no charge). Lunch will be provided. Continue reading

September 12-15, 2018 – Able Trek Bus Tour

Come and join the members of Zion and St. Paul Lutheran Church, LaValle, WI for an informative and inspiring trip to The Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter in KentuckyWe will relax all three nights at the same quality hotel, providing us a home base and a hot breakfast for each day. Optional activities in the evening are planned for the energetic and an additional cost.

Trip Costs: The package includes deluxe motor coach transportation, three nights lodging, and admission to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

30-39 Passengers 40-55 Passengers
Single Room $535/person $520/person
Two/Room $370/person $355/person
Three/Room $325/person $310/person
Four/Room $305/person $290/person

***Registration Deadline is July 29th, along with a $100 deposit per person.

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October 2-3 – Retired Pastors, Wives, & Widows Retreat

October 2-3, 2018

Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel, Waupaca, Wisconsin

The 2018 topic, “Continuing to Impact Ministry: Holding Up the Prophet’s Hand” will address retirement from a Biblical perspective while engaging participants in thoughtful strategies to support their called church workers. Reverend Dr. Bruce Hartung and Reverend Mark Jeske will bring their unique perspective and experience as presenters. Devotions and additional presentations by Reverend’s Jonah Burakowski, Wayne Schroeder, and Dick Thompson will bring together an excellent conference.

You can register either online or download the brochure, complete the registration form and send it along with payment to:

 

South Wisconsin District – LCMS
Retired Pastors Wives and Widows Retreat
8100 W Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 24, 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact the Office of Mission and Human Care at (414) 464-8101 or burakowski@swd.lcms.org for more information or if you have questions.

October 8-10, 2018 Fall Pastors Conference

On behalf of the Conference Planning Committee, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 2018 Fall Pastors Conference: Hope and Healing: Pastoral Care in the Face of Abuse.  Scheduled for October 8-10th.  The venue for this year’s event will be the Holiday Inn in Fond Du Lac.  Please make reservations by calling #920-923-1440.  Be sure to mention the “SWD Pastor’s Conference” when making the reservation to get the reduced rate of $95.00.  Rooms must be reserved by September 10th, 2018.

Our conference speakers for this year will be Sandra Ostapowich, Dr. Stephen Saunders, and Rev. Larry Vogel from the LCMS Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Task Force.  Their sessions will focus on helping pastors understand the prevalence of abuse in our congregations while identifying warning signs and symptoms of abuse.  This will all be framed in the context of pastoral care while also addressing legal liabilities, confidentiality and other practical tools for clergy.  Each presenter will approach the subject from a different perspective with their own unique experiences to help equip us in this very challenging area.  The conference fee is $120.00.

In addition, there will also be a women’s event for clergy wives.  Please encourage your spouse to attend!

Tentative Schedule

Registration Form

Online Registration

September 11 – Cracking Clays for LuWiSoMo

Experience the scenic beauty of this 100 target course nestled against the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area. An unpredictable delivery at each station makes some shots easy and some more difficult – appealing to all skill levels.

Enjoy the fun of the flurry shoot, with a team of 4 shooters shooting repeatedly, as fast as they can load, as birds are released in rapid succession.

Gather a team and enjoy a fun day!

January 7, 2019 Pre-Lent Retreat

A One-day South Wisconsin District Pre-Lent Retreat

The 2019 Concordia Publishing House Lenten Series, “Behold the Man!,” will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, in West Bend, Wisconsin on Monday, January 7, 2019. Pastor Jeffrey Hemmer, author of the book, “ManUp!: The Quest for Masculinity,” will explore the listed theme. Stay tuned for more information, and put the date on your calendar.

(Contact retreat coordinator Rev. Christopher Seifferlein, pastor@emmanueladell.org (920-918-7200) for more information.)

Firm Foundations 2018/2019

August 17, 2018   ♦   October 31, 2018   ♦   February 1, 2019

Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Greenfield

Theme:  “Teaching the Truth”
Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture

Presenter:  Brad Alles

Cost:   $60 – includes all materials

August and October dates feature Brad Alles and the topics of Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture.

