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Newsletter SubtitleAssistant to Assistant - May 2015
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June 7-9
District Convention
Concordia University Wisconsin

June 19
SWD Youth & Family Day
Noah's Ark, Wisconsin Dells

October 12-14
Fall Pastors' Conference
Onalaska, Wisconsin

Leaders Listen

Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for more than 26 years. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church:



When reading through the Holy Scriptures we come across some very effective leaders. Among these notable people is King David. David was a leader as a shepherd, a musician, a warrior, a father, a king. He is definitely a flawed leader. We all know about his adulterous behavior with Bathsheba and his plot to murder her husband, Uriah. We are well aware of the discord among his staff and among his children. Nonetheless, David was a leader which strong qualities. 


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LCEF By the Numbers

LCEF By the Numbers

National Youth Gathering 2016


Place: New Orleans, LA

Date:  July 16-20 


If you have a group that is planning on going to the NYG, please have the group leader contact Robin - - at the District office. We want to make sure that they are receiving all the information from the District office regarding the District event, t-shirts, etc. 


LCEF will again be at the Youth Gathering. Stay tuned for details on LCEF banking services for youth groups.
May LCEF Powerpoint Slides

A few SWD congregations ask to have a one or two LCEF slides a month that promote LCEF's ministry for that particular month. Not many know that these slides are available, so we decided to include them within our eNewsletters for you to use within your own slide presentations.

Click here to download your May Slide

If you would like to promote a specific LCEF ministry or program that is not being promoted during the current month, please let me know and we will be sure to supply you with what you need.

SWD LCEF VP Diana Raasch (left) presented

First Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, Cedarburg, Wisc. 

the $1,000 Y.I. Challenge 2015 award on April 2, 2015. 

Accepting the check is Principal Dawn Walker (center)

accompanied by Rev. Randolph Raasch. 

SWD Youth & Family Day at Noah's Ark
Mark your calendars for June 19, for a fun day with family and friends.

Tickets are $29 per person (2 and under are free). Your ticket includes your all-day pass to the park and an "all you can eat" buffet lunch.

Ticket purchasing and additional information about the day is available at, or contact Robin Mueller at the district office 414-464-8100, ext. 12.
There is no Health Without Mental Health

Your mental health and wellness is as equally as important as your general health and wellness. Poor mental health can lead to an increased risk for a range of physical illnesses and conditions, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, infections, respiratory disease, and greater levels of obesity.

In recognition of May being Mental Health Month, Concordia Plan Services (CPS) wants to remind Concordia Health Plan (CHP) members about their mental health benefits administered by Cigna Behavioral. Please see your individual CHP option for more information about mental health coverage and benefits.

Visit to access tools and resources designed to promote positive mental health, which helps you focus at work, overcome obstacles, get along with the people around you, as well as get well and stay well. This includes:

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, Wis., June 7-9, 2015. You can keep up-to-date with information and resources as they become available. 

Click on the convention logo at the right to take you to the District Convention page.
Recipe of the Month  
Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie
With Strawberry and Rhubarb season right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my most favorite pies. The sweetness of the fresh strawberries and the tartness of the rhubarb is a delicious combination.

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound of fresh rhubarb, chopped
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix four and sugar. Add strawberries and chopped rhubarb. Toss with sugar and flour and let stand for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour filling into pie crust. Dot top with butter, and cover with top crust. Seal edges of top and bottom crust with water.
  4. Apply yolk to top of pie, using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut small holes in top to let steam escape.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. Cool on rack.
Serve pie with either vanilla ice cream or cool whip. Enjoy!