Celebrating 140 Years






2022 commemorates 140 years of Servant-Leadership for LSS. It’s a celebration of vision, faith, courage, growth, innovation, partnership and impact. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities! The many activities and events planned for quarter one are highlighted below and designed to fit your life. Whether you have just 140 seconds, 14.0 minutes or 1.40 hours – we hope you will find some time to Act, Serve and Lead in our love of shared ministry, advocacy and action! We will add more ideas throughout the year, so please visit this page often.


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140th Happenings


21 – Lunch and Learn


6th – LSS Partners Circle

TBD – Spring Bishops Gathering

TBD – Lunch and Learn


12 – 16th  – ELCA East Central Wisconsin Synod Assembly Meet & Greets

14th – Wellness Walk with Loron

21st – Bravado Challenge

20-21st – ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly Meet & Greet

23 – 25th – ELCA South Central Wisconsin Synod Assembly Meet & Greets


You are a special part of LSS’ 140-year history!

Whether you “knew us when”, you work/volunteer with us now or we just recently met – we want to hear from you!

Please share the ways that LSS has positively impacted your life or the lives of those you love.  Go now to to record your personal story right from your computer or phone.

And don’t worry – multiple retakes are permitted until you are fully satisfied with your message.

Don’t have a personal LSS story? That’s okay – please send an Anniversary message of support and hope to our clients and colleagues instead.  All uploaded video messages will appear right here!

Record Your Tribute

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Around This Time in Our History


Winter, 1985 President Message

This “welcome to the new year” message appeared 37 years ago in the “LSS News”newsletter. Then LSS President, Pastor Benjamin Gjenvick, quotes the Apostle Paul making it clear that LSS is setting a course towards achieving shared objectives. LSS today is focused on serving more people better. Like Pastor Gjenvick and our LSS colleagues from 1985, we are listening and will continue to co-create with our family of churches, individual supporters and volunteers to share our God-given gifts with the people who need us most.




History Fun Fact

The LSS budget in 1985 was $13 million…today it stands at $65 million.

We are at this point now because of the thousands of colleagues, donors, partners and friends – like you – who use their God-given gifts to serve. Thank you!