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Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is a unique ministry-through-investment organization that offers Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members the opportunity to invest their money, earn interest, and help build LCMS churches and schools at the same time.

LCEF - Central Region serves Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod organizations and members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Learn more about LCEF at lcef.org.

 

Convention Complete in North Wisconsin District

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The 2018 North Wisconsin District Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Convention finished up on June 4 at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Learn more about the convention results here.

In appreciation of the convention delegates, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) provided an LCEF Gift Card Giveaway at the convention. Congratulations to the gift card recipients:

  • Pastor Joel Danner, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merrill, Wisconsin
  • Pastor Nathan Reichle, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Manawa
  • Pastor Jonathan Wessel, Grace Lutheran Church, Augusta, Wisconsin

 

 LCEF District Vice President - North Wisconsin Dennis Johnson (pictured left) presents an LCEF gift card to Pastor Jonathan Wessel at the district convention on June 4, 2018 in Rothschild, Wisc.

LCEF District Vice President - North Wisconsin Dennis Johnson (pictured left) presents an LCEF gift card to Pastor Jonathan Wessel at the district convention on June 4, 2018 in Rothschild, Wisc.

LCEF provides loans, investments and ministry support to LCMS organizations. When LCMS members invest in LCEF, it's an investment in the future of the Church. Learn more at lcef.org.

Sapper Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Brooke Sapper, a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisc., Brooke is a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School and will attend Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in the fall.

Brooke Sapper, a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisc., Brooke is a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School and will attend Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in the fall.

“I believe with all my heart that at the center of [Brooke’s] goals and aspirations lies her strong faith in her Lord and Savior.” – Rev. Richard Williams, Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisc.

Brooke Sapper is the recipient of a 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District $1,000 scholarship.  A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashland, Wisconsin, Brooke is a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School. In the fall, she will attend Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Brooke’s parents are Scott and Rebecca Sapper.

In his letter of recommendation for Brooke, Pastor Williams wrote the following:

“I have known Brooke since her birth, witnessed her baptism, confirmation, and her growth within the church. Brooke is an intelligent, enlightened, and insightful young woman. She sincerely cares about those around her and is always looking for ways to help her neighbor. Brooke has always been active in church…. She used her creativity to lead and direct our Sunday School Christmas program for the past few years. She does a wonderful job with the children and the programs are always well received, creative and true to the message of our Savior’s birth.

…We are in the process of developing a Hispanic outreach program through our congregation and Brooke has offered her services to assist in any way that she can with her bilingual skill set and experience.”

In her letter of recommendation for Brooke, Gretchen Burke, Ashland High School Spanish Teacher, wrote the following:

“… I have witnessed few other individuals more conscientious, attentive or successful than Brooke. She always seems to excel even when handed the most difficult of challenges with poise and effectiveness. She has an innate desire for knowledge and understanding that is exemplified in Brooke’s personal commitment to learning. Brooke studies topics, subjects and languages not offered at Ashland High School on her own time because she simply wants to learn.

As a Spanish club and W.A.T.E.R.S. club member Brooke is dependable, enthusiastic, and a team player. When volunteers are requested, Brooke is always the first to offer and the last to leave and help clean up. Brooke has dedicated herself as a leader in her community by recycling more than four tons of glossy paper, participating in Youthrive and helping to put on free community dinners along with sponsoring a number of fundraisers.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow our newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Schult Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Clay Schult is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Clay is a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School and will attend Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisc., in the fall.

Clay Schult is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Clay is a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School and will attend Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisc., in the fall.

“Clay holds firm to his values and allows his beliefs to take root in his life. He is a man who is honest in the lifestyle that he leads and has a heart that bleeds compassion for the hurting and broken.” - Trevor Kunze, Director of Youth, Family and Education at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc.

Clay Schult is the recipient of a 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District $1,000 scholarship.  A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin, Clay is a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School (WVLHS) in Mosinee, Wisconsin. In the fall, he will attend Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His parents are DJ and Sara Schult.

In a letter of recommendation for Clay, Trevor Kunze, Director of Youth, Family and Education at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wausau, wrote the following:

“He is the backbone of many strong relationships and an important leader. He leads through serving others without any thought of reward or boastfulness. Clay has repeatedly shown that he has the ability to stay on task and lead through stressful situations. I have even seen him turn a seemingly stressful situation into an opportunity to encourage the people around him and bring a team together to better accomplish their task. 

