Empowering Ministry with Your Interest


"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace..."  

1 Peter 4:10


You may contribute all or part of the interest earned on your Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) investments to The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries close to your heart. Your gifted interest will be sent directly to the ministry of your choice for a specific period of time.


The contribution of your interest will:

  • Help advance God's plan for your congregation or ministry.
  • Equip Lutheran schools to train future Christian leaders.
  • Make a difference in the lives of people in need.
  • Empower the sharing of the Gospel.
Learn more about our Special Interest Program at lcef.org or call 800-843-5233 or contact Diana Raasch in the District office at 414-464-8100, ext. 25.
In This Issue
Did You Know?
Y.I. Club NEW Website!
Something for Everyone!
LCEF Vision Path
Invest in Their Future Video
Camp LuWiSoMo
SWD Youth & Family Day
2016 National Youth Gathering

Donate To:

SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

News for You
Savvy Living:

LCEF News:

Personal Planner:

Washington News:

Highway Bill Extended to July 31


Finance News:

Upcoming Events

June 7-9
SWD District Convention
CUW, Mequon

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

October 12-14
Fall Pastors' Conference
Stoney Creek Hotel
Conference Center, Onalaska

"Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping Build the Church




Check out LCEF's "Leader to Leader" blog at  bloglcef.org 

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Did You Know?
Most people spend more time in planning their yearly vacation as compared to the time used for planing or reviewing their estate plan. Providing and protecting for spouse and other family members is important for all ages. LCEF has a user-friendly, free resource to assist you and your family. To begin your planning today, call Diana Raasch 414-464-8100, ext. 25 or click here to download the LCEF christian Wills Guide.

Please feel free to use and share any of the information in this newsletter with your family, friends, and of course your congregation. I welcome your calls and emails.

Yours in Christ,

Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A., CGP
Vice President
South Wisconsin
414-464-8100, ext. 25
fax: 414-464-0602

Now Presenting: 
A New Address for Fun & Stewardship
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

Check out the NEW Young Investors (Y.I.) Club Online Activity Center at yiclub.lcef.org for:

  • Games!
  • Bible Stories!
  • Devotions!
  • Videos!
  • Service Project Ideas!
  • Crafts and Recipes!

Each group "Little Lambs, Mission Builders and World Changers" has its own area on the site with age-appropriate activities. There are interactive games, coloring pages, Bible stories and devotions, videos, and, for older members, news stories and links to servant events and projects. New items will be added regularly to keep young ones engaged and entertained!

This website will reinforce Bible lessons, enhance understanding of stewardship concepts and supplement studies in math, English, history and personal finance in a fun and meaningful manner. We want each Y.I. Club member to know and understand Jesus' love and the fact that their investment is helping others learn about Jesus as well.


Explore the site and have some Y.I. Club fun! Designed to work well on mobile devices and tablets, it's perfect for families on the go!

Something for Everyone!

Vision Path: Right Questions are Key!

As their 150th anniversary drew near, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, members turned to LCEF's VisionPath team to clarify how best to use their resources and reach out in a strong ministry direction.


Such an anniversary tradition is nothing new for St. Paul's. It was during its 125th year that members started Kinder Place, an early childhood ministry-now a strong feeder for the church's day school.


Congregants expressed a variety of ideas, and the VisionPath process-created by LCEF Sr. Vice President Max Biesenthal and facilitated by the Rev. Dr. John Sproul, Western Region vice president-sharpened their focus. Asking the right questions is key, Sproul says.

Invest In Their Future!

Love to Camp? Check out Camp LuWiSoMo!

Check out their website to see the fun activities planned for this upcoming summer and fall!

SWD Youth & Family Day at Noah's Ark

Friday, June 19

Join us for a day of fun, 

food and fellowship. 


$29 per person 

(2 and under are free)


Includes entry to Noah's Ark 

and an all you can eat lunch buffet.


REGISTER ONLINE  by June 11th!

National Youth Gathering 2016

NYG 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 - mueller@swd.lcms.org - 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.

LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF's Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. LCEF StewardAccount access features provided through UMB Bank n.a. The StewardAccount is not available to investors living in South Carolina.