Women of the ELCA Fall Women’s Retreat – “Listening for God – Walking with Jesus”

“Listening for God – Walking with Jesus”
Synod-wide Women’s Fall Retreat on September 22, 2018
at New Life Lutheran Church, 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI

We spend a lifetime listening to all of the messages around us. Messages from our culture, our families, and our employers can overwhelm us. How much time do we spend listening for God? Please join us and find renewal in this day-long retreat dedicated to listening for the voice of the Holy One in our lives. Explore what might be when we walk through life with that Voice as the core of all we are and all we do.

Carla Stanton is a certified spiritual director. She completed her training at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse WI. Her practice includes seeing people for 1:1 spiritual direction, group direction and retreat ministries. Besides listening for the work of the Holy in people’s lives, her passions include spending time outdoors, traveling, leading parenting groups, and hanging out with her family! She lives with her husband of 17 years and their 3 children in Onalaska, WI.

Come spend the day with your sisters in Christ.
This retreat is intended for women of all ages and stage of life.
Free Childcare provided
Registration starts at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:30, Closing at 3:30 pm

New Life Lutheran Church is in a beautiful country setting just outside Madison. Outside there are a prayer labyrinth, a stone prayer garden with a large cross, trails with pergolas, and picnic tables. It is handicap accessible.


  • Prayer Practices and Creative Expression – In this workshop on prayer, we will move beyond words and language and into image and color. Creativity can be a doorway into a new experience of God. In the workshop, we will learn about and experience two prayer practices: praying with color, and visio divina. No art experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided.
    Deacon Judy Nolde is a chaplain, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She is the chaplain at Triangle Community Ministry. She is also a Benedictine Oblate with Holy Wisdom Monastery.
  • Worshipping through Dance & Movement – In this workshop on dance and movement, we will look at places in scripture where people worshiped through dance and descriptions of movement as forms of worship. We will worship with creative movements, such as banner waving, clapping, raising hands, bowing down, kneeling, shouting, leaping for those who are able, etc… We will sing and explore individual movement as a worship form.
    Sharon Hatch is a piano teacher, Kindermusik educator (music and movement program for young children), and has been a church musician since age 13. Currently she is blessed to be ministering at Dekorra Lutheran Church in Poynette. She also served as a long-term and short-term missionary in the Philippines, India, Haiti, and Estonia.
  • Walking, Strength, and Balance Activities for Health – Jesus’ main mode of transportation was walking. In this workshop we will highlight trends in walking from Jesus’ time to present, discuss benefits of walking including social and mental aspects, provide tips for starting a walking, strength and balance program and share strategies for preventing injury. Strength and balance activities will be included. We may go on a brief walk for those interested.
    Jean Einerson has a graduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology was manager of the UW Hospital Preventive Cardiology department for 26 years. She is retired and enjoys coordinating a food pantry garden for her church, golfing, biking, tap dancing, playing the violin, and supporting Badger sports.
    Ann Ward has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Wisconsin. Ann has research experience in exercise prescription and the role of physical activity in improving health. Ann is retired and coordinates a food pantry garden at her church with Jean. She enjoys running, biking, golfing, and sports spectating.

Farewell from Bishop Mary Froiland

Dear Colleagues,

It has been an honor to serve among you as your Bishop. As I walk through this time of transition, I am experiencing a multitude of emotions. I am grateful for your friendship and I am sad to be leaving the Synod John and I have lived and served in for almost 30 years.

I move on with deep appreciation for the Synod staff, the colleagues I have worked with over the last 5 years. They are good, faithful people, every one of them, committed to this good gospel work.

I leave with a sense of accomplishment in some things and a sense of things left undone in others. Most of all, I am excited and hopeful for what God’s future holds, both for me and John personally as we move into our next ministries closer to family, and for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin under the very competent and visionary leadership of Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld.

I am very excited to begin my next call. The good people of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, Minnesota, have done me the great honor of calling me to be their next Lead Pastor. I will join Pastor Ivy Huston and many other folks on staff and in the congregation in embracing our call to be the heart and hands of Jesus.  If you are ever up in the Twin Cities area, stop in and worship with us – or just drop by for a cup of coffee. The address is 2499 Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN 55109. It would be good to see you.

I will miss you. It has been my greatest joy to get to know you and your congregations better over the last 5 years. It has been so good to see so many people living together in families of faith, making an impact in our communities and the world for the love of Jesus and the sake of the gospel. Christ’s Church stands as an example of what this world can be, a model of the holy community God dreams. Continue to live in that dream.

God’s peace,

Bishop Mary


By your hands, may love be shared
By your voice, may peace be spoken.
By your eyes, may beauty be seen.
By your ears, may truth be heard.
By your life, may the song of Christ be sung!


