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Passionate Believers... Changing Life
Mission update
Pastor Peter Kelm, Missions Exec
September 2013

"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice..." (John 10:16)


The Elephant in the Room


I recently received some interesting information from the stats guru at the International Center in St. Louis. From 2003 to 2012, worship attendance in South Wisconsin District congregations declined by 20% (from stats provided by the congregations themselves). The fact that some congregations in our District grew in worship attendance during that period leads us to think that quite a few declined quite a bit more than 20%.

Anecdotally, we all know congregations that are declining, some much more rapidly than we've seen in times past. But it's the elephant in the room... are we talking about it?  

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LCMS U is the new campus ministry initiative of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod through the Office of National Mission. It is the place to connect and support our students, congregations and campus ministries, so that we can boldly bear witness to Christ on our nation's college campuses.

The challenges to Christians on campus are well known. On practically every college campus there are challenges to the Biblical worldview, doctrine, ethics, and practices. Thus, the chief purpose of LCMS U is to encourage, support, and aid students, faculty, and staff in their response to these challenges to the truth of God's Word. 

Find out what they have planned at lcms.org/lsmsu! 
Rev. Alfonso and Rosmy Prada
Rev. Alfonso and Rosmy Prada

Pastor Alphonso Prada, who recently came to Milwaukee from the Lutheran Church in Venezuela, will be installed at St. Martini Lutheran Church, 1500 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53226 on Friday, September 20th, at 6:00 p.m. Pastors are welcome to participate... please vest with red stoles.



Has your congregation engaged your community in a unique way? A service project, maybe? Invitation to an event at your church? Collaboration on some mercy ministry? Let us know! We'd love to share your ideas and your experience with other pastors and congregations who may be looking to try something. We can all use help with best practices...

Send your ideas to me at kelm@swd.lcms.org.

On Saturday, October 5th, Oklahoma Avenue Lutheran Church is hosting a unique event...

Connecting Cultures through the Word

As the body of Christ, we are called to break down barriers that affect both our families and our community! You and your family are invited to attend "Breaking Down Barriers," a workshop led by Rev. Daniel McMiller.

Saturday, October 5, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.

Oklahoma Ave. Lutheran Church

5335 W. Oklahoma Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53219


A meal will follow for a free-will donation.

Child care is available.
Please RSVP by Wed., Oct. 2 to 414-841-7642.

Click here for flyer.    Sponsored by CPTLN (Christ for All Nations) and LWML

Rev. Tom and Brenda Chryst

Did you know that Rev. Thomas Chryst, pastor for 13 years at Grace Lutheran in Racine, has been called as a missionary to Singapore? He and his wife Brenda and their 3 daughters will be making the transition soon. If you would like to learn more about his work, or if your congregation is looking for a missionary to support, find out more at lcms.org/Chryst.
Mission trip

If your congregation is going on a mission trip and would have room for others to go along, let us know, and we'll publish it here. 

Pastor Rob Bolling of Our Savior in Burlington is leading a group to Guatemala in February. As of now, his group is full (although there might be room if he has a cancellation). Pastor Bolling regularly takes trips and would be happy to share with you his experience working with our Lutheran mission there. His e-mail is

Pastor Dan Schneider of Immanuel in Brookfield is planning a trip to Uganda after Easter, 2014. He would have room for others who might want to come along, as he continues to develop a relationship with our Lutheran mission there. His e-mail is


Want a free guest preacher? For a mission festival, a District Sunday, or simply a break from the pulpit? I'm available, but my calendar is filling up. Call me or my assistant, Peg Raabe to schedule me for an available weekend. 414.464.8101

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