In This Issue
LCEF Video
Ministry Support
Pilgrim, Wauwatosa
Bulletin Inserts
LCEF Advocate
Back to School Supplies Needed!
Parent Event
Pre-Retirement Workshop

SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping

Build the Church

Dear Friends in Christ,

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) has for quite some time been supporting the financial needs of the LCMS congregations and church workers. Along with this LCEF is providing strategic planning, stewardship services, and much more for ministry.

Many thanks to LCEF investors that assist our mission of
supporting ministry in Wisconsin, the USA, and internationally.

Please read more at or I welcome your call at 414-464-8100, ext. 25.

Yours in Christ,

Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A, CGP
Vice President
414-464-8100, ext. 25

One way Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) serves you is with custom loans and top-notch service. Whether you are a Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation, school, Recognized Service Organization or rostered church worker, LCEF serves you with a deep understanding of your mission and the funding you need. We understand Lutherans, because we are Lutheran.

Plan today for your ministry's future by exploring which LCEF loan best suits your needs. Visit or call Diana Raasch at 414-464-8100, ext. 25.
Loans for Your Ministry!
We're Here to serve 
your loan needs!   
Watch our video.          
You Say 'Ministry," We Say 'Support'

Many ministries are contemplating building projects or renovations while construction costs and interest rates remain low. With those thoughts come plenty of questions. Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) can help.

Q: What kind of facility should we build?
A:  Start by backing up. VisionPath will help members discover the plans God has for your ministry and how to connect with your community. Clarifying your plan will ensure all members have a clear understanding of the mission, mobilizing them for maximum participation. This will help determine what kind of facility-if-any-is needed. LCEF's Architectural Advisory Committee can provide guidance and assistance on the type of building or renovation, once you're ready fro that step.

Q: Is there room to build on your current site, or will we have to look elsewhere for space?
A:  Tap into LCEF's Architectural Advisory Committee resource. a professional Lutheran architect can provide a Site and Facility Analysis to determine:
  • How well your site and facilities match your present ministry needs; and 
  • The capacity of your site and facilities to meet the needs of any new or expanded programs.

The committee members will use your existing site and facility plans, current design standards, agency requirements for your site, and ministry and community statistics to conduct the analysis.


Q: How can we fund our project?

A:  To evaluate the best approach for your ministry, contact your District Vice President, Diana Raasch. She will walk you through the options and offer direction on what best suits your ministry's situation. a combination of a loan and a capital stewardship and campaign may be the best solution. To build or renovate a facility, Laborers For Christ teams provide significant savings while adding to the spiritual health and volunteer base of the ministry.


We want to ensure you have all the answers as you put ministry in motion. Want to learn more about about how we empower ministry in Kingdom work? Contact Diana Raasch at 414-464-8100, ext. 25 or or visit

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, multi-phase renovation, made possible with the help of Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

Bulletin Inserts Available - Plan Ahead!

Available anytime during the year 

  • Young Investors Club (Y.I.)
  • Shared Blessings
  • Family Emergency StewardAccount
  • StewardAccount
  • Legacy Planning

Available throughout the year

  • Back to School
  • Reformation
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year
  • Lent
  • Easter
  • Confirmation
  • Spring
  • Father's Day

>> When ordering your bulletin inserts, please allow for a two-week delivery time. <<


If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Diana or Barb at 414-464-8100  

Help LCEF Continue its Mission...Become an Advocate!
As an LCEF Advocate you are part of a team of volunteers working together to enable LCEF to continue it's mission. Your contributions, dedication, and commitment are vital. Each opportunity to share about the ministry contributes greatly.

To learn more of what it means to be be an LCEF Advocate, contact Diana Raasch at the South Wisconsin District by phone 414-464-8100, ext. 25 or email: 

Together let's make a difference in our congregations and
surrounding communities. 
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 you school supply donations to Benediction Lutheran Church, located at 5740 N. 85th St., Milwaukee 53225, 414-463-9158 - Monday through Thursday from 8am to 12noon, until August 17. 


Your assistance is appreciated very much!

"Performing a Balancing Act for our Kids"

Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Lutheran High School
8700 W. Grantosa Rd., Milwaukee

This FREE event for ALL parents
We are leading an entirely new generation of kids today. I call the older children "Generation iY" due to the impact of the "I" world they live in - internet and video screens. The younger children are now called, "Homelanders" since they were born since the launch of Homeland Security. Already we can see a difference in these kids. In this inspirational session, we will diagnose the minds and hearts of these children, and examine the best ministry ideas we can employ to reach them.
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.
LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF's Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. LCEF StewardAccount access features provided through UMB Bank n.a. The StewardAccount is not available to investors living in South Carolina.