St. Luke’s Church of Rome (Sullivan) Wisconsin has developed an interesting way of spreading the Gospel. In the past two years they have made, prayed over and given away 3700 wooden crosses with the simple but powerful truth that: “JESUS IS LORD” painted on them. A message that ALL Christians share and a message to welcome people to the faith. They are made of cedar picket material, stand about 40” tall and are designed to be put on a lawn, in a flower bed, at a grave site or any special place.  Our goal is to produce 3000 crosses for the summer of 2018 and to promote this ministry throughout the Synod, the state of Wisconsin and wherever God wants them.

There are three ways you can take an active part in this ministry.

1) Begin to make and distribute crosses as your own outreach ministry (We can help you get started).
2) Become a distribution point for crosses made by St. Luke’s.
3) Support this ministry by spreading the word through social media.

For more information on how to get involved with this ministry please contact Robert and Nancy Stephan W 1566 Stephan Lane, Sullivan WI 53178, (262) 490-4624

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!


Livestream opportunities: http://elca.org/gathering

6/27 – MYLE worship – 6:45 – 8:15 pm CT

6/27 – The Table Worship – 10:00 – 11:30 am CT

6/27 – 6/30 – Daily Bible Studies – 3:30 – 5:30 pm CT

6/27 – 6/30 – Mass Gatherings – 7:30 – 9:15 pm CT

7/1 – Closing Worship – 9:30 – 11:30 am CT

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MYLE – Multicultural Youth Leadership Event




You Belong at the Table



2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Prayers – For Use in Congregations During Youth Gathering Weekend

Please hold in prayer our 59 congregations and 724 youth and adults who are participating in the ELCA Youth Gathering June 27 through July 1 in Houston, Texas.

Good and gracious God, we thank the Holy Spirit for calling those participating in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering to travel, worship, serve, learn, and play alongside 30,000 other participants and those they will meet along the way. We know that God’s call changes everything. As they realize how God has used this experience to transform them, know that we should be ready to hear the new hope they have for the world, our community and church. We hope that we will be open to hearing your stories and that we will be open to being changed by the stories we hear. We know that God’s hope changes everything.

Hear Us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Almighty God, we thank you for calling your children to the ELCA Youth Gathering. As you have shown your love by sending your Son to live among us, we pray that your Holy Spirit helps them to be an expression of your constant and gracious presence in the world. We trust and give you thanks that Jesus changes everything.

Hear Us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering “Blast off for Books” Book Drive


Drop off window of time10:00 – 12:00 noon

Bethel Lutheran Church – 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison

If you have collected books for this in-gathering for the ELCA Youth Gathering, this Saturday is the drop off day.

Thank you to all congregations who have participated.  You are doing what matters!

The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. In joining the Gathering’s Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston’s students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps and other events around the city as part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hand’s of Houston’s economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.

The list of books can be found on the ELCA’s website:  http://bit.ly/BlastOffForBooks

We will be collecting books as a synod and will transport them to Houston with the synod buses. So, please begin collecting books and you may drop them off at Bethel Lutheran in Madison on June 23, 2018 from 10am-12pm and we will load them into vans and will drive them down. If your group is traveling on the synod bus, flying to Houston OR even if your congregation is not attending the Gathering you are welcome to collect books and drop them off in order to be included in this important in-kind offering.

For more information:

2018  Youth Gathering  ELCA page

2018  Youth Gathering  Synod page

Holy Land Trip – June 15-26, 2019 with Pastor Blake Rohrer

The Holy Land is a place that conjures many images in our minds – from inspiring to confounding. I have travelled there three times previously, and each trip was a life-changing experience.  This journey will be a pilgrimage in which we will follow in the footsteps of Jesus, seeing the lands of the Bible. Throughout the trip we will share group reflection, prayer and worship. As meaningful as the holy sites will be, I believe our unique encounters with the people who live there today may be even more moving. We will learn what it is like to be a Christian in this sacred and challenged land of many faiths, and we will see first hand the remarkable ministry of the Lutheran church and others who are creating opportunities for hope, healing and peace. We will have good accommodations, delicious meals and expert guides. I hope you’ll join me in this trip of a lifetime! For a brochure and sign-up information click here https://gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/190603.pdf or contact Midvale Community Lutheran with additional questions: 608-238-7119 or info@midvalelutheran.org

Faith Lutheran featured in article in the Janesville Gazette

Pastor Felix Malpica and Music Director, Cherie Norquay, of Faith Lutheran, make the Janesville Gazette – Sunday, June 3           

Pastor Felix Uses World Music to Build Community

Maybe you heard their sweet voices on a spring morning.  Late last month, Pastor Felix Malpica led pre-school children from the chapel into the parking lot at Janesville’s Faith Lutheran Church.  There, they joyously sang “so the whole neighborhood could hear us,” the pastor explained.

It’s no secret that people of God sing.  But Pastor Felix, as he is affectionately called by church members, is someone with exceptional musical talent…”

For the rest of the story:  http://www.gazettextra.com/news/local/pastor-felix-uses-world-music-to-build-community/article_2fb05572-d1e3-518d-a4e4-a4108102a480.html

 Hmmmm…Your Congregation Probably Has a Story to Tell That Is Newsworthy!  Invite Your Local Paper to Help You Tell It!