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)
February 22, 2016
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"But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, "You must die!"
Jeremiah 26:8

The Old Testament Lesson from this past weekend was from the book of Jeremiah. As you know, Jeremiah was a prophet who was commanded by God to show the sins of the people of Israel and the consequences that would occur. Because of his (God's) message, he was beaten, threatened with his life, and imprisoned among other things. In the verse above, people heard the message and seized him saying "You must die!" Thankfully, as Christian educators in America we are not faced with this type of opposition. However, the message we share, the message of our sinfulness and God's forgiveness, is opposed in different ways. During my time at Mount Olive, a first grade parent took issue with the memory work that her son was assigned for the week. The passage, from Romans 6:23 is a familiar one to us, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The mother was upset that her son was being taught that the price of our sinfulness is death. She challenged the teacher and eventually myself on this assignment. She got so caught up in the "Law" portion of the verse that she didn't notice/understand/realize the "Gospel" portion (the gift of God is eternal life). We all have these stories. Students and parents in our buildings oppose the message we have been Called to share. They are minor oppositions, to be sure, compared to the opposition that Jeremiah faced, but they are oppositions nonetheless. Our Calling as Christian Educators is not easy, but it is our duty, responsibility, and honor to share the love of God with all...even in the midst of opposition. 

volunteersVolunteers Needed

Volunteers - MANY volunteers - are needed for the LCMS National Convention July 9-14!  

Any amount of time that you can commit to this exciting event will be a
great experience for you and a huge help to the convention committee!
You will have an opportunity to see your synod at work.

Click here for a Convention Volunteer Form and brief job descriptions to choose from.

Feel free to call the District office (414-464-8100) if you have
further questions about anything.

preretirementPre-Retirement Workshop
Pre-Retirement Workshop
Saturday, April 9, 2016
South Wisconsin District Office

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.

Advanced registration is required.
To register for this workshop please contact:
Karen at the District office.
414-464-8100, ext. 743

LSNLutheran Schools Night at Miller Park
Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park
Saturday, April 23

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers

6:10 pm

$17  -  Loge Outfield Box

Ticket order information will be sent to the schools next week. 
LEALEA 2016 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients from Wisconsin!

LEA is honored to announce the 2016 award recipients.

 Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator
Albert Amling
Hales Corners Lutheran Schools
Hales Corners, Wis.

 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher
Gloria Lawrence
Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School
Hales Corners, Wis.

Distinguished Retired Lutheran Educator
Eva Fronk
Hales Corners, Wis.
SMARTLCEF SMART Loans for Schools
SMART Loans for LCMS Schools

When you're planning for next school year and identify funding needs, now is the time to apply. Our SMART Loan for educational institutions is customized to meet the short-term financial needs of LCMS elementary, middle and high school associations and related RSOs. With a streamlined application process, this loan is easy to apply for and begin using.

SMART Loan is ideal for:
  • S - Security upgrades and system enhancements, including energy efficiency projects*
  • M - Maintenance and other facility upgrades, including playground equipment*
  • A - Academic resources for classroom use
  • R - Repairs for both the building and fleet (can also be used for vehicle purchases)
  • T - Technology needs and equipment leases, purchases and upgrades 

SOSSpring Luncheon and Silent Auction for the SOS Center

Spring Luncheon & Silent Auction fundraiser for SOS ministry will be held at
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee
12:30 to 3 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each, or $300 for a table of 8.
Come to support one of our most vital ministries to our children-our future-in urban Milwaukee!
Come to enjoy fellowship and lunch with friends supporting a common cause.
Come for the fun of finding an interesting theme basket or items to take home. 
(Contact Johnnie Fields, if you'd like to donate to the auction.)
To order tickets or for more information, contact Sheila at or 414-449-9964.
kagerbauerSpaghetti Dinner for the Kagerbauers
Saturday, March 12, 2016
4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
8080 North 47th Street
Brown Deer, WI 53223
Our calling as Christians includes helping our family, neighbors, and fellow members in their time of need.
St. Paul's has a family that is in need of our prayers, our financial support and our moral support.

In 2014 Aaron Kagerbauer suffered a massive heart attack at the young age of 31. After this, he learned that he had Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFREF), or, systolic heart failure. At this time Aaron and Catrina (Director of Grow & Go Early Childhood Center, Mequon) had a two-year-old son and were expecting their second child. Aaron was receiving treatments that were improving his heart function when their daughter was born. However, a LifeVest external defibrillator and a Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator were not able to improve the functioning of his heart. He is now on a waiting list for a heart transplant.

Here are a few ways you can help with this project:
  • Pray for this family.
  • Donate spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, bags of salad, salad dressings and bread. 
  • Volunteer to help cook, serve, or clean up (call the church office).
  • Purchase raffle tickets at the dinner.
  • If you cannot attend the dinner and you would like to donate to the family please send a check (payable to St. Paul's) and mark the envelope, "For the Kagerbauers."
LCEFLCEF Scholarship Application

Prayers for:
  • Jon Pickelman as he considers a call to be principal at St. Peter's, Reedsburg
  • Rob Lunak as he considers a call to be principal at St. Paul's, Janesville
  • Rose Meier as she has accepted the call to be principal at Mt. Olive, Milwaukee
  • Jim Breytung on his recovery from surgery
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?
Tuesday, February 16

Outer Principals Meeting
St. Peter-Immanuel, Milwaukee
School Visit

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
School Visits

Christ the Life Preschool, Waukesha
Katie Stoltenberg, Director 

Waukesha Principals Meeting

 eventsUpcoming Events

                 Hilton City Center, Milwaukee

April 10 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Bethlehem, Sheboygan

April 11 - Spring Pastors' Conference, Oshkosh

April 23 - Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park 

April 25 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Hales Corners, Hales Corners 
May 1 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, St. John's, West Bend

May 15 - District and personal financial aid applications due
July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Milwaukee

July 16-20 - National Youth Gathering, New Orleans

August 5 - Early Childhood Literacy Festival, Concordia University Wisconsin

August 12 - New Worker Orientation - District Office

August 15 - Firm Foundations

November 4 - Firm Foundations 

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
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
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