Synod Youth & Family Ministry Network

The Youth & Family Ministry Network of the SCSW will be meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Synod Office OR online via Zoom. All volunteers, lay staff, and rostered ministers who work within the realm of youth and family ministry are invited to join us as we network together and brainstorm how we may engage the youth of our synod over the next year. Be sure to join our Facebook group at

Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading this Saturday!

The LWR In-gathering will be held on Saturday, October 13 – 7:00 am – 11:00 am
at the Wisconsin Southern Railroad Yard, 1890 E. Johnson Street – Madison


For instructions on boxing up your kits, please visit the Lutheran World Relief Website at: and click on “Get Involved.”

Additional Drop Off Location:
1025 15th Avenue
Monroe, WI
(one block north of Grace Lutheran Church)

Drop off hours:  Monday through Friday, Oct. 8-12, from 9am to 4 pm
Questions:  Contact Site Coordinator,  Beth Faith at 608-325-9172

Event sponsored by Madison Area Jail Ministry
Event Location with map

SCSW DIAKONIA: Featured Instructor This Week: Rev. Dennis Creswell, Church History Class

Our instructors are second to none!  We are so appreciative that our rostered ministers offer their time and knowledge to teach and develop leaders in our synod.  We are still looking for instructors.  Could serving in this way be on your heart?


Featured Instructor This Week: Rev. Dennis Creswell, Church History Class

“I retired in 2016 from parish ministry, but since moving to Madison in January, I am doing some fill-in supply preaching. I’m enjoying being retired.  I taught in the Central Lay School of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin in Wausau for 17 years, and feel I still have something to offer. I taught worship, church history, and for the last 10 years served as the Director of the School. I hope that after participating in this class, students will better understand what worship is and isn’t, our need to worship the Triune God, the history of how the Church has worshiped God, and the reasons Lutheran worship is done in the way it is.”

Instructors Still Needed for the Following Courses – If you are a rostered minister and would like to teach a Diakonia course, we are looking for instructors for the following classes in the following locations:

Madison & Evansville (Saturday mornings)
*  Faith in the North American Context
*  Christian Worship Practical Ministry – Visitation

If you are interested in teaching, contact Diakonia Coordinator, Barb Zimmerman at 608-535-0264 or email her at:

If you are interested in taking classes, you can find more information, along with registration forms on the Diakonia page.  You can also contact Linda Wulff at 920-210-2675 or by e-mail at

We look forward to hearing from prospective students and instructors!

Meet the Synod Vicars!

For the past 24 hours the interns, “Vicars” from our synod have gathered with the other interns and supervisors in the ELCA from Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Our synod has five Wartburg seminary students serving as Vicars (pastoral interns) this year. We are grateful to the pastors who accompany them where they serve.

Rev. Michael Short & Jon Dolan – First English (Platteville)
Rev. Matt Poock & Maria Bonine – St. John’s (Evansville)
Rev. Mark Williamson & Kate Kieckhafer – Grace (Dodgeville)
Rev. Fred Rilling & Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman – St. John’s (Prairie Du Sac)
Rev. John Twiton & Jason Xiong – Evangelical Lutheran – (Mt. Horeb)

We invite you to include them in your intercessory prayers during worship and then hold them daily in your prayers as they journey in faith!

Mission Moment: ELCA Hunger Fellows

Each week we are highlighting ministries that are supported by your weekly offerings.  We are grateful for your generosity as it helps us do what matters to God in Jesus’ name!  Please reprint these stories in your newsletters or share them during worship as mission moments as they help to answer the question, “Where does my offering go?”

By Abbigail Hull, ELCA World Hunger Fellow

Advocacy requires collaboration and a gaze towards the future. It was this vision that created the ELCA Hunger Advocacy fellowship. A program made possible by ELCA World Hunger, this fellowship is a year-long transformative experience that combines leadership development, faith formation, and impactful advocacy that moves us toward an end to hunger and a just world where all are fed. This program is in its second year and has already received and developed thoughtful leaders with passion and fresh ideas.

