Flood Relief

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you”
(Isaiah 43:2, ESV).

FLOOD RELIEF
The South Wisconsin District Office of Mission and Human Care will be sending volunteer disaster relief teams to Midwest communities in the coming weeks. More information will be forthcoming, but financial help is needed now to support the many families, towns, cities and churches that have flooded.

We are currently receiving monetary donations to assist in the flood relief efforts happening in Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. 100% of the donations received by the SWD will be used to provide recovery and restoration supplies, support LCMS distribution centers in impacted areas, give emergency relief grants to families and churches, and send volunteer teams.

Your assistance will help a lot of people so please consider donating to the SWD Disaster Relief/Mercy Care fund through an online donation or mailing your gift to:

SWD Disaster/Mercy Care
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53222

If you would like more information, have questions or would like to make a corporate contribution please contact Rev. Jonah P. Burakowski at (414) 464-8101 or at burakowski@swd.lcms.org.

May 6-9 – Mission and Mercy Excursion

May 6-9, 2019

The South Wisconsin District Office of Mission and Human Care and VBS Express Ministries/SonShine Travelers are hosting a 4-day Mission and Mercy Excursion to LCMS Mission Central in Mapleton, IA and Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, NE.  We will tour both locations learning about the work of our LCMS international missionaries (Mission Central) and the mercy and disaster response efforts around the world (Orphan Grain Train).  In our travels you will be introduced to leaders and volunteers, experience firsthand the immense amount of global work being done to share Jesus Christ, and participate in servant projects.

The Journey includes:
> Round trip Motor Coach transportation from Beaver Dam, WI
> Two days of touring Ministry Sites and Mission Projects
> Three nights lodging

Trip Costs and Registration Details available by clicking on the links below:
> Brochure
> Register Online
> Download Registration Form
> Bulletin Insert

For additional information, contact:
Rev. Bruce Meier
920-219-9952
sonshinetravelersexec@gmail.com

Rev. Jonah Burakowski
414-464-8100
burakowski@swd.lcms.org

March 16 – Every One His Witness at Grace, Oak Creek

The South Wisconsin District will hold an “Every One His Witness” Workshop this March.
The focus of this LCMS evangelism workshop is aimed at helping Lutherans share the Gospel
with those whom God has placed in their everyday lives.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 8537 S Pennsylvania Ave., Oak Creek

Cost: $14 per person covers workshop materials and lunch

Please feel free to use this PDF Bulletin insert/registration form at your church or to share with others.

Online registration for this workshop is available.

Find out more about this evangelism module at this Every One His Witness link.

If you have further questions, please call the District office at 414-464-8101.

Disaster Relief Teams

The March 9-16 Disaster Relief Team #6 trip to Port Arthur, Texas completes the Winter/Spring cycle of our Mercy Ministry assistance for Hurricane Harvey. Please stay tuned as one more larger group is to be planned and scheduled for Fall of 2018!


Registration and payment is on a first come basis, and the liability form must be received the week prior to departure.  Once you register you will receive a confirmation email securing your spot on a team which will include a suggested packing list.  All registered participants must be 18 or older (future youth trips are being considered) and each individual should bring an insurance card with them to Texas.This 12-person volunteer team will travel by van and stay at Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur. Work will include site preparation, drywall installation, home restoration, and site clean-up.

Please complete all the fields in the registration and liability forms as this is important information. Please note, a non-refundable $25 background check fee is required to complete your registration. Refunds cannot be issued if you are unable to attend.

Registration and Liability Forms
Open and complete the PDF Registration Form and email it to Burakowski@swd.lcms.org. Click here to pay your $25 fee for a background check (choose “Disaster Relief” from the drop-down menu).

Complete the Liability Form, sign it and mail or email it to the District office one week prior to departure (address below).

The cost is $25 per volunteer for required background checks. Your prayers and monetary donations are also welcome to support the efforts of our relief teams. Contributions may be made on our website, or mailed to:
SWD Hurricane Relief
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Please note in the memo line:
“SWD Hurricane Relief.”

Please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at Burakowski@swd.lcms.org or (414) 464-8101 if you have immediate questions.

Information for future Disaster Relief Team trips will be coming this summer.

Specific Trip Information

Shower facilities: Provided (gymnasium) but bring your own towel and toiletries
Laundry: Available
Accommodations: Gender specific space with cots available but you should bring your own bedding
Meals: Teams will prepare daily meals (food provided) but meals while traveling will be your responsibility
Cost: $25.00 for the necessary background check

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast Preparation
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Lunch Packing
8:15 AM Depart for Worksites
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
4:30 PM Depart Worksite
5:30 PM Dinner Preparation
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Debrief and devotion
11:00 PM Lights out

Team Breakdown
Site Manager
The Site Manager is an experienced resident professional, provided by the Texas District, who will manage the site and provide all of the direction to the team.

Team Leader
The Team Leader is a volunteer responsible for facilitating the group schedule by coordinating daily tasks such as meals, showers, travel, and communication with the Site Manager.  The Team Leader should have some experience with basic construction skills and will work with the Site Manager on assigning Team Members to various work site tasks.  Transportation will be the responsibility of the Team Leader and they will assist the Site Manager in the safe and efficient use of tools.

Team Member
The Team member is a volunteer responsible for working at the site, assisting in preparing daily meals and providing compassion to local community members.

Tools
You are encouraged to bring your own tools (travel space is limited), but tools will be provided at the work site. Each member should bring the following:

  • Durable Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hat or Head Covering
  • 2 or 3 N95 Dust/Face Masks or other higher NIOSH labeled Dust/Face Mask of your choosing