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…
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.
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 email@example.com
A Higher Things Youth Retreat
February 18-19, 2007
Trinity Lutheran Church
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:
- via online registration at – www.higherthings.org/retreats/registrations
- Rev. John Berg – firstname.lastname@example.org – (920) 458-8246
- Patrick Sturdivant, Higher Things Retreat Coordinator, email@example.com
Click below for more information, registration form and bulletin inserts.
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.
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.
As 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!
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.
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.
Since 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!
Please contact the district office at 414-464-8100 if you have any questions or would like additional information.
April 1, 2017
Rib Mt Lutheran Church
3010 Eagle Ave.
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.
“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:
We are and will be “Courageous” by:
- Faith in Christ
- “Growth” Mindset and Vision
- 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.
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.
A 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.
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.