Weekly Schools Notes
South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
I Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
June 3, 2016
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Lutheran Church Extenstion Fund
Share Your Stories
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The Lord replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Exodus 33:14
The Lord commanded Moses to leave Sinai for a land of milk and honey. Moses was understandably concerned though, because the Lord also said that "But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way." Moses was, of course, confused. In Exodus 33:12-13, Moses seeks a little clarification: "See, you say to me, 'Bring up this people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.' Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people." I can just picture Moses, standing somewhat dumbfounded. Didn't you tell me to take this journey? Didn't you say that I had found favor in your sight? What do you mean no one is coming with us, and what's all this talk about destroying us on our way?
The reassurance of the Lord to Moses that His presence would go with him and that he would give him rest is a promise that we can take with us as we enter the summer months. The Lord will be with us - during our planning, during our hiring, during convention, during the National Youth Gathering, during whatever travels we might have planned. The Lord also reassures Moses, as He reassures us, that He will give us rest. Yes, certainly he will give us time to rest this summer. But he will also give us eternal rest with Him, in His presence. May God grant you rejuvenation and rest this summer!

This will be the last Weekly Schools Note until August.
landscapeThe Changing Legal Landscape for LCMS Schools
As the legal landscape continues to change for faith-based institutions, LCMS school officials are wondering how they'll faithfully navigate the future. Recent legal issues with LCMS and other Christian schools have focused on accepting state and federal dollars and the implications of doing so. Please join us for Faith & Family, June 7 and 8 at 10 a.m. Central on Worldwide KFUO, as we take up the key issues facing our Lutheran schools today with guest Mr. Gregory S. Baylor from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
Since joining ADF in 2009, he has worked diligently to protect the First Amendment freedoms of students, faculty and staff at public colleges and universities. As director of ADF's Religious Schools Team, Baylor litigates cases to protect the rights of Christian educational institutions across the nation. He also serves as religious liberty consultant to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Learn more about what's at stake on Worldwide KFUO.org (http://www.kfuoam.org/), June 7 and 8.

CWUChurch Worker Update (CWU) System
The time is here. All Rostered church workers (Ordained and Commissioned) have been notified of the changes to the Church Worker Update (CWU) system. An email is in the process of going out to all Rostered workers who we have email addresses for and a hard-copy mailing is going out to those who we do not have an email for or whom have requested a paper form of the yearly update. Thus, all workers will be notified shortly that it is time to update their information in the new CWU system.

Letter and Email sent to all Commissioned Ministers

Reporter article related to the changes to the Church Worker Update system

loansLCEF Loans
Summer tends to be a down time in congregational tithes and other giving. Click the link below to learn more about LCEF's Line of Credit or SMART Loans for schools.

LCEF Loans 
Did you know that LCEF congregational loans also serve our sister congregations for whom can't qualify for a loan? Not only this, but LCEF loan rates are more than competitive with other lending entities. LCEF is all about Ministry. The proceeds from LCEF loans come back to the District and serve to support Ministry around the world. 
PrincipalsconfAdministrators' Conference
WHEN:    Monday, September 19
PRESENTERS:      Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

$65 per person

This year's Fall Administrator Conference will feature Kristin Souers and Pete Hall, authors of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom. This conference will help our administrators understand what trauma is and how it effects all students in the classroom, develop strategies to create trauma-sensitive classroom and school, and challenge our perceptions of destructive student behaviors and negative behavior cycles.

Participants will need to purchase the book "Fostering Resilient Learners." Here are several links:

f you are a member of ASCD:
Other options:
 calldocCall Documents
The call documents are no longer available on the calls.cph.org website.

They are now available on the following website:


Please contact Robin for the Username and Password.  
golfSWD Church Worker Golf Outing
Monday, August 8

SWD Church Worker Golf Outing
Horicon Hills Golf Club

Once again it will be held at the Horicon Hills Golf Club
(formerly Rock River Hills) in Horicon.

Registration cost:  $42 per person includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and lunch.
Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Shot-gun tee-off time will be at 9:00 a.m.

Plan now to enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with your co-workers in our District!
HFJHearts for Jesus
Thank you to those who have given chapel offerings for the Hearts for Jesus project - SOS Center
Please send your check and the form below to:
 South Wisconsin District  
Attn:  School Ministry
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI  53222
Prayers for: 
  • Summer travels, family time, relaxation
  • Rev. Peter Kelm as he continues radiation treatment
  • Schools as they fill vacant positions for next year
  • Synod convention in July
  • 850+ youth and leaders from the District attending the National Youth Gathering in July
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?

Thursday, June 2

Trinity, Mequon
Friday, June 3

St. Peter-Immanuel, Milwaukee

 eventsUpcoming Events

June 11 - Early Childhood Directors' Retreat, Christ the Life, Waukesha

June 24 - Youth and Family Day at Noah's Ark

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

September 19 - Administrators' Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

October 13-15 - LEA Convocation, Grand Rapids, MI

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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