I have been able to directly witness Clay’s character through his participation in service projects every month. During these service projects, I have never heard Clay complain about the work being too hard or the hours being too long. Furthermore, his consistency and devotion to seeing any project through to the end is next to the best. Clay clearly has a strong desire to bring about positive change in his town and community. He understands that participating in service opportunities is both a great opportunity to make that positive change a reality and to better himself as an individual. 

I am proud of what I have seen Clay accomplish in the past two years. Clay holds firm to his values and allows his beliefs to take root in his life. He is a man who is honest in the lifestyle that he leads and has a heart that bleeds compassion for the hurting and broken.”

Clay served as student council president, was captain of his varsity basketball and baseball teams, involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered tirelessly in his community. 

In his letter of recommendation for Clay, WVLHS Interim Administrator Jamie Wehrs wrote the following:

“Clay looks for opportunities to serve both at his school and in his community. He volunteers… packing backpacks for children in need, participating in Feed My Starving Children, cleaning up the environment, working at Vacation Bible School,…. Clay lives out his faith. Clay not only professes to be a child of God but he lives his life in a manner which leaves no doubt about Clay’s faithfulness to his Lord and Savior. 

Clay takes the gift of prayer seriously and volunteers to lead prayers in different groups, taking time to pray for his peers in the situations they are facing in life. Clay Schult is a mature, upstanding young man of God who not only excels academically but who seeks ways to serve others….”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.
Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Newman Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Katherine Newman is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wisc., Katherine is a 2018 graduate of Appleton North High School. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall to study education and become a Lutheran school teacher with emphases in science and math.

Katherine Newman is a 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipient. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wisc., Katherine is a 2018 graduate of Appleton North High School. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall to study education and become a Lutheran school teacher with emphases in science and math.

“…As a member of a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation, I feel blessed that your partnership with the LCMS has furthered the growth of my church through a loan that allowed a second worship center with a connecting school and childcare to stay open.” - Katherine Newman, Faith Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Katherine Newman is the recipient of a 2018 $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District scholarship. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Katherine is also a 2018 graduate of Appleton North High School. In the fall, she will attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, to study education and become a Lutheran school teacher with emphases in science and math. Her parents are Daniel and Jenny Newman.

“We will be celebrating with Katherine’s home congregation, Faith Lutheran Church, on June 24, 2018 when they burn their mortgage,” said Dennis Johnson, LCEF District Vice President - North Wisconsin. “The congregation and leadership was wonderful to work with over the years. LCEF has been blessed to help fund their ministry.

In his scholarship letter of recommendation for Katherine, Rev. Daniel Thews wrote, “…Katherine has a wonderful love [for] and relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ever since I first started to get to know her, I've known she would one day become a Lutheran school teacher. She was just wired up that way and I've been blessed to watch that simple child-like faith grow and mature into a faith that is ready to take the next step forward into a called position of teaching and leadership in the church!”

In his letter of recommendation for Katherine, Mark Ropella, Appleton Career Academy/Fox Cities Leadership Academy teacher wrote the following:

“Katherine displayed the ability to balance schoolwork, extra-curricular participation, and contributions to the greater Appleton community. She was a key component of our school's Garden Club, and has been involved with that group for the past three years. Even with her busy schedule, Katherine found time to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

…I enjoyed working with Katherine because she was polite and had an excellent sense of humor. She is a mature, intelligent, young woman with an engaging, selfless nature. Katherine has been a positive force in the Appleton Career Academy/Fox Cities Leadership Academy, and she has made altruistic contributions to our community. I have no doubt that this intelligent, sensitive young woman will be a positive member of the college campus and then go on to make positive contributions to the greater community.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students.. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Emily Frick Awarded 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship

 Emily Frick is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisc., Emily is a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon.

Emily Frick is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisc., Emily is a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon.

“…I got the chance to see how the type of ministries that LCEF helps grow can serve communities and change lives,” wrote Emily Frick, Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisconsin. 

One of six 2018 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District awards, Emily is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. A member of Trinity, she is also a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon. In college, Emily has been active in youth ministry as well as small and large group Bible studies. She is pursuing a major in rehabilitation science (PT.) Her parents are Dean and Deborah Frick.