February event involves directed site visits to quality area schools along with debriefing and planning activities.

August 17  –  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (no lunch)
Opening service at 10:00 a.m. with the LHSAGM High School staffs; joint opening service followed by Brad Alles setting the stage for the year and teaching regarding Christian World View, etc.

October 31  –  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

February 1, 2019  –  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Deadline to register is August 8.

 

October 13 – Lutheran World Relief Box Car Loading

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.m.

The Loading site will take place at:
12th Street and Mt. Vernon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Walling at 262.514.0113 or 262.389.8225. For details see www.lwr.org or LWR booklet “Be Involved”. Hope to see you there!

 

August 19 – RESTART, Youth Event, Immanuel, Brookfield

Restart: End of Summer Party
For Middle and High School Youth 

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could restart the summer? Ok, we can’t do that, but we CAN celebrate together one last time before the fall and gather in the hope that Christ gives us. Through his grace and forgiveness, it is possible to restart!

Middle and high school students from all over the South Wisconsin District are invited to join in the fun. There will be tons of games, a rock wall, music, worship, bonfire, service projects, and food. Everything is free! Everyone is welcome but you must register! Each church is expected to bring adequate adult leadership.

August 19, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 PM

Immanuel Lutheran Church
13445 Hampton Rd.
Brookfield

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Register by August 12.

 

 


Questions: 
Contact Nathan Ballard – nballard@goblc.org

September 25-26 – Administrators’ Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

September 25-26, 2018
Administrators’ Conference
Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

“Culturally Responsive Schools”
Presenter:
  Rev. Keith Haney

Cost:  $75 per person

Conference Schedule

Golfing
We are planning on having a tee time in the early afternoon of Monday, September 24 at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells. Of course, this is dependent on the weather. The cost for this would be approximately $50-$60 for 18 holes, to be paid at the time of golf. Please indicate on your registration if you are interested in playing. If you check yes or unsure, Albert Amling or Michael Yurk will be in touch with you during the week of September 4 with further details. 

Bowling/Hospitality on Tuesday evening following the banquet. You can indicate during registration if you would like to bowl.

Lodging
Reservations can be made by calling the Kalahari Resort, 877-253-5466 by Saturday, August 25. Ask for a room in the LCMS 2018 Administrators’ Conference block. Our room rate is $114 per night.

Online Registration
Register for the conference by Monday, September 10.

 

 

August 18 – Every One His Witness at Pilgrim, Wauwatosa

The South Wisconsin District will hold an “Every One His Witness” Workshop this August. The focus of this LCMS evangelism workshop is aimed at helping Lutherans share the Gospel with those whom God has placed in their everyday lives.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018

Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2664 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa

Cost: $14 per person covers workshop materials and lunch

Please feel free to use this PDF Bulletin insert/registration form at your church or to share with others.

Online registration for this workshop is available.

Find out more about this evangelism module at this Every One His Witness link.

If you have further questions, please call the District office at 414-464-8100.

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Statement regarding the stability of the existing structure of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Posted June 5, 2018

On Tuesday May 15, 2018 the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church building, located at 1046 North 9th St., in downtown Milwaukee, caught fire and burned. Many watched as the roof collapsed and flames licked the window sills and gables while the Milwaukee Fire Department worked hard to extinguish the flames.

On the morning of Wednesday May 16, 2018 some of our parish leaders were able to tour the sanctuary and identify items for salvage. A great deal of damage was done to the historic interior and the members of Trinity were heartbroken, but not without hope.

In Jeremiah 29:56 we find a great deal of comfort as God our Father promises those in exile they will have a future by telling them to, “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.” What a marvelous anticipation of the New Testament Gospel we find in these sentences as a future hope and promise is ensured.

We were recipients of God’s provision, yet again, when Pierce Engineers Inc. (PE), visited our facility on May 30 to inspect the existing structure and determine the condition of the existing masonry walls. We met with our engineers on Friday June 1, and learned the existing walls and gables, upon providing temporary shoring/bracing, are stable and appear to be in satisfactory condition for reconstruction without needing any demolition.

