Congregations… we could use your help!

Dear Partners in Christ,

This past winter the South Wisconsin District updated their database software program. While going through the process of the update, we noticed quite a few contacts that had past leadership positions, old addresses, etc., so we thought it would be very beneficial to update the entire database. This is where we need your help to accomplish this major undertaking.

Please complete this “fill-able” PDF Contact Information Form so we can update our database. This information is only used for the sole purposes of the South Wisconsin District. Then save it as a new file using your church’s name and return it by email attachment to Barb Slak at slak@swd.lcms.org by June 16, 2017.

Your congregation has also received this information and form by mail. If you have already mailed it back to us, there is no need for you to do it online. Thank you for your help with this project. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Barb at 414-292-0745.

Sincerely,

Herman Strozier
SWD Business Manager
414-755-8468
strozier@swd.lcms.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 $42 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 contact Peg Raabe at the District office (414-292-0744; raabe@swd.lcms.org).  Questions? Contact Peg or Dewey Rose (dewtamrose@wi.rr.com).

 

August 19 – A Workshop for Church Musicians, Trinity, Milwaukee

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 1046 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI

 

A Workshop for Church Musicians

“Discovering New Repertoire and Improving Techniques”

Clinicians: Dr. John Behnke and guests

To register, call 414-271-2219 or email: john.behnke@cuw.edu

Please include your name, phone number, email address, and name of church.

Fee: $25 (includes a parking pass) Attend one, two, or all three sessions for $25

  • 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Organ Workshop and New Music Reading Session
  • 10:15 -10:45 a.m. – Coffee Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Choral/Solo Repertoire Workshop and New Music Reading Session
  • 12:15  – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch on your own or order a box lunch ($13.00)
  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Handbell Workshop and New Music Reading Session

Music Purchase Available on Site at 20% Discount

Music at Historic Trinity” offers resources and opportunities to present and enjoy God’s gift of music in Trinity’s magnificent 1878 sanctuary.

June 16 – SWD Youth and Family Day at Noah’s Ark

Join us for a fun day at Noah’s Ark Waterpark!

Friday, June 16

Tickets:  $18  (2 years old and under are free)

Includes a hot dog lunch, chips, pickle and soda.

Order your tickets/passes by Wednesday, June 7. More information (where to pick up your wristbands, lunch location, etc.) will be emailed prior to the event.

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Mueller at the District office.

June 19 – A Trauma-Sensitive Workshop at CUW

A Trauma-Sensitive Toolbox for Teachers:
Meeting the needs of all learners in Christian schools within a fallen and broken world

Monday, June 19, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friends of Concordia Seminar Room
Concordia University Wisconsin’s Mequon Campus

In today’s world it is imperative that educators understand the impact of adverse and traumatic events on children’s physiology and brain functioning as well as how those manifest themselves in their actions and interactions with others, particularly in school. Such understanding will enable educators to become trauma responsive.

This full day seminar will provide background and resources related to trauma along with specific strategies on how to coach students to manage their brain and their actions within school and, ultimately, begin to learn how to cope and compensate more successfully within the classroom and life. This seminar has been designed for educators in Christian schools but is useful for a teacher in any setting.

August 18 – Before School Workshop

Before School Workshop
August 18, 2017

Hales Corners Lutheran Church
12300 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners

8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Registration begins at 8:00.

“Reality is Not Virtual”
Mike McGowan
Educator, consultant, family counselor

Mike speaks about helping classroom children learn the “soft” skills of interacting with each other in the midst of a impersonal culture of screens and devices.

During the last 15 years Mike has given assemblies to tens of thousands of school children each year and has trained thousands of teachers in school districts across the country.

Cost is $15 per person.

Reserve your spot by emailing Karen@lsses.org

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lutheran Special School and Education Services at 414-461-8500.

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

April 29 – Lutheran School Night at Miller Park

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves
6:10 pm

Join us for night of fun and fellowship. Prior to the Brewers game, we will host a Professional Church Workers’ softball game at Helfaer Field.

Please check with your church or school to see if they are ordering tickets. If so, please place your ticket order through them.

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Ticket Order Form 2017

PCW Softball Game Information

Ticket orders are due at the District office by Friday, April 14.

 

 

April 30 – Together in Christ – CUW

An Early Childhood Workshop

April 30, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Mequon

Join us as we play, learn and share our ideas for designing Chapel services for 3K-4K children.  Learn how children can enjoy leading and participating in these services.  We will share how the Chapels are easily adapted for older children by simply changing songs!

Each presentation will also include a variety of Bible Stories that relate to the themes of the Chapel services. We look forward to learning and sharing together!

$20 per person

Registry hours are available.

Register before April 24.

April 3 – Together in Christ, Christ the Life, Waukesha

 

 


An Early Childhood Workshop

April 3, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Christ the Life Preschool
3031 Summit Ave.
Waukesha

 

Join us as we play, learn and share our ideas for designing Chapel services for 3K-4K children.  Learn how children can enjoy leading and participating in these services.  We will share how the Chapels are easily adapted for older children by simply changing songs!

Each presentation will also include a variety of Bible Stories that relate to the themes of the Chapel services. We look forward to learning and sharing together!

$20 per person

Registry hours are available.

Register before March 31.

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 – Reformation Hymn Festival at Mount Olive

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, the Tour and Chamber Choirs of Concordia College-New York will present the Reformation Hymn Festival at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 5327 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee.

The Tour and Chamber Choirs of Concordia College – New York embark annually on domestic tours across the United States. Over the past decade the Concordia Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Jason Thoms, have performed over 300 concerts, assemblies, chapel worship services, in 49 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Germany. This year’s Great Lakes Tour, from May 14th- 26th, the Tour and Chamber Choirs will embark on a 12-day tour of the Midwest and Upstate New York.

This year’s tour program is entitled “500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Hymn Festival”. The program will feature primarily hymn-based choral and instrumental music, as well as offer audiences an opportunity to sing some beloved hymns together with horn and organ. The selections featured in the Hymn Festival will include music of Bach, Christiansen, Schalk, Weber, Ferguson, Walker, and Jason Thoms.

Concordia College – New York is a college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod located in Bronxville, New York just 30 minutes north of New York City. Beginning with a Reformation Service performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1912, The Concordia Choirs established a long standing tradition and later began touring in the late 1930s.

In the summer of 2016, the Concordia Chamber Choir embarked on a 2-week tour of Germany to mark the beginning of a 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration. They recorded a live, concert CD in Wittenberg, Germany, at the very heart of the Reformation origin. On June 25, 2017 the Concordia Choirs will host the “500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Hymn Festival” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This event will feature many of the pieces performed on the Great Lakes tour, including two massed choirs containing a total 400 singers from school, churches and community choirs across the US and Germany, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

For poster, click here:  Mt Olive Tour Choir 500 Poster 2017

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.

 

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…

Feb. 24, Faith & Family Night – Milwaukee Bucks

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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

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

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A Higher Things Youth Retreat

February 18-19, 2017

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.

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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.

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