South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
November 17, 2014
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Part-time Principal Needed
Please post in your churches bulletins. See "Around the District" for more information. 





We may pray most when we say least, and 

we may pray least when we say most.

~ Augustine of Hippo

schoolchoiceSchool Choice Toolkit 

Are you having trouble downloading the School Choice Toolkit?


The Toolkit is a PDF portfolio that requires Adobe Flash. I am including links below that will allow you to install or update your Adobe Flash player as well as the latest Adobe Reader.


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School Choice Toolkit


If updates do not resolve your problem, please email Terry Brown, School Choice Wisconsin, and they will mail out a disc with all the files extracted from the portfolio.


Our initial contacts with legislators suggest a generous increase in the number of vouchers for the expansion. This has been 25 years of struggle to empower parents statewide with school choice. Let's show our gratitude by showing demand for Wisconsin Parental Choice Program! Apply by February 1, 2015. 

passionatePassionate Believers Conference

The conference will be held at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland. More details coming soon!
housingallowanceHousing Allowance

Ruling Preserves Housing Allowance Exclusion


In 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in the case of Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew had ruled that the exclusion from income of a housing allowance for ministers of religion under the Internal Revenue Code was unconstitutional. After the ruling an appeal was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Because of the importance of this ruling and the impact it could have on our plan members, Concordia Plan Services has been monitoring activity regarding the case.


We're happy to announce that on November 13, 2014, the Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the District Court. Therefore, the housing allowance exclusion remains permissible. This is certainly good news for ordained and commissioned ministers of the LCMS.


A copy of the opinion issued by the court can be found here.

Joanne Webb (Peace, New Berlin), Amanda Raudabaugh (Trinity, Mequon), Shannon McNiel (Blessed Savior, New Berlin), Shannon Schlimpf (Trinity,Mequon), Deanna Mageski (St. John's, Glendale), Linda Kennell (SWD EC Consultant, Dr. Candyce Seider (CUW professor) and Melissa Smith (EC Consultant fr
Certification in Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching

Six educators participated in the C-LECT program at Concordia University Wisconsin, November 7-8, 2014.

This certification will:
  • provide early childhood professionals with a foundation of Lutheran thought and teaching
  • introduce early childhood professionals to the mission and ministry of early childhood education in the church
  • assist early childhood professionals in supporting the faith life of young children

WCRISWCRIS Leadership Conference


bewellBe Well... Serve Well


Be Well Rewards Incentive Program - Back for 2015

This program it's getting back to the basics! We heard the concerns of our members and are making some changes to help simplify the program for next year and make it easier to participate.

In 2015:

  • Be Well Rewards members will be able to report activities by going directly to BeWellServeWell.com.
  • Usernames will be: date of birth, last name, and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
  • Participants will be able to use their old passwords or set up new ones. 

In addition, we have changed the health assessment to make it much shorter and easier to access -- and it will no longer be a gateway to earn any points. In fact, they can earn points for taking the assessment. There will be some other changes to the activities and point values - your workers should be watching the mail in January for full program details (for an outline of what stays the same and what changes click here). The program will be available beginning January 2.


Finally, CHP members and enrolled spouses can each earn up to $250 in 2015, and the employer match will still be in place ($250 max. for each employee & spouse).

2014 activities need to be reported by November 31.

weatherdayWeather Day at Miller Park
AroundtheDistrictAround the District

Principal position available.

Lebanon Lutheran School, Watertown is seeking a part-time principal, effective January 1, 2015. For more information, please contact Dyan Pasono, Interim Principal.

Please post this in your churches bulletins or where you feel appropriate.

 eventsUpcoming Events
December 25 - Merry Christmas!



January 14-16 - POLS, Christ Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ


January 31 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland

February 6 - WCRIS Administrators Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Madison


February 6-7 - CLECT Seminar, St. John Lutheran Church, Portage

February 12-14 - LEA National Administrators' Conference, Orlando, Florida

February 13 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 


June 7-9 - District Convention, Concordia University Wisconsin


November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


Click on the link to
register for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Confessing Christ!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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