Upcoming Spring Conference Gatherings

Women of the ELCA South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization
2019 Saturday Spring Conference Gatherings
Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend!

Baraboo Conference – 4/27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac, Speaker is Kathy Roberg, RN on Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, ministry in Thiotte, Haiti. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
More information and RSVP to tnmdegi@gmail.com or 608-643-4514

Barneveld Conference – 4/27 at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, Speaker is Bev Burns of “Passages”, a women’s shelter, and Darlene Masters of Family Advocates at 9:30 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
More information and RSVP to elc@mhtc.net or 608-437-5012

Beaver Dam Conference – 4/6 at Marquardt Village Towne Centre, Watertown, hostessed by Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Watertown. Speaker is Kay Ward, Don’t Just Live – Thrive at 9 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
More information and RSVP by March 31 to jshackley.immanuel@gmail.com or 920-261-1663

Beloit Conference – 4/27 at First Lutheran Church in Janesville, Speaker is Dr. John Haeberlin, Mission of Miracles, Registration starts at 8:30 am.
More information and RSVP by April 12 to 608-754-2071 or mail to First Lutheran, 612 N Randall Ave, Janesville, WI 53545

East/West Conference – 4/6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, Speaker is Jane Harrison on UPAVIM at 9 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
More information and RSVP to pfcart48@gmail.com or 608-271-7912

Elkhorn Conference – 4/27 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, Speaker is Dawn Heath on Anti-Human Trafficking at 9 am. Registration starts at 8:00 am.
More information and RSVP by April 20 to 01sphillipson@gmail.com or 262-337-1368

Monroe Conference – 4/13 at Primrose Lutheran Church in Belleville, Speaker is Nikki Matley, FCI Financial Professional from Thrivent Financial. Registration starts at 9:30 am.
More information and RSVP to 608-325-9565

Southlake Conference – Invited to attend any nearby Gathering

Southwest Conference – 4/6 at Lutheran Church of Peace in Platteville, Speakers about Women of the ELCA supported missions for Native Americans in AZ & Montana and UPAVIM at 10 am. Registration and continental breakfast starts at 9:30 am.
More information and RSVP to tomsuzbart@tds.net or 608-533-2801. Inkind gifts for women’s shelter Family Advocates.

Great Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals & Groups! St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Great Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals & Groups! St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison
You can help eliminate hunger in our community by volunteering for St. Mark’s Food Ministry! As we are a small congregation, we really need your help!

Volunteer yourself, or assemble a group of friends, co-workers, classmates, etc. Food pantry workers help clients shop, keep shelves neat, help with inventory. Friday Meal workers set-up the serving line, help serve, and cleanup after the meal. Whether you choose to serve on a regular basis or occasionally, you will make a difference at St. Mark’s Food Ministry!

Food Pantry:
Tuesdays, 9:30am-Noon
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm

Free Community Meal (groups of 5-6 volunteers):
Every Friday, 11:00am-2:00pm
Contact Chris at StMarksFeeds@gmail.com

Annunciation House – An Immigration Ministry Supported By Rev. Mary Pharmer & Congregations

The Rev. Mary Pharmer is planning a road trip in May, carrying supplies for immigrants coming thru Annunciation House. Now there are close to 3,000 people a week. They have opened many more shelters. At their request, Mary is bringing
• Small adult underwear
• Socks
• Toothpaste/brushes
• Disposable shavers
• Tote bags, the kind that fold flat

People come with nothing. If they have items they are in a small plastic bag. If you or your congregation would like to contribute some items as indicated to Annunciation House, please contact Mary Pharmer directly by email: mompharm@yahoo.com or phone: 608-698-7737. For more information on Annunciation House: https://annunciationhouse.org/

Midvale Lutheran Church Welcomes ALL to Equipping Events in March

No registration required…Just come!
Time: All Forums Start at 9:15 am
Midvale is located at: 4329 Tokay Boulevard, Madison

March 17: Kelsey Johnson – Young Adults in Global Mission – Palestine
Meet Kelsey Johnson, a member of Midvale, as she shares her journey. Kelsey recently worked at the Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah, Palestine. Currently, she is with the Lutheran Office for Public Policy, focusing on hunger and poverty issues. Kelsey is in the candidacy process for entry into an ELCA seminary. She will share stories about her time abroad, her current work, and journey of discerning seminary.

March 24: Trans Awareness with Jaime Collins and Randi Hagen
The “T” in LGBTQ+ stands for transgender. Unlike the L (lesbian), G (gay), and B (bi-sexual), which deal with sexual orientation (whom one is attracted to), transgender involves gender identity (the internal sense of who one is). Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Jaime and Randi will share their stories and journeys of self-discovery in order to live as their authentic selves in a world that is not always accepting of them.

March 31: The story of Churchy with Beth Culp and Kristina Stadler
Midvale members, Beth and Kristina will discuss the musical and spiritual collaboration that led to Churchy, an original bluegrass musical that debuted at the Overture’s playhouse. Come and hear about their mission to unbind
the Gospel using a winning combination of scripture, comedy, music and friendship… there may even be a sing-along!

Call for Pictures for Synod Assembly Slide Loop

This went so well last year with photos of walking wet in baptism, we’d like to do it again! Do you have pictures that show your congregation Building Beloved Community? Where are you reaching out into your community? Into the world? What does beloved community within your congregation look like? Please send pictures (.jpgs) that tell the story of this year’s Synod Assembly theme “Building Beloved Community” to Robyn Zimmerman at robynz@scsw-elca.org by April 17. We would love to show pictures from different congregations throughout the synod as we strengthen our beloved community together.

Invitation to Young Singers to participate in Children’s Choir Forming for ELCA Churchwide Assembly –

Young singers with unchanged treble voices, having completed 3rd through 8th grade, are invited to participate in a mass children’s choir for the festive opening worship of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, on Monday, August 5. Under the direction of Karol Kinard Kimmell, the choir will participate in the service of Holy Communion with Presiding Bishop Eaton, singing selections throughout the service and helping to lead an assembly of over 1,500 people in song. Interested congregations, choirs, or individual singers may contact worship@elca.org or call 773-380-2554 for more information and to learn how to register.

Registration by May 1 is appreciated.

Children’s Book Just Released! “There’s No Wrong Way to Pray”

Authored by Our Very Own Rev. Rebecca Ninke and her daughter, Kate.

If you were at LEAD this weekend, you may have been one of several that had the opportunity to purchase this book hot off the presses and meet these special authors. This delightful book, written by Rev. Rebecca Ninke and her daughter, Kate, was available at the Author, Author table at LEAD. (They sold out!) They have a great message about holding conversations with God. Published by Augsburg Fortress/Beaming Books, it’s also available on Amazon, B&N, Target, etc. Kate, age ten, is a member of Luther Memorial.

There’s a free parent download discussion guide on the Augsburg/Beaming Books site under “sample.” A great gift for kids and grandkids and for your church libraries! Congratulations Rebecca & Kate…well done! https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/24209/There-No-Wrong-Way-to-Pray

LEAD 2019 – Thank you for Your Offerings for Lutheran Campus Ministry

All totaled between online giving and giving at the event, we received $3,018.00 that will be equally divided between our synod’s campus ministries at UW Whitewater, UW-Platteville and UW-Madison. Thank you for your generosity in support of this important synod ministry!