WELCA January Update and Sharing Evening

Join your Sisters in Christ for Update and Sharing Event
6:00 to 7:30 pm. Registration and explore displays & handouts starting at 5:45 pm.

Tuesday, January 9
Our Savior’s Lutheran in Sun Prairie
Please RSVP by January 2 or

Monday, January 15
Grace Lutheran in Dodgeville
Please RSVP by January 8

Snow date is Tuesday, January 23 for either location

Program includes: Large group time for sharing your women’s group’s activities & information to assist you in
planning events, serving as officers and starting new women’s groups. You may bring food to eat after arrival or eat before arriving. Coffee, water and bars/cookies will be served.

Please RSVP if possible by one week before the date you will attend to Janna Smith at smithsj@charter.net or 262-
473-9719. Thank you.

WELCA Year End Ministry Report

Your Synodical Women’s Organization and churchwide Women of the ELCA want to know what your women’s group has done in 2017.

What activities have you held or assisted with? What did you send to LWR? Save a copy of the LWR Donation report. What Women of the ELCA resources do you use?

Please complete the Women of the ELCA Yearly Ministry Report and bring it to the January Update and Sharing Events for the sharing time. Helen will send all reports to churchwide office. If you are unable to attend one of the events, please email it or send it to Helen Sheahan atsheahan1@sbcglobal.net or 1106 Valley Stream Drive, Madison, WI 53711 by Feb. 15, 2018.

Year end report form

WELCA – The Trumpeter Archives

Editions of The Trumpeter:

October 2019
July 2019 
April 2019
January 2019
October 2018
July 2018
April 2018
January 2018
October 2017
July 2017
April 2017
January 2017


Wisconsin Council of Churches

Wisconsin Council of Churches 2018 Winter Forum


The United Methodist Church, 600 Wilshire Ave, Stevens Point

In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful–they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form Christian community with new neighbors. And that means a whole new way of being church. Taking one page from the Bible and another from Silicon Valley, priest and scholar Dwight Zscheile brings theological insights together with cutting-edge thinking on organizational innovation to help churches flourish in a time of profound uncertainty and spiritual opportunity. Picking up where his recent bestseller, People of the Way left off, Zscheile answers urgent and practical questions around how churches become agile and adaptive to meet cultural change. Dwight Zscheile is associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and a consultant with churches and other non-profit organizations. He also serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. He is author of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (with Craig Van Gelder, forthcoming, Eerdmans), The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

Forum Registration: Early bird registration (includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch): $150. After February 12, 2018: $175

Church Team rate of $300 for 3 members of the same congregation. Contact Lori at 608-837-3108 or email for details.

Other meals and lodging are not included and must be arranged separately. Refund available with a cancellation fee of $20 if registrant cancels by January 27, 2018. After January 27, there is a cancellation fee of $75. Event is limited to 250 participants.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Update

Breaking Youth Gathering News Regarding Busses

As of today, we have over 700 youth and adults from across the synod registered for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering next summer.

Over HALF of those registered are also registered to travel with us on the Synod Buses. This means the buses are now at capacity; however, we are exploring options for adding additional busses via another bus company but can only do so if we can fill these additional buses. If your congregation is interested in taking a synod bus to Houston, you must e-mail synod coordinator, Jason Xiong at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com by next Tuesday, December 19, 2017. After this date, we will consider registration closed and at that point we will be able to determine if we have enough interest to try and secure additional buses and hotel rooms. All the information you need such as timelines, forms, meetings, busing, and more can now be found on the synod website. Visit: https://scsw-elca.org/ELCA_Youth_Gathering.aspx

Early Bird Registration is OPEN at www.elca.org/gathering. Need Help? Have Questions? If you have questions or need help with anything; please reach out to our Synod Gathering Coordinator, Jason Xiong by e-mail at scsw.elcayg@gmail.com or (608) 381-2861.

Bishop Election

There will be a bishop election at the 2018 Synod Assembly. Information can be found at: https://scswbishopelection.org. To foster a fair, impartial process, please do not contact the synod office with anything regarding the election of our next bishop. Please contact Co-chairs Nancy Raabe or Jason Xiong at scswbishopelection2018@gmail.com or Vice President Robin Cherwinka at cherwinka@tds.net (608-832-6388). Communications about the election will be sent from the Bishop Election Task Force directly.

