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August 2014

The African Impala is an impressive athlete. Able to jump 10 feet in the air and cover 30 feet of distance, it has incredible physical ability.


But a three-foot wall at the zoo is all that's needed to keep it confined.




It's simple: the Impala won't jump where it can't clearly see the landing. So long as the wall obscures where it can safely land, it won't attempt the leap.


The metaphor is too good to pass up.[i]

God's people are called to leap. And a safe landing is not guaranteed. And the more our culture careens away from God and His Word, the further out of our safe-landing zone we're going to have to go.


But the fear is so very real: What if it doesn't work? It might not. What if it fails miserably? It could. What if our church closes? Real possibility. What if the landing is painful? Not out of the question.


As a life-long German Lutheran, I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that we generally aren't known for our risk-taking leaps into new ministry endeavors. But I also know that by God's grace, we're far too faithful and stubborn to give up on reaching people with the Gospel.




Maybe it's starting an ESL class for an immigrant community that is growing and could use the help. Perhaps it's stepping up to financially support a missionary overseas, even though the budget is lean. A local food pantry is always asking for help. There's a growing number of hurting people who've gone through divorce, both in the congregation and the community. It could be time for an after-school program, a place where kids can hang out, study, and hear about their Savior. Addiction is enslaving young and old, churched and unchurched alike. What can we do? The young families seem to have disappeared. How can we reach them? The congregation across town has always been considered a "rival"...maybe it's time to see them as a "partner" in mission and ministry.




[i] I am indebted to Rev. Brian West of Trinity in Clinton Township, MI, for planting this metaphor in my head.

Save the date!
Churches planting churches... 
The South Wisconsin District will be hosting a "Churches Planting Churches" Seminar on Friday, October 17-Saturday, October 18 at Divine Savior, 3200 Highway K South, Hartford. This seminar is led by the Center for US Missions (an LCMS RSO), and is intended for congregational leaders (pastors and lay leaders) whose congregations are interested in beginning the conversation about the possibility of planting a church.

"A great way to work together with my staff and develop an exciting vision for reaching the lost in our community," (said a pastor, MNS).

"It got our group thinking outside the box, thinking of new ways to reach more people!" (said a lay person, IDW).

Even if you aren't sure if your congregation is being called in this direction, the seminar is a great way to explore the possibilities. Why plant churches? So many reasons, but primarily because planting new churches helps us to reach the lost!

Please click here for more information. Registration can be made online (register with a user name and password first), or call Peg Raabe at the District office (414-464-8101).
Deadline is September 30.

Campus ministries want to hear from YOU!   

One more reminder that our District Campus ministries are ready to keep our college students connected to all the blessings of God's love and forgiveness while they are away from home. Recently an e-newsletter with all of the updated information about some of their activities as well as their contact information was sent to all parish pastors. We intend to continue to keep your congregation updated with campus news as it is forwarded to us.

Here's a link our first Campus Ministries e-newsletter.  
St. Martini multicultural celebration     
St. Martini Lutheran Church and School will host a multicultural event on Friday, September 26, at 5:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food from your culture to share, or just come and enjoy!

If you would like to have your multicultural group represented by a display, dance, or musical number, please contact Pastor Prada at 414-233-0569, or email alfonsorosmy@yahoo.es no later than Aug. 31.

St. Martini is located at 1500 S. Cesar Chavez Dr., Milwaukee, 53204.
Everyday missionaries     

Greg Finke, Executive Director of Dwelling 1:14 (reference from John 1:14 and the incarnational, missional nature both of Jesus and of those who would follow Him into the world), is coming to our area on Monday, September 15. Greg has been a pastor in the LCMS for more than 20 years and is the author of "Joining Jesus on His Mission: How to be an Everyday Missionary." Dwelling 1:14 helps pastors and leaders rediscover how to disciple their people to be everyday missionaries in the places they live, work and go to school. The goal of our time with Greg is to give us the opportunity to "kick the tires" of the Dwelling 1:14 process. If you have been thinking about how your congregation can become more intentional about joining Jesus on His mission, this event is for you. We will be meeting at Greenfield Park Lutheran Church, 1236 S 115th St, in West Allis. We gather at 9:00 a.m., begin at 9:30 and we will conclude by 11:30. Pastors, staff and lay leaders are all invited. There is no cost for attending. Please contact Pastor Fred Reaman @ 414-774-3019 or Pastor Peter Kelm @ 414-464-8101 to register. For more information, visit Dwelling 11:14 and Joining Jesus on His Mission 

Back to School supplies are needed!
You can help the children of various cultures from Benediction and Zion Lutheran Churches in Milwaukee go prepared to school this coming fall. We are collecting backpacks, paper, folders, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, scissors, and binders for about 75 children. Please bring your school supply donations to the church Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon, until August 17. Your assistance will be appreciated very much! Benediction is located at 5740 N 85th St., Milwaukee 53225, 414-463-9158.
Ruth Pollex, GEO missionary in the Dominican Republic   
LCMS Missionary of the Month    
Ruth Pollex serves the Lord through the LCMS as a 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.

Ruth visited our District in July while in the States this summer,
raising support to serve a second year in the Lutheran schools. Here is her own newsletter she wrote while she was here. One of the next school projects is the implementation of a curriculum (teacher guides and student books for Spanish, Social Studies and Science) which will help drastically in the learning/teaching process. In the past teachers did not have teacher guides, nor did students have their own textbooks. Quite often students would copy from the same book in groups of 4 and then pass the book to another group. Thank you to South Wisconsin District for this support. 


Here is more information about Ruth.   

Need a guest preacher?  I'd be happy to preach for a mission festival or District Mission Sunday...or just to give your preacher a break.  My calendar is filling up!  
Rev. Peter Kelm, Missions Executive, Kelm@swd.lcms.org
Peg Raabe, Administrative Assistant, Raabe@swd.lcms.org
You may call us directly at 414-464-8101