October 10 – Philippians Workshop

The Philippians workshop is a free event that is designed to bring together pastors and congregational lay leaders, to discuss what the struggles are with stewardship in the congregation, and who are reluctant to have that intentional stewardship focus.

When?
:
   Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Where?:  South Wisconsin District Office

RSVP:     To register, contact Barb Slak at 414-292-0745 or slak@swd.lcms.org by October 6, 2017

For additional information on the workshop, contact Rev. Nathan Meador at 920-893-3071 or pastormeador@gmail.com

October 3-4 – Retired Pastors, Wives & Retreat

If you are a retired pastor, be sure to save this date on your calendar now! You and your wife will surely want to attend this year’s Retired Pastors, Wives & Widows retreat at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, Wis.

We will celebrate God’s blessings to us through Luther’s Reformation with a personal look at the lives of Martin and Katie Luther through historic research of David Wiedenkeller and his wife Mary.

Dr. Dan Paavola, of CUW, will lead a Bible study that focuses on the life of faith Luther showed, especially through his home and the spiritual  vitality of his relationship with his wife Katie. And through Luthers’s Bible translation, catechism and other works, he gave the tools for such a life of faith in the home of all believers.

Steven Gruenwald (CPS-Worker Wellness) will speak to the group about health and wellness, sharing ways to better enjoy the years of retirement.

Tuesday night’s entertainment will feature Rev. Alan Boeck on his guitar with a sampler from his vast collection of music.

All retired pastors and wives living in Wisconsin, along with our pastors’ widows, are invited to come. If you do not receive your registration information in the mail by August 1, or for any other questions, please contact Peg Raabe at 414-292-0744 or raabe@swd.lcms.org. You can also download the complete information from the Registration Brochure button and mail it in. Or you can register online with the form that appears below.

 

2017/2018 Firm Foundations


Firm Foundations – Professional Development

August 14, 2017
November 3, 2017
February 2, 2018 

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

Focus:  Patrick Lencioni’s book “The Ideal Team Player”

All participants are required to purchase and bring the book with them to the sessions.

Schedule
August 14 – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
November 3 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
February 2 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
 

* times are subject to change

Registration Fee:  $60 – book is not included in the registration fee.

Register online by Friday, August 4.

 

August 11 – New Teacher Orientation

 

 

 

 

New Teacher Orientation
Friday, August 11, 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

South Wisconsin District
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee

This FREE orientation is for first-year teachers to the South Wisconsin District.

Topics include:

  • Concordia Plan Services
  • Professional Ethics of Teaching
  • Lutheran Teaching in the SWD

PLEASE BRING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE – LAPTOP OR I-PAD.

A light breakfast will be provided.

Register online by August 1

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.

Storm clean-up at Camp LuWiSoMo

Helpers who came to assist with the cleanup are (front L to R): Joanne and Bob Burgardt, Ray Ottman. (Top L to R): Terry Schmeckpeper, Jeff and Peter Wegmann.

Terrible storms and high winds were the stories of the day on June 14 and 15 in many parts of Wisconsin. Our District’s Camp LuWiSoMo near Wildwood suffered in the aftermath. At least 50 large trees were downed and they were without power, leaving the camp in great distress.

A call went out from Pastor Bill Wagner, Chairman of the District’s Disaster Response committee, to summon anyone who would be willing and able to help clean up the debris and make a lot of firewood out of the fallen trees.

A group of six volunteers reported to the camp with their work clothes, gloves and saws. A report came back from Terry Schmeckpeper, a member of the Disaster Response committee, later that weekend.

“We surveyed the camp and restored the electric fence line at the stables. Several trees had fallen on the fence, but no horses escaped,” he reported. They also opened up the horse trail that the camp uses most as there were lots of fallen trees across the path.

Many trees and branches were cleared by the team on the path to the beach and others were removed from the bike shed’s roof. There are still more trees down but none critical to running the camp. And other than the roof of the bike shed, there was no property damage and no people were harmed.

More tree clearing work is available if you bring a group. Call camp to arrange a day–920-622-3350.  

