LCEF south wisconsin district

Thanksgiving 2014 - Assistant to Assistant
In This Issue
Thank you
Gift Planning
Passionate Believers
Thanks "Giving" Mission
UpperMidwest Scholarship
LCEF Scholarship
Recipe of the Month
Quick Links
November 14
PCW Conference
Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc

November 21-23
LCEF Fall Conference

January 31
Passionate Believers Conference
Divine Redeemer, Hartland
January 25-31
National Lutheran Schools Week

April 20-23
Spring Pastors' Conference
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
June 7-9
District Convention
Concordia University Wisconsin

October 12-14
Fall Pastors' Conference
Onalaska, Wisconsin

Where has the time gone? I apologize if I repeat myself throughout the year, but I can't believe we are already in the "pre-holiday" season. I feel like it was just yesterday I was wondering where 2013 went! 

Even though the weather isn't quite as warm as I would like it to be, I love this time of year because of Thanksgiving, it causes me to take the time and reflect on the past year. As I look back, the year brought times of good and bad, happy and sad, BUT a ton of blessings to be thankful, friends, health, home, job, but most of all a God that stands beside me; guides and protects me through it all.  I am truly never alone!  You are truly never alone!

As you reflect on your 2014, remember to give Him thanks and praise for always being there with you and for you. And ask Him to continue to guide and protect you throughout the next year(s) to come. 

A very blessed thanksgiving to you and your families!
Barb Slak, SWD- LCEF Administrative Assistant
 Gift Planning OPENS Ministry Doors
New LCEF Service helps Lutherans establish a gifting legacy.
Save the Date!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
"SWD Passionate Believers Conference"

Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church & School
Hartland, Wisconsin

Keynote Speaker: 
Michael Zimmer - Mission Facilitator, Northern Illinois District
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.


Please share with your members and students:


Six LCEF scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to six graduating high school seniors or current full-time post-secondary students at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining. Candidates must also be members of a congregation belonging to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod located in one of the following LCMS districts: Iowa East, Iowa West, Minnesota North, Minnesota South, North Dakota, North Wisconsin or South Wisconsin. The application deadline is February 28, 2015.


Learn more and apply online at
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." -John 16:33

The Take Heart Scholarship was developed for you, our Y.I. Club World Changers, who are high school seniors and will soon be advancing to your next level of higher education. 

As you begin your new journey, the Young Investors Club (Y.I.) wants to assist your transition by offering financial support through the Take Heart Scholarship with up to three awards of $3,000, $1,000 and $500.

Making Meetings More Meaningful

Rev. Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for more than 25 years. Here he shares about leadership within the church:

Meetings can be a waste of time. The meetings that most frustrate me are those conducted just for the sake of having a meeting. I don't have a problem with meetings, as long as they accomplish something. That's why I believe all meetings should have a stated agenda with articulated goals and desired outcomes.

Recipe of the Month

Pulled Brisket Sandwiches
Don't let the number of ingredients in this recipe scare you; I'll bet you have most of them in your pantry already. The sauce is what makes this dish so special.