We have retained Triad Construction, INC. to stabilize the walls and put a roof on the building so salvage of the sanctuary interior can begin. Our intent is to rebuild so that the Gospel of Christ crucified for the sin of mankind can continue to be proclaimed for many generations to come.

We are thankful for the provision of God, our Father, as we continue to gather as a faithful community of believers to receive the promise of forgiveness, grace, mercy and peace. We gather to hear the very words of Jesus Christ when He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:2830). We gather and know the peace only Christ can give and are joyful.

We are thankful for the Milwaukee community as you have been generous, gracious, loving and kind. We are thankful to the administration of MATC who have provided us with a temporary place to worship while we seek a more ‘temporary permanent’ location. We are thankful for the different churches who have offered us a place of refuge while we rebuild. We are thankful for the kind words and letters we have received from people all over the world.

To God be the glory!

On behalf of Trinity, questions may be directed to the Reverend Jonah P. Burakowski at 414.617.0792 or at jburakowski@swd.lcms.org


Posted May 18, 2018

A statement from the Church Council of Trinity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

First, we would like to express our thanks and praise to God our Almighty Father, maker of Heaven and earth, for His provision and care.  He made our church possible by bringing together people to receive His forgiveness and grace through His Word and Sacraments.  For 140 years people have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached reminding generations that Christ died for our sins and that “He is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  We are grateful and we, “Give thanks to the Lord; for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1).

A lot has transpired since our church burned on Tuesday, May 15.  Many have offered their kind words of encouragement; Milwaukee churches of different denominations have offered their space for worship, and we have received many calls offering help and assistance.  We have experienced mercy and grace and we quickly learned of the love of our city.

God has, and continues to richly provide as evidenced by the building He provided and the fact no one was hurt on Tuesday.  We know it will be awhile before we can return to worship on the corner of 9th and Highland – but we are confident we will return.

Until then, we will need to find a place to continue to gather to hear His Word and receive His Sacraments.  We are working with our District to secure a more permanent temporary location but this Sunday, May 20, we will worship together at 10:00 AM on the campus of the Milwaukee Area Technical College in the C Auditorium.

We are grateful to our neighbor MATC and Dr. Vicki Martin, President of MATC for offering us the space for worship and fellowship as we gather for the first time away from Trinity.


If you would like to help, you may make a donation here online (select “Trinity MKE fund”), or mail your gift to:
SWD-Trinity MKE fund
8100 West Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53222

November 1-2 – North/South Teachers’ Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

North/South Wisconsin Districts Teachers’ Conference
November 1-2, 2018
Kalahari Resort and Conference Center

THEME:   “Overcome”  I John 5:2-5

KEYNOTES:

David Cooks
Rev. Jeff Schrank

FEATURED SPEAKER:  Ted Neitzke

REGISTRATION FEE: $110 per person (includes meals)

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** NEW THIS YEAR **

  • Separate high school track
  • Built-in time for grade level/content level sharing

 

 

 

 


Sectionals – updated 9/4/18
Presenters – updated 8/30/18


Each staff member should complete the registration worksheet and return it to their administrator. This will assist with online registration. Registration deadline is October 15. 

 

 

 

 


LODGING:    $114 for a standard room (two queen beds)
Room reservations need to be made by September 29. Contact the Kalahari at 877-253-5466. Ask for a room in the block “North/South Teachers’ Conference – LCMS 2018. They should provide information on submitting your tax exempt certificate.

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If you are interested in being a part of this conference, here is contact information for the various areas:

 

2018 South Wisconsin District Convention

CLICK HERE for live streaming.

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,  Exhibitors Information will be mailed in 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 Voting Delegate Convention Accreditation Fill-In Form (Must be mailed in with signature)

2018 Convention Workbook


Today’s Business

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #1

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #1 Addendum Exhibitors and Nomination Consent Form

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #2

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #3

 


Registration and Housing information

Online registration is now CLOSED for the 2018 District Convention at Concordia University Wisconsin, June 10-12.

You can use this Registration Form when you register. Mail the registration form and check (if you are staying at CUW or eating any meals)  to the District office, attn:  Robin.

