South Wisconsin District - LCMS
December 16, 2013
In This Issue 
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)


A women was out Christmas shopping with her two children, and after many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable and hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she and the kids finally made it to the elevator.


She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season.  Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, buy that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping lists, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, etc.


Finally, the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car.  She pushed her way in and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff.  When the doors closed she couldn't take it anymore and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot."  


From the back of the car, everyone heard a quite calm voice respond, "Don't worry, we already crucified him."  For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.


Don't forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing...in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word.  If we all did it, just think of how different this whole world would be.

Article1WCRIS Leadership Conference
The 2014 Leadership Conference will feature a special intensive workshop with internationally renowned keynote speaker Dr. Robyn Jackson.

This conference is Title IIA eligible. It is helpful to register in groups of 2 or more - attending as a team will help build the learning capacity of your school by:
  • empowering teachers
  • increasing collaboration and shared best practice
  • sharing decision-making in planning professional learning

article2Concordia Plan Services

Attached is information from Concordia Plan Services

For more information, contact:

Maureen M. Schneider

Benefit Consultant
Concordia Plan Services-Education and Outreach 
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 
Direct:  (314) 885-6721 
Visit us on the web: http://www.concordiaplans.org
article3CISM - Crisis Incident Stress Management
The SWD's CISM team is trained to help you, your staff and students through situations of crisis at your school.

Does your school have a crisis plan? Do you know who to contact in a crisis? The CISM team can prepare your church and school for such events by providing you and/your entire staff with a training course.


For more information, contact:

Rev. Bill Wagner
article4Servant Leader Workshop
Would you like to gain a better understanding of what it means to embrace Sabbath Living?

Would you like to grow personally in areas such as witnessing, praying, studying scriptures and serving?

Are you interested in getting a small taste of what KINDLE is about?

If you said "yes" to any of these questions, then please consider registering yourself and 2 or 3 leaders from your church for the KINDLE Servant Leader Workshop.


 article5School/Early Childhood Mailing

The January, 2014 issue of the School/Early Childhood Mailing has been posted on the Lutheran School Portal.


Alight (written by Terry Schmidt) - Raising Up Faithful Disciples - Witness Always!

Computer File (written by David Black) - Online Discussions for Students and Teachers

Early Childhood Devotions (written by Andrea Lohman) - We Have Hope as an Anchor

Family Matters (written by Dr. Steve Christopher) - Punctuation Parenting: Tool #5 - Parentheses

Growing in Governing (written by Paul Brandt) -Agenda Control: A Key to Board Focus

Insights and Ideas (written by Rev. Steve and Calie Vera) - The Fifth Commandment

NLSA Best Practices - Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton, Texas

Parent Pages (written by Kim Marxhausen) - No Biting!

Professionally Speaking (written by Dr. Neil Sandfort) - Repertoire of Effective Teaching Techniques

Rattles and Prattles (written by Judy Williams) - Part of God's Family

School Shepherd (written by  Rev. Bob Riggert) - Kind Shepherds

Time Out for Directors (written by Drew Gerdes) - Play, Praise and Give Thanks!; Professional Partnerships


To access current and archived issues go to:

RESOURCES > Mailing > The School Mailing or The Early Childhood Mailing (link located in green box) 

savethedateUpcoming Events
December 24-25 - District office closed

December 31 - District office closes at noon 

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 Week

February 7 - WCRIS Leadership Conference, Oshkosh Convention Center

February 13-15 - LEA National Administrators Conference

February 14 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale
February 22 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer, Hartland 
April 14 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Northwest Lutheran School, Milwaukee 
April 27 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Trinity-Freistadt, Mequon
May 4 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Blessed Savior, New Berlin
June 9-13 - Lutheran Church Workers Couples Retreat, Heartland Retreat Center, Trego, WI



November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


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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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