“…she’s personable, smart, articulate, caring, responsible, funny, knowledgeable, a team player and unique. She has been very successful…because she never quits,” wrote Rhonda Stange, Athens High School social studies teacher.

In her scholarship essay, Emily wrote about how she started investing in LCEF at a young age at Trinity Lutheran School. LCEF advocate and Trinity member, Dee Strack, helped students learn the first steps of saving and good stewardship through LCEF’s Young Investors (Y.I.) Stamp program. LCEF investors, young and old, help provide loan funds for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries. Investors earn interest on their investments and help others learn about Jesus.

“In elementary school, Wednesday was the day… I would take my dollar up to the friendly lady sitting behind the [stamp] table, she’d look through her box to find my book, hand me my [stamp,] and I got to stick it in my book, all by myself…. When I asked where my money was going, the simple answer was, ‘It’s being used to help build churches,’ but now I realize it did so much more than that.

This past summer, I got the chance to see how the type of ministries that LCEF helps grow can serve communities and change lives. In August of 2017, I served as a Junior Counselor at Camp Luther, in Wisconsin.  My experience there truly did change my life and I met so many people during those two weeks that received the same blessing from camp.  I gained a new perspective on the joy of serving the church and the people in it.  I saw campers and other Junior Counselors diving into the Word of God, full of curiosity and so many questions, so much so that we missed an activity period.  I gained relationships with people who have such strong faith and trust in God that they challenged me to grow closer to God, myself.”

In her letter of recommendation for Emily, Trinity Youth Leader Judy Weise wrote,

“I have the joy of seeing Emily on a regular basis through our church family here at Trinity. Emily’s faith is strong, and through her high school days, she shared the love of Jesus through [various mission trip opportunities over the years.] Through her high school years, Emily was active in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes…. She is in front of the line when it comes to volunteering, working with children, physical work, and fundraising to support our Mission Trips.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Emily. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Anklam Twins 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship Recipients

 Garrett Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Garrett will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall.

Garrett Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Garrett will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall.

Uniquely, twin brothers Garrett and Wyatt Anklam are each the recipient of a 2018 $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District (NWD) scholarship. These are two of six 2018 scholarships to be announced for NWD students this spring.

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin, the Anklam brothers will graduate from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School in Mosinee this spring. In the fall, Garrett plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and Wyatt plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Garrett and Wyatt’s extended family are LCEF investors including parents, Timothy and Elizabeth Anklam, and grandparents, Charles and Carol Korn, members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

The brothers were both part of their church’s servant team in the Appalachians, are excellent students academically and volunteer extensively at church and in their community.

In his letter of recommendation for Garrett, Director of Christian Education Rick Stengl wrote,

“Garrett was able to make a huge difference in the lives of people through his meaningful work [via the servant event.] As a result, he left with a deep connection to his Savior’s servant sacrifice for him personally and [was] empowered to be Christ’s hands and feet on earth.

Garrett is an excellent example to those around him. He is always putting others before himself and encouraging those who need to be lifted up. I know that he is a blessing to everyone he comes in contact with on a daily basis.” 

 Wyatt Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Wyatt will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, in the fall.

Wyatt Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Wyatt will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, in the fall.

In his letter of recommendation for Wyatt, Rev. Gary Schultz wrote,

“I have known Wyatt from his birth, I baptized him and his twin brother, Garrett, together at Trinity Lutheran Church, and that was only the beginning of Wyatt’s great journey.

There were the visitations at the children’s hospital in Milwaukee during his head surgery. Watching his spiritual and educational growth all (K-8) years at Trinity Lutheran School…. Wyatt loves to express his love for the Lord through music, and you can see this when he plays the drums during our services in Trinity’s Spiritual Life Center.

Wyatt loves his Lord, his family and the many people he touches. He has a servant heart that is always leading him to help in anyway.”

