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 19, 2015
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Before an individual can be saved, he must first learn that he cannot save himself.

~ M. R. DeHaan

January 25-31, 2015
calldocumentsCall Documents


The new version 4.5 is now available to download and must be used for all calls that are issued. If an older version is used, the call document will be returned. The new version reflects changes in benefit options.

HFJHearts for Jesus

The 2014/2015 Hearts for Jesus recipient is:


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


Click on the links below for resources to share with your students.


Video for chapel


Flyer to send home with students


Donation form 

(use this form when you send your check to the District office)


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.



Confirmation: What Does This Mean?

Rev. Randy Raasch, Senior Pastor, First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg

In a culture that is increasingly less Christian, it is important to teach our children doctrinal truths of the Scriptures, but equally important to teach them how to defend these truths. Your confirmation curriculum can do both.


Social Media in the Church - For Beginners

Karla Miles, Alumni Relations Coordinator, LSHAGM

What image does your church/school convey in its social media? And did you know that NOT engaging in social media sends a loud message of its own? Social Media can be an effective communication tool for the church when used appropriately. It can be applied for internal tasks between leadership teams and members. It can also be applied externally to reach out to your surrounding community. This session is for beginners and will primarily focus on creating and leveraging your church/school Facebook page.


Prepare, Provide and Protect

Pam Modsnes, CFP, LCEF Gift Planning Manager

An overview of Legacy Planning, an outline for goals, considerations and warnings for awareness in estate planning matters, and the "5 P's" for creating a solid plan to move forward. Resources will be provided for your to take home.


Concordia Plan Services

Maureen Schneider, Benefit Consultant

Discussion on 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
cardioCardio Start


Most of you have had a chance to have Dave Rusch, owner of Cardio Start, to present at your regional principal's meeting. If you have not, you can gain additional information about the program at www.Cardio-start.com.

In Dave's conversation at the regional meetings, he has mentioned the Project Adam Training Grants. Please review the following information and if interested, or needing more information, please contact Dave at


TEC21 registration for 2015/2016 opens Feb. 1, 2015. Join one of the most relevant professional development communities available to Lutheran schools.



TEC21 opens registration this year with 16 workshop centers in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. We encourage your early registration of one or two teachers. Open workshop seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


On behalf of Lutheran educators, TEC21 continues to explore and offer best practices in learning. TEC21 teachers are connecting to the best technology ideas and applications. TEC21 teachers are connecting with educators across the country who are captivating their students with new technology tools. 


Trends in learning require we keep pace in the classroom. In today's tech-saturated world, your decision to participate in the TEC21 workshop in 2015 is a first critical domino. Join the community.


On February 1, we will send to you a registration link for you to register either one or two teachers.

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 


teacherconfN/S WI Districts Teachers' Conference 
North/South Wisconsin Districts Teachers' Conference
November 12-13, 2015
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

Cost:  $110 - early registration by 9/15
           $130 - registration from 9/16-10/31

Please note that the registration fee remains the same as the 2012 conference.

The planning team is planning another outstanding conference! 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.


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 25 - Teacher of the Year Dinner, Silver Spring Golf 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

July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Mlwaukee

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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