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: 

Life Essay Contest Winner, Lutherans For Life of WI

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

August 2 – Early Childhood Professionals Workshop

“Let Your Light Shine”

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.

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.

September 16-17 – Administrators’ Conference, Lake Geneva

September 16-17, 2019

The Cove of Lake Geneva
111 Center Street

Lake Geneva, WI

Keynote:  TBD

Guest presentations by:
WILL (Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty)
WCRIS (Wisconsin Council for Religious and Independent Schools)

Sponsors:
Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia Plan Services
Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Room Reservations:  Make room reservations by calling The Cove, 262-249-9460 and ask for a room in the “SWD Annual Principals’ Conference 2019” block. Room rates are $103 (plus a $15 resort fee). When making your reservation, let them know you are tax exempt and you will need to bring your certificate upon check-in.

More information will be available soon!

LCEF Kaleidoscope Fund

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.

Poster

*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

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.

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

 

Higher Things VBS Curriculum


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.

2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship Award Recipients

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!

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.”

March 31 – Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty Event

Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty is coming to Milwaukee!

on Sunday, March 31, 2019

at the Marriott Milwaukee WestW231 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!

For more information click here, or contact Karen Rayner at the South Wisconsin District Office at 414-292-0743 or rayner@swd.lcms.org.

July 11-15 – National Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, MN

National Youth Gathering
July 11-15, 2019
Minneapolis

 

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District Event
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
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District T-Shirt – Not attending the District Event, but would like a District t-shirt, order them here. T-shirts are $10.
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January UpdateDistrict event, transportation, and more.

“NYG – LCEF Services: NO CHARGE VISA Cards”

Here is a list of congregations that are attending the Gathering.  If your church is not listed and you are attending, please email Robin.

Congregation City
Brookfield Lutheran
Immanuel
Brookfield
Brookfield
Our Savior Burlington
First Immanuel Cedarburg
St. Martin Chilton
Our Redeemer Delavan
Hope Fond du Lac
Risen Savior Franklin
Faith Germantown
St. Paul Grafton
Divine Redeemer Hartland
Trinity Hilbert
Living Word Jackson
Mt. Calvary
St. Paul’s
Janesville
Janesville
St. Peter’s Lebanon
Lutheran Church of the Living Christ
Mount Olive
Madison
Madison
Redeemer Manitowoc
Grace Menomonee Falls
Beautiful Savior
Trinity
Mequon
Mequon
Benediction
Covenant
Grace
Mount Calvary
St.Martini
Trinity
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Peace Neenah
Blessed Savior New Berlin
Zion New Holstein
Grace Oak Creek
St. John
St. Paul’s
Oconomowoc
Oconomowoc
Grace Omro
Good Shepherd
Trinity
Oshkosh
Oshkosh
St. John’s Portage
Calvary Princeton
Prince of Peace
Trinity
Racine
Racine
St. Peter’s Reedsburg
Bethlehem
Our Savior’s
Sheboygan
Sheboygan
St. Paul Sheboygan Falls
Bethlehem Sun Prairie
Good Shepherd Tomah
St. Matthew Warrens
Good Shepherd Watertown
Beautiful Savior Waukesha
Pella Waupun
Our Redeemer Wauwatosa
St. Paul’s West Allis
St. John’s West Bend
Immanuel Westfield
Trinity Wisconsin Dells

Educators of the Year 2019


CONGRATULATIONS

From left – Deanne Boyce, Elizabeth MacGillis, Jonathan Balsman, Jennifer Leinss, Chris Cody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Educators of the Year

Administrator
Jennifer Leinss
Blessed Savior Early Childhood Center, New Berlin

High School
Jonathan Balsman
Living Word Lutheran High School, Jackson

Elementary
Elizabeth MacGillis
St. John Lutheran School, Plymouth