Changing Life
                     October 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After decades of research a profile of the perfect pastor has been developed.  He preaches exactly 15 minutes or is that 30 minutes, covers all the great truths of the faith in a way that the smallest child can understand.  He courageously condemns sin, but never rubs anyone the wrong way.  He works from 8 in the morning until midnight, yet still spends plenty of time with his family.  He works for below average wages, but wears good clothes, drives a respectable car, and is generous in his support of the church.  He has the energy of a 20-year old, but has 40 years of experience.  He is gentle and handsome, loves to work with people of all ages, and is equally gifted in all areas.  He is never thrown off message by those who complain.  He tells the funniest stories during his sermons.  He makes umpteen calls a day on hospital patients and shut-in, yet is always available in his office when you need him.  Do you know anyone who fits that description?  I don't.  Click here to read full article.

Mission & Ministry New


Pastor Prada Needs a Car!

You may have heard that Pastor Alphonso Prada  was installed at St. Martini on Friday, September 20th.  The service was a beautiful reminder of uniqueness of Pastor Prada's context at St. Martini.  The service was in both English and Spanish, and included some traditional Hispanic music, favorite Lutheran hymns, and a couple upbeat songs by the students of St. brown-car-icon.jpgMartini school. Pray for Pastor and his wife Rosmy as they settle into  their new ministry!


And...we thought we had a good lead on a car for Pastor Prada, but it fell through.  If you know of anyone who has a solid used car for a fair price, we'd be interested. Let me know. Thank you!




Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.


Calvary Lutheran Chapel

70 State Street

Madison, WI 53703


Special Guest: Rev. John Wille

President, South Wisconsin District - LCMS

Click here for the full story on the remodel



Reformation Festival Service

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. John C. Wille South Wisconsin District President

Pastors are invited to participate by processing as a group for the service. Please meet in the lower level of Trinity 15 minutes prior to the service and bring your RED stoles.

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church UAC

1046 North 9th Street

Milwaukee, WI  53233


Free street parking available

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Once again the South Wisconsin District (SWD) is partnering with Brookfield Lutheran church to provide "Thanksgiving Baskets" to families and individuals in the central city of Milwaukee, who may not otherwise enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The meal consists of vegetables, potatoes, rice, yams, apple juice, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pie topping, dinner rolls and a turkey. The goal every year is to fulfill the requests for Thanksgiving baskets we receive from central city Lutheran pantries in Milwaukee. Last year 1032 baskets were delivered. Through your prayers and financial help, together our goal this year is to increase the number of baskets to 1056. Your generosity not only provides nourishment, it also shows the love you have for your neighbor.   Donate Here


Thank you, and may God continue to bless you as you have been a blessing to many others!


For additional questions or needed information, please contact Rev. Peter Kelm, SWD Mission Executive at (414)464-8100 or or Barb Slak at (414) 464-8100 or Donations appreciated by Thanksgiving.

                                              Human Care News

Lutheran World Relief box Car Loading Date is October 12

Donations of quilts and kits will be loaded on to box nullcars to begin their trip to people who need them all over the world. This Lutheran World Relief collection will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Mt. Vernon in Milwaukee. Click here for more information about items needed and where the quilts and kits went last year. You can also find other drop off locations by zip code at this site. Read More  

LCEF Update


A Look at the Y.I. Club
A Look at the Y.I. Club


LCEF Y.I. (Young Investor Club)

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is introducing the

Young Investors (Y.I.) Club to help children and teens save for the future and learn about using money as a gift from God.


An investment in a Y.I. StewardAccount can be started with just $25. Y.I. Club benefits include:

  • 3.5% October 2013 Premium interest rate on balances up to $1,000
  • Y.I. Club newsletters and web activities
  • Report card extra credit - $1/A up to $25/calendar year to existing Y.I. investment
  • Service hours extra credit - $25/10 hrs./calendar to existing Y.I. investment
  • College scholarship program for high school seniors
  • Option for older teens to begin using a debit card
  • Contests and fun!

Ready to learn more? Check out Y.I. Club at or call 800-843-5233/


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Educational Loans for Pastors

Higher education costs are rising and student loan debt is one of the most troublesome obligations faced by many pastors. A crushing debt may cause ministers to concentrate more on their financial needs and less on their call for serving their communities. The burden can be huge.


