ELCA Care for Creation

We are called to environmental stewardship and to care for the creation the God has given us. Climate change is impacting God’s creation. Humanity has played a part in destruction so we have a responsibility for restoration. This journey of care can start with your church. The ELCA strongly supports actions to reduce climate change and calls congregations and individuals to environmental stewardship. Some first steps to get your congregation started:

 read the ELCA Social Statement 
 form a Care for Creation/Green Team in your congregation
 complete a building energy use checklist with your building team, maintenance manager, and/or pastor
 conduct an energy audit of your church facilities to reduce the carbon footprint of your church
 use ELCA World Hunger Resources for Bible study
 plant a church garden
 invite a speaker from the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wis. (LOPPW) to talk to your church about Care for Creation
 connect with the South Central Synod/LOPPW Care for Creation Team for more tips.

The Care of Creation Team  has resources to help you find Lutheran connections for faithful action!



Administrative Assistant

McFarland Lutheran Church is looking for a creative and organized person to join our staff team as Administrative Assistant.

LWR Service Project for VBS

Looking for a Service Project to Incorporate into This Summer’s Vacation Bible School?

Assemble Kits of Care for Lutheran World Relief! There are many types of Kits to bring youth together in service to our neighbors in need:

  • School Kits: Simple school supplies, like notebooks, pencils and scissors, make a world of difference for families that struggle to afford their children’s education
  • Personal Care Kits: Basic hygiene items – soap, nail clippers, a towel – are crucial to keeping families healthy, especially after leaving their homes because of war or natural disasters
  • Fleece Tie Blankets: In a hospital room or on the hard ground, these handmade blankets provide protection and a sense of comfort

LWR has a number of resources available to help VBS leaders collect items, assemble kits and track them as they travel around the world. Visit lwr.org/kits to get started!

Profiles & Videos of Pre-Identified Persons NOW AVAILABLE!

Now that the pre-identification process is complete, we move into a time of “Pre-Assembly Discernment.”

The biographical information of the ten pre-identified ELCA ministers of Word and Sacrament who desire to continue in this process were posted on Friday, March 16, 2018. It’s important to note that these are NOT nominations. Voting members of the synod assembly will be asked to nominate any ELCA minister of Word and Sacrament on the first ballot of the election.

The profiles are available here: https://scswbishopelection.org/profiles.

Sign up for Email Updates from the Bishop Election Task Force

Communications about the election will be sent from the task force directly. If you wish to receive these messages, sign up at: https://mailchi.mp/c53d3ca6ef4f/scswbishopelection2018.

An important action of the 2018 Synod Assembly will be the election of our next bishop. The Bishop Election Task Force was appointed by your Synod Council to oversee this election. The task force maintains its own website at http://www.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 the co-chairs (Rev. Nancy Raabe & Jason Xiong) at scswbishopelection2018@gmail.com or Synod Vice President Robin Cherwinka at cherwinka@tds.net (608-832-6388).

Synod Choir at Synod Assembly

Please note: Practice Time Has Changed!

You are invited to sing with the Synod Assembly Choir for Saturday evening worship at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday morning worship at 8:15 a.m. Rehearsal will take place on Saturday from 2:15 to 3:15 – Please note this is a change from the original 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. There will be a brief warm-up Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

Links to sheet music : https://scsw-elca.org/synod_assembly2018.aspx

Baptized and Set Free, arr. by John Helgen (Sunday)

Benediction, arr. by Ben Johnston-Urey (Saturday) (a setting of Bp. Mary’s favorite benediction)

There will be music available at rehearsal, but please bring your own copy if you are able. Thank you!

Please RSVP to Ondra Williams, by phone: 608.291.4311, or by e-mail: ondra.williams@sjlserve.org.

Farewell & Gratitude Reception for Bishop Mary Froiland

An Invitation Was Emailed to all Congregations, Rostered Ministers, Committee Leaders…but all are welcome to attend!

An invitation to all rostered, committee leaders, and congregations was emailed out this week for the farewell reception for Bishop Froiland.  Please watch for it.  Those registered for synod assembly are automatically registered for the banquet, so this invitation is especially important for people who will not be attending synod assembly either as a voting member or visitor and wish to attend the farewell reception.  This is the only reception the synod will be holding for Bishop Froiland, so if you want to attend the banquet, call the synod office by April 24 to register.  There is a $35 cost to attend the banquet.   (608) 270-0201.  We ask congregations to publish the invitation in your newsletters or share within your settings in a way that will reach your non-assembly members.

Youth & Young Adult Luncheon at Synod Assembly

Registered Attendees 30 and under are Invited!
12:00 PM – Kalahari – Saturday, May 5

Each year as we gather in assembly, we strive to create opportunities for youth and young adults to gather for a meal and conversation.  This year, we invite any registered attendee in this age category to connect with other high school youth or young adults at assembly over lunch. We’ll eat food, plot and dream about the mission of the church, and talk about the events of the assembly.

Student leaders from Lutheran Campus Ministry will welcome and host you.  More information will be announced at assembly, but please plan on joining us!


Offering Bulletin Insert

Congregations are  asked to bring an offering to synod assembly to provide help and hope to survivors of hurricane maria. 
 Use this bulletin insert to take an offering for synod assembly this weekend in your congregations!

This year the offering is designated for our partner synod, the ELCA Caribbean synod for recovery efforts needed as a result of the hurricanes that hit this area hard.  Bishop Felipe Lozada Montanez will be present as our keynote speaker to accept the offering on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.  As a church, we are standing by our neighbors who have been affected as they begin the long road to recovery.  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliates are collaborating with community leaders like Bishop Felipe and the ELCA Caribbean synod and government officials to respond.  Please give generously to our worship offering to support this response.

All pastors and deacons received an email from bishop mary last week with this bulletin insert and prayers for synod assembly weekend. 


Congregations in Transition

This lists congregations currently in the call process.

In Orientation to Call Process: 

Developing Ministry Site Profile: 
All Saints, Fitchburg
First, Beaver Dam
Luther Memorial, Delavan
St. Luke’s, Middleton
St. Martins, Cross Plains
West Middleton, Verona

Collaborative Learning Student: 
St. John/St. Paul, Mazomanie

Renewal (Process Year 1)
Christ, Sharon (Renewal)
Faith, Columbus (Renewal)
Hope, McFarland (Renewal)

Interviewing Candidates: 
Bethel, Madison
Hope, Milton
St. John’s, Richland Center
St. Paul, Beloit

Recommending Candidates:
Bristol, Sun Prairie

Accepted New Opportunities:
St Paul, Beloit 
(Rev Lucy Wynard from Northern Illinois Synod to St Paul, Beloit)

Jefferson Prairie, Poplar Grove
(Rev. Linda Winkelman from Northern Illinois Synod to Jefferson Prairie, Poplar Grove)