October, besides being beautiful with all of God's glory in full color, is also Pastor Appreciation month. Our South Wisconsin District Pastors just met in the Onalaska/LaCrosse area of which I had the opportunity to visit with pastors regarding specific needs they have at their congregation. Likewise I am available to speak with our LCMS congregation members about needs of the church. You might be a stewardship committee member, an elder, congregational president, or an everyday person in the pew like me. I welcome your calls and emails. Go to www.lcef.org to see all the services and resources available to our congregations here in South Wisconsin. Click here to see a brief LCEF video.

Highlights within this newsletter include:
+ LCEF investments
+ Gift cards
+ LCEF services available to those attending the National Youth Gathering
+ And much more...

Yours in Christ,

Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A., CGP
Vice President
South Wisconsin
414-931-1254 414-464-8100, ext. 25
fax: 414-464-0602
swd.lcms.org     lcef.org

We're celebrating our partnership with you
as we celebrate God's gifts to us.

In This Issue
LCEF Visa Cards
Planning Your Legacy
Y.I. Club
Thanks "Giving" Mission
2016 National Youth Gathering
2016 LCEF Scholarship
Everyone His Witness Conference

Donate To:

SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

News for You
Gifts help LCEF round out the needs of ministries that are offering opportunities to learn about Jesus and meet community needs. Schools can stay focused on children's spiritual well-being and organizations can seek to find those that are lost and share the Gospel.

A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, you also are to love one another." - John 13:34
Pamela Moksnes, CFP ™

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Feel free to share this 
eNewsletter with a friend and contact Diana at 414-464-8100, ext. 25 if we can be of further assistance to you. 

Upcoming Events

November 12-13
North/South Teachers' Conf.
Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells

November 14
Everyone His Witness Workshop
SWD Office

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January 30
Passionate Believers Conference
Divine Redeemer, Hartland

April 11-13
Spring Pastors' Conference
Best Western, Oshkosh

July 9-14
LCMS Synod Convention
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Volunteers are needed for Synod Convention! 
To learn more, contact Karen at rayner@swd.lcms.org

Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping Build the Church 

Leader to Leader 
Check it OUT
LCEF's "Leader to Leader" blog at

"Passionate Believers"
Click on the icon to download the SWD
"Passionate Believers" Quarterly Publication.

Midwest Districts Quarterly Publication
Click on photo to read our magazine.


A Meaningful Gift, 
The Perfect Gift!
Never too early to begin your Christmas shopping. 

A Visa gift card makes a thoughtful gift for friends and family,affording them the flexibility to use it however they wish.
All gift cards are available in $25, $50 and $100 values. An additional $1.99 fee per gift card will be added to the order.

Create a Brilliant Legacy
Opening Doors, Sharing Communities.
At Lutheran Church Extension Fund, we exist for the sole purpose of empowering ministries in Kingdom work. Our goal each day is to "open doors," sharing resources so that more people will hear and believe, be baptized and grow in the Word, joining together in God's 
saving grace and eternal life. 

Planning for your legacy is an important process for you and your family. Our gift planning consultants offer valuable ideas for planning for the future and potentially receiving benefits such as tax savings and life income. Also, you can get helpful personal planning tips and ideas for organizing your finances and estate.

Contact Diana Raasch, M.B.A. CGP. at 414-464-8100, ext. 25 or diana.raasch@lcef.org, to begin your Legacy Planning. 

Have More Fun With Y.I.
for interactive games, coloring pages, devotions, videos, 
community service project ideas and more! Engaging 
and entertaining for kids of all ages!

 For more information or to begin your investment TODAY, contact Diana Raasch at 414-464-8100 or LCEF, St. Louis at 800-843-5233.    

Partner Plus
for current LCEF investors
When God calls His people, His people can't help but make a move! Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries are poised to build more relationships and energize more believers. Empower the positive influence ministries and rostered church workers have on their communities.

Extend your partnership and invest in PartnerPlus!

Contact Diana Raasch at 414-464-8100, ext. 25 or diana.raasch@lcef.org for more information or to begin or investment today!

Thanks "Giving" Mission

Last year, many individuals and congregations in the South Wisconsin District provided funds for Thanksgiving meals to families living in the central city of Milwaukee. The meal consists of a turkey and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The goal every year is to fulfill the requests for the Thanksgiving baskets we receive from central city Lutheran pantries in Milwaukee. Last year 1043 baskets were delivered to the pantries, and we have the same goal of 1043 this year. Again this year we will partner with Brookfield Lutheran who has purchased, assembled and delivered Thanksgiving baskets in the central city for many years. Please let me know if you or your congregation would like to help or consider being a host site in the future.

This is where we need your help. You can help by praying for the mission, the individuals who are preparing, assembling and delivering, and for those who receive them. We also ask for financial help. Your generosity not only provides nourishment, it also shows the love you have for your neighbor.
Come and help me share your joy and love to others this Thanksgiving!

Rev. Peter Kelm - SWD Mission Executive

**For additional questions or needed information, please contact, Rev. Peter Kelm at
414-464-8101 or Barb Slak
414-464-8100, ext. 13. Donations appreciated by Thanksgiving.

National Youth Gathering 2016

New Orleans, LA

July 16-20, 2016 


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.


 > > Click here to learn more about LCEF's partnership with the NYG 2016! 

Apply Now!

Everyone His Witness

Equipping individual believers to be more effective witnesses of Jesus
in their everyday lives.

Rev. Mark Wood, Director of Witness & Outreach Ministry/Revitalization Office of National Mission - LCMS 
presents this brand-new workshop for the South Wisconsin District on:

Saturday, November 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
South Wisconsin District Office
8100 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee

Registration is $20/person (includes lunch).  Registration deadline is November 2, 2015

To register and for more information,
contact Rev. Peter Kelm or Peg Raabe at 414-464-8101, or raabe@swd.lcms.org.

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.