LCEF's educational loan repayment program will provide the needed financial assistance to support LCMS ordained ministers to successfully reduce their existing school debt. With loans directly to the pastor or to his congregation, we can help. For more information  


                          Schools Youth & Family

Mentoring Program 

The District, in conjunction with CUW, has developed a mentoring program for first year teachers. This program is intentional, meaning the mentor is someone from "outside" the school, so not to put additional time and strain on current staff.

This program will be piloted with potentially three new teachers. Funding is supported through the District, CUW and the Federal Title Program.

LEA Convocation
In just over a month, the triennial Lutheran Education Association Convocation will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. We are expecting over 2,500 participants from around the country as well as the world. If you are not a commissioned worker, there are still other ways to be involved in the convocation. There are approximately 300 volunteer opportunities throughout the three day event. If you or members in your congregation have interest in helping, please contact Mark at or (414-464-8102).
State Youth Gathering
The State Youth Gathering will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells. Early registration ends this Friday, October 11, 2013. More information is available on the District website. [un]Paved Ministries will be leading the mass events. Go to YouTube to check them out or visit [un]Paved Ministries website



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Thank you PASTORS for all your hard work and dedication for the mission and ministry in your congregations and surrounding communities.


The mission and ministry at Calvary Chapel, Madison as they move forward


Erma Suelflow, wife of Ed as she will undergo surgery next week







Upcoming Events Around the District
  • October 8, 2013:  University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee -Fireside Lounge at 6:30 pm Luther Memorial and University Student Center invite all to attend a special fall presentation by Rev. William Weeden entitled "Tell me about the God You don't believe in - I probably don't believe in Him either" a topic fitting for people of all ages.  Many hearts are apathetic and antagonistic toward a caricature of Christianity - not its true confession.  Understanding that more fully can help all of us in gently bearing witness to the hope that we have in Christ Jesus.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend October 8.
  • October 19, 2013: 5th Annual Taste of Elegance Dinner for Camp LuWiSoMo   4:00 pm starts registration and social time with dinner at 5:30 pm.  The auction runs all evening long. 

  • October 21-23, 2013: Fall Pastors Conference/Crowne Plaza, Madison, WI
  • October 28, 2013: @ 8:00 a.m. Pastor Partnership Breakfast: Monday, South Wisconsin District Office/ Changing Times for our Churches -discussion will be facilitated by President Wille and Kurt Fuhr, MN South's District Vice President of LCEF. The discussion will mirror content in the book, Legacy Churches and other current research of the LCMS and other Christian churches. There are alternatives to closing churches!
  • October 27, 2013:  Reformation Festival Service at 3:30 p.m. Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church UAC 1046 North 9th Street Milwaukee, WI 53233.  Free street parking available.
  • November 18-20, 2013: Dr. David P. Scaer:  Baptism and the Lord's Supper -  Pilgrim Lutheran Church, West Bend, WI.  A re-examination of the traditional pericopes employed in the church's two sacraments is presented in this course.  Special attention is given to comparing Synoptic and Johannine texts.  Contemporary views are presented and reviewed in the light of the Lutheran Confessions. (1.5 CEU)  Click here for more details 
  • January 24-25, 2014: LWML Winter Get Away Retreat -Patchwork of Friendship

    Sponsored by The Young Women of LWML-SWD. A great start to a new year that focuses on unity and strength in friendships!

    Keynote Speaker: Amy Meyer

    Location: Osthoff Lake Resort Elkhart/ Lake, WI

    For more information please visit:

Pastor Calls and Vacancies
Calling Congregations
  • First Immanuel - Cedarburg
  • Divine Redeemer - Hartland
  • Redeemer - Manitowoc
  • Trinity Freistadt - Mequon
  • St. Mark - Milwaukee
  • St. John/Trinity - Oxford/Packwaukee
  • St. John, Portage
  • Christ the Life - Waukesha
  • Trinity - Wisconsin Dells

Temporarily Non-Calling

  • Gospel - Milwaukee
  • Holy Ghost - Milwaukee

Pastors Accepting a Call

  • Jeff Corder - Mission Hill, Waunakee to St. John, Stryker, Ohio
  • Dan Kelm - St. John, Portage to Trinity, Summerfield, Florida
Contact Information
President John C. Wille