Roman Martin Fund

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On Wednesday, October 9 Roman Martin was struck and killed while riding his bike to school.  This kind, smart, fun loving child loved Jesus Christ and will be missed by his family and friends.  While his death has created a void in our church and school family, we rejoice in the knowledge that Roman is at peace with His Heavenly Father.  We grieve, but not without hope.  We are sad, but not without joy.  We are confident that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ has given Roman everlasting life.

We are a close family at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, and we have shared our love, expressed our concern, and offered our care.  But we have also received the care and concern of the Sheboygan community and have been asked numerous times, “How can I help the Martin family?”

To help the family during this very difficult time, we have partnered with the South Wisconsin District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and established the “Roman Martin Fund” at St. Paul’s.  Gifts and donations received will be used to help the family pay for the funeral and other associated costs.

If you would like to donate, click here and 100% of the received gifts will be used to support the family.

We are grateful for the time we were able to share with Roman and we appreciate your support as we gather around his sister and mother in their time of need.

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25, ESV).

Donations by check are also welcome, payable to South Wisconsin District (8100 W Capitol Dr in Milwaukee, WI 53222). Please include “Roman Martin Fund” in the memo line.

https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/police-identify-9-year-old-killed-after-being-hit-by-sheboygan-garbage-truck

March 28, 2020 – CLECT, District Office

CLECT – Certificate of Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching

September 21, 2019
and
March 28, 2020

9 AM – 4 PM

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

WHO
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.

COST
$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.

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

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Register by 9/6/19

 

 

 

Firm Foundations 2019/2020

August 16, 2019   ♦   November 1, 2019   ♦   February 7, 2020

Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Greenfield

Cost:   $60 – includes all three dates and materials


August 16 – ACES – Speaker:  Sara Daniel, Saint Aemilians
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  (no lunch)

Schedule

Title:      Trauma Informed Schools

This training is an introduction to the model of trauma informed care that Saint Aemilians has developed over the past seven years and has implemented across a variety of school environments.

Participants who attend this training will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of adverse experiences and the scope of their impact.
  • Define and respond to behavior from a trauma informed perspective.
  • Describe how trauma affects the brain and influences development, behavior and learning.
  • Identify factors that enhance the capacity for positive relationship for students who have adverse experiences.
  • Describe how purpose, belonging and safety enhance client well-being.
  • Identify techniques that enhance caregiver capacity and connect them to client outcomes.
  • Identify action steps to create a trauma sensitive school environment for all students.

November 1 – PBIS – Speaker:  Dr. Fred Johnson, Ed. Resources Services

Title:  Proactive Discipline for Reactive Students

This seminar is designed to assist staff to differentiate between typical and atypical student behavior patterns and to establish practical proactive discipline strategies that incorporate Restorative Discipline Practices and PBIS. Participants will also learn how to implement classroom plans that utilizes the RTI 3-Tier Model and meets “Best Practices in Classroom Management”.


February 7, 2020 – ALERT – Speaker:  Brad Spicer, Safe Plans

AlerT (Assess, lockdown, evade, resist, Tell) Active Threat Defense training. Our training program will focus on Threat Assessment, Active Shooter Defense and Response, as well as address the need for All-Hazards preparedness.


Deadline to register is August 7.

Grant Writing Workshop

Grant Writing Workshop hosted by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)

Thursday, August 22 at 6:00 pm
8100 W Capitol Dr in Milwaukee

Dr. Julie A. Dresen
Director, Office of Research and
Sponsored Programs (ORSP)
Concordia University Wisconsin

Cathy Melan
Director of Grants
Office of Advancement
Concordia University Wisconsin

Light refreshments provided.
Seating is limited to the first 75 respondents.

RSVP here by August 15th

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

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.

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

 

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!

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

 

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.”

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