2018 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and adult representatives from each synod from across the ELCA. Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. This year Rev. Steve Kottke, Assistant to the Bishop for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will accompany our youth to the summit. All costs (including round-trip air travel from Madison Dane County Regional Airport) are covered for this event by our synod and the ELCA.

This summit focuses on leadership development through engaging speakers and thought leaders in key areas at the intersection of leadership and faith in daily life AND faith formation and building connections for high school youth in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Youth will be challenged to take home what they have learned to inspire action in their own synods and youth groups. The Youth Leadership Summit is a shared ministry between ELCA Youth Ministry and The SYMBOL Network (Synodical Youth Ministry Leaders).

The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Through Christ We Can” and will take place November 1-4 at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Nebraska using Philippians 2:1-5 as it’s scriptural base. The event will focus on young people’s call to ministry for the sake of others and advocacy because of their faith. For our learning and networking times we will be joined by various ELCA ministries and staff including Advocacy, Young Adult Ministries, Justice for Women and Global Mission.

Mission Moment: Care for God’s Creation Ministry

This ministry is funded through your mission support.  Thank you for your weekly offering to your congregation. A portion of that is sent on to the synod for synod-wide ministries such as Care for God’s Creation!

In December of 2015 this team met for the first time.  Care of Creation is part of the World Hunger effort of our church. At this time, members of our team include Pastor Mae Jean Zelle (First, Janesville) Jane Harrison (First English-Platteville), Pastor Cindy Crane (LOPPW), Pastor Nick Utphall (Advent, Madison), Bob Lindmeier (St. John’s, Oregon), Eleanor Siebert (Five Points – Blue River) and new member, Debbie Nelson (Bethel-Madison).

Our emphasis is education and advocacy in the area of the environment. We continue to educate about the Carbon Fee and Dividend issue.  This year we are prioritizing the formation of Green Committees in churches.  Bob Lindmeier continues to be available for speaking engagements and others of the team are also willing as time permits.  The SCSW/LOPPW Care for God’s Creation team is excited about our October 6th event “What’s Working in Wisconsin,” which will highlight renewable energy progress in the state and tools for how we can all make a difference. The event is free! Who should attend?  Anyone interested in renewable energy for their church, business or home, or who would like to know more about advocacy and various local and statewide groups that help us to care for  God’s creation!  Check out the synod website for resources:

Update from Eleanor Siebert, Coordinator, Care for God’s Creation Team

Upcoming event: October 6, 2018 “What’s Working in Wisconsin:  Public and Private Uses of Renewable Energy”


Yes, It’s time to Start Thinking About Advent!

It’s just around the corner…Here are some excellent resources from ELCA World Hunger

These resources are Free with Free Shipping while supplies last.  Some are also downloadable such as the new Advent Study below!

New! Advent Study from the ELCA
Find devotions, questions for reflection, prayers and inspiration for the journey to end hunger and seek justice. Download study 

Advent tree

Decorate a tree with ornaments that represent ELCA Good Gifts – honeybees, farming tools or school supplies, for example – and raise funds to help fight hunger. Members can keep the ornaments and give them as gifts to symbolize their donations. Order here

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Reunion & Evaluations

Sunday, September 30 from 4pm-7pm
@ Lake Edge Lutheran Church – Madison, WI
Dinner Provided ($3 per person suggested donation)
Keep the Gathering energy going! As part of the ELCA Youth Gathering’s ongoing efforts to grow in its mission of faith formation in teenagers, Gathering leadership are conducting a series of in-person listening sessions. We invite all youth & adults who attended the 2018 Gathering to join us in Madison for a time of reflection, conversation, and worship. RSVP Online at: https://tinyurl.com/gatheringreunion.