September 25-26, Administrators’ Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

September 25-26, 2018
Administrators’ Conference
Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

“Culturally Responsive Schools”

Tuesday, September 25
8:00 A.M.        Registration
9:00 A.M.        Opening Worship
5:00 P.M.        Check-In to Rooms
6:30 P.M.         Banquet

Wednesday, September 26
7:00 A.M.         Breakfast
8:00 A.M.         Devotions
11:45 A.M.       Dismissal

A pre-conference golf outing is being planned for Monday, September 24.

More conference details and registration will be available in August.

 

August 8 – New Called Worker Orientation, District Office

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
South Wisconsin District Office
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The New Called Worker Orientation is for teachers that are receiving their first call – new graduates/first year teaching. Called workers new to the District are welcome to attend.

  • Topics to be discussed include:
  • Concordia Plan Services
  • Licensure
  • Staying Connected in the SWD
  • Lutheran Teaching in the SWD
  • Taxes

Register your teachers by Friday, August 3.

July 24-27 – National Hispanic Lutheran Convention, Houston

July 24–27 – Sixth National Hispanic Lutheran Convention, which will be held in Houston

All those working in Hispanic ministry — or interested in learning more about it — are invited to attend the Sixth National Hispanic Lutheran Convention, which will be held July 24–27 in Houston.

This year’s theme is Discipulado 4K: Caminando Juntos con Cristo (“4K Discipleship: Walking Together with Christ”), based on 2 Tim. 2:2. According to the Rev. Adolfo Borges, the convention’s president, the gathering will give those in attendance “time to rejoice together and be strengthened to continue our service for Him.”

The registration fee is $150 for an individual or $300 for a family. Registration includes dinner on Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday, and lunch and dinner on Thursday.

The Houston Marriott Westchase is offering attendees a special hotel rate of $99 plus tax per night if booked by July 10. Breakfast is included in this rate.

Click here or on the logo above for more information and to register.

August 18 – Every One His Witness at Pilgrim, Wauwatosa

The South Wisconsin District will hold an “Every One His Witness” Workshop this August. The focus of this LCMS evangelism workshop is aimed at helping Lutherans share the Gospel with those whom God has placed in their everyday lives.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018

Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2664 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa

Cost: $14 per person covers workshop materials and lunch

Please feel free to use this PDF Bulletin insert/registration form at your church or to share with others.

Online registration for this workshop is available.

Find out more about this evangelism module at this Every One His Witness link.

If you have further questions, please call the District office at 414-464-8100.

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Statement regarding the stability of the existing structure of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Posted June 5, 2018

On Tuesday May 15, 2018 the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church building, located at 1046 North 9th St., in downtown Milwaukee, caught fire and burned. Many watched as the roof collapsed and flames licked the window sills and gables while the Milwaukee Fire Department worked hard to extinguish the flames.

On the morning of Wednesday May 16, 2018 some of our parish leaders were able to tour the sanctuary and identify items for salvage. A great deal of damage was done to the historic interior and the members of Trinity were heartbroken, but not without hope.

In Jeremiah 29:56 we find a great deal of comfort as God our Father promises those in exile they will have a future by telling them to, “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.” What a marvelous anticipation of the New Testament Gospel we find in these sentences as a future hope and promise is ensured.

We were recipients of God’s provision, yet again, when Pierce Engineers Inc. (PE), visited our facility on May 30 to inspect the existing structure and determine the condition of the existing masonry walls. We met with our engineers on Friday June 1, and learned the existing walls and gables, upon providing temporary shoring/bracing, are stable and appear to be in satisfactory condition for reconstruction without needing any demolition.

We have retained Triad Construction, INC. to stabilize the walls and put a roof on the building so salvage of the sanctuary interior can begin. Our intent is to rebuild so that the Gospel of Christ crucified for the sin of mankind can continue to be proclaimed for many generations to come.

We are thankful for the provision of God, our Father, as we continue to gather as a faithful community of believers to receive the promise of forgiveness, grace, mercy and peace. We gather to hear the very words of Jesus Christ when He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:2830). We gather and know the peace only Christ can give and are joyful.

We are thankful for the Milwaukee community as you have been generous, gracious, loving and kind. We are thankful to the administration of MATC who have provided us with a temporary place to worship while we seek a more ‘temporary permanent’ location. We are thankful for the different churches who have offered us a place of refuge while we rebuild. We are thankful for the kind words and letters we have received from people all over the world.

To God be the glory!

On behalf of Trinity, questions may be directed to the Reverend Jonah P. Burakowski at 414.617.0792 or at jburakowski@swd.lcms.org


Posted May 18, 2018

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.

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!

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

CLICK HERE for live streaming.

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


Today’s Business

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #1

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #1 Addendum Exhibitors and Nomination Consent Form

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #2

SWD 2018 Convention Today’s Business #3

 


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.