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LCEF Loans
Celebrate Your Graduate!
Divine Savior
2014 Summer Internship
LUMIN
Y.I. Challenge Winner
Dominican Republic Update
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Dear friends in Christ,
"Ministry in Motion" certainly describes the South Wisconsin District Pastors' Conference held May 5-7, 2014 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel. Those in attendance experienced wonderful worship and devotions as well as very engaging presentations by Kristina Arriaga from the Becket Fund and Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller, First Vice President of the LCMS. 


Congratulations to Rev. Bryan Fritsch from Messiah Lutheran Church in Ripon. Rev. Fritsch won a Kindle Frie HD 16GB.



Congratulations to 
Rev. Dana Loney from Christ Lutheran
Church in Sheboygan. Rev. Loney won an LCEF wine and cheese cooler.



Congratulations to Rev. Mark Krueger 
of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church 
in Brillion. Rev. Krueger won a LCEF Flash Drive.

 
 
Yours in Christ,
Diana Raasch, M.B.A, CGP 
Vice President 
414-464-8100, ext 25, raasch@swd.lcms.org
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Celebrate Your Graduate!
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Divine Savior, Hartford - Growing With It's Community!
Keeping Entrance Busier than Exit
After ending last year with a successful, goal-busting capital campaign in partnership with Lutheran Church Extension Fund's Capital Funding Services, Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Hartford, is building on that momentum by expanding pastoral staff and launching an ambitious small-group ministry.

"When a congregation reaches a certain point, it can be harder to connect and practice our faith together," said the Rev. Douglas Stowe, pastor at this church blessed with a strong and steady number of worshipers at three weekly services. "It doesn't matter how wide your front door is, if your back door is equally wide."

To help the church entrance stay busier than its exit, plans are in the works to introduce a small-group ministry with the goal of eventually drawing at least 60% of all congregants. Read more...

Volunteers 
from Divine Savior, prepare for the congregations' 
annual fish boil. 
All proceeds are donated to local charities.
2014 National Student Marketing Competition
2014 National Student Marketing Competition
Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN) Ministry
God continues to bless the LUMIN ministry. Just a few weeks ago 10 members of the Pilgrim school family were baptized (eight students, a parent and a sibling): 28 members of the  Granville school family worshipped in the school's chapel as Berea Lutheran Church's outreach initiative is gaining traction under the leadership of Pastor Jeff Mueller. And, St. Martini's congregation voted to transfer ownership of its school to LUMIN and establish a landlord/tenant relationship with LUMIN for the school buildings.

"Today was an amazing day for our LUMIN ministry. We praise God for the blessings He continues to bestow on LUMIN and the many pastors, teachers and staff who tirelessly work together to share the Gospel message with kids while also providing them with the education they need to be successful students in school and responsible citizens in their communities." said Dick Laabs, President of LUMIN. 

Click here to learn more about the LUMIN ministry and the LUMIN school families.
Y.I. Challenge Winner
CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Lutheran Church, La Crosse, WI. This congregation is the winner of the LCEF Young Investor (Y.I.) Club Challenge. Pastor Paul Mundinger and the congregation have plans to establish a Rebecca's Garden of Hope project at Faith. The project will start in Fall of 2014. The congregation will provide tutoring and mentoring for local children in the subjects of reading, writing, math, and spelling. They will also share the Gospel as a part of the curriculum. Besides congregational members, the project tutors will include students from UW La Crosse, Viterbo and Western Technical College. This project will open opportunities for Faith to support families in the community and to enhance relationships with college students in the community.

Stay tuned fro future stories on the Rebecca's Garden of Hope at Faith La Crosse.
 GEO Missionary Update from Ruth Pollex
News from Ruth Pollex serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic 

Ruth Pollex serves the Lord through the LCMS as a Globally Engaged & Outreach (GEO) missionary in the Dominican Republic. She is the liaison between the Lutheran school in the Dominican Republic and the partner Lutheran schools and churches in the United States. She also supports the principal and staff at this Lutheran school through the coordination and implementation of workshops and new curriculum provided by these supporting schools. Also, in consultation with the school principal, Ruth helps design and implement various school projects, programs and events.
 
Some of the goals that have been accomplished during this past year in the DR is:
  • The organization and coordination of a school board 
  • The completion of a government required school document - written with the Education Team, which states their identity, mission and vision as a Lutheran School
  • Observation and evaluation of teachers 
  • Organization of a workshop in April and led short workshops with the teachers in December and March

Ruth also serves on the mission team as a musician, playing the piano at three worship services each week, and gives classes to six members at the missions in Palmar Arriba and Pueblo Nuevo.

 

"It has been a joy for me to serve here in the Dominican this past year, and I look forward to continuing to serve God here." Ruth is currently in discussion with Pastor Krey, the LCMS Missionary and Regional Director for the area about returning to the DR for another year. Please continue to keep Ruth and the mission team in your prayers. 

 

DR
Casey Miller, First Immanuel, Cedarburg and students. 
Teacher's Workshop led by 
4 teachers and principals from Florida and Wisconsin

 

 

 

for the April DR News!

 


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