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Rev. Peter Kelm, Missions Executive 
South Wisconsin District
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Upcoming Mission events
Moses Thao's
  • JAN. 25 at 3 p.m.
    Redeemer, Manitowoc
Passionate Believers Conference
  • JAN. 31, 8 a.m. to
    3 p.m.
    at Divine Redeemer, Hartland (Jan. 16 is the deadline for registration.)
"I have other sheep that are not of this
sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice..."
(John 10:16)
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January 2015
Puffed Up

"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." (I Corinthians 8:1)


Paul uses this amazing little phrase in the context of food sacrificed to idols. You probably know the issue: eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols is no big deal, because we know that idols are nothing. Unless, that is, our eating causes someone else offense, in which case our knowledge is useless, because love must prevail over knowledge.


In other words, I can be completely wrong, even when I'm totally right.


Later in the same epistle, Paul expounds on the worthlessness of knowledge (and lots of other valuable things like prophecy and faith and giving all to the poor) without love.


Oh, but knowledge is so much easier than love!


One of the great dangers of being in a church body that has taken great historical pride in being knowledgeable and right on matters of doctrine is that we can sinfully raise that knowledge to a level beyond love. It's not that we should compromise doctrine. Never. It's that we should love those who don't have our knowledge. And we should love those with whom we disagree. Both externally and internally.


And this is where the puffing occurs. As I evaluate myself, I do so in terms of my knowledge. Am I right? Do I properly understand the situation? Have I looked at the available evidence and come to right conclusion? If the answer is yes, then, well, my self-evaluation is complete: I'm all good! After all, Jesus said, "They will know you are my disciples if you are right..." No, He didn't.

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Moses Thao ordination and installation at Redeemer, Manitowoc

On Sunday, January 25 at 3 p.m, Moses Thao, our District's most recent graduate of the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT), Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, will be ordained and installed as a pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Manitowoc. He will serve as outreach pastor to the Hmong community in the greater Manitowoc area. Moses and his wife, Si Yang, have two children; daughter Mimi and son Mino Thao. Please join them as they celebrate this great blessing, and keep Pastor Thao and his ministry in your prayers!
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).


An article recently appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with more details.


If you have any questions about the Lutheran Federal Credit Union, please send them to info@LutheranFCU.org.  
LCMS Missionary of the Month 
James and Christel Neuendorf

James and Christel Neuendorf serve as missionaries in the Dominican Republic. James is the communication specialist for Latin America and Christel is the business manager for the same region. Please pray for James and Christel as they serve in this country and throughout Latin America. Specifically, please pray for them as they serve in a place called Pueblo Nuevo in Santiago locally in the Dominican Republic.

More information about James and Christel Neuendorf. 
Passionate Believers Conference
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Divine Redeemer, Hartland 

As you probably well know by now, besides the presentations by the keynote speaker, Mike Zimmer, Mission Facilitator from the Northern Illinois District, there are many break-out sections for you to select from in the morning and afternoon.

I'd like to be sure you are aware of two sessions that will be led by Rev. Dr. Peter A Meier, Executive Director for Center for U.S. Missions. His morning topic is The WHY of Church Multiplication--the biblical call to multiply, the urgency of it and models of church reproduction, all within the context of planting Lutheran churches. In the afternoon he will present Lutheran Schools as Mission Outposts--taking a look at how Lutheran education ministries can be "Gospel outposts" or "mission training centers" connecting families and communities to the Good News of Jesus.

Please encourage a group from your congregation to attend this beneficial--and fun--event! Please register online or by contacting Barb Slak at 414-464-8100, ext. 13 by January 16!
Need a guest preacher? My calendar opens up after Easter. 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