Racial Equity Ministry Team:

  • Rev. Peter Heide, Interim Pastor at Albany Lutheran Church in Albany
  • Rev. Stephen Marsh, Pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod:

  • Rev. Felix Malpica, Pastor, and members of Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville
  • Rev. Mae Jean Zelle, Interim Pastor, and members of First Lutheran Church in Janesville

Neighboring Synods:

  • Bishop David Zellmer and the congregations of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA

Churchwide Partners: 

  • Rev. Andrea L Walker, Area Desk Director Madagascar, West and Central Africa, Global Mission at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL
  • Deacon John E Weit, Program Director for Music, Office of the Presiding Bishop at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:

  • Kathy Jacobson, July 13, 2003, Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Cobb, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Edmond, and Castle Rock Lutheran Church in Fennimore,
  • Gordon Straw, July 13, 1986, ELCA Call at Lutheran School of Theology – Chicago,
  • Larry Pinnow, July 14, 1973, Retired ,

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Commissioning:

  • Deacon Laurine Skrenes, July 11,1977, Retired in Sun Prairie

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service.


“The Realities of Incarceration Part 2:  “Incarceration and Sacred Space”

July 29, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
New Life Church – 7564 Cottage Grove Road -Madison

Panel Discussion Led by Former Jail Chaplain, Rev. Christa Fisher

Please join us for  Part Two of Our Series on Our State Incarceration System:”Incarceration and Sacred Space” – an interfaith conversation about sacred space within a fortress of fear.  How are individuals and community formed or deformed by sacred space – a place for worship, learning, healing, beauty, and sanctuary? These and other questions will be addressed by a panel of people with direct worship experience within the Dane County Jail. Plans for the new jail do not include a designated multi-faith sacred space.  Come learn why the blue print must be amended and how you can help make this happen.  It is vital and urgent that you attend this event and bring at least one friend if not your whole congregation.  A prize will be presented to the person with the most guests!  It’s that important!


Madison Area Urban Ministry Mission Moment

Lakeview Lutheran Church (Madison) Received Madison Area Ministry (“MUMz’) Visionary Award!

Congratulations to Lakeview Lutheran Church!  As the synod office was reading through the MUM newsletter, we saw that Rev. Dean Kirst accepted the Visionary Award on behalf of the congregation.  Lakeview received this award for their early support of Just Bakery through in-kind contributions of $25,000 annually for program space, for their long-term commitment as host to The Road Home, for their community food pantry, and for the many other ways they contribute to the community.

Many of our congregations are walking together and are now supporting the efforts of Just Bakery by inviting them to sell their baked goods at your congregations.  We are grateful to Lakeview Lutheran for helping to make this ministry possible.  Well done faithful servants of Lakeview Lutheran!

For more information on ”

Madison Area Urban Ministry:

Just Bakery:

Full story on Just Bakery, see the synod’s e-magazine, Walking Together,



Lutheran Social Services Mission Moment

 Off The Square Club Works with Neighbors to Foster Change Within Community

Fresh towels are something most of us take for granted. For members at Lutheran Social Services’ Off the Square Club in Madison, towels are a luxury. More than half the club members are homeless. With the addition of a shower thanks to ELCA congregations in the South Central Synod of Wisconsin, along with various corporations, foundations and generous individuals, club members have access to shower facilities.

This welcome addition brought with it a new challenge – providing fresh towels for clients. When Hampton Inn and Suites, of the Raymond Management Company, in downtown Madison learned of this challenge, they were determined to help LSS.

Hotel Manager Michael Luehrs and Assistant Manager Nicki Kelly came up with a plan to begin donating towels to Off the Square Club. Now two years later, Off the Square club receives three deliveries of towels from Hampton Inn and Suites Housekeeping Staff each week, with 25 towels in each delivery. Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan thanks that staff at Downtown Madison’s Hampton Inn and Suites for their commitment to meeting the needs of their neighbors.

Are You Wondering What Your Congregation Can Do to Help With the Situation at The Borders?

We are united in our concern for the safety and support of those most vulnerable at our borders and appreciate your interest in getting involved.
Here are some links to excellent information that will help to understand what we, the ELCA, are doing to address those on the margins and how your congregation might get involved:


Welcome Home!

It is hard to believe that the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is now history. The memories of the week, however, will last a lifetime for the youth that you accompanied on the journey. The 724 youth and adults from our synod joined the 31,242 registered participants in Houston for an amazing week. I pray that the experience was uplifting and inspirational for your group and that your homecomings have been joyful.

As we close out the 2018 Gathering I invite you to stay connected. Over the next weeks the Gathering will continue to upload videos from the week to the ELCA YouTube channel HERE. Wondering about the impact of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering?

So, what’s next? Planning for the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering being held in Minneapolis has already begun and will continue over the next year as a theme is developed and planning teams are assembled. Continue to follow the Gathering Facebook page HERE along with our synod website HERE for all the details beginning in 2019.

It has been an honor to walk alongside each one of you for the past two years prior to and in Houston this past week. I continually pray for each of you and your ministries in the future. Thank you once again for your leadership and for making the ELCA Youth Gathering a part of your summer plans.

And always remember, “There’s Grace For That!” 🙂

In Christ-

Jason Xiong
Synod Coordinator – 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

This week our total is at $5,257.58 toward our goal of $6,000. 


This week our total is at $5,257.58 toward our goal of $6,000.  This is our last week to accept donations to reach our goal to help feed the hungry with the bike ride for hunger!    Just $742.42 needed!

Donations are still being accepted and much appreciated!  Please send your donation made out to SCSW and put “Hunger Ride” in the memo.  All donations support ELCA World Hunger.  Thank you!

Send them to:  South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA; 6401 Odana Road, Suite 20; Madison, WI  53719.

See the Synod’s facebook page for lots of photos of this year’s event!

Sing with the Synod Children’s Choir at Bishop’s Installation!

An all-synod children’s choir is being assembled for our bishop’s installation, held on August 18th at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. Open to all children and youth ages 7-18, the group will present one piece during the service. Rehearsal materials and instruction will be sent out to all participants. A rehearsal is planned for the morning of the event and lunch will be provided. All available singers are encouraged to participate in this historic event- please contact Ben Johnston-Urey,, by July 2nd, for more information and to sign up.



Bishop Installation Page with Additional Information

Please help with contributions of food for Bishop Installation!

NEEDED for HOSPITALITY:  Can Your Congregation Help?
We invite congregations to participate by contributing food items for the reception: cheese and sausage platters, vegetable trays, and bars. Please contact Jeanie Pomplun, Office Administrator at First Lutheran,, 608-752-7434 if your congregation can help.  Thank you!



Bishop Installation Page with Additional Information

COMMUNICATION MATTERS – New Link for Synod News Sign Up!

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Please change the link you have published on your websites and in your newsletters to the following text:

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