March 6-8 – Men’s Retreat, Manitowoc

Men’s Retreat 2020

“Don’t Give Up”

Holiday Inn, Manitowoc
4601 Calumet Ave.

All men are invited to be part of the 20th annual Manitowoc Men’s Retreat! As a pastor, Kyle Idleman tells us that he has had so many conversations with people who were struggling. Across the board, what they seemed to need to hear was “Don’t give up.” If you need to find your courage and strength in the midst of life’s challenges, this retreat is for you.


The retreat is sponsored by Our Redeemer-Wauwatosa, 1st Immanuel-Cedarburg, and Divine Redeemer-Hartland, and includes many from up to 30 other LCMS congregations.


2019 “Fish Boil” – Orphan Grain Train

2019 “Fish Boil” Report

The OGT held its 25th Annual Fish Boil on August 9, 2019. The Fish Boil was hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westfield. This special project was to help support the “Wisconsin Branch of the Orphan Grain Train” in their mission bringing Christ to the nations.

This project took over 156 volunteer hours to prepare & serve 270 meals.  Our delicious meal again consisted of Alaskan Cod, Red Potatoes, Onions, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Dessert & a Beverage.  Carry outs were made available.

A large number of contributors donated cash, food and supplies to make this still another successful Fish Boil.

As a result of that success, a $4,847.77 cash donation was made to the Wisconsin Branch of the OGT in their ongoing mission.

The extra food was donated to Harris Villa. The uncooked frozen fish was sold and monies were added to the profits.

We hope that next year will bring another successful “Fish Boil”.

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.”