In her letter of recommendation for Garrett, Wisconsin Valley LHS Spanish and History Teacher Alissa Davies wrote the following:

“[Garrett] is diligent to his studies, a strong leader, and lives his Christian faith through his willingness to serve others. Garrett has truly grown into a leader as he progressed in his high school career… the leader of our campus praise team, PB & J, and elected the president of SPARC, Serving People and Representing Christ… his servant heart leads him to work with others outside of school, like spending a significant amount of time volunteering at the hospital. He is actively involved with a variety of Christian organizations, such as Camp Luther and many churches, where he shares his musical gifts and recruits students to youth groups. His desire to share God’s love is the impetus for him to always serve others in all that he does, and he doesn’t stop until the work is done.”

In his scholarship essay, Garrett wrote,

“LCEF has a powerful mission statement that I can relate to on a very personal level. It talks about being a ‘servant’ partner of the LCMS. I understand the importance of being a servant…. I have also seen the effects of LCEF’s serving in tangible ways.”

Garrett expressed gratitude for LCEF’s financial support at both his church and his school. “Many churches, including my home congregation, have benefited through LCEF loans. These loans allow families (like my own) to give their children a strong Christian education through the building of Lutheran schools. LCEF enables churches to equip and encourage their members.

… LCEF is committed to fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Christ through the work it does. This is evident through its help at Camp Luther. This camp has been a great spiritual influence to me and has helped my relationship with Christ grow during my time as a camper and Junior Counselor. It has also planted a seed of faith in many other children.

LCEF also helps many people by showing the importance of being stewards of their money and investing it somewhere that aids in the effort of sharing the gospel.”

In her letter of recommendation for Wyatt, Wisconsin Valley LHS Spanish and History Teacher Alissa Davies wrote the following:

“… I have witnessed Wyatt's drive for academic excellence, desire to serve others, and his love of God. …His desire for excellence in all things, from academics to the musical abilities that he shares on our campus praise team, PB & J, demonstrates his work ethic that will make him successful in his future endeavors.

While academics are important, the trait that stands out most about Wyatt is his faith and willingness to serve. He steps in to do whatever is asked of him, from cleaning up at fundraisers to helping the elderly with yard work. He has committed a considerable amount of time to serve as a [junior counselor] at Camp Luther and at the Appalachian Servant Event, where he shared his love of God with children and people with limited resources.

Last year when I took a group of students to help at a local daycare, Wyatt enjoyed this experience so much that he continued to go weekly, often encouraging other students to come with him and act as Christian role models for these little children.”

Wyatt expressed an understanding of the ministry of LCEF in his scholarship essay,

“[LCEF] provides necessary funds to people in need which, in turn, allows them to further spread the gospel. I experienced this first hand when my home church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, built a day school extension through an LCEF loan. Years later, I was blessed to attend this Christian school, and my faith and character were strengthened because of it. In turn, Christ is now using me to impact the lives of other as I live out the Gospel message in a variety of ways.

Using my talents and eventually my finances to share the Gospel message of Jesus is an influential way to be involved in the mission of LCEF….

Being involved in LCEF's mission can be achieved through the church as well as through my personal life and example. It is an honor to know that through it, I am able to serve the God of the universe.

Something I like about the LCEF mission is that it makes it known that this life is not about money, it is about serving the Lord. Through providing necessary financial loans and security, the LCEF encourages Christians to fulfill the spiritual needs of others.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Garrett and Wyatt. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Loving Boldly: 2017 LCEF Fall Leadership Conference

 LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day speaks at the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference.

LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day speaks at the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference.

Well into its third decade, the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) 2017 Fall Leadership Conference continued its tradition of presenting the Gospel-inspired results and benefits of church extension work. This year’s conference was held in New Orleans on Nov. 17-19.

Organized around their annual corporate meeting, the conference serves as an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud all that God has done through LCEF’s partnerships with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Every year the conference follows a theme. This year’s theme was “Love Boldly.”

In his opening remarks, LCEF Senior Vice President – Ministry Support and conference emcee Max Biesenthal noted the noble nature of “loving boldly.” In practice, he said, “we tend to love the things we like,” such as ice cream, naps, our children, sunsets and books. Instead, loving boldly challenges us to love the unlovable just as Christ has shown us.

One ministry loving boldly was Redeeming Life Maternity Home. This home for unwed mothers in Sanford, Fla., offers a safe haven for women who may not know a pro-life Christian option is available to them. Pastor Ed and Sheryl DeWitt started the ministry when their unmarried daughter learned she was pregnant and knew that abortion was not an option. Their daughter shared her situation with the congregation and asked for their support—and it was given in abundance. LCEF gave Redeeming Life the 2017 Fred E. Lietz Mission Project Award.

