During Lent we remember and study the events of Jesus' ministry with the culminating event being Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Jesus loves us so much that He was and is today our intercessor to our Heavenly Father. That is true love!

The March 2016 LCEF newsletter details many services and resources for The Church. One way you can take this information to a new level is to serve as an LCEF Congregation Advocate. These volunteer duties include 20 minutes or less. Activities include receiving emails from the LCEF office and then sharing them with the church office, your Pastor, or possible a committee or board. Another role would be putting a LCEF poster in a communications area at church. If you would like to learn more, please call or email me.
Yours in Christ,

Diana S. Raasch, M.B.A., CGP
Vice President
South Wisconsin District
414-464-8100, ext. 228
Fax 414-464-0602
In This Issue
Article Headline
Jurss Accepts LCEF Scholarship
LCEF Family Emergency StewardAccount
Vision Path
Pre-Retirement Workshop
Passionate Believers 2016

Upcoming Events
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
While each family's situation is different, there are planning strategies that can help you provide for your heirs and leave your legacy. It's easy to get started.
To assist you with making or updating your future plans, we can provide you with our FREE "Legacy Guide: Planning Your Will and Trust".
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.
"All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing." Proverbs 21:26
Pamela Moksnes, CFP ™

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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"
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"Passionate Believers" Quarterly Publication.

Midwest Districts Quarterly Publication
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Jurss Accepted Scholarship

Pictured left to right: LCEF SWD Vice President, Diana Raasch, Jordyn Jurss,  Rev. Timothy Mech, Trinity Lutheran, Sheboygan, Wisc.
$1,000 helps the 'weak side' when paying college tuition which is why Jordyn Jurss was all smiles at her home congregation, Trinity Lutheran, Sheboygan, WI.

Jurss accepted her South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 scholarship check on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
Jurss is a current student at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) studying Lutheran Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics.

Volunteers Needed


LCMS National Convention - July 9-14, 2016


ONLINE VOLUNTEER SIGNUP is now available for those wishing to become involved with this summer's LCMS National Convention. July 9-14, 2016. Our South Wisconsin District is excited to be the hub of all the activity this year as this 66th tri-annual convention will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities, pick your available days and times, and become a part of this exciting event!


To access this online tool, got to swd.lcms.org and select the link to "LCMS National Convention" on the home page. A volunteer form that you can print and mail to the SWD office is also available on the district webpage.  If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the District office at 414-464-8100.

Need Funds for a Live Event?

Open a Lutheran Church Extension Fund Family Emergency StewardAccount.

The Family Emergency StewardAccount is an investment with interest compounded and paid monthly. There are not monthly maintenance or membership fees, so saving for those inevitable events is simple.
  • Minimum $25 to start investment.
  • Minimum $25 monthly electronic investment required until account reaches and maintains a balance of $10,000 or more.
  • Limit 12 checks per calendar year, with per-check minimum of $250.
  • Initial quantity of checks FREE; check orders competitively priced.
  • Interest compounded and paid monthly.
  • No monthly maintenance or membership fees.
  • Free MyAccount online services, including e-statements.
Financial needs are part of life. LCEF can help you be ready. Learn more at lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.

Unclear? Unsure? Unsettled?
The mission of VisionPath is to provide clarity in ministry passion, alignment in ministry purpose, and action in ministry processes that make known the love of Christ within church and community. "We measure effectiveness VisionPath through clarity, alignment, and action within its three distinct modules:
  • VisionPath Compass is designed for clarity: We help to discover the clear passions, aligned values, and active mission for engaging the community in ways consistent with core identity.
  • VisionPath map is designed for alignment: We help to plot out clear measures, aligned purposes, and active strategies for engaging individuals on a path of discipleship.
  • VisionPath Guide is designed for action: We help to create clear programs, aligned structures, and active processes for engaging the ministry in sustained health and growth.   

The purpose of VisionPath is to facilitate clearly aligned Ministry in motion.

VisionPath is modular system created for clarity, alignment, and action in ministry. Learn more from Ministry Support.

Pre-Retirement Workshop
Saturday, April 9, 2016
9am to 3pm
South Wisconsin District Office
8100 Capitol Dr., Milwaukee
This FREE workshop is designed for all professional church workers of any age (and their spouses), but is especially important for those within 20 years of retirement. It is intended to help you understand the process of planning for retirement, and all of the decisions that go into deciding when to retire.
Download flyer  to share with your church/school staff.
Advanced registration is required. 
To register for this workshop please contact:
Karen at the District office. rayner@swd.lcms.org  414-464-8100, ext. 743

315 Attendees at Passionate Believers Conference 2016!
Another enjoyable and beneficial Passionate Believers Conference was held on January 30, 2016 at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Hartland. The District wishes to sincerely thank the staff, school and congregation for their help and graciously sharing their wonderful facility with us!

If you would like copies of any or all of the presentations click here.
Details on Passionate Believers Conference 2017 coming soon!







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.