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: www.cuw.edu/ServantsofChristSeminar

More information will be sent soon.

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: 

July 28-29 – Servants of Christ Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

Please encourage youth in your congregations and youth you know to attend the Servants of Christ Conference at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW).  The Servants of Christ Conference 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 break away sessions led by CUW professors and other guest speakers.    The sessions are designed to strengthen their faith and help them to live as servants of Christ in our challenging world.  The Servants of Christ Conference is for all students starting grades 9-12 this fall and will take place on July 28-29 on our Mequon campus.  The cost, $25 covers lodging and three meals.  Registration opens April 15th.  For more information, a tentative schedule and descriptions of the breakaway sessions click here.

August 24 – Pre-Retirement Workshop

The South Wisconsin District and Concordia Plan Services are offering you an opportunity to attend a pre-retirement workshop.  This workshop is designed to help you as you plan for that very important transition in your life: RETIREMENT!  We encourage you to attend and start learning what you’ll need to know about making plans for your future.  To register call/email Karen Rayner at 414-292-0743 or at Rayner@swd.lcms.org no later than August 9th.  For further information click on the flyer below.

Here are the details:

Where:  South Wisconsin District Office

When:  Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:  $10.00 per person (includes lunch)

Pre-Retirement Flyer

May 13-15 – Spring Pastor’s Conference

The 2019 Spring Pastor’s Conference is being held  May 13-15, at the Radisson , La Crosse; under the theme: Finding a Lutheran Pastoral Voice in Theology and Science.  Our speakers for this year’s conference will be our esteemed colleagues from Concordia Seminary St. Louis – Richard Marrs, Charles Arand, and Joel Okamoto.  We are grateful for their willingness to travel north to engage in great theological conversation and encourage us in our practical application to care for the souls of our people.  Pastors with schools will once again be invited to meet with Dr. Chris Cody, SWD Education Executive during Tuesday’s lunch.  We will also be recognizing ministry milestone anniversaries.

The official opening of the conference will be the communion worship service at Faith, Lutheran, LaCrosse at 1:00pm.  The venue, is the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 200 Second Street South(or 200 Harborview Plaza).  Please make your room reservations by calling 608-784-6680 by Friday, April 12th to secure your lodging.  Be sure to mention that you are with the South Wisconsin District Pastor’s Conference. Room rates will be $115.00 or $125.00 depending on the type of room you choose.  The cost for the conference is $160.00.  Deadline to register is May 6.

 

Click here to register online.

Invitation Letter

Schedule

Registration Form

 

March 30 – Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park

Join us for a fun night at Miller Park!

March 30, 2019
6:10 p.m.
Milwaukee Brewers
vs.
St. Louis Cardinals

Tickets: $20 – Loge Outfield Box

Please check with your church or school to see if they are organizing a group. If so, order your tickets through them. If they are not placing a group ticket order, please use the Individual Ticket Order Form below or order your tickets online.

Flyer 2019

Individual Ticket Order Form

Ticket orders are due by Friday, March 15.
Tickets will be mailed to the contact person on the ticket order.

2019 LEA Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher

Congratulations Dauna Werner! Dauna was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher Award. Ms. Werner teaches 3 PreK classes at St. Paul Lutheran in Grafton, Wis. She was selected by LEA’s Early Childhood Network leadership team.

Dauna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, both from Concordia University Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the School Leadership Development Project (SLED). Previously, she taught at three other Wisconsin schools.

In support of Dauna’s nomination, one parent said, “One day while we were driving home from school, [my son] stated that he had forgotten to tell Mrs. Werner something. We proceeded to asked him what it was, and he answered, ‘That I love her.’ This is evidence of the trusting relationship she builds with each child to allow them to grow and flourish.”

Dauna’s principal also commented. “When walking into Dauna’s classroom, you will find a room that is full of positive learning opportunities. Dauna’s friendly and engaging attitude endears her to her young students. Her classroom embodies our motto of being ‘Focused on Excellence…Centered on Christ.’ Dauna inspires her students to ‘give things a try,’ and activities are modeled through learning strategies that bring about success. She leads a team of three teachers and five aides in our PreK program.”

Ms. Werner’s pastor adds, “This past summer, Dauna went on a mission trip to Cambodia to work with Crossing Cambodia. The trip with five others, including myself, focused on sharing the love of Jesus and to work with street children and Crossing Cambodia’s staff. While overseas, I lost my voice and became ill. Dauna, knowing the importance of Christian devotions, stepped up without being asked and led us in devotions and prayer time. Her words from God’s Word were timely, uplifting, and helpful on this journey.”

Dauna says of her mission, “Raised in a Christian home of educators, God began nurturing my gifts to work with children at an early age. Helping my parents work in their classrooms, I learned firsthand what it meant to be a servant leader. As a child’s first formal classroom teacher, parents look to me for guidance as they begin their educational journey with their child. My classroom is centered on Jesus Christ as our Savior and friend. I pray that the children and families under my care will grow to know Jesus and see how he is an important part of their everyday lives.”