October 11-13 – Fall Work Weekend, Camp LuWiSoMo

Work Weekends are important for LuWiSoMo and many volunteers are needed to help with all the projects.

We have jobs for all ages and abilities! Families, church and youth groups welcome!

Enjoy God’s wonderful creation, fellowship in working side by side with brothers and sisters in Christ, and satisfaction of a job well done!

Lodging available for Friday and/or Saturday, if needed, and meals provided on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Come for the day on Saturday or the whole weekend.

Projects planned include getting the camp and campground ready for winter, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood and indoor clean up projects as weather permits.

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October 19 The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty is coming to Racine!

What: ENCOURAGE. EDUCATE. ADVOCATE.The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty-LCRL- is a religious Liberty organization in Washington, D.C. established by our LCMS. It’s first Executive Direct, Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, former Lutheran Hour Speaker, will make the case for Christians to be, “SET FREE TO LIVE FREELY” – I Peter 2:16.

Why: Our government is encroaching more and more into the arena of the Church and its work. God’s people have a role not only in sharing the Gospel but in helping society/culture in being humane, civil, and temporally just. Dr. Seltz will share how his work, under the power of the Spirit, will assist in retaining our constitutional right to worship freely and how we might be part of that mission. Come and hear! Invite your Christian friends!

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00am to Noon

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church -2065 Geneva Street, Racine

Registration: Phone: (262)632-2900 -or- Email: events@trinityracine.com

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 14
No cost for the event. Please join the conversation!

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October 7-9 – Fall Pastors Conference, Middleton

The 2019 Fall Pastor’s Conference is scheduled for October 7-9 under the theme: “Your Kingdom Come: A Study of Zechariah.” Our primary speaker for this conference will be Dr. Reed Lessing. Our esteemed guest will share biblical and practical insights from his forthcoming CPH commentary on Zechariah. In addition to going through the main passages in the book, participants will see how relevant Zechariah is when it comes to preaching, pastoral leadership, outreach and restoring broken lives. And the Christology in the book is amazing! As an added bonus, pastors will receive a complete, ready-to-use Lenten series—complete with sermons, orders of worship and Bible Study.  In addition, we will have Rev. Brent Smith with us from Mission Central.  We will also have a session with synodical representatives from the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission. They will share about the array of resources available to help support your local congregation. The story of the rural and small-town LCMS church and community is rich and diverse, but often misunderstood, even by our very own church body.  The fee for the conference is $125.00.  Registration deadline is Friday, September 27.

Wives will again have the opportunity to get together socially with a wine tour at Drumlin Winery in Waunakee.

The venue for this year’s event will be at the Marriott Madison West 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton.  Please make reservations by calling (608)-831-2000 and mention “SWD Pastor’s Conference” when making the reservation to get the reduced rate.  Rooms must be reserved by Monday, September 16.  The conference will officially begin with our opening communion worship service at Mt. Olive in Madison (110 North Whitney Way) at 1:00pm.


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March 28, 2020 – CLECT, District Office

CLECT – Certificate of Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching

September 21, 2019
March 28, 2020

9 AM – 4 PM

South Wisconsin District
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI  53222

Early childhood educators (infant to grade 3) serving in LCMS early childhood centers or schools that are looking to learn more about LCMS beliefs and how to incorporate them into the classroom.

$100 per participant
Includes lunch and the book “Right from the Start: A Parent’s Guide to the Young Child’s Faith Development” by Shirley Morgenthaler.

Contact Chris Cody, cody@swd.lcms.org, 414-464-8102

Register by 9/6/19




October 1-2 – Retired Pastors, Wives & Widows Retreat

Mr. Gary Thies, Director – Mission Central is the presenter for this year’s retreat.  The global witness to the cross begins and ends in Jesus Christ, Who comes to us in the Word and Sacraments wherever the faithful community gathers. There we receive and are sent back into the world to live as the priesthood of all believers. Luther underscored the cost of discipleship in our witness of the cross as an incarnational witness of our Lord Jesus Christ. How do we do that? What does the priesthood of all believers really mean? How is the Lord using the “most not normal” people to get His work done? What’s happening today among Christians? How is the Lord using retired people in the mission field? These important questions, and more, will be addressed during Gary’s presentations during the retreat.

Our Bible Study Presenter will be Rev. Kent Schaaf – Administrative Pastor, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church & School, Milwaukee.  During the Bible study we will explore the Old and New Testament writings concerning the people of God and how they are to show hospitality or “love of stranger.” This forum will rely on open discussion as participants will share how the church shows love and serves those outside the walls. Difficult questions will be answered as we develop solutions for moving forward in the mission our Lord gives to us through the gift of hospitality.

The Ramada Grand Seasons, Waupaca is again the location for our retreat.

Cost:  $85.00 per person (two people per room) or $120.00 per single room

Registration Deadline is September 20, 2019

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If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at 414-464-8108 or burakowski@swd.lcms.org


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.

Office Services Assistant — South Wisconsin District Office

The South Wisconsin District office of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is currently seeking an Office Services Assistant.

The ideal candidate for this hybrid position will be expected to work with the executive staff to ensure clear and concise social media communication, maintain development and donor databases, and to assist in the coordination of district workshops, conferences, and conventions. This is a full-time position. Résumés and letters of interest should be sent to reske@swd.lcms.org or mailed to:

South Wisconsin District—LCMS
c/o Paul Reske
8100 W Capitol Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53222

The job description can be viewed here.

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.


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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.”