“I loved hearing the stories of the awardees,” Rev. Jeffery David Nickel of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Clarence, N.Y. said. “It’s encouraging to hear how God is working around us, often in small, nearly invisible ways,” through His people and investors. “It’s a testament that LCEF support makes a difference in the Church.”

For his tireless and charitable work at his congregation and in the community, Rev. Dennis Bartels received the Lietz Individual Ministry Award. Bartels is a 35-year veteran of Holy Cross in North Miami and LCEF advocate.

Florida-Georgia District President Greg Walton said the following about Bartels’ generosity: “Their school feeds 400 students both breakfast and lunch. And when Irma went through Miami and the school lost power, instead of losing all the food in their refrigerators they grilled it and gave it away.”

The awards are named in honor of Fred E. Lietz, an early church extension pioneer and LCEF’s first president.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Rohlf. From left to right: Dave Dravecky; Herman Cain; Rev. Bart Day; Rev. Dr. John Nunes; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison.

Photo courtesy of Lee Rohlf. From left to right: Dave Dravecky; Herman Cain; Rev. Bart Day; Rev. Dr. John Nunes; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison.

Joy and loving boldly
Noteworthy speakers like radio talk show host and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and former San Francisco Giants baseball player Dave Dravecky advanced the 2017 conference theme in their one-of-a-kind ways.

Dravecky shared the story of losing his pitching arm to cancer and how the bold love of friends helped him navigate that dark period of his life. Cain spoke about the idea that “you cannot love boldly unless you are happy.” He then explained how to achieve that happiness: have something to do; have someone to love (starting with Jesus); and have something to hope for.
Cain’s point about happiness wasn’t lost on LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison who spoke Saturday morning. Harrison said, “If we cease caring for the least, the lost, the last, the disaster victim, the divorced, the struggling, the broken, we lose the soul of the Church. Bold love requires us to be joyful—joyfully Lutheran.”

Other speakers included LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day; Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty Greg Seltz; and Concordia College New York President Rev. Dr. John Nunes.

“Dr. Nunes’ presentation had the biggest impact on me,” said Rev. Jason Shaw of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Jackson, Mo. “I loved his personal testimony. He removed fears that I have about changing trends in our culture and gave me hope that the best of the LCMS will survive and prayerfully thrive.”

 Photo courtesy of Lee Rohlf. Fall Leadership Conference attendees fill care packages for inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola during the Servant Event.

Photo courtesy of Lee Rohlf. Fall Leadership Conference attendees fill care packages for inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola during the Servant Event.

The Servant Event, hosted just hours before the conference officially starts on Friday, is the highlight of the weekend for many attendees. This event invites people to participate in a benevolence project. This year, care packages were filled for inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

LCMS Northern Illinois District President Dan Gilbert, who attended the Servant Event with his wife, said, “The very positive atmosphere and the encouragement to continue faithfully in the Lord’s mission makes this one of the best LCMS events I attend, year after year.”
Saturday afternoon was dedicated to LCEF’s annual meeting, which serves as an official review of the fund and current organization objectives. LCEF Board of Directors (BOD), officers, members-at-large, former staff, district vice presidents and district voting delegates attended this two-hour gathering.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Rohlf. LCEF staff members pray after filling the truck with the care packages assembled during the Servant Event.

Photo courtesy of Lee Rohlf. LCEF staff members pray after filling the truck with the care packages assembled during the Servant Event.

George Cook, international consulting director with Graystone Consulting, shared an overview of the economy, as well as an investment market presentation. LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day reported on LCEF’s 2017 fiscal year performance metrics; announcement of earnings distribution to the Synod and partner districts; and core initiatives for 2018 fiscal year. 


To fill a vacant BOD seat in the West Region, members voted and elected Dale Wagner. Wagner is a retired  finance executive and sat on the LCEF Rocky Mountain District Loan Committee. To fill a vacancy in the East Central Region, members voted and elected Don Scifres. Scifres is President of SmartFile in Indianapolis and serves on the LCMS Indiana District Board of Directors. Incumbents Michael Kzirian and Mark Pieper, both up for re-election, kept their BOD seats. Additionally, a vacancy in an At-Large position was filled with the election of David Worthington by the LCMS Board of Directors at their November 2017 meeting.


