Entries by Jason Xiong

Preschool Program Director (Madison/Verona)

This position is responsible for our state-licensed locations in both Madison and Verona.  The Director is responsible for the school’s management, operations, planning and implementation of preschool curriculum. Responsibilities include supervision and hiring of staff, licensing renewal, working with the church accountant, developing balanced budget and ordering supplies.  Director will also teach as needed in the classrooms.  Salaried position totaling 30 hours a week year-round. Must be at least 21 years of age, familiar with state licensing rules, have a Registry certificate or Educator’s license to verify education, meet qualifications outlined in WI Licensing Rules DCF 251, certified in CPR, Child CPR, AED and Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention training and pass a health and fingerprint check.

Part-Time Church Secretary (Beloit)

Position is 25 hours/week; $11-13/hour, commensurate with experience and skills. The job provides administrative support to the ministry of the pastor, staff and congregation and includes general office reception and administration duties, creating publications (weekly bulletins, monthly newsletter, etc.), managing church calendar and member information. Preferred candidates will be welcoming and organized, have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications and an ability to learn church database software. Knowledge of liturgical church calendar and practices extremely helpful.

Rostered Ministers Gathering Registration to Open Soon

ELCA rostered ministers are invited to join colleagues at the second Rostered Ministers Gathering, July 20-23 in Phoenix, Ariz., under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). Let this gathering be an opportunity for you to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive yourself. Mark your calendars; early registration opens on Feb. 20.

Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful

For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging deeper into the history and theology that “ground, clarify, and justify our call and continuing commitment to ethnic diversity and inclusion.”

All Matters Concerning ‘What Matters’

What Matters, now in its 9th year, exists because YOU matter!  Originally published to condense news into a once-a-week communication to our 300 pastors and deacons, What Matters now has a readership of over 2,000 rostered and lay leaders of our 138 congregations and worshipping communities.  Thank you!  We are grateful for that! 

Congregational Reports (Forms A & C)

Congregational report forms were mailed to congregations from the ELCA. You received Form A, Form C, the instructions, and the financial worksheet for your reference. Please make this important work part of your day soon if you haven’t already! Online Filing Is Open. Deadline for Submitting is February 15.

Wartburg Seminary Rural Ministry Conference

Join Wartburg Seminary for the 2020 Rural Ministry Conference where leaders in rural communities and congregations gather to gain insight and inspiration, to network and neighbor that our ministries might be empowered. This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry.

Annual Reports to the Bishop from Rostered Ministers

The Office of the Secretary of the ELCA is responsible for maintaining the rosters of Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ministers of Word and Service. These resources will assist rostered ministers with their ministry and required annual reporting. Reports are due to Synod Bishop Peter Rogness by February 15, 2020.

New 2020 News from Portico Benefit Services

If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, a suite of new online offerings provides convenient access to care at your fingertips, whether on the go, in your office, or and in the privacy of your own home. Find support to strengthen your emotional resilience, learn new skills, and save on cost. Also, members with ELCA-Primary health benefits can earn up to $200 wellness dollars to help pay for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.

Bishop Election Process Begins

In 2020 we will elect the next bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. The process we will follow for election has arisen from consideration by the Bishop Election Task Force, the Synod Council and Executive Committee, and was originally drafted by Interim Bishop Peter Rogness. Over time, as it was reviewed and discussed, changes were made. It has been reviewed and affirmed by staff at the Office of the Presiding Bishop; it has been presented verbally to the Bishop’s Convocation October 6-8, verbally and in writing at the November 2, 2019, special Synod Assembly. It was formally adopted as presented here at the November 9, 2019 meeting of the Synod Council.