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February 18
Ash Wednesday

April 20-23
Spring Pastors' Conference
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
June 7-9
District Convention
Concordia University Wisconsin

October 12-14
Fall Pastors' Conference
Onalaska, Wisconsin

For the Team!

A tradition in our community is the annual Christmas parade that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The parade is comprised of well over 100 entries, including marching bands, local merchants, politicians, schools, churches and, of course, Santa Claus. Each year our congregation has a float in the parade, but this year our missions director and worship director came up with a new idea-a flash mob. For those who don't know what a flash mob is, it is a coordinated dance to a popular song that is well organized and yet appears to be spontaneous, with participants coming together out of the crowd. This sounded good to me until...

Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for 25 years. He has been an adjunct professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin since 1990. His personal mission statement is, I serve God by serving others. 


Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant (Philippians 2:3-7a ESV).

Thank you 
to all that attended the Passionate Believers Conference on Saturday, January 31

and to Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church & School, Hartland for allowing us to use their facilities. 


We pray the conference was beneficial to you and your congregation. If you would like a

 presentation from the conference, they are posted on the SWD website, Please let us know if you have questions regarding the conference or in need of additional resources.


If you attended the conference, we want to know what you think! Take the SURVEY, by Friday, February 20 and you could have a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. 


Watch for updates on the 2016 Passionate Believers Conference. 

Put Your Ministry in motion!

Clarity. Alignment. Action. In that order.
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)'s Ministry Support staff helps you achieve God's intent and puts your ministry in motion.
  • Plans defined.
  • Volunteers mobilized.
  • Funds raised.
  • Programs implemented.
  • Worship space created.
  • Relationships built.
  • Believers energized.
  • Communities impacted.

Learn about empowering your ministry at or call 414-464-8100, extension 25.

Take Heart Scholarship

Introducing the first annual Take Heart Scholarship for high school seniors invested in LCEF:


You could earn one of these three scholarships: 




Important Dates:
  • March 2, 2015 All submissions must fully be completed and electronically submitted to LCEF.
  • April 10, 2015 Winners will be announced
Saturday, April 11, 2015 

Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Ticket Price $17 - Loge Outfield Box
Special Food Pricing at Miller Park:
$4 Nachos
$1 hot dogs
$1 small sodas
$4 domestic beer
Concordia Plan Services - CRSP

Concordia Plan Services recently announced that we will be changing 403(b) plan service providers from MetLife to Fidelity Investments effective July 1, 2015, and we wanted to share information about your CRSP payroll contribution remittance process:

  • At this time, employers currently using EBSO to process their contributions will not have to take any action as a result of the transition to Fidelity.
  • Employers who are currently using the MetLife Plan Service Center to process contributions will need to switch to using EBSO. These employers will be receiving a packet of information in early March to help them make this change prior to May 31, 2015.

We also understand your workers may have questions or concerns about the transition and what they may need to do. Help us spread the news about this important change by sharing the following information with your workers.


Concordia Retirement Savings Plan Moving to Fidelity Investments


If you have any questions, please call a CRSP representative at 888-927-7526, extension 6008.
Hispanic Outreach in Wisconsin

Greetings in Christ, brothers in ministry!

One of the great blessings of my short time as Mission Exec has been getting to know the
pastors and people who are working hard to share the Gospel with our Hispanic neighbors and friends, especially on the south side of Milwaukee and in Racine. Please feel free to use this video in whatever context you see fit...after worship, Bible Class, confirmation class, LWML...whatever. A great big thanks to Pastor German Novelli, who put a great deal of effort into it.

Of course, Hispanics are not just in Milwaukee and Racine. I was encouraged by a meeting recently with pastors and people in the Sheboygan area, as they begin to struggle with how to reach their Hispanic neighbors (who are about 10% of the population in that area). Many

of you have seen an influx of Hispanic friends as well. Don't hesitate to ask  for help if 

Hispanic Outreach in Wisconsin Video 

you'd like to start the conversation about what you can do in your area.  Our Hispanic pastors and people in the District have shown an amazing generosity in doing what they can to help others reach out.


Blessings in Christ!


Peter Kelm

SWD Mission Executive

Recipe of the Month 
"Grandma Mottle's Blarney Stones"

"Blarney Stones," pound cake cubes dipped in frosting and rolled in dry roasted peanuts, are the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat.