Get inspired, encouraged, challenged and warmed up at the Ignite the Church Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 11-13. In addition to large group gatherings on Congregational Vitality, there will be electives on Reaching Younger Generations, Expanding Kingdom Impact, Church Renewal and Discipleship, Renewing Music, Vitality through Mission, Engaging Your Neighborhood, Evangelism, Social Justice, and Raising Up Leaders along with a visit to Orlando’s Castle Church Brewing Community.
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Oakwood is looking for (3 people) to help on the 3rd Sunday of January, March, May, July, September, and November, starting in 2020. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Families can be an option, with children at least 10 years old.
It is that time of year when the Seminarians receive a small Christmas Greeting from their synod. We know how they appreciate everything congregations do to support them through this path to becoming a Pastor or a Deacon. I am reaching out to the congregations to ask that any donation you are making to the Seminary Assistance Fund for 2019 be sent by November 29th.
The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Beth Sayler, William A. & John E. Wagner Professor of Biblical Theology and Distinguished Professor of Bible at Wartburg Theological Seminary passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, November 11, 2019. She was 71. Gwen served WTS faithfully as professor for twenty-nine years where generations of church leaders learned Hebrew Bible, ministry, and advocacy in her classes. She also has served on the Candidacy Committee for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin for more than twenty years.
Dr. Stephen J. Cornils, Chair of the Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors, shared the news this week that the Rev. Louise Johnson notified him of her resignation as President of Wartburg Theological Seminary, effective December 31, 2019.
Following Jesus, who commanded his followers, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’ and believing that all persons are created in the image of God, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, strives to be fully inclusive for all. This synod welcomes people of every race, background, age, political affiliation, economic and social status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and mental and physical ability, while striving to enable all people to participate fully in the life and work of the church and its expressions.
We are bound. Bound by our sin, by the expectations of others, by poverty, by ”-isms” that try to divide us, and by so much more. In a life that often feels like it has young people in a suffocating grip, we want them to imagine the boundlessness of God: boundless love, boundless mercy, boundless freedom, boundless creation, boundless strength. All offered from a gracious and loving God who knows and adores them. All so abundant and endless it cannot be measured.
As you may recall, Rev. Kirsten Fryer served as one of our deployed pastors doing God’s work through ELCA Global Mission. We thank you for supporting her ministry with St. Andrews Refugee Service and St. Andrews United Church of Cairo. She is now back in the states in her new call and sends us this update and letter of gratitude.
On Nov. 9, 2019, the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today.
The 4th Annual Faith in Numbers, hosted by Wegner CPAs, is two weeks away and we want to make sure you are there! This day is filled with relevant breakout sessions filled with tips that you can take straight back to your organization and implement. The impact of this day is made not only with the presentations but through all of the connections created between the attendees of this conference. Collaborate with other churches, listen to other organization’s pain points, share your success stories, and make this conference our best one yet!