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 20, 2014
In This Issue 
LEIF Update
CalldocsThank you to those who have shared the information about updating your LEIF. Please continue to encourage your staff to updated their LEIF on the Lutheran School Portal.

Call Document Info
calldocWhen completing the Diploma of Vocation, the line "have elected you as" should be filled in with commissioned minister classification - i.e., Teacher, Director of Christian Education, Director of Christian Outreach, Lay Minister, Deaconess, Director of Parish Music, etc. If you are calling a lay minister as a youth director, you could put "Lay Minister - Youth Director."

If you will be issuing a call, please download the new documents (effective 1/1/14). You will need to contact Robin for the new password. Call documents will not be accepted in the old version.


Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.

-  Margaret Shepard


passionatebelieversSaturday, February 22, 2014


Here are some of the breakout sessions:


SHEPHERDS OF THE FLOCK: Together in Ministry with Educators of Young Children in Lutheran Centers and Schools - Linda Kennell, Early Childhood Consultant - SWD/Candyce Seider, PhD - Director of Early Childhood - CUW
Join our discussion about strategies to enhance ministry opportunities in schools and early childhood
centers. Identify needs while passionately pursuing our mission at home! Learn more about the new certification process (C-LECT) of the SWD-LCMS in collaboration with Concordia University Wisconsin. 



CISM - Disaster Relief - Rev. Dr. William Wagner, SWD Coordinator, Critical Incident Stress Management - Direct Response
CISM - What is it? When a critical incident occurs in a school or congregation, local resources are
quickly depleted. Our South Wisconsin District's CISM team, composed of trained members, is
available to help. This session will show you the resources available to your agency.  



Overview of Treasurer's Manual - Karen Sansone, Director of Tax & Compliance - LCMS
A walk through the LCMS Treasurer's Manual. This is a great time for Business Managers to have their questions answered by publication's chief editor employed at the LCMS in St. Louis.




Questions - contact Barb Slak

schoolmailingSchool/Early Childhood Mailing

The February, 2014 issue of the School/Early Childhood Mailing is now available on the Lutheran School Portal.


Alight (written by Terry Schmidt) - Models of Faith

Computer File (written by David Black) - A Look to the Future

Early Childhood Devotions (written by Andrea Lohman) - Faith, Hope, Love

Family Matters (written by Dr. Steve Christopher) - Punctuation Parenting: Tool #6: The Question Mark

Growing in Governing (written by Paul Brandt) - What Difference Can I Make?

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

NLSA Best Practices - Faith Lutheran School and Touching Hearts Early Childhood Center, Lincoln, Neb.

Parent Pages (written by Kim Marxhausen) - Kids With Grit

Professionally Speaking (written by Dr. Neil Sandfort) - Expanding Your Arsenal of Teaching Techniques

Rattles and Prattles (written by Judy Williams) - Friendship and Forgiveness

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

Time Out for Directors (written by Drew Gerdes) - Common Core Standards; The Changing Face of Early Childhood Education

To access current and archived issues, log onto the Lutheran School Portal

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


HFJHearts for Jesus
Lutherans for LifeThe 2013/14 Recipient 
Owen's Mission - Wisconsin - 2014
Owen's Mission - Wisconsin - 2014


Hearts for Jesus


You may use the video at chapel, in the classrooms, at Bible Studies and even "Ministry Moments" in your congregation.



businessShould Your School Be a Ministry or a Business

Interesting perspective between the relationship of ministry and business.  Consider the boards obligation to protect both the finances and the needs of those they serve.    


Should Your School Be a Ministry or a Business?

A business is bound by its financial limits but a ministry must serve all the people who need its help. So should your school honor its financial limits or its commitment to its community?

Find out how to reconcile these seemingly conflicting aspects of your school
leaLEA Convocation Video Recap
LEA Convocation 2013 Recap
LEA Convocation 2013 Recap


Relive the event,
relive the memories
of LEA Milwaukee



YILCEF Young Investors (Y.I.) Challenge


Announcing the 2014 Young Investor (Y.I.) Challenge. This online quiz is a chance for your LCMS church or school to win $1,000. Each participating district will have a winner.


How it Works

From Jan. 26 to Feb. 16, 2014, a ten-question-quiz covering personal finance and stewardship will appear online at yichallenge.org. Congregation members and school students of all ages take the quiz online. The higher your percentage of participation and correct answers, the better your chances of winning!


At the end of the quiz period, based upon quiz results, one congregation/school in each participating district will win $1,000 to use for ministry from LCEF! 


Getting Started

To participate, your church/school should register by Jan. 20 if at all possible. Registration is to be completed by one individual (team leader) per church/school with a valid email address. This could be you! Registered team leaders will then receive weekly stats via email during the quiz period regarding your standing in the competition. Share these stats with your team (church/school) to rally even more participation. Register online only at yichallenge.org.


Materials to download:

If you have any questions or would like additional materials, please contact Dick Swedean at 952-223-2162 Tues.-Thurs., 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or email Maria.Hendrickson@lcef.org.


Diana Raasch, LCEF VP South Wisconsin District

Maria Hendrickson, Jocelyn Polley and Dick Swedean

  LCEF serving the upper Midwest districts-LCMS



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

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.

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 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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