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Mercy Forever
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
August 25, 2014
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So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.  Matthew 24:44



In all honestly, I'm not ready!  


There are a lot of things I'm not ready for, but to clarify, I'm speaking for the beginning of the school year (which I know some have been in class for over a week now). In my conversations 

with many of you and your teachers at the kick off for Firm Foundations, I think that was the overwhelming response. However, there were a few, who surprised me with enthusiasm in their voice, who said, "bring it on!"


Regardless of where you are at, the start of the year is here. There's no way to go back in time and redo, or turn back the clock to relive. In essence, the time is now!  In the above verse, Jesus was speaking with his disciples about being ready. Do we have that sense of urgency?  


Living in the past can be comforting, it's what we know. However, living in the past doesn't allow us to envision the future.  It doesn't allow us to embrace the opportunity - teaching and sharing our faith with the students entrusted to our care. We make a commitment to our parents to care and love their children, do we also make that commitment to our Heavenly Father?  We don't know when Christ will return to claim his own, but we do know that there are students and families in our schools in need of His saving Grace. As I always communicated to new and perspective families to my school, "My number one goal in your child attending this school is that I will see them in heaven."


Ya, mentally/physically it might take us a few weeks to get in the swing of things, but let's not waste one second to plant the seed or to continue the nourishment. Let's not be caught unprepared, but with one voice, "Bring it on!"


Serving Christ Together,


parenteventParent Event with Dr. Tim Elmore
Monday, September 22, 2014

Milwaukee Lutheran High School
9700 W. Grantosa Dr.

This is a FREE event!

All parents are invited!!  Invite your friends and neighbors!!

"Performing a Balancing Act for our Kids"
Dr. Tim Elmore

More Info


adminconfAdministrators' Conference
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Concordia University Wisconsin - Terrace Room

"Marching Off the Map: Pioneering New Territory to Meet the Needs of Students Today"
Dr. Tim Elmore


We are marching off the map into a new decade of student development. Baby Boomers challenged educators and leaders with the fascination of the T.V, the one-eyed babysitter. Now Generation Y provides challenges with their need to have a portable device on them at all times. How do we lead this new generation of "firsts"?

In this new speaking event for your school or campus, faculty and staff will learn: 

  • How students' brains are different today, since they've grown up with pixels and screens
  • What educators can do to increase attention spans in students and their grasps of major concepts
  • When creativity is most essential and what adults  can do to engage students' creativity
  • What the critical elements are that we must furnish for student success. And more...

Cost:  $100, includes lunch and the book "artificial maturity"


Register online before Monday, September 15.


grantopportunityMinistry Grant Opportunity

Apply for ministry and outreach grants available from the John and Harriet Wiebe Mission Advancement Fund. Applications may be submitted through the end of August 2014. We encourage you to apply, learn more about the fund, or contact us for more information

John and Harriet Wiebe are recognized for their support of children's ministry, church plants, and mission outreach. To honor their passion for giving, the LCMS Foundation will distribute gifts focusing in those areas.

Download the PDF application here. If you experience technical difficulties with the PDF or emailing attachments, feel free to mail in your completed application. Only packages postmarked by August 31 will be considered.

Mail to: The LCMS Foundation
Re: Wiebe Fund
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122

Thank you for your service.


LCMSLCMS Themes and Resources
The LCMS website has monthly themes and resources available to download. Click the following link for:
The banner at the top is the August theme.

nlsaupdateNLSA Update
We had a wonderful National Commission meeting. I am so encouraged by the topics we were able to address and the work that was completed.


The commission accredited 147 schools (a record number of accreditations processed for a single year.) Commissioners in attendance received specific training for the new Evidence Based Accreditation protocol for elementary schools and information and training related to the AdvancED - NLSA protocol. They took action to raise the annual fee for accredited schools to $450. The National Accreditation Commission directed the office staff to move forward with urgency to implement a proposed paperless electronic submission and storage procedure.


Accreditation certificates have been prepared and were mailed to the District office. A complete list of the schools we accredited has been uploaded to the NLSA tab on the Lutheran school portal.  I thank God for your continued support and encouragement.


Terry L Schmidt

Director of Schools

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

National Mission - Life Together

NLSATrainingNLSA Captains and Consultants Training

Monday, October 13, 2014

10:00 - 2:45 (lunch included)

District Office



Register online by Friday, October 3.



10:00-12:00 - Session One

This training session applies to the school accreditation leader training.  Participants to learn how to lead the implementation of the process at their school, assembling evidence and accurately rating the indicators that quantify school compliance in the seven standard areas.  Participants will have the opportunity to directly interact with Section 5: Teaching and Learning.


12:15-12:45 - Lunch


12:45-2:45 - Session Two

This training session will provide specific training for consultants and captains. This will provide clarification of the consultant's role. It will also prove instructive for team captains as they lead their team members to analyze school ratings, prepare a helpful and instructive report and share the new exit PowerPoint presentation used for all visits.


