South Wisconsin District - LCMS
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)
January 6, 2014
In This Issue 
Call Documents

The call documents for ordained and commissioned ministers have been updated to reflect current benefit information. If you will be issuing a call, please download the new documents. You will need to contact Robin for the new password. Call documents will not be accepted in the old version.
 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  Psalm 127:1  


Last Wednesday, approximately 45% of Americans made a New Years Resolution. Data shows that only 8% that make a resolution usually achieve the goal - not the best of odds! Not to put a damper on your resolution (if you made one), but what are your goals and aspirations for 2014? Certainly I hope you've thought of some - whether you achieve them or not is not necessarily the point, but more that you have the desire to improve in an area that needs improving.


Even if you didn't make a New Year Resolution, as Christians, we're pretty good about laboring in vain, as the above Psalm verse reads. Sometimes we have great dreams and plans WE want to accomplish, that WE forget about Who's plans they truly are. Not involving Jesus in all our plans will certainly affect the outcome. Does it mean that by involving Him you will succeed, not necessarily - as this may not be His plan. However, we know that, "...with God, all things are possible" and our chances of success will be greater.


As you begin 2014, be prayerful to include Jesus in all that you do.


Serving Him Together,



Article1Passionate Believers Conference
The Passionate Believers conference will be held Saturday, February 22, at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland.

Keynote Speaker is Ted Kober, President of Ambassadors of Reconciliation.

Mark this date on your calendars and share with leaders in your school and church this great opportunity to learn and interact with Synod representatives, SWD staff and other mission leaders. The day will also provide you with valuable resources to maximize your own ministry.

More details will be available soon! 
article2AR Challenge

The annual AR Challenge is set to begin on January 27, 2014. Any elementary LCMS school in the United States and Canada that is presently using the Accelerated Reader program may enter the contest. All students must be independent readers.


The purpose of this challenge is to provide an incentive and motivation for our children at Lutheran schools to read more, get smarter and have fun. Reading for this contest can occur anywhere the children are - at home, at school, in the car, etc. All reporting of points will be submitted by each school's coordinator via the AR Challenge web site.


Register before January 27 to take part in the AR Challenge by visiting the St. Paul's (Janesville, Wisconsin) website 


 www.stpaulsjanesville.com > School > 2014 National AR Challenge 


For information, contact: 


Jim Kroll 

St. Paul's Lutheran School

210 S. Ringold

Janesville, WI 53545

608-754-4471, ext 227


Email: jkroll@stpaulsjanesville.com 

Web: www.stpaulsjanesville.com  

TOTYTeacher of the Year

Congratulations to the following educators:



Lori Kilps, Good Shepherd, Two Rivers


Rebecca Rohde, Divine Redeemer, Hartland 


Early Childhood

Kimberly Hoffmann, St. John's, Racine


These educators will be recognized at a dinner on Sunday, January 26. 


May God continue to bless your ministries. 

nlswcontestNLSW Contest

In celebration of National Lutheran Schools Week, the South Wisconsin District Education and LCEF offices are establishing a contest for teachers and schools. Stay tuned for contest details and rules. Questions can be sent to Mark L'Heureux or Diana Raasch.

bewell2014 Be Well Rewards Program

The 2014 Be Well Rewards program opened on January 2 to all active members of the Concordia Health Plan and their enrolled spouses*. This year, the program is focused on "knowing your numbers" and participating in a wide variety of healthy activities.

There are several new components to this year's program:
* Single-sign on through myCPS.org - BeWellServeWell.com will no longer be the access point for entering your Be Well Rewards activities. In order to participate in the program, you will need to log in at myCPS.org using the User ID you received in the mail with your 2014 Be Well Rewards brochure.
* Health Assessment Gateway - in order to earn points through the program, you will have to complete the online Health Assessment and enter your biometric numbers.
* Updated menu and point structure - Dollar amounts, maximums, and activity requirements have changed. Make sure to review the 2014 Menu of Activities in your brochure or online at  myCPS.org.

If you have any questions or to request your myCPS.org User ID, contact us at 888-927-7526 or info@concordiaplans.org.

*CHP members on Medicare are not eligible for the Be Well Rewards program. (1/14)   


hsaHealth Savings Accounts 101

To help our members better understand what a health savings account (HSA) is all about, Concordia Plan Services has created a frequently asked questions communication - "What You Need to Know about Health Savings Accounts: HSA 101."

To learn more about an HSA, click here.

An HSA is a tax-advantage account owned by the worker that can be used to pay for qualified healthcare expenses. Also, an HSA has the added benefit of long-term savings potential for workers to use for future medical expenses. (1/14)  

MLKMartin Luther King Jr. Day Resources

Free Resources to Help You Cover Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This month, focus part of your social studies curriculum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We are pleased to offer you time-saving resources to help you bring this important lesson into your classroom


Through the partnership between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HISTORY®, This Month in History provides you with standards-aligned Lesson Plans, Teacher's Guides, and Study Guides.

Special Presentation: King


Monday, January 20 at 8 AM (ET) on HISTORY®


King is a moving two-hour documentary that explores the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and examines the indelible mark he left on the world. With veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, this program retraces the journey of Dr. King, focusing on his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement.

For the latest news and journal articles, check out:

hmhinthenews.com (elementary current events) and
hmhcurrentevents.com (secondary current events). 


Article3LCEF Scholarships Available
$1,000 LCEF Scholarships Available!
Apply before February 28, 2014 at lcefuppermidwest.org/scholarships

Seven $1,000 LCEF upper Midwest districts scholarships will be awarded this year, one per district. Your college choice can be anywhere... As long as it is accredited. Awards are not based upon the type of degree you are pursuing. Students must be a current LCMS member of one of the following  districts - Iowa Districts East, Iowa District West, Minnesota North, Minnesota South, North Dakota North Wisconsin and  South Wisconsin
Do not wait until the last minute to apply; a one page essay and letters of recommendation are required. Graduating seniors and current college students should visit lcefuppermidwest.org/scholarships for qualification details and application.

Who wins? Want timely updates on deadlines? Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/LCEFuppermidwest or follow our tweets @LCEFMariaH.

Questions? Contact Maria.Hendrickson@lcef.org.
article42014 IRS Mileage Rates

The IRS just announced its standard mileage rates for 2014.  The new rates will be a slight decrease - a half cent - from the 2013 rates for business, medical and moving expenses.  Effective January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle such as a car, van, SUV or pickup will be:

  • 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

Small business owners, employees, self-employed individuals and other taxpayers can use the standard mileage rate to calculate their tax-deductible costs for using a vehicle for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

savethedateUpcoming Events

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

March 1 - Servant Leader Workshop, Brookfield Lutheran Church, Brookfield 
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


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...Confessing Christ!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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