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:


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.