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.

Your “Spring Cleaning” can help Blessed Again resale shop!

SPRING HOUSE CLEANING? WE CAN HELP – Spring is here and it is time to spruce things up around the house. Blessed Again Resale Shop would like to help by offering you a place to donate those items you no longer need. Blessed Again, located at 7624 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee, exists to support A Place of Refuge, our LCMS ministry to pregnant women and their children. Items can be dropped off at Blessed Again between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please consider donating furniture, household appliances, clothing (for all ages), shoes, jewelry, toys, artwork, books, radio’s, TV’s, entertainment centers, etc. Volunteers are always welcome. Please call 414-464-9099 for more information.

If you would like to use a bulletin insert to share with your congregation, feel free to click on the button.

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 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.

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LWML Scholarship Application available

The LWML South Wisconsin District has been blessed to be able to award scholarships each year since 1991 to women from South Wisconsin District who are preparing for church work in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. An endowment was established to assist women with their undergraduate education. The number and amount of scholarships varies from year to year depending on the funds available that year. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.

Who may apply?  Active female members of congregations of the South Wisconsin District of the LCMS who are residents of the SWD prior to college and are preparing for “full-time service in the LCMS” are encouraged to apply. An applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate at one of the educational institutions of the Synod for the 2017-2018 school year.  (Full-time service in the church is defined as any position available through the Board of Assignments of the Synod.)

How to apply?  Complete the LWML application forms and return them to the LWML SWD Scholarship Committee. All applications and references must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2017.  Application instructions and forms are available online at the LWML SWD website: www.lwml-swd.org.

Mail your completed application to:
Diane Kitzerow, Chair
LWML-SWD Scholarship Committee
N100 W5880 Oxford Dr.
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Telephone:  262-352-7214

Email:  dianelwml@att.net

If you know of a young woman who qualifies for this exciting opportunity, please share this information with her and encourage her to apply.

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.

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.

Do you play the keyboard?

Pastor Timothy Oswald, of Hope Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes, is in need of a volunteer who can play the keyboard to provide music for liturgies and hymns at worship services for recruits in training at Great Lakes Navy Recruit Training Command, just over the border in Illinois. He recently retired as a Navy Chaplain, but is filling in from now until late spring of 2017. Services are on Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This is a marvelous opportunity to support 20-60 young LCMS men and women to persevere in their faith at critical transition times (boot camp) in which many would otherwise be lost to the church! The volunteer would need to travel to the base at North Chicago IL. The volunteer would need to be able to pass a background check in order to gain access to the Naval Base.

If you have this talent and might be the answer to Pastor Oswald’s prayer, please call him for more information at 757-831-6948.

An invitation to give!

baptism-2-6-16-2As the year comes to a close and we celebrate the gift that God gave us through His holy Child at Christmas, we rejoice in the peace that accompanies the forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake. But can you imagine not knowing that peace, living in a community where you don’t speak English and may not know the love of Jesus?

Did you know there are many LCMS congregations right here in the South Wisconsin District that are bringing peace, hope, and love to Hispanic individuals and families? There are baptisms, catechesis, special events, and Lutheran educational initiatives. Our District ministry to our Hispanic brothers and sisters is growing quickly and in all geographical directions.

As our heavenly Father sent Jesus to accomplish His will, so our Lord has now sent us to serve in many and varied ways to share His peace.  Become a ministry partner to the Hispanic families in our District by praying for them.  Please also consider a gift to support the various Hispanic missional needs of the South Wisconsin District.

For more information, or to make a gift by phone, please call Barb Slak at the District office, 414-292-0745, or click on the “Give Now” button below and select “2016 Year End Appeal” from the drop-down menu. We thank you, and may God grant you a blessed New Year!

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April 1, 2017 – Wisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl

bible-logoWisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl 2017

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.

INFORMATION   ♦   RULES    ♦   REGISTRATION

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

Firm Foundations 2016/2017

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“BUILDING COURAGEOUS CLASSROOMS FOR CHRIST!”

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

SCHEDULE

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.

COST

$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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“Go and make disciples …”

Vicar David Blas, since his induction for Hispanic ministry in South Wisconsin District on January 10, has been embracing the Hispanic community in the Sheboygan County area. “THE LORD is doing great things at Sheboygan County Hispanic Outreach! He is bringing the people who need to be here in order to hear The Gospel and be saved! I’m really happy and humble to be up here in Sheboygan County!” said Vicar Blas.

5-DE-MAYO-1A Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Child event was hosted on April 30 at Immanuel in Sheboygan. There was a service of worship, food and fellowship, and games for the kids. Many smiles were seen!  Approximately 70 attended the event and many people were asking when the Outreach would begin to have worship services.

On May 22 the Outreach worked with Pastor Alan Kretschmar of St. Paul, Sheboygan, to conduct the their first baptism! A third grade girl was welcomed into the family of God through those precious waters of Holy Baptism! But that is not the end of the excitement for the Outreach and St. Paul. Next year, this young lady will become a student at St. Paul’ school. The Outreach is continuing to forge partnerships that share the Gospel as well as connect Hispanics to Lutheran schools. Immanuel, Sheboygan, also has had students enroll for next school year because of the work of the Outreach.

The first worship service was held on June 5, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary of Immanuel in Sheboygan. District President, Rev. Dr. John Wille, commented, “It is a story of Amazing Grace to see this Latino mission get underway in, of all places, Sheboygan! I give thanks for the pastors and congregations in Sheboygan who have moved this forward in partnership with SWD. Vicar Blas is passionate about reaching out to the Latinos in the area. Whenever we confess Christ as Lord and Savior, people are blessed and we with them.”

According to Rev. Nathan Meador, “This mission effort has been designed through the South Wisconsin District and the tri-circuits in the Sheboygan area. Besides the support of the District and these churches, a number of donors from the District have supported this mission effort.” Thanks be to God for ALL that He does in our District. bible-study-eammanuel-2

Going forward, your congregation is invited to prayerfully consider becoming a partner in this ministry. If your congregation is willing to make a financial contribution to this mission, please share that with the Steering Committee through Pastor Meador at St. John, Plymouth. The telephone number is 920-893-3071. In addition, there will be the need to gather a list of people for the vicar/missionary to contact when he gets his boots on the ground. Most important, please commit this mission opportunity in our own back yard (nearly 10% of Sheboygan County is Hispanic in origin) to prayer.

Vicar David Blas is very passionate for his work in Sheboygan County. If you would like Vicar Blas to speak with your congregation, please coordinate this with Rev. Meador.

If you have any questions about this mission opportunity or any other mission project of the district, contact the District staff at 414-464-8100.