August 17 – Tax Workshop for Rostered Church Workers

Tax Workshop for Rostered Church Workers
Thursday, August 17
District Office
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee

  • What are the tax implications for being a Called worker in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod?
  • Do your Call papers talk about a housing allowance?
  • What is the self-employment tax?
  • Are you confused about how and when to file your taxes?

Jason Rose, a Registered Tax Return Preparer and Investment Advisor Representative, will walk you through all of the basics of church worker taxes, including the housing allowance and self-employment taxes.

Registration for this event will be limited to 75 people. Priority will be given to first year rostered teachers and pastors.

Schedule

5:00 p.m.                   Dinner
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.        Tax Workshop presented by Jason Rose
6:45 – 7:30 p.m.        Questions

Registration

First year rostered teachers/spouses and pastors/spouses– FREE

All Others – $10 per attendee

November 3-5 – State Youth Gathering

Wisconsin State Youth Gathering
November 3-5, 2017

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells

Everyone needs a hero. And yet, the older we get the more we realize that heroes aren’t supernatural. The best hero stories are those of ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. Scripture is filled with accounts like these. David, Esther, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These accounts aren’t random. They aren’t disconnected. They are part of a single narrative in which every hero points beyond itself to one who is greater, one who is better, one who is true. “HERO” will lead participants on an action filled journey that reveals the greatest, better, truest hero of all- Jesus. Jesus, our hero who comes to save.

Theme Verse:  Hebrew 1:1-4

Who:  High school age youth

Registration:  $90 per person

Hotel:
Friday Night – $139
Saturday Night – $149

Online registration will be available in August.

Highlights

  • Speakers from the NYG
  • Candlelight worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, WI Dells
  • Lock-in at the Kalahari waterpark on Saturday evening
  • Sunday morning youth group Bible studies

Questions? Contact Robin Mueller or Chris Cody

2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series

The 2017-18 Concordia Pastors Conference series will be held at Concordia University Wisconsin on each of the seven Mondays listed below, from September to April. On each of the seven Mondays, pastors are invited to a free lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Lakeshore Room. The program topic is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the same room. No advance registration is needed.

September 25, 2017 Dr. Brian German Revisiting Luther’s “Sola Scriptura”
October 30, 2017 Dr. Timothy Maschke The Seven Faces of Luther: Luther’s Lasting Legacy
November 27, 2017 Dr. Thomas Feiertag The Influence of Far Eastern Religions on our Culture and Church
January 29, 2018 Dr. Jason Lane Funeralia: The Art of Funeral Preaching in the Lutheran Church
February 26, 2018 Dr. Jason Soenksen Pursuing the Problem of Prophecy: A Reader’s Guide to Micah
March 19, 2018 Dr. Daniel Paavola Upholders, Obligers, Questioners, and Rebels: Your Ministry Among Gretchen Rubin’s “Four Tendencies”
April 30, 2018 Rev. Steve Smith Faith in the Fight: Civil War Chaplains

 

August 4 – Early Childhood Literacy Festival

August 4, 2017
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon

“Come sniff out an adventure!”

Speaker:  Laura Dronzek
Laura received widespread recognition for her illustrations in children’s books. She is also respected as an accomplished landscape, animal portrait and still life artist.

Mini-concert with Ryan McIntrye – Ryan will share his music for young children ranging from quiet, relaxing, naptime music to lively music that keeps the “beat” and the “feet” moving along.

Teacher Rummage Sale – Back by popular demand, feel free to bring one box full of gently used teacher items to donate and be ready to shop!

Cost:  $90 – includes workshops, breakfast, ice cream and lunch!


Schedule, workshops and registration

 


 

 

Questions? Contact Dr. Seider:  candyce.seider@cuw.edu or 262-424-2151 or 262-252-3626.

 

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 $45 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 print this registration flyer and mail it in.  Questions? Contact Peg Raabe at the District office (414-292-0744; raabe@swd.lcms.org) 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.

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.

Flyer 2017

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.