On Thanksgiving Day we will offer our prayers of praise, thanksgiving and supplication before we participate in an annual feast surrounded by family and friends. We will enjoy a great deal of bounty; reflecting on the generosity of our heavenly Father Who has provided and continues to provide abundantly.
Since 2011, Brookfield Lutheran Church and the South Wisconsin District have partnered together to provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in Milwaukee, Racine and Beloit. Individuals and congregations have shared some of their bounty with others, giving with a thankful heart from the gifts they have received.
Our goal this year is to touch the lives of 954 families with baskets containing a turkey, green beans, corn, rice, yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and topping, dinner rolls and apple juice. The members of Brookfield Lutheran Church will assemble and deliver the baskets as they have since 1993. But they need partners to help in this annual day of sharing.
Please consider being a partner as each basket costs approximately $30, and your generous financial gift will go a long way in sharing some of God’s abundance with others. A financial donation of any size is appreciated and so are your prayers for the blessings of God upon this effort to share mercy and grace with others.
As always, if you have any questions please speak with your pastor or call the South Wisconsin District office
at (414) 464-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Edwin Suelflow was honored at the SWD Convention for 70 years in ministry.
August 17, 2018 ♦ October 31, 2018 ♦ February 1, 2019
Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Theme: “Teaching the Truth”
Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture
Presenter: Brad Alles
Cost: $60 – includes all materials
August and October dates feature Brad Alles and the topics of Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture.
February event involves directed site visits to quality area schools along with debriefing and planning activities.
August 17 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (no lunch)
Opening service at 10:00 a.m. with the LHSAGM High School staffs; joint opening service followed by Brad Alles setting the stage for the year and teaching regarding Christian World View, etc.
October 31 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
February 1, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Deadline to register is August 8.
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|
|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|
|7:30 – 9:00 PM||Debrief and devotion|
|11:00 PM||Lights out|
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.
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.
The Team member is a volunteer responsible for working at the site, assisting in preparing daily meals and providing compassion to local community members.
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
We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2017-18 NLSA School Shepherd, Pastor Peter A. Schmidt, who serves at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pastor Schmidt has faithfully service this school and congregation since 1995.
The Lutheran School Shepherd Award has been established by National Lutheran School Accreditation to honor a faithful pastor who has provided outstanding encouragement, support and service to his school. This award allows NLSA to honor an outstanding school pastor. In addition, we can identify the practices and tangible means of support that have impacted his school in many positive ways. Through this process, NLSA also recognizes many faithful pastors who were nominated by their district and provide extraordinary support, service and encouragement for Lutheran schools throughout the United States.
Pastors are nominated by accreditation visiting teams during an NLSA site visit and endorsed by their district as candidates for this award. Each nominee must complete an application packet that illustrates the following traits. All pastors who were nominated have demonstrated exemplary support and encouragement for their school and are evaluated using the following criteria:
- Understands and articulates a clear philosophy of Lutheran Education.
- Provides spiritual encouragement, guidance and support for the school.
- Engages and participates in school activities.
- Works well with the school governing body and/or parent advisory associations.
- Champions the school.
When answering the question “Why do you love your school?” Pastor Schmidt replied, “It is because of the joy of daily seeing the Holy Spirit work in a setting where Jesus is unashamedly welcomed and worshiped, and His love is modeled by teachers, staff, volunteers and students. For me, any education without quality instruction in the Word of God is an incomplete education.”
Pastor Schmidt went on to say, “While at a conference over 20 years ago, I heard former Nebraska District President, Eldor Meyer, make the comment to pastors, A good shepherd smells like his sheep. I have had the joy and privilege of serving in a pasture that includes a Lutheran grade school with many sheep that are not necessarily members of our congregation, but are still a part of the Beautiful Savior family. I am very thankful for the privilege of being able to share Jesus and His love through teaching His Word and, by God’s grace, exemplifying what it means to follow Christ.”
Pastor Schmidt’s service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and school exemplifies the traits of a faithful school shepherd. NLSA is pleased to recognize his service and contributions to Lutheran education.
Firm Foundations – Professional Development
August 14, 2017
November 3, 2017
February 2, 2018
Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Focus: Patrick Lencioni’s book “The Ideal Team Player”
All participants are required to purchase and bring the book with them to the sessions.
August 14 – 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
November 3 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
February 2 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
* times are subject to change
Registration Fee: $60 – book is not included in the registration fee.
Register online by Friday, August 4.