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"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 12, 2015
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Teacher of the Year - CORRECTION

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It was adopted in 1848.



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~  Unknown


totyTeacher of the Year

CORRECTION....  2015 Teacher of the Year 


The elementary and early childhood teachers were listed incorrectly in last week's newsletter.



Rose Meier, St. Paul, Grafton



John Ellenberger, Milwaukee Lutheran High School



Jennifer Comfort, St. John's, Glendale


Early Childhood

Kathy Oldenburg, Divine Redeemer, Hartland

Michelle Pingel, Bethlehem, Sheboygan

January 25-31, 2015
HFJHearts for Jesus

The 2014/2015 Hearts for Jesus recipient is:


CPTLN (Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones or "Christ for all nations").


They are finalizing a brochure/flyer that can be shared with your students and their families and a video that can be used during chapel  Later this week, we will send you the information with the links to this material that can be used to promote this program.


emphasisLCMS January Emphasis
AARchallengeR Challenge

The annual AR Challenge is set to begin on January 26, 2015. Any elementary LCMS school in the United States and Canada that is presently using the Accelerated Reader program may enter the contest. All students must be independent readers.


The purpose of this challenge is to provide an incentive and motivation for our children at Lutheran schools to read more, get smarter and have fun. Reading for this contest can occur anywhere the children are - at home, at school, in the car, etc. All reporting of points will be submitted by each school's coordinator via the AR Challenge web site.


Link: Register before January 26 to take part in the AR Challenge by visiting the St. Paul's (Janesville, Wisconsin) website


School Website with Link: www.stpaulsjanesville.com > School > 2015 National AR Challenge


Shortened Link: bit.ly/2015ARChallenge 


freedomCelebrate Religious Freedom Day with free LCMS resources
 Celebrate Religious Freedom Day
with free LCMS resources

There's one day each year that doesn't garner decorations or turkeys, a day off work or a special stamp from the Post Office. It's Jan. 16: Religious Freedom Day.


The day and the topic aren't new or trendy. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was already writing about the importance of protecting religious liberty, afforded by the First Amendment, in the 1786 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom:


No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

This month, we're delivering uniquely LCMS resources specially designed to help you, your congregations, classrooms and colleges speak up about what we as Lutherans are "free to profess" about key matters facing America today.

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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.



When to Call our District's Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM)

Rev. Dr. William Wagner, SWD Coordinator

Congregations experience crisis. Some of them more devastating than others. Some are man made, some are natural. When the resources of the local congregation are exhausted, the District CISM team is available to help. In this session, explanation will be given about what the team does, the resources available and how to access the team.


Everyone a Witness

Rev. Mark Wood, Director of LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry

When Jesus said, "You will be My witnesses," He was stating a fact. Every believer is a witness of Jesus. The health and future of our congregations depend upon our response to His call. How can we be, and encourage others to be, more faithful and effective witnesses of Jesus?


A New Approach to Building Bridges in the Community and Inviting Youth and Families Into the Body of Christ

Sanya Parson, Director, Rebecca's Garden of Hope, Inc.

Come and hear about this exciting outreach ministry and see how a Rebecca's Garden of Hope partnership with your church will, by God's grace, release the power of God's Word and prayer to increase your ministry's community presence and impact.


Grant Writing for Churches

Deb Engel, Operations & Program Officer for Siebert Lutheran Foundation

This session will help anyone to better understand the steps involved in applying for a grant through Siebert Lutheran Foundation. You will learn what kinds of projects the Siebert Foundation funds and learn tips on providing good, solid information when completing grant applications online.


LCEF Christian Wills & Trust Guide

Diana Raasch. M.B.A, CGP, LCEF District Vice President
The LCEF Christian Wills Guide will greatly assist you and your family in documenting all your plans. The Will document can be emailed to your attorney which can provide a great savings in the way of lawyer fees. Diana will demonstrate the ease of working with the Wills Guide. 


Online registration - swd.lcms.org/registration
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.


creditunionLCEF Credit Union



Say hello to the Lutheran Federal Credit Union.


Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is pleased to announce that the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has granted a charter for the launch of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod-focused credit union to be named Lutheran Federal Credit Union (LFCU).


Its offices will be at 10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 460, St. Louis, MO 63127.


In his letter to LCMS partners and organizations, LCEF President and CEO, Richard Robertson, said, "Along with the granting of a charter, the NCUA has approved the field of membership for the credit union to include The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS); associated districts; congregations and schools, and their members; LCMS agencies, employees and their families.


"The Lutheran Federal Credit Union is a totally separate entity from the LCMS and LCEF, with its own governing Board of Directors. LCEF's role has been to provide organizational assistance and start-up capital to bring this new entity to fruition. The LCEF board and staff are pleased to have been part of the process that has led to the granting of a charter to operate."


Details surrounding the offerings, scheduled launch and timeline for full roll-out will be announced by the credit union board, whose members include:


Michael Kzirian - Board Chair

Sue Elsholz - Secretary and Treasurer

Ken Krueger - Board Member

Randall Peterson - Board Member

Richard Robertson - Board Member


If you have any questions about the Lutheran Federal Credit Union, please send them to info@LutheranFCU.org.

St. Louis Post article 

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

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 Pastor Totsky, Sherman Park Lutheran Church and School, in your prayers as he recovers from bypass surgery.

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 for the Next Generation!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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