|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.
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.
Jacob Kohlmeier, a senior at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, son of James and Laura Kohlmeier, has won the 9-12 grade division essay contest for Lutherans For Life of Wisconsin. Jacob wrote about why Christians should respond to the sanctity of life which is under attack across the world today. He said, “The Lord has ordained and caused the formation of every human life, and we as a part of God’s creation are not permitted to act as though we are God and decide which of his created beings are allowed to live and to fulfill their part in his plan.”
Lutheran students throughout the state were invited to enter life-affirming essays that centered around different life issues such as adoption, abortion, and the value of life at all ages.
Jacob will receive an award certificate and a check for $150 from Lutherans For Life of Wisconsin. For more information on the next essay contest, please email LFLofWIessay@gmail.com
Speaker – Kim Marxhausen
Join us for a day of fellowship and insight as we prepare our hearts, minds, and hands for another fantastic year of care and learning! Topics include Building Resilience, Play and Trauma Informed Teaching.
The Early Childhood Professionals Workshop will be held at the South Wisconsin District Office (8100 W Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222) on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Lunch will be provided.
Come at 8:45AM to check-in and connect with other Early Childhood Professionals before Kim Marxhausen encourages us to continue teaching the faith and building relationships in our schools and classrooms.
Early Bird Pricing through May 31 – $50.00 per participant
After June 1 Pricing – $65.00 per participant
Space is limited.
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.
The Cove of Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva, WI
Guest presentations by:
WILL (Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty)
WCRIS (Wisconsin Council for Religious and Independent Schools)
Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia Plan Services
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
More information will be available soon!
Grants up to $75,000
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is proud to announce the 2019 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process will open April 1 with a proposal submission deadline of May 31. The committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant. Funds will be granted in amounts between $15,000 and $75,000. For 2019 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools.*
This year, LCEF is narrowing the focus of impact for the grants to Lutheran elementary education. Lutheran schools play a critical role in impacting the community through Christian education. Kaleidoscope grants for 2019 are open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) K-8 elementary schools.
Visit lcef.org/kaleidoscope to learn more and to submit your proposal.
*Schools that are RSOs are not eligible.
Note: LCEF Articles of Incorporation and Synod Bylaws prohibit LCEF from distributing net operating results to Auxiliaries, RSOs, seminaries,
colleges, or universities of the Synod.
800-843-5233 | lcef.org
“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).
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 email@example.com.
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)
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.
Higher Things® is proud to present our 2019 VBS curriculum, “We All Believe.”
What the Father abundantly promises, Jesus the Son graciously provides in His death and resurrection for you, and then the Spirit joyfully brings all that to you in the Word and Gifts of Jesus. That’s what the Apostles Creed confesses from the Holy Scriptures.
Higher Things®We All Believe Vacation Bible School delivers all that to your children over a 5-day curriculum, which is specifically designed to highlight the knowledge and enthusiasm of your church’s youth for God’s Word. We believe the talents of your church’s youth can play an important role in engaging an even younger generation and teaching them to recognize God’s gifts to us in His Word and Sacraments. It’s our desire that this curriculum will help both the young and the young at heart to bring the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to the children of your congregation and community.
The South Wisconsin District is proud to join with the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) in celebrating 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship Award Recipients Deanne Boyce (St. Paul Lutheran School, Grafton) and Natalie Doherty (Hales Corners Lutheran School). Only 14 private school teachers from throughout the State of Wisconsin were selected for this prestigious and highly selective award.
Deanne and Natalie will each receive $6,000 and $6,000 for each of their schools. They will be recognized at regional receptions in April. Herb Kohl will attend each ceremony to present the awards, along with WCRIS Board members and staff.
Join us in congratulating Deanne and Natalie as well as in thanking God for their continued service in the Lutheran teaching ministry!
Join us for a fun day at
Friday, June 14
$16 per person
Includes all day unlimited admission and a FREE lunch!
Order your passes before June 3.
Join us for a fun night at Miller Park!
March 30, 2019
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.
Ticket orders are due by Friday, March 15.
Tickets will be mailed to the contact person on the ticket order.
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.”
on Sunday, March 31, 2019
at the Marriott Milwaukee West, W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha (junction of I-94 & County Rd F)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Join Dr. Gregory Seltz and others for a social “SUNDAY CONVERSATION” time.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Dr. Gregory Seltz and others will address the mission of the LCRL and his vision for how you and others are encouraged to be engaged.
You are only able to register for this FREE event by sending an email to LCRLWI@lcms.org with the message, “PLEASE SEND ME A REGISTRATION FORM TO THE LCRL-MILWAUKEE EVENT FOR MARCH 31.”
Registration Deadline is Monday, March 25. Invite your friends to join you!
National Youth Gathering
July 11-15, 2019
July 11, 2019
US Bank Stadium
$50 – includes dinner and a District t-shirt
Flyer – Highlights and map of the stadium
Online Registration – Register by June 17
January Update – District event, transportation, and more.
Here is a list of congregations that are attending the Gathering. If your church is not listed and you are attending, please email Robin.
|Hope||Fond du Lac|
|Lutheran Church of the Living Christ
|Blessed Savior||New Berlin|
|Prince of Peace
|St. Paul||Sheboygan Falls|
|St. Paul’s||West Allis|
|St. John’s||West Bend|
2019 Educators of the Year
Blessed Savior Early Childhood Center, New Berlin
Living Word Lutheran High School, Jackson
St. John Lutheran School, Plymouth
St. Paul Lutheran School, Grafton