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 $42 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 contact Peg Raabe at the District office (414-292-0744; raabe@swd.lcms.org).  Questions? Contact Peg or Dewey Rose (dewtamrose@wi.rr.com).

 

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.

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 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.

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.