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 13, 2014
In This Issue 
LEIF Update
CalldocsPlease share the email you received last Friday regarding LEIF updates with your staff.

New Call Documents
calldocThe call documents for ordained & 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.

District office closed
officeclosedMonday, January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day



My life is a message. 

Mahatma Gandhi





CONTEST - Top Teacher Photo Contest...  Upload your photo showing how your Lutheran school teachers have made an impact in your child's faith, school or community by January 19, 2014. Then, from January 20-26, come back once a day to vote. On January 27 (during National Lutheran Schools Week), we will announce the winners! We are awarding funds to Lutheran schools that have teacher(s) who are excellent educators. Multiple entries per school are accepted. Enter a photo of one teacher or a group picture. Remember to invite your family, friends and congregation members to vote as well! One vote per person per day.THE PRIZE The winning photos are determined by the number of votes cast for the submitted photo. Prizes will be awarded as follows:1st Place: $250 2nd Place: $150 3rd Place: $100. Questions can be sent to Mark L'Heureux or Diana Raasch.

passionatebelieversSaturday, February 22, 2014

Keynote Speaker:   Ted Kober, President of Ambassadors of Reconciliation


Questions - contact Barb Slak

NLSANLSA Schools Needing To Reapply
The following schools accreditation expires in August 2015.


St. John, Berlin
First Immanuel, Cedarburg
Lake Country, Hartland
Trinity, Rantoul
St. Peter's, Reedsburg
St. John, Portage
St. John, Racine
Immanuel, Sheboygan
St. Paul, West Allis
St. John, West Bend

Complete the NLSA application and send it to the District office for Mark's signature, along with a check for $350 made payable to National Lutheran School Accreditation.
Article3WCRIS Leadership Conference


The WCRIS website has been updated with the conference schedule as well as information about the convention center and lodging.  


The conference schedule can be found at: http://www.wcris.org/2014ConferenceSchedule.cfm.


Information about the convention center and lodging (including directions, reservation information, group hotel rate and hotel amenities) can be found here: http://www.wcris.org/facilityandlodging.cfm.


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

This c
onference 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

wheatridgeWheat Ridge
wheat ridge

Here are some links that I think you'll be interested in. Click the logo on the left - it will give you a very quick tour of what Wheat Ridge is about and get you linked to all the grants and other resources.


Three major kinds of grants are available. Grants rage from $1,000 to $50,000 for up to three years. Our newest grant option is  Burst Projects - up to $5000 available, focused on young adults initiating creative projects in health and human care ministries. Age range is roughly 20-35 years old.  


Also of interest is a new way of doing grants around crowd funding called WeRaise   The site is live now and will have a public launch sometime early in 2014.


Wheat Ridge can also provide a great chapel offering projects, our  Inspire project has great support material written by Lutheran Educators. I'd love to talk more if you do a District wide chapel offering project.  I'm also available to lead chapels, as schedule permits, to support those efforts.


If you have any questions about Wheat Ridge, please contact: 


Mark Schoepp

Wheat Ridge Ministries

Director of Congregation Engagement





KINDLEKINDLE Servant 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.

taxdeductionPrivate School Tuition Tax Deduction

Please share this information with your parents

Eligibility -
parents of K-12 aged children registered in any one of Wisconsin's fine private Christian schools.

- The tax deduction applies in 2014. Checks made out before January 1 would not be eligible for the deduction.



rummageSchool Rummage Sale
St  . Peter's, Waterford - Saturday, January 18
8-11 am

Due to our K-8 school that closed a couple of years ago we had an abundance of supplies, curriculum and other items.  There was such an overabundance that we are no longer able to use everything. 


The rummage will be help Saturday, January 18th from 8am-11am.  St. Peter's Rainbow Preschool 145 S 6th St.  Waterford, WI.  Sale is cash only and we are not able to deliver bigger items.  List of items. 


Please feel free to contact us with any questions.




LCEFscholarshipLCEF 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.
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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