September 14 – Organ Dedication Concert, St. Paul, Grafton

After two phases over 14 years, St. Paul Lutheran Church at 701 Washington St. in Grafton, WI is dedicating their organ with a free Dedication Concert Saturday, September 14 at 7pm.

Installed by Brook Falls Organ & Piano Company of West Bend, WI, it is an Allen Combination Pipe & Digital Organ which includes 80 pull stops which can play 320 digital sounds and 23 rocker stops for about 17 ranks of pipes. The failing Verlinden pipe organ was replaced in 2007 by the digital Allen console and speakers. A second phase was always planned to add more pipes to the seven ranks which were kept. A renovation of the sanctuary and raising funds delayed the completion of phase two until 2019.

The completed organ will be dedicated at the evening’s worship service followed by the Dedication Concert. An appetizer buffet will be served between worship and the concert. The concert will feature national award-winning recitalist, Dr. Brenda (Heck) Portman and includes St. Paul’s Handbell Choir which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

A daughter of the congregation, Dr. Portman was a Finalist and Audience Prize winner in the Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University in 2016. She also composes sacred choral, vocal, and organ works and has won several recent composition awards. She has been commissioned to write a new solo work for the 2020 American Guild of Organists (AGO) convention. This concert will debut her arrangement of the hymn Alleluia! Sing to Jesus for congregation, choir, and brass.

Celebrate with us in worship, fellowship, and song on Saturday, September 14 at 7pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Contact with any questions. Come for part or all of the evening!

September 10 – Cracking Clays for LuWiSoMo

Tuesday, September 10
Mayville Gun Club
W2868 Farmersville Road
Mayville, Wisconsin, 53050

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.

For more event information, schedule, registration and sponsorship, click below.




Questions/Information:  Dan Freiburger / 608-698-3770 /

Workshop for Church Musicians

“Music at Historic Trinity” presents:
 Workshop for Church Musicians:
Discovering New Repertoire and Improving Techniques”

Sessions for Organ, Choral, & Handbells

Saturday, August 17, 2019
9:00 AM—3:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt
10729 W. Freistadt Rd.
Mequon, WI

Clinician:  Brian Heinlein

Brian Heinlein is the Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. There he directs adult, children’s, and handbell choirs in both the church and its school. Brian studied at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and instrumental music (2001), and later a master of church music degree (2012). In addition to directing choirs and teaching in the school, Brian has also served as organist at various recitals and hymn festivals in Wisconsin. Originally from Richville, Michigan, Brian has served in Sheboygan since 2002.

To register, email:

Please include your name, phone number, email address, and name of church.

Fee: $25 (Attend one, two, or all three sessions for $25)


8:15 AM—9:00 AM:       Registration
9:00 AM—10:15 AM:     Organ Workshop & New Music Reading Session
10:15 AM—10:45 AM:   Coffee Break
10:45 AM—12:15 PM:   Choral Workshop & New Music Reading Session
12:15 PM—1:30 PM:     Lunch
1:30 PM—3:00 PM:       Handbell Workshop & New Music Reading Session

Music Purchase Available on Site at 20% Discount.

“Music at Historic Trinity” offers resources and opportunities to present and enjoy God’s gift of music in honor of the legacy of Trinity’s magnificent 1878 sanctuary.

September 28: Youth Event for Grades 5-8

Take advantage of this great opportunity to help youth in grades 5-8 wrestle with some of the challenges that our culture is throwing at them. This event is an especially good opportunity for confirmation classes to grow together. With all of this in mind, please encourage youth in your congregations and youth you know to save the date and to attend the Servants of Christ Seminar at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). The Servants of Christ Seminar will ground youth in the grace of their baptism, teach them about the doctrine of vocation, give them information about college and careers, and allow them to take part in breakaway sessions led by CUW professors and other guest speakers. These sessions are designed to strengthen their faith and help them to live as servants of Christ in our challenging world. The Servants of Christ Seminar is for all students in grades 5-8, and it will take place on September 28th from 9:30 AM to 2 PM on our Mequon campus. This event is free. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Registration opens July 1st.

We encourage you to identify advocates who will urge youth to attend and plan rides for youth. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend all sessions and to eat with us at no cost. Adults are also free to drop kids off at 9:30 AM and pick them up at 2 PM.

Please visit and encourage youth to visit this link for more information and for a sample schedule and sample breakaway sessions from this event last year:

More information will be sent soon.

July 2020 – Passion Play Opportunity and Germany/Austria Tour

Based on a Middle-Ages promise to God, every ten years the German city of Oberammergau puts on a large-scale production of the story of the life of Christ.  Thousands and thousands of people flock from all over the world to see it, and many tours find themselves focused around this year-long event.

Pastor Philip Hillenbrand, from Beautiful Savior in Mequon, in conjunction with Educational Opportunities tours will be leading a 10 day Passion Play trip next July.  It includes the following itinerary.

July 5 –           Depart from Chicago
July 6 –           Munich
July 7 –           Munich
July 8 –           Innsbruck
July 9 –           Castles and Churches
July 10 –         Salzburg
July 11 –         Oberammergau and Passion Play
July 12 –         Achensee Train excursion Tyrolean region
July 13 –         Neuschwanstein (Disney) Castle
July 14 –         Return to Chicago

The Basic Tour Price of $2398 includes guided sightseeing, entrance fees, hotel gratuities, motorcoach and Passion Play ticket, first class hotels, breakfast and dinner.

Expected airfare cost would be somewhere between $1000 and $1300 round trip.

To get a brochure or to learn more about the trip please contact Pastor Hillenbrand at or call him at 414-531-2461.

Racine Lutheran High School’s Initiative Supports Local Law Enforcement

The Racine Police Department and its officers are valued community partners for Racine Lutheran High School (RLHS). Following the recent, tragic death of a Milwaukee police officer, RLHS faculty member Paul Tuskowski suggested the school show gratitude to our local officers in the form of gift bags. The staff and students embraced the idea and scheduled a special all-school fundraiser on Valentine’s Day. Donations of nearly $800 funded the initiative, which was named Support Blue Care Packages.

More than 185 gift bags were filled and delivered to the Racine Police Department. Each bag contained hand sanitizer, facial tissue, gum, sunflower seeds, mixed nuts, Jolly Ranchers, Life Savers, lip balm, and granola bars. Every officer received a student’s hand-written note that included one of following Bible verses:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, and in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 144:1-2)

RLHS students Jared Monson and Bradley Sorenson fill Support Blue Care Packages
for the Racine Police Department.
RLHS faculty members Stephanie Schulz and Nick Gasau are pictured with
Racine Police Department representatives Sgt. Richard Rivers, Officer Todd Hoover and
Sgt. Pablo Guardiola, who accepted the RLHS Support Blue Care Packages
on behalf of their fellow officers.    

“We want to show support for the work that is being done by the Racine Police Department to keep our community safe, especially given unfortunate recent events in Milwaukee and around the country. Many of our alumni, as well as parents of students, serve us through careers in law enforcement,” reports Tuskowski, “We pray for the safety of all the officers and recognize their importance to city.”