Many people invest with Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) to ensure ministries have funds they need to continue making an impact on their community and for God's people. Find the loan that your ministry needs, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.


Numerous congregations in the South Wisconsin District have partnered with LCEF for their lending. Faith Lutheran, Sturtevant is one example. Click here to read the lead article on Faith's renovation to their school. The congregation and the school are looking forward to the dedication of their new building on Sunday, January 31, 2016.


Mt. Calvary Lutheran in Milwaukee has long partnered with LCEF. Recently Mt. Calvary was detailed in a Milwaukee Journal article for their work in the city of Milwaukee. Click here to read the article. Another project for which Mt. Calvary was involved is renovating a home in the neighborhood by the church. For this project, Mt. Calvary partnered with Milwaukee Rising and LCEF, read more.


There are numerous other congregational stories that will be shared in future newsletters and on Facebook. Find the loan that your ministry needs. Visit lcef.org or call Diana at 414-464-8228.


Please let me know if you have any questions or if I may be of service to you and your congregation.


Yours in Christ,





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

Vice President

South Wisconsin District

414-464-8100, ext. 228


Fax 414-464-0602


swd.lcms.org     lcef.org 

In This Issue
LCEF Video
Passionate Believers Conference
SWD Year End Appeal
2016 LCEF Scholarship
2016 National Youth Gathering
National Lutheran Schools Week

Upcoming Events
January 24-30
Nat'l Lutheran Schools Week
January 30
Passionate Believers Conf.
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

Donate To:

SWD Mission and Ministry Outreach Efforts  

News for You
Planning exists to prepare for life and to give your family members better lives. It is essential to create goals that will leave a legacy and help your family live better in the midst of new circumstances.

We can answer many of your questions and provide you with a Legacy Guide to help you protect your estate and family. Please reply to this email with "Legacy Guide" as your subject and we will promptly send you this helpful planning tool. You may also visit gifting.lcef.org for more information.
"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you." Deuteronomy 16:17
Pamela Moksnes, CFP ™

Click here to receive LCEF's
weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly Financial Newsletter written by Pam Moksnes, Vice President-Gift Planning Services. Pam is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). 

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. 


Reach Your Financial Goals While Helping Build the Church 

Leader to Leader 
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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.


LCEF Ministry Loans Video

SWD Passionate Believers Conference 
January 30, 2016
"Caring for the Church, Caring for the Church Worker"

Saturday, January 30, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church & School
N48 W31385 Hill St., Hartland

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Beverly Yahnke, clinical psychologist and Executive Co-Director for DOXOLOGY, will present "Serving the Church by Serving Her Servants: What's Your Action Plan?"

Below are some highlighted sessions. Click here for a complete list and descriptions of all breakout sessions.
  • Be Well Reboot - New Year...new healthy choices. Steve Gruenwald, Concordia Plan Services, will tell us about the new tools and wellness resources now available to help members of the Concordia Health Plan "Be Well." You will also hear about the new rewards platform for healthy behavior (through Vitality), the new integrated health team; the Clear Savings Transparency tool (for procedures and prescription drugs); telecare for acute illnesses (accessed through computers, smartphones, and iPads); and the new Health and Wellness content section on the CPS website (videos, articles, tips, quizzes, etc).
  • Preparing our Teenagers for College Challenges to Their Faith - Session led by Rev. Dan Anderson, Mt. Calvary, Madison. Our college students are in a unique time and place in their lives. In many vital ways, our children are making decisions for the future in all areas of their lives from their future vocation, to potential future relationships, to their long-term spirituality. College students are challenged in their Christian faith from all directions including their peers, their professors and even the curriculum which often seeks to deny the existence of God and the need for salvation through Jesus Christ. Some questions that will be addressed are those that I have heard from parents, pastors and students themselves over the years such as: How can we best prepare our teenagers for the challenges to their faith in college life? What can we do to encourage them to remain connected to Jesus and the church during their college years? What can we do to stay connected to our college students while they are away at college?
  • Dam the Deficit with DataAre you concerned about your congregation's financial situation at the end of the year? Dr. Nathan Jastram, Professor of Theology at CUW, Mequon will present some questions and answers backed by data that can make a difference when a congregation is headed toward a deficit at the end of the year.
  • A Practical Guide for a Better Church Website - Are you looking to create a "church/school" website or looking to update the one you have? Brian Jaeger, LutherNew Web Design will present ways to help you sort through what is really important for your church website, with an emphasis on keeping it simple and inexpensive. Find out what works well - and what to avoid - as you seek to communicate your church's mission.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference. For questions or additional information, contact Barb Slak at 414-464-8100, ext. 745 or slak@swd.lcms.org

SWD Year End Appeal

" He Came for ALL Nations!"

This year the South Wisconsin District is lifting up our Hispanic ministry. What an incredible opportunity to reach the hundreds of thousands of Spanish-speaking friends in our District. The Sheboygan area pastors and congregations in partnership with the South Wisconsin District office have researched the need of missional work for the many Hispanic communities in the Sheboygan area. Under the leadership of several local pastors the partnership has decided to move forward to plant an Hispanic congregation in Sheboygan. A vicar has been selected, and the work is slated to begin sometime in early 2016!! It is amazing! Wonderful! And if it can happen in Sheboygan (where there are so many Lutherans), it can happen anywhere!

Apply Now!

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! 

SWD has a NEW Phone System

The South Wisconsin District has updated their phone system. The main phone number has stayed the same (414) 464-8100, but the extensions have changed. When dialing the district office, please listen to the message that tells of the department changes. Thank you for your understanding and patience.


SWD Department Extensions:

  • President's Office (President Wille, Karen Rayner) - extension 743
  • Missions (Rev. Peter Kelm, Peg Raabe) - extension 744
  • Education (Dr. Chris Cody, Robin Mueller) - extension 741
  • Business Office (Herman Strozier, Mary Ann Ostrenga) - extension 468
  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund / Stewardship - Diana Raasch, extension 228 , Barb Slak, extension 745

National Lutheran Schools Week
January 24-30, 2016

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.

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