Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

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

June 23 – Krankin’ For Kids

Lutheran Special School and Education Services

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2018 for a great charity bike ride!  Bike enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can enjoy a summer ride along the scenic paved roads and trails of Ozaukee and Washington Counties, with a choice of 36-mile, 15-mile, or 5-mile routes. Routes start and end at Trinity Lutheran Church on Freistadt Road in Mequon.

We also have a two-mile+ fun walk to encourage more participants of all ages and fitness levels to be part of this event! Even if you don’t bike, but you want to be able to participate in a charitable and recreational adventure — this is for you! Bring children, family, friends to enjoy a walk through the historic cemeteries of Trinity Lutheran Church, along mowed nature paths, and down a country road past notable Lindenwood Farm and school.

And all are invited to the post-walk/ride activities at the historical site on Trinity’s campus. There will be lunch, musical entertainment, sports massages, family activities, and great raffle prizes!

The event supports the students and programs of LSSES, helping children with learning and emotional challenges realize their true potential.

Register at www.lsses.org or call 414-461-8500.

District Financial Aid

The South Wisconsin District offers grants for students from our District who are attending a Concordia University or Seminary, preparing to be a full-time church worker (pastor, teacher, deaconess, lay minister, DPM, DCE, DCO, DFLM).

There are two applications that need to be completed.

The deadline is May 15.

Click Here for information on how to apply.

June 9 – Director’s Retreat – Early Childhood

SWD Early Childhood Committee presents
Director’s Retreat

June 9, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sheboygan Lutheran High School
3323 University Dr.
Sheboygan

The day will begin with devotions at Sheboygan Lutheran High School, followed by a guided tour of Bookwork Gardens. Lunch will be at the high school, with a guest speaker and closing activities.

Dress for the weather:  Rain or Shine

Cost:  $10 / person

Flyer and Schedule

 

 

Register by May 25.

June 15 – Noah’s Ark Youth and Family Day

Friday, June 15, 2018

Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells

Invite your family, friends and neighbors for a day of fun!

$16 – includes a hot dog, chips and soda lunch

Order your passes online by Wednesday, June 6. You will pick up your passes at Noah’s Ark on the day of the event.

 

 

Questions? Contact Robin Mueller at the District office.

 

April 22 – Together in Christ, Early Childhood Workshop – Mequon

 

 

Trinity Early Childhood Center
10729 W. Freistadt Rd.
Mequon

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer for our daily bread.  The Lord is so good and gracious that He provides us with not only all that we need to support our life but more than we need.  He provides for us spiritually through His Word, the forgiveness of sins, and the promise of Eternal Life.  Our daily bread extends far beyond our food.  We know that our loving Father provides health, protection and our talents.

The Old and New Testament give many examples of how God provided food for His people.  God’s love for His people is shown on a continuous basis.  They trusted Him for their daily bread and we can lead the children we teach to rely and trust in God to provide for their needs.  We can teach the children to be thankful and trustful for God’s abundant love shown to all people.

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!

Cost:  $20 per person

This workshop is for teachers working with infants-3rd grade.

Registry Hours Available.

Register online by April 10.

 

May 9 – Spring Retreat for 55 & Up

Wednesday, May 9 at Cedar Valley, West Bend.

“From One Generation to the Next” is our theme for this spring’s retreat. Dr. Patrick Ferry, President of CUW, will help us reflect on how God keeps His promises from one generation to the next, and Dr. Louis Mueller, also of CUW, will show us ways to keep living and MOVING in Him. Registration is $60 for the day that includes a light breakfast and hearty lunch. There will also be an optional Tuesday evening (May 8) dinner and fellowship followed by a presentation by author Rochelle Pennington about “The Endurance”, a 1914 trans-Atlantic adventure. For complete information and registration, download the registration brochure (below) or call Peg at the District office, 414-292-0744.

 

Firm Foundations 2018/2019

Firm Foundations
August 17, 2018
October 31, 2018
February 2019 – TBD

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

More details coming soon!

April 21 – Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Miami Marlins
6:10 pm

Join us for a night of fun and fellowship.

Please check with your church or school to see if they are organizing a group. If so, order your tickets through them.

Flyer 2018

 

 

Ticket orders are due by Wednesday, April 11.
Tickets will be mailed to the contact person on the ticket order.

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

DATE: November 1-2, 2018

WHERE: Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, WI Dells

THEME:  “Overcome”  I John 5:25

REGISTRATION FEE:     $110 per person

HOTEL: $114 for a standard room

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** NEW THIS YEAR **

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

Details will be posted as they become available.

Registration will be available in August.

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

 

2018 South Wisconsin District Convention

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


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

 

2017 NLSA School Shepherd Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2017-18 NLSA School Shepherd, Pastor Peter A. Schmidt, who serves at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pastor Schmidt has faithfully service this school and congregation since 1995.

The Lutheran School Shepherd Award has been established by National Lutheran School Accreditation to honor a faithful pastor who has provided outstanding encouragement, support and service to his school. This award allows NLSA to honor an outstanding school pastor. In addition, we can identify the practices and tangible means of support that have impacted his school in many positive ways. Through this process, NLSA also recognizes many faithful pastors who were nominated by their district and provide extraordinary support, service and encouragement for Lutheran schools throughout the United States.

Pastors are nominated by accreditation visiting teams during an NLSA site visit and endorsed by their district as candidates for this award. Each nominee must complete an application packet that illustrates the following traits. All pastors who were nominated have demonstrated exemplary support and encouragement for their school and are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Understands and articulates a clear philosophy of Lutheran Education.
  • Provides spiritual encouragement, guidance and support for the school.
  • Engages and participates in school activities.
  • Works well with the school governing body and/or parent advisory associations.
  • Champions the school.

When answering the question “Why do you love your school?” Pastor Schmidt replied, “It is because of the joy of daily seeing the Holy Spirit work in a setting where Jesus is unashamedly welcomed and worshiped, and His love is modeled by teachers, staff, volunteers and students. For me, any education without quality instruction in the Word of God is an incomplete education.”

Pastor Schmidt went on to say, “While at a conference over 20 years ago, I heard former Nebraska District President, Eldor Meyer, make the comment to pastors, A good shepherd smells like his sheep. I have had the joy and privilege of serving in a pasture that includes a Lutheran grade school with many sheep that are not necessarily members of our congregation, but are still a part of the Beautiful Savior family. I am very thankful for the privilege of being able to share Jesus and His love through teaching His Word and, by God’s grace, exemplifying what it means to follow Christ.”

Pastor Schmidt’s service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and school exemplifies the traits of a faithful school shepherd. NLSA is pleased to recognize his service and contributions to Lutheran education.

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 – 12:00 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.