Fellows are placed in various faith-driven public policy offices throughout the United States. The goal of the Hunger Advocacy Fellowship is to build ELCA World Hunger’s capacity to end hunger by deepening and expanding Lutheran advocacy efforts in synods, coalitions and networks.

There are six hunger fellows this year, and one of them works with Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin under the leadership of its director, Rev. Cindy Crane.  We have the pleasure of rubbing elbows with both as LOPPW offices

Hunger Fellow, Kelsey Johnson – The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin (LOPPW) – Madison

Kelsey Johnson has an active history with the church. Most recently, she served as a ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission (“YAGM”) volunteer in Jerusalem and the West Bank. At the Lutheran School in Ramallah (West Bank), she assisted with English and art classes. She has explored topics related to refugees, baptism, and accompaniment.

Kelsey graduated with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa. She has interests in writing, using social media and working with young people.  She shares how grateful she is for this opportunity to learn and serve:

“My experience serving as a Young Adults in Global Mission volunteer in Palestine was formative in shaping how I see accompaniment as the model for social justice in the world. I didn’t realize there was such a huge overlap and call for advocacy in the ELCA, and I was so excited when I heard the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin had received a grant for a Hunger Fellow. Though the fellowship is only in its second year, the Hunger Advocacy Fellowship is an opportunity and space I have felt called to for quite a long time. So far it has been an informative and formative continuation of my YAGM year of service. It builds on the passion I have for social justice, and connects it to tangible issues in the state, while keeping a broad view of social justice and advocacy in the world.” 

Our synod and LOPPW is so blessed to have Kelsey walking together with us!  Please keep Kelsey and all the Hunger Fellows in your prayers!

This Saturday “What’s Working in Wisconsin”

Did you know you can receive up to $10,000 in a rebate for solar panels for churches anywhere in Wisconsin? Come learn more about that along with what else is working in caring for God’s creation in Wisconsin this Saturday!

Even though you can register at the event, if you are sure you are coming, it would be very helpful for the planners if you would register by this Thursday, Oct. 4.
Register here or call 608/270-0201

Learn more about the event

Farm Art DTour Going Through Loganville

October 5-14 Are the Dates of the 50 mile Farm Art DTour Going Through Loganville. 

Enjoy a drive through the country roads and stop at St. Peter’s in Loganville for a bowl of homemade soup, ham or turkey wraps or sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches at the Shepherd’s Café.  While there you will be able to shop for unique hand crafted items.  Included in the Shepherd’s Market will be quilts, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, Fair Trade items from Guatemala, alpaca items, crocheted items, quilted items, paintings,  spices and more.   Open Friday-Sunday 11-5 PM, Monday-Thursday 11-3 PM.

On October 17, our annual Chili Supper will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Enjoy a bowl of chili, French Bread, cheese, pickles, beverage and bars.  Free Will donations accepted.

ELCA Launches New Podcast “Three Sides!” 

Two years ago, synod events were created around the theme of “Telling our Stories” and how important it is to be able to be share with others where we see God at work in our world…to be able to share the good news…especially in a world that so desperately needs to hear it.

Three Sides is a new podcast presented by the ELCA that shares that third side of seeing God at work in the world and offers a fresh way to tell the unique, compelling and sometimes surprising stories of this church.   Three sides presents diverse voices from across all expressions of the ELCA.

Three Sides is available at: and via iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.  Follow Three Sides at and on Twitter @threesidespod.

Not sure how to tell your story…listen to these and you will learn and will be inspired!

