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 27, 2014
In This Issue 
dirschoolsNew Associate Director of Schools

Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Schmidt has accepted the call to serve as the Associate Director of Schools - Director of Early Childhood Ministry for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Dr. Schmidt has served congregations, early childhood ministries and schools in Michigan, Arkansas and Missouri. Her new responsibilities with LCMS School Ministry will begin on

February 1.   


Please keep Dr. Schmidt in your prayers during this transition.



To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

- Gilbert Keith Chesterton


passionatebelieversSaturday, February 22, 2014


Here are some of the breakout sessions:


Social Media in the Church - For Beginners - Maria Hendrickson, LCEF Director of Communications & Marketing - Serving LCMS Upper Midwest Districts
Social Media is here to stay but do you know how to efficiently and safely use it to connect with others? How about ideas to leverage social media tools in your church and school? Pre-register for this session and take home a flash drive with useful Social Media tips to get you started! This is a beginners session. We will cover the basics of setting up a Facebook page, how to successfully manage it, other social media options, best practices and much more. Bring your questions, ideas and thoughts for an interactive Social Media learning session. 



Concordia Plan Services - Health Care Reform - Jack Pfitzer, Vice President of Education and Outreach - CPS

The Impact of Health Care Reform - What does it mean for LCMS workers, employers and families? Since its passage in 2010, CPS has been decoding health care reform. Our objectives have been to determine its effect on our members and employers as well as its impact on the Concordia health Plan. Jack will untangle health care reform and share with you waht yo need to know about health plans this year and beyond.



Mercy Ministry - Rev. Peter Kelm, Mission Executive - SWD
Lord, have mercy! We ask for mercy and our gracious God gives it in Christ. But we who have received it are called to share it. What does mercy ministry look like in our congregations and communities? Come with your ideas and open ears as we talk about real-life mercy ministry in a congregational setting. 




Questions - contact Barb Slak

 LEALEA Administrators' Conference

Early-bird deadline extended to January 29

(There is still time to SAVE $50!)


Register NOW for this timely national conference aimed at YOU, the Lutheran school administrator.

February 13-15, 2014      Hilton St. Louis Airport


  A great program:

  • Gregory Love - morning workshop with a nationally known speaker on the topics of sexual abuse awareness and school security
  • 16 sectionals on topics including staff relationships, core curriculum, curriculum mapping, NLSA, emergency response, and food allergies
  • A strand aimed at Early Childhood directors
  • Opening communion worship and closing worship
  • Two days with 25-30 exhibitors
  • FREE lunch presentation with updates by CPS about health care
  • Special banquet featuring professional entertainer Erin Bode
  • Friday evening event at Busch Stadium: tour, social time and dinner

   A great package:

  • Hilton St. Louis Airport housing with $82 rate

      (includes complimentary Internet, free parking and airport shuttle)

  • Two breakfasts, one lunch, two receptions, and two dinners
  • Same registration rate as in 2012:  $275 for LEA members


More complete conference information can be obtained

at the official NAC registration site


Hotel cut-off is January 28th - reserve your room TODAY!

 WCRIS Leadership Conference Update/Just Released

Please click below for more detailed information on the workshops and format.

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DRvideoA Must See!  How our work in the DR is Changing Lives!
Escuela Navidad 2013
Escuela Navidad 2013

Please take 5 minutes to watch the video and see what God is doing in the lives of the children at Concordia Lutheran School, Palmar Arriba. 
drchristmasvideoChristmas Video from the DR
Navidad Palmar
Navidad Palmar

This is the video that is referenced in the above video.   
graceplaceGrace Place Retreat for PCW Couples
Calling all Lutheran Church Workers Couples!


Consider pausing with the Grace Place family this summer...
Grace Place, in coordination with the North and South Wisconsin Districts, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Heartwood Retreat Center with additional underwriting from The LCMS Office of National Mission, is announcing a wonderful opportunity for Lutheran Church Worker Couples to Be Well and Serve Well.

This Monday afternoon to Friday noon continuing education event focuses on skills and attitudes to keep you healthy in body, mind, spirit and finances.  It is anchored around four "pause points" to be in God's Word each day, daily exercise, adventure activities and free time each afternoon, and wonderful, nutritious food and fellowship.


Leaders include Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman, Grace Place Director of Programs,
and Rev. Dr. Todd and Heather Biermann, Senior Pastor, Faith Lutheran in
Grand Blanc, MI.


Each participant and each participant's congregation receives $50 for participating in this retreat if a member of CPS.


To enroll in the Be Well, Serve Well program, click here.


Cost:  $250 per couple

For more information and to register, click here.

savethedateUpcoming Events

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 14 - PCW Conference, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc



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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