LCEF south wisconsin district

June 2014 - Assistant to Assistant
In This Issue
Empower Ministry
Joy & Privilege of Ministry
SOS Open House
Early Childhood Literacy Festival
Hymn Festival at Pilgrim
Pre-Retirement Workshops
LCEF Video
News You Can Use in Your Home
Quick Links
- 2014 -
June 7
SOS Open House

June 9-13
September 12
Pre-Retirement Workshop
Bethlehem, Sun Prairie
September 13
Pre-Retirement Workshop
SWD Offfice
November 14
PCW Conference
Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc
November 21-23
LCEF Fall Conference

- 2015 -
January 31
Passionate Believers Conference
Divine Redeemer, Hartland
June 7-9
District Convention
Concordia University Wisconsin
I Want to Empower Ministry

I know that Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is embracing the ministries of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Tell me more about how you're helping ministries share the Gospel.


The story of ministries empowered through LCEF is a continuous circle of relationships built, believers energized and communities served. But long before those success stories, here's what happens behind the scenes:


  • A ministry in search of a financial partner for their ministry dollars can invest with LCEF knowing those dollars will earn a competitive interest rate while helping support the sharing of the Gospel.
  • A ministry unsure of how to move forward can embark on VisionPath to clarify the direction in which God is leading them.
  • A ministry with a vision and ready for renovation or growth can be empowered for the next step with stewardship resources, capital campaign assistance, demographic tools, a library of planning and renovation materials and Laborers For Christ ready to provide hands-on assistance.
  • A ministry in need of a loan can count on LCEF as their financial partner with customized options and support.
  • LCMS rostered church workers can stay focused on their ministry by choosing LCEF for a new or refinanced mortgage, home equity loan or consolidation loan.
  • New pastors can get help with their education loans through the Pastoral Education Loan Program.
The Joy & Privilege of Ministry
Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for more than 25 years. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: blog readers about leadership in ministry:
Just a few weeks ago the congregation I have had the honor to serve for the
past 25 years had a celebration to commemorate our ministry together for the past quarter of a century. I was humbled by the entire day, and as I reflect on the worship and the celebration program I come to realize how wonderfully the Lord blesses us as we serve Him in His Church. Here's what I learned:
SOS Open House - June 7th 
Join us in celebrating the rebirth of ministry at the SOS Center, 4620 W. North Avenue in Milwaukee on Saturday, June 7th, from 10 am to 1pm. Enjoy some great food and tour the building as you find out about our after-school programs, upcoming Summer program, as well as future plans and goals. God bless this ministry in the name of Jesus in the heart of the city! 
Early Childhood Literacy Festival on the Lake
Playing with Literacy and Language:  Creating Stories 
August 1, 2014 at Concordia University Wisconsin
Cost: $85 - includes (workshops, snacks, lunch, and a mini concert).
Featuring:  Candace Fleming 
Special Guest:  Eric Rohmann 
Register before July 9 for a $10 discount! 
Flyer              Online Registration
Music Events Around the District
Organ Dedication Recital: Friday, June 6th
All music lovers are cordially invited to the Dedication Recital of Beautiful Savior, Mequon's new T3 Martin Digital Organ. Guest organist Mr. Christopher Martin of Santa Fe Springs, California will present a one hour performance at 
7 p.m. on Friday, June 6th. A champagne reception will follow the recital, during which time Mr. Martin will be available to greet guests and answer questions about this beautiful instrument. Kindly reply to the BSLC church office at (262)242-6650 or to assist the reception committee.
Hymn Festival - June 15th 
Do you love to sing hymns? In celebration of the new pipes on our Martin Ott Tracker Organ, Pilgrim, Wauwatosa is hosting a Hymn Festival for Trinity Sunday, June 15 for anyone and everyone who loves to sing! The Festival includes the choirs of Pilgrim and Trinity Lutheran Churches, as well as the Master Singers of Milwaukee, under the direction of Dr. John Behnke of Concordia University Wisconsin, who will be playing our newly completed two new stops) Ott organ. Click here for more event information.    
Pre-Retirement Workshop
Concordia Plan Services and the South Wisconsin District are hosting two 1-day workshops for professional church workers and their spouses to help them understand the process and importance of planning for retirement. 
  • Basic Finances & Budgeting
  • Retirement Income & Concordia Plan Changes
  • Health Care & Costs
  • Envisioning Retirement Life
  • Advance Directives
  • Personal Q&A Time (As time allows)

September 12, 2014 - 9am to 3pm          September 13, 2014 - 9am to 3pm

   Bethlehem Lutheran Church                    South Wisconsin District Office

   300 Broadway Dr., Sun Prairie                    8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee


There is no cost to attend these workshops!  The district will be providing morning refreshments and lunch. But advance registration is needed for planning. You can register by contacting Karen Rayner no later than Monday, August 22, 2014. We will need your name, spouses name if attending, email address and your phone number. Shortly before the workshop you will receive some preliminary worksheets to complete, as well as questions to begin asking yourself about your potential retirement.


Please distribute flyer to all benefit-eligible workers within your church and/or school.
LCEF Video of the Month
Special Interest Program
Special Interest Program
News You Can Use in Your Home
5 Biggest Mistakes You Make With Your Fridge.
Does your milk smell like onions? Your lettuce go limp in a week? Are you tossing cold cuts before you get a chance to make sandwiches? Avoid these common fridge missteps, and you may find you waste less food. Click here to see how just a few adjustments can make your food last longer.
Perfect Picnic Plan
The lazy days of summer call for cuisine that's carefree, too. So it's no surprise that picnics are a popular choice when the weather warms. Whether your outing is for two or 20, you're sure to have a good time if you keep these picnic pointers in mind. Click here for great picnic tips and recipes.