Congregation Advocate Summer Newsletter
Thank You!

Thank you for your continued support of LCEF's mission. Your assistance supports your congregation's mission as well the mission of other South Wisconsin District congregations. Did you know there are 211 LCMS congregations just in South Wisconsin District?

Please feel free to use the content in this newsletter however it best serves you and your congregation. Let Barb Slak (414-464-8100, ext. 13 / or myself know if you need additional posters, brochures, bulletin inserts, or other resources for your church.

God's many blessings during these summer months. I pray you have a safe and fun time with family and friends.

Yours in Christ,





Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A., CGP

Vice President, South Wisconsin

414-464-8100, ext. 25


fax: 414-464-0602
Partner with a Purpose

Why Partner with a Purpose? Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is a unique Lutheran financial organization that empowers ministry. Through the dollars invested by over 50,000 individuals just like you. LCEF is able to assist ministries with customized loans and ministry support services that help leaders respond to growth and community needs. By your investment with LCEF, you are helping other churches grow by making loan dollars available. This is what "Partner with a Purpose" is all about!

Thank you for your investment partnership! Your invested dollars directly impact ministry that enable Kingdom work. Fifty two percent of ministries in the South Wisconsin District have used LCEF to support their ministry efforts.

As a current LCEF investor, you know that your funds earn the ministry dividend. Did you know that you could also continue that partnership with a new PartnerPLUS investment? PartnerPLUS is a great way for current investors to not only continue to enable ministry growth, but also receive a competitive interest rate.

Please see the following articles of this eNewsletter for details on the new PartnerPlus investment opportunity and see the many ways LCEF is partnering with congregations right here in the South Wisconsin District.

Thank you for being a Partner with a Purpose!

2% fixed rate, 2-year note      2.5% fixed rate, 4-year note

PartnerPLUS for CURRENT Investors is a great opportunity for members to continue their support of LCEF. Ready to make your move...again? 
  • Empower the positive influence that ministries have on their communities.
  • Fixed rate of 2% on two-year notes or 2.5% on four-year notes.
  • $500 minimum to start.
  • Balances over $25,000 earn second-tier rate.
  • Additional investments of at least $25 allowed.
  • IRAs and organizational investments allowed.
  • One account per investor; not transfers from other LCEF investments.
  • Available for limited time only.
+ + + Click here to see investment application for PartnerPLUS or ConnectPLUS.
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For additional questions, please contact Diana at the district office 414-464-8100, ext. 25
or visit
Help Us Reach Others in Your Congregation!

You are already area partner with the ministry of LCEF and are helping to spread the Gospel message; let's share it with others!

ConnectPLUS is for the NEW LCEF investor who wants to experience the over-and-above reward of supporting LCMS ministries-ultimately helping to expand the kingdom of God. Realize not only the financial benefits that LCEF offers, but start a new relationship with LCEF, the financial arm of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

A NEW member of an LCMS Congregation can open a ConnectPLUS investment with as little as $500 and receive a 3% interest rate on a two-year term note. This premium rate is available on the first $5,000; balances above $5,000 earn a second-tier rate.

Share this with someone in your congregation so they too can "Partner with a Purpose" with a new LCEF investment.

Join the Young Investors (Y.I.) Club!

Tom and Patty Alles as they serve the children at Elm Grove Lutheran School as the familes purchase LCEF Stamps.
Tom and Patty Alles serve the children
at Elm Grove Lutheran School
as the familes purchase LCEF Stamps.
What is the Y.I, Club? 

You know it's important to teach children to give thanks for God's many blessings and use those blessings wisely to serve Him. Learning to understand the value of sharing, saving and spending money is a good place to start.










Have More Fun with Y.I.

Explore the Y.I. Activity Center for interactive games, coloring pages, devotions, videos, community service project ideas and more! Engaging and entertaining for kids of all ages!

LCEF Partner for 2016 NYG 

LCEF has been an important partner to those attending LCMS National Youth Gatherings. We will once again provide financial services for youth groups, workers, and volunteers.


A major concern for anyone who travels is handling money, and congregation leaders, parents and young people attending this major event are no different. We want the experience to be fun, memorable and safe!


LCEF's Visa prepaid cards are a great alternative to giving cash to youth group members. Lost cards can be easily replaced, and funds not used can be returned to the youth group's StewardAccount® for future events.


The LCEF Exchange, also will be operating during the  Gathering, July 16-20, 2016, in New Orleans. this service allows for on-site cash transactions for workers, volunteers, DCEs, parents and attendees.


NEW this year! Youth leaders can text LCEFNYG to 3131-31 for LCEF tips and tolls as they prepare for and enjoy the Gathering.


> > If you have a youth 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 they are receiving all the information from the District office regarding the District event, t-shirts, etc. < <
Did You Know?  
Besides Investments and Loans, LCEF also provides the following ministry services and resources:


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 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 Demand/Dedicated Certificate and StewardAccount are not available to investors in South Carolina. ConnectPLUS is not available to investors in Ohio and Pennsylvania.