South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
Weekly Schools Notes
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
I Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
January 11, 2016
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"Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give." (LSB 757)

Just a piece of paper
On Christmas Eve, I was notified by my Pastor that Ralph Kohrs had passed away unexpectedly. For those who have been around the South Wisconsin District and the Milwaukee metro area for a long time, chances are good that your path and Ralph's path crossed. Ralph was a long time teacher and choir director at Mt. Olive Lutheran School in Milwaukee. Prior to that he served as a teacher at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Ralph was the definition of a Lutheran educator and a churchman. He was involved in more activities and events than I can write in this space. So, it was no surprise that the Mt. Olive sanctuary was full for Ralph's funeral service on New Year's Eve.
While waiting for the service to start, Robin texted me to ask if I could bring a bulletin from the service back to the office for Ralph's official file. I was sitting next to Gene Ladendorf (Regional Superintendent, Interim Principal at Mt. Olive) when I got the text. I said something to him about "we spend our life working in Lutheran schools and it officially ends with a piece of paper in the District files." I know it doesn't totally make sense, and it is no doubt a depressing thought, but there was something about the finality of death that hit me as I grabbed an extra bulletin for his official file.
We spend our years serving our Lord in Lutheran schools. We shape the lives of children and families through the help of the Holy Spirit. And, yet we are only instruments of God. God uses us for His purpose and when that purpose has been fulfilled, He calls us home to him. Our work in God's earthly kingdom may ceremoniously come to end when a funeral bulletin is placed into our official files, but our impact continues. That piece of paper does not, and could not, adequately show the eternal impact that we have made here on earth. God has placed you into your position in ministry to bring others to Him for eternity. This is a responsibility, a calling, which is to be cherished and honored every day.
PassionatePassionate Believers Conference
Passionate Believers Conference
January 30, 2016

Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, 

We will be featuring some of the breakout sessions in the next three weekly notes.
This sectional will explore the subject of Early Communion around the following questions: Who should be admitted to the Lord's Supper? What are the responsibilities of pastoral care for admission to the Lord's Supper? What role does the catechesis play in admission to the Lord's Supper? What does it mean to "examine oneself"? Distinguishing the Rite of First Communion from the Rite of Confirmation and Practical Guidelines for examining catechumens and visitors who desire to commune.

THE WHY OF CHURCH MULTIPLICATION - Rev. Dr. Peter A. Meier, Center for U.S. Missions
With so many existing churches   which have plenty of available space, why would and should we consider planting new churches? We will examine the biblical and practical reasons WHY new church multiplication is needed today more than ever. 

A walk through the LCMS Treasurer's Manual with its chief editor, CPA, employed at the LCMS in St. Louis. This is a great opportunity for church treasurers and business managers to have their questions answered, particularly if they relate to taxation, Ms. Sansone's field of expertise. 

When a congregation is headed toward a deficit at the end of the year, here are some questions and answers, backed by data that can make a difference. 


HFJHearts for Jesus
Recipient for 2015/2016
SOS Center, Milwaukee

The SOS Center is a nonprofit social services agency that provides Christian care, educational instruction and life skills activities for children and adults in the Milwaukee area.

If you would like someone to talk to your students at chapel, please contact Chris or Robin.
NLSWNational Lutheran Schools Week

National Lutheran Schools Week
January 24-30, 2016

schoolvisitsSchool Visits

I would like to start scheduling school visits with the metro Milwaukee and Racine area schools in the next 2-3 months.

Please allow 1/2 hour to meet with you and your staff prior to the students arriving in the morning.

Please email Robin with some date options that would work best for you and she will get you on the schedule.

WCRISWCRIS Leadership Conference

February 12, 2016
Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee
LCEFLCEF Scholarship Application


Wednesday, January 6
Sherman Park Lutheran School

Chapel and NLSA Certification Presentation

                       Friday, January 8

          WCRIS committee members working
                  on their mission statement 
 eventsUpcoming Events

January 24 - Teacher of the Year Dinner

January 24-30 - National Lutheran Schools Week

January 30 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland

February 5-6 - C-LECT, Concordia University Wisconsin

February 12 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 

February 12 - WCRIS Leadership Conference

April 7-9 - LEA Administrators' Conference and Admissions Counselor Summit, Hilton City Center, Milwaukee
July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Milwaukee

July 16-20 - National Youth Gathering, New Orleans

Click on the link to
register for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Confessing Christ for the Next Generation!

Chris Cody
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

SWD School Ministry | 414-464-8100, ext. 3  |  FAX - 414-464-0602
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Milwaukee, WI 53222
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