Equipping the Saints: Quietly Courageous

At a recent meeting, Pastor Mike Lee recommended this book. He said that it was a book that offered sound advice. I ordered the book and have found it to be a great read and recommend it for you. It would be a good book for Councils and church leaders to read and discuss. It is available here on Amazon.
~ Jane Cahill Wolfgram, Synod Vice-President

About the book:
“The changing dynamics of contemporary church life are well-known, but what’s less well-known is how leaders can work most effectively in this new context. In Quietly Courageous, esteemed minister and congregational consultant Gil Rendle offers practical guidance to leaders—both lay and ordained—on leading churches today. Rendle encourages leaders to stop focusing on the past and instead focus relentlessly on their mission and purpose—what is ultimately motivating their work. He also urges a shift in perspectives on resources, discusses models of change, and offers suggestions for avoiding common pitfalls and working creatively today.”

Sign Up Now for Fall Diakonia Classes

New classes are now enrolling for Fall, 2019. Three locations to choose from!  Learn more about Diakonia and how it might enhance your faith journey, your discipleship, and your commitment to your congregation as an integral member of the body of Christ.

Need Help Explaining What it Means for the ELCA to be a Sanctuary Denomination?

The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved a resolution declaring the ELCA is a “sanctuary church body,” encouraging participation in the ELCA AMMPARO initiative for migrant children, discernment of care for our immigrant neighbors in our context, and the promise of forthcoming resources for this work. What does this mean?

A/V Coordinator Part-time (Janesville)

First Lutheran is seeking an AV Coordinator to operate and oversee the audio and video-recording equipment at First Lutheran Church. The coordinator will schedule and train operators for worship and events. Additional duties relating to the sound equipment will be provided on an as needed basis. This part-time position reports to the Senior Pastor.

Mission Moment: ELCA Churchwide Assembly Recap

On August 5-10, our synod’s delegation of 18 joined nearly 1,000 members from 65 synods in Milwaukee for the ELCA 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Held every three years, “We are Church” was the theme of this year’s assembly, and the manifestation of that theme throughout did not disappoint. Read all three parts of the Mission Moment by clicking below.

ELW’s Wanted by August 20 for Worship at Columbia Correctional Institute

We know that the incarcerated need spiritual care. Listening for God in prison can be challenging, but we know the Holy Spirit is active and is changing lives. One of our chaplains who serves at Columbia Correctional Institute, Rev. Mark Teslik, is asking for donated copies of the ELW for their weekly protestant worship service. Deacon Vicki Hanrahan will be co-leading worship there on Wednesday, August 21. If you are in the area of the synod office and would be able to sacrifice one of your copies of the ELW for this important cause, please do drop it off at the synod office by August 20. Deacon Vicki will hand-deliver them to CCI on August 21. Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration!

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is THIS Sunday, September 8, 2019. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.