In This Issue
Education Loan
Christmas Gift Ideas!
Churches Planting Churches
WLI Mini-Conference
PCW Conference
Thanks "Giving" Mission
Concordia Plan Services
LWML Winner

SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping

Build the Church

Happy Fall! I am pleased to announce the brand new LCEF Estate and Gift Planning web site. Click here to review numerous resources. Along with this the district is gearing up for many exciting happenings. Click here to view the District calendar.

In the near future LCEF will also  initiate a financial /estate and gift planning eNewsletter. Pam Moksnes, Senior VP at LCEF, will provide our District with timely information on tax issues and other financial matters. Pam is a Certified Financial
 Planner. Her career includes working at the LCMS Foundation and serving as a LCEF board member.  Click hereto sign up for this newsletter. If you would like a copy of LCEF's 
Christian Wills Guide please call Diana Raasch, 
414-464-8100, ext. 25.

I pray you and your family enjoy the beauty of God's creation during this beautiful time of year. 

An important addition to LCEF's loan products is the Rostered Church Education Loan.  In the past this loan was for clergymen just leaving the seminary.  I am proud to share the loan is now open to ALL Rostered Church Workers within the first five years of completing college or seminary. Click here for all the details.

Please call me if you have any questions about anything within this email and if I may be of service to you and your congregation.

In Christ,
Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A, CGP
Vice President
414-464-8100, ext. 25
Education Loan Repayment Plan

Church Workers

A New Choice in
Consolidating Debt
ConnectPLUS and Y.I. Club - Christmas Gift Ideas!
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 apastor, 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).

WLI Mini-Conference

"Becoming a Woman of Service and Influence"

The Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) invites you to discover how you can become an ambassador of faith to your church and community.


Join us at the 2015 Mini-Conference, November 8, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 



Students: $25

(Includes program and lunch)   


Where & When

Concordia University

12800 N Lakeshore Dr, Mequon, WI 53097


WLI offers opportunities and resources for women of all ages to find inspiration, to seek encouragement and to influence their family, friends and colleagues with God's unwavering love. WLI achieves its mission through conferences, schools for speakers and writers, mentoring, and a speakers bureau.
Professional Church Workers' Conference
November 14, 2014 - Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc


Theme: "Together with Glad and Sincere Hearts" - Acts 2:42-47


Keynote Speaker: Micah Parker


Keynote I - Mighty Warriors

Putting yourself in position to let God do the work. You have been called/chosen (just like Gideon's men) and that changes everything about their daily ministry. You will receive a handout that can be used for your own personal devotions or with a class or youth group.

Keynote II - Servant Leadership

Three steps to go from being a successful leader to an effective one. Christ is the best example of an effective leader and Satan is the best example of a successful one. Micah will share what true service look like, what it means to actually follow (instead of trying to lead God) and how effective God's love is.


Thanks "Giving" Mission

Last year, many individuals and congregations in the South Wisconsin District

provided funds for Thanksgiving meals to families living in the central city of Milwaukee. The meal consists of a turkey and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The goal every year is to fulfill the requests for Thanksgiving baskets we receive from central city Lutheran pantries in Milwaukee. Last year 1056 baskets were delivered to the pantries, and we have the same goal of 1056 this year. Again this year we will partner with Brookfield Lutheran who has purchased, assembled and delivered Thanksgiving baskets in the central city for many years. Please let me know if you or your congregation would like to help or consider being a host site in the future.


This is where we need your help. You can help by praying for the mission, the individuals who are preparing, assembling and delivering, and for those who receive them. We also ask for financial help. Your generosity not only provides nourishment, it also shows the love you have for your neighbor. 


Come and help me share our joy and love to others this Thanksgiving!


Rev. Peter Kelm - SWD Mission Executive


For additional questions or needed information, please contact Rev. Peter Kelm, SWD Mission Executive at (414)464-8100 or or Barb Slak at (414) 464-8100 or Donations appreciated by Thanksgiving.

Health Care Reform - Large Employer Responsibility
Helpful Tool to Determine Full-time/Part-time Status of Employees for employers who may have at least 50+ full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees or FTEs). 

An infographic providing an overview of the Affordable Care Act )ACA) Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate has been provided to Concordia Plan Services by one of our consultants, Towers Watson. This attached infographic provides the measurements and counting periods necessary to determine full-time and part-time status of employees. You may find this tool helpful in determining if you are a large employer of purposes of the ACA.


Larger employers (employers with 100 or more full-time or full-time equivalent (FTE) employees) may be subject to penalties in 2015 if they do not offer minimum essential coverage, or if the coverage they offer is not affordable or does not proved minimum value. This provision will apply to employers with 50-99 full-time or FTE employees in 2016 due to a delay in enforcement announced earlier this year. 


Click here for more information on this topic. For further assistance and/or additional questions, please feel free to contact CPS Customer Care representatives toll-free at 888-927-7526.
Congratulations Judie!

Congratulations to Judie, from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sheboygan was the winner of the beautiful Mumm plant given away by LCEF at the LWML Fall Retreat.

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you."
John 14:27

But I am like a green olive tree  
in the house of God.  
I trust in the steadfast love  
of God  
forever and ever. 
Psalm 52:8 
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