Disaster Relief Teams

Over a two-week period beginning in late August, a sizeable region in West Central Wisconsin received a substantial amount of rain causing flooding in six counties.  After surveying multiple sites and carefully planning with partners in those regions, we have identified several cities that need help.  The Office of Mission and Human Care is coordinating with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reedsburg, WI to establish a volunteer relief center to work there and in surrounding communities.

Location:
St. Peter Lutheran Church
345 N Pine Street
Reedsburg, WI 53959

The Relief Center includes the following:
– Overnight accommodations in a common space (not gender specific)
– A commercial kitchen for food preparation, cooking, storage and cleaning (each group prepares)
– Showers (gymnasium)
– Tools
– Supplies such as drywall, tape, mud, etc.

Work will include mucking (cleaning) out houses, moving furniture and appliances, removing carpet and other flooring, hanging dry wall, taping, mudding, and assisting community members with other tasks.

All volunteers will be coordinated by a Volunteer Coordinator who will assign worksites, provide general center oversite, distribute tools and supplies, and work with team leaders or individuals to coordinate meal and shower schedules.

Because of the nature of work and safety considerations, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old – exceptions cannot be made.

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast preparation for you or your team
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and lunch preparation/packing by team
8:30 AM Meeting with Volunteer Coordinator
9:00 AM Depart for worksite
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided by individual or teams)
4:30 PM Clean-up worksite
5:00 PM Depart worksite
5:30 PM Dinner preparation (by individual or teams)
6:30 PM Dinner and showers
11:00 PM Lights out

Again, shower facilities are in a gymnasium and overnight accommodations are in the Concordia Fellowship Hall with limited privacy.  While care and effort has been taken to provide as much privacy as possible, it is recommended that you plan accordingly. It is a common space and not gender specific, individuals staying there should plan on bringing:
– Air mattress or cot
– Bedding or sleeping bag
– flashlight
– flip-flops or sandals
– appropriate sleeping attire

Signing up to volunteer with the South Wisconsin District please follow the easy steps:

  1. Click on the Registration and sign up as a team or an individual;
  2. Complete the Medical and Release Form and print it to bring to the site

It should only take a few minutes. Once you sign-up, you will receive an email confirmation with some additional information regarding the location.

Click below to register, and each participant must complete a Medical and Release Form.

Questions may be directed to Rev. Jonah Burakowski at (414) 617-0792 or at Mission@swd.lcms.org.

 

 

 

 

 

October 6 – SWD LLL/LHM Annual Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018!

Lutheran Hour Ministries/Lutheran Laymen’s League Annual Meeting in Milwaukee!

Immanuel Lutheran Church
13445 Hampton Rd., Brookfield, Wisc.

Registration – 9:00 a.m.

Meeting – 9:30 a.m.
(The meeting will roughly finish at 3:00 p.m. )

Registration Fee – $10/person (children under 18 no charge). Lunch will be provided. Continue reading

September 28-30 – Jesus Signs Workshop

All individuals, groups, congregations wanting to share Jesus with deaf people are invited to attend the:

“Jesus Signs Workshop in Southern Wisconsin”
for Deaf & Hearing

September 28-30, 2018

Our Savior Deaf Lutheran Church
3110 Dairy Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

 

 

 

For additional information, contact World Lutheran Deaf Outreach at 608-436-9600 or lutherandeafoutreach@gmail.com.

September 22 – Racine Lutheran High School Celebrates 75 Years!

Racine Lutheran High School is hosting a 75th Anniversary Celebration on:

Saturday, September 22, 2018 

6:30 p.m. – Opening Service

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Journey through Time Party

Friends and alumni are invited to reminisce with former classmates and teachers, while recalling fond memories and milestones. Memorabilia and artifacts from the school’s rich history will be on display.

The plan to advance the school’s mission will be unveiled. Hours d’voeuvres, wine and beer will be served, and attendees will be eligible to win door prizes.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. David Burgess, Executive Director/Principal
Racine Lutheran High School
251 Luedtke Avenue, Racine, WI
262.637.6538

October 2-3 – Retired Pastors, Wives, & Widows Retreat

October 2-3, 2018

Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel, Waupaca, Wisconsin

The 2018 topic, “Continuing to Impact Ministry: Holding Up the Prophet’s Hand” will address retirement from a Biblical perspective while engaging participants in thoughtful strategies to support their called church workers. Reverend Dr. Bruce Hartung and Reverend Mark Jeske will bring their unique perspective and experience as presenters. Devotions and additional presentations by Reverend’s Jonah Burakowski, Wayne Schroeder, and Dick Thompson will bring together an excellent conference.

You can register either online or download the brochure, complete the registration form and send it along with payment to:

 

South Wisconsin District – LCMS
Retired Pastors Wives and Widows Retreat
8100 W Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 24, 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact the Office of Mission and Human Care at (414) 464-8101 or burakowski@swd.lcms.org for more information or if you have questions.

October 8-10, 2018 Fall Pastors Conference

On behalf of the Conference Planning Committee, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 2018 Fall Pastors Conference: Hope and Healing: Pastoral Care in the Face of Abuse.  Scheduled for October 8-10th.  The venue for this year’s event will be the Holiday Inn in Fond Du Lac.  Please make reservations by calling #920-923-1440.  Be sure to mention the “SWD Pastor’s Conference” when making the reservation to get the reduced rate of $95.00.  Rooms must be reserved by September 10th, 2018.

Our conference speakers for this year will be Sandra Ostapowich, Dr. Stephen Saunders, and Rev. Larry Vogel from the LCMS Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Task Force.  Their sessions will focus on helping pastors understand the prevalence of abuse in our congregations while identifying warning signs and symptoms of abuse.  This will all be framed in the context of pastoral care while also addressing legal liabilities, confidentiality and other practical tools for clergy.  Each presenter will approach the subject from a different perspective with their own unique experiences to help equip us in this very challenging area.  The conference fee is $120.00.

In addition, there will also be a women’s event for clergy wives.  Please encourage your spouse to attend!

Tentative Schedule

Registration Form

Online Registration

September 11 – Cracking Clays for LuWiSoMo

Experience the scenic beauty of this 100 target course nestled against the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area. An unpredictable delivery at each station makes some shots easy and some more difficult – appealing to all skill levels.

Enjoy the fun of the flurry shoot, with a team of 4 shooters shooting repeatedly, as fast as they can load, as birds are released in rapid succession.

Gather a team and enjoy a fun day!