If you wish to receive these mailings, sign up at: https://mailchi.mp/c53d3ca6ef4f/scswbishopelection2018


 Diakonia Team:

  • Kalen Barkholtz, Renewal Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon
  • Barb Zimmerman, Member at St. Matthews New Life Lutheran Church in Madison

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod:

  • Paula Harris, Interim Episcopal Pastor and members of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Delavan
  • Mark Williamson and members of Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville

Neighboring Synods:

  • Bishop Jessica Crist and the congregations of the Montana Synod, ELCA

Churchwide Partners:

  • Sister Noreen H Stevens, Directing Deaconess, Deaconess Community at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Streufert, Director, Justice for Women, 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:

  • Brad Pohlman, April 28, 1996, Pastor at Luther Memorial Lutheran in Madison, pohlmanbc@gmail.com
  • Ulrich Rosenhagen, April 28, 2002, Specialized Ministry at Univeristy of Wisconsin in Madison, rosenhagen@wisc.edu

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

May these ministry leaders continue to be blessed for service!

Interfaith Community Clergy Training Program for Helping Veterans & Families

Care for Veterans
Community Clergy Training Program for Helping Veterans & Families

“At one of the first Conference of Bishops meetings I attended, I heard of this Community Clergy Training Program, an initiative to help clergy recognize, understand, and competently address the needs of returning veterans in their congregations. I thought then how welcome such training and understanding would have been for me in my former parish. I am excited that we now have an opportunity to establish this training in our synod.

I invite you to seriously consider participating in this upcoming Interfaith Community Clergy Train the Facilitator Program. It is a two day commitment, but there is a lot of information to share. Following the training, you will be encouraged to promote this program further in your communities.

I hope you will join me in this important work and you are welcome to share this information with our ecumenical and inter faith partners as well.”

~ Bishop Mary Froiland

Use this flyer to promote this in your setting or conference.

Moving Worship Forward in a Time of Change

Moving Worship Forward in a Time of Change
September 16, 2017
Our Savior’s, Sun Prairie

“Moving Deeper in Mission Together: Moving Worship Forward in a Time of Change” is a synod event to be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  This event is designed for people who lead, plan, and participate in worship in their congregations and are looking for resources and ideas as we worship “through the seasons” of the church.

Register now

$1 a day for the ELCA!

We invite you to prayerfully consider supporting Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA to continue and grow the work of the Church around the world. This year’s emphasis is Global Mission!

What can you do? How can your set this challenge in motion in your congregation?
Pick up a jar from the table at synod assembly and bring the jar back to your congregation. Introduce the Million Dollar Mission Jar challenge to your congregation (pastor, council, ministry teams, circles).

Look at the insert and notice that it is designed for individuals to personally choose which area(s) of the campaign they would like to support. This is where their hands will follow their heart. Individuals will be asked to send their payment directly to the synod, noting their congregation on the form. This simplifies the process for your staff.

At the end of the challenge, your congregation will receive a report of the total funds and how they were designated.

Visit the Synod website for downloadable resources, ideas for keeping the challenge going, and information on where you can purchase supplies. Watch the synod e-newsletter, What Matters, for the announcement of when these resources will be ready! (Mid-May)

Resources to help you launch the campaign in your congregation:
Mission Jar Challenge Flier
Mission Jar Challenge Labels – Black & White
Mission Jar Challenge Labels – Color
Instructions for inserts: Print these back to back & cut apart. Ther are three up on a page. They will easily insert into a mason jar. To order lids with coin slots, we recommend: http://www.fillmorecontainer.com/Closures-C26.aspx


What can you do? How can you personally participate and support?

  • Create your own jar and decorate with the Million Dollar Mission Jar Challenge insert.

  • Place the jar in a space where it will be seen: a kitchen counter, dining room table, night stand, etc.

  • Be reminded each time you see the jar to pray for families and communities near and far and consider how just a dollar a day will change lives.  Fill the jar!

  • When you are ready, remove the insert and tell us where you would like to designate your offering.  You can divide it or give to one initiative…this is where your heart and your hands meet.

  • You’ll need to convert your coins to a check and send it to the synod office at the address on the front of the form by March 31, 2018 to be counted in this year’s challenge.