Steeple to Steeple Bulletin Insert for this Sunday!

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our third Steeple to Steeple Ride for Hunger will take place next Saturday, June 9, starting and ending at All Saints, Fitchburg.  We know from last year’s event that the congregations that sent the most riders did so because their pastors lifted this event up during worship.  So we are attaching a bulletin insert to this email which we invite you to use this weekend to promote this way to help end hunger.  It’s a fun event for all ages and biking experience. All proceeds will be used to feed the hungry domestically and globally through ELCA World Hunger.

God’s peace,

Mary Stumme Froiland, Bishop
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
6401 Odana Rd. Suite 20, Madison, WI 53719

Steeple to Steeple Ride for Hunger
Register and/or donate!
For more information go to:
Ride so that all are fed!

“The Realities of Incarceration”

Next Racial Ministry Event presented by Jail Chaplain, Christa Fisher

Sunday, June 24
4:00 – 6:00 pm
New Life Church
7564 Cottage Grove Road – Madison
*Free will offering

Wish you could have attended past events?
Visit the Racial Equity Ministry Team page for videos of previous presentations. Topics include:
• Journey of Immigration & Citizenship: A Personal Story
• The River of Struggle: Black Life in the Americas
• AMMPARO: Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation & Opportunities

COMMUNICATION MATTERS – New Link for Synod News Sign Up!

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Thank you for your partnership and we apologize for any inconvenience!

Bookkeeper (Part Time)

St. John’s is looking for a bookkeeper for the Congregation and Foundation. The person will maintain financial records, accounts payable, payroll, and budget under direction of the Treasurer.

Could You Offer A Summer Food Service Program?

This is an Invitation to Serve from Wisconsin Council of Churches:
Summer can be the hungriest time of the year for many kids from low income families. In Wisconsin, 1 in 5 kids struggle with hunger. Only 16% of kids who qualify for free/reduced price school lunch are also getting summer meals. The good news: Many organizations can qualify to receive funding to assist in providing these much needed free, nutritious meals during the summertime. For more information, contact Amy Kolano, Summer Food Service Program Coordinator – email:

SCSW Endowment Grant Applications Accepted until June 15

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin  Endowment Committee is accepting applications for grants to support outreach ministries.

Particular emphasis is given to:
•  Establishing of mission congregations
•  Redevelopment of existing congregations
•  Development and support of new evangelism programs
•  Supporting congregational involvement in global mission/international outreach

Please return application by June 15, 2018.

Crossways is Hiring Summer Staff!

At this point, Crossways is still in need of several key staff members, particularly male cabin leaders.

“Palestine: Unlimited” Photo Exhibit

May 20 – June 15
Prize-winning photos from Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture
The photos, reflecting Palestinians view of their culture and way of life, will be on display at five Madison-area churches. The display is open to the public daily during regular hours of the each church.

Palestine is contested land. People everywhere watch Palestine, expectantly. Many share stories, images, interpretations and explanations, hoping to build a clearer picture of Palestine. But do Palestinians themselves get to say what Palestine is about? The exhibition is derived from a signature initiative of the Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, a Lutheran institution of higher learning in Bethlehem. The exhibit, featuring the ten finalists from the Karimeh Abboud Award Competition – named for a pioneering 20th century Palestinian female photographer – helps us break through icons and stereotypes, in order to experience Palestine as it really is. Listen to the words of photographer Ala’a Abu Salem: “These portraits aim at representing the Palestinian away from any ties, connections or expectations with themes and specific subjects. In short, it is an attempt to break the stereotype and overused image of the Palestinian person.”

Visit each church to see the entire 24 piece exhibit (call for hours):

Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison (608) 238-7119
Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1502 Parkside Dr., Madison (608) 241-9796
First Congregational Church, 1609 University Ave., Madison (608) 233-9751
Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008
Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, 110 N. Gammon Rd., Madison (608) 829-2136

The exhibit is sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a 501c3 organization supporting the work of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and the Dar al Kalima University College in Bethlehem.

2018 Synod Assembly Bulletin Insert Summary

A bulletin insert summarizing the results of voting matters and highlights of the Assembly was emailed May 9 to all pastors and deacons, and is provided here as well.


Synod Assembly Offering $20,023.45

Synod Assembly Offering Will Provide Help And Hope for Those Recovering from Hurricane Disaster in Caribbean

A special thank you for the worship offering gathered totaling $20,023.45 to provide help and hope to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico of our companion synod.  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 Lozada-Montanez and the ELCA Caribbean synod and government officials to respond.  Thank you for giving so generously to our worship offering to support this response.