Witness Always
"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree."
1 John 5:7-8 (ESV)
September 3, 2013
In This Issue
CAPE Outlook
Calls and Vacancies
Brookfield, Immanuel - Director of Parish Music

Janesville, Mt. Calvary - DCE/EC Director

Oshkosh, Trinity - Teacher, 5/6 grade, .75 position

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Testing vs. Trusting


He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?   Romans 8:32


We live in a day of testing.  In our schools, we test for a variety of reasons, often times to find out what students know or not know, or what programs work or don't work.  We gain valuable feedback when we assess - it gives us direction for the future, it tells us where we have been inadequate or what we have accomplished.  Testing is important in our educational world. Without testing, it would be difficult to gain credibility and assurance.


As Christians, we also find ourselves testing.  We pray for a specific outcome and when that outcome isn't attained, we question - Where's God?  Why didn't he give me what I want?   Students who pray to do well on a test, or for some other issue they might be dealing with, yet receive a grade or an answer below their expectation must mean that God isn't there, He doesn't hear, He doesn't love. Therefore, no miracle, no God.


Paul communicates something different in the above verse, to trust instead of test.  We will never fully understand the mind of our Father, only knowing that his will is perfect.  Consider that Jesus did not work a miracle on the cross - he didn't come to save himself, but to save mankind.  In his promises, we never need to doubt his love.  Since he sent his son to die for us, don't you think he will give us everything we need?


Through Paul, Christ asks us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).  He has accomplished everything - there is no need to question our future or to test his good and gracious will.  All we need is to trust.


Serving Christ Together,  



Mark J. L'Heureux

South Wisconsin District Executive For

Schools, Youth and Family Ministry


The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in August released selected findings from the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a nationally representative survey of public and private school principals and teachers. Read more about SASS as well as the Private School Universe Survey (PSS), a comprehensive count of the number of private schools, students, and teachers in the United States, in the September issue of Outlook.   

Also in the September Outlook:

  • Two New Polls on What Parents Think of Schools
  • Justice Department Sues Louisiana Over Voucher Program
  • New Jersey Set to Elect School Choice Senator
  • And much more.
  Download the September Outlook Here 
Article1National School Statistics

Please use the Lutheran School Portal (www.luthed.org)  

to complete and submit your statistical information on-line by November 1.

Electronic completion of this form greatly reduces the time involved to tabulate statistical information. If you must submit in paper form, please send the form to the District office.

PORTAL MEMBERS: The school administrator/director should click the SERVICES tab, then SCHOOL STATS.

Kathy Fangmann or call 314-996-1285.


To subscribe to full access of the Lutheran School Portal ($75 annual fee for any type of Preschool thru High School; $50 for a free-standing early childhood center) - OR - Request a free 30-day temporary membership.

Annual statistical data is used for the planning of new schools and continued ministries, to identify trends and needs that exist throughout our LCMS schools, for the application of grants and for accreditation and RSO processes.

KohlLutheran Hour Ministries - Coloring Contest

Students in preschool through 8th grade are invited to enter the Petal PushersŪ 2014 Rose Parade float coloring contest. Go to: www.petalpushers.org for complete entry information and to download the coloring page. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2013.
Article2LEA Convocation 

If you haven't signed up yet, following are the links to register for the convocation and sign up to volunteer at the convocation.

Register for the Convocation

Sign up to volunteer



savethedateSave the Date
September 18 - Love and Logic, District office

October 7 - Administrators' conference, CUW, Mequon
October 24-26 - LEA convocation, Milwaukee, WI

November 1-3 - District Youth Gathering, Kalahari Resort,
                       Wisconsin Dells

November 8 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, 

January 15-17 - POLS Conference, St. John's, Orange, CA

January 26 - Educator of the Year awards dinner

January 26-February 1- National Lutheran Schools

February 7 - WCRIS Leadership Conference, Oshkosh
                   Convention Center

February 14 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School,

February 22 - Passionate Believers Conference,
             Divine Redeemer, Hartland


Click on the link for
Registering for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Changing Life!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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