All participants will need to have access to the Captain and Consultant Manuals, available on the Lutheran School Portal, under the NLSA tab, as well as Section 5 (per attachment).


PetalpushersPetal PushersŪ Coloring Contest

We invite students in Preschool through eighth grade to enter our coloring contest. Please be sure to complete all information on the coloring contest entry page. We regret that we cannot return any entries, and cannot judge entries with incomplete information.



Students in Preschool-8th Grades


Complete the LHM Float Coloring Page:
Coloring Page (PDF)
Educational DVD Offer (PDF)


Entries must be postmarked by November 1st, 2014


Submit entries to:

LHM Float Committee

PO Box 20044

Riverside, CA 92516-0044


Four winners will be selected: one winner from Preschool-Kindergarten, one winner from 1st-2nd grades, one winner from 3rd-5th grades, and one winner from 6th-8th grades. Winners will receive a Family Pass to our Behind the Scenes Party, a float t-shirt, and a float magnet. The teacher of the winning student from each category will also receive a Family Pass to our Behind the Scenes Party.


preretirementPre-Retirement Workshop



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                                                 September 13, 2014 

                                               9am to 3pm                                                               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 the flyer to all benefit-eligible workers within your church and/or school.
blueribbonBlue Ribbon Schools




Now is the time to prepare for the application guidelines which will be announced later this year. 

More Information


If you have questions now or after the guidelines are announced, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Gene Ladendorf


Home - 414-228-0396
Cell - 414-828-5886

HeartsforjesusHearts for Jesus

During the 2013/2014 school year, nine schools raised over $4,129.01 for

Lutherans For Life

Thank you for supporting the Touch of Life fetal models for the classroom.

POLSPOLS - Save the Date


January 14-16, 2015

Christ Lutheran Church

Phoenix, AZ

(Yes, that's Wednesday - Friday)

Program is being developed and will be shared later.

LEALEA National Administrators' Conference


LEA National Administrators' Conference



February 12-14, 2015


Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Orlando, Florida



 Information will be shared as it becomes available or visit the LEA website.

 lifewalkLCMS Life Conference 2015
January 22-24, 2015
Washington, D.C.

We're taking a stand, speaking out on behalf of the 2,900 children who are aborted every day right here in America.


More Info

Around the District
MCLSMt. Calvary Lutheran School, Milwaukee
Educating Students for This Life and the Next

Mt. Calvary Lutheran School, Milwaukee was featured in the July-August issue of Lutherans ENGAGE the WORLD.

"I can't live without Jesus. That's insanity. He's just built into my heart," says 14-year-old Briana McQuay, who graduated from eighth grade at Mount Calvary Lutheran School in Milwaukee, Wis., in June.

During her third-grade year, Briana transferred to Mount Calvary, the 89-year-old ministry of an LCMS congregation in the urban Sherman Park neighborhood. At that time, Briana says she did not have a personal relationship with Jesus, even though she was raised in a Christian home. She knew who Jesus was, but she did not understand what He did for her until she learned more about Him in chapel and religion classes at Mount Calvary.

Click here to read the full article.

Concordia University School - Pilgrim Campus, Wauwatosa
Re-Opening Doors to Lutheran Education

At a time when many Lutheran schools are closing, the campus across the street from Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, plans to welcome a record 185 students this academic year. Since Concordia University School-Pilgrim Campus (CUS-Pilgrim Campus) opened in 2012, it has added a new grade and more students each year. It's also nearing completion of a $1.5 million, multiphase renovation, made possible with the help of Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). Without LCEF support, CUS-Pilgrim would not be providing an "unabashedly and unapologetically Lutheran education," says Richard Laabs, president of Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN), the Milwaukee-based network that includes CUS-Pilgrim Campus and five other Lutheran schools in the LCMS South Wisconsin District. "With LCEF's help, we've been able to expand, renovate and make these schools welcoming to 1,600 children," Laabs said. "LCEF has played a vital role, providing the kind of support we couldn't get from a local bank." While a bank considers old school buildings undesirable, "LCEF understands the potential and the impact these schools can have," he said. "Without LCEF, we couldn't do what we're doing."
 Academic Rigor, Spiritual Growth

 Click here to read the full article.

 eventsUpcoming Events
September 12 - Pre-Retirement Workshop - Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie

September 13 - Pre-Retirement Workshop - District office

September 22 - Parent Event with Dr. Tim Elmore, Milwaukee Lutheran High School

September 23 - Administrators' Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

October 13 - NLSA Captains and Consultants Training, District office
November 7 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale

November 14 - PCW Conference, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc



January 14-16 - POLS, Christ Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ

February 12-14 - LEA National Administrators' Conference, Orlando, Florida

February 13 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 


June 7-9 - District Convention, Concordia University Wisconsin


November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


Click on the link to
register 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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