In This Issue
Music Around the District
LCEF Video
St. Paul, Oconomowoc
2014 Scholarship Winner
Celebrate Your Graduate
Early Childhood Literacy Festival
Early Childhood Literacy Festival
Early Childhood Literacy Festival

SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping

Build the Church

Dear friends in Christ,
You likely have a Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministry or two you wish to support in any way you can.

Consider paying special attention to them with a gift that is easy to share: the interest from your Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) investment(s). You can contribute your investment interest directly to the ministry of your choice for a specific time period or for as long as you are invested.

Just as LCEF embraces the LCMS, you can embrace the ministry of your choice. Tell them you value their mission by contributing your interest.

Learn more about our Special Interest Program at or call (800)843-5233.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, 
as good stewards of God's varied grace..." 1 Peter 4:10

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The chart below details LCEF services requested by South Wisconsin District Pastors before and during the May 2014 Pastors' Conference.

Please let me know if your congregation would be interested in any of the above. 
Blessings to you and your family as you enjoy the warmth of summer and especially the warmth of God's love.

Yours in Christ,
Diana Raasch, M.B.A, CGP 
Vice President 
414-464-8100, ext 25,
Music Events Around the District
Organ Dedication Recital at Beautiful Savior, Mequon: Friday, June 6th - 7:00 p.m. 
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 7pm 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 at Pilgrim, Wauwatosa: Sunday, June 15th - 3:00 p.m. 
Do you love to sing hymns? In celebration of the new pipes on our Martin Ott Tracker Organ, Pilgrim is hosting a Hymn Festival for Trinity Sunday, June 15 at 3pm 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.  
LCEF Video of the Month
Your Investment 
Your Interest > Your Choice
Special Interest Program
Special Interest Program
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, 
faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10
St. Paul's Brings Ministry Into Sharper Focus with VisionPath

Like most congregations, the members of St. Pau'ls Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, Wis., have varied interests-and varied ideas about the ministry direction their church should pursue. Some prefer to focus on St. Paul Oconomowoc VisionPathfacility needs, while others favor a greater emphasis on emotional care. Still other members want more outreach to young adults, senior citizens or the unchurched in general-depending on whom you talk to.

"While everyone's hopes and dreams [for the church] have merit, there's no way at this stage in our journey that we have the resources to do everything," said the Rev. Lance O'Donnell, St. Paul's senior pastor.  Read more...
2014 LCEF Upper Midwest Districts Scholarship Winner
Congratulations Aerwyn Debroux! 
Aerwyn Debroux will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) of the upper Midwest districts. She is a member of Divine Redeemer in Hartland, Wisc. and plans on transferring from UW-Waukesha to Concordia University Wisconsin this fall to pursue a degree in Lutheran Early Childhood Education. 

Celebrate Your Graduate
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 this flyer to all benefit-eligible workers within your church and/or school.
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 9th for a $10 Discount!             Flyer                         Online Registration
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:

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Too many of us put off planning our wills and trusts for "another day." Host a workshop at your church, or schedule a personal visit by contacting Diana Raasch at (414) 464-8100, ext. 25, or email Diana. 
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