Entries by Jason Xiong

Equipping The Saints: Leadership Learning Webinars

We are pleased to present new monthly Equipping The Saints webinars that offer a presentation on a single topic by a host and speaker using the Zoom format. Content is thoughtfully developed and led by area experts to help you be faithful and comfortable in your role as a leader in your congregation. All webinars are free of charge and are 60 minutes max. They are interactive and offer you the opportunity to ask questions and share best practices.

Mission Moment: LOPPW & WELCA Gather Around the Safe Harbor Human Trafficking Bill

The Women of the ELCA and Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin joined together to hold a rally on youth are impacted by sex trafficking on September 24.  The day began at Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison.  We then went to the capitol, equipped with information and faith-based responses to advocate for the Safe Harbor bill.  AB 41/AB 49 would move Wisconsin ahead in directing trafficked youth to receiving human services rather than criminalizing them.

The Forgotten Luther III: Reclaiming a Vision of Global Community Live Streaming Event!

The third Symposium in the Forgotten Luther series, with the help of five prominent church leaders and Luther scholars, invites congregations to develop a broader understanding of the global dimension of Christ’s mission in the world. Against the growing disparity in wealth and the rising tide of economic and political refugees throughout the world, the Symposium will reflect on Luther’s oft-forgotten social and economic reforms that flow from his central doctrine of justification by grace through faith.

Spanish Immersion Program

The Caribbean Synod – ELCA will be sponsoring a Spanish Immersion Program from January 24 to February 1, 2020 at San Marcos Evangelical Lutheran Church, Guanabo, PR. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact DEM, Rev. Walter Bareis at (608) 270-0201 or walterb@scsw-elca.org. In order to participate please contact the Synod office (608)270-0201 or robynz@scsw-elca.org.

Lutheran Men in Mission Bold Gathering

This Bold Gathering’s theme is “Sons of Abraham: How God uses us to be bold, daring men of faith, like Abraham.” It is based on Galatians 3:6-9. This event is being hosted by Zion Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX, partnership with Lutheran Men in Mission. It will be live-streamed November 9, 2019 from 11a-2p, with a 25-minute break, to individuals and groups of men across the country who have registered.

Sunday Afternoon Cleaning (Madison/Verona)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison and Verona is looking for a person to help clean up our two campuses following worship on Sunday morning from noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. We are looking for a conscientious, hardworking individual with a good driving record, since you will need to drive between the two campuses. Please send applications to Director of Administration Rick Blum at rblum@gslcwi.com or call (608) 640-4902.

PREPARE/ENRICH Training and Refresher Training Programs

PREPARE/ENRICH is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple’s strength and growth areas. Based on a couple’s assessment results, a trained facilitator provides feedback sessions in which the facilitator helps the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.  This is intended for couples that are seriously dating or engaged.

Equipping The Saints: ELCA Social Statements, Messages & Resolutions

Whether you are on a church council, ministry team, teaching confirmation or adult classes, or just wanting a better handle on our Lutheran beliefs, the ELCA’s website offers a plethora of information for your good work.  There you will find many interesting resources to enrich your ministries and faith life.  There are explanations of all of our ministry partnerships and who we are as a church together.  There are practical resources such as guidelines for church councils, tips for organizing church records, it can be overwhelming, so I would suggest a great place to start are the ELCA SOCIAL STATEMENTS.