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.

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

Advent resources

Resources for Advent and Christmas

Individuals, congregations and schools can find resources that help us recognize and celebrate Advent and Christmas from Concordia Publishing House, Lutheran Hour Ministries, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the LCMS. Explore the many ideas that they have to offer.

Here is a link that will take you there: Advent and Christmas resources

 

April 7, 2018 – Wisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl

bible-logoWisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl 2018

April 7, 2018

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:  “Genesis”   (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

Thankfully Sharing

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3:17 ESV

On Thanksgiving Day we will offer our prayers of praise, thanksgiving and supplication before we participate in an annual feast surrounded by friends and family.  We will enjoy a great deal of bounty; reflecting on the generosity of our heavenly Father Who has provided and continues to provide in abundance.

Since 2011, Brookfield Lutheran Church and the South Wisconsin District have been partnering together to provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in Milwaukee, Racine and Beloit. Individuals and congregations have shared some of their bounty with others, giving with a thankful heart from the gifts they have received.

The goal this year is to touch the lives of 972 families with baskets containing a turkey, green beans, corn, rice, yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and topping, dinner rolls and apple juice. The members of Brookfield Lutheran Church will assemble and deliver the baskets as they have since 1993. But they need partners to help in this annual day of sharing.

Each basket costs approximately $30, and your generous financial gift will go a long way in sharing some of God’s abundance with others.  A financial donation of any size is appreciated and so are your prayers for the blessings of God upon this effort to share mercy and grace with others.

Information on how to make a donation can be found on the bulletin insert. Please feel free to share this! As always, if you have any questions please speak with your pastor or call the South Wisconsin District office at (414) 464-8100.

Disaster Relief Teams

The South Wisconsin District is partnering with the Texas District and Trinity Lutheran Church – Port Arthur to provide hurricane relief assistance in Port Arthur.  We are forming volunteer teams that will drive to Texas to provide mercy and assistance by preparing studs for drywall, removing damaged flooring, hanging drywall and assisting in site clean-up.

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.

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.

Disaster Relief Teams are forming now for the following dates:

October 21 – 29 – Closed
November 4 – 12 – Closed
December 2 – 10 – (0 remaining seat)
January 6 – 14 – (0 remaining seats)
January 20 – 28 – (0 remaining seats)

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


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 (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).

Support Texas Disaster Relief with a gift:
Monetary donations are being accepted to support the efforts of our relief teams ONLINE (select “Disaster relief” from drop-down menu), or may be sent 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.

Feel free to use this 8.5 X 11 Poster and this Bulletin Insert to share with your congregation.

October 21 – Lutheran Night at the Milwaukee Admirals

Saturday, October 21

6 pm vs. Rockford
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

Tickets:  $20

Join the Admirals and fellow Lutherans in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! PLUS, each Lutheran Night ticket comes with an exclusive Martin Luther Bobblehead.

PLUS… See our new mission executive, Rev. Jonah Burakowski, as one of the human hockey pucks!

Check with your church or school office to see if they are organizing a group or order tickets online. For more information on tickets and group seating, contact Ryan McCampbell (414-227-0883) at the Milwaukee Admirals and let him know you are with the South Wisconsin District.

 

SWD Teacher/Administrator Awards – Nominations are now open!

The nomination process for the Kohl Foundation and SWD Teacher/Administrator awards are now open! We know that the South Wisconsin District is home to amazing teachers and principals, so please nominate some of our worthy candidates. You are encouraged to share this nomination information with all school stakeholders: faculty members, parents, board members, etc. More information is available on the Kohl Foundation website.

Nomination deadline has been extended to October 6.


South Wisconsin District Teacher/Administrator of the Year
Each January, the South Wisconsin District recognizes our Teacher(s) and Administrator(s) of the Year Award. In order to nominate someone for an SWD award, you must nominate them for a Kohl Foundation Award below.

Kohl Teacher FellowshipNomination link
The purpose of the Kohl Teacher Fellowship program is to recognize and support teaching excellence and innovation. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s goal is to support Wisconsin teachers in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development.  Selected Kohl teachers and the Wisconsin schools of those teachers will each receive a $6,000 grant from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet.

Fellowship recipients who teach at religious or independent schools automatically become candidates for the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent School Teacher of the Year award.  Classroom teachers in PreK-12 are eligible. Preschool teachers must teach in a Pre-K program that is affiliated with an elementary school.