Ending on a strong note
There was a general feeling that the love boldly theme energized the attendees and all the presenters connected back to it. This truth could be seen on display during Sunday’s Divine Service. 

Rev. Dr. Ulmer Marshall, first vice president of the Southern District, preached on 1 Corinthians 13:13, the conference verse. He said, “When we are dire and in despair we need to have hope, unconditional love. We need to keep reminding those who are hurting of this truth, through words and deeds, God is love.” 

He left the audience with this thought-provoking question: “Does the world know how much we love?” 

LCEF, a non-profit organization, has served as the financial extension of the LCMS since 1978, offering funding and resources to congregations, schools and Rostered Church Workers through investment support of LCMS members.

The mission of LCEF is to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a Christ-centered servant partner of the LCMS, ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future.

WI State Youth Gathering Heroes!

 Saturday evening worship was hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Dells and officiated by Rev. Matt Gehrke.

Saturday evening worship was hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Dells and officiated by Rev. Matt Gehrke.

More than 260 high school youth and adult leaders joined together to learn, study, worship and experience fellowship at the 2017 Wisconsin State Youth Gathering on November 3-5 at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. 

Based upon Hebrews 1:1-5, the gathering theme was “HERO: Greater. Better. True.” Students spent time in God’s Word, praising Him with music and learning about the true Hero—Jesus.

Saturday evening worship was hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Dells and officiated by Rev. Matt Gehrke.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin and South Wisconsin Districts were blessed to partner as sponsors of this uplifting event. In appreciation of the youth, LCEF also provided an online LCEF Gift Card Giveaway at the gathering. 

The four LCEF gift card recipients—announced at the Mass Event on Sunday morning—were Gavin Zawicki, Trinity Lutheran Church, Racine; Clay Schult, Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau; Ryan Lampi, Christ Lutheran, Abbotsford and Lauren Issacson, Immanuel Lutheran, Brookfield—all of Wisconsin.


LCEF offers the Young Investors (Y.I.) Club for young people to help others learn about Jesus and save for their own futures.

Features of the Young Investors (Y.I.) StewardAcccount®
•    Minimum of $25 to open account (ages 0-18)
•    Premium interest rates on balances up to $1,000
•    Savings are accessible
•    Extra Credit of up to $50/year for community service and good grades (ages 7-18)
•    Checks and Visa® debit card available to custodian
•    Debit card available to your child at age 16
•    Interest compounded and paid monthly
•    Opportunity to make additional investments with checks or Y.I. Stamps
 

Learn more at lcef.org.

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Continuing Education at 2017 Wisconsin Church Workers Conference

 Joshua Korotka, a teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Manawa, WIsc. was one of three LCEF gift card recipients at the October 2017 North Wisconsin District Professional Church Workers conference.

Joshua Korotka, a teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Manawa, WIsc. was one of three LCEF gift card recipients at the October 2017 North Wisconsin District Professional Church Workers conference.

More than 270 professional church workers gathered on October 26, 2017 for an educational conference based upon the scripture John 10:10b. 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.' The conference was held at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Weston, Wisconsin.

"The conference focused on the abundant, overflowing life given to us through Jesus," said Lutheran Church Extension Fund North Wisconsin District Vice President Dennis Johnson.

"LCEF was blessed to help sponsor this event in appreciation of our NWD LCMS church workers." There were also three recipients of the LCEF Gift Card Giveaway; a random drawing held at the conference.

Johnson also presented LCEF resources and support opportunities. LCEF is a ministry partner with Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod professional church workers, congregations and schools. LCEF provides loan funding, investment opportunities and overall ministry support. For more information, visit lcef.org or contact Dennis.Johnson@lcef.org.

North Wisconsin District hosted the conference and focused on two educational objectives, (1) to help professional church workers meet generational ministry needs, and (2) to help church professionals have the tools to engage their community. The keynote speaker and worship leader was Travis Guse. Pastor Guse also serves as the Mission Engagement Facilitator-Central Region-Southeast District LCMS.