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.

June 8 – Life Walk 2019 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Pewaukee

Life Walk 2019, the annual fund raiser for A Place of Refuge Ministries is set for Saturday, June 8 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, N36W24130 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Registration and snacks are from 9 am until the beginning of the walk at 10:30 am.  Please click here to register:

A Place of Refuge, an LCMS RSO and the official pro-life ministry of the South Wisconsin District, is a Crisis Pregnancy Advocacy Service and Shelter serving South Wisconsin and beyond. When mothers call or text our hotline, 414-476-6333, they are assigned a volunteer advocate who works with them throughout their pregnancy and beyond…helping them find area resources and sharing resources collected by our congregations and friends. REFUGE HOUSE, a shelter where women and children can stay during a woman’s pregnancy and up to 9 mos. afterward, provides even more intensive care. At REFUGE HOUSE, the needs of the women and children we serve are taken care of so that they can complete their educations, find employment and prepare to provide for the needs of their families with the help of the many programs we offer both inside and outside of the home.

Please click here to donate: 

June 10-12, 2019 – Concordia Seminary Workshop Promotion at St. John, West Bend

In partnership with Concordia Seminary, St. John’s will be hosting a summer workshop open to pastors, church workers, and church leadership.

Dates: 6/10/2019–6/12/2019

Location: St. John’s West Bend – Lower Fellowship Hall

Cost: $140

Topic: Biblically Responding to Conflict

We live in a sinful world where we are often faced with conflicted situations. How we respond to conflict does not always give a good witness to our faith in Christ. This workshop will equip, engage, and encourage Christians to live lives of reconciliation. Participants will be able to understand conflict from a scriptural viewpoint and learn skills to help them respond in a God pleasing way.

Faculty: Dr. Mark Rockenbach

Dr. Rockenbach is an associate professor of Practical Theology, adviser for personal growth and leadership development, and director of the institutional review board at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and has been a faculty member since 2014. His areas of expertise include pastoral care, Christian counseling, forgiveness and reconciliation, congregational conflict, and congregational field research. Before joining the Seminary, Rockenbach served as pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Beatrice, NE (1998-2006). He also has served as a vacancy pastor at other congregations in Kansas and Nebraska. From 2005 to 2014, he served as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Nebraska in Seward and at Concordia University, Wisconsin in Mequon.

Register here by May 29, 2019: Summer Workshop: Professor Rockenbach in West Bend, WI – Concordia Seminary



June 19-21, CCA Symposium

2019 CCA Symposium

Catechesis and Lutheran Schooling in a Hostile Culture

June 19-21, 2019

Presentations and daily Matins held at Lake Country Lutheran High School (Hartland).  Divine Service and Wednesday’s workshop and reception held at Peace Lutheran Church (Sussex).  Ideal for parents, teachers, and pastors.

Speakers, topics, schedule, and registration information available at  Registration before June 1 is $90.

Speakers and topics are listed below.

Click here for a synopsis of presentations.

Online registration form.  If Jotform doesn’t load, try again a day or two later, or use the registration form for email or snail-mail.

Registration form for email or snail-mail registration.

Schedule for the 2019 symposium.

Hotel options.

Vendor information.

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.”