Y.I. Club
Where Saving Money is Fun...and Helps Others Learn About Jesus

Sharing time and close friends and family is a valuable gift. Make the time you spend with the special young people in your life memorable and fun.

Because good stewardship begins with small steps...and a good role model. Help the young people in your life experience the joy of investing for the future while empowering ministry through the Young Investors (Y.I.) Club.

Investments through LCEF's Y.I. Club mean more. Invested funds make loans and services possible, which help keep ministries vibrant and reaching out with the Gospel. LCEF understands ministries and their unique financial needs.

Explore yiclub.lcef.org, LCEF's NEW website for toddlers, tweens and teens, playing fun and educational games, and learning stewardship concepts.

Please feel free to use any of the content in this newsletter for your personal or congregational needs. If you have questions, feel free to call me.

Yours in Christ,

Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A., CGP
Vice President
South Wisconsin
414-464-8100, ext. 25
fax: 414-464-0602
swd.lcms.org         lcef.org
In This Issue
Did You Know?
Be Part of Somthing Bigger
2015 SWD Convention
LCEF Convention Drawing
Mission Convocations
Mission Convocations
2016 National Youth Gathering

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SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

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Financial Newsletter written by Pam Moksnes, Vice President-Gift Planning Services. Pam is a Certified Planner (CFP). She brings years of professional experience helping Lutherans with their charitable giving plans. Pam was elected to four terms of LCEF's volunteer Board of Directors, serving for nearly 12 years, which included leadership roles as secretary and, most recently, as vice chair. She is a Certified Financial Planner and has served as a gift planning counselor/unit manager for the LCMS Foundation.


Upcoming Events

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


July 9-14
LCMS Synod Convention
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping Build the Church 

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NEW Website for Toddlers, Tweens and Teens!
Y.I. Club Activity Center
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Enhancing Ministry Communications at 
St. Paul, West Allis
"We are grateful for LCEF's contribution that helped to make the sign a reality," said Ralph Conrad, planning committee member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School in West Allis, Wisconsin. 

In the fall of 2014, the congregation contracted Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) South Wisconsin District (SWD) Vice President Diana Raasch as a potential sponsor to help fund a new sign for the church and school. "LCEF is a partner in God's Mission with our LCMS churches and schools. We were blessed to support St. Paul's efforts," said Raasch. "The congregation did a great job communicating their need for additional funds to their members all school year, with a large poster to show progress, in newsletters and more. God provided. Everyone is very pleased with the sign."


If your Lutheran Church - Missiouri Synod (LCMS) church or school is seeking to enhance their ministry communications, learn more about LCEF's Signature Sponsorship Series at lcef.org/sponsorship or call Diana at 414-464-8100, ext 25 or LCEF at 800-843-5233.

Tools for Tithing and Tuition

Joyful Response® Program

LCEF offers e-Give offerings consistently.tithing and e-tuition payments through its Joyful Response program, a free stewardship service for congregations, schools and ministry service organizations. LCMS congregations should use the Joyful Response Electronic Offering Program so members...

  • Fulfill their stewardship commitments.
  • Share their financial blessings efficiently and predictably.

LCMS education programs (preschool through college) should use the Joyful Response Electronic Tuition Payment Program so families...

  • Make tuition payments reliably and conveniently.
  • Fulfill their tuition payment commitments with ease.
  • Save the time and cost of writing checks.

Complete their contribution pledges timely and dependably.LCMS ministries (i.e. LWML, districts, RSOs) should use the Joyful Response Electronic Donation Program so your supporters...

  • Share their generosity with ease and convenience.
  • Help ministries concentrate on actual ministry and less on budget issues.
  • LWML TREASURERS: Order the Electronic Mites Program Enrollment Form to help give your participants a convenient way to fulfill their mite donation commitments!

Order your Joyful Response packet today.


To learn more about the Joyful Response Program, contact Diana Raasch at 414-464-8100 or LCEF at 800-843-5233.

Financial Planning & Stewardship

When your vision is clear, plans are developing, and members and your community partners are preparing, you must align your resources.


To move forward your ministry may need assistance with financial plans, stewardship education and a capital campaign.


You can choose to partner with LCEF knowing that your ministry support resources are rooted in our Lutheran faith and embrace the LCMS. LCEF offers resources to help your members which will help your members thrive in giving and move you closer to achieving your ministry goals.

 To learn more about putting your "Ministry in motion" contact Diana at the South Wisconsin District office at 414-464-8100 or LCEF 800-843-5233.

Center for U.S. Missions "1-Day Convocations"
Mobilizing the Mission of God - A Mission Convocation

This is a joint effort of SWD and NWD to mobilize pastors and people for mission! The convocations will be held in three locations...
  • Thursday, September 10 - St. Mark, 600 Stevens Dr., Wausau
  • Friday, September 11 - Shepherd of the Hills, N1615 Meadowview Dr., Greenville (Appleton area)
  • Saturday, September 12 - South Wisconsin District, 8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee

Sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is only $30 - includes lunch!


Easy to register - call the District office and ask for Peg, 414-464-8101. 


Click here for convocation details.

National Youth Gathering 2016

NYG 2016


Place: New Orleans, LA            

Date:  July 16-20 


If you have a youth 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 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! 


Consider LCEF's Visa prepaid cards as an 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 tools as they prepare for and enjoy the Gathering.

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.