Kohl Principal LeadershipNomination link
The purpose of the Herb Kohl Principal Leadership program is to recognize and support administrative leadership. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s goal is to support Wisconsin principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. The 4 Kohl Leadership Award recipients from religious and independent schools and the 4 schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet.

Freestanding preschool administrators and teachers are to be nominated through the Nomination Form on the District website.

October 22-23 – Administrators’ Conference

Administrators’ Conference
October 23-24, 2017

Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells

Theme:   Full to Bursting

Speaker:   Gretchen Jameson
Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
Senior Vice President, Strategy & University Affairs

Cost:   $50

Room Reservations:   $112 per night
To make your room reservation, contact the Kalahari Resort at 877-253-5466. Ask for a room in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) room block. Make your reservations by Friday, September 22.

Golf on Tuesday afternoon is optional. You can sign up to golf at the conference.

 

–  Schedule revised 10/11/17

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.

College is tough. You need Jesus.

One of the most challenging times in the lives of Christian families is sending their children off to a secular college or university. Not only are these college students learning how to live away from home, but they are also facing numerous challenges that take them outside of their “comfort zones”.

Help them stay grounded and connected to God’s Word for comfort and reassurance! Please share the following LCMS Campus Ministry locations in Wisconsin with the parents in your congregation, or ask them to share their child’s contact information while away from home with one of the campus ministries listed below. As an additional encouragement to the college students and their parents, you may want to use the bulletin insert from LCMS that invites the names and campus locations of those wishing to get connected to the closest LCMS congregation to their school, wherever that may be. Campus Ministries form.

Here is another resource that may be helpful: LCMS Campus Ministry Information Sheet, as well as a link to the LCMS Campus Ministry website. Or call the District Missions office at 414-292-0744.


Wisconsin LCMS Campus Ministries

UW-La Crosse – Rev. Paul Mundinger, Faith Lutheran, La Crosse, 1407 Main St., 54601; 608-782-3696, pastor@faithonmain.com, www.faithonmain.com

UW-Madison – Rev. Dan Anderson, Calvary Lutheran Chapel, Madison, 701 State St., 53703; 608-215-9526, dan@calvarymadison.org, get updates at Facebook.com/calvarylutheranchapel or www.calvarymadison.org.

UW-Milwaukee; MSOE; Marquette – Rev. Ken Wieting, Luther Memorial Chapel, Shorewood, 3833 N. Maryland Ave., 53211, 414-332-5732; kwieting@lmcusc.org, www.lmcusc.org, www.facebook.com/lmcusc

Upcoming event: Meet-Greet-Eat
Date: Sunday September 10
Time: Divine Service @ 9 a.m.; University Study @ 10:45 a.m.; Lunch and Greeting @ 11:30 a.m.
Location: Luther Memorial Chapel  

UW-Platteville – Rev. Thomas Reeder, Apostles Lutheran Church, Platteville, 6732 Highway 81, 53818; 608-348-9901, alc.platteville@gmail.com, www.alcplatteville.wordpress.com

UW-Stevens Point – Rev. Andrew Weden, Peace Lutheran Campus Center, 1517 Maria Dr., 54481; 715-345-6510, Andy.Weden@uwsp.edu. Get updates at Facebook.com/PeaceLutheranCampusCenter.

UW-Whitewater – Rev. David Emmrich, Living Savior Lutheran, Fort Atkinson, 1661 Janesville Ave., 53538; 920-563-8050, davidemmrich@hotmail.com, www.livingsavior.org.

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.

 

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.

August 29 – Tax Workshop for Rostered Church Workers

Tax Workshop for Rostered Church Workers
Tuesday, August 29 – NEW DATE
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 (youth and adult)

Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 16, 2017

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

To make your room reservation, contact the Kalahari Resort at 877-253-5466. Ask for a room(s) in the State Youth Gathering room block. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Meals are not included in the registration. Groups are responsible for all meals.

Highlights

  • Speakers from the NYG
  • Candlelight worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, WI Dells on Saturday evening
  • Two-hour lock-in at the Kalahari waterpark on Saturday evening
  • Sunday morning mass event

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakout Sessions

Individual Registration Form

Map – Worship Service – Trinity Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Dells

Map – Kalahari Resort

Food Ideas

Things leaders need to know

Pre-Event Bible Study

Post-Event Bible Study 1

Post-Event Bible Study 2

Post-Event Bible Study 3

Questions? Contact Robin Mueller or Chris Cody

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

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.