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.

November 18 – Church Workers Pre-Retirement Workshop

Is Your Retirement On Track?

Please join us for a Church Workers Pre-Retirement Workshop!

Saturday November 18

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

South Wisconsin District Office
8100 W. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222

The South Wisconsin District* and Concordia Plan Services are offering a pre-retirement workshop to help you as you plan for that very important transition in your life: RETIREMENT! Start learning what you’ll need to know about making plans for your future.

*Workers from other districts are also welcome to attend!

Workers of all ages who are serving the Church (especially those age 50 or older) and their spouses are encouraged to attend to begin understanding the process of planning for retirement and all that living in retirement entails. The workshop will cover subject including retirement income and expenses, healthcare in retirement, saving for the future, and planning your retirement lifestyle.

Paul Snyder, Financial Wellness Educator for Concordia Plan Services, will lead this workshop.

$10 per person (Covers morning snack and a light lunch)
Please register for the workshop by Friday October 27.
E-mail: rayner@swd.lcms.org
Call: Karen Rayner at (414) 464-8100 ext. 743

We encourage you to share this information with all benefit-eligible workers at your ministry!

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.

 

 

October 7 – LLL/LHM SWD Annual Meeting

What’s happening?  The SWD-Lutheran Laymen’s League/Lutheran Hour Ministry Annual meeting

  • The date and time?
    Registration: 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m.
    9:30 a.m. program starts
  • Where?
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    13445 Hampton Rd.
    Brookfield, WI (just west of highway 41/45)

YOU are invited and needed as the SWD Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) wants to strengthen our congregations’ outreach to the unchurched in the South Wisconsin District. Prof. Brad Alles from Concordia University Wisconsin will be speaking on Gender Confusion & Clarity and what Scripture and science say about this issue’s impact on our youth and families.

Also Keith Peterson, Ministry Resource Manager for Lutheran Hour Ministry, will be presenting how Lutheran Hour Ministry is using Facebook and other Internet technologies to reach out to the unchurched in our church communities.

Lunch will be served.  Cost per person is $10.00.

For more information, please contact Ed Perkins at edwardperkins@att.net.

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.

October 16-18 – Fall Pastors Conference, Lake Geneva

The Conference Planning Committee would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 2017 Fall Pastors’ Conference which is scheduled for October 16-18 at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd, Fontana, WI 53125, which is on Geneva Lake.  The theme for our conference is It’s Still About Jesus, Preaching the Reformation Today.  Our speakers will be Dr. Peter Nafzger.  He is assistant professor of practical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  In addition, the Rev. Dick Davenport will be talking about “the pastor and depression in ministry”.  We will also be starting a wives session with a panel discussion on the joys of ministry, which will include a wine and cheese bar sponsored by LCEF.  Babysitting options will be available.  The banquet will be on Monday evening and on Tuesday evening will be a social hour.  Rooms must be reserved by September 16.  Please call 1-800-709-1323 to make your room reservation referring to booking ID#1149DX or the South Wisconsin-LCMS.  Room rates for the conference are $119.00.

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.

October 3-4 – Retired Pastors, Wives & Retreat

If you are a retired pastor, be sure to save this date on your calendar now! You and your wife will surely want to attend this year’s Retired Pastors, Wives & Widows retreat at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, Wis.

We will celebrate God’s blessings to us through Luther’s Reformation with a personal look at the lives of Martin and Katie Luther through historic research of David Wiedenkeller and his wife Mary.

Dr. Dan Paavola, of CUW, will lead a Bible study that focuses on the life of faith Luther showed, especially through his home and the spiritual  vitality of his relationship with his wife Katie. And through Luthers’s Bible translation, catechism and other works, he gave the tools for such a life of faith in the home of all believers.

Steven Gruenwald (CPS-Worker Wellness) will speak to the group about health and wellness, sharing ways to better enjoy the years of retirement.

Tuesday night’s entertainment will feature Rev. Alan Boeck on his guitar with a sampler from his vast collection of music.

All retired pastors and wives living in Wisconsin, along with our pastors’ widows, are invited to come. If you do not receive your registration information in the mail by August 1, or for any other questions, please contact Peg Raabe at 414-292-0744 or raabe@swd.lcms.org. You can also download the complete information from the Registration Brochure button and mail it in. Or you can register online with the form that appears below.

 

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.

Storm clean-up at Camp LuWiSoMo

Helpers who came to assist with the cleanup are (front L to R): Joanne and Bob Burgardt, Ray Ottman. (Top L to R): Terry Schmeckpeper, Jeff and Peter Wegmann.

Terrible storms and high winds were the stories of the day on June 14 and 15 in many parts of Wisconsin. Our District’s Camp LuWiSoMo near Wildwood suffered in the aftermath. At least 50 large trees were downed and they were without power, leaving the camp in great distress.

A call went out from Pastor Bill Wagner, Chairman of the District’s Disaster Response committee, to summon anyone who would be willing and able to help clean up the debris and make a lot of firewood out of the fallen trees.

A group of six volunteers reported to the camp with their work clothes, gloves and saws. A report came back from Terry Schmeckpeper, a member of the Disaster Response committee, later that weekend.

“We surveyed the camp and restored the electric fence line at the stables. Several trees had fallen on the fence, but no horses escaped,” he reported. They also opened up the horse trail that the camp uses most as there were lots of fallen trees across the path.

Many trees and branches were cleared by the team on the path to the beach and others were removed from the bike shed’s roof. There are still more trees down but none critical to running the camp. And other than the roof of the bike shed, there was no property damage and no people were harmed.

More tree clearing work is available if you bring a group. Call camp to arrange a day–920-622-3350.  

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

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 $45 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 print this registration flyer and mail it in.  Questions? Contact Peg Raabe at the District office (414-292-0744; raabe@swd.lcms.org) or Dewey Rose (dewtamrose@wi.rr.com).