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October 2014

Our calendars are different. Christians, I mean. We operate with a different calendar. The year begins at the end of November or early December: Advent. Jesus is coming; He came; He still comes; He's coming again.


But it's not just that we start our year a month early. We have a whole different reckoning of time, actually. But understanding that different reckoning of time is becoming harder and harder in this world.


The world's day begins at sun up, the week begins on Monday. So Monday morning is "go time." What am I going to accomplish today? This week? How much can I get done? How many people can I impress?


It's all about me. And my worth as a person, a member of society, a contributing part of the community, is determined by my success during the week. What did I do?


But as Christians, our week begins differently. It begins on Sunday. And, while we aren't obligated to worship on a particular day, since the Resurrection, Christians have determined that Sunday is a great way to start the week. With gifts. With grace. With rest. With a change in focus from what I have done or need to do, and instead toward what He has done for me and delivers to me in Word and Sacrament.


Our week begins with Grace. And our worth as human beings is determined by that Grace, not by how much we "get done" during the week. And starting with Grace leads to giving thanks to a Gracious God, and to peace that is not determined by career or financial success, but peace that is determined by a Savior who battled my enemies to ensure my peace.


But it's not just the week that begins with Grace. It's the day, too. Sure, for us energetic Americans, the day begins with an alarm, a caffeine source, and a dash off to do something important.

Or does it?
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Do Human Rights need Religion?
UWM Student Union (Wisconsin Room)--Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 28, the University Student Center at Luther Memorial Chapel is sponsoring their fall presentation on the UWM campus. Internationally renowned Christian apologist and human rights scholar Dr. John Warwick Montgomery and Dr. Angus Menuge, President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society will present on the topic, "Do human rights need religion?" This presentation is intended not just for university students but for adult and youth members of SWD congregations as well. Please mark your calendars and plan to hear this timely presentation. In an age where naturalism and the new atheism regularly make claims not supported by history or by objective investigation it is important to continue speaking the truth in love. We hope to see you there!



Ministering to the Hispanic/Latino Family

If you're wondering how to minister to the U.S. Hispanic/Latino families in your community, or how to connect with the Hispanic families in your congregation, then this seminar workshop is just for you! "Ministering to the Hispanic/Latino Family in a North American Context" is a special Concordia Seminary Workshop coming to Milwaukee on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Ave. Prof. Mark Kempff, of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will be leading this workshop that will provide participants with the biblical basis and sociocultural tools to better develop strategies for outreach Hispanic communities.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Vicar German Novelli at 414-366-5299 or
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SOS Center's "Garden of Hope"


The SOS Center's "Rebecca's Garden of Hope" after school program was recently featured on Channel 4's Positively Milwaukee!  


Click on the graphic to watch the "Positively Milwaukee" segment that was aired on October 9. And click here for more information about our SOS Center.

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, ext. 22 or Barb Slak at 414-464-8100, ext. 13. Donations appreciated by Thanksgiving. 
Items needed for Prison Ministry

Pastor Afam Ikanih, Chaplain to the House of Correction in Franklin, is in need of several items for the inmates who attend his Bible studies:
  1. Golf pencils
  2. Eraser tops
  3. Folders
  4. Journals (no hard-cover binders)

He needs about 100 of each item. Please, let's help him with this by collecting the items or donating money to help purchase them. Contact the Missions Office (either Peg or me) so we can keep track of what's coming in. Checks should be made out to South Wisconsin District--LMCS and mailed to our office, ATTN: Prison Ministry, 8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, 53222. Thank you! 

Mission trip to Mexico, July 2015

Immanuel, Brookfield is planning a mission trip to Acuna, Mexico for July 9-19, 2015, and inviting individuals or congregations who are looking for a mission to come along. A bigger group from a congregation could plan their own trip, build a house the same week and caravan to Acuna with Immanuel.

If you are interested, please call Gayle McClellan-Johnson, 414-587-8661 or gmcclellanjohnson@yahoo.com

The Fritsche family, serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic
LCMS Missionary of the Month    
Rev. Joel and Clarion Fritsche serve the Lord as career missionaries of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the Dominican Republic. In this role, Joel plants new churches in this country. He forms and develops groups of believers into mature, self-sustaining and self-replicating congregations through Word and Sacrament ministry. Please pray for the Fritsches as they serve God's children in this part of the world!

More information about the Fritsches  ministry and their family. 
Need a guest preacher? My calendar opens up in February. I'd be happy to preach for a mission festival or District Mission Sunday...or just to give your preacher a break.  
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