Conversely if you have a story that you are excited to tell, share it with Three Sides!  They are asking us to send them our stories to be lifted to others.  email:

Full the full story on this new way to tell the church’s story, see page 46 of the September issue of Living Lutheran. – {“issue_id”:517842,”page”:46}

Bishop’s Convocation 2018

“Preaching & Proclamation in Such a Time As This”
Dates:  Sunday, October 7 – Tuesday, October 9

Registration:  4:00 pm Sunday, October 7
Banquet:  6:00 pm
Close:  Tuesday, October 9 at noon
Location:  Abbey Resort, Fontana, Wisconsin

Each year, the bishop invites all rostered leaders in our synod and their spouses to participate in a few days of learning, collegiality, respite and fun!  While we never use the word, “required,” rostered are strongly urged to attend and congregational councils are encouraged to send their pastor(s) and deacon(s).

This Year’s Topic:  Preaching & Proclamation in Such a Time As This

 We are delighted to have with us, Dr. Samuel Giere, Professor of Homiletics from Wartburg Seminary.

 About His keynote:  Incarnation, Subversive Faith, Public Word”

Relationships in our current North American political climate are frail.  Trust is in worn thin.  Trust in leadership.  Trust in institutions.  Trust in one another.  While this erosion of trust is not a new reality, it has worn thinner and thinner over the last decade and is now approaching a breaking point.  This extreme weathering of trust impacts how we are church and how we speak and hear the Word.  When trust is so fragile, how can I trust the preacher?  Is what she is saying true?  Is this sermon simply more noise?  Is Good News just well-intentioned fake news with candles?  How do the unfiltered/unedited news stories spread via social media platforms impact the truth of the Gospel?

In this series of presentations, we will explore the proclamation of Jesus Christ in such a time as this.  We will touch on the foundation of Christian proclamation in the incarnation of the Eternal Word, the trajectory of Christian proclamation as faith alone, and the bold and ticklish call to proclaim this radical Word, this radical faith in the public square… which includes each and every one of our congregations.  The textual fodder for our explorations will come from weekly texts from Advent and Christmas 2018.

Rostered Leaders are invited to learn more about this year’s Convocation on the event website at:

MISSION MOMENT: Lutheran Campus Ministry

 Your gift of mission support carries God’s love to others, making a difference in their lives and in the world.  Your mission support in addition to special partnership offerings help to support campus ministries at UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville. 

Campus pastor, Rev. Emily Tveite shares exciting news about how you are supporting the campus ministry at UW-Madison:

New Faith & Vocation Fellows Grow in Faith, Serve in Local Ministries

This year, we are excited to introduce our first cohort of Faith & Vocation Fellows. These four young women and men will spend about 10 hours each week working in partner ministry sites related to their career interests. They will also gather each Sunday afternoon to support one another, pray together, and grow in their faith.

Lutheran Campus Ministry’s generous donors raised $10,000 to fund this program, which was matched by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation. These funds provide monthly stipends to our fellows and honoraria for guest presenters. We ask for your prayers for these students as they grow in faith and serve their neighbors.

  • Addison from Ontario, WI will work with Luther Memorial Church on Youth Ministry.
  • Logan from Corcoran, MN will work with UW Hospital on public health education.
  • Rylie from Green Bay, WI will work with Bethel Food Pantry & the Badger Caring Closet.
  • Sarah from Oregon, WI will work with the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin.

Lutheran Campus Ministry alleviates student hunger with daily community meal.

Did you know that Lutheran Campus Ministry serves a community lunch each day during the academic year? Last year we served over 20 thousand meals to hungry students for less than $1 per meal. This year, we are hoping to do even more through a new partnership with Second Harvest Foodbank. You get a glimpse of the lunch by watching the University Health Service’s Video about the lunch.

Hunger and homelessness are an increasing problem on university campuses. The Wisconsin HOPE Lab studied basic needs insecurity among students in 2018 and found that one in three students at 4-year universities has experienced some kind of hunger. You can read the HOPE Lab’s report at:

Learn More & Stay Connected to Lutheran Campus Ministry

You can learn more and stay connected to LCM by visiting our website at: or by following us on Facebook.

Lutheran Campus Ministry is graciously funded by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, thirty partner congregations, and many generous individuals.  Thank you for your mission support!