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)
January 5, 2015
 In This Issue

  - Wendy's High
    School Heisman
  - Prayer Requests

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, 

and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33



Did you get what you wanted this past Christmas?


The days following Christmas, stores are busy taking back returns of unwanted Christmas gifts. In 2011, nearly 10 percent of all gifts were returned - 40 percent of clothing given as gifts were returned! How many of you have made your trip to exchange or return an unwanted gift?


King Harold wanted to "return" the Gift from that first Christmas. The proclaimed Christ child was not in his plan. I'm sure at one point in your life, you have received a less than wanted Christmas gift. Maybe you returned it, maybe you didn't. At times, we base our joys on what we receive or don't receive. We were expecting something different, something that would be in OUR plan. We lose the true meaning of Christmas, the Christ child.


I don't know about you, but the older I get, the less I care about the gifts I receive. Not because I don't appreciate the gifts, but because the gifts don't represent the true meaning! This is spiritual maturity. Regardless of what you received or didn't receive, whether you returned it or not, may you seek the kingdom of God, and everything else will be added - God will provide what is best for you!

Christmas Blessings,




funfactFUN FACT....  
The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. 
It's first students were German-speaking youngsters.
January 25-31, 2015
totyTeacher of the Year

2015 Teacher of the Year 


Congratulations to the following educators who will be recognized at a dinner on Sunday, January 25.


Administrator - Rose Meier, St. Paul, Grafton


Secondary - John Ellenberger, Milwaukee Lutheran High School


Elementary - Kathy Oldenburg, Divine Redeemer, Hartland

                       Michelle Pingel, Bethlehem, Sheboygan


Early Childhood - Jennifer Comfort, St. John's, Glendale

passionatePassionate Believers Conference

January 31, 2015
Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland

Keynote Speaker:  
Mike Zimmer, NID Mission Facilitator
                                 "For the Healing of the Nations" - Rev. 22:2

Each week, we will be highlighting a few of the sessions that will be available.



Youth Ministry - Learning About Your Faith and Living it Out!

Chad Jacobsen, Director of Youth Ministry, Shepherd of the Hills, Pewaukee

During this interactive session, Chad and the leadership team from Shepherd of the Hills will share with you how their 6th-8th grade Confirmation Program works. This program involves adult leaders and parents, as the primary influence, who utilize simple yet engaging tools to meet the needs of our youth.


First Amendment, Congregational Marriage Policy and Confessional Lutheranism

Rev. Dr. John Wille, SWD President

While we are guaranteed the rights of free speech and religion on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, those rights are often trampled underfoot by court decisions. We find ourselves in this post-modern, post-Constantinian culture where wrong has become right, where the gross sins formerly scorned by society are now not only accepted but celebrated, and where morality has been replaced by immorality as accepted norm for society. It has been said that we live in an age where everything is permitted and nothing is forgiven. What does this mean for our pastors and our congregations?  This is our time to be uniquely Lutheran, to be clear in our confession, to honor our Christ-centered vocations.

Concordia Plan Services

Maureen Schneider, Benefit Consultant

Maureen will discuss the challenges and opportunities as we walk together in caring for workers and their families. This presentation will discuss both near and long-term modifications and enhancements in the Concordia Plans benefit programs.


Online registration - swd.lcms.org/registration
wcrisWCRIS Executive Director 

SWD leaders,


You have now seen that Matt Kussow has transitioned from Executive Director of WCRIS.  The board has reviewed the job description and profile for this position and are diligently looking for the next director.  Please review the job description and pass on to those you feel would qualify or be interested in the position.


Job Description


teacherconfN/S WI Districts Teachers' Conference - Call for Speakers

The North/South Teachers Conference Planning Team is planning another outstanding conference for November 12-13, 2015 at the Kalahari in WI Dells! Our planning includes a fresh, new approach to our main speaker sessions. Mr. Scott Taylor will share his key insights over multiple sessions, allowing more structured time for purposeful, collaborative discussion along with whole group question and answer.

We are now accepting nominations and proposals for sectional leaders. We know our NWD/SWD schools are filled with outstanding educators who are doing great ministry! Will you share your gifts? Is there someone you would like to recommend as a sectional presenter?

Best practice ideas could be for different topics, grade levels and different curricular areas, some of which may include:

  • technology
  • HS/MS/Elementary curriculum and classroom management
  • worker health and wellness
  • 21 century learning
  • administration
  • retirement
  • other...
Submit your name, topic and short summary to dj@nwdlcms.org by January 30. The Planning Team will review submissions and choose the very best for the 2015 conference. Those selected will be contacted before spring break.

Thanks for your help. We look forward to your submissions.


LEAnatlconfLEA Administrators Conference

Registration is OPEN!

LEA National Administrators Conference

February 12-14, 2015

Orlando, Florida


Theme:  Stand Together


NOW is the time to register.  The early bird rate is good through January 23, See the information below and register now.

AroundtheDistrictAround the District

Wendy's High School Heisman Award


Two high school seniors in our District received the honor of being selected as State Finalists in the 2014 Wendy's High School Heisman Award competition. They are Joel Komurka of Living Word Lutheran High School, Jackson and Benjamin Wilkins of Lake Country Lutheran High School, Oconomowoc.

Students who applied were judged based on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, community-leadership, and involvement in various extracurricular activities during grades 9 through 11. Eligible applicants also had to have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better, participate in at least one of 27 eligible school-sponsored sports, and be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman. Only ten boys and ten girls from each state and the District of
Columbia made it to the State finals. Congratulations, Joel and Benjamin!

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.

Prayer Request

Please keep the family of Martin Knoll in your prayers. Marty was call home unexpectedly on December 28. 

Please keep Roger Laesch in your prayers as he recovers from hip surgery.

 eventsUpcoming Events


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


January 25 - Teacher of the Year Dinner, Silver Spring Country Club


January 25-31 - National Lutheran Schools Week


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


August 7 - Early Childhood Literacy Festival, CUW


August 14 - New Worker Orientation, District office


August 14 - Firm Foundations


November 6 - Firm Foundations


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



February 12 - Firm Foundations


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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