South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
Happy National Lutheran Schools Week!
"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 26, 2015
 In This Issue

  - Prayer Requests



True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.

C.S Lewis

liamVote for Baby Liam

The nephew of our CEO, Cole Braun, is a writer in LA.  He and his team have produced a commercial and are in the FINAL 10 of the Doritos Super Bowl contest.  If his commercial gains the most fan votes by January 28th they will win $1,000,000.  The cool thing is that the star of the commercial is a HUGE SUPPORTER OF ML.  See the Photo below.   If and when they win, I know that Baby Liam and the group will continue to support ML and what we do here.


PLEASE VOTE 1 TIME PER DAY PER DEVICE UNTIL January 28 to get Baby Liam to the Super Bowl.  Also like their facebook page and share with as many friends as possible.  


If you see his commercial on Superbowl Sunday that means that he is one of two finalists. The winner will be revealed the day after the Superbowl on Good Morning America.




Here is the Instructions from them!


Remember, you can vote once per day per device (computer, cellphone, tablet). Follow these steps to cast your vote:

  1. Click this link
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the featured ad, "Baby's First Word," and click "VOTE."
  3. Repeat on any other device you own that has Internet!

If we get the most fan votes, "Baby's First Word" will win the 1 Million Dollar Grand Prize and will air during Super Bowl XLIX. We're one of ten ads competing for the Grand Prize and we can't do it without you!

Want to help spread the word? Share this email with five friends or follow 'VoteFirstWord' on social media for updates, interviews, and outtakes from the commercial.

wcrisWCRIS - New Executive Director

The new Executive Director of WCRIS is Sharon Schmeling!


Sharon (Sherry) is a graduate of Villanova and Marquette universities and comes to WCRIS most recently from the non-partisan, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Previously, she was elected to the Jefferson County Board where she served as chairman for six years. Sherry has worked with the American Education Reform Council and has a background in journalism working for the Madison Capital Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Finally, in the days before WCRIS, Sherry worked with the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and the Wisconsin Association of Non-Public Schools (WANS), which later became the WCRIS we have today. Sherry has both a deep knowledge of and passion for our work as an organization. We are extremely pleased and excited to welcome Sherry to WCRIS.


Sherry will be introduced at the WCRIS conference on Friday, February 6.

conventionDistrict Convention Commissioned Minister Delegates

The 54th Convention of the South Wisconsin District - June 7-9, 2015 

"Walk humbly with our God" will be the theme of our District Convention to be held at Concordia University Wisconsin's campus in Mequon.


As information and resources are updated, they will be posted on the District website. Click on the logo for more information.

The 2015 Call for Nominations letter has been sent out to our congregations. Please note that by January 30, 2015 all recommendations and nominations for offices other than President and Vice-President must be received. March 2, 2015 is the deadline for nominations for President and Vice-President. 







PDPProfessional Development Plan (PDP)

Professional Development Plan (PDP)


Teachers and Administrators who received Wisconsin Certification, from Birth-High School, after 2004, are required to complete a Professional Development Plan, or PDP. They may be Initial Educators, those having their first license, or Professional Educators, those holding their second and successive licenses. Teachers who received a teaching license before 2004 MAY also complete a PDP instead of taking 6 credits.


The SWD has a person available who has extensive knowledge of this process and is willing to present seminars about the PDP process. This person is also able to coach individual teachers while they prepare their PDPs, as well as sign their goals and completed PDPs as a teacher or IHE.


We are trying to determine whether there is a need or interest in this service. The initial idea, if there is enough interest, is to hold a workshop to help and support those needing to complete a PDP. If you have a teacher who is in need to assistance through the PDP process, please contact Mark.

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.



Hispanic Ministry

Vicar German Novelli, Jr., Grace, Milwaukee and Pastor Alfonso Prada, St. Martini, Milwaukee

Learns ways your congregation can identify the needs of your Hispanic neighbors and begin to reach them with the good news of Jesus.


Intergenerational Women's Ministry: Not a Program, but a Mindset

Darcy Paape, DCE, WLI Director and CUW Campus Ministry Assistant

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples. In truth, the words in the Greek mean, "as you are going" or "wherever you are going" make learners. How do you use already formed women's groups to become more intentional teachers and learners of the Gospel? How can you help your women build their confidence as urban missionaries just by helping them see Christ in their own story?


Finding a Solution to a Problem

Rev. Mark Janzen, Associate Pastor; Leah Zehel, Ministry Director; Carol Bimmel, Program Director of St. Paul, Sheboygan Falls

Find out how a congregational need has blossomed into a community outreach Adult Day Program.


The WHY of Church Multiplication

Rev. Dr. Peter A. Meier, Executive Director, Center for United States Missions

Exploring the Biblical call to multiply, the urgency of multiplication in our context, and models of church reproduction, all within the context of planting Lutheran churches.


Online registration - swd.lcms.org/registration
CPSConcordia Plan Services

The new Concordia Plans website is live at www.concordiaplans.org!


Today, Concordia Plan Services (CPS) is happy and proud to introduce our redesigned and highly improved website.  Our website served us well over the years, but was in need of improvement and an upgrade in technology. In addition to being faster and more powerful, our new website offers:

  • User-friendly navigation
  • A Ministry Resources section with consolidated employer information
  • How-Do-I menu with answers to your frequent questions
  • Regularly updated blog section with news, industry information, and CPS announcements
  • A more intuitive search function
  • A total forms library
  • ...and more

We encourage you to visit the new site and look around. Come back often for current news and blog posts! 


Let us know what you think and what you learn.  We welcome your feedback.

Maureen M. Schneider

Benefit Consultant

Concordia Plan Services

314-885-6721 (direct)

888-927-7526 (main)


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.


LCEFLCEF Scholarships

Six LCEF scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to six graduating high school seniors or current full-time post-secondary students at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining. Candidates must also be members of a congregation belonging to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod located in one of the following LCMS districts: Iowa East, Iowa West, Minnesota North, Minnesota South, North Dakota, North Wisconsin or South Wisconsin. The application deadline is February 28, 2015.


Learn more and apply online at:  lcefuppermidwest.org/scholarships

AroundtheDistrictAround the District

Prayer Request

Please keep Wally Haas in your prayers as he goes through chemo.

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 25-31 - 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

SWD School Ministry | 414-464-8102  |  FAX - 414-464-0602
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