Hotel Information

Lodging Information (at CUW)

Convention Meals


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

Disaster Relief Teams

The March 9-16 Disaster Relief Team #6 trip to Port Arthur, Texas completes the Winter/Spring cycle of our Mercy Ministry assistance for Hurricane Harvey. Please stay tuned as one more larger group is to be planned and scheduled for Fall of 2018!


Registration and payment is on a first come basis, and the liability form must be received the week prior to departure.  Once you register you will receive a confirmation email securing your spot on a team which will include a suggested packing list.  All registered participants must be 18 or older (future youth trips are being considered) and each individual should bring an insurance card with them to Texas.This 12-person volunteer team will travel by van and stay at Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur. Work will include site preparation, drywall installation, home restoration, and site clean-up.

Please complete all the fields in the registration and liability forms as this is important information. Please note, a non-refundable $25 background check fee is required to complete your registration. Refunds cannot be issued if you are unable to attend.

Registration and Liability Forms
Open and complete the PDF Registration Form and email it to Burakowski@swd.lcms.org. Click here to pay your $25 fee for a background check (choose “Disaster Relief” from the drop-down menu).

Complete the Liability Form, sign it and mail or email it to the District office one week prior to departure (address below).

The cost is $25 per volunteer for required background checks. Your prayers and monetary donations are also welcome to support the efforts of our relief teams. Contributions may be made on our website, or mailed to:
SWD Hurricane Relief
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Please note in the memo line:
“SWD Hurricane Relief.”

Please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at Burakowski@swd.lcms.org or (414) 464-8101 if you have immediate questions.

Information for future Disaster Relief Team trips will be coming this summer.

Specific Trip Information

Shower facilities: Provided (gymnasium) but bring your own towel and toiletries
Laundry: Available
Accommodations: Gender specific space with cots available but you should bring your own bedding
Meals: Teams will prepare daily meals (food provided) but meals while traveling will be your responsibility
Cost: $25.00 for the necessary background check

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast Preparation
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Lunch Packing
8:15 AM Depart for Worksites
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
4:30 PM Depart Worksite
5:30 PM Dinner Preparation
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Debrief and devotion
11:00 PM Lights out

Team Breakdown
Site Manager
The Site Manager is an experienced resident professional, provided by the Texas District, who will manage the site and provide all of the direction to the team.

Team Leader
The Team Leader is a volunteer responsible for facilitating the group schedule by coordinating daily tasks such as meals, showers, travel, and communication with the Site Manager.  The Team Leader should have some experience with basic construction skills and will work with the Site Manager on assigning Team Members to various work site tasks.  Transportation will be the responsibility of the Team Leader and they will assist the Site Manager in the safe and efficient use of tools.

Team Member
The Team member is a volunteer responsible for working at the site, assisting in preparing daily meals and providing compassion to local community members.

Tools
You are encouraged to bring your own tools (travel space is limited), but tools will be provided at the work site. Each member should bring the following:

  • Durable Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hat or Head Covering
  • 2 or 3 N95 Dust/Face Masks or other higher NIOSH labeled Dust/Face Mask of your choosing

 

St. Paul’s, Grafton Principal Receives National Recognition

Mr. Michael Yurk, principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Grafton was selected as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals established the program in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

“Mr. Yurk was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a nationwide search process conducted by The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS),” said Mr. Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools for the LCMS.

A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mr. Yurk previously held the position of Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Luther High School North in Chicago, Illinois.  He has served as principal of St. Paul Lutheran School since 2008.

In October, Mr. Yurk and his wife will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, private and overseas schools.

Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

During Mr. Yurk’s tenure at St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Paul has been honored with National Lutheran School Exemplary Status.  Mr. Yurk was named the 2016-17 South Wisconsin District Administrator of the Year and was a finalist for the Herb Kohl Excellence in Education Leadership Award in 2017.  Mr. Yurk currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Educators Association (LEA).

Since its inception, the LCMS School Ministry has served as a Lutheran School professional educational association and now represents 2080 elementary school principals throughout the nation.  